Time of Leadership

11/19/2014

In April of this year I received a visitation and a word that I was not allowed to speak but to a few.   Within that word was a confirmation of what is being released already in the earth much to the chagrin that are opposed the working of Jesus Christ in this earth.

It is without doubt that Christianity has come under intense persecution throughout the world especially in places where Islam holds power.   We see the constant beheading of Christians in Iraq and in Syria by Muslim Jihadists.   We even see workers now in Tulsa Oklahoma the mecca of the Faith Movement where Oral Roberts University is located being behead by a knife wielding assailant shouting Muslim slogans.   In New Jersey we saw on the local news of two Coptic Christians kidnapped and beheaded as well as their hands cut off by an Egyptian Muslim.

In Nigeria we see Christian villages being destroyed and the women or girls kidnapped and sold as sex slaves or made to convert to Islam and to be a wife to a Muslim.

In England a British soldier was brutally murdered with a meat cleaver in the hands of a Muslim who then stopped to explain to someone with a cell phone camera why as a Muslim he had to do it.

In the USA the title Christian is almost looked upon as a foul word with a description of “hatred” attached by those that hate Christianity.  They go out of their way to offend or to take offense in an effort to destroy Christianity in this nation.    Ironically those that claim that Tolerance is needed are most often the ones that seem to have zero tolerance of anything that doesn’t agree with them.

Hatred, anger and intimidation through threats of violence, or lawsuits are designed to minimize and eliminate anything that is remotely associated with Jesus Christ or Christianity.  But Jesus told us that the world would hate us because it hated him first.  Darkness is merely the absence of light and the forces of the dark side are moving heaven and earth to extinguish the light of Christ.

LEADERSHIP

Anyone with eyes to see and ears to hear knows what is coming, what is indeed already afoot.  You would have to be completely incapacitated not to see and understand what is happening.  As this time increases and darkness seems to be gaining a foothold understand that darkness is in itself a shadow or an absence of light and leadership.  But God has already thought of this, already planned for it and already put those in place to deal with the encroachment.

In April of this year I was informed by visitation that Father God would begin to release power and authority to those that He is raising up in leadership for this time.  Those that walk in the administration of leadership like Moses would begin to see the authority and abilities that Moses had manifest in their own lives.   Those that walk in the office of prophet like Elijah would also see an increase in their power and authority in their lives as well.

I shared this visitation with certain individuals within ministry and evangelism and they indeed had already begun to notice the increase within their own ministries.  God is setting up the next level of leaders for what is here and still coming.

Leadership is now needed and it needs to be seen in those of spiritual maturity walking in spiritual authority without pride and without the desire for self promotion.   These leaders are and will be convicted in their hearts and minds of the grace and righteousness of Jesus in their own lives.  They will stand in the coming days and be a force of reckoning just like Moses and Elijah and there are many of them that have been called just for this time and just for this purpose.  The most powerful will be those that know God, love God, have relationship and fellowship with God as stated in the book of Daniel 11:32  And such as do wickedly against the covenant shall he corrupt by flatteries: but the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits.  

The above scripture reminds me of the woman that stood in the National Cathedral during the Muslim only prayer and declared that Jesus Christ was the Son of God and the only way to the Father.      Here was a woman in a personal situation of difficulty that God used to bring forth a message that caught national attention.  God called, she Answered!  This is Leadership!

If God has called you out and matured you and given you the ability and the unction of either Moses or Elijah take heart, take hope, take charge and stand tall professing the word of the Lord.  By decreeing through your mouth the word of the Lord you will alter landscapes, atmospheres and powers.   For God told the Israelites in Numbers 14:28  Say unto them, As truly as I live, saith the Lord, as ye have spoken in mine ears, so will I do to you.

Its time for God’s leaders to stand up for the truth and speak the words in the ears of the people and the people to speak the words into the ear of God.  By so doing you will see the move of God like you have never seen before.  This is not the time to shrink back but to stand firm, to lead.

TIME

This is the time, the place and the season.   God has set all in order for his people, his sons and daughters to stand in the gap. To declare, to decree and to do so in the proper context to alter the course of not only nations but the atmosphere.    There is no better time than now.  There is no other time than now.  God is releasing his power and his glory in this time and it will build as the days ahead come this way.  If it’s wrong then stand against it.  If it’s right then stand in agreement.    Do all things according to the word of God for he set the times and the seasons.

LIGHT

Remember this; darkness is dispelled by light and the action of light.  Understand your authority to speak out against lies, deceptions, fraud, deceit and the works of the enemy. Declare that light shall penetrate the darkness.  That things done in the dark shall be exposed to the light.  Call for exposure, for justice and for proper judgment.  Command it into the atmosphere and see it happen. Your words have power and what you speak you set in motion, good, bad, or indifferent whether it’ in your personal life, your family and by extension your city and nation.

Remember, God is releasing his power to those He has called for this time.  It has already begun.

 

Joseph.

