Be about your Father’s business for 2017

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“And He [Jesus] said to them, ‘Why did you seek Me? Did you not know that I must be about My Father’s business?’” – Luke 2:49

The Lord spoke to me about three orders of business we must be about so that we can receive the fullness of what He has prepared for each of us in 2017.  Let us be obedient to our Holy Father by preparing ourselves decently and in order with this Divine charge throughout the upcoming season.

2017, among other things, will be a year of separation: either separation from the world, fully consecrated and consummated unto Jesus; or separation from Jesus, fully consecrated and consummated unto the world.  There will be no in between.

This is evidenced in Romans 8:35-39, where the Apostle Paul specifies seventeen factors of separation unto or apart from God. It is interesting to note that the first seven are identified in a question; with the last ten identified as emphatic statements (7+10):

“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written:

‘For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.’

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

The Father said to me “there are three orders of business that you need to prepare yourself to release to My people: the first order is that of relationship, the second order is that of identity, and the third is a revelation of what it means to be Blood-bought.

The first order is the release of relationship, as one represents “in the beginning, I created…” (Genesis 1:1). I AM that I AM.  I am the God of relationship.  I created relationship on the first day that I created the heavens and the earth.  Relationship with Me must be first in rank and importance; for from it every other relationship must be tested for the purposes of rejecting, or accepting.  And those relationships that are accepted by My Word and My Spirit must be established and grounded in and centered on Me.

The second order of business, is identity.  Two represents a division and a witness.  Before I formed each person, I knew them (Jeremiah 1:5).  My Word (Jesus Christ) and my Holy Spirit bore witness to the identity I spoke into each one of my creation.  And it is my Spirit of Truth Who testifies and bears witness with each one that which I spoke into them before I laid the foundation of the world (John 16:13, Romans 8:16, Jeremiah 1:5).

And by My Spirit, the third order will testify of what it means to be Blood-bought.  A great and powerful price was paid, a ransom through the shedding of My Son’s Blood, for each human being—past, present, and future.  Most of My children plead the Blood, but do not fully understand what it means to be Blood-bought.  Three represents conformity and likeness.  For whom I did foreknow, I also predestinated to be conformed to the Image of My Son (Romans 8:29).  It is the Blood that transforms and conforms one into this Holy and Divine Image.”

I inquired back “Father, why doesn’t identity come first?”  To which the Ancient of Days, The Great I AM, replied “People are first drawn to relationships.  Before they fully get to know someone, they are drawn to the relationship that the person offers or represents to them.  People come to Me, by way of My Son, because they are attracted to the relationship out of need, curiosity, desire, or a combination of each.  Once they come into relationship with Me, and spend time with Me, I begin to show them their identity.  Walking out salvation is about walking out one’s identity in My Son Jesus.  The walk unfolds the identity.  And as they begin to see who I created them to be, their true identity, it is then that they come to a heart understanding of what it means to be Blood-bought.

And to confirm that it is I who gave you this revelation, you only have to look at the acronym derived from these words in the order that I gave them to you: Relationship, Identity, Blood-bought.  The acronym is RIB. A rib represents the heart, spiritual birth, and wife (Genesis 2:21-23, John 19:34).  All who come to Me receive a new heart, a spiritual rebirth, and become My Son’s bride.  And the great treasures that I have in store for My people will be treasures of the heart, which will cause miracles, signs, and wonders to come forth because of the Greater One Who lives within every one of my children (born-again believers).  Great Grace is what I have in store for My people for 2017!  Great Grace, Great Deliverance, and a Great rest in Me!”  So think it not strange for what I am about to do for you in this next season!  My Son shall be high and lifted up, and draw all people unto Him for My Glory! (John 12:32).”

The first order: Relationship

“I [Jesus] am the vine, you are the branches.  He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.” – John 15:5

This verse should serve as both instructional, and as a form of worship unto the Lord.  This statement of truth, correction, and direction will be a guiding right-now Living Word for 2017 more than ever for God’s sons and daughters.

