A Little Kneeology.….. Acts 19:13 (Msg) Some itinerant Jewish exorcists who happened to be in town at the time tried their hand at what they assumed to be Paul’s “game.” They pronounced the name of the Master Jesus over victims of evil spirits, saying, “I command you by the Jesus preached by Paul!”
I really love this passage of Scripture about the sons of Sceva and their trying to do the things of God without His anointing and power. It also serves to me as a reminder that unless it is all about God from beginning to end, don’t try it. We all should be familiar with the caution in Romans 11:25 of thinking too highly of ourselves and likewise, our authority and power. If our spiritual cord is not plugged in to the power of God we had better think twice about taking on the devil and his demons. Consequently, it also reminds me that unless I keep my focus on that which He has empowered and called me to then it is going to be blessed. It is when I get to thinking that I am going to do things my way and that “I disease” infects His ministry with “My ministry” I am going to see trouble for sure. The sons of Sceva sought to use the name of Jesus based on what they had heard of instead of a faith testimony of what they have experience personally of the power of God. Although it is great to hear, to know of what others have experienced of the Gospel but until we have that inner first-hand experience of the power of God, until we have submitted ourselves fully as a vessel of His power, we are operating on empty. A few weeks ago, God gave me a word that has become very vital to my daily ministry effort, “To experience Me, You must be where I am!” As a result of that word, I make sure to make several audits of my position daily, checking to see if I am trying to do things on my effort or am I submitting everything to God’s directions and plan. I could fill many journal pages with testimony of times that I tried do things on my own and likewise many more pages of successful ministry as I submitted myself to the Lord’s provision and power. I am sure that I have gone the long way around saying that as long as we move in the direction of God’s individual plan for us, in faith, and not moving on someone else’s success of ministry, then and only then can do the work that He has given us. It seems to be a fad of folks reading or hearing about another’s success in a particular ministry and then our trying to jump off into the same without the calling and without the anointing for that particular ministry. Let’s be sure to submit ourselves to that which He has called us and empowers us. Amen?
If you have heard me speak, you know that I always mention, especially to leaders, the importance of your quiet time with Christ daily so the Holy Spirit can speak into your spirit the things that Christ has for you that day. (Rom 8:16 The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God,)
Heb 1:1-2 directs us “God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, 2 has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds (NKJV)
How does Christ speak to us? Through his word and through the Holy Spirit.
Jesus said an astonishing thing in John 16:7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you. (NKJV) When the Son of God says it’s best for him to get out of the way, we had better listen carefully!
His plan was to send someone who could help us in our Christian walk: The Holy Spirit.
Jesus spoke in John 16:13-15 However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. 14 He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you. 15 All things that the Father has are Mine. Therefore I said that He will take of Mine and declare it to you. ( NKJV)
I recently sent a word (attached) that the Lord gave me for TMCI this year. One of the opening lines was “…the key is to draw even closer to Christ”. Another key phrase in the Word I received is “This is a year of substantial blessing on those who are obeying the Word of God that is given to them”. I feel in my spirit that God is about to give a special word to all TMCI people who take the time to listen to his still small voice. We them must act on that word. We must pray it, and speak it so that it will not come back void. God is releasing much revelation this coming year and it will truly be a year of great spiritual and numerical growth for those who act on the word that God gives them.
I am believing for a great move of God this year in all TMCI ministries.
Be blessed in all that you do,
Bishop Bob Coulter
TMCI – The Missionary Church International, P.O.Box 1761, Columbia, South Carolina 29202
Genesis 12:2 (Msg) (God speaking to Abraham)
I’ll make you a great nation and bless you. I’ll make you famous; you’ll be a blessing.
God spoke these words to Abraham in forming His chosen people. As I read these words I draw a “command” or to be more politically correct, a directive. I read into this verse, “Go and be a blessing”.
As we all enjoy speaking to others about the blessings that we have received, how God has worked in our lives, it seems that although we should be grateful and certainly celebrate our blessings, we must also be a blessing to others. As we are a blessing to others we are extending God’s grace and glory for others to experience so that they too can be a blessing to others. It is supposed to be a continuous cycle of sharing and of folks realizing God’s goodness. I really love the prayer requests that come in from folks asking God to use them to bless others. It is a sign to me of their focus and the intent of their ministry. Blessings beget blessings. In our being blessed, God means for us to serve as a conduit sharing His grace and glory with others. I like to think of it as “blessing tag”. Often the process gets bogged down as our greater focus is on self and just how much more we can be blessed and therefore we remain in the receiving mode instead of passing it on.
One of the regular evaluators for our ministry efforts at Rushing Wind is that of reviewing just how the different facets of ministry is blessing others, how is it passing the experience of God’s grace and glory on to others. It is most often that one comes to know God through blessings. Blessings, the realization of receiving, make God real and creates the desire to know Him in much deeper ways. It is vital in all of our ministries for us to help folks understand the source of their blessings. We must be in a constant audit of how we are passing on blessings. Anything that does not extend the grace and glory of God, that doesn’t focus on Kingdom building must be discarded. In fact, God’s calling on our lives and for our ministries is all about extending His glory and blessings so that others will seek to know Him up close and personal. Let us keep on keeping it on.