 

 

 

Clarifying The Prophecy Club Interview

Clarification of Earthquake Prophecy on The Prophecy Club   11/19/2014

In the early fall of 2011 a number of recognized prophets received warning of a coming massive earthquake and tsunami to hit the NW coast of the United States.   I was one of 4 that I know of that was being shown this event spiritually and we were unaware of what was being shown to each other outside of our own visions and words.  None of us communicated with the other or read the words received of the others.

I personally had received the word earlier in the spring of 2011 and had seen the vison in front of several individuals.  It was a profound vision during a 4 hour visit with an elder brother in the Lord who was well known in many circles throughout the North Western states.

We had been sharing our identical visions of a network and project that had been indelibly imprinted on our hearts for times ahead.   I had received a blueprint and instructions in 2006 that this elderly man had received in the 1970’s.  He was getting up in years and new that the Lord was sending someone to carry on.  This brother passed away shortly after his 82 birthday and our identical visions of our call have not come to fruition as of yet.

In any case it was during our sharing and visiting that I was shown what was to come in the fall of that year. One minute we were talking and getting ready to part ways when while we were standing there I just went somewhere and saw burnt charred stumps around the place where I was in this vision.  I saw trees darkened with soot, the landscape was a charred mess and the fires went on for miles and burned with intensity.  I was even shown on a map where those fires would burn to.

After the vision of a 3 state set of fires I was then shown an upheaval of the NW coast from Northern California clear up to Vancouver Island.  At the time I was unaware that what I saw corresponded with the Juan De Fuca plate and the earthquake geologists were waiting on.  During the vision I witnessed the partial destruction of Seattle Washington and the complete destruction of Portland Oregon.

I also witnessed in this vision the crumbling and turning upside down due to a plate under thrust of biblical proportion.  It was frightening to see it for the ground itself was tossed up in the air and turned upside down.

I saw the death of several hundred thousand people, disruption of everything for miles.  Then following that disturbing sight I saw a coming wall of water, a tsunami of epic proportions that came inland much like what happened with the Japanese earthquake that destroyed a good portion of the Japanese coast.  (I also saw that happen 4 days in advance and was warning of it ahead of time)

THE PROPHECY CLUB

Later that summer I was visiting with a friend on a phone call about the vision of the earthquake and fire to hit the NW when he had a call come in that he had to take, it was a missionary friend in Romania so he hung up with me and took the call.

Later my friend called back and asked me if I was sitting down.  His missionary friend was calling to warn him of a massive earthquake and tsunami that was going to hit Washington and Oregon in the same time frame I was shown.  Apparently the whole Romanian congregation was shown it by the Spirit of God in an open vision during a prayer session and it was so alarming and so profound that the Missionary called my friend to warn him to leave the state on a certain series of days to avoid the calamity.

That was confirmation!  Within days of that phone call I received a call from Stan Johnson of the Prophecy Club, I had never met the man or talked with him before and he had to explain to me who he was.   Someone had mentioned me to him and that I had been accurate on everything so far to that time.

In short Stan Johnson wanted me to come on his show and tell what God had shown me.  I declined.  I wasn’t interested in doing a radio or television broadcast on the subject.  Stan insisted and called me back several times.  I finally asked for him to give me three days to pray about it as to whether I was supposed to say anything or not.  At the end of three days I was told to do the show so I did.

As a result of that show and then the later prophecies by two or three other well-known charismatic prophets and ministers it created quite a stir.  On a side note, to my knowledge no one else prophesied of the fires, just the earthquake.

At the significance of several getting the same vision to occur in the same time frame a call for intercessional prayer went out.  One well known intercession ministry went so far as to move their entire ministry from Louisiana to Seattle Washington to intercede for the NW and to try and move God to stop it.

This one ministry alone had over 700 people show up from all over the world for a week of fasting and prayer to stop the earthquake from happening.

In visiting with a couple of other ministry friends we estimated that just in the NW alone there were about four to five thousand people all together gathered in different groups praying against the earthquakes.

In my own conviction I was sure that nothing would stop it from happening and even went so far as to tell the Louisiana ministry they wouldn’t succeed in stopping it.

I believe that due to the outpouring of prayers and intercession the earthquakes didn’t come during the time we were all shown.  As a result we were excoriated as prophets, called false, denigrated, condemned, talk of stoning us was tossed around.  To some we were called deceived, pathetic and the list is long of all the degrading epithets.

I personally had good friends turn their backs on me and shun me for months and others still to this day.  My name became a foul word in the mouths of many that received healing, accurate prophecy, and intervention on their behalf that changed their lives.  How quickly they forgot all of that as they not only ran away but joined in abuse against us.

But they all failed to see one thing.   The earthquakes didn’t come but the fires did and they burned to exactly where the Lord had shown and had been prophesied.

You see, no one had prayed against the fires, probably because I was the only one saying they were coming as well.  I had assumed that the fires were the result of the earthquakes but in fact the fires were a separate occurrence and they were extensive just as shown.

Regardless of anything else the fires proved the word was correct, the vision was accurate but no one wanted to look at that.  They didn’t realize that their prayers had actually turned away the destruction that was coming in the way of earthquake and tsunami; however they failed to pray against the fires because I was the only one proclaiming them.  Four of us had proclaimed the earthquakes, only one had mentioned the fires.

