Friday, 30 April 2010

Responsible to Tithe the Tithe

Leaders themselves must be Responsible…
To Tithe the Tithe!

Give these instructions to the Levites: When you receive from the people of Israel the tithes I have assigned as your allotment, give a tenth of the tithes you receive—A TITHE OF THE TITHE—to the LORD... You must present one-tenth of the tithe received from the Israelites as a sacred offering to the LORD. This is the LORD’s sacred portion, and you must present it to Aaron the priest. Be sure to give to the LORD the best portions of the gifts given to you (Num 18:26-29 NLT).


Out of interest the same Scripture in the Message Bible reads: “When you get the tithe from the People… you must tithe that tithe and present it as an offering to GOD. Your offerings will be treated the same as other people's gifts…This is your procedure for making offerings to GOD from all the tithes you get from the People… give GOD's portion from these tithes to Aaron the priest. Make sure that GOD's portion is the best... and holiest of everything you get (Num 18:26-29).

One of the questions that I had for many years regarding finance was in relation to “Does a leader need to tithe the tithe?” The answer to this is found right here in Numbers 18:26-29 where the Levite priests were commanded to pay a tithe from the tithe that they received from the people and give it to Aaron. We can call this, “The Aaron’s Tithe.”

And we see very clearly that the Priests lived off of the tithe, something that we must be clear about in our teaching when we teach on the subject of God’s ways of Financial Increase. Then in regard to church leadership, pastors and directors of Christian organizations or apostolic networks, the principle remains the same; that if we teach one thing and then excuse ourselves because of our preference of position – this is completely hypocritical.

Many pastors of churches give offerings (but they don’t necessarily tithe) – like for example towards the random itinerant ministry gifts that come through and ministers in their churches, including towards their own structural developments and outreach projects. Now of course these things are wonderful but it is not what God was instructing in Numbers 18:26-29; and such ‘gifts’ are geared to sure up one’s own agenda rather than giving the best and holiest to God, which is what tithing for leaders on this level is all about.

Now developing the Vision that God has given us is not wrong in itself, nor is it wrong encouraging our members to give into certain projects that in turn will enhance them. And yes teaching our people to tithe and give offerings into the storehouse so that there is meat in God’s house and an open heaven where they can prosper is all good. On the other hand however when you step back and look at this theory, superficially it all looks wonderful when actually it is also teetering over the trap of deception.

For instance I believe that in these end times not only will there be a greater development of networking, where ministries are concerned, but also the network of spiritual fathering via the Apostolic Ministry. I believe that it’s important to remain connected, committed and under the right structural covering. For example every leader or pastor needs to be in a relationship that is accountable in an apostolic way.

Even as an apostolic itinerant ministry myself, I can say that my wife and I are committed to other leaders that God has directed us to be accountable to, including our own Pastor who is our Apostolic covering. And this carries the point over that not only are our individual members called to be responsible through their connection with their local church and with their leadership, but we as ministers also must experience connectedness with the wider Body and specifically apostolically, because essentially the life flow of God’s anointing and blessing comes so richly and through these avenues of: connectedness, apostolic relationship and unity (Psalm 133: 1, 3).

And while it’s important to teach our lay people all about tithing we also, as organizational leaders, ministries and churches also ought to be tithing faithfully to God through “tithing the tithe” to those whom God has specifically connected us to apostolically speaking. As leasders we are not “exempt” from tithing, rather we should be “exemplary” in it by giving tithe to the “Aaron” that God has specifically placed in our lives. So… this is where we place the tithe of the tithe – not to random itinerant ministries or events (that flow in and out of our lives without accountability). When we tithe in a correct manner, we are tithing the best of the best “unto the Lord.” And to this you might say, “well I’m connected and in relationship with so many!” While this might be correct, ask yourself, of all those you are “connected” to who is your Pastor or Apostle? Who has been assigned to be an Aaron in your life? This is something that has to be settled between you and God and not something you can change or rearrange, (like the goal posts) when it suits you!? Again the question has to be asked, “who do you ultimately submit to besides the Lord? & who represents God in your life? Who can speak for Him when you are not seeing straight?”

We are discussing a certain figure in your life who goes beyond mere acquaintance or friendship; someone who has a “voice” into your life, a voice that holds considerable “weight” when it really matters? Whoever that person is, then this is where you should be tithing your tithe (the best and holiest part of everything given to you….v29) to honor the Lord. And I don’t mean your wage; I mean 10% of the income of the WHOLE of your ministry or church. Re-read Numbers where is says “the best of everything.”

I stress this is not an idea of mine that I have stumbled across, nor is it an effort to conjured up finances for my own ministry! As much as I relish the support that we so need, I am rather forced to correct an “incorrectness” that exists in the Body by addressing this subject and using very clear scriptural instruction to do so, that is very often if not all but swept under our religious and proverbial carpet! (We often conveniently sidestep such issues especially those that threaten our personal economy and create a levy upon our finances!?)

But if we will obey scripture on this point, then this will not only release an open heaven over our personal lives as ministers but will flow down through every branch of our Vision (it is our tithe that opens up the floodgate.) And then of course our offerings that go to those random itinerant ministries on occasion, can still bring a harvest of supply to our ministries and churches that will positively affect all of our people and only then will we be living what we teach.

Finally, let me finish by adding that what I find as I travel is that many pastors have the attitude that their ministry should be the only ministry within the church that should receive a wage, yet let me ask the question, “IS THIS GOD’S WAY?”

I don’t believe it is. Because what we have is various ‘ministry gifts’ starting churches in order to finance their ministry! They play the role of a pastor with the notion that this is the only way to fund their true ministry identity. People have hidden behind the safe title of “Pastor” for generations because it is unassuming and less offensive. Nevertheless it is unscriptural for ‘everyone’ to relinquish their true identities and callings within the Body in order to become Pastors. Its ludicrous and only with a restoration of all-things-apostolic can these haphazard notions be lifted. It has caused internal restrictions within the Body of Christ, not allowing gifts to function as they truly should and as God designed to best benefit the whole Church.

Clearly then what is really needed is a return towards the apostolic and apostolic teams working together within the Body, where all gifts are recognized and can enhance one another to create a balanced fivefold ministry for its people. With a financial structure capable of supporting it with regular income and causing each ‘gift’ to thrive and not just ‘survive’ in the wrong position.

