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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Understanding Migration

Topic: Understanding Migration
             
Greetings Sons of God:
When we think of the word migration many times we think to the Great Migrations of Africa with the animals as they move from place to place during particular seasons.  Many times they are moving from a place where what is necessary to sustain life at the time becomes depleted and they migrate to a place where those resources are available.  I bring up the Great Migration as a backdrop for this entire discussion because so many of us do not realize that our maturity in Christ is a journey that requires us to migrate.  Our migration is not all necessarily physical though at times it can be but most of our migration happens in the mind.  The Scriptures speak of renewing your mind daily that you may be “transformed”.  What are we being transformed into?  We are being transformed into the likeness of Christ. Now for this to be a reality you must view salvation as a journey and simply a one-step process where you get saved and simply wait around for the return of the Lord.  No…. the Scriptures say this: 

Philippians 2:12,13: Wherefore my beloved as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling .  For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure. 

So Paul emphasizes to the church at Philippi to “work out” their own salvation.  What are we working out?  We are working out to restore the order of rule within ourselves where the soul comes under the rule of the spirit where your spirit and the Holy Spirit are one.  Second that you are maturing to the likeness and image of your Heavenly Father that you may represent Him to do His will and advance His Kingdom.  Unfortunately in the church instead of working out our salvation we tend to relax in our belief that “we are saved”  but yet our actions and mindset have not changed and we still live according to the ways of the world.  This is extremely dangerous because Jesus warns of those who call him Lord: 

Matthew 7:21-23:  Not every one that saith unto me, Lord Lord shall enter into the Kingdom of Heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is heaven.  Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied  in thy name?  and in thy name have cast out devils? And in thy name done many wonderful works?  And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity 

So when we speak of migration in the spiritual we speak of growing accurately and progressively and building the House (family) of God trans-generationally.  This the journey not just individually but also corporately. 

In the next message we will take a testimony within the Scripture and explain the principles required for us to migrate to the fullness of Christ.   


Peace, Love and Grace,
Calvin Calhoun, Jr.


Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Embracing Inevitable and Progressive Change

Topic: Embracing Inevitable and Progressive Change

Greetings:

Repentance is the first step to embracing the change to access the grace for the current time or kairos of God.  What we do know is that we are being changed glory to glory and if we are changing and maturing then change is a mandatory process and as change comes we must embrace it knowing the change is moving us closer to the fullness of Christ. 

1 John 3:2: Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we SHALL BE: but we KNOW  that, when He shall appear WE SHALL BE LIKE HIM;  for we shall see Him as He is.

Remember the creation is waiting for the manifestation of the sons of God to be set free into the liberty of the sons.  The Kingdom of God is consistently advancing and it is imperative that if you want to continue in this flow of grace you must change and move with His grace.   The advancing of the Kingdom is the spreading of the rule of God.  The Kingdom of God is not about taking over physical geographical areas as we know the advancing of kingdoms in the earth.  The kingdoms of men seek to subdue physical territory.  The Kingdom of God first seeks to rule over the hearts of men and by the hearts of men the rulership of God is spread person to person.  By consequence as more sons embrace their identity and rule as their Father desires the entire earth we come under the rule of God and the kingdoms of men will be shaken and made null and void because they fall short to fulfilling the true hearts and desires of mankind.       

Salvation is a progressive reality!  The Scriptures say that we should work out our salvation with fear and trembling.  By working out our salvation, Christ appears so the words we speak are made manifest before mankind to confirm who we are and who we belong to.  Salvation is not just a one-step process.  Think about this:  After confessing your salvation and being baptized how will someone know or even you know that you are saved if your character and behavior does not change?  This is why God tells the believer not to dabble or serve sin because it separates you from God but it also conforms you to the way of the world and you cannot help someone from that position because then you would be living a double-standard.  The Scriptures say a double-minded individual is unstable in all their ways.  But we as sons have a single-mind, the mind of Christ.  So we are called to press to towards the mark of the prize.  Our pressing requires us to constantly change as grace moves and matures us and if we press to that mark we will achieve our prize which is Christ-likeness and the Scripture 1 John 3:2 tells us that we will shall be like Him!..   Embrace the journey, embrace the change to press to the perfect will of God! 

