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#075 - The Finished Work in Devotion
September 18, 2017 08:20 AM PDT
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Join Matt and Mark on the Front Porch as they discuss how vital it is to be established in the finished work as we live this life of devotion.

Many are mixing law and grace, trying to pursue two different paths of righteousness. There is much confusion in this area, but we want you to be established in the one thing path. Jesus is that one thing!

You can have a season of drawing close and open heavens or you can be established under a constant open heaven and a lifestyle of repentance. We want you to be God-conscious and that will deliver you from sin-consciousness.

#074 - Friend, Do What You Came For
September 14, 2017 02:38 PM PDT
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Join Matt and Mark on the Front Porch as they discuss more on this friendship revelation. In this episode, we focus on the kiss of betrayal from Judas and yet he was still called a friend.

But what kind of friend was Judas? You will learn that plus an interesting look at Peter's response to the kiss of betrayal. This podcast is heavy and full of transparency. Enjoy!

#073 - Frank's Reliance
September 11, 2017 08:57 PM PDT
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Join Matt and Mark on the Front Porch as they discuss friendship with Yahweh. Frank's Reliance is a journey that Matt was sent on by our Apostle while on prayer retreat.

This could be the most important message you have heard this year. We believe it the launch for the greatest fall of your life! Take the journey with us into friendship with God.

#072 - Intro to the Fall of 2017
September 08, 2017 08:47 AM PDT
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Join Matt and Mark on the Front Porch as they give a preview of what is to come in the Fall of 2017. From honoring the Reformation 500 years ago to the revelation of friendship and Thanksgiving, the fall will be full of surprises.

#071 - One Year Celebration/Definitive Truth of Devotion
August 29, 2017 09:59 AM PDT
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Join Matt and Mark on the Front Porch to celebrate one year of the podcast. In this episode, you will hear a definitive truth that exists in the life of devotion.

Plus, we have a special introduction by Noah explaining the first time God ever spoke to him. Enjoy.

Message: Friendship
August 28, 2017 06:28 PM PDT
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Recently, Matt Pettry shared this special message at Hope Chapel. This is a revelation that we believe will launch us into another great Fall season.

Let this message prepare your heart for the next degree of proximity.

#070 - God Pursuing Us
August 21, 2017 08:10 AM PDT
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“You called, you cried, you shattered my deafness. You sparkled, you blazed, you drove away my blindness. You shed your fragrance, and I drew in my breath, and I pant for you. I tasted and now I hunger and thirst. You touched me, and now I burn with longing for your peace.” Saint Augustine

“When the soul is full, you turn down even the sweetest honey. But when your soul is starving, every bitter thing becomes sweet.” Proverbs 27:7 TPT

“BLESSED are those who HUNGER and THIRST for RIGHTEOUSNESS for they shall be filled.” Matthew 5:6 NKJV

JESUS MAKES THIS DECLARATION FROM A PLACE HE KNOWS BETTER THAN ANYONE:
“BLESSED are those who HUNGER and THIRST for RIGHTEOUSNESS for they shall be filled.” Matthew 5:6 NKJV

“How long can the moth flirt near the mouth of the flame before their lips touch and the moth’s soul becomes like a sun.... How long do you think you can just flirt with Him before you dissolve in ecstasy?” Meister Eckhart

"To hunger and thirst after righteousness is when nothing in the world can fascinate us so much as being near to God." - Smith Wigglesworth

The Feeling is Mutual: Jesus knows this place of extreme bliss as a result of his desire for the Bride and this desire should awaken desire for Him in you.

We only pursue God to the degree that its real to us that He is pursuing us.
When you hear things like, “Seek my Face continually...” (Ps. 105:4), “Men should always pray and never stop...” (Lk 18:1), “Pray in the Spirit always...” (Eph. 6:18), and “Pray without ceasing...” (1 Thess. 5:17), do you hear a call to discipline or do you hear the voice of someone longing for unbroken communion with you? In these verses I hear the heart of someone saying, “I could talk to you all day long. I don’t want the communion to stop. You’ll hang up first.” You might want to reread these verses with the understanding that "The Spirit that lives in us wants us to be his own" (James 4:5 God’s Word Translation). I know that we talk much about our longing and hunger for the Lord but have you considered the Spirit’s longing for us? Our communion with the Spirit is the result of mutual longing.

William Seymour was desperate for the fullness of the Holy Spirit. He had such a hunger for more that he gave himself earnestly to the secret place five hours a day for two years. He wasn't satisfied. Seymour asked God, "What else can I do?" The Spirit spoke to him and said, "Pray More." Seymour then changed his five hours a day to now seven hours a day. He continued in secret prayer seven hours a day for another year and a half. The result was a glorification of the Spirit, not just in Seymour, but one that would have a historic impact called the Azusa Street Revival.

