Are you shining the Right Light?

“In the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world.”—Philippians 2:15.

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E use lights to make manifest. A Christian man should so shine in his life, that a person could not live with him a week without knowing the gospel. His conversation should be such that all who are about him should clearly perceive whose he is, and whom he serves; and should see the image of Jesus reflected in his daily actions. Lights are intended for guidance. We are to help those around us who are in the dark. We are to hold forth to them the Word of life. We are to point sinners to the Saviour, and the weary to a divine resting-place. Men sometimes read their Bibles, and fail to understand them; we should be ready, like Philip, to instruct the inquirer in the meaning of God’s Word, the way of salvation, and the life of godliness.

Lights are also used for warning. On our rocks and shoals a light-house is sure to be erected. Christian men should know that there are many false lights shown everywhere in the world, and therefore the right light is needed. The wreckers of Satan are always abroad, tempting the ungodly to sin under the name of pleasure; they hoist the wrong light, be it ours to put up the true light upon every dangerous rock, to point out every sin, and tell what it leads to, that so we may be clear of the blood of all men, shining as lights in the world. Lights also have a very cheering influence, and so have Christians. A Christian ought to be a comforter, with kind words on his lips, and sympathy in his heart; he should carry sunshine wherever he goes, and diffuse happiness around him.

Gracious Spirit dwell with me; I myself would gracious be, And with words that help and heal Would thy life in mine reveal, And with actions bold and meek Would for Christ my Saviour speak.  Meditation from C.H. Spurgeon

My Purpose Dream

I awoke from a vivid, full color and clear dream this morning.  I was speaking with a group of men at a round table sharing with them how to work together.  I began by stating the need to understand that the person in front of them was created in the image of God. In order to achieve success, they must also understand the importance of purpose.   Purpose, I told them would help them to identify the accountant, the builder, the architect, or whatever the role that person was designed to fulfill.  I shared about Adam in the book of Genesis and his purpose.  Rather passionately, I stated God allows us to participate in His creative process.  I stressed the importance of recognizing one’s God-given purpose so that the creative process could occur.   There was agreement around the table as I continued my message.  The smiles on their faces let me know they understood what I was telling them.   Somehow it felt the roundtable location was important as well.  In any case,  I didn’t want to wake up because I instinctively knew that once awake I might allow other tasks to get move up on the cue and my purpose dream would be lost.  So I immediately began to write this blog.   It was clear this was an instructive dream which had to be shared. Because this is not just for me, there is someone out there who is struggling with their purpose.   Now, back to the dream.

I shared with my roundtable group that, “God created us to worship Him and for a specific purpose”.   I related when God created Adam He gave him dominion over the earth, and instructed Adam to multiply and subdue it.  As the process continued, God brought animals to Adam to see what he would named them, and whatever he called them, that was its name.  Adam’s assignments allowed Him to be a partner with God. Well, God named us…we are children of God. We are sons and daughters of the Most High. We are His instruments and servants on the earth. As His children we carry within us the creative seed, the DNA of our Creator.  As the scripture say [paraphrased], do you not know you are a temple of the living God?  What an awesome privilege?

We have the seed of God within us, and as such we were designed to create with God. Inside each of us is the ability to build, to plant, to nurture and grow.  We were to designed to re-established life and to bring God’s light to the world. To bring into existence those things that showcase the Creator God, His works and our purpose.   In order to do successfully, we must understand our relationship to one another, and to God. If we name or create a thing that is what it becomes.  And there is evidence of this taking place daily.  New phases, activities, roles, and discoveries are talked about and shared around the world.

Back to my dream.  I told the group of men that when working together it is important to realize who we’re working with.  We must see the person in front of us as the image of God with direct deposits from our Creator. This individual has been entrusted to fulfill a specific purpose going back to the Creator’s original design.   I instructed them to ask each person they are working with to identify their purpose, and what they really enjoy doing. If the person says, I enjoy working with numbers then you probably have an accountant.  If the person answers, my passion is teaching, then don’t let them be an accountant if they are a teacher. But whatever the function, once it is named or identified that person must be allowed to do that task.  Otherwise, you create chaos instead of order.  Order arises when there is clarity of purpose.  This will prevent confusion, mistrust, uncertainty and wasted effort.  Plus, you won’t spend time building a Tower of Babel, because there is understanding, and recognition of one’s purpose.  The men around the table smiled and nodded in agreement.  Then I woke up.

