Enrich your spiritual life as you study inspirational messages gleaned from the Word of God! The Holy Bible is filled with wisdom that will strengthen your character and deepen your walk with the Lord. As you reflect on key Scripture passages, you will discover encouraging lessons and practical applications woven throughout the Word. Leon Gooden presents an in-depth study of key Bible passages to sharpen your faith and help you grow in your understanding of God. Each chapter explores a different Scripture passage to encourage you in your daily walk with Jesus Christ. In this book, you’ll learn: -How God calls you to be actively involved in His purposes and plans for the world -You are God’s child, accepted and highly favored—made holy and righteous by the blood of Jesus -How the Holy Spirit will empower you to bring life to others who desperately need it -How God wants to sanctify you and move you toward the future He has planned for you -How worship can overcome temptations to sin -When nothing makes sense, God has a perfect handle on things -Why the result of knowing God is an intimate relationship with the Creator of the universe This book is ideal to enhance your personal daily devotions, or as a Bible study tool in a small group setting. Short chapters with edifying messages are perfect for livening up your devotions! Start reading your copy of Walking in the Word today—and spark a flame in your heart for real growth as a child of God!
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EDIFYING, EQUIPPING, EMPOWERING FOR KINGDOM ADVANCEMENT!
EPH. 4:12. For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of CHRIST.
EDIFYING - The word ‘edification' comes from a Latin word, ‘aedificare' which means, “build”. The idea therefore is, ‘to improve the mind or character of some one by teaching'.
Kingdom is the sovereign, power, dominion, and rule to infiltrate, influence, and incorporate all who would receive its provisions, promises, promotion, and protection for the the Kingdom of God and for Experiencing and Enjoying The Kingdom lifestyle.
To Advance is to proceed progressively by divine impartation, inspiration, imagination and instruction to move forward the Kingdom of God and for Experiencing and Enjoying the Kingdom lifestyle. ADVANCING THE KINGDOM OF GOD WITH FORCE.
I'M PRAISING MY WAY TO MY HARVEST IN THE MIDST OF MY TRIBULATION.
"Let the people praise thee, O God; let all the people praise thee. Then shall the earth yield her increase; and God even our own God, shall bless us." Psalm 67: 5-6
Are you one of God's children that have been waiting with great expectations for blessings from the Lord? Have you been consistently sowing and not experiencing the blessings that you expected to receive?
There is an ingredient that just might be missing in your life that will bring forth the blessing that you have been waiting and desiring to receive.
Anything that you receive from God must come through faith. Where there is no faith there will be no victory. "Without faith it is impossible to please God." Your Heavenly Father expects you to put all of your trust in Him without any wavering or doubt. Even when you do not see anything, you must know that God will not fail you.
When the manifestation that you desire does not come, what do you do? What is your response when everything appears to be falling apart and going in the opposite direction? What comes out of your mouth when the job did not come, the car is not running and the bills are all past due? The majority of people, even those who are children of God will begin to murmur and complain. Speaking and thinking negative will only yield negative results.
God has set forth in His word the plan for overcoming temporary setbacks.
First of all, you must realize that anyone who achieves great things for God will go through some challenges and obstacles in life. These light afflictions only come to allow us to exercise the faith that God has given to each of His children. The language of faith that moves mountains is praise.
Praising God in the midst of any challenge will cause God’s power to be release in the earth. Most of the children of God spend little or no time praising God. Often times those who do praise or offer up thanksgiving do not realize the power that is being released out into the universe.
When you praise God the Bible says that He inhabits the praises of His people. God actually gets involved in your praises. This means that His very essence and power is now available to bring forth what you have been waiting for.
Phil 4:6 tells you to have no anxiety about anything. Instead, with prayer and thanksgiving continue to make your wants known to God.
This means that you are going to continue to thank and praise God for the desired results that you expect to receive.
Your sincere praise brings glory and honor to God. Praise that comes from a sincere heart will always get the attention of our God. The power of God is already at work in the earth. He is just waiting for you to offer up a sacrifice of praise unto Him with a sincere heart.
Even in the most difficult situation when everything appears to be going in the opposite direction; sincere praise can bring forth a harvest in the midst of tribulation.
