Identity

Aloha Friends and Family,

IDENTITY 5/16/18

This is a really great article to consider. Like a snow flake or a cherry blossom you are the only soul on planet earth that will ever be like you. You are Unique, enjoy the person GOD made you to be in Christ Jesus. Learn to LOVE, living in your skin…. Open the gifts GOD has given you in faith. HIS Truth gives us Freedom to find HIM. ( Personally, I did not know, as a man, I was not supposed to ask for directions? lol.) But a very good friend and brother in Christ Jesus drove me 5 hours around Oakland, CA looking for a certain bakery because he would not ask for directions…. In a Helm’s Bread Truck with “Repent, The Kingdom is at hand. written in large letters across the front. 1970’s, But I could not get him to stop and ask directions. That was a test of our friendship.) In HIS great love, Ken<>< Why I'm OK With Being a Spiritual Misfit 10:00AM EDT 5/16/2018 J. Lee Grady It annoys me when Christians force people to fit in neat categories. For years we've done this with gender. I wish I had a dollar for every time a preacher has claimed that "all men hide their feelings" or "all women are domestic" or "all men refuse to ask for directions." Those are stereotypes. While God made only two genders, men and women come in all types. Our uniqueness is shaped by our bodies, skills, interests, personality quirks, communication styles, ethnicity, life experiences and so much more. Christians also love to fit people into personality types. The ancient Greek physician Hippocrates invented the concept of the "four temperaments"—choleric, sanguine, melancholy and phlegmatic. He believed the levels of our bodily fluids caused these traits (what?!) yet his theory stuck around even though it was totally unscientific. Christians started imposing these rigid personality types on each other after author Tim LaHaye wrote the book Transformed Temperaments in 1971. In the 1990s, family counselor Gary Smalley updated the concept of the four temperaments by describing them as animals: "Beaver," "lion," "otter" and "golden retriever." This began a cottage industry of "personality assessment" that continues to this day. It's based on the idea that every human being on Planet Earth fits into four groups. More recently, Christian organizations invented questionnaires and tests to determine a person's spiritual gifts. I've taken all of these tests, and sometimes they helped me understand myself better. Yet I always end up feeling like a misfit because I don't stay inside the lines. I certainly don't fit the stereotypes. For years I've struggled to put a label on what I do in ministry. Am I a prophet? (Prophecy often flows out of me when I minister in a church setting.) Am I a teacher? (I teach regularly in ministry schools.) Am I a pastor? (I don't lead a local church, yet I mentor and disciple many young leaders.) A few weeks ago I went through an identity crisis. I was tired of people asking me, "What are you?" and my response was to blankly stare back. I wanted a label. I wanted to fit in a clear-cut category. Yet I felt like a weirdo because I don't see my odd combination of gifts and talents in most surveys. I decided to take my own gifts assessment test by asking some friends to describe my ministry in their own words. I asked them to text me one sentence, but many of them wrote paragraphs. They often used words like "prophet," "teacher," "encourager," "apostle," "mentor" and "father's heart." But I noticed one common thread: Fernando said: "Your ministry is versatile. Don't worry about fitting in a box." Kent said: "Don't let people put you in a box." Ray said: "You don't need to feel any pressure to fit a mold." Grant said: "You can't be put in a box. There is too much 'cookie-cutter' identity in the church today." I wanted to categorize myself. But God's answer was a pleasant surprise: I don't need to fit in! Rather, I just need to stay connected to God and let Him manifest Himself though me however He wants! Many people follow horoscopes because they think their destiny is determined by which Zodiac sign they were born under. That's dumb, because people don't fit in 12 cosmic categories, much less four personality types. And even though there are a limited number of spiritual gifts listed in the Bible (the "power" gifts of 1 Corinthians 12 and the "motivational" gifts of Romans 12), these gifts come in an infinite number of combinations. Besides that, the "package" those gifts come in—you—is totally unique. Did you know that one DNA molecule in your body has enough coded information to fill 100 30-volume sets of encyclopedias? That's more than 2.25 million pages of computer code! If all the DNA in your body were joined from end to end, it would stretch 94 billion miles. And that code is different from any other person who has ever lived. We know our fingerprints are unique from everyone else. Now, researchers have discovered that scanning the iris of the eye is five times more effective than fingerprinting because there are 240 unique features in your iris to prove it's yours! Scientists are also discovering the same uniqueness in our retinas, our faces, our insulin and the protein molecules in one strand of our hair. David wrote: "I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; wonderful are Your works, and my soul knows it very well" (Psalm 139:14, NASB). If you are this unique in a biological sense, how much more is it true in the Spirit? We have been fashioned by the Creator to manifest His power in a unique way. Don't be so eager to put a label on yourself. Don't try to be a copy of someone else. It's okay to break the mold. You can't be summarized, categorized or boxed in. You are a unique vessel of the Holy Spirit. Let Him flow through you without limitation

Holy Spirit

Aloha Family and Friends.

