Thursday, February 26, 2015

Third Level Blessing by Guest Blogger Richard Spangler

Third Level Blessing

While attending a Ministering Spiritual Gifts Conference, I heard a teaching by Apostle John Burkholder of Buffalo, NY, who taught on Luke 6:38
“Give and it will be given to you a good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”
He says he regularly prays Luke 6:38 over his personal offerings. One day, as he prayed this verse, God told him he was praying it wrong. Apostle John asked, "How?" The Lord stated it was not enough to pray for his offering to blessed, but he needed to pray for those who were to bless him, that they would be blessed to be able to give. Then the Lord took it to another level, not only was he to pray for blessings for those who were to bless to him, but also pray for those who were to bless the givers, so that they could bless him. 
This is a third level blessing, going beyond simple addition into multiplication of blessings. God is a God of multiplication. We see this at creation; God commanded every living thing to be fruitful and multiply (not add). 
This is true in blessings as well as praying for others to be blessed. If we pray in the matter stated above, our blessings will be multiplied as well. So as you give your tithes and offerings, pray for those who are to give to you to be blessed, then for those who are to bless them to receive a blessing.
I prayed over my offering that afternoon and on Sunday at church. My wife has had some physical issues keeping her from working for more than two years. (God has been faithful in His provision for us). We and her doctors agreed that she should apply for disability. So, she filled out all the paperwork and submitted it. Her claim was promptly rejected. She appealed and was scheduled for an appeals hearing on the next Tuesday. 
At the hearing, I was told I could say nothing, so I just sat there and prayed quietly in the Spirit. The judge said it appeared my wife qualified for disability and we would be notified in seven to 10 days of his decision. We were excited and praised God. 
Three days later, our attorney called with the news that the judge’s decision had already been given and he ruled in our favor! She stated it would be at least two monthsbefore we received any back payments (two years’ worth) and then we'd receive monthly checks. We again rejoiced. 
Then, one week later, the lawyer called saying she did not understand it, but the check was already processed and mailed. We were stunned. We received a check for two years’ worth of back payments. Praise the Lord! A manmade timetable of over 70 days was reduced to 10 days! We tithed on what we received and I again prayed over it and am waiting to see what God does.

I want to encourage you, when you give your tithes and offerings, pray for God’s blessing. Then go beyond that and pray for others to be blessed so they can bless you. Finally, take it to the third level of blessing, pray for those to be blessed that are to bless those who are to bless you. Then, watch and see what God will do. 
Copyright © 2012 Richard Spangler, used with permission.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Guest Blogger Michael Plemmons, The Prophet's Pen

The Inevitability Of The Kingdom

  My heart is torn by the suffering of the true followers of Jesus Christ all over the world today. We in the west surrounded by our luxuries and affluent lifestyles cannot begin to imagine the suffering for Christ that so many around the world must endure. For them to stand for Christ is a life and death decision. Children with a love of our Lord Jesus Christ are being slaughtered and in so doing demonstrate a faith beyond the ability of those murderers who slay them to even comprehend. 

  We in the west are asleep as the noose is slowly being lowered to take us. I believe those minions of hell are in the name of cultural diversity  step by step taking away the rights of those who stand for Christ. The day will come when to take a stand for Jesus Christ will carry a price here in the west as it is in so much of the rest of the world. 

 Jesus and Paul told us these days would come. I have as a prophet of God been forewarned that these are those days foretold in the word of God. Saints it is time to sell out to God. There is a dark cloud of deception gripping our world today. The word tells us that in the name of god that great persecution will come.

   In spite of all this the disciples of hell shall not prevail for they have not taken into account the might and power of Jehovah.  His will is absolute and his might and power beyond comprehension.  We in the body of Christ must look beyond the current trends happening around the world. No matter how things may appear our God shall prevail. Evil in all its forms must run its course but the end is at hand and our Lord Jesus Christ who conquered death itself when he rose from the dead shall appear at the conclusion of this time of trouble and set up a kingdom that shall never end.

  It is time to sell out to God for all those who pursue evil shall be swept away in the backwash of his kingdom. No power in existence, no demonically inspired forces now at work in this world shall be able to take from us the glory of God we carry in our hearts. Jesus said to look up in these days for all the current troubles at work in our world shall not prevent the final redemption Christ shall bring to all true followers of Christ who seek like Abraham a city whose builder and maker is God.