God will work it out

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Do you need God to work out those things that concern you? He WILL! You just have to claim His promise found in Psalm 138:8, which is a seed waiting for you to claim, plant, and cultivate!

Listen to this powerful message on our very own ELAvate! radio program on SOAR Radio. Tune in every Wednesday from 6.30-7PM CST, or call in to receive prayer, direction, revelation, and encouragement at 815.320.9005. Click on the link below to experience this break-through message. God bless you!

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With warmest regards,

Matthew

 

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Spiritual sons take to the airways!

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It was a profound privilege to have two of my spiritual sons on our radio broadcast, ELAvate!, some weeks back.

Have a listen below, as I am sure you will be as blessed as I was, and continue to be. Please note that the first approximately 5 minutes is opening music, before the broadcast begins.

http://soarradio.com/admin/Show%20Archive/ELAvate%205-17-17.mp3

A BIG SHOUT-OUT and thanks to SOAR Radio for hosting us! SOAR is big league now, as a Stellar Award Winner for 2017!  Also,  a mention of gratitude for our awesome producer, Kenneth.

God bless!

With warmest regards,

Matthew

A prayer to know Jesus as Messiah and the Bridegroom

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The Lord led me to Psalm 45 in which Holy Spirit dropped this prayer in my spirit. I believe it is to be released to be recited as a personal prayer for this season by believers in the body of Christ.

God bless you.

“Father, I want to know Your Son, my Lord, Savior, Big Brother, and Best Friend Jesus Christ, as my Messiah and Bridegroom.   In Jesus Name I pray, and I thank You in advance for honoring me to glorify You and to lift Jesus high, that all people will be drawn to Him, call on His Name, repent of their sins, accept Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior, and His sinless, spotless and atoning Blood as payment in full for their sins (past, present, and future), and be reconciled back to You, becoming Your sons and daughters of Your Righteousness because of Jesus. Amen and Amen.”

Psalm 45: The Glories of the Messiah and His Bride

To the Chief Musician. Set to “The Lilies.”A Contemplation of the sons of Korah. A Song of Love.

My heart is overflowing with a good theme;
I recite my composition concerning the King;
My tongue is the pen of a ready writer.

You are fairer than the sons of men;
Grace is poured upon Your lips;
Therefore God has blessed You forever.
Gird Your sword upon Your thigh, O Mighty One,
With Your glory and Your majesty.
And in Your majesty ride prosperously because of truth, humility, and righteousness;
And Your right hand shall teach You awesome things.
Your arrows are sharp in the heart of the King’s enemies;
The peoples fall under You.

Your throne, O God, is forever and ever;
A scepter of righteousness is the scepter of Your kingdom.
You love righteousness and hate wickedness;
Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You
With the oil of gladness more than Your companions.
All Your garments are scented with myrrh and aloes and cassia,
Out of the ivory palaces, by which they have made You glad.
Kings’ daughters are among Your honorable women;
At Your right hand stands the queen in gold from Ophir.

Listen, O daughter,
Consider and incline your ear;
Forget your own people also, and your father’s house;
So the King will greatly desire your beauty;
Because He is your Lord, worship Him.
And the daughter of Tyre will come with a gift;
The rich among the people will seek your favor.

The royal daughter is all glorious within the palace;
Her clothing is woven with gold.
She shall be brought to the King in robes of many colors;
The virgins, her companions who follow her, shall be brought to You.
With gladness and rejoicing they shall be brought;
They shall enter the King’s palace.

Instead of Your fathers shall be Your sons,
Whom You shall make princes in all the earth.
I will make Your name to be remembered in all generations;
Therefore the people shall praise You forever and ever.

(Source: Biblegateway.com)

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

Matthew

2017: The Year of The Bridegroom

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Enjoy this powerful radio broadcast by Michelle and Daniels and myself, in addition to reading this rich revelation below!

 

On 9/23/2016, I had the following dream:

I dreamt that I was in the coatroom of a banquet hall for a wedding celebration. The hall was filled with people.  There was a dress that was laid out for the bride, but she never came; however a new bride came. This bride’s name was Wendy.  As she entered the room, she smiled but didn’t say a word. Her hair was curly with locks of golden brown.  The Lord told me that her hair was made with the sand of eternity.

When I went to give her the dress, a second wending dress appeared supernaturally. I knew that this second dress was the one I was to give her.  At that time, I raised a tambourine embedded with silver bells, held it high in my right hand, and shook it to get everyone’s attention.

Revelation and Interpretation by Michelle Daniels and Matthew Gargano:

The year 5777/2017 is the Year of the Bridegroom. It is the year that Jesus is on the earth preparing His bride, the church.  The Lord allowed us to see, in part, what His bride will look like:

“Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, and that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish” (Ephesians 5:25b-27).