Our relationship with Jesus Christ must take priority in rank and importance, and serve as the basis by which all other relationship are tested, and either accepted or rejected.  Any relationships we retain should be established in and centered on Jesus Christ for the advancement of the Kingdom.

Webster defines a “relationship” as “the way in which two or more people or things are connected.”  As we prepare to enter into the New Year, it is time to evaluate all of your relationships to determine those connected through Jesus Christ, the Vine, and those that are not.  The fruit of each relationship should be inspected.  Good fruit is evidence of a spirit-born and Godly relationship; while bad, under-developed, tasteless, tart, or bitter fruit bears witness of a relationship which must be severed.  The number ten signifies “measure, for the purpose of accepting or rejecting that which is being measured” (© 2010 Milligan. Understanding the Dreams You Dream).  Ten is part of the New Year number (10+7).

From now until New Year’s Eve should be a time for you to measure every relationship you currently hold (or which holds you, and maybe holds you hostage) for the purpose of accepting or rejecting.  And even those relationships you hold should be held by and through God, and not you.  If there is any “you” in the relationship, then the “you” or the relationship must go; as again, God should be at the center.  Personal and family relationships should be born of the Spirit and not of the flesh.

Flesh and faith cannot co-exist.  Ishmael had to leave when Isaac was born because the former represented flesh, and the latter, faith (Genesis 21). There should be no “casual” relationships creeping in to your new season.  Employer-employee relationships should be carefully evaluated and prayerfully considered.  Is this where God placed you to earn an income?  Is this the supervisor that the Lord God Almighty has placed in your life?  And is it for a season? Is there a release date for you, or has this season long since passed with dead fruit as the overlooked testimony of staying stuck?

Not only must relationships with people be measured; but also relationships to things.  Anything, though seemingly good, if it distracts, or takes the place of God; thus occupying the throne of your heart and becoming an idol, this thing must go.  1 Corinthians 10:23 testifies “All things are lawful for me, but not all things are helpful; all things are lawful for me, but not all things edify.”

Every relationship must be looked at from the position of the Cross, which points to the advancement of the Kingdom through winning souls and/or drawing self and others closer and more intimately with our Abba Father through His precious, beloved, and only begotten Son, Jesus.

Your relationships that you bring into 2017 will either cause you to be even more captivated with Christ, thus moving you to a place of greater grace, deliverance, freedom, and liberty; or hold you captive to the world’s ways.  2017 should not be about pleasing people; but rather about bringing people into a saving relationship with a loving God, made possible by a selfless Savior.  The business of relationship is a key for you for this coming New Year.  How will you unlock Christ in your next season?

Father, thank You for Your gift of relationship!  I repent for not elevating my relationship with You as the highest and most important relationship I have, as the relationship by which all other relationships are measured.  Grant me wisdom, Oh God, to measure each relationship and to know which I am to accept and which I am to reject.  And give me the courage and the fortitude, Mighty Savior, to graciously, but expediently and cleanly severe those relationships which must go.  In Jesus Name, I thank You that I will enter into our New Year with only those relationships grounded in You, which propel me deeper into Your Freedom and Liberty of Great Grace.  Amen and Amen.

The second order: Identity

“So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God He created them; male and female He created them.” – Genesis 1:27

God created us in His image.  So what does this image look like?  His Holy Word tells us that “God is love,” and more deeply testifies “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.  For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved” (John 1:48, 3:16-17).

The Father Himself paints this picture for us: “For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things He planned for us long ago, [and] as many as received Him [Jesus], to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His Name, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.  Just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved.  The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by Him we cry, ‘Abba, Father.’  And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses, having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us.  And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross” (Ephesians 2:10, John 1:12-13, Ephesians 1:4-6, Romans 8:15, Colossians 2:13-14).

We are so incredibly, indescribably, inconceivably, and amazingly valuable to God that it is beyond human words and mindset to fully grasp His great love for us, and in His great and immeasurable love from which He created us.  Jesus is the manifestation of God’s great love; and we, through His Firstborn Son, are also this living expression.