God has made every provision for us to be successful and to remain so. My ministry motto has always been; “His voice is all the provision you need.” Because every instruction we need is right within His Word. If we fall short, it is only when we negate on that Word or fail to obey it…!


PRAYER FOR THE DAY
Father thank you for the financial structure which you designed for your Body; Your Word works for those who work it and I thank you that all things work together for good for those who love you and are called according to your purpose (Rom 8:28). Thank you that I can be accountable with my finances and in so doing perfect order is created. You are not the author of confusion; in Your Kingdom is righteousness, PEACE and joy. Father reveal to me the “Aaron” that you have specifically placed into my life, not of my own choosing but of Yours; I want to honor You correctly with my finances just as you instructed. Amen

CONFESSION OF THE DAY
Today I declare that Jesus is Lord. Not just of my spirit, soul and body but also of my finances, including everything I earn or own. God knows who my “Aaron” is and through that avenue I will give the tithe of the tithe and honor God as is expected of me in His Word. I will give God the best of the best of “everything” that is given to me, in Jesus Name.



THANK YOU FOR HELPING TO MAKE THIS MINISTRY POSSIBLE!
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Motto: ‘God Chooses, then the Spirit Tests, but You Must Respond!’

Copyright 2010 © Alan Pateman Ministries

Tuesday, 27 April 2010

True Prosperity is about Giving

True Prosperity is Linked to Tithing, Seed Sowing & Giving

The generous will prosper; those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed. People curse those who hoard their grain, but they bless the one who sells in time of need. If you search for good, you will find favor; but if you search for evil, it will find you! (Prov 11:25-27 NLT).

God has destined us all to be “seed sowers” from Eden right until now but before we get into that, first it must be said that all giving must be preceded by the tithe, because seed sowing does not cancel out the need to tithe. In fact tithing must always come before giving. It is the foundation to all seed sowing. If your seed does not bring you a harvest check your tithe, you can’t forget to tithe and think that your seed can bypass it.

Failing to be faithful with your tithe will hinder your seed. Make sure you tithe as a priority and then follow that with your seed; be careful to sow plentiful seed! But don’t waste your precious seed by failing to tithe first. Notice in Malachi that tithes and offerings come together, but one precedes the other. The tithe comes first, then the seed, then the harvest. This is God’s order. In other words, to sow and expect a harvest without first tithing, will make your seed ineffective. Tithing is the foundation of spiritual blessing. As with all architecture, the simple rule is this: no foundation, no building, (unless you want a tent!)

Will a man rob or defraud God? Yet you rob and defraud Me. But you say, In what way do we rob or defraud You? [You have withheld your] tithes and offerings. You are cursed with the curse, for you are robbing Me… (Mal 3:8-9).

Once you have settled this about tithing in your heart then all is set and in place. But neither is tithing alone enough in itself. Once you have tithed then your seeds must be sown and then you must have a lifestyle of constant giving. After all true living is in your giving!

With God, “releasing” is the first principle of increase but with man of course it is the very opposite! The natural man enjoys “hoarding” in order to have plenty. Proverbs chapter 11:24-26 gives us a clear understanding of this, for it says; “There is that scattereth, and yet increaseth; and there is that with holdeth more than is meet, but it tendeth to poverty. The liberal soul shall be made fat: and he that watereth shall be watered also himself. He that with holdeth corn, the people shall curse him: but blessing shall be upon the head of him that selleth it” (KJV).

The message here is clear, that in God’s scheme of things, it is the “givers” who receive more so they can give more, whereas those who keep for themselves only “decrease.” One operates in the blessing, the other in the curse. “So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, having all sufficiency in all things, have an abundance for every good work. As it is written, “He has dispersed abroad, He has given to the poor; His righteousness remains forever.” Now may 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, while you are enriched in everything for all liberality, which causes thanks giving through us to God (2 Cor 9:6-11).

…..Notice how it says, “multiply the seed you have sown.” Using the past tense to imply that only the seed that has been sown can be multiplied; seed that has not been sown yet cannot bring a harvest, same way that seeds in a box cannot grow until they are planted!

Pastor Ulf Ekman says “whether you sow your time, your money or something else, you will always reap the same thing that you sow. This is how it works in the natural: parsley seed does not produce carrots. It is impossible. What you put in the ground is exactly what comes up.”

Another facet of this law is that some crops grow quickly, while others take more time. This can be both good and bad. The person who plants an olive tree seldom lives long enough to pick an olive from the same tree. In this case it is the next generations that will reap what the previous one has planted. Certain things bring long-term results, while other things produce a quick, but un-enduring return.

When you plant or sow something, it is better to find a seed that continues to produce fruit for a long period of time. For example, we will benefit more from the seed of an apple tree than from the seed of a radish. God has provided us with long-term areas in which to sow and He will show you exactly what they are.

Paul tells us that he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly. But to encourage us, he also promises: “And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, have an abundance for every good work.” Here, God is saying that He is the giver and we are the sowers. He supplies seed to the sower and bread for food. If we dare to place ourselves at His disposal and begin to give, this law will come into operation.

We need to remember two important laws: the law of sowing and reaping and the law of faith. You must always walk in faith. You need to exercise faith by beginning to sow what little seed we have. Take a step of faith at a time when we personally have very little to give, and sow. We must begin somewhere if this law is to function for us. At a time of need it is easy to think that we ought to hold on to what we have. The mentality of the world says, “Keep what you have. Don’t let anyone else have it.” However, the Kingdom of God says the opposite!

This law works. If you dare to test it, God will give us more blessings than we have room to contain. We must make a quality decision to always do what God tells us to do. Every time we wonder if we can afford it, we are asking our checkbook for permission! If God says yes and checkbook says no, do it anyway. On the other hand, we should not do anything if God says no, even if your checkbook says yes! We must be led by the Holy Spirit and not by our bank balance!

If God exhorts us to sow into a particular project, we must not delay. When the Holy Spirit speaks, we should be prepared to sow within a second’s notice. This will bring us out of financial bondage and into freedom, where God wants every one of us. If we lack money at the moment, God will provide it. There is no greater satisfaction than to give to the work of God. It involves being independent of the world and having the freedom to act and do what God has told us to do.

When Paul exhorts the Corinthians to contribute to the collection for the poor in Jerusalem, he uses the substitutionary death of Jesus as a motivation for them to give. According to Paul, the reason they should give is because Christ Jesus Himself became poor so that, through His poverty, they might become right therefore able to give (2 Cor 8:9-14).

