“Jesus Is King”, Kanye West and Christian Hip Hop

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“Jesus is King”

Kanye West shouts out his proclamation of Jesus’ lordship on his new album, “Jesus is King.” This 11-track, 27-minute gospel-themed hip hop record, came out October 25 with much fanfare and has been deemed revolutionary by the masses. Mixing the themes of a gospel record with the sounds of hip hop. To many, this is unheard of. It was the number one record with streaming services who reported large amount of streams and downloads.

Meanwhile, with very little fanfare, in the month of October, Rawsrvnt released the song “Walk with God” featuring Lil Raskull.

I downloaded both “Jesus is King” and “Walk with God” the very same day and played them back to back. Musically, they melt together seamlessly, as the production values are both excellent. Lyrically “Walk with God” shows a great deal of maturity and depth. yet it received very little air play.

Kanye’s lyrics too are thought provoking and drip with themes of redemption, worship and the celebration of salvation through Christ Jesus. I have heard of more than one individual being brought to tears by the tracks on “Jesus is King”. It is truly a beautiful album.

“Walk with God.” features the veteran gospel rapper Lil Raskull who has been spitting out verses about Jesus since 1996. His three masterpiece works of the late 90’s “Cross Bearing,” “Gory 2 Glory” and “The Day After” still set the standard for the genre lyrically and musically.

Rawsrvnt’s talent as a beat maker the last number of years has shown his ability to produce tracks of great quality and creativity.

Kanye is still new to the gospel game. And as we have seen in the past just because you can rap about sex, drugs, guns and partying doesn’t mean you can transcend to rapping about salvation, redemption and justification.

There has been more than a few rappers who have left secular hip hop to become ministers and followers of Christ. Those who return to hip hop often times present new tracks which besides a few references to God and the absence of vulgar language seems to be stuck rapping about what is left for a born again Christian who still ascribed to hip hop’s limited subject matter—money.

The result is rather boring and uninspired records.

It is clear Kanye has not pigeonholed himself to hip hop’s shallow subject matter. In “Jesus is King” he raps enthusiastically about the peace, love and joy he has found in Jesus and is honest about the struggles he has to become “Christ like”.

I read one review where the writer expressed that he was in favour of the record only being 27 minutes, as the content would become tiresome if the album went longer. This is a good start for Kanye and I am sure as he grows in Christ his lyrics will gain a new found depth. As a first outing “Jesus is King” is a great start into gospel-themed hip hop. Jesus has obviously done a work in Kanye’s heart and he is not ashamed to present what Christ has done for him to the world.

I have read reviews claiming that it is very difficult for a rapper to leave behind the lyrical cues of the genre. The profanity, the lewdness, the rapping about partying, girls and drugs. This is why many are shocked Kanye could produce even 27 mins of content focusing on Jesus being King, Lord, Saviour and God.

But difficult as it may be, look at the many Christian rappers who have done amazing music over the years.

Kanye may now be bringing gospel theme hip hop into vogue but many rappers have done it with a similar story, though without being in the spotlight as Kanye is.

Take for example Lil Raskull who I mentioned earlier. He started off as rapper on the rise in Texas. He turned to Christ and his lyrical skills were unaffected by his conversion. The depth they conveyed were deep spiritual truths with conviction and boldness. His first three records are considered Christian Hip Hop classics and in the late 1990’s he was the top artist at GrapeTree Records which had a whole slew of secular hip hop artists who had turned their lives to Christ.

Ras and many of the others on that label have similar stories as Kayne as they gave up lifestyles of money and earthly pleasures, some even large record deals to follow Christ.

Unlike Kanye West, gospel hip hop never paid and they were not celebrated by the mainstream or by those in the Church.

Many in the main stream Christian market felt uncomfortable with the artist’s honest depictions of their lives before Christ, their redemption stories and what they witnessed in engaging within their culture.

In general CCM (Contemporary Christian Music) has felt uncomfortable with the genre and even those they once accepted into the fold like KJ-52 have been having a hard time making a living as of late.

On “Hands Off”, Kanye laments “what have you been hearing from the Christians? They be the first ones to judge me, now feel like nobody love me.”

