Spirit and Truth Ministries - MCA

But the hour is coming, and is now here, when true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him. -John 4:23 (ESV)

Feb 4

In Christ (1)

In Christ…

You Are Accepted:

(NIV translation used)

·         John 1:12 I am God’s Child.
Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God

·         John 15:15 As a disciple, I am a friend of Jesus Christ.
I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.

·         Romans 5:1 I have been justified.
Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,

·         1 Corinthians 6:17 I am united with the Lord, and I am one with Him in spirit.
But he who unites himself with the Lord is one with him in spirit.

·         1 Corinthians 6:19-20 I have been bought with a price and I belong to God.
Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own;you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.

·         1 Corinthians 12:27 I am a member of Christ’s body.
Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.

·         Ephesians 1:3-8 I have been chosen by God and adopted as His child.
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding.

·         Colossians 1:13-14 I have been redeemed and forgive of all my sins.
For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

·         Colossians 2:9-10 I am complete in Christ.
For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and you have been given fullness in Christ, who is the head over every power and authority.

·         Hebrews 4:14-16 I have direct access to the throne of grace through Jesus Christ.
Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has gone through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are yet was without sin. Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

You Are Secure:

Romans 8:1 I am free from condemnation.
Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.

·         Romans 8:28 I am assured that God works for my good in all circumstances.
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

·         Romans 8:31-39 I am free from any condemnation brought against me and I cannot be separated from the love of God.
What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. Who is he that condemns? Christ Jesus, who died more than that, who was raised to life is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written:”For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughter” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

·         2 Corinthians 1:21-22 I have been established, anointed and sealed by God.
Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.

·         Colossians 3:1-4 I am hidden with Christ in God.
Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. 4When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.

·         Philippians 1:6 I am confident that God will complete the good work He started in me.
being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.

·         Philippians 3:20 I am a citizen of heaven.
But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Saviour from there, the Lord Jesus Christ,

·         2 Timothy 1:7 I have not been given a spirit of fear but of power, love and a sound mind.
For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.

·         1 John 5:18 I am born of God and the evil one cannot touch me.
We know that anyone born of God does not continue to sin; the one who was born of God keeps him safe, and the evil one cannot harm him.

You Are Significant:

·         John 15:5 I am a branch of Jesus Christ, the true vine, and a channel of His life.
“I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.

·         John 15:16 I have been chosen and appointed to bear fruit.
You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name.

·         1 Corinthians 3:16 I am God’s temple.
Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit lives in you?

·         2 Corinthians 5:17-21 I am a minister of reconciliation for God.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

·         Ephesians 2:6 I am seated with Jesus Christ in the heavenly realm.
And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus,

·         Ephesians 2:10 I am God’s workmanship.
For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

·         Ephesians 3:12 I may approach God with freedom and confidence.
In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence.

·         Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me.
I can do everything through him who gives me strength.

MCA

02/05/2011 original


In Christ (2)

In Christ…

You Know Your True Identity:

(NIV translation used)

  • I am a child of God; God is spiritually my Father.
    Romans 8:14,15
    because those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.”
    Galatians 3:26
    You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus
    John 1:12
    Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God

  • I am a new creation in Christ; old things have passed away and all things have become new.
    2 Corinthians 5:17
    Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!

  • I am in Christ.
    Galatians 3:26,28
    You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.

  • I am an heir with the Father and a joint heir with Christ.
    Galatians 4:6.7
    Because you are sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba, ” So you are no longer a slave, but a son; and since you are a son, God has made you also an heir.
    Romans 8:17
    Now if we are children, then we are heirs heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.

  • I am reconciled to God and am an ambassador of reconciliation for Him.
    2 Corinthians 5:18-19
    All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation.

  • I am a saint.
    Ephesians 1:1
    Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, to the saints in Ephesus, the faithful in Christ Jesus:
    1 Corinthians 1:2
    to the church of God in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus and called to be holy, together with all those everywhere who call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ their Lord and ours:
    Philippians 1:1
    Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus, to all the saints in Christ Jesus at Philippi, together with the overseers and deacons:

  • I am God’s workmanship, created in Christ for good works.
    Ephesians 2:10
    For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

  • I am a citizen of heaven.
    Ephesians 2:19
    Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God’s people and members of God’s household
    Philippians 3:20
    But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ

  • I am a member of Christ’s body.
    1 Corinthians 12:27
    Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.

