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February 26, 2001

Radical In Christ

By Debra Westbrook

In being radical, there are different things that must take place within one's life. Within me, I must be radically inclined to immediate obedience in any and all circumstances where I step out of the boat and onto the water- following Jesus wherever He may lead me. Immediate obedience will rip and tear my flesh, rending all religious veils within me that keep the light of the Holy of Holies from shining forth within my life. I must allow the Spirit of God by the Word of God to rend that veil that still exists within me.

I must allow the cross to be a 'finished' reality in my life. Its power must kill and crucify my flesh while establishing me in total submission and humility. Christlikeness must be worked through my very being. There is a separation that exists in each of us where still the flesh holds dominion over the spirit. I must willingly bring it to the cross and crucify it.

In order to live and move and have my being in Him (Acts 17:28), I must be led and controlled by my spirit and not my flesh.

Romans 8:5-6

Those who live according to the sinful nature have their minds set on what that nature desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. The mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace; (NIV)

Romans 8:9-10

You, however, are controlled not by the sinful nature but by the Spirit, if the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Christ. But if Christ is in you, your body is dead because of sin, yet your spirit is alive because of righteousness. (NIV)

Romans 8:13-14

For if you live according to the sinful nature, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live, because those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. (NIV)

Romans 8:15

For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, "Abba, Father." (NIV)

This radical foundation of being led by the Spirit of God is being birthed into me, destroying my flesh, which always attempts to rule and dominate my life. As God is breathing new life into me, I must turn my back on dead religion that seeks to keep man in bondage to programs and agendas while failing to release them into the realm of glory that Jesus promised to us.

We are to walk in the abundant light of His presence, which will move us forward in passion and power. To be radical, I must first confront what exists within me that would want to live an apathetic, complacent Christian existence rather than to work the works of the Kingdom by the King who resides within me.

I must choose to bring my complacency, lethargy, and apathy to the cross to receive an abundant provision of grace to set me on fire for the sake of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. When a radical foundation is established in my life, I start to look more like my Lord. He astounded and confounded the religious leaders of His day by challenging their traditions and structure. Imagine that!

Who ever heard such claims? How preposterous! Proclaiming to be greater than the temple in their midst! (Matthew 17:24) Driving out the moneychangers with a passionate vehemence that bordered on lunacy! (Matthew 21:12-13) Hanging out with prostitutes and tax collectors! Empowering women and loving children! How absurd to a religious establishment whose love had gotten cold beyond measure!

Healing everywhere He went by unconventional means that astounded their idols of common sense and wisdom! Putting mud on blind eyes, unstopping ears, and driving out demons from the very souls of those kept in bondage! Yes, oh yes, He did it all with a radical abandoned passion and calls us to do the same.

The staid and formal religious system in His day stayed hidden behind formalized tradition and structure while Jesus took it to the streets and got in the face of lost humanity. Are we called to do anything less?

As this radical platform is established in my life, I will challenge the forces of darkness that try to keep me from being victorious and triumphant in Christ. That in turn will challenge and bring down my strongholds as well as destroying the strongholds existing in the spiritual atmosphere in my neighborhood, city, and nation. It all starts with me. Does anyone hear what I am saying?

Stop complaining, fighting, and bickering. Refuse to bow to depression, despair, or self-pity. Rise up to be radical in Christ Jesus. Enter the flow of the Holy Spirit in these times. Rise up from the pews or chairs that we sit in to start a revolution. I am not talking about rebellion anger, or control or anything that is not of Jesus.

Let a revolution start in my own heart so that it may spill over into the lives of others! Be radical! Be passionate in my love for my Savior! Throw caution to the wind. Refuse to be complacent. Run from those who desire to bring me down to a state of apathy and status quo Christianity. Let my Jesus set the world on fire through me, by igniting once again the embers that once burned bright for my first love.

I prophesy to myself and whoever reads this that we will never be the same. May God ignite our lives for the sake of the Gospel.May we consider our lives not unto death to bring forth and trumpet a cry of freedom in these days. May we burn with undying love for our Jesus. May we let the hand of the Spirit of God lift us out of our fears, insecurities, slumber, complacency, self-pity, depression, despair, loneliness, bitterness, and unforgiveness or whatever impedes or obstructs our progress into an intimate revelation of falling madly in love with Jesus, now and forevermore!