PRAYER FOR THE DAY
Father You so loved this world that you GAVE – Jesus - You are the ultimate giver who gives seed to the sower. You made me a sower. Thank you father for your constant provision and thank you for the opportunity to sow today; I am made in your image alone and this also makes me a giver like You. I am a cheerful giver by design! And I yield to your divine nature so that I can live the lifestyle of a giver. Teach me how to be consistently led of your Holy Spirit like a reed in the wind. Where He blows I will lean. Where He says give I will give. Help me to sow my seed and trust you for the harvest that you promised to me. Amen.

CONFESSION OF THE DAY
Today I am living because of Your giving. I declare today that I am in deed a cheerful giver and will respond to Your Spirit when He unction’s me to sow see and to give. I trust that as I am obedient my harvest will be plenty. I declare that according to your word, when I sow and give, I will not decrease but only increase as I follow Your ways.



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Motto: ‘God Chooses, then the Spirit Tests, but You Must Respond!’

Copyright 2010 © Alan Pateman Ministries

Friday, 23 April 2010

Tithing Vs Surviving!

Is Tithing still Relevant? &
Can God’s Financial Structure cause us to Thrive not just Survive!?

“God doesn't stir us up into confusion; he brings us into harmony.”
(1 Corinthians 14:33 Message Bible)


In the world’s system, referring to whatever country we are resident, it is only right and legal that we contribute to the welfare of our respective countries. In fact our country of origin would not survive without a clear structure or system that really works. In the west we call this democracy and there are many different forms of democracy.

Why would it not survive? Because living without structure is like living without a back bone! A society without structure or backbone is a lawless society governed and driven by dominant law-lords rather than a system that looks out for the genuine welfare of its citizens. Rather than just letting the strongest survive… its fairness for all. That is the aim of democracy no matter how flawed it is and included in this pursuit of ‘fairness’ is the necessity to pay taxes; which in turn ‘maintains’ the overall system.

Various economies would be quite manageable if everyone contributed to the systems that have been established through these governments. I’m talking about democratic societies.

Jeffry Grant gives some staggering figures about what he calls the ‘Underground Cash Economy’. He says, “The greatest problem facing the government is their desperate need to generate additional tax revenues.” Doesn’t this sound like the Church? And yet we don’t need additional tax, what we need is additional tithes!

Mr. Grant goes on to say, “Huge welfare costs and massive interest payments on the national debt have created staggering deficits. However, the resistance of voters to higher taxes has put the government in a difficult position. Studies reveal a huge amount of the economic and financial transactions are not being recorded or taxed at all. Increasingly, people are using cash in an attempt to escape high taxes.”

Over the last decades various studies have shown that the untaxed underground economies of separate countries are estimated to be well into the billions! With figures for the US economy much higher, even into the trillions each year; however if a significant part of this underground economy was taxed, budget deficits would disappear and governments would be able to begin paying off their national debts. In fact some economists estimate that one third of the economy escapes taxation!

Each government has to decide how to distribute this funding that is generated through these various taxes, for the welfare of its society. With democratically elected leadership, who have authority (locally and nationally), and the responsibly to make the right decisions on behalf of its society.

I believe what God wants us to understand and reflect on such facts and figures so that the Body of Christ can rectify the error of perhaps more than 80% of its members, who make the poor decision ‘not to tithe’ and yet still think that God’s Kingdom here on this earth will somehow supernaturally exist without the responsibility of its own people. “There is no shortage of finance…” one economist said, “…in fact there are enough resources in this world for everyone to be a millionaire!”

Consider our National Insurance contributions and pension schemes that are paid or given on behalf of one’s self and one’s own family’s welfare or well being. These payments (in most cases) bring about personal returns.

On thinking about such things God spoke to me one night and gave me a revelation that His Kingdom operates in much the same way. In fact a lot of what we have in society has been taken and established out of a spiritual kingdom. The difference is of course that man is in control of one system, (we call this the Babylonian system) and God is in control of the other!

Because of the fall of mankind, much of our earthly system is influenced by greed and the love of money. But these attitudes don’t just exist within our society the Church also is infested with much of the same spirit!

Finally when it comes to tithing and giving offerings, we are ultimately free to decide what we do with our money, although our flesh usually wins every time! And it is those living and operating out of their spirit and not their flesh who are successfully led to do the right thing where their finances are concerned. Because at the end of the day everything belongs to the Lord and all the time that He is in control there is no chaos.

God is not the author of confusion; spiritual or financial. A book was once written entitled, “Why do bad things happen to good people.” And in a similar way, why do faithful people suffer lack? Usually there is a link in the chain that has been severed. God has called us to be one, to be united and to work together in one accord. After all we are in the same kingdom! If only a small percentage of Kingdom dwellers know how to operate in their finances as the Holy Spirit dictates, imagine how much easier things would be if the larger part did their part as well!

PRAYER FOR THE DAY
Father thank you that today I can be led of the Holy Spirit and not of dogma. I can submit my finances to You and see You move abundantly with them. It is always better to give than to receive and I thank you that as I pursue righteousness and sensitivity to your Holy Spirit, my giving will be a true blessing to your kingdom. Not compulsive giving that evaporates and does not really bless anyone. But giving that is in line with the overall agenda of Your Holy Spirit who can see the bigger picture. Help me to submit my finances today, so that when I resist the devil from them, he will flee according to James 4:7.

CONFESSION OF THE DAY
Today I declare that my finances belong to God and to His Kingdom. My finances are not my own. I surrender and relinquish all control to the Holy Spirit, and where my treasure is there my heart is also. I am confident and secure that through Him, my giving will be significant and not born out of dogma and compulsion. I give according to scripture and by the leading of the Holy Spirit. I am open to being led and not hardened in my heart, towards the needs of others. My tithe, offerings, seeds and all gifts are ultimately His. I don’t ration God only to a ‘percentage’ of my life! No! I am 100 % His and so are my finances; which are dedicated to Kingdom success.



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Motto: ‘God Chooses, then the Spirit Tests, but You Must Respond!’

Copyright 2010 © Alan Pateman Ministries

Wednesday, 21 April 2010

Kingdom Reign of God

The Kingdom Reign of God

Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven (Matt.6:10).


When the Bible refers to the Kingdom of God, it normally refers to the reign of God and not to the realm over which He reigns. However, in our modern idiom the first meaning of the word “Kingdom” is the realm over which a king exercises his rule. The second meaning would be the citizens who live in the king’s territories.