  • I am united to the Lord and am one spirit with Him.
    1 Corinthians 6:17
    But he who unites himself with the Lord is one with him in spirit.

  • I am the temple of the Holy Spirit.
    1 Corinthians 3:16
    Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit lives in you?
    1 Corinthians6:19
    Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own.

  • I am a friend of Christ.
    John 15:15
    I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.

  • I am a slave of righteousness.
    Romans 6:18
    God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God

  • I am the righteousness of God in Christ.
    2 Corinthians 5:21
    God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

  • I am enslaved to God.
    Romans 6:22
    But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves to God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life.

  • I am chosen and ordained by Christ to bear fruit.
    John 15:16
    You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name.

  • I am a prisoner of Christ.
    Ephesians 3:1
    For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for the sake of you Gentiles
    Ephesians 4:1
    As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received.

  • I am righteous and holy.
    Ephesians 4:24
    and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.

  • I am hidden with Christ in God.
    Colossians 3:3
    For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.

  • I am the salt of the earth.
    Matthew 5:13
    "You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness,how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything,except to be thrown out and trampled by men."

  • I am the light of the world.
    Matthew 5:14
    "You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden."

  • I am part of the true vine.
    John 15:1-2
    "I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful."

  • I am filled with the divine nature of Christ and escape the corruption that is in the world through lust.
    2 Peter 1:4
    Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.

  • I am an expression of the life of Christ.
    Colossians 3:4
    When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.

  • I am chosen of God, holy and dearly loved.
    Colossians 3:12
    Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience
    1 Thessalonians 1:4
    For we know, brothers loved by God, that he has chosen you

  • I am a child of light.
    1 Thessalonians 5:5
    You are all sons of the light and sons of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness.

  • I am a partaker of a heavenly calling.
    Hebrews 3:1
    Therefore, holy brothers, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus, the apostle and high priest whom we confess.

  • I am more than a conqueror though Christ.
    Romans 8:37
    No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.

  • I am a partaker with Christ and share in His life.
    Hebrews 3:14
    We have come to share in Christ if we hold firmly till the end the confidence we had at first

  • I am one of God’s living stones, being built up in Christ as a spiritual house.
    1 Peter 2:5
    you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.

  • I am a chosen generation, a royal priest hood, a holy nation.
    1 Peter 2:9
    But you are a chosen people, a royal priest hood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.

  • I am the devil’s enemy.
    1 Peter 5:8
    Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.

  • I am born again by the Spirit of God.
    John 3:3-6
    In reply Jesus declared, “I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again” “How can a man be born when he is old?” Nicodemus asked. “Surely he cannot enter a second time into his mother’s womb to be born!” Jesus answered, “I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit. 6Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit.

  • I am an alien and a stranger to this world.
    1 Peter 2:11
    Dear friends, I urge you, as aliens and strangers in the world, to abstain from sinful desires, which war against your soul.

  • I am a child of God who always triumphs in Christ and releases His fragrance in every place.
    2 Corinthians 2:14
    But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumphal procession in Christ and through us spreads everywhere the fragrance of the knowledge of him.

  • I am seated in heavenly places in Christ.
    Ephesians 2:6
    And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus

  • I am saved by grace.
    Ephesians 2:8
    For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God

  • I am a recipient of every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places
    in Christ.
    Ephesians 1-6 (The Whole book!)

  • I am redeemed by the blood of the Lamb.
    Revelations 5:9
    And they sang a new song: “You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased men for God from every tribe and language and people and nation.”

  • I am part of the Bride of Christ and am making myself ready of Him.
    Revelations 19:7
    Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory!For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready.

  • I am a true worshiper who worships the Father in spirit and in truth.
    John 4:24
    God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth.