For my own part I was so shocked that the earthquakes didn’t happen that I pulled a Jonah and stepped away from all aspects of ministry.  I had never not had what I saw happen.  I was stunned.  Even though the fires proved the accuracy of the word the earthquakes didn’t happen and to me that was as if I had been betrayed by the Lord himself.

The enemy moved in on me and began to make me doubt myself and then combined with all the condemnation from all corners did a number on me.

I learned a valuable lesson from that.  I had developed some pride in my accuracy.  I had been shown and predicted the Chilean Earthquake and posted a word of it coming in 4 days and that it would shorten the days which NASA confirmed after the earthquake.

I won’t go into all the prophecy of dormant volcanos erupting during specific time frames of just 2 weeks and other events accurately prophesied years and months sometimes days in advance.

It has been a hard walk to come back from that one but lessons were learned, pride was stripped off and slowly but surely self-doubt has been and is being dealt with even on a daily basis.

It has always been my desire to see the Lord lifted up and glorified.  Ironically I had fallen into wanting to be recognized and accepted on a bigger level.

For one thing we need to be thankful for what God has done in our own lives and understand that Judgment is the Lords and not ours to wield as a club against what we may look down upon.

God wants all to be saved, it is not his will that the wicked perish but that they turn from their wicked ways and be saved.  At times things do occur to wake people up, to bring them to a place of recognition of the presence of God and his desire for them to come to him.

God is not running around looking for who he can destroy but quite the opposite he is working to save.

For my part I hope to be forgiven by those that hold me in contempt and I hope to continue to forgive those that have accused and tried to harm us.  I know why and at one time I was of the same mind set.

May God continue to forgive us, have mercy on us and save us.

 

 

 

Dig Your Ditches

Dig Your Ditches

Joseph Jamison March 5, 2014

The first 7 months of this year are an open door to everything you have been given to accomplish.  No matter where you might be in the status of a commission or ministry or business or activity this is the open door to accomplish it.   Start right where you are right now.

Many of us have a seed planted in our hearts or minds toward what we feel we should do, whether it’s a humanitarian project, a Kingdom project, a business, or a goal and we may have put it on hold until we feel we have enough funding, or enough support or enough of this or that before we can do anymore than just think about it.    Start with what you have and move forward with it.   If you haven’t put a plan forth start with that.  If you have a plan and limited funds start there.   Don’t borrow money to start but start with what you have and God will move forward on your behalf.  The longer you put things off for this reason or that reason the less you will get accomplished.

A couple years ago I gave a word to someone about dig your ditches and God will fill them.  It was in reference to the story of Jehoshaphat King of Judah and Jehoram the son Ahab who was King of Israel in an allegiance along with the King of Edom against Moab who had rebelled against paying tribute to Israel after Ahab’s death.  These 3 kings found themselves in a valley with no water for them, their army or their animals.  Jehoshaphat called for a prophet and Elisha came and declared to them that because of Jehoshaphat he would seek the lord for them and their quest.  God told them through the prophet Elisha to “Make this valley full of ditches”.  In the process they neither saw wind nor rain but in the morning the ditches were full of water for the men and beasts.  2 Kings 3:16-18  And God sanctioned their actions against Moab and provided for them even though they would not physically see how it would be done. In fact, God actually used the water in the ditches to look like blood and to draw in the Moabites and make them easy to overcome.

This is the season we are in.  So many of us can’t seem to see how God will help or supply us but if we put our hand to what we have been given and step out even in the smallest way in faith God will meet us there and supply us with what is needed to fulfill what we have been given.

The three main characters in this biblical story are Jehoram, Jehoshaphat, and Elisha.  They are the only characters in this story that are named and these names are very significant in their meanings so lets take a look at how this works out.

The King of Israel. The King of Judah.  The Prophet Elisha.     We need to look at what all these names imply by their order of recognition within the Hebrew story.

Israel:  God Prevails

Jehoram: Jehovah Is Exalted

Judah: Praise or Praised  ( as in God is praised or Praise God)

Jehoshaphat:  Jehovah Has Judged

Elisha: God Is Salvation

In essence we can read these names to imply the following in our own actions:   “God prevails in every situation and when we exalt Him and praise Him and seek Him, He will judge our situation, our circumstances and our requests and be our salvation.”

Remember that the Kings sought out a prophet to “seek” the counsel of the Lord and in doing so they not only got wise counsel and instruction from the Lord they prevailed and God moved on their behalf.  This means we are to seek God personally for we have direct contact with the Lord and no longer need a prophet to hear from or to interact with God as we can come boldly to the Throne of Grace.

So, if God has planted a seed in your heart for ministry, business, Kingdom projects or anything in any way, seek Him on it, praise Him for it, Exalt Him above everything else in your life and he will easily judge and bring you salvation and success in your quest.

This is the time to grab hold of it and see it through.   The first 7 months of this year are crucial in that it is an open door to success if you will push through what may seem like impossibility to success.  Don’t wait for another day, another year or another window, act on what you have been given wisely and diligently and see how God moves on your behalf.

Blessings on you.

