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The Blessed State of the Righteous
Praise the Lord!
Blessed is the man who fears the Lord,
Who delights greatly in His commandments.
2 His descendants will be mighty on earth;
The generation of the upright will be blessed.
3 Wealth and riches will be in his house,
And his righteousness endures forever.
4 Unto the upright there arises light in the darkness;
He is gracious, and full of compassion, and righteous.
5 A good man deals graciously and lends;
He will guide his affairs with discretion.
6 Surely he will never be shaken;
The righteous will be in everlasting remembrance.
7 He will not be afraid of evil tidings;
His heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord.
8 His heart is established;
He will not be afraid,
Until he sees his desire upon his enemies.
9 He has dispersed abroad,
He has given to the poor;
His righteousness endures forever;
His horn will be exalted with honor.
10 The wicked will see it and be grieved;
He will gnash his teeth and melt away;
The desire of the wicked shall perish.
(Psalm 112 NKJV)
Romans 3:22[Full Chapter]
even the righteousness of God, through faith in Jesus Christ, to all and on all who believe. For there is no difference;
2 Corinthians 5:20-21
20 Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God. 21 For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
2 Corinthians 9:8-10
8 And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work. 9 As it is written:
“He has dispersed abroad,
He has given to the poor;
His righteousness endures forever.”[a]
10 Now may[b] He who supplies seed to the sower, and bread for food, supply and multiply the seed you have sown and increase the fruits of your righteousness,
2 Corinthians 9:9 Psalm 112:9
2 Corinthians 9:10 NU-Text reads Now He who supplies . . . will supply . . . .
But, on the contrary, as the Scripture says, What eye has not seen and ear has not heard and has not entered into the heart of man, [all that] God has prepared (made and keeps ready) for those who love Him [who hold Him in affectionate reverence, promptly obeying Him and gratefully recognizing the benefits He has bestowed]. [Isa. 64:4; 65:17.]
1 Corinthians 2:9 AMPC
[Most] blessed is the man who believes in, trusts in, and relies on the Lord, and whose hope and confidence the Lord is. For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters that spreads out its roots by the river; and it shall not see and fear when heat comes; but its leaf shall be green. It shall not be anxious and full of care in the year of drought, nor shall it cease yielding fruit.
The second day of fresh encounter with God. After a prolonged period of physical (including body and mind)engagements in the world, this watchman has been challenged twice (during recent prayer sessions with two others)to be still and rest in the presence of God rather than continuing the restlessness which perhaps had associated with the call of the seemingly never ending flow of “good works” needing to be completed. Yesterday some 2017 teachings (urging emptying of selves and allowing the Lord’s Presence/Spirit to fill) from Heidi Baker were watched and listened as led by the Spirit of the Lord. By faith this watchman responded to Heidi’s calling to leap/jump into the deep river as in Ezekiel 47:5 a river so deep that one must swim, and Revelation 22:1 a pure river of water of life. “More”, “Increase”. These are the words relevant to the watchman to remove stagnation. “Will you empty yourself and let go of your most loved?” “Lord, you know I still cannot… But You can! Help me Lord!” Galatians 2:20 is the repeated automatic verse response in the watchman. “Let go at the cross.” For this watchman, “Scripture is not simply a book to be read and studied, but it is an invitation into a lifestyle of supernatural engagement.” (Randy Clark) The application action is a faith in action.
A leap into the higher space (an unseen zone in the spirit) means an associated fall (jump) into a deep unknown almost simultaneously. In the spirit it is an instant movement. A commitment by faith accompanied by an action (including responding through verbal utterances as in this case, an agreement with the verbal call/challenge/invitation by the anointing) is just as binding as putting a signature to a contract or covenant.
After the end of the session, it was midnight and the watchman asked the Lord to give confirmation by His words (and/or signs/visions/dreams). The words came in three sets:
1. Through opening the Bible: The Lord’s instruction to Moses to the priests to live their lives before God and pursue a spiritual closeness to the holy God who is the God of the living and not of the dead:
Leviticus 21:1 The priest is holy to his God. “None shall defile himself for the dead among his people.” 21:6 “They shall..not profane the name of their God, for they offer the offerings of the Lord made by fire, and the bread of their God; therefore they shall be holy.” 21:8 “For I, the Lord, who sanctify you, am holy.”
2. Through hearing “Read Joel 2:20” in the early hours of this 20th day of this month: A positive encouragement -The Lord’s promise of restoration to Israel!
“But I will remove far from you the northern army,
And will drive him away into a barren and desolate land,…” (NKJV)
Joel 2:20 New Living Translation (NLT)
I will drive away these armies from the north.
