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Revelation 12:11 "And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death."

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Different houses of prayer leaders recently met together last week in Brea to raise some of the issues that some have noticed within the community. Some of these questions were raised within the context of understanding that there was one Levitical priestly tribe out of the twelve tribes of Israel. The Levites were called to minister unto the Lord. Their ministry is likened to the houses of prayer today who acts as priests through Jesus Christ that will stand on behalf of the people asking for God’s mercy for the land and for God to heal His people that would usher in the outpouring of God’s Spirit (Acts 2:17, 18; Joel 2). Some of the questions raised were, “Why is it that the business people don’t feel connected to the house of prayer? What does the model look like for those with career? What does it look like for everyone else but they are called to work?” Some of our leaders, David Wiltfong, Joshua, and I talked about it afterward, and these are some of our inputs.

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(This is a very short teaching on the gift of prophecy. If you are confused with anything, feel free to ask any questions below. To learn more in depth about moving in it, register for LoveHOP Academy.)

In terms of "prophecies," remember to test words that have been shared. Not every word may be of God even if the person has a tendency to accurately share things that would witness in your heart. Usually, the words that are shared without any testimony or witness is not a word from God because Jesus says, "If I bear witness of myself, My witness is not true." If they are not, throw it away. At LoveHOP we place emphasis on the confirmations/witness that we have in the lifestyle of prayer with other believers as well, and we share these words publicly. We have more of an inclination to call it a prophetic word when there is a witness on it. (We do not call it a confirmation if one person hears someone sharing it and then had a vision of it.) The spirit of prophecy is the testimony of Jesus Christ, and all the words are ultimately meant to lead us to worship God. Revelation 19:10 "At this I fell at his feet to worship him (the angel). But he said to me, 'Don’t do that! I am a fellow servant with you and with your brothers and sisters who hold to the testimony ofJesus. Worship God! For it is the Spirit of prophecy who bears testimony to Jesus.”

A good chapter to study about the gift of prophecy is 1 Corinthians 14. The gift does not substitute for godly character (1 Cor 13:1&2 2 "If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.").

1 Thessalonians 5 "19 Do not quench the Spirit. 20 Do not treat prophecies with contempt 21 but test them all; hold on to what is good, 22 reject every kind of evil" (NIV)

Prophecies will always have testimonies or witnesses in the new covenant church.

2 Corinthians 13 "1 This will be my third time I am coming to you. “By the mouth of two or three witnesses every word shall be established” (NKJV).


Discernment of the voice of God:
- Look for the witness of the Spirit. Jesus made a very bold and strong statement:
John 5: 31 “If I testify about myself, my testimony is not true." In the same way, the words of the Lord will always have witnesses. There are four types of witness shown in the Scriptures.
- John 5:31-47 (The Four-fold witness)
o Witness of the Spirit of God within you
§ The voice of the Father (John 5:37)
§ Is God speaking to you about it when you seek Him in the matter?
o Witness from other believers
§ The burning and shining lamps (verse 32,33)
§ Is there someone else godly that is saying the same thing?
o The greater witness than other believers: the person's works/deeds (verse 36)
§ 16 You will know them by their fruits.-Matt 7
§ The growth in their lives in God will tell you whether or not they are of God. 

o The Scriptures (verse 39)
§ 2 Tim 3:16,17 “all scripture is given by inspiration of God… for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
§ Do not do anything that is against the character of God or the nature of God. He will never tell you to sin.
Moving in Kingdom Prophetic
- relationship with the Holy Spirit.
- ask Him to possess your soul (heart/mind/emotions) and your body.
· the mind for discernment/understanding/wisdom
· the "knowing"- (words of knowledge)
· the "hearing" - hearing the still-small voice or the audible voice of the Lord
· the "seeing" - visions/dreams
· the "feeling"- feeling God's heart for the people and for yourself.
- We need a generation that is not in it primarily for the giftings of God but a covenant-relationship with God.
- giftings are easily accessible but relationships take lifetime development.
- Why is the relationship with the Holy Spirit essential in building Kingdom prophetic?- John 14:"23 Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him."
- The indwelling of the Father and the Son is possible through the promised indwelling of the Holy Spirit (verse "17 the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you"), which was released in Acts 2 and at the time of our salvation (Eph 1:13)
-The purpose of the Holy Spirit: John 14:26 "But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.
- Before Acts 2 all the way to Genesis, the Holy Spirit was dwelling AMONG us (Gen 24:3,* Ex 25:8 "And let them make Me a sanctuary, that I may dwell among them.", Ex 29:45 & 46, Num 35:34, 1 Kings 6:13) and now He is IN us!
- We need to ask, "What is His word??" Jesus repeats it again directly in John 14:"21 He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.” He talks about obeying His commandments again in verse 10.
- We want God to manifest Himself to us so we must ask, "What are His commandments?" to keep them.
- John 14 and 15 speaks of the importance of obeying the commandments and does not reveal what it is until John 15:"12 This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you." And He emphasized it again in verse 17.
- By obeying this ONE commandment, you will receive several promises: God will answer whatever you ask/desire (v. 7, 16, John 14:13), you will bear MUCH fruit (v. 8), you will abide in God's love (v. 10), your joy would be FULL (v. 11), You are God's friend (v. 14), and the final promise is that the world will hate you (v. 19). HAHA!!

