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Are you a burden-lifter? Part two of two

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A Daily Word from the Word for Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Today’s message serves as the conclusion to this two-part revelation, which was written by my Kingdom partner Zalihta Pegeese.

“Then Jesus spoke to the multitudes and to His disciples, saying: ‘The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat, Therefore whatever they tell you to observe, that observe and do, but do not do according to their works; for they say, and do not do. For they bind heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay them on men’s shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers. But all their works they do to be seen by men. They make their phylacteries broad and enlarge the borders of their garments. They love the best places at feasts, the best seats in the synagogues, greetings in the marketplaces, and to be called by men, Rabbi, Rabbi.’” - Matthew 23: 1-7

Gilgal is a tough place to be in, because you have to allow Holy Spirit to shine a light on those things that you buried and hoped to not have to face ever again. You have to look that sin or sins straight in the eye. It is a place where those sins are spiritually removed and you are pulled away from those things your soul is familiar with. Any form of surgery is painful, whether it is spiritual or physical.

No one wants to go through the pain a second time, so many people hide behind their title of being a Christian, which causes deception to creep in leading the individual to believe that certain sins no longer occupy them or their life. The Lord does not want you to be improved, He wants you to become a new creature (2 Corinthians 5:17).

God said to Joshua that “every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given you” (Joshua 1:3). He goes on to command Joshua to prepare, cross over, and then possess the land which the Lord God is giving him, and each one of us, to possess (Joshua 1:11). Previously, when I’ve read those scriptures, right away I got a picture of a beautiful place with green pastures, acres of lovely flowers and an abundance of delicious food. But if you continue to read, remember Joshua sent two spies to view the land, and the two spies ended up at a house of a harlot. Hmmmm, not sounding so great anymore. I would have been concerned that spies had to be sent out. My question would be, why can’t we just possess what the Lord our God has given us? It’s full of luscious gardens and beautiful acres of land, right? What’s the problem?

The definition for possess in relation to these scriptures is to seize and take control of; to enter into and control firmly (Webster’s dictionary). It is one thing to take possession of something that someone willingly hands over to you, but God would not have told Joshua to prepare, and Joshua would not have had to send spies into the land if it was just being handed over.

The point I’m trying to make is that whatever city (territory) you are in, that is the land the Lord your God has given to you. Whether you are in a big city or little city, wherever your foot is treading, it is where God said to take possession.

However, we as Christians did not send spies to the parts of the land where the enemy is hiding out. No, I am not calling people enemies, I am calling those spirits of poverty, wandering aimlessly, abandonment, violence, homelessness, abuse, discouragement, confusion, hopelessness, brokenness, wickedness and starvation the enemy.

We isolated ourselves into our little Christian communities and did not enter into and control firmly the land which our God commanded us to do. We did not prepare provisions for ourselves. Webster’s Dictionary defines provision as something that is done in advance to prepare for something else. We did not allow God to circumcise our hearts and take up residence in order for us to be able to cross over and possess what the enemy has control of. Again, brokenness cannot minister to brokenness; thus, we cannot possess the land.

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go” (Joshua 1:9).

When we leave the four walls of our homes and our churches, are we taking possession of our land? Did we see or notice (spy) where we need to be salt and light? Are we acting like the Pharisees that Jesus described in Matthew 23 that talk a good talk, like a good Christian can do, but not walking the walk as an obedient Christian should? How can we not have a heart for brokenness like Jesus has? We have been equipped and trained according to the Word of God, right?

“For the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self control. Against such there is no law” (Galatians 5:22-23).

Maybe we need to start over by “Preparing the provisions for yourselves.” First, allow God to cut out the darkness from your heart so the light of Jesus may shine to rest of the world. “Cross over this Jordan.” Make a choice to leave the past behind and stop allowing the devil to deceive you into thinking that everything is okay just because you go to Church. There is also church to be done outside of those four walls. And lastly, “go in to possess the land which the Lord your God has given to you.” Jesus told the Pharisees that it makes no sense for Him to give medicine to someone who is not sick. Jesus has a heart for those who aren’t well. It is why He died on the cross for us. He sent Holy Spirit to help us to do the same, but to do even greater things in His Name.

