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No man is an island is the old saying . No one – let me repeat no one can accomplish their purpose , vision or calling alone. Everyone needs others. Businesses needs customers – teachers need students – children need parents ( regardless of their opinion :0) – marriage takes two – etc , etc. Even in the Body of Christ we need each other. It is no different. We have need of each other. That is why the scripture uses the analogy of a Body. Each joint supplieth the other joint to form a whole. What good are feet without legs? You may be the best foot in the universe – your toes exquisite beyond compare – yet if not attached to legs guess what – your going nowhere! So says the leg – I’m the most important – yep feet your okay but without me baby it ain’t happening – so now we have an attitude to appear. To top it off they may not be the best set of legs out there :0) They may not stack up well with those like ” Betty Grable ” fame of old. I think you understand the point.

Now why am I sharing this ? Most of us ; especially in ministry need others or ” partners ” to help us achieve what God wants us to achieve. Relax this is not a plea for Partners :0) What I am saying is sometimes we need to step back and look at who may be trying to ” Partner ” with us. This is critical! I ran across this today and thought it may help you. It helps to cut through the murkiness sometime :

King Solomon gave us seven red flags to watch out for in Proverbs :
1. Lack of integrity ( Prov. 29:24)
2. Quick- tempered or deep seated anger ( Prov. 22:24)
3. Pattern of foolish behavior ( Prov. 14:7)
4. Anyone who offers a lot for a little, or quick riches ( Prov. 25:19,28:22)
5. Excessive use of flattery ( especially to ingratiate you to them) ( Prov. 29:5)
6. Inclination to gossip or exaggerate ( Prov. 20:19)
7. A disregard for rules, regulations, laws or personal boundaries ( Prov. 28:7)

Who am I to argue with King Solomon? Hope it gives you something to ponder :0)
Be Blessed > Dennis

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People all over the world are broken hearted and in despair. Can we, as Christians, present the answer to them, ie…. Jesus Christ and Him Crucified????

You know maybe we can…….. If we would smile instead of snarl……. If we could somehow put ourselves in their place (we all have been) instead of looking down on them and making them feel like second class humans…… If perhaps we could give a little more than we take; fix a few more than we break; and realize that in their eternity, we have a stake…..

If only you and I could learn to take the words of Jesus seriously when He said to love your neighbor as yourself…. Maybe therein lies part of the problem; maybe you do not see how greatly valuable YOU are in His eyes and His heart… He died on the Cross for you and would have if you were to be the only one…. But you weren’t the only one… Jesus died for every sinful, twisted, warped, perverted, depressed soul in the world; you and I included. Should that not cause us to look at people differently? Tell me…

Sin has done and is doing its deal level best to destroy this world and all of us in it… I can only hope and believe that Jesus will mature His church and teach us the true meaning of His awesome and great love…

They are out there; those who by dust of the Earth are a part of us. They are hurting. They are crying; believe me. And you and I often pass by them every day and seldom offer so much as a friendly smile let alone the message of Jesus… Help me o God… I repent for failing you. Please give me your Mercy and Grace to make a difference somehow, in this world of sin, today…

I LOVE YOU JESUS…. please forgive me for not often showing it……..

Lets not forget these verses in the book of Romans……
Romans 12:9-21 ESV
Marks of the True Christian
9 Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. 10 Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. 11 Do not be slothful in zeal,be fervent in spirit,serve the Lord. 12 Rejoice in hope,be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. 13 Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality.
14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. 16 Live in harmony with one another.Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight. 17 Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. 18 If possible, so far as it depends on you,live peaceably with all. 19 Beloved,never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” 20 To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” 21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

AND……….

Romans 13:8-14 ESV
8 Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. 9 For the commandments,“You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet,” and any other commandment, are summed up in this word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 10 Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.
11 Besides this you know the time, that the hour has come for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed. 12 The night is far gone; the day is at hand. So then let us cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light. 13 Let us walk properly as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and sensuality, not in quarreling and jealousy. 14 But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.

AND……….

ROMANS 14:13-23 ESV
Do Not Cause Another to Stumble
13 Therefore let us not pass judgment on one another any longer, but rather decide never to put a stumbling block or hindrance in the way of a brother. 14 I know and am persuaded in the Lord Jesus that nothing is unclean in itself, but it is unclean for anyone who thinks it unclean. 15 For if your brother is grieved by what you eat, you are no longer walking in love. By what you eat, do not destroy the one for whom Christ died. 16 So do not let what you regard as good be spoken of as evil. 17 For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking but of righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. 18 Whoever thus serves Christ is acceptable to God and approved by men. 19 So then let us pursue what makes for peace and for mutual upbuilding.
20 Do not, for the sake of food, destroy the work of God. Everything is indeed clean, but it is wrong for anyone to make another stumble by what he eats. 21 It is good not to eat meat or drink wine or do anything that causes your brother to stumble. 22 The faith that you have, keep between yourself and God. Blessed is the one who has no reason to pass judgment on himself for what he approves. 23 But whoever has doubts is condemned if he eats, because the eating is not from faith. For whatever does not proceed from faith is sin.

