February 18th, 2014 by Lucas Dickson // No Comments

Today I woke up and began to just think about what God looks like to me. Then I got really convicted. I have so down played who my God really is! Is He just a painting on the wall? Somebody I go to when there is nobody else? How about just a necklace on my neck. Everyone will wear a cross, and it scares me how our nation has so down played the cross! Is the most time we spend with him in a day, just when we bless the food? I had to ask myself, do I even know him? How can we just go to church and not be moved!? My heart breaks when I think that we can read his word, and not be broken.. Is God not HOLY? KING of KINGS, LORD of LORDS ,or is He just all head knowledge and no intimacy? When He speaks mountains are moved, all of creation is in awl of him, He is the beginning and the end!! His eyes are full of fire! The earth is his foot stool!! All of heaven cries out to him!! He sits on a throne with angles crying HOLY,HOLY,HOLY 24/7.. Out of his mouth is

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a two edge sword! He gave the greatest gift!! His life!! He loves us and want to show us that everyday! He is so much more than we make him out to be. He is God!! Let him be God!! He is jealous over you! Passionate for you!!


February 17th, 2014 by Lucas Dickson // No Comments

I have heard my whole life about the story of Peter when he went to walk on water,but this weekend at the Shift conference I saw this in a whole new way! I know in my life I have fell over and over and thought that was it. Peter was in a storm on the water when jesus appeared and they were all afraid. Then jesus spoke to Peter and said come to me! I know many times in my life I have found myself in a storm and The Lord spoke to me to move on faith but I would not even get out of the boat. The Bible

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says He was at a far that there was some distance between The Lord and the boat. Pastor Dale Augusta spoke about this and talked about how Peter had to make it close to the arms of Jesus because the Bible says he reached down with his hand and grabbed Peter. It stirred something on the inside of me.I thought of how many times I have got close to being fully wrapped in Jesus and then fall being fully engulfed by sin. No where to turn! LOST! I’m so thankful for a God that knows just when to reach his hand down a rescue me!


February 17th, 2014 by Lucas Dickson // No Comments

The bible says in Luke 12 that our Lord is distressed until the kindling of a flame. We have enough explosions in the body of Christ! We need a fire that is sustained in a generation! That last a life time not just a moment!


January 21st, 2014 by Lucas Dickson // No Comments

Matthew 16:19 And I will give unto you they keys to the kingdom of heaven: So that whatever is bound on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatever is  you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven..

While reading this scripture, I began to ask myself what does this mean?  I believe that  we are  his children that whatever we declare on earth  all the heavens back us! The greatest army in all the universe! That so excites me that when we pray all of heaven is for us. If that does not boost your confidence and increase your faith nothing will.

 


January 20th, 2014 by Lucas Dickson // No Comments

Monday 1/20/14:  Matthew 5:3 Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

 Tuesday 1/21/14 :Matthew 5:4 Blessed are those who mourn: for they shall comforted.

Wednesday 1/22/14 :Matthew 5:5  Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit a earth.

Thursday 1/23/14 :Matthew 5:6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.

Friday 1/24/14 :Matthew 5:7 Blessed are merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.

Saturday 1/25/14 :Matthew 5:8 Blessed are the pure in heart: for they see God

Sunday 1/26/14 :Matthew 5:9 Blessed are the peacemakers: for the shall be call the children of God.


January 20th, 2014 by Lucas Dickson // No Comments

1 Samuel 5

 

I read this the other day and had to take a close look at things in my life that I put to much value in.Such as, girlfriends,boyfriends, phone,friends,sports,and I had to ask my self  hmmm Idols? What are they ,and what do they look like? I personal believe that Idols are things that we try to place in the same spots or above Jesus. Just to give you a little back drop. 1 Samuel 5 is where the Israelites have lost the Ark of the Covenant , and the Philistines have now carried it into their land standing it before their god Dagon.  When they woke up Dagon was on his face, so they stood him back up. On the second morning Dagon was again on his face with no hands or head, so they began to panic and wanted to send it out of Ashdod. Which the Philistines rightly won over the Ark of the Covenant. As people we have the right to have girlfriends, boyfriends, phones,cars, ect. but as Christians we have to know that all things are from The Lord. If we place things above God we lose covenant with him which is our right to have a personal relationship with God. Without that relationship we will be without that peace that we are suppose to carry as Christians, so if your lacking that just be encouraged take a look at what you spend your time in ,and what you place your values in!!!


