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A Prophetic Voice

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This morning we continue our series entitled, “Refined Focus”. A few months ago we took an in-depth look at Psalm 1. One of the things we learned was that for us to live our lives like “The Blessed Man” the psalmist describes, we must meditate and medicate on God’s Word day and night. The more we meditate God’s Word, the more we literally program our minds to think like God. With everything going on in the world and in these United States, this is most certainly a time for us to think like God. Our minds should be SET on Him and His Word.

All week I have been sharing messages related to the current state of our nation and what we, as believers, should be thinking and doing right now. As we close out the week, I am led to share with you some of the closing words of Paul’s letter to the believers in Philippi. The Apostle Paul said, “Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized. Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies.” (Philippians 4:8,9 MSG). In those two verses Paul gives two messages. First, Paul tells them (and us) what to think about. Second, Paul drives home the importance of having Godly leadership. As their leader, he urged them to consider and follow his example. I will discuss both of these points today.

So what does this mean to you today? A few things.

1. The Bible tells us to fill our minds by meditating on things that are: “true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse.” This is truly a time when we need to obey this Word. Don’t allow your mind to get distracted or your soul to get infected by the despair you are hearing on the news. Meditate and meditate on God’s Word day and night.

2. When you meditate and medicate God’s Word you are able to remain focused, encouraged, and excited, regardless of negative rhetoric and shifting times.

3. When you fill your heart and mind with the things of God you can always see the silver lining. As a believer your outlook is never bleak, because your outcome is based on God and not this world.

4. There are no Lone Rangers in Christ. We all need a prophetic voice speaking to us.

a) Paul urged the believers who followed him to consider his life and to follow his example. He spoke prophetically into their lives. He emulated Christ before them.

b) People who are not hearing from God consistently are left with no other option but to live their lives based on what they see and hear in this world.

c) When you have a prophetic voice you have an alternative to what you are hearing and seeing in the earth. A God-given Pastor with a God-given vision can provide supernatural wisdom and leadership. These two things are critical right now. Those who don’t have someone who is hearing from heaven and speaking into their lives are running the risk of succumbing to the foolishness and fear of this current season.

d) When you have a relationship with God and you also have a spiritual covering who is speaking prophetic wisdom with divine confidence, you are able to live on earth as it is in heaven. You are in this world, but you are living as though you come from another place. You are getting your marching orders from heaven, so you get to experience heaven on earth, even when the world seems to be going crazy.

Closing Confession: Father, this is a season of refined focus for me. I refuse to get caught up in the foolishness and fear I hear in the world right now. I tune in to You daily. I am led of Your Spirit throughout the day. I submit to Godly leadership. I thank You for the prophetic voice You have given me in my Pastor. I hear from heaven directly and what I hear is confirmed through my man/woman of God. I meditate and medicate on Your Word day and night. I set my mind on things that are: “true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse.” Living this way I get to experience heaven on earth, regardless of what is going on in this world! I declare this by faith. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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Receiving Direction From Heaven

* You can watch the video version of this message at: https://youtu.be/cPoZ0-eJCvw.

This morning we continue our series entitled, “Refined Focus”. This is truly a season where our focus needs to be on God. Between the political rhetoric, racial tension, and endless terrorist attacks around the world, you can easily get distracted. If the debates between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton were not explosive enough, and if the tension between the supporters of #BlackLivesMatter and #BackTheBlue was not thick enough, the recent testimony of CIA Director John Brennan, warning the United States that ISIS is as dangerous as ever, just adds fuel to the fire. If you are Born-Again, this is not the time for you to lose your focus. Let’s look at a passage in Paul’s letter to the church in Colossae as we seek to hear what God is saying to us this morning.

“You were raised from death with Christ. So live for what is in heaven, where Christ is sitting at the right hand of God. Think only about what is up there, not what is here on earth. Your old self has died, and your new life is kept with Christ in God. Yes, Christ is now your life, and when he comes again, you will share in his glory.” (Colossians 3:1-4)

So what does this mean to you today? A few things.

1. Jesus lived His life on earth connected to heaven. He acknowledged what was going on in the earth, but He received His marching orders from heaven. That is how we are supposed to live.

2. The only way God’s will is going to be done ON EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN, is by you setting your heart and mind to hear from heaven on a daily basis. You are called to live on earth, connected to heaven, hearing what heaven has to say and then performing it in the earth.

3. As an Ambassador of heaven on the earth you are called to represent God’s Kingdom in this world. The Bible teaches that you are DEAD in Christ. You don’t even have a right to represent yourself. You are called to represent God. But if you allow yourself to get caught up in the flesh, and you allow your emotions to get the best of you, you will be more carnal than spiritual and as a result, you will be no different than the world.

4. If you are dead in Christ and God’s Spirit lives in you, then people should hear heaven’s agenda coming out of your mouth; not an echo of last night’s evening news.

