Called to Glory and Virtue

Early Sunday morning I awoke by the spirit of the Lord speaking these words, I have called you to Glory and Virtue! I knew the scriptures from studying the word. (II Peter1:3) “His divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and Godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to Glory and Virtue.” Glory means honor and virtue means behavior showing high moral standards, chastity and quality. The Lord is calling us to honor His name by behavior that shows high moral standards.

He said to be salt and light. Salt has many redeeming qualities. Salt heals and people soak their wounds in salt water to draw out the impurities. Salt also creates thirst. You can put salt blocks in the fields and the cattle will come running for water. Salt preserves. Salt was put in meat to keep it from going bad. Salt is used to melt ice on the roads and to churn ice cream, and spiritually salt can also melt a heart that has grown cold on God.

The Lord said, “Ye are the light of the world a city sit on a hill that cannot be hid.” We are to arise and shine. Our lives are to be a witness of God’s glory. The Lord said, “Let your lights so shine before men that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” The apostle Paul said, “We receive the spirit not by the works of the law, but by the hearing of faith.” He said, “He that ministereth to you by the spirit and works miracles among you does it by the preaching of faith, not the works of the law.”


Twice the bible says that virtue went out of Jesus and performed miracles (Luke 6:19) and (Luke 8:45). Jesus said, “Daughter be of good comfort, thy faith has made the whole, go in peace. This is a story about a woman who had an issue of blood twelve long years and had spent all her living upon physicians and she could not  be healed of any. She heard of Jesus and came behind Him and touched the hem of His garment and immediately her issue of blood was stanched. Jesus said, “Who touched me? I perceive virtue is gone out out me.” It was her faith that drew the virtue out of our Lord that caused her to be made whole.

 
Jesus said, “Ye are witnesses of these things. Behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you, but tarry in the city of Jerusalem until ye be endued with power from on high.” (Luke 24:48-49) Jesus was talking about an unction from the Holy one and to know all things (1 John 2:20). The anointing which we have received of Him abideth in us and it teaches us all things and it is the Spirit of Truth (1John 2:27). Then in (Jude 1:20) the Lord said for us to build up ourselves upon our most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost.


Luke is the same one that wrote the Gospel of Luke & The Book of Acts. The book of Luke ends with Jesus giving His disciples instructions, tarry in the City of Jerusalem until ye be endued with power from on high. Then Acts begins with that same instruction. (Acts 1:4) Don’t depart, but wait upon the promise of the Father for you shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence. You shall receive power after the Holy ghost is come upon you and ye shall be witness unto me. You shall be endued with the ability to work miracles.

Jesus spoke to me early Sunday morning saying I have called you to Glory and Virtue. The Lord said, “ye are the temple of the living God”. As God hath said, “ye are builded together for a habitation of our God through His Spirit”
(Eph 2:22).
God said, “I will dwell in them and walk in them and I will be their God and they shall be my people. Wherefore, come out from among the unbelieving world and be ye separate says the Lord. Touch not the unclean things and I will receive you.” I will be a Father to you and you shall be my sons and daughters.

Therefore, having these precious promises let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God. Virtue came out of the Lord’s garment. The spirit of  high moral standards, The power of morals were drawn out by the faith of that woman. She had heard and said within herself If I but could touch the hem of His garment I know I would be made whole.


Beloved, it’s the Spirit of Holiness, The Spirit of Virtue, The miraculous power of God that heals the sick, opens the blinded eyes, and unstopped the deaf ears. It cleansed the leper and those with the palsy. The Lord said unto Joshua, “Say unto the people, sanctify yourselves for tomorrow the Lord will do wonders among you.” We have been called unto Glory and Virtue. We cant give what we do not possess. The ability and virtue must come from within our lives and we must live the life first before we can give it.

 
I am reminded of the Lord saying, “before we can get a speck out of our brothers eye let us first get the beam out of our own eye that we might see clear enough to help our brother out.” It begins with us seeing clear enough to help our brother out. I pray that we may find the courage to come out and separate ourselves and to walk in virtue and glorify God!  

