iChurch4Life @ The House of His Glory

Sunday, June 3, 2018

IT'S NO WONDER!













It's no wonder our teens are shooting in their High Schools, what with...
  • the video games they play
  • the movies they watch
  • the shows on TV
  • and the reports on the news
But then again "we" make them and then "we" give them permission.

And it's no wonder our children are depressed and committing suicide, what with...
  • dysfunctional, destructive families
  • limited options for successful employment
  • bullying and hatred
  • and access to ALL kinds of guns
But then again "we" teach them through our actions and the way we treat others.

It's no wonder that our children struggle in their sexuality, what with...
  • sexually explicit commercials; movies, video games and TV shows
  • exposure to gender and orientation confusion displayed in all the above
  • political and public leaders sexually harassing and abusing women  
  • music and YouTube videos that debase, demoralize and expose them to porn
But then again "we" create; promote and vote them into their worlds.

And it's no wonder that "Millenials" and younger don't trust or respect us, what with...
  • our cops who kill minority youth
  • the president who promotes political racism
  • a government that does not support the needy and under-privileged
  • and a higher educational system that financially rapes their students
But then again... "WE" go through it all just the same as they do.

Maybe it's time we stop wondering what to do or if there's anything that can be done and instead, be a wonder.

The wonder of creation is that God loves variety! And there are a variety of Christians in the world.  We cannot and should not be the same as one another and do not have to be the same to be unified in our beliefs. And so, with

  • Christians of every political party...
  • Christians of every ethnicity...
  • Christians of every denomination...
  • Christians of every economic status
  • And Christians of every AGE...
"WE" can be a wonder, together.
 
It's time to stop wondering and be a wonder.  It's time to be The Church.  

It's time to be that chosen generation; a royal priesthood; a peculiar people; a holy nation; One in Christ Jesus.

It's time to stop wondering about the world and be a wonder in the world.

It's no wonder Jesus hasn't come back yet... The Church still has so much work to do.


Let's get to work ya'll - 
~Pastor D
 

Friday, May 11, 2018

MORE

Do you find yourself wanting more from life?

Do you ever feel guilty for wanting more because scripture says to be content?

And then do you feel bad about feeling guilty because guilt is not of God?

Only then to remember that what is of God are His promises of abundance?

That's when you're back to square one - wanting more.


Your cycle repeats at "square one," but it ends with square One.

John 17:3
"I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me." 

Yes, Jesus is in us and we are in Him. But we have not been made perfect in His Oneness.  How do I know? 

  • Is Jesus in perfect health? 
  • Does Jesus walk in perfect relationship with the Father?
  • Does Jesus walk in perfect relationship with all of us?
  • Does Jesus walk in perfect provision and prosperity?
  • Does Jesus walk in perfect love?
  • Does Jesus walk in perfect authority?
  • Does Jesus walk in perfect power?
  • Does Jesus walk in perfect wisdom and understanding?
 And yet, He is in us and we are in Him and He desires that we be made perfect in Him.  He desires that we walk in His Divine perfection - the perfection of our salvation:
  1. Deliverance
  2. Healing
  3. Protection
  4. Long Life
  5. Abundant Life 
  6. Eternal Life
  7. Whole life - nothing missing; broken or lacking.
 That's what the perfection of salvation offers each of us.  And that is the very definition of the words "saved" and "salvation."

Are you walking in the fullness of your salvation? Deliverance? Healing? Safety? Long life and divine health; abundance and prosperity; peace of mind and contentment?

No?  Do you want more?

The more you want for your life is the "more" Jesus has provided for you through your salvation!

Yes, you want more - you are supposed to want more.  And you are supposed to be living with more; walking in more and DOING more so that your life will be a witness of how much Jesus loves you and will love anyone who comes to Him.

Love doesn't withhold.  Love isn't stingy.  Love doesn't let you hurt.  Love will not let you wallow in sickness.  Love doesn't tolerate strife.