We are that one lost coin that the Father searches frantically, forsaking all else, until He joyfully finds us.  We are that one sheep, who the Great Shepherd will go to great and matchless lengths to bring back, because He is heartbroken and inconsolable until He has us safely back in His fold.  And we are the one, standing alone at the foot of the Cross, where Jesus, the Son of God and Son of Man, willingly took what was meant for us, and hung there—fully standing in the gap for each and every person until it was finished (Luke 15, John 19:30).

“Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him.  Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.  And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.  Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.  Love never fails” (1 John 1:1-3, 1 Corinthians 13:4-8a).

When God said “Let us make man in our Image,” the Image of the Triune God (God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit, Genesis 1:26), He was saying “Let us create an expression of Our great love.”

And when the Creator, the Embodiment of Love, said He knew us before He formed us, His Holy Spirit was there to bear witness of this identity that the Father spoke into us before He laid the foundation of the world (Jeremiah 1:5, Ephesians 1:4).

We lack because we live less than who God made us to be. And we live less than who God made us to be, because we lack understanding of our identity in Christ.  We lack not just an understanding, but a knowing, of how wide, long, high and deep, God’s love is for us—this Image that we were created in (Ephesians 3:18), because we don’t fully believe and rest in the assurance that “God demonstrated His own love for us in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).  And we stand on unsure footing, because we are not entirely convinced and settled in the truth that “neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:38-39).

But we can get there! How? Howbeit, that’s how!  Howbeit, howbeit, “howbeit when He, the Spirit of truth, is come, He will guide you into all truth: for He shall not speak of Himself; but whatsoever He shall hear, that shall He speak: and He will show you things to come” (John 16:13).

God will never leave us as orphans.  The Great Promise-keeper assures us that He will never leave us nor forsake us (John 14:18, Deuteronomy 31:6).  So call to Him, my brother.  Run into His arms, my sister.  And ask Him to tell you a love story: the story of “In the beginning” when a magnificent God formed you out of His great love, which He also poured into you when He died just for you and for me on the Cross of Calvary.

Father, thank You for Your great, immeasurable, and matchless love for me in while I was yet a sinner, Christ died for me (Romans 5:8).  Forgive me, Merciful and Loving Father, for living below my means, which is my true meaning found in Your Son, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  Help me to not only understand, but to know and experience Your great love for me, which is my identity in You.  In Jesus Name, thank You that I was created in Your Image, which is an Image of the most provoking and selfless love which is beyond comprehension.  Amen and Amen.

The third order: Blood-bought

“Knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, but with the precious Blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.” – 1 Peter 1:18-19

There is power in the Blood of Jesus!  The Word of God testifies of this truth from the Cross of Calvary: “And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission. For [it is] not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins. And He [Jesus] is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for [the sins of] the whole world.  Do not think that I [Jesus] came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill.  For this is My Blood of the New Testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.  [And] if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the Blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.  Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the Blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh, and having a High Priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water” (Hebrews 9:22, Hebrews 10:4, 1 John 2:2, Matthew 5:17, Matthew 26:28, 1 John 1:7, Hebrews 10:19-22).

Matthew 26:28 establishes the Blood covenant, available to every person, as the only way out, though, and over the curse of the law of sin and death; of which (the curse), demands a price that no sinful human being could ever pay.  Jesus, by the shedding of His spotless and sinless Blood, was the only One credible enough to satisfy this sin debt; thus silencing the devil from speaking against us, and nullifying his claim of ownership over us.  Jesus paid the price of our sin, freeing us from the devil’s debt.  “And who the Son sets free is free indeed!” (John 8:36).

The “covenant” that God establishes with every believer is beriyth (pr. ber-eeth), and is “a compact made by passing between pieces of flesh” (Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance).  In the Old Testament days, when a weaker person, tribe, or nation was to cut covenant with a more powerful party, they would sacrifice a large animal by cutting it into two or more pieces (depending on how many parties were involved); the blood of the animal was spilled out, and the individuals would pass between the pieces of flesh; thus signifying that they were now one.

