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The Lord has been showing me

some things about 2011...

as far as a plan for His saints in the year...

 

In 2009, if you remember,

it was a 'H.A.I.R.R.Y.' year...

and things happened that made that

year quite unusual...

we saw God predict, and then

work in a manner that was

fairly hard for many of us...

 

In 2010,

it was a 'P.E.A.C.E.' that

came to be... and it was a

year of 'pursuing, evicting,

abyssing, championing,

and evangelizing....

 

Now, in 2010,

God is revealing to me

that there will be an 'emerging'...

in each of our lives, we will

see an emerging...

similar in spiritual ways,

probably very different in other

ways...

 

Emerging to what?

perhaps TO spiritual gifts,

and to ministry,

and perhaps emerging FROM

things that have enveloped,

hold back, hinder...

 

So, there is somethings to

emerge from,

some things to emerge to...

 

Each of these letters in the

word 'e.m.e.r.g.e.' stand for

something, and together they

spell out God's plan for this year...

 

I am currently studying,

talking to the Lord,

sharing and having things

shared with me...

God is revealing to us...

 

more to come in the next several

weeks to show you what God

is revealing to me...

 

of course,

everything is to be tested...

in the Word, with the Spirit of God...

 

it amazes me what God shows

each year, and how things then

transpire...

 

more to come


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Someone kindly pointed out to me

this morning,

that this message is NOT for all...

 

the 'hairry' year was not taken

for all...

the 'peace' year was not meant

for all...

 

some did not find peace...

some did not pursue the devils,

evict them, abyss them,

champion over their plans,

and did not end with evangelize news...

 

this message on 'emerge'

will find some mock it...

some ignore it,

some not want to do what

it shows...

some are not even saved,

to have it apply to them..

some are in a far different place with

the Lord...

 

if you followed the 'peace' message,

I do believe that you found God was

true to the Bible promises,

and gave you a new peace...

 

God's promises in the Bible

are conditional...

'if we confess our sins, He is

faithful and just to forgive...'

is a conditional promise...

 

so, alot of mesages from God

apply to those in position to have

them applied...

some may be far beyond what I am,

and where God is speaking to me...

 

 

on this board, we have had

readership...

I do feel God is revealing some

things to me about next year...

 

if I don't follow what God is showing

me, these words will not even fit me...

 

you need to search the Word,

test what I am saying in this thread

by the Word...

see if God wants to apply this to you...

if not, fine...

for I am not your 'lord'...

 

if you find the message here

as Scriptural, and God confirms

this 'emerge' to you,

you can claim the promises of the Bible

 

some in the past have watched as God

reveals things through their pastors,

etc...

 

for years, I was a pastor, teacher,

and God gave me sermons to preach...

 

here, I preach, teach, and share what

God is showing me...

 

please test what I share,

what I feel God is showing me...

 

perhaps most of it is for me...

I am sure it is... for me...

see if the message is for any of you...

 

I don't know all who read here...

some of you may not be Christian...

some of you may be saints of many years...

some of you may be coming to be

taught in the Word, and to test what you

are taught by the Word..

some may be coming to laugh and mock...

 

whatever... !

I am here to do and say what the Lord

wants me to...

hopefully, it not only blesses me what God

says, but some of you too...

 


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The 'emerge' year will soon

be arriving...

this week, I expect to post

some teachings that the Lord

wants me to share...

 

many  will 'E M E R G E'

this year...

 

from what to what???

what will be your 'emerging'?

 

 


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"Emerge" in 2011

 

Each year, the Lord has been giving me a bit of insight to His plans for the year. Last year, He spoke to me about a year of PEACE. We were taught through the year, that the way to peace was ‘war’ against the enemies of peace. We Pursued the enemy, we Evicted them, we Abyssed them, we Championed over them, and then we Evangelized, i.e. spread the good news... The total result of those acrostic letters of PEACE, is peace of a new kind, not found in the world. That whatever is happening, whatever turmoil, whatever political events, or weather events, or financial events, we can have peace. We war the enemy of peace, to gain real PEACE.

This year, the Lord spoke to me the word ‘EMERGE’.

It fascinated me at first, and the Lord began to give me some ‘acrostic’ words, a word for each letter of the word ‘emerge’... and God told me that in this year, 2011, there would be many ‘emergings’.

What does the word ‘EMERGE’ mean? It will prove to be many things, emergings in many ways, thoughout the year. We will all see some emergings, whether we want to, or not, whether we invite the Lord to do it or not. If we watch the Lord give His illustrated lessons, these emergings can be wonderful and marvelous. If we stumble along, wander in apathy and distractions, we will still find ‘emergings’, but not all of them will be conducive to the carnal lifestyle.

 

There are many types of EMERGE.

A caterpillar crawls slowly, unable to do much, but what it can do is spin a cocoon. As it does that, it buries itself in that cocoon. It waits and waits, but eventually, it emerges from that cocoon, a butterfly. It now can fly, it now can beautify the area in which it is. It flies many miles away, and there does its work. There are many who need to emerge into a new ministry; a new, more able work for the Lord. There are ‘caterpillars’ out there, that desire to become a ‘butterfly’, and God has plans this year to make many ‘butterflies.’

The earth spins, and much of the earth each day is in darkness. Yet, soon, the ‘sun’ emerges from the darkness and brightens the way. Some today are in darkness, hoping for the light, desiring the light. The need for direction, for knowledge, for blessing is there, but the darkness seems to encompass. We want the sun to EMERGE from the horizon, and brighten our way.

One can carry a flashlight into a dark room. There, there is only one necessity to change that darkness to light. It is to push that little button, and when we do, light emerges. Our path is shown, stumbling stones are revealed to be avoided, and we can clearly see our goal ahead.

Lava emerges from the volcano. Beneath the hard rock, unseen by any around there is molten rock building up pressure to push through the hard ground, to form a mountain from the lava about to emerge. Do you want to build a mountain? Do you have goals and quests that are on your heart to achieve for God? The lava can emerge this year.

A musician can pick up a trumpet, put it to the lips, push the right places on that instrument, and out from it EMERGES sounds that are melodic and beautiful. Do you want to make beautiful music? Do you want your life to be filled with worship and praise, making melody of your life, instead of ‘crashing and banging’ sounds, finding melody and song? The sounds are about to emerge.

Some want to EMERGE

from bondage to conquerings.

 

Some want to EMERGE

from addiction to freedom.

 

Some want to EMERGE

from spiritual darkness to spiritual enlightenment.

 

Some want to EMERGE

from loneliness to fellowship and companionship.

 

Some want to EMERGE

from weakness to strength.

 

Some want to EMERGE

from confusion to peace.

 

Some want to EMERGE

from anger to forgiveness.

 

Some want to EMERGE

from guilt to justification.

 

There are many cases of ‘emergings’ in the Bible

.

Jesus emerged from the tomb, conquering sin and death for us.

Lazarus emerged from the tomb, proving the power of the rhema commands of the Lord.

The 120 emerged from the upper room, filled with the Spirit and with power.

Paul and Silas emerged from the prison, singing, and now free to evangelize.

The High Priest emerged each day of Atonement, still alive, forgiven for all the sins He had found atonement for in that holy of holies.

The Israelites emerged from Egypt, no longer slaves, but now free, and heading to the promised land, led by the Spirit, fed by the angels, watered from the Rock that followed them.

Jonah emerged from the great fish, no longer rebellious, but anxious to do God’s will.

Lot emerged from Sodom, free to escape judgment.

Noah and his family emerged from the ark, now able to walk on dry land, and find the blessings of God’s fruitfulness.

Joseph was in a prison in Egypt, but emerged, and soon appointed second in command of the nation.

Moses struck a Rock, and out of it emerged waters of life for a thirsty nation.

David put a stone in a sling, swung it round and round, and that little rock then emerged and killed the giant that had wanted to kill him.

Daniel spent the night in a lions’ den. Uneaten by the lions, he emerged the next day to greater authority than he had before.

The woman with the issue of blood, pushed through the crowd, and touched the hem of Jesus’ garment, emerging to new health.

The woman caught in adultery, waiting to be stoned, found Jesus, and emerged into forgiveness.

All born again saints began their new lives emerging into the family of God, in new spiritual life. The rest of our lives, as born again saints, should be a series of emergings.

There is so much more to share with you on the ‘emerging’ that God is wanting to give you. I have a beautiful, illustrative story in the Old Testament, that I want to share, that shows what ‘emerge’ is to teach us.

The acrostics of the word ‘EMERGE’ are going to be taught to us by the Lord, and I will share what the Lord is already showing me, on those.

E Evangelize.

.. We begin our process of emerging by sharing the good news.

M Mature in your faith. Maturing is gaining stability and direction.

E Elect  Jesus to be Lord in every situation to come this year.

R Rejoice in the Lord Jesus. A key to emerging is worship, it provides the gas to our vehicles of emerging.

G

Grow in the Christ-like life that Jesus wants you to have.

E

Employ the gifts of the Spirit. You emerge this year for a reason. The Lord has gifts to give, and gifts to use in you. Your emerging is not just for you, but for the work of the Lord.

There will be a more full explanation of each letter of this acrostic, to show how God wants us to realize the path of the emergings now about to happen in our lives.

We are only beginning our understanding on this ILLUSTRATED lesson of the Lord. I have much more that the Lord has already shown me, and plan to share them. The Lord is in control of this ‘EMERGE’, not me. I am a spectator, and enjoying what I am being shown.

Assignment... read II Kings 6... There is a story there, that God has been showing me much of its typology.

Second assignment, ask the Lord FROM what He wants you to EMERGE, and TO what He wants you to EMERGE this year of 2011.


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Gehazi’s Emerge

 

In II Kings 6, we have the story of the ax head that floated. This story is often ignored, seldom mentioned in sermons. Yet, the reason for the story being ignored, is that one has to see the context, to understand the greater significance of this story.

This short story of the floating ax head, is sandwiched in the midst of the story of the servant of Elisha, a man named ‘Gehazi’. When we see what was happening with Gehazi, this short story of the ax head reveals a typological truth that is beautiful.

The story of the floating ax head does not mention Gehazi. He is absent, soon to be replaced. He had disgraced himself. He went away... and God saw fit to show in the middle of the story of Gehazi, to have this miracle of the floating ax head inserted.

Gehazi is shown in three stories during the ministry of Elisha. The name ‘Gehazi’ means ‘valley of vision’, and his history does reveal emergence into ‘vision’ revelation. All of us would like to have ‘visions’, revelations, and wisdom of God shown to us. The story of Gehazi, added to the story of the ax head, and army of God encamped about God’s children, provide a teaching of how God wants to give us emergence into such things.

Gehazi called himself a ‘servant’ (II kings 5:25). He is a servant, as all of us should be, for even Jesus came to this earth, becoming a servant unto death for our sakes. The prophetic ministry God wants for all of us, begins with the becoming of a servant. We are servants both to God and to our fellow man.

In II Kings 4:43, Gehazi is called the ‘chief servant of Elisha’. He had a place of authority and trust. Some of us find God blesses us with a trust and authority that we do not truly deserve, but we must show we value that, and live properly in it. Gehazi did, and did not.

The three places in the Word of God wherein we find Gehazi, begin with the story of the Shunammite woman in II Kings 4:8-37. Elijah had a woman give him accommodations to live, and food from the last handful of food that lasted till the drought was over. The woman who helped Elijah was poor, daily sharing her last meal. Elisha was having a double portion from that which Elijah had, so the woman who helped him was rich, and able to freely share, giving a room, furnished, much food, to this traveling prophet.