 

 

Before we call someone a false prophet when their words have not yet come to pass, lets consider all of the prophecies that have not come to pass by the prophets written in the Scripture. For everything else and everything in between, love each other well.

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I was reading several articles tonight regarding Obama's repeal on the Defense of Marriage Act and how recently there was a case where the unmarried same-sex partners in New York unsuccessfully sued to change an adopted boy's Louisiana birth certificate to state that the child had two fathers! This brought me to watch several videos of partners explaining why their relationships work and they re-instated what family is about, in which the majority of the responses I did not disagree. However, in watching the videos, I just feel like I need to write down quickly some of my thoughts on some of the things that are burdening on my heart. I want to also state that I used to struggle with homosexual thoughts in my heart for several years until God revealed to me what it means to be family and the purpose of the Godhead. My responses to statements or questions are not extensive, and all of it I share with deep conviction in a lot of my own walk and experience that the Lord has helped me work out in my own heart.

A homosexual guy stated this concerning him and his partner, “We desire for Love, commitment, and the desire to be a family.” Is there any sin with this statement in itself? No. Can you have love, commitment, and the desire to be a family in a same sex relationship? Yes… Is it wholesome? No.  

It’s just like girls only having friendship with girls. You won’t learn how to build the love character within your life if you do not learn how to walk through in the diversity of language in the opposite sex. Majority of guys have a certain thinking pattern that makes it difficult for girls to understand and vice versa. The exposure to these diverse relationships helps us grow in maturity to the love that God wants to release in our lives when we walk through the conflicts in love.

It’s also like teachers only hanging out with teachers. There is much conflict that occurs in our communication when a teacher comes to engage in a conversation with the artists. Generally, the teachers can see the prescribed manuscript of how to do it and wants to stick to it and the artists may only want to release the creative ways. When they try to work together, they will get frustrated but if they know how to stick through for the friendship, they will grow in maturity and appreciate each other. They will learn humility and realize that their expressions of the things of God are both needed. 

I’m merely talking about what it means to be a family in the context of what God calls it. Jesus Christ’s family is the Body of Christ that includes men and the Godhead, and the fullness of the revelation of God in us will not come to reality without diversity of our strengths/functionality/expressions. The Father has a personality and a function, and it looks different or it expresses differently than the Holy Spirit and the Son and yet they are One. This is just like the fullness of the revelation of what love looks like in a family will not come to reality without diversity in our biological matter as well in the context of a marriage between a man and a woman. 

One of the things that we have done in our society is that we have come into acceptance of the less than the best. I say, “Let us reach for heaven.” I believe a big part of why there are these questions in the homosexual community is because we have not done an awesome job in showing what it means to be in God’s family with one another. The fruit of the division in the family and in the churches of God have caused society to not desire to be in a marriage with the opposite sex. Before we call their fruit evil, lets do something about the fruits of the “norm” of denominational splits, the orphans that we have not adopted in our family, and the unwillingness for us to work out our differences in things we do not understand (Matthew 7:5 "Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye."). When we deal with this in our own lives first, I believe God will give us such power in our words and walk to see the captives set free in the Church and outside.

I am aware that I am saying indirectly by my responses that the language of “same sex relationship” or “same sex partner” is not a sin in itself because I believe there is more wisdom in redeeming the language and its pure intentions than twisting it to fit the intentions of an unholy lifestyle. The LGBT community is identifying an unholy lifestyle to something that is has a holy language in itself to bring confusion to where the drawing line is, and I just refuse to play that game. The Church does not need to stay away from that pure language to expresses what the Church is like or our children will reap the fruits of confusion and perversion when we pervert the words… or when we agree that the pure words are evil. Jesus Christ is the Word, and I believe we have a responsibility to speak the purity of the Word to the world. “18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness19 because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them” (Romans 1;NKJV).

 

Why do people marry? Because they love each other or they desire to be in complete union with each other to create a family that will multiply that love. (In a church family, it looks like disciples that multiply.) The reason why God had to create us in His nature because He wants to see us multiply that Love! There is a union that has gone deeper than the union between a man and a woman, and it is the spiritual union between us and God. It is not evil to desire to be in spiritual union with the same sex. God has it with us, and we should have it with each other. David had this spiritual union with Jonathan where lust was not involved.

Why is lust a sin? 

