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Submit to Me

Rhema Wordon September 19th, 2013Comments Off on Submit to Me

The cloud is growing. It’s growing. It’s going to rain. It’s going to rain. It’s going to rain. It will rain the purposes of God and it will be received by those who have been waiting. It will be received by a people who have been trained. Empowerment will be received. The power will be received by a people who are in position and have waited and have watched and have kept their lamps lit.

It is increasing. It is increasing. It is increasing. Stand and watch. Stand and see. Stand and watch because the power is coming. The power is coming. The power is coming that will able to demolish and destroy the works of darkness. Not in the way that you think it will do it, but in the way I’ve decreed it.

So I’d say submit to Me. I say submit to My will. I say submit to My process. Yes, submit to My process as Joseph submitted himself and he was able to present and protect a people that it was declared he would protect. I’d say submit to My process as Daniel did. He spoke when he needed to speak, but he was quiet when he needed to be quiet. I would say submit, submit and submit to My process and allow Me to process you and allow Me to come out of you. Allow Me to be your light. Allow Me to be your direction. Allow Me to be the Way. Allow Me to be the truth that you speak. Allow Me to be your truth. Yes, allow Me to be your truth and the One that you respond to.

Yes, I will use circumstances, and yes, I will use situations and yes, as I used Saul to train David, I will use the circumstances and the situations, but you to need to walk. You need to walk in My Way and walk in the Light of My countenance. Present yourself where My countenance can behold you. Do not hide from My countenance but allow yourself to be under My very presence, so the countenance of My presence will shed the light on your path and you will always walk in My footsteps.

It’s not your way and it’s not your experience that has brought you to this place. It has been My way.  – Prophetess Cheryl Nelson, Taken from Faith Five, Tues. May 21, 2013

It Costs Too Much

Rhema Wordon December 3rd, 2012Comments Off on It Costs Too Much

If your right eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell (Matt. 5:29)

Last week Monday I was in the dentist chair, discussing with him the future of one tooth. I had grown attached to it after all we had been through together. It was with me during my adolescent years; saw me through high school, college, my wedding and many other experiences.
But it had begun to cause me much pain. This relationship was draining me emotionally and distracting me from what I needed to focus on. I tried prayer, Tylenol and even the Word, but to no avail. The tooth had simply deteriorated to the point where it was poisoning my system and something had to be done. My dentist took some x-rays and told me that it may be saved, but to fill it and cap it the price would be in the thousands.
Well, I can tell you that my long-time friend and companion would have to go. It was just too costly for me to even think about keeping it and who knows what the future may bring with it hanging around with the potential to bring harm to my system again. When I made the decision to separate myself from it, I felt the Lord saying to me that many of My people are unable to make hard decisions that guarantee their future.
We allow some people to hang around our lives hoping that they may be saved. The thought is if we share Christian love to fleshly people, instruments of the devil, they will somehow change. The truth is covering sinful practices never helped anyone. There are some people in your world that will never change and the only way for you to be safe from them is to put up boundaries for your safety.
Jesus makes it very clear that entering the kingdom of God requires a determination on our part. We must be single-minded and resolute. Jesus paid the price for our salvation, but we have to work out our personal walk of sanctification while we live here. There will always be opportunities for us to sin (miss God’s mark). But He has given us His Holy Spirit to help us discern our areas of weakness and His Word to counteract our enemies plan again us.
In Mark 9:47-49, Jesus, like my dentist, gives us the price of not cutting some parts of our lives off. He says the result is a future in the lake of fire. This holy commitment to press into God’s kingdom and be the salt of the earth I believe has been lost to a generation of entitlement-driven believers. When men do not fear God and believe in a literal hell they tolerate every work of darkness.
I am convinced that most of us tolerate some toxic relationships and practices that we know are not God’s plan for our lives. They drain us, take our money and time away from the Father’s plan for us, but we can’t find the strength to cut it off. We hope God would do it for us. We fast and pray and hope the Holy Spirit will do what we are supposed to do. I have news for you: God will not do what you and I are called to do.
If that relationship is causing more offense to your walk with the Lord, then something will have to give. The goal of our lives as believers who love the Lord and His presence is to be with Him in eternity. Therefore, nothing or no one should take His place in our lives. We should be willing to give up any and everything for His kingdom.
I call you, dear friends, in this season to a higher level of commitment to the One who loves us so much that He gave His Son, so that we can become His children. My prayer for you is that you may be empowered with the strength and courage to put away all ungodliness and lust of the flesh; that you may strive to enter into the narrow way that leads to life and godliness through an ever-increasing knowledge of Christ. – Apostle Anthony Nelson

