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August 28, 2017 06:28 PM PDT
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
“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:
“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.
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
Paul’s release of hunger.
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.
“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
Devotional Decree to Pursue Love and to be in the Spirit at all times based on 1 Cor 14:1:
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
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
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
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")
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.
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)#067 - 5 Paths Into Wonder
July 30, 2017 08:08 PM PDT
Join Matt and Mark on the Front Porch as they discuss "5 Paths Into Wonder." These are not the only 5, however, these are keys that can help fuel your pursuit in devotional wonder.
We are learning that this podcast is for the handful saying yes to un-compromised devotion to Jesus. Keep the flame!
Podcast Notes: "Five Paths into Wonder"
1. Read aloud the biblical narratives of God’s throne (Revelation 4; Isaiah 6; Ezekiel 1). Reading the bible aloud helps to focus your mind and heart on the passage. Meditating on the Word means, “to chew” on the word, it needs to be in your mouth. It also makes it easier to begin to pray-read the passage (stopping at key points to pray the scriptures, ask the Lord questions, and declare praises to Jesus for who He is). Ask the Lord, “What did Ezekiel see? What did Isaiah see? What did John see?”
2. Ask to encounter the fear of the Lord. Here are some starters:
Father, put Your fear in my heart so that I will not depart from You (Jer. 32:40).
Father, unite my heart to fear Your name (Ps. 86:11).
Jesus, like you I want to delight in the fear of the LORD (Isa. 11:3).
“Father, release the spirit of the fear of God into my heart. Release the lightning and thunder from Your throne to strike my heart (Rev. 4:5) with Your majesty, that I might live in awe before You. Release Your presence and holy dread that makes me tremble before You. Unite my heart to your heart and Word and cause me to delight in the fear of God.” Mike Bickle
3. Meditate on God’s Majesty in His creation.
The heavens declare the glory of God; And the firmament shows His handiwork. Day unto day utters speech, And night unto night reveals knowledge. There is no speech nor language where their voice is not heard. Their line has gone out through all the earth, And their words to the end of the world (Psalms 19:1-4).
For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse… (Romans 1:20).
4. “Come to be” in the Spirit by praying in the Spirit at all times (Eph. 6:18). Praying in the Spirit is also prayer in-step with the Spirit (prayer in-line with the Spirit). I would even say that prayer in the Spirit is a way to pray “into the Spirit” realm. Try to spend an hour a day praying in the Spirit.
5. Keep a place of solitude with God. John was on an island, a place of solitude for the word of God. Having a secret place with God alone positions us to receive the Father’s open reward.#066 - July Q&A
July 27, 2017 08:02 AM PDT
Join Matt and Mark on the Front Porch for a special "Q&A" for the month of July. We tried to answer as many as we could. You will hear about the contemplative life of prayer to how we spend time with our families.
We love to answer the questions our listeners send in so we have decided to try and answer your questions at some point in each episode. So keep them coming to our email.Sermon - How To Read A Proximity Scroll
July 25, 2017 11:25 AM PDT
Recently, Matt Pettry shared at Hope Chapel on "How To Read A Proximity Scroll." Those of you who know Matt, know how important Revelation Chapter four is to him.
This message is certainly proof that the Lord is re-wilding His sons in the earth. I would suggest note taking, but you may just want to listen first time around.#065 - Dont Interrupt Someone's Process
July 18, 2017 09:19 AM PDT
Warning: This podcast will be offensive to the religious spirit and to any current prospering church growth strategies.
Join Matt and Mark on the Front Porch as we discuss how dangerous it is to interrupt someone's process. Whether it's the strange winds of systemic prophecy or in the name of people management we have to end the cycle of co-dependency.
Yahweh is an expert in bringing sons into maturity and He doesn't need our help, especially if it's not leadership led by the Holy Ghost. This is an important truth for you to learn and we are thankful to share what we see in our own process.#064 - Happiness in the Life of Devotion
July 14, 2017 05:26 AM PDT
Join Matt and Mark on the Front Porch as they discuss happiness in the life of devotion. We take you throughout the history of the church using quotes and scripture that give permission for joy.
If you are not experiencing joy in your pursuit of Jesus, chances are you are dealing with religion. Happy are the hungry...
THERE IS a Front Porch interruption in this episode. Listen for it! SO BE HAPPY and enjoy a good laugh.
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