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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

Anxiety rules in a dead church


Anxiety

When anxiety comes to taunt you do not let it in, for if you do it will move in and before you know it you will allow it to dictate how you think and live your life, you will gear your whole life around it. Yahweh says…

“And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.”

‭‭Romans‬ ‭8:28‬ ‭NLT‬‬

““That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing?”

‭‭Matthew‬ ‭6:25‬ ‭NLT‬‬

“Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?”

‭‭Matthew‬ ‭6:27‬ ‭NLT‬‬

“Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.”

‭‭Matthew‬ ‭6:33‬ ‭NLT

““So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.”

‭‭Matthew‬ ‭6:34‬ ‭NLT‬‬

“Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.”

‭‭1 Peter‬ ‭5:7‬ ‭NLT‬‬

“Worry weighs a person down; an encouraging word cheers a person up.”

‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭12:25‬ ‭NLT‬‬

“And if worry can’t accomplish a little thing like that, what’s the use of worrying over bigger things?”

‭‭Luke‬ ‭12:26‬ ‭NLT‬‬

“Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.”

‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭41:10‬ ‭NLT‬‬

““I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.”

‭‭John‬ ‭14:27‬ ‭NLT‬‬

“Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again—rejoice! Let everyone see that you are considerate in all you do. Remember, the Lord is coming soon. Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me—everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you.”

‭‭Philippians‬ ‭4:4-9‬ ‭NLT‬‬

I have struggled back and forth with anxiety and depression since my teens, I let it in, I let it set up a strong hold in my life early on and drinking didn’t help it, drugs didn’t help it… the problem was this… I was in compromise of my identity as a Christian, because of anxiety And feeling helpless to it I started to believe that Yahweh was ok with it in my life and that it was just something I had to deal with because God isn’t the God of the Bible anymore, a very popular theology in the modern church today that has been passed on by helpless pastors who themselves believe this theology. So we can make a decision, either worship the God (Yahweh) of the Bible and believe in who He says He is and who He says we are or continue with anxiety and depression dictating how you live your life. God loves you, he fights for you, he is dedicated to tearing down any strongholds in your life, ask him for revelation of who He really is and who you really are with Him… and I’m gonna be honest, there is no 10 step program to get free from anxiety there is only Yahweh and who He is, and the true revelation and reality of that is obtained through intimacy and worship. I know all the Bible verses and I know them well, I even proclaimed them in war against the devil over and over again and over again and over again and again and again, but the confidence of Yahweh in your life and where you stand with Him and who He says you are are irrefutable, sure anxiety and depression still knock on the door every once and a while but when I look at Yahweh in his fierce and terrible and loving power I’m reminded that I am on His side and I do not ever, ever have to let it in again because He is who He says He is and I am who He says I am.

Learn to rest today in that revelation.
This is my prayer for the modern church.

The illogical

How many likes, how many followers, how many reactions does it take to have (social media power)? Yahweh’s idea of being a voice of significance is way different from our understanding. A popular social presence is just that… relevant today, a moment of fame and then, it’s gone like the wind. In building kingdom culture we are establishing forever (heaven on earth) and we do not do these things through mans logic. Let me show you, let’s look at how Yahweh raised Daniel to a place of prominence and influence.

“But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s delicacies, nor with the wine which he drank; therefore he requested of the chief of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself. Now God had brought Daniel into the favor and goodwill of the chief of the eunuchs. And the chief of the eunuchs said to Daniel, “I fear my lord the king, who has appointed your food and drink. For why should he see your faces looking worse than the young men who are your age? Then you would endanger my head before the king.” So Daniel said to the steward whom the chief of the eunuchs had set over Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, “Please test your servants for ten days, and let them give us vegetables to eat and water to drink. Then let our appearance be examined before you, and the appearance of the young men who eat the portion of the king’s delicacies; and as you see fit, so deal with your servants.” So he consented with them in this matter, and tested them ten days. And at the end of ten days their features appeared better and fatter in flesh than all the young men who ate the portion of the king’s delicacies. Thus the steward took away their portion of delicacies and the wine that they were to drink, and gave them vegetables. As for these four young men, God gave them knowledge and skill in all literature and wisdom; and Daniel had understanding in all visions and dreams.”
‭‭Daniel‬ ‭1:8-17‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

In times past I’ve heard a lot of people place a lot of relevance in the fact that Daniel rejected the kings food, but more over Yahweh had spoke into his heart that if he would say yes to Yahweh and no to the way that (seemed) to always  be successful in the logic of men… Yahweh would take something (Daniel) that would never be considered relevant by the ways of this word and raise him into a person of power and influence. And that power knowledge and influence would be solely expressed from intimacy with God.

