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

God deemed marriage as “good”

“Wives submit to your husbands…” (Ephesians 5:22a).

The devil tries to pervert what God deemed good.  Satan cannot create anything, so he tries to counterfeit what God has created.  Why would God give us anything that wouldn’t be good?  And our Perfect Father gave us marriage, which He deemed “good.”

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The word “submit,” as commanded by God, gets a bad rap by both men and women, and husbands and wives, because of a lack of understanding.  Men twist and abuse its meaning, and women reject it. But my wife and me, along with some of our in-laws, did a study on its original meaning back over Thanksgiving, which blew us away.  This rich revelation has been rolling around in my spirit ever since.

The original Greek word for submit, as used in this context is hupotasso, which actually means to “get under and lift up”  (Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance). Wow! In order for you to get under something and lift it up, you must be more powerful than that which you are attempting to lift!  And with every Godly wife (key word—Godly), they are endued with this special kind of power through God’s Holy Spirit!  A Godly wife is a lifter of her husband.

And what about the rest of this paragraph that the fellas like to omit?  “Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her…” (Ephesians 5:25). Husbands are also endued with power from on High, and that is the love of Christ we are to pour into and over our wives selflessly and unconditionally.

So both are equally powerful, and yet more powerful in different ways.  “The two become one” because they complement one another, and are completed in Christ, as God intended.  They are not two halves who complete a whole; but rather two imperfect “wholes” that are joined together and infused with God’s Holy Spirit as one.

Eve was made from Adam’s rib, not so he could dominate over her, but that the two would be equal as human beings and as a married couple, with each having separate but equal roles.

Remember, when God said that Adam needed a helper (of equal or greater value), there was no house to clean, children to raise, or chores to do in the Garden of Eden (Ken Nair, “Discovering the Mind of a Woman”).

Eve was made from Adam’s side, not from his head to dominate him, and not from his feet to be trampled upon; but from his side as an equal co-ruler with him. God gave us marriage to make us more Christ-like.  And He gave us wives as helpers, in a similar manner that Jesus gave us His Holy Spirit as our Helper.  To this extent, we must treat our wives with the same care and sensitivity that we do God’s Holy Spirit.

Let us always remember what God deemed good is indeed good.  And if we perceive it as anything less, then it’s either our lack of understanding, or because we bought the counterfeit lie of the devil, who wants to keep us from experiencing God’s best.

God bless you, family.

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

Matthew

The Name above every name

A Daily Word from the Word for Thursday, September 24, 2015

“Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” – Philippians 2:9-11

Have you taken some time to really get the revelation in your spirit regarding the Name of Jesus? I don’t think any of us, while in bodily form, can truly comprehend what God did when He exalted the Name of His Son, the One Who took captivity captive, the Sovereign Savior of the world; however, we can most certainly gain a fuller understanding than what we currently hold.

Our name is our identity. We have a heavenly name, which God gave to us, and an earthly name. Most people do not know the name on their eternal birth certificate. But whether God has made this known to you or not, we are hid in and can call on the Name that has conquered death, because our identity is found in Christ.

At the Name of Jesus, everything must bow: sickness, disease, lack, confusion, rejection, addiction, abuse, hopelessness, fear, loneliness, hurt, anxiety, misdirection, and anything else that is not of God. We don’t have to wait until we get to Heaven for the Great I AM to wipe away every tear; for we have this promise available to us now, found in the Name above every name.

Don’t know who to turn to, my brother? Don’t know who to call on, my sister? Need someone to take out those giants for you, family? I know just the Person, and His Name is Jesus.

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Father, thank You for so loving the world that You gave Your only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For You, Most Holy Father, did not send Your Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through You might be saved (John 3:16-17). Help us to realize and experience the power in this Name. Help us to call upon this Name. Hold us up, as we are seated with this Name in high and heavenly places (Ephesians 2:6). In Jesus Name, we thank You that we have full access to that Great Name that changed the world forever. Amen and Amen.

Take action! Challenge your thinking! Choose to call upon the Name of Jesus to defeat those things, areas, and circumstances in your life that have tried to keep you down and out. Determine to press in for a fuller revelation on the power and the price found in this Name. And continue to fight the good fight of making every thing in your life bow by speaking the Name of Jesus; for God, your Divine Nature, has already given you the victory!

Jesus is coming soon!

May God Bless you and keep you always.

With warmest regards,

And, in service of The Most High King,

Matthew

© 2015.

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Allow God to gather you

A Daily Word from the Word for Wednesday, September 23, 2015

“Fear not, for I am with you; I will bring your descendants from the east, and gather you from the west; I will say to the north, ‘Give them up!’ And to the south, ‘Do not keep them back!’ Bring My sons from afar, and My daughters from the ends of the earth—everyone who is called by My name, whom I have created for My glory; I have formed him, yes, I have made him.” – Isaiah 43:5-7

I keep hearing the Lord say “I am gathering, gathering, gathering My children into My arms.” I believe this is going to be a year of the prodigals returning home like never before. It is a new year according to the Jewish Calendar, which commenced on the eve of September 13th—Rosh Hashanah. So it is indeed a new year, both in the spiritual realm and in the natural realm.

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As I was gathering acorns the other day, for a greater spiritual purpose, I came upon some where there were two connected, but one was missing, with just the top present. It was then that the Lord spoke to me about gathering these, among others, which represented homes with prodigals yet to return. The Loving Father then had me pray over these various configurations, representing not only prodigals, but also broken families, and people.

If you are praying for a prodigal, be encouraged! The Lord has heard your cries and is getting ready to move in the hearts of the wayward on your behalf. If you are a prodigal son or daughter, surrender to the great love of your Heavenly Father, who so desperately wants to gather you up in His Loving arms and bring you home.

Father, we thank You for being the great Gatherer. We thank You for making us gatherers as well—gatherers of Your Word, gatherers of Your love, and gatherers of Your great mercy. Help us, Holy God, to be repairers of the breach, to stand in the gap for those who are too weak, deceived, angry, bitter, resentful, calloused, or too broken to stand for themselves. In Jesus Name, we thank You that we love You because You first loved us (1 John 4:19). Amen and Amen.

Take action! Challenge your thinking! Choose to ask God to reveal what is on His heart. Determine to walk in the ways and love of the Father. Be an arm of the Lord, and seek to gather what and who He has set out to redeem. And continue to fight the good fight of maintaining the mind of Christ, for God, your Purest Thought, has already given you the victory!

Jesus is coming soon!

May God Bless you and keep you always.

With warmest regards,

And, in service of The Most High King,

Matthew

© 2015.

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