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Cross In The Heavens

Meditations to edify, exhort, and raise the spiritual cousciousness in Christ Jesus.

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ABOUT THIS IMAGE:

This image of the core of the nearby spiral galaxy M51, taken with the Wide Field Planetary camera (in PC mode) on NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, shows a striking , dark "X" silhouetted across the galaxy's nucleus. The "X" is due to absorption by dust and marks the exact position of a black hole which may have a mass equivalent to one-million stars like the sun. The darkest bar may be an edge-on dust ring which is 100 light-years in diameter. The edge-on torus not only hides the black hole and accretion disk from being viewed directly from earth, but also determines the axis of a jet of high-speed plasma and confines radiation from the accretion disk to a pair of oppositely directed cones of light, which ionize gas caught in their beam. The second bar of the "X" could be a second disk seen edge on, or possibly rotating gas and dust in MS1 intersecting with the jets and ionization cones.

The size of the image is 1100 light-years.

Object Names: M51, Whirlpool Galaxy

Image Type: Astronomical

Credit: H. Ford (JHU/STScI), the Faint Object Spectrograph IDT, and NASA

Sort of looks like a cross to me. Perhaps, the Lord is trying to give the world a hint.

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Comment by Chad Ascherl on November 16, 2015 at 8:16pm

could be a hint!!!!

Comment by Albert Finch on November 9, 2015 at 12:43pm

ESTABLISHING THE POSSIBILITY OF UNION WITH GOD

Matthew 3:7 - But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadduccees come to his baptism, he said unto them, "O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come?"

WHAT THE PHARISEES MOST FEARED WAS THAT JOHN THE BAPTIST WAS NOT PROCLAIMING ANY VALUE IN THEIR ROLES; IN ESSENCE, JOHN'S MESSAGE DETHRONED ANY REAL AUTHORITY TO BE HAD IN RELIGIOUS IDENTITIES.


JESUS TOOK IT ONE STEP FURTHER. BUILDING ON JOHN'S FOUNDATION, HE SAID THINGS LIKE: "IF YOUR ARE TO BE GREAT IN THE KINGDOM, YOU WILL BY LIKE THE LEAST OF THESE."
HE ESTABLISHED A NEW GOAL THAT WOULD LIBERATE HUMANITY FROM CHERISHED STATUS AND RESTORE THE HEAVENLY POSSIBILITY OF UNION WITH GOD.


Affirmations:

I DO NOT ESTEEM THE SAME VALUES AS THE WORLD DOES.

I DO NOT NEED ANYTHING ELSE TO COMPLETE ME.

I AM SUSTAINED IN GOD'S LOVE BY THE HOLY SPIRIT.

Luke 20:46 - "Beware of the scribes, which desire to walk in long robes, and love greetings in the markets, and the highest seats in the synagogues, and the chief rooms at feasts."


Joshua 1:9 - "Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest."

COURAGE COMES FROM TRUSTING GOD'S WORD. IT CAN'T BE MENTALLY DRUMMED UP.
IT COMES FROM BELIEVING WHAT GOD SAYS REGARDLESS OF WHAT THE CIRCUMSTANCES LOOK LIKE.

DISCOURAGEMENT COMES FROM FEAR THAT GOD IS NOT GOING TO PERFORM HIS WORD ON YOUR BEHALF.
FEAR IS THE DARKROOM WHERE NEGATIVES ARE DEVELOPED. FEAR COMES FROM NOT BELIEVING (DOUBT & UNBELIEF) GOD'S WORD.


Affirmations:

I REALIZE WHO I AM IN CHRIST AND WHAT I'VE BEEN GIVEN BY THE BLOOD OF JESUS.

I STOP LISTENING TO SATAN'S LIES.

I STOP RECEIVING EVIL REPORTS.

WHENEVER SOMEONE TELLS ME THAT GOD IS NOT GOING TO DELIVER ME, I JUST TELL THEM "HE'S ALREADY DELIVERED ME IN THE NAME OF JESUS."

I AFFIRM AND MEDITATE ON THE PROMISES OF GOD IN HIS WORD DAY AND NIGHT.

Comment by Albert Finch on November 2, 2015 at 8:42am

WALKING IN OUR TRUE IDENTITY

John 14:30 - ".......for the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me."

Pauperhood is relegated to the children of a lesser god. It is the condition of slaves who have yet to discover their freedom on the other side of the river of baptism and find themselves still captured by the dark prince of torture and torment. He is the one who assigns them to a life of poverty, pain, and depression through a diabolical play of illusion. He hopes to conceal their true identity forever.