“HOLY SPIRIT,” This is long but well, “WORTH CONSIDERING.” 5/13/18

Why We Will Never See Revival Unless We Embrace the Holy Spirit
Mikel French, Stephen Kuert and Rebecca Moore

“What the world needs most today is Jesus, and what the church needs most today is the Holy Spirit.”

These words came from my friend Pastor Doug Chambers as we talked on the phone last week. It made me wonder if perhaps the world is more receptive to receive Jesus than the church is ready to embrace the move of the Holy Spirit.

Today as you read this I am in Izvesck, Russia, where hundreds of pastors have gathered from all across the nation. They are hungry for the power of the living God to refresh them to walk in dark and difficult places, planting and building churches while believing that nothing is impossible with God.

What God has done across this great nation of Russia is a miracle to the nations of the world. The church is open. They love God; they love Russia; and because of this, the harvest continues to grow. Many things have changed here, including the church, and it is clear the revival they are experiencing is a move of the Holy Spirit.

But Russia seems to be the exception to the rule in the body of Christ. Instead of inviting the Holy Spirit and embracing the life-changing revival and renewal that would come with Him, churches too often restrict His operation, which strips the power of God from both the individual and corporate fellowship and weakens the testimony of the church before a world that is lost and searching for a Savior. This is not what God intended when He sent the Holy Spirit to believers after Christ’s resurrection and ascension.

On the Day of Pentecost, when the crowd gathered around the apostles as they received the baptism of the Holy Spirit, the onlookers asked, “Whatever could this mean?” (Acts 2:12, author’s paraphrase). They recognized something different had been introduced, and some of them mistakenly assumed it was the result of new wine (v. 13). Instead, the presence of an almighty God had come to rock the city with change.

Changes that impact the world forever for the better can only come by the power of the Holy Spirit. When we examine any change—Holy Spirit–led or not—there are three factors we must consider:

the element of change
the amount of change
the container for change

All change begins with a new element. At Pentecost, the followers of Jesus were under the influence of the Holy Spirit. He was the new element that catalyzed a change that would forever impact the church of God. His power lit the fuse that ignited their own spirit and spread throughout the world and through generations.
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The impact of any change is also directly related to the amount of the element of change that is introduced. You can introduce a little, which really brings little to no change, or you can pour out an amount of change that will blast everything from the past. When God poured out His Spirit on the believers gathered in the Upper Room—fulfilling the prophecy of the prophet Joel (Joel 2:28)—it filled up those gathered, but the impact was so great that after Peter explained what had happened to the onlookers, three thousand people decided to trust in Christ as their Savior that day alone (Acts 2:41). The apostles were filled with the Spirit to overflowing, and the radical change in their lives spilled over onto others.

This underscores the final point: when it comes to revival, we are the containers for change. We are the containers for the Holy Spirit to come in. Luke 5:37–38 says: “And no one puts new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise the new wine will burst the wineskins, and it will be spilled, and the wineskins will be destroyed. But new wine must be put into new wineskins, and both are preserved.”

We, the containers, must be new or renewed. We, as the containers, are common on our own but filled with uncommon power through the Holy Spirit. God gave us the gift of the Holy Spirit through Christ’s sacrifice so that we could both be conduits of His power and experience that transformative power in our own lives. Surrendering to the work of the Holy Spirit completely means surrendering to His will to change our lives and all that is around us. When we fail to invite Him fully into our hearts and lives, we prevent the very move of God that will change us and the world.

It’s time for the body of Christ around the world to surrender to the movement of the Holy Spirit in our lives and churches in the same way people in Russia are surrendering their lives to the Lord for the first time. Their hunger for God is intense and desperate. Today, be just as intense and desperate for God. Let Him hear you ask for more of Him, and be ready to receive all He has for you and the community you serve.