The covenant was meant to be immovable and irrevocable, and passed down to generations to come. Anyone who decided to break the covenant would be killed (like the dead flesh cut for the covenant). The weaker party immediately inherited all of the possessions and power of the stronger.

When Jesus Christ shed His Blood on the Cross for all humanity, which became the atonement for our sins, The Savior of the world opened up the invitation for all to cut covenant with the Father through Him, by the tearing of His flesh and the spilling of His Blood, which also tore the veil that separated us from coming into the Holy of Holies and communing directly with the Father.  Through Jesus, the infinitely more powerful party, we now have power over the devil and his claims.

It is this covenant that speaks. The covenant of “God Who so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whoever believes in Him will not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved” (John 3:16-17).

You see, Lucifer (before he was cast out of Heaven and became Satan), put God on trial by accusing this Perfect and Righteous Creator of being a dictator, and lodged the allegation that God’s ways were not only unattainable, but also not the best ways. Satan, whose name means “accuser,” rebelled by waging a war in heaven. This despicable, deceptive, and dastardly devil convinced a third of the angels to come with him as he was cast out of heaven (Isaiah 14, Revelation 12).

Adam failed when he yielded to temptation; thus, the entire human race was lost because none could live up to the law, whose penalty for sin was death. God had to send Himself in the person of His Son to satisfy (fulfill) the law, by disproving Satan’s charge, and vindicating God the Father. This is why Jesus walks in the positions as both the Son of God and the Son of Man. This Perfect Sacrifice is 100% God and 100% man, and He stands in our place—the place of every Blood-bought believer, having transferred our sin onto Himself so that we can be seated with our Lord, Savior, and Big Brother in heavenly places (1 John 2:2, Ephesians 2:6).

The Savior made a way out of no way for us when He fulfilled the law through Himself.  The Greek word for “fulfill” as used in Matthew 5:17 is pleroo (pr. play-ro-o), which is to “imbue, diffuse, influence.” Webster defines “imbue” as to “to permeate or influence as if by dyeing,” and further defines “dyeing” as “to impart a new and often permanent color to especially by impregnating with a dye.” The Son of God and Son of Man fulfilled the law by soaking it in His Blood, which was shed on the Cross of Calvary; thereby changing its color from a debt owed to a debt paid in full. Our Redeemer did what no person could do—He satisfied the debt of the law, and credited our account by the spilling of His spotless and atoning Blood.

It is this Blood of Jesus Christ that speaks on our behalf, silencing the accuser, rescuing us from our affliction, and has already given us the power to overcome the darkness.  Let the Blood speak on your behalf.

Father, thank You for the Blood of Jesus!  How I love the Blood!  There is power in the Blood!  Everything I need in You has been made available through the shedding of Jesus’ Blood!  I am so grateful to You for giving Yourself in the Person of Your Son so that I could be redeemed and set free from the curse, and spend eternity with You!  In Jesus Name, thank You, Savior, Son of God and Son of Man, for dying for me, so that I could love forever in and with You.  Amen and Amen!

Wishing you a newfound and more fortified place and position in Christ and in God’s Kingdom for 2017.

With warmest regards,
And in service of the Most High King,

Matthew

The prophet and the prostitute

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“When the Lord began to speak by Hosea, the Lord said to Hosea: ‘Go, take yourself a wife of harlotry, And children of harlotry, for the land has committed great harlotry by departing from the Lord.’” – Hosea 1:2

Hosea had kept himself a pure and faithful prophet unto God.  Yet, God one day spoke something which I am confident was not what Hosea wanted to hear; nor could this virgin prophet ever grasp what God was about to command him to do: to go marry a prostitute.

I can’t even imagine what it would have been like to be in Hosea’s shoes and on the receiving end of that directive.  Hosea, a virgin, who I am sure was saving himself for his wife who would be as pure as he was, and have that long-awaited moment of mutually-innocent consummation, instead was to trade in his virginity to a whore.