If we approach the Scriptures only with this understanding of the word “Kingdom,” then we will not always understand what the Bible is saying. We must add this third and earlier concept, which is that of reigning, ruling and exercising authority. It’s a more dynamic concept. In the New Testament the predominant meaning of “Kingdom” was God’s reign or rule. The other meanings are seldom used.

The Gospel of the Kingdom of God is best understood when rendered as “THE GOOD NEWS OF THE REIGN OF GOD.” The Kingdom of God is His rule, His authority, His government; to receive the Kingdom of God is to accept God’s government over our lives and in our hearts. Jesus said we must “receive the kingdom of God like little children” (Mark 10:15). In other words, we must receive the government of God over our lives in childlike trust, because He desires the best for us and His rule over us is our ultimate good.

When we pray the Lord’s Prayer we actually petition God to “reign” over us, (“…thy kingdom come…” Matt. 6:10) so that His will may be obeyed by men on earth just as He is obeyed in heaven. Because when He is obeyed by men and His will is done in this present life, then the Kingdom of God has come.

When the Bible was written, the hearers of the Gospel possessed this early understanding of “kingdom,” and had no disadvantage or problem in comprehending the spoken or written message of it. When they heard that the Kingdom of God was at hand, they understood that it meant God’s authority was being restored to the earth and that to enter the Kingdom of Heaven meant to enter the realm where God’s reign was experienced immediately in life.

Many preachers have told us that entering the “Kingdom of Heaven” means going to heaven when we die. While this is true, it leaves us with very little understanding of the purposes of God and His intentions for His Church. Failure to preach and understand the kingdom of God is the reason that few Christians live the life of over comers today.

When the Kingdom of God becomes a present reality and not only a future hope, then men are able to enjoy the blessings of God’s rule and reign in their personal lives. They can enter the more abundant and victorious life promised in Scripture, yet presently only enjoyed by a minority of Christians today. Those who enjoy true Kingdom benefits are those who have “…righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit” as mentioned in Romans 14:17.

This is not to say that there is no future realm when Christ returns, but it opens to us the marvelous possibility that He will return to a world where His reign is already well established. Not to the fractured and feeble Church we have divided through losing the biblical concept of the Kingdom of God. When the Kingdom of God is proclaimed to the Church and by the Church, we will have returned to the original biblical truth. Even more importantly, we will be obeying the instruction of our King Jesus, to proclaim the Gospel of the Kingdom of God, hastening the day of His return.

The Kingdom of God is the only thing that Jesus ever called the Gospel. If, therefore, we are not proclaiming the Gospel of the Kingdom, we are not obeying His instruction to preach the Good News of the Kingdom of God.

The government of God is the best news that anyone can ever hear, because it is God’s only solution to all of man’s problems. When we accept this King Jesus as Ruler of every aspect of our lives, only then can we experience true Kingdom living, which is a righteous, peaceful and joyful life in the Holy Spirit (Rom 14:17).

As ambassadors of His Kingdom our role on this earth is to administer His Kingdom justice here; his rule, reign and righteousness. This is the role of every single believer, to reign spiritually and administer His spiritual justice in order to effect His Kingdom here and now wherever we are.

To administer in the dictionary means to manage the affairs of, formerly give out, and to apply. This explains our role quite well in contemporary terms, because we have to minister into our everyday circumstances, and those of others simply by applying God’s spiritual truth, or spiritual laws. We do this without denying or breaching natural laws, for instance you can’t break the law of the country you living in, in order to do things from a Kingdom perspective! You would get into trouble… but you can do things spiritually. Obeying natural laws like gravity and the laws of the land you dwell is one thing BUT laws of God’s kingdom obviously supersede all others and we can apply these truths into the spiritual realm and let it take effect there. Remember that everything originates in the spiritual realm first anyway (Gen 1:1-2) and has its eventual effect here on the earth.

Take scriptures such as Matt 6:10 for example, where it says, “…as it is in heaven” and in Matt. 18:18 especially in the Amplified version where it talks about binding and losing on earth, just as it already is in heaven. We are enforcers who enforce the things of God but in the spirit realm first. That’s where the struggle is, it is a spiritual battle and not one of flesh and blood (Eph 6:12).

There are places of course where preaching is illegal and believers are forced underground but traditionally this has not hindered the gospel, on the contrary that’s often when it runs the fastest, spreads hardest and supersedes all obstacles. But this is another discussion altogether!

What we are talking about here is applying God’s spiritual truth into the atmosphere, letting it supersedes all else; yet without breaching natural or political laws, to the best of our ability! (Remember just being righteous in an unrighteous world makes us a divergence and a conflict in itself. Therefore even before we open our mouths, we are not welcome! Anything we engage in is spiritual warfare! Our very presence on earth creates a hostile clash, reaction, conflict and a resistance to evil.)

Let’s take it a step further and consider “poverty and lack,” for instance; they are present realities and behind them exist spiritual realities. There is such a thing as the “spirit of poverty,” which creates real bondage for many people, including God’s people and its main agenda is to hinder the preaching of the gospel.

How then do we influence such a thing as poverty? The first step is not the prayer of binding and losing (this comes later!) but obedience to God’s Word; this must come first every time. Without this we have no legitimate authority as believers.

In Malachi 3:v8-12 we see that “lack and poverty” can be a direct result of being disobedient to God and ultimately of “robbing” Him of tithes and offerings. So the first steps in dealing with the reality of lack and poverty is to administer justice and behave righteously I n the areas of giving, tithing and offerings; also in direct obedience to His Word. Remember in the New Testament it states “…seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well” (Matt 6:33).

Finally, once we have dealt righteously towards God in this area of our lives, we must not lazily sit back and expect God to furnish every need, luxury and want we have - no! Faith without works is dead. It is now that we must begin to bind those spirits of poverty and lack in our lives and most importantly not forget to lose the abundance and the spiritual blessings of God.

Never forget that when we submit our lives to the divine nature of God, this makes way for His divine power!


PRAYER FOR THE DAY
Father thank You for Your righteousness, peace and joy that dwells with me as I dwell in your Kingdom here on earth. I rejoice in the fact that Your rule and reign over my life brings freedom and liberty not only to my life but also for many others. Let Your will be done here on earth just as it is in heaven, in my life today; so that I can live in Your perfect will.