 

 

 

 

Release Is Here

January 5, 2014

Joseph Jamison

Within a matter of just a few days there will be a release and breakthrough for thousands of those that have been patiently waiting on the Lord in prayer, in faith and in confidence.

Those that will see this “suddenly” are those that have been setting their sights on things above and not below.  Col 3:2 Set your affection on things above, not on thing on the earth.  v3 For ye are dead and your life is hid with Christ in God.

God is releasing ministries, businesses, projects and people from the restraint that so many have been feeling.  Those that have been patient even in the times when it felt like they were chained to an anchor unable to move forward, that chain is going to be released after the 7th of January 2014.  Wait for that open door.

As everyone knows that have planned and put forward effort the “suddenly” is not really sudden at all, it is a culmination of work, prayer and patience that wins the day.  This is not for those looking to satisfy the flesh or worldly pursuits.  It’s not for those even in ministry that are looking at building a name for themselves or for building a large organization for fame and for conquest.  The Lord is not going to share His Glory with those looking for Glory and Recognition.

This release is for those that have a call for these times; the ones that have been hidden, unappreciated, and unknown.  They are the Moses and Elijah types, the Joseph’s, the John the Baptists, those that God has had hidden until an appointed time.  This is the time and the Release is Here.

Blessings.

 

A Word For the Day

December 29, 2013  Joseph Jamison

Folks, we are walking into a time of great challenge. I urge, no, I beg of you each and every one, take the time to seek Jesus and everything of God.

There will be many that have great success in the middle of chaos in 2014 but also there are going to be monumental events that will usher in a change the likes of which only a few of us have seen and it will take a great deal of personal conviction and faith to walk through the next few years. There will be great reward and great suffering alike. Some will endure, others will give up and take the easy way that will lead to destruction.

To my friends that haven’t really wanted anything to do with church or Christianity I implore you, it doesn’t matter what the church looks like or acts like, all can be obtuse at times, please seek a relationship with Jesus. Ask him to make himself known to you, ask to interact with him, to learn about him and be like him. He is not weak, He is not impossible to reach, and He is real.

I fear for many and I am reminded that I need to be more diligent and less concerned with life in general because we are at the threshold that many have seen to be way off when in fact it is right now upon us. Please, seek the Lord while he yet can be found. He came and died for each of us, accepting him washes you clean and guarantees a place of peace at our passing. Heaven is real, Jesus, the Father, The Holy Spirit is real and it doesn’t have to look like what might turn you off. Relationship is far more than the actions of individuals separately or in a corporate setting.

Time is short. No time to lose in making yourself available to Yeshua. Those who know me personally know that I am mostly a serious no nonsense kind of guy that speaks my mind and tells you exactly what I see, come hell or high water. What you see is what you get. I’m telling you now, don’t think things are going to continue as always, they aren’t. Please get Right with God, PLEASE, you are going to need him in every way shortly.

 

 

Word For 2014

 

November 22, 2013

Published on FB Dec 24, 2013

 

 

2014 Something This Way Comes.

For several weeks now I have been receiving distinct implications that after the first week of January, specifically after the 7th, (I had a word for a friend that also hinged on the 7th) things are going to start rapidly changing. A wave of emotions across the world is in fact beginning to rise and it’s a harmony of a majority of people which are coming together unknown to each other.

There are those that don’t want to see this wave that turns a tide against them and their purposes and plans and they are in bewilderment at how this could even happen and they will fight it with extreme hatred and vileness but they will not prevail.

I am always in awe of how God shows what is going on to many. I was seeing, (as a seer) a gateway opening after the 7th of January so I decided to look up the meanings of the names of the months as they are all based on Roman gods and numerals and emperors, (August being named after Roman Caesar Augustus).
January (in Latin, Ianuarius) is named after Janus, the god of the doorway; the name has its beginnings in Roman mythology, coming from the Latin word for door (ianua) since January is the door to the year. Wikipedia

Back in 2008 I was given a time line of 7 years and many of you that were on my FB back then saw that time line. 2013 was the year of rebellion and other things and 2014 was to be the year of Martyrdom, but no more details than that were given at the time on 2014 through 2016. . However morbid or scary that may sound I have been given a profound amount of peace in the last 6 weeks concerning everything going on in this nation and abroad. I am not discounting the murder, torture and rape of 10s of thousands of Christians in the middle east or Africa they indeed are martyrs and I pray for them but I know, according to scripture that many things have to come to pass before Jesus returns.
Rev 6:9
And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held:
Rev 6:10
And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?
Rev 6:11
And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellow servants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled.

The last portion speaks directly to the fact that more servants and brethren in the Lord must be killed before Jesus returns. However, let me be clear on some things;

1.       I do believe that even in the midst of these actions God is going to make sure that many are able to stand and proclaim in power the testimony of Jesus.

2.       That those that love the Lord and are willing to stand in defiance of the enemy in enacting laws that remove, mock, defy God as being over this nation we will be victorious. For we were founded as a Christian nation with Christian principles and laws for liberty and the “pursuit” of happiness. Had the country continued down the honorable path as lain out by William Penn we would not have seen the atrocities committed against the Indians, the blacks, or the minorities within our borders that were and are committed by those filled with greed and a lust for power and fortune.