Everyone of these directives from the Word of God will, in addition to faith, require some type of action and activity from the child of God. We put our faith in Christ crucified and that brings us the help of the Holy Spirit to DO what we must DO in order to walk in this way…….Relationships in general involve work and those in the body of Jesus are no different. Proper faith will bring us the power of the Holy Spirit. We must continue to choose to do the right things and then trust His power to help us. Anything short of giving your best is to be irresponsible with the Grace of God……. The Victory comes through the Blood and empowers Holy living…….

More to come on this topic later…………………

This is part of a message God has given me so far during our 21 days of fasting and prayer… What He is showing me is breaking my heart but a Word of deliverance is coming for all who will receive…..
While studying Is. 47 today, the Lord gave me this verse (and several around it) that perfectly describes alot of the battle going on today among brethren. IS 47:10 NKJV “10 “ For you have trusted in your wickedness;
You have said, ‘No one sees me’;
Your wisdom and your knowledge have warped you;
And you have said in your heart,
‘ I am, and there is no one else besides me.’ “………….. If you think you are exclusive and elite you are deceived. Your ‘wisdom and knowledge’ has warped you.

A preacher can start out in The Anointing of the Holy Spirit but if they allow pride and superiority into their walk with God, the Holy Spirit leaves and a ‘spirit of enchantment’ can come in and take the place where the Holy Spirit was. This is how often times ministries ad preachers can retain a hold on people almost like a magical spell. It even looks like the anointing but its not. Check the fruit. Check the attitudes of the people. Folks, follow only those manifesting the heart of God… See IS 47


In the days of Solomon, there existed a magnificent temple filled with the presence and glory of God—a place marked by divine order and beauty. However, the people were careless with this glory and were taken into captivity, which was the chastisement of God. It is true that God will chasten His people, but only out of love. Then He will call them to rebuild.

The Lord put it on the heart of Cyrus, the king of Persia, to write a decree allowing the people of God to return to Jerusalem to rebuild this place of former glory. However, in their attempts to rebuild, this group of returning Israelites encountered serious opposition—much like you and I do once we are determined to make our lives count for God. They became discouraged, which caused them to turn inward and rely on their own reasoning, eventually bringing them into what I would call a lesser glory. It was now simply a natural people trying to build a natural kingdom. Ultimately they began to focus on their own houses rather than on the work of God.

When you and I lose the supernatural, we lose the heart of God. As soon as we lose the heart of God, which is the redemption of all humanity in the earth, our whole relationship with God begins to be centered around our own sense of well-being and building our own house. But, of course, the Lord does not leave His people there.

LIMITED VISION

“In the seventh month, in the one and twentieth day of the month, came the word of the Lord by the prophet Haggai, saying, Speak now to Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and to Joshua the son of Josedech, the high priest, and to the residue of the people, saying, Who is left among you that saw this house in her first glory? and how do ye see it now? is it not in your eyes in comparison of it as nothing?” (Haggai 2:1–3).

The Lord raised up the prophet Haggai to call the people back to the work of God. In hindsight, we know that they were about to build a temple that Jesus Christ Himself would walk into. The glory of that latter house, although it looked different from the first glory, would be greater than the glory in Solomon’s day.

Similarly, just as there was a glory when Jesus visited this rebuilt temple and a glory on the day of Pentecost—there will also be a glory in these last days in which we are living. There will be a greater glory in the temple of Almighty God, and that temple is you and me!

Remember when you first read about the disciples in the Upper Room who burst forth into the marketplace, filled with the power and glory of God? You knew in your heart that the calling of every Christian was to be filled with God’s glory, be brought into the supernatural, and make a difference in his or her generation. You had an image of “the temple.” Even if only for a moment, you saw what it should look like in its glory. Yet, just as Haggai asked, how do you see it now?

Many people might say, “My life is nothing like I thought it was going to be in Christ. I had such aspirations; I believed that all things were possible in Christ. I truly wanted to glorify God in the earth. But now when I look in the Bible and then look at my life, it seems as if I fall so far short of what I am supposed to be.”

You see, there is a weakness in each of our hearts, just as there was in the hearts of those in Haggai’s day. It is this inability to believe beyond what we can see with our natural eyes that in turn opens the door to discouragement in our lives. So how do we get beyond this limited vision? Is it through more Bible study? Attending church more frequently? Our natural tendency is to conclude that if we just read more, studied more, prayed more, and did more, somehow our lives would be an ambassadorship of glory to the Name of God—only to realize later that all we have done is studied more, read more, prayed more and done more. Those are good things, but they may not necessarily bring the glory of God in its full measure. It is only God who can get us beyond this limited vision. So how does He do it?