If you have been waiting for a release of God’s blessings into your life and nothing has happen. Instead of seeing the manifestation of your harvest, things have gotten worst. Just know that praise that is consistent will create a climate for the release that you desire to see come forth from God. After you praise, “then shall the earth yield her increase and God even our God will bless us.
Your faith mixed with praise can bring forth the miraculous power of God into your life. Become determined to bless the Lord at all times and keep His praise continually coming forth out of your mouth. As the praises go up before our God, the earth must yield her increase and God even our own God will send forth the blessings. Expect to see the miracle working power of God manifested in your life in 2017.
27 So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. 28 Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”
After God created man the first thing he did was bless man. Not just life but the BLESSED LIFE. THE BLESSED LIFE FOLLOWS LIFE.
A blessed life is a life which attracts God's blessing and favor into our environment. How you live determines what you attract into your environment. You shall know them by their FRUIT. God wants to bless his people! NOT JUST LIFE BUT THE BLESSED LIFE!
Deuteronomy 8:18 (NKJV)
18 “And you shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day.
God gives us power to get wealth, Faith without works is dead, we have to apply what GOD has given us in order to establish his covenant he made with our fathers. NOT JUST LIFE BUT THE BLESSED LIFE!
God blessed man and woman at creation because he wanted them to live a blessed life. The blessing was the first gift and asset which man received from God.
Man and woman were created to be an expression of God's blessing. God created man and woman to live a blessed life and not a cursed life.
THE BLESSINGS WHICH WERE GIVEN TO ADAM AT CREATION WAS A SPOKEN BLESSING!
Blessings are transmitted through the spoken word of God.
Numbers 6:23-26 (NKJV):
23 “Speak to Aaron and his sons, saying, ‘This is the way you shall bless the children of Israel. Say to them:24 “The Lord bless you and keep you;25 The Lord make His face shine upon you,And be gracious to you;
26 The Lord lift up His countenance upon you,And give you peace.”’
If it is not spoken it will not manifest.
Blessings flow through spiritual authorities which God has established.
It is Priests who carry the authority to bless the flock.
It is parents who carry the authority to bless children.
It is husbands who carry the authority to bless wives.
IT WAS A BLESSING OF INCREASE AND FRUITFULNESS: Increase and fruitfulness is the manifestation of a blessed life. A blessing gives us power for increase and fruitfulness. Whatever carries the blessing will always increase and not decrease. NOT JUST LIFE BUT THE BLESSED LIFE!
IT WAS A BLESSING OF SPIRITUAL AUTHORITY: A blessing gives you authority and power over the forces of nature and the forces of satan.
IT WAS A BLESSING OF LEADERSHIP AND INFLUENCE: God created man to be above and not below, to be the head and not the tail.
Leadership is a blessing from God. The Tribe of Judah received the blessing of leadership and rulership.
MAN WAS BLESSED WITH SEED AT CREATION: Every blessing from God comes with a seed. God gave seed to perpetuate life and blessing. God has hidden life into a seed. No seed no life. No seed no blessing.
Genesis 8:22 KJV - 22 While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.
Seed time and harvest will never cease it is a principal application from creation.
A BLESSEDED LIFE IS A CHOICE:
Deuteronomy 30:19 KJV - 19 I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live:
WE LIVE A BLESSED LIFE BY PUTTING GOD FIRST: Matthew 6:33 - Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these shall be added unto you.
WE LIVE A BLESSED LIFE THROUGH OBEDIENCE AND FAITH: Deuteronomy 28:1 - if you fully obey the commands I give you today
WE LIVE A BLESSED LIFE BY BLESSING WHAT GOD HAS BLESSED: Genesis 12:3 - Whoever blesses you I will bless.
WE LIVE A BLESSED LIFE THROUGH ACTS OF GENEROSITY: Prov 19:17 KJV ...He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the LORD; and that which he hath given will he pay him again.
Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep. All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers:but the sheep did not hear them. I am the door:by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture. The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy:I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. I am the good shepherd:the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.
