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The power of the cross

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“2 Peter 3:18
But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever.

We are to grow in grace and knowledge, friend. As we gain understanding we can partake of all the benefits of Jesus’ death and resurrection. Some call this ‘appropriation’, which really means to take on board for yourself. But without knowledge of what Christ did for us, we have no capacity to take advantage of what is already granted to us. As your knowledge of God’s word increases and especially what Christ did for you on the cross, you will identify yourself with Him instead of your old fleshy nature and live a victorious and abundant life.”

– Pastor Carl

 

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Praying beyond God’s ability

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“As long as we follow God’s statutes and obey His instructions, we will prosper in due season despite trials, temptations and persecution which may come our way. Certain limitations are set by God for our own benefit or protection and for others, which is an act of His mercy and He is long-suffering towards us. Not all prayers keep God’s uppermost, nor do they seek His Kingdom first. With hindsight, there are some prayers down the years that I’m glad were never answered with a ‘yes’!”

– Pastor Carl

 

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The Dangers of the New Age Movement

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“As the saying goes, “if you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything,” and truly the collective movement of the New Age is the ‘anything’ in this statement…

If we attempt to contact the spirit realm outside of Christ, we will not only be deceived, but come to great spiritual harm and ultimately perdition. The New Age Movement also likes to use terms such as ‘love,’ ‘acceptance,’ and ‘inclusivism,’ which sounds benevolent, but the true mantra of the New Age is that you must conform to their dogma, or risk being an outdated bigot.”

– Pastor Carl

 

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Is God Sovereign?

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“Where the rubber meets the road in the discussion of sovereignty is where exactly are the boundaries of God’s jurisdiction and where does the role of human responsibility come in? The Prophet Daniel describes a day in the future when the Son of Man will ride upon the clouds and receive all authority, glory and a kingdom (Dan 7:13-14). The implication of course is that not all glory and authority are in His hands presently.

When the seventh angel sounds, “The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign forever and ever“(Rev 11:15). This clearly demonstrates not all kingdoms are currently in the Lords possession but His total dominion or theocracy will be a future event occurring in the millennial reign after Satan has been cast out of the second heaven (Rev 12:9). However during this specific epoch of time, the church age, God can still influence rulers and that is not in question. Although Satan may be called the ruler, prince or god of this world (little g), the final outcome is still in God’s hands albeit not necessarily in all the details. Indeed, it’s the Lord God who holds the ultimate say in geopolitics and the extent of empires but this does not negate the numerous choices man has made along the way to forge these empires. Herein lies the tension between what extent God’s sovereignty encroaches upon man’s free will and where exactly that encroachment ends.”

– Pastor Carl

 

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Is your heart hard?

As 2016 comes to a close and 2017 is unveiled, we at the Denver House of Prayer believe in starting this year off right with firm footing in your relationship with Christ. One of the primary ways that the relationship between you and the Lord can become distant is due to hardness of heart. Take 15 minutes to ensure you are set up for success into 2017 and beyond.
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“We become unaware of “the heart’s” hardened condition because along the way we might receive a scratch here and a scar there, or let the sun go down on our wrath and begin to lose feeling in that area all together. The best illustration of this I can offer is the branding of an animal. When I was growing up, several of our extended family members were farmers and I would often witness the branding of sheep or cattle by my uncle or grandfather. When the searing hot poker touched the animal’s skin the animal would wince in enormous pain. But amazingly in time, because the nerve endings were damaged in the area of the brand, they would have no feeling whatsoever from that point onward in that area. This is what it’s like with our heart, the more and more we go through life without correcting our heart issues, we can become more and more desensitized to the voice of God and the promptings of the Holy Spirit. In fact, the bible talks of this as a seared conscience in 1 Timothy 4:2: “Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron.” Remember, the conscience is the voice of the human spirit and we should never ignore it. To give you another illustration, I had an uncle growing up in Wales in the UK who could boil a kettle, make a boiling hot cup of tea, and drink it straight down without taking a pause. Why? Because he had scarred his throat to the point where it no longer hurt.”

– Pastor Carl

 

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Do all things work together for good?

Believers commonly comfort each other by quoting Romans 8:28 that states “all things work together for good” but the context of that passage may be misunderstood. Pastor Carl tackles this topic with his findings from the word of God.