I want to come back to January and this year of 2014 looming just a few days off. God has already started a stirring, HE is already moving in a way I had not anticipated in 2008 for I had seen all the destruction and chaos that was to come but there is a light now and after seeing what was to happen in advance of Hurricane Sandy and Father saying that He was going to purge this house, this nation in whatever way He needed because the so called “Elite” were going to know that He is God and no other!  (see the Hurricane Sandy Vision)

So he lately has been showing me a gate that is opening in January, a gate that opens to a brightness of light and power that will transcend the darkness, the misery, the despair and the plans of the “Elite” the plans of the enemy. Things are going to begin to turn around for all of us and for this nation. An awakening has already begun months ago but it is gathering strength and numbers as more and more Stand and Pray not in complacency but in strength and determination and in authority given by the Holy Spirit.

The plans of those against God will become unraveled, their forward progress will crumble. As a result the enemy will push hard in an attempt to continue but it will overplay and in the chaos and destruction they will find themselves on the receiving end. God is done with the way things have been going. He has already begun to move, the tide is turning.

Those who have been crying unto God, your prayers, your requests which have seemed to be lost on deaf ears, will come to pass and quickly for time is really getting short and all the things you have been seeking to accomplish God is going to accelerate starting early this January and increase as the year proceeds.

Those that have been waiting for what seems like forever will all of a sudden find themselves on a fast track. Ministry that has struggled will be like a stretched rubber band that has been suddenly released. Those whose lives have seemed mired in the mud shall find themselves on a clear and simple road without obstruction.  The way ahead will seem like an empty road built for speed.    Others whose lives have been littered with failed attempts and destroyed or delayed dreams and plans will all of a sudden find things begin to move in their favor.   Business deals will come through where before it was stymied.

I don’t want to call this a shift or a shaking as much as it is a different move over the whole earth.  Like a giant that was asleep and is now awake and standing up.  This giant is slowly getting his bearings on what is going on, sleep is being removed from his eyes and a cognizance is forming and a change in direction is happening.  This is best way I can describe what I see.

There have been numerous groups of intercessors, churches, prayer warriors, mothers, fathers and children spending time on their knees praying and seeking and standing in the gap.  All of that effort is now showing fruit that will continue to grow as the momentum builds.  The more that pray and the more we pray the more we will see.

Since the Hurricane Sandy Vision I have had two confirmations come that indicate God is moving to “pluck out” the wickedness that has saturated our country and the world.   I am speaking primarily about the USA and Israel for that is the real-estate I get the most for.

Let me be clear, there will be chaos and some destruction coming but it will not be blanket judgment.  Judgment is for correction not destruction and those that are perpetrating changes to the fabric of this nation which was founded on Judeo/Christian values will find themselves in deeper waters of trouble than they have ever seen.   While this is going on, the people that are of God Almighty will see their lives being changed in dramatic ways for the good of most and for some there will be hardship as God is moving to transform lives individually and collectively.

For God to move on the behalf of his Church transformation has to come.  We as individuals need to come to a greater understanding of “who” we are and “what” we are before Christ.   For those that have been enduring trials and tests and holding faithful they will see a clear road ahead, blessings, abundance, increase and more powerful Kingdom abilities.   For those that have been just treading water without any conviction, passion or forward momentum they will be drawn into life changing events to set them in place to receive what they have been put here to accomplish.

It’s time to get ready for life changing events personally and nationalistically.    Seek God with a new zeal and watch it bloom into accomplishments in every way.   The door is open, the light is bright and as we walk into this next adventure and the closer we are to God the better we will be at living the life abundant.

Weather patterns will begin to really seem strange come summer of 2014, scorching heat will not be uncommon and unusual storms will increase.  Don’t be foolish, prepare for some crisis but do not over play that hand.  Have something set back to tide you over in case of natural events.  God is always about “Seed, Time and Harvest”  meaning that if you have something He can multiply it, so make sure you have something to multiply and when doing so you will be able to supply others without worry of running out.  

A big money change is coming quickly.  Banking is about to change, world currency is about to change.  Don’t go overboard on purchasing gold or silver or other currencies.  Wait a little while for God will inform you as to what direction to take.   

The enemy is going headlong into a war on Christians around the world and he is overplaying his hand right now which is exactly what needs to be done for us as a body of believers to stand up and pray accordingly.   Big changes are coming but those that know their Lord shall do exploits.   Dan 11:32.

During this Christmas Season we wish you all a blessed time with family and friends and that after January 7th,  2014 you will be among those that see a radical change for the better in your life.   Let us all be prepared for what lies ahead!

 

Blessings on you all.

The Heart of Treasure, A Christmas Message

 

The Heart of Treasure

A Christmas, New Year’s Message

By Jerry W. Thurston

 

Text: Proverbs 4:23 ESV “Keep your heart with all diligence, for from it flow the springs of life.” Luke 2:19 “But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart.”

Intro: There are many reasons, seen and unseen, why God chose Mary to be the mother of Jesus. Her heart was a treasure chest storing the many things that God said and God did into her heart, pondering them (polishing them as agates).

