Monday, July 10, 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

The Cure for Your Ignoring God Habit


Monday, June 12, 2017

“God Is Never Found Accidentally”


Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the LORD: his going forth is prepared as the morning; and he shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter and former rain unto the earth.
Hosea 6:3
Christian theology teaches the doctrine of prevenient grace, which, briefly stated, means that before a man can seek God, God must first have sought the man.
Before a sinful man can think a right thought of God, there must have been a work of enlightenment done within him. Imperfect it may be, but a true work nonetheless, and the secret cause of all desiring and seeking and praying which may follow.
We pursue God because, and only because, He has first put an urge within us that spurs us to the pursuit. “No man can come to me,” said our Lord, “except the Father which hath sent me draw him,” and it is by this prevenient drawing that God takes from us every vestige of credit for the act of coming. The impulse to pursue God originates with God, but the outworking of that impulse is our following hard after Him. All the[…]”

The greatest need of the human personality is to experience God Himself. This is because of who God is and who and what man is.
–AWT in That Incredible Christian

In this divine “upholding” and human “following” there is no contradiction. All is of God, for as von Hügel teaches, God is always previous. In practice, however (that is, where God’s previous working meets man’s present response), man must pursue God. On our part there must be positive reciprocation if this secret drawing of God is to eventuate in identifiable experience of the Divine. In the warm language of personal feeling, this is stated in Psalm 42:1-2:
As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God. My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God?
This is deep calling unto deep, and the longing heart will understand it.
The doctrine of justification by faith—a biblical truth, and a blessed relief from sterile legalism and unavailing self-effort”

 “The greatest need of the human personality is to experience God Himself. This is because of who God is and who and what man is.
–AWT in That Incredible Christian

In this divine “upholding” and human “following” there is no contradiction. All is of God, for as von Hügel teaches, God is always previous. In practice, however (that is, where God’s previous working meets man’s present response), man must pursue God. On our part there must be positive reciprocation if this secret drawing of God is to eventuate in identifiable experience of the Divine. In the warm language of personal feeling, this is stated in Psalm 42:1-2:
As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God. My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God?
This is deep calling unto deep, and the longing heart will understand it.
The doctrine of justification by faith—a biblical truth, and a blessed relief from sterile legalism and unavailing self-effort—has in our time fallen into evil company and been interpreted by many in such a manner as actually to bar men from the[…]”

“ailing self-effort—has in our time fallen into evil company and been interpreted by many in such a manner as actually to bar men from the knowledge of God. The whole transaction of religious conversion has been made mechanical and spiritless. Faith may now be exercised without a jar to the moral life and without embarrassment to the Adamic ego. Christ may be “received” without creating any special love for Him in the soul of the receiver. The man is “saved,” but he is not hungry nor thirsty after God. In fact, he is specifically taught to be satisfied and is encouraged to be content with little.

There are two reasons for loving God: no one is more worthy of our love, and no one can return more in response to our love.
—Bernard of Clairvaux

The modern scientist has lost God amid the wonders of His world; we Christians are in real danger of losing God amid the wonders of His Word. We have almost forgotten that God is a person and, as such, can be cultivated as any person can. It is inherent in personality to be able to know other personalities, but full knowledge of[…]”


Excerpt From: A. W. Tozer & Edythe Draper. “Pursuit of God: A 31-Day Experience.” iBooks. https://itun.es/us/KxWQY.l

Friday, May 19, 2017

The Flaming Sword and An Open Door - A 4th Watch Post

Posted: 17 May 2017 02:12 PM PDT
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 4th watch being 3 hours before the dawn. Prophetically, they 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 first post contributed as A 4th Watch Post. May it bring you life more abundantly to see beyond the walls!

In Him,

Harvey

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'Where there is no clear revelation and vision of God's plan people are confused and God's plan for them is distorted.'
 ~ Proverbs 28:19 (paraphrased)



The Flaming Sword and An Open Door
by Wayne Newcomb

God created and designed us to have a life in relationship with Him. Our sin closed the gate or door to the full opportunity of life, which God created us to have with Him. Because Adam and Eve believed Satan’s deception and lies about God, they were disobedient, rebelled, and sinned against God. They were cast out from the Garden (That place of security and fulfillment God created for them). 
 Gen. 3:22-24, "Then the LORD God said, 'Behold, the man has become like one of us in knowing good and evil. Now, lest he reach out his hand and take also of the tree of life and eat, and live forever—' therefore the LORD God sent him out from the garden of Eden to work the ground from which he was taken. He drove out the man, and at the east of the garden of Eden he placed the cherubim and a flaming sword that turned every way to guard the way to the tree of life."