MARY, MARTHA AND LAZARUS

In John 11 we find the story of Mary, Martha and Lazarus—three people who had an intimate friendship with Jesus. He visited them frequently, sat at their table, spoke wondrous things. Martha served Him, Mary worshiped Him, and Lazarus loved Him and knew he was loved of Christ. What an amazing family, even down to devotions in their home with Jesus Himself! It couldn’t get any better than that, could it? I am sure they enjoyed Jesus’ visits to their house, just as you and I enjoy coming to the house of God today. It delights our hearts to come and worship the Lord, to serve Him, to hear from His Word.

However, despite all this, Jesus knew there was still a deficiency—there was still something in these three that could not fully bring glory to God. So what did Jesus do? Did He reprimand them? Did He cause Mary to sit at His feet longer, Martha to serve Him more and Lazarus to love Him more? No! Do you know what He did? He let sickness and death come into their house!

We see the same principle in Haggai—a picture of what the Lord had to do so that His people might truly bring Him glory. “Ye looked for much, and, lo, it came to little; and when ye brought it home, I did blow upon it. why? saith the Lord of hosts. Because of mine house that is waste, and ye run every man unto his own house” (Haggai 1:9).

“You looked for much and it came to little.” Think for a moment how similar it is today with all the aspirations that our church generationhas had—all the strategies about how to bring people into the house of God. They came in, but they did not last. The Lord said, “You brought them in, but I blew them away because they were not truly converted.”

“Therefore the heaven over you is stayed from dew, and the earth is stayed from her fruit” (Haggai 1:10). Because of this lack of true faith, heaven is brass and there is no fruit. We talk of harvest, but there is very little happening, especially within the borders of this country right now. So how does God deal with it?

“And I called for a drought upon the land, and upon the mountains, and upon the corn, and upon the new wine, and upon the oil, and upon that which the ground bringeth forth, and upon men, and upon cattle, and upon all the labour of the hands” (Haggai 1:11). This is what God does: He calls for a famine, for a financial downturn, for unemployment! In other words, He takes away everything that has brought us into a false confidence—not in anger, but out of love for His people.

The Lord did the same thing with Mary, Martha and Lazarus, allowing sickness and death to enter their house in order to show them their powerlessness. He allowed them to be taken captive by their circumstances, confronting them with their unbelief. Then He came to them one more time to manifest His glory.

IT IS TIME TO BELIEVE

Today we find ourselves in the same position as Mary, Martha and Lazarus—a place where we are not going to see the glory of God in our own strength. When Jesus came to where Lazarus was lying four days dead in the tomb, Martha quoted many Scriptures to Him, but she really did not believe any of it. It had never taken root in her heart.

In the same way, you and I know the Scriptures. However, there comes a point where we simply must believe it. For example, do we truly believe it when the Lord says, “Yet now be strong…all ye people of the land, saith the Lord, and work: for I am with you, saith the Lord of hosts: According to the word that I covenanted with you when ye came out of Egypt, so my spirit remaineth among you: fear ye not” (Haggai 2:4–5). Do we believe that in spite of our failure, in spite of our careless handling of precious truth, in spite of our captivity, He is still with us—that He has not abandoned His church in this hour?

“For thus saith the Lord of hosts; Yet once, it is a little while, and I will shake the heavens, and the earth, and the sea, and the dry land; And I will shake all nations, and the desire of all nations shall come: and I will fill this house with glory, saith the Lord of hosts” (Haggai 2:6–7). In other words, the time has come to judge all nations. “But not you—I will fill you with My glory,” says the Lord. The word glory in the Hebrew text means weight, honor, esteem, glory, majesty, abundance and wealth. The Lord will fill us with what we could never have on our own. It does not come from human effort but rather from simply believing God. That is why the Scripture says, “The silver is mine, and the gold is mine, says the Lord of hosts” (Haggai 2:8). God possesses
and will endow us with all that we need to rebuild this last temple for His glory.

WRAPPED IN DEATH

So the question that remains is, “How exactly do I do this?” Perhaps, just like those who were called to rebuild in Haggai’s day, you have already concluded in your heart, “I tried, but it didn’t work. I just did not have the strength to stand against all the opposition. How do I go on?”

The answer is actually quite simple. In Ezekiel 37, what do you think the dry bones did? These were the children of Israel whose testimony was, “Our hope is lost; our strength is gone.” Throughout the generations, this is exactly where the people of God often have found themselves. The Lord instructed Ezekiel, “…say unto them, O ye dry bones, hear the word of the Lord” (Ezekiel 37:4). That was all they could do. The bones were scattered, without the strength to bring themselves together, yet somehow God in His mercy gave them the ears to hear.

“…I will open your graves, and cause you to come up out of your graves…and bring you into the land of Israel” (Ezekiel 37:12). In the same way, the Lord promises to bring us out of our graves—out of every place of despair, hopelessness, powerlessness and captivity. He essentially says, “I am doing it because I am God and you are My people—not for your sakes but for My Name’s sake. It will never be said in eternity that I brought you out and could not bring you in, or that I abandoned you because of your weakness and your failure” (see Ezekiel 36:32).