This evil prince feeds his captives the poisonous rations of religion, convincing them they will fill their soul's hunger for righteousness. These slaves, blindfolded by their sin, think that they are laboring for their own freedom and work to pave their way out of prison with bricks built from the miry clay of self-righteousness. Yet, unknowingly, brick by brick, they are erecting their own chambers of death. Worse yet, they birth children into the same darkness, ultimately creating legacies of bondage with mind-sets of hopelessness.


Affirmations:


I AM NOT JUST A SOLDIER OF THE CROSS; I AM AN HEIR TO THE THRONE.

THE DIVINE NATURE PERMEATES MY SOUL, TRANSFORMS MY MIND, TRANSPLANTS MY HEART, AND TRANSFIGURES MY SPIRIT.

I WAS MADE TO BE A VESSEL OF HIS GLORY AND VEHICLE OF HIS LIGHT.

Comment by Albert Finch on November 1, 2015 at 8:11am

VICTORY OVER DISASTER

Acts 28:3,5 - "And when Paul had gathered a bundle of sticks, and laid them on the fire, there came a viper out of the heat, and fastened on his hand. But Paul shook the snake off into the fire without being harmed at all."

Observation:

EVERY DISASTER THE DEVIL SENDS IS AN OPPORTUNITY TO ADVANCE THE GOSPEL. BECAUSE I KEEP GOING AND NEVER GIVE IN OR GIVE UP, GOD'S SPIRIT IS ALWAYS AVAILABLE TO HELP ME IN EVERY SITUATION.


1 Corinthians 9:25,26 - "Every athlete in training submits to strict discipline; he does so in order to be crowned with a wreath that will not last; but we do it for one that will last forever. That is why I run straight for the finish line; that is why I am like a boxer, who does not waste his punches."


Observation:

I AM EXHORTED TO LIVE WITH PURPOSE. I AM NOT JUST TO EXIST OR GET BY; NOR AM I TO MEASURE SUCCESS BY THE WORLD'S STANDARDS, BUT BY HEAVEN'S STANDARDS. I AM ENTRUSTED AS A STEWARD WITH GOD-GIVEN GIFTS, ABILITIES, AND RESOURCES.


1 John 3:22 - "And whatsoever we ask, we receive of Him, because we keep His commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in His sight."

Comment by Albert Finch on October 26, 2015 at 4:30pm

UNFOLDING REVELATION

Ephesians 1:9 - "Making known to us the mystery of His will (of His plan, of His purpose). In accordance with His good pleasure which He had previously purposed and set forth in Him."

Ephesians1:17 - "For I always pray to the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, that He may grant you a spirit of wisdom and revelation (of insight into mysteries and secrets) in the deep and intimate knowledge of Him."


We cannot afford to live only in what we understand because then we don't grow or progress anymore; we just travel the same familiar roads we have traveled all of our Christian lives.
It is important that we expose ourselves to impossibilities that force us to have questions that we cannot answer. It is a part of the Christian life, which is why the Christian life is called "the faith.' The normal Christian life is perfectly poised between what we presently understand and the unfolding revelation that comes to us from the realm of mystery.

Affirmations:


I SEEK ON-GOING, LIFE-CHANGING REVELATION FROM GOD.

ON-GOING REVELATION AND ENCOUNTERS WITH THE POWER OF GOD LAUNCH ME INTO UNDERSTANDING OF THINGS I'VE NEVER UNDERSTOOD BEFORE.

I COME ALIVE TO THE WOOING OF GOD INTO INTIMACY SO I WILL KNOW HOW HE THINKS AND MOVES.

Comment by Albert Finch on October 19, 2015 at 7:18pm

TAKING GROUND IN THE SPIRIT


Ephesians 6:10 - "Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might."

The fifth place where Jesus shed His blood was where they drove the spikes through His feet, nailing Him to the cross. The blood shed from His feet also redeemed us from our loss of dominion and authority.

The Greek word "Kratos," relates to God's manifested dominion and therefore our outer strength. Kratos speaks of dominion, power, and strength.


Acts 19:20 - "So the word of the Lord was growing mightily and prevailing."

The scripture tells us that in the days of the early church, "the word of the Lord grew mightily (Kratos) and prevailed."

When Adam disobeyed God in the Garden of Eden, he lost spiritual dominion and authority, and at that moment, satan became the god of this world. But through Jesus' shed blood, we don't have to be trampled by satan. God said to Joshua "every place on which the sole of your foot treads, I have given it to you.," (Joshua 1:3)

There is something about taking ground in the spirit--there is something about taking land.

HOW DO WE PROPHESY OVER OTHERS?

