2023: Manifest Measure Multply
The Spirit Manifests for our Common Good
May 21, 2023 • Kendal Trader • Malachi 4:2, Romans 12, 1 Corinthians 12:1–13
Jesus is the gift-giver. He has given Himself to us, poured Himself out upon us. By His Spirit, each of us is given a manifestation of the Spirit for the common good, to benefit not just himself but all. As we pursue the Lord and ask for His Spirit to be manifest through us, we can trust the Lord is going to do His part. We have the opportunity of partnering--working together--leading to maturity and unity.
From Disappointment to Maturity
May 7, 2023 • Mark Durniak • Ephesians 4:17
Be honest with yourself: are you taking yourself seriously? If you aren't taking yourself seriously, what is happening around you is what's leading you, instead of you leading you. Circumstances around you will always try to dictate what is important, but those who decide what must happen are the ones who bring heaven to earth. The cosmos (the world system) is not equipped to establish and expand the culture of the Kingdom of Heaven on earth.
April 2, 2023 • Reece O'Connell • Psalm 51, Matthew 5, 1 Corinthians 15, Psalm 22, 2 Corinthians 5
The cross was not defeat; it was victory! The cross needs to be our lens of what victory is--we need to stop looking at victory the way the earth does. Otherwise we will never see the cross as something good.
Manifest: One Fully Loved
March 5, 2023 • Mark Durniak
Do we have a God to obey, or do we have a Father to be loved by? Obedience does not necessarily come from the heart. It does not automatically produce holy nature within us; it produces holy behavior. So we have ongoing conflict within ourselves: we know the right thing, but do not want to do it. God is not after our right behavior. He is far more concerned about the reality of what is happening within our hearts. The appearance of holiness is a trick if it is a performance, and not the genuine expression of one who knows they are fully loved by God. Do not measure your identity by what you do. Your value is not based on your behavior. Your value is based on a far more weighty reality: You are wholly loved by God. A love relationship with Father God causes our hearts to turn in genuine alignment with the thoughts and desires of our His heart. Performance and expectations are the hallmark of one who believes God is disappointed with us. It is inevitable we will fall short. But when we know we are loved by God, our holy identities brilliantly manifest from within us!