The Lord gave me a word for TMCI for this year:
This is a year of growth both spiritually and numerically. The key is to draw even closer to Christ. To listen intensely to His small voice. The world will see chaos; you will see the peace of Christ in all that you do.
Those who listen to worldly voices will falter; those who listen to the voice of God will have great success this year. Many will have increases in donations that will allow them to expand their ministries.
There will be a great move of God in all TMCI ministries that listen carefully to what the Spirit is saying. This is a year of substantial blessing on those who are obeying the Word of God that is given to them.
God is giving some new insight into His Word. Those who will take that insight and Word and speak God’s Word into their environment will see great changes. God’s Word will not come back void.
Isa 55:11 So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void,
But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it. (NKJV)
Speak with confidence and trust in the Lord with all your heart and expect God to move on your behalf.
Prov 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; 6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths. (NKJV)
Many are the blessings of the Lord on your ministry this year. Praise His Holy name!
Bishop Bob Coulter
Psalm 40:5 (Msg) The world’s a huge stockpile of GOD-wonders and God-thoughts. Nothing and no one comes close to you! I start talking about you, telling what I know, and quickly run out of words. Neither numbers nor words account for you.
If we were to believe all of the advertisements for products that we have heard during the Christmas shopping days one would think that we would be in pretty good shape. However, it is known that far too often the Christmas season brings a great deal of stress and anxiety into our lives because we are either searching for the perfect gift or hoping to receive that perfect gift. It seems like we really can’t see the forest for the trees in realizing the perfect gift.
By the time you receive this edition of the Prayer Warrior there is a good chance that your Christmas celebration will be over. The visitors will probably be on their way home or you are heading back to your own home. After all the busyness and as things settle down we have the opportunity to examine our gifts and the activities of recent days. The week between Christmas and the New Year is a great week to take some personal inventory time. I like to think of it as a time for pondering. In fact, as the Psalmist speaks of the “huge stockpile of God-wonders and God thoughts, it is a good time to just look back at the wonders of God we have experienced during the past year and to sort out all of our thoughts from the thoughts of God, getting back on track for the year to come.
Outside of spending some pondering time I find that it reminds me of all that I should be thankful for as God has provided during the past year that in my busyness I took for granted, and in spite of me getting in the way, His plans still carried me through. I know that without a doubt there probably have been several times during the past twelve months that I have allowed my thoughts to clutter me hearing His thoughts. From all of this pondering time and clearing my focus, it allows me to enter fresh into the New Year. It is a way of allowing for Psalm 46:10. Praying all had an awesome Christmas.
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Today I want to talk to you about the importance of the Word of God in your life.
3 John 2 Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers (NKJV)
Most people remember the first part of this verse, that you may prosper in all things and be in health, but have a tendency to overlook the last part of the verse just as your soul prospers.
What is the soul? It is your mind, will and emotions. It is important that we control what goes into our soul area.
I Thes. 5:23reminds us that we are made of spirit, soul and body.
God created man spirit, soul and body, His original plan was to communicate with man through His Spirit talking to the human spirit( Rom:8:16 ) The human spirit communicates with the soul which in turn tells the body what to do.
However, a problem occurred. Adam sinned and all of us became spiritually dead. We know that Satan likes to pervert things so our sinful nature (i.e., our flesh) started communicating to our soul which reverses the process God had ordained. So our five senses took over: if it sounded good, we did it; if it looked good, we did it; if it felt good, we did it, etc.
Now because Christ went to the Cross for our sins; and if we confess our sins and receive Him as Lord and Savior, we become spiritually alive and now God’s Spirit starts talking to our reborn human spirits. The problem we have is that we have been listening to our flesh for so many years that our flesh rejects the things of God. So the battle is for the mind. The question is: will our flesh win out or will the Word of God.
Paul exhorts us in Rom 12:1-2 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. NKJV
The only way we can get the victory is to get the Word of God into our lives; but Satan will do everything he can to prevent that.
Let’s look at Mark 4:13-20. Jesus had just told the parable of the seed sower and the disciples came to him and asked him to explain the parable.
In verse 13 he said something very astounding: 13 And He said to them, “Do you not understand this parable? How then will you understand all the parables?
He was saying this is very important: it is the key to understanding all the parables.
Then he tells the disciples that the seed represents the Word of God and it is being sown into people’s hearts.
Thus we see four types of people:
First are the ones found in verse 15 And these are the ones by the wayside where the word is sown. When they hear, Satan comes immediately and takes away the word that was sown in their hearts. Mathew 13:19 says they receive it without understanding. It is an emotional experience and look who comes to steal it -Satan. Satan’s number one goal is to steal your revelation.
The second type is found in verse 16 These likewise are the ones sown on stony ground who, when they hear the word, immediately receive it with gladness; 17 and they have no root in themselves, and so endure only for a time. Afterward, when tribulation or persecution arises for the word’s sake, immediately they stumble. They receive with gladness. They mentally assents but do not get into the word. They do not build that treasure of God’s word in their hearts. So when tribulation or persecution arise for what?-the word’s sake, they get discouraged and fall away. Satan wins again.
The third type is found in verse 18 Now these are the ones sown among thorns; they are the ones who hear the word, 19 and the cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires for other