We speak the Blood of Jesus over their lives.
We speak health over their lives.
We speak destiny over their lives.

We have been commanded to "Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation." (Mark 16:15)

Wherever we go, we're to tell people "The kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe the good news!" (Mark 1:15). This would be impossible unless we had the AUTHORITY to take DOMINION of satan's earthly kingdom. DOMINION over this earth is ours again because of the shed blood of Jesus Christ, and wherever we are, the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

As believers we have the authority to walk around our neighborhood and say, "I bind the devil in my neighborhood. I bind the drug addicts and the dope dealers." We can walk through schools and say, "I bind violence, I bind perversion, and I bind New Age teaching," Because every place where we set our foot will be ours. (Deuteronomy 11:24)

When we bind the devil, our next step is to loose the peace of Jesus in our streets--loose the righteousness of Jesus in our cities.

Matthew 18:18 -- "Truly I say to you, whever you shall bind on earth shall have ben bound in heaven: and whatever you loose on earth shall have been loosed in heaven."


QUESTIONS TO ASK MYSELF:

How am I creating an opportunity fo God to act through my faith?

What incredible acts of faith am I capable of?

Comment by Albert Finch on October 12, 2015 at 7:31am

SAVING POWER

Exodus 12:13 -- "Now the blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you are. And when I see the blood, I will pass over you; and the plague shall not be on you to destroy you....."

On the night of the first Passover, many of the children of Israel were probably anxious.
They may have said "Yes! We were told to put the blood of the lamb on the doorposts of our home and everything would be all right. Is that true?"
Or "Can the blood really protect me? Or How much blood do I have to put on my doorposts? Or Will the angel of death get me if I am fearful?


DO WE NEED TO DEVELOP DOCTRINE AND THEOLOGY OVER GOD'S CONDITIONS?


We do not need to add to God's conditions. He said, "When I see the BLOOD, I will pass over you; and the plague shall not be on you to destroy you."
He DID NOTsay, "When I see the blood, plus your understanding, efforts, obedience, faithfulness and refusal to give in to fear, then I will pass over you."


THE BLOOD ALONE SAVES


We are delivered by the blood of Jesus alone. If we think that it is because of our faith, then we will always be wondering, "Do I have enough faith? No, it is the blood alone that saves.

Saves from what? -- anything that doesn't match up with heaven.

Matthew 6:10 -- "Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven."

If we think that our deliverance depends partly on God and partly on us, we will not have a settled peace in our heart. But when we know that it its the blood alone that saves, we will have an unshakable peace.

Comment by Albert Finch on October 5, 2015 at 10:49pm

RECEIVING FROM OUR SPIRIT

Ephesians 3:16 - "That according to the riches of His glory He may grant you to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in your inner being."

WHEN WE LEARN TO RECEIVE FROM OUR SPIRIT, OUR MIND BECOMES THE STUDENT AND IS THEREFORE SUBJECT TO THE HOLY SPIRIT. THROUGH THE PROCESS OF REVELATION AND EXPERIENCE, OUR MIND EVENTUALLY OBTAINS UNDERSTANDING. THAT IS BIBLICAL LEARNING - THE SPIRIT GIVING INFLUENCE TO THE MIND.

Galatians 5:25 - "If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit."

Romans 8:4 - "And so he condemned sin in sinful man, in order that the righteous requirements of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to our sinful nature but according to the Spirit."


2 Corinthians 5:7 - "For we walk by faith, not by sight."

JESUS EXPECTS PEOPLE TO SEE FROM THE HEART. HE ONCE CALLED A GROUP OF RELIGIOUS LEADERS HYPOCRITES BECAUSE THEY COULD DISCERN THE WEATHER CONDITIONS BUT COULDN'T DISCERN THE TIMES (SPIRITUAL CLIMATE AND SEASONS).
THE VERY FACT THAT THEY, OF ALL PEOPLE, WERE REQUIRED TO SEE IS EVIDENCE THAT EVERYONE HAS BEEN GIVEN THIS ABILITY.

THEY BECAME BLIND TO HIS DOMINION BECAUSE OF THEIR OWN CORRUPTED HEARTS AND WERE JUDGED FOR THEIR UNFULFILLED POTENTIAL.


Affirmations:

I EMBRACE THE LIFE OF FAITH WHICH HAS ITS ANCHOR IN THE UNSEEN REALM.

I AM NOT LIMITED BY MY NATURAL sight -- FAITH PROVIDES EYES FOR THE HEART.


