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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Sunday, November 06, 2016

2016 Election Prayer


God have mercy on America and your people in this land. Forgive us as a nation for forsaking your Word and your pathways and delivers us from those who have pushed us toward the destruction of your ways! Grant us and those who would honor you, your favor in this election. May the schemes of the people and powers who deny you as the one true God be destroyed and may their own ungodly wisdom and schemes be their undoing! Lord God creator and sustainer of all that exist have mercy on America once again in this election.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Keep the Fire of the Spirit Burning Bright

The fire of the Spirit must not be allowed to go out in our lives!
We who are friends of God must continually seek to know His heart and be focused on His presence. 
We must ask:
1. Is His pillar of fire (which represents His presence and glory) standing still or preparing to move? 
2. Are we more concerned with His laws, precepts and ways than our ideas on how to further His work among us?
3. Do we diligently seek Him though prayer, His Word and passionate worship throughout our day?
4. When we lay down at night are we open to His Spirit speaking to us in dreams, visions and should He desire awaken us with direction to pray, seek Him in His Word or just quiet ourselves so that we might hear Him speak?
5. Our ways are not His and as a result our wisdom on any issue must align with and be shaped by His Word and Ways!

Presented by Abba's Glory

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Deliver Us from the Seat of The Scornful

Have you noticed that many people are becoming a part of the bickering, slandering and thoughtlessly critical of others? The news, Facebook, Twitter and everywhere we look or listen. Not only are we nasty toward one another but also we lack wisdom in our communication. While honest disagreement is natural the way we communicate our disagreement has grown cancerous.

If someone states an opinion that we believe is wrong we criticizing it and him or her. If later they begin to change their opinion toward what we though was good we do not say great they have come around to a wiser position we criticize the change instead of complementing them on being wise.

We have become so consumed with criticism that we have become mockers and nasty to the point that we become even viler than the people or ideas we are critical of.

Jesus was hard on those whom put on the face of righteousness and goodness while being hate filled and vile. Some today do this and think that it allows them to be hateful and nasty toward others

WE have moved beyond that to outwardly being harsh and claiming that our harshness is actually kindness, goodness and truth.

Blessed (happy, fortunate, prosperous, and enviable) is the man who walks and lives not in the counsel of the ungodly [following their advice, their plans and purposes], nor stands [submissive and inactive] in the path where those who violate God’s ways, nor sits down [to be comfortable] where the scornful [and the mockers] gather. Psalm 1:11


Monday, May 30, 2016

Memorial Day

America has a long history of military members who have shown extraordinary courage, with many willingly giving their lives to secure the freedoms our nation enjoys, freedoms we often take for granted. On Memorial Day (originally known as Decoration Day) we honor the sacrifice of these brave men and women.


World War II (1941-1945) was an especially deadly war, with over 400,000 Americans being killed in famous military engagements such as the Battle of the Bulge and D-Day as well as in many otherlesser known battles. Each life lost, whether in a major or an obscure battle, helped win peace and end tyranny. There were many heroes in that war, sung and unsung. 
One amazing example of heroism occurred during the Campaign of Guadalcanal (August 1942-February 1943). Sergeant John Basilone and his handful of men were responsible for holding back a Japanese assault of thousands on October 24-25, 1942. Basilone, throughout this engagement, personally repaired and manned multiple machine guns. At times, he was unable to shoot his guns over the piles of dead Japanese who fell at the brink of his hill. When his small detachment ran low, Basilone fought his way through the Japanese lines to resupply critically-needed ammunition. The Americans eventually won this long campaign. As a result of his actions, Basilone was awardedthe Congressional Medal of Honor. (The picture on the left is of a magazine personally signed by Basilone, one of the many World War II treasures we have in the WallBuilders library.)
Later in the war at the Battle of Iwo Jima(February 19-March 26, 1945), Basilone came ashore with the first wave of Marines. Shortly after landing, his unit was trapped by machine guns from Japanese blockhouses. Basilone worked his way around one of these blockhouses and single-handedly destroyed it. Later, as he was making his way towards an airfield, he came across an American tank trapped in a minefield. While under fire, he guidedthe tank out of the minefield and to safety. He was later killed by flying shrapnel. Basilone was awarded the Navy Cross for his courageous actions during the battle.
There are many additional stories of heroic and noble acts by American soldiers throughout our history. This Memorial Day as we remember the military members who lost their lives in battle, let us honor the courage they showed.
(By the way, if you're interested in reading some early sermons about Memorial Day, check out these from the WallBuilders library.)

