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It Is Finished.

 

For 51 years I’ve celebrated Easter in some way shape or form, I’ve considered deeply the pain Christ went though for me, I’ve thought long and hard about why God sent his son, I’ve piled guilt on myself blaming Christ’s suffering on my failures, I’ve thought about how the disciples felt as he laid in that tomb silent, wondering if they had really understood if Jesus was the Christ, but I believe through all this we have missed something pivotal about what happened through the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ… He won, and through his victory we win and have access to the spoils of his victory, he walked out of a tomb alive and breathing. Some of us need to get a good look at what the victory on the cross looks like and live and love radically in that celebration daily, the world needs followers who operate in victory worse than they need a theology…. hell has lost, they’re on the run. We can rest in Jesus’s victory today.

“Therefore David ran and stood over the Philistine, took his sword and drew it out of its sheath and killed him, and cut off his head with it. And when the Philistines saw that their champion was dead, they fled. Now the men of Israel and Judah arose and shouted, and pursued the Philistines as far as the entrance of the valley and to the gates of Ekron. And the wounded of the Philistines fell along the road to Shaaraim, even as far as Gath and Ekron. Then the children of Israel returned from chasing the Philistines, and they plundered their tents. And David took the head of the Philistine and brought it to Jerusalem, but he put his armor in his tent.”
‭‭I Samuel‬ ‭17:51-54‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Kingdom Family

 

Hello my name is Stacy Fannon, this is a plant I put into a coffee cup to represent the thing I wanted to plant and grow this coming year in my life, Yahweh had already given me a word on what this was supposed to be a few days back before I even knew I was gonna be doing this, previously we wrote on a paper and physically burned all the things that we were gonna leave behind forever and I had also gotten a word about this as well. These are the kinds of things we do at our tribe meetings,

(an inner system that was designed and implemented by our pastor Mattie Montgomery) his intent was to knit the community together and it has worked, we pray with each other, we edify, encourage and build each other up, we talk about the sermon that was preached the previous week, we have become lifelong friends even in diversity.

I wanted to share about a work Yahweh has done in my heart this year…I like many teenagers sought Identity and I found it some what in a group of people called (metal heads) I grew up in the 80’s there were preps, rednecks, country, hip hop and metal heads and I landed with the metal crew but really I felt like I never fit in much of anywhere, fast forward to my mid 20’s I had an encounter with Yahweh when I cried out to him for help and He showed up in a mighty way in my life, this formed a relationship that changed my life, once again I was in a spot amongst my friends and even family where I didn’t fit in… they would walk in and say “ you reading your Bible?” And I was like” yea I have been.” And they would say “ cool! and do a 360 and walk away… so when I met my wife I ultimately would end up going back to church (something I really wanted to avoid) tried to fit in there but really didn’t. In the late 90’s I felt God was calling me to come back to metal which was something that I had proudly walked away from and disconnected myself from (this decision was made through intense prayer) as Yahweh began to reveal to me what He was doing in the metalcore scene I became a part of it again, a disciple for Christ in the metal scene and the Christian metal scene,  there was freedom love and acceptance in these groups, sure some people from the metal scene hated me, but they just hated who I stood for (Jesus Christ) and I found that sometimes there were people in the Christian metal scene that didn’t dig me either, again because of (Jesus Christ) but it was ok and it was family .

So when bands like For Today announced they were retiring and giving up music, I was really sad because these traveling ministries that incorporated a sense of family were not gonna be doing that anymore, for this young at heart southern Baptist kid Christian metal shows are were I learned to worship freely, meet others I could relate to and grasp a sense of family every once in a while… and this seemed to be ending, For those of you that follow Revelation X Resistance you know that was born out of creating a safe place for family, and I’m so greatfull for Rev Resistance family, but I really needed to learn about Kingdom family, and when Yahweh told Mattie Montgomery to gather the family I was in a definite place where I didn’t know what was gonna happen… but thankfully through a series of (God’s hands all over it events) I ended up at The Alter Fellowship with none other than the metalcore screamer frontman from For Today pastoring this church, cool right? Metalcore shows, all metal people hanging out, pastor Mattie screaming from the pulpit… nope nothing of the sort, in fact none of that at all… I would dare say maybe there are a handful of metal people at the Altar but Yahweh has sent a diverse group of people there from all walks of life, most of them have no clue or really don’t care that pastor Mattie was the front man of For Today, or at one time hade huge gauges… they are in love with what Yahweh is doing at the Altar Fellowship…I typically do not thrive in diverse groups (or any other group apart from metal people)  but it is awesome to hang out with diverse Jesus lovers and support encourage and uplift each other in the Lord in spirit and truth and love, there is a togetherness with these folks I have never experienced before in my life, a love and an encouragement that as we walk through the hell that is in this world at times that we have a diverse people that stand for Jesus behind us cheering us on and celebrating in each other’s victories, if one of us wins we all win if one of us looses we all loose.
I was speaking to my pastor about these things and he brought everything I’ve been talking about here full circle with the statement “That’s what the Kingdom is supposed to do… bring people together across all cultural boundaries.”- Mattie Montgomery

