BREAKING THE ALABASTER BOX WITH DANCING

 
“Wearing a linen ephod, David was dancing before the Lord with all his might, while he and all Israel were bringing up the ark of the Lord with shouts and the sound of trumpets” (2Sam 6:14, 15)
This is one of the most touching storied in the Bible. Jesus is getting ready to go to the cross. The religious leaders became frustrated trying to arrest and kill Him. They were looking for ‘a sly’ way to capture God without offending His people.
This is a very great revelation: in Greek, the words ‘seeking to kill’ are the same with the words ‘seeking to worship’. Herod sought Jesus to kill Him and the Wise men sought the same Jesus to worship Him. You can see, same words, opposite actions…O, how the appearances deceive so many… how religion has ‘killed’ truth and the joy of salvation…but yes, it is possible to find Jesus in the midst of sinners and murderers of His presence…Seek until you find Him whom the world wants dead…Seek Jesus and you shall find eternal life!

Mary decides ‘to sacrifice’ the most expensive treasure she has: an alabaster box of very expensive, fragrant ointment (Mk 14:1-11). The price of it was about a year of wages.

Worship is sacrifice. It will cost you personally. It will cost you time, money, and emotions. The religious people will despise you and you shall lose your standing with them. No true worshipper still keeps his reputation in the midst of religious ‘wolves’. Your worship shall trigger anger in others, enough to destroy and kill the best of men. Do not be deceived, worshipping God is costly!

David understood the power of the presence of God. The law of God is simple: he who hosts the Ark , that man and his house hold shall be blessed beyond measure. The joy of worship manifests itself in music, singing and dancing. That is what David did. He brought the Ark of God into Jerusalem with the sound of trumpets. Did you hear that sound? TA-TA-TAAAAAA!!!!! That is godly, flesh- disturbing noise! Boast that you know your God! Sing unto God a new song for Him alone! Dance on that holy ground until your feet hurt!
Please observe: David did not dance for entertainment! He did not dance to please the lust of flesh. David did not even dance at the beat of the drums…Just like Mary of Bethany, David danced at the hidden music, the beat of his heart, as worship overflew the bounds of his spirit…

For as long as church is ‘as usual’ the Holy Spirit will remain ‘cold’ and He will not move. But when God’s children step into the light of His presence, with grateful hearts and dancing feet, the religious ice melts and God’s smile is revealed once more.
Do not seek miracles! Seek the God of miracles and all good things shall follow Now, let the trumpets sound and let the worship begin…
Let’s dance…

AS HE WAS

 

 

 

“On the same day, when evening had come, He said to them, “Let us cross over to the other side.” Now when they had left the multitude, they took Him along in the boat as He was…” (Mk 4:35, 36)

 

This is the end of the day. Since morning Jesus was in a boat preaching to the multitudes. At last, He said: “Let us cross over to the other side”. They took Him along in the boat just ‘as He was’. This is a great revelation. Jesus needs nothing else to be Jesus! The sentence: as He was’ means ‘as I AM”. That is the name of Jehovah God!!!

 

We human beings need to carry along different things for different purposes. For example, if I travel to a hot country I carry along my sun glasses, my hat and so many other things. When we travel to a big city like Houston we need a GPS for without it we will get lost. But not so with Jesus … He does not have to go back home and change His clothes or carry any other equipment or weapon. He went with them ‘as He was’. I pray that the Holy Spirit opens your eyes to see what I see. Jesus Christ is God. He is El Shaddai, ‘the Self-Sufficient God’. He does not need anything from anybody. He does not borrow from anybody. He does need anybody to live. He lives independently from His creation. He is not influenced or controlled by others. God think and acts by Himself and He is not subject to another’s authority. He is free. He has life in Himself. He is eternal, lasting forever and He never changes.