MCA

02/05/2011 original


Jan 19

Support Our Troops By Praying For Our Troops

Father, I ask for you to hold us who serve in your almighty arms of love. Strengthen and protect us who serve in the armed forces.  Keep us close to you in times of war and peace.  Give us courage and may we show loyalty to you, and those we stand with.  May we walk with your son, Jesus; our Lord. Amen.

MCA

01/20/2011 original


Jan 15

More Verses About Blessings

From the book of Proverbs (ESV translation used):

3:13-14

13 Blessed is the one who finds wisdom, and the one who gets understanding, 14 for the gain of her (wisdom & understanding) is better than the gain from silver and her profit better than gold.

3:18

18 She (wisdom & understanding) is a tree of life to those who lay hold of her, those who hold her fast are called blessed.

3:33

33 The Lord’s curse is on the house of the wicked, but he blesses the dwelling of the righteous.

5:18

18 Let your fountain be blessed, and rejoice in the wife of your youth, a lovely deer, a graceful doe.

8:32-35

32 “And now, O sons, listen to me: blessed are those who keep my ways. 33 Hear instruction and be wise, and do not neglect it. 34 Blessed is the one who listens to me, watching daily at my gates, waiting beside my doors. 35 For whoever finds me finds life and obtains favor from the Lord,

10:6-7

6 Blessings are on the head of the righteous, but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence. The memory of the righteous is a blessing, but the name of the wicked will rot.

10:22

22 The blessings of the Lord makes rich, and he adds no sorrow with it.

11:11

11 By the blessing of the upright a city is exalted, but by the mouth of the wicked it is overthrown.

11:25-26

25 Whoever brings blessing will be enriched, and one who waters will himself be watered. 26 The people curse him who holds back grain, but a blessing is on the head of him who sells it.

14:21

21 Whoever despises his neighbor is a sinner, but blessed is he who is generous to the poor.

16:20

20 Whoever gives thought to the word will discover good, and blessed is he who trusts in the Lord.

20:7

7 The righteous who walks in his integrity—-blessed are his children after him!

20:21-22

21 An inheritance gained hastily in the begining will not be blessed in the end. 22 Do not say, “I will repay evil”; wait for the Lord, and he will deliver you.

22:9

Whoever has a bountiful eye will be blessed, for he shares his bread with the poor.

24:25

25 but those who rebuke the wicked will have delight, and a good blessing will come upon them.

28:14

14 Blessed is the one who fears the Lord always, but whoever hardens his heart will fall into calamity.

28:20

20 A faithful man will abound with blessings, but whoever hastens to be rich will not go unpunished.

29:18

18 Where there is no prophetic vision the people cast off restraint, but blessed is he who keeps the law.

Be blessed children of God!!!

MCA

01/15/2011 origianl


Jan 14

Walking With Jesus Leads to Triumph In Jesus

My heart has been burning with this all day!  What follows are but just a few scriptures about walking with and being victorious in Jesus.

ESV translation used:

Matthew 11:28-30

28 ‘Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

John 16:33

33 ‘I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation.  But take heart; I have overcome the world.”

Romans 8:35 & 37

35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? … 37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.

1 Corinthian 15:57-58

57 But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 58 Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.

2 Corinthians 2:14-15

14 But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of him everywhere. 15 For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing,

2 Thessalonians 3:3

3 But the Lord is faithful. He will establish you and guard you against the evil one.

2 Timothy 4:18a

18a The Lord will rescue me from every evil deed and bring me safely into his heavenly kingdom.

James 4:10

Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you.

1 Peter 5:8-10

8 Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. 9 Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world. 10 And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.

1 John 5:3-5

3 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome. 4 For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world——-our faith. 5 Who is it that overcomes the world except the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?

I encourage you to walk with Jesus because there is TRIUMPH in Jesus!

MCA

01/14/2011 original


Jan 11

Warrior in the Father’s Army

Soldiers in the United States Army live by a creed, and within this “Soldiers Creed” there are four lines that stand out known as the “Warrior Ethos”.  The US Army warrior ethos are as follows:

1. I will always place the mission first.

2. I will never accept defeat.

3. I will never quit.

4. I will never leave a fallen comrade.

Wow! I love reading and living out these because this is what a warrior in the Father’s Army also should be living by. Check it out:

1. Mission first = Love God & Love Others, Truly Worship, Make Disciples

Mark 12:28-31 (ESV)

28 And one of the scribes came up and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, asked him, “Which commandment is the most important of all?” 29 Jesus answered, “The most important is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 30 And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ 31 The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”

a. John 4:23 & b. Rom 12:1 (ESV)

a. 23 ‘But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking, such people to worship him.” 

b. 1 I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.