The devil loves to try to wrap up the church in death, captivity, and adverse circumstances. How he must have snickered on the hilltop as he saw Martha running around quoting Scriptures she no longer believed; Mary weeping because she felt God had failed her family; Lazarus dead behind a stone. It certainly looked like a hopeless situation, and the devil must have gleefully concluded, “Ah, just look at the church of Jesus Christ!”

Oh, yes, he had it all wrapped up—except for one thing! The God who spoke the universe into existence by the word of His mouth is still alive! He is the God who declared, “I will have a church! I will have a people in the earth who will glorify My Name.” Suddenly that voice stood on a mountaintop and called, “Lazarus, come forth!”

Ironically, there was really only one man who could hear His voice—the dead man! The man who knew he couldn’t do it—the man who tried to live but died. The only thing left was the voice of God. The One who had all power over sin and death was calling him, and it was crunch time. He had to decide: “Do I get up, or do I stay? Do I believe my circumstance, or do I believe the voice of God?”

Lazarus got up! He walked out of that grave in the little strength he had, and Jesus gave the command to loose him or, in other words, to set him free and let him go. Where did he go? He went right back to the table with Jesus! However, now everything was different, for he was living in resurrected life. Many people came not just to see Jesus—they came to see the man who was raised from the dead (see John 12:9). Likewise, many people in our generation will come not only to see Jesus, but they will come because of you! They will come because you have been raised from the dead—brought out of captivity and given new life.

A GREATER GLORY

“…I will shake the heavens and the earth; and I will overthrow the throne of kingdoms, and I will destroy the strength of the kingdoms of the heathen; and I will overthrow the chariots, and those that ride in them; and the horses and their riders shall come down, every one by the sword of his brother. In that day, saith the Lord of hosts, will I take thee…and will make thee as a signet: for I have chosen thee, saith the Lord of hosts” (Haggai 2:21–23).

A signet is a sign of the authority of God. He was saying, “I will make you a sign to this generation, for I have chosen you—even in your captivity and despair.” It was not our choice but His! He is calling us to be ambassadors of the kingdom of God in this last generation. God is calling His whole church—every place, every denomination, whether they are alive or they appear to be in the grave. Nothing is over until God says it’s over!

The only choice we have is whether or not we will hear His voice and respond to it. Either we believe that Jesus is the resurrection and the life—that He can bring us into freedom and do the miraculous through our lives—or we stay in the grave.

Remember, the Lord has promised: “The glory of this latter house shall be greater than of the former…” (Haggai 2:9). A greater glory! God longs to do more in your life than you have ever envisioned. A whole generation is dying in its sin, but now the voice of God has come once again, calling you to rebuild. He is calling you into a freedom and ability that can come only from Him. I implore you today in Christ’s name to step out of all bondage and captivity—whatever it is in your life that has convinced you that God will never use you. Leave that place behind! As you respond to His voice, the Lord will strengthen you, give you His Word, fill you with His Spirit, and cause you to be a demonstration of His resurrection life in this generation!

Carter Conlon
©2012 Times Square Church

Bibles I Use……. by Len Paxton

Many people have been emailing and asking about the Bible versions I use in my study times and message preparation. I will do my best to answer that for you here. Please understand that I simply do not have time in the day to personally answer each email and I do apologize. Also please understand that my list here can be considered incomplete. I will deal here briefly with my most used versions and study tools.

I prefer to use a word for word translation in my study. For that reason, among others, I really like the KJV Bible. I also use the KJV Expositors Study Bible. I find both of these very valuable in my walk with Lord and could not do without them.

Before I list other versions that I do use let me state that I do not look at various versions due to a lack of understanding as it regards the KJV. With a little study and good Bible dictionaries, it is my belief that anyone could use and learn from the KJV.

I also use the following word for word translations in my study and sometimes I will preach from them.

1- NASB Hebrew, Greek Key Word Study Bible

2- ESV Study Bible

3- Various NKJV Editions

As I said this listing is not intended to be complete. But these are the most valuable to my life and study.

In addition, I also like Youngs, and Wuests translations.

Many of my KJV Bibles are Scofield and I also have a Ryrie.

As far as study tools go; there are too many to list but I will try and name a few.

I enjoy the Kenneth Wuest set of word studies as well as Spiros Zodhaites dictionaries from AMG.

I like my Adam Clarke commentary as well as Jon Coursons Application commentary; Everyman commentaries (now out of print) and commentaries by Jimmy Swaggart.

There are many reference works I read including many from the classic writers of the Reformation.

Again, this list is by no means complete. I am a voracious reader, reading anywhere from 60 to 125 books per year.

Hope this helps and again, sorry I can not respond to each one individually. Please realize the incompleteness of this list. I encourage diligent study on all topics and prefer for no one to limit themselves to a handful of sources. But with that said, it is so important that every Christian know the Word of God for themselves and maintain faith in the proper object (the Cross) so as to avoid deception.

God bless you friends.