See I used to be a good fisherman of fish and one thing I learned is that when you go fishing you have to
1. GO AT THE RIGHT TIME
2. GO TO THE RIGHT PLACE
3. HAVE THE RIGHT TYPE OF BAIT
4. HAVE PATIENCE DONT RUSH
5. STAY ALERT WATCH POLE
6. AFTER FISH TAKES HOOK LET HIM TIE OUT
7. REEL HIM IN, DONT LET HIM GET OFF YOUR LINE
NOW THAT YOURE QUALIFIED FISHERMEN, COME TO THE HOUSE OF GOD, YOUR PLACE OF DUTY TO BE DEPUTIZED TO GO OUT AND CATCH SOME FISH (SOULS).
SEE SOME OF YOU ARE SITTING IN HERE TODAY THAT HAVE BEEN RUNNING FROM YOUR OCCUPATION, THATS WHY THINGS NEVER WORK OUT FOR YOUR GOOD, COME BACK TO YOUR ASSIGNMENT FROM GOD, ITS IN YOUR DNA TO BE FISHERMEN, NOT DRUG DEALERS, PIMPS, ROBBERS, CRACK HEADS, FELONIES, ADULTERERS, FORNICATORS, LIERS.
COME BACK TO JESUS, COME BACK TO YOUR FIRST LOVE, ROM 5:17 IF ANY MAN BE IN ...........
JESUS SAID IAM THE WAY, THE TRUTH AND THE LIFE., NO MAN CAN SEE THE FATHER WITHOUT GOING THROUGH HIM.
NOW LET'S GO FISHING IN JESUS NAME!
Apostolic Alignment for Kingdom Advancement
Apostolic Alignment for Kingdom Advancement: Is the worldwide activation of the Holy Spirit being released in the Body of Christ resulting in the restoration (re-ordering) of all things according to Acts 3:19-21
Relationships - Malachi 4:6; Luke 15:11-32; 1 Corinthians 4:15
Biblical Doctrine/Teaching – Hebrews 6:1
Five-Fold Ministry- Ephesians 4:11-12
Ministry of the Holy Spirit – Luke 3:16; Acts 1:8; Acts 2:1-4
Miracles – 1 Corinthians 12:10-11
The Ministry of the Apostle: Apostle- (Greek-apostolos) “One who is sent forth.” One called and sent by the Anointing to have and operate in spiritual authority. Character, gifts, and abilities enable Apostles to gather and establish people in Kingdom truth and order, especially through founding and overseeing churches and ministries.
1 Corinthians 12:28 “And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues.” Ephesians 4:11 “And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers.”
Functions of Apostles and Apostolic Ministries:
Establish a Spiritual climate/atmosphere in regions that is conducive for a release of God’s Glory
1 Corinthians 12:28 “First (Greek-proton) apostles.” Blasting, Trailblazers, Penetrating, Forerunner, Pioneer Anointing. Territorial Spirits – Governing spirits/strongholds over regions, cities, nations. Daniel 10:13 “But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me one and twenty days:” 1 Corinthians 15:32 ‘If after the manner of men I have fought with beasts at Ephesus,”
Strongholds – Mindsets, Doctrines, Ideologies contrary to the Word of God. 2 Corinthians 10:4-5 “… mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds,”
To establish the Apostolic in GOD's people
Matthew 28:19 “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations” NKJV This is an Apostolic Commission!! Evangelists make believers/converts – Apostles make disciples.
Establish Churches Apostolic People require Apostolic Churches where they will be equipped and released for the work of the ministry through:
Doctrine- Acts 2:42 “…they continued steadfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship,”
Preaching- Inspiration through exhortation, proclamation and demonstration. Mark 16:15 “And He said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature,”
Teaching- Inspiration through edification (building up). Matthew 28:19 “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations,”
Treaching - (combination of teaching & preaching) Matthew 4:23 “And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and
healing (demonstration) all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people,”
Establish Biblical Order/Government Restore five-fold (government) ministry to oversee and maintain the order of God, which is represented through theocracy and not democracy.
Theocracy -God controlled, God centered, God ruled.
Democracy- People controlled, People centered, People ruled. 1 Corinthians 12:28; Ephesians 4:11-16; Titus 1:5
Establish “Fathering Ministries/Relationship” 1 Corinthians 4:15 “For though ye have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet [have ye] not many fathers: for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel.” Fathers and overseers are committed to establishing and developing growing relationship.
