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New Year New Choices

540_293_resize_20130701_3b9dc09f8218f9325f956558fe990f4c_jpgThis is the time of year people are making New Year’s resolutions hoping that they will keep them but knowing that they probably won’t.

Sadly, this is a ritual many go through year after year and the outcome is always the same – failure.

Let’s make this year different.

Make is a new year of new choices for your life.

The word resolution means: 1. Process of resolving 2. Decision 3. Determination

Where are you in the process of the decision that will take determination to achieve?

Now, to the deeper question.

Where are you spiritually and what new choices do you need to make in this New Year?

Patient: Doctor doctor.  It hurts when I do this!

Doctor: Don’t do it!

In 25 plus years of ministry I have met countless people who want the pain or torment to go away but do not want to change the decisions that led to the pain and torment.

Many Believers in Jesus of Nazareth as Lord and Savior see Him and His grace as a license to sin.  They know He will forgive them so they keep doing what they did before and getting the same outcome.  Yes, He loves you just as you are but He also loves you too much to let you stay that way.

The Holy Spirit is given to inspire, encourage and convict us of sin.  He walks with us to show us the way and to remind of The Word.  When we willfully sin we wander away from Him and His guidance.  Eventually, if it goes on long enough, we are lost in the darkness and shadows of this world where the wolves dwell.  It is then that the Shepherd seeks us out and leads us home.  Correction regarding our choices is a part of His love and done with His grace.

woman-caught-in-adulteryThe woman caught in adultery in John 8 was offered love, grace and no condemnation.  But, she was also offered a directive –  “go and sin no more”.  In other words, stop doing what you are doing or make better choices.  The Lord finalizes this directive with His closing statement in verse 12 – “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”

If we are claim to follow Him our lives must show it.  If we are walking in darkness it means we are no longer in the Light.  And, that means we are no longer following Him.

It’s a New Year I pray that you will make New Choices that will keep in out of the darkness and into His Light.

Firefall Talk Radio – New Year New Choices

Richard J Grund
Director, Solomon’s Porch.
Director & Team Leader, SRT the Supernatural Response Team

Meat, meat, all you can eat!

Meat, meat, all you can eat!

May 24, 2010

Richard J Grund

Hebrews 5:12-14 (NKJV)

Spiritual Immaturity
12
For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the first principles of the oracles of God; and you have come to need milk and not solid food. 13 For everyone who partakes only of milk is14 But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, unskilled in the word of righteousness, for he is a babe. that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.

This section of Hebrews 5 is entitled Spiritual Immaturity and that is what I want to rant about..I mean talk about.

Over the past few months I’ve been doing a Back to Basics Bible Study built around the Book of Acts.  As we’ve been dissecting each scripture and thought the undeniable pattern of Divine Instruction has revealed itself.

Isaiah 28:9-10 (NKJV)

9 “ Whom will he teach knowledge?
And whom will he make to understand the message?
Those
just weaned from milk?
Those
just drawn from the breasts?
10
For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept,
Line upon line, line upon line,
Here a little, there a little.”

That pattern that has revealed itself in the New Testament is that you must bridge the Gospels and the Letters of the Apostles with the Book of Acts.  The Gospels underscore and explain the Book of Acts and the Letters of the Apostles to the church at large reveals the teaching of the Gospels in those events.  All three are intertwined in such a way that they cannot be taken out of context without diffusing its meaning and causing confusion in the reader.

Ecclesiastes 4:12 ( NKJV )
Though one may be overpowered by another, two can withstand him.     And a threefold cord is not quickly broken.

And, without a knowledge and understanding of the Law and the Prophets (the Old Testament) we have limited insight into what the Lord was saying and what the NT Teachers were using as their framework for understanding.

The Bible is ONE BOOK of 66 Books acting as individual strands interwoven with the scarlet threat of salvation and redemption.  To not understand it in its entirety cheats the reader of the meat of the word.  To not know the events and historicity of the Book of Acts cheats you from the “who, what, where and why” of their writings.