#1 You agree that the act of intimacy in a marriage between a woman and a man is something that is not intimate or casual, which is exchanging the truth of God for the lie (Romans 1:25), by allowing your heart to take pleasure in the fruit that only should come from a covenant. The other person has not given you any permission to do that which is only meant for marriage. One of the fruits of a healthy marriage between man and a woman is sex which produces another awesome fruit, which is a child. When you covenant to marry the opposite sex, you also covenant to protect the family. It is sin when you meditate on the act of sex in your mind when you are not married to the person because you have a disconnection of covenant with them and also abandon the implication of the fruit of love, which is a child. The start of lust is in the heart where you call that which is evil something that is to be desired for good. It is aligning your heart to a lie by meditating how good the lie is. The more you have this lifestyle in your mind, the more you will give yourself to pervert the Truth and not be able to discern what is holy and what is evil. Another fruit of it is you say that there is no truth (humanism). 

#2 You want worship the thing/person (sexual organs) rather than the Creator (Romans 1:25). To worship the sexual organs means you say that you will submit yourself to its desires rather than taming your desires (Romans 6:12 “Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts;” Romans 13:14 “But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts.”). To worship the Creator means you submit yourself to the desires of God. It is a sin to worship the sexual organs because your priority is to bring gratification to yourself no matter what it may look/feel like for the other person. The fullness of lust looks like rape, physical abuse, and/or murder.  

Is it a sin to want to embrace any person? No. 

Is it a sin to hug any person? No. 

Is it a sin to be naked next to each other? No (ex: Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden, Isaiah called by God walk around naked for years, etc.). The only time any of that is a sin is when you lust toward the same or the opposite sex. Is there wisdom in how you should embrace another person? In our culture and in our time, I believe so. Is there wisdom in not being naked next to each other in our culture on earth? Yes. Why? The gateway that accesses into the integrity of our hearts is our eyes. Learning how to protect our eyes will lead us to produce a godly response of the heart which makes it easier for us to tame our desires. There is so much perversion in our world that the way to walk in Love is to cover one another and help each other in the purity of our friendships. You can be naked but if you seek to love and know the other person’s struggles, you will want to help them walk in purity before God.

I'm willing to go through any questions you guys may have, and I'm not here to argue if anyone wants to argue. If you want to seek for a deeper understanding in some of my thoughts, I will definitely engage with you. Also, I will most likely go through other questions as well in the next blog or the next few blogs on the following:

· What is the reason we should marry?

· Do people have the right to love one another even though they are of the same sex?

· What is love?

· What is the purpose of family?

· Can two people of the same sex raise a family? Does it affect the outcome of the health of a family?

God, I pray that you would release the revelation of your Son, your light, truth, and love in our lives and everyone reading this. I pray for those that may be struggling with homosexuality that they would understand the depth of what it means to be family and you would bring them to encounter the fullness of your heart.

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Many prophecies from God made in our time are also meant to be fulfilled in our spiritual children or they are also for another generation. The prophecies that are given to us will be used as a sign to the future generations that will experience a deeper revelation and inheritance of that promise.

Consider Matthew 2 of the story of Rachel weeping for her children (Matt 2:18) and also the prophetic word about Jesus being a Nazarene (Matthew 2:23). In Rachel's time, she was actually mourning for her child (Joseph) that was supposedly killed (Gen 37:35; Jer 31:15) and yet during Jesus' birth, that word was used to fulfill the prophetic word that the male children two years old and younger would be slaughtered (Matt 2:16,17,18). Jesus was indirectly prophesied to be a Nazarene and yet the word was actually given to Manoah and his wife concerning Samson (Judges 13:5, 24).

The depth of the revelation and the fulfillment of the promises of God in our lives will carry throughout the generations to bless them with greater promises/inheritance that will affect nations. Proverbs 13:22 "A good man leaves an inheritance to his children's children, but the wealth of the sinner is stored up for the righteous" (NKJV). A seed of God's Word spoken into our lives that gets tested and fulfilled gets multiplied 30,60, or 100 times (Mark 4:8) from our present time when it is in the thoughts of God. The Spirit of God carries it through the generations and continues to fulfill it to a greater glory.

Jesus' birth fulfilled the prophetic word about the birth of Samson to Manoah and his wife and yet it was mentioned again in the Scriptures for another couple (Joseph and Mary) concerning their child.  Even though I believe Joseph was not aware of the prophetic word about Jesus being a Nazarene, that did not hinder it from being fulfilled (Matt 2:23). In the same way, when we align ourselves with God and His ways, there are things happening in our lives naturally where we do not even realize that are being fulfilled to the spiritual mothers and fathers that have gone before us.