God, who is Love wants His best for YOU!  He wants you to want more so that He can give you more.  And it is the enemy who makes you feel guilty so that you will not receive what God has for you.

There is more waiting just for you.  Receive more through Jesus... today.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Jesus... Healer. Still.













1 John 3:8
"He that commits sin is of the devil; for the devil sinned from the beginning.  For this purpose the Son of God was manifested that He might destroy the works of the devil." 

Do you think Jesus ever did anything that was NOT  according to His purpose?  Do you believe that everything He did on Earth was a fulfillment of His purpose?

Yes? Well then...
  • healing fulfilled His purpose
  • deliverance fulfilled His purpose
  • preaching the Kingdom fulfilled it 
  • prospering the poor fulfilled it
  • performing miracles fulfilled it
  • forgiving sins fulfilled it
  • and going to the cross fulfilled His purpose here in the Earth
 If healing destroyed the works of the devil, then sickness is a work of the devil - got it?

But why then did Jesus have to come to Earth in order to destroy the works of the devil? If Jesus is God, He could have sat in His cozy seat in the Throne Room of heaven, looked down from above and zapped that serpent any time and every time that thief messed with one of His own.  He could have just let that devil have the ones who belonged to Him according to 1 John 3:8

If Jesus is God (and He is), why couldn't He have just stayed in His heavenly realm to do His divine works?

Well, because - the ability to subdue the works of the enemy was given to mankind - to humanity - through Adam and Eve:

Genesis 1:28
"And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth."

Mankind had the power to subdue the enemy.  So, the enemy came in and lied to Eve and convinced Adam to disobey and give him the power we should be walking in!
(Genesis 3:14-15)


And so, in order to legally destroy the works of the devil, Jesus became exactly like you and me, and stepped into the power Adam was supposed to walk in, in order to show us what we should be doing and how to do it.

Jesus was manifested in the Earth to destroy the works of satan in the Earth.  Then He said when I go, through my Spirit in you, take over for me and continue my work!

John 14:12
"Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believes on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father."

The enemy has 3 specific works in the Earth: to kill, to steal and to destroy. (John 10:10) And that thief is quite content to continue stealing your power, money, joy and health and to destroy your life with poverty, strife and sickness in the hopes of killing you down dead in your grave! 

The devil wants you dead by any means available!

And, he doesn't necessarily care if you're a sinner and stay alive - he'd rather kill you dead as a believer in Christ, so that you never figure out the power you have over him!

Yes, the scriptures say that the devil knows his time is short, therefore if he can take as many people to hell and keep them in eternal damnation, then great, he gets some numbers - souls - that won't be with their Father in Heaven.

Why does that thrill the devil?  Becase he hates God and knows how much God loves YOU!

But more so, the devil's work is in the Earth.  The devil's throne is in the Earth.  The kingdoms of this world belong to him - he is the "prince of this world"

John 12:31 and John 14:30 talk about the devil being the "prince of this world."  And Ephesians 2:2 says, "Wherein in time past you walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now works in the children of disobedience."

And in Matthew 4:8-9, satan took Jesus to a high mountain and showed Him the kingdoms of the world.  Kings have kingdoms.  Satan said worship me and I'll give them to you.  Satan could say that because he did have power, dominion and jurisdiction over those kingdoms.
  • God gave it to Adam and Even
  • They gave it to satan
But Jesus came to get it all back for the "sons of Adam."  Jesus came that we might have life and life more abundantly (John 10:10).  Jesus came to destroy the devil's work and to show us how to do the same.

  1. Jesus came and healed all who had a need because he wants us healed 
  2. Jesus wants us living in the forgiven, abundance of long life
  3. So that in living our life we can continue to work the works of the Lord and destroy the works of the devil here in the Earth, just as Jesus intended!
Jesus is our Healer.  Still.  Your healing destroys the works of the devil.  So, make the devil madder than all get out - receive your healing today!