A Samuel Company

D. Franklin

"And it's not so much how you would do it, but will you do it? Don't worry about the how of this, but will you, saith the Lord; will you, saith the Lord; will you, saith the Lord? And I will indeed drop a mantle on your shoulders; I will indeed enable you to perform that which I call you to, but I will not transgress your freewill. I will not put an arm around your back and force you, but I call you this day, I call you this day, I call you this day to become flames of fire for God."

"I will answer with prophetic fire upon your altars of prayer, and I will consume your requests, and I will gladly grant those petitions that you bring unto Me that have been authored by Me. And I will put within your heart and within your spirit, and within your hands the ability to stand before the nation, to stand before the spiritual leaders that I've given to you… And you will stand before this nation and you will stand before prophetic leaders the opportunity that I give you this day to join in and become part of a movement of prayer that is even now sweeping the earth; you will stand before political leaders; you will stand before church leaders as a "Samuel Company"…"

"So join that great and glorious band of those who have given their lives even unto intercession and have devoted themselves to pray, not only when the battle was going good but when the battle is almost lost when all seems forsaken, yet they stand interceding to God. Join this company, saith the Lord. Join this company of intercessors and stand as Samuel stood before the nation and interceded until the day that he came home… But this is the mantle, this is the anointing that I'm calling you into - to stand as Samuel stood before the nation, before the leaders and continue on in intercession…"

"So, this is the calling that I set before you. This is the opening Now is the time, now is the time for all good men and women to come to the aid of their country, their nation, their planet, their God. Now is the time to found and fund and develop an intercessory ministry that will move this planet. Now is the time, saith the Lord. Now the anointing is poised over this place. This is not a move birthed in the heart and the mind of a man or a group, but this is the heartbeat of God Almighty. This is the anointing of the Lord; this is the will of the Holy Ghost in this time and this hour that he would turn his intercessors into flames of fire… Sign up, saith the Lord. Sign up in my army and march with Me; ride with Me in the Heavens. Come up, children, for I desire valiant warriors in prayer. I desire men and women who can lay before the Lord for hours and pour their spirit and their heart unto Me…"

"You are a Samuel Company. You've not known what your calling was. You've had to stumble on and hope that you were headed the right way and hope that God was pleased, but now the hoping is over, the not knowing is over; the mantle comes off, saith the Lord. You are what I say you are, and you are a Samuel Company before Me. You're called to spend time with Me, seeking Me, and talking to Me, praying unto Me, and finding out the heart and the mind of the heavenly Father. That is your calling; that is your calling…"

"I will empower and I will give peace and there will be joy and happiness in the house of your God. Have not I said my house would be a house of prayer and that I would give great joy unto those who came in and joined into the prayer? I will fill your lives with joy, happiness, contentment, and enrichment…"

Prophecy by D. Franklin in CHC Tues. Mtg. Fall 2000

Renew Yourselves

Marsha Burns

Listen to Me, My church. Many of you know perfectly well what it is to walk out your Christianity in the depth of relationship to Me and in the richness of the revelation of My word. However, you have become shallow in your expression of My kingdom. This is because the fires of purification have become hotter, and the dross of your character and nature has surfaced. In recognizing these things, which have formed like scum on the surface of your life, you have become near-sighted. You have lost eternal perspective and need to be refocused. The vision I have imparted to you has become dim and distant, surreal in nature. Renew yourself in the spiritual reality of your kingdom position. It is time for an audience with the King!

Faith Tabernacle
Kremmling, CO

Proclaim Freedom To the Captives

Stephen Hanson

The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, 2 to proclaim the year of the LORD's favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, ISA 61:1

(The Lord showed me a huge bell that was ringing. I watched as it swayed from side to side ringing. It was very rhythmic as it went back and forth.)

Then He said:

"The bell is ringing.... The bell tolls for you. Throughout this land this bell is ringing. It rings for all to come."

(I noticed the bell again, but this time it had a crack in it very much like the Liberty Bell. However, the crack spread throughout the entire portion of the bell, and seemed to encompass it. Now I was shown a scene of the capital building in Washington D.C. As I continued to look at it, the Lord impressed upon my heart that the shape of the huge bell was actually very much like the shape of the oval office, the dome, or central part of the capital building. As I considered this, I thought of our nation and how freedom has been an integral part of what our country has stood for in the past. I was shown those people who had tried to escape Cuba several years ago in boats. I knew that they had expected to come here to find a place of refuge. I saw people from Bosnia and other war-torn countries, that had lost their homes and belongings. They were in search for a homeland, and one that they could call their own.)