I will send them into the parched wastelands.
Those in the front will be driven into the Dead Sea,
and those at the rear into the Mediterranean.[a]
The stench of their rotting bodies will rise over the land.”
Surely the Lord has done great things!
2:20 Hebrew into the eastern sea, . . . into the western sea.
Reading Joel 2:18-27, we know the Lord’s assurance of what He will do to preserve the land for Israel, to accomplish His purpose: “Then you will know that I am among my people Israel,
that I am the Lord your God, and there is no other.
Never again will my people be disgraced.”
The Lord also gave His promise of pouring out His Spirit in Joel 2:28-32
“Then, after doing all those things,
I will pour out my Spirit upon all people.
Your sons and daughters will prophesy…”
3. This morning the watchman received the third set of words by opening the Bible: Job 38
JOB 38 STARTED WITH THE LORD TELLING JOB ABOUT KNOWLEDGE OF HIM THROUGH HIS CREATION AND THEIR OPERATION. It is amazing to read about natural elements and living creatures (animals and birds) having the ability to listen to God and obey. The natural elements perform tasks, have characters, and can listen to God’s words (communication), are bound by visible and invisible forms like door, boundary, limits, bars, and obey God’s instructions. Even light and darkness have their separate dwellings. Morning and dawn know their places. Stars in heaven can sing together. God takes the bother to talk about the characteristics of wild goats, deer, wild donkeys, wild ox, ostrich, horse, hawk and eagle.
The first verse is a reminder to all who counsel others about God: Your words must be based on your knowledge of God. Words must contain accurate knowledge which gives light in counsel.
Finally, the watchman looked through FaceBook and discovered Rick Joyner talking about “Being a watchman”: “Looking out what the Holy Spirit is about to do. Looking out for leaders, neighbors, and cities etc. and sound the alarm.”
This watchman has been asking and seeking the Lord about currently relevant ministry and direction in the last five years after obeying the call to be scattered, move out and go north. The verses received included what God told Moses to move out and what Solomon advised to sow on many waters for harvests.
The changes were drastic and fast-paced after launching out by faith. After returning from a series of travel and living in the poorest and richest nations in the world, there began a time of writing, translating, and word-processing in different languages. There was a need to learn to upgrade the use IT of and internet amenities. There was a need to use the latest social and multi-media and word processing tools.
Lately there started a time to revise and apply educational knowledge stored in the mind as well as the spirit for “inner healing” or rather mind/thought pattern counseling to deconstruct chronic “malignant” (malfunction) behavioral pattern that had resulted adversed physical and mental effects, and to input and construct fresh thought and behavioral pattern to align with the original perfect design (that includes divine health and wellness functioning) of the Creator. This latest assignment is the most difficult as human innate stubbornness appears to obstruct every effort to align with the Lord’s purpose. The motto the watchman has been reminded repeatedly is: “Exercise patience and endurance in the love of God” when carrying out such healing assignments. The Lord’s love which is indeed the power behind our service must compel and motivate any ministry action, and the healing way is through faith under His grace.
Lately there has been a wave of revelation of the supernatural direction and increase that the lord has been working on and enabling throughout the globe: the raising up of a generation of young people who love the Lord. They have encountered Jesus Christ, are walking by the Spirit, being discipled on the solid rock of the Word of God, set their hearts after the Lord’s heart, and are passionate for the lost, the poor and the young. Their hearts are fixed and focused on the Lord and His goodness. The generation of revivalists in the former century has left behind a spiritual revival legacy and today we can see the evidence and fruit all over the world in many continents. The signs and wonders of the Holy Spirit moving today confirming the witnessing for Jesus and His words being preached as in the book of Acts are undeniable and real to even the hardest and unbelieving hearts. There are: the love for the Spirit, radical abandonment, and evangelism.
The sharing of this random rambling is to encourage and exhort perhaps a few lone watchmen out there who may be presently seeking the Lord’s fresh direction to venture out and look at the magnificent view beyond the present mountain top. Yes, many years ago the Lord (through another watchman) had urged this watchman to leave a comfort zone and venture out where the greatness of God is being beheld by “eyes that see, ears that hear, and hearts that understand.” The prayers of Paul (and this watchman praying Paul’s prayers) in his letter to the Ephesians (chapters 1 & 3) had been answered.
