God’s Favor & His Kingdom

And a judgment was made in favor of the saints of the Most High, and the time came for the saints to possess the kingdom. Daniel 7:22

The prophet Daniel described a coming time when God would reveal His favor to the saints by giving them possession of the kingdom. That time was realized 500 years later when Jesus introduced His ministry to the hometown folks and concluded His remarks with the proclamation of a new era called …the favorable year of the LORD. Later He consoles His nervous followers by saying, “Do not fear, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom” Luke 12:32. Being favored by God implies that an opportunity to receive the kingdom of God has come to you in some way. Mary, an innocent God-fearing teenager, was called blessed and highly favored by the angel Gabriel and then given the assignment of literally “carrying” the kingdom by becoming pregnant with Jesus. God’s favor will stretch and challenge you but if you determine to have Mary’s response, Let it be to me according to your word, you will carry the kingdom in increasing measure.



Journey to An Overcomer’s Mindset, David Hertel

Those who live according to the sinful nature have their minds set on what that nature desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. Romans 8:5

The Holy Spirit desires to develop an overcomer’s mindset in us toward all the fears we have that keep us from being overcomers in all the spheres of influence we have.  As children of God we are not limited to our intellect and human reasoning but because He lives in us we have available to us the Holy Spirit’s insight and understanding of all things.  He is eager to impart the perspective, strategy and timing of heaven to us so that we can confront issues with the power of God governed by the mind of Christ.  No burning down the Samaritan village as the disciples wanted to do because it had rejected Jesus! Moving in the gifts of the Spirit with our mind set on what the Spirit desires is the key to advancing the Kingdom of Heaven. The Holy Spirit’s ultimate desire is to reveal Christ in us and through us as we manifest the reality …that in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us – Romans 8:37



What is Truth, Pastor David Hertel

Truth not only originates with God, it always leads to God’s conclusions.  Scripture is full of “truths” but if any conclusions drawn from it disagrees with the revelation of the Father by the Son, they need to be reconsidered.  For instance any assumptions we arrive at through studying the mystery of Paul’s thorn should not trump the clear revelation that came through the ministry, miracles and messages of Jesus.  Jesus perfectly revealed God’s attitude and desire concerning all the works of the devil; sickness included.  For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil. 1John 3:8 When people are taught that sickness may be the will of God they are at a disadvantage in contending for their healing.  When people are taught that only Jesus’ immediate disciples were commissioned to carry out the eradication of the destructive works of the devil the devil wins.  The impotence and powerlessness of most of the church is not confirmation that these doctrines are true, it is an indictment that they are wrong headed and anything but truth.  


Gardening with God by Pastor David Hertel

     Spring is upon us and the warm winter has jump-started the need to get yards and gardens ready so the right kind of growth can come. In his letter to the Corinthian Church, the Apostle Paul used gardening terms when he described the work of ministry. “  I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase. So then neither he who plants is anything, nor he who waters, but God who gives the increase”  1 Corinthians 3:6-7.

      As believers, we were “called out” from the corruption of the world system with the intent that we would be more effective at weeding and feeding the garden we live in. Christ’s provision for His church gave us favor, and when we steward it unselfishly and courageously as Queen Esther did, it positions us for increased influence. When we are faithful to use that influence in releasing kingdom increase we are fulfilling our commission to be salt and light in a corrupted & darkened world. What a responsibility but what a privilege that God has chosen us to co-labor with Him as His gardeners. “Now he who plants and he who waters are one, and each one will receive his own reward according to his own labor” 1 Corinthians 3:8.