I.                  Treasure Gathering:

1.     Luke 1:26 She treasured a visit from the angel Gabriel.

2.     1:28, 30 She treasured that the Lord saw her as ‘highly favored.’

3.     1:24, 35 She treasured the Gabriel’s gentle explanation.

4.     1:36 She treasured that God gave her a godly relative who was also experiencing the supernatural to walk with her.

5.     1:37 She treasured the angel’s declaration, “For nothing will be impossible with God.”

6.     1:38 She treasured the opportunity to say yes to God and to bring forth the promised Messiah.

II.               The treasure box opens.

Luke 1:40-44 An anointed greeting that released the Holy Spirit to fill both Elizabeth and baby John in her womb.

 

III.           Another gem:

7.     1:45 She treasured the prophetic blessing of Elizabeth to her for believing and receiving God’s plan for her.

 

IV.           The treasure box opens: The Magnificent

a)    1:46, 47 Worship “My soul magnifies the Lord.”

b)    1:48 Humble gratefulness “For he has looked on the humble estate of his servant.”

c)     1:48 Prophetic insight into the impact of this event “For behold from now on all generations will call me blessed.” Thankful

d)    1:49 Declaration of the might and holiness of God to her. “For he who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is his name.”

e)     1:50-55 An exposition of God’s character and dealings with Mary. Shown strength, scattered the proud, brought down the mighty, exalted the humble, filled the hungry with good things, the rich he sent away empty, helped his servant Israel in remembrance of his mercy as he spoke to our fathers – to Abraham and his offspring forever.

 

Note: Read the prophetic prayer of Hannah in 1 Sam. 2:1-16 Her declarations are the same as Mary’s.

 

V.               Treasure gathering:

8.     Luke 2: 1-7 She treasured the grace for the journey and for God’s provision of a stable (where lambs are born.)

9.      2:8-19 She treasured the marvelous words of the shepherds as confirmation and divine appreciation.

10.                         2:21-38 She treasured the love and blessing of 2 elderly saints at Jesus’ ‘presentation to the Lord.’

11.                         2:48-50 She treasured the words of Jesus age 12 even though she didn’t understand them (no negative reaction.)

 

Conclusion: Luke 2:51 “And he (Jesus) went down with them and came to Nazareth and was submissive to them and HIS MOTHER TREASURED UP ALL THESE THINGS IN HER HEART.

Note: John 2:1 Wedding at Cana of Galilee, Mary was there and opens her treasure box. vs.5 “Do whatever he tells you.” This was the point of release of Jesus’ ministry. Acts 1:14 Mary opens her treasure chest to receive and to give.

 

 

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God and His Remnant

 

God and His Remnant

By Jerry W Thurston

Text: Psalm 4:3 ‘But know that the Lord has set the godly apart for himself’

Ephesians 1:12 ‘so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory.

 

Intro: God’s purposes and nature are constant and unchanging.

          Matt. 3:6 ‘For I the Lord do not change.’

          The way he manifests himself is subject to creative change.

Isaiah 43:18-19 ‘Remember not the former things, nor consider the things    of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing.’

God’s purity and holiness demand (require) purity in the lives he uses. The Remnant Principle – God is more concerned about the quality of character in those he uses than he is about the quantity of people who are in his perfect plan.

 

3 sets of illustrations of God processing and purifying a remnant:

 

I. General Biblical Illustrations

A.   Noah and his family – used of God and preserved. Gen. 6:8-9 ‘But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord… Noah was a righteous man, blameless in his generation. Noah walked with God.’

 

B.   Joshua and Caleb – 2 spies out of 12 gave a good faith report. Num. 14:30 ‘not one shall come into the land where I swore that I would make you dwell, except Caleb the son of Jephunneh and Joshua the son of Nun.’

 

C.   Jesus’ 12 core disciples. John 6 – loaves and fishes, manna, or true bread (Christ himself). vs. 66 ‘After this many of his disciples turned back and no longer walked with him.’

 

II. The Old Testament – God’s search for a faithful remnant.

 

A.  Set aside all the firstborn males (of Israel) for me Ex. 13:2

B.  Set aside all the tribe of Levi Num. 3:11-13

C.  Ezekiel 40:45 ‘And he said to me, This chamber that faces south is for the priests who have charge of the temple, and the chamber that faces north is for the priests who have charge of the altar. These are the sons of Zadok who alone among the sons of Levi may come near to the Lord to minister to him.’

Read: Ezekiel 44:10-23 vs. 15 ‘But the Levitical priests, the sons of Zadok, who kept the charge of my sanctuary when the people of Israel went astray from me, shall come near to me to minister to me.

 

 

III. Jesus’ teaching on a remnant

 

A.  Luke 13:23-24 / Matt. 7:13 ‘Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.’

Jesus is clearly teaching that only a remnant will enter and be saved.

B.  Matt. 24:9-10 ‘Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and put you to death, and you will be hated by all nations for my name sake. And then many will fall away and betray one another and hate one another.’

The pressure of great persecution will cause many to fall away.

C.  Matt. 24:12 ‘And because lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold. But the one who endures to the end will be saved.’

The climate of a godless society will quench many believers spiritual fire.