Matthew 28:18-20 (ESV)

18 ‘And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

2. Never accept defeat= Over-comer & Conqueror

a. Luke 10:19, b. John 1:4-5 & c. Rom 12:21 (ESV)

a. 19 Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall hurt you.

b. 4 In him was life, and the life was the light of men. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

c. 21 Don not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

3. Never quit= Endurance & Perseverance

a. Rom 15:4, b. Colossians 1:11, c. 1 Tim 4:16, d. Heb 10:36 (ESV)

a. 4 ‘For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.’

b. 11 May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy,

c. 16 Keep a close watch on yourself and on the teaching. Persist in this, for by so doing you will save both yourself and your hearers.

d. 36 For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God you may receive what is promised.

4. Never leave a fallen comrade = Loyalty Knows No Day Off 

a. Matthew 12:11-12, b. Luke 13:15-16 (ESV)

a. 11 He said to them, “Which one of you who has a sheep, if it falls into a pit on

 the Sabbath, will not take hold of it and lift it out? 12 Of how much more value is

a man than a sheep! So it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath.”

b. 15 Then the Lord answered him, “You hypocrites! Does not each of you on the

Sabbath untie his ox or his donkey from the manger and lead it away to water it?

16 And ought not this woman, a daughter of Abraham whom Satan bound for

eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the Sabbath day? 

I encourage you, warriors in the Father’s Army to set these things in your heart, and begin to live them out. You know your first mission! You know you cannot be defeated! You know you have strength to endure, and not quit! You know your loyalty is expected from those who stand with you! 

MCA

01/12/2011 original


The Father is True Love

One of my favorite parts of scripture: 1 Corinthians 13:1-8a (ESV)

*Note* The (God) and (His) inserts are not in the actual text.  It is placed in there to show love is a description of the Father.

1 If I speak in the tongues of men, and of angels, but have not love (God), I am a noisy clanging cymbal. 2 And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and I have all faith to remove mountains, but have not love (God), I am nothing. 3 If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love (God), I gain nothing.

4 Love (God) is patient and kind; love (God) does not envy or boast; it (God) is not arrogant 5 or rude. It (God) does not insist on its (His) own way; it (God) is not irritable or resentful; 6 it (God) does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. 7 Love (God) bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 8 Love (God) never ends.

We know what love is.  The more we love the Father first and greatest in our life, and the more we love others as we love ourselves, the more we grow in intimacy with the Father.  Knowing true love = truly knowing the Father!

I encourage you to go deeper into the Father’s heart.  His heart is simply the best place His children can be.

MCA

01/11/2011 original


Jan 10

Email Me

Questions, comments, or simply want to talk?

Email me at: spiritandtruthmin@gmail.com

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Here to love,

MCA



Obedience Keeps the Blessings Flowing

Early in the week:

Friend 1:  Can you help me with something?

Friend 2: What do you need?

Friend 1:  I need you to buy some groceries for a meal I plan to cook the core leaders in our church.

Friend 2: Sure, no problem, just give me the list of the items.

Friend 1: Thanks, oh by the way you are also invited to come.

Friend 2:  I don’t belong with such company, I am not a leader.

Friend 1: You are to me, and I can invite anyone I want because it is my party.

Friend 2:  Ok, but as long as I get to help cook and prepare.  That way I am in the back and out of the way.

Friend 1:  Ok, but you promise to come?

Friend 2: Yes, I will come.

Day of party:

Friend 1:  You got the goods?

Friend 2:  Yes, but I think I might not stay.  I am really nervous, and feel out of place.

Friend 1:  No, you are where you are suppose to be.

Guest arrive:

Guest 1:  Hey, what are you doing here?