Finally, when you pray, please continue to intercede for the churches in Russia. Everything is changing but the harvest, and God is doing exciting things there, just as He will do in and through you.

You’re beautiful! I see Jesus in you. Have a great week!

Mikel French has challenged spiritual awakening all across America, where many celebrations extended into multiple weeks, and has conducted celebrations in France, Sweden, Russia, Romania, Poland, Ukraine, Moldova, Serbia, Germany, South Africa, Malawi, the Philippines, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Haiti, Japan, Singapore, India and Thailand. He conducted an outreach celebration in Manila, Philippines, reaching 200,000 teenagers with the book of hope. Through the generous support of partners, he has presented the message of Jesus Christ to millions of people in the nation of Russia through televised citywide soul-winning celebrations. Mikel considers it an honor to assist in conducting the annual pastor’s conference, where thousands of pastors from Russia’s 11 time zones come for training, teaching and equipping. Mikel and his wife, Marsha, reside in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

God’s Best from Hawaii, Love in Jesus, Ken<>< www.Trinity-Aloha.org

Faith

Aloha Saints, Sinners, Friends and Family, 5/9/18

FAITH: Across my desk this came today: Worth Considering:

Today’s Scripture
“…God, who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did.”
(Romans 4:17, NKJV)

One thing I’ve learned is that God calls the things that are not as if they already are. He doesn’t call you what you are; He calls you the way He sees you. That’s because He creates with His words, and you do, too.

When I stepped up to pastor the church after my father went to be with the Lord, I’d never ministered before. I was afraid. I felt unqualified, inexperienced and intimidated. The whole time, on the inside, I could hear that still, small voice saying, “Joel, you are well able. You can do all things. You have what it takes. You are strong in the Lord.” God was calling me something that I was not. I was not strong and bold and confident. I was weak, insecure and intimidated. Somehow, I had the faith to believe what God said about me. It didn’t happen overnight, but little by little, I became what God called me.

Today, follow His example and call things that are not as though they are. Look through your eyes of faith and call it like you see it. Don’t use your words to talk about your situation; use your words to change your situation. Keep speaking words of faith, keep praying, keep believing and keep moving forward into the bright future He has for you!

A Prayer for Today
“Father God, today I choose to look through my eyes of faith and call things that are not as though they are. I declare victory over every area of my life no matter what is happening around me. Thank You for the gift of faith in Jesus’ name. Amen.”

My Comments:
Very Interesting times we live in…. The darkness is really getting darker and the light is really getting brighter just as the LORD said that it would prior to HIS return for HIS CHURCH. So what would be important if you knew that in exactly one week HE would be returning for you. I am not saying that is true, but that gives us an indication of how as Christians we are to live in these times. Much of what we are doing is based on our assumption that all things will continue in the future as in the past. But if you check out Luke 21 and Matt.24 we are are now getting very close to the closing of this age. ( Attached a white paper on future events if interested. )

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So read Hebrews 11 and then the following as I knew this father, John, personally as a great man of God. This is the dimension that we need to move into so as to grow up in Christ Jesus in all things and to be like HIM. Yours, in HIS great love and wonderful grace and mercy, Ken<>< www.Trinity-Aloha.org REVELATION 2

Words and Power

WORDS AND POWER 5/7/18
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Aloha Friends, and Family,

Across my desk and “WORTH CONSIDERING.”

“Now may the Lord’s strength be displayed, just as you have declared.” (Numbers 14:17, NIV)

Scripture tells us that there is creative power in the words we declare. In the same way that God created the world with His words in Genesis 1, we “create” our own world with our words. We can create an atmosphere of peace, joy, power and love with our words, or we can create an atmosphere of strife, confusion and defeat.

Today, I encourage you to use your words to open the door for God to move by declaring His Word over your life. Declare that His strength is at work in you. Declare that no weapon formed against you is going to prosper. As you declare God’s Word over your life, you’ll see it come to pass. You’ll feel His strength, joy and victory rising up inside of you so that you can embrace the life of blessing He has prepared for you.

A Prayer for Today
“Father, I recognize that there is creative power in the words that I speak. Help me, by Your Spirit, to use my words for good. Remind me to always declare Your truth over my life and over the lives of others. I bless You today and always in Jesus’ name. Amen.”