The condition that sets us into inheriting the promises of our spiritual mothers and fathers is not necessarily through the bloodline but it is carried through those that have similar hearts to the things of God, bearing forth fruits of righteousness and fruits of the Spirit. The Sadducees and Pharisees considered Abraham to be their father (Matt 3:9) but they lacked the faith in God and relationship with Him. They did not allow the power of God's Word to transform their hearts or lives that it was said of them, "Therefore bear fruits worthy of repentance" (Matt 3:8; 2 Tim 3:5).

Be encouraged! Your small act of obedience to the Lord will affect nations and your life in God is part of a movement in the Body of Christ for His glory and our delight!

 

 


 

"And all these, having obtained a good testimony through faith, did not receive the promise, God having provided something better for us, that they should not be made perfect apart from us. Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God."

 

 

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So today, I just recently put together a list of things that I find are important priorities and values in my life. Yesterday, I shared at LoveHOP Church from Ephesians 5:15-21 and the phrase "redeeming the time" stuck out to me. I think it's important to figure out what our priorities are in our lives and also our values that govern the priorities so we can live a meaningful life that will bring glory to God. This list actually comes from a book that God told me to read in 2008 called "God's Generals" by Roberts Liardon, and I got reminded of it when I recently read "Moral Revolution" by Kris Vallotton. I'm placing this list on my wall to help me remember what's important in life. I think everyone should have something like this where it's easily seen every day that are from the Scriptures.

 

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Something recently happened during our time on Sunday service. The question of whether or not we can have food during worship came up. Even though I do think that it would be good to not eat during worship, we should also not deduct it as a sin automatically if someone does eat during worship. It is our natural expression to not eat during worship because we want to honor God; however, we also know that worship goes beyond the form of worship, which is playing instruments and singing. If worship is just about the form of worship (playing instruments or singing), then we shouldn't be eating in our lives in general. We know that is just crazy because man does not live by bread ALONE. Coming back to the simplicity of the faith in God, I believe He spoke to me saying that we cannot make the fruits the new law.

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Step up in your responses of Love and don't be afraid of taking leaps of faith. The culture of faith values risk rather than the comfort of disobedience. Continue to be faithful to the small things and God will entrust us with more. He rewards the faithful one who invests their time, resource, and energy wisely. The question is, "Can we really handle 24/7 right now if we are entrusted with 300 other staffs? What kind of examples of faith are we portraying to them if they're here?

 

Do everything as you would unto the Lord and do it with joy. God loves a cheerful giver because He is seeking after the ones conformed in the image of His Son.

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The law sets a standard of what is right and wrong. Love fulfills all requirements of the law and goes the extra mile. Grace is the extra mile that God uses to show us His love. So go the extra mile not just to do the right. How many more miles will you run for Love? At LoveHOP, we are about to run another mile for Love to show our generation the Love of God in all purity! We are coming into agreement to take an example of purity and love in a culture and a generation where perversion is celebrated as "cool," and we are no longer even going to kiss the one we date on the lips. We know that the form is not always a sin but because our culture thinks and derives the form of kissing as that of other evil acts, we choose to not to do it (Ex: If you kiss, you're probably dating. If you're dating, you're probably having sex.).




“Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill." 

Mark 12:33 "And to love Him with all the heart, with all the understanding, with all the soul, and with all the strength, and to love one’s neighbor as oneself, is more than all the whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.”

John 1:17 "For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ."


Acts 15:11 "But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved in the same manner as they.”

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I know what it feels like to be bitten by an animal. I have felt the pain of being “reviled and [people] cast your name as evil” (Luke 6:22) by ones that proclaim that they love you. The jaws that result from the "hireling syndrome" are false accusations that sometime are rooted in fear of Christ-like confrontation and the tendency to think evil. It is contagious, and it will hinder us from loving everyone - the hirelings and those who are ravenous wolves (Matt 7:15).

 

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I think one of my greatest struggles is trying to be blameless and keeping my heart pure when my friends/family don't do their part of friendship or family. I find myself going into relationships and giving all of my heart to love and finding myself knowing that I should continue to love even when the other leaves. It hurts because sometimes we want those relationships that are consistent, and we want to be able to trust in those special relationships and their words. In the end, it seems that many times, people will abandon us or do not keep their part of the promise, and we end up asking ourselves, "What do I do now? Should I stop trusting and believing in people? I have tried to love. I always try to make it work and what do I do when they abandon me?" It seems so unfair especially when you know that you did not do anything wrong. It's unfair that you have to continue your part of love when the other one doesn't. It seems like you're really going to kill yourself.

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This morning God began convicting my heart for using His presence to build up my ministry. I would come into the presence to build up the power in my life so I can build up a good ministry. It was no longer about my heart longing for His presence but I would come so I would be strong when I pray for people. I would come into the presence to get the oil to heal people (Matthew 25:1-13). It sounds like a noble thing and an honorable thing (Psalms 24:4, Jer. 17:9) but the oil is for the preparation to meet our Bridegroom.

 

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