That is par for the course as GrapeTree Records folded from lack of support and distribution. Their artists scattered, many having to give up on music, the few like Lil Raskull forging forward.

From what I hear and see many Christians are accepting Kanye and those in the mass media are praising him for his creativity.

I very much enjoyed “Jesus is King” as I enjoyed “Walk with God.” They are both on regular rotation as I drive, work out and do dishes.

As I listen, I can’t help but compare and what comes to my mind is “What about all those artists who came before Kayne?”

I think of emcees like Lil Raskull, LG Wise, NuWine, Mr. G Reality, even D Boy who was shot down in the early nineties for leading gang members to Christ. These men not only were producing quality music but their honesty and artistic integrity elevated the genre as a whole. However they were rarely recognized for their talents or their contribution to Hip Hop.

I celebrate Kanye’s choice to follow Christ and am happy to hear him proclaim Jesus on the new album and in interviews. I celebrate as I celebrate every new believer.

We as the Church need to accept him as we accept every new believer.

I do wish those in the Christian community would accept and support the other fantastic Christian artists making Hip Hop. Those in charge of Christian labels, magazines and marketing were wrong for their rejection of these artists. I am happy to see many are changing their minds with Kanye’s “Jesus is King” and I pray that those in the Christian Market will follow in accepting and supporting Christian Hip Hop as a whole.

The Christian culture should be that of radical love and have open arms to those who have come out of drugs, alcohol, fornication, a life of crime and of partying. We should embrace their love story in Christ not reject them because of their checkered past. Christ has won the victory. The past is dead. We are alive In Him.

As Christ celebrates every lost soul returning to Him, we should also. Only Christ judges the heart. We are to support, encourage, celebrate and accept everyone who enters into the Kingdom of God.

Jesus is King. Praise His name for bringing those who were lost into His Kingdom.

My Dear Child: A Conversation with Christ

Do you believe me?

Believe what?

Believe that what I did on the cross really took away your sin?

Well, yeah God. I do!

Then why do you keep identifying with your sin, rather than identifying as being in Christ?

You can’t identify as being in Me and being a sinner. You see my child, when I died on the cross, I took your sin. 

My blood paid for your freedom.

I have given you everything.

It is all available to you.

So, why my child, do you keep looking to your sin, which I took instead of looking to me? 

Well, I believe you took away my sin God, BUT I’m human. I’m not perfect, I still get angry and hold bitterness and unforgiveness, I’m lazy and give into an attitude a lot of the time and even lash out once and a while. 

God, you see, I still sin. 

So maybe I’m not a sinner but I still sin. 

You see me. You know. I will never measure up to your standard God.

MY CHILD: 

I LOVE YOU!

I LOVE YOU!

I LOVE YOU!

Because of My death, My resurrection and My ascension. I now sit here at the right hand of the Father. My blood has been put on the mercy seat so that everything in Heaven and Earth would be accessible to YOU!

This is your inheritance.

Take it.

Believe it.

I paid for your freedom.

Why do you insist on taking your old sinful nature and habits and bringing them into this new life I have given you?

Stop it!

Let them die and be in Christ.

So, you can truly live in the freedom I have paid a high price to give to you.

Believe me!

Believe my work!

Believe what I say about you!

by Jasmin Frank

Rest, Work and Being Rooted in Jesus

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
  For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
– Matthew 11:28-30

 

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December 25th

On a dusty road a young couple makes their way towards their destination. A long road for anyone, an estimate four days for those who hold a quick and steady pace.

For this couple it was closer to eight to 10 days. This woman was pregnant; nine months pregnant. Her husband trudged alongside her with their donkey carrying the precious cargo of wife and soon-to-be born son.

This is the scene you would have seen if you were on the road to Bethlehem at the same time as Mary and Joseph around 4 BC.

Not the best of situations by any means. Can you imagine yourself in their place?

You’re alone, walking beside your very pregnant wife as every bump in the very uneven road causes her pain. You’re trying to steady the donkey so she can have a smooth ride, making sure she stays hydrated while the hot sun beats down upon her.

You’re needing to search for water when your waterskin is emptied and trying to find cover from the sun when the heat becomes unbearable.

If you have ever been pregnant can you imagine being in Mary’s position?

