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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Manifesting Christ in Our Midst

Topic: Manifesting Christ in Our Midst: Introduction
             
Greetings Sons of God:

Considering the climate of the United States and pretty sure many other nations around the world, there is a evident need for the glory of God to be seen. The glory of God is radiated from the corporate being called Son.  Now in the times that we live in, many within the Body of Christ are praying for the second coming of Christ, while others are praying to see the glory of God in these dark times.  Jesus promised us that He would never leave us nor forsake us.  So, if He is within us, He does not desire to stay hidden but be made known in the world and to the world.  However that manifestation of Christ must first begin within His own House.  Many have strayed away from the very principles that the Lord laid out in how Christ is manifested in our midst.  When we look at the state of the church it is rather sad for so many to believe they are seeing a manifestation of Christ without sound doctrine.  Churches have become entertainment centers that perform and call it a manifestation of Christ.  Let us get back to some basic biblical principles that Christ laid out on how He is made known in our midst.  We will use Luke 24 to really dig deep and show you how Christ is manifested in our midst.  

Luke 24:13 starts the testimony of the two men traveling on the road to Emmaus and they were talking about the things that had happened concerning the crucifixion of Jesus.  Now what is amazing is that as they walked along Jesus drew near and went with them.  Now you would think that if Jesus came to them then they would know it is Him.  However the Scriptures declare that their eyes were holden  that they should not know Him.  Jesus then asks them about the conversation they are having and why they are sad. Cleopas answers Him like most of us would “Do you not know what has happened around here and how the chief priest and elders condemned Jesus to death and crucified Him.”  He goes on to explain that they trusted that He would redeem Israel on the third day.  In addition they had the testimony of the women that said they had seen a vision of angels which testified that Jesus was alive.  Now, look here what we have here: 

We have two men walking along talking about the very person they should have known but as he came they did not know Him because their eyes had been closed to the ability to see Him.  Clearly these guys could see because they were walking along, so their physical eyes could see but it as their spiritual eyes that were closed.  So even with Christ walking with them, they could not see Him. In addition they had the testimony of the company of women who heard the testimony of the angels and yet they still were sad as if there was no hope. This is the state of many in the church and even some churches and congregations today as it pertains to the world.  Terrible things are happening and it seems as if there is no hope and many are praying for Christ to return and for some even today, to “rapture” us out of here (even though that is not happening because the rapture is a false doctrine).  The Scriptures say were are more than conquerors and conquerors confront and overcome problems not run away or seek to escape.  The answer to the world problems today is He who is within us and His government, the Kingdom of God.  It begins with us, but we must start with knowing Him.  

In the next message we will examine how we can continue to be blind even with Christ in our midst.    

Peace, Love and Grace,
Calvin Calhoun, Jr.


Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Erroneous Pathways

Topic: Erroneous Pathways

Greetings Firstborn Sons:

In as much as there is a "path" to spiritual immunity there are many paths of the unrighteous that they walk and how do we know this:

Matthew 7:13,14:  Enter ye in at the strait gate for wide is the gate and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction and many there be which go in thereat:  Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. 

The reason the path to spiritual immunity and everlasting life is narrow and few find it because it requires submission, obedience and most of all self denial to walk.  Self-denial is the biggest one because to be like Christ is to be selfless and love is selfless and places one in a extremely vulnerable position.  Many to seek their own provision and protection and at all cost, no matter what it takes or who it affects or hurts they will take care of number one.  This is the hallmark sign of a orphan, a fatherless individual.   But let's look at some erroneous pathways:

1. Way of Cain - Angry, Jealous and Murderous, toward their brother without cause
2. Way of Balaam - Ministry for Money
3. Way of Kora - Rebellion against Godly Leadership
4. Way of Ahab and Jezebel - Seeking to Control People
5. Way of Jeroboam - Seeking Isolation, Denying Godly Order 
6. Kings of Israel - Idolatry     

Jude 11:  Woe unto them! for they have gone the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward and perished in the gainsaying of Core

We must be conscious that we are not walking in any of these paths and understand it is very easy to get caught on these paths.  This is why the Bible tells us the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom and wisdom is the principle thing!  There are many more but these are simply six of the most prominent that can lead a nation astray from serving the Lord.  In the next message we will at how the Scriptures tell us to walk in order that we experience this immunity.