January 17th, 2014 by Lucas Dickson // No Comments

Acts 9 1-15

Our generation has so dulled down the power of a encounter! We have put limits on the movements of our God! Saul (paul) was traveling on the road to Damascus, when a light from heaven fell upon him and his men. Saul then fell upon his face where he was blinded,and had to be lead to the road call Straight.  He was blinded for three days.Then god sent a man to break the scales off of his eyes. He had a encounter that change his identity. Within that week he was preaching the Gospel that he hated. A Encounter! WOW! Which is still burning to this day; still living and changing lives till this day! With just a encounter! Our God is the same today,yesterday,and forevermore! That same Encounter is able to happen today!


June 24th, 2013 by Jonathan Thompson // No Comments

For all y’all busters that don’t live a laid down life. Don’t wanna pay the price to be a true disciple. Never wanna give never, never wanna sow, just wanna look a certain way before the people Saul. Nah I’m messing with y’all but for real though. One of the hardest things a person can do is actually walk out real Christianity.  Even harder is to uphold the masquerade without the enabling grace & power of the Holy Ghost.  Giving God  98% of your life is torture. God’s Holy Spirit won’t stay in an unclean vessel. (He may visit but not remain & dwell) Most people don’t even try living holy anymore. We base our standard on other people’s flaws instead of the perfect God. The Great I AM, who in comparison to His Vibrancy, all the angels in heaven are considered dull. We say “I this, but at least I don’t that” When really sin is sin & our judgment is our judgment. We think we know what God wants; “if I do enough good to outweigh the bad I’ll be alright.” If we even could, that’s still our strength and we wouldn’t be able to sustain it.. He promises us that His strength is made perfect in our weakness. He said a broken and contrite heart He would never despise. He opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.  But we like the front..  We’re like children walking around in grown folk’s clothes. Not knowing everyone around us can see how ridiculous we look. Choosing to make believe instead of stretch where we are and grow. There is a time its ok for us to learn that our shoes are on the wrong feet, however it doesn’t make a difference what foot your shoes are on when there waaay too big. Both are ridiculous & by now we should be tying other people’s shoes. it’s too late to kick rocks.. We will never learn pretending we know. We’re not gonna make it unless we learn to love reproof. It’s one thing to pretend, it’s another to live in deception. Its profitable to listen, not regurgitate what we’ve herd other great men of God say until were living it. When you talk about something people assume you’re actually living it. It’s really easy to hurt some people really bad if you’re not careful.   Instead of being effective we would rather keep our veneer.  We prefer playing the game over trusting The One who is able to keep us from falling and present us blameless before His glory with grateful jubilation. Grateful cause we know what we have earned & deserved. Jubilant cause even after we swallowed the bait, we got off the hook. The wages of sin is still death, but God stopped the clock. “Your mercy will be remembered forever.” Unfailing love tore through the gulf fixed between flesh and Spirit “Lord I’ll never forget.” When we live grateful we marvel at what God  has done. This keeps us humble, able to love & receive more.. Loves service never falls short of Duty. Its motive is joy not obligation. Its demand is Jealous not halfhearted. Stop eye hustling the anointing, pay the price. Get crushed. You can keep admiring that pure white linen suit or you buy it. Value is determined but how much you’re willing to pay for something. It’s impossible to say you value something if you don’t change your life style around it. Take for example a brand new car with a fresh paint job that you paid for. You pull up to the restaurant,  find a spot in the back of the lot probably double park and walk a little further to ensure that your investment is properly stewarded, Amen? We’ve been given a fresh clean slate, Jesus Christ our righteousness. We treat repentance like the dentist. After a cleaning anxious to bite into something or we put it off until the pain is unbearable.  We want people to care about our situation but we don’t care about anything. We live in a generation where people build their name on how much they don’t care. We want people to help us, yet never lift a finger to help anybody unless its family or we know they would do the same for us..  The Holy Spirit of God really wants to bring us to a place of maturity. He wants us to get where we don’t only think me & I. When we truly care about being a hand out of a mess maybe then God will give us a hand out of ours. There’s a cycle of doing wrong and feeling bad about it.(that is unless you have a seared conscience through belief in a false grace doctrine or have a reprobate mind) The first thing is, call sin sin, repent, and get back in the game. As long as were focused on our sin we’re still glorifying it. We can live in self loathing or we can remove the beam from our own eye. Then in the spirit of meekness, restore our brothers to a right place with God.  If we remember where we were five minutes ago, we’ll have enough compassion to help someone out of the same sinking sand we were just in. If we do this we won’t act like somebody didn’t help us out of a similar mess. Until we’re obedient (faithful) with the measure we have, why would God trust us with more? God has Your Right where you are. He knows like I know what I can handle. Lets be honest with ourselves, if I wasn’t right where I am, I would soon be crushed by the weight of ministry or by the devil slowly sneaking in. God is more patient with us than we are with ourselves. We wanna be somewhere that will kill us if we don’t have the character to maintain it. Sometimes God gives us a taste to smoke us out. It’s easy to like what we see but what the surface doesn’t show is the years of faithfulness it took to get somebody where they are. With out faithfulness success will only be a flash in a pan instead of an ever-burning fire. That’s why we like looking from the outside. window shopping. It doesn’t cost us.. The great façade can’t fool God