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“We should realize that we can gain a better understanding of God’s ways by reading His word particularly; consequently, His ways will not be so mysterious to us after all. A cursory knowledge of the Bible reveals that God never sides with evil to produce His desired outcome but there are certainly bad consequences from poor decisions in this life. People have unfortunately been severely and emotionally traumatized and their trust in God shattered by religious quips at funerals… God gets blamed for so many things in this world that He has nothing to do with. ”

– Pastor Carl

 

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Living in Supernatural Joy

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Hope2When was the last time you doubled over with a side splitting bout of laughter and cried tears of joy? Chances are, it wasn’t recently, and if you’re thinking about the state of the economy, geopolitics or world affairs, you won’t be any time soon either. But if you’ve been demonstrably joyful recently, then I’m certainly jealous. When my younger brother and I would have tickling fights ‘way back in the day,’ my joyful expression and rib wrenching laughter could result in such pain that I wanted it to stop because my rib cage would ache so badly. (He wasn’t merciful at the time.)

Friend, the truth is we need to laugh more often and not just for giggles’ sake because there’s both a spiritual and physical reason for doing so. There’s indeed a joy within us believers that can lie dormant if we’re not careful. Some of us have forgotten how to access it and unfortunately our face bears witness to this. It’s time to reconnect with what God’s word says about joy and experience it once more for ourselves. Some theologians have tried to split joy into three categories: natural joy (gladness, contentment, satisfaction or cheerfulness), moral joy (peace, serenity) and spiritual joy (joy of faith, rejoicing of hope). There are clearly different reasons for expressing joy but the bottom line is, we need to experience it more!

Biblical Premise

Whilst most of us are familiar with the scripture, “A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: But a broken spirit drieth the bones” (Prov 17:22-KJV), other translations perhaps offer a better understanding in the modern vernacular. For example, “A rejoicing heart doeth good to the body” (YLT), “A joyful heart worketh an excellent cure” (RHM) and “A cheerful heart makes a quick recovery” (Knox). Undoubtedly, joy has an impact on our physical condition, but how far exactly does its influence extend? Can it really help us make a ‘quick recovery’? Could the medicinal benefits of a joyful heart be literal and corroborated by both the scientific and medical community? What’s interesting is that medical science is now validating what the Bible says about joy with laughter as its primary expression. Not that the Bible needs any validation whatsoever, but the findings are interesting nonetheless and I’d like to share some of them with you. After all God sits in the heavens and laughs, so why shouldn’t you (Ps 2:4, Ps 37:13, Ps 59:8)?

Jeanne Segal (Ph.D.) an emotional intelligence expert, author and mental health guru who’s studied the power of laughter down the years has found many benefits as follows:

Physical Benefits

  1. Boosts Immunity
  2. Lowers stress hormones
  3. Decreases pain
  4. Relaxes your muscles, burns calories
  5. Prevents heart disease

Mental Health Benefits

  1. Adds joy and zest to life
  2. Eases anxiety and tension
  3. Relieves stress
  4. Improves mood and mental functioning
  5. Enhances resilience, improves self-esteem

Social Benefits

  1. Strengthens relationships
  2. Attracts others to us, reduces loneliness
  3. Enhances teamwork
  4. Helps defuse conflict
  5. Promotes group bonding

Other keen researchers at the University of Maryland have discovered even more amazing benefits of ‘the giggles’ (listed below):

  1. Blood flow: Researchers at the University of Maryland studied the effects on blood vessels when people were shown either comedies or dramas. After the screening, the blood vessels of the group who watched the comedy behaved normally — expanding and contracting easily. But the blood vessels in people who watched the drama tended to tense up, restricting blood flow.
  2. Immune response: “Increased stress is associated with decreased immune system response,” says Robert Provine, professor of psychology and neuroscience. Some studies have shown that the ability to use humor may raise the level of infection-fighting antibodies in the body and boost the levels of immune cells, as well.
  3. Relaxation and sleep: The focus on the benefits of laughter really began with Norman Cousin’s memoir, Anatomy of an Illness. Cousins, who was diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis, a painful spine condition, found that a diet of comedies, like Marx Brothers films and episodes of Candid Camera, helped him feel better. He said that ten minutes of laughter allowed him two hours of pain-free sleep.