CONFESSION OF THE DAY
Today I declare that I will enforce God’s righteousness in my own life and I will deal righteously with others. I will respond diligently to God’s Word when it comes to giving, tithing and offerings. I exercise my faith today and expect results today; God is not a man that he should lie (Num 23:19) and I trust His Word today. I have influence over my enemies including lack and poverty who are no longer effective in my life. I am victorious through Christ and more than a conqueror in every area of my life. I am at liberty to give, to tithe and to give offerings and most of all I am free to prosper!



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Motto: ‘God Chooses, then the Spirit Tests, but You Must Respond!’

Copyright 2010 © Alan Pateman Ministries

Friday, 16 April 2010

Traditions of Man

Traditions of Man make the Word of God of no Effect!

Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again (Luke 6:38).


John Avanzini says in his book, ‘Always Abounding’ (Page 27, Harrison House) that it’s the traditions of man that create the misunderstandings and the problems where scripture is concerned. For he says, “See how our traditions tend to make the Word of God of no effect.”

“Making the Word of God of none effect through your tradition…” (Mark 7:13)

The plain teaching of the Scriptures is that God is not obliged to give anything to anyone until something has been given to Him. “Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again” (Luke 6:38).

Most Christians make the mistake of considering their tithe as a ‘gift’ to God. According to the Bible, the tithe belongs to God. Those who tithe are simply returning to the Lord that which is already His. “… all the tithe of the land…is the Lord’s; it is holy unto the Lord” (Leviticus 27:30). Not only does the tithe belong to the Lord but also it is clearly stated that it must be returned to Him in a timely manner. If not, He charges the delinquent tither a very high interest rate. “And if a man will at all redeem ought (hold back any) of his tithes, he shall add thereto the fifth part (20%) thereof” (Leviticus 27:31).

There it is in black and white. The tithe is the Lord’s, and it must not be kept back from Him. If it is, God charges twenty-percent interest! Let this sink down into your spirit. God does not owe anyone so much that there shall not be room enough to receive it when they tithe. The tithe is His already. Realizing this let me help you to see just what giving the tithe does for us. It opens the windows of heaven.

It is a universal practice among men to close and lock the windows and doors to keep thieves out of the house. Is it any surprise to find that God does this same thing? As long as a person robs God of the tithe, the windows of heaven stay tightly closed over his life. While the windows of heaven are closed, the increase of God is blocked.

Look again at God’s promise to open the windows of heaven over your life each time you faithfully tithe.

“Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing…” (Malachi 3:10).

Every time you tithe, the windows of heaven open. God then stands ready to pour out a blessing. But remember… something more is needed. God says it is not enough to simply open the windows of heaven with your tithe. Everything in heaven won’t just start tumbling out through those windows. The blessings must be poured out.

I like what John Avanzini says, “God does not ask you to give your tithes and offerings to make you poor.” I remember some years ago, God was prompting me to go to one of John Avanzini’s meetings and in those days my initial reaction was, “How much is this meeting going to cost me.?!” Do you know that’s true for many? They literally leave their purse or their wallet at home just in case God might convict them to give! But God spoke to my heart very loudly and said, “It’s not about what you can do for me, it’s about what I (He) can do you”.

Listen, it’s taken me years to get these revelations into my heart. Into my soul, into my unconscious, THAT GOD WANTS TO BLESS US, ME, YOU. HE WANTS TO ESTABLISH US IN HIS PROSPERITY. I can’t understand how anyone would not want to receive what God has already provided for, whether it is their healing or any other need.

Your tithing (of obedience) opens the windows of heaven. Another word is ‘floodgates’. I like that word, ‘floodgates’ it reminds me of a gigantic DAM and you are standing at the foot of this gigantic wall and the other side is literally billions of gallons of water. Just imagine that, behind the floodgates of heaven, there is enough supply to furbish planet earth a million times.

It’s important to remember you are giving your offerings so that God can (and will) pour out all of those blessings. Because now your tithe has opened the floodgate, all those blessings that you could not imagine are yours. Remember it also says that the measure that you give will also be the measure that he gives back to us. Referring more to what we see as the offering (seed) side of our commitment to God.

You might ask yourselves a question, which part of my giving i.e., the paying of my tithe or the giving of my offerings bring the return that God promises. Let me just clarify again. These steps of obedience of paying one’s tithe and giving of offerings trigger two different responses from God. (We need to do all things by faith. So we need to establish that we have to believe on God to bring about any response.)

The first response from God is to open the heavens or the floodgates that in itself does not bring the return. What it means is that heaven is open. The second response is the harvest of your seed.

Now we need just to clarify here that we are not just talking about money. And we are not looking to pay God to heal us or to bless us! But He is helping us to respond by faith to Him in every area of our lives. It also has been said that He is not looking for our money, but He is looking to get money to us! It’s about God’s ways of financial release throughout the Body of Christ to be used within this time to fuel the gospel and to enhance His work here on earth.

Your tithe then is a door opener. It opens a door / window(s) to the field(s) where you sow your seed that will bring you your harvest.

PRAYER FOR THE DAY
Father I thank you for my inheritance in Christ. I rejoice that I am in the promised land which You have provided for me in Him, the Kingdom of Almighty God. I was a sinner serving Satan; he was my god. But I called upon the name of Jesus, and You heard my cry and delivered me into the Kingdom of Your dear Son.

CONFESSION OF THE DAY
Jesus, you are my Lord and High Priest, I bring the first fruits of my income to You and worship You with it. I recognize all the good, which You have given to me and my household and I chose to rejoice. I have listened to Your voice and have done according to all that You have commanded me. I declare my confidence in Your faithfulness towards me, even your faithfulness towards Your own Word to fulfill it, and to perform it, concerning my life.



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Wednesday, 14 April 2010

Administered Justice

We must Overcome by Administering Justice
Into Every Situation & Circumstance


…who through faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice,
and gained what was promised… (Hebrews 11:33-34 NIV).


We can all admit that instead of confessing Gods truth at times, we do nothing but complain. How many times have we said, “Lord I want to quit, I can’t carry on like this…” because we have found ourselves living by the “just get-by gospel” rather than the “overcoming gospel!” Some people are genuinely satisfied with just existing from day to day, but this is not God’s plan.