Praying your power, love and peace!
~Pastor D

 

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Be Ye Perfect













Our spirit is born perfect when we are born again; born from above; born in the Spirit.

Our spirit is perfect because our heavenly Father is perfect and we were created in His image and in His likeness.

God is a Spirit. And, because we were created in His image and in His likeness we are a spirit.  We ARE a spirit; we HAVE a soul and we live IN a body.

Before we are born again; before our spirit is re-born, our spirit is dead and we live, very nearly from birth as body and soul.  But our soul is imperfect, dead and corruptible; tainted by and with sin.

Our soul is used to being in charge - run by and controlled by our mind, will, emotion, intellect and reason.  And this is how we still eat from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil today - when we live our lives by our own reasoning, intellect and will.

But when we are born again our soul is forgiven of ALL sin.  Our spirit comes alive and, being fed by the Word, we begin a process of cleaning the soul.  But, like a child, our soul rebels against being cleaned! Our soul wants to remain in charge!

This is the battle we face everyday between our carnal man and our new born spirit man.

But is is possible to live by our spirit - to humble our souls, placing them in utter subjection to our spirits. This is how we can be perfect even as our Father in Heaven is perfect.

Matthew 5:48
"Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect."

It is possible - with much effort, decision, prayer and the Word - to cleanse our souls so that our mind, will and emotions are not just subdued and subjected into submission, but that our souls are transformed and renewed by our spirit through the Word of Truth and the Spirit of God.

This is how we walk in the Spirit as Children of Light.  This is how we do as Jesus did and greater shall we do! This is how we are as Jesus is in this world: perfect even as our Heavenly Father is - in His image and in His likeness!

Praying your power love & peace ya'll!
~Pastor D

Saturday, February 3, 2018

ARE WE BEING JUDGED?

...Preachers say we are.
...Scholars say we are.
...Theologians say we are. 

And, doesn't it sometimes feel like we are?

They say America is being judged.
They say the Church is being judged.
And they say that God is bringing down judgement on us when we see:
  • Fires
  • Tornadoes
  • Hurricanes
  • Earthquakes
  • Snow Storms
  • And Terrorism
 And, they say that we're being judged because of:
  • Israel
  • Abortion
  • Immigration
  • Homosexuality
  • And political unrighteousness
And... I know it feels like it sometimes, but, whenever I hear about how we're being judged, I wonder... are we really?

There are some pretty big names; some really respected leaders who say that we are being judged, but... I wonder - I mean I really, really wonder - are we being judged?

Psalm 102:13
"You shall arise, and have mercy upon Zion: for the time to favor her, yea, the set time, is come."

As I was studying for several sermons on grace, favor and mercy, this verse kept coming up.  And, one thing Theologians and scholars do agree on is that "Zion" is generally a prophetic reference to the Church today.  

And the truth is, God really does have mercy for the Church today. His mercies are new each morning! 

Most of us who have been in church for any length of time know this verse... so do the scholars! But those same scholars might also define mercy as "not receiving [the bad] that you do deserve."  And conversely, grace is when you do receive [the good] that you don't deserve."

Hebrews 4:16
"Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need."

So, if God is giving us His mercy, and  He wants us to come boldly before Him to receive mercy, that means we, as individuals and as the body of Christ, are NOT receiving or going to receive the bad that we do deserve!

Yes, there is A LOT of bad in the world! The list above is accurate, devastating and sad. But that list above is a result of the sin in this world - not punishment for our sin! The bad things that happen in the world are the consequences of living in a world with a bad, bad devil who only comes to kill, steal and destroy! (John 10:10)

But Jesus has come that we might have life! How? Through is mercy and grace!

No, we are NOT being judged! God cannot and will not judge us and punish us when He's offering us His mercy! 

And thank God His mercies are new everyday! 


Power, love & Peace, ya'll!
~Pastor D

Sunday, January 7, 2018

A NEW YOU...