Friend 2:  Sir, I am here to simply help prepare the dinner.  I promise to stay out of the way.

Guest 1:  Don’t be silly, you belong here.  You are a leader too.

Friend 1:  See, I told you not to worry.

From beginning to end of the party there was fun, intimacy, and real people being real in the Father’s love and truth.

On the way home:

Friend 2:  Wow, thank you so much for inviting me.  I was so blessed.

Friend 1:  I am so happy, it blesses me to see you were blessed.   You see, when I was thinking about this party I felt a leading of the Holy Spirit to ask you to come.  At first I did not want to.  No offense to you, but I did not want to bother you because I did not really know you that well.  I have heard much about your servant heart, but honestly I was hesitant to ask you to help and come. 

Friend 2:  I praise God that you obeyed the Holy Spirit’s leading.  If you had not obeyed then we would not be enjoying in the blessings we are. I also felt lead by the Holy Spirit to say yes to your request, but I to allowed doubt for a moment.  Woohoo we said yes to Him, obeying has lead to an outpouring of blessings, influence, and favor!

Friend 1:  Praise God!!!

When the Father shares with you to share with someone else, and you obey then blessings can flow through you.  You also are blessed for your obedience and faithfulness.  If you disobey, you are like a dam who holds back the blessings from flowing.  You not only keep that portion of blessings from yourself, but also you keep that portion of blessings from flowing onto the one in whom you share with.

I encourage you to be one in whom the Father can flow blessings to and through.

MCA

01/10/2011 origianl


Jan 7

From Blank Canvas to Masterpiece

What a blank canvas is not:

  • Limiting the Father to paint by colors of our choosing in places of our choosing.
  • Limiting the Father to a set design outline of our choosing, and paint within lines of our choosing.
  • Limiting the Father to borders with a frame by our choosing.

What a blank canvas is:

  • Freedom for the Father to make you beautiful with colors in places of His choosing.
  • Freedom for the Father to set His special design He has for each of His children, and to paint within the lines His choosing.
  • Freedom for the Father to extend His children’s borders to His choosing.

Masterpiece:

Once one fully surrenders themselves in full limitless commitment to the Father’s love and truth they have become a blank canvas.  As one grows more and more intimate with the Father, the Father begins to freely paint His heart’s desire for His children on His children.  The result is a continuous (no borders) masterpiece in the making by the Father.  All who look upon His children who are His masterpieces see His beauty, love, and truth! 

I encourage all who are not yet fully, wholeheartedly, all-in committed to intimacy with the Father to well, do it!  Quit living a limited life of borders and set design.  I may not the smartest man out there, but I do reflect the beauty, love, and truth of the smartest of all that are, the Father!  Rise up brothers and sisters into that place we the children of the Father are to be.

MCA

01/07/2011 original


Jan 6

Believer or Christian?

This is my testimony:

Believer: Age 0-21

I knew God’s words, but did not live by them. 

Christian: Age 21-

I know God’s words, and live by them! See “How Heaven Sees Me” posted on 01/04/2011

Summary:   

A Christan lives out God’s word - A believer only knows what it says.  A Christian is in a relationship with Father God - A believer knows of Him.  

MCA

01/06/2011 original


Jan 5

Living a Glorious Life

To know how to live a glorious life I look to God’s word.  I have provided a few scriptures for you, and I encourage you to search more for yourself.

Jesus in John 17:4 (ESV) says "I have glorified you on earth, having accomplished the work that you gave me to do."

Glorious Life = Being Christlike. Loving/Worshiping God. Loving Others. Serving Wholeheartedly. Giving Cheerfully. Making Disciples. 

Psalm 119:9-13 (ESV)

9 “How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your word. 10 With my whole heart I seek you; let me not wander from your commandments! 11 I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you. 12 Blessed are you, O Lord, teach me your statutes! 13 With my lips I declare all the rules of your mouth.

Phil 2:2-5 (ESV)

2 “…complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. 3 Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. 4 Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. 5 Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus,…”

2 Cor 3:16-18 (ESV)

16 “But when one turns to the Lord, the veil is removed. 17 Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is there is freedom. 18 And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another.”