Evidently joy has a profoundly beneficial impact on our physical bodies as the Bible attests and this hidden aspect of our soul condition goes largely undiagnosed in modern medicine. Some have called laughter the ‘voice of joy.’ If that’s true, we need to give more voice to it in our own lives by manifesting ‘the chuckles’ more frequently. This extensive scientific research reveals perhaps metaphorically that joy is seemingly the invisible or intangible ‘glue’ that keeps our physical body in a healthy state. Without experiencing joy regularly, we suffer needlessly and fail to take advantage of the numerous health benefits of laughter especially. It’s one thing to study ice cream but it’s another thing to taste it. Likewise it’s one thing to study joy and another to experience it. We need to experience joy on a continual basis and our lack thereof could be turning unbelievers away from us. The ungodly philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche candidly observed the general melancholic demeanor of the average Christian when he said, “The Christians would have to look ‘more saved’ if they hope to persuade me.” That’s something to chew on.

Union of Joy with our First Love

Remember the joyful euphoria you felt when you first got saved and knew you weren’t going to Hell? Remember the six-month honeymoon with the Lord when everything seemed to fall into your lap? This was no honeymoon, it was meant to last a lifetime. It’s a union of joy for life with our first love (Rev 2:4) and one that remains, not a brief fleeting romance all too easily forgotten. There is of course a joy to our accomplishments and joy that comes from our friends or family etc. but this is not the joy of which the Bible specifically speaks. Its’ context always surrounds our response to God’s Grace which is constant but the trouble is our focus can waver occasionally. This elusive ‘feeling’ of joy comes from our union with Christ because of our salvation; however, it can definitely wane if our focus shifts away from Christ because feelings follow action, not vice versa. If you put your mind on God (Isa 26:3) and thank Him for your many blessings, the ‘joy of the Lord’ will return swiftly! Yes, we have struggles, trials, temptations, persecutions, hardships and strife yet our joy should remain regardless. Our joy should abide within us despite these occurrences because the joy that Christ gave us is not dependent upon our circumstances but in spite of them (Jn 14:27). Joy is a fruit of the Spirit (Gal 5:22), and not a ‘conditional’ feeling at the mercy of life’s circumstances which are subject to perpetual change.

The Empowerment of Joy

What many people fail to realize is that joy was granted to us as a form of empowerment to overcome afflictions, as the scripture states, “And ye became followers of us, and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Ghost” (1 Thess 1:6). The plain hermeneutic of scripture reveals that we may experience joy regardless of our difficulties and this is a wonderful blessing if we get a hold of it! Joy also brings supernatural spiritual strength (Neh 8:10) to endure what may lie ahead. There’s no greater offence than to laugh in the face of our enemies and as far as we’re concerned, the devil is a whipped foe (Col 2:15). We need to laugh in his face more often as we’re the Triumphant Church, not a cowering one that seeks future victory because the victory is already in our possession! We have victory now as we’re seated in heavenly places in Christ (Eph 1:3, 20) but for some of us this needs to be transmitted to our face.

I cannot stress enough how much I want you to receive this message. The Lord’s been sharing with me recently the importance of holding onto my own joy and He corrected my general passivity or apathy toward retaining it, which was certainly not helping my life. I gave it away all too easily. Consequently I was harboring a wrong attitude, thinking if all my circumstances lined up just as I wanted, then and only then, would I feel joyful. This, my friend is ‘stinking thinking‘ and is not biblical. The joy of the Lord is accessible 24/7 whenever we focus on Christ via His word, praise, worship or giving thanks unto Him. It’s a matter of perspective and we choose our perspective each and every day. We choose daily whether we’re going to magnify God (Acts 10:46) or magnify the problems around us. A cursory scriptural exegesis of the seventeenth chapter of the Gospel of John reveals six core characteristics of the Christian life, with joy mentioned firstly along with holiness, truth, mission, unity and love (Jn 17:13-26). Joy is a trait highly esteemed by the Lord and we should guard it well for our own benediction because it’s one of the manifestations of the Holy Spirit that can sustain us, especially during difficult times.

Joy is a gift that’s already been given to us and it’s our choice whether to give it away or not. Jesus said we’re not to ‘let’ our heart be troubled nor ‘let’ it be afraid (Jn 14:27). If our heart condition is fearful, it’s because we’ve not stewarded it correctly, as all the issues of life originate from our heart (Prov 4:23). There’s a resident joy and peace that accompanies our relationship with God the Father, His son Jesus Christ and the precious Holy Spirit. When we shift our focus or fellowship away from the Godhead, we become susceptible to losing our joy. I challenge you right now to search your own heart and let the ‘joy of the Lord’ come forth because it’s one of the many blessings of being in Christ Jesus. Unfortunately, many of us have unknowingly or carelessly let it go. We don’t want to let such an awesome gift go to waste because the Lord meant joy for our well-being and the Bible is replete with the topic. Seek the Lord today about possible ‘joy stealers’ in your life like unforgiveness, bitterness, resentment, anger, selfishness, anxiety, and so forth. If you feel convicted about this teaching, ask Him to reveal to you where you’ve missed it.