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From Shame to Glory

From the Mouth of Shame to the Glory of God’s Promise

by Pastor Steve Logan

Mephibosheth, a cripple hiding in Lo-Debar. From the time he was 5 years old he had suffered from a fall. His nurse had dropped him while fleeing in fear. She had heard of the death of King Saul. The child’s grandfather, along with Jonathan, his father, were both slain in the same day. Mephibosheth was supposed to be a prince. He was to grow up at court and enjoy the spacious liberty of being of the royal family. Only the best should have been his. The best schooling. The best clothes. But now he is a cripple hiding in fear. Living in the desert, Lo-Debar, a barren place. The name means  a place without a word. A lonely place. A quiet place where nothing ever happens.

Years earlier his father, Jonathan, had made a covenant with David that would one day affect his life. Jonathan made David swear that he would remember his seed. David is now king over all of Israel. He is now very prosperous and the Lord is causing him to remember Jonathan. David said, “Is there any left of the house of Saul that I may remember my promise to Jonathan to take care of his seed?” Someone spoke up and said, “there is a son of Jonathan, called Mephibosheth, who is living at Lo-Debar.” 

He is a cripple, his name means from the mouth of shame. Yet, God is causing David to remember the glory of God’s promise. The covenant.  The mouth of shame was his name not because of the fall, nor because his father and grandfather were disliked. Not even because he lived a crippled, or even because he live in Lo-Debar; which meant he lived without a word from God. The mouth of shame is the declaring of all those things that are not as the things that they should be. God said, “calling those things that are not as though they were.”  Like, let the weak say they are strong, let the poor say they are rich and let the defeated say they have victory. It is walking by faith and not by sight.

In Philemon 1:6 He said, “the communication of they faith may become effectual by the acknowledging in of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus.” In other words, when we speak faith in the face of doubt and unbelief there is a power that is released that causes us to always have victory. Instead of always seeing the glass half empty we need to see it half full.

Beloved, it is the way we meet the opportunities that are given to us that determines the outcome of our disposition. The inherent qualities of mind and character. The way we arrange and place things makes all the difference. A king one time was given the opportunity for victory by the way he would smite some arrows upon the ground. He took them half half-heartedly and smote them upon the ground three times. The prophet was very angry. He said, “you should have took them and smote them on the ground until nothing was left, but you hit them on the ground only three times.  These arrows were your deliverance, so now you will only have part deliverance.”

Throughout the years Mephibosheth let his current disposition be, I am a cripple, I am lost, I don’t have a word to go on. He was like the ten spies that came back with an evil report instead of the two that came back speaking the same thing God said. The Lord said, “My servant Caleb had another spirit with him.” The spirit of the spoken word. He shall enter in and have all that I have spoken. The others had to die it the wilderness because of their slanderous report. If Mephibosheth had not had a father that was a man of vision he would not himself have ever entered into the promise. Only because Jonathan and David had made a covenant years ago. The Lord was obligated to legally and morally keep the promises made by David and Mephibosheth’s father. This is why he went from the shame of his broken confession to the glory of God’s promise!

When we are unfaithful God is always faithful. The king had a place set at his table for him to eat. The Lord said, “I have set a table in the presence of thine enemies, come and dine, come and dine.”  Beloved, when we learn to quite speaking doubt and unbelief and start thanking God for all things, the sooner we will come to realize that we have a place that’s beyond the emptiness of Lo-debar and to the glory of God’s table!   

