Becoming Covenant Minded


Because we have Christ’s mind, we can learn to think like Him.

1 Corinthians 2:16 – For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.

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To be covenant minded is to think in the terms of the covenant to which one s joined.  While a contract is much weaker than a covenant, if you make a purchase, but are not fully aware of the contractual agreement, which includes warranty, you may very well find yourself never enjoying the full benefits of the contract.  The same is true if you contract someone for certain work, which may include parts and future services under warranty.  It pays to read and be intimately familiar with any contract into which you enter.

Covenant should be considered much more important.  You see, a contract may have legal standings, but a true covenant has life and death standing.  A true covenant can only be made when the flesh is parted to the flowing of blood.  That’s why God’s covenant with Abraham had to be honored by the shedding of blood of certain animals, and even the shedding of man’s blood through circumcision.  The covenant of the Law of the Old Testament, likewise, required the shedding of blood.  And for the New Testament to be a “better covenant” with “better promises,” there had to be the shedding of blood from a better sacrifice.  God offered His Own blood through sacrifice of His first born, Jesus, and Jesus offered His Own blood as a man, having emptied Himself of all divine privilege.  Jesus was the perfect sacrifice for both God and man.

Therefore, it becomes paramount for the believer to receive, embrace, and put to work the mind of Christ as the mind of covenant with which he must continually think.  Anything less than Christ-thinking will NOT work for the believer to become covenant minded.  When one is born again, the mind of Christ is made available to him.  To have that mind firmly established in you, you must study the Word, meditate constantly upon the Word, speak the Word in every situation of life, allow no corrupt communication to come forth from your mouth, always speak in line with God’s Word (His Will), walk and work within the light of God’s Word, do all things by love and in faith, give attention to the Word, incline your ears to the Word, keep the Word before your eyes, and keep your heart filled with the Word.  When one lives that lifestyle, thinking at God’s level and in God’s manner can become your way of life.  The greatest things in this natural world come to the greatest thinkers.  And it is to Christ-thinkers that the things of Christ will surely come.

Manna for Today – Philippians 2:1-11; Romans 12:1-2; Joshua 1:6-9; Philippians 4:8; Hebrews 9:1-10; Hebrews 10:1-18; Romans 15:5-7; 1 Corinthians 1:10; Philippians1:27; Hebrews 8:6; Hebrews 12:24

Covenant of Complete Redemption


No other covenant could do what the New Covenant could do
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Hebrews 8:6 – But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises.

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When Father sent Jesus into the earth as His only begotten Son, He left nothing out in the plan of redemption He instituted.  At the close of His earthly ministry, Jesus, coming to His final steps, offered Himself as the complete and final payment in full for our redemption.  That payment covered us in every arena of life; spirit, soul, and body. 

  • The Spirit Man – the real you; you are a spirit, have a soul, live in a body.  The redemption He provided produced for you the new birth, making you a living member of a new species that never existed before His resurrection.  You are alive unto God, His child, one with Him, heir of God, joint heir with Christ, and assigned full power of attorney to speak His Word in His Name to accomplish anything He could do, and greater.  You, the spirit man, are born of God, and possess His nature.
  • The Soul Man – your mind, will, intellect, and emotions.  Your redemption means you have full and complete access to the mind of Christ, the ability to develop a will of His strength, an intellect that could only be defined as divine, and emotions that serve you for strength and holy purpose.  You have through redemption the ability to think, reason, and rationalize as Jesus Himself would do.
  • The Body (Physical) Man – this is the flesh that is useful because of the five senses; sight, smell, taste, hearing, and touch.  Despite the frailties of the flesh, for the believer, it is still redeemed.  By the stripes of Jesus, we were healed.  Jesus took our infirmities and bore our sicknesses.  He sent His Word and healed us. 