It’s my belief that there are many who sit like little birds in a nest called a local church and eat the regurgitated Word chewed on by someone else.  They would rather sit there with their mouths agape and be fed then to feed themselves on the solid food of the Word.  Babies need pabulum and soft food.  That’s fine when you are a spiritual babe but after a while you should move on to solid food.  If your preachers and teachers are not encouraging you to chew on solid food of your own then they are deliberately making you dependent upon them.  They encourage your lack of spiritual maturity so that you will keep coming to them for “food”.

The Lord did not do that.  He challenged the thinking of His disciples and He pushed them out without Him almost immediately so that they could obtain experiential knowledge.  In today’s church you are told that you have to sit in a pew for years or a theological cemetery…I mean seminary…until all your thoughts are the thoughts they want you to have.  I am a strong  proponent of learning to be a leader by being a follower/doer but I also know that the model of the Lord and the Book of Acts was a church dependent upon the Holy Spirit to be their teacher and that by their ACTIONS they were confirmed into ministry.

1 Thessalonians 2:4-9 (NKJV)

4 But as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, even so we speak, not as pleasing men, but God who tests our hearts. 5 For neither at any time did we use flattering words, as you know, nor a cloak for covetousness—God is witness. 6 Nor did we seek glory from men, either from you or from others, when we might have made demands as apostles of Christ. 7 But we were gentle among you, just as a nursing mother cherishes her own children. 8 So, affectionately longing for you, we were well pleased to impart to you not only the gospel of God, but also our own lives, because you had become dear to us. 9 For you remember, brethren, our labor and toil; for laboring night and day, that we might not be a burden to any of you, we preached to you the gospel of God.

By the way, before anyone gets too upset with the seminary comment, do you know the origin of the Christian Seminary concept?  It was born out of the effort to shut down the home churches and free move of the Spirit in 313 A.D. by the church leaders under Constantine.  Its intent was to control what was taught and who taught it.  Funny isn’t it how the church of the Lord exploded and expanded just fine without those controls in place.  There would seem to be a correlation with this man-made restraints and the subsequent replacement of the Book of Acts model with the Edict of Milan Model of large basilicas and cathedrals.  Not too long after this the influence of the church diminished and the Dark Ages began.

1 Thessalonians 5:19 (NKJV)

19 Do not quench the Spirit.

So, what is my point?  My point is that you have in front of you or on some dusty shelf or lamp stand a smorgasbord of the best that your Heavenly Father has for you to feed on.  There is a veritable Heavenly Banquet that will sustain you, strengthen you and mature you into effect, productive children being about your Father’s Business.

Feed on it.  Chew it.  Digest it.  Don’t rely on someone else to feed you but learn to feed yourself.  As I said bfore, if your preachers or teachers aren’t encouraging or inspiring that in you I suggest that you consider looking elsewhere.  We were not called to be dependent upon anyone but the One who is the Living Word of God.  The Holy Spirit was sent to remind you of the Lord’s words not the words of other men.

2 Timothy 2:15 ( NKJV )
Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

However, if you are one of those people who are blissfully happy in your spiritual ignorance and would rather have different flavors of pabulum rather than real food continue on as you have.  That is totally your choice.  Just don’t complain when the time comes, and now is, when you are deceived and destroyed by the false teachers & teaching Peter warned us about in 2 Peter.

John 8:31-32 (NKJV)

The Truth Shall Make You Free
31
Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. 32 And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”

If you want to live in Shacks sipping Chicken Soup for your soul coked by someone else and seeking out Secrets when the Truth has been given to you already that is again your choice.  I’d rather live in my Father’s House in His many mansions feasting on His “food” while having been set free by the Truth given to me by the One who wrote it!

Shalom & Blessings,

Richard J Grund

Are You Running To or Running Away?

Are You Running To or Running Away?