"This bell has stood for freedom and for liberty. I proclaim freedom for the captives, and for those who are held in bondage. Will liberty be proclaimed throughout the land again? This land and this people has stood for these things. Will you reach out to those who are in need of these things? Your borders have many that would long to come and find their place here. Will it be a place of refuge or will it be a prison? Will your borders be ones of peace or will war be there? What kind of treaties will be done? Will the people of this country welcome those who come, or will they point their finger and say ,"Go back to where you came from?" Be a place of refuge and be a nation that seeks to help. Let these things be evident in these people. And then your borders will be ones of peace. Reach out....I say reach out to those who are in need."

Stephen Hanson

The Indigenous

By John L. Moore

For we are God's fellow-workers; you are God's field..." 1 Cor. 3:9

God does his own planting. In our highly-mobile world we seem to have lost understanding for how the Lord plants people in an area and develops them specifically for His purpose. This is particularly true in the American West and other rural areas. The word pagan for example, literally means country-dweller and its origin is religious.

The birthing of the Christian Church occured primarily in cities while rural residents continued practicing ancient fertility rites. Due to the slow modes of communication and transportation, they were the last to hear of Christ. Therefore, they were long considered heathen. It was necessary then for apostles to be sent out from urban centers to smaller towns, or, that the country-dweller encounter the Word while on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem.

This same pattern is still in existence but I believe with the birthing of the Third Day Church this is going to end.

Large national and international conferences may still have their place, but, to a great extent their time is done. They have too often given way to a cult of celebrity, the massive marketing of books and tapes, repititious messages, and the legislation of unfunded mandates. An unfunded mandate, you may recall, is when the federal government passes a law down to the states but does not supply the provision to implement or enforce it. Large conferences can sometimes impart mandates to people without the resources to put these programs into effect. Or, they can assume authority without responsibility. I have heard internationally-known ministers come into an area, for example, and name the principality or power that rules the region. But, a day or two later, having kicked that dragon awake, that minister is on a plane headed for another conference somewhere clear across the globe. They presumed the authority to allegedly name the enemy, but did not accept the responsibility to stay until the enemy was dethroned.

God has his indigenous people. They are His field. His planting. The root of the word humility is the word humus. Humus is the rich, fertile soil that is formed by the decomposing of plant and animal matter. Or, spiritually speaking, the dying of the flesh. Regional spiritual authority is often more "down-to-earth" and closer to the humus.

Regional authority knows the soil of their land and the hearts of the people. And they know the wiles of the territorial enemy. The international and national ministries were valuable for equipping, but now having tools, the harvest field belongs to the indigenous laborer.

Regional gatherings may soon give way to trans-local. Trans-local to local. The finer the netting the greater the harvest.

You are His field. Wherever you are planted, you are His planting. It has now been proven that the stoutest grasses in the world were indigenous to the American West where the Bison had thrived in the millions. Selective importation may have been helpful, but the arrogance of considering a land barren that He had fashioned with His own hands has left us reaping weeds and bad fruit. In every locality and region there are apostles, prophets, evangelists, teachers, and pastors to be raised up.

God's plantings are being restored. And local laborers will reap local fields.

Simon Peter went up, and drew the net to land, full of large fish, a hundred and fifty three; and although there were so many, the net was not torn. John 21:11

John Moore
Excerpt of a longer article submitted by Trumpet Wind Ministries

The House of Bread

Bill Burns

Is it not written that at the time of the end many shall run to and fro to increase knowledge, but they will give heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, and they will turn their ears away from the truth and be turned to fables? These are those who have itching ears, and they heap up for themselves teachers who will satisfy their own desires, and they will not endure sound doctrine.

Is it not written that the Day of the Lord is coming, and it is burning like an oven? Indeed, it is like a fire that is kindled in the hearts of those who serve Me.

There are those who would say to you that the Day of the Lord is coming, but I say it is already here. Is this not the Third Day, and is the Third Day not the Day of the Lord? Even as My first coming was a surprise to Israel, so will My second coming be a surprise to My church. Even as My first coming was hidden from most of those in Israel, so will My second coming be a mystery to those in the church.

Today, I will tell you plainly that I must come to My church before I come for My church. Even now I am coming to you, but many are missing the hour of their visitation. My church must first be washed by My water (Spirit) and purged by My fire so My bride will be found without spot or wrinkle at My coming.