Here are some of the quotes that I find very relevant and refreshing reminders today:
God is not about using the mighty but the willing. He is not into using amazing people, just ones who prepared to lay their lives down to him. God is not looking for extraordinary, exceptionally gifted people, just laid down lovers of Jesus who will carry his glory with transparency and not take it for themselves. Heidi Baker
If you have God’s presence, you have favor. One minute of God’s presence can accomplish more than 20 years of your striving.
Yes, God wants you to do signs and wonders. But the love of God manifested through you is what people really need. So you first must see His face. You must become so close to His very heartbeat that you can feel what others feel. Heidi Baker
If you are not in love you’ll never keep going…Our overwhelming desire for God produces endurances and welcomes revival. This love for Him accomplishes much and never fails. Stacey Campbell
We don’t seek God’s power, we seek His presence. His power & everything else we need is always found in His presence.. John Wimber
We must realize that the ministries and gifts of the Spirit are for everyday life, not just meetings. Rick Joyner
Every revival in history seems to be the result of a few people becoming so hungry for God that they wanted Him more than oxygen. Those who have such hunger will not be denied. It’s time to seek a revival that becomes the most famous address in the world. It’s time to seek a move of God that won’t quit moving. Rick Joyner
You know your mind is renewed when the impossible looks logical. Bill Johnson
Any revelation from God’s Word that does not lead us to an encounter with God only serves to make us more religious. The Church cannot afford ‘form without power,’ for it creates Christians without purpose. Bill Johnson
People who refuse to step out and be used by God become the critics of those who do. Risk takers, the ones who thrill the heart of God, become the targets of those who never fail because they seldom try. Bill Johnson
Every gift of the Holy Spirit is a service gift! Stacey Campbell
Ephesians 4:11-13 New Living Translation (NLT)
11 Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers. 12 Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ. 13 This will continue until we all come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God’s Son that we will be mature in the Lord, measuring up to the full and complete standard of Christ.
“I will pour out My Spirit on all people. Your sons & your daughters will prophesy,– Joel 2:29
“Pursue love and desire spiritual gifts, and above all that you may prophesy” – 1 Corinthians 14:1
The supernatural sign he saw: two light rays of pure gold color streaming down from his white plastered ceiling (perpendicular lines). He could not see the top parts. The golden light rays were sparkling (flashing) and ‘dancing’ or ‘racing’ at quite a speed. When they hit the dark marble top of the kitchen counter, they deflected. There was no rational or natural explanation. He video captured the phenomenon in a mobile phone camera. The golden rainfall went on for about 15 minutes at least…
The watchman prayed for revelation of the signs of this time as his spirit has prompted of great changes ahead. For three days he has received messages of words (like puzzle pieces) which pointed to Bible verses, words with Bible chapter clearly, and even a sign followed by Bible verses.
So it had been a fruitful time for the watchman’s own learning to hear the Holy Spirit. Here is a brief summary of the three instances.
On an evening he asked the Lord for words. He wanted to practice hearing correctly in his spirit. So he started receiving words. He quickly jotted down the six words in sequence of his perception: floating, house (?), scrolling, sea, flower, violet (?). Then he spent considerable time looking up the possible meaning. He thought they came in pairs, so he looked up floating house, scrolling sea, and violet flower.
Often Jack has found that the things he is required to do are insignificant and at times foolish in others’ eyes. When he read the Bible he found that many faithful watchmen were asked to do ridiculous acts. He lists some of the more prominent ones as follows:
Noah was asked to build an ark on dry land based on God’s specifications for his family and two of every sort of living things (possibly becoming the greatest laughing stock among the inhabitants of that land then). (Genesis 6-7)
Moses was asked to lift up his rod and stretch out his hand over the Red Sea in front of at least two millions of panicky people under death threat by the powerful enemy army close at their heels. (Exodus 14) Joshua was asked to march daily once around the Jericho city walls for six consecutive days, with seven priests bearing seven…
Matthew 25:31-46 The Son of Man Will Judge the Nations on how they have treated His brethren (Israel).
31 “When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory. 32 All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats. 33 And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left. 34 Then the King will say to those on His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: 35 for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; 36 I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.’
37 “Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? 38 When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? 39 Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ 40 And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’
41 “Then He will also say to those on the left hand, ‘Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels: 42 for I was hungry and you gave Me no food; I was thirsty and you gave Me no drink; 43 I was a stranger and you did not take Me in, naked and you did not clothe Me, sick and in prison and you did not visit Me.’
44 “Then they also will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to You?’ 45 Then He will answer them, saying, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.’ 46 And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”
Who are the brethren of the King? The Jews.
Romans 9:3 For I could wish that I myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my countrymen according to the flesh,
Romans 10:1 [ Israel Needs the Gospel ] Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is that they may be saved.