I will say this- Yahweh is doing a mighty and holy work in my midst and I am eternally thankfull for Kingdom family!

20/21 and the Possible


God has done epic things in my life this year, that were deemed or seemed impossible, just because I stepped into His possible.

Christmas is almost here… but with that being said, 20/21 is upon us, this year started with an epic word from the Lord in my heart, and that was this- (that this would be the year of Yahweh’s perpetual revelation of his love in my life) not too long after that declaration my wife’s uncle, without any warning passes from this life… and then 2 weeks later my wife’s mom shockingly without warning passes from this life as well. Then I like everyone else since March has been affected by the Covid 19 pandemic. In late July I contracted covid and still have no clue where I got it, and I like most people thought it was a simple sinus infection, I never had a fever or really felt that horrible, and then my whole family got it, I reckon since I was one of the first and only people that I knew to get it and get it in my community sadly I was treated with much fear and contempt, Kinda feeling like Shrek waiting for the towns people to show up with their torches and pitchforks…but I live in an amazing community and I get it, the media has filled everyone full of their (what if’s) and fear mongering tactics.

We have seen riots and political unrest and people filled with fear allowing it to dictate how the live their lives now, a lot of people are still questioning the election results and everything else from wearing masks to dictating what everyone else should be doing to appease their fear.

Church gatherings have all but become mostly non existent (and I mean physical gatherings) along with concerts or any other live forms of entertainment where people gather together.

Last week I fell on the ice and broke my wrist…

And in spite of all this it’s been one of the greatest years of my life, Yahweh has continued to give the perpetual revelation of His love in my life, and in the lives of those around me and every day I have to continually choose to live in that revelation.

The Altar Fellowship launched in January of this year after spending months at Pastor Mattie’s house preparing for and looking for a building, everything came together and we had one of the greatest celebrations I’ve ever experienced in my life at the launch and since, this body of believers is and has continued to bless uphold and encourage me in my intimacy with Yahweh, and even through a lot of the obstacles that came this year in times of struggle God’s love and presence has never been more evident in my life, I have been physically blessed beyond my comprehension as well.

God asks for faith, and this is what pleases him.

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”

‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭11:1‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Live in the evidence of things not seen, and hope when there is no evidence for hope. And above all stop, take a deep breath and pour your heart out in intimacy with Yahweh, He loves you so much today. I pray his continually steeped revelation of his love and presence over your lives this coming year of 20/21.

God bless and I love you all, Stacy

The Power of the Tongue


Life and Death

“Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit.”

‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭18:21‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Power: the capacity or ability to direct or influence the behavior of others or the course of events.

Death. Power.

Life. Power.

Will you speak death into life?

Fruit:

Heresy, fears, insecurities, what if’s, human logic, self lead opinions, judgment, condemnation, false witnesses.

Will you speak life into death?

Fruit:

Encouragement, accomplishment, hope, peace, potential, grace, faith, hope and love.

Death:

“As it is written: “There is none righteous, no, not one; There is none who understands; There is none who seeks after God. They have all turned aside; They have together become unprofitable; There is none who does good, no, not one.” “Their throat is an open tomb; With their tongues they have practiced deceit”; “The poison of asps is under their lips”; “Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness.” “Their feet are swift to shed blood; Destruction and misery are in their ways; And the way of peace they have not known.” “There is no fear of God before their eyes.””
‭‭Romans‬ ‭3:10-18‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Life:
“I have seen his ways, and will heal him; I will also lead him, And restore comforts to him And to his mourners. “I create the fruit of the lips: Peace, peace to him who is far off and to him who is near,” Says the LORD, “And I will heal him.” But the wicked are like the troubled sea, When it cannot rest, Whose waters cast up mire and dirt. “ There is no peace,” Says my God, “for the wicked.””

‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭57:18-21‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

I looked at this as an ideology for years as simply something you try to do… but yet here it is clearly stated that the POWER of life and death are held in the tongue, it is spiritual and holds a spiritual outcome for those involved.
May we speak life as Jesus spoke life, and continues to speak life to those around us.