“For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called. But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, that no flesh should glory in His presence. But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God—and righteousness and sanctification and redemption— that, as it is written, “He who glories, let him glory in the LORD.””
‭‭I Corinthians‬ ‭1:26-31‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

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

1994

The year was 1994…and this was a very pivotal year in my walk with God and as I continued to talk to Him and listen to him my life began to change, in dramatic, challenging and awesome ways. During this time I was still living in Asheville, I was driving home from work and in the corner of the hemisphere I saw a green dot that ultimately became a burning green ball with a tail the was screaming across the sky, it was in my vision for probably 5-7 seconds, I was like amazed but very afraid, because this was unlike anything I had ever witnessed ever, I got home told my room mates they were like “oh, cool.” I was like “you don’t understand , this thing was huge, it’s gonna be in the news!” Well after days of waiting no news… no nothing. And I’m like whaaaa? So I just chocked it up as an experience that me and like 5 other people may have seen. Fast forward a year and a half, me and Shannon were married at this point and my oldest son Jacob had just popped into the scene, so I’m driving home from work and guess what? I had the same experience on the way home (totally different place in the sky this time). That was 25 years ago, I’ve always looked into the night sky, I’ve actually spent hours doing it but never seen anything like that again. It makes me think about how easy it can be to take experiences in this life for granted, every person is having a unique experience in this life, some similar yes but no ones walk in this life is the same as another, no one person is the same as another… ever in the history of man everyone is different, we all want to be able to relate to each other through these similarities and experiences but truly we can’t without knowing the love and the lordship of Yahweh our father, there is a connection and a relation there that is supernatural and transcends words, it breaks the boundaries we establish, it destroys judgments and pedestals that men establish themselves on and try to get other men to climb to, striving is replaced by rest, false humility is replaced by honor and jealousy is replaced by celebration because if one wins we all win if one fails we all fail, people that just can’t make the cut are replaced by people That will not quit and they will not let those around them quit.

This is the kingdom.
This is coming.
This is happening.

WAKE UP

Do you really think Yahweh is concerned with controlling a worldly government? He has his own government and kingdom and peace and its control and influence effects everything and everyone and He is fully in control in the establishment there in, kingdom people are the difference in this world… Wake up! Leverage and control is NOT in the world system, it is and will only be in His kingdom and there in is pure judgement and justice, the zeal of Yahweh will bring this into completion.

“Of the increase of His government and peace There will be no end, Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, To order it and establish it with judgment and justice From that time forward, even forever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.”
‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭9:7‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

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.

Loving the church like you love your wife?


Loving the church like you love your wife?

Where would the church be if we loved it like we love our wives? I feel certain that we may already know the answer to that question.

You go hang out for a few minutes make an appearance, get a few minutes of intimacy and your good, feeling good and then maybe you through some money in the offering, and then struggle the rest of the week and watch your family struggle as a result.

In Ephesians it says “For husbands, this means love your wives, just as Christ loved the church. He gave up his life for her to make her holy and clean, washed by the cleansing of God’s word.”

‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭5:25-26‬ ‭NLT‬‬

We are literally one person with our wives, one working mechanism, one soul, one heart.

Our family is truly a reflection of us as men, we hold that power, not to subdue and control our wives but to set the standard and presence of God in our homes, our children bare that reflection as well, it is a Christian mans  honor to live this for his family, it sets a precedence of providence for your wife and children, one more time…men, we are responsible for setting a precedence of providence, your family is dependent upon your intimacy with Yahweh. As you grow in intimacy with him your family will grow with him as well…. and this is the Revolution that will change the current state of the world.

“He did this to present her to himself as a glorious church without a spot or wrinkle or any other blemish. Instead, she will be holy and without fault. In the same way, husbands ought to love their wives as they love their own bodies. For a man who loves his wife actually shows love for himself. No one hates his own body but feeds and cares for it, just as Christ cares for the church. And we are members of his body. As the Scriptures say, “A man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one.” This is a great mystery, but it is an illustration of the way Christ and the church are one. So again I say, each man must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.”

‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭5:27-33‬ ‭NLT‬‬

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

Dancing with the devil

 



Dancing with the devil

Some of you fear Biden, some of you fear Trump, some of you fear the police, some of you fear the BLM movement, some of you fear the government, some of you fear COVID-19, some of you fear democrats, some of you fear republicans, some of you fear the loss of comfort, some of you fear work, some of you fear not working, some of you fear the loss of control, some of you fear religious men spouting misplaced prophecy, some of you fear your feelings, some of you fear love, some of you fear hate, some of you fear anyone or anything that don’t agree with you, some of you fear conservatives, some of you fear racism, some of you fear bullies, some of you fear being alone, some of you fear being around people, some of you fear economic failure, some of you fear the color of skin, some of you fear anything that you don’t understand, some of you fear freedom, some of you fear communism, some of you fear the unknown, some of you fear the known, some of you fear Revelation and apocalyptic signs, some of you fear quiet peace and Yahweh speaking to your heart.

For the sons and daughters of Yahweh… this verse is eternal, it is forever,  it is the reality in which we should learn to operate in and navigate this life, if you as a Christian are (trying) to operate outside of what this verse is saying… you are dancing with the devil and living in crippling fear and uncertainty.  When God says “ I, Yahweh, have spoken! “ we should take Him very seriously and fear Him, because even if our opposition doesn’t… they will, and our vindication will come solely from God.

“But in that coming day no weapon turned against you will succeed. You will silence every voice raised up to accuse you. These benefits are enjoyed by the servants of the Lord; their vindication will come from me. I, the Lord, have spoken!”

‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭54:17‬ ‭

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