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Identity Theft – June 11, 2017

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Has anyone here ever been a victim of identity theft? The truth is, everyone here should all raise our hands because, before Christ, our identities were stolen by the devil in the Garden of Eden.

Our identities, both our spiritual and physical, determine:

  • Who we are
  • What we do
  • Who we belong to
  • What belongs to us

For those of you who don’t know, last week, we found out that we were victims of identity theft. A person in Tennessee somehow got hold of one of my debit card, called the bank as us, made transfer from our savings account into our debit account, realized that they transferred it to the wrong card, called and moved it from one debit card to another. Once the debit card they had had the funds they needed in it, they made a nice size jewelry purchase online.

When Olivia found the missing money from the first transaction, she immediately called me to see if I transferred or withdrew any money recently. Upon learning that I had not, she started clicking through all our accounts to find that a large sum of money was moved, not once, but twice and the worst part was that there was a huge jewelry purchase made, just six hours before the Holy Spirit prompted her to log online, for no reason, and checkout account.

Upon assuring Olivia that I didn’t use most of our savings to surprise her with jewelry, we contacted our bank, then the company who the purchase was made from. Luckily, we caught it early enough and got hold of the jewelry store before the order was fulfilled and the director of sales, reversed the order and nothing but our sense of security, was lost.

Needless to say, Olivia and I felt violated when we found out about the theft. After all, both of us are very careful with where we use our cards and how we discard of our sensitive items and yet the criminals in Tennessee somehow acquired my card info, and other sensitive information, and made us victims.

As followers of Jesus Christ, our identities are priceless, and we need to be willing to do whatever it takes to keep it safe. Too often I see believers settle for being victims of identity theft to the devil, easily handing over what Jesus gave back to us, our rightful place as kings and priests of the earth.

Before the fall of man, there was another fall, the fall of Lucifer and one third of every angel ever created out of Heaven. In one swift blow, the angelic beings were throwing out of Heaven, lost their identities and the angels and became the first minions. In Luke 10:18, Jesus said, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.” The fall of Lucifer, was a violent one.

Ever since the fall of Lucifer, and the creation of the devil, he and his minions have been trying to regain the influence they had in Heaven through the stealing our identities. You see, the devil is powerless on this planet and being so, needs to partner with people to accomplish his plans and who better to partner with, than with Christians who don’t know who they are and what they can do.

When Adam and Eve were created, they were given full dominion over the earth. However, as you know, a short time after taking rule, the devil stole their identity, when he convinced them, the rightful rulers of earth, to sin, forfeiting their position to the devil.

Making Adam and Eve the first people to sin, to fall, to lose their identities, and to become slaves.

We become slaves to who we are indebted to, on earth and in the spiritual. (Proverbs 22:7) in this instance, the debt could be sin or grace, one is paid for with our life, the other by the life/identity of Christ.

Sin caused man to fall and we remained fallen from the first sin, all the way to the birth, life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. During those dark ages, the devil used the authority and identities of Adam and Eve which he stole to spread darkness, death, and destruction over the earth, bringing hell to earth, instead bringing heaven to earth, as we believers are designed to do.

Despite being saved, a lot of us, including me, were and still are victims of identity theft. It is evident of our status of being either a victim or a victor by how we love one another (John 13:35), receive a stranger (Matthew 25:40), or repay an offense (1 Peter 3:9).

For instance, my flesh, sometimes provides my first inclination, wanted to retaliate, call down a little fire, and see them get punished. Although, I believe, they need to be caught to keep others from falling victim, and I believe I have all their information now, I first want them to be saved.

God accomplishes whatever He wants through whoever and whatever He decides. The devil needs you, your identity, your authority, your dominion, and your life to accomplish his plans. He knows we carry more power on our worst day than he does on his best day.

Last week, after my sermon, Tamesha, Olivia, and I went out to La Madeleine for lunch. I noticed that the cashier was missing an arm and upon informing the ladies, Olivia insisted that we offer to pray for her. Which, after being reminded on my last sermon, I agreed and upon praying for her, her countenance completely changed. She lite up the restaurant with her joy as she asked us to pray for her schooling. After praying for her first request, Olivia stepped out in boldness to inquire about how she lost her arm. The girl, gladly shared about the accident she had when she was younger while she was in a different country. Then, Olivia asked if we could pray for a new arm. She agreed and we prayed. No arm grew yet, but we are still believing and expecting a testimony. We all left the restaurant realizing that God just showed that girl, a complete stranger to us, that she mattered, that He knew her, and that He loves her.

I once heard Bill Johnson say, “The only thing better than knowing God, is God knowing you.”

A practice that Olivia and I have, is the practice of calling out people’s true identities. Allowing us to use our God-given authority to speak what we see in the supernatural to the natural.

In the bible, there are many examples of God calling someone’s true identity out:

  • God called Gideon a mighty man of valor, thru an angel, when Gideon was hiding.
  • Jesus called Peter the rock, knowing Peter would deny him.
  • Jesus proclaimed Nathaniel a man with no deceit/guile after Nathaniel asked what good can come from Nazareth.

The world is lost, identities stolen, and no one knows who they really are and what they were created to do.  

It’s our duty, to fully embrace who we are to do what we are called to do. Here are some facts to help you fully grasp your identity.

  1. You were worthy dying for. In fact, Jesus Christ, came and proved it through providing Himself, God’s only son, as a sacrifice for all of us.
  2. You were created to rule. When men were first created, we were given full dominion over the earth (Genesis 1:26). Our dominion was forfeited in the garden but restored at the cross.
  3. You are under a new covenant. Even though Adam and Eve failed… however, we believers are under a new covenant because Jesus Christ succeeded! He not only restored our authority but He gave us His authority, to complete His work and greater! (John 14:12)  
  4. The devil is a liar! The only thing he can do is try to put you in situations to doubt or forget who you are. Luckily, scripture states that we have all fallen short. (Romans 3:23), meaning our identities are no longer ours to forfeit because they are hidden with in Jesus.

Both the enemy and God will use your weakness. The devil will use it to convince you out of your identity, however, God will use your weakness to exalt you and Himself because God promises to make you strong in your weakness.

If you are like me, tired of having your identity stolen by the devil and used to glorify darkness, please stand up and repeat after me.

Devil, shut up and go! I know who I am and will do exactly what I was created to do. I will no longer partner with you in your plots but will allow my actions to show the world who my God is. I am powerful, I have authority, I know who I am, and I am worth the sacrifice! In Jesus name I pray. Amen.

Beloved. You are released into your identity in Jesus Christ. Go and let your light shine!

SALVATION:
I never want to end a service without giving an opportunity to for those who do not know Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.

If this is your first time hearing about Jesus Christ and you want what we have. It is freely yours. Would everyone close your eyes and repeat after me: Lord, my heart yearns for You. I ask You to be my Lord, Savior, and Father today. I ask You to come into my heart, wash me in Your blood, and make me whole. Today, I have received your free gift of salvation and choose You, as my Lord, Savior and Heavenly Father, in Jesus name, amen.

Vital to Life – You’re the Antidote – Sermon – June 4, 2017

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Vital to Life – You’re the Antidote | June 4, 2017

A funny thing happened to me while at another church years ago. A prostitute walked in, sat down and mid-service got up, walked up to the piano, pounded on the keys, screamed and walked out of the church. Upon seeing this my friend Lisa and I went after her, to see if we could show her love and get her to stay. Upon reaching her, she was babbling and ranting… suddenly she paused, pointed straight at me, made eye contact and said… “You will burn this city down.

Instantly I knew it was God speaking through the prostitute, speaking something to be. I believe that when we started this church, we started the blaze.

The people of the world are dying, infected by a poison that is slowly devouring them. The poison affects every person’s life differently, but it has claimed the lives of far too many.

From the fall of man until now, sin, in all its sneaky ways, has stolen too many souls.

The antidote to sin, like an antibody, lives within every believer. It is in and through Jesus Christ.

There only one way to administer this antidote, it’s through God’s redemptive love.

Scripture states that the borrower is a slave to the lender. (Proverbs 22:7)  Meaning the price we pay to live a life apart from the life offered and demonstrated by Jesus Christ, can only be paid for with our lives and souls.

We go about our lives, carrying the cure, within us, that will heal every person we encounter. Since starting God Manifest, I must have prayed for more strangers in the last two weeks, than I have in any two week period in the past six years. Recently, Olivia and I chase down a man in the ninety-nine cents store who had a stroke. This week, while I was at the bank, I saw an older woman with a cane whom I introduced myself and prayed for, she recently had hip surgery. A few weeks ago, I prayed for the cashier at Krogers who was coughing, sniffling, and very grouchy. While interviewing contractors for some work we need around the house, we found out that the contractor’s son, had pain in his back and leg, we told him a few testimonies, and prayed for him. Then at the end of their presentation, their father, a former pastor, asked if we could pray for his knee, with joy, we absolutely did.

I wonder what these people are thinking as we approach them with a smile on our faces. Or what they think about us when they’re telling us about their affliction and we look at one another and smile. What we’re thinking is, “God brought you to us because He is about to do something amazing.”  “We can’t wait to see what God is about to do!

God has been raising the level of our expectations, stretching our faith. Each time we pray, we expect something to happen. Don’t allow doubt to stop you. We need to move from, “What if I pray and nothing happens, to what if I pray and something happens.”

We were ransomed through the highest price possible to pay. A Father’s plan to reconnect with Him with His creations. In thinking about the road that Jesus Christ took to save us. Seated in Heaven as God, stepping down to earth to become a man, beaten and sacrifice, travel to the pits of hell to take back the keys we we forfeited, then rose again.

Jesus saw hell, so we wouldn’t!

Jesus did all this without a guarantee that a single person would truly turn from their ways and pursue the life He demonstrated. He suffered not for the best-of-the-best but for the worst-of-the-worst, every sinner.

I have a burning desire to experience more of God, display the fullness of His Love, see souls saved and hearts and lives restored.

Beloved, you aren’t just called to carry the antidote the world needs, you are to become it!

God is lighting a fire in this church body today and through us, He will set this city, state, and country on fire.

Today, I proclaim what that woman proclaimed to me years ago, “You will burn this city down.” Now, go and love. You are the antidote!

If you are like me, and want more of God. Want to be used more. Want to experience more. Want to love more. Stand up. Life your hands and say:

God, here I am. Take me! Let your fire burn inside of me and let your love freely pour out to me. Place in me a heart that will move for you. In Jesus, name. Amen.

SALVATION:
I never like to end a service without giving an opportunity to for those who do not know Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.

If this is your first time hearing about Jesus Christ and you want what we have. It is freely yours. Would everyone close your eyes and repeat after me: Lord, my heart yearns for You. I ask You to be my Lord, Savior, and Father today. I ask You to come into my heart, wash me in Your blood, and make me whole. Today, I have received your free gift of salvation and choose You, as my Lord, Savior and Heavenly Father, in Jesus name, amen.

 

 

How to Pray – Sermon – May 28, 2017

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The Lord’s Prayer – A guide to Praying | May 28, 2017

Open your bible to: Psalms 37:4

“Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.”

In doing a word study in the Strong’s Concordance, you find that the word, “delight” was translated from the Hebrew word, Aw-nag, meaning… “pliable or soft.”

We’ll revisit this scripture later in this message.

Understanding the root meaning of God’s Word is essential to every believers understanding of who God is, and helps us decipher His voice over the imitator’s.  

Our relationship with God, similar to the relationships we have here on earth – the more you involve a person in your life, the more we intimately know, their heart, will, thoughts, opinions, and passions. You can figure out how close someone is with someone by watching the choices they make for them when they’re not around.

For instance, once Olivia was having some girl stuff done. In conversation with her beautician, the girl mentioned to Olivia about her “spiritual” life, which at that time, did not include Jesus Christ. She talked about Angels, healings, etc… Upon hearing her mention that she wanted to learn more, Olivia told her about some of our experiences, and told her that I had similar experiences in life and still operate in the “supernatural.” All excited the woman asked if she could meet with us and speak to me about her experience and her power. Knowing me, Olivia said, “I know my husband, and I know he will say yes.” Olivia made plans with her and told me later. Obviously, I said yes and was very proud to know how much my wife knew me. We met with her, I told her my experiences pre-Christ and post-Christ and gave her a few words of knowledge and prophetic words. She is now saved and I understand that she is still a strong believer.

Looking back over my life, I noticed how God skillfully placed me in tough situations, personally knowing me, my personality, my heart to never give up, He positioned me in roles which eventually moved and grew me to where and who He needed me to be. Being no different, as a good Father, He maneuvers us through each differently, carefully opening and closing doors to get us to become the person He needs us to be when He needs us to be it.  

Prayer & The Lord’s Prayer

Early in my journey with God, similar to many of you, I learned the importance of prayer and especially the importance of the Lord’s prayer.

Why is prayer taught so quickly to new believers? Because a strong prayer life is essential to cultivating a strong relationship with God and an unbreakable direct line of communication with our Heavenly Father. The more we speak to Him, the more we can recognize His voice thru all the noise. Recently, in reading the Lord’s prayer, I noticed a consistent trend in all the various versions leading up to the actual “prayer,” let’s have a look.

Open your bibles to Matthew 6, starting on verse 9. Today, I’m reading from the Amplified version.

Matthew 6:9-13 (AMP)

Pray, then, in this way:

Our Father who is in heaven,
Hallowed be Your name.
Your kingdom come,
Your will be done.
On earth as it is (already is) in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts, as we have forgiven our debtors.
And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil. [For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.]
Okay, now let’s go back to verse 9 and only read that first line. I’ll read what it says in the Amplified bible, if I can have a few of you read from your version, if it’s different.

Did you get it? In that Amplified, it says:

  • Pray, then, in this way:
  • ESV: Pray then like this:
  • NKJV: In this manner, therefore, pray:
  • NIV: This, then, is how you should pray:

The Lord’s prayer, although is powerful and can be prayed exactly the way it was documented, is actually a guide to prayer and a prayers life.

Ok, let’s break it down:

Our Father who is in heaven,
This line, recognizes who we’re praying to, and where He makes His abode. Basically, recognizing who our God is?

Hallowed be Your name.
A recognition of His holiness, goodness, and perfection.This is important because it begins to position our heart in honor of Him.

Your kingdom come,
This line, calls down Heaven to invade our situation, person, or location.

Your will be done.
Reminding us that it is not our will or the enemy’s will that we are seeking, but His will.

On earth as it (already) is in heaven.
This reminds our circumstances that by design, all things on earth should reflect what is already happening or already exists in heaven. This positions our heart for the extraordinary, especially when it comes to healings (signs, miracles, and wonders).

Give us this day our daily bread.
Bread is mentioned as manna throughout the bible. Just as God provided fresh manna (bread) daily to sustain the Israelites in the bible in Exodus 16:4-12, we request a our portion of God’s bread (provision) for our situation.

And forgive us our debts, as we have forgiven our debtors.
Forgiveness, is one of the to fundamentals of being a follower of Jesus Christ. It was through His forgiveness of our sins and His death and resurrection which allowed us to enter and call down the kingdom. Therefore, this line emphasises the importance of making sure that you do not have any unforgiveness lurking in your heart which may withhold God’s love.

And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil. [For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.]
This last line, to me, the greatest temptation during prayer, is to pray our will(s), above seeking and praying God’s will. Your hearts during prayer should be so yielded to our Heavenly Father’s that when He asks us to do something, no matter what, or who it is for, we remain obedient.

In one of my last churches, a woman showed up, who has spoken against me, helping to spread rumors about me while I was in ministering, for 23 days, in the slums of Kisumu, Kenya. The moment I saw her, my heart sank as anger filled my heart. I did notice that she was on crutches at that time, but I had no interest in seeing her and especially no interest in praying for her.

At the end of service, she went up for prayer and God gave me a vision of me walking over to her, getting down on one knee and laying my hands on her foot and injured ankle. Those who know me, know that I’m not very big on touching anyone’s feet other than my wife’s and my own. In seeing the vision, I declined and told God that if He wanted to heal her, He would have to do it through one of the other prayer partners. I sat and watched as the prayer partners prayed and watch as she tested it out, time and time again, each time with no improvement. Suddenly, I felt compassion fill my heart, as I saw unworthiness fill her heart. After a few minutes, I sucked up my pride, putting past hurts aside, walked over and reenacted exactly what God showed me.

When I finished the prayer. I looked up and said, test it out. She nodded and hesitantly took her first step, then her second, and continued. Miraculously, after the third or fourth step, she was walking without a limp and when she walked back up to me, still on one knee, she was completely healed. Then God told me to say… “If you ever once questioned if God loved you, heard you, or saw you… the answer is Yes, He does.” In hearing that, she fell back into her seat and weeped.

Looking back at that day, I wonder, if that healing was more a lesson for me than for her?

Was my my negative thoughts towards her, holding her back from her miracle? Possibly.

Was my negative thoughts, building a gap between my Heavenly Father and myself? Yes, it was.  

Throughout scripture, God reiterates the importance of the position and condition of your heart. As you go about your walk with Christ, you begin to notice that this physical world that we’re a part of is actually more spiritual than physical. In our prayer lives and relationship with Jesus Christ, the condition and position of our heart far exceeds the importance of what we speak. Although, what we speak has power, the more we live for God, the more our hearts will beginning to overflow what God is wanting.

Let’s go back to the first scripture.  Psalms 37:4

“Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.”

I shared that the meaning of the word, “delight” was translated from the Hebrew word, Aw-nag, meaning… “pliable or soft.”

Meaning this scripture is saying that, “If we are pliable or soft for God (easily moldable), He will give us the desires of our heart.

The condition of our heart must remain soft and pliable and the position of our heart must remain facing God. We will alway walk towards the direction our heart faces.

Thank you for joining us this week. If you heard this word today, and want to position or reposition your heart towards God, or if you have a stiff or hard-heart toward yourself, a person, or situation. Or, if you heard this message and you either want rededicate yourself to Jesus Christ, or receive Him as your Heavenly Father, Lord, and Savior, please stand up. Place your hands on your heart and repeat after me.

Lord, my heart yearns for You. I ask You to be my Lord, Savior, and Father today. I ask You to come into my heart, soften it, position it towards you, wash me and it in Your blood, and make me completely whole. Today, I have received your free gifts of healing and salvation and I choose You, as my Lord and Savior, in Jesus name, amen.

If you need personal prayer, come up and we would love to pray with you.

Have a great week, God bless.

God Manifest – Church Launch – 05-21-2017

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Good morning. Welcome to God Manifest.

Thank you for joining us for the launch of God Manifest as a church. As most of you know, for years, Olivia and I have both received prophetic words on becoming pastors and on starting a church. We received these words from our various pastors, complete strangers, prophets, and friends, even some of you, and a few months ago we received more confirmation and both felt that the time to start the church was now.

When you build something, no matter what it is, it’s vital to start with a solid foundation. God Manifest will be built on truth, strength, unity, integrity, God’s people, desire for intimacy with our God, and most of all God’s love.

With that said, Olivia and I would like to lay the foundation of God Manifest Church, and what God has planned for the future. I would like to start with our mission statement, which, Olivia crafted and I feel fully embraces what God wants God Manifest to be.

MISSION STATEMENT
We are a family of believers and lovers of God, here to equip God’s people to manifest Him and make Him known to the world around us, establish the Kingdom of God here on earth, and destroy the works of darkness. We believe that Ephesians 4:11-13 is the purpose of this church, that “the Body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.” Through equipping, our hope is to present believers who will go out into the world doing as Jesus Christ has done and greater things (John 14:12).

It is our desire that God establish and build this church and to create disciples capable of walking in the fullness of Jesus Christ – capable of multiplying through the presentation of the Good News to a world seeking a Savior. God Manifest’s mission is to heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, heal the brokenhearted, set prisoners and captives free, and create disciples who will stand in love, walk in faith, and display God’s Son to the world.

We Believe…

  • …There is only one true and living God who is the King of kings, Creator, and Lord of all.
  • …He is perfect, holy, just, loving, good, full of mercy and truth.
  • …He is One being in three persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.
  • …The Bible is the God-breathed and the infallible, authoritative, living Word of God and that it declares His true design and plan for mankind.
  • …Jesus Christ is the Son of God and was born of a virgin, lived among us as one of us but without sin and gave His life as a ransom for mankind and rose again on the third day,
  • …defeated death, and all the power of the enemy so that we who recognize Him as Lord and Savior can live and reign through Him here on earth.

As mentioned earlier, over the past few years, God has given us countless prophetic words, but God has also given us personal dreams and visions as He prepared us to take this step. At the beginning of 2017, God said to “Start in May.” Little did we know that come February, our pastors, Ray and Sue Yackell, the two who ordained us, would inform us that God told them to shut the doors to their church on the last Sunday of April. You see, Olivia and I have always been loyal members of whatever church we attended, rarely missing meetings and always tithing. The truth was, despite God’s word to me on starting in May this year, we probably weren’t going to start anything, as long as we were an active part of a church.

Over the last few years, God has been teaching us about leadership and what He expects from His shepherds. One of the main things He has taught was that a shepherd should always look out for the best interest of their flock.

A heart of a shepherd should be to foster an environment of unity in his flock, so that the flock moves as one.
Also, a shepherd’s heart should be planted so deep in God’s heart that when God’s heart moves, the shepherd’s heart moves.
A shepherd should be about our Father’s business, loving, nurturing, protecting, providing direction and in some instances providing correction.

A vision I received a few years ago, while in worship was one of a dry and barren land, similar to a desert. Suddenly a beautiful white horse appeared, running, as the horse ran, other horses appeared and started to run alongside the white horse, then gradually, one-by-one, the horses made a line around the planet. As the belt of horses, made its way over the planet, the most curious thing happened, the land which was barren, suddenly came to life as the unified horses ran over it. I believe the white horse represented Jesus Christ and the other horses were all the churches suddenly unifying themselves with what God was doing.

As pastors of God Manifest, we promise to challenge you, stretching your limits of who you believe God is, what you think He is doing, and how to live your lives fearless – chasing God’s will, no matter the location or circumstance. As leaders will seek the Lord’s heart on every message preached, every outreach we do, and every person we allow to speak at OUR church. We will do our very best, to remain God-centric in our personal lives, in and out of church, knowing that all we do, not only reflects God, but reflects and affects every member of God Manifest.

Many of you have heard my personal testimony. Also, many of you have heard me share about of great things which Olivia and I have seen God do. God named this church, God Manifest, because, as you heard in our Mission Statement, our desire is to equip, disciple, impart, empower, and send out God’s people to experience even more wondrous, miraculous, and great things than we’ve ever experienced, seen, or could imagine. Your victories, are ours and vice versa.

One of the many scriptures which this church is built upon is Jesus’ promise that we will do all things that He has done and greater. (John 14:12)

You cannot talk about the being Christ-like without talking about the love of Christ. It’s time for churches to stop competing and start unifying. John 13:35 states:

“By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”

We cannot show the world how God loves, if we cannot display our love for one another.

We are known by our fruit and the greatest fruit of them all is “Love.”

When I started this journey with God in 2003, I was a suicidal, broken, and lost buddhist, seeking a God who heard my cries.. God moved through the most unlikely of sources to reach me, displaying His crazy passionate love for me, and through many years, He has healed my broken heart. The very moment I meant Him, I became His forever. I dove into God’s word, was washed clean through it, empowered by it, and made whole from it. As I read and attended church services, sometimes up to five nights/week, I needed more of Him and yearned to become more like Jesus Christ. One night I read Matthew 10:8:

“As you go, proclaim this message: ‘The kingdom of heaven has come near.’ Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give.”

Upon reading that scripture, I my heart sprung into action and went out and sought the sick, the needy, and the broken, not to just feed them, pray for them, or heal them, but to show them the full manifestation of who God is and how deep His love was for them.

Since that night, I met my wife and we have witnessed either individually or together the following miracles:

  1. Stage-four, incurable lung cancer completely disappear.
  2. A women with a broken neck, in a coma, arise and walk out of the hospital in 7 days.
  3. Watched Jesus manifest Himself in a room, place His hands into a woman’s abdomen who had a mass, swipe His hands down and the doctors, state the masses that was in her were gone and that she did not need surgery.
  4. An open vision of Heaven open up and liquid light pour into the sanctuary, filling every dark place.
  5. I saw an old buddhist women, who my mom introduced me to, who never had any illnesses or pain in her body, but was dealing with severe arthritis in her knees, suddenly and completely heal after prayer.
  6. I saw 20 muslim street kids in Kenya, hear the Gospel, get touched by the amazing Love of God and all give their lives to Jesus Christ.
  7. I have seen Jesus appear as a Lion, giant, intimidating but gentle and kind.

The list of amazing miracles are countless, the hearts touched endless, and lives changed through simple prophetic words priceless.

God is on the move family, and God is urging His people to arise and freely display His Love, power, mercy, and grace to a world who has never truly experienced Him. He is seeking a people, a church, a bride who will once more be about Our Father’s business, doing what we see the Father doing, saying what we hear the Father saying, and loving whoever comes seeking Him.

Olivia and I would like to invite you to join us on this journey with God. Let us grow together, learn together, experience God together, and do life together. We are starting our meetings in a house now, but as we grow and as God leads, I believe this church will reach beyond any walls or borders.

God once said to me, “If a church isn’t about the broken, the dirty, the sick, the needy, and the lost… what good is the church to Me?”

Today, I proclaim, may God Manifest through us as we step out to reach the broken, dirty, sick, needed and the lost. Here we are, Lord, send them to us.

Thank you for joining us today. Olivia and I hope that you’ll partner and unify with us on this mission for God.

Have a great day and week. Thank you for joining us!

Here Comes The Bride

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By: Jonnathan Zin Truong | Facebook, Twitter

I’ve been married since May of 2011. Of all the things I heard and imagined about marriage, I had no idea how much being married would teach me about a part of my identity and an aspect of my relationship with Christ which I lacked – being a bride.

While speaking to God about this subject, He revealed to me why His bride is so special to Him, the Bridegroom. It’s because a bride only becomes a bride after she receives the Grooms proposal, making a covenant with Him at the alter. Simply stated, it’s a choice which is made through our free will and His free will. God chose us with a proposal unlike no other, with the full laying down of His life. We in turn are given us the honour of choosing to become His bride.

I can speak for most men when I say, none of us grew up day dreaming about walking down the aisle in a Vera Wang wedding dress, center of attention and locking eyes with our Groom to be. Don’t get me wrong, most men desire to have a bride but the idea of becoming a bride is completely foreign to any man.

How many women here can honestly say that they dreamt about their wedding day, becoming a bride, walking down the aisle, gaze locked on the eyes of the man of your dreams? Some of you single women, can close your eye and feel your heart race with excitement.

By the end of tonight, my sincere heart’s desire is to lift off the vail on what it is to be a Bride of Christ and how if men are able to grasp and fully receive the beautiful proposal of our Bridegroom, Jesus Christ, it would completely change church, life, relationships and possibly propel the Christian’s walk to the next level.



But first, before learning to become a bride, we need to understand the Grooms’ heart and the Father of the bride’s joy.

Ephesians 5:25-27
Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her (Father of the bride) to himself (the Groom) as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. (NIV)

If I ask, how many men here would be willing lay your life down for their bride?

Since being married, the laying down of one’s life has taken on a deeper revelation. Obviously, if called upon I would physically die for her to live. What I have learned is that allowing what the God’s definition is for a man to die, allows the identity that God has called the bride to become – to come to life.

Just as we were only able to become the bride of Christ after Christ willingly laid everything that defined him as a man and died for us.

It wasn’t just His death or resurrection that men should thank Jesus for, as brides should be thanking Him for the life He lived and for the way He died. Just about any man will lay their life down for their bride. Don’t get me wrong, it’s very noble but how many men will lay down their “life”, their job, career, friends, social status and reputation all down for what God wants to awaken and bring to life in her?

As with every Groom, Jesus’ walked down the aisle before the bride. This aisle is called persecution, rejection, emotional beatings, crucifixion and death.

Jesus, 100% human demonstrated how a Groom is supposed to lay down their life. Laying down all that made Him man to release heaven to all who receive Him as saviour and as their Bridegroom. In Christ’s proposal, death was the easy part.

Christ came to set the world free from strong holds, one of the worst is the world’s definition of a man.

We should only measure our self to the only perfect man to have ever existed Jesus Christ. Measuring our self to any man other than Christ, means we’re measuring our self to someone who has already fallen short. (Romans 3:22-24)

I have heard so many Christian men wholeheartedly believe that men should “Lord” over women, especially when their married. They pervert Ephesians 5:22-24 for their own selfish desires and believe it’s God’s will for them to rule over women.

Ephesians 5:22-24
Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord (on to the Lord). For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Saviour. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything.

“I have never seen a woman have trouble submitting to a man who loves her well.” – Bill Johnson

Now change “woman” to “bride” and “man” to “groom”.

I have learned through speaking with God that the word “bride” can and should be inserted in place of scripture speaking of “wives”.

Beloved, we are the Bride of Christ.

Don’t miss understand me.

Yes, men called to be head of the wife. Yes, women are directed to submit to men as they do the Lord. After all, the bible repeats these commands in 1 Corinthians 11:3.

1 Corinthians 11:3
But I want you to realize that the head of every man is Christ, and the head of the woman is man, and the head of Christ is God.

Jesus Christ is standing at the alter, awaiting His kingdom minded bride to walk up the aisle and reign with Him. Not a mindless, passionless slave.



The confusion:

Men assume they understand what the bible is stating instead of mirroring the life and actions of the ultimate Bridegroom, Jesus.

Using His position, authority, strength, love and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. (Ephesians 5:25-27)

Before marriage, while ministering to singles and married couples. I heard how singles would ask for praying, asking God to bring their “help mate”, “husband” or “wife”. I heard time and time again their laundry list of what they required God to provide… Perfection. I heard the married complain how the mate they have weren’t what they asked for and how they desired for God to move on their behalf, changing their mate to become the “help mate”, “husband” or “wife” they truly desired.

When in both instances, their prayer should have been: God prepare us for them, work through us WITH LOVE to help our mate attain the relationship with Christ they needed.

Preparing the singles to meet their mate and teach the married to lay their lives down.

Revelation 19:6-9
Then I heard what sounded like a great multitude, like the roar of rushing waters and like loud peals of thunder, shouting: “Hallelujah! For our Lord God Almighty reigns. Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory! For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready. Fine linen, bright and clean, was given her to wear.”

As a bride preparing herself for her wedding day, it’s time for the church and for the men to start the preparation because our Bridegroom is ready and He’s waiting for us at the Alter.

Men – Bride of Christ – it’s time to stand up and say, “Lord, teach and prepare us to be your bride. Show me how to be head, leader and husband.”

God is about to show off His bride, adorning her with a move of love, authority and power.

Father Lord, thank You for washing us clean with Your word, preparing us to be presented to Your Son, our Bridegroom. Thank You for removing our stains, wrinkles and blemishes – making us holy and blameless.

Today, we say “Yes” to the beautiful proposal of Your Son and “I do” to our Bridegroom, Jesus Christ. In Jesus name. Amen


FEARless FAITH

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By: Jonnathan Zin Truong | Facebook, Twitter

Both fear and love will cause people to do crazy things. We hear stories all the time of miraculous things that parents do to save their children. Or the terrible things people do to avoid their fears. For everything good thing God has created the enemy creates a counterfeit. Fear is the counterfeit of Love and a direct opposition against Faith. Which is why scripture states: “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.”1 John 4:18



Fear of rejection. Fear of intimacy. Fear of failure. Fear of sickness. Fear of persecution. Fear of… name it and someone has dealt with it or is dealing with it right now. Fear cripples, especially in the Christian body, preventing us from entering into God’s promises, individually and as the body. The more we exercise fear the more influence it has in our decision. The same is true with love. The more we exercise love, the more influence/strength it has on our decisions. We must act and react with love and not fear.

The fear of insignificance has stifled “The Church Body.” Causing people to fight for position and allowing the spirit of entitlement to infect us. I was once told that character is how you react when your neighbor receives the things you are praying for yourself. Have you noticed that brand new believers are going from finding Jesus to prophesying, casting out demons and healing the sick, practically over night? The less the body cares about position and credit, the more growth we will see in the body. I personally love it! I have a heart to teach and a heart to see believers empowered quickly. Don’t let someone’s fear of insignificance talk you out of your faith. We are in a season of Matthew 20:1-16, a season of acceleration in all spiritual things, including the manifestation of God’s gifts. Just as the parable illustrated, God will pay the first workers the same as the last workers, He will give us all the same portion, regardless of age, experience or position. The different parts of the body should cheer and encourage the other parts. You are never going to see a hand jealous of a foot, they need each other.

SOLUTIONS:

  • The Christian body needs to unite, if one part of the body fails, the whole body lacks, not just that one part.
  • Christians are forgetting who the enemy is, and instead of defeating them, we’re fighting each other.

The enemy is not stupid and has nothing better to do than to plot their next attack. They know the bible and its stories too and are using them to try to defeat the very people the bible was created to guide.

For instance, the enemy knows that household divided against itself will not stand. Also, they are using confusion, as God did for Gideon army, on Christians, causing us to fight ourselves as the Midianites did.

In a united family, there is no room for jealousy, the bitter fruit of fear, in the body.

Recently, I rewatched Kung-fu Panda 2, two scenes grabbed my attention. First, the kung-fu master summoning Po, the Panda, to a cave to teach him his next lesson, a lesson that the master said will take hard work, discipline and potentially years to grasp… “Inner peace.”

The second scene was at the end of the movie, when Po found “inner peace,” and beat the enemy. It didn’t take years of practice, hard work or even discipline, he found it by overcoming his fear of the enemy through the immense love he had for his family. At the end, the master mumbled in aggravation, “You found inner peace… and at such a young age.” The master here represents the heart and wisdom of man. Man quantifies steps based of their own experience whereas God knowing the heart of men, promotes according to the heart.

Don’t allow someone else’s experiences with God limit your experiences and vice versa. A relationship is personal. Beyond love, faith and obedience, there is no formula to God’s ways

How many of you have fears? Are afraid of snakes? Roaches? Heights? Failure? Personally, I do not like roaches, they give me the Heebie-jeebies. Which a Biblical term for the fear of roaches. But of my fears, heights was by far my worst.

Fear, have you ever been so petrified with fear that the mere thought of that thing of situation, froze you, turned your legs to Jell-O or caused your heart to race?

I have. For about 25 years of my life, I had a fear of heights. More of a phobia.

Phobia is defined as a persistent, irrational fear of a specific object, activity, or situation that leads to a compelling desire to avoid it.

No matter how you define it, irrational fears are 100% demonic.

FEAR ENTERS ME:
When I was 7 years old, while in Galveston, my uncle put me on some monkey bars and walk away. I initially laughed but as time passed and my fingers begin to lose grip and my arms begin to grow weak, fear revealed himself and I partnered with him, and the fear of heights infected me. Within seconds of hearing my screams, my uncle lifted me off the bars and I cried on his shoulders. Over the years, the fear heights grew, like a muscle, the more it was used, the stronger it got. It was so bad that when I met Olivia I couldn’t even stand on the second floor of the Galleria mall and look down at the ice skaters without my legs instantly turning into noodles, which is bad, even though, being Asian, I love noodles.

“There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.”1 John 4:18



Upon reading this, I thought… “What does love have to do with conquering my fears?”

THE CLIFF:
A few years after my salvation my buddy DJ, knowing my fear of heights, invited me to the border of West Virginia and Kentucky to cliff jump, apparently there were two “safe” cliffs there, measuring about 35 and 80 feet deep. The entire drive there I was psyching myself up about cliffs, telling myself that I was going to conquer them and thus conquering my fear of heights. We show up to face my mortal enemy, “heights.” After seeing the cliffs, they might as well have been the Grand Canyon, because there was no way this Chinese guy was going jump into the water jumping from those cliffs. Odd how 35 feet looks like a mile when you’re filled with fear. To encourage me, DJ jumped first. He got a running start and jumped off, doing cartwheels all the way down, then splashing into the water in perfect form; disappearing into the murky water. I love him and consider him a brother but I turned to our two friends and said that if he didn’t come back up, he was on his own. Luckily for him, he survived and proceeded to jump a few more times, each time topping the last. Finally he tried convincing our other two friends to join him. Interesting enough, although the other two jumped these exact cliffs countless of times, my fear made them second guess taking the plunge. Fear is contagious. My experience on contagious fears reminds me of a story from the bible.

Joshua and Caleb Book of Numbers (13 & 14)
The Lord said to Moses, “Send some men to explore the land of Canaan, which I am giving to the Israelites. From each ancestral tribe send one of its leaders.” Moses sent one member, leaders, of each of the twelve tribes to scout out the Land of Canaan (The Promise Land) for 40 days, as the future home for the Israelites. Moses sought a breakdown of the land, geography, population… etc. Upon returning, 10 of the 12 members returned filled with doubt and fear, upon seeing fortified cities and giants. Their fear was contagious and quickly spread throughout the tribes.

“We seemed like grasshoppers…” — Numbers 13:33

That night all the members of the community raised their voices and wept aloud. All the Israelites grumbled against Moses and Aaron, and the whole assembly said to them, “If only we had died in Egypt! Or in this wilderness! Why is the Lord bringing us to this land only to let us fall by the sword? Our wives and children will be taken as plunder. Wouldn’t it be better for us to go back to Egypt?” And they said to each other, “We should choose a leader and go back to Egypt.”Numbers 14:1-4

Don’t receive someone else’s fear and be persuaded away from a promise God has given you. As a result of partnering with the fear of the 10 members, the entire nation was made to wander in the desert for 40 years, until an entire generation died. However, Joshua and Caleb, two of the original 12 members, who did not succumb to fear and doubt but rather stood in faith, believing that with God they would succeed, were the only two from the generation to see the Promise Land.

Then Caleb silenced the people before Moses and said, “We should go up and take possession of the land, for we can certainly do it.”Numbers, 13:30

Joshua said: “The land we passed through and explored is exceedingly good. If the Lord is pleased with us, he will lead us into that land, a land flowing with milk and honey, and will give it to us. Only do not rebel against the Lord. And do not be afraid of the people of the land, because we will devour them. Their protection is gone, but the Lord is with us. Do not be afraid of them.”Numbers, 14:7-10

I bet you’re wondering if I jumped.

I did, but only after DJ pointed out that the girl in our group jumped and after horse flies began to bite me, like I was an all-you-can-eat Chinese buffet. I decided to “jump” to save my skin and my pride. I envisioned myself flying off the cliff, I took a few steps back and ran towards the edge… fell off because my legs were so weak from fear I couldn’t get any lift. With my eyes shut, an eternity passed before I made my big splash! I popped up and was shocked that I was still alive. About 15 minutes later, I tested my luck and jumped a second time, again through encouragement of the flesh eating flies. Twice was all I could do because I quickly found out that that the combination of fear, adrenaline and heat was great at helping people lose their lunch, as I did.

Did I conquer fear? No, I just decided death by water was better than death by flies. Sometimes fear of one thing can get you to compromise the fear of another.

CONQUERING FEAR
In May of 2011, after asking God what I should do for Olivia’s birthday, God said, “a weekend in San Antonio, nice meals on the romantic river walk and a whole day at Fiesta Texas.” I was sure I was hearing the enemy. I asked God if He would allow me to spend more money than I would at Fiesta Texas and buy her something gold with diamonds instead. God answered me… “Do you love Olivia more than you fear heights?” Love vs Fear…

I thought this must be a trick question. I answered honestly with a “Yes, of course.” I added, “But Olivia loves enough to not make me go to Fiesta Texas.” God laughed at me as He constantly does as I gave in to Him as I constantly do. He must be up to something, I thought, or maybe He was ready to bring me home with a quick heart attack. I booked the weekend in San Antonio, purchased 2 tickets to the theme park and made reservations at an extremely nice restaurant that we could enjoy, or she could enjoy if died of a heart attack.

I told Olivia to pack for a weekend outdoor and bring a change of clothes for a nice restaurant and that I would pick her up directly after work. I picked her up and headed out to San Antonio. We check into the hotel and I handed her the gift. She opened it, seeing two tickets to Fiesta Texas, screamed in excitement and said… “Wait, you’re afraid of heights!”

I told her, that nothing has changed with fear of heights but this was God’s idea and that I’m trusting Him that my love for her was great enough to allow her to ride a few rides.

The next morning, we get an early start. As we drove in, God said, “You may omit one ride.”

“What!?!?!? One ride?” I thought to myself. We arrive at the park and I tell Olivia that I’m only allowed to omit one ride. Out of love for me, she said the fact that I was willing to come was enough for her and I didn’t have to ride anything I didn’t want to. When we entered the park, I saw the sling shot, pointed at it and screamed… “HECK NO! That’s the ride I’m omitting.”

Upon gathering my dignity, I told her that I will ride every ride she wants to ride at the park with her. Surely God was going to save me or I was going to die on the first few rides from heart attack.

Hours passed and we finally made it to the last ride, properly named “Scream!” because a lady before me got off screaming, “Oh no, oh no!” with tears rolling down her face. I decided I wasn’t going to let this woman’s fear infect me. It’s a 3 tier tower that takes you up to 200 feet and drops you straight down, then back up and back down, a few times. At 200 feet, I lift up my hands and extended my feet, forced my eyes to stay open and waited for the drop! 5, 4, 3, 2, 1… When we hit the bottom of the first drop, I started screaming… “VICTORY!” repeatedly as joy filled my heart.

I defeated my fear by focusing on my love for Olivia and my trust in God!

“For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.”2 Timothy 1:7, NLT



THE ROACH
A few months later, while in bed, I awoke to a tickle on my ankle. I decided it must have been my imagination and fell back asleep, then suddenly I felt something crawling up my leg, my calf, my thigh almost into my boxers. So I did what any believer of Christ would… I levitated and brushed my leg as fast as I could. After a few minutes, I convinced myself that I was having a nightmare when I felt a tickle on my wrist followed by something crawling up my arm. I brush it off as fast as I could and jumped out of bed. Remembering that Olivia was worse than me with roaches, I quietly searched for the culprit. Olivia awoke and asked me what I was doing. I said, “Don’t freak out, I pretty sure a roach was attacking me, crawling up my let then up my arm.” Surprisingly she wasn’t worried and said, “Jonnathan, I’m sure it was just a dream.” As she got up to use the restroom.

I stood there wondering if she was right when I suddenly heard crawling above me. I looked up at the ceiling and the roach nose bombed me, landing on my forehead and ran down my body, jumping off of my knee. Naturally I screamed like a 12 year old girl, and ran out my room, which caused Olivia to run with me. We convened in the hallway where Olivia asked… “What are we going to do?” I said… “Sleep in the living room, the roach can have the room tonight.”

The next morning, I God asked me… “If you’re afraid of the same thing Olivia is afraid of who is going to protect Olivia?”

My first answer was, “Surely You are big enough to protect both of us Father. I don’t even know why you created those nasty things.” But the truth was, I understood His question and decided I will no longer be afraid of them because my love for Olivia was a little greater than my fear of roaches.

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”John 14:27

The truth is, Christians are becoming more and more subject to their fear. Especially the fear of persecution, insignificant or losing their position.

Believing that meekness is weakness.

“Meekness is strength under control.” — Havilah Cunnington

It is time for Christians to awake and raise the standards of our nation.

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9

“Do not be afraid; keep on speaking, do not be silent. For I am with you, and no one is going to attack and harm you, because I have many people in this city.” Acts 18:9-10 (Paul was encouraged in Corinth while preaching to the gentiles.)

It is time we rise up and take back our promise land, starting with the taking back what fear has stolen from our lives! Starting with the strengthening of the body of Christ.


Stage 4, Incurable Cancer Healed after Prayer

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Testimony: Kenyan Demons

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God Manifest founder, Jonnathan travels to Kenya with his friend Patrick and encounter demon possessed people.

Testimony: Healing in Kenya

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Need healing? Check out this great testimony on how God used Jonnathan in Kenya to heal a Kenyan taxi cab driver!

Lions Save African Girl From Abductors

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Original Story: www.foxnews.com/story/2005/06/21/lions-save-african-girl-from-abductors/

A 12-year-old girl who was abducted and beaten by men trying to force her into a marriage was found being guarded by three lions who apparently had chased off her captors, a policeman said Tuesday.

The girl, missing for a week, had been taken by seven men who wanted to force her to marry one of them, said Sgt. Wondimu Wedajo, speaking by telephone from the provincial capital of Bita Genet, about 350 miles southwest of Addis Ababa (search).

She was beaten repeatedly before she was found June 9 by police and relatives on the outskirts of Bita Genet, Wondimu said. She had been guarded by the lions for about half a day, he said.

“They stood guard until we found her and then they just left her like a gift and went back into the forest,” Wondimu said.



“If the lions had not come to her rescue, then it could have been much worse. Often these young girls are raped and severely beaten to force them to accept the marriage,” he said.

Tilahun Kassa, a local government official who corroborated Wondimu’s version of the events, said one of the men had wanted to marry the girl against her wishes.

“Everyone thinks this is some kind of miracle, because normally the lions would attack people,” Wondimu said.

Stuart Williams, a wildlife expert with the rural development ministry, said the girl may have survived because she was crying from the trauma of her attack.

“A young girl whimpering could be mistaken for the mewing sound from a lion cub, which in turn could explain why they didn’t eat her,” Williams said.

Ethiopia’s lions, famous for their large black manes, are the country’s national symbol and adorn statues and the local currency. Despite a recent crackdown, Hunters also kill the animals for their skins, which can fetch $1,000. Williams estimates that only 1,000 Ethiopian lions remain in the wild.

The girl, the youngest of four siblings, was “shocked and terrified” after her abduction and had to be treated for the cuts from her beatings, Wondimu said.

He said police had caught four of the abductors and three were still at large.

Kidnapping young girls has long been part of the marriage custom in Ethiopia (search). The United Nations estimates that more than 70 percent of marriages in Ethiopia are by abduction, practiced in rural areas where most of the country’s 71 million people live.