Comment by Albert Finch on September 28, 2015 at 7:39am

QUENCHING THE PHILISTINE SPIRIT

"And Goliath cursed David by his gods. The Philistine also said to David, "Come to me, and I will give your flesh to the birds of the sky and the beasts of the field." - 1 Samuel 18:43,44

Goliath first used fiery darts against David (his words of negativity), believing that the negativity alone would cause David to cower down! Yes, Goliath's negative words were meant to be a "first-blow" against David to weaken him so that Goliath could move in quickly for the kill!

For us today, a Philistine spirit might sound like this:

• You're too young (old) to be used of God.
• You haven't attended Bible college, so you're unqualified to lay hands on the sick and see them healed.
• You're not a good speaker.
• Your family was poor. How can you ever consider yourself blessed of God?
• You are not attractive, you're fat (skinny), or too short (tall).
• You are weak. Just take a good look at yourself. Is there anything about you of which you can really be proud?
• You failed. You sinned. God will never use you. God has abandoned you.
• Shame on you!

KNOWING AND UNDERSTANDING OUR IDENTITY IN CHRIST

Did you notice that this spirit targets our significance? In other words, it targets our identity as a Christian: a blood-bought Believer, a child of the King, a son and daughter of God.


Satan desires for each of us to get stuck in cycles of feeling "insignificant." The dictionary describes insignificance as being unimportant and having no purpose in life However, when we don't know our full identity in Christ, we remain in a continual search for significance. This is exactly what Goliath attempted to do with David...infiltrate his belief system concerning his identity and his relationship with God!
This search will remain on our wilderness wandering map unless we begin to rebuke the words (fiery darts and arrows) and begin to agree with what God says about us.

WE MUST POSSESS OUR PROMISED LAND

You are already victorious because of the Cross. Still we must possess our Promised Land through AFFIRMING and MEDITATING the scriptures that have to do with our identity as born-again believers. Jesus paid the price for it – let's believe it and enter into it!

IT'S TIME FOR BREAKTHROUGH

Our true identity has been on the line – what do you believe about yourself? What do you believe about God? The truth must become established for breakthrough to occur. The fiery darts (Ephesians 6:16) are targeting our identity. The identity thief has a plan – to steal, kill, and destroy your future.

Let's exalt the Lord and declare His identity as "The Breaker"! Yes, He is the Breaker – the one who breaks forth on our behalf (see Micah 2:13). God is breaking forth for us. Jesus broke forth and gave us life by the shedding of His precious Blood. It's time for faith to arise once more. Raise up your shield of faith today! Lift up the name of Jesus – your shield!

Comment by Albert Finch on September 21, 2015 at 1:55pm

PARABLE OF THE TALENTS

The parable of the talents (see Matthew 25:14-30) emphasizes that not all believers are given the same level of callings and gifts. The man who travels to the far country is Jesus and the servants represent us. A talent is a measure of money that represents the level of our call and gifts.


TWO IMPORTANT POINTS:


1. All of the servants are given something -- this tells us that there is not one person in the church without a CALLING on their life, accompanied by gifts.

2. The different levels of calls and gifts given to each of the servants were according to their own ability. Our ability is also given by God. We have nothing of value that was not given to us.
1 Corinthians 4:7 - "For who differs from another? And what do you have that you did not receive?"


THE THIRD SERVANT


Contrast the action of the third servant with that of the first two:

The faithful servants "went and traded" (v.16). The fearful one "went and dug" (V.18).
The first two invested. The last one buried.
The first two went out and took RISK. The third played it safe.
The reaction of the master to the first two--"Well done, good and faithful servant, you were faithful over a few things, I will make your ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your Lord."
The reaction of the master over the third servant--"and cast the unprofitable servant into the outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth (V.30)."


HE NEVER KNEW HIS MASTER


The sin was not mismanagement, but misunderstanding. The one-talent servant NEVER KNEW HIS MASTER. He should have. He lived under his roof and shared his address. He knew his face, his name, but HE NEVER KNEW HIS MASTER'S HEART.


FEARS LIST:

For fear of doing the wrong thing for God, I do nothing for God.

For fear of making the wrong kingdom decision, I make no kingdom decision.

For fear of messing up, I miss out.


Affirmations:

I PRAY DAILY TO THE GOD OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST, FOR THE SPIRIT OF WISDOM AND REVELATION IN THE KNOWLEDGE OF HIM. (Ephesians 1:17)

I BELONG TO CHRIST, WHO WAS RAISED FROM THE DEAD, THAT I BEAR FRUIT UNTO HIM. (Romans 7:4)

JUST LIKE THE TREE OF LIFE NEAR THE THRONE OF GOD, I CONTINUALLY YIELD A FRESH CROP OF FRUIT. (Revelation 22:,1,2)

 

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