You must keep going regardless of how much you just want to rest your weary body. All the regular pregnancy pains are times ten because you are forced to ride along this dusty road upon a donkey. There is no way to rest your feet and hardly a chance to lay down. The baby is kicking because you are not in the position he prefers. The bumps agitate your already small bladder and you have to stop every ten minutes to relieve yourself.

All these inconveniences and difficult variables are small in comparison to the rest of the circumstances and situations that surrounded the birth of Jesus Christ.

He was foretold by the prophets. He would be born to a virgin!

Did they envision how that would work out?

Mary was in very real danger of being stoned to death. She was unmarried and pregnant and her fiancé had no involvement with the conception of the baby.

If God had not intervened and let Joseph in on the secret she may very well have been put to death.

And after she was safe from death, Mary and Joseph would have been scorned by their community, by their families, by their friends. Mary would have been viewed as unfaithful, impure and labeled a sinner.

A woman blessed among all woman. The mother of the saviour of all mankind would have been called all kinds of foul names. She would have had her feet spit upon. Would have seen her father rip his clothes in dismay.

Mary and Joseph persevered. They had been visited by angles and knew they were protected by God almighty.

Mary broke into song when she received the news that she had become pregnant by the Holy Spirit. She did not fret about what people would think or what “this looks like.”

Why? Because she knew her present afflictions did not compare with the glory that was to come.

Mary and Joseph made their way to Bethlehem knowing there would never be anyone else who could understand the situation they found themselves in. They clung to one another during the cold windy nights knowing they shared something special. They would raise the Son of God, “God among us,” “Emmanuel,” the Messiah, the Saviour of all mankind.

They had the greatest mission of all—to carry, to hold and to care for the greatest person who would ever live, Jesus Christ the Lord.

It was this knowledge and the hope it brought that gave them strength to continue on.

But this was not the end of their struggles. When they arrived there was no place for them to stay.

Both Mary and Joseph could trace back their ancestral home to Bethlehem as both were from the house of David.

Why wouldn’t their families, who would have also been compelled to return to Bethlehem take them in?

Had they been so rejected that their own family’s refused to help them?

The scriptures do not say.

What the Gospels do say is that they found no room at the inn and had to stay in a stable.

Typically babies are born in the most sanitary of conditions. In our day and age, in hospitals. In Jesus’ day they would have boiled large amounts of water to sanitize the area of the birth.

Mary and Joseph did not have this luxury and had to have their baby in a dark and dirty stable. The ground would have been full of the manure of animals. Dirt, dust and animal dandruff particles would have been floating in the air.

The danger of contamination and sickness to both baby and mother would have been great.

This is where the saviour of all mankind was born. The king of kings was not born in a palace but in a barn.

The nation in which Jesus was born into was occupied by Romans. They were brutal rulers. They taxed the people of their conquered nations heavily. The reason Mary and Joseph had to go to Bethlehem in the first place was so Cesar Augustine would know who exactly was in Israel to tax. While citizens of Rome had very little taxes to pay. The lands in which Rome conquered were heavily taxed (they had to give a large amount of their grain in taxes as well as taxes on produce, sales taxes, temple taxes, occupational taxes, custom taxes, transit taxes etc.).

To keep the people in line, the military would have been very much present in the community’s where Jesus grew up.

The land of Israel was under a weight of taxes they could not afford and if they did not pay they were subject to violence that they could not resist.

On top of this, Cesar Augustine had appointed local leaders in every territory he conquered. King Herod was the Jewish king over the land at the time of Jesus’ birth and he was brutal. He murdered anyone who was a threat to his kingship including his own family.

Upon Jesus’ birth the magi in the east had seen the star and visited Herod looking for “the one having been born king of the Jews.” This angered Herod and upon hearing about a new king his jealousy would not allow him to sit idly by and wait for this messiah to grow up and usurp him.

Upon conferring with the chief priests and scribes, he found out that the messiah was foretold to be born in Bethlehem.

At this time Jospeh was warned in a dream to flee

with Jesus and Mary to Egypt. Again the young family had to make a difficult journey.

Herod went on to massacre every boy two years old and younger in Bethlehem and the surrounding area.

“Then Herod, when he saw that he had been tricked by the wise men, became furious, and he sent and killed all the male children in Bethlehem and in all that region who were two years old or under, according to the time that he had ascertained from the wise men. Then was fulfilled what was spoken by the prophet Jeremiah:

“A voice was heard in Ramah, weeping and loud lamentation, Rachel weeping for her children; she refused to be comforted, because they are no more.” – Matthew 2:16-18

I have been mediating upon the circumstances around Jesus birth. Here was this precious little baby. The Prince of Peace.

He came to this earth innocent and perfect. His world was particularly brutal. His mother had hardships with bearing him. Both his mother and father would have been ostracized by their community. They had to go on not one but two dangerous journeys while He was at His most vulnerable. He was born in a filthy stable and finally violent rulers oppressed Him and tried to snuff Him out.

But God’s glorious plan would not be put to death. He supernaturally took care of Mary and Joseph, He kept the Christ child safe.

He showed glory through it all as angles sang about the majesty of who Jesus is!

He brought magi who recognized and christened Him King.

Satan could not stop His birth through stoning, heat, disease or massacre.

Gods plan unfolded as it was designed.

Light came to this earth so all men and women can see the truth through Jesus Christ.

The world has not changed. It is still dark and evil. Persecutions will come. People will lie and cheat and steal. They will be against you!

Satan will try to snuff out your light.

We, like Mary and Joseph carry a truth that brings hope.

We like Mary carry Jesus.

We have the Holy Spirit in our hearts!

We too are on the greatest mission of all humanity.

Can we sing when we are spit on, accused and called names.

Our identity comes from God and we journey on a hard road. But we have hope.

Jesus came into this earth as a baby and He will come again in glory as King.

I think of the dark night, two large shadows and a bundle of joy. A child of peace who would bring peace to all mankind, along with his parents. They slowly make their way out of Bethlehem, knowing they are escaping death. They venture into the unknown, into a strange land which is not their own.

But they have the same hope they did along the dusty road to Bethlehem.

The hope that is found in Christ.

This Christmas I am hanging on to that hope. But I know their hope realized. For they knew this child was destined for great things. I know these great things.

I know the Christ that bled upon the cross and rose from the dead. I know the resurrected King who is coming again.

I have the Holy Spirit working within me, which empowers me to persevere through all trials and emboldens me to let all mankind know that Christ has come to free us from slavery and sin.

So, my desire is that you take hope in the Christmas story, in the child of peace who came to this earth.

And that you take hope in the Saviour who died for our sins and rose again.

Take hope that He is coming again and He knows your struggles and provides strength to continue upon this dusty road.

Though None Go With Me…

“I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”- John 16:33

“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.” – Matthew 7:13-14

Though None Go With Me…

Love Letter

The reason for the cross is simple.

The reason for the cross is for you!
Even if you hate me.

The reason for my blood shed is to purify the hearts of man.

The reason for the cross and the blood poured out was to draw you close to me.

So you can know me!
Your Creator!

So you can know Me
and find your purpose.

So you can know Me
and become NEW,
whole!

So you can walk in freedom.
So you can walk freely.
So the chains that bind you can be broken!

So you can walk with me.
So you can abide in me and I in you.

So you can know true love.

Which is me!
I AM the purest form of Love,
by the Cross this proves true.

I call out to you through My cross,
even when you deny my name and laugh at the mention of Jesus.

Yes! You! I did this for you!
Even if you didn’t ask for it.
I know what is best for you.

I am God.
I created you from the bottom of your feet to the very last hair on your head.

My beloved!
I loved you and cared for you when you are at your worst!
When you don’t even love your self!

The cross is to draw you close to me.
The blood is to draw you close to me.

Until the very day you realize your need for me.
I wait!
My cross was for you!

I paid it all so we can walk as one together.

I am resurrected so you can rise to life with me!

For I Am the ONLY WAY!

I Am the Truth!

And now you can live in Me because of the finished work on the cross.

I am waiting my child.
I love you with my life.
I paid it all just for you my love.

Love Your Father
Your Creator

Author: Jasmin Frank

Romans 3:25-26


“For God presented Jesus as the sacrifice for sin. People are made right with God when they believe that Jesus sacrificed his life, shedding his blood. This sacrifice shows that God was being fair when he held back and did not punish those who sinned in times past, for he was looking ahead and including them in what he would do in this present time. God did this to demonstrate his righteousness, for he himself is fair and just, and he makes sinners right in his sight when they believe in Jesus.”– Romans 3:25-26

We see throughout the Old Testament that God shows grace and mercy to His people. He forgave the Israelites’ continual rebellion. He answered all of Gideon’s challenges with His power. He surely didn’t need to! (Judges 6:17-22, 36-40). God had a deep, unique, intimate relationship with Moses despite his past as a murderer and his continual impatience and rash behaviour.

We also read that God is holy and righteous. He is just and cannot come in contact with anything vile or profane. His standard of holiness will not allow it. Humans are evil, sinful and profane, yet we see story after story in the Old Testament of God meeting with His creation and showing them grace.

How can this be?

Romans 3:25-26 tells us! It’s because of Jesus Christ! Because of what He would do on the cross!
His blood-bought salvation is applied to all creation, even to those we read about in the Old Testament.

How is this possible? Jesus had not been born and He had not died and rose from the dead in Old Testament times?

God is outside of time! Jesus was present in creation. His death and resurrection applies to all man-kind, “through all time.”

These men and women looked forward to the day that Christ would come and redeem them from their shackles of shame, guilt and condemnation. It was this faith that activated God’s grace through Jesus Christ to the saints in the Old Testament. (Hebrews 11:13-16, 40)

There is grace and mercy through no one else but Jesus Christ!

Though it was a great mystery to those who lived before Calvary, Christ’s sacrifice still paid for their sins and showered them with His grace.

It was through Christ that Moses could hear God’s voice in the burning bush (Exodus 3) and experience the glory of God on Mount Sinai (Exodus 19).

It was through Christ that Gideon could boldly ask the powerful, Holy God to show Himself true! Without grace, he would have been struck dead for his lack of faith and arrogance.

It was through Jesus Christ and His sacrifice on the cross that the Israelites were not wiped out in their entirety, when they time and time again murmured, complained and rebelled against the Living God.

Through both the Old and New testaments we see the grace and mercy of God that was purchased by the blood of Jesus Christ.

Christ died once for all!  (1 Peter 3:18)

Praise Jesus!

Walking in The Power of the Holy Spirit

 

As you go, announce this: ‘The kingdom of heaven has come near.’ Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those with skin diseases, drive out demons. You have received free of charge; give free of charge.” Matthew 10:7-8
Nothing is Impossible with God
Verse 7: “As you go, proclaim this message: The kingdom of heaven has come near.
Do not reduce your message to salvation; we are to proclaim the message of the Kingdom.Salvation is a vital part of the message of the kingdom, but not the whole message.
Verse 8: “Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give.”
Jesus didn’t say pray for the sick; He didn’t say pray for the dead to be raised; Jesus did not say do your best to cleanse leprosy or try to cast out demons. He was not saying, “Give it your best shot.
He said, heal the sick, raise the dead, cast demons out.In other words, go and act out the Kingdom!Do it! DO NOT just try!
This is really an intimidating commission because it is something we cannot do. 
However, the real problem is we think we can “do” the rest of the Christian life.
We have been called into a lifestyle that is absolutely impossible!It is impossible apart from the empowering Spirit of the living God.
The command is placed to put us into a place of dependency. Christ requires us to do something we cannot do. Not because He is cruel, or vindictive, but because when He spoke it He made it possible.
Luke 1:37,  “…nothing will be impossible with God“
The word “nothing” is actually two words: the word ‘noand the word thingwhich in the Greek is the word “Rama”, meaning, freshly spoken word of God”. So, no freshly spoken word of God will be impossible.
The word “impossible”, means,“without ability”This passage can actually be translated as, no freshly spoken word of God will ever come to you, that does not contain its own ability to perform itself.
When the Lord gives a command He enables what He commands. Jesus spoke something that was completely impossible a moment before, but became possible, because He spoke it.
 
 
The Release of the Holy Spirit
In the command of God there is the release of the presence of the Holy Spirit.With the release of the Holy Spirit comes action, power and transformation.The Holy Spirit is the presence of God which indwells, acts and moves in and among us. When God speaks, the Holy Spirit acts!
We see this at the very beginning of Genesis at creation:
Genesis 1:1-3

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. And God said, “Let there be light,and there was light.”

The Holy Spirit was hovering over the waters.The Spirit of God held the flood water of the creative elements back, ready to be released.
The Holy Spirit holds the very essence of God’s creative power in check.
I picture a runner waiting for the gun to go off so he can break forth with all the speed and vigor he can muster.This was The Holy Spirit’s position at creation!The Holy Spirit longs to burst forth in power and glory! But God had to speak, “Let there be light”. And there was light. (verse 3) The presence of God was released and creation began!
The Spirit Within Us
This is why words spoken have great power.The power of the spoken word is part of what makes us image bearers of God. Each man and woman is created with a spirit, and as we grow our spirits partner with other spirits. We must make a choice, even if many do not realize it.We choose either the Spirit of God, or the spirits of the world. There is no middle ground.
The spirits of the world have limited power, but they still extend a measure of power.That is why negative or manipulative words can influence and shape certain situations.
The Spirit of God has ultimate power, for the Holy Spirit is God himself. This is why the spirits of the world cannot influence or shape one who is rooted and formed in the Holy Spirit.I say rooted and formed because it is possible to have a confession of Jesus Christ and still be demonized. To be rooted and formed in the Holy Spirit we must surrender every area of our lives to Christ. Body, mind, soul and spirit.
When we come to Christ, the Holy Spirit makes His home in us.The very Spirit of God is within us!!
Harmony with the Spirit
God is triune: God in three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, living in perfect harmony with one another.
In this same way God desires to come into perfect harmony with us.
In John 14:17-20 Jesus spoke regarding the Holy Spirit who was to come:
The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live.On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you.
Because Jesus Christ who was one with the Father died sinless and perfect as the Son of God,because He in earthly form rose from the dead, He broke the power of sin and death that separated us from God.
Sin kept us from unity and relationship with the Father. By the grace and mercy of Jesus, The Holy Spirit was released. By His death and resurrection Christ released the very Holy Spirit who created us in the first place, who longed to do His work of creation and restoration throughout all of history.
2 Corinthians 5:17 call us, speaking of this action of the Holy Spirit,New Creations”.
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation: The old has gone, the new is here!”
When we allow the Spirit of Christ to live within us, the Holy Spirit partners with our spirit to come into perfect harmony with us and we then come into perfect harmony with God.
Indwelling Spirit
This is different from the relationship that God had with the prophets of the Old Testament. They spoke as the mouthpiece of God.The Holy Spirit rested upon them but never dwelt in them.Their spirit never joined together with the Spirit of God.
 
If I held a bullhorn to my lips and spoke through it, my voice would be magnified by it, but the bullhorn would never be a part of me. I still have my own distinct voice apart from it. This was the same with the prophets of old. They projected and shared the words spoken by God, but never were joined with Him in the message.
We, as the Church, are in a unique and wonderful position. The powerful words of God, which have always brought life and moved in powerful and tangible ways, now reside in us and are a part of us. We are co-heirs with Christ!
Our Position
This is why Christ gave the disciples the commission in Matthew 10 in the manner that He did:
Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give.
This is why Jesus said in John 14:12: Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.
Jesus Christ was in perfect harmony with the Spirit and His earthly ministry was the result of this relationship.
Because Jesus went to the Father, the Holy Spirit was sent to indwell those who make Jesus Christ Lord of their lives. This means we should be in perfect harmony with the Spirit. This means our lives should perfectly mirror Christ’s earthly ministry. Jesus’ words and action are to be our words and actions. His words of power are to be our words of power.
The words of The Holy Spirit spoken through us bear the same power as they did when Jesus spoke them.
Let me make this clear, the words of the Holy Spirit must line up with Scripture.The Holy Spirit is not our personal trump-card in every discussion or argument; He is not our personal valet who does our bidding. He is God and is Holy and righteous, magnificent and wonderful. Any abuse of the Holy Spirit is a serious mistake and those who make a lifestyle of acting in that manner do so at a great cost.
Acting out in Power
When our spirits are aligned and are in unity with the Spirit of God, we will manifest the power of Christ. This is displayed throughout the book of Acts.I know for years I have read the Acts of the Apostles in wonder of the Spirit-filled lives they lived.Their life styles were Spirit led at all times and in every situation,for they took the mandate of Christ seriously and had the power of the Holy Spirit living in them. 
 
This is the life that is to be ours, to be experienced through Christ as well!
As we see in the Life of Christ He spoke out the words of the Holy Spirit which brought life, renewal and power into every situation.He commanded the wind and waves to die down, and they did. He commanded death to leave, and it did, He commanded withered hands to be restored, and they were healed!
This is a lesson I have been learning the last number of years.I once would not even think to pray out loud for someone, let alone pray for healing. Now I feel the Holy Spirit leading me to do it more and more.
I had a revelation last month about all the prophecies, visions and words of knowledge the Holy Spirit has imparted to me the last number of years.I held them close and never would say them out loud. The Lord impressed on me the power of His words being spoken.What Christ tells us should be trusted. It is our duty to step out in faith.
Do I believe the call that the Lord has put upon my life and in my family’s lives?Do I believe what He has said will come to pass? I believe that I have a large part to play in the working of God’s will.
We must prophesy to the winds and to men the words God has given us. Just as the prophets’ words given by God came to pass, and the words of Jesus never returned void, so will the words we speak, for they are spoken through the Holy Spirit who lives in and through us.
Jesus told us to Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give.” (Matthew 10:8)
We have freely received the Holy Spirit and with Him the power to bring the healing of Christ to all.We must speak healing with that authority, and men and women will be healed. We need to call out death and life will return. We need to speak against false spirits and they will have no place in the lives of those we interact with.
Jesus said, Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.(John 14:12)
This is the mandate for all believers, not simply for those who have a special gifting.We must continue on in the supernatural ministry that Jesus began and the apostles continued. We are bought by the blood of Christ and must flow with the power of the Holy Spirit.
May the Holy Spirit bring conviction, where we have doubted His power and position, when we doubt His Spirit living in us. I know I have just began to open my heart to what He has for me.
May we speak with the Holy Spirit’s voice and display the power that pours forth.
May we listen to the wind words that are blowing through the Church leading us to where Christ would have us go, how He would have us act, and what He would have us speak.May we proclaim the name of Jesus wherever we go!
Blessings in the name of Jesus Christ
(Note: the first point (nothing is impossible for God)  of this blog is from the teaching of pastor Bill Johnson from Bethel church in Redding California. I can not recall what is a direct quote and what was my personal insight. So I give him complete credit for that portion)
 

When We Pray

Now this is the confidence we have before Him: Whenever we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears whatever we ask, we know that we have what we have asked Him for.
-1 John 5:14-15
Prayer is not some kind of lottery or a wish on a magic star. 

It has a specific purpose and flow. 

We often ask Christ for things out of selfish want. Christ will not answer prayers that will harm us or those around us. Christ desires for us to ask out of our deepest needs. For He gives to those who truly seek His provision. When we ask, we are shaped. We are shaped into people who ask according to His will. As we pray, we grow; grow from being selfish people to selfless people. This is the process and power of praying into Christ’s Kingdom. 

“Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”

What is the will of the Father for our lives? Do we pray these things? Do we even want these things? 

When we become in tuned with the Father’s will; when we begin speaking to Jesus Christ through prayer, we get to know His heart for us and His world. We begin praying into His will. We come into agreement with God. We begin partnering with Christ to bring His kingdom to earth. 
And when we do pray into His will, when we pray kingdom minded prayers, we can be confident that He not only hears us but that He will answer these prayers. 

It may be instantaneous. It may not even look like we imagined. But I can tell you they will be answered with a gracious, joyous ferocity that will be beyond anything we can imagine. They will be answered in the right time and in the right way that will not only benefit you but all creation. 

Because that is the God we serve, powerful, gracious and concerned, not only for each individual but for all of creation.

Let Christ’s people come to Him and join Him with the purpose and desire to see His kingdom come and His will be done. 
This should be the focus of our prayers!