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YOU MUST LEARN TO WEATHER THE STORMS
Dew drops glisten in the early morning sun,
TEAR DROPS FROM HEAVEN
Jesus is Real
Someone asked me, "How do I know Jesus is real?" This is my reply:
Jesus is THE way to relationship with Father God, THE way to everlasting life, and THE way to abundant life!
Jesus is not only real but all reality was created FOR Him and BY Him! Jesus is the most pivotal character in the annals of human history. The very years we chronicle are demarcated by His Birth.
Those who love Him will give up everything to follow Him; those who hate Him will stop at nothing to discredit Him and destroy His followers.
Jesus is love personified. No other figure was known to lay down His life, not only for those who LOVE Him but for those who HATE Him as well!
When compared to other “religions,” well, Krishna is dead, Buddha is dead, Muhammed is dead, Zoroaster is dead, Joseph Smith is dead, Charles Taze Russell is dead, and L.Ron Hubbard is dead. Jesus, on the other hand is alive at the right hand of the Father!
When I experience each breath, I experience Jesus’ Love for me. When I witness a sunrise or a sunset, I experience His majesty. When I held my sons for the first time, I experienced His meticulous creativity.
Indeed, Jesus is not only REAL, He is the REALEST thing I know!
©2011 – Derrick Day (www.derrickday.com)
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Today, the United States commemorates the tenth anniversary of the terrorist attacks against New York City and Washington D.C. Truly this a solemn day to pay respect to the lives lost in the tragic events of that day, reflect upon the price of eternal vigilance, and to honor the heroism of those aboard flight 93, who thwarted an attack on the White House.
Unfortunately, many “prophecy hounds” decried this as the beginning of the end of days. Others of the “religious judgmentalist” faction cited these events as “God’s judgment against America.” Both assessments are as far from the truth as the east is from the west!
The simple truth is that we were victims of our own way of life. Liberty assumes a certain amount of risk. And, even thought security is tighter in airports and seaports, we haven’t fallen into either martial law or a police state.
For the “prophecy hounds,” I submit to you that the events of September 11, 2001 have nothing to do with the end of days. Jesus, Himself, outlined the conditions surrounding the end of days in Matthew 24. More to the point, in verse 14 of this chapter, the Lord declares:
And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.
The true Gospel of the Kingdom has not been preached to all the world. If it had, we would see the power of God extended toward men in the form of the Greater Works Jesus said we’d do (John 14:12). Is healing by the laying of hands as commonplace as during the Lord’s earthly ministry or even during the time of the Book of Acts? Not even close. And let’s not talk about the raising of the dead…
Now, to address the folks who like to stand in judgment of others, I say, “pump your brakes, dawg!” ALL of God’s wrath and judgment toward man was heaped upon Jesus at the Cross at Calvary. Isaiah well prophesied of the price Jesus paid for the redemption of man:
But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. (Isaiah 53:5)
Notice the boldface! What, you ask, is the chastisement of our peace? It is the punishment that was intended for us! Man that is good Gospel news! Because God laid His wrath upon Jesus, IT DOES NOT COME UPON MAN — EITHER SAINT OR SINNER! Until the season of the Book of Revelation commences, God will not pour out wholesale wrath!
Jesus, Himself, put it best:
54And when his disciples James and John saw this, they said, Lord, wilt thou that we command fire to come down from heaven, and consume them, even as Elias did? 55But he turned, and rebuked them, and said, Ye know not what manner of spirit ye are of. 56For the Son of man is not come to destroy men’s lives, but to save them. And they went to another village. (Luke 9:54-56)
Of course I must caution you, dear reader, not to get this twisted. There are laws in the earth that will judge you, i.e., if you step off the roof of a building, gravity will cause you to fall or, if you engage in fornication, the end result may be pregnancy or a sexually-transmitted disease. If you engage in any sin, the sin will judge you, not God!
So, in this era of the Blood of Jesus, there will be no more God-sourced floods. No more God-sourced Sodom or Gomorrah. No more God-sourced captivity. When these things do happen, they are because of the fallen world we live in, not because “God is kindling His wrath!”
This is the season where God is calling out to mankind, giving all an opportunity to receive the free gift that is Jesus!
© 2011 – Derrick Day (www.derrickday.com)
Have you ever given thought to that breath you just took? Or the next one you anticipate taking? Every breath you take is precious because it is that one breath that separates your existence from the temporal to the eternal. Each breath you take delivers vital oxygen to your cellular structure and removes carbon dioxide and other less-than-beneficial gasses from your body.