And although we live in the kingdoms of this world, we are called to administer the justice of a completely different Kingdom. In order to fully comprehend our opening scripture, let us dissect it a little while. For instance what does it mean exactly to administer justice? Literally from the Greek it means: to toil, labor and work for, be committed to and minister about (justice). And justice here chiefly refers to righteousness. Still it’s interesting that the writers of the NIV chose to use the English word “administer justice” (in place of “wrought righteousness” as used in the KJV) which in our language has a whole host of meanings such as: conduct, control, execute; direct, superintend, supervise, oversee, rule. Distribute, supply and furnish; all of which puts a more interesting edge on it.

So then we could define “administering justice” using the English language as simply; distributing and executing righteousness! Or supervising and executing the rule of righteousness on the earth. And it is for this express reason that we did not jump straight to “GO,” collect $200 and go straight to haven (on this monopoly board of life) as soon as we got saved, because who else would continue His mission of administering justice and distributing righteousness on the earth - if not us? Why else are we here and why else are we empowered by His Holy Spirit? Just so we can speak with other tongues? No! Heaven forbid! Oh how much more Pentecost and the marvelous baptism of the Holy Spirit mean than just that!

Nor does our main objective as believers just consist of getting saved and then existing in a state of spiritual inertia for the rest of our lives; co-existing with the world in some kind of juxtaposition - of “them and us, believers vs. non-believers.” No! We have a job to do. We have had our defining moment His name is Christ, our crucified and resurrected Lord. He left His mark on this world. They can’t rightly forget that, no matter how hard they still try. No Politian or celebrity throughout the ages, from Hercules to Stalin has ever out ranked, out smarted or out lived the name of Jesus! His influence on planet earth goes from generation to generation long after those others names have long expired! The name of Jesus will never quietly just disappear into oblivion! Even when overt persecution doesn’t successfully quash His name and deception is deployed against believers instead - His name still lives on…!

And our job as believers does not just involve soliciting converts but also creating disciples who will give themselves over to living righteously and spreading God’s Word and righteousness throughout the earth, “as he is, even so are we in this world” (1 John 4:17). We are to multiply ourselves and to populate the earth and to influence every situation with His righteousness. The influence of His Kingdom on this earth “…is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit” (Rom 14:17).

However this produces a lightning effect - a direct hit! Light colliding with the darkness and precisely why persecution occurs. (John 17:14-15) They are two separate kingdoms and each is hostile to the other, “For the sinful nature is always hostile to God” (Romans 8:7 AMP). It’s a direct clash. But the clash brings change. The saltiness brings flavor. And righteousness brings salvation and justification (Matt. 5:13).

So in order to summarize: “to declare and administer justice…” means that we should keep on keeping on - preaching the gospel till the very end. No matter how tough it gets. Reflect on this for a moment… many folks are busying themselves these days trying to figure out when the rapture is going to happen and whether or not they will escape the tribulation to come. They have all their pre-trib, mid-trib and post-trib theories rapped up! But most of that is bent on self preservation. Why? Because the fact eludes them that persecution is already here (and has never left) in many countries of this world today vast numbers of people are suffering terribly for their faith and the rapture has not rescued them yet!

We have to avoid transforming this gospel into a westernized man-made religion, where we can press the “Eject Button” whenever it suits us. If that were possible many throughout history would have pressed that “Rapture Now” button long before now – if it was in their hands to do so, but of course it was not! In fact each generation has had its own take on the rapture. And the more and more we humanize it, to make it fit the political correctness of our day, the more it loses its proper meaning and significance and all we end up with is a religion that has been denied of its own power. “… having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof… (2 Tim 3:5 KJV)

Our consolidation can be drawn from this, that while we know the darkness is getting darker, the light is getting brighter and we overcome with the blood of the lamb and word of our testimony; this is our legitimate close and divine epilogue, where evil is truly and utterly overcome with good in and through our lives every single day! (Rom 12:21; Rev 12:11; Col. 1:12 NIV)

PRAYER FOR THE DAY
Father thank you that Your Word is a lamp unto my feet; with you at the helm of my life I will be included in all that you have planned for me and I will not miss anything including the rapture! I thank you for Victory and the overcoming life that you have called me to live. I accept the victory of the cross and don’t deny its power in my life. Help me to administer that same justice wherever I go, just like you planned. Help me to influence the world around me with the righteousness of your kingdom, in the power of Your Holy Ghost. Amen.

CONFESSION OF THE DAY
Today I declare that my life is in God’s hands. My beginning and my end; even the start of this race called faith and its very close. I relinquish all control to Him and declare that I will administer His justice and His righteousness everywhere I go and into every circumstance that I can have influence over. The righteousness, peace and joy of His Kingdom will reign in my personal life today in Jesus name.



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Friday, 9 April 2010

Honour

Keep it in Perspective
&
Don’t lose sight of Honour.


Render to all men their dues... respect to whom respect is due, and honour to whom honour is due” (Romans 13:7)


The concept of honour in modern western and secular society has declined a lot in recent times. But concepts of honour do still exist and vary widely between cultures; in fact each culture or society has their own code of honour, including those notorious “honour-killings” of certain cultures of whose families have felt that their honour has been "defiled” in some way.
Less severely of course, for most cultures and countries the term honour can simply refer to dignity, office and reputation, even fame or position that has been earned rewarded with certain honours of State, such as ceremony, title or decoration; particularly military or political honours. Still, more typically are civilian awards or honours such as the British OBE or knighthood or alternatively membership of the French L├ęgion d'honneur!

Then of course honour can mean specific things for different genders or people groups, for example, both typically and historically honour for a woman has meant chastity, sexual purity/virginity (in the case of married women, "fidelity.”) Historically in ancient Japan, honour was always seen as almost a duty by Samurai. When one lost their honour, the only possible way to retrieve it was by death! So honour can be a relative term with a wide variety of concepts behind it, depending on collective cultures, ethics and beliefs.

However better related to this segment, is the honour that relates to character and behaviour as a believer in Christ! Latin for honour is simply “honor, or honoris.” Different meanings include: trustworthiness, character, honesty, respect, worth and stature; fairness and integrity of action; sincerity, possessing high moral principles and the absence of deceit or fraud.
Honour in a regular dictionary also includes; worship (to the Supreme Being), nobility of soul, magnanimity, virtuous conduct and personal integrity, honour in relationship, reputation, respect and moral or ethical excellence.