Phil 1:9-11 (ESV)

9 “And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, 10 so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, 11 filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.”

John 15:7-10 (ESV)

7 “If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8 By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples. 9 As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love. 10 If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love.”

John 4:23-24 (ESV)

23 “But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him. 24 God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.”

John 9:31 (ESV)

31 “We know that God does not listen to sinners, but if anyone is a worshiper of God and does his will, God listens to him.”

Rom 15:5-7 (ESV)

5 “May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Jesus Christ, 6 that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. 7 Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.”

John 13:34-35 (ESV)

34 “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you are also to love one another.  35 By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”

1 Pet 4:8-10 (ESV)

8 “Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins. 9 Show hospitality to one another without grumbling. 10 As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace.”

Matthew 6:3-4 (ESV)

3 “But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 4 so that your giving may be in secret.  And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.”

2 Cor 9:6-9 (ESV)

6 “The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. 7 Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 8  And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work…”

2 Cor 4:13-15 (ESV)

13 “Since we have the same spirit of faith according to what has been written, “I believed, and so I spoke,” we also believe, and so we also speak. 14 knowing that he who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus and bring us with you into his presence. 15 For it is all for your sake, so that as grace extends to more and more people it may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God.”

Matthew 28: 18-20 (ESV)

18 “And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of age.”

John 14:12-14

12 “Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father. 13 Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it.”

Acts 1:8

"But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth."

MCA

01/06/2011 original


Jan 4

One Korea Under God (1)

This is the first of what I pray are many prophetic words given to me about a country so dear to my heart.

I see the former South Korea and North Korea flags both originally being red and blue with each owns distinct design. The Father is taking the two and making them one; a royal purple covering for all the land and all the people within the land and all those who are sent out by the Father from the land.  Korea as one is going to be known as a country in which the Father will transform poverty into prosperity for His kingdom sake,

MCA

01/05/2011 original


How Heaven Sees Me

I am a son saved by grace by the Father’s love who sent Jesus to die for our sins.  I am son who is a new creation. My true identity is I am a son commissioned by Jesus and empowered by the Holy Spirit to be a powerful and fearless warrior/ minister of the Father’s truth and love.  I am a son called a rock and a comforter to those who mourn.  I am a son hungry and thirsty for righteousness and justice.  I am a son  seeking the Kingdom of God.  I am son of mercy and purity in heart.  I am a son poor in spirit and meek.  I am a son who writes songs and sings.  I am a son known as a peacemaker and one who is persecuted for righteousness sake.  I am son called a light in the darkness and a man of faith, love, hope, and peace.  I am son raised to be a leader who serves.  I am son who encourages, empowers, equips, and employs the saints for the Father’s work.  I am son who makes the Father smile and has dreams and visions of Heaven invading Earth.  I am a son in love called a bride to Christ and full of zeal to go deeper into His heart.  I am a son covered in oil and set ablaze.  I am a son who is victorious against the enemy.  I am a son sensitive to the Holy Spirit and disciplined.  I am a son of wisdom and revelation.  I am a son unified with the body of Christ and yet keeps my individuality.  I am a son of affection and affirmation.  I am a son whose illusions have been shattered and is now filled with truth.  I am a son who stands tall in my size of faith.  I am a son whom with the Holy Spirit will transform individuals and nations.  I am a son called to tear down lies and build up truth.  I am a son of deep wells.  I am a son with a deep heart that meets with the Father’s.  I am a son with favor, prosperity, and fruitfulness.  I am a son called to be a fisher of man who has a feast and place of rest waiting.  I am a son who does not worry about finances or material things.  I am a son who is a eagle with outstretched wings scouting the land as a messenger.  I am a son who is an owl that is known for supernatural understanding in whom many come to seek answers.  I am a son called to night and day prayer, and fasting.  I am a son with whom the Father protects.  I am a son refined in gold and greater things are in store.  I am a son whose capacity grows because of full surrender to the Father and humbleness.  I am a son in whom the Father says yes and amen to my prayers that bring forth honor and glory to Him.  I am a son who is limitless.  I am a son!

MCA

01/04/2011 original


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