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Canada: Remembering Your Identity at 150

Happy 150th Birthday Canada!

Happy Birthday Canada!

Today as we mark and celebrate your 150th year as an identified nation, I am thankful.

Even though many today will eat, drink and be merry because of the freedom you provide, I reflect on who you’ve become and I am a bit saddened; as I’m not sure you remember who you are.

Before you were formed, you were inhabited by many tribes and civilizations for thousands of years. These original people were spiritual people, caring people who had rich culture and family beliefs that enabled them to care for each other, the land and the animals that roamed your vast geography. What made you strong was not your tribal diversity, but your unity and harmony with all that was created to sustain life.

It was this harmony that was broken when other groups, of explorers, came and found a rich and prosperous land; which they immediately loved and decided to claim as their own.

It was this selfishness that displaced and or killed many of the original people, culminating in a seven-year war leaving what is now the Province of Quebec, divided into Upper and Lower Canada.

Eventually, these two colonies would reunify and in 1867 join with two other colonies – New Brunswick and Nova Scotia – and that is when you were “born.”

The original peoples would be pushed aside for many years, but nonetheless, you were born and had many great ideals and qualities which would eventually recognize the harm done to these original peoples.

Some of them were my ancestors along with those who gave you birth, so I am grateful.

I am Métis, and I hear many people mock you, Canada, for not having an identity, but I guess it’s not your fault.

In your acceptance of many, you often forget who we are and thus you are unable to relate your identity to others. Sometimes the clarity others have in who they are, causes you to diminish who you are, opting to accept being labelled as a “melting pot.”

No! You are more than a melting pot.

Though you just turned 150, as a distinct nation called Canada, your culture and ideals are thousands of years old.

In fact, it’s because of who you are, that many nations can co-exist within your great borders; in unity and harmony.

While many homelands falter and crumble under tyranny, selfishness, joblessness, oppression and war; Canada, you open your arms and welcome them in and say “you can start again with new hope and make your home here with us; Canadians.” However, there are still some who seek to undermine your core family values and morality, and as such you need to remember and stay committed to who you are.

A reminder of who you are

  • A spiritual people
    • Both the original peoples and our “Founding Fathers” recognized a power great than themselves
    • The Founding Fathers, thought it fit, to write scripture on our parliament buildings, and derive its name (The Dominion of Canada) from Psalm 72
    • Our national anthem reminds us to seek Him for protection and to keep our land glorious and free
    • Our Charter of Rights and Freedoms acknowledges Him as sovereign – It’s an old-fashion word that means supreme ruler / above all things
  • A welcoming, loving and peaceful people
    • Sometimes to our own detriment, we love, but I guess that’s why it’s love and not a right or reward
    • Today the number of nations who find their home here in relative harmony is a testimony to that
    • These ideals are from scripture and are exemplified by a God who sent His only begotten Son, Jesus, to save a people who forgot who they were – John 3:16
  • A generous people
    • When the first colonies began to develop, the original peoples helped them through the tough winters – our Thanksgiving holiday is a reminder of that
  • A forgiving people
    • It took many decades, but the original peoples of this land are being recognized – we still have a long way to go
    • Let’s continue to forgive and right the many wrongs

Canada, today I remind you of who you are. Don’t forget that you are loved by God who is sovereign and His standards are what made you.

Prayer:

Our Father, who is in heaven, we honour you and ask you to keep Canada glorious and free. Allow your true and unfailing love – some would say “patriot love” – to be a guide and a reminder of what makes Canada the true north strong and free. Touch every heart and mind, from sea to shining sea, with your holy spirit. Amen.

Back to School!

2 Timothy 2:15 (KJV)

Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

As I reflected on what today’s message would be the Lord took me to my favourite scripture as noted above. The significance of this scripture cannot be overstated, especially with the world in such turmoil today.

Now more than ever it’s vital that we know what we believe and whose approval we’re vying for.

There are many deceivers in the world and in the “church”. Some such deceivers are calling themselves the “returned Christ” while at the same time saying they’re the anti-Christ. This is one of the more obvious deceptions as “anti” means against and the bible is clear that the anti-Christ is against Christ. It’s not possible to be the returning King while at the same time being the anti-Christ (the devil). Yet many people are following falsehoods like this to the point of having 666 tattooed onto their bodies (I’ll do a message on 666 soon – leave me a comment if you’re interested in what the Lord showed me).

I’m sure I  don’t need to remind you of all the conflict and confusion in the middle-east, the Ebola outbreak and the various natural phenomenon happening around the world…even our summer was affected (tongue-in-cheek – JK – just kidding – sort of).

In any event, let us press into God’s Word more and pray as we send our children back to schools that are filled with God haters and lovers of self.

Prayer: Father as the children of this great nation of Canada head back to school, protect them and keep them safe as the devil is roaming about seeking whom he may devour. May the Christians in their classrooms identify and speak out against falsehood and declare your truth to their peers. May we as parents lead by example to study and know your truth. Empower us with your Holy Spirit to stand up and defend the gospel. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Exercise Your Faith

Hebrews 10:23-24, 35-36 / Hebrews 11:6
(23) Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)
(24) And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:

(35) Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward.
(36) For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.

Hebrews 11:5-6
(5) By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.
(6) But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

Faith is not just a thought or an understanding, it is something that is backed by and requires action. We’ve all read “faith without works is dead”, but what are the works that please God?

Hebrews 11 gives several examples:

  • Giving an offering (verse 4)
  • Believe and diligently seek God (verse 6)
  • Obey and do as God instructs (verses 7 & 8)
  • Be patient and wait on God – don’t get ahead of Him (verse 9)
  • Look forward to the future and bless your children (verses 13, 20 & 21)
  • Do what is right without fear (verse 24 & 25)
  • Expect miracles (verses 28-30)
  • Subdue evil (kingdoms) for righteousness sake (verse 33)
  • Endure affliction (36, 37 & 38)

The people referenced in the stories didn’t have what we have, they only hoped for it. We have the promise and power of the Holy Spirit. It’s time to please God.

Prayer: Father thank you for the great and precious promise of the Holy Spirit. Help my unbelief as I pray and exercise my faith. Amen.

More Fruit

John 15:1-5
(1) I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman.
(2) Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.
(3) Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.
(4) Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.
(5) I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.

Fairly self-explanatory, but for those who are new to the concept of abiding in Christ, it means to commune in prayer, worship and reading the word.

Interestingly I had actually started writing this before Resurrection Sunday. What I find fascinating is that the Lord downloaded a whole sermon called The Power of His Resurrection of which he expanded on the whole “abiding in Christ” topic.

The word abide can be substituted with “live in”, “remain in” and “continue in” which helps us get a better idea of the depth of commitment required to bear more fruit.

The Lord is looking for those who will pray, fast, worship and read his word as if it were the very air that we breath. Each day, our actions, interactions, words and thoughts should be centered on Jesus and the Father’s will. A large part of His will is LOVE and FORGIVENESS.

Life is too short to waste time following TV soaps, sports standings, worrying about bills and holding grudges. The true followers of Christ will follow Him.

Task: Check your schedule and track your activities for a week and see how much you abide in Christ and how much you abide in the things of this world. I know I have some work to do.

Humble The Soul

Psalm 35:13
But as for me, when they were sick, my clothing was sackcloth: I humbled my soul with fasting; and my prayer returned into mine own bosom.

If you’re looking to break free of the flesh and walk in the Spirit then you must develop a fasted lifestyle. Notice above that it says prayer returned…if your prayer life is lacking fire and answers, ADD FASTING. Many of you already know this favourite scripture of mine…

Matthew 17:19
(19) Then came the disciples to Jesus apart, and said, Why could not we cast him out?
(20) And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.
(21) Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.

You see, it’s because of unbelief that prayers go unanswered. Unbelief comes from the soul not the Spirit because the Spirit knows and does what God says. The Spirit was with God and created all things. So it knows that all things are possible with God. It’s our soul, imagined fear, faithlessness and doubt, that needs to bow to the truth, and that only happens when you put it under subjection.

1 Corinthians 9:27 (read the whole chapter it’s good food – pun intended)
But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.

I’ve already given you a testimony of how I delayed a 7-day fast for a year and when I finally obeyed the instruction, the Lord worked several miracles in me and in my life.

Today people of the world have fixated on themselves and their outward appearance. They have neglected the spirit to a point where they are walking dead men and women. Having an appearance of godliness, but denying the power thereof. Worse yet is we as believers know we are instructed to fast and yet we do not. We’d rather follow the scripture that says “eat, drink and be merry” (Luke 12:19), but if you read it in context it’s not a good motto. God calls that person a FOOL.

Matthew 6:17
(17) But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thine head, and wash thy face;
(18) That thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy Father which is in secret: and thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly.

Notice, Jesus doesn’t say “if” he says “WHEN” – meaning he expects us to fast. So why don’t we fast? Because it’s too hard [said with a winy childish voice for emphasis]?

I’m reminded of a story of a dog that was lying on a nail and complaining about the pain and when a passerby asked what’s wrong the owner said matter of factly, “he’s lying on a nail”. The passerby stunned then asks, why doesn’t he get off of it? To which the owner replies “I guess it’s not hurting bad enough”.

Mahatma Ghandi said “Be the change you want to see in the world”, but he also fasted for that change and the change came.

I know someone reading this will use poor health and life safety to excuse their inability to fast. I say, who do you trust more? Who can heal your incurable disease or change your spouse? Your doctor or your God. If it’s your doctor then don’t fast. If you trust God, seek His face and get medical advice on how you can safely fast and then trust God to keep you in the fast. Do not underestimate the power of fasting to change even your health. In fact, recently scientists have connected fasting with improved health.

Your soul will fight you tooth and nail in every area of your life, but once you’ve developed the ability to fast, it will weaken and you will see victory and growth in every area of your life.

When Israel faced potential annihilation by a wicked man named Haman, Esther and the people fasted and God helped them. There are countless testimonies both ancient and current. Start fasting and get your own testimony!

Task: Fast often.

Walk in Power

John 6:1-2 (KJV)
(1) After these things Jesus went over the sea of Galilee, which is the sea of Tiberias.
(2) And a great multitude followed him, because they saw his miracles which he did on them that were diseased.

Quick question: How many of your unsaved friends, family, co-workers and acquaintances would inquire of your Jesus if you healed someone of a terminal illness, schizophrenia, depression or blindness?

If you look back on your years of church teachings (I’m looking back 15 years now) what percentage of ministers demonstrated any POWER? Yet, Jesus and the apostles and the early church constantly demonstrated POWER. It wasn’t a one off scenario; it was whenever and wherever they went. Even in Mark 6:5 / Matthew 13:58 where it is recorded that Jesus couldn’t perform many miracles, he still performed some and healed the sick.

Looking around again, how consistently is POWER (dominion) being taught in the church? I don’t know about you, but what I’ve heard is that the gifts are given in measure (as outlined in 1 Corinthians 12)…to one is given… The problem is those scriptures are always taken out of context and many skip right over 1 Corinthians 12:7 – But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal. In fact, we have many more scriptures that speak to POWER than we do limitation. If you look in 1 Corinthians 1:7 you will see that the Corinthian church came behind (lacked) in no gift. Jesus himself said on several occasions “ask; pray; believe; receive;” – John 14:14 / Matthew 18:19 / Mark 11:23-24 / Matthew 21:22

Why do you think we’re not taught those scriptures? Why don’t we see more people (uh um…ministers) walking in power (myself included – for now)?

There are many reasons to which I’ll point out a few that I’m currently praying on:

  1. Unbelief = limited prayer and limited fasting
    Mark 9:29
    – And he said unto them, This kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting.
  2. Faithlessness = limited word and limited prayer in the Holy Ghost
    Jude 1:20 – But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost,
  3. Slothfulness = not willing to pay the price (Oprah, Dr. Phil and Dr. Oz, video games, movies, parties and socializing) have our attention more than God.
    2 Chronicles 7:14 – “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”
  4. Lukewarm = indifferent about bringing God’s Kingdom to the nations – when was the last time we asked “Lord what would you have me to do today?”
    Revelation 3:16 – “So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth”

God confirms the preaching of His gospel with signs & wonders:

Mark 16:20
And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.

Today, the gospel is rarely preached or followed in it’s purest form and so there isn’t any reason for God to confirm it. Today, the Word and power are often mixed with the kingdom of darkness (the world’s philosophy and sin).

Last note: Jesus and the early church were prepared spiritually before the need for a miracle ever presented itself.

Task: If you want to walk in any level of power, whether that be answered prayer, dominion over depression, boldness or even healing the sick, then establish a prayer and fasting regiment and seek the gift giver – GOD. There is just too much at stake to do anything less than what His Word says.

Wisdom from Above

James 3:17-18
(17) But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.
(18) And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.

This passage of scripture is fairly self-explanatory, but not easily accomplished because everything in and around us is opposite to it. Notice it is first PURE and then PEACEABLE. Yet from a very young age we are exposed to activities, movies, images and people who are not pure nor desire to be; especially in the era of the internet. Bullying (lack of peace) is at such a level that legislation had to be introduced to combat it. However, if you read the context from which this scripture comes, families and politicians both need to forget the worldly wisdom and start seeking Wisdom from Above.

Now that the bad news is out of the way, let’s talk about the good news which is found in two chapters before the above scripture. It reads as follows:

James 1:5
If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.

So, there is no excuse for the poor condition or behaviour of children and people in our societies. We have a God who is willing to give liberally, all the wisdom that we need to solve every problem and every issue that plagues the world.

Bad news again…I can’t change the world, but I can allow God to change me. You see, I’m still working on being guided by God’s Wisdom (Wisdom from Above) and in particular the peaceable part :-( – Let us pray.

Prayer: Father, as I lead my family and teach your people, I need your wisdom now more than ever. Continue to build me, purify me and fulfill my desire to be peaceable in every encounter with your creation. In my home, with my spouse and children, help me to exemplify your gentleness. Lord it is my desire to bear fruit worthy of your calling. Work in me, and fill me with your wisdom. Amen.

Resisting the Devil

James 4:7
Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

If you’ve been a Christian for any length of time, you would have invariably heard “resit the devil and he will flee”, but rarely do we look at how. We also seem to think we can do it in our own strength or by our own will power. I don’t know about you, but if you’ve ever tried, you probably can testify with me, that eventually your will power wanes. So how do we resist the devil?

The first thing is not to take this as an expression and/or out of the context. Notice the first part is “Submit yourselves therefore to God.”

Jesus resisted the devil with the Word when tempted in the wilderness. However, Jesus didn’t start reading the word when he was being tempted, it was already in him when he needed. Also, remember when he was 12 and his parents were looking for him after celebrating the Passover? When they found him he was in the temple reasoning with the religious teachers (Luke 2:46). When his parents admonished him because they were worried, his answer was “didn’t you know I had to be about my Father’s business?” You see, Jesus was already submitted to God and when he in the desert, he was lead by the Holy Spirit, fasting and killing the flesh.

So to resist the devil, we must submit to God, have his Word in us, be spirit lead and not controlled by our flesh (earthly emotions).

Prayer: Father I know I can’t resist the devil on my own. However, because your Holy Spirit and your word is within me I know that I am victorious. I submit to your Word, your will and draw close to you. Draw close to me and I know the devil will not be able to stand in your presence or in my life. Amen.

Your Past Is History

Acts 28:1-5
(1) And when they were escaped, then they knew that the island was called Melita.
(2) And the barbarous people shewed us no little kindness: for they kindled a fire, and received us every one, because of the present rain, and because of the cold.
(3) And when Paul had gathered a bundle of sticks, and laid them on the fire, there came a viper out of the heat, and fastened on his hand.
(4) And when the barbarians saw the venomous beast hang on his hand, they said among themselves, No doubt this man is a murderer, whom, though he hath escaped the sea, yet vengeance suffereth not to live.
(5) And he shook off the beast into the fire, and felt no harm.

By way of background, for those who don’t know Paul’s spiritual journey up to this point when he is shipwrecked; Paul was trained as a Pharisee who used violence to maintain dominion over God’s people. Paul was present at the stoning of Stephen and sought out and killed Christians until Jesus appeared to him on the road to Damascus. Paul then spent several years praying and being taught by the Holy Spirit and became an Apostle of Jesus Christ. It’s what eventually lead him to be arrested in Jerusalem to which, when he appealed to Caesar, was being taken to Rome to be further examined (tried), when a storm caused a shipwreck and everyone on board swam to the shore of the island Melita.

What I would like to point out is the following:

  • The barbarous people had some understanding of goodness – they showed kindness
  • The barbarians had some understanding of God or justice – they knew that murderers should receive punishment (vengeance)
  • The viper (snake = type of Satan) came out of the heat (fire?) and bit Paul on his hand
  • Paul shook off the beast into the fire and was not harmed

So here is what the Lord is saying to me in this. Satan likes to remind us of our past sins, but God who says “vengeance is mine, I will repay” is also merciful and shows His loving-kindness toward us by forgiving us of our sins when we believe and repent (turn from our sinful ways). Our sins are so far removed from us, that even though Satan thinks he has a right to attack us in our jobs and or work in the ministry, he is mistaken, and we must remind him of the fire that has been reserved for him.

It’s time to shake off the devil and his lies and trust in the scriptures which tell us that no weapon that is formed against us shall prosper (or harm us). Satan is defeated! Keep your focus on God and His goodness and hold fast and practice the truth in His word and you will not be harmed.

Prayer:  Father, thank you for your mercy as I have come to believe in your Son Jesus. I shake the devil off and back into the pit of hell from which he came. I am victorious because of my belief in the Cross. Holy Spirit, lead me into more truth and purpose so that others may see and know that surely God is with me. Amen.

In His Image

2 Corinthians 3:18 (NLT)
But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.

The word glass in this scripture is synonymous with “mirror” so just like when you look in the mirror, the reflection is a perfect, exact replica of you – we are being changed into the perfect image of Christ. What a wonderful truth! We are being changed from glory to glory into His perfect image! Don’t resist change. Don’t resist the working of the Holy Spirit. Allow God to mold you and shape you into His perfect image. Hallelujah!

We were created to be like him (Genesis 1:26) and Satan tricked us into disobedience. But God is rich in mercy, and sent his Son to show us the way back to Him. We are washed from our sins by the word and changed into his image from glory to glory by His Holy Spirit! Each victory, over the flesh, takes us closer to perfection and the fullness of being – in His image.

God is a spirit and invisible, so when the scriptures say we are in His image it’s not talking about physical appearance. If you can only relate to and emulate a blond-haired, blue-eyed Jesus or one that has dreadlocks, you’ve missed the point. As the scripture says, “man looks on the outward appearance, but God looks on the heart” (1 Samuel 16:7). 

We are in His image by the character that is formed in our heart and by the thoughts we carry. Revelation 22:4 says “And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads.” – note: it doesn’t say “ON” our forehead, but “IN” – meaning inside our skull or in our brains. I did a quick study of what part of the brain is inside our forehead and found some very interesting things. The Frontal lobe is the part immediately behind (in) your forehead. So what you ask? Here are some functions of the Frontal lobe according to Wikipedia.

  1. ability to recognize future consequences resulting from current actions
  2. to choose between good and bad actions (or better and best)
  3. override and suppress socially unacceptable responses
  4. retaining longer term memories often associated with emotions
  5. The frontal lobe contains most of the dopamine-sensitive neurons in the cerebral cortex. The dopamine system is associated with reward, attention, short-term memory tasks, planning, and motivation. A gene variant that reduces dopamine activity in the prefrontal cortex is related to poorer performance and inefficient functioning of that brain region during working memory tasks, and to slightly increased risk for schizophrenia.

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

If we allow the Holy Spirit to write Jesus’ name IN our foreheads – a.k.a. transform us into His image, we will…

  1. not perform actions that jeopardize our future reward in heaven
  2. know good from evil and choose good and do good (well) – Jesus went about doing good
  3. be slow to anger and quick to show love, mercy and grace
  4. not be controlled by our past hurts and negative emotions, but find joy and peace as we become more like Christ
  5. have right motivations from a pure heart, that is Christ-centered and without fear and hopelessness

The Jesus we are to emulate and whose image we are to be a reflection of is found in the scriptures. We become more like Jesus when His Words which are spirit and truth saturate our minds. Here is what Paul wrote to encourage Timothy…

2 Timothy 1:7
“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”

We are also instructed to have the mind of Christ: Philippians 2:1-5

(1) If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies,
(2) Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.
(3) Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.
(4) Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.
(5) Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:

Prayer: Father, thank you for the Holy Spirit who comforts, changes and chaperons me, from glory to glory, into your Son’s image. As I am being renewed, may I be a perfect reflection of Jesus. Holy Spirit, I surrender my emotions, thoughts and motives to your transforming power. Change me into the perfect image; holy and acceptable unto God to do His will and show His glory in the earth. Amen.