Sunday, August 13, 2017

Wisdom For Spiritual Warfare

There are many scriptures that teach strategies and principles for Spiritual warfare throughout the Bible.

Understanding the Armor of God, exercising God's authority wisely  and functioning according to the the Strategies of God are vital to winning the battles either large or small. 

While all of God’s Word (provides wise counsel) I have found these places in the Bible provide strategic wisdom upon which winning the Warfare in the Spirit really depends.

1. Genesis 1-3 as it shows us God’s original plan and His redemptive promise. 
2.  The book of Joshua as it teaches foundational principles for every battle by obtaining and Obeying God’s Strategy 
3. The Gospels where we see God’s plan of redemption and the authority of Christ, which He has given to us, as well as, the strategy of Jesus in seeking, knowing and doing the Fathers will in all things. 
4. The book of Ephesians and Hebrews where we see all created powers and the powers of darkness are subject to the authority of Christ in us. For he has transformed us and it is who we are in Him that causes hell to tremble.
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     Our part is to be fit for battle and ready in season and out. So that we may know and cooperate with God’s strategic battle plans.

“He said, “Listen carefully, all [you people of] Judah, and you inhabitants of Jerusalem, and King Jehoshaphat. The Lord says this to you: ‘Be not afraid or dismayed at this great multitude, for the battle is not yours, but God’s.”

My prayer for you and your family is found in 3 John 1:2 I pray that in every way you may succeed and prosper and be in good health [physically], just as [I know] your soul prospers [spiritually]. 

For then you will not be cut off nor your season cut short.


Discover and Obey God’s Strategy 

in All things at All Times

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Rediscovering Life with an Open Door to God


The Way to Rediscovering Life with an open door to our creator and God

We were created in the image of God (Gen 1:27). There is within us an urgent desire, a thirst only quenched when our relationship with God is restored and nurtured in an uninterrupted and free flowing interaction with one another. When this occurs we begin to discover the delight, which a harmonious ever-flowing interaction with God brings about. Much like the vibrations of a tuning fork we are tuned in with God. This brings about a symphony from within us and through us to the world around us, which is individually unique and delightful, as we become a (body soul and spirit) multidimensional tapestry designed by God to be fulfilled in harmony with Him.

If we are to move from our created desire for God to a life of delighting in Him and the manifestation of what He created us to be and do will it will require the re-establishment of the relationship He designed for us to have. We see from the Bible that the mission of Jesus the Messiah is the re-establishment of our relationship with God the father. He is the only way to the father, the open door, the way the truth and the life. John 10:7-9 and John14:6.
With the way between us open we (God & us) are free to restore our interaction with one another. The development of this or (Working out our salvation) growing in God like any relationship requires that we (Hebrews 11:5-6) diligently seek Him and reap the reward this passage proclaims to us. We understand that we are saved by grace and are to rest in Him for our salvation, deliverance from sin and its penalty of death and separation from God.
What does this diligently seeking Him look like you might ask? It requires that we rediscover who God is and what are His ways. This includes discovering the names and attributes of God, what they reveal about His nature and how He interacts with people from the pages of the Bible in conjunction with these revealed qualities.

 It requires discovering who we are for we are fearfully and wonderfully made. Then we can grow in our understanding of how the elements of who we are work together to become the unique tapestry God has designed us to be.
This tapestry is not merely a collection of the elements of who we are but becomes complete as we allow our creator to bring true life to those elements. Our life’s elements, DNA, culture, family environment, education, life experiences along with our natural gifts, talents and skills mix with the supernatural gifts and ways God works in us to bring about the completed design He has stored up for us.

A very unique and life giving aspect of our relationship with God is learning who we are in Him and putting aside our old nature with its understanding and behavior, which bring death and putting on or living according to our new nature in God as empowered by His grace and the working of His Spirit in us through the active life giving truth of His Word (the Bible). It is only as we learn of Him that we can more completely yield to Him and make the choices by grace and through faith, which are the substance of the working out part of our daily being saved.

We enter into our new life as we are born again by the spirit through Jesus the Messiah. This transformational process of becoming the unique individual God designed us to be, the original Greek calls Sodzo or being saved. The word Sodzo or salvation is a present continuous word, which means that our salvation starts with the new birth and continues on as long as we are in this earthly realm. Along with the ongoing nature of our “being saved” is Phil 2:12  Work hard to show the results of your salvation, obeying God with deep reverence and fear.’ which seems counter intuitive to salvation by grace alone but it speaks to the transformational process in our lives which is ongoing in this life. We must decide daily and sometimes, moment by moment to live according to the new nature and to deny and put to death the old nature. We do so not just in a loving relationship with our Heavenly Father but with true wisdom and a proper upstanding of the price sin has on us, the world we live in, our relationship with God and the terrible price Jesus paid for our sins that we might be redeemed from sin’s slavery and eternal death, made right with God and given free access to Him and His created purpose for us once again.