This woman was so kind to Elisha, that he desired to reward her generosity. He had Gehazi offer her a good message to the king, that she be well protected by the authorities, but she refused. Elisha then prophesied that she would give birth to a son, which was a dream she thought was impossible for her. The son actually turned out to be the prophet, Joel, to do ministry in later years.

Gehazi, was a servant of Elisha, but had much to learn about becoming a person of God. For later when the son died, the woman refuses to tell Gehazi about it, telling Gehazi that nothing was wrong. Yet, when she arrives to Elisha she freely confesses the sorrow of her heart. Gehazi reacts at that time very

un-spiritual, and tries to pull her away from Elisha. This uncaring attitude must have been noticed previously by the woman, and she did not want to correspond with Gehazi, but saw hope in God only through Elisha. Gehazi was a servant of Elisha, but had not ‘emerged’ into a servant of God and man.

Elisha gives Gehazi a staff, and tells him to go to the dead son, lay it upon the child, that he might rise from the dead. Gehazi does, but the life does not come into the boy. The power of God did not flow through Gehazi, but the child did come to life when Elisha came.

Something had not yet emerged in Gehazi that he was not effective with people nor with God.

The second time (II Kings 5:20-27) we find Gehazi in ministry is when Naaman come to be healed of leprosy. Gehazi carries messages to Naaman, from Elisha, and finally sees that Naaman finally obeys, dips seven times in the Jordan, and is healed of his leprosy. Naaman offers reward to Elisha, who refuses any compensation.

Gehazi follows Naaman when he leaves, and seeks a talent (200 pounds) of silver, and two changes of raiment for the poorer of the sons of the prophets. This was his story anyhow. The lie was that he was acting for Elisha,

when in reality it was a scam to gain the money for himself. The failure and sin of Gehazi was to be secret, but Elisha has a word of knowledge from God, reveals Gehazi’s sin, and rebukes him. Gehazi goes away, a leper, suffering the punishment of God for his failure. Gehazi had a prime opportunity to share in Elisha’s ministry, but had failed.

The story of the man who lost the ax head into the Jordan river, and the story of that same servant who then took Gehazi’s place, follows this failure of Gehazi. Then, we see Gehazi later, in the third instance of him in the Word. In II Kings 8:1-6, we see that Gehazi is called before the king. Gehazi must have repented and been healed, for lepers would not be welcome before the king, and Gehazi’s glowing testimony of Elisha shows a new attitude and level of new ministry.

King Jehoram had summoned Gehazi, and Gehazi tells testimony of the raising of the Shunammite woman’s son. As he speaks, the woman arrives before the king, and is there to ask for her lands back that had been taken when she had to flee from them. When she returned, others had taken over her home, claiming they were theirs. Being a Shunammite, she now needed what she once had refused, and that was a testimony on her behalf to the king. Gehazi, now a sensitive, loving man in ministry for Elisha, and for God, tells the king that this woman truly did own that home, and that this was the woman who had done great things for Elisha. Her lands are restored.

We see in this third instance, that Gehazi had emerged from ineffective, carnal service, to now effective usefulness to God. He had had an emergence. Had he repented? Had he been restored to favor with Elisha and God? How had it happened? We are not told the details, but we do, in place of details, two stories, the story of the ‘ax head’ that floated, and the story of the servant being allowed to see into the spiritual, and to view the chariots of God, and the angelic army in protection of the children of God.

These two stories are filled with typology, filled with revelation of the emerge ministry of God. We shall examine those stories next, to see how the new replacement servant, and how Gehazi both emerged into blessings. We are in a year to ‘EMERGE’. We have some lessons, illustrated lessons, from God to have this year. These stories in II Kings are the Bible confirmations of what we are now to be shown as we EMERGE.


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The Ax Head Emerges

 2 Kings 6

And the sons of the prophets said unto Elisha,

Behold now, the place where we dwell with thee

is too strait for us.

Let us go, we pray thee, unto Jordan,

and take thence every man a beam,

and let us make us a place there,

where we may dwell.

And he answered, Go ye.

And one said, Be content, I pray thee,

and go with thy servants.

And he answered, I will go.

So he went with them.

And when they came to Jordan,

they cut down wood.

But as one was felling a beam,

the axe head fell into the water: and he cried,

and said, Alas, master! for it was borrowed.

And the man of God said, Where fell it?

And he showed him the place.

And he cut down a stick, and cast it in thither;

and the iron did swim.

Therefore said he, Take it up to
thee.

And he put out his hand, and took it.

The ax head story is placed in the midst of the Gehazi story. This illustrates the fact that the ‘emerging’ events will occur in the midst of many events of your life. There are good times, hard times, trying times, and quiet times in each of our lives. During those events, God is looking to us, wanting to help us emerge into new and better ministries, wanting us to emerge out of depressions, confusions, addictions, etc.

There are miracles that the Lord wants to do. The failures in our lives are not desired to be there, by the Lord. He has greater plans for us, than we have yet imagined. We are held back by our reluctance to emerge.

In this story, this is a different servant, one of the other of the sons of the prophets, that has the loss of the ax head. Gehazi is gone, now a leper, finding out the truths that are going to change his life. Soon, Gehazi will repent, and EMERGE into a different kind of ministry, a different relationship with God will become part of him.

This new servant is unaccustomed to seeing, up close, what God does through Elisha. He may have sat in the meeting house of the sons of the prophets, and heard the stories, studied the Word, but... he had not been accustomed to how God works. He needed to ‘emerge’ into ministry, into a faith and trust in God.

 

This event, to this new servant, was an ILLUSTRATED lesson.

The story begins with the realization that the place wherein they ‘dwell’, that is met, was too small. They decide to move their college of prophetic sharing to a new location, and cut down trees to build it. They chose an area near the Jordan River, an area where the current was strong, a narrower area where the waters flowed swifter, but there was a jungle like of trees there. There were willow trees, tamarisk trees, acacia trees and sycamore trees aplenty in that location. Not many homes in that time were built of wood. Wood was too scarce for the homes to be made of such.

There must have been many of the sons of the prophets then, for their decision to each cut down one tree, and with its branches and wood make a meeting place, meant there were many of these students in Elisha’s school.

In the midst of the work, the ax head flies off the ax, and lands in the Jordan River. The river at that part is swift and too dangerous for anyone to enter. So, the man is frustrated and concerned. Metal ax heads are not plentiful at that time, they are quite valuable, a the man is devastated at how to repay the one who had loaned it to him.

Elisha hears of the problem, and cuts down a ‘stick’ (same word as ‘beam’). That log is thrown into the water, and the ax head floats up to the surface. The ax head emerges from the raging water.

Sometimes our service to the Lord is cut short, we find ourselves like the ax head, submerged in raging waters. We want to emerge from such waters. We want to be useful again. We want to find peace and rest from the raging waters of life.

The typology of the answer is shown here in II Kings. A ‘beam’ needs cut off and thrown into the raging waters. The ax head floats up, emerges from the waters. It can be ‘taken up’ and made useful again. The ‘stick’ (beam) is representative of the One Who was ‘cut off’ and thrown into the mass of humanity for our salvation. Jesus was crucified on the cross, giving His life, that we might emerge into new life, into power for the Lord.

Elisha commanded the man to ‘take it up’, and that is the Hebrew word ‘room’. This word means far more than first glance would show. It means to ‘heave up’, to ‘proudly raise it up in triumph’. We are able on our ‘emerge’ to be not just rescued from despair, but to be set up on display as an example of the power of God. This miracle of the ax head floating was not a chance thing, it was the impossible happening. God does the impossible for us as we look to emerge.

This new ‘servant’ of Elisha needed to see God’s power. He needed to see that it should be easy to have miracles. He needed his faith built, for the trying times ahead.

We too need to emerge into power, we need to emerge from despair, pain, depression, defeat, etc... This man felt totally defeated shortly before this miracle, but now, he comes to the time of ‘emerging’, and sees new usefulness being the servant of Elisha.

This son of the prophets, to whom this illustrated lesson occurred was soon to face a time of testing of his faith. Gehazi was still submerged in the raging defeat of his life. This new man was to be tested, and needed to emerge strong and victorious. We, each one of us, are needing to emerge.

There are tests to come. Gehazi soon would have learned this illustrated lesson, and the man with the ‘ax head’ was currently learing the lesson of how to ‘emerge’.

Have we learned that there is no power, no salvation from the raging waters of life, unless a ‘Branch’ be cut down, sacrificed for us, and we then can emerge? Gehazi would learn it, this new servant of Elisha was at that event, learning it... Are we learning it?

The next part of the story is a wonderful miracle story.

It shows that when one emerges, the spiritual victory of that emerging is beyond expectations.


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EMERGING

INTO GOD’S REALITY

Mankind has been created to be "eye-minded", i.e. mankind thinks, remembers, and imagines in terms of vision. God did this so that He might communicate with us through visions and dreams. Therefore, for the saint, visions and dreams should be common.

Visions are still for today. What we call ‘visions’ are really insight into the reality that the sinful, carnal, fleshly part of mankind is not seeing. The world is in darkness, unable to see God’s angels at work, unable to see the blessings and plan of God unfolding.

We are not to be in ‘darkness’ but to ‘walk in the light, as He is in the light." (I John) In the ‘light’ of revelation, we should be seeing much more than the world sees, we should see God’s unfolding revelations, we should be hearing Him speak to our hearts. This ‘emerge’ into God’s reality is needed, and God wants to emerge many into such true realities.

Proverbs 29:18

"Where there is no vision, the people perish..."

Amos 8:11-12

"Behold, the days come, saith the Lord God, that I will send famine... of hearing the Word of God... shall run to and fro to seek the Word of God, and shall not find it..."

Hosea 12:10

"I have also spoken by the prophets, I have multiplied visions..."

We all want to hear from God, want to understand what He is doing in our lives, and in the world. This vision and message is to be emerged into. We emerge into vision revelation, seeing or understanding the messages and plan of God far more than previously.

Isaiah 29:10-11

"The vision of Isaiah... which he saw..."

Isaiah 2:1

"The Word that Isaiah... saw..."

Isaiah 13:1

"The burden... which Isaiah... did see"

 

Amos 1:1

"The words of Amos... which he saw..."

Micah 1:1

"word of Jehovah, that came to Micah... which he saw."

Habakkuk 1:1

"The oracle which Habakkuk, the prophet, did see"

Habakkuk 2:1

"Write the vision..."

The revelations we receive are not ours, but are the reality that the world does not see. The source of the revelation is God’s... and comes through words of knowledge, words of wisdom, prophetic messages, and dreams and visions.

The false prophet’s "prophesy out of their own hearts" and minds (Ezekiel 13:2-17). The false prophets ‘speak a vision of their own heart, and not of the mouth of Jehovah" (Jeremiah 23:16, 26, 14:14).

God wants our eyes opened, so that we may see the reality to which the world is blinded.

The Holy Scriptures tell about this true reality, but some read about God’s care, about God’s love, about God’s protection, but never really see with spiritual eyes that they are truly present now, not just in the days when the Bible was written.

The revelation realities of God, given by inspiration of the Holy Spirit, and often including visions and dreams, are the reality into which we need to emerge.

The young man that lost the ax head, and received an illustrated lesson of the ‘emerging’, receives in the days following, an emergence of his own. He is traveling, serving Elisha. In the place of Gehazi, who is elsewhere, receiving his own emergence, this servant is now shown the realities that many never see.

II Kings 6:8-17

Then the king of Syria warred against Israel,

and took counsel with his servants, saying, In such and such a place shall be my camp.

And the man of God sent

unto the king of Israel,

saying, Beware that thou pass not

such a place;

for thither the Syrians are come down.

And the king of Israel sent to the place

which the man of God told him

and warned him of,

and saved himself there,

not once nor twice.