Resurrecting My Expectations of Life

Rhema Wordon November 15th, 2012Comments Off on Resurrecting My Expectations of Life

By the time you read this message, the U.S. election would have been over and America would have their next president. He may live up to some people’s expectations, but I guarantee like everyone who has come before him, there will be some who will be disappointed.

There are a few of you who just don’t get involved with politics for whatever reason, so you just don’t expect much to change in the economy or life in general. To you I say, thank God that all of us don’t think like you! For life without hope for change can be very depressing. We become used to the way things are. Before you know it, a fatalistic attitude creeps in and you just accept that the way things are, is the way it will always be.

But for the rest of you who like me are eternal optimists who believe that even when they say the cup is empty you keep looking for something at the bottom of the cup. You just refuse to believe what you are experiencing is God’s final decree for you. With you, I would like to share the story I found in Acts 3.

It starts with Peter and John, two of Jesus’ inner circle, on their way to the temple to pray. They meet a man who has been crippled from birth and who has been carried to the gate Beautiful. He has never walked and has lived by others carrying him wherever he had to go. He may have expected that his life would always be that way. So his conversation was already suitable for his station in life.

This man would ask for alms from everyone who passed by his spot on their way to worship in the temple. His livelihood was dependent on his ability to draw sympathy from the worshippers and he accepted this as his life. One day he meets Peter and John and they do something different from everyone who he normally meets. They look on him and demand of him to look on them.

Then Peter said, “Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk.” (Acts 3:6)

That’s the God I know. When you meet Him and you see Him as He really is hope begins to rise and lost dreams begin to rise too. The disappointments of yesterday give way to the dawning of new hope and desire. Jesus says I come to you that you might have life and life more abundantly. These two men had spent 3 years as disciples of Christ. They knew first-hand what it meant to move from mundane fishermen into life-changers. You can’t pass on what you don’t have.

The crippled man needed more than a word. They touched him in a way that no one else in his life had ever done. His mother had touched him as a mother protecting her son. His friends had touched him in sympathy, seeking to carry him where he needed to go. But these men touched him with the same anointing that Christ had to break the yoke from his birth and to bring strength to his legs and muscles.

And he took by the right hand and lifted him up, and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength. So he, leaping up, stood and walked and entered the temple with them – walking, leaping, and praising God (Acts 3:7,8).

This is the message I want you to get this season. Christ has come not to start a church or a new religious order, but to change lives and to give hope back to people like you and me who had no hope of changing our situations.Let us look on Him, stand in faith right where you are in that situation, change your perspective and move towards the place you could not go before. I know you are saying you can’t, but believe God’s Word over your life. All things are possible if you only believe.

Meet you at the temple,

Apostle Anthony Nelson

 

Get out of My Bin!

Rhema Wordon November 15th, 2012Comments Off on Get out of My Bin!

There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love. 1 John 4:18

In Southern Ontario, we have a rodent called the raccoon that frequents our homes each week and especially on the days when we are about to put out our garbage. We have seen a marked increase in the number of raccoon sightings and the trails of their handiwork since our elected officials decided in their wisdom to have the public separate food waste into recyclable bags and green bins from everything else in the general garbage. Now with these raccoons on the prowl, it got to the point where one of our fellow sufferers could not take it anymore and in a fit of rage, attacked a family of raccoons with a shovel. He was arrested and subsequently bailed out after spending a night in prison. But I must confess I would have bailed him out myself because I have come so close to losing my joy over the sight of torn bags with bananas, oranges, lettuce, tomatoes, you name it on the ground producing quite a mess to clean up.