My friends it has been awhile since I wrote a note but I have been thinking so I thought I would share some of my thoughts. Lets look at a scripture :


” Thus says the Lord: Stand by the roads and look; and ask eternal paths, where the good, old way is;then walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls. But they said , We will not walk in it!” Jer. 6:16 amp.

Now I certainly don’t want to miss anything that God is doing in this hour. I certainly don’t think things should stagnate.Certainly there are shiftings and changing that will occur in the Body of Christ and I try to stay sensitive to the Spirit of God. My greatest fear ( yes I said it ) is missing God in any area of my life. Notice however the people responded by saying > ” we will not walk in it” .

However there are some ” old fashioned ” things I miss :

Like services where the power of the Holy Spirit would move and people would weep their way to the altar and let the Spirit do a deep work in their lives. Transforming their natures more into the image of Jesus.

Services where the Word was preached without compromise and it would penetrate into the hearts of people causing them to look at their lives and see the need of change instead of watered down, make me feel good messages. The intent being to soothe the ears of people and not offend them. To help them stay so self centered. Goodness we might make somebody upset.

Revivals that were rooted in a deep move of God. Why they could last for days and the clock wasn’t the controlling factor and schedules were interrupted. Now people are upset if the service last longer than they think it should cause they are ” busy”.

The times when people wanted to be grounded in good solid biblical foundations. They wanted to know the foundational principles that would cause them to be solid in their beliefs instead of trying to always hear ” the latest thing” yet by their very actions they prove they do not understand basic things. Doctrine and theology are not bad words.

Remember when Ministers cared for the needs of people? They were driven with a passion to see the needs of their flock being met. They weren’t there to be served but to serve. They weren’t motivated with the idea of ” just what can they do for me and my church to put me on the map? ” There concern was ” How can they feed my people – and bless the people?”

Or we didn’t have so blatant hirelings who expect to be treated like ” movie stars ” with all their petty self-serving needs and their entourage to follow them. Those who seek to just fill their pockets and justify it .

Remember when sin was sin? Not ” issues” or just ” problems” . Remember how when you realized your sin broke the heart of the Father it broke your heart? Now days it is justified in some form or fashion.

Remember when people ” feared ” the Lord? Now days we see a total lack of this in the Body. It shall return though!

I still think Sanctification is still a process we must go through. Holiness wasn’t considered a bad thing or bondage in any way. There was a time when people sought it with fervency.

Remember when worship was about exalting Jesus? Excuse me but I don’t understand the need of throwing away hymns of the past. They had some strong content and theology in them. Yes some were not but Amazing Grace or How Firm a Foundation or Blessed Assurance still move me. I enjoy some of the ” new ” worship but I find some of it cold and lifeless and lacking in exalting Jesus.

Remember when Truth was not relevant? It was founded on biblical principles and adhered to. It wasn’t twisted to fit a certain viewpoint.

These are just a few things I have thought on. My children used to laugh at me when we would be driving and I would see a 57 Chevy or 63 Thunderbird and say ( before I could say it ) they would say , We know its a classic! Well I think these things I said above are some classic things we should still appreciate.

Yes let’s be swift to follow God and yet let’s not leave everything behind. Yes the Lord is doing ” a new thing” but notice both of these were written by Jeremiah . I am thoroughly convinced these are matters of the heart.

Thanks for listening to this “old guy ” Be Blessed!

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How would you like it if I told you today that you are foolish, weak and base? Well, perhaps by the end of this message you will gladly welcome the thought!

Consider the words of the apostle Paul: “For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: but God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; and base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: that no flesh should glory in his presence” (1 Corinthians 1:26−29).

Paul could write these words because he understood the truth that God would allow no flesh to glory in His presence. Remember, Paul received many incredible revelations from the Lord. At one point he was even taken up to a place he referred to as the “third heaven” where he heard something so divine that he was not permitted to repeat it. Now knowledge can “puff up,” potentially causing one to become unteachable and no longer able to represent God. Lest that happen to Paul because of the abundance of revelation, he was given a thorn in the flesh—a messenger of Satan sent to buffet him. This so troubled him that he petitioned the Lord three times to take it away. The Lord’s response was a profound statement to Paul, “My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness” (2 Corinthians 12:9).

Isaiah’s Vision
Why is it that God’s strength is made perfect in our weakness? I believe we will have a deeper understanding as we consider the story of Isaiah when he was about to be brought into ministry.

“In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord…” (Isaiah 6:1). Uzziah was a king who died in pride, diseased in his mind. He had entered the temple and offered incense on the altar, although he was strictly forbidden to do so. Uzziah mistakenly thought he could be as God—doing whatever he pleased and suffering no consequences.

The year King Uzziah dies represents the year that pride dies. It is when we finally realize we don’t have any strength in ourselves—when our natural tendency to do our own thing, even in the name of God, dies—and we understand that we don’t have the right to chart our own course in life. That is when we see the Lord!