These are the days of transformation and redefinition. I am transforming My church by the spirit of judgment and the spirit of burning. As My church is transformed, My apostles and prophets will bring a redefinition of true doctrine, and it will come by revelation knowledge of My word. Revelation will come forth from My written word as the mysteries of the end times are redefined.

Does it surprise you that I would come to you first in this manner in this the Day of the Lord? Consider once again My first coming, and learn of the pattern that was revealed. Is it not true that Bethlehem means the place of food in the house of bread? Is it not written that I am the Bread of Life? I am the bread, which came down from heaven. I became the bread of flesh, which is the Word that became flesh and dwelt with man.

Once again I am taking My people to Bethlehem to feed on Me, and I say, "Come and dine on this bread from heaven." For, it will now become the revelation that will open the seals of the mysteries that have been hidden until this, the Day of the Lord, the Third Day of My glory.

John 6:35 And Jesus said to them, "I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst."

John 6:45 "It is written in the prophets, 'And they shall all be taught by God.' Therefore everyone who has heard and learned from the Father comes to Me."

Faith Tabernacle
Kremmling, CO


Jim Madden

You Know its a funny thing about Truth...
Its debated more often than Theories.
Maybe its because more often than not.
Truth is not pretty and it usually hurts.
Theories reflect our own imaginations.
Imaginations that are usually preoccupied with what we would like to be our reality.
People in General do not want to admit their own shortcomings, and rarer still do they want to accept responsibility for their actions.
The Law of Physics says that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.
Sin causes the reaction of death, and Repentance is countered by Grace, where Sin brings Death, forgiveness offers Life.
God is counted as Truth and the Source of Truth, where Satan is known and referred to primarily as "The father of Lies"

If we want to draw a line between right and wrong, or between what we know to be what we should believe and what we want to believe, the place to draw the line is where Truth is not clear and instead becomes fuzzy or unclear... It is at that exact place where the truth like a Brick wall ends, that Satan starts to insert his own Bricks and build onto the Truth with falsehoods. That Place where Satan starts to misrepresent the facts and twist the facts into falsehood where he extends the Borders of Truth to "Fade it into Grey". How many of us have seen the country movie "Pure Country" Do you remember the line where the old guy said "you know that little black speck on top of a piece of Chicken poop?" "Its not really Poop you say... But to me its still poop"'

It could have been the choicest piece of T-bone steak that was the speck on top of that poop... But do we pick it up and eat it? NO Thanks!! But it is still T-bone Steak.... No Thanks it has been contaminated!!! Where do we draw the line between what we will ingest as doctrine and what we reject as Heresy... For me the line is drawn the very second I see and sense that the Truth of the Bible is being twisted, Misrepresented, or stretched out of Context. The very Moment that that piece of Steak left the serving plate and fell on the floor to me it became "Poop"

Does the Word of God need to be taken to such extremes? YES! Because like it or not the Word of God is Gods Word. If a Man is only as good as his Word do you think that Gods Word is any less important? It is More Important! Man is prone to Lie, But God has not the capacity for it. Lies Exists only in the realm of "God Exists as Truth, therefore the absence of God is Falsehood." Anything less than the whole Truth is therefore "Less than God." I leave these things for you each to ponder. Be careful of what you ingest... Be sure to accept nothing less that the Truth the Whole Truth and Nothing but the Truth... So Help You GOD!!!

In Christ

Basking in the Son!

Homer Owen

This past week I was asked to minister at a church and they wanted me to teach on healing and then pray for the sick. While I was sharing with these folks the Lord brought back to my mind a vision that I had many years ago of the throne room of God. I was amazed to see that there is only one piece of furniture before the throne and it is a bench. This is where we are seated with Christ.

But God is so rich in mercy, and He loved us so very much, that even while we were dead because of our sins, he gave us life when he raised Christ from the dead. (It is only by God¹s special favor that you have been saved!) For he raised us from the dead along with Christ, and we are seated with Him in the heavenly realms- all because we are one with Christ Jesus.² (Ephesians 2:4-6)

Lord, help us today to get hold of what you are telling us. Thank you for your mercy and thank you for being alive and causing us to be seated with you before the throne of God. The seat where we are seated is the mercy seat. God is rich in His mercy towards us. As I was praying for a woman the other night the Lord spoke to me that I needed to encourage her to just come and sit down with Him and enjoy His Presence. His desire for her was that she could just sit and bask in His presence.