Peace and Grace,
Calvin Calhoun, Jr.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Metaphoric Language of Job 28 in Spiritual Immunity

Topic: Metaphoric Language of Job 28 in Spiritual Immunity

Greetings Sons:

Understanding how God talks and communicates to us is important.  He knows we struggle to clearly hear Him since the fall.  Since the fall God could not speak to us Spirit to spirit so He speaks in metaphoric language and parables because Jesus would say:  Seeing they do not see and hearing they do not hear.  We can hear with our natural ear and be completely deaf to the Spirit of God or we can differentiate between our natural hearing and hearing the Spirit of God.  But let’s look at how God spoke through Job.

Job 28:9-11
This passage of Scripture is very unique and speaks of some very unique attributes and accomplishments of man.  This is a picture of the scientific man.  Yes, think about how much we try to use science to make our world and lives better.  We make things now that 50 years ago would have thought to be impossible.  But in the next passage of Scripture God speaks of the problem with this mentality.

Job 28:12-21
God asks the question, even with man being able to do all those things in vs. 9-11, God asks “Where is wisdom and the place of understanding?”  So man is looking for this path or this way that provides immunity from the demonic.  The first aspect that God destroys is the fact that no money can buy your way or help you find this path.  He destroys the thought that money will give you access.  He then speaks of the precious metals and jewels of the earth and regardless of their earthly value cannot equal this path.  In verse 20:  God asks the question again “Where is wisdom and the place of understanding?”   God speaks that this path is “hid” from the eyes of all living and kept close from the “fowls (demonic)” of the air.  

Job 28:22
This Scripture speaks that Death and Destruction have heard the fame of this “path”.  First notice the Scripture speak of Death and destruction as “beings”  and they are spirits.  Also notice it says that they have “heard” the fame of this path.  This means that death and destruction have not “walked” on this path but know that until the Lord returns we will have a date with death but where you are, whether in Christ or not, determines where you will be until the return of the Lord. 

So as you can see the Lord speaks in various ways to us. He uses types and shadows and metaphoric language to give us a road map to the reality of what He is revealing.

In the next message we will talk about the path of spiritual immunity!

Peace and Grace:
Calvin Calhoun, Jr. 


Sunday, October 11, 2015

Spiritual Immunity

Topic:  Spiritual Immunity - Introduction
             
Greetings Sons of God:
Have we ever considered why do we see or why do we experience so many attacks in the spirit?  Why is it that Jesus seemed to not been affected by demonic attack?  Now understand that we are to be like Him. Jesus dealt with demons with the authority the Father gave Him so I am not talking about be completely oblivious to demons because that would be ridiculous considering we are told in Ephesians 6 that we wrestle with spiritual wickedness, forces and principalities in high places.  Considering the way Jesus walked in the Earth, is there a place or a position that we can walk that gives us spiritual immunity?  Let us search the Scriptures:

Job 28:7,8:  There is a path which no fowl knoweth and which the vulture’s eye hath not seen:  The lion’s welps have not trodden it, nor the fierce lion passed by it.

One of the great mysteries and teaching concepts the Lord uses that we miss is metaphoric language.  Believe it or not you have seen this language before but may not have connected the dots but in order to understand Spiritual Immunity, God locks this up in metaphoric language.  Let me show you this because there can be no mistake about what God is saying and the Scriptures will confirm it. 