May 16th, 2013 by Jonathan Thompson // No Comments

Instead of misquoting scriptures.. I’ve copied them word for word. theres enough there to weed out all the people that aren’t hungry for the Word. Please, take time & read them. It will help you understand where this blog’s roots lie, not in my personal opinion but in the rock solid truth of God’s own holy Word. If the Bible, even through different languages & translations, isn’t the infallible Word of God. Then there is no foundation, and nothing solid to build anything on, & every thing is opinion. Let’s be honest, just like parachute pants & the Macarena, outside of antique novelties, our opinions don’t stand the test of time. I thank God for not changing. Way before electricity, sliced bread and the wheel, God was jealously defending pure Love (1 Corinthians13, John 14:15-15:13)

There it was–the true Light [was then] coming into the world [the genuine, perfect, steadfast Light] that illumines every person. He came into the world, and though the world was made through Him, the world did not recognize Him [did not know Him]. He came to that which belonged to Him [to His own--His domain, creation, things, world], and they who were His own did not receive Him and did not welcome Him. But to as many as did receive and welcome Him, He gave the authority (power, privilege, right) to become the children of God, that is, to those who believe in (adhere to, trust in, and rely on) His name– Who owe their birth neither to bloods nor to the will of the flesh [that of physical impulse] nor to the will of man [that of a natural father], but to God. [They are born of God!] (John 1:9-13 AMP)

“NOW THERE was a certain man among the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler (a leader, an authority) among the Jews, Who came to Jesus at night and said to Him, Rabbi, we know and are certain that You have come from God [as] a Teacher; for no one can do these signs (these wonderworks, these miracles–and produce the proofs) that You do unless God is with him. Jesus answered him, I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, that unless a person is born again (anew, from above), he cannot ever see (know, be acquainted with, and experience) the kingdom of God. Nicodemus said to Him, How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter his mother’s womb again and be born? Jesus answered, I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, unless a man is born of water and [even] the Spirit, he cannot [ever] enter the kingdom of God. What is born of [from] the flesh is flesh [of the physical is physical]; and what is born of the Spirit is spirit.” (John 3:1-6 AMP)

“And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert [on a pole], so must [so it is necessary that] the Son of Man be lifted up [on the cross], In order that everyone who believes in Him [who cleaves to Him, trusts Him, and relies on Him] may not perish, but have eternal life and [actually] live forever! For God so greatly loved and dearly prized the world that He [even] gave up His only begotten (unique) Son, so that whoever believes in (trusts in, clings to, relies on) Him shall not perish (come to destruction, be lost) but have eternal (everlasting) life. For God did not send the Son into the world in order to judge (to reject, to condemn, to pass sentence on) the world, but that the world might find salvation and be made safe and sound through Him. He who believes in Him [who clings to, trusts in, relies on Him] is not judged [he who trusts in Him never comes up for judgment; for him there is no rejection, no condemnation--he incurs no damnation]; but he who does not believe (cleave to, rely on, trust in Him) is judged already [he has already been convicted and has already received his sentence] because he has not believed in and trusted in the name of the only begotten Son of God. [He is condemned for refusing to let his trust rest in Christ’s name.] The [basis of the] judgment (indictment, the test by which men are judged, the ground for the sentence) lies in this: the Light has come into the world, and people have loved the darkness rather than and more than the Light, for their works (deeds) were evil. For every wrongdoer hates (loathes, detests) the Light, and will not come out into the Light but shrinks from it, lest his works (his deeds, his activities, his conduct) be exposed and reproved. But he who practices truth [who does what is right] comes out into the Light; so that his works may be plainly shown to be what they are–wrought with God [divinely prompted, done with God’s help, in dependence upon Him]“. (John 3:14-21 AMP)