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I decided to reblog this blog which was posted on 13th July 2009. It is interesting to see how one person struggled with spiritual issues when he first encountered the spiritual reality of God.
CHAPTER THREE: AS DIFFICULT AS CAN BE FOR A MAN
chapter three: as difficult as can be for a man
Jack was into the second day of Biblical living when he discovered it was not as simple as he thought. A modern intellectual man with no spiritual experience whatsoever who tried to put the Bible knowledge in his head into practice was doomed to failure from the start. As he started on the Beatitudes (the Sermon on the Mount) of Jesus he found that…
Hebrews 6:9 But, beloved, we are confident of better things concerning you, yes, things that accompany salvation, though we speak in this manner. 10 For God is not unjust to forget your work and labor of love which you have shown toward His name, in that you have ministered to the saints, and do minister.
Hebrews 6:17 Thus God, determining to show more abundantly to the heirs of promise the immutability of His counsel, confirmed it by an oath,
19 This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters the Presence behind the veil, 20 where the forerunner has entered for us, even Jesus, having become High Priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.
I ask the Lord to reveal to me Biblical models to emulate.I have been led to read two related passages: Romans 15-16 and Acts 27-28, to learn Paul’s way of conducting his relationship and interactions with others: his friends (brothers and sisters in Christ with whom he stayed in contact through correspondence) and others (Roman officials and soldiers, sailors and crew of ship, fellow travelers/prisoners on board, and island people in needs).
Here are my notes on the testimony of Paul as revealed in the book of Romans chapters 15-16 and Acts chapters 27-28.
1. He walks in transparency with the Lord closely and listens to the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit tells him things to come. Thus he can use his spiritual gift of words of knowledge and words of wisdom to counsel others.
2. He keeps abreast with his friends and brethren in Christ, and sustains a close relationship even from a geographical distance and despite the relatively primitive mode of communication (one thousand years ago).
3. He truly values their friendship and keeps them in constant prayers.
4. Their good and genuine relationship is mutual as they keep him in their prayers too and supply his physical needs. They do not forsake him even when he is under house arrest.
5. His relationship with the non-believers demonstrates what Jesus did: Fearlessness, boldness and courage, firmness with speaking the truth about God and His Kingdom, spiritual authority and power, practical wisdom as appropriate, kindness and compassion for their physical needs and welfare.
6. Paul lives his words.
7. He testifies to them the greatness and faithfulness of the God he serves.
8. He demonstrates the awesome power of God (the Holy Spirit) in his accurate prophecy/forecast regarding the storm, the danger, the fate of the ship and the people on board. He also demonstrates the power and compassion of God in ministering to the needs of the people on board and the people on the island.
9. He focuses on his mission of preaching the Good News of the Gospel of grace and building up the churches (believers). He is transparent in his relationship and interactions with the believers. He also shows that he is a man of integrity to the non-believers.
10. He knows the supernatural God, believes in the revealed truth about Jesus Christ, is passionate to witness Him, walks in the power of the Holy Spirit and is confidence of what he preaches and teaches.
In sum, Paul has the indwelling Spirit of the Lord as described by Isaiah (in a prophecy about Jesus in Isaiah 11:2): The Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him,
The Spirit of wisdom and understanding,
The Spirit of counsel and might,
The Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord.
I quote below some passages from the above four chapters. Please read the whole chapters on your own. I pray you receive your revelation too!
A letter from Paul to the church (Christians) in Roman
(Note the positive way Paul shares his thoughts and exhortation with christians treating them as his his good friends)
Romans 15 New King James Version (NKJV)
Bearing Others’ Burdens
15 We then who are strong ought to bear with the scruples of the weak, and not to please ourselves…5 Now may the God of patience and comfort grant you to be like-minded toward one another, according to Christ Jesus, 6 that you may with one mind and one mouth glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
7 Therefore receive one another, just as Christ also received us, to the glory of God…
13 Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
14 Now I myself am confident concerning you, my brethren, that you also are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge, able also to admonish one another.15 Nevertheless, brethren, I have written more boldly to you on some points, as reminding you, because of the grace given to me by God, 16 that I might be a minister of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles, ministering the gospel of God,…
24 whenever I journey to Spain, I shall come to you. For I hope to see you on my journey, and to be helped on my way there by you, if first I may enjoy your company for a while. 25 But now I am going to Jerusalem to minister to the saints…
29 But I know that when I come to you, I shall come in the fullness of the blessing of the gospel of Christ.
30 Now I beg you, brethren, through the Lord Jesus Christ, and through the love of the Spirit, that you strive together with me in prayers to God for me,…32 that I may come to you with joy by the will of God, and may be refreshed together with you…
In Chapter 16 Paul further displays through his positive commendations, his detailed knowledge of and close relationship with a whole list of Christians in Rome. When later he arrived at Rome as a Roman prisoner, they came out to greet him and supported him spiritually and physically as only good friends would dare to do.
