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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
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Contending For The Vision

Posted 02-29-2024 at 02:23 PM by Albert Finch

The day must come when we leave the wilderness and begin to take the Promised Land of God's intention for our Christ calling. The light of the Glory of His Presence rises upon those who understand their Christ identity and are contending for the expansion of His Kingdom in the earth.

Glory -- bearing fruit that remains, they have travailed with the Father and carry His burden for the lost and for the world. Since we are in union with Him, we carry His authority and the strategies to complete His will to save and transform nations and people groups. God does not exclude any who are willing!


According to Ezekiel 36:36-37, first, we must ASK—we must desire to advance His purpose for our life (John 15:7) and receive it in our spirits as our calling in Christ. Second, we put our finger on His promises in scripture that apply to our calling and say, "As You have said Lord."

We hold God to His promises as David did: "You, my God, have revealed to Your servant that You will build a house for him. So Your servant has found courage to pray to You. You, LORD, are God! You have promised these good things to Your servant" (1 Chronicles 17:25-26).

"Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." - Hebrews 11:1

God cannot bless us beyond our belief, and belief will lead to action—to contending!


To decree a thing is to contend for it! The Hebrew word for decree also means to decide, to make a firm decision, one where we will not waver; and the Hebrew word for establish means to rise.

A mature Christian will have learned the discipline of contending through much trial and tribulation and will see the rising of the vision and the dream.


It is time for the sons and daughters of God to TAKE the Promised LAND – Time to declare and Decree. Our promised land is the fulfillment of God's purpose for our life.

Esther and Mordecai prayed, they fasted, then they decreed the deliverance of the Jewish people. (Esther 8:5)

The Lord is ready to perform His Word, saying, "TAKE OWNERSHIP! The Kingdom of God belongs to the Believers (Luke 18:16)! Set your focus on the eternal not the temporal. Ask large! Bring all your appeals and petitions before the court of Heaven; the time of fulfillment has come. Show your faith; give Him something to work with. – show Him that you are willing to disciple others into their Christ identity so they will be effective in moving His Kingdom forward. He is ready to perform His word!

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