It was a powerful dream.  And as I am writing this I am also recalling conversations and interactions I had this past week, especially with close relatives and friends.  Our pastor preached a Mother’s Day message with the subtitle of Just Do It.   All this information I received was confirmation about the importance of understanding what is your purpose.   Many of us are sitting around a table waiting for someone to tell us what is our purpose.   And the only way we can truly be fulfilled is to know our purpose and to Just Do it.  Apparently, location is also important.  This message can’t be confined to just one area.  It must be broadly shared.  Real Estate agents tell us all the time location is crucial.  Well my friends keep this mind as you move about.  Expand and share this purpose message beyond just close friends and relatives.  There is a whole world out there waiting for you to share and show them how to Just Do It.   And let them know to go directly to the source-Our Creator for guidance, directions, and to obtain the critical answer to the question of what is our purpose.  Who better than God?  Only He knows why He created us.

As you begin to live out your purpose, always remember those you meet everyday are sitting around a table waiting.   Share with them how truly unique and awesome they are.  Let them know they carry the image of God within them.   In my dream, I told my roundtable group to say the words out loud (There before me is the image of God).  As I did, I was reminded of the power of the spoken word.  Practice saying the same phrase, so you will be ready when the time comes, speak a word into the life of some wandering soul.   This powerful affirmation counteracts the snares and traps of the enemy. It brings God’s transformative power into the atmosphere, identifies purpose and cements our relationship with God the Father.  It brings order out of chaos.

Take this message and share it.  Have faith that when you acknowledge others, believe the purpose seed has been planted, and their purpose journey has begun.   For once purpose is realized the door will open guiding them back to our blessed Creator.

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God's Power

“This I declare about the Lord; He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; he is my God, and I trust him”. (Psalm 91:2 NLT). 

Psalm 91 was one of my grandfather’s favorite scriptures.   I recalled my grandfather would sit in his favorite chair reading the Bible.  There was always a calming presence about him during these special times.  When faced with a challenge, his reply was simple, seek the Lord.  It reflected his complete faith in God.  As the song writer once said, “A Mighty Fortress is our God”. He alone is our refuge and strong tower.

No matter the circumstance God is the answer.   No matter how many disasters God is the answer.  No matter the trial or tribulation God is still the answer.    The only answer to the problems in the world, in our lives, and in our homes is God.

There are Giants in the Land

Moses sent 12 spies to explore and report back on conditions in Canaan.  This hand-picked group spent 40 days exploring the land.  When they returned they reported it was indeed a land flowing with milk and honey.  The physical evidence of large clusters of grapes, so heavy it took two men to carry a single branch was proof positive of God’s provision.    What Moses told them was true.  The promised land was a reality.  Their sojourn in Egypt was over and now they could experience the promise.  But there was one problem.  There were giants in the Land.  And not only giants, but fortified cities and enemies all around.  Eight spies sounded the alarm, and spread the report that “we can’t go up against them, they are stronger that we are.”   Only two men stood up and said, “Let’s go at once to take the land.”

There are always giants in the land.  Giant problems, circumstances, challenges, and situations.   The stock market is down, unemployment is up;  wars and rumors of wars, party unrest, political leaders disgraced, scandals, businesses close,  discrimination, infighting, sibling rivalry, loss of life…there are giants in the land.

The two men who stood with Moses and said “Let’s go at once to take the land” had witnessed God’s power and presence during the Exodus.  Convinced of God’s word, Caleb and Joshua told Israel let’s go immediately and get our inheritance.  They had physical evidence of the fulfilled promise.  If God promised it, He would provide it despite “the giants.”   Every battle appears to be stronger than we are.  But that is not what God told us to do.  He told us to go and take the land.  He said I will be with you always even to the end of the world.  If God is for us, who can be against us?  I think the answer to that question is, no one and nothing.  In Joshua 1: 6-9; God instructed Joshua, as he assumed the mantle of leadership, to “be strong and courageous.”  As servant leaders, we are to take God’s power with us into the land of the giants; into those strongholds and get our inheritance.  The promises are true, and there is nothing stopping us from having all that God wants for us.   There are no giants in the land bigger than our God.

