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April 27, 2001

I Am Here!

Michael Danforth

Are we really supposed to believe that while Jesus was on the cross, bearing the sins of the world, that His own Father turned away because He could not stand to look at the ugliness of sin that was upon Him. Now let's think about this.

You send your only son to become the ultimate sacrifice for all humanity and in His most trying hour, when he needs you the most, you turn your back on him? Is that what you would do if He were your child?

No matter how gross or disgusting he appeared to be, would you turn your head, knowing that your were the very source of his existence? I think not. And if so, maybe it's time to consider a change of heart.

Where do we get this notion that God is so holy that he can't bear the likes of you and I outside of being bathed with the blood of His son, Jesus? I am not negating the power of the blood of Jesus. Nor am I negating its ability to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

But while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. (Rom 5:8) We did not choose Him but He chose us. In our sinful condition, God initiated His love toward us.

When Jesus cried, "My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?" He was crying out from beneath the sin of all humanity, "God where are you?" And that's just what sin does, it veils us from the reality that God is right there with you all the time. It separates you from knowing Him as father, to seeing Him as just God.

God never left Jesus nor did He turn His back on Him, but He was with Him every step of the way. He was with Him at His birth, in the garden, on the cross, in the grave and in His resurrection.

How many people do you know today, that as soon as they do something wrong, as soon as they "Fail God" they walk away with this picture of God turning His back on them because they are "So Bad."

This is the mindset that the world lives under, even "Christians."

This perception of God comes from the very nature of sin that entices us to view one another according to our successes and failures. Our whole existence is based on the approval of one another.

If we do well enough then we will be accepted, if not then we will be tolerated, at best. The relational value of each other in the world and in most of the church community is summed up in our performance. "This person is more anointed than that person is, and this one is more gifted than that one..." And we wonder why our need for success is so great?

Have you ever noticed when people approach you within the church, they seem to be more interested in what your function is rather than who you are? And if you tell them, well I've just been kind of taking a breather from everything and getting a new perspective on life, they look at you or respond to you, like you just committed some cardinal sin. Then you feel like you want to run and hide from this shameful judgment that just came your way.

Through the disobedience of one man this kind of perception entered into the world. When man tasted of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, immediately they went and hid themselves from God. God didn't hide from man, man hid from God.

Then the LORD God called to Adam and said to him, "Where are you?" So he said, "I heard Your voice in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; and I hid myself." And He said, "Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you that you should not eat?" (Gen 3:9-11)

So I ask you now, who told Adam that he was naked? Sin did! Sin said, look at yourself, you're an embarrassment to God. You better run and hide before God sees you in your shameful condition.

Who told Jesus that God had forsaken Him? Sin did. The sin of the world said, God has turned His back on you because you are disgusting and He can't bear to look at you. What a Lie!

You need to know that Jesus died for that accusation of disgust and shame. He gave His life to remove that dark barrier that has stood in the way between you and God. And he wants you and I to know, that His father, does not abandon His children in their most needful hour, He was there then and He is still here, with us, today!

Jesus did not know sin, but yet he became sin for us that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. (2 Cor 5:21) We don't resist temptation with the hope of being holy or righteous, we resist falling into the snare of sin because we "Are Holy", we "Are righteous."

This unmerited gift was given to us freely by Jesus Christ. And even when we don't live up to that high standard, God doesn't turn His head in shame, No!

He looks at us through great faith, knowing that we are destined to continue toward the heart our resting place in Him.

I am not offering you a license to sin, I am offering you freedom to love God and know that He loves you, regardless of sin. But as long as sin is in your way, then you will continue to cry out, like a child afraid of the night, "God! God! Where are you?" And His reply will always be, "I AM HERE."


Michael Danforth
Mountaintop Ministries

Rising Up From The Ashes

Ching Co


In the coming days, there will rise up in various nations, in different cities and communities, strong groups of Christians with different spiritual and vocational giftings, and God will sovereignly network them to work together not just in uplifting the spiritual condition of the land but even to help share their different skills and expertise and used them as tools in building up the community.