When we consider the salvation provided through our redemption received from Jesus, there is yet more to consider.  Salvation, or sozo, is an all-inclusive term that covers the whole man.  It means more than what we’ve already stated.  The full coverage of salvation includes the new birth of the human spirit, the renewing of the mind (soulish realm), and the complete healing of the physical body as we’ve already indicated, but more.  It also includes your deliverance from all temporal evil, and the complete provision of every human need.  All of that is included in the salvation that belongs to the believer through redemption.  So, when the Word declares that “Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us,” it means COMPLETE redemption from the COMPLETE curse.  The only element of that complete redemption that we will not receive in the present natural life is the glorified body that will be ours when Jesus comes for His church.  Get ready.  It draws closer daily.  Remain faithful and diligent.

Manna for Today – Hebrews 8:1-13; John 3:16-17; Galatians 3:13-29; Ephesians 2:1-22; 3 John 2; Isaiah 53:4-5; John 14:12-14; Matthew 8:17; Psalm 107:20; Deuteronomy 28

Our Need for Covenant

There are some things one absolutely needs in life.  Covenant with God is the most important.

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Ephesians 2:12 – That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:

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It has been said that one can live (generally) 40 days without food, three days without water, three or four minutes without air, and perhaps even less than that without hope.  It is surely true that all these elements are absolute necessities for life.  But there is more to consider.  As a human being, you were designed by your creator to live forever.  And you will . . . somewhere.  And while I would not really call in living to spend your eternal existence in the lake of fire, it is, by its very nature, eternal.  But to have true eternal life, to live in joy and the presence of the Lord for eternity, one MUST have covenant with the Lord.

Take a moment and read our Text for Today once again.  Its content is absolute truth, and the reality of this is absolutely horrifying.  When a person exists in this earth outside of covenant with the Lord, that is, being “without Christ,” the condition that represents is, as I’ve already written, horrifying.  As a Gentile, that is, one WHO outside the bloodline of Israel, this passage calls them “aliens.”  An alien is someone who has not legal standing, especially through birth, and subsequently lives without certain rights and privileges that belong to citizens.  Such people are also referred to as “strangers from the covenants of promise.”  The “covenants of promise” refer to the Old Covenant that was God’s covenant with Israel, and of course, the New Covenant, that is God’s covenant with anyone who believes in Jesus and has been born again.  All the promises of God are in Him, Yes and Amen.  Imagine the potential emptiness of living beneath those promises.  We then read that those living outside the covenants of promise are people “having no hope, and without God in the world.”  My imagination simply cannot grasp living in such an estate.  I desperately need the Lord, I know it, and I have chosen to NOT live without Him.

My dear friend, ALL OF US desperately need Jesus.  All we need to do is look about us to see the desperation in which multitudes of humanity exist.  What they are experiencing is NOT life, but is rather the symptoms of death that is the wages of sin.  ONLY through Christ can that be changed.  Religion can’t produce it.  Philosophy can’t explain it.  Education can’t teach it.  Riches can’t purchase it.  Society can design it.  Mediums can’t conjure it.  ONLY CHRIST CAN GIVE IT!  ONLY BY FAITH CAN YOU RECEIVE IT!  Oh, how He loves you and me!

Manna for Today – John 3:3-7; John 3:16-17; 2 Corinthians 1:20; Galatians 3:13-29; Ephesians 2:1-10

Onward and Upward

With Jehovah God, there is no going back; only onward and upward.

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Joel 2:25 – And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpiller, and the palmerworm, my great army which I sent among you.

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Our Father God, our Lord Jesus Christ, and the precious person of Holy Ghost will NOT make covenant and go back on their word.  We are told in the Scriptures that God could swear by no greater than Himself.  We are likewise told that though heaven and earth pass away, His Word shall NEVER pass.  His Word is settled forever in heaven.  And Isaiah 55:11 should settle it for every believe.  There, Father says, “So shall My Word be that goes forth out of My mouth.  It shall not return unto Me void, but shall accomplish that which I please (that which He has spoken), and prosper in the thing whereunto I have sent it.” (Parenthetical insertion was my own.)