Therefore the heart of the king of Syria 

was sore troubled for this thing;

and he called his servants, and said unto them,

Will ye not show me which of us is for the king of Israel?

And one of his servants said,

None, my lord, O king: but Elisha,

the prophet that is in Israel,

telleth the king of Israel the words 

that thou speakest in thy bedchamber.

And he said, Go and spy where he is,

that I may send and fetch him.

 

And it was told him, saying,

Behold, he is in Dothan.
Therefore sent he thither horses, and chariots,

and a great host: and they came by night,

and compassed the city about.

And when the servant of the man of God was risen early,

and gone forth, behold,

an host compassed the city both with horses and chariots.  

 

And his servant said unto him,

Alas, my master! how shall we do?

And he answered, Fear not:

for they that be with us are more

than they that be with them.

And Elisha prayed, and said, LORD, I pray thee,

open his eyes, that he may see.

 

And the LORD opened the eyes of the young man; 

and he saw: and, behold, the mountain

was full of horses and chariots of fire

round about Elisha.

If you notice, Elisha was living in the realities of the spiritual world. He knows of danger to the king. Elisha can warn the king of impending danger. It happens ‘not once nor twice’, which is a hebraism for ‘often.’

So, often, Elisha is sharing words of knowledge with the king of Israel, and the message is common knowledge in the area, for even the Syrian cohorts of the king of Syria know of the realities that Elisha is shown, that are miraculous.

The servant is unable to see the army of the Lord of hosts that were there, protecting God’s servant, Elisha. The angelic host were present, but the servant only saw the enemy. Today, we find many seeing the human, fleshly, troubles of this world, but do not see the army of God is present, God is aware of our troubles, and we have no need to fear. Our eyes need opened, as those of this servant of Elisha need opened. This takes an emergence into the spiritual realies. We are not crazy to see God’s proetection in times the world only sees dangers, troubles, despair. No, we are ‘emerged’ into the realities of God.

Elisha’s servant had the illustrated lesson of the ax head, that did the impossible, and floated up out of the raging waters. God’s power, God’s plan, are often what is humanly impossible. God’s reality needs to be viewed, comprehended, and enjoyed. When this servant saw the ax head float, he saw that God can do what is unnatural to the earth’s realities. God’s realities need seen with spiritual eyes. We need to emerge into God’s spiritual realities. Peace then replaces fear, joy replaces despair, victory replaces dread of defeat.

Visions and revelations of God’s realities may come to mankind during waking moments. Not all ‘spiritual realities’ need to come in sleeping moments. We, amidst the trial, amidst time of being awake, need to still know of God’s plan and protection.

Daniel 10:7

"I, Daniel, alone saw the vision..."

Acts 9:7

"The men who journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing a voice, but seeing no man..."

Acts 10:3

"He saw a vision evidently about the ninth hour, an angel of God coming."

Seeing into the spiritual realites should be common for us. We need to emerge into a life of seeing God’s protection. Elisha lived in that kind of life, and he prayed for his new servant to be able to see what was common for Elisha to see.

Absence of visions, absence of revelation of God’s loving care, mark times of spiritual decline. We should not be ‘sunken’ into the raging waters, as was the ax head. We need to emerge into spiritual realities. The world may think us crazy, but it is due to their darkness. We can emerge into the realities of seeing what they do not see.

Isaiah 29:11-12

"And the vision of all is become unto you as the words of a book that is sealed..."

Lamentations 2:9

"...her prophets find no vision from the Lord..."

Ezekiel 7:26

"Then shall they seek a vision of the prophets, but the law shall perish from the priest, and counsel from the ancients..."

Micah 3:6

"Therefore night shall be unto you, that ye shall not have a vision, and it shall be dark unto you, that ye shall not divine... for there is no answer from God..."

These verses show that many in that time, as in ours, were in a darkness not intended by God. God wants us to emerge into a reality of light and revelation. In darkness, one does not see the stumbling stones of the devils, one does not see the path given us by God. We can emerge from darkness, into a reality of His loving care. This servant was learning, Elisha wanted this servant to see as he was seeing. God wanted the young man to see the realities that the world cannot see.


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INTO CONQUERING MODE

II Kings 6:18-23

And when they came down to him,

Elisha prayed unto the LORD,

and said, Smite this people, I pray thee,

with blindness.

And he smote them with blindness

according to the word of Elisha.

And Elisha said unto them, This is not the way,

neither is this the city: follow me,

and I will bring you to the man whom ye seek.

But he led them to Samaria.

And it came to pass, when they were come

into Samaria, that Elisha said, LORD,

open the eyes of these men,

that they may see.

And the LORD opened their eyes,

and they saw; and, behold,

they were in the midst of Samaria.

And the king of Israel said unto Elisha,

when he saw them,

My father, shall I smite them?

shall I smite them?
And he answered,

Thou shalt not smite them:

wouldest thou smite those whom

thou hast taken captive with thy sword

and with thy bow?

set bread and water before them,

that they may eat and drink,

and go to their master.
And he prepared great provision for them:

and when they had eaten and drunk,

he sent them away,

and they went to their master.

So the bands of Syria came no more

into the land of Israel.

The emerging process is wonderful. Defeats and fears are conquered. The emerging is not to a momentary victory, but to a realization of how to continue in that new reality.

 

Elisha had already learned,

he had words of knowledge that protected the king of Israel,

he had had words of knowledge that resulted

in Naaman’s healing,

 in Gehazi’s exposure and censure,

in how to get the ax head returned from the raging waters of Jordan,

and he had the insight into the spiritual realm to even see the army of God round about in protection.

Now, with God’s hosts all about, the enemy is made blind. Elisha approaches them without fear. Elisha prays that they be made blind, and God answers. This is likely the plan God had revealed to Elisha, and Elisha is being obedient.

The troops feared to return to their king without the one they were sent to retrieve for him. They were unaware that this man, Elisha, who was leading them was actually already with them. They were blind in both ways, physically and spiritually.

All of us deal with people who are blind spiritually. They seek our hurt. They work for another (in our case, they work for our enemy the devil).

 

The Lord does not want us at their mercy, but with God’s counsel and the Spirit’s power, we, like Elisha, can take control of situations once we EMERGE into the victory power, and into the relationship with the Lord that He desires for us.

Taken to the king of Israel, they are then at his mercy. Elisha did not let his king kill them, Elisha wanted this to be made a testimony of God’s power, not just a military victory. The result of how Elisha handled this, led to a cessation of Syria attacking for a time, thus a saving of not only their lives, but also of the peoples aligned with God in Elisha’s midst.

 

We need to hear from God on how to handle situations in which we find ourselves victors through God. God’s ways are seldom man’s ways, and when we listen to His ways, we find greater wisdom that we could have ever attained on our own.

The word spread throughout both nations, that God can miraculously give victory. Elisha, without God, would have been totally helpless, defeated, imprisoned, probably killed by these soldiers. Yet, because he had emerged into a relationship with God, and had experienced the benefit of counsel from the Almighty, he has seen victory after victory, even in situations where he would have been totally helpless.

The servant that had seen the ax head float, had seen the revelation of God’s armies encompassing His saints, was here, in this passage shown, the victory of God’s counsel, the ability to look beyond one’s natural goals, and see the goals of God are far greater than our own.

The witness in both nations of God’s power bought peace, joy, rejoicing. Instead of the Syrian troops being killed, families saddened and angered even more, battles of revenged being plotted, ... well, instead, this servant of Elisha, and all of Syria and Samaria, saw God’s power demonstrated and fear, reverence for God resulted amidst all.

God is to be glorified. God is to be honored. Our ‘EMERGINGS’ will bring glory to God. We may find ourselves doing things, in different ways than we would have desired. God is emerging us into being His servants, His conquering army. We need to follow His plan and methods in these EMERGINGS into which He is leading us.

 


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Each of the letters of ‘emerge’ have a meaning for us. The teaching of the illustrated lessons will show how we are to EMERGE.

The first E stands for EVANGELZE.

Christians are commanded to spread the ‘gospel’. The word ‘gospel’ means ‘good news’... To evangelize is more than to give an invitation to the ‘sinners’ prayer’. We are to tell the good news.

Too many spread ‘bad news’. To the Christian, there is no ‘bad news’. There is only good news. Horrible news can come on the news, earthquakes, violence, political turmoil, terrorism, etc. and as bad as those are, to us, they are signs that Jesus is coming soon. We can be told that we have two weeks to live, and to us, that means we have 2 weeks till we stand in heaven with Jesus. The stock market can crash, we can lose our job, we can have bill collectors calling all day... but to us, we know that the ‘periolus times’ signalling the Lord’s soon coming are upon us. There is no bad news for the Christian.

It is time we start speaking ‘good news’, and we have much good news to spread. It is time we cease, totally cease, to speak ‘bad news.’

"Out of the abundance of our heart’ we find our words flow. What is in our hearts? Our words speak blessing, our words speak praise, our words show our anxiousness for Jesus to come. Our words reveal out inner spiritual condition. So, what is the origin of doubtful words, critical words, depressing words, harsh words, unloving words..???? If those words are flowing out of your mouth, you will not emerge into anything good. To EMERGE, you must seek to speak the good news, you must evangelize.

The true vocation we must have is to speak the ‘good news’, to evangelize. I am not speaking of ‘name it, claim it’ words of claiming yachts, and mercedes, NO, I am speaking of saying the good news that we know due to knowing Jesus.

I Peter 2:5,9

"...to offer up spiritual sacrifices... that ye should shew forth the praises of Him..."

Psalms 100:4

"Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise; be thankful unto Him, and bless His name."

Psalms 107:32

"Let them exalt Him also in the congregation of the people, and praise Him in the assembly of the elders."

Psalms 109:1

"Praise ye the Lord. I will praise the Lord with my whole heart, in the assembly of the upright, and in the congregation."

Where does it say, that we ‘praise’ Him only in prayer? We are to praise Jesus with every word that comes from our mouths. We are to evangelize always, with all our words, to everyone. We speak faith, we speak honor and trust in Him. If we say, ‘this whole day is horrible’, we have just insulted the One in charge of all our days. If wew say, ‘Nothing can go right.’, then we have just spoken doubt, not faith in Jesus. If we say, ‘I hate life’, we insult the Giver of Life, our Savior and coming King of kings.

The congregation that fails to evangelize with good news, has failed at its real vocation. God meant for us to learn to evangelize with every word.

The Greek word commonly used for "worship" is "proskuneo," which means "to kiss the hand toward." This suggests an outward action which shows an inward realization of the greatness of another. The idea of "worth-ship" is recognized in real worship. In true worship is the recognition of Who the Lord truly is. This is not to just take place at an altar, but in everyday speaking, in everyday languate, to everyone, everywhere. To speak faith and trust in our prayers, and then speak doubt and fear in our converstion later to others is insulting to God.

On the isle of Patmos, John was shown the future rapture day. In his vision, he saw the saints singing:

Revelation 4:8-11

"Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power..."

Evangelizing with every word, is what wwe will be doing in heaven. Do we have the faith at a level today, that we can evangelize with all our words now? Can we speak faith, not doubt? Can we trsut in our words, not speak distress? Some watch the news on television, and get depressed, worried, fearful. Why? Do wew doublt God’s ability to male ‘all things work together for good?’ Think what a witness it is to the unsaved, or to the doubting Christian, to hear words of faith spoken, when events of turmoil erupt!

Our words should delight in the sheer glory of God. We should revel in His Person, His Nature, and His being. Our words should recognize what He has done. Our actions and behavior should make others rejoice and worship in the Lord.

When unbelievers see:

our good works,

our attitudes in crisis,

our love in the midst of hatred,

our patience in the midst of trial,

and our honesty in the midst of dishonesty...

they will glorify God Who has given us the grace to so behave.