In the past, the enemy has been using the Babel type of community building where it was mostly individualized and often identified to specific group and even person. But the building of the Lord in these last days will be totally different and unique. It will be in the type of Nehemiah where everybody whom the Lord called and touched will response and will become part of the rebuilding.

For the first time, the world will see Christian men and women whose lives God will use as a showcase. In the past, the unbelieving world has look down upon us because even thought we have not been lacking in preaching God's word, we have been short in living it out.

But the Lord has been quickening my heart for many months and I see the body of Christ rising up to the challenges of the time. God will cause His defeated body to rise up from the ashes, and like the vision of Ezekiel and the valley of dead bones, when the Spirit of God blows upon us and resurrect us, we will stand and glow with the glory of the Resurrected Christ Himself.

Different centers will rise up in various cities and nations. These centers will be taken care of by men and women of God who has no motive but to serve and willing to remain nameless and faceless and willing to come and go at the shortest notice. They will not hold on to anything or be dependent on anybody but the Lord will be their provider.

People of God, rejoice and geared yourself for this wonderful time of sending out. God is at the head of this party and His angels are busy preparing everything even at this point of time. Many of His pioneering servants are all packed and ready to go to this exciting trip ahead of them.

A little longer and all things will become more and more clearer. The next three years will see a greater unfolding of all these and by that time, many centers in various land would have risen up and made known to the nations. None of these centers would need to advertise themselves. God Himself will trumpet their presence and people from all over the nations including head of state, king and queen will flock to see what all these are about.


Isaiah 2:2-3

In the last days the mountain of the Lord's temple will be established as chief among the mountains; it will be raised above the hills, and all nations will stream to it.

Many people will come and say, "Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob. He will teach us his ways, so that we may walk in his paths." The law will go out from Zion, the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.

Isaiah 60:1-4,5b,7b,10a-12,16,17b-18,22

Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you. See darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the Lord rises upon you and his glory appears over you.

Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn. Lift up your eyes and look about you: All assemble and come to you; your sons come from afar, and your daughters are carried on the arm.

The wealth on the seas will be brought to you, to you the riches of the nations will come. They will be accepted as offerings on my altar, and I will adorn my glorious temple.

Foreigners will rebuild your walls, and their kings will serve you. Your gates will always stand open, they will never be shut, day or night, so that men will bring you the wealth of the nations - their kings led in triumphal procession. For the nation or kingdom that will not serve you will perish; it will be utterly ruined.

You will drink the milk of nations and be nursed at royal breasts. Then you will know that I, the Lord, am your Savior, your Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob.

I will make peace your governor and righteousness your ruler. No longer will violence be heard in your land, nor ruin or destruction within your borders, but you will call your walls Salvation and your gates Praise.

The least of you will become a thousand, the smallest a mighty nation. I AM THE LORD; IN ITS TIME I WILL DO THIS SWIFTLY.


" My faithful children, do not fear for I have not forgotten you. I have seen your sowing, I have taken note of your sacrifices for me, just a little longer and things will began to change before you.

Like Jacob at Bethel, you will see my angels coming up and down from heaven to bring My provision to you and to prepare the way for you.

Like Joseph, you will be brought before Pharaoh and my glory will shine forth from you. Do not worry about what you are to say for when the time comes, I will put the word in your mouth.

Like Nehemiah, you will find favors before your leaders. I will moved the heart of earthly leaders and will cause them to issue decrees that will worked in your favor so that My kingdom's work will be hastened.

What has taken years before will now be accomplished in weeks and months. The cloud of my glory is descending, it is heavy and about to be pour down upon you. You don't have to run around to seek these clouds, it will come to you where you are, to those whose heart has been harkened unto me, the clouds will come to you and will rest upon your homes.