God showed me that, for most of my life, I had been breathing autonomously; even accidentally!
The Breath of life is illustrated in Genesis 2:7:
And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.
When God breathed the breath of life into man, He imparted Ruach (Hebrew) — the spirit nature — into man. This Ruach was intended to be the part of the man that communicates with God’s Spirit, the Pneuma (Greek).
Now, theological scholars may rake me over the coals over my mixing of Hebrew and Greek, but stay with me…
God does EVERYTHING intentionally! There are no accidents; no “Plan B.” Moreover, He created us to live life purposefully and intentionally. God created us with a specific purpose in mind but we have to tap into His will, culture, and intent for that purpose to be fully revealed.
That said, if He was so deliberate with the breath of life, we, too, should be deliberate with our breathing.
Since this revelation, I make a conscious effort to breathe intentionally. I take time during each day to breathe deeply — drawing in as deep a breath as I can take, holding it briefly, and exhaling. This manifests two blessings: first, being aware of each breath teaches me to be a good steward of the breath God has given me and, second, the deep breathing invigorates and energized me and reminds me that God has paid for my healing by the stripes of Jesus (Isaiah 53:5, 1 Peter 2:24).
Don’t get it twisted, though! I’m not talking about some new-age foolishness; I’m talking about being conscious and aware of one of the most fundamental, essential gifts God has given us. I’m talking about Christ-centered spiritual and physical refreshing.
I pray this will help you in both your walk of faith and the quality of your natural life!
© 2011 – Derrick Day (www.derrickday.com)
Anyone who thinks God “took out” Pastor Zachery Tims “because of his sin,” probably ought to be looking over their own shoulder. You see, God is not a murderer (check out Matthew, Mark, Luke and John — who did Jesus kill?). Everyone will give an account of their lives: those who are in Christ will do so before the Judgment Seat of Christ, and those who are outside of Him will do so before the Great White Throne Judgment. I am absolutely tired of these self-righteous “christians” who are quick to pass judgment on someone when they, too, walk around with the sin that so easily besets them.
Instead of throwing stones, we should be collectively mourning the loss of a General of the faith and praying for the four young children surviving Pastor Tims. We should also collectively “pump our brakes,” rather than jumping to conclusions about what led or contributed to his demise.
© 2011 – Bishop Derrick Day (www.derrickday.com)
What we know as The Rapture will happen ONLY when THE GOSPEL OF THE KINGDOM is preached FULLY throughout the nations (Matthew 24:14). The FULL Gospel has neither been preached in its entirety, nor is it FULLY preached throughout the world. We need to be diligent about RENEWING our minds, BUSYING our hands, and MOBILIZING our feet…We have a lot of work to do!
In Ephesians 5:27, The Apostle Paul writes Jesus is coming for a church without spot (backbiting, gossip, leadership failure), wrinkle (denominations, musical disagreements, day-of-worship), or blemish (racism, cultural divides). In other words, we have a lot of washing and ironing to do before the wedding!
Why are we looking for the way out? Jesus came to restore the DOMINION originally given by God (Genesis 1:26-28) and lost by man. He gave us durable power of attorney (John 14:13-14, John 15:16, John 16:23-24,26) to be AGENTS of His AUTHORITY in the earth. Instad of looking to leave (fear-based) we need to be invading and influencing the earth with God’s will, culture, and intent (faith-based) — in other words, WE NEED A TAKEOVER MENTALITY!
If you’re saved and all you’re doing is trying to discern the signs of the Lord’s return, you’re not fulfilling the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19-20). Get off your Blessed Assurance and go forth INTO THE WORLD, winning souls AND making disciples in the name of Jesus!
I’m tired of hearing preaching on the exit strategy when Jesus clearly laid out a takeover strategy!
© 2011 – Derrick Day (www.derrickday.com)
One thing every believer can agree upon is that God is just. But, if all there is to salvation is getting your ticket to heaven punched, then as soon as we accept, believe upon, and confess Jesus as Lord and Savior, we’d be raptured up immediately into heaven.
But we remain after the New Birth. What’s up with that?
The New Birth, contrary to popular belief, is not a religious experience, It is a change of citizenship into a new nation (Colossians 1:13), whose Government, Provision, and Protection CANNOT fail! You become a royal subject of the King of Kings, who delights in the prosperity of His servants (Psalm 35:27).
There are no illegal immigrants in the Kingdom of God. That’s why you have to be born (again) into it.