Some Fatherly Responsibilities:
1. Training and Discipline - Exodus 18:13-26; Hebrews 12:5-10; Colossians 1:28
2. Reproduce - John 15:16
3.. Releasing - Acts11: 21-22; Acts13:3-4
4.. Impartation - 2 Timothy 1:6
Kingdom Builders Christian Ministries A Spiritually Militant Church
In the process of apostolic maturing of the Church there is an emerging, spiritually militant boldness on all fronts of Church life. Not with guns and bombs like deluded terrorists, but spiritual weapons like strategic prayer, intercession, preaching, teaching and praise & worship. Music (SHOFAR & PRAISE/WORSHIP) has been, and is increasingly setting this tone of spiritual militancy. Now it is time for the prophetic to take its true mature place alongside the apostolic gifts and anointing. To bring structure both spiritual and natural to facilitate what the Lord is doing in the Church - to clear the rubble from the spiritual gaps in the wall of the House of the Lord (Nehemiah 4:10), and to build apostolic churches. To plant churches powerfully, in spiritually governing strength, with five-fold ministry teams. Apostolic church bases that will actually affect and change whole cities, nations, and even governments.
We have seen this in part happening in KBCM but there are more wonderful days ahead of all of us as we press on to the high calling of Christ JESUS in our lives. Singers, musicians, Preachers, Teachers, THE FIVE FOLD MINISTRY in the realm of the creative arts will also need to carry apostolic wisdom in the nurturing and releasing of these gifts in the MARKETPLACE. It is important we prepare - because we will not handle the onslaught of spiritual wickedness that will inevitably come against the rising army of the Church. It is a global army because there is a global fight! A fight against the ultimate global terrorist - the devil!
Everyone needs to submit under GOD's government, no one is exempt, Kingdom Builders Christian Ministries definitely is a place for anyone who is without a Church home and wants to grow in the LORD.
Everyone – Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors, Teachers and laypersons, are required to submit to a Pastor. This is God’s order of government. The Pastor is the head of the local Church and everyone is to be a part of a local Church somewhere. (Ephesians 4:11-14)
What I am saying is that everyone, even the other Ministry offices, should have a Pastor. There are no exceptions to this. The most effective Five-fold Ministers in the Earth have Pastors whom they can call upon.
Everyone will ultimately give account for how they treated their Pastors. 2Corinthians 5:10)
Sincerely from Apostle L.R. Gooden Jr.
A quick teaching on the theme for 2015 for KBCM by Apostle L.R.Gooden Jr.
SCRIPTURE AND THEME FOR 2015
EDIFYING, EQUIPPING, EMPOWERING FOR KINGDOM ADVANCEMENT
EPH. 4:12. For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:
For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:
These ministry gifts (EPH 4:11) are to equip the saints, and then the saints are to do the work of the ministry. The Amplified Bible translates this verse as "His intention was the perfecting and the full equipping of the saints (His consecrated people), [that they should do] the work of ministering toward building up Christ's body (the church)."
It is a mistake to place the burden of ministry on what we call "the clergy." Full-time ministers are to minister the Word to the saints, but the saints are to go out and reach the lost and carry the bulk of the ministry within the church. Shepherds don't have sheep; they tend the sheep, and the sheep should reproduce.
It has been a big mistake to "hire" ministers to do what the individual members of the church are supposed to do. Apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers are simply leaders who equip the saints so that they can be successful in the ministries God has given them.
In EPH 4:12 the word "for" can mean because of, as a result of, since, or it can mean so as to obtain. It is the latter definition that is meant here. The apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers of EPH 4:11 minister "so as to obtain" the saints being equipped so that they can do the work of the ministry, which in turn obtains the edifying of the body of Christ. The clergy doesn't do all these things. They start the process through leadership, and the body edifies itself in love (EPH 4:16).
The Greek word that was translated "perfecting" here is "KATARTISMOS," and it means "a fitting or preparing fully" (Vine's Expository Dictionary). It does not denote the absence of all flaws. The Lord gave the gifted ministers listed in EPH 4:11 to help fully prepare the saints so that they could do the work of the ministry.
Remember it takes a Disciple (a disciplined learner) not a complainer, not a critic, not a murmurer, not a know it all, but a DISCIPLE. It's time for the Church to line-up, straighten-up and fall in place with true GOD ordained leadership. Amen.