My Comments:
Proverbs 18:21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof..

Our Words? Are they full of faith and encouragement or full of condemnation, discouragement and death. Are we using the gift of faith that we are born with to build or to destroy. Do a study on word and words in the New Testament and especially read the little book of James. This is an area that just about every person I know, who feels they are a Christian, need some help. At times I find myself into digging up stuff that I have told for years where I try to build my ego and have to put a hand over my mouth…. Only being said for my glory and elevation and not HIS and usually destructive to some one else. And then there is the cycle of complaining, often to become an obsession. Such a destructive wast of time. James records how can good water and bad come from the same fountain. Give your WORDS to the LORD as well as everything else if you want God’s best blessings on your life.

Be Blessed in your day, Ken<>< www.Trinity-Aloha.org

WEAKNESS (#9)

Aloha from Papa Ken<>< (My Grandfather was called Papa Andrew, so seems I am now about the right age (85) to try his shoes on?) This came across my desk today and felt good to send also there is a very interesting scripture for me. Also another located in Paul's letter to the Church in Corinth as added to the bottom. The Holy Spirit used this one to help me find Salvation along with the next chapter2 & 3. “And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness...” (Romans 8:26, NLT) Sometimes, people get distracted by what they consider to be a disadvantage or weakness in their lives. It may be something about their personality or looks that they don’t like. Or, maybe they’ve been through an unfair situation: a divorce, a bad business deal or a bad break. We all have things that can feel like disadvantages; things that make it harder on us. It may even be a physical handicap, and you can’t get around like you used to. But just because you have a “disadvantage,” just because you’ve been through a tough time doesn’t mean you’re supposed to sit back and settle where you are. God still has something great for you to do! He wants to show Himself strong in and through you, and He’s given you His Holy Spirit to equip you in this life. Today let the Holy Spirit help you when you feel weak. Let Him empower you with truth that will set you free. Stay in faith and don’t get negative toward yourself or your future. Let God take what you think is a liability and turn it into an asset! Let Him take what you think is a disadvantage and turn it around to be an advantage! Remember, you are more than a conqueror today and every day because He is strong in you! A Prayer for Today “Father, today I give You all that I am. I invite You into the weak places in my life so that You can turn them into strengths. Thank You for working in my life and filling me with faith and expectancy in Jesus’ name. Amen.” My Comments: 1 Cor.1: 26 For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: 27 But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; 28 And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: 29 That no flesh should glory in his presence. 30 But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: 31 That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord. Need to read the whole chapters 1-3, but this portion of scripture helped give me the faith to go on in Christ Jesus. Through faith, it gives me the certification that I can make it for I am chosen and qualified. Even stripped down, and without the facade* and I am sure you will also feel very qualified if you consider what is written. We all have an empty place that can only be filled with GOD !!!!. Yours, in His Great love, Ken<><

Blessings (#8)

ALOHA AND BLESSINGS,
THIS came across my desk today, very good, worth considering.
Personally,  I am going though something with a few foes talking stink and this was helpful for me.

Today’s Scripture
“…His favor is for a lifetime…, (Ps. 30:5, AMP)   Nice to always check the context.
(Contents without Context is Pretext.)

Psalms 30:1     I will extol thee, O Lord; for thou hast lifted me up, and hast not made my foes to rejoice over me.  2 O Lord my God, I cried unto thee, and thou hast healed me.  3 O Lord, thou hast brought up my soul from the grave: thou hast kept me alive, that I should not go down to the pit.  4 Sing unto the Lord, O ye saints of his, and give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness.  5 For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.  6 And in my prosperity I said, I shall never be moved.

( by others )
One definition of the word “favor” is an advantage for success. When you put God first, when you obey His commands, you open the door for His favor which means you have the advantage for success! Even if someone may have wronged you and it looks like they have the upper hand, even if it looks like things are never going to change, keep reminding yourself, “I have an advantage. God is in control of my destiny. He’s fighting my battles for me. He is my Vindicator. And it’s just a matter of time before things change in my favor.”

In Hebrews it says, “Don’t cast away your confidence.” One translation says “payday is coming.” In the difficult times, you have to remind yourself that payday is on the way! God is a faithful God. If you’ll keep doing the right thing, honoring Him and expecting His favor, God promises that He will pay you back. He will restore everything in your life that the enemy has stolen. Remember, you have the advantage today!