These scriptures show us a portion of what “Salvation” is, in a very practical way. Before I get too far into this, I just wanna acknowledge how cliche and diluted words like “Christian” “freedom” “Salvation” “born again” “new creation” and other buzzwords have become. I pray this brings a new vibrancy to these key words, and brings a fresh breath to our new life in Christ. Now after laying out the Scripture references clearly, I would like to speak to you from the Word (Jesus) that lives inside of me.
In the first scripture John talks about Jesus being the light. And everyone who receives The Light (namely Himself) He gives the privilege of becoming the Sons of God. That is, when we truly begin to rely on His name we can be sure that we are not born of the will of the flesh (because God knows when I followed my fleshly impulses, there is no way I would be writing this. If I was still “born of,” that is following, the flesh I would be with a woman & smoking crack right now.) Im sure not born of the will of men. (If it was up to let’s say, my parents, they had good plans for my life. Go through school maybe join the military, or go to college.) but being born of Gods will. (The will inside the will. The perfect will of God) I’ve been taken captive by the wonderful Love of Jesus. And I never wanna be set free.

In the second scripture I referenced, Jesus is talking to Nicodemus. Jesus tells him “no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are “born again.” Nicodemus asks Jesus “how can an old person be born? Crawl back into his mother womb?” I love that he doesn’t pretend to know what Jesus is talking about. He was willing to ask. I’m learning to do this. To ask the Holy Spirit questions, ask the One who will teach us all things (1John 2:20) Then Jesus tells him ” You can be sure, unless you are born of water and of the Spirit you will not be able to inter the kingdom of heaven” From this passage you could talk about being born of water being the broken water from a mothers womb or baptism. Being born of the Spirit; speaking in other tongues or being slain in the Spirit (falling out under the power of the Holy Ghost) you could say being born of the Spirit happens in full measure when you accept Jesus. This is a side note that I wanna add.. If we accept Jesus we are saved, being saved, and will be saved. Our Spirits were “saved” on the day we accept Jesus. Our souls (our own will, thought-life, & emotions) are being saved (Hebrews 7:25) through sanctification and regeneration (the process of transforming our minds Romans 12) Our bodies will be saved @ the second coming of Christ.(Mathew 24:13) When all the dead in him will arise. Just because we’re on the topic of Salvation.
I would say being you can be assured you are “born of the Spirit” when there is a vibrant encounter (inner witness) when you call to mind

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(recollect) the attributes of God (how faithful He’s been, how He loves mercy, how He never changes, how awesome, powerful and mighty he is, how when you look up at the sky and ask “who am I that You are even mindful of me?” His majesty and good leadership) AMEN, HALLELUYAH!

The part in the 3rd piece of scripture I would like to highlight states that whoever “believes” in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life. Later in the excerpt it says that Jesus didn’t come to condemn the world but to redeem it, and to those who confide in Him there is no judgement ; But the ones who don’t believe are judged already by the fact that the Light has come and they loved the darkness rather than light. Every one who loves darkness hates light because when the lite of truth comes it corrects & changes the darkness. So If you wanna keep your dirt you hide it under the rug. When we learn to practice truth (tattling on ourself) we can (even before we are out of sin physically) begin to appose it by exposing it. Expose it to the light of the Word, to the throne of grace in prayer, as expose it to Spiritual Authority (pastor, elder, mom & dad) in your life. I find no chasm fixed between belief in Jesus and “practicing truth.” It is showing us practically how to walk out our belief. You wanna appose it expose it. Not revealing is hiding and hiding is agreeing. What we don’t kill will continue and what continues will grow until it consumes us.
You wanna win the war with sin?
The secret weapon is confession.
The reason we have to be “Born Again” is because were dead in our sin. (Col. 2:13) it’s time for Ressurection
When we’re born of God his DNA spreads like an infection.
We’ll call this the Inception.


May 16th, 2013 by Jonathan Thompson // No Comments

May 16th – All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes, but the Lord weighs the spirit. (Proverbs 16:2 ESV)

May 17th – Arise, shine; For your light has come! And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you. (Isaiah 60:1 NKJV)

May 18th – Because of the fragrance of your good ointments, Your name is ointment poured forth; Therefore the virgins love you. (Song of Solomon 1:3 NKJV)

May 19th – Listen, my beloved brethren: did not God choose the poor of this world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom which He promised to those who love Him? (James 2:5 NASB)

May 20th – But the goal of our instruction is love from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith. (1 Timothy 1:5 NASB)

May 21st – Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving; (Colossians 4:2 KJV)

May 22nd – Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline; therefore be zealous and repent. (Revelation 3:19 NASB)