I know you might be saying that they are only animals and they are hungry and they are only doing what they have to do to survive. That may be so, but like our enemy who uses fear to find my garbage, I don’t want what I have given over to the Lord to be used to torment me. This is what the devil does; he loves your painful past, your failures, broken relationships and every stinking thing that has ever happened or might happen to us. Then he goes to work to find them and expose it to the entire world. His chief agents are fear and anxiety. They come hand in hand to steal our joy and peace. Most of us don’t know that it’s these devilish spirits that work on us daily to rob us of all the Father has for us.

What can we do? I am glad you asked because like you, I want my days on the earth to be filled with purpose and the Father’s love. Now the Word says perfect love casts out fear. The Father’s love has to grow into full maturity in our heart and into every area of our lives. It must mature to the point where nothing in this world can shake your heart (green bin). We have to expose our fears to the Father and wait before His presence until His love becomes greater in us than the fear of that situation.

In my house, what I do is place a large stone over my bin then place it underneath the barbeque, so when the raccoons come, even if they can find it, they can’t get to my stuff. I want to encourage those of you who keep seeing the same past garbage of your life being shown to you again and again, to get mad in your spirit. Let God’s words through Christ be placed over every area and His anointing in you will give you the grace and power to keep the past behind you. – Apostle Anthony Nelson

 

The Olympic Series: Run your Race!

Rhema Wordon August 12th, 2012Comments Off on The Olympic Series: Run your Race!

The older ones are waiting for the younger ones to take the baton. I don’t mean start something new. I mean go deeper in your relationship with God, so they have something to pray for and someone to run with. I’m convinced that the reason the older ones are still trying to do ministry is because some of the younger ones have gone to colleges and universities and gotten so settled in their minds that we have no one to pray with, stand with or defend. They may be distracted by untimely relationships and the cares of this life or are engrossed by the things of this world. But the younger ones are the ones to run the race; you have the energy and anointing.

Even during the Olympics in the men’s 200 metre final, there was a 22-year old Jamaican athlete name Warren Weir who came in third. I believe he wasn’t so much trying to beat anyone else. He was just trying to stay with Usain Bolt because he knows if I’m near him I may just have a medal. He’s on my team and he’s the fastest man in the world.

Listen, younger generation: You have to look to someone who the world can’t beat. I’m not trying to get on TV or be this or that for there are those who have run before me who have dropped their mantle on the ground. Don’t run because of the crowd or because you want a big ministry or education. Run your race because someone has preceded you. If you stay with Him, if you run with Christ, pray like Him, talk like Him, share like Him, live like Him and die like Him, then your race will not be in vain. I don’t believe Weir was trying for third. His thought was probably ‘I still see Usain before me, so I will run.’ When you run, others will run after you. But you’re going to have to learn to run with somebody who’s in front of you. – Apostle Anthony Nelson, Taken from the Apostolic Training Center’s War Room Thurs. Aug. 9, 2012

The Olympic Series: I Cannot Afford That!

Rhema Wordon August 12th, 2012Comments Off on The Olympic Series: I Cannot Afford That!

Something caught my attention before the Olympics began. Ramadan – the Muslim holy time of fasting begins a week before the Olympics, so one Muslim competitor was asked if he would go on the fast. His reply? ‘I cannot afford to fast at this level. I appreciate my belief system, but I need as many calories as I can get.’

 Mighty warriors, hear the Word of the Lord to you! This 19-year old athlete said he needed as many calories as he could get. Are you saying that about the Word of God because you’re also at a whole new level in your race? Please understand that fasting is needed at times as a part of a disciple’s walk of faith, but we don’t fast from the Word because it’s our spiritual food. The young man rightly-discerned his times. He said, ‘I am facing people who are not fasting who are prepared to contend with me and they are going to defeat me if I don’t bring everything I have to the table, so I cannot back up because of my religion.’ One young man in karate said, ‘I have multiple competitions in one day just to qualify and if I fast, I’ll faint, and I will not be able to resist my opponent’s hold.’