My New Spirit-Filled Life Bible expounds of this most unusual request “when God directed Hosea to marry an unfaithful woman, He was calling this faithful prophet to be a living illustration of His love for His people.  Similarly, He calls us to exhibit unconditional love to the world around us.  Hosea reveals God’s loving heart.  God’s desire to bless His people far outshines the darkness of their sin.  The Lord puts a premium value on His relationship with us.  Let us seek faithfully to return that love with obedience” (© 2002. Thomas Nelson, Inc.).

Not only did God command Hosea to marry Gomer, the Prostitute, but God also told Hosea to love her.  Imagine with me if you can, God basically says to Hosea “Hosea, I know you are saving yourself for a beautiful wholesome woman, but I have other plans for you.  I want you to marry a whore.  But I don’t want you to just marry her, I want you to love her with all of your heart (Hosea 3:1).  Even though she will continue to sleep with other men for money, I want you to love her and treat her with the same love you would have given to the woman of purity that you thought you would marry.”

My brothers and sisters, I have to tell you that as I am writing this message, I am stupefied, amazed, baffled, blown away, and outdone by how much God loves us.  As unfaithful as we are, God still loves us with a pure love and with a love which makes us pure, as He faithfully searches the streets to take us back over and over again.  Don’t you dare let anyone tell you that God isn’t a God of love, because that is a lie from the pit of hell!  That is exactly what the devil would have you believe because he the biggest whore with no one who will take him back!

The name “Hosea” actually means “deliverer” (Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance).  And God said to Hosea “Go again, love a woman who is loved by a lover and is committing adultery, just like the love of the Lord for the children of Israel, who look to other gods and love the raisin cakes of the pagans” (Hosea 3:1).

Many nights, Hosea would have to endure the sheer and utter shame and embarrassment of collecting his wife from another man’s bed.  Hosea endured the ridicule of his wife’s clients as he searched the streets night after night, and sometimes having to even pay one of the men to be able to take his wife and stop her from engaging in this act!  He even had to endure the mockery of his own wife, who would shake her defiant fist in her husband’s faithful face while saying “I won’t stop Hosea.  I am going out again tomorrow to lay up with other men.”

The Hebrew word for “go” as used in this verse, is comprised of the two words “yalak” (yaw-lak) and “owd” (ode), which mean “to go continually, to go again and again, go repeatedly, carry, bear” (Strong’s).  So it is with God concerning us.  Night after night, our Loving Father gets up from His mighty throne, searches for us, and comes to collect us from our adultery.  Whatever we place above our Heavenly Father, whatever or whoever we love more than our God, whatever we are willing to use to compromise our relationship with the One who constantly makes us pure, is the trick we have chosen to turn that causes us to cheat on the Father.

It grieves the heart of God when His children want to debate what they should or shouldn’t do based on splitting hairs: “well, it isn’t in the New Testament, so we don’t have to do it.  No, Jesus did away with that.  We are under grace now, so we don’t have to do this anymore, as that was Old Testament.”  My brothers and sisters, we should be motivated by a much higher calling and a more powerful, compelling, and liberating reason to be obedient to the Father: His Love and His willingness to carry our shame and nail it to the Cross.

The mere thought of our Father, who is so pure and holy, who constantly endures the ridicule of the world by scouring the streets night after night, looking for us to take us back home in the midst of our carousing because of His great love for us, should be all the motivation we need to do right by Him and for Him.

Hosea’s life was a living sermon of God’s immense, unfailing, and tireless love and devotion for His unfaithful people.  Shouldn’t ours be too?

Father, thank you for your undying, unfailing, amazing, and immeasurable love for us.  Even when we are unfaithful to you, because of your great love toward us, you still search for us night after night, collect us, and take us home.  We have no words, Most Holy Father, on how such a magnificent and Holy God can continue to endure the ridicule of the world and love a people who can’t even comprehend what that means.  “Thank you, Father” is all we can muster to an incomprehensible God, who dared to love a people such as us.  Thank you for giving us your heart, Most Loving Father.  Take our hearts and do a new work in them, so that we no longer wander, we no longer cheat, and we arrive at and always stay with our first love, which is You, Most Amazing God.  In Jesus Name, we pray and we thank you for breaking our wandering and turning our hearts permanently toward you.  Amen and Amen.

