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Cry of the Martyrs Part 2

What Am I Living For Philippians 1:21 (NIV) To live is Christ and to die is gain. If you’re not denying “self” in order to serve Christ, you’re not “living for Christ,” you’re “living for self.” The early Church was beaten, stoned, thrown to the lions, tortured, and then went away rejoicing that they were considered worthy to suffer for the name of Jesus Christ. What where they living for? The American Church: The best life we can have on…

Cry of the Martyrs Part 1

What Am I Willing To Suffer Acts 9:15-16 (LDB) Go! I have chosen [you] to carry My name before the Gentiles, their kings, and the people of Israel. Now I will show [you] how much [you] must suffer because of the stand [you] will take for me. We are often presented with the blessings of God, without ever mentioning suffering for God. Don’t misunderstand me. God wants you blessed! 3 John 1:2 (KJV) I wish above all things that thou…

The Lessons of Jacob Marley

THE LESSONS OF JACOB MARLEY 1. “I wear the chains I forged in life.” What we do here, determines our position there! Hebrews 9:27 (NET) People are appointed to die once, and then to face judgment. We’re either storing up treasure or we’re storing up judgment. Ecclesiastes 9:5-6 (TLB) For the living at least know that they will die! But the dead know nothing [about their future] . . . .Whatever they did in their lifetimes—loving, hating, envying—is long gone,…

The Prince of Peace

THE PRINCE OF PEACE We sing Christmas songs and get Christmas cards about peace and joy, but most people have never experienced that peace, or are living in that joy. Luke 2:13-14 (NIV) Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.” It’s NOT peace on earth; it’s peace in YOU! John 14:27 (TLB) I am…

Heart Treasure Part 4

THE OVERFLOW PRINCIPLE Matthew 22:37 (NKJV) You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. . . . Love the Lord your God with every passion of your heart, with all the energy of your being, and with every thought that is within you. – TPT Luke 6:45 (VOICE) A person full of goodness in his heart produces good things; a person with an evil reservoir in his heart…

Heart Treasure Part 3

THE HEART’S DEEP ABIDING BELIEFS Matthew 12:35 (NKJV) A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things. GOOD – Empowered by God in life, through faith. EVIL – Toiling alone in misery, through distrust. TREASURE – The thoughts we store up in our heart. Research has found that the electromagnetic field of the heart is approximately 5,000 times greater in strength…

Heart Treasure Part 2

PREPARING OUR HEARTS FOR HARVEST Matthew 12:35 (NKJV) A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things. GOOD – Empowered by God in life, through faith. EVIL – Toiling alone in misery, through distrust. TREASURE – The thoughts we store up in our heart. Mark 4:13-20 (TPT) [Jesus] said to them [his disciples], “If you don’t understand this parable, how will…

Heart Treasure Part 1

UNDERSTANDING SPIRIT, SOUL, & BODY Matthew 12:35 (NKJV) A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things. GOOD – Empowered by God in life, through faith. EVIL – Toiling alone in misery, through distrust. TREASURE – The thoughts we store up in our heart. Matthew 12:35 (DEL) A man is empowered by God because of the faith-filled thoughts he has been…