Do you hear the principle? If you don’t have the Word of God (and that’s not only the Bible, but the word of God to you) in your spirit, you cannot contend with the young man who walks into the theatre, fully armed to shoot. Let us not fool ourselves: no matter how big we are, if we don’t feed ourselves His Word, we’ll faint in these intense days. 

You have not come this far to lose. Overcome today by feeding on what God has for you to build you up. We can’t afford anything less!

 man shall not live by bread alone; but man lives by every word that proceeds from the mouth of the the LORD. (Deut. 8:3; Luk. 4:4)

– Apostle Anthony Nelson

Shut that Door and Fly the Plane!

Rhema Wordon April 2nd, 2012Comments Off on Shut that Door and Fly the Plane!

 

Last week JetBlue Flight 191, departing from New York and bound for Las Vegas was privy to a new experience. The pilot was locked out of the flight deck and not allowed to return. He had been acting strange and the co-pilot decided that it was in the best interest and safety of the passengers and crew not to allow him back into the command position.

 

In the ensuing melee, the captain was subdued by passengers and the flight crew while he ranted and raved in the passengers’ section. It was agreed by all that the hero of the day was the co-pilot. It does take courage and determination to do what you have to do. He decided to do something that is not easy to do and not a common thing in a flight deck.

 

1 Cor 16:13-14:  Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong. Do everything in love. NIV

 

He started the flight as a co-pilot, not knowing that in the midst of it he would be the one in charge. The Christian life is like that sometimes. We started out believing a whole bunch of stuff that was taught to us or we just took for granted. But along our flight of faith in God, we begin to realize that something is not right about what we believe. The Spirit of God and His Word begins to stir our hearts and our discerner begins to get very uncomfortable.  

 

James 1:2-3: My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. NKJV

 

 

 

There is a definite problem brewing in your flight deck and you have to do something. This relationship has become very toxic to your faith and walk with the Lord and you don’t know what to do. They are senior to you in the faith; they have been there for you all the time and have given you counsel and a sense of security. It’s not easy and not a decision to be taken lightly, but like Paul says we have to lay aside some weights to run our race. You are going to have to shut some doors and decide to trust that God has another plan for your relationship. 

 

 2 Cor 1:9-10: Yes, we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves but in God who raises the dead NKJV

 

 Martin Luther, a German monk, of a past generation had to make a very courageous decision to trust what God’s Word said and shut out the organized religion of his day. It meant he could no longer teach in their schools and that he was excommunicated from fellowship forever. But he became the father of the reformation and saw many others come into a new relationship with God and Christ because he dared to shut that door and trust God’s Word for his life. 

 

  Heb 2:13: And again:”I will put My trust in Him.” And again:”Here am I and the children whom God has given Me.” NKJV

 

 

 

Sometimes the door you have to shut is your past experience with God and with people. We don’t live our Christian life in a sterile environment where nothing of the past comes in. We all have a past, good or bad and sometimes we depend on it too much to define our future. It might have helped you before, but at approximately 30,000 feet the co-pilot suddenly had to decide to make a decision that had nothing to do with his past. When God gets ready to move in your life, you have to trust him for the future and shut the door to the past. 

You might think you are not qualified to make a decision for your future and the lives of those you are trusted with. That’s where faith in God’s Word comes in. It’s true and can be trusted with your future. It may be that you think your experience and knowledge are enough, but not when nothing is under your feet and you have to truly walk by faith and trust what God is saying to you.

 

Heb 10:38: Now the just shall live by faith; But if anyone draws back, My soul has no pleasure in him.”  NKJV

 

Some of you, dear friends, have been pilots over your life for far too long. God is in the flight deck, but He is not in control of your finances and future. You panic when the bank account drops below a certain amount; you have fear of disaster when life sends a little turbulence your way. You are deluded into believing that somehow you really are in control of this life that God has given you and get very nervous when you are not in control of your future.