What God starts, He will see through to its conclusion.  He knows the end from the beginning.  He is upholding all things by the Word of His power.  His Word, His covenant, is fixed.  If one covenant of God is replaced by another, it will always be a better one.  Every level of covenant Father sets forth is an advancement, an improving, a better covenant that the one preceding.  Once again, remember, every Word from God is Covenant.  In Genesis 1, God placed a perfect man on a perfect earth for a perfect purpose.  He already knew man would fall.  He had already put in place a plan of redemption for His man, and each covenant Father set forth was put in place to ultimately bring His man to that place of redemption He had in mind before the foundation of the world.  In fact, Father was so set on that ultimate of covenants that He wrote our names in the heaven before the foundation of the world.  What a faith statement!  I know we’ve all heard that when you get saved, God writes you name in the Book of Life, but the truth is, you name was there from before the foundation of the earth.  But if you depart this life without Christ as your Lord and Savior, you name will be blotted out.  And there, dear friend, is the ultimate sadness.

Father’s intention for each of His children is that we move onward and upward.  We are to grow up into Jesus unto the fullness of the measure of Christ.  We are to go from glory to glory, ultimately coming to perfection that has already been established for us in Him.  We are the head and not the tail, above only and not beneath.  We are heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ.  None of this indicates in any way toward a child of God going down, or being defeated or overcome.  Instead, we are the overcomers in Him.  Onward and upward, child of God.

Manna for Today – Psalm 24:7-9; Psalm 121:1; Luke 9:62; 1 Corinthians 9:10; Philippians 3:13-14; Hebrews 6:10-18

Our Covenant God

The more you understand covenant, you better you will understand Jehovah.

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Deuteronomy 7:9 – Know therefore that the LORD thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations;

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Our God, Jehovah, Yahweh Elohim, El Shaddai, is a covenant making and keeping God.  I have often said, “One word from God is all of God.”  The reason I say that is because God and His Word are One; They are inseparable.  If God says it, that settles it.  His Word is truth and is forever settled in heaven.  And God’s Word, because it is forever settled in heaven, and because it is One with God, is covenant.

The first five words of the Bible establish the covenant character and nature of our Father.  “In the beginning, God created.”  Settle that in your heart immediately.  God is NOT a thief, a murderer, or a destroyer.  That is the character and nature of the great deceiver, the devil.  He has come to steal, kill, and destroy, but Jesus has come to give us life, and life more abundantly.  Any true study of God’s Word will clearly reveal what happens when God sets forth a covenant.  He identifies Himself clearly, He speaks clearly to the party with whom He intends to make covenant, He clearly designates the responsibilities of the covenant for Himself and His covenant partner, He clearly sets forth the blessings inherent to the covenant, and He will cite penalties from breaking or fighting against the covenant.  These things are not always listed in a particular order, but the study of His covenant commitments will lead to the revelation of all these elements.

When Father makes a covenant, He keeps covenant, and will never fail in that covenant until He replaces it with a better covenant.  Our primary example of that is the replacement of the Old Covenant by a new and better Covenant called the New Testament, or New Covenant.  The Old Covenant was a covenant of laws in which the violation of one was the violation of all.  The New Covenant is a covenant of love that works by faith, trusting in the completed work of Jesus Who not only redeemed us from the curse of the law, but was Himself made to be the propitiation of our sins, and has through that made us the righteous-ness of God in Christ, releasing to us every blessing of that covenant.  And glory of glories, if one of His covenant people fail, fall short, sin, we have an advocate with the Father, and when we confess that sin, He is faithful to forgive us and cleanse us from all unrighteousness, restoring us to complete fellowship with Father.  Our Advocate, now our High Priest, ever lives to make intercession for us to Father, and through Him we have eternal life; that’s eternal covenant.

Manna for Today – Genesis 17; Zechariah 9:9-13; Galatians 3:13-29; Hebrews 8 & 9; Hebrews 10:16; Hebrews 12:24; Hebrews 13:20; John 1:1

What in the World Is Happening? – Part Thirty-four

We must be able to learn from the plain, yet subtle things the Lord shows us.