5. If you are dead in Christ, you don’t even have a right to vote for whomever you want. Your life is not your own. You were bought with a price. The Father paid for you with the blood of His own Son. You are now called and commanded to hear from God and to do whatever He tells you to do. This applies to all aspects of your life... even your vote.

6. What is heaven saying right now? What is the will of God for your family and for this nation? You owe it to God, this nation and yourself, to seek Godly direction for all you do.

7. As Born-Again believers the Bible teaches us to live like Jesus. As Jesus is, so are we, in this world (1 Jn 4:17). Jesus only said what He heard the Father say and He only did what He saw the Father do. Are you doing the same? Have you died to self? Have you given yourself completely over to God? If you have, then God will be able to use you to provide hope in a time of despair.

Closing Confession: Father, this is a season of refined focus for me. I am dead in Christ. Jesus did not only die His death, He died my death. When He was raised, so was I. I am Born-Again. My old man is dead. The life I now live is the life Jesus died to give me. So I don’t live my life for my own agenda. I live my life for YOUR agenda. I was bought with a price. That price was the Blood of Jesus. I am Yours Father. I will only say what You tell me to say. I will only do what You lead me to do. I set my affection on the things above. I receive my marching orders from heaven. I have compassion for what I see in the earth, but I don’t live by feelings. I live my faith. I take direction from heaven. I extend Kingdom influence in this world. This is how Your will shall be done, ON EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN, through me, for Your glory! I declare this by faith. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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Nuestra Obra en la República Dominicana (Mensaje Especial) | Palabra Del Dia

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Nuestra Obra en la República Dominicana (Mensaje Especial). Quiero compartir contigo lo que pasó en nuestro último viaje a la República Dominicana. Isabella y yo estuvimos cinco días en la República Dominicana. Hoy me siento motivado a compartir algunas cosas contigo acerca de nuestro viaje.
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Percepción Espiritual (5ta Parte). Esta mañana continuamos con nuestra serie titulada “Enfoque Refinado”, siguiendo con nuestra nueva miniserie titulada “Concéntrate en Perder Tu vida.” Hace un par de semanas te presenté el siguiente pasaje y comenzamos nuestro recorrido por el mismo.
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Bringing Heaven to the Earth

* You can watch the video version of this message at: https://youtu.be/EI2mvNahraU.

This morning we continue our series entitled, “Refined Focus”. While I am saddened by some of what I have heard lately from people I respect, people who name the name of Jesus, people who claim to live by the Word of God, I choose to remain focused. Let’s pray for those (Christians and non-Christians alike), who have allowed hatred and fear to grip their hearts, and who are adding fuel to the fire of division. Let’s pray for peace. Let’s pray for reconciliation. Let’s pray to the God of justice and recompense. And let’s remain focused on doing whatever the Lord leads us to DO in this season.

No matter what happens around the world as a result of terrorism, or right here in the United States as a result of racial or political turmoil, as believers we can focus on the following:
God is still God!
Jesus is still Lord!
We are stilled called according to His purpose.
We still have an assignment to complete before we die.

So don’t get distracted. Don’t allow yourself to get derailed from your destiny. Take control of your thought life and focus on your divine assignment. With that in mind, let’s go back to the passage we read yesterday. The Bible says:

“You were raised from death with Christ. So live for what is in heaven, where Christ is sitting at the right hand of God. Think only about what is up there, not what is here on earth. Your old self has died, and your new life is kept with Christ in God. Yes, Christ is now your life, and when he comes again, you will share in his glory.” (Colossians 3:1-4)

So what does this mean to you today? A few things.

1. God made plans for you before the world began. You were born when you were born and where you were born, because of WHY you were born. God birthed you for such a time as this. This is your season. This is your time. You can’t afford to get distracted by things that will derail you from your destiny. Remain focused! God is counting on you!

2. A person who is able to take control of his/her thought life, to submit their soul to their spirit, and to channel their entire being into doing whatever they are led of the Holy Spirit to do, is a person who becomes a powerful tool in the hands of our Mighty God. Will you be this person today?

3. If you allow your mind to wander, your thoughts to run free, and your emotions to get incited by worldly agendas, you will live an uncontrolled, unfocused and unproductive life. This is a season for you to develop divine focus and to maintain it, no matter what you hear on the news.

4. Keep your mind on heaven.

a) The Bible teaches you to live for what is in heaven. It instructs you to think only about what is up there. This is not to create a person who is “so heavenly minded that they are no earthly good”. No, on the contrary. This is to create a person who is heavenly minded, SO THEY CAN BE earthly good.

b) If your mind is not on heaven, if you are not hearing from heaven daily, if you are not setting your affection to the things of God and the Kingdom of God agenda, then you are not in position to extend Kingdom influence in this world.

c) If you are Born-Again you are going to from earth to heaven some day. For now, your assignment is to bring heaven to the earth.