Jesus came to open the way once again to the Father and provide the Open Door or Gate whereby we might go in and out and have abundant life and fulfillment according to His design for us. 
 John 10:7, "Again Jesus said to them, 'Very truly, I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep. All who came before me are thieves and bandits; but the sheep did not listen to them. I am the gate. Whoever enters by me will be saved, and will come in and go out and find pasture.'"
 The beginning of this passage is often quoted, taught on and memorized but God's full intent for us as described in verse 9 is often neglected and its neglect robs us of the 'full and abundant life' God designed us to have. We are left with the truth of John 10:10 as it relates to the way of our salvation but left ignorant, uninformed and without God’s plan for what comes next and how we should live our lives once we have 'entered the gate/door' having been born again.

Life with an Open Door to the Father Promised as Part of Our Entering 

John 10:9, "I am the gate/door. Whoever enters by me will be saved, and will come in and go out and find pasture." 
 The truth that Jesus is the Gate/Door to the Father and that there is no other way in is both the cause of great comfort to the believer and consternation to the unbeliever. The reality is that many who do believe and are saved are left without the revelation of God's complete plan for them and as a result never realize God's promise of the abundant, fulfilled life as designed by Him from the foundation of the world.
 Proverbs 29:18,  "Where there is no understanding of the Word of the Lord, the people do whatever they want to, but happy is he who keeps the law." Or paraphrased 'Where there is no clear revelation and vision of God's plan people are confused and God's plan for them is distorted.'


Finding Pasture

The reality that we have an Open Door with the Father where both He and we may come in and go out freely is what we were created to have and what our entire being longs for. It is the description of a healthy relationship with the Father. There is no Flaming Sword, no locked gate, no barrier of sin, shame, or lies keeping us from Him and the Life He created us to have.
 God designed us for more than a life of 'knowing we are saved and will make it to heaven when we die.' He designed us to live our lives with an open door to the Father and to find pasture.
 A good shepherd conducts his flock to the fields where good pasturage is to be found; watches over and protects them while there, and brings them back again and secures them in the fold. He looks for good grass for them to feed on, still waters for them to drink from and rest beside. He takes interest in their individual health and well-being. He anoints their heads with oil so that when they conflict and bump heads with other sheep they will not be seriously harmed. The anointing oil also protects them from pest that might burrow into their skin and cause problems and irritate. If they persistently stray and endanger themselves He will carry them to assure them of His loving care and to provide security.

Life with an open Door/Gate to the Father is a life of fulfillment as designed by Him for us through His unmerited favor and grace in Jesus the Messiah

Saturday, February 04, 2017

Ready In Season and Out A Watchman's Report for 2016

Thank you for your partnership with us at Abba's Glory Inc  through prayer, friendship and giving to make Abba's Glory reach those whom the Father desires throughout the Earth.

Our assignment as Watchmen comes with daily orders from the King. Looking out across the landscape where human need intersects with the Spiritual realm. God in His majesty is interested in the daily needs of people.
Though He directs the course of nations He works on behalf of those who need His provision, touch, a kind word or message from His throne room.
Throughout 2016 we have sought where and how Abba's Glory  should be made manifest. Below is an incomplete list.  

1. Support of Deborah Ministries and CrossFire International. Including regional directors in Asia and Africa
2.      Ministry to the Jewish people in Russia and Israel
3.     Providing coffee makers to homeless woman through Catholic Charities wome                                                        n's shelter in downtown Denver
4.     Counseling former students of WWC as they face life opportunities worldwide
5.     Mentoring Christian leaders in ministry and business development
6.    Releasing Spirit directed teachings via Social media.
7.     Intercession as directed by the Holy Spirit for people, ministries, nations.
8.     Prophetic declarations for individuals and ministries
9.     Donation of Biblical Study Resources and Bibles

We Believe 2017 is to be, "A Year of Redeeming the Time by
recognizing and seizing God breathed opportunities for the People of God as a "Life Coach for the supernaturally hungry, the remnant. 