I Peter 2:12

"Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles; that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation."

In this way, our behavior is an act of worship. We can glorify God, not only with our mouths, but with our lives, our attitudes, and with our actions. We should therefore be glorifying God most every moment.

I Corinthians 10:31

"Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God."

Romans 12:1

"I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service."

Sometimes our actions and our words profane our worship and praise.

"What a weariness it is..." (Malachi 1:13). These words were spoken by those in that day, and similar wards are heard from many Christians today.

Some in Bible times would offer the Lord a blemished, dying, or sick lamb. They were to offer an unblemished lamb that was healthy and strong.. God hates insincerity, and you had better be wise and tell Him the truth. Speak the same words to God as you do to your neighbor. If you speak fear and dread, doubt and distress to your neighbor, then tell God you love and trust Him... you are lying to one or the other.

 

God hates insincere worship. God would rather we shut the doors of the church than to come and worship insincerely. The devil would rather we worship insincerely, than to shut the church congregation out of the building...

Malachi 1:10-14

"...but ye have profaned it (the name of the Lord), in that ye say, The table of the Lord is polluted, and the fruit thereof, even his meat, is contemptible. Ye said, also, Behold, what a weariness is it! and ye have snuffed at it, saith the Lord of hosts; and ye brought an offering; should I accept this of your hand? saith the Lord. But cursed be the deceiver, which hath in his flock a male, and voweth, and sacrificeth unto the Lord a corrupt thing; for I am a great King, saith the Lord of hosts, and My name is dreadful among the heathen."

It is a weariness to God, a hurtful and offensive thing to have beings who owe their all to the Lord to insincerely, hesitantly, unwillingly, give praise to Him, but then speak doubt, anger, fear, etc to their neighbor of this world. God wants us to EVANGELIZE, and if we do, we will EMERGE into great victories with God.

Yet, the churches are filled with those who do not really mean their praise to God, but inside them is the doubt, anger, fear, etc they speak to their neighbor.

The song service is a time of worship. Some sing things that they do not mean... as "I'll go where you want me to go...", or "keep me near the cross..." You are not singing to your neighbor, nor to the preacher, but to God... God hates insincere, misdirected, un-meaning worship. If you sing it in worship, then speak the same message to others in your world.

Ecclesiastes 5:1-6

"Keep thy foot when thou goest to the house of God, and be more ready to hear, than to give the sacrifice of fools; for they consider not that they do evil. Be not rash with thy mouth, and let not thine heart be hasty to utter any thing before God; for God is in heaven, and thou upon earth; therefore let thy words be few. ... a fool's voice is known by multitude of words. When thou vowest a vow unto God, defer not to pay it; for He hath no pleasure in fools; pay that which thou hast vowed. Better is it that thou shouldest not vow, than that thou shouldest vow and not pay."

 

What we must do ... is -- to create an atmosphere that allows the Spirit to create, that allows the Spirit to EMERGE us into victory. We want to EMERGE, so let us speak the good message of God, let us evangelize.

We must prepare our hearts and minds with the knowledge of the "worth-ship" of the Lord, and the thankfulness for His mercy and grace. Then we can EMERGE.

The worship and praise in the early church took place in upper rooms of the homes, in fields, in the temple, in the market place, in the prison cells, etc. In other words, they evaangelized the Lord wherever they were. Their good wordsp sprung from a relationship with the Lord... and was not directed by a worship leader who told them when to praise, when to clap, and when to raise their hands. All their words were words of faith, to whomever they were speaking.

When Charles Wesley was saved, he was flooded with joy. He described his happiness to Peter Bohler... and added... "I suppose I should keep silent about it." Peter Bohler answered: "No, never! If you had a 1000 tongues, go and use them all for Jesus!" Wesley went home and wrote the song - "Oh For a Thousand Tongues to Sing My Great Redeemer's Praise..." Today, we can say... ‘O for the realization we should always speak words of faith, not doubt.

 

A great evangelist, teacher of the more recent past, A.G. Ward said: "Our Lord is desirous that people should be rejoicing Christians... if Christians were more joyful, they would set sinners' mouths a-watering for the dainties of true religion..."

Sometimes our hearts are heavy, our troubles are many, and we feel we must wait until things get better, or perfect... and then we will speak good words about our Lord...

Habakkuk questioned God of all the troubles that Israel was facing... and God replied to him:

"The just shall live by faith..."

We must learn as Habakkuk to live by faith, to rejoice even when our sight tells us there is nothing to rejoice in... when troubles abound...

Habakkuk wrote at the end of his book:

Habakkuk 3:17-18

"Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall there be fruit in the vines... yet will I rejoice in the Lord."

God created us for fellowship, to speak good words to Him, but also for ‘testimony, to speak the evangel words to others. The stones will cry out with praises if we do not... We must keep the stones silent... and praise our Lord and King... Certainly, He is worthy of our praises... God will inhabit our praises, and will come and dwell in the midst of those who are praising Him... Will you praise Him???

Let's sweep aside every hindrance... and give God the good words, to Him, and about Him, to others. . Let us keep the stones silent... and let us be the ones to praise Him. Some await someone to lead their worship... It is not wrong to have worship leaders, but our praise must now be confined to these times only.

The EMERGE that you want, starts when you begin to EVANGELIZE. This is step one of the EMERGE.


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EMERGE

MATURE,

So That You May Emerge

Isaiah 55:8

"MY THOUGHTS ARE NOT YOUR THOUGHTS, AND MY WAYS ARE NOT YOUR WAYS."

We want to EMERGE into great things for God. God is showing us with the acrostic, not only that we EVANGELIZE, but now we must know to MATURE. What does this mean?

In Old Testament times, many could not see the verses which spoke of Jesus' first coming. They expected the Messiah to come with power as He will in the second coming. Why did they then, and many Jewish people still today, not recognize those prophecies? ? We can so easily find them, yet they could not. Jesus took aside a few disciples, and began to discuss the prophetic messages of the Old Testament. They began to mature in God’s Word. The Word of God is truth, wisdom, and direction. If we fail to maturely understand it, we wander about in misconceptions that keep us from EMERGING.

There is much we can understand. That is why we are told to "study to show yourself approved unto God." Even if we studied 24 hours a day, seven days a week--we could only comprehend a portion of God's Word. Usually the ones who study the Word of God the most, are the ones who know there is so much more to learn. Some who have had little in-depth training in the Bible, think they have it down pat. When we finally get to heaven, we will marvel at all we had not yet discovered in the Word of God.

God's Word is understandable, but it is so filled with truth that no one has yet searched out all the truth. Consider what Paul said in Romans 11:33-34:

"O, the depth of the riches, both of the wisdom and the knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and His ways past finding out."

Don't think that you cannot learn much of the Word of God ! You can! But do not think that you have learned it all--already. You will never have searched out all that God's Word has for you. You can learn more and more each day. The Holy Spirit is our Teacher, and wants to teach us all things. We need to MATURE in the Word, so that we may EMERGE.

Many saints still have many misconceptions about what the Word of God teaches. We all think of the misconceptions of others-- most of us can see the error of those who believe "once saved, always saved." We wonder how others can miss what we see so clearly. Yet, we too hold misconceptions about many parts of God's Word. The more in-depth study we do, the more we learn--that there's more to learn.

Don't become smug in your knowledge. Many in Jesus' day did.

Matthew 13:15

"For this people's heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed, lest at any time, they should see...hear...and understand...be converted, and I should heal them."

There are still some who are "dull of hearing." Christians can develop misconceptions that can hinder their Christian walk. To the seven churches of the book of Revelation, Jesus speaks to several misconceptions. The "doctrine of Balaam" ( Rev. 2:14) created a "stumblingblock" to God's people. The "doctrine of the Nicolaitanes" (mentioned in Revelation chapters 2 and 3) has seen a return in these last days. People are again under that misconception that some Christians are greater than others. They want to "shepherd" and direct others. Some pastors think their job is to "lord" over others, instead of simply being "examples" to the flock (I Peter 5:3). The misconceptions of Christians have led to many false doctrines, and cults. The misconceptions result in: "the way of truth shall be evil spoken of." (II Peter 2:2)

We need to MATURE, and to do so, we need to remove "stumblingblocks". The Christian walk is hard enough. We battle an enemy that wants to defeat us. One of his devices is to get us to believe our misconceptions so strongly that we cannot see the truth, even when it is strongly presented. We must be careful to avoid teaching new converts any "misconceptions" that may hurt their development into the kind of Christians who will remain true to the Lord, and to be effective witnesses for the Lord.

One of the things for which the Lord Jesus scolded the hypocrites in that day, was the making of proselytes, and then teaching them things that made them worse and more destined to hell than themselves.

Matthew 23:15

"Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for you compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves."

Today, Christian television, many Christian books, are filled with false teachings, incorrect doctrines, heresies, and even blasphemies. To mix those thoughts in with the truths you want in your mind, keeps us from EMERGING into God’s blessings for us.

The tendency and common practice today is to not bother to train new converts. Some let the new converts flounder in the new environment of Christianity, and hope they survive and learn enough to keep from backsliding. Some others will attempt to train the new convert. Too often this training is in the particular dogma of the group, and does more to foster bigotry and "dullness of hearing the Word of God" than it does opening them to the manifold truths revealed to us in the Word. Misconceptions are taught in many of these new convert classes.

Let's not battle over misconceptions. Let's simply address the subject and teach the mechanics that will help the new converts to be able to distinguish the truth of the Word from the misconceptions of the church. Peter thought his job was to attack those who came for Jesus in Gethsemane. Had he listened and MATURED, on the Mt. of Transfiguration, he would not have cut off the ear of the servant. He would not have had the misconception that his job was to attack the soldiers. But he didn't listen to his Lord. We need to listen and MATURE in the Word of the Lord, and to teach other converts to truly listen to God's Word - thereby these misconceptions can be dispelled. Have you cut off any "ears" lately? Peter thought he was doing right. Misconceptions of God's Word and message can lead to great error.

Let's get into the Word of God with a fresh thirst and hunger. Let's discover if we have some misconceptions. Let's lay aside our traditions and misconceptions, and grasp the truths we find in the Word of God. The Word of God is the one source that we must hold as the ultimate authority. It is not in any man, denomination, or church that we should adhere. It is to the Word of God that we must cling.

The Word of God is inspired of God. It is infallible when it is properly translated. Its Author is the God of the universe. It will make us wise concerning God's plan for us. It explains our origin and destiny. The Bible will guide our steps. God has preserved it so it will be historically, verbally, and scientifically accurate. All books die, but the Bible is different than all other books. The Bible is the product of the Divine mind of our God. It does not only contain the Word of God, it is the Word of God. It is the written voice of God. It is as valid as the spoken voice of God. When you read it, or quote it, the Word of God is just as though God has just spoken it. It is the LIVING WORD OF GOD.

Hebrews 8:10

For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put My laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts."

Hebrews 10:16

"This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put My laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them."

The truth is in the Word of God. Some feast on a bit of ‘milk’ of the Word, and later that ‘milk’ gets polluted, poisoned by false doctrine. They stay in that polluted ‘milk’, and never graduate to the ‘meat’ of the Word, never able to EMERGE into what God has for them, for they have not MATURED into the ‘meat’ of the Christian life where they could EMERGE.

How mature in the Word are you? How are you living, acting, and speaking the Word of God? How much of God's message has gotten into you? Make sure that the truth of the Word is truly in you. Pray about your understandings of the Word, let the Teacher, the Spirit of God, guide you into all Truth. Then write the correct message onto your mind. Accept it, and live it. Then you will have ‘MATURED’ and are then more able to EMERGE into great gifts, great blessings, great victories in God.