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Time of Visitation

Time of Visitation  

by Pastor Steve Logan 

From the day that the Lord had made coats of skins to cover Adam and Eve up until He came on Palm Sunday riding on a donkey almost four thousand years had passed. This covering of skins would speak of the redemption that would some day take place when Christ would come as the Lamb of God to take away man’s nakedness. Seth’s offering would be another sign of great faith and that he understood a portion of God’s plan for the Lamb of God. “By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaks.” (Heb. 11:4)


The sequel of events that take place before the Lord covers Adam and Eve are prophetic within themselves and speak of events that are to take place before the redemption of humility; such as the curse that was to come upon this earth, the change in the nature of man, the judgment that would be imposed upon this age. Imposed because it was a forcible event unwelcome by all of creation and imposed upon all creation. For we read in Romans 8:20-21 that “The creation was made subject to vanity, not willingly (imposed), by reason of Him who has subjected the same in hope, because the creation itself shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption.” “For we know that  the whole of creation groans and travails in pain all together even until now.” (Romans 8:18)

For in Zion the Lord has set a feast, a rejoicing in the face of opposition for we know that He will destroy the covering cast over all people. The veil of death spread over all nations, the rebuke of His people. For the Lord shall swallow up death in victory, He shall wipe away tears from off all faces. The curse shall be removed. The Lord shall overturn the serpents subtlety “for in that day the Lord with His sore and great and strong sword  shall punish leviathan the piercing serpent, even leviathan that crooked serpent; and He shall slay the dragon that is in the sea of humanity.” (Isaiah 27:1)

“There was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, and prevailed not; neither was their place found anymore in heaven. And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent called the Devil, and Satan, which has deceived the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. There was rejoicing with loud voices in heaven saying, now is come salvation and strength and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of the brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. Yet, they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony, for they loved not their lives unto the death. (Rev. 12:7-11)

Yes, the events that took place in Genesis are prophetic! For the Lord declares the ends from the beginning. The Lord said, “Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil; and now lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life and eat and live for ever. Therefore the Lord God sent man forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken. He drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way to keep the way of the tree of life.” (Gen. 3:22-24)

The Lord would not allow man to live forever in a sinful nature. It was God’s mercy that drove man from the garden and away from the tree of life. Christ is still the way to the life in God’s presence. In the tabernacle in the wilderness the veil that led into the presence of God was made with cherubims (Exodus 26:31) that reminds the high priest that only by the blood of an innocent lamb could he enter the Holy place and only one time a year to make atonement for himself and the people of God. When Christ our passover lamb came He was also the true high priest of God. He offered himself for our sins, His blood was taken and offered once for all. When Christ died on the cross He said it is finished. He gave up His ghost, the veil with the cherubims guarding the way to the tree of life was rent from top to bottom making the way open to once again enter the garden.

When Mary came to the  tomb she saw two cherubims sitting one at the the head and one at the feet of where Jesus lay. And they said “Why weepest thou? Whom seekest thou?” and when she turned she saw Jesus. The angels that had guarded the way to the tree, and had kept men from partaking of eternal life until they had their innocence replaced, no longer kept men from it, but welcomed them and revealed Jesus unto them. When Jesus rode into Jerusalem many missed their visitation. Now after almost 1986 years from His death on the cross, once again we are drawing nigh to His coming again in Glory!

Prophetic signs tell us that the time is near. Will you miss your hour of  visitation? The price has been paid, the veil is rent, the cherubims are removed, the way is now open! Will you come? The blood had been delivered, the judgement of God had been pacified. Jesus is our propitiation, the covering between our unrighteousness, and God’s righteous judgments. The way has been made. God is calling all who thirst, come and drink of the waters of life freely! 

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A People Above All People

A People Above All People   

by Pastor Steve Logan 

(Deuteronomy 10:15)

 Who are the people above all people? To whom the Lord is their praise, their God, and their delight. A people who have known the chastisements of His hand, along with His greatness, His mighty acts, His stretched out arm, and His miracles. The people  to whom have circumcised the foreskin of their hearts and have not pulled away their shoulders nor stiffened their necks.
A people that have walked in the fear of the Lord and have loved  Him and served Him with all of their hearts and soul. Those to whom have delighted to keep His commandments and walk in His statutes. His judgements and precepts are their strength.