“Therefore be imitators of God as dear children. And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma” (Ephesians 5:1-2).

“Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” (Galatians 6:2)

Are you ready, soldier of Jesus Christ, to do what is necessary and according to the Word of God? Are you an imitator of Christ or an imitator of the Pharisees? Do not be deceived any longer into thinking that your title alone of being a Christian qualifies you to take possession of what the Lord God has given you. There is work to be done for the Glory of God and the end time Church. It is time to shift your mind to Kingdom thinking—doing what God says to do. I want to leave you with this last scripture.

“As the truth of Christ is in me, no one shall stop me from this boasting in the regions of Achaia. Why? Because I do not love you? God knows! But what I do, I will also continue to do, that I may cut off the opportunity from those who desire an opportunity to be regarded just as we are in the things of which they boast. For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into apostles of Christ. And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into and angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also transform themselves into minister of righteousness, whose end will be according to their works.” (2 Corinthians 11:10-15)

Father, thank You for Your mercy and grace that encamps us daily. Lord, we call for Your Will in our lives. We submit to Your Will, and acknowledge Your Lordship over every area in our lives. We choose to die to self, will, and opinions, and live for You today. Thank You Lord that because of the Blood of Jesus, we are in eternal covenant with you today. You are Jehovah Shammah! You are already there in our next situation, making a way when there seems to be no way. We praise You Father for leading us to triumphal procession. We thank You that we don’t have to wander today because You are graciously leading us. We are willing to let go and allow You to do major surgery in our hearts so that we may detach ourselves from the past in order to be salt and light in the land You commanded us to possess. We repent now Father for allowing Satan to deceive us, thus holding us back from being obedient to You. In Jesus Name, we thank You for the boldness, courage, and love You have instilled in us. Amen and Amen.

Take action! Challenge your thinking! I encourage you to read Psalm 51 and meditate on it. Allow Holy Spirit to shine His loving light on those areas of sin in you for the preparation of your complete healing. Let go of pride and fear and allow God to do an amazing work in you. Pull away from the thoughts and ways of the past so you can be a healthy, strong, and courageous soldier of Jesus Christ, in order for His will to be done on this earth through you for the Glory of His Kingdom! Hallelujah!!! And continue to fight the good fight of staying in Gilgal for as long as it takes your Holy Father to heal your broken heart; for God, Who will never leave you nor forsake you (Hebrews 13:5), has already given you the victory!

If you have never received Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior, I encourage you to do it today, right now, by saying this prayer out loud: “Jesus, forgive me for my sins. I am sorry. I truly desire to be saved and reconciled back to God, my Father, through You. I receive Your sinless Blood as payment in full for my sins—past, present, and future. I now call You my Lord and Savior, and invite You to live within my heart, and to permanently live within me. I make You Lord over me and over my life from this moment on. Amen.” Congratulations! You are now a child of God, made whole and made new, by the Blood of Jesus Christ!

God tells us that we are blessed to be a blessing (Genesis 12:2). Be a blessing to someone by sending them this word of encouragement. If God did not already put someone in your spirit and on your heart that needs to read this uplifting message from above, simply ask your Heavenly Father who to bless on today. Forward this message right now by email, facebook, or twitter.

Jesus is coming soon!

May God Bless you and keep you always.

With warmest regards,

And, in service of The Most High King,

Matthew

Matthew.Gargano@HMDMinistries.com

www.HMDMinistries.com

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Matthew is founder of HMD Ministries, and sits under the leadership of Apostle Dr. Don Lyon of Faith Center Ministries International in Rockford, Illinois, where he serves as an associate pastor.

All references to Hebrew and Greek words and meanings, unless otherwise noted, are taken from the New Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance © 1990 by Thomas Nelson Publishing. All dictionary references are taken from the Merriam-Webster online dictionary © 2013, unless otherwise noted.

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