The bride that those were expecting did not come, because she was the notion of the bride that was conjured up by the unsurrendered soul and the flesh (the image of what “church” people thought the bride should look like).

The true bride, the one worthy and acceptable unto Jesus, came forth with the name Wendy, and curly golden-brown hair. The very name Wendy means “friend” (Thompson and Beale, The Divinity Code).

“As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love.  If you keep my commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love.  These things I have spoken to you, that My joy remain in you, and that your joy may be full.  This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.  Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.  You are my friends if you do whatever I command you.  No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you my friends, for all things that I heard from My Father, I have made known to you.  You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain. That whatever you ask the Father in My Name He may give you.  These things I command you, that you love one another” (John 15:9-17).

“Hair represents covenant, anointing, humbling love and devotion (Judges 16:17, 19-20, Luke 7:38); and curly hair represents God’s Glory (Daniel 7:9). Golden symbolizes refined, pure, holy, God’s Glory, beautiful, valuable, deeds done in God’s Holy Spirit (Thompson and Beale). With brown mixed in being the result or outcome of a repentant heart bathed in humility.

The bride was of average appearance (outside), but her countenance was beyond beautiful (that which radiated from within—the heart).  She didn’t need to say a word, because her countenance was her voice which spoke in the language of the Spirit.  She was not outwardly adorned, which represents what looks good to the world (miracles, signs, and wonders), as she had moved beyond that.

The people who focus on the outward appearance are those who have little to no relationship with the Lord—those in which Jesus said “I know you not” (Matthew 7:23).  The bride was not concerned with outward appearances, but rather the inward, which represented falling in love with Jesus.

Jesus’ true bride could never be adorned in anything made by the world, which is why the second wedding dress appeared supernaturally, which was her true adornment.

The fact that the Lord said that the bride’s hair was “made with the sands of eternity” represent how eternity has now invaded time. Just as it did when Jesus was born and walked the earth, and is now walking on the earth.  He is inspecting the fig trees (the churches), and He is judging their fruit, or lack of fruit, for the purpose of preparing His bride.  This is also a time of determining who will be among the wise and who will be among the foolish virgins; for the choices of the heart that we make will either bring us closer to God, or move us farther away from Him.

The fact that the tambourine was lifted up high in the right hand, getting everyone’s attention, is representative of our call to lift Jesus up high that all people would be drawn to Him (John 12:32).  Jesus is God’s gift to us; and we, as a bride, are a gift back to Him.  The right represents God’s power revealed through flesh (Exodus 15:6, 1 Peter 3:22).

The three 7’s of the Hebrew year 5777 (2017) represent perfection, completion, and alignment of our spirt, soul, and body; jointly fit and grafted into the Holy Trinity—God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.  The 5 represents this process of perfection, completion, and alignment which is anchored in God’s Grace, made manifest in the birth, life, and resurrection of His Son, our Lord, Savior, and Bridegroom, Jesus Christ.  These sevens also represent three doors facing to the left; again, representing the Trinity, with left being the direction of God’s strength or ability demonstrated trough man’s weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9a-10b, Judges, 20:16).

The three 7’s are the product of 21 (3*7), which represents fullness or the completion of spiritual perfection, expecting God, serving God (Exodus 12:18, Daniel 10:13, Haggai 2:1, Thompson and Beale).

This is a season of consecration and preparation. This is a season of asking, believing, and receiving God’s heart as our own.  This is a season of the bride tarrying in the bridal chamber, preparing, and eagerly awaiting her Bridegroom.

“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.  And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16-17, 14).

“Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal as friends” (Revelation 3:20).

“I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out to find pasture” (John 10:9).

“And He said unto me, My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness” (2 Corinthians 12:9).

“And Jesus spoke to them saying, ‘All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.  Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commended you; and lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the age.’ Amen” (Matthew 28:16-20)

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

Michelle Daniels and Matthew Gargano

Accessing the Culture of Heaven

It is with great privilege to announce that Pastor Michelle Daniels and I were offered our own weekly radio spot!  God is truly opening doors!  We felt led to name our show “ELAVATE!” after God as “El`aleh {el-aw-lay’}, God of ascension/elevation.  Thus, the intentional spelling of our version of “ELAVATE!” God is calling us higher, and we are excited about responding to this call! Join Pastor Michelle and me every Wednesday evening from 6.30-7PM on SOAR radio as we go higher and higher! Thanks and God bless you!

Click on the link below to listen to our first radio broadcast entitled “Accessing the Culture of Heaven.”  There is a 3-minute opening song, “Before the Throne” by Shekinah Glory which will bless you greatly.

http://soarradio.com/admin/Show%20Archive/ELAvate%203-8-17.mp3

Join us every Wednesday from 6.30-7PM CST on SOAR Radio. You can download the app to listen live at www.soarradio.com.

Thanks and God Bless!

ELAvate

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