February 4, 2010

Our life in this World and our walk with the Lord in this World is like running a race.  The minute we become Born Again and call Him Lord, the race begins.

Hebrews 12:1-2 (NKJV) 1 Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 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 has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

You are either running to something or running away from something but you are always on the run.

And, the question is will you finish that race.  According to Hebrews 12:2 the Lord ran his race to the finish line (the throne of God) and, for our sakes, HE WON.

As it is with any race there are others running with you and also running against you.  We live in a world that is under the sway and power of the evil one (1 John 5:19).  When the Lord took back the keys of hell and death He restored spiritual authority on the Earth but the natural authority does not happen until the Second Coming and The End comes.  Therefore, we are running in a race where the odds are stacked against us and we are not expected by anyone else to win …anyone but the Lord.

Sometimes the opposition and jostling of the other runners can get so great we want to run away and get out of the race.  Don’t feel bad if you do.  One of the greatest prophet’s of all time did.

1 Kings Chapter 18 tells one of the greatest stories in the Bible about the Prophet Elijah confronting the false prophets of Baal and Asherah under King Ahab & Queen Jezebel on Mount Carmel.  We have heard the story many times about how he called down fire to consume the sacrifice, embarrassed the four hundred and fifty prophets of Baal, and the four hundred prophets of Asherah, who ate at Jezebel’s table and inspired the children of Israel to kill those 850 servants of hell.

What we don’t hear a lot about is that when Jezebel found out what Elijah had done she threatened his life and Elijah RAN AWAY.

1 Kings 19:1-3 (NKJV) 1 And Ahab told Jezebel all that Elijah had done, also how he had executed all the prophets with the sword. 2 Then Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah, saying, “So let the gods do to me, and more also, if I do not make your life as the life of one of them by tomorrow about this time.” 3 And when he saw that, he arose and ran for his life, and went to Beersheba, which belongs to Judah, and left his servant there.

It has always been my desire to seek Elijah out when I get to Heaven to ask him why he ran from Jezebel’s threats.  He should have been filled with confidence.  He had just called down fire to consume the sacrifice, the wood, rocks and water in front of thousands of people and had removed the false prophets from the Kingdom of Israel.  Instead he ran in fear and had to be encouraged  out of his depression and pushed back into ministry by Almighty God (1 Kings 19).  Had he not returned he would not have been able to leave a double portion of his anointing for Elisha who then anointed Jehu to destroy Jezebel and cleanse the Kingdom of Israel.

Be encouraged, even if you have run away or desire to run away, the Lord will seek you out and guide you back to where you were supposed to be in the first place.

However, what if you ran toward the calling instead of away from it?  What then?

If you ran toward that upward calling you would understand how young David felt in 1st Samuel Chapter 17.

David, at the time a young sheepherder serving his father Jesse, was sent to get news about his older brothers and to bring food supplies to them.  The brothers (Eliab the firstborn, next to him Abinadab, and the third Shammah) were with King Saul and the others Israelites in the Valley of Elah confronting the Philistine army (1 Kings 17:17-19).  The army of Israel is on one mountain and the Philistine army is on the other and the valley was in the middle.  Out of the throng of Philistine soldiers comes their champion Goliath who according to the Bible is a giant, almost 10 feet tall and reportedly of the lineage of the Raphaim (Deut. 2:20) as suspected he would also have had 6-finger, 6-toes and been of fearsome features as a descendant of the end result of Genesis 6:1-4.  He was strong enough to be wearing approximately 183 lbs of brass armor and carrying a spear almost as tall as young David at 5 feet in length.  By time David arrives, Goliath has been mocking and belittling the men of Israel for 40-days .

I tell you this to give you a proper perspective of what challenge David faced.  Because of his faith in the Living God he believed he could kill the giant Goliath.  However, man (especially his own brothers) had a different opinion.  His brothers tell him to go home and in verse 33 King Saul says he’s too young to fight the battle tested giant.  However, David was not moved by man’s opinion or the facts.  He was moved by his faith.  When he is finally given permission to fight Goliath he does not hesitate.