A Prayer for Today:  “Father, thank You for Your grace, mercy and everlasting favor. I open my heart and mind to You and receive everything You have for me. Thank You for favor and healing in every area of my life in Jesus’ name. Amen.”

Attached is a list of the characteristics o Christ Jesus that I sometime check to see how I am doing.
THERE IS BUT ONE CHURCH OF CHRIST JESUS AND ALL WHO LOVE AND OBEY HIM ARE MEMBERS.
Yours, in HIS great love and wonderful grace and mercy,   Ken<><   www.Trinity-Aloha.org

Jesus Character 50

Good

GOOD, (Biblical meaning:)

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Aloha Saints, Sinners, Friends and Family,

Across my desk and Worth Considering:

“The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way.”
(Psalm 37:23, KJV)

The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord! Many people today might find it difficult to see themselves as “good” in the eyes of God, but did you know that in the original Greek, this word means “strong” like a warrior? In other words, when you stand strong, when you are willing to fight the good fight of faith, you are giving God something to work with. He is ordering your steps. He’s making a way when there seems to be no way. He’s clearing a path for you, and He is delighting in you. That means He is pleased with your attitude of courage. He is pleased that you are taking a stand for what is right. He is pleased that you are putting Him first place and relying completely on Him. Remember, God loves your passion for Him. He loves it when you come boldly to His throne of grace. He is honored when you stand and fight the good fight of faith. If you are facing difficulty today, know that God wants to lift you up and give you His strength. Receive it by faith today. Dig your heels in knowing that He is ordering your steps; and when God is leading you, He’s always leading you in the path of victory!

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You for giving me Your supernatural joy and strength. I choose to stand strong in You no matter what is going on around me. I choose Your ways and thank You for ordering my steps. I bless You and praise You for Your goodness and faithfulness in Jesus’ name. Amen.”

WORTH CONSIDERING:
This bit of exhortation came in my mail a few days ago but it does not define “GOOD.” We have an awful time with that word. If emotionally applied, as we usually do, we all feel we are good, mostly. But if we find GOD’s definition of Good in the New Testament, most of us would be in serious trouble. The only true way to know what GOD’s means by GOOD is to look to Jesus and to follow HIS and HIS disciples commandments. I have yet to hear a sermon preached on the Commandments of Christ Jesus… Have you? In James we are told that a “GOOD” man can, through prayer, even change the weather. So as you deeply consider the following bit of truth, take an inventory through the New Testament of what GOD considers GOOD. You will find it is much different than what we are mostly conforming to. In the beginning The Creator was intent in making man in HIS image and likeness. In John’s little letters you will find that HE is still on track with the same intent. So please check out the New Testament as to what GOD considers GOOD for there in is HIS blessings. Love you much in Jesus, Ken<>< www.Trinity-Aloha.org Strong's Greek: 18. ἀγαθός (agathos) -- good - Bible Hub biblehub.com/greek/18.htm Strong's Concordance. agathos: good. Original Word: ἀγαθός, ή, όν. Part of Speech: Adjective Transliteration: agathos. Phonetic Spelling: (ag-ath-os') Short Definition: good. Definition: intrinsically good, good in nature, good whether it be seen to be so or not, the widest and most colorless of all words with this meaning. Strong's Greek: 2570. καλός (kalos) -- beautiful, good - Bible Hub biblehub.com/greek/2570.htm Short Definition: beautiful, good, worthy. Definition: beautiful, as an outward sign of the inward good, noble, honorable character; good, worthy, honorable, noble, and seen to be so. HELPS Word-studies. 2570 kalós – attractively good; good that inspires (motivates) others to embrace what is lovely (beautiful, praiseworthy.)