Proverbs 3:3

"Let not mercy and truth forsake thee, bind them upon thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart."

Proverbs 7:1-3

"My son, keep My words... write them upon the table of thine heart..."

James 1:22, 25

"Be ye doers of the Word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves... But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the word, this man shall be blessed in his deed."

Some Old Testament saints MATURED in the Word. They were led by the Spirit to truths far greater than many others understood. Due to that, they were able to EMERGE into great faith, into miraculous living, into saints.

Hebrews 11:13-16

"But these all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. For they that say such things, declare plainly that they seek a country. And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned, But now they desire a better country, that is an heavenly; wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He hath prepared for them a city."

If we, like the heroes of faith mentioned in the preceding verses, would look into God's Word, and be "persuaded" of them, and then "embrace" them, and finally "confess" them before others... finally MATURING in the Word, then God will not be "ashamed" to be called our God... We will finally then be able to EMERGE into God’s blessings

The incorrect teaching and living of God's message is called HERESY.

Galatians 5:19-21

"Now the works of the flesh are manifest... adultery, fornication...etc... heresies... they that do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God."

II Peter 2:1

"There shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies..."

The Bible clearly warns that in the last days [especially] there shall be many false teachers and heretics who teach a perverted gospel.

Not all error is "heresy." Some may believe the rapture will occur in the middle of the tribulation, some may believe it will come at the end of the tribulation, and some will believe it will be at the beginning. They can all go to heaven when it does occur, and the two groups that are wrong are not heretics. The incorrect understanding of that doctrine will not damn the soul. Yet, there are other teachings that will damn the soul if believed. These are the ones we call "heresy."

"Heresy" is a doctrinal difference that if believed will damn the soul. Minor disagreements amidst Christians are nothing to stumble over... We need to get into the Word of God, and study to resolve which doctrines are truly taught in the Word. Paul and Barnabas disputed an idea for a while. Peter and Paul had a difference of opinion on a doctrinal issue for a time. The disciples disputed at Antioch on the need for circumcision for a time. These types of issues can still come between Christians. The ideal thing is to get into God's Word and establish what God is teaching... Too often men want to check their denomination's interpretation and accept it, without regard to whether it is Scriptural or not.

Paul was even called a "heretic" in his time. Yet, he argued that he based all of his doctrines on what was written in the "law and the prophets..."

Acts 24:14

"But this I confess unto thee, that, after the way which they call heresy, so worship I the God of my fathers, believing all things which are written in the law and the prophets."

Even some who believe the Word of God correctly [as Paul] will be called "heretics." It is not what you are called that is important, it is whether you are believing and living the Word of God properly. Even some of the Christians in Jerusalem could not accept Paul and his teachings...

Acts 9:24

"...he assayed to join himself to the disciples; but they were all afraid of him and believed not that he was a disciple."

The vital thing for all new converts to know when they begin to study the Word, is that when you do get the correct understanding of the Word, some Christians with misconceptions will oppose you. Don't have your mind set on having everyone applaud your life and ministry. Just be sure to have the proper understanding of the Word of God, and live it!

On some Christian message boards, in some Christian churches, the correct teachings are mocked, denied, laughed at, ... and the incorrect, the polluted ‘milk’ of the Word doctrines are espoused. We need to clean up our minds, MATURE in the faith, and in the Word. We need to speak truth only, and not let the polluted milk keep defiling our hearts and minds.

There will be some who will not understand it as you find truth revealed in God's Word. Paul addresses that problem.

Romans 14:1

"Him that is weak in the faith, receive ye, but not to doubtful disputations."

Don't do as the early church did. They argued over what meats they should eat or not eat. They argued over what day was the correct one on which to worship the Lord. They argued over whether they should be vegetarians or not... They argued over who was the best teacher of the Word... The list could go on and on... Today, it is the same. Christians are arguing over many doctrines, and concepts... Don't get into those debates. Study the Word, and find what it teaches. Believe that, and live it! Then get out and do the work that God wants done today... Win Souls to the Lord... Many others will argue and debate the color of the carpet for the church till the rapture happens... and never get to the work that God has saved us to do.

What we do with our lives is going to be judged by the Lord someday.

Romans 14:10-12

"But why dost thou judge thy brother? and why dost thou set at nought thy brother? for we must all stand before the judgment seat of Christ... everyone of us shall give an account of himself to God..."

But, what about the ones who are teaching a perverted gospel that is truly "heresy"??? We are to try to teach the heretic twice the correct truth. Then, if the truth is rejected, we are to "reject" the heretic.

Titus 3:10

"A man that is an heretick, after the first and second admonition reject."

The word "reject" is from the Greek word "paraiteomai" which means to "beg off." It does not mean to be angry and battle... it means to get away from that person and keep a distance from him and his teaching.

Get away from that false and polluted ‘milk’, and MATURE IN THE WORD OF GOD. The true emphasis in our starting the Christian life is to learn, from the Word of God, the unpolluted "milk of the Word."

Then we can get into the ‘meat of the Word’ and get the EMERGE we are so desiring.

We are to grow spiritually, i.e. MATURE, so that we can soon begin to eat of the "meat of the Word." The maturing of a babe brings that one from the drinking of milk from a bottle to the sitting down to the table with a thick steak. In the spiritual growth of a young Christian, there should be a maturing in the Word to more and more difficult truths.

What is the main hindrance to this growth from milk to meat? It is the dullness of hearing the Word of God. Some turn off their ears, or sleep through sermons, or get so busy doing other things that they do not feed upon the Word of God. Some Christians have been in churches for many years and are still on the "milk" and have many misconceptions because they have not gotten into the "meat."

Hebrews 5:11-14

"...of whom we have many things to say,

and hard to be uttered,

seeing ye are dull of hearing.

For when for the time ye ought to be teachers,

ye have need that one teach you again

which be the first principles of the oracles of God,

and are become such as have need of milk

and of strong meat.

For every one that uses milk

is unskillful in the Word of righteousness,

for he is a babe.

But strong meat belongs to them that are of full age,

even those who by reason of use

have their senses exercised

to discern both good and evil."

Do you want to ‘discern both good and evil’? We need to do so, if we want to feast on the ‘meat’, if we want to mature to ‘full age’. The EMERGING into God’s full blessings, come when we mature. Some want to dabble in the heresies, cajole the heretics, fellowship in the feasts of polluted ‘milk’. We need to ‘reject’ those, preach the truth, see them reject and hate us, perhaps, but at the same time be attending the Spirit’s feasts of ‘meat’. That is MATURING, and that is the secret to EMERGING that many never realize.

Do you want to grow spiritually? Do you want to get from milk to meat? Do you want to know how to properly discern good from evil so that you can make God UN-ashamed to be called your God? Then get into the Word. Learn and devour the "milk"... Grow in maturity of accepting God's true message in the Bible, and thereby get into the "meat" of the Word. Don't get distracted by things in life. Don't let your minds get cluttered with other things. Don't get sidetracked by heretics. Don't be "dull of hearing." Hunger and thirst for more of the truths that an All-Knowing God has revealed to us in the Bible.

Of the letters in the word EMERGE, we have found the first E is evangelize. Now we learn that the M is for MATURE.


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EMERGE

ELECT Jesus to be Lord

in order to Emerge

 

We want to EMERGE this year. We have blessings to receive, ministries to do, and the EMERGE is vital. The second E in emerge is for ‘ELECT’. In order to ‘EMERGE’, we need to ELECT Jesus Lord and King of our lives.

In the sermon on the mount, Jesus told how one is to live and act in His kingdom. His standards of living are given there in Matthew 5, 6, and 7. Now, in our age, we are to minister, under these higher standards than even the pharisees had. Electing Jesus to be our King, our Lord, means to minister under His orders, not our own, not the world’s, not the church’s.

The nation gets excited about the election of a presiden, a governor, a mayor. We see campaign promises, we see opponents each try to prove the other one is dangerous, and that they themselves are the answer to every problem. The devil campaigns for election in sly, subtle ways. He hides his evil nature, he hides his true goals, and shows his ways, his plans as prosperous, happy, easy, and fulfilling. We see that in his temptation of Eve, in his temptation of Jesus, and everyday in his campaign to be elected ‘lord’ of our lives. Jesus is honest, and tells us that following Him means bearing a cross, trials and temptations, but the end result will be eternal life with a loving Savior.

Who do we elect? If we ‘elect’ Jesus, we need to remember that He now is our Lord, our Master, our King, our Eternal King of kings. We need to then follow His ways, for He rules.

Whereas, the pharisees condemned murder, Jesus, our elected Ruler says that we are to condemn even anger. Whereas, others condemned adultery, In this new kingdom of Jesus, we are to condemn even lust. The Rulership of our elected King, means we change the normal, earthly standards, we change from the devils’ self-centered, carnal ways, to Jesus’ high standard.

Ministering in this kingdom, living by its standards, demands more than the average saint is currently doing. It certainly is more than the church expects from anyone. It is far, far more than the world expects from itself. There are high standards in this kingdom ministry.

This ‘kingdom’ is here, now! John the baptist preached, ‘Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand." Jesus followed and said ‘Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.". (Matthew 3:2, 4:17)

 

The election needs to be re-done every day. Committing ourselves to Jesus daily is vital. The devil will daily tempt us to overturn our past day’s election, and to elect him. We must not ever do that, it is far too dangerous.

This is not a kingdom of the millennium, or later, this is a kingdom we can be in now.

Entering this kingdom

To enter the kingdom,

one must ELECT Jesus to be the ‘Son of God.’

Peer came to ELECTION day,

and Jesus asked for his ELECTION choice.  Once Peter ELECTED Jesus to His rightful

place, Jesus bestowed the EMERGENCE of

great ministry to Peter.

 

Matthew 16:13-18

"He asked His disciples, saying,

Whom do men say that I am?

And they said,

Some say that Thou are John the baptist,

some Elias, and others, Jeremias,

or one of the prophets.

 

He saith unto them,

But Whom say ye that I am?

And Simon Peter answered and said,

Thou are the Christ, the Son of the Living God.

And Jesus answered and said,

Blessed art thou, Simon Bar-jona,

for flesh and blood hath not revealed it

unto thee,

but My Father, Who is in heaven.

 

And I say unto thee,

That thou art Peter,

and upon this Rock,

 I will build My church,

and the gates of hell

shall not prevail against it."

The church, the kingdom we are in, is built upon the ELECTION of Jesus as the Son of God, the Rightful King of kings. Nothing shall prevail against, nor defeat this kingdom.

Jesus is the Son of God

God declared Jesus to be ‘My beloved Son..." (Matthew 3:17, 17"5)

Jesus said, "I am the Son of God..." (John 10:36)

Demons admitted Jesus to be the Son of God. (Matthew 8:39)

Gabriel also said Jesus was the ‘Son of God’. (Luke 1:32-35)

Disciples also tell us Jesus is the Son of God. (Matthew 14:33)

A centurion confirmed Jesus to be the Son of God.

 (Matthew 27:54)

Peter realized Jesus is the Son of God. (Matthew 16:16)

John the baptist also called Jesus to be the Son of God.

(John 1:34)

Martha claimed Jesus to be the Son of god (John 11:27)

Mark also said Jesus was the Son of God.

(Mark 11:1)

Paul also stated Jesus was the Son of God. (Acts 9:20. Galatians 2:20)

The list could go on and on. Jesus is the Son of God, and when we ELECT to serve Him, we can enter into His kingdom.

Jesus is the foundation of the house, and we make up a part of the house. We are made part of His kingdom, in becoming part of this ‘spiritual house’.

I Peter 2:5

"Ye also as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house..."