Closing Confession: Father, this is a season of refined focus for me. I am dead in Christ. Jesus died my death. The life I now live is the life He died to give me. You made plans for me before the world began. I am determined to fulfill those plans. I will complete my divine assignment before I die. I will do so by being led of Your Spirit every day. I set my heart and mind to the things that are above and not beneath. I will go from earth to heaven someday. For now, I bring heaven to the earth daily. Your will shall be done, on earth as it is in heaven, through me, for Your glory! I declare this by faith. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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Percepción Espiritual (4ta Parte). Esta mañana continuamos con nuestra serie titulada “Enfoque Refinado”, siguiendo con nuestra nueva miniserie titulada “Concéntrate en Perder Tu vida.” Hace un par de semanas te presenté el siguiente pasaje y comenzamos nuestro recorrido por el mismo.
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Don’t Get Distracted

* You can watch the video version of this message at: https://youtu.be/iXHHqC6tAlY.

This morning I prayed about returning to the text we were studying before the break. We will get back to it soon, but the Lord wanted me to flow in the vein I was flowing in yesterday. All year we have been learning about “Refined Focus”. This is truly a time when we need to maintain our focus.

A couple of months ago we did a detailed study of a passage in 2 Corinthians 5. In that study that covered verse 16. There is a line in verse 16 that in the Easy to Read Version (ERV) reads, “From this time on we don’t think of anyone as the world thinks of people.” This is how a few others translations read:

NIV: “From now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view.”

NLT: “We have stopped evaluating others from a human point of view.”

GNT: “No longer, then, do we judge anyone by human standards.”

I bring this up because there is an abundance of political rhetoric right now. Democrats and Republicans are tearing each other apart. Those who support #BlackLivesMatter and those who #BackTheBlue are at each other’s throats. Black men are afraid when a squad car pulls them over and the families of police officers are afraid that their Daddy or Mommy may not make it home from their shift. Once again, this is not a time for the church to be silent. This is a time for the church to be led of the Spirit and to offer hope. God has called us to be HOPE-dealers!

So what does this mean to you today? A few things.

1. There is far too much discussion about the personalities of our presidential candidates, and not enough about the policies they will enact if elected. As a Born-Again believer, you are not supposed to take the worldly point of view. It’s okay to have a discussion about the election, but offer God’s perspective. When people come to you they should hear something different than what they are hearing on TV. Why? Because you are filled with God’s Spirit.

2. America is, without question, a darkening place right now. People are losing hope. They are looking at two underwhelming candidates for president, they are watching a seemingly unending barrage of police shootings on TV, they fearfully watch as police officers themselves are being hunted, and bombs continue to go off all around the world in terrorist attacks. This is NOT the time for the church to be silent. Light does its best work in the dark. There are only two things the Bible says God is: God is light and God is love. The world needs both right now. Since God lives IN you, this is your time to shine. Allow the love and light of God to flow through you today!

3. You are a Born-Again believer. The God of Hope lives IN you. You cannot allow yourself to adopt the hopelessness of the world. My prayer for you is what Paul prayed for the believers in Rome. He said, “Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” (Romans 15:13). May you enter each day filled with the excitement and expectation of God’s joy and the serenity and stability of His peace. May you abound with supernatural hope every day of your life, and may that hope spill over into the lives of everyone you come in contact with.

4. Don’t get distracted. Don’t allow yourself to delve into the hopelessness of the world. You are a child of the Most High God. Keep your heart and mind fixed and focused on Him! If you do, you will abound in hope, you will be light in the midst of darkness, love in the midst of hatred, and you will have answers when those who are lost come looking for clarity. Get excited. When the world is seemingly going crazy, the church is able to shine! You are the church and God will SHINE through you.

Closing Confession: Father, this is a season of refined focus for me. I refuse to be distracted and I refuse to be dismayed. I keep my eyes on You Father. You give me the words to say, You lead me in the works to perform, You bring me before the people I need to be before, and You bring people to me who are hopeless and who need to hear a Word from You. I am in You and You are in me. Therefore, I am light and love, because You are light and love. When people come to me they don’t hear what they are hearing from the world. They hear what heaven is saying. I am a source of hope. I am a source of encouragement. I have the answers, because You give them to me. I am in this world, but I am not of it. I am born from above. I live like an ambassador from heaven in this world. I represent You daily. Thank You Father for living in me, working through me, and for making me a HOPE-Dealer every day of my life! I declare this by faith. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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Percepción Espiritual (3ra Parte). Esta mañana continuamos con nuestra serie titulada “Enfoque Refinado”, siguiendo con nuestra nueva miniserie titulada “Concéntrate en Perder Tu vida.” Hace un par de semanas te presenté el siguiente pasaje y comenzamos nuestro recorrido por el mismo.
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