1 Samuel 17:45-51 (NKJV) 45 Then David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with a sword, with a spear, and with a javelin. But I come to you in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. 46 This day the LORD will deliver you into my hand, and I will strike you and take your head from you. And this day I will give the carcasses of the camp of the Philistines to the birds of the air and the wild beasts of the earth, that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel. 47 Then all this assembly shall know that the LORD does not save with sword and spear; for the battle is the LORD’s, and He will give you into our hands.”
48 So it was, when the Philistine arose and came and drew near to meet David, that David hurried and ran toward the army to meet the Philistine. 49 Then David put his hand in his bag and took out a stone; and he slung it and struck the Philistine in his forehead, so that the stone sank into his forehead, and he fell on his face to the earth. 50 So David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and a stone, and struck the Philistine and killed him. But there was no sword in the hand of David. 51 Therefore David ran and stood over the Philistine, took his sword and drew it out of its sheath and killed him, and cut off his head with it. And when the Philistines saw that their champion was dead, they fled.

David ran toward his challenge in total faith and expectancy that God would be with him.  It didn’t matter how strong Goliath was, His god was stronger.  It didn’t matter how strong Goliath was, His God was stronger.  His confidence was such that he had five smooth stones (one for Goliath and his four brothers) and he loaded the sling ON THE RUN.  David ran with confidence and his faith was rewarded.

There were others too.  Jonah ran away from his calling but God pursued him and sent back in the right direction to save Nineveh (Jonah 4).  Peter ran from his failure to publicly proclaim his relationship to the Lord after the Lord was captured (Matthew 26:69-75) but the Lord sought him out after the Resurrection and Peter went on to fulfill his calling.

Romans 11:29 (NKJV) 29 For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable.

Romans 11:29 (NLT) 29 For God’s gifts and His call can never be withdrawn.

God will do what He sets out to do with you.  He is faithful to finish the good work He began in and with you.  He will finish what He starts by seeing it through WITH you to the end.

But know this – even if you try to run away He will pursue you and get you back in the race toward the finish line.  He’s faithful even when we aren’t.

He is depending upon you.

The Kingdom of God is depending upon you.

The world is depending upon you.

Run.

Run your race.

Run toward that calling.

Have the faith to know He is in it with you.

Finish.

Win.

Richard J Grund

And through the hands of the apostles
many signs and wonders were done among the people.
And they were all with one accord in Solomon’s Porch.
(Acts 5:12 NKJV)
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Thought for the Day – Be Content & Endure

Thought for the Day – Be Content and Endure

January 12, 2010

Philippians 4:4-13 (NKJV) 4 Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand. 6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

What?  The Apostle Paul wants you to rejoice?  Doesn’t he know what you are going through?  Hasn’t he seen your bank account or heard your cries?  Doesn’t he watch the news?!

Well, no, he’s dead but if he weren’t he’d still say the same thing.  Later on he tells you that he is going through his own tough times as he writes these words.

How do you guard your mind & heart when anxiety and fear attack them?

8 Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. 9 The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.

THINK about these things.  DWELL on them.  ESTEEM them and HOLD ON TO them.

The Apostle Paul says that if you do the God of peace will be with you.  Inverse logic says that if you do not do them there will be no peace because your mind will not be where God can influence it.

KNOW these kinds of thoughts (true, honorable, right, pure, lovely, admirable & things that are excellent and worthy of praise) or NO PEACE!

And, the peace that you will be given SURPASSES human understanding.  I get so frustrated when I see that scripture misquoted as “the peace that passes understanding”.  It’s not a rational peace.  It’s an illogical peace that makes no sense because it comes from the Throne Room.

The Apostle Paul tells us why he knows this is true.
10 But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at last your care for me has flourished again; though you surely did care, but you lacked opportunity. 11 Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: 12 I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. 13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

He was going through his own financial and physical troubles when he wrote this.