John G. Lake said of Seymour’s hunger, “God had put such a hunger into that man’s heart that when the fire of God came it glorified him. I do not believe any other man in modern times had a more wonderful deluge of God in his life than God gave to that dear fellow, and the glory and power of a real Pentecost
swept the world. He [Seymour] preached to my congregation of ten thousand people when the glory and power of God was upon his spirit, and men shook and trembled and cried to God. God was in him.” “Seymour, I want you to pray more.” The Spirit is longing for an unbroken communion with this man! What an honor and permission!

Paul’s release of hunger.
12Not that I have already attained...I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me [fullness of Paul’s destiny]...14I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call [fullness of Paul’s destiny] of God in Christ Jesus. (Phil. 3:12-14)

As we hunger and thirst, we will embrace whatever it takes to experience more of God. As Bill Johnson prayed, “More of You at any cost.” We are pursuing a Person who releases righteousness in us and through us. Jesus is worthy of our efforts to press into God.

“Hunger is one of the most important signs of life. When there is no hunger for a sustained period, then there is no life. Many live in a “spiritual intensive care unit” without any hunger for prayer or the Word. This is abnormal Christianity. Hungerless and passionless Christianity is not normal from God's point of view. Lack of hunger is a serious sign of sickness in the spirit.” Mike Bickle

Growing in our hunger and pursuit of God— is one of the greatest ways to honor our Presence Encounter and its the only way to keep the ground we have today.
Yeshua was led into the wilderness by the Holy Spirit and the bible says, “afterward He hungered!” The wilderness is the perfect context to grow passion and hunger. Do you want to become an oracle with glory in your voice? Every oracle must grow in hunger before Yahweh announces over them, "Eat the scroll."

“One thing I have DESIRED of the Lord, That will I seek: That I may dwell in the house of the Lord All the days of my life, To behold the beauty of the Lord, And to inquire in His temple.” Psalms 27:4

A DEVOTIONAL DECREE TO PURSUE LOVE AND DESIRE THE SPIRIT
Many use faith’s confession of the word to get things. Why not use faith’s confession of the word to declare how far in God you can go? To that end, I’ve put together some devotional decrees to encourage yourself in the Lord and help frame your world of encounter.
Bible Verse: “Pursue love and earnestly desire Spiritual gifts...” I Cor. 14:1

Devotional Decree to Pursue Love and to be in the Spirit at all times based on 1 Cor 14:1:
Father, I want to obey 1 Cor. 14:1. Therefore, I set my heart to aggressively chase AGAPE (Love on YOUR terms), to pursue the love of God with all haste, like a hunter pursing a catch. I’m coming after You. I burn with holy jealousy for the realm of the Spirit. I must be where You are. My devotion is like the sound of water boiling over with eager desire to be in the Spirit, of His realm where He imparts love, faith, reveals Jesus (As Bridegroom, King, Judge, etc) and reveals who I am in Him.
This verse is an explosive apostolic charge into holy love and to become a person immersed in the realm of the Spirit. This is for those who desire to be “in the Spirit” and never “come out.”

These words to me are an “all-access-granted” pass into the love of God and realm of the Spirit. It’s all based on pursuit and desire. Declare over yourself: I pursue love and earnestly desire to be in the realm of the Spirit.

1. Pursue: chase aggressively, like a hunter pursuing a catch (prize). It means pursue with all haste ("chasing" after), earnestly desiring to overtake (apprehend). In other words, stir your hunger and GO FOR IT. Don’t highlight your lack of pursuit. Remain steady in your pace by seeing His loving pursuit of you and declare I Pursue...

2. Love: In this passage “love” is “agapen.” It is “love” as God desires it. Love on God’s terms is love without condition, unrelenting, and never quitting. The call is to aggressively apprehend the unrelenting and never-quitting love of God and to manifest that love to others. I Pursue love (for God, for neighbor, for self)...

3. Earnestly Desire: “zēlóō.” The King James Bible translates this word as “covet.” That’s how strong this call is. This is a poetic word, meant to imitate the sound of boiling water. Take your desire to its boiling point and then turn up the heat. Damon Thompson says often, “211 degrees is warm water. 212 degrees can move a train.” 212 degrees is the boiling point of water and that is exactly what the call is here. When desire in our heart begins to boil over we release the sound of inner burning. Declare I earnestly desire...

4. Spiritual: The word for “spiritual” here is pneumatikós (an adjective, derived from pneúma, "spirit, wind, breathe") – spiritual; relating to the realm of spirit, the invisible realm in which the Holy Spirit imparts faith and wonder, reveals Jesus as Bridegroom, reveals the In-Him Dimension, the Up Here Place, etc. The word “Gifts” is not in the original language. Certainly, “gifts” would be implied as a small part of what “spiritual” means here, but don’t stop there. Cry out for the wind to fill the whole house! You are the house of the Holy Ghost! Declare I Earnestly desire to be of the entire realm of the Spirit. To be where He is...