Letting go


“It’s toxic when we continue to pursue failed relationships, trying to fix our disfunction we grew up in. God’s love for you is stronger than the cycle that you think you’re trapped in.”

I was having a conversation with a friend this past week and she was telling us a miraculous story about how Yahweh revealed to her that she had been continually settling and trying to navigate impossible and destructive relationships simply because she had experiences in her past that had traumatized her as a child, I could relate because through something my pastor had said a few weeks earlier in a message had spoke to me and began to reveal some things that I had been struggling with along those lines as well…

My pastor said:

“One of the most destructive things you can do is chase after people that God is trying to remove from your life, If somebody wants to leave you, let them.”

-Pastor Mattie Montgomery

So in this revelation I began to realize that I had been chasing impossible and destructive friendships for decades just because my dad was an addict… I could never fix my dad so I have been trying to navigate these impossible friendships just because I wanted to fix something that was never resolved between me and my dad, Yahweh never meant for it to be this way, yes it is good to love the unlovable, it is good to forgive people over and over again but it is not good to invest you heart and soul and mind into something that Yahweh is showing you that is bad for you and trying to remove from your life, I’ve felt rejected so many times just because I didn’t want see that it was time to let someone go from my life and to be honest not one of these relationships ever benefited from me continuing to try to fix the person and trying to use God out of context to accomplish the task. In the long list of people that I held on to for too long they ended up cheating on their wife, continuing to be an alcoholic, never stopping drugs, never breaking out of whatever destructive cycle that they were trapped in or killing them selves, yes it’s all sad but true and as someone who is trying to live your faith and love these people and minister to them Yahweh knows when you are done and being sensitive in your intimacy with him in these endeavors is critical, because I have felt like a failure over and over when my time with someone was clearly up, and because of my feelings and sentiment I stuck around way too long, because Yahweh had already told me “you’ve done all you can do.”

   Be mindful of relationships, especially the one you have with Yahweh, He’s always been there, He’s never let you down, trust his leadership in these relationships He wants to keep you safe, sure there will be heartbreak along the way, but listening to and knowing that Yahweh is looking out for your best interest and He is in control of the ministry surrounding those you care for and when Yahweh says your done it’s ok to be done. I have seen people redeemed, restored and healed and even gotten to be used by Yahweh to help people in this way, but it was by His way and His power, not because I chose to go where he hadn’t sent me or stay longer than I was supposed to.

“Wisdom has built her house; she has carved its seven columns. She has prepared a great banquet, mixed the wines, and set the table. She has sent her servants to invite everyone to come. She calls out from the heights overlooking the city. “Come in with me,” she urges the simple. To those who lack good judgment, she says, “Come, eat my food, and drink the wine I have mixed. Leave your simple ways behind, and begin to live; learn to use good judgment.” Anyone who rebukes a mocker will get an insult in return. Anyone who corrects the wicked will get hurt. So don’t bother correcting mockers; they will only hate you. But correct the wise, and they will love you. Instruct the wise, and they will be even wiser. Teach the righteous, and they will learn even more. Fear of the Lord is the foundation of wisdom. Knowledge of the Holy One results in good judgment. Wisdom will multiply your days and add years to your life. If you become wise, you will be the one to benefit. If you scorn wisdom, you will be the one to suffer.”

‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭9:1-12‬ ‭NLT‬‬

The All Consuming Nothing


The all consuming…

We allow anger to consume us.

We allow fear to consume us.

We allow sexual perversion to consume us.

We allow rage to dominate our thoughts.

Our heart is filled with nothing because we fill it with nothing.

We allow greed to consume our existence.

We don’t know which way is up.

We allow ourselves to be shackled by addiction.

Jealousy distorts everything that comes out of our mouths.

We choose to suffocate under the rule of evil men.

We lash out at those around us just to deflect our misery.

We feel like we cannot escape the dark path before us.

Waves of depression and anxiety overwhelm us.

We can’t keep our head above water.

We consume only to end up empty again.

We change everything only to end up the same.

All because we simply will not turn to God, seek intimacy with Him and place ourselves in under the authority and lordship of Jesus Christ in our lives.

Episode v

This week we talk about the struggles of being an introvert or an extrovert and how that affects us as Christians, The differences between Sleeping Giant and Demon Hunter. and in the news: Does Tim Lambesis and As I Lay Dying deserve a second chance?

 

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Episode V is live !

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