Acts 27-28 (excerpts quoted) described how Paul interacted with others while he was under the custody of the Roman officials. We also read how God had provided for him protections and supplies through various people, believers and non-believers.
27:7 When we had sailed slowly many days, and arrived with difficulty off Cnidus, the wind not permitting us to proceed,…
9 Now when much time had been spent, and sailing was now dangerous…Paul advised them, 10 saying, “Men, I perceive that this voyage will end with disaster and much loss, not only of the cargo and ship, but also our lives.” 11 Nevertheless the centurion was more persuaded by the helmsman and the owner of the ship than by the things spoken by Paul.
20 Now when neither sun nor stars appeared for many days, and no small tempest beat on us, all hope that we would be saved was finally given up.
21 But after long abstinence from food, then Paul stood in the midst of them and said, “Men, you should have listened to me, and not have sailed from Crete and incurred this disaster and loss. 22 And now I urge you to take heart, for there will be no loss of life among you, but only of the ship. 23 For there stood by me this night an angel of the God to whom I belong and whom I serve, 24 saying, ‘Do not be afraid, Paul; you must be brought before Caesar; and indeed God has granted you all those who sail with you.’ 25 Therefore take heart, men, for I believe God that it will be just as it was told me. 26 However, we must run aground on a certain island.”
…30 And as the sailors were seeking to escape from the ship, …31 Paul said to the centurion and the soldiers, “Unless these men stay in the ship, you cannot be saved.” 32 Then the soldiers cut away the ropes of the skiff and let it fall off.
33 And as day was about to dawn, Paul implored them all to take food, saying, “Today is the fourteenth day you have waited and continued without food, and eaten nothing. 34 Therefore I urge you to take nourishment, for this is for your survival, since not a hair will fall from the head of any of you.” 35 And when he had said these things, he took bread and gave thanks to God in the presence of them all; and when he had broken it he began to eat. 36 Then they were all encouraged, and also took food themselves. 37 And in all we were two hundred and seventy-six persons on the ship.
39 When it was day, they did not recognize the land; but they observed a bay with a beach, onto which they planned to run the ship if possible. 41 But striking a place where two seas met, they ran the ship aground; …but the stern was being broken up by the violence of the waves.
42 And the soldiers’ plan was to kill the prisoners, lest any of them should swim away and escape. 43 But the centurion, wanting to save Paul, kept them from their purpose, …And so it was that they all escaped safely to land.
28:7 In that region there was an estate of the leading citizen of the island, whose name was Publius, who received us and entertained us courteously for three days. 8 And it happened that the father of Publius lay sick of a fever and dysentery. Paul went in to him and prayed, and he laid his hands on him and healed him. 9 So when this was done, the rest of those on the island who had diseases also came and were healed. 10 They also honored us in many ways; and when we departed, they provided such things as were necessary.
11 After three months we sailed…14 where we found brethren, and were invited to stay with them seven days. And so we went toward Rome. 15 And from there, when the brethren heard about us, they came to meet us as far as Appii Forum and Three Inns. When Paul saw them, he thanked God and took courage.
16 Now when we came to Rome, the centurion delivered the prisoners to the captain of the guard; but Paul was permitted to dwell by himself with the soldier who guarded him…
30 Then Paul dwelt two whole years in his own rented house, and received all who came to him, 31 preaching the kingdom of God and teaching the things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ with all confidence, no one forbidding him.
To the man who came with a son who had a spirit that convulsed him, Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.” (Mark 9:23). The man had come to Jesus and said, “From childhood. And often he (the evil spirit)has thrown him both into the fire and into the water to destroy him. But if You can do anything, have compassion on us and help us.” (Mark 9:22).
Reading Jesus’ response in Mark 9:23, Jesus in fact said to him, in so many words, “It’s not so much a matter of what I can do as it is of what you can believe. All things are possible to him that believes.”
Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!” (Mark 9:24) Jesus commanded the unclean spirit to leave the boy and healed the boy instantly.
Prayer for those similarly oppressed: Lord, I believe. In Jesus’ name I submit myself to you and resist the devil.
James 4:7 AMP So submit to [the authority of] God. Resist the devil [stand firm against him] and he will flee from you.