Take Out The Trash

I’ve been reading through the Bible for the past few months, and I am always amazed by the majesty and the preciseness of our God.  The past two days, since the beginning of Holy Week, a persistence phrase keeps coming up – “Take out the Trash.”  It arose quite strongly yesterday during my meditation time, and again today while reading through the book of Numbers.  Now I know for some the OT can be a little confusing especially in Numbers and Leviticus, but this is where you see the majesty and precision of God.  Those wonderful details, if taken slowly and with reverence, can yield a mountain of revelation about our God.  What does this have to do with Take out the Trash?  Well in Numbers Chapter 4:1-49, God gives specific instructions to Moses and Aaron the priest on how to dissemble the Tabernacle, and whose is responsible for this enormous task.  There is a registration of men from the priestly tribe of Levi, those between the age of 30-50 years old who must prepare each sacred item for transporting during their wilderness journey. Meticulous planning and arrangements, even down to where these men are stationed within the camp were given by God to Moses and Aaron. Simply amazing.  And as I read this and reflected on the fact that this is Holy Week, I thought about how careless we’ve become during this sacred time leading up to Resurrection Sunday.  We go through the day not stopping to carefully arranged “sacred moments” for God, nor for ourselves.  Our Jewish brethren have begun Passover, where all “regular” activity has stopped, and story of the Exodus is told in great detail. This festival, commanded by God is a time of remembrance of about who they are and where they came from. It is shared, particularly with the young so they will know and understand their legacy and history, but more importantly how God brought them up out of bondage to freedom. There are preparations which included the purging and removal all food items containing “leaven” from their homes.  The house is cleared, and the “sacred” is highlighted, so mind and hearts can express appreciation to God for His gifts and blessings.

We, on the over hand spend nights watching “Scandal” or “Criminal Minds” filling our hearts and spirits with images designed to clog us with debris, and trash which robs us from experiencing God’s fullness.  The “sacred” is overshadowed by the fields of brokenness, pain, suffering, worry, pride, violence, envy, shame, guilt and the sin that so easily besets us.  Paul under the anointing of the Holy Spirit (1 Cor 3:16-17 NLT), stated “Don’t you realize that all of you together are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God lives in you? God will destroy anyone who destroys this temple. For God’s temple is holy, and YOU are that temple.”  We failed to recognize who we are and where we came from.  This important announcement is highlighted God’s word.  We, who profess the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior have a duty; a sacred responsibility to maintain this temple(us) for God’s work.  It can’t and should not be littered with trash of this world.   He built us for greatness.  He created us in His image.  We are His workmen destined to show forth His majesty, dominion, power and love to the world.

Shouldn’t we consider how carefully we are approaching this sacred time?  Are we preparing our hearts and minds for His return?  Will Resurrection Sunday be just another date on the calendar, or will we show the world, by our example that we have taken out the trash?

Yes, there is much trash that needs to be removed, not just during Holy Week, but each and every day.  We must with intent and love, remove the build up of trash that has plugged, plagued and prevented our Holy Temples from being beacons of life, light and hope.  trash people 08

 

 

 

We need to stop feeding on the “dead carcasses” of the world, and prepare our Temples to transportation.  I guess that’s why the message of taking out the trash has been so pressing.  We all need to clear the way for Christ’s return, and prepare ourselves for his rightful position on the throne of our earthly temples.  Ready to take out the trash?  I hope so.  Let’s consider ways to consecrate this week to Him, and make His light shine.

Love Divine

A dear friend of mine will share a message later this month on the boldness of love. When one thinks of boldness, and of love, the two don’t seem to complement one another. Boldness is often depicted as acts, or feats of physical strength and endurance, and possibly sacrifice.  Love comes in flowers, long tender looks, songs, poems, gentle words and touch.  And yet Christ came packed with both and much more.  For it took courage, daring, bravery, and if I can be so bold, guts to come shaped in human flesh to seek and save lost humanity.   It took great love to rearrange, for a period of years divinity into a recognizable gift that some would accept and cherish.  It was boldness and love to confront sin in all its forms and defeat it with power, majesty, dominion, and authority. It was love wrapped in power that enables our Lord to conquer sickness, raise the dead, and demonstrate to humanity how to truly live as God’s greatest creation.
Love Divine, with omnipotent boldness moved us from the wilderness of sin that bleak, desolate place to the region of healing and restoration to love’s throne.  No greater love than this, as scripture says, that a man lays down his life (love) for a friend.  Even in our wildest imagination, it is impossible to fathom how and why this was done, when there is daily evidence of our unworthiness. And yet, love divine came, love divine conquered, and love divine challenges us to love as He loves us.
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The Hand of God

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“Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time.” 1 Peter 5:5-7 KJV

The hand of God is mighty and full of mercy and compassion. It is the hand that delivered the children of Israel from 400 years of oppression, and demonstrated patience and mercy despite their disobedience and rebellious nature.  God’s hand offers deliverance (2 King 17:38) and justice.  It set us free from the enemy, and makes a place for his children at the banquet table.