Pride in Ministry

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PRIDE IN MINISTRY: 4/17/18
It is getting more and more difficult to really know whether a minister is for real or just trying to be a religious guru and spellbinder for the praise and coins of this world. I came across this today and felt it worth sending along as sort of a score card. Of course leviathan simple mean a serpent or from the dark side. Rather simple but a very good reminder. Much love in Jesus, Ken<>< www.Trinity-Aloha.org 10 Signs of a Preacher Who's Influenced by a Leviathan spirit 9:00AM EDT 4/14/2018 Ryan LeStrange "His scales are his pride, shut tightly as with a seal" (Job 41:15). The Jerusalem translations says, "His back is like shields of cast metal, scale pressing on scale." Leviathan's pride is in his scales. This spirit is proud of his ability to withstand attack. Preachers that become bound by a Leviathan spirit are haughty, arrogant and refuse correction. A Leviathan spirit comes to create monsters. It establishes pride in the hearts of men and women. Jesus walked in great glory because of the depth of His surrender. Over and over He declared that His will was the will of The Father. "For I came down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me" (John 6:38). Jesus walked in unprecedented glory because He was surrendered. He laid His life, His ministry, His calling down to do what His Father said. Glory preachers are passionate about the presence of God. Glory preachers love worship! Glory preachers go hard after God and all of His splendor. When Leviathan gets its hooks in the heart of a man or woman of God, toxic behavior unfolds. Here are some warning signs of a minister bound by a Leviathan spirit and walking in the wisdom of the world: 1. They boast more of their accomplishments than the man Jesus. The preaching of the gospel can include many facets, but the main aim should be to declare Jesus. Anytime a ministry becomes more about a person or personality, it has gotten off course. Leviathan will make it about a man rather than clearly lifting up the name of Jesus. 2. They are totally unaware of other streams, people and ministries. This is always a symptom of pride in ministry. Those bound by pride will feel a sense of exclusivity, as if what they are doing is the pinnacle of the kingdom. 3. They disregard age, wisdom and experience. To have longevity in ministry takes the right building materials. One of the keys is listening to wisdom and those who have stood faithful for years. Leviathan blocks the ears of people to wisdom and shuns experience. It refuses to honor pioneers. 4. They use gifts and revelation to establish superiority. Gifts and revelation flow freely in the presence of God. They are given to serve the body not to exalt a person. We as believers are called to honor vessels chosen and anointed by God but there must be balance in the hearts of those ministering. 5. They don't worship anymore. They are too good for the presence of God. They haven't had time on their face in a meeting in years; their knees have no callouses. Glory people love the presence of God. They will bow, run, kneel and lay before the Lord. Leviathan grips a leader and causes them to lose their passion for worship and altar ministry. Leaders need the presence of God. 6. They don't admit mistakes but point out flaws in everyone else. Transparency is an asset. Pride refuses to admit a mistake. 7. They never get in anyone else's prayer lines. Ministers need ministry! They need the laying on of hands, the gifts of the Spirit and the recharging of their spiritual batteries. If they can pray for everyone else but not receive it, that is a symptom of pride. 8. They demand everything of everyone but they pour out and give the minimum. Ministers are servants. They should have a heart to pour into God's people. 9. They have no longevity in leadership relationships. They can't stay planted under a quality leader. Leviathan will block submission instead demanding everyone to submit to the leader while he or she is not submitted. 10. They criticize everyone and everything but are immune to correction from other leaders. This is a key indicator of pride. Can they receive any type of healthy correction or input? What is the answer to being set free from the Leviathan spirit? Be a person who loves the presence of God. Daily break ties to pride and pray the Psalm 51 prayer: "God, create in me a clean heart!" Be willing to repent and allow God to restore you. As you seek His presence, pride will break, and HIS power and glory will flow.

Integrity

Aloha Saints, Sinners, Family and Friends.

Good Message for all of us.

INTEGRITY:
Seems like I would have graduated this school by now at 85? That my yes’s should always yes and my No’s are always NO! But with just a little time and if rationalization sets in, Integrity still sometimes gets flushed. I bought some tiny nuts and bolts the other day at a mega hardware store. Small so stuffed them in my pocket. Less than a buck, no big deal. Forgot to pay for them. Now I don’t have the bag or remember which store or what they were, LOL… We make a commitment for 9 AM and get there at 11 or the next day or not at all. James tells us that the tongue is the most difficult member of our body to bridle. How often the LORD’s witness or HIS Integrity is trashed by our lack of understanding of how important our word, as a Christian, is to others. Our Integrity is folks seeing HIM in us. How often we tend to manipulate the truth of a story so that we are honored among our friends. The INTEGRITY of our Lord Jesus is awesome as you read about HIS life in the Gospels. HE is our example: WWJD? Basically the world has dismissed Jesus as Lord due to the lack of integrity and obedience of HIS disciples. How often we must return to the LORD for forgiveness for our lack of Integrity. Love you much in Jesus, Ken<><

From another source:

“The Lord judges the people; judge me, O Lord, and do me justice according to my righteousness [my rightness, justice, and right standing with You] and according to the integrity that is in me.”
(Psalm 7:8, AMPC)

The Power of Integrity

Integrity is a powerful attribute in the life of the believer. Integrity means that you are dependable. You are a person of your word. You’re consistent and honest.