Grace and Peace,
Calvin Calhoun



Monday, January 2, 2017

Beginning Restitution

Topic: Beginning Restitution

Greetings:

Very simply put restitution begins with one word found throughout the Scriptures and it is always preceded by this call whenever God is about to do anything and that word is “Repent”.  It was a change of mindset that caused the fall in the Garden of Eden and it will require a change of mindset to bring the restitution of all things for the return of Christ.  The Father understands that we tend to adjust to the climates we are put in.  He will give us instruction to a thing and me carry that out but it is not until God decides in His time or kairos, that we need to change our mind from the thing we were doing to the thing He is now doing.  When Israel would fall into sin there was a consistent cry of repentance to the nation.  God in a particular time would accept the sacrifice of a lamb and its blood shed for the atonement of sin for the nation, but now, no longer will the blood of a lamb do because the lamb changed from a four-footed animal to two-legged man in Jesus Christ and now we have access to the Father through Christ for our sins to be forgiven no longer needing the shedding of blood from a lamb.   In times past it was the Temple at Jerusalem where the presence of God resided on Earth in the inner court of the Holiest of All but no longer does God’s presence dwell within a temple made by the hands of man but within a Corporate Man, the Body of Christ.  

In one of the most important notes when we discuss the 6 elementary doctrines of Hebrews 6, the very first elementary doctrine is Repentance from Dead Works.  When John the Baptist, full of the Holy Spirit cries from the wilderness, He cries “Repent for the Kingdom of Heaven is at Hand (Matthew 3:2).   When Jesus began to preach the message to the world was “Repent”.  It was not hell…it was Repent.  Even today that is still the message that brings about change.  We are being changed glory to glory and as we mature to the measure of the fullness of Christ it will require us to repent on every level as we shift from the rule of the soul to the fullness of the rule of the Spirit that we obey Christ with all our heart, soul and mind. 

Romans 12:2: And be not conformed to this world but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. 

2 Corinthians 7:9-10:  Now I rejoice not that ye were made sorry, but that ye sorrowed to repentance: for ye were made sorry after a godly manner, that ye might receive damage by us in nothing.  For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the worketh death. 

To experience godly sorrow is good because it shows a true conviction and contrition within the believer for the need to change their mind from a current behavior to one that makes them like their Heavenly Father.   We who have submitted to grace knows this feeling and at first it is sad but it also lifts the burden and oppression of the wrong mindset knowing that you are being “transformed” into the image and likeness of the Father.  

Psalm 51:17:  The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and contrite heart, O God , thou wilt not despise.  

Repentance is the first step to every stage of restitution that brings us to the fullness of the measure of Christ.  Let us not harden our hearts but embrace the necessary changes that bring about the manifestation of the sons of God.

Peace and Grace,
Calvin Calhoun, Jr. 




Thursday, December 29, 2016

Restoration of the Church - A Progressive Reality

Topic: Restoration of the Church – A Progressive Reality
                  
Greetings Sons of God:
When we speak of the restoration of the church we tend to deal with the surface of the meaning but lack understanding to the process by which God is actively, today, restoring the church.   Becoming one with Christ through the redemptive work of Jesus Christ through the cross is the beginning but once we are one with Him there is a process to bring full restoration.  Currently in 2016 we see the decline in moral and the continuing rise in the orphan spirit in our world.  However, God is working in restoring the church.  Now for many who have not entered into the grace of the Apostolic Reformation there is a feverish prayer for the Lord to return quickly and rescue us from the torment of this time.  The Bible tells us that fear has torment but perfect love casts out fear.  The church must make a mindset shift into the grace for today and build the House of God upon the order that the Father has established by His Son, Jesus Christ.  So in this teaching series we will look at how God is restoring the church and we will look at some biblical history to help show.  I promise you will not be disappointed and it will help clear up some blurry vision we maybe suffering from that may hinder us from moving with proceeding Word of God which is full of grace and truth. 

Lets lead off with a definition of restitution and then I will give you the foundational scripture and we will proceed from there. 

Restitution: the restoration of something lost or stolen to its proper owner.

Acts 3:19-21: Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord; and he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you: Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all His holy prophets since the world began. 

So it is clear by the Scriptures that Jesus will be received, held and retained until the restitution of all things.  Now when we talk about restitution we tend to only talk about one of the seven characteristics of God that we as believers are to all possess and that is Lordship or dominion.  We always talk about restoring our dominion and yes that is part of it but there is so much more before we get to that that this series will address.  Let us start with the fact that the purpose of Jesus coming, His ministry, death and resurrection is to show us who we are, what we are called to be doing.  But we cannot just arbitrarily start doing what we want?  There is process and order and the order begins with the restoration of the church to her proper order, place and most of all condition.  All three must be satisfied before Christ returns.  The Scriptures declare the importance of the restoration of the church, the Sons of God:

Romans 8:19-21:  For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.  For the creature was not made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope, Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. 