Offering Instruction for Navigating Life in God's Spirit while remaining firmly grounded in this world.
A person finds joy in giving an apt reply--and how good is a timely word breathed by the Spirit!” Proverbs 15:23

Sunday, January 01, 2017

The Book of MYSTERIES


Happy Roman Calendar New Year. Join us at Abba's Glory as we read through The Book of Mysteries by Jonathan Cahn.
"Come along as A teacher, journals mysteries for each day of a one year long adventure. He is joined on his journey by a traveler who is you the reader. Together they find the keys to spiritual truth, end times mysteries and other secrets to life.
This book is also a unique daily devotional. Each mystery contains a special mission for each day of the year, a mission that takes the revelation and applies it to reality for a life-changing journey."Happy Roman Calendar New Year. If your interested you can download the Nook app and then down the sample of this book which contains the first 19 days of Mysteries. Also available on google books

Jesus is inviting you to a year of mysteries and you can join Abba's Glory as we follow The Master as He leads us through a year of Mysteries.
Today's Mystery "Can  that which is finite encompass that which infinite?"
The Answer
Yes, if it is an open vessel.
My question would be, "Are you willing to be an open vessel?
To be open you need to open your lid and might have to remove personal agendas and goals to make room for the infinite mysteries of God.
Imagine if you discovered a treasure chest in which were hidden ancient mysteries, revelations from heaven, secrets of the ages, the answers to man’s most enduring, age-old questions, and the hidden keys that can transform your life to joy, success, and blessing…This is The Book of Mysteries.

Jonathan Cahn, who caused a national and international stir with the New York Times best-seller The Harbinger and then The Mystery of the Shemitah, now brings us a treasure chest inside of which are contained some of the greatest mysteries of all time. The reader will discover life-transforming secrets, mind-blowing realities, and heart-changing revelations in such mysteries as the Face in the Waters, the Leper King, the Land of Gezarah, the Secret of the Third Prince, the House of Spirits, the Mystery of the Rains, How to Alter Your Past, the Second Scroll, the Similitude, the Mystery of the Eighth Day, and much more. The Book of Mysteries takes the readers on a journey of divine revelation through ancient Scriptures, the laws of Creation, the deep of God’s Word, the hidden streams of history, the most important keys of spiritual truth, end-time mysteries, and the secrets of life.

The Book of Mysteries opens up with a traveler and his encounter with a man known only as “the teacher.” The teacher takes him an on odyssey through desert mountains, valleys, gardens and plains, encounters with nomadic tent dwellers, caverns and ancient ruins, chambers of scrolls and vessels, and more. The reader is taken along to partake in the journey and in all the teachings and revelations. The traveler keeps a journal in which he writes down each of the mysteries given to him by the teacher in his one-year odyssey—365 different mysteries—one for each day of the year. Thus, on top of everything else, The Book of Mysteries is also a daily devotional unlike any other. And each mystery contains a special mission for each day of the year, a mission that takes the revelation and applies it to reality for a life-changing journey.

Thursday, December 01, 2016

Importance of the Bible

From WallBuilders

With Thanksgiving behind us, we now enter the time of the year in which President Franklin Roosevelt had urged Americans to spend time reading the Bible. Indisputably, the Bible is the book upon which our American republic rests – a fact attested to by many presidents:
“[The Bible] is the rock on which our Republic rests.” President Andrew Jackson

“The Bible. . . . is indispensable to the safety and permanence of our institutions.” President Zachary Taylor

“[T]he teachings of the Bible are so interwoven and entwined with our whole civic and social life that it would be . . . impossible for us to figure to ourselves what that life would be if these teachings were removed.” President Teddy Roosevelt

“Of the many influences that have shaped the United States of America into a distinctive Nation and people, none may be said to be more fundamental and enduring than the Bible.” President Ronald Reagan
Today, only 14% of Christians read the Bible daily, so most Americans have no knowledge of the most basic teachings of the Bible; and as Biblical knowledge declines, so does the strength and effectiveness of American institutions. Biblical knowledge is key to American longevity and prosperity.
Understanding this, in 1941, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt urged:
I suggest a nationwide reading of the Holy Scriptures during the period from Thanksgiving Day to Christmas…[G]o to…the Scriptures for a renewed and strengthening contact with those eternal truths and majestic principles which have inspired such eternal truths and majestic principles which have inspired such measure of true greatness as this nation has achieved.
This is an excellent recommendation! So commit yourself to reading and studying the Scriptures over the coming weeks. There are many good plans to help you, and even Bible apps that read the Bible to you. In fact, you can read through the entire Bible in only about 15 minutes each day over the course of a year. Psalm 11:3 asks: “If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?” Our foundations – the most important part of any structure – can be preserved by a knowledge of the Bible. So let’s follow President Roosevelt’s request to particularly spend the time between now and Christmas in reading and studying God’s Word.

Thanks to Wallbuilders
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