I told this woman that she didn¹t need to do anything but to sit down and be quiet. She didn¹t have to pray or sing or anything. Just sit down and rest and she would discover an importation of His grace into her very being. You will show me the way of life, granting me the joy of your presence and the pleasures of living with you forever.² (Psalms 16:11)

When Jesus was raised from the dead He took His blood that was shed in the Spirit and went into the presence of God and poured it out on the mercy seat. As we sit before the throne of God on this mercy seat we will discover that His blood is still cleansing us from all our wrongs. This is how we stay pure and clean before the Father. "He is so rich in kindness that he purchased our freedom through the blood of his Son, and our sins are forgiven." (Ephesians 1:7)

What freedom! We have been set free from our sins and even when we do miss the mark His blood is still cleansing us and keeping us free in Him. Yes, we are as righteous as He is because it is His righteousness. ³Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits at God¹s right hand in the place of honor and power. Let heaven fill your thoughts.² (Colossians 3:1-2)

Homer Owen
Waco, Texas.
Blessings on your life this week as you bask in Him.

Get Out of the House

Jim Grayson

"Tell My people to get out of the house! To those who have been in the wilderness, I now say, 'Come, ho! Look around you! The opportunities for ministry are vast! You have been longing for the days of harvest, for the fulfilling of the promise I made to you. Now, My beloved, the days of harvest and promise are here. Put on the garment of praise, get out of the house and mix with the people, for one cannot reach the world by staying in seclusion.'

I have called those in leadership and many have not listened. Come out of the caves, the desert, the wilderness, for now I am calling you and you will answer, for you have been through the fire, the absolute desolation of spirit, the bringing of yourself to nothingness, and are ready to begin speaking My Words of Life and Hope, of Glory and Freedom. Speak to the mountain and it will move. Follow My leading. At My whispers, follow Me and I will show you great and mighty things, although you may appear to be small and as nothing to the world. Be are everything to Me, Beloved of My Heart, for you have stayed with Me when you could not see Me, and in the heat and horror of battle, even when you appeared to be leaderless, you did not drop your Sword and run away.

You have been in the darkness for a long time and during that time, you have speculated much on how things will be. Through the last few weeks, I have been revealing to you that I am not doing things the way you envisioned, and most of you have accepted this, although some have drawn back and preferred to stay with what they previously envisioned, which will never come to pass.

As one who has been in darkness for a long time cannot tolerate a burst of light, so you cannot tolerate an immediate and crashing experience with My power. You are not ready for that. I will ease you into it slowly, which is My way, and best. You must first walk...running comes a bit later. The point I make with you is to place yourself out where the people are and watch Me open the doors of ministry, and as you become accustomed to walking through the simpler doors, I will begin to bring you through doors which open into the realm of miracles. To bring you into the full realm of miracles suddenly would be to your detriment. First the blade, then the ear, then the full corn in the ear...but it is essential that you follow My leading and not rush things. My timing, Beloved, not your own. Be content to rejoice in the fact the wilderness days are finally over.

Obedience is the keyword. When you obey in the smaller thing, I will move you on to the larger thing. If you speak a word of comfort to a stranger when I tell you to speak, you are laying the foundation to obey me when I tell you to speak to a person without legs and tell them their season of pain and disability are over, to rise up in the Name of Jesus and be healed, and restored. You are laying the foundation to say, 'Lazarus, come forth!'...and he who was dead will do so, for I, the Lord, have spoken it. For years, many have been languishing by the Beautiful Gate, waiting for just such a word from Me, borne by you. If you do not speak, who will do it? Therefore, I say go to the stores, to the malls, to your neighborhood, to your church and when you go, listen for My voice and watch for open doors and be ready to move and speak when I tell you.

Rejoice, My Beloved Bride! Your preparation has now truly begun. Shake off the old and put on the new. Cling not to the old thing but drink the new wine I am producing, carried in fresh skins. The things of which I have spoken to you in your secret heart, the greater works, are coming. Remember...I always keep My promises, even if I must change the order of things to do so. Besides, wasn't it I Who made the order of things in the beginning...and am I not free to change the thing which I have made? Walk in Me now, for I am truly walking in you."

And Stephen, being full of grace and power, began to do great signs and wonder among the people. Acts 6:8

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