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

SON OF GOD, SON OF MAN

 
From Praying the Names of Jesus Week Twenty-Two, Day Three
The Name
Like the Father, Jesus is God. He always was, always is, and always will be. But unlike the Father, Jesus is also a human being. Though  charged with blasphemy and crucified for claiming to be one with the Father, Jesus' resurrection validates his claim to be God's Son in a unique way. When we confess our belief that Jesus is the Son of God, we share in the love the Father has for the Son, becoming adopted children of God.
Though Jesus was the Son of God, he was also the Son of Man, a title that emphasizes both his lowliness and his eventual dominion. Near the end of his life, when the high priest asked him whether he was the Son of God, Jesus no longer avoided the title but said that he would one day "see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven" (Matthew 26:64).
When you pray to Jesus as Son of God and Son of Man, you are praying to the One who is your Brother and your Lord.
Key Scripture
"But what about you?" he asked. "Who do you say I am?" Simon Peter answered, "You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God." Jesus replied, "Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven." Matthew 16:15 - 17
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Wednesday
Praying the Name

In the same way the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the elders mocked him. "He saved others," they said, "but he can't save himself! He's the King of Israel! Let him come down now from the cross, and we will believe in him. He trusts in God. Let God rescue him now if he wants him, for he said, ‘I am the Son of God. . . .' " And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit.
At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook and the rocks split. The tombs broke open and the bodies of many holy people who had died were raised to life. They came out of the tombs, and after Jesus' resurrection they went into the holy city and appeared to many people.
When the centurion and those with him who were guarding Jesus saw the earthquake and all that had happened, they were terrified, and exclaimed, "Surely he was the Son of God!" Matthew 27:41 - 43, 50 - 54
The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms. Deuteronomy 33:27
Reflect On: Matthew 27:41 - 54 and Deuteronomy 33:27.
Praise God: For sending his beloved Son.
Offer Thanks: Because God considers you his child.
Confess: Your faith in Jesus as the Son of God.
Ask God: To deepen your sense of being his son or his daughter.
Have you ever played a game in which you let yourself fall backward into someone else's arms? It's difficult not to hedge your bets, not to sneak a look around to see whether the other person stands ready to catch you. Now imagine a more difficult challenge. This time you stand with your back toward an open grave and your task is to fall backwards into it. Your friend has assured you he will be there to catch you as you fall. The success of this venture depends on two things: your trust and your friend's ability to keep his promise.
I imagine that Jesus' death must have been something like that. Though he was God, he had to fall back helplessly into a human grave, trusting that the Father who loved him would raise him up. To do this, Jesus had to have been absolutely secure in his identity as God's Son. In fact, Jesus never called God by any other name than Father, except once, when quoting directly from a psalm. Over and over, it was always "Father":
Didn't you know I had to be in my Father's house?
Father, protect them by the power of your name.
Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am.
Abba, Father, everything is possible for you.
Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.
Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.
Jesus was crucified for one thing — for claiming to be God's Son. So it is interesting to note that when the earth shook at the moment of his death — the exact moment when the Son, falling into the grave, had need of his Abba's all-powerful arms to raise him up — the centurion and those with him guarding Jesus exclaimed in terror: "Surely he was the Son of God!" (Matthew 27:54).
Abba, a word derived from baby language to describe Almighty God! A word that would have sounded shocking to pious Jews! This is how Jesus expressed his relationship with Yahweh — as my Daddy, my Dear Father. It is the way he wants all of his followers to think of God.
Listen to what Paul says to the Galatian Christians:
"Because you are sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, ‘Abba, Father' " (Galatians 4:6).
Your Father knows what you need before you ask him. This, then, is how you should pray: "Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name." How much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! If you forgive others when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. It is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom. Because of what Jesus our Brother has done for us, we too have become children of God. As his sons and daughters, we can be absolutely confident that underneath our deepest griefs will always be the everlasting, ever-loving arms of God our heavenly Father. 

Thursday, May 05, 2016

The Bible Dictionary You will Want to Use

Nelson's Illustrated Bible Dictionary: New and Enhanced Edition is a delightful update to it predecessor.
I love the ‘How to use this dictionary’ in Bible Study section at the beginning of the book. It provides a guide on how to use the vast amount of resources included within.  If you are unfamiliar with using a Bible dictionary it can be confusing and a little intimidating.

If a Christian believer can only have three books, they should include a good cross-reference Bible, a comprehensive concordance and a good Bible dictionary. With these you can understand the Bible for your self and family, teach a Sunday school class or proclaim the good news publicly.

When you compare the structure and content of this new and updated bible dictionary with others on the market today it stands out as one of the best. I have personally spent many hours comparing them and appreciate the fact that Book Look Bloggers provided me with a review copy of this one.


This is a great and invaluable resource. Get yours today!