"I am changing... I am changing..."

These words that Jennifer Hudson sings in a very powerful and moving song from the movie "Dream Girls" come to my mind when I think of the Church.

And, it's not just the words that make me think of the Church, but the timing in which she sings them in the movie is also significant to the season the Church is in right now. 

When Jennifer's character sang that song, it was the moment you realized that she may not actually handle her current circumstances they way she always had.  Oh, you hadn't seen her change, and at the time, none of us knew how significant her change would really be, but she was indeed - changing.

The words of the song were her definitive changing point.  Visually, she could have gone back to being the same old person, reacting the same way, and none of the viewing audience would have connected with or even paid attention to how poignant the song really was.

In that same manner... THE CHURCH IS CHANGING

And unless we, the Believers and Christians who are members of individual churches begin to move away from being the "same old people" who "react the same old way," no one will see that we - that YOU - are a significant part of that change.

But... THE CHURCH IS CHANGING

And all month long, this January of 2018, you will see pictures of "baby feet" in all the church and sermon graphics.  The church is in a newness of life and development, that, like a newborn baby, must be nurtured, cherished, loved and raised up.

We can treat this newborn baby like one that is received with expectation and excitement by loving parents; or we can treat it like a surprise that was not the direction you were intending to go, but gladly and willingly readjust to, accept and prepare for.

But... I fear this change in the Church might be largely neglected like a newborn baby left on the Fire Station steps.  

A  Fire Station is a place designed to react and respond to emergencies.  Will you be a part of a Church that leaves the precious new life (the new life of the Church) that God has given to us on the door step of someone else that you think is "more equipped" to handle it?  

Will you leave and abandon the decision of a new life God has given to you to nurture; love; embrace and develop in YOUR house; in YOUR life and by YOUR own abilities; to a system someone else deems appropriate?

THE CHURCH IS CHANGING!

And in it's most simplistic definition of the word: the Church is a "called out body of Believers" - not a building; organization; service or denomination.

YOU ARE THE CHURCH!

Are you changing the way you "do" church?"

In the 2018 Prophetic Consecration Service for The House of His Glory, God reveals the changes and the direction He desires for the Church in 2018 and going forward.  The Word is intended for anyone who listens (not just members). The word is for anyone who has an ear to hear.  

The word is for the Church body as a whole... the word is for you as an individual.

Will you watch?  Will you listen? Will you hear?  Will you believe?  Will you receive?

Will you step into more of God's power; purpose; prosperity; Grace and Glory?

Will you walk in the newness of the "baby feet" He has for your life and change with the Church... as the Church and through the glory of the Lord for the Church?

I am.

I AM CHANGING.

~Pastor D

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

THE ISLAND OF LIFE













If Christianity was like an island of life... (and it is)

... some would find it a rocky, difficult thing to get to, with no reason to try.
... some might struggle, thinking they would drown in the waters around it and go back.

But all of us who make it to salvation and know, Christianity is an island of life - we are separate unto ourselves; living in the world under a different classification of life.

That's what "consecrated" means.  That's what "holy" means.  We are separated unto God.

But...

... some dangle with their feet in the water, struggling to stay on firm ground.
... some look back with longing, remembering life as being better on the shifting sand.
... and some look ahead with determination to climb the mountain of their lifestyle.

In doing so, they are meeting the requirements of their Christianity in a variety of ways:
  •  They go to church (maybe, sometimes or diligently)
  •  They give to their church (maybe, sometimes or faithfully)
  •  They try to remember to say grace before each meal (except at restaurants)
  •  They try to be kind, loving, compassionate and a good friend
  •  And they try to remove themselves from those who aren't (maybe)
  •  They try to remove sin from their lives - like lying, drinking, smoking, etc.
  •  They try to forgive others of their wrongs (maybe... sometimes)
  •  They try to be a good person... and trust their pastor to teach them how (kind of)
  •  And they pray to ask God to help them with their problems (kind of)
  •  They trust that God is sovereign, in control and on His Throne
  •  They trust that God knows their hearts and their needs
  •  They trust that all that happens, good or bad, is all in God's plan
  •  They hope God hears their prayers
  •  They hope God answers their prayers
  •  They hope God loves them and has forgiven them
  •  They know they're still a sinner and will still sin, and hope God still forgives them 
  •  They know that troubles will come and tomorrow is not promised
  •  But they hope they do enough to make it to Heaven to be with Jesus one day
  •  And they hope they don't commit the unforgiveable sin and God changes His mind
This is the mountain of Christianity that most Christians climb everyday. 
They call it "life."

But look at the picture at the top of this post once again...

Do you see the light that is shining within? 

That's the light of Christ living within you.
  • Does your light shine?
  • Does your light warm you?
  • Does your light protect you?
  • Does your light comfort you?
  • Does your light fill you?
  • Does your light provide a beacon of hope for others?
  • Does your light provide a beacon of direction for others?
  • Does your light burn HOT with the fire of the Holy Ghost?
That light is the light of Christ living within you.
  • You don't have to climb any part of the mountain to get to it by doing that list.
  • You don't have to be worthy of it to get to it. 
  • You won't lose access to it... the door to it is always open.
  • You won't lose access to it... it's always there and it's yours forever.
  • You won't have to fight to keep it.
  • You don't have to doubt it.
  • You can trust it.
That light is the light of Christ living within you.
That light is the righteousness of God that He's given you through Christ.

That light has all you'll ever need for "island living."
  • It has provision
  • It has protection
  • It has deliverance from the waters that will drown you
  • It has deliverance from the storms that will destroy you
  • It has deliverance from the predators that will attack you
  • It has refuge from the rocky, difficult places
  • It has stability from the sinking sands surrounding you
  • It has healing, prosperity and provides peace of mind
  • It gives you purpose
  • It gives you power
  • It gives you authority
  • It gives you control 
  • It gives you wisdom
  • It gives you all you need to live a life in Christ
That light is the light of Christ living within you.
That light is the Kingdom of God inside you...

Luke 17:20-21 "And when he [Jesus] was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God comes not with observation: Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you."

The light of your island life in Christ is within you. So...

... just stop climbing.  Just stop trying.
... just receive the light and all that comes with it.
... just receive the Kingdom of God.

Living IN the light of the island of your Christianity means...
  •  You ARE the church
  •  You give to God to help build the church
  •  You live in Grace, under Grace and with favor, not under the law
  •  You are kind, loving, compassionate and a friend of the Lord
  •  And you pray for those who aren't
  •  You know you are dead to sin, forgiven of sin and no longer tempted by sin
  •  And you forgive others of their sins
  •  You know God has nothing but good for you and trust your pastor to teach you
  •  And you pray to ask God to help you in all things because He promised He would
  •  You know God is sovereign and on His Throne, but that He's given you dominion
  •  You trust God with all your heart and know He supplies your needs
  •  You trust that all that happens, good or bad, will work together for your good
  •  You know God hears your prayers simply because He loves you
  •  You know God answers your prayers simply because He hears them
  •  You know God loves you and has forgiven you once and for all
  •  You know you've been saved from sin and that the devil is the source of it all
  •  You know troubles will come but that no weapon formed against you will prosper
  •  You know you have the power to bring Heaven to Earth
  •  You know you'll make it to Heaven to be with Jesus one day 
  •  But you hope your loved ones will accept Jesus and join you there too
  •  And you hope the world learns the truth and change their minds about God
 And you know you don't have to work for any of it. So, don't try to do it by your own effort or your own understanding. "Lean not unto your own understanding..."

... just lean on the love of the Lord and enter in to the light of God's love for you.  
It's the light of Christ within you.


Power, love & peace, ya'll - 
~Pastor D