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Love one another as Jesus has loved us.

I believe the Church is entering a new season. One characterized by repentance and holiness. A season in which Papa’s sovereignty and holiness MUST be honored. 

Your heavenly Father sent Jesus to earth so He could love you into holiness. So at long last, mankind could all have one heart— the sinless heart of Jesus— Papa’s heart. 

For far too long Christians’ expectations regarding their ability to resist sin and live a holy life has been too low. Sadly, many teachers of the Gospel have reinforced this. Instead of challenging Christians to live a sinless life, many have taught that all will continue to sin this side of heaven. 

What a lie of the devil! 

If someone claims, “I know God,” but doesn’t obey God’s commandments. That person is a liar and is not living in the truth. But those who obey God’s word truly show how completely they love Him. That is how we know we are living in Him. Those who say they live in God should live their lives as Jesus did. 1 John 2:4-6  

How did Jesus live His life? 

Sinless. 

That’s right! You are to live a sinless life. 

Impossible you say? 

It is if you try to do it without Papa’s grace. 

Like us, Jesus had to battle the desires of His flesh so He could obey Papa’s precepts and commandments. Papa didn’t shelter Jesus from sin. Instead Papa provided His grace, His power to resist sin. 

If Jesus could be holy and undefiled, so can you! The Spirit of the living God who lived in Jesus lives in you. 

In this season, Papa’s amazing grace is available to those who repent and seek holiness. Trusting Papa to do what He does best— resurrecting life.

The hand of the Lord was on me, and He brought me out by His Spirit and set me down in the middle of the valley. It was full of bones. He led me all around them. There were a great many of them on the surface of the valley, and they were very dry.

Then He said to me, “Son of man, can these bones live?”

I replied, “Lord God, only You know.”

He said to me, “Prophesy concerning these bones and say to them. Dry bones, hear the word of the Lord! This is what the Lord God says to these bones. I will cause breath to enter you, and you will live. I will put tendons on you. Make flesh grow on you. Cover you with skin. I will put breath in you so that you come to life. Then you will know that I am Yahweh.”

So I prophesied as I had been commanded. While I was prophesying there was a noise, a rattling sound, and the bones came together, bone to bone. As I looked, tendons appeared on them. Flesh grew. Skin covered them. But there was no breath in them.

He said to me, “Prophesy to the breath. Prophesy son of man. Say to it. This is what the Lord God says. Breath, come from the four winds and breathe into these slain so that they may live!”

So I prophesied as He commanded me. The breath entered them, and they came to life and stood on their feet— a vast army. Ezekiel 37:1-10

Dead Sea at Masada, Israel
Rita Poynor

Pain in the hands of your loving Papa creates eternal beauty.

If you’re to fulfill your Kingdom destiny, anything that can cause you to stumble and fail has to be removed. Heart issues that…

Silence Papa’s voice.

Nullify Papa’s glory in your life.

Weaken your ability to defend yourself against satan’s destructive schemes.

Damage your witness as a disciple of Christ.

Sadly, instead of allowing Papa to remove unrighteous behaviors and paradigms, many make contingency plans. 

“If I’m emotionally stronger, my heart will heal, and the pain will vanish. 

And if that doesn’t work, I’ll bury the pain so deep that it’s erased from my memory. 

And if that doesn’t work, I’ll numb it with alcohol, drugs, food, sex, shopping. Whatever it takes. 

And if that doesn’t work, I’ll be more rational and logical. Deadening my emotions so pain can’t wrap its barbed arms around me.” 

Sadly, these “if that does not work” strategies slowly nail the lids shut on their coffins. Dying slowly. They join the multitude that have lamented, “If only I had never been born!”

Thankfully, the Great Physician, Jesus is on call and will do whatever is necessary to heal you. His medicine may leave a bitter taste in you mouth, but it’s for your own good.

I had only heard about you before, but now I have seen you with my own eyes.

Job 42:5 

New Living Translation

Excerpt from What If… Devotional (Volume 1)

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Repentance is a spiritual discipline needed more than ever.

Why?

Christ is returning in this generation for His Bride— the Church. Disciples of Christ for whom being conformed to the image of Christ is the cry of their hearts. 

Longingly anticipating the heavenly marriage ceremony when they will be able to rejoice and shout for joy! “Let us give Him glory and honor, for the marriage of the Lamb has come at last, and His Bride the redeemed has prepared Herself.” 

She has been permitted to dress in fine linen, dazzling white and clean. The fine linen signifies the righteous acts of the saints— the ethical conduct, personal integrity, moral courage and godly character of believers. Revelation 19:7-8 

The Church must encourage and model repentance. However, in Her efforts to “love” mankind, the Church has forgotten biblical love isn’t a greeting card platitude. She is to nurture and prepare all the holy believers to do their own works of ministry. As they do this they will enlarge and build up the body of Christ. These grace ministries will function until we all attain oneness in the faith. Until we all experience the fullness of what it means to know the Son of God. Finally we become one perfect man with the full dimensions of spiritual maturity and fully developed in the abundance of Christ.

Then our immaturity will end! We will not be easily shaken by trouble, nor led astray by novel teachings or by the false doctrines of deceivers who teach clever lies. Instead we will remain strong and always sincere in our love as we express the truth. All our direction and ministries will flow from Christ and lead us deeper into Him, the anointed Head of His body, the Church.

For His “body” has been formed in His image and is closely joined together and constantly connected as one. And every member has been given divine gifts to contribute to the growth of all. As these gifts operate effectively throughout the whole body, we are built up and made perfect in love. Ephesians 4:12-16 

Repentance isn’t popular because many are not willing to…

Confront and rebuke others.

Admit to selfishness and apathy in their Christian walk. 

Confess sin.

Submit to discipline.

Unveil dark secrets.

Endure ridicule or persecution.

Nevertheless, Jesus boldly proclaimed, “The time is fulfilled, and the Kingdom of God is at hand. Repent and believe in the Gospel.” Mark 1:15 

Announcing to mankind and to the heavenly realm that Papa’s truth— His wisdom— His way of doing life is the foundation for a life of excellence.

Do you desire a life of excellence? Then you must allow Papa’s…

Righteousness to reign in your heart, not corrupt affections and evil practices. 

Grace and mercy empower you to overcome sin and to recognize the ungodly wisdom of men to whom Papa means nothing.

Peace that surpasses understanding to envelope you no matter the circumstances.

Yes, repentance may be a bitter pill to swallow, but it is the only path leading to a life of excellence. Ultimately ending in front of Papa’s throne where you will receive the highest of all compliments.

“You have done well, and proven yourself to be My loyal and trustworthy servant. Because you were faithful to manage a small sum, now I will put you in charge of much, much more. Come, celebrate with Me!”

Matthew 25:23 

The Passion Translation 

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