With warmest regards,
And in service of the Most High King,

Matthew

 

Jesus is our joy: A special Christmas Message

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“You will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” – Psalm 16:11

Christmas. This is the day we celebrate the selfless act of a savior, brought forth from the heart of a grieving father over 2,000 years ago.  This is the day we remember, and look upon with profound and inexpressible gratitude, as we reflect on the most prolific, unparalleled, and selfless act of love ever expressed by anyone at anytime.  This is the day we celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

This is the day, beyond 2,000 years ago, when Heaven, for the first time in eternity, went dark.  This is the day when Joy, in the form of Love, agreed to step out of that Divine place in the Holy of Holies, to be born of a virgin, become a man, and die a horrific death to save a people who could not save themselves.  “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon His shoulder: and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6).

This moment in time set in motion the day when God’s only Son would be “oppressed and afflicted, yet He did not open His mouth; He was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is silent, so He did not open his mouth” (Isaiah 53:7).  This day would point to the darkest of days, when the Son of man would allow the Father to put upon Him, the shame of the entire world; and pour out His wrath upon this spotless and unblemished Lamb, while He lay dying on the Cross of Calvary.

This marked the day when the Father would grow the tree that His precious Son would hang on, naked between heaven and earth, and die an agonizing death.  “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.  For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved” (John 3:16-17).

Hebrews 12:2 testifies of the sweet that would be dispersed from the bitter: “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.”  This willing Son so loved the world, that He maintained joy in His heartbroken and nail-pierced hand, so that we too could experience the joy of salvation of being reconciled back to a forgiving Father, through the Risen Savior.

This is the day when the heart of the Creator of the universe would be broken, as this loving Father gave His only begotten Son to be broken for His lost creation.  This would be the day when the very saliva that this Father created in the mouths of an unrepentant creation would use what the Creator created, to spit on His very own Son.  This is the day when this selfless Father would create the cave where His Son’s broken and lifeless body would be laid to rest.  How great is the love of this Father, who gave the most precious treasure He had to get back the most precious treasure that was stolen—His one and only beautiful baby boy, to get back His lost creation.

And with the love of a hopeful Father, this Creator made the very stone that would be rolled away by Heaven itself to welcome home this Treasure from Heaven which has been broken and poured out, so we could be brought back to life, revived, restored, resurrected and made whole by the sacrifice of Love Himself.  “But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).

Christmas points to the greatest love story ever known.  It is a story of a heartbroken Father, who gave up the most precious treasure He had, His Son, Who went willingly, to get back the most precious thing He lost— His creation.  Let us reflect and give thanks on this day, as we “Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the children of God” (1 John 3:1).

Jesus is our joy restored because “He Himself is the sacrifice that atones for our sins— and not only our sins but the sins of all the world” (1 John 2:2).  For this and so much more, we say “thank you” to the Son who gave up His place in Heaven to become the Savior of the world, that we might have life, and may have it more abundantly (John 10:10).

I wish you a very Merry Christmas and an amazing New Year, filled to overflowing with the peace and joy of Christ, and the exciting expectation of all things made new, above and beyond what you could ask or imagine for this coming year.  I pray that the love, joy, peace, forgiveness, healing, and restoration of the Savior flow into you, and fill you to overflowing on this day and every day.  Wishing you a very Merry Christmas, Family!

And thank You, most loving, merciful, and Holy Father, for sacrificing Your precious and first-born Son for us, that we may live.  And thank you Jesus, for dying for us, and becoming our joy.  Happy Birthday, most beloved and precious Son—our Savior of the world!

With warmest regards,
And in service of the Most High King,

Matthew

The first fruit of faith: A Thanksgiving Message

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“[Abraham] who against hope believed in hope.” –Romans 4:18a

Abraham was called by God as the Father of many nations, and the father of faith (Genesis 15:5, Romans 4:16). The name “Abraham,” in the Hebrew is Abraham (pr. Ab-raw-hawm), meaning “father of a multitude;” and this is the same Abraham whose name in the Greek , Abraam (pr. Ab-rah-am), means “Patriarch” (Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance). Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary defines a “patriarch” as “one of the scripture founders of the human race, a man who is father or founder, the oldest member or representative of a group.”