Let’s get this straight – Paul did not patch tents because he liked it or wanted to do it.  His heart’s desire was to preach the Gospel and build communities of Believers.  However, some local churches he worked with were better at taking then giving and he had to survive by fixing and making tents.  But, that did matter to him because his mind and heart were set on the things he knew from Above.  He took his thoughts captive and had a mind that would not fear, fret or worry.  He knew that the Lord was faithful and held on to the Promises of His Word.  He could do that because he spent time in the Word, reading it and understanding it.  He spent time in prayer WITH the Living Word, the Lord Jesus/Adonai Yeshua who gave the written word supernatural abilities.

The next group of scriptures always made me uncomfortable as a baby Christian.

11 Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: 12 I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.

Two words there have always gotten my attention: content and abased.

Content means to be happy, satisfied, at ease.  Abased means to be brought low, humbled, humiliated.

I liked the content part but being humiliated wasn’t something that excited me.  I still feel the same way but understand why now!

In those two scriptures he gives us the synopsis of the Christian walk – to be happy, to be humbled, to have needs and to have more then we need.  He is telling us that his peace is not dependent upon outward circumstances of the world.  It’s based on the inward security and trust he has in the Living God.  He knew he was in the world but not of the world.

How do I know that?  He tells me in verse 13: 13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

ALL THINGS!  Not some things but ALL THINGS.  In other words, he can do EVERYTHING and deal with EVERYTHING the world, the flesh and the devil can throw at him because he gets his strength from the Lord.  The Greek word used for strengthen is endunamoō en-doo-nam-o’-o to empower:—enable, (increase in) strength (-en), be (make) strong.

Why is this power to endure the things the Apostle Paul is talking about so important to our walk and our life in 2010?  I’ll let the One who will sustain you answer this question.

Mark 4:3-9 (NKJV) 3 “Listen! Behold, a sower went out to sow. 4 And it happened, as he sowed, that some seed fell by the wayside; and the birds of the air[a] came and devoured it. 5 Some fell on stony ground, where it did not have much earth; and immediately it sprang up because it had no depth of earth. 6 But when the sun was up it was scorched, and because it had no root it withered away. 7 And some seed fell among thorns; and the thorns grew up and choked it, and it yielded no crop. 8 But other seed fell on good ground and yielded a crop that sprang up, increased and produced: some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some a hundred.”
9 And He said to them,[
b] “He who has ears to hear, let him hear!”

Can you hear what He is saying to you?

Mark 4:14-20 (NKJV) 14 The sower sows the word. 15 And these are the ones by the wayside where the word is sown. When they hear, Satan comes immediately and takes away the word that was sown in their hearts. 16 These likewise are the ones sown on stony ground who, when they hear the word, immediately receive it with gladness; 17 and they have no root in themselves, and so endure only for a time. Afterward, when tribulation or persecution arises for the word’s sake, immediately they stumble. 18 Now these are the ones sown among thorns; they are the ones who hear the word, 19 and the cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires for other things entering in choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful. 20 But these are the ones sown on good ground, those who hear the word, accept it, and bear fruit: some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some a hundred.”

There is a thief out there given the name Satan but its every member of his dark kingdom.  They exist to steal your peace, steal your joy, steal your blessings and steal the Word from your heart & mind if they can.  Get rooted and grounded in the written Word (Logos) and the Living Word (Rrhema).  Drive those roots deep with the Living Water of the Holy Spirit.  Cultivate it and protect it.  When the trials and tribulation we’ve been warned of come you will still be fruitful and won’t be washed away in the floods of despair that are coming.

