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Going to church, reading the bible, listening to Christian music will not advance your spiritual life. These activities may give you more understanding but until you are ready to lay down your life and take up your cross this leads nowhere.

What I am talking about is the sacrifice of self to advance the cause of Jesus Christ in the world. There is a destiny that God had for each of us that only we can personally discover. We can discover it only by detaching from the world and making ourselves available for the Holy Spirit. By detaching from the world--now you have time--the commodity that most Christians are not willing to give.

Jesus said, "Self-help is not help at all. Self-sacrifice is the way, to finding yourself, your true self. (Matthew 16:25)

"God has planted eternity in the human heart." (Ecclesiastes 3:11)

"Anyone who lets himself be distracted from the work I plan for him is not fit for the Kingdom of God." (Luke 9:62)

"The most important thing is that I complete my mission, the work that the Lord Jesus gave me." (Acts 20:24)

"We have been sent to speak for Christ." (2 Corinthians 5:20)

"We are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus, to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do." (Ephesians 2:10)

Albert Finch
www.thekeys2kingdom.com
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Apprehending The Christ Life

Posted 11-29-2021 at 01:18 AM by Albert Finch


The Apostle Paul said he was "apprehended by Christ." Think about that. That's what a Christian is; someone who has been apprehended (stopped, and taken into the custody) by Jesus Christ.

When God gives you a promise or word or vision which you know is from Him – don't just look at it but apprehend it. Grasp hold of it – and bring it home.

In the Bible it says, "For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen..." The problem is we hear the promises and read them but we don't apprehend them (bring them home).

2 Chronicles 7:14: "If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from Heaven, and will forgive their sin and HEAL their land"

Apprehend and take hold. Stop and take into custody the things He has said. He said He would heal the land – that's a promise because He is a Healer of people and nations. Declare the goodness of God in the land of the living.


NEW BEGINNINGS

Isaiah 43:19 - “Nothing compares to what I'm going to do with you says the Lord! Behold, I am going to do a brand new thing with you personally. See, I've already begun to do it. Don't you see it?”

In the land of New Beginnings, we must remove the masks and veils that have formed in the past season so we can now form a more enlightened perspective of our Christ identity for the future. Isaiah 41:15 ("Behold, I will make you to be a new, sharp, threshing instrument which has teeth; you shall thresh the mountains and beat them small, and shall make the hills like chaff) has become a keyword for us. This will allow us to display the wisdom of God to the powers and principalities that have blocked us in past seasons.

Luke 6:7-8 "And the scribes and Pharisees watched him, whether he would heal on the sabbath day; that they might find an accusation against him. 8But he knew their thoughts, and said to the man which had the withered hand, Rise up, and stand forth in the midst. And he arose and stood forth."

Jesus says “rise up”. Rise up is the root word for RESURRECTION. We need to get up higher than our current perception. We need to come to a place where we are looking at things from a more inspired view- point. Resurrection is a life on a brand new dimension. It does not matter what my current reality is. It simply becomes the occasion for God’s power to be manifested in the midst of impossibility. Jesus tells me to rise up! We hear His voice and the promises He gives us in scriptures.


WE MUST FIND OUR PLACE OF DEPARTURE

There are some things we need to leave behind. As we depart one phase or season, we will also see our place to enter.

Luke 10:62 - “Jesus said to him. ‘No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back (to the things behind) is fit for the kingdom of God.’”

We are what the past has made us. Yet, we are commanded to not look back and to "forget.....what lies behind". With God, this is not impossible, for although the events of our lives are irreversible, our reactions to those events can still be changed.


Philippians 3:13 - “But one thing I do (my one aspiration): forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead.”


HE'S EMPOWERING AND SENDING US OUT


Matthew 10:7,8 - “And as you go, preach, saying, 'The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand.' Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give."



"As you go, preach!"
God calls every believer to preach the Gospel with power. God will give us a VISION of His PURPOSE for us, commission us, and release us to fulfill it (our DESTINY).

He's giving us boldness to cast out every hindrance to breakthrough, to restore those DREAMS AND VISIONS of long ago that we thought were lost.

We develop new strength to run the race ahead. We seek Him like never before, and all things are attracted to us. We leap forward and find ourselves moving in the perfect will of God!

Psalm 18:28-29 says, “For You will light my lamp; the Lord My God will enlighten my darkness. For by You I can run against a troop; by my God I can leap over a wall.”
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