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Atonement Foundations

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Atonement FoundationsFoundations…
The Word of God works. You have to activate and appropriate your faith. Faith without works is dead. Action taken in obedience to the Spirit of God and to His Word creates momentum that moves you along in life. God wants to move you along to a higher level in His kingdom, but we have a part to play. This month, I am going to be teaching on “Atonement.” Why, you ask, would I drag this “Old Testament” principle out from the dust of the stained glass history of the past and study on it? Some of you might want to fall asleep just at the mention of the very word. I promise you will stay awake during this teaching! Atonement is about the blood of Jesus. Atonement is about mercy. Atonement is about “at- “one” “ment” – you and God being “at one” again…reconciliation. Atonement is about the wiping away of all sins and becoming one with God again. Atonement is about the very cry of every human soul – to be right with God! To have peace with the Creator! To be oka…

Doorway of Destiny

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Doorway of Destiny"And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God,  I will pour out of My Spirit upon all flesh,  and your sons and daughters shall prophesy, your young men shall see visions,  and your old men will dream dreams; And, on My servants and on My handmaidens,  I will pour out in those days of My Spirit and they shall prophesy.” Acts 2:17-18
“Be glad then, ye children of Zion and rejoice in the Lord your God; for he hath given you the former rain moderately, and he will cause to come down for you the rain, the former rain and the latter rain in the first month…”  Joel 2:23 There is no doubt that we are living in the most exciting time of church history. The verses above tell us many things, but what I want to focus on is you are part of a prophetic purpose that is bigger than you. The biggest battles are always fought right before the biggest breakthroughs. I want to share a prophetic parallel with you that is relevant to us today. It is found in 1 Samuel 30.
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Inspire Others through Continual Growth

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Inspire Others through Continual GrowthLife’s opportunities and challenges never end. There will always be something new to learn, to try, and to experience.  There will be new people to meet, new places to go, new insights to gain, and to share.
One of the best ways to share God’s goodness is by living in a manner that inspires others.  A wonderful way to inspire others is through an attitude of support and encouragement. As parents, this is one of our primary ways to nurture our children as they grow. Every parent has the opportunity to nurture and develop seeds of potential in their child. My own mother taught me the importance of unconditional love and to always believe in myself.  No matter what we were going through as a family I always knew my mother loved me – and believed in me.  Her inspiration has remained with me throughout my life.
There are many ways to inspire others—and another powerful way to inspire others is by challenging yourself with continual growth!
God designed yo…

Taking Ownership

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Taking OwnershipWe all experience hard seasons of testing and trials. We all have to confront things that God breaks off of our life by our time in the Word and our application of the Word to our lives. But sometimes, there are enduring patterns of negative events or actions in the life of a believer that are triggered not by trials, but from generational curses in operation in your life. Let’s focus on what the Word of God states above. Moses encouraged the people to choose life, and reminded them, “This choice not only affects your life, but also the descendants that follow you.”
At “new birth”, you receive the authority to become a child of God. Authority is effective only if it is exercised. The potential of the “new birth” at salvation is unlimited! However, the actual results you see in your life depend on the exercise of authority that goes with it. In other words, what you will become or see released in your life is determined by the extent to which you exercise your God-given …

Putting First Fruits Into Action | Part 4

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It Is Not About You We must recognize that it is not our limited abilities that release the promises of God.  It is not solely our getting up and driving to work every day that provides the paycheck at the end of the week. No, it is God who blesses and favors us. It is God who gives us the ability, the power, the anointing to get wealth, prosper and succeed. It is His goodness and kindness to us!

Once again I want to remind you that wealth is not limited to your income. Wealth has to do with your whole being, it means nothing missing, nothing broken, nothing out of order (first things first). It means having the blessings that God lists in Deuteronomy 28:2-13 made manifest in your life: peace on all sides, protection, provision, healing, restoration, redemption, guidance, wisdom and everything that you need in life and for your unique destiny. As the psalmist wrote in Psalm 66:12, “We went through fire and water, but you brought us to a place of abundance.” It does not mean that you …

Putting First Fruits Into Action | Part 3

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The Right Kind of Sacrifice Giving God your first includes your time, your talent, your heart and the fruits of your labor.  Consider that all firsts belong to the Lord: the first part of the day, the first day of the week (Sabbath), the first month of the year, and the first of our harvest—be it the wages for the first hour, the first day, the first week or month.

God tells us to “Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy” (Exodus 20:8, NASB). We also find the term zakar used here for “remember” the Sabbath. The Sabbath is the first of your week. It is what sets the tone for how the rest of your week will go. We are to “first fruit” the Sabbath, to mark it as devoted to the Lord, for Him, not for our own use. We all lead busy lives, but the Sabbath is to be set apart as holy. Its primary purpose is not a day for shopping or working, nor is it a day for doing your own thing. It is a day for acknowledging and celebrating the Lord, meditating on His Word, and rest.
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Putting First Fruits Into Action | Part 2

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FIRST FRUITS VS. Tithe Many have thought that the tithe, our giving of a tenth of our increase, is the same as first fruits. But the Bible references first fruits, firstlings, or devoted things 32 times, and mentions the tithe 32 times. However, Genesis chapter 4, is the first time that God talks about first fruits, or firstlings, with Cain and Abel. The first time we see the tithe mentioned is in Genesis 14:18-20, when Abraham tithed to Melchizedek. They are distinctly different, although the tithe is the first tenth of your income, not just any tenth!

In Deuteronomy 14:22-23, the people receive this instruction: “Thou shalt truly tithe all the increase of thy seed, that the field bringeth forth year by year. And thou shalt eat before the LORD thy God, in the place which he shall choose to place his name there, the tithe of thy corn, of thy wine, and of thine oil, and the firstlings of thy herds and of thy flocks; that thou mayest learn to fear the LORD thy God always.” 

Nehemiah 10…