At the time Isaiah had his vision, it was likely that he was already, at least marginally, a prophet. However, God was about to commission him—just as I feel in my heart the Lord is about to commission us as His church. We are going into revival, and God is on the verge of commissioning us to represent Him in our generation. Many might argue, “Oh, God, I have walked with You for so long, but I am so weak. I am not as smart as other people, I don’t have a budget, and I don’t have the pedigree of others. Don’t I need to have it all together to be effective? How are You going to use me?”

When we are tempted to look in dismay at our weaknesses, consider what followed in Isaiah’s vision. “…I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up” (Isaiah 6:1). We must remember that the Lord truly is high and lifted up. That means He is above every name that is named, every kingdom that ever will be, every power, every principality, every circumstance, every trial—He is above it all! Nothing escapes His attention, and nothing is allowed to happen without His permission.

“…And his train filled the temple…” (Isaiah 6:1). What an incredible picture, especially in light of the story in Matthew 9:20–21: “And, behold, a woman, which was diseased with an issue of blood twelve years, came behind him, and touched the hem of his garment: for she said within herself, If I may but touch his garment, I shall be whole.” This woman had to press through the crowd to get to Jesus, but when she finally touched the hem of His garment, immediately she was healed.

At that time His garment was only on one physical body, the man Jesus Christ. To touch it, you would have to travel miles and press through crowds. However, Isaiah said that the hem of His garment filled the temple. In other words, there was nowhere in the temple where you couldn’t touch Him and be healed!

Consider now how you and I are the temple of the Holy Spirit in the New Testament church. The presence of Christ is within us, and what Isaiah saw is now a reality in the actual body of a New Testament believer—the hem of His garment fills the temple! That means there is no area of your mind, your body, your past, present or future that God can’t touch. In other words, the healing of Jesus is in every part of you!

In Him We Live And Move
“Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly” (Isaiah 6:2). Notice that the seraphims were not looking where they were going, for they covered their faces with two of their wings. Secondly, they were not traveling in any amount of natural strength, for they covered their feet with two wings as well. They were flying by divine power.

It is incredible to imagine that there are perhaps hundreds, maybe even thousands, of these created beings flying around the throne, yet they never crash into one another! Where God is, everything is in divine order. All that is created and remains in subjection to Him knows its course in life and moves together in harmony.

Paul said, “For in Him we live, and move and have our being…” (Acts 17:28). We are not crashing into things; we know where we are going because He is the One leading us. We are not walking by sight nor by power, but by the Spirit of Almighty God. We don’t have to see it with our eyes, nor do we have to achieve it with the strength of our own labor. God, by the Holy Spirit, has promised to carry us and make us into everything that He has ever promised we would be.

Full Of His Glory
“And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory” (Isaiah 6:3). Holy—it was the only word they knew. Its meaning in Hebrew conveys the thought of being separate from all sin and death; without any equal; completely perfect; free from moral imperfections and all the failure of humanity. It also means that God is absolutely faithful to every one of His promises.
Now how could the earth be full of His glory? It is clear that the heavens declare the glory of God, as does the order we find in nature, so there seems to be a partial fulfillment of the verse. But as we read today’s newspapers and look around at society, how can we possibly conclude that the whole earth is full of His glory?

The truth of the statement lies simply in this: The church of Jesus Christ (you and I) is still here on earth. The glory of God abides in us, His temple, and there is a church of Jesus Christ all over the earth. That is why the earth is full of His glory. The main problem is that we don’t know who we are in Christ. We don’t truly understand Who is inside of us.We live so much of our lives trying to be what only God can make us, in our own strength, trying to go where only He can lead us.

Holy is the Lord of Hosts; the whole earth is full of His glory. It is important to know and believe this when we pray. We come to a throne that is above every other throne, a place of absolute and complete divine order, a place where healing flows. We come to a holy God who is absolutely faithful to all His promises, the One who has commissioned us to be His representatives on the earth until the day He takes His church home to be with Him forever.

I Am Undone
“Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts” (Isaiah 6:5). Isaiah came from perhaps the most religious, scholarly people on the face of the earth, yet he concluded that they were all unclean. “We claim to be smart and learned, but we are ignorant. We claim to be strong, but we are weak. Now my eyes have seen the King, and I know all our boasting is worthless. We claim to know what God is like, how He feels, what He thinks, but it all falls short because my eyes have finally seen His glory!”

By then Isaiah might have rightly wondered, “What do I have to offer this kingdom? It is so far beyond me. This place is holy, operating in divine order with absolute truth and perfection. How in the world can I ever be part of this in my condition?” However, it was actually at that point that Isaiah was about to be given the greatest revelation of all.
“Then flew one of the seraphims unto me, having a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with the tongs from off the altar: and he laid it upon my mouth, and said, Lo, this hath touched thy lips; and thine iniquity is taken away, and thy sin purged” (Isaiah 6:6–7). That coal speaks to me of the cross of Jesus Christ. He has come to touch us and take our iniquity away. I believe the “great” iniquity is human effort—the thought that we can add to the kingdom of God. However, the kingdom of God will not advance because of anything we promise to be or do for Him. It is about His promises to us. So don’t tell God you are going to pray more and do better, because you won’t be able to do so in your own strength. Instead, go into the prayer closet and bring God’s promises back to Him. The Lord says, “I have touched your lips; I have given you my redemption. Now come to Me, knowing who I am. I am above your weakness; I am above your frailty; I am above your circumstances.”
Whom Shall I Send?
The next thing Isaiah heard was the voice of the Lord asking, “Whom shall I send?” Now take into account that in this whole scene, Isaiah was the only one who didn’t have it all together—the only one who was not operating in divine power; the only one completely undone. Yet when the Lord asked, “Who will go?” it was as if this little hand in the back row came up, exclaiming, “I’ll go!” You would almost expect all of heaven to gasp.