However when we look into the scriptures, honour is given very specific terms in both Greek and Hebrew such as: “heavy or weighty; splendour and glory.” It means “to value or to highly esteem (of the highest degree), to revere, to prize; precious and dignity itself;” integrity, credibility and even elegance. But to be ‘without honour’ is to be ‘despised.’

So it’s easy to see that from a variety of sources, in both secular and scriptural sources, honour can have a manifold set of meanings. But I prefer the basic scriptural meanings. Especially that which denotes weight! You know when someone is called to preach and when they are not! They bring a weight into the room with them. Their words carry weight and the atmosphere is usually heavy with the anointing! Whereas, when there is no weight behind what someone says it usually denotes that they are not anointed for that job or don’t have the authority for it. Rather they have assumed it! This is the difference between being “called or appointed!” (Remember that many are called but few are chosen!)

I see people today who are preaching when they should be singing and vice versa. Folk have prophesied over them and they have launched out into preaching ministries when they should stick to what they do best. The “weight” is behind their singing rather than their preaching because that’s what they are anointed for!

(Let me add, there is room for singers-turned-preachers of course. But it must be God ordained and not humanly manufactured). “Preaching” is simply not the same as “entertainment” and it does not have the same crowd-pleasing effect! In fact the two are worlds apart; especially when someone tries to run with an apostolic ‘office’ when no one has qualified them for such. They call themselves apostles because they travel and share insights... When only last year they were singing! (It’s comical or should I say commercial?) Anyway, there is no weight behind it...

Even my dentist has “weight.” He is authorised (been given authority) to touch my teeth. No one else thank you! Especially no one fresh out of college, without his years of experience! I suppose a good scripture that would best fit here would be Romans 13:7 “Render to all men their dues... respect to whom respect is due, and honour to whom honour is due.”

Honour here means: to esteem “especially in the highest degree” (Strong’s Grk. 5099) and dignity. Scripture also tells us to “Honour thy father and thy mother, as the LORD thy God hath commanded thee; that thy days may be prolonged, and that it may go well with thee...” (Deut 5:16; Ex 20:12 KJV).

The collective meanings of the Hebrew word used here for honour include: “promote, glorify and to make a weighty and heavy boast!” And the same meaning is used in 1 Sam 2:30, “...for them that honour me I will honour, and they that despise me shall be lightly esteemed” (KJV). Again the same Hebrew word for honour is used also in Prov 3:7-9 “Honour the LORD with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase” which also denotes, “to be rich!”

But in Ephesians 6:1-3 it says, “... obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise ;) That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.” And this means, “to prize, to value and to revere.” And your parents “in the Lord” are those very people who are in authority over you and must give an account for you. God provided such for you; you don’t have an orphan spirit remember!

Only those who want to be orphaned are those who don’t want to accept the role of or to honour their spiritual parents. However to balance everything, let me say this... we must know how to give honour and how to receive it, even who to give it to and who to receive it from. A good indication is given in the very words of Christ in John 5:41-44 (KJV) “I receive not honour from men... How can ye believe, which receive honour one of another, and seek not the honour that cometh from God only.” If we give honour to whom honour is due, (those legitimately placed over us by the Lord), and look to receive honour from God not from others... then we won’t go far wrong!

But in a world where we want to explain everything in terms of psychology and throw scripture out the window when it pleases us... we find that even preachers will rant over those selective scriptures that seem to benefit them the most... simple proof of that, is the fact that you hardly ever hear endless ranting over “honouring spiritual parents in the Lord!”

That’s because everyone wants to free-style-it in the kingdom; to go it alone. Everyone wants to receive honour from men but not many want to give it. But if we are wise enough to discern many other things... then let us not lose use of our discerner when it comes to who to “honour” and who not to. Consider this... if you have no one to honour as spiritual parents... then it stands to reason that you must have orphaned yourself and become a spiritual bastard.

Don’t forget to honour today and to give honour where it is due and not just where it will benefit you in the temporal. And when you honour your parents IN THE LORD remember that you are doing it unto the Lord more than you do it unto men. Keep it in perspective and don’t lose sight of honour.

BUT UNDERSTAND this, that in the last days will come (set in) perilous times of great stress and trouble [hard to deal with and hard to bear]. For people will be lovers of self and [utterly] self-centered, lovers of money and aroused by an inordinate [greedy] desire for wealth, proud and arrogant and contemptuous boasters. They will be abusive (blasphemous, scoffing), disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy and profane. [They will be] without natural [human] affection (callous and inhuman), relentless (admitting of no truce or appeasement); [they will be] slanderers (false accusers, troublemakers), intemperate and loose in morals and conduct, uncontrolled and fierce, haters of good. [They will be] treacherous [betrayers], rash, [and] inflated with self-conceit. [They will be] lovers of sensual pleasures and vain amusements more than and rather than lovers of God. For [although] they hold a form of piety (true religion), they deny and reject and are strangers to the power of it [their conduct belies the genuineness of their profession]. (2 Timothy 3:1-5 AMP).

PRAYER FOR THE DAY
Father we live in a time where honour is fast going out of fashion. Its basic meanings have changed and no one is any longer willing to honour for honouring sake. They honour only when it brings benefits to themselves. Help me to live honourably and to honour those who you have placed in my life for special purposes. Let me not lose sight of the true meaning of honour, as laid out in your Word. Amen.

CONFESSION OF THE DAY
Today I declare that honour and the ability to honour has not left me. I am not conformed to this world. I react differently to those around me. The political will of the day and the social trends of this era have not changed your Word one iota. I live to please you and therefore chose to honour those you have placed in my life. I will render honour and respect where it’s due; as an act of my faith. Any by faith and honourable behaviour, I will bring glory to your name.



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Tuesday, 6 April 2010

Never Be Denied!

Because of His Blood, we will Never be Denied

Therefore He is able also to save to the uttermost (completely, perfectly, finally, and for all time and eternity) those who come to God through Him, since He is always living to make petition to God and intercede with Him and intervene for them
Hebrews 7:25 (Amplified Bible)


Because Jesus is our faithful High Priest, who “…lives always to intercede…” for us, according to Hebrews 7:25, we will never be denied when we enter into God’s presence. This free passage and unlimited access to the throne afforded us by the cross, allows us unrestrained favour before God; providing that we do remain IN CHRIST!