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Mark 4:3 & 26 – Hearken; Behold, there went out a sower to sow:….&…..So is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed into the ground;

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In my final writing of this series, I want to point out a prophetic picture from Job that is absolutely wondrous.  In the end, Job received double for all he lost, plus a whole new family; seven sons and three daughters.  But before I go further, answer a question.  When does a parent name his/her child?  While a name may be chosen before birth, it is AT BIRTH that the name is actually bestowed.  Consider the names Job gave his new daughters.  They were named JemimaKezia, and Kerenhappuch.  Those names meant something.  Jemima = handsome.  Kezia = cassia, one of the anointing spices.  Kerenhappuch – child of beauty.  Now think of that, for we are told in Job 42:15 that they were the three most beautiful women in the land, and that Job even gave them inheritance among the brethren.

That was a beautiful story of THEN, but how does that apply to the 21st century church?  I’m glad you asked.  When Job learned that his biggest problem was the words of his own mouth, and then prayed for his friends, God turned his captivity.  He stepped back into the faith arena, and called things that be not as though they were.  When the church awakens to its need to return to its faith, speaking the word of faith in all things, Father will prepare His church for its exit.  That which has fallen away will be restored, that which the locust has eaten will be restored, and its end will be better than its beginning.  That which has been shall be.  The church will  be that glorious church, the bride of Christ, without spot, wrinkle, or blemish.  That sounds like a beautiful church to me.  In fact, it sounds like the most beautiful presentation of the church that has ever existed. 

God hasn’t changed.  He still calls things that be not as though they were.  Father’s view of the church is through the blood of Jesus, and through that blood, His view of the church is one that we shall be, that being a church without spot, wrinkle, or blemish.  As surely as we have the Word of God that is true and cannot fail, and as surely as we have a Father and Lord Who change not, we will see the church surpass its former glory, be restored by Father, and be that glorious church for whom the Lord Himself will appear and catch it away, in a moment and the twinkling of an eye.

Manna for Today – Mark 4; Genesis 3:7 & 21; Hebrews 9:22; Psalm 91; Isaiah 54:17; Ephesians 2:10; Deuteronomy 28:1-14; Matthew 24; Luke 17:26; Genesis 6:11; 1 Corinthians 10:13; Job

What in the World Is Happening? – Part Thirty-two

It’s time for the church to fulfill its role in this age, without hesitation, in full faith and love.

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Mark 4:3 & 26 – Hearken; Behold, there went out a sower to sow:….&…..So is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed into the ground;

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As a Christian for more than 60 years, and walking in the five-fold ministry for almost 50 years, I have experienced many things that hurt, injured, marked, and even scarred my life.  In all those occurrences, I have learned that my best possible strategy in anything I face is simple obedience to and focus on the Word of God.  I have been deeply involved in martial arts training for over 40 years, and from that have learned how to defend myself rather proficiently, and have certain capabilities that most people have not learned.  None of them even come close to the effectiveness of God’s Word in dealing with hurtful, and even dangerous situations.  The best and greatest weapons we will ever possess or use in our lives arise from the Word of God and obedience to the Word.

I would like to think that most, if not all, men and women of God would know this, teach this, walk in this, and model this.  It’s not a matter of ethnicity, social status, or geography.  It’s a matter of faith and obedience to God’s Word (His will).  And yet sadly, especially in this hour when the world seems to be locked in a struggle with so-called “pandemic,” and in many places, especially my home country, racism is raising its ugly head on what seems to be almost every street corner.  My question here is a simple one.  Where are our pastors, our denominational leaders, and the Christians who serve in our nation’s government, educational institutes, and media? 

While pandemic and racial issues seem to overload our airways, so many ministers are remaining silent, or worse, joining in the fray of debates at a carnal level, seeming to ignore the spiritual demands set forth in the Scriptures.  I fully realize that much of what I am writing is not popular in many religious circles, especially those who tout unity between Biblical Christianity and religions that are completely counter to Christianity.  It’s time for the church to do that which God intended it to do.  Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength.  Worship God in spirit and in truth.  Preach the Gospel to every creature.  Love your neighbor as yourself; not more than or less than.  Live by faith.  Fear not.  Pray without ceasing, for all those in authority, for your enemies, for those who would hurt and persecute you. 