 

 

Conclusion: God’s purpose in persecution and hardship is to fully process,

prepare and purify a remnant for himself.

 

Daniel 11:33 ‘And the wise among the people shall make many understand, though for some days they shall stumble by sword and flame, by captivity and plunder.’ vs. 35 ‘and some of the wise shall stumble, so that they may be refined, purified, and made white, until the time of the end, for it still awaits the appointed time.’

Jude vs. 20-21 ‘But you, beloved, building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life.’

 

God evaluates ministry not by the scope or influence but by the nature of those involved.

Come Up Here

 

Come Up Here

By Jerry W. Thurston

 

Text: John 14:1-4 ESU “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God;believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. And you know the way to where I am going.”

Introduction: In Jesus’ upper room message he said:

1.      John 13:33 “Where I am going you cannot come.” (physically)

2.      John 13:36 “Where I am going you cannot follow me now.” (physically)

                                                                          i.      “But you will follow afterward.” (spiritually)

                                                                       ii.      This is the afterward season for all seeking disciples!!!

3.      John 14:1-2 “I go to prepare a place for you.” He is speaking of the rooms and realms of the heavenly life. This is not speaking of eternity’s by-and-by, but where he is!

4.      John 14:3 Promise – “I will come again and take you to myself that where I am you may be also.”

5.      John 17:24 Jesus’ prayer to the Father, “Father I desire that they also whom you have given me” (you and I are included) “may be with me where I am, to see my glory that you have given me.”

 

Where is Jesus now? He wants us with him.

What steps did he take to get there? He wants us to experience each step and stage of spiritual development.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I. JESUS’ CRUCIFICTION – The crucified Life

A.   The Biblical Challenge Gal. 2:20 ‘I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. And the life that I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.’

Romans 6 2‘Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? Vs.6 We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. Vs.11 So you must also consider yourself dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.’

Col. 3 Vs.3 ‘For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God. Vs.5 Put to death what is earthly in you.’

 

NOTE: There can be no resurrection without crucifixion. Sin and selfishness must continually be applied to the cross so that resurrection life can be released and maintained.

 

B.    The Biblical pattern (of Jesus’ death). Matt. 27: 50-53 ‘And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice and yielded up his spirit. And behold the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. And the earth shook, and the rocks were split. The tombs also were opened and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised, and coming out of the tombs after his resurrection they went into the holy city and appeared to many.’

At Jesus’ death the tombs were opened (applies to us). At Jesus’ resurrection, the saints were released to go and reveal themselves.

 

II. JESUS’ RESURECTION – The resurrected life.

 

A.   Characteristics:

1.      Romans 14: 17-18 ‘ For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking but of righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. 18 Whoever thus serves Christ is acceptable to God and approved by men.’

2.      Colossians 3:1-2 ‘If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.’

 

 

 

B.   Entering into the 7 dynamic changes that took place at Jesus’ death.

1.     New High Priest – Jesus becomes the High Priest (Caiaphas lost his job)

2.     New ministry team – all believers (a kingdom of priests) no longer tribe of Levi.

3.     New habitation for God – temple becomes another building, God inhabits people, the alar is our heart

4.     New time of sacrifice – No longer limited to 9AM and 3PM but continually (any time and all the time) Heb. 13:15

5.     New requirement of sacrifice – must be living – Rom.12:1

6.     New covenant enacted – Heb. 13:20 ‘ Now may the God of peace who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant,’ Heb. 9:11-12

NOTE: Jesus’ blood on the cross signed the eternal covenant which supercedes all others.

7.      The tabernacle in heaven also had a dramatic shift. Heb. 9:1-4 ‘Behind the second curtain was a second section called the Most Holy Place, having the golden altar of incense and the ark of the covenant’ This is a dramatic key shift from Exodus 40:26 ‘ He put the golden altar in the tent of meeting before the veil,’ Jesus’ death move the altar of incense with is a picture of prayer, praise, and worship, next to the Ark (through the veil)

NOTE: The importance of prayer – worship is being right next to the manifested glory of God. This is an invitation by God the Father to the holiest of holies through prayer and worship. Rev. 5:8, 8:3-4 ‘And when he had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each holding a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints.’ ‘ And another angel came and stood at the altar with a golden censer, and he was given much incense to offer with the prayers of all the saints on the golden altar before the throne,and the smoke of the incense, with the prayers of the saints, rose before God from the hand of the angel.’

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

III. JESUS’ ASCENSION – Calls us to be with him in an ascended life

 

A.   Remember Jesus’ words in John 14 and 17 “I go to prepare a place for you… I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.” “ Father, I desire that they also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am”

B.   Eph. 2:6 ‘ and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus’

C.   Many intercessors, including myself, have learned that taking the time to wait upon the Lord, worship him intimately, and then entering into prayer and intercession is much more effective than just launching missiles through the atmosphere into the second heavens where demonic forces are operating.