We need to clear the log jam that’s preventing the ‘joy of the Lord’ from bubbling up within our hearts! Ask Him to reveal areas where your joy has been compromised or stolen and enter therein my friend to the deepest and most joyful of giggles! It’s time to release those feel good endorphins and enter into the ‘joy of the Lord’ once more!

Bibliography:

  1. Harrison, Bromiley & Henry, Wycliffe Dictionary of Theology (Hendrickson’s Publishers, Inc. Peabody, MA, 1999), 299.
  2. http://www.helpguide.org/articles/emotional-health/laughter-is-the-best-medicine.htm
  3. http://www.webmd.com/balance/features/give-your-body-boost-with-laughter?page=2

 

 

Pastor-Carl Senior Pastor Carl Joseph desires to see God move in power in the downtown Denver area. He is joined in the ministry by his wife, Amy. In his spare time, he rides his motorcycle and plays golf.

 

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The Son of Man

Do you have six minutes to hear about how Jesus put aside His majesty as King and came to earth for fallen humanity, as a Spirit-led man?

Jesus set an example for us to move in the power of the Holy Spirit as an anointed man, and did not perform miracles simply because he was God, but provided a template for others to follow Him as joint-heirs in His kingdom.

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Healing Series – Session 1

In session 1, we provide an introduction to the Healing series by sharing the cause of sickness, God’s take on illness and who He is, and start reviewing some of the Old and New Testament examples of healing in the bible and even examine record of healings in early church history.

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“Does God use sickness to chasten His children? Let’s look at Hebrews 12:4-7.”

Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin. 5 And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him: 6 For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. 7 If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?

Our understanding of whether or not God uses sickness to chasten, depends entirely upon the meaning of the word chasten in the context of this passage. It is correction not punishment. God does not use terminal disease to chasten his people, death is a curse.”

– Pastor Carl

 

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How do I define “Hope”?

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Hope2What does the word “hope” mean to you? Most people think of it to mean “wishful thinking.” We use this word so casually, without thinking much about it. “I hope it doesn’t rain on Saturday”; “I hope I get a raise soon”; “I hope the Broncos make it to the playoffs.”
When we use this short, yet powerful word in this way, it dilutes its true meaning. I’m not suggesting we eliminate this particular usage, but I would like us to consider the deeper meaning of it: how God views it. As I was reflecting on God’s perspective on hope, I found something in God’s Word that stood out to me. In Psalms 42:5 and 42:11 and 43:5 the wording was almost identical.
 

Why are you cast down, O my soul?
And why are you disquieted within me?
Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him
For the help of His countenance.

I really started to think about how important God deems hope when our souls are in turmoil and everything seems to be caving in around us. Have you ever been there? Or maybe you’re there now. In the midst of our storms, when things are tumultuous, we are to put our hope in God, and praise Him. As our soul longs for His face to shine upon us, we are to praise Him. Praise Him? How can I praise God when I’m going through this? I can barely make it through the day, so how am I to praise God? Maybe you can relate to what Job says:

“What strength do I have, that I should still hope?
What prospects, that I should be patient?”
– (Job 6:11)

 

Desperate for God

There was a time in my life that I found myself desperate for God. My soul wasn’t just disquieted in me, it was screaming. God desired to bring healing to my heart for the years of abuse I endured growing up. Could I trust God to walk with me through the healing process? Could I put my hope in God and have faith that He was bringing wholeness to my heart? Even when I heard voices of doubt, I knew deep down that I still had hope. I knew I couldn’t put my hope in earthly things, but I trusted and put my full hope in Jehovah-Rapha, God my healer. With that seed of hope, and as I watered and cared for it with praise, my faith was strengthened. In worship and adoration I believed God’s Word:

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
– Jeremiah 29:11

 

Worship the Creator

Worship and praise Him in song, in written and spoken words, in art, or just be still. It touches God’s heart when His children put their hope in Him and come to a place where they completely and totally surrender to Him.

So if this is a season of storms in your life right now, I want to encourage you to put your hope in God and praise Him.

 

Laurel Laurel Block is a native of Alaska but moved to Colorado in 1990. She brings a message of life and hope through God’s healing and redemptive work in her life to women’s groups, church congregations, and to those in youth detention centers.