Vol. 11 Issue 1
The Kingdom of God is come!
As we witness 2012 draw near its close, amid preparation for the festivities of the holiday season, we lovingly reflect upon family and friends. As we consider how we can best express our love and warmest thoughts toward them, may we as children of God, remember to share with them the one gift that brings eternal rejoicing. May we find ways to express the peace that only comes from the acceptance of Jesus Christ as personal Lord and Savior. May we find holy boldness to lead them to repentance for the remission of sins. While gifts beautifully wrapped under the tree and salivating aromas from the kitchen bring warmth and tenderness, may we ever be reminded that those moments quickly come to an end. May this holiday season find you sharing God’s good news — the plan of salvation, so others can experience true joy and rejoice!
Wise Men Still Seek Him
The pursuit of life, liberty, and happiness often shifts one’s focus from seeking salvation as life’s priority to seeking self-fulfillment at all costs.
Yet, there remain individuals who understand the true value of salvation’s eternal treasures. Just as the wise men deemed it a priority to find the Christ child and pay homage to Him, wise men and women today still seek Him. Accepting the Word of God as truth they value the redemption Christ alone affords both to the quality of their life now and their promise of eternal life to come. They surrender themselves to Christ and govern their lives by God’s Law. Godly fear and wisdom dictate their behavior as it governs their daily living and character. Appreciative that they are no longer enslaved to vain pursuits and sin-filled lustful lifestyles, they gladly share the redeeming message of the Cross and God’s forgiving love with others.
We are thankful for their devotion and boldness to compel others to seek and serve Christ. It is with a grateful heart that we extend our sincere thanks to the contributing editors of this newsletter, and its recipients who further share it with both family and friends. May all the joys that come from Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior be yours both this holiday season and throughout life as you share the giver of life with others!
Apostle Grant, Sr. writes…
Holiness Unto the Lord
In order for us to establish a relationship with God, we must be just like Him. Holiness is being just like God.
This is a reprint of a Living Holy position paper.
Minister Valerie Harmon writes…
Cause and Effect
The phrase cause and effect describes the action, agent or force producing an effect or result. We can also define it as the result of a course taken. The principle of cause and effect is in motion in our everyday life, both natural and spiritual. An example in the natural is when a ball is kicked — cause takes place, and because the ball is kicked the effect is that the ball will roll.
Throughout the Bible we can see the spiritual evidence of this principle in scriptures such as Isaiah 1:18-20, where God makes a gracious and loving invitation stating: “Come now, let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow, though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.”
The cause of this powerful passage is: “Come now” and the effect is our sins will be cleansed. Without the cause the effect would be negate.
This being understood, as we witness the moral deterioration and the decline of Godly values all around us, one might be tempted to believe that we have gone to the point of no return and that true revival is a thing of days gone by. But God has given His people a mandate and the resolution. The cause is found in 2 Chronicles 7:14.
“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”
It is of the truth that our land is in desperate need of spiritual healing today, from border to border, from region to region. For this healing we must not look without but within. We as God’s people that are called by his name must realize the great responsibility and obligation that has been laid at our charge. We must with all sincerity, humble ourselves daily, be earnest in praying, deligent in seeking His face and not his hand, and make a conscience decision to turn from our wicked ways.
Then and only then will the results of our obedience be manifested by revivals that will awaken those that sleepest, that the light of the glorious gospel of Christ shall shine unto them. And the eyes that was once blind will be able to see Him that is high and lifted up.
Therefore we, as God’s people must not allow the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lust of other things enter in and choke the word, and become unfruitful. Let us work while it is day, for the night is coming and no man shall be able to work.
What’s Needed for Revival
Spiritual Fire Starters
What is a fire? By definition, it is a state, process, or instance of combustion in which fuel or other material is ignited and combined with oxygen, giving off light, heat, and flame. A fire causes something to burn or flame up.
There are three necessary ingredients to start a fire. One must have fuel. Fuel is any combustible material which can be in a solid, liquid, or gas form. The next thing that is needed is oxygen. Oxygen is present in the earth’s atmosphere or the air that we breathe. Heat is the third thing needed to begin a fire. It increases the temperature in order for the fuel to ignite.
What is the nature of a fire? Well, fire burns up things in its path. A fire will spread very quickly. One such example is a brush fire that occurs in areas with little to no rain. Fire brings about a change. The entire landscape afterwards is different. On the one hand, fire is considered to be a very devastating event especially if there is loss of life and/or personal property. Yet, it can be looked at as a chance for renewal. In nature, fires have been used as a type of cleansing in order to remove unwanted materials (usually dead and weaken) and allow new things to grow and flourish in their place.
Just like in nature, fire is necessary in the spiritual realm, also. The Bible presents in the book of Acts chapter 2 one such example. This spiritual fire occurred on the day of Pentecost. Several important points can be observed from this event. First, all the individuals were present in one place. They were in Jerusalem as Jesus had instructed them according to Luke 24:49. “And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high. This was an act of obedience by the disciples and the others. Second, they were all with one accord. Another word for accord is unity. This means a condition of harmony; the quality or state of being one. These individuals were of one mind and in total agreement spiritually. Third, the Holy Ghost came upon the people and filled each one. When one receives the Holy Ghost on the inside, he has all that is needed. The Holy Ghost provides the power we need to do what God wants us to do. He guides and leads us. He is our Comforter. One cannot live a holy life without the Spirit of God. Lastly, the spiritual fire that started in the Upper Room began to spread out into the city of Jerusalem when Peter began to speak to the people about Jesus. Thousands would be saved as a result of his sermon.
So, how can we be fire-starters spiritually? The same ingredients used in a natural fire are needed here, also. The fuel for this type of fire is the body of Christ. We ourselves must be spiritually combustible and ready to ignite. The Holy Spirit dwelling inside of us is the oxygen for such a spiritual reaction to occur. Naturally, water is a rich source of oxygen. Jesus spoke of the Holy Spirit in terms of water in John 4: 13-14. In his conversation with a woman at Jacob’s well, He had this to say: “Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.” The Holy Spirit is the perpetual oxygen source in our spiritual lives. Finally, we need to increase our spiritual temperature. The heat source for ignition comes through our worship and praise to God. Whereas, praise is giving thanks unto God for what he has done and does not necessitate one having a relationship with God. Psalm 150: 6 states, “Let every thing that hath breath praise the LORD. Praise ye the LORD.” One can only worship God through personal knowledge of Him. Such knowledge is obtained through a prayer life, meditation upon His Word, and fasting. According to John 4:23-24, “But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.” True worship requires the Holy Spirit.
The children of God have an important mission to accomplish: to be fire starters and not fire extinguishers. They should be spirit-filled, humble, and obedient followers of Christ. Their lives must include praying, studying and applying God’s word, fasting, praising and worshipping Him. As fire starters, they can ignite a spiritual flame that will spread to others and bring about spiritual change by burning up those things that are not like God (sin). Change will take place not only in the lives of those affected, but will be seen in our homes, schools, jobs, churches, communities and the entire world. The world is in need of a spiritual revival. All it takes is a few people who are saved, spirit-filled, and in unity to get this fire started. Let the revival fire fall now.