Psalm 82:5,6:  They know not, neither will they understand; they walk on in darkness: all the foundations of the earth are out of course.  I have said, ye are gods and all of you are children of the Most High. 

So while we are waiting for God to do something, God has equipped us through his grace and by spiritual fathers to mature us to the stature of the fullness of Christ that these Scriptures may be fulfilled.   This is about our faithfulness and obedience to His order and His culture to bring about the restitution of all things for the return of the Lord. 

In the next message we will discuss the very first step in restitution

Peace and Grace,

Calvin Calhoun, Jr.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Generational Blessings

Role of the Spiritual Father
Today’s Focus: Generational Blessings
Scripture: Isaiah 9:6; Matthew 28:18-20; Genesis 25:5; 28:1; Genesis 49; 1 Timothy 5:8

Greetings Kingdom Citizens
One of the unique attributes and concepts we see in the Bible, in particular the Old Testament is what is called the generational blessing.  It is and always has been God’s intentions to pass along the blessings from a father to the son.  Let’s look at some of these:

Genesis 25:5: Abraham gave all that he had unto Isaac
Genesis 28:1: And Isaac called Jacob, and blessed him, and charged him, and said unto him, Thou shalt not take a wife of the daughters of Canaan.
Genesis 49 (Entire Chapter): Jacob blesses His twelve sons.

So the blessings of a father are to be handed down to the sons.  As those sons grow and mature, then they hand down the blessings to their sons and so on.  This way the purposes of God will increase and mature.  A spiritual father, John Metcalfe gave this wonderful example and I would like to use it here:

The ancient builders of cathedrals in Europe would begin the work by planting acorns first.  They knew their grandsons would need to harvest the oak trees to complete the roofing on the great buildings. 

This means these fathers were looking ahead and planting blessings for the generations to come.  This is why the scripture says:

1 Timothy 5:8: But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel

The concept of the generational blessing is that the son takes from the father and builds.  Are we generationally blessing the sons of God today?  Sadly we are doing it on a very minimal scale and let me explain.  The church, who are the believers, not the building is supposed to be a family.  We are the House of God.  Now, what God designed and what we are doing for the most part are two separate things producing two completely different results.  In denominational religion we have children who are born into it and all they know is the denomination and so whatever the denomination teaches, that is all they know.  If the denomination has been doing conferences for 50 plus years and does it the same way, as that child grows “in the denomination” they become a part of the machine and simply continue what the fathers have already ordained.  For a great example, let’s go back to the builders of the cathedrals.  That is like my father, planting the acorns and then when I grow up, I plant acorns but nobody is building the building.  So it is a circle of ways established by the denomination and many may not want to admit it but they themselves are not maturing the sons.  Their goal is to bring in as many members as they can. So the denomination simply reproduces itself and not mature the son, they mature the denomination.  Now let’s look at God’s way of doing it and look at it’s results.

God sends His Son and gives Him 12 sons to start the Holy Nation.  In turn His Son, Jesus is also a Father (Everlasting Father, Isaiah 9:6).  After discipling and maturing those sons, He hands the ministry over to them and tell them to continue the ministry by making disciples of all nations (Matthew 28:18-20).  What this does is grow the House of God but not just in numbers.  As those 12 (Mathias in place of Judas) distributed bread and wine and matured their sons, those sons come to maturity and father other sons.  Now what God does is He reveals more and more of Himself to every generation so the maturation does not stick with a 500 year old revelation but there are eternal truths being revealed to continue to prepare the Body of Christ for the return of the Lord.  Hence God is bringing His fractured Body to order.  To walk in the ways of the Lord, it requires a believer to fast and pray. The reason I say this is because, if you have grown up denominationally then the denomination is in you hard and it requires God to separate the traditions of men from His ways.

To be honest, I do not know how you put God’s way of maturing the Body in an institutional church when it is predicated on fathers and sons.  Are we willing to give up the machine and do it God’s way?  There is grace in doing it God’s way.  Are we willing to give up the titles and allow God to manifest His gifts through us as we mature?  Are we willing to be fathered and discipled in the ways and nature of the Father? 

In the next message we will look at how do we migrate from the institutional mindset to the household mindset.     

Peace, Love and Grace,

Calvin Calhoun, Jr.