I have come to encourage you to shut the door to fear, panic and anxiety.  He who keeps Israel will not slumber neither will He let you fall. We may have started out as the pilot, but it’s time to let the real Pilot take over our life and ministry. Let’s trust Him and His word in every area of our lives. He really is more than able to do exceedingly abundantly beyond our wildest dreams. So have a great flight and relax! He is in control.  – Apostle Anthony Nelson

 

 

 

Why Stay Where You Are?

Rhema Wordon March 15th, 2012Comments Off on Why Stay Where You Are?

I don’t know about you, friends, but I am convinced that some of my dear brothers and sisters have been blessed with the anointing to stay put. It seems no matter what is happening around them, they are not moving on in God and His will for them.

I call them the frozen few, the petrified prayer party. They have this ability to tell you everything that is wrong, point out the situation as they see it, and leave you thinking all is lost. They seem to think that God has given them special discernment of your situation and they intend to let you know that how they see it, is how it is.

They carry a bucket of cold water around and throw it on your flame of hope, bursting in the heart of God’s people. They believe that doing nothing is tantamount to waiting on God. They don’t know what to do, but they sure know what won’t work. Have you met anyone like that in your Christian experience? If not, I guarantee you will and knowing how to respond to them is critical to your survival.

In the book of 2 Kings 7:1, 2, we see Elisha facing a frozen chosen one who was an officer of the king. The man of God had just spoken a word of hope and life to the situation. But this officer quickly makes ridicule of the word spoken and rejects the man of God’s word. Elisha’s response was not silence, but another word to contend and override the negative word of doubt and unbelief.

Overcoming Principle #1: There is a word that proceeds every situation in your life. When you know it, speak it in faith, and watch what God will do.

Right now you might be facing a no-win situation and every door seems shut, every road seems to lead to a dead end, and you feel hopelessness creeping up on the inside of you. I want you to hear me right now as I share this truth for your life:  YOU DON’T HAVE TO STAY WHERE YOU ARE AND DIE WHERE YOU STAND!

The four leprous men in 2 Kings 7 read their situation right and made a choice to move towards where they knew  provision was. Too many of us are not willing to rightly discern our situation and with faith in a great God, move out and trust Him to do what only He can do.

Overcoming Principle #2Rightly discerning your situation is the first step towards victory.

If you allow hopelessness and others to share their doubt and unbelief in your life, then their reality will become your reality and you will die sweetly saved in the same place that you started from. But not me! Like Paul the apostle, I believe there is more in God than what I have attained, and I am willing to move from this place to receive it.

Overcoming Principle #3Where there is no faith-filled action, God has nothing to use to move on your behalf.

You see, saints, I would rather be one of the four lepers that were cast out, willing to face death and move from where they were than to sit in the company of spiritual and physically starving people who just don’t believe that in one day God can turn the situation around.  So I am learning to choose my company more wisely today than I used to.

What about you? Are you willing leave the frozen chosen and enter into a new place in God?  I know I am, so let us leave this place and change our place of rest. 

Deut 28:8-11: The Lord will command the blessing on you in your storehouses and in all to which you set your hand, and He will bless you in the land which the Lord your God is giving you.  The Lord will establish you as a holy people to Himself, just as He has sworn to you, if you keep the commandments of the Lord your God and walk in His ways. Then all peoples of the earth shall see that you are called by the name of the Lord, and they shall be afraid of you.  And the Lord will  grant you plenty of goods, in the fruit of your body, in the increase of your  livestock, and in the produce of your ground, in the land of which the Lord swore to your  fathers to give you.

– Apostle Anthony Nelson 

This is Not the Promised Land

Rhema Wordon February 28th, 2012Comments Off on This is Not the Promised Land

I feel the Lord impressing me to say to the Body of Christ that this is not the Promised Land. This is not the place of His promise of eternal blessing. Where you are is not why God sent His Son to die for you and me. His love for you far exceeds what you are experiencing right now.

There are times when we can be easily deceived by our present situation and place spiritual labels on specific situations in our journey with the Lord. Like the children of Israel in Ex. 15:22-27, they left Egypt but Egypt did not leave them. Their cry was “What shall we drink?”