 

The name ‘El- Shaddai’ means to be ‘sufficient’ by Himself. It means to be enough to meet any need or any purpose. The question is this: why a self-sufficient God created man on earth? Does He need us? The answer is no! God does not need us in any way at all. We are a creation of His love and pleasure. He created us for Himself. He created us empty that we may be filled with His Spirit. God does not need us. But we need Him and we cannot live without Him. Another meaning of the word ‘shaddai’ is destruction. God destroys anybody who claims to be self-sufficient. It is a very dangerous thing and a direct provocation to El Shaddai to say that you are ‘self-made’. Please do not say that! Whatever good anybody sees in me is from God and He alone receives all the glory for my life!

 

Jesus went into that journey on the Sea of Galilee just ‘as He was’. He stopped the storm with His Word. The same Word that created the earth and the universe is able to stop any disturbance in His domain. This is the power of His Word. Right now, with the authority I have in Christ, I command every storm in your life (healpeaceth, marital, financial etc) to stop! I say : Peace be still! In Jesus name, amen! If you believe then testimonies must follow!

 

OVERCOMING GOSSIP

 

Gossip is defined as idle conversation about other people’s private lives which is unkind, disapproving or not true. Gossip is talk about sensational or intimate rumors. Idle people gossip. To be idle it means to be lazy, to habitually do nothing or avoiding work. Idle talk has no value or good purpose. It does not glorify God! A person who gossips habitually is also known as a tale-bearer, whisperer, murmurer or slanderer. A rumor is a form of gossip and it means to spread unconfirmed information about others. It is a statement that has no known authority as its source. It is talk or opinion widely disseminated with no clear source.  Gossip is superficial ‘small talk’ between friends. Strangers or enemies do not gossip with one another. The source of gossip is a familiar spirit.

 

GOSSIP IS SIN

Gossip is a sin. God hates it! It is found in the middle of the wicked things describing the reprobates. These are people who once had some knowledge of the God of the Bible but they chose to reject that little knowledge. They know that ‘the wages of sin is death’ but they still ‘continue in sin that grace may abound’. They are even mentoring others who want to learn how to practice evil and still look righteous. They do not fear God. They are hopeless fools and reckless rebellious people. Separate yourself from them! No matter what type of friendship or counsel they offer you, reject their offer!

 

THE POWER OF GOSSIP – ADDICTION

Gossip, like any sin, is sweet for time and it is very addictive.  Think of gossip as taking drugs, taking cocaine. If you allow your ears to listen to gossip, they will become ‘itchy ears’ never satisfied until gossip is supplied again. The same ears shall hate to listen to the Word of God or any serious topic that will improve your character. Gossip wounds the heart and settles in the deepest part of it. It becomes a root of much evil later. Once addicted to gossip, you need deliverance from that demon.

 

THE EFFECTS OF GOSSIP – DIVISION AND DESTRUCTION

“A troublemaker plants seeds of strife; gossip separates the best of friends” (PV 16:28)

In Hebrew, the word ‘trouble maker’ is also translated as Froward. This is someone who is habitually inclined to rebellion and opposition. He is someone who resists and overturns the truth. He plants seeds of lies that look very much like truth. His purpose is to plants strife, discord and quarrels. Strife means bitter violent strife for superiority. It is the attitude of a worldly over ambitious person. A trouble maker creates mental confusion and anxiety with his words. His purpose is that others will fight themselves over nothing, over lies, and he will rule in the midst of that chaos.  Gossip is a poison to friendships. It hurts the person spreading the rumor, the person who listens to the rumor and the reputation of the person they talk about. It betrays and divides friends.

 

THE CURE OF GOSSIP – OBEYING THE WORD OF GOD

God blesses the obedient child of God! Jesus died on the Cross of Calvary to atone for our sins. The cross must work in your life. The flesh, with its entire sinful tendency will die! The spirit shall rise! The fruit of the Holy Spirit in the heart of man shall be manifest! No sin can survive the surgery of the Cross! Pray deliverance upon yourself! At the name of Jesus every knee must bow! God honors His obedient children!

 

Let’s pray: “Dear Heavenly Father we ask for forgiveness for indulging in the sin of gossip, slander and evil speech. We plead the Blood of Jesus on our behalf. We command every evil spirit of gossip and division to go away in the name of Jesus! Holy Spirit please come and fill us afresh! We give You alone all the glory!  In Jesus name, amen!”