Peter was told by the Lord that he was one of the ‘stones’ that made up the house, His kingdom. We are also stones in that house.

There is power for us to do miracles when in this kingdom.

Matthew 16:19

‘I wil give unto thee

the keys of the kingdom of heaven,

and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth

 shall be bound in heaven,

and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth

shall be loosed in heaven."

The ‘keys’ are a symbol of authority.

 We have the authority to do supernatural works, miracles.

 

 Peter had ELECTED Jesus, and now EMERGED into ministry. We want to EMERGE this year, into more and more great blessings. A key to the EMERGENCE is to ELECT Jesus.

John 14:12

"The works that I do, shall ye do also,

and greater works..."

Mark 16:17

‘These signs shall follow them that believe..."

We are told these works will be ‘binding’ and ‘loosing’. We are all to have this power. We should be able to bind things, loose things, and do miraculous works. We want to do this in the KINGDOM, so we ELECT Jesus to be Lord, to be King of kings, and we then EMERGE into great ministries.

Matthew 18:18

"Whatsoever ye bind on earth shall be bound ..."

Simple faith produces this binding and loosing power.

Matthew 17:20

"If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed..."

James 5:14-16

"...the prayer of faith shall save the sick...’

John 14:13

"...whatsoever ye shall ask in My Name,

that will I do..."

The ones in the kingdom, have the power to be used by Jesus.

Isaiah 58:6-8

"...break every yoke, ... hide not thyself from thy own flesh, then... thine health shall spring forth speedily..."

Some things need bound, some things need loosed, some yokes need broken, and then the answers come. Some sit and wait for Jesus or someone else to do it for them. The Lord Jesus has given us the power, and He waits for us to loose or bind, and take the answer.

Some have not made a full commitment, for every day, to have Jesus to be the ELECTED King of kings, Lord of their lives. They daily make choices, and some days, they choose the devils’ ways. This is wrong, and an unstable life of choosing sin one day, righteousness another day, is not the ELECTION that Jesus wants.

As James said in his epistle, ‘out of the mouths proceeds blessings and cursings, this ought not to be so...’ In the same way, we must recognize that we need to ELECT Jesus to a term of eternity. Not an hourly ELECTION, but rather, ELECT Him to be King, Lord, forever. Then we will find that we EMERGE into the ministry and blessings that God wants to give us.


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EMERGE

REJOICE,

in order to EMERGE

 

We want to EMERGE into great blessings and ministries. The map to such destination is being laid out for us by the Lord. I am trying to pass on to you, what God is showing me.

In addition to the EVANGELIZE, MATURE, ELECT, we need also to REJOICE IN OUR LORD. This ‘R’ step is vitally important, in ourder for us to EMERGE.

Luke 19:37-40

"...the whole multitude of disciples began

to rejoice and praise God

with a loud voice for all the mighty works

that they had seen; saying,

Blessed be the King

that cometh in the name of the Lord;

peace in heaven and glory in the highest.

And some of the Pharisees from among the multitude

said unto Him, Master, rebuke Thy disciples.

And He answered and said unto them,

I tell you that if these should hold their peace,

the stones would immediately cry out."

Jesus accepted the worship of the disciples, and they could barely contain their joy in seeing Jesus fulfill the prophecy of Zechariah. The Pharisees, and some others, criticized the excitement and the joyous worship of the disciples.

The Lord was Himself EMERGING into the next step of His ministry. He was now to be publicly proclaimed to be the prophesied Messiah, He was claiming His rightful status. The disciples rejoiced, and it is told to the critics, that REJOICING was vitally required, that if there was not rejoicing, the stones would cry out.

Jesus still wants our REJOICING, and if we do not, stones will still cry out. I do not want to fail the Lord in the area of REJOICING. We need to REJOICE, to see more EMERGING.

Many today criticize the joy of the worshipers in Christianity. They would rather we piously sit in pews, and reverently bow our heads while a minister recites a saintly sounding, monotone prayer... But the early church praised in the prison cells, worshiped while tied to poles about to be set afire. They were unrestrained, unhindered by commands of authorities to cease mentioning the name of Jesus...

The early church had more than correct doctrines, it had more than great emphasis on the Word of God and prayer, it had more than spiritual leadership, and it had more than spiritual gifts. The revival church had WORSHIP and PRAISE. The correct doctrines, when written upon the heart, should create a worshiping congregation.

Some congregations pride themselves on correct doctrines, and some feel they are so right, that everyone else is wrong. Proper doctrine is important. Never underestimate correct doctrine, but it should lead to worship, to rejoicing. If doctrines and beliefs of a congregation do not lead to, and result in, worship, rejoicing, and praise... the doctrines are not proper, not understood correctly, or simply misconceptions...

Sound doctrine does not have to be "sound asleep." There is too much of the "deep frozen" religion. There are many who know the Word, know the doctrines, know the prophecies, -- but do not worship the Lord. The scribes and Pharisees of the time of the Lord's first coming, knew the Word... but failed to worship the Messiah when He stood in their presence. Today, we find many such people also.

The true vocation of the congregations includes REJOICING.

I Peter 2:5,9

"...to offer up spiritual sacrifices...

that ye should shew forth the praises of Him..."

Psalms 100:4

"Enter into His gates with thanksgiving,

and into His courts with praise;

be thankful unto Him, and bless His name."

Psalms 107:32

"Let them exalt Him also in the congregation of the people,

and praise Him in the assembly of the elders."

Psalms 109:1

"Praise ye the Lord.

I will praise the Lord with my whole heart,

in the assembly of the upright, and in the congregation."

 

On the isle of Patmos, John was shown the future rapture day. In his vision, he saw the saints singing:

Revelation 4:8-11

"Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory

and honor and power..."

Rejoicing delights in the sheer glory of God. Rejoicing revels in His Person, His Nature, and His being. Rejoicing comes when we recognize what He has done. Rejoicing is vital to EMERGING.

Rejoicing is the atmosphere of growth, of emerging into ministry and into power. The world is in an atmosphere of anger, wrath, malice, etc.

It is time for us to EMERGE out of the atmosphere, the weather of this world. We need to live in an atmosphere, a weather of the Spirit. There, we can EMERGE into great blessings.

Ephesians 4:14-24

That we henceforth be no more children,

tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine,

by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness,

whereby they lie in wait to deceive;

But speaking the truth in love, may grow up

into him in all things,

which is the head, even Christ:
From whom the whole body fitly joined together

and compacted by that which every joint supplieth,

according to the effectual working

in the measure of every part,

maketh increase of the body

unto the edifying of itself in love.

This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord,

that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk,

in the vanity of their mind,

Having the understanding darkened,

being alienated from the life of God

through the ignorance that is in them,

because of the blindness of their heart:

Who being past feeling have given themselves

over unto lasciviousness,

to work all uncleanness with greediness.

But ye have not so learned Christ;

If so be that ye have heard him,

and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus:

That ye put off concerning

the former conversation the old man,

which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;

The former ‘conversation’, or life style, of ourselves, was unable to let us ‘EMERGE’. As the verses shown here, the ‘vanity of mind’, the ‘walking as Gentiles walk’, the darkened understaning,’ the ‘alienation’ from God, the ‘lascivious’ living, the ‘uncleanness with greediness’, etc as described in Ephesians 4, kept us from EMERGING. That atmosphere, like the weather of cold, windy, blizzardy days would keep a garden from being possible, keeps us from EMERGING into God’s power and blessings.

Paul wrote more in Ephesians, and showed that the atmosphere of the world cannot support nor allow EMERGING. Yet, many Christians try to live amidst that world, or even find themselves behaving like that atmosphere.

Ephesians 4:25-32

And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;

And that ye put on the new man,

which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.

Wherefore putting away lying,

speak every man truth with his neighbour:

for we are members one of another.

Be ye angry, and sin not:

let not the sun go down upon your wrath:

Neither give place to the devil.

Let him that stole steal no more:

but rather let him labour,

working with his hands the thing which is good,

that he may have to give to him that needeth.

Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth,

but that which is good to the use of edifying,

that it may minister grace unto the hearers.

And grieve not the holy Spirit of God,

whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.

Let all bitterness, and wrath,

and anger, and clamour,

and evil speaking,

be put away from you, with all malice:

And be ye kind one to another,

tenderhearted,

forgiving one another,

even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.

It is time to remove ourselves from the bitterness, wrath, anger, clamour, evil speaking, malice... We need to escape that weather condition, and get into a weather condition that is kindness, tenderhearted, forgiving.

It is a ‘renewing of the mind’. It is a ‘putting on of the new man’, emerging into a new atmosphere, having a weather pattern that allows seeds to grow, plants to emerge, life to blossom. We can’t ‘give place to the devil’, and live in the weather pattern he and his cohorts create. We need to live in REJOICING, in the greenhouse of God’s presence.

A greenhouse, is a covered building, that lets in sunshine, but shuts out the storms, the high winds, the cold weather from the plants. In a greenhouse, the plants can grow, flowers and fruit can EMERGE. We need a greenhouse of protected weather.

The REJOICING is the sunshine of our greenhouse. It warms the soil, it nourishes the growing plants, it brings blossoms, it produces fruit. The Lord wants us to realize that REJOICING needs to replace the howling winds, the freezing cold, the storms of life that keep us from EMERGING.

Paul and Silas sang and rejoiced in prison. Souls were saved that night, lives changed, EMERGING took place. In the midst of the prison, the dungeon where those condemned to death were held, Paul and Silas REJOICED.

 

The darkness did not stop them, for the sunshine of REJOICING made that a greenhouse of EMERGING.

They could have fled when the doors came open, the other prisoners could have fled, but,

Paul and Silas preferred the REJOICING greenhouse, and so dod all the other prisoners, for they did not flee either...

They stayed in the atmosphere of REJOICING...

They, therefore, were a part of that EMERGING event.

We are told that God ‘inhabits the praises of His people...’ God does, and if we praise God, it is His presence we will feel. The devils flee rejoicing, the angels come to join in our worship, God arrives to bless us, and to EMERGE us into greater blessings.

If we try to live outside the greenhouse of rejoicing, we will not emerge into greater ministries, nor into great blessings from God. God does not inhabit anger, wrath, malice, unforgiveness, hatred, etc. He inhabits our REJOICING in Him.

 

We can strive all day, we can quote Scripture, we can debate sinners, we can ask for prophetic words, we can demand of God... but that all is vanity.

 

If we REJOICE, we will produce a ‘greenhouse’ where the atmosphere allows growth and emerging.

 

God is going to have REJOICING,

even if it has to be stones that cry out...

Why not let it be us...?


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EMERGE

GROW

in the Graces

and Thereby EMERGE

 We should all seek to EMERGE into minisries for the Lord. We are following a plan to do so. We must speak the ‘good news’, i.e. EVANGELIZE. We then need to MATURE into the meat of the Word. Then, we should ELECT Jesus to be King of our lives, and obey His commands. The next step is to REJOICE. Now we are down to the iinal two steps. The next one is GROW, and we need to grow in the graces, that God may bring us to the place where we can EMERGE.

GRACES are the fruit of the Spirit as listed in Galatians 5:22-23. These are given to all Christians at the moment of salvation. These are:

"LOVE, JOY, PEACE, LONGSUFFERING, GENTLENESS, GOODNESS, FAITH, MEEKNESS, TEMPERANCE..."

These are the evidence that the Lord has made the saint into a "new creation." We are to be recognized as a child of God by these signs. These graces are the evidence of the new birth. We are told to ‘know’ who are the children of God, by the presence of ‘fruit’, i.e. the ‘graces’ of the Lord.