The very reason that they are strong and go into the land to possess it and prolong their days is because they know that He has sworn unto them a land that flows with milk and honey. A land with water and has a garden of herbs. A place that drinks the rains of heaven. A land which the Lord Himself takes care of. His eyes are always upon it.

Yes this people have more than a promise from their God. For He has sworn an oath, to multiply, and to bless them for their unwavering loyalty. They have the immutability of His counsel which He confirmed by lifting His own arm and swearing by the integrity of His righteousness. Their trust is in Him. And why shouldn’t it be so? For He is always true to His word. Not one of all His good promises have ever failed them. For they know that all they have to do is be patient and wait. For many times has He renewed their strength. May times has He renewed their hearts.


Looking back I have not seen the righteous forsaken, nor His seed begging for bread. The way I’ve always remembered it is that He has lifted up His people and have set them on high. He has caused them to be the head and not the tail. They have always ended up being on top and not the bottom.It reminds me of a story that I once heard of about a farmer who grew potatoes. He would drive his wagon to town and at the market he would always get the best price of a load of potatoes. There was always someone waiting for his arrival while there would almost be a fight for who would get to buy them.

What a beautiful load they were! The biggest always seemed to be on the top. One man said to him, “Do you always load your potatoes with the large ones on the top?” The old farmer said, “No son we just load them in the wagon and the rough ride to town always causes the big tators to rise to the top.” That’s when I realized that the Lord was using this journey, with all of its unlevelings, potholes and bumps, to cause the big ones
to always rise to the top!       

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The Heavens Declare

“The Heavens Declare”
Pastor Steve Logan

And it came to pass in those days that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed.  Joseph also went up from Galilee out of the city of Nazareth into Judaea into the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.

And so it was that while they were there the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. And she bought forth her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger because there was no room for them in the inn. Is there room in our lives for this one called Jesus?

There were shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And Lo, the Angel of the Lord came upon them and the Glory of the Lord shone round about them. And the Angel said, “Fear not, for I bring you good tidings of great joy which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David, a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.”

The amazing thing is that while the world sleeps the Heavens have made known the greatest of all events, the birth of our Savior! It’s the shepherds who are abiding in the fields keeping watch over the flocks by night that know the things of God!  Suddenly, there was a great multitude, a Heavenly host, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men!”

The declaration of peace and good will toward men was not saying that from now on this would be the case.  If anything, this would be the farthest from peace and good will. For from this day onward there has been everything but peace and good will.  From the start Herod tried to have the baby murdered.  No Beloved, the peace and good will was from heaven.  Heaven was saying comfort ye my people. Speak comfortable to them. Say onto them thy warfare is accomplished and thy iniquity is forgiven.  For the voice of him that cries says, “Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight in this desert a highway for our God.”  Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low: and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain: And the glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together: for the mouth of the LORD
hath spoken it (Isaiah 40:4).

As the song declares Hark the Herald angels sing glory to the new born king. Peace on earth and mercy mild. God and sinners reconciled.  Joyful all ye nations rise. Join the triumph of the skies. With angelic host proclaim, Christ is born in Bethlehem. God and sinners reconciled!

Come and join in on this great Heavenly parade!  The triumph of Christ over sin and its judgments! God’s honor is vindicated! His mercy reigns! His grace is sufficient! Salvation is ours! We have now been reconciled unto our God!  The at-one-ment is paid in full by the death of this child. This is what is meant by peace on earth and good will toward men.  Only when men will come to the Truth and embrace this gift of Heaven can the fighting and the wars end.  God is satisfied! The war is in men The rebellion is in the heart of men.  Only Christ reigning in each heart can stop the raging and the war.

May this Christmas be Merry and PEACE be in your HEARTS and
GOOD WILL be YOUR CUP!