You might say, “Oh, I’m a pretty good person. I do the right thing most of the time.” But understand, it’s the little foxes that spoil the vine. You can veer off course just a little bit, and before you know it, you’re miles away from your destination. Don’t allow the little things to keep you from your destiny; choose integrity—even when no one is looking. For instance, you might need some paper at home, but you shouldn’t take supplies from the office. Or, you might be running into a store for just a minute, but don’t park in the handicap parking spot unless you’re supposed to. If the checkout clerk makes a mistake and gives you too much money back, that’s not God’s provision, that’s a test of integrity! Remember, if you’ll be faithful and choose integrity in the little things, God will make you ruler over much. Be a person of integrity and open the door for God’s blessing and honor all the days of your life!

A Prayer for Today
“Father, today I commit to live a life of integrity. I choose a life of excellence and ask for Your hand of favor. Show me any area that is not pleasing to You so that I can continue to grow and increase in You in Jesus’ name. Amen.”

Psalm 119:4–6

Aloha Saints, Sinners, Family and Friends,   4/4/18 Psalm 119:4–6….

Early in my 1955  Christian experience, Bob Newkerk, challenged me to memorizes scripture.  The first scripture that I was given to memorize was from Psalms 119;9-11.

Psalm 119:9-11 (KJV) 9     Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word.  10 With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not wander from thy commandments.  11 Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.

And I never forgot what was placed there so many years ago.  But the depth of meaning was not really as clear then as it is today.  Jesus said, “If we keep his commandments we love him. and that HIS commandments would not be difficult and why call HIM Lord and not do what he teaches us to do.”  Yet in all my years of church going I have never heard a sermon preached on the Commandments of Christ Jesus ???  Or the process of humility and obedience in how to keep those commandments.  Even though they are salted throughout the the New Testament but I am beginning to feel it would be good to make a list and see what it looks like.  The primary reason that we have been born in time is to find our Spiritual Connection and grow up to be like GOD.  Is not that what the WORD said in the creation story; that we were created in the image of GOD, Gen.1:26-27.  So actually God, The Word, Christ who is now Christ Jesus is still on track to get the job done in us who will allow HIM complete HIS work with us.

One of the things that Jesus commanded was, “But you, when you pray, enter your closet, and when you have shut your door to pray, pray to your Father who is in secret” (Matt. 6:6a). This doesn’t mean you can’t pray while driving to work or walking in the woods. But you need a quiet place in order to focus. Turn off the phone.   Getting to hear the voice of the LORD above all the other static takes time and commitment, John  10:26-28.  There are many voices that come to us.  Our own, some times demonic, voices of family and friends from long ago trying to help or hurt.   Once you get tuned in and know it is HIS voice as one of HIS sheep it is a blessed time of John 17 Unity.

Last week I was taking time out with the LORD as for me it is much different than I was taught was prayer.  Nothing formal, not on my knees but relaxed and looking forward to the time.  Anyway, during a time of listening (try to listen a lot.)  The voice in my mind said, “I want you to write a book.”  And rather surprised as my grammar is bad and my spelling worse.  So I came back with, ? On what subject?” and in my mind thinking that I had a bad connections that I have to watch out for.  And the voice said very lovingly and kind, “How to Be Like Jesus.”….  Red Flag went up…!!!  My reply was,   “me???,    I have bad grammar and poor spelling” and finished with, “I would have to go there first” with a little snicker.  And the voice came back with laughing and joy, “Exactly what I had in mind.”  So I am still rattling around with that one from my prayer time but it is Biblical, 1 John 4:17.  In fact that is exactly what John is sharing with us in his three little letters.  And exactly what The Creator had in Mind in the beginning.

So send me you thoughts on this and any commandments that you remember.   Love you much in Jesus,   Ken<><   www.Trinity-Aloha.org