Marching with them, talking about them, fighting them, debating them, and compromising with them won’t work.  ONLY God’s way will work.  Get busy, church.  It’s time to go to work.

Manna for Today – Mark 4; Genesis 3:7 & 21; Hebrews 9:22; Psalm 91; Isaiah 54:17; Ephesians 2:10; Deuteronomy 28:1-14; Matthew 24; Luke 17:26; Genesis 6:11; 1 Corinthians 10:13; Job

What in the World Is Happening? – Part Thirty One

When we receive instructions that lead to victory, we need to follow them.

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Mark 4:3 & 26 – Hearken; Behold, there went out a sower to sow:….&…..So is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed into the ground;

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The time in which we live is critical.  We are closer to the coming of Jesus than ever, yet the discussion of so many believers is completely saturated with carnality.  That must change.  Jesus is coming for a church without spot, wrinkle, or blemish.  We’re not there yet.  There is work that must be done.  Jesus is coming for a church that is looking for His appearing.  Yet the church of this hour, in general, is looking for an easy way to live here.  We need Father’s instructions that will lead us to victory.  We have them in His Word.  Now it is up to us to follow them.

While today’s Second Miler will certainly not provide an exhaustive list, I will offer you some of the basics to which we must adhere in order to live in the victory Father desires for us.  These words are written to the Christian, the believer in Christ.

  • Keep God’s Commandments – we are living in a time in which everything we say and do needs to be weighed in the light of God’s Word.  Obedience to the Word of God is a MUST!
  • Study to show yourself approved unto God – it’s not about man’s approval, but God’s.  Socially acceptable, popular, politically correct theology is garbage.  Don’t allow it in your house, but rather, keep it out.  It only corrupts.  Before you speak, or publish your words in places like social media, make sure they are RIGHT WORDS.  If you’re not sure, don’t say it, don’t write it, and don’t publish it.  Make sure your words align with God’s Words.
  • By YOUR words you will be justified, and by YOUR words you will be condemned – the most important words that will ever be spoken about you are the words you speak.  Make sure your words agree with all God has said about you.  Words that justify will strengthen you, uphold you, and give you victory.
  • Pray according to the Word – prayer is communion with Father.  Pray the Word.  Father WILL respond to His Covenant.  Every believer is called to pray, anointed to pray, assigned to pray.  Obey your calling, walk in your anointing, work in your assignment.  Pray for those who speak, act, and conspire against you; do not curse or speak evil of them.  When Job prayed for those who spoke, acted, and thought against him, God turned his captivity.

These instructions are but a few of what is our responsibility, but they are a sound foundation upon which to build your victory.  The captivity of the church MUST be turned.

Manna for Today – Mark 4; Genesis 3:7 & 21; Hebrews 9:22; Psalm 91; Isaiah 54:17; Ephesians 2:10; Deuteronomy 28:1-14; Matthew 24; Luke 17:26; Genesis 6:11; 1 Corinthians 10:13; Job

What in the World is Happening? – Part Thirty

There is something we can all do to change things.

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What in the World Is Happening? – Part Thirty

Mark 4:3 & 26 – Hearken; Behold, there went out a sower to sow:….&…..So is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed into the ground;

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For months now, we have quarantined, masked, isolated, and medicated.  The problems only increase.  People have walked softly, striven to be politically correct, tried to re-write history, ignore our past, and create and impossible future.  The problems only increase.  The media has sold their stories, the politicians have made their cases, and churches, businesses, and an economy has all but shut down.  The problems only increase.  Even Christians are opposing one another.  Some of self-justifying as they cry about their trials, while others are condemning them for trying to appear too spiritual.  And the problems only increase.