Along with your citizenship, you become an Ambassador of the Most High God (2 Corinthians 5:20), His Beloved Child (Romans 8:14, Ephesians 1:5), and a joint-heir with Jesus Christ (Romans 8:17). You are to have ALL sufficiency to ABOUND to EVERY good work (2 Corinthians 9:8).No earthly government dispatches ambassadors and emissaries into foreign lands without adequate provision. If you have forsaken all you know to obtain Kingdom citizenship, you have a promise of abundance in this lifetime AND eternal life in the world to come (Mark 10:29-30).
If you’re a citizen of the United States, it is in your best interest to have knowledge of the Constitution. If you’re a Citizen of the Kingdom of God, it behooves you to hide the Word of God in your heart (Psalm 119:1) and know your Covenant rights! As an Ambassador of the King of Kings, I know that when the enemy (satan) tries to oppress me, all I need to do is stand on the Word of God and declare DIPLOMATIC IMMUNITY!
As a citizen of the Kingdom of God, you have certain inalienable rights endowed by your Father/Creator and ratified with the Blood of His Son, Jesus. However, without full knowledge of your rights and benefits, the devil is more than happy to try and usurp them. That same devil is on a mission to steal from you, kill you, or destroy your life. But Jesus came that you may have life and have it more abundantly — IN THE HERE-AND-NOW (John 10:10).
I say all this to say that religion teaches you that, after salvation, you are to simply await the Lord’s return. Now, Jesus is, indeed, coming — and we need to be ready. However, until Jesus’ return or the end or our mortal lives (whichever comes first) we are to influence this earth realm with the will, culture, and intent of our King. We are to have dominion in the earth, not sit timidly and idly waiting for the Savior’s return!
The kind of teaching that implies you are powerless while you are here is utter religious foolishness and a yoke on the necks of God’s people! Salvation is more than a ticket to heaven, it is a connection to the Divine Power Source. Folks are quick to proclaim they “…are waiting on a move of God,” when all creation is waiting for a move of man (Romans 8:19)!
The Bible teaches us that where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty (2 Corinthians 3:17). But if all you’re getting is rote religion, God sent me here to tell you, He ain’t in your religion. If you can’t say “Amen, say “oh my!”
© 2011 – Derrick Day (www.derrickday.com)
Y’all, there are churches that grow numerically without Christ-centered preaching and teaching. Without naming names, there are churches with 10K+, 20K+, 30K+, and even 40K+ members and many lack a concise Christ-centered message.
That said, these institutions may be growing numerically but not spiritually. My evidence? The first century Church grew organically because of the compelling message of the risen Christ (Acts 2:22-41), but also because of the Church’s approach to ministering to the lowly, healing the sick, sacrificial giving (Acts 2:45), and the well-being of God’s people (Acts 2:44). These ministry aspects are increasingly missing in many churches.
Another reason many churches grow numerically is that there is a hoarding spirit present.
Oh, yes, many churches are good at looking good. They take in lots of money and sponsor many mission trips. They have great community outreach programs. They have beautiful sanctuaries and annexes. They have polished television, radio, and internet ministries.
But how many new churches do they plant? How many smaller churches do they bless with material or financial resources? How many LOCAL churches do they fellowship with? Not many.
Because it’s better to direct resources toward packing their own houses! Increased tithes and offerings provide vital capital for ambitious programs and projects that increase the prestige and visibility of that ministry. Fellowshipping doesn’t happen for fear of “sheep-stealing” and the resulting reduction of revenue.
And, while we’re on revenue, let’s talk about money. A lot of churches grow because they have built psychological models of guilt, coercion, and fear for tithing and offering. Some of their pastors and teachers are in touch with their inner-pimp, while others resemble the snake-oil salesmen of the late 19th century.
In other words, love is not the center of their giving! In order to properly understand giving, folks have to be inculcated with the principles of love. When you give out of love, you give cheerfully (2 Corinthians 9:7) and when you give there’s a blessing coupled with that (Luke 6:38).
I could go on and on but the net of this is, church doesn’t have to be big to be effective. An old preacher told me once, “It’s better to have 5 effective saints than 5000 pew-sitters.
©2011 – Derrick Day (www.derrickday.com)
WARNING: This lesson consists of strong meat and will challenge long and widely held religious notions about faith in the Body of Christ!
Love and Faith, Lesson 15 of The Love Walk, a video teaching series by Bishop Derrick Day. In this lesson, Bishop Day illustrates that faith is the Currency of the Kingdom of God and the Key to appropriating God's promises.
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