Listen to what the Lord says to the church at Philadelphia:

Revelation 3:10-13 (NKJ V) 10 Because you have kept My command to persevere, I also will keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth. 11 Behold,[a] I am coming quickly! Hold fast what you have, that no one may take your crown. 12 He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall go out no more. I will write on him the name of My God and the name of the city of My God, the New Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from My God. And I will write on him My new name.
13 “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”’

If you have no joy, have no peace, are filled with anxiety or fear over your circumstances or your life, you will not endure the days ahead.  Make a choice today to guard your heart & mind from anything that comes to do them harm.  Even the smallest thing can begin to destroy the peace and contentment you seek.  Even the slightest complaint or negative word from your lips will start the rot that will destroy the Vine of Life given to you by the Lord.

Let NOTHING – NO THING natural or supernatural – hinder you from enduring to the end.

If the Apostle Paul were here this is what he would say to you today:

“Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again—be JOYFUL BECAUSE OF HIM!  Let everyone see that you are considerate in all you do. Remember, the Lord is coming soonDon’t worry about ANYTHING; instead, pray about EVERYTHING. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has already done. When you do that, you will experience God’s peace, which EXCEEDS ANYTHING WE CAN UNDERSTAND. His peace WILL GUARD YOUR HEARTS AND MINDS as you LIVE in Christ Jesus. Remember, YOU CAN DO EVERYTHING and DEAL WITH EVERYTHING because of the supernatural, spiritual strength GIVEN TO YOU BY THE LORD HIMSELF!

And to that I would say, “Amen!”

Shalom & Blessings,

Richard J Grund

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And they were all with one accord in Solomon’s Porch.

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Thought For The Day – Eyes & Ears Checkup

Matthew 13

10 And the disciples came and said to Him, “Why do You speak to them in parables?”
11 He answered and said to them, “Because it has been given to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given. 12 For whoever has, to him more will be given, and he will have abundance; but whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him. 13 Therefore I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand. 14 And in them the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled, which says:

‘ Hearing you will hear and shall not understand,
And seeing you will see and not perceive;
15 For the hearts of this people have grown dull.
Their ears are hard of hearing,
And their eyes they have closed,
Lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears,
Lest they should understand with their hearts and turn,
So that I should heal them.

16 But blessed are your eyes for they see, and your ears for they hear; 17 for assuredly, I say to you that many prophets and righteous men desired to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it.”

Eyes to see and ears to hear; what an awesome concept!

Recently I was discussion on some topic with a close brother in the Lord who I pray with and seek the Lord in prayer with.  While we were discussing a recent revelation it dawned on me that I see everything, no matter what it is, through a spiritual filter.  I am always looking for the “God part” of the situation.  I know that frustrates people sometimes but it’s the way I am “wired”.  I don’t know how to live any other way and wouldn’t have it any other way.  Even in business dealings I always add the “God factor”, as I call it, to my decision making process to see where He fits in it and how does it benefit the Kingdom of God.

If we are new creations (2 Cor. 5:17) and are supposed to have transformed, renewed minds (Rom. 12:2; Eph. 4:23-24) shouldn’t our eyes see Him in everything and shouldn’t our ears seek to hear His voice (John 10:23) in all situations? If I am truly His won’t I only hear His voice and not follow any other one? Life would so much less stressful if we would that.

My prayer partner & brother, Larry, so astutely pointed out that since we are seated with Him in the Heavenly places (Eph. 1:20; 2:6) we are looking down from the spirit to the natural at all times or should be.  I find this such basic stuff it always surprised me when people miss the obvious element of God in something that happens to them.  Even when bad things happen I try to see why He would allow it to happen, what am I supposed to learn from it and how does it edify me (build me up).  If all things work for the good for those who love Him and called according to His purpose (Rom. 8:28) how does what is happening in my life, the mysterious ongoing parable of living in a fallen world, do me good.  What is it in the tribulation is a part of my “calling”? What kind of lives would we lead if we saw with spiritual eyes first and fleshly eyes second?  It would seem to me that if we could tweak our internal emotional and mental wiring in that direction living lives of victory would be easy.