D.   The ascended walk releases us to ‘pray without ceasing’ 1 Thes. 3:17, ‘Pray in the Holy Spirit’ Jude vs. 20, Holy spirit intercession Romans 8:26, and throne room worship Rev. 4:7, 11

E.   Jesus’ call to us is Rev. 4:1 – “COME UP HERE”

 

 

Conclusion: Let us move onward and upward in him Heb. 6:1

The picture of 30-60-100 fold needs to be discerned here.

1John 2:12-14 Children – young men – fathers

Crucifixion – Resurrection – Ascension

 

 

 

How Jesus Reveals Himself

How Jesus Reveals Himself

By Jerry W. Thurston

Text: John 4: 4-43 ESV

INTRO: A divine encounter. The truths we are sharing are far beyond the evangelistic message this text is noted for. These are the issues God wants every seeker and ever mature believer to focus on: the steps to the revelation of the Christ.

I.4 And he had to pass through Samaria. 5 So he came to a town of Samaria called Sychar, near the field that Jacob had given to his son Joseph. 6 Jacob’s well was there; so Jesus, wearied as he was from his journey, was sitting beside the well. It was about the sixth hour.

7 A woman from Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give me a drink.” 8 (For his disciples had gone away into the city to buy food.) 9 The Samaritan woman said to him, “How is it that you, a Jew, ask for a drink from me, a woman of Samaria?” (For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.) 10 Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.” 11 The woman said to him, “Sir, you have nothing to draw water with, and the well is deep. Where do you get that living water? 12 Are you greater than our father Jacob? He gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did his sons and his livestock.” 13 Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” 15 The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water, so that I will not be thirsty or have to come here to draw water.” ’

A. The woman experienced the gracious PRESENCE of Jesus and believed his PROMISE to her.

1.      Jesus broke 3 barriers to speak with this Samaritan woman.

·        Jews did not speak to Samaritans

·        Men did not speak openly to women

·        Godly Jews did not speak to recognized sinners

2.      Jesus identified with the woman’s human needs by declaring his thirst as well as sitting down resting. Matt. 19:28 “I thirst.”

B. She believed his PROMISE even though it was totally unreasonable from a human view.

 

C. ISSUE – Application:

1.      Are you drinking from the water of life that Jesus is currently offering you? Or are you living on memories of past encounters?

2.      Can you trust Jesus now to do what he says he wants to do for you even though you don’t see the where with all for it to happen? This woman did!!

II. She experienced Jesus’ power.

‘Jesus said to her, “Go, call your husband, and come here.” 17 The woman answered him, “I have no husband.” Jesus said to her, “You are right in saying, ‘I have no husband’; 18 for you have had five husbands, and the one you now have is not your husband. What you have said is true.” ’

A. By a word of knowledge Jesus lays the woman open from top to bottom. Note: Without any condemnation!! Purpose: to make her aware of his divine POWER and to release what was in her.

B. The woman did not deny or make excuses for herself – no resistance. ‘19 The woman said to him, “Sir, I perceive you are a prophet.” ’ (good perception!)

C. Big issue with power application. How do you and I respond when God lays us wide open (motives, track record, etc.) and we feel naked, exposed and vulnerable? Psalms 16 “Behold you desire truth in the inward being.”

D. Her deepest heart cry spilled out like a gusher!!       WORSHIP      In spite of her past failures, wrong choices, hardships and tainted reputation, being a worshiper was her deepest cry. ‘20 “Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, but you say that in Jerusalem is the place where people ought to worship.” ’

ISSUE: What is your deepest hearts cry???

III. Jesus lays out his PURPOSE and PLAN for worshippers: ‘21 Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe me, the hour is coming when neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the Father. 22 You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews. 23 But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him. (PROMISE!) 24 God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.” ’

A. Jesus said there are ignorant, knowledgeable, and true worshippers… the same is true today!

B. True worship requires sincerity and intensity or focus by our spirit.

C. 5 Areas of our life: WALK, WORK, WORSHIP, WARFARE, WITNESS…                              and only one is eternal – WORSHIP!!

 

IV. The revelation of Jesus as Person:  25 The woman said to him, “I know that Messiah is coming (he who is called Christ). When he comes, he will tell us all things.” ’

A. She believed God’s promise and was seeking the Messiah. She believed that the Messiah would put the pieces of the puzzle together.

ISSUE: Do you believe that Jesus can and will do this?

B. The woman had responded properly to each issue without stopping to camp on one for her fulfillment.  26 Jesus said to her, “I who speak to you am he.” ’ The path leads to the person of Jesus and never leaves him!

C. The encounter was not over. She had experienced the PERSON of Jesus the Christ. ‘28 So the woman left her water jar (she now had living water) and went away into town and said to the people, 29 “Come, see a man who told me all that I ever did. Can this be the Christ?” 30 They went out of the town and were coming to him. 42 They said to the woman, “It is no longer because of what you said that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this is indeed the Savior of the world.” ’

 

CONCLUSION:

           Why did the revelation of Jesus as Person come last? Are you and I willing to be satisfied with his Presence, Promise, Power, Purpose or Plans? Or is our hearts cry to know Jesus’ Person and consistently glorify him?

Hebrews 2:8,9 ‘…we do not yet see everything in subjection to him. But we see him’ (Jesus)

Hebrews 12:2  ‘looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith’