Thursday, December 6, 2018

50 Years of Faithfulness


On December 5, I turned 50. Thank you, Jesus! God has been faithful all these years. 

- 42 years ago (age 8) I decided to be a preacher. 
- 40 years ago (age 10) I gave my life to Jesus. 
- 38 years ago (age 12) I preached my first message. 
- 29 years ago (age 21) I graduated from Bible College and was ordained to preach the Gospel. 

And throughout all this time, GOD has been faithful. 
Faithfulness should be reciprocal. 

Yes, the Bible does say, "If we are unfaithful, he remains faithful..." (2 Timothy 2:13, NLT.) This is so wonderfully assuring - that God will remain faithful, even when we are not always as diligent in our faithfulness as we should. 

However, we must also be faithful to our loving Lord, as He is faithful to us. Imagine the joy when the Lord says to us, "Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord" (Matthew 25:23, KJV.) 

Even if you and I accomplish very little in this world, but it can be said of us, by the Lord himself, that we were faithful! It would be the greatest reward from the Lord imaginable. 

I don't know how many years I have left in this world. As a kid, I could have died in a freak shooting accident. And who knows how many times I brushed death's door, but escaped unscathed. 3 1/2 years ago I had a heart attack, but I am still here - more healthy and in shape than I was even back in my late 30s. But whatever years the Lord will give me, I want to serve Him faithfully! 

We should not become discouraged. I have been discouraged many times, but the Lord was always there to help me up.

I would like to say a little something about my dad, Tony. Dad went to be with the Lord this year. He was 75 and married to Mom for 50 years. November 25 was the first anniversary he wasn't with Mom. And December 12 will be his first birthday without us.

One thing I cherish about my dad is that he always had a positive attitude, even when disappointed. I remember when we were drilling for water on his farmette in South Africa. We were hoping to hit one of the hot mineral springs. But after several thousand South African dollars (i.e. "Rands,") we had to let it go - there was not going to be success. 

(Here is a picture of my dad and I. I love it!) 

My heart sunk for my dad. I felt so sorry for him. But he seemed fine. When I told him how I felt for him, he said something like, "No, no, no! You don't have to feel that way. Sometimes we win, sometimes we lose, but life goes on, and we just do our best!" (That was not the exact words, because I can't remember exactly how he put it. But I do remember it was something like that, and I remember the positive attitude in which he spoke it.)

Such an attitude still speaks to me today. I thank the Lord for this thing in my dad, because it encourages me to do the same.

People depend on you and I, to be strong and faithful.

This is my point. People depend on us more than we realize! If we are down in the dumps and negative, not only does such an attitude drag us down, but it's a drag on those who see us like this. 

Yes, at times we may become despondent and discouraged - we are all human. But we should pick ourselves back up from the floor and keep running with the Lord. He will direct our paths, because He is right there with us! 

Be strong in the Lord. Not only for your sake, but also for those around you. It will bear fruit for many generations.

Be encouraged! 

I hope I have encouraged you today. Let's continue to serve the Lord fervently, and be an inspiration to all those God brings into our lives. And let us remain faithful... 

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Effectual Fervent Prayer

In my book, "Praying and Proclaiming God's Abundant Provision," I also write about the power of effectual fervent prayer.  

To pray the Scriptures specifically related to prosperity and God’s abundant provision, our first prayer is about the power of the effectual fervent prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father, your Word says that the effectual, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much (James 5:16, ULKJV,) that the prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective (NIV,) and can accomplish much (NASB.) Your Word says that prayers offered by those who have God's approval are effective (ISV,) and exert a mighty influence (WNT.) Very strong is a working supplication of a righteous man (YLT.)

God, I am not righteous by my own righteousness. Your Word teaches that there is none righteous, no, not one (Romans 3:10, ULKJV,) for we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags (Isaiah 64:6, ULKJV.) 

But in Christ Jesus am found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith (Philippians 3:9, ULKJV.) 

I am not righteous in my own righteousness, but I have righteousness by the blood of your Son, Jesus Christ (Romans 5:9, BBE.) It is not by my effort at righteousness but by the righteousness that you grant that I pray the effectual fervent prayers that avail much. 

Having therefore, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus (Hebrews 10:19, ULKJV,) I approach you this day in the Name of Jesus (John 14:13 & 16:26.) 
In Jesus’ Name, Amen

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Monday, October 29, 2018

Christ in You - Being One with God

Being one with God

In this post: When we become filled with God, we begin to view the world from the perspective of God-filled beings. We begin to see that challenges of life are small and finite compared to God. And this Almighty God dwells within us. We consider ourselves no more hindered by the restrictions of this life because nothing is impossible for the Almighty God who dwells within us. 

One of greatest and supreme truths of Christianity is that, because of the glorious bodily incarnation of God in the Person of Jesus Christ, and by our faith in his life, death, and resurrection, it has now become possible that God himself may dwell within the believer. 
That God may dwell within mere human beings is no small matter. The God-filled believer possesses the incredible ability to operate in the supernatural. We can engage in astonishing activities that are not common for normal man. 

The God-filled believer lives his or her life with a sense of greatness because the Greater One dwells within us. 

We look like humans do. We talk like humans do. We act like humans do and even though we are indeed human, we are God-filled humans. This God-within consciousness may cause us to experience supernatural encounters and engage in paranormal, supernatural activity. 

We possess natural bodies, which we have surrendered to God. Yet we do not live according to the fleshly, carnal nature. Though it is possible to still succumb to it in areas of our lives that are not yet fully surrendered to God, we daily and progressively continue to dominate this fleshly, carnal nature by the power of God. If we live in the Spirit, we do not yield to the carnal and sinful desires of the flesh. 

We live in a natural world, but we operate in it with a spiritual dominion that causes us to live above the hindrances and restraints of the natural. We eat, drink, and sleep well; but sickness, lack and defeat are not our portion.

We live in dominion over sickness and disease, for God dwells within our physical bodies also. We administer healing to others, for the influence of God flows from us to give them healing and liberty. 
We are not subject to emotional illnesses such as depression, anger, anxiety, and fear, because the nature of Christ has become part of our emotions. 
Our minds are filled with the mind of Christ and our thought patterns reflect the way God would have thought, had he been in our situations. 

We weather financial trials or other challenges in our families and lives, for God in us commands the storms and holds power over life. Christ lives within us and we cannot live by the limitations of unregenerate humanity any longer. 

We relate to others as God would have related to them. We bring healing, victory, and hope to others because this is what God in us offers them. In full surrender and complete subjection to our Father, we think like God, feel his emotions, speak, and act like him and so represent the Almighty God in the earth. We possess a supernatural sense of love and compassion for humanity, for God loves them through us. We are fused in union with him, that we may represent him here on earth. 

Our greatest joy is the bliss of loving God through worship and praise in the same sweetness of Spirit that Jesus Christ enjoyed with the Father during his earthly abode. 

We are ever conscious of his glorious incarnation: That he was the Word made flesh. And we are consumed with that most glorious act of his love when he died on a cross to bring about forgiveness from our sin, reconciliation, and union with God. And we are thrilled by his glorious bodily resurrection. His resurrection stirs our soul, for he conquered death and hell and infused the redeemed with his resurrection life and power. 

He ascended to heaven and is seated at the right hand of God, the right hand of power. He poured out his Spirit into the early believers — our ancestors in the Lord, and he pours his Spirit into us in modern times. 

We look forward with great anticipation to the literal return of the Son of God, and to our eternal abode with him. We long to be with the One we have not seen, yet we love. But until then we relish that sweet communion that is encountered in our relationship with his Spirit. 

God dwells in us by the Spirit of Jesus Christ. We are fused and blended in union with him — Christ in us, the Hope of Glory. Our glorious hope is that we will be completely transformed into the image and nature of Christ in us, and manifest him outwardly. 

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Monday, October 22, 2018

Praying Abundance - Dedication

I dedicate this book to my wife and best friend Heidi, who it the greatest woman of faith in God’s provision I know. Honey, God truly handpicked you for me. Our journey of faith has been an exciting one, and God has always provided in all our needs, even when we did not know where it would come from next. 

And to my children – Anthony, Rebekah, Timothy and Trey: As ministers’ kids you have learnt to live the life of faith in God’s provision. You have seen the Lord supply in all our need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19.) And kids, God will always provide for you – just keep on trusting Him and you will see God intervene for you in supernatural ways.

And to those many wonderful friends and supporters of our ministry – you have believed in us and in what we do. You have supported us with your sacrificial giving. We are indebted to you, our friends. With your support we have pulled off some big things for the kingdom of God. You remind me of our Lord’s own supporters:

“Soon afterward Jesus began a tour of the nearby towns and villages, preaching and announcing the Good News about the kingdom of God. He took his twelve disciples with him, along with … many others who were contributing from their own resources to support Jesus and his disciples” (Luke 8:1-3, NLT.)
And finally to my Lord and Savior, the King of kings and Lord of lords – who loved me and gave Himself for me (Galatians 2:20, ULKJV.) You are Jehovah Jireh – the LORD my Provider (Genesis 22:14.) You have given me the desires of my heart (Psalm 37:4.)

Praying and Proclaiming God's Abundant Provision Prayer Book - Effectual Fervent Prayers and Proclamations of Faith for God’s Abundant Provision (FULL SIZE BOOK) 

Thursday, October 11, 2018

The Chrystal River of Life - the Holy Spirit

The "Crystal River of Life" in the Book of Revelation is none other than the Holy Spirit! Joel Hitchcock compares Scripture with Scripture and contends that the Holy Spirit River will give you life! 

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"Young Fire - End Time Youth Revivalists for the Great Awakening" 

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Monday, October 8, 2018

The Ascension of Jesus

Joel Hitchcock preaches on Christ's glorious ascension:
After his death and resurrection, the One and Only God-Man - JESUS CHRIST ASCENDED and is seated at the Right Hand of God - holding all power and authority on his glorious throne. YOU have a Friend in High Places - the Highest Place - the throne of God! Whatever your situation, GOD IS THERE FOR YOU! 

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Friday, October 5, 2018

Holy Spirit, teach us about Christ within

From Joel Hitchcock's book, "Christ in You:"

First, let’s pray that the Holy Spirit will be our teacher. Pray these words with all sincerity:

“God, I pray that you illuminate my mind by the power of your Spirit and by the power of your Word, that I may understand the wonder of my union with you. 

That I will progressively come to understand that Christ dwells within me. That I will develop a consciousness that I am filled with God by Christ in me. That I’m filled with Christ and that he flows through me, today and every day. 

I am filled with God; that I am fused with you. My nature is altered by yours; I am blended with Christ. By the Spirit of God’s Son in me, I enjoy that same sweet intimacy with the Father as Jesus did. I love and worship my Father from this awareness.

Holy Spirit, teach me more about Jesus. Make God real to me. I open my mind and my heart, even my very flesh and my entire being, to the influence of your Holy Spirit.

My glorious hope is that Christ will be revealed in me in fullness and completion — Christ in me, the hope of glory.

In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.”

This prayer is taken from  Joel Hitchcock's book, "Christ in You," and is available on Amazon. Click here to order your copy today! 

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