The hand of God is filled with love and healing.  God wrapped Jesus in love and sent him to lost humanity, so life could be restored.   Talk with the Jairus’ parents, the Centurion, the blind man, the leper, the cripple, or demon possessed man about his hand.  Mary Magdalene, Lazarus or the widow whose son was raised from the dead know about his hand.

His hand is amazing grace, favor, and provision. Those hands fed thousands, and sustains the universe with precision, purpose and power.

In his hand is strength, joy and a peace that passes all understanding.  It lifts you up out of the miry clay and sets your feet on solid ground.  Just a simple touch can wipe away tears, and give comfort to the weary soul.  The Hand of God removes the stain of sin, restores the broken-hearted and lights the way to everlasting joy.

The Hand of God fights our battles, and shelters us in the midst of the storm.  His hand destroys enemies and raises the banner of righteousness over us.

The Hand of God is love that never, ever fails.

Looking For Greater

Looking for Greater in 2014

Dear Church and Body of Christ,
“Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.” (John 14:12 KJV)

The Church has been in a holding pattern since the latter part of the Church Age; not fully understanding the authority and power that Jesus has released in the hands of the Church and the fully ordained authority of the Kingdom of God in the Earth.
The goal is to move the Church into the will of God; to train and notify the Body of Christ of its inherited rights promised by the word of God.

As we go throughout the years, we need to start LOOKING FOR GREATER in every part of our lives, our health, finances, testimony and our tests. Our ministries need to be greater, and even our walk with the Lord. Our faith needs to LOOK FOR GREATER and our giving needs to be GREATER. In worship and praise, it also must be GREATER, understanding that God has given us the Keys to the Kingdom and access to the resources of the Kingdom of God. Listen to God’s Word.
” And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” (Matthew 16:19 KJV)

The Keys to the Kingdom

1. Believe in God; 2. Faith – Work Your Faith Because Faith Works; 3. Radical Obedience – Obey God Radically (change now); 4. Grace (unlimited) – Walk in His Amazing grace (favor); 5. Speak what God says – Speak and only hear what God speaks in your life; 6. Love of God – (all-powerful) – Operate only on the Love of God and let it motivate you to move; there is nothing stronger than the Love of God.

2014 is the year of double portions, blessings, maturity, and growth, and we as members and partners of A More Excellent Way Ministries Worldwide must look, search, hunt, and track down GREATER because Jesus said that it is Ours.

“Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not. (Jeremiah 33:3 KJV)

Be blessed in 2014.

Chief Apostle Robert L. Haley, III

The following message was posted with permission by the author, Chief Apostle Robert L. Haley, III Pastor of Apostolic Free Church of God, St. Albans, West Virginia and Chief Executive Officer of A More Excellent Way Ministries Worldwide, Inc.

Scribe and Student

The parables of Matthew 13 illustrate a single, fundamental truth drawn from daily life.  It says that the Kingdom of God has come among humans in the form of our Lord and Savior.  As I read the chapter this morning, one particular verse struck me.  In the New King James Version, verse 52 reads, ” Then He (Jesus) said to them (disciples), “Therefore every scribe instructed concerning the Kingdom of heaven is like a householder who brings out of his treasure things new and old.”

This is the message I received from this passage; that every student well-trained in the kingdom will bring forth exactly what is needed out of God’s storehouse at just the right time; for just the right person and situation; and out of this training the scribe and student will manifest blessings, power, and the light, and love of Christ.  At the moment my spirit accepted this new revelation this blog took on new meaning and purpose as well as my studies.  I am a vessel, as you are dear friends, a householder of truth; of the gospel message and of the power and presence of God.  “Study to show thyself approved, a workmen who needed not to be ashamed:; bringing forth out of God’s household treasures beyond measure.  Hold up the standard of God upon the roof of your house showing all and sharing with all that the Kingdom of God has come.   Christ said, “Behold, I make all things new…”  We are new creations; householders containing the gospel message.

Isaiah 30:21 says, “Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you saying, “This is the way; walk in it.” Walk in the knowledge that as scribes and students there is written upon our hearts keys to the Kingdom in the person of Jesus Christ.   John MacArthur once said, “In many ways, the attitude of obedience is much more vital than the act, because if the attitude is right, the act will naturally follow.”

May your attitude be right and in accordance with the will of God.  May your actions reflect the attitude of obedience with this divine truth.  Write and study as a holy, blessed and beloved scribes, and students who share the keys to the Kingdom with all who need them.   Blessings to you.