Uppermost in the minds of the Israelites wasn’t how to please God but “What shall we eat?” and “What shall we drink?'” According to Jesus, these questions reveal an anxious heart, not a trusting heart (Matt 6:21, 25-33), and this can lead to all kinds of problems.

A single day in the wilderness without water would be tolerable, two days would be difficult, but three days would be impossible, especially for the children and animals. And then to be disappointed by finding bitter water would only have made the situation worse. (The word “Marah” means “bitter” and is related to the word myrrh.) But God was testing His people, not because He didn’t know their hearts, but because they didn’t know their own hearts. People often say, “Well, I know my own heart,” but they forgot that “the heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it?” (Jer. 17:9)

The Lord tests us to encourage spiritual growth and bring out the best in us, but the devil tempts us to bring out the worst in us and to encourage spiritual immaturity. The attitude that we take toward our difficulties determines which direction life will go, for what life does to us depends on what life finds in us. If we trust God and obey His Word, we’ll pass the test and grow; but if in unbelief we complain and disobey the Lord, we’ll fail the test and remain immature (James 1:12-18; Heb. 12:1-11).

You see friends, the children of Israel received fresh water and were led to a restful spot with twelve springs of water and seventy palm trees and they camped there. It was a wonderful place but it was not supposed to be the end of the journey. I wonder how many of us have prayed and cried to the Lord and He provided for us a pit stop. Instead of thanking the Lord and setting our sights on His plan, we camped out right there. No more fresh revelation, no enemies, no Egyptians. I can hear us say now “I am blessed; He loves me and I have all I need. But you feel the stirring in your heart as the Lord reminds you that this is not your final destination. There is more for you than this. I have a place of inheritance that requires more of Me and less of you. Is your heart open to leave the springs of that teaching, that great fellowship and move on in your spiritual journey? Do you love comfort and ease so much that you will disqualify yourself from the rest of your blessing?

“The people of Israel were experts when it came to murmuring and complaining (Ex. 16:1-12; Num. 14:2,27-29; 16:41; 17:1-10; Deut. 1:27; Ps. 78:17 ff; 106:14). While God was testing them, they were tempting Him by their attitude and their words. To tempt God means to deliberately adopt a disobedient posture and dare Him to do anything about it. On more than one occasion in their wilderness wanderings, the Israelites invited the judgment of God by their obstinate attitude and their persistent grumbling. Our Heavenly Father is long-suffering and gracious, but sometimes He has to “spank” His children to teach us how to behave.” (from The Bible Exposition Commentary: Old Testament © 2001-2004 by Warren W. Wiersbe. All rights reserved.)

Remember He is our Father and we are His children. Where you are is not where God intended for you to stay. Get up from that place of spiritual ease, pack your bags and be prepared to move on and if none go with you, go any way. If none in your family and church decide to go further God will provide some group just like yourself who are on a journey to go deeper in Him.

Have a wonderful journey with Him. Why? Because the best is yet to come. – Apostle Anthony Nelson

 

What We Need

Rhema Wordon February 2nd, 2012Comments Off on What We Need

Have you ever realized how wrong we all can be about something we all thought we knew was right? Well, like the ancient Israelites in 1 Sam. 4:1-11 after their defeat to the Philistines, they thought that by bringing the ark of the covenant into the war camp they would have certain victory. But it didn’t work for them. The Philistines were afraid of what they they thought was a new idol of sorts among their enemy and that surely they had no hope against this God of the Israelites. But they still rose up and defeated the Israelites soundly.

We Christians can be just as wrong as the unsaved if we think attending church services and singing songs is going to somehow take the place of a true relationship with the God of the universe. This is the wrong idea for if it never worked in the past, it will not work for us today. Using Christian cliches and bringing out our symbols of faith will never take the place of the true surrender of a son of God who seeks to walk in constant obedience to the Most High.

Like the children of Israel, I believe you and I are in the midst of not only a cultural war, but a spiritual conflict that requires no props, symbols, and religious practices. What we need are real, live instruments that when applied will do damage to the enemy and advance the Father’s kingdom. I intend to win the battle in Christ’s name. What about you?

See you at the finish line! Apostle Anthony Nelson