Our choosing daily to be in Him,’ to live and breathe and have our being in Him’ (Acts (17:28) requires disciplines that help us grow in grace as we reject the old nature and its ways and participate in the new life. These spiritual disciplines help us reject the world, the flesh and the devil and help us nurture and grow into the way of life of a person who is pleasing God, who is made right with God and who is walking with Him according to His original design for us.

 The interweaving of all these unique multidimensional threads mentioned above move us from an incomplete and misshapen version of God’s deign for us to the blossoming of a beautiful unique individual whom God chooses to use as He unfolds His kingdom’s beauty and majesty into the lives we interact with along the way in our life's journey.
Copy Write from my soon to be released book
Wayne Newcomb (c) 2017

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

How to Watch or Read News Stories

Trying to figure out who is giving you truth vs opinion or even innuendo and gossip is hard sometime. You have to know your own predisposition and these definitions
1.     Know these Definitions
2.     Understand that every person and news channel has their own prejudices or worldview

Definitions From Webster’s Dictionary

News:

1.   a :  a report of recent events gave her the good news
2.   b :  previously unknown information I've got news for you
3.   c :  something having a specified influence or effect the rain was good news for lawns and gardens — Garrison Keillor the virus was bad news

Opinion
1.   1a :  a view, judgment, or appraisal formed in the mind about a particular matter We asked them for their opinions about the new stadium
2.  .b :  approval,  esteem I have no great opinion of his work.

Gossip
a :  rumor or report of an intimate nature spreading gossip about their divorce
b :  a chatty talk
c :  the subject matter of gossip Their breakup was common gossip.

Innuendo
: a statement which indirectly suggests that someone has done something immoral, improper, etc.
a.    His reputation has been damaged by innuendos about his drinking and gambling.
b.    His reputation has been damaged by innuendo.
c.     The movie relies on sexual innuendo for its humor.
FAKE
a. meant to look real or genuine but not real or genuine
b. based on opinion, innuendo or gossip
When someone says it is investigative journalism look to discover their definitions.

Be Wise no news channel or newspaper is Pure News

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

The Spirit of Accusation - A Fourth Watch Post

In Jerusalem there were those who stood upon the walls of the city to watch to see what was coming. They were the eyes and ears of the city when there was darkness. There were segments with the 4th watch being three hours before the dawn. Prophetically, those who took the 4th watch were preparers for the coming dawn for the city. 

In this day and age, the Lord is asking prophets to prepare the body of Christ for the dawn of a new season by being the eyes and ears of the bride.  The body of Christ benefits from the gifting of the prophet/seer and we have a responsibility to hear their words and take them into account in our perceptions and decision making.

In my home church, and ministry network, we are blessed with several mature prophets who hear and see beyond the walls of our building and physical location. As an Apostolic ministry we partner with them and provide a platform for the voice of the Lord to go forth through them. 

We will periodically be posting words from contributing authors who are trusted prophet/seers who have influence in and beyond our ministry. We will be sub-titling these posts as "A 4th Watch Post" to identify them clearly and will include a mini-bio of the authoring prophet/seer at the base of the post. 

Following is the third post contributed as A 4th Watch Post. May it bring you life more abundantly to see beyond the walls!

In Him,
Harvey Wittmier
Pastor CrossFire Church, Englewood CO ____________________________________________________________________________

"Do not blame others for your circumstances, either specifically or as a people group."
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I am impressed in my spirit that there is a spirit of accusation in our nation and in God's people. Do not be deceived my friends.  We are not to be a part of this deceptive spirit which comes to us as righteous judgement but in truth is a deception with the temptation toward self- righteousness and pride. Our judgement has been shaded by our culture’s lies and victim-hood teaching. Do not blame others for your circumstances, either specifically or as a people group. Stop participating in the accuser’s spirit and ways. The work of the deceiver to kill, steal and destroy God's work in our nation has been at work since our founding; teaching lies about our nation, our faith and God's design for our lives and attitudes toward one another.  Let God shine His light of truth into your heart. He is your deliverer and hope. (THE ACCUSER OF THE BRETHREN in Rev 12:7-12)".
Wayne Newcomb

This 4th Watch Post was contributed by Wayne Newcomb, a prophet who serves on the board of Directors for Deborah Ministries International, our parent ministry. Wayne has held many official positions in the body of Christ including Pastor, and Bible College Professor. To learn more about him, or to visit his personal blog spot, click here.