Believe me I am not perfect and strive to live up to this revelation but fail sometimes.  If I allow my emotions to cause me to see with the flesh instead of the spirit it usually takes me to a place of stress and eventual torment.  Why allow that?  One of the things I will pray for people sometimes is for them to have eyes to see and ears to hear what the Lord is saying or showing them.  More often then not, it won’t be what they want to hear.  It’s always sad to hear someone who doesn’t want to see what He’s showing or hear what He’s saying because it means they do not want His best for them.  Usually the problem they have brought to me is a direct result of poor vision.  It makes me wonder how many times I’ve done that and made Him feel sad.

So, let’s make a resolution together to try to have eyes to see and ears to hear.  We have what the prophets didn’t have (Matt. 13:16-17).  We have a resurrected Savior and the abiding presence of the Holy Spirit/Ruach Hakodesh to help us.  The prophets of old had momentary glimpses of spiritual things when the Spirit would come upon them but then it would be gone.  We have been given the gift of being able to boldly approach the Throne of Grace and Mercy with immediate access to our Heavenly Father because of the Spirit of Adoption (Heb. 4:16; Rom. 8:15-16) .  Even when we can’t see or hear correctly we can always go directly to Him for help because we are His children.  Children know the voice of the parents and aren’t fooled by another voice.  If I call one of my boys all they have to do is hear my voice and they know it’s “Dad” even before they see the caller ID.

We’ve been discussing the growing darkness in the land and what we can or should do about it.  There aren’t too many “armies” that will allow someone with bad sight or bad hearing to join let alone send to the front lines.  It takes being able to see and hear clearly in a battle zone to survive.  Is it any wonder so many aren’t winning their battles!

As you read this today I pray for you to have eyes to see and ears to hear so that you can live He wants for you.  A life filled with His blessings and His best for you no matter what the circumstances.

Amen?  Amen!

Shalom & Blessings,

Richard Grund

And through the hands of the apostles
many signs and wonders were done among the people.
And they were all with one accord
in Solomon’s Porch.  (Acts 5:12 NKJV)

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Throught For The Day – Hypocrisy

 

The world is glad of an excuse not to listen to the gospel message, and the inconsistencies of Christians is the excuse. Oswald Chambers (1874–1917)

As for conforming outwardly, and living your own life inwardly, I do not think much of that. Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862)

None of us are perfect.  We are all works in progress.  We know that His Grace (unmerited favor) is always available to us.

However, that does not mean you have a license to do wrong.  Your freedom was not bought for you to fulfill your personal desires without fear of consequences.

You have been given free choice but that was not meant for your freedom to be an excuse to make the wrong decisions.

When you tell someone you are a follower of the Messiah, Yeshua/Jesus, and act like everyone else in the World you deny Him by your actions.  No words can change their perception of you because your actions speak louder then your words.  Quite simply that makes you a hypocrite and a tool of the enemy to lead others astray.

Romans 12:2 ( NKJV ) And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
Romans 12:2 ( NLT ) Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.

Is it any wonder the World makes fun of us?  We give them an already written script with material of our own making!

 

So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives.

Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves.

The sinful nature wants to do evil, which is just the opposite of what the Spirit wants. And the Spirit gives us desires that are the opposite of what the sinful nature desires.

These two forces are constantly fighting each other, so you are not free to carry out your good intentions.

But when you are directed by the Spirit, you are not under obligation to the law of Moses.

When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear:

sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures,

idolatry, sorcery, hostility,

quarreling,  jealousy, outbursts of anger,

selfish ambition, dissension, division,

envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these.

Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God.


But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives:

love, joy, peace,

patience, kindness, goodness,

faithfulness,  gentleness, and self-control.

There is no law against these things!

Galatians 5:16-23 ( NLT )

 

Shalom & Blessings,

Richard J Grund

And through the hands of the apostles
many signs and wonders were done among the people.
And they were all with one accord in Solomon’s Porch.
(Acts 5:12 NKJV)
www.onsolomonsporch.org/theporch
P.O. Box 713 Windermere, FL 34786-0713