Examining Job 28:7,8 fowls and vultures are predatory birds.  Unclean or predatory birds are a picture of demons.  Now let’s prove this using Scripture:
1.   Revelation 18:2: And he cried mightily with a strong voice saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird. 
2.   Matthew 13:4,19:  And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side and the fowls came and devoured them up;  19-When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart.  This is he which received seed by the way side.
In verse 8 it speaks of the lion’s welps nor the fierce lion.  Some would say this could be talking about Jesus because He is the Lion of the Tribe of Judah but if you read the context of the entire passage we will clearly see the answer is no.  But also lion is a picture of the devil. 
1.   1 Peter 5:8:  Be sober, be vigilant because your adversary the devil as a roaring lion walketh about, seeking whom he may devour. 
So we must understand when God is using plain language or metaphoric language and Job 28:7,8 is in metaphoric language.  Now let’s look at it understanding the metaphors.  There is a path that the demons do not know, nor have they seen.  In turn, the demons have not walked it nor passed by it.  So there is a path that we as the sons of God can walk that will give us immunity from demons.  To the oppressed this is some of the best news but you have to read the entire passage for understanding of how to access this “path”. Let me give you a word of encouragement if you think this sounds impossible:

Jesus Christ walked this path!  How do we know?  When you study the Gospels noticed Jesus “appeared” immune to demonic attack.  Oh when he encountered demons he exercised the authority the Father gave Him to send them or cast them out of people.  No demon could touch him because He walked the path of spiritual immunity.  If Jesus Christ could walk this path and He is our example of who we are to become then we also have access to this path.  Before we reveal this path in the next message we will continue to look at Job 28 and examine more metaphoric language to show even then there was a search for this path.  I urge you to stay with us and study with us. 

Peace, Love and Grace,
Calvin Calhoun, Jr.



Sunday, September 6, 2015

The Birthright Experience

Topic:  The Birthright Experience

Greetings:

How does one become a firstborn son?  Let’s look at a familiar Scripture and tie this all together.

John 3:5-8 Jesus answered, verily, verily, I say unto thee except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, He cannot enter into the kingdom of God.  That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.  Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.  The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit. 

We have read this and this Scripture is unfolding more and more through every age of man and here we are again and let me show you how you are a firstborn son.   Let’s begin with the birth of a son. One must be born of water and of the Spirit.  Water is a symbol of the Word of God so one must be born from the Word of God and of the Spirit.  That Spirit is the Father.  The Father gives birth to sons.  Now we know the Father has given birth to only one Son.  But wait there are millions of sons through the ages of time and you are telling me there is only one son?  Yes.  That Son is Christ and we are one with Him.  Let me show you how this is Scripturally true

 1 Corinthians 12:12: For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many are one body: so also is Christ.  For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit. 

Jesus prayed in John 17 that we be one even as He and the Father are one.  In addition Paul spoke to the church at Ephesus and taught that we are seated IN CHRIST in heavenly places.  Now if this is the case then we are seated in Christ at the right-hand of the Father.  Which leads me to this: 

Romans 8:29:  For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. 

Hebrews 12:22-23: But you are come unto mount Zion and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, to the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect. 

This concept and reality of the sons of God being the firstborns is unfolding before our very eyes.  It is shaping and maturing us into our proper identity as firstborn son but perfecting the image and likeness within us that we are the exact representatives of the Father in the Earth. 

Walking as a firsrtborn son means we have journeyed through sonship and matured from a child to a matured son.  It took Jesus 30 years, so how long do you think it will take us?  Do not think that it is impossible because with God all things are possible and Jesus did not show us all of this for us not to believe that we will be able to do what Jesus did plus some.  Jesus did say, greater works shall we do.  The matured sons are lead by the Spirit of God.  Maturity comes by fire, challenges and trials.  We are being tempered into the image of God.  The image of God is Spirit and His likeness is His character, the seven spirits of God (Isaiah 11:1,2)

Peace and Grace
Calvin W. Calhoun Jr.