There will be no more running around chasing for My glory for My glory will be resting upon my people and many will be drawn to you because of the glory resting upon you.

Even your young children will reflect my glory, what I've spoken in Joel will become more and more real soon.

Enter into your inheritance; I have assigned you your portion and your cup, your lot is secure in me. Your boundary line has fallen in pleasant places. (Psalm 16:5-6) No one will be able to steal them from you. You will not need to labor to enter into your inheritance for I will bring your inheritance to you."

May these words encourages us to hold on to all the promises given to us individually and corporately by our Faithful God.


Sis. Ching Co

Cebu City Philippines

Heart Motives

Gloria Shepherd

What are the motives of your heart when you come to me my little ones? Are you seeking my heart and laying your hearts on the altar of sacrifice to bring forth my perfect will in this hour? Or are you still holding on to all manners of self as you try to do the work of my kingdom out of the fleshly desires of your hearts? I desire a children, whose hearts are set on following the words of the Holy Spirit in all they do, whose motives are pure and who have no other desire than to please me. I desire a children who want to surrender fully unto my spirit, because they love me more than their own bodies and selves. I desire those who willingly give their whole selves to walk in unselfish love, and according to the leadings of my spirit. I desire pure hearts in service to me, purified by my fire. I do not desire my children to walk in self - and in impure heart motives that serve only their own agendas and programs. Ask me to show you what is in your hearts children that you can walk in the fullness of my spirit in this hour. The only thing I desire for my children is that they walk with me in the fullness of what I have for them in this hour.

Search your hearts children, examine your motives, and see that your motives are pure in service to me. Some of you have allowed pride of self promotion to contaminate your hearts in service to me. You have come to me with pre-conceived ideas of what you want done in the kingdom, and what you want accomplished now in the kingdom. Self agenda and promotion have propelled many of you into self exaltation that has tainted my work through you. These works are birthed out of self, and they are deadly works of the flesh.

So repent, my child, come to me this night, ask me to show you whatever is not of me in your hearts, so you can repent of it. Repent of all that is not of me that is trying to rise up in you now. Repent, and I will cleanse you with the consuming fires. I desire that you will walk in.

Gloria Shepherd
In The Garden of His Presence

I Have Called You To the Nations!

Ras Robinson

Do you remember my call to you, that time I spoke clearly and you were amazed that I had put this in your heart? My call to you has not changed. You are my choice and I have promised to be with you, near you to deliver you in every circumstance. It is because of My sovereign will that I chose you. You have a heart of compassion like Jesus. Deep inside, you genuinely care about people. The thought of people going to Hell without salvation is nightmarishly disturbing to your heart. I have been there when you have wept in the night, tossed and turned because you care. You saw the faces of those perishing. But you have also seen the joyful and gloriously happy faces of those already in Heaven. You saw in your spirit the masses slipping over the abyss into eternal damnation. And you responded in your heart. Now the time is right for you to come forward and let me bestow a battlefield commission upon you. I am promoting you this day to be a commander, a top leader because of the authority that is attached to this call. Come forward now and I will decorate you with the badge of "servant of all" so all who know you will know that My hand is clearly upon you. You will have the grace needed to perform beyond your fleshly desires. I have called you to the nations!

And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, "All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age." Matthew 28:18-20

Fullness in Christ Church, Pastor

Come Into the Inner Chamber

Shelly Mathis

In preparing yourselves for Pentecost, I find you fussing over yourselves like Martha fussed over preparing her dinner for Me. This will not do. I am calling you into the inner chamber to commune with Me, even as Mary did, that I, Myself, might prepare you for the infilling of My Holy Spirit this Pentecost. This infilling will come like a mighty wind, and if you are not rooted and grounded in intimate relationship with Me, the power will topple you over. It is time to get rooted! Come.