Jesus underwent such terrible suffering for a special purpose and that was to make us holy, as He is holy, (1 Peter 1:16) “…Jesus…suffered…to make the people holy through his own blood.” (Heb.13:12)

God is the same yesterday today and forever, and there is no shadow of turning with him: His love remains constant throughout the generations. He can’t change – he remains the same forever – His faithfulness was proven and tested. His love for us is unadulterated and scripture tells us that it is unconditional (1 John 4:7-21; 1 Cor. 13:8). And this unconditional love was revealed to us in the spilling of His innocent blood.

God’s love for us will never be based on anything we have accomplished in our lifetime. It will only ever be based upon what Jesus accomplished. “I think that if there could be one sight more wonderful than the love of Christ”, says Charles H. Spurgeon, “it would be the blood of Christ... Much we talk of Jesus’ blood, but how little’s understood!” Spurgeon goes on to say, “I do not know of anything more divine. It seems to me as if all the eternal purposes worked up to the blood of the Cross, and then worked from the blood of the cross towards the sublime consummation of all things. Oh, to think that He should become man!”

“God has made spirit, pure spirit, embodied spirit; and then materialism; and somehow, as if He would take all up into one, the Godhead links Himself with the material. He then wears dust about Him even as we wear it; and taking it all up, He then goes, and in that fashion, redeems His people from all the evil of their soul, their spirit, and their body, by the pouring out of a life, which while it was human, was so in connection with the divine, that we speak correctly of ‘the blood of God.’”

That very blood that purchased our eternal redemption; in Acts chapter 20 Paul said, “Feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.” The wonderful sacrifice that absolutely obliterated annihilated and extinguished sin, and all the traces that could possibly remain of it!

PRAYER FOR THE DAY
Father I thank you for the revelation of the blood of Christ and what it accomplished for me. Especially during Easter when the importance of redemption is driven home all the poignantly! Thank you for my Passover Lamb, who was sacrificed to take away my sin. To love me utterly and to save me to the uttermost!

CONFESSION OF THE DAY
My confession to day is one of great confidence in Christ; my Redeemer and Saviour. This confidence provides a great recompense of reward, all the time I don’t abandon my hope in Him. He ever lives to plead my case and I ever live to worship Him, the Resurrection and the Life. Hallelujah!

“Cast not away therefore your confidence,
which hath great recompense of reward.”
Heb 10:35 (KJV)



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Friday, 2 April 2010

Victory Over Death

Death is Conquered, the Victory Secure

Because God’s children are human beings—made of flesh and blood—the Son also became flesh and blood. For only as a human being could he die, and only by dying could he break the power of the devil, who had the power of death. Only in this way could he set free all who have lived their lives as slaves to the fear of dying (Heb. 2:14-15 NLT).

Jesus shared our humanity completely. Temptation was not far from him and yet he never sinned. Death he tasted, but not for Himself… In fact he had no reason to die because He was “without sin…” (2 Cor. 5:21) The only reason Christ died was for the sake of humanity. God’s judgement rested upon humanity heavily and could not be averted. Sin had to be punished by death; blood had to be shed, in order to appease the righteousness of God. Jesus satisfied that requirement through dying a “sinless” death.

Eternal separation - was the verdict passed against humanity – but Jesus appealed on the grounds of His blood and won the case – which will never be overturned! Therefore the fear of death has no more power over us and infirmity no longer a foot hold.
Isaiah prophesied Jesus’ victory over disease and sickness, “He Himself took [in order to carry away] our weaknesses and infirmities and bore away our diseases” (Matt. 8:17 AMP).

In Matthew chapter 4 verse 24 it says that Jesus healed all who were brought to Him. The condition of our spirit, soul and body are of importance to God (1 Thess. 5:23). Jesus took our sin to the cross but also our infirmities and diseases“…by his wounds we are healed” (Isaiah 53:5).

John 4:34 says that Jesus came to do the will of the Father “…to do the will of Him who sent me…” and it is the Father’s will for us to be saved, healed and receive every spiritual blessing (Eph 1:3-14). Because of this, Jesus did all that was necessary to see His Father’s will accomplished; even declaring from the cross, “It is finished….” (John 19:30).

The work of the cross is complete. Jesus has risen for us. When all was accomplished, Jesus ascended to His Father’s side. But not to close his work! It continues still. He lives forever to minister in the presence of God on our behalf, interceding for us continually, “Who is there to condemn [us]? Will Christ Jesus (the Messiah), Who died, or rather Who was raised from the dead, Who is at the right hand of God actually pleading as He intercedes for us?” (Romans 8:34 AMP)

And when God the Father sees Jesus He also sees us, because we are “…seated in heavenly places in Christ Jesus” (Eph 2:6). Moreover each time He sees us He should see Christ! We have been reconciled; there is no longer any separation. “Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? (As the Scriptures say, “For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.”) No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.” (Rom 8:35 NLT)

Therefore God the Father always sees us TOGETHER! Under the blood, nothing can separate us! When He looks upon us, He not only sees Christ but also covenant. And if Christ is continually before the Father interceding, then technically so are we! Because we are IN CHRIST JESUS!

That’s why in Romans 8:1 it says that the only ones who are free from condemnation are those who are IN CHRIST JESUS. Sadly those who are living in condemnation [flesh] cannot stand before the throne of God. It is only those who are IN CHRIST JESUS and who are living “…according to the Spirit” that can stand fearless before God.

Take some time to pause and calmly think about what is being said here, (“salah” measure, weigh up). Outside of Christ we used to look like sin but now we are in Christ we no longer look like sin – before the Father we actually look like Jesus!

PRAYER FOR THE DAY
Father I rejoice in the truth of reconciliation; in my togetherness with Christ, NOTHING can separate me from His love! Death has been conquered; I have a weighty victory through Christ. Now I can live without any condemnation by living through Him and by His Holy Spirit. Help me Father to use this freedom for Your glory and not just for self gain. To use this access that has been granted me, to fill the gap by praying those things that are on Your heart and for those who need intercession the most.

Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves; ensure justice for those being crushed. Yes, speak up for the poor and helpless, and see that they get justice (Prov. 31: 8-9 NLT).

CONFESSION OF THE DAY
Today my confession is this: I am reconciled to God through Christ Jesus. The covenant that was ratified for my sake is an everlasting covenant. The bible was written along covenant lines and now my life also has been authorized along those same lines. I was technically a spiritual outlaw until Jesus validated me and made me a legitimate child of God. Now when He sees Christ, He also sees me. I AM IN CHRIST JESUS.



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