You see, Isaiah was the only one there who needed mercy, and he had come to the revelation that the kingdom of God is about mercy. Standing in the presence of God, he finally realized, “I’m undone; I’m finished. We are all finished, and if God is not merciful to us, we are doomed.”

Suddenly Isaiah was touched with the mercy and cleansing of God—with everything that Jesus did on the cross of Calvary. He had the incredible revelation that God wanted to show His people mercy. That is why he said, “I’ll go!” Isaiah knew that the people needed to realize all of their righteousness was as filthy rags. They needed to understand that the only way they would ever get through was if God were to come and touch their lips and their lives.

It’s All About Mercy
Judgment was coming, and Isaiah knew it. However, he was given a clear vision that the ministry of the church on earth is mercy. Mercy—that is our message when somebody asks the reason for the hope that we have. It is not because we have memorized verses or because we go to church. We stand by the mercy of God!
Once you grasp this truth, suddenly you will become an evangelist. You will be able to open your mouth because you understand that God has not chosen the strong but has chosen those who know they stand by mercy. It is the mercy of God that has given us hope, broken our sin, and made us brand-new creations in Christ Jesus.

What did Isaiah have to do? No more than the prodigal son had to do as he returned home, only to find his father running to embrace him. God is the One who does the work in our hearts—it is just up to us not to resist it. When the seraphim came with the coal, Isaiah could have moved his head and said, “Oh no, not me.” It may have had an appearance of humility, but he actually would have been resisting the power of God.

We must let the power of the cross touch us and allow the sacrifice of Calvary to become sufficient for our sin. We all have sinned and come short of the glory of God; there is nobody righteous. That is why the Christian life is a life lived in mercy.

Paul said that God allowed the weakness in his life to protect him from pride, assuring him that, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my strength is perfected in weakness.” So if you feel weak today, you can give God praise for it. You can say, “Lord, thank You for protecting me from spiritual pride and keeping me in a place where I can speak for You. I can go to anybody in the city and say to them, ‘The Lord has been merciful to me. I am not the strongest of people in His kingdom, yet He has touched me. His healing is beginning to flow in my life and He is changing me sovereignly by His power.’”

Start Speaking!
Why have you held back from opening your mouth and telling others about Jesus? Is it because you have been very aware of your weakness? Remember, it is that very weakness that God will use to bring glory to His own name. Of course I am not suggesting that our whole testimony is that we fall and fail. I am talking about the source of our strength coming from God because of our frailty.

Beloved, the time of being silent is over. It is not the Lord’s will that any city should perish in its sin. Isaiah was given only roughly one in every ten souls that he spoke to, but was it not worth it for the one? Society in his time had become very opposed to truth. We may be living in a similar time today, and the Lord simply asks, “Who will go? Who will start speaking? Who will not be ashamed or triumphed over? Who will understand that his strength is in God and not in himself?”

In this late hour, God is commissioning His people. He is looking for those who are willing to say, “Here am I, send me”—those who will believe that, despite their own frailties, the Holy Spirit will guide and speak through them. Do you know how God gets glory? He sends you and uses you, perfecting His strength in your weakness. That is how He gets glory, and that is how His glory fills the earth! Hallelujah!
Carter Conlon
©2011 Times Square Church

Golden Nuggets Of Truth from My Facebook Page part 2 by Len Paxton

Len And Angie In Medora, ND

1 Cor. 10:10 Neither murmur ye, as some of them also murmured, and were destroyed of the destroyer.

God doesn’t work from what might have been; He works from what is. There is hope for all today because of Calvary.

Romans 8:1-2 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.

Our heavenly Father knows what we need even before we ask and if God will provide for the birds and flowers, He will certainly take care of us. [ Matthew 6:8,25-33] . God is saying to us:” When you come into My presence, focus your attention on fellowship with Me– on getting to know Me. Don’t let your focus be on material things. I know what your needs are. Seek Me first.”

I personally believe that the church has been purposely “dumbed down” to the point it has become Theologically illiterate in order to prepare it to receive esoteric experiences and value those experiences above the Word of God.