‘Ask for Rain’ by David Hertel

With the advent of 2017 we are already in the Hebrew calendar year of 5777 and prophetic words from seasoned, trusted voices are confirming that a third great awakening has begun and God is about to impact earth at a higher level than ever before. The word of the Lord to me for this year was Zachariah 10:1. Ask the Lord for rain in the time of the latter rain. The Lord will make flashing clouds; He will give them showers of rain, Grass in the field for everyone. This verse challenges us to ask for more of what God has already determined is in His timing to give – rain! Rain to Israel, an agricultural society, was not a luxury it was a necessity. Without it the crops failed, the grass withered, the livestock perished and ultimately the lives of the people were at stake. Rain is synonymous with the goodness of God and in Exodus 33 when Moses asked God to show him His glory God equated it with His goodness. Let’s expect greater glory! Let’s expect God’s goodness to break through this year like never before. It’s the time of the latter rain; let’s ask for more!


It’s Christmas Time

 
The original intent of celebrating Christmas revolves around the event the Apostle Paul described so succinctly in Galatians 4:4-5. But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons. This time of all times, the arrival on earth of God in the flesh is rivaled only by the time of His crucifixion and resurrection 33 ½ years later. Our watches and calendars measure Chronos time which is sequential and quantitative; telling us when things happen but the incarnation was a Kairos moment. Though prophesied 700 years before it was still an unexpected, underestimated qualitative time when heaven invaded earth and human destiny intersected history.  Let’s celebrate Christmas time with that in mind.


Demonstration & Declaration

(Sharefaith App Image)For the kingdom of God is not in word but in power.  I Corinthians 4:20
 

As people in whom the Spirit of the resurrected Christ dwells, we are commissioned to not only bring the world a message but an opportunity to encounter God. The gospel that is the power of God to save will only be believed by many through supernatural demonstrations. Paul said the Gentiles became obedient when he fully preached the gospel of Christ in word and deed, in mighty signs and wonders and by the power of the Spirit of God. If we are not contending for more than we see now we have settled for less than Christ paid for.



Becoming a Gapstander

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I received an e-mail several years ago that ended with this statement; “Life is not the way it’s supposed to be; it’s the way it is. The way you cope with it is what makes the difference.” At the time I thought Jesus didn’t make the ultimate sacrifice to provide a way for us to just cope as life spirals out of God’s will. Israel often had seasons where life was not the way it was supposed to be either.

Ezekiel 22 tells us that the priests were profaning the law and the Lord, the princes were preying on the people, the prophets were prophesying false visions and lies and the people were oppressing the poor. All of society from the top to the bottom was ripe for judgment but God’s first response was to look for a “gapstander”. So I sought for a man 

The Lord desires to show mercy and He looks for us to stand in the gap between the way things are and the way things should be. Instead of agreeing with the naysayers and faithslayers let’s be gapstanders for America’s future, that it would yet fulfill the purpose in the earth that God intended.

 



Courage Required

 

 

Now they were on the road, going up to Jerusalem, and Jesus was going before them; and they were amazed. And as they followed they were afraid.  Mark 10:32

 If you are a Christian and you are bored you may want to check the distance between you and Jesus. His disciples were simultaneously amazed and afraid, but never bored. Amazing things await those who have the courage to follow closely. Learn what you need to, prayerfully make the necessary plan of action then take the next step with the attitude of boldness. Knowledge unapplied is no more effective than ignorance. Your courage to risk it, step out of your comfort zone into the unknown, and trust God alone is the dynamic, moment-by-moment, wonderful adventure you were born again for. Like the Promised Land, the land of promises fulfilled belongs only to the courageous.  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


Thanksgiving & Praise

 The late Derek Prince once said, “If you only have ten minutes to pray make eight of them praise”. Faith never probates praise and thanksgiving. Faith is “fully persuaded that He who promised is well able to perform” and thanks God in advance.   I’ll bet “thanks Father” garners more attention in heaven than “please God” any day. Let’s determine to maintain an attitude of gratitude and be in that company of believers who “Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise”. Pray for peace, prosperity, power and protection for the body of believers called Hope Fellowship Church, our leaders, our community and country.   And however long you pray, praise and give thanks at least as long, “for He is good and His mercy endures forever”.