What shall we do?  Allow me to offer you God’s solution.  It will require a commitment on your part.  Remember, we’re looking at the Job scenario as a prophetic look at the 21st century church.  In that scenario, each human character represents elements of the church.  In that representation, Job and his three friends carry on the longest dialogue, and according to Elihu and God, that dialogue was, in reality, destructive to Job’s cause and useless as a solution.  Sadly, many members of the 21st century church around the world are engaged in that same kind of activity.  And social media has become one of the biggest stages on which the 21st century dialogue and interaction is taking place.  It is visible in many other places, especially in churches, and we see it playing out even in politics.  It is this constant bickering that is going on around the globe.  So many voices are crying out their opinions without any foundational anchoring from a Biblical perspective.  One cries for masks, and another condemns it.  One cries for social distancing while another berates it.  Some government elements demand restrictions on group size in church, while hundreds, and even thousands march in our streets, and violent forces seem to be using many there as a subterfuge for their plans.

In Job, the answer was sacrifice by Job’s friends for themselves and Job, and Job had to pray for his friends.  When they did that, Job’s captivity was turned, and blessing replaces cursing.  My friend, the same solution is what is needed today.  If you use social media, us it to edify and minister grace, not as a platform for corrupt communication that divides and causes discord among the brethren, which, by the way, God hates.  Stop debating against one another and start praying for one another.  Speak what God says as opposed to what media and even government officials say.  If God says it, that settles it.  If the media reports it, it is likely to cause strife.  The answer to the great turmoil in which the church finds itself entangled with the world is alive in the church NOW.  Release it with the Word of God and actions the correspond.

Manna for Today – Mark 4; Genesis 3:7 & 21; Hebrews 9:22; Psalm 91; Isaiah 54:17; Ephesians 2:10; Deuteronomy 28:1-14; Matthew 24; Luke 17:26; Genesis 6:11; 1 Corinthians 10:13; Job

What in the World Is Happening? – Part Twenty-nine?

We need to hear the voice of true men of God truly speaking for the Lord.

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Mark 4:3 & 26 – Hearken; Behold, there went out a sower to sow:….&…..So is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed into the ground;

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Yesterday I concluded with the question, “Who will be the Elihu(s) of this hour?”  In the book of Job, the events were localized about one natural family.  Today, the events of this hour are international, global, touching every nation and ethnic group on our planet.  The Job scenario is no longer a single family and friends issue, but touches the entire family of God and all those that family can reach.  That means the entire world is involved this time.

While we are dealing with what seems like multiple crises, disease, racial issues, hatred, bitterness, political intrigue, and more, the truth of what we are facing has, as its basis, spiritual forces.  And more than that, our assignment as believers has not changes.  It is still to go into all the world, preach the Gospel to every creature, win the lost, baptize, make disciples, and do the works that Jesus did, and greater works.  That is still our assignment, but sadly, the church at large is so distracted from that because of current events that it hardly looks like the church any longer.  Many of our sanctuaries are still empty, many, if not most others are sparsely occupied on Sunday morning, and much, if not most of the conversation is all about the distractions.  That’s what we are seeing on the news, in social media, and even in our streets firsthand. 

In the book of Job, Elihu was the voice that brought Job’s attention, and that of his three friends, back to a place where it could hear from God personally.  In this present hour, there is an ever-increasing clamoring for the prophetic voice, and there is a plethora of voices that are willing to conform to that desire.  But many of those voices remain a part of the argument and not the solution.  They speak just enough truth to attract those who desperately need to hear from the Lord, but find themselves drawn more and more to the voice of the multiplicity of prophetic sounds.  It’s easy to be deceived, misled, and misguided when you’re interested in a word from the Lord but are lacking in any real depth of knowledge and understanding of the Word of God.  One of the strong prayers we should be praying at this moment is for those who come forth with a prophetic sound will have more than the sound, and be thoroughly saturated with the truth.  If you will know truth, you must believe on Jesus, continue in His Word, and discipline yourself to obey that truth.  Then you will know the truth, and the truth shall make you free (John 8:31-32).

Manna for Today – Mark 4; Genesis 3:7 & 21; Hebrews 9:22; Psalm 91; Isaiah 54:17; Ephesians 2:10; Deuteronomy 28:1-14; Matthew 24; Luke 17:26; Genesis 6:11; 1 Corinthians 10:13; Job