PEACE TO YOU

 
“All of them are put to shame and confounded; the makers of idols go in confusion together” (Is 45:16) “For God is not a God of confusion but of peace” (1Cor 14:33)

Confusion is defined as a situation when you lack understanding, you lack strength in your will and cannot make a free choice. Confusion affects the mind and the will. A confused mind is dis-orderly and anxious. Confusion is shameful. The root of confusion is ignorance and fear. The opposite of confusion is boldness, assurance, understanding and sound mind.

I was a confused person in my youth. Each time I took a decision, I regretted it instantly. I am now free from this torment. I bring good news to you. The Bible says that idolatry is the source of confusion. God is One but the idols are many. That is why if you worship any other thing beside God, you shall be confused. You shall be like a blind man. The only cure for confusion is to be filled with the Holy Spirit. God is the Author and Giver of peace.

Confusion is from the devil. You do not have to live a life of confusion! You do not have to suffer the way you suffer! You do not have to go to sleep loaded with so many questions that have no answer! Jesus Christ is the only Answer you need, now and forever!

I command the evil spirit of confusion to leave you and go away! In Jesus name, amen!

Give your life to Christ! Not just religion or church! I mean settle your soul! Eternally! Go to the Cross! Jesus Christ died for you! There is peace available to you! In Christ alone!

OPEN DOORS

 
“I know all the things you do, and I have opened a door for you that no one can close” (Rev 3:8)

The other day we checked in a hotel. It was an average hotel. Nothing fancy… The lady at the reception gave us the room’s key. On top of the key it was written: ‘Open doors you never knew existed’. God speaks in so many ways… For a moment I stood there, in the hotel’s corridor, and my heart missed a beat. I felt God’s love come close. Did I forget that God can open any door? It is so easy to forget good things…and so hard to forget negative things, to forgive offences of the past…But that is another story…

Back to open doors…God knows no limitations, no boundaries and no hindrances…Nobody can say ‘no’ when God says ‘yes’. Did I limit God? Did I write a list with possible miracles, breakthroughs and open doors? Do I desire to control God, to lead God? Why such a foolishness? Sin has planted folly in our hearts and we are ignorant of it. But then, the Holy Spirit comes and breaks the bands asunder, breaks cages and padlocks, and the bird is ready to fly, once more…
The door that Jesus opens is a door of safety, victory, stability and intimacy as reward.

These are His holy promises given freely, by His grace alone:
“I will force your enemies (poverty) to bow at your feet…
I will force your enemies (sickness) to acknowledge that it is you I love…
I will protect you from the painful trials coming to others…
I will seal you with My name that no one can erase…
The whole world shall see that you are My child and My servant and they shall fear you!
This is My promise to you! Just believe it!”

Today I pray for the grace to be able to surrender to God, again, totally, un-conditionally, from my heart…I pray for the grace to see invisible things, to hear the songs of angels and to be filled with the Spirit that opens doors no one can shut! In Jesus name, Amen!

In Christ I declare:
I am God’s child and servant!
I rule in the midst of my enemies!
My victory is sure!
Jesus has opened the door of favor to me!
I just passed thru this door!
In Jesus name
Amen!

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MY SONG THIS SEASON

 
“The Lord is my Shepherd;
I shall not want.
He makes me to lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside the still waters.
He restores my soul;
He leads me in the paths of righteousness
For His name’s sake” (Ps 23:1-3)

This is the song of the sheep. It is never the song of a goat, or of a wolf. It is always the sheep. Jesus is my Shepherd. I am His Sheep. This is just a little glimpse from our hearts bonded together.
The sheep needs her shepherd. The sheep cannot find green grass to eat, clean water to drink or a good place in the shadow to rest. The shepherd goes ahead to find the trusted path of life, peace and prosperity. The sheep needs to be reminded of a good rest, lying down in ‘green pastures’. If not she will run and run in circles or sleep standing on her feet. The shepherd makes the sheep ‘to lie down in green pastures’. This is the picture of a beautiful home where she can settle down. A hotel is beautiful but you can only settle in your own home. Green pastures are signs of springtime, of a new beginning, the birth of a new season. The shepherd leads on, tests and proves the right path. The waters are still and quiet, a settled spot of a happy relationship, a happy marriage.