Like the fig tree that the Lord cursed after coming to it expecting to find figs, and found none; many today are supposed to have these fruit, and have ceased to bear the fruit that the Lord desires. ( Mark 11:12-14)

These graces were all in the lives of the children of God, when they first accepted Jesus. Love, joy, peace, etc filled the heart at the moment of salvationj. What happens to the child of God after thaqt,

what decisions they make, determines how much of those graces continue to be evident and growing. Some never GROW in the graces, but rather bury the graces under rocks of carnal feelings.

As in the Old Testament, when Isaac returned to find the wells that Abraham had dug, he found they had been filled with stones. The fresh water seemed to be gone. Yet when the stones were all removed, the fresh water still was there in the well.

In the same way, many Christians seem to have little of the fruit evident in their lives. If they remove the stones of unforgiveness, apathy, sin, doubt, etc, the wells are still able to produce a fresh flow of good water

II Timothy 3:5

"HAVING A FORM OF GODLINESS, BUT DENYING THE POWER THEREOF, FROM SUCH TURN AWAY.."

I Corinthians 14:1

"FOLLOW AFTER CHARITY, AND DESIRE SPIRITUAL GIFTS, BUT RATHER THAT YE MAY PROPHESY."

Many want to EMERGE. They want to have greater mininstries, they want to have victories and blessings. Healings, miracles, etc. are desired by many. It is frustrating when the power and ability to EMERGE is missing.

They have the "FORM" (morphosis, an outward semblance), of religion. This "form" is often called "tradition," and may be beautiful, and meaningful. Yet, the emerging in power, victory, and ministries is missing. The gifts of the Spirit are not powerfully in operation.

There is a reason. The reason is that they are "DENYING" (arneomai, to act in opposition to profession, to have deeds show that the profession was false), the power.

How do we "deny" the power to EMERGE? The context of II Timothy 3:5 shows the reason. In verse 2, "LOVING SELF", and not others is shown as the cause. In verse four, "LOVING PLEASURE MORE THAN GOD" is shown as a method of "DENYING" the "POWER."

Misplaced love saps the power out of Christianity. They are applying the ‘love’ upon themselves. Some apply it only to a few family members. Their ‘grace’ of love is held back from being applied to many.

It is good to have a prayer list. One on which many are named, even the ones who have done you wrong. Daly to pray for friend and foe, for those who do you kindness, and for those who do you wrong, means the ‘love’ grace is applied generously to many. This makes love to grow and be strong. One need not try to make ‘love’ grace be some immense amount for one or two, but if spread to many, friend and foe,

it grows in the multiple usage to immense amounts. One can ‘love’ their enemies, if the practice intercessions, and then doing good to ‘those who despitefully use’ one.

The ones who ‘deny’ this powerful agent in EMERGING, find that this makes them like many of our day. In verse 1 of the context, we are told the time of this is to be "IN THE LAST DAYS." So the last days are to see a powerless religion. There are many who never will EMERGE into power and blessings, due to the lack of letting the graces flow from their lives. The graces are there, maybe buried, but still there. If wew let the ‘love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, kindness, meekness, temperance, and faithfulness flow out of our lives, EMERGING will come.

At the same time, the latter rain revival is to be in operation. Power, b lessings, ministries, intow which we have EMERGED, is to be flowing through the revived saints, as never before.

How do we get the power, and keep the graces of the Spirit flowing?

Misplaced love caused the power to dissipate. Trying to love only a ‘few’ greatly, and to not love others with the AGAPE love of the Lord will stop real love from flowing.

So we need to look at the subject of love, and discover its secret.

Ephesians 4:30

"GRIEVE NOT THE HOLY SPIRIT OF GOD."

Grief is deeper than sorrow. Herod felt sorrow when he took the head of John the Baptist. Grief springs from love. The deeper the love, the greater the grief. Herod felt no grief, only sorrow. The Spirit feels grief, because He loves greatly. If the Spirit can be grieved, He must love us greatly. If we grieve the Spirit by our lack of love, the power of the Spirit cannot flow. If ‘graces’ are now flowing, then there will not be EMERGING’ into great blessings and minstries.

Note the context of the verse on grieving the Spirit. In the context the emphasis is love, or rather the lack of it, that grieves the Spirit.

vs 25 "PUT AWAY LYING"

vs. 28 "STEAL NO MORE"

vs. 29 "LET NO CORRUPT COMMUNICATION PROCEED OUT OF YOUR MOUTH"

vs. 31 "LET ALL BITTERNESS AND WRATH AND ANGER AND EVIL SPEAKING BE PUT AWAY FROM YOU, WITH ALL MALICE"

When the Spirit sees the lack of love in the midst of Christians, it grieves Him. The gifts and the power of the church is sapped.

Galatians 5:22

"THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT IS LOVE..."

If the Spirit brings a harvest of love, He Himself must be love. The word "love" is the Greek word, "agape." This word refers to a strong, tender compassionate devotion, recognizing the spiritual worth of even the most unlovely of personalities. If the Spirit is to bring this into our lives when He dwells within, how can we deny this kind of love and expect Him to be there to let power flow through us.

Romans 15:30

"THE LOVE OF THE SPIRIT"

The Holy Spirit engenders us with a personal love, a love pure in content. Paul, in the context of Romans 15:30, recognized the need of prayer and power to come upon him while on the way to Jerusalem. So, by "the love of the Spirit", Paul requests prayer. Without the love of the Spirit, the prayers would have little power. The presence of the grace of love makes one able to EMERGE in ministry and blessings.

II Corinthians 6:6

"BY KINDNESS, BY THE HOLY SPIRIT, BY LOVE UNFEIGNED..."

Note that the "Spirit" is sandwiched in the verse between "kindness" and "love". Whenever the Spirit is allowed to work, kindness and love flow. When the love grace flows, there will be also joy, peace, longsuffering, etc. They are all ONE fruit, not many. Letting the graces of LOVE to flow from us, to many situations, will bring EMERGENCE into great blessings from the Spirit of God.

I Peter 1:22

"SEEING YE HAVE PURIFIED YOUR SOULS IN OBEYING THE TRUTH THROUGH THE SPIRIT UNTO UNFEIGNED LOVE OF THE BRETHREN, SEE THAT YE LOVE ONE ANOTHER WITH A PURE HEART FERVENTLY."

When your soul is purified into obedience to the Holy Spirit, the result will be true agape love for the brethren. When this happens, the Spirit's power will be able to flow. Then comes EMERGING into great blessings.

Colossians 1:8

"WHO (Epaphras) ALSO DECLARED UNTO US YOUR LOVE IN THE SPIRIT."

Your love is inspired by the Spirit. We become like those with whom we live. Because we dwell with the Spirit daily, and His presence fills us, we should have a great amount of love. In the context of the above verse, Paul says that because of their love, they will be "STRENGTHENED WITH ALL MIGHT..." (verse 11) If love is present, power will be present. If love flows, EMERGENCE into the ministries desired for you by the Lord, will come.

The Holy Spirit is likened unto a dove (Matt. 3:16). The dove is a lovebird. As God spoke out of heaven -"THIS IS MY BELOVED SON...", the love-bird dove descended upon Jesus. The Trinity loves each other. When this Spirit comes upon us, His nature should also come upon us. Jesus began His powerful ministry after the dove descended upon Him. We need the Dove of love upon us.

The Holy Spirit is called the "COMFORTER." (John 14:16) He comforted the early church, and still, yet, comforts us today. Comfort is an outlet of love. If the ministry of the Holy Spirit is to comfort the believers, how can we get grudges, bitterness, anger toward those He is showing love and comfort, and not grieve Him and His power?????

Romans 5:5

"AND HOPE MAKETH NOT ASHAMED, BECAUSE THE LOVE OF GOD IS SHED ABROAD IN OUR HEARTS BY THE HOLY SPIRIT, WHICH IS GIVEN UNTO US."

The Spirit floods our hearts with love. The more He has of us, the more we can exhibit the love of heaven. If we are co-workers with God, then we possess love.

A lawyer may not love his clients.

A doctor may not love his patients.

A merchant may not love his customers.

But God does not want His co-workers to not love others. It is easy to work with God and the Spirit, if you love. When we cease to love another, the Spirit is grieved and the power of the Spirit dissipates. The Spirit is shedding love upon us, as we receive it and let it flow from us, so will His power.

 

II Corinthians 13:14

"THE GRACE OF OUR LORD JESUS, AND THE LOVE OF GOD, AND THE COMMUNION OF THE HOLY SPIRIT BE WITH YOU ALL. AMEN."

Note that it is the "communion" that we are to have with the Spirit. Communion is fellowship. Fellowship is impossible without love. The communion of the Spirit demands love between the brethren, who also are in fellowship with the Spirit. We need to show unmerited favor like Jesus did. There is great power available when we get into harmony with the communion, fellowship that the Spirit operates within the body of believers.

If we are filled with the Spirit, we must be filled with love.

John 13:35

"BY THIS SHALL ALL MEN KNOW THAT YE ARE MY DISCIPLES, IF YE HAVE LOVE ONE TO ANOTHER."

The disciples at one time were anxious for supremacy over each other. Jesus said that greatness came through love for others. This love is to be our trademark. To deny the trademark that Jesus insisted that we have, and then to ask why there is no power in our midst, is foolish. To avoid love, avoids the power. One does not EMERGE into ministry and powerful blessings, if one does not have and exercise love, joy, peace, longsuffering, etc. The graces of the fruit of the Spirit must operate in order to EMERGE.

I Corinthians 14:1

"FOLLOW AFTER CHARITY (love), AND DESIRE SPIRITUAL GIFTS."

If we follow the order of the above verse, we will first "FOLLOW AFTER" the love for the brethren, and then DESIRE spiritual gifts.

To "FOLLOW AFTER" is from the Greek word - diokete. It means "to chase down and pursue." This indicates there should be a great effort made to achieve love.

Then we are told to "DESIRE" the gifts. The word "DESIRE" means "to earnestly want." A lot of people want to EMERGE into power, into ministries, into blessings. Therefore, one must ‘follow after,’ chase down, exercise the grace of LOVE.

Many want to EMERGE into gifts and power of the Spirit, but do not want to demonstrate the love of God. When some don't want to chase down the love that God wants in the body of believers, there is no EMERGENCE. If we seek TO emerge, and do not have love, we become "LIKE SOUNDING BRASS AND A TINKLING CYMBAL." (I Cor.13:1)

Gifts are linked to love in many places in the Scripture. We want gifts. Some have been given a gift many years ago, and haven't seen it operate for years. Some have never seen God use them with gifts. The reason deals with the flow of love. If we learn to unlock the flow of gifts, by using the key of love, we shall have gifts and power in abundance. In the flow of love will come the gifts. In the lack of love, we will find a "FORM OF GODLINESS, BUT DENYING THE POWER THEREOF."

I Corinthians 14:12

"EVEN SO YE, FORASMUCH AS YE ARE ZEALOUS OF SPIRITUAL GIFTS, SEEK THAT YE MAY EXCEL TO THE EDIFYING OF THE CHURCH."

The reason that the Spirit requires love to be flowing before the EMERGENCE into gifts, is that the purpose of the EMERGING is to edify the church. To have the EMERGING in power as we desire, we first must get into harmony with the reason for the gifts of the Spirit.

What is this love, that we must have in order to EMERGE ??