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The Exodus – Part 3 We Thirst

The Exodus
Part 3 – We Thirst

– Pastor Steve Logan –

Last week we spoke of the great waters and how God fought for Israel at the camp of the Red Sea.  This brings us up to the fourth camp of Israel, Marah, meaning bitter waters.  What shall we drink?  We thirst and what can quench this desire?  Such yearning and such longing.  Such dry, empty words can’t describe the hunger and the thirst, the burning lust, the wantonness, the cry, the agony, the anguish in their destitute poverty and brokenness.

A cry of longing began to usher forth a travail as in the latter moments of birth; faster and much more intense.   Then the Lord gave them another glimpse of His salvation.  They saw a tree.  The thoughts lingered!  A tree which would be cut down and drug to the very place where it was lifted up and cast into the bitter waters.  This death would cause them to be changed transforming the bitter waters into a life source.  Refreshing, sweet waters to drink!  Fountains to revive!  A refreshing, a reawakening!  Content, satisfied, gratified!

Then the Lord began to speak, And said, “If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the Lord thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the Lord that healeth thee (Exodus 15:26).

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The Exodus – Part 2 The Great Waters

The Exodus
Part 2 – The Great Waters

– Pastor Steve Logan –

Then the Angel of the Lord went forth between the camp of Israel and the Egyptians.  It was darkness for the Egyptians and light for Israel.  Thus Israel moved forward into the midst of the sea.  The waters were walled up on each side.  The Egyptians pursued them even unto the midst of the sea.  As the morning began to break, the Lord looked out of the pillar and troubled the host of Egypt.  He then took off all of their chariot wheels so that they drove them heavily.  Great fear fell upon them and they cried out that God fights for Israel.  Let us flee from before His face.

Just as Moses the servant of the Lord stretched his hand out over the sea that that the waters would come upon the Egyptians; then it was so that sea returned back to its banks.  The Egyptians were overthrown in the midst of the great waters.   The sea became their grave and not so much as one of them remained.  The works of the Lord were seen by His people and they began to sing the songs of deliverance.  Miriam the prophetess took a tamborete in her hand along with the other women and they began to dance and praise the Lord for His great mercy!

Join us for Part 3 of the Exodus Series ~ Next Week!

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The Exodus – Part 1 The Fringe of the Infinite

And the children of Israel journeyed from Ramases to Succoth about six-hundred thousand on foot that were men not counting the women, children, or the mixed multitude.  There were flocks, herds and a vast amount of cattle.  They went with shoes on thier feet and staffs in thier hands.  They had jewels of silver and gold and very fine raiment; for the Lord had given them favor of the Egyptians.  They spoiled the Egyptians for the 450 years of labor that was extracted upon them.  They were in such a hurry that they did not take the time to prepare the food for their journey; for it was like they were thrust of of the land.  It looked like a sea of people streaming out by the hundreds of thousands.  Thus began the sojourning of Israel as a nation!

They started with 17 souls.  Joseph, his brothers, their father Jacob, and their wives.  God was calling His people out.  And as a loving father the Lord went before them.  All their sojourning He went before in a pillar of fire by night and a pillar of cloud by day.  That night they left Ramases and pitched their camp in Succoth.  The on they went to Etham, to the edge of the Egyptian wilderness, to Pihahiroth.  This is where Pharaoh would say, “they are entangled in the land, the wilderness has shut them in.”    From his military adversaries he thought he had boxed them in.  Moses said unto his people, “Fear ye not, stand still and see the salvation of the Lord.   The Lord will reveal Himself this day.   These Egyptians whom ye have seen today ye shall see them no more forever.   The Lord shall surely fight for you and ye shall hold your peace.”  This day the salvation of the Lord would certainly be manifested!

Moses, the servant of the Lord, was instructed to lift up his rod over the waters and stretch out his hand.  As he did, the seas rolled back and was divided that the children of Israel could go forth on dry ground.  The path was made plain.   The deliverance was sure.  As this great demonstration of authority was acted upon even the winds and obeyed.  Surely they caught a glimpse of God’s Christ commanding the elements standing forth on the fringe of the infinite.  God’s salvation personified.

 

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