I feel comfortable in my own skin; I desire nothing else than what it is offered to me by my Good Shepherd. My soul is restored by Him, for I am fed with the best seeds. I produce fruits. The field is beautiful because I am in bloom. I know that I am safe. I have no guilt to just be me. My hidden desires, the remembrance of my special dreams of long ago, things I could not tell men on earth, come to the surface, easily, flowing like oil on my head…

I look at Him… The shepherd nodes His head and says: ‘You can have those, the desires of your heart are yours now…’ ‘Mine Lord?’ ‘Yes, yours…’ I am afraid to ask but still I do: ‘All of them Lord?’ ‘Yes, all of them…’
I now receive… I joyfully accept my portion… I believe it is mine… No need to explain or preach about it…
It feels so good…
Now I know that forever and ever I shall not want, fail, fall, go lower, decrease, demote or die. My path goes upwards, closer to the House of the Lord where I shall dwell forever.

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LESSONS FROM KINGS

“Better is a poor but wise youth than an old but foolish king who no longer pays attention to warnings… who refuses all advice” (Ecc 4:13)

The story of King Saul is a sad story but there are many lessons for us to learn. King Saul was once the king of Israel. The people of God asked for a king to be like the other nations. Before then, God was their King, but they wanted a visible human leader. They rejected Jesus as the King of kings. That is how Saul became their king. God was grieved by their request but He was fair to Saul. God gave him the gift of a good start. Saul was humble (at the beginning) and handsome. He looked like a king. He had favor with men. People gathered around him and supported him. He had some success as a military leader. He was religious. He knew the power of the Holy Spirit and the prophetic anointing that can change a man’s heart. He had a wife (or wives) and children. He had a good relationship with the great Prophet Samuel, at least at the beginning of his reign. But he failed the basic tests of spiritual leadership. He disobeyed Samuel’s command to wait, taking upon himself the mantle of a priest. Even then, God gave him a second chance. This time he was to destroy God’s enemies. But he failed again. Disgraced, he declared himself to be a fool at last. He finally lost his peace, joy, authority, crown, testimony, his sons and his life. David replaced him as the king of Israel! What a story!

Saul has died long ago but his spirit is still on earth influencing many. What can we learn from this? These are just some lessons for us:
To be alive is a gift from God! Thank God that you are alive!
To be a leader (president, king, governor, pastor or husband) is a gift from God! Thank God for your office!
We should remain humble, faithful, submissive and obedient to God in all situations! Reject foolish pride!
We should be wise and take advice from others who are godlier than us! Thank God for your godly friends!
There are many losers, cowards and mad fools in position of leadership! Be not surprised that your leader is a fool!
If you lose favor with God, you shall lose favor with men! God gives grace only to the humble! Humble yourself!
If you grieve the Holy Spirit there is no hope for you! No matter what, do not grieve the Holy Spirit!
It is possible to take God’s gifts for granted! Always thank God for everything He has given to you!
It is possible to be handsome and in the same time a jealous, wicked coward! Do not judge people by the outward appearance! Look at their hearts! Test the spirits for they are not all from God!
It is possible to be promoted and still end in disgrace! Refuse any promotion if you are not ready to obey God!
It is possible to start well and end up badly! Finish your Christian race!
It is possible to be religious and not a child of God! Be sure that you are born again! Examine your faith!
It is possible to be a good and faithful follower even to a bad leader! Pray for wisdom!
It is possible to be a good friend to a bad man! Pray for more anointing!
Betrayal will destroy a man!
If you are unrepentant, unfaithful and disobedient to God, God will raise another in your place!
God’s plans cannot be frustrated. God is the final judge and He sees everything!
Take encouragement in your trials for suffering is not forever. Saul failed to defeat David! Your enemy shall fail to defeat you! This is God’s promise: In His time you shall be promoted and rewarded! In Jesus name, amen!
Jesus is the King of kings and the Lord of lords!

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