Shelly Mathis


Martin Sayers

Hebrews 12 : 4 Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin. It will only be by the blood of the Lamb of God that you will overcome. Consecrate your will unto the Lord and receive the sprinkling of the blood of the sacrifice that paid the price for sin. The blood of Christ must be applied to you before you can be renewed and sanctified. You must allow this it will not be forced upon you. But before the oil of the most Holy Spirit is poured out upon you, you will by your own choice reach up and ask for this most precious blood of the Son of God to be sprinkled upon you by the High Priest, of the Most High God. For this reason must you be touched by the blood of Christ; the forgiveness of sin, the restoration of all things and the reconciliation of all creation back unto the Father of all. Even as Moses sprinkled the blood of the sacrifice on My children so also must you be sanctified by the blood that was sacrificed for you. This most holy sacrifice was done once for all but the blood remains eternally in the tabernacle that Moses saw and must continue to be sprinkled upon My children, that they may continue to be sanctified and consecrated. Then you will continue to enter into My rest which is the Sabbath Day, Seventh Day and the Third Day of Christ. There you will be established and My covenant will be established in your heart and your mind. This is the time that I the Lord have chosen, before the foundation of the world I established it. This generation shall come into the fullness of all prophecy. A royal generation and a holy priest hood of kings that will reign and rule with Me. Abide in Me and even as the Father and I are one so also will you and I be one.

Martin Sayers

Burning Bridges

Kari Macus

I saw a picture of a woman who had a lot of cuts and bruses on her, and she was crossing one of those hanging suspension bridges. I could see that she was very wounded and every step was an effort for her. She became angry as she crossed the bridge because the going was so difficult. But the difficulty was not the bridge's fault, it was the severity of the many wounds she had. When she got to the other side, she pulled out a book of matches and she set fire to the bridge. She watched in satisfaction as it burned.

And then I heard God say that the enemy is launching a strategy against the church right now. The strategy is to cause people to "burn their bridges" -- in other words to bring separation in the body of Christ, to increase offenses and misunderstandings and to cause fissures in important and God ordained relationships. The enemy is shooting firey darts at people and they are getting wounded. And as they are wounded, it makes the going more difficult. Then the enemy is confusing people by making them think that the source of their problems and the source of their difficulties is another person -- so that relationships can be messed up. The enemy is doing this because he knows that if the church gets into unity, that the power of God will advance through it.

The Lord's message to each of us is so simple: Don't burn your bridges. Don't damage your God-appointed relationships. Direct your righteous anger towards the enemy.. not towards each other. Be patient and kind. Ignore one another's faults and build each other up. Bind up each other's wounds and assist one another. Let mercy and grace and love flow. And then you will see God's power and God's victory come into your situation. And then God Himself will bid up your wounds and give you His victory.

Call Me Simple
(a "call"--for all believers...)
by Mary Freeman

A few minor, irritating, spiritual "knocks", from the past week--had me personally whining..."Why can't things just be simple?"

Can your relate?

Is anyone else hungry for something "simple"?
Simple truth...simple answers...simple direction...simple relationships...simple circumstances...
(I think you get my "simple" drift!)

The "complications" of life, at times, leave me bogged down and drained--mentally and physically.

I found myself putting it into question today as I asked God: "Why can't things just be..."simple"?

And then I got my answer.

God has already given us "SIMPLE"...I've just chosen other "complications".

Let me explain...

The dictionary defines the word "simple" as---being FREE from "secondary" complications...

This leaves me asking what "secondary" thing has a hold of my life recently, and is by definition, "stealing" my freedom from complications?

The answer is...(simple)...

Anything that has a hold of me -- that doesn't keep Christ as THE MAIN a "secondary" complication.


So if I'm interested in "simple" truth...

It's that life became more complicated when I took my eyes off of Christ.
Circumstances became more complicated when I gazed at the "secondary" things of this world.

Jesus is our "primary" focus...
Encourage one another~

And...let's keep it "simple!"

But I am afraid, lest as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, your minds should be led astray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ" (II Cor. 11:3)

Mary Freeman
Dusseldorf Germany

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