Message - Calling For Mature Sons
August 13, 2017 10:19 PM PDT
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Join us in a recent service at the North Gate in Streetsboro, OH with Pastor Jimmy and Tina Lovejoy.

In this message, Mark shares a very personal word from Romans 8 and Hebrews 2, where Yahweh is trying to bring His sons into their most glorious condition and their most exalted state.

There are many words of wisdom, and words of knowledge that were imparted through this word. It's something timely for anyone who has an ear to hear. Yahweh is calling you out of restlessness and into rest, which is your most exalted state!

#069 - Divine Communication Vs. Man's Communication
August 08, 2017 11:06 AM PDT
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Join Matt and Mark on the Front Porch as they discuss the difference between divine communication and men's. It's very easy to become enslaved to your own or someone else's vision and hinder your ability to hear and obey.

Hear and obey is the path to our most glorious state. But many are in the captivity of men's ideas calling it God's vision. We hope some will find permission in this.

#068 - Relational Holiness
August 03, 2017 06:23 PM PDT
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Join Matt and Mark on the Front Porch as they discuss "Relational Holiness."

Matt had a conversation with Dutch Sheets about consecration that sparked this episode on the podcast. Discover that the journey into the devout and holy life is one of “relational holiness” as we seek not to just “separate from things” but rather separate unto the Lord. Your “Yes vow” to Jesus will be more powerful than a 1,000 “No vows” to sin and darkness.

Matt and Dutch’s conversation:

“Me: Sir, I feel like one of the biggest areas of compromise in my life has been my speech. The tongue has proven to be an unruly member.

Papa Dutch: Really?

Me: Yes Sir. I suppose I need to be more disciplined. Perhaps I should do a word-fast and just be quiet for a week until I'm more aware of my words.

Papa Dutch: Yeah, you could do that. Or, you could linger in His Presence until one the Seraphim fly to you with one of the burning coals from the altar and apply it to your lips. And be done with it.

Me: Yes Sir. I'll take the second option.”

Dutch Sheets has a tremendous teaching on consecration that he shared here at Hope Chapel in South Carolina. This teaching was revolutionary for many in our company. Here is in an excerpt from a blog that Dutch wrote entitled, “Invitation to Consecration” that highlights what he shared here:

"We hear of the concept of "consecration" periodically, but we often have a vague understanding of what it really means. The word consecrate, in Hebrew, is actually a relational term. Qadash means to separate or set yourself apart unto God. God’s heart isn’t, “Clean up your act so I can restore and bless you.” He says instead, “Come to me so I can bless you.” BIG DIFFERENCE! His love is free, not earned.

It may even surprise you that qadash (set apart to Him), is actually the root word for holy (qodesh). Not to confuse you with a bunch of strange words, but isn’t it great to know that being “holy” isn’t the result of or defined as “being good enough?” Rather it is the nature (qodesh) we receive from our union with Him (qadash), which motivates us to good works and a refusal to sin. We must be careful, then, that when we set out to prepare ourselves for a move of God’s Spirit, we do not move into a legalistic works mentality, trying to accomplish separation and holiness in our own abilities; rather, we draw near to God in relationship.

There is another word in scripture that also means separation, which we often confuse with consecration and holiness. Nazir, from which we get the word Nazarite, means to be separate from. Nazir implies that we are separating ourselves away from something, as in sin, or the Nazarite vow of separation from certain activities. Qadash implies that we are separating ourselves unto, or drawing near to God. And this is where we must always start in our walk with Him." - Dutch Sheets

(blog excerpt "Invitation to Consecration")
https://dutchsheets.org/index.php/2015/10/21/an-invitation-to-consecration/

Mike Bickle also highlights 3 principles to cooperating with the grace of God in pursuit of consecration with a similar approach using Romans 6:11-13: (1) Know (2) Resist (3) Pursue.

“11 Likewise you also, reckon (Know) yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord. 12 Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body (Resist), that you should obey it in its lusts. 13 And do not present your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin, but present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead (Pursue), and your members as instruments of righteousness to God.” (Romans 6:11-13)

1) Know who you are in Christ.
2) Resist darkness.
3) Pursue loving God and people.

As we seek to be those who “separate unto the Lord,” we can be confident in our pursuit that we’ve found the more excellent way as we receive from Holy Presence and are transformed into the same image.

“16 Nevertheless when one turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. 17 Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. 18 But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.” (2 Cor. 3:16-18)

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