See I Corinthians 13:4-8

"SUFFERS LONG" = patient, will allow others to hurt them without retaliation

"KIND" = love in action, deeds that show love

"ENVIES NOT" = not envious or upset by another's blessings

"VAUNTS NOT ITSELF" = humble, love in hiding

"NOT PUFFED UP" = not stuck on self, not glued to a mirror admiring oneself

"DOES NOT BEHAVE UNSEEMLY" =polite, not rude

"SEEKS NOT HER OWN" =seeks good for others

"NOT EASILY PROVOKED" = good tempered

"THINKS NO EVIL" = not looking for faults in others

"REJOICES NOT IN INIQUITY" = not happy when others fail

"REJOICES IN TRUTH" = not deceitful

"BEARS ALL THINGS" = does not retaliate

"BELIEVES ALL THINGS = trusts

"HOPES ALL THINGS" = has positive goals

"ENDURES ALL THINGS" = works hard, no effort is deemed to great for the other

"NEVER FAILS" = doesn't quit

Peter and John loved enough to stop at the gate of the temple and speak to a lame man. The result was a miracle. They EMERGED into a healing ministry. It grew and grew, until even the ‘shadow of Peter, falling upon the sick brought healing.

Friends lowered a man down through the roof to Jesus, because of their love for the man, and the result was a miracle.

Jesus loved Lazarus and the result was a resurrection from the dead.

Whenever love is poured out, the result is the POWER of the Spirit will flow. There will be EMERGINGS into great ministries, into blessings. If we want miracles, healings, prophecies, words of wisdom, etc., let us chase after the love we need to allow the Spirit to flow with power. If we have grieved the Spirit with a lack of love, let us repent. We can unleash the power of the Spirit to bring EMERGINGS, if we simply let love graces to flow.


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EMERGE

EMPLOY THE GIFTS,

AS YOU EMERGE

 

If you have followed the acrostic steps to ‘emerging’, you will find God is directing already, and you are sensing His moves in your life. There are various kinds of EMERGING that we may have, and probably most will EMERGE in several ways this year.

This next step is to EMPLOY the gifts of the Spirit. With the gifts of the Spirit, our ministries have power, and direction. These lead to miracles, signs and wonders.

The Holy Spirit is still working and He wants to work to EMERGE us into spiritual gifts, into ministries for God’s glory..

1. The Spirit of God draws saints together.

I Corinthians 12:13,27

"...HAVE ALL BEEN MADE TO DRINK INTO ONE SPIRIT...NOW YE ARE THE BODY OF CHRIST, AND MEMBERS IN PARTICULAR..."

2. The Spirit sends and operates the gifts through the saints.

I Corinthians 12:28

"GOD HATH SET SOME IN THE CHURCH, FIRST APOSTLES, SECONDARILY PROPHETS..."

Ephesians 4:8, 11, 12

"WHEN HE ASCENDED UP ON HIGH, HE LED CAPTIVITY CAPTIVE AND GAVE GIFTS UNTO MEN... FOR THE PERFECTING OF THE SAINTS, FOR THE WORK OF THE MINISTRY, FOR THE EDIFYING OF THE BODY OF CHRIST, TILL WE ALL COME INTO THE UNITY OF THE FAITH..."

3. The Spirit also helps in the preaching of the gospel.

I Thessalonians 1:5-6

"FOR OUR GOSPEL CAME NOT UNTO YOU IN WORD ONLY, BUT ALSO IN POWER, AND IN THE HOLY SPIRIT..."

Acts 10:44

"THE HOLY SPIRIT FELL ON THEM THAT HEARD THE WORD."

4. The Spirit also helps by aiding prayers.

Romans 8:26-27

"LIKEWISE THE SPIRIT HELPS OUR INFIRMITIES, FOR WE KNOW NOT WHAT WE SHOULD PRAY..."

Ephesians 6:18

"PRAYING ALWAYS WITH ALL PRAYER AND SUPPLICATION IN THE SPIRIT..."

Jude 20

"BUT YE, BELOVED, BUILDING UP YOURSELVES ON YOUR MOST HOLY FAITH, PRAYING IN THE HOLY SPIRIT..."

5. The Spirit gives gifts of miraculous power to help the saints do the work of the Lord.

I Corinthians 12:4

"NOW THERE ARE VARIETIES OF GIFTS, BUT THE SAME SPIRIT..."

The GIFTS of the Spirit are divine endowments of special power for service in the body of Christ. These gifts will enable us to EMERGE. We need to ‘EMPLOY’ these gifts.

These are God-given abilities, strengths, and divine endowments. They are not natural talents. Natural talents are given of God through genetics. Talents are received at birth. Talents should be dedicated to God for His use. However, the gifts of the Spirit are given of God, independent of the parents. They are received at conversion, or later. They are to be used as God directs. The gifts are not talents already present, that now must be increased. The gifts are not more of what was already present. The gifts of the Spirit are not enhancements. The gifts are not received from schooling or training. The gifts are endowments of the supernatural. They are manifestations of the Spirit as He works through the saint as His vessel.

Four words are used in the Greek to refer to the gifts.

1. Charismata - This refers to them being gifts of God's love and mercy.

( I Pet. 4:10, Rom. 12:6, I Cor. 12:4,9, 28,30,31)

2. Pneumatikos - This emphasizes that they are gifts that proceed from the Holy Spirit.

(I Cor. 14:1)

3. Phanerosis - This word emphasizes that they are a manifestation of the Spirit.

(I Cor. 12:9, II Cor. 4:2)

4. Domata - This word stresses the reality of the gift, rather that the beneficial nature of the gift.

(Lk. 11:13, Eph. 4:8, Mt. 7:11)

These gifts cannot be earned, they are freely given of God to His children. These gifts are a manifestation, a showing forth, a making visible of the power and workings of God. The focus of the exercise of the gifts is not on the Holy Spirit, nor on the person the is operating the gift. The focus of the gifts are to be on the magnifying and glorifying of Jesus Christ.

There are several ways to classify the gifts of the Spirit. Here we will divide them into five classifications.

1. Those that impart the power to know:

word of wisdom

word of knowledge

discernment of spirits

2. Those that impart the power to act supernaturally:

faith

miracles

healings

3. Those that impart the power to speak supernaturally:

prophecy

tongues

interpretation of tongues

4. Those that aid one's own ministry:

pastor-teacher

evangelism

apostleship

exhortation

teaching

5. Those that give help to the ministry of others:

shewing mercy

administration

giving

helps

intercession

Every believer may have one or all, as he covets them and seeks God. You should be expecting to EMLOY many, if not all, of these gifts. They are available, and you are called to use them. As you EMPLOY them, as the Spirit directs you, you will EMERGE into great blessings, as well as be a blessing to others.

These gifts are distributed to every individual believer.

Ephesian 4:7

BUT TO EACH ONE OF US GRACE WAS GIVEN ACCORDING TO THE MEASURE OF CHRIST'S GIFT."

I Cor. 12:7

"BUT TO EACH ONE OF US IS GIVEN THE MANIFESTATION OF THE SPIRIT FOR THE COMMON GOOD."

I Cor. 12:11

"BUT ONE AND SAME SPIRIT WORKS ALL THESE THINGS, DISTRIBUTING TO EACH ONE INDIVIDUALLY JUST AS HE WILLS."

I Peter 4:10

"AS EACH ONE HAS RECEIVED A SPECIAL GIFT, EMPLOY IT IN SERVING ONE ANOTHER, AS GOOD STEWARDS OF THE MANIFOLD GRACE OF GOD."

The purpose of the gifts of the Spirit is to enable us to do the works of Christ. As we EMERGE into ministries, we should be EMPLOYING these gifts. There is no way to EMERGE into great ministry, supernatural ministries, unless we EMPLOY the supernatural gifts from God.

We need to carry on the work that He began. The ministry which we are commanded to do is to be confirmed by the signs and wonders which emanate through the exercise of the gifts. (Mark 16:15-20, Romans 15:18-19, 29)

The fruit of the Spirit was given to us at salvation. We need to continue to develop and harvest these. However, the gifts of the Spirit need to be coveted, and sought. The Spirit has gifts for each of us. Don't feel, as many have, that "I'll take the fruit, others can have the gifts." If Jesus had felt that way, He would have had to tell the sick, blind, etc, - "I love you." Yet, He could do more than that - He could love them by exercising the gifts of healing, and the gift of miracles.

The mission of each child of God is manifold. Yet, for every part of the mission, the gifts of the Spirit are necessary. Our mission is:

1. To glorify God.

2. To edify.

3. To win souls to Jesus.

4. To be a hindrance to Satan.

We need to EMPLOY these gifts, and we can. Ths is part of our EMERGING. We have already begun to EMERGE. The acrostic letters of EMERGE have taught us to:

Evangelize

i.e. speak the good message, not complaining and doubtful words.

Mature’

into the meat of the Word, no longer drinking just milk, and avoiding the spoiled milk of the heresies in the church...

Elect’

Jesus to be King of our lives...

Rejoice’

in the Lord and His grace...

Grow’

in the grace of love...

And now,

we can

Employ’

the gifts of the Lord, completign a cycle into the EMERGENCE that the Lord wants for us.

So, now, let us follow the teaching of the Word of God and heed these passages in the Word.

I Corinthians 12:31

"COVET EARNESTLY THE BEST GIFTS."

I Corinthians 14:1

"DESIRE SPIRITUAL GIFTS."

I Corinthians 14:12

"FORASMUCH AS YE ARE ZEALOUS OF SPIRITUAL GIFTS, SEEK THAT YE MAY EXCEL TO THE EDIFYING OF THE CHURCH."

I Timothy 4:14

"NEGLECT NOT THE GIFT THAT IS IN THEE."

 

Gifts may be abused or misused.

Solomon, while backslidden, used the gift of wisdom and knowledge that God gave him to further his own rebellion. (Eccles. 1:12-18, 2:4-11).

Moses misused his gift of miracles by striking the rock twice, and not once. (Num. 20:7-13, Deut. 3:48-52)

Paul taught one could have gifts, and if they did not have love with the gifts, the gifts would profit nothing.

Paul also corrected many abuses of the gifts in the local churches of his day. (I Cor. 13:1-3, 14:1-40)

Likewise today, there are many abuses of the gifts of the Spirit.

When you discover your gifts, they will serve as a signpost in your life. They will show you the main direction that God wants to use you. The Spirit chose to give you those gifts to equip you for your God-given ministry. Your gifts will enable you to be in harmony with God's will for you.

When you know your gifts, you will be able to set priorities in your life. If your gift is evangelism, you may tend to avoid administrative positions, so you may be available to evangelize. Too often in the churches, people with one gift are given a job that requires a different gift.

How do we discover our gift?

1. Start with prayer. Ask God to direct you to the proper gifts. (Philippians 4:6-7)

2. Study the various gifts. Know what they are, and define each gift and its importance.

3. Which gift do you desire the most? It is all right to aspire to a particular gift. All desire for spiritual gifts comes from God. So the gift you desire the most, is probably the one God wants you most to have.

4. Confirmation will come by the exercise of the gift in your life. Look for the workings of God. Ask someone with the gift that you desire to lay hands on you and pray for you to receive the gift for which you've prayed.

5. Blessings will follow the exercise to your gifts.

I Cor. 12:7

"BUT THE MANIFESTATION OF THE SPIRIT IS GIVEN TO EVERY MAN TO PROFIT WITHAL."

The main "profit" this year, will be an EMERGENCE into ministries, blessings, etc. The purpose of the gifts is to edify, bless, and build up. Remember to thank the Lord for these gifts. Then also remember to ask for more gifts. Don't ever be satisfied with what you have. Paul had many gifts. God is no respecter of persons. So we may ask for many also. The more gifts we have, the more useful we may be for God.


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The 'emerge' should be beginning

in your life, if you follow the message

of the letters...  these should happen any

year one would follow that path...

but

this year, the Lord has a plan to

emerge many of us  into ministries,

into blessings, out of despair,

out of depression, out of apathy,

into faith, into power...

etc...

 

more to come...


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