Physical and spiritual adultery are both sin. Physical adultery; we all know what that is. Spiritual adultery is anytime a believer looks to anything for their justification, sanctification, victory, peace, etc.. other than Christ and Him Crucified………. Rom. 7:1-4

The law can never change our hearts. While it can and most certainly does, define sin; the law is powerless to give us victory over sin or make us stop sinning. It took the substitutionary death of Christ on the Cross to both pay the penalty for sin and to break the power that sin had over man. When we identify with Him in this; we can walk in a life of perpetual victory over the sin nature as well as acts of sin.

Todays esoteric prophets (so called) who are basing their walk with God on experiences and extra biblical “revelation” rather than on the Word, the Cross, and the Blood of Jesus; are conditioning the church for the greatest deception in recorded history.

For my dollar, far to many churches have replaced Holy Living classes with “dream interpretation” classes and all other type of foolishness. Angelic visitation has sadly stolen the focus from soul winning and true preaching of the Cross of Christ.

The key to all victory for a Christian is to put their faith in what Jesus did at the Cross and then, leave it there. Do not transfer your faith to any formula, ritual, law, rule, or anything else; Keep your faith solidly anchored in the Cross of Calvary and the work that Jesus there did.

Righteousness, Justification, Sanctification, etc.. is all “In Christ Jesus”. None of it is in “our own right”. It must be imputed to us on the basis of our faith in the finished work of Christ upon the Cross.

One of the ways that believers are shamed into not questioning the false doctrine in the Church today is they are told “don’t cause division, or touch not the Lords anointed”. Listen, in 2010 do not check your brains at the door. Anything that repudiates the Cross; RUN FROM IT.

As I have said; Real Bible unity must be based on truth (The Bible) not on experiences or even on love. I can love people involved with false doctrine but there can be no unity. I am sick of the false unity message that refuses accountability to Scripture.

I have often said ” I don’t care what the Bible teaches, but whatever it does teach is what I want.” The Bible must be my criteria and not my experiences.

The greatest revelation that some of us ever got was that ” God is smarter than I am”

Unbelief rejects God’s plan, God’s way, namely; The Message of The Cross, and puts something else in the place of the Cross.

Most of what the church today is offering up to the Lord is the “Strange Fire” of Nadab and Abihu, which speaks of greed, lust, and false authority. Rather than Holy Fire from the Brazen Altar which speaks of sacrifice.. CALVARY…

Lets make a break from the cultural religion of America. I refuse to use Christ for my own advantage. Let us follow the Christ of Calvary and not our own home spun ideas about who He is.

I do not care if a Church has 50,000 people in it; that doesn’t mean that God is there. If there is no conviction of sin; if there is no repentance; if there are no changed lives; If the message is “self” GOD IS NOT IN IT…..

The Bible is the most exciting, relavent, up to date, informative, inspirational, book ever written. It is God’s Holy Word. Don’t have time to read it ? One day you won’t.

“Having therefore been justified by faith, peace we are having with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Romans 5:1 Kenneth Wuest Expanded Translation.

In so many churches today the cross is not mentioned. The blood is avoided because we don’t want to offend visitors. And worship is often a canned performance that involves plenty of rhythm and orchestration but little or no substance. We can produce noise,but often there is no heart … and certainly no tears.

It is so easy for self-proclaimed prophets to make up weird crazy doctrines and get thousands of followers, because in many churches there is a great lack of Christian discipleship based on the word of God. The focus on Jesus and his teaching and discipleship has been replaced with “feel-good teachings” that totally lacks the important teachings about repentance, sin, hell,grace and holiness.

BELIEVE GOD. Do not allow your eyes and ears to be filled with fear concerning 2010. We have a God who is able to keep us and even to promote us during hard times. Don’t let your hearts be troubled. We, as the body of Jesus, have faith, hope, and love to share with a world that is suffering and hurting. Be strong and expect great things to happen.

Adversity in God’s own way, can be a powerful friend and teacher. We can learn much wisdom in the trials of adverse circumstances. Were God to completly remove adversity from us; He would consign us to a fools fate.

the famine is of Christian charity and public spirit. Men wish to grow rich upon the miseries of their country, and there is no limit to their extortions. All seem holding back what they have in the hope that a starving army will raise the price of bread and meat still higher. Brig. Gen. Elisha Franklin Paxton

In the books Christians buy today you will find little mention of brokenness. We are not interested in a life that might require suffering, patience, purging or the discipline of the Lord. We want our blessings … and we want them now! So we look for the Christian brand of spiritualized self-help that is quick and painless.

the Christian can cause the sin nature to come roaring back to life in them when they commit an act of sin and then try to get victory over it by their own efforts. You will be defeated every time you do that. Keep your faith in the finished work of Christ upon the Cross and realize that, in the mind of God, you were …crucified with Him. You were buried with Him, and you were raised to newness of life in Christ.

Fear, among many other things, is deeply rooted in our sinful nature. The Holy Spirit has to go through so many layers of our carnality. Just keep your faith in what Jesus did for you at the Cross and the Holy Spirit will bring about your sanctification and conform you into the image of Christ. Look only to Christ Cru…cified and you will have victory over fear; insecurity; and all else.

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