What the Lord gave to me concerning Abraham is that he was a first fruit offering of faith to us by God. Faith paved the way to the greater gift, the greatest First Fruit offering of Salvation, Jesus Christ. In Old Testament times, people gave the first of what they grew or raised (crops and livestock) as a burnt offering to God, because the first was often the best, and it was guaranteed income. Giving away these first fruits demonstrated a reverence that God deserves our best fruit of our labor because He gives us His best; and our Father has earned our trust, as He is proven faithful to supply all of our need; thus the term “first fruits.” This still holds true today: we should give God the first hour of our day, the first day of our week, and return to Him the first tenth of our income.

God gave to us the first fruit of faith, which then would prepare the way and usher in the Savior of the world. 2 Timothy 3:15 hails that we are made “wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.” We must have faith to accept the Savior. This same faith was required in order for Mary, the Virgin Mother of God, to be able to say to the angel of the Lord “let it be to me according to your word” (Luke 1:38). It was Mary’s faith, the faith planted by Abraham, that opened her womb and allowed God’s Holy Spirit to impregnate her with Jesus Christ, the Son of God and the Son of man.

It was God’s faith in Mary which sent an angel to her, garnering her consent to carry the Savior of the World. Faith was required to create the space and usher in the incarnation of God, as the Savior of all humanity. This couldn’t be just any kind of faith, my brother. This wasn’t your run-of-the-mill, off the shelf, everyday faith, my sister. This was a very special and very rare concentrated and pure type of faith. This was the only brand of faith that could call forth the Savior. This was the first fruit faith, which was established approximately 2,000 years earlier through our father of faith, Abraham.

This is the kind of faith that Abraham had: the ‘hope against hope’ kind of faith. The Greek word for “against” as used in this verse is para (pr. par-ah), which means “more than, past.” God had woven “more than” faith into Abraham’s spiritual DNA, the kind of faith that comes from the Ancient of Days, the original potent stuff from the past, from before time began. The original faith that, when God spoke, the world was created and everything in it. We serve a “more than enough” God; a God who is the Ancient of Days, and is the same God yesterday, today, and forever. We are made in the Image of a God who is faithful, a Father full of faith (John 6:1-13, Daniel 7:22, Hebrews 13:8).

This “hope,” the elpis (pr. el-pece), is “to anticipate with pleasure, expectation, confidence, faith.” Abraham “believed” (pisteuo, pr. pist-yoo-o), meaning to “entrust one’s spiritual well-being to Christ.” The Savior wouldn’t arrive to earth for almost 2,000 years; but Abraham knew the Son of God was on His way, and that he needed to prepare and roll out the red carpet, woven with the fabric of first fruit faith! Nothing less would do or could do!

We, as sons and daughters of the Most High God, are the seed of Abraham; and therefore entitled to the blessing of Abraham, as contained in the Abrahamic covenant that God established with him and through him to all believers. God carves out this covenant in Genesis 12:1-3, and consecrates it in Genesis 22:16-18, where He declares “and [God] said: ‘By Myself I have sworn, says the Lord, because you have done this thing, and have not withheld your son, your only son—  blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply your descendants as the stars of the heaven and as the sand which is on the seashore; and your descendants shall possess the gate of their enemies. In your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice.’”

The Hebrew word for “blessed” as God decreed upon every descent of Abraham is barak (pr. baw-rak), meaning “to bless God as an act of adoration; and visa-verse, God blesses man as a benefit.” We have much to be Thankful for today. We serve a God, who loves us so much, that He gave us one man to sacrifice his only beloved son in his heart, so that He could then painfully sacrifice His only begotten Son on a cross; so we could not only be saved and reconciled back to a heart-broken Father, but so that we also could be blessed abundantly through the gift of the first fruit of faith.

Give thanks to the Father of all fathers, by offering your first fruit of faith back to Him, because God offered us His very best—His first fruit of faith, which ushered in His First Fruit of Salvation.

Happy Thanksgiving, family. I wish you a safe, happy, healthy, and abundantly blessed Thanksgiving filled to overflowing with God’s best. Let the love, joy, peace, patience, gentleness, and kindness of the Father of all fathers fill you and your loved ones to overflowing.

Father, Happy Thanksgiving. We love You so very much. And we thank You for giving us Your very best. Help us to give You back our very best all the time, because You are certainly worth it. We celebrate You, Father God, our Big Brother and Savior Jesus, and Uncle Holy Spirit, with praise and thanksgiving. In Jesus Name, we thank You that we are thankful this day and every day. Amen and Amen.

With warmest regards,
And in service of the Most High King,

Matthew

(c) 2016.

A Declaration over this Nation’s 2016 Election

Father God, I decree and declare that during this 2016 election cycle, the misled minority will not be the majority vote. I decree and declare that the irresponsible will not determine the responsible outcome of this election. I decree and declare that the hostage takers will be forced to relinquish their ungodly grip. I decree and declare that because of You, people will vote according to Your Will, and not man’s will. I decree and declare that You will act on the cries of Your righteous sons and daughters; and therefore, You will hand pick the next President of these United Sates of America in response to the cries of the righteous. I decree and declare that righteousness will once again rule America, thereby destroying the perversions that have infected, sickened, and crippled this great nation. I make this declaration in the Matchless Name of Jesus Christ, Who is Lord over all! Amen and Amen.

 

2016: The year to arise

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The Lord dropped this word in my spirit some months ago, during the advent of the Jewish New Year (5776, tav-shin-ayin-vav). “Vav” is the 6th letter of the Hebrew alphabet. Six also represents the number of man.

Genesis 1:26-31 reveals this truth: “Then God said, ‘Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.’ So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. Then God blessed them, and God said to them, ‘Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.’

And God said, ‘See, I have given you every herb that yields seed which is on the face of all the earth, and every tree whose fruit yields seed; to you it shall be for food.  Also, to every beast of the earth, to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, in which there is life, I have given every green herb for food’; and it was so.  Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good. So the evening and the morning were the sixth day.”

If one looks at this Hebrew letter (see diagram below), it abstractly resembles a human being. The Lord pointed out to me that the figure faces to the left. In Biblical terms, facing left indicates God’s strength or ability demonstrated through man (Judges 3:20-21, 20:16, Ira Milligan, Understanding the Dreams You Dream). The Great I AM is going to position His righteous sons and daughters facing left for 2016.

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God said to my spirit so clearly: “2015 was a year where much wickedness was allowed to rule this nation, where the carnal man (the flesh and un-surrendered soul) were given a voice, and allowed to wreak havoc upon the earth. But no more! I am putting My foot down. I am breaking the back of the enemy! I, The Lord God Almighty, will make the carnal man fall, and cause the spirit man, who I created in My Image, to awaken and to arise! I will call out the Joshuas, the Jonahs, the Noahs, the Esthers, and the Naomis to rise in this new season. I will cause a revival such as the world has never seen before, none since the days of Pentecost! I am choosing the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and I, The Lord God Almighty, am choosing the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; and the base things of the world and the things which are despised I have chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, that no flesh should glory in My presence” (1 Corinthians 1:27-29).

 

Webster defines the word “arise” as “to begin at a source, to get up.” God is taking us back to Genesis for 2016, family, where “in the beginning” is where it began. He is commanding our carnal man to sit down, and causing the spirit man of every born-again believer to arise, in His Image, and step into the original plan and purpose He spoke into each and every one of us before He laid the foundation of the world.

The Prophet Isaiah calls the light to shine into the darkness as it illuminates “Arise, shine; for your light has come! And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you. For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and deep darkness the people; but the Lord will arise over you, and His glory will be seen upon you” (Isaiah 60:1-2).

Be encouraged, my brothers and sisters. God is going to shine upon this nation, His nation, like never before in this New Year! It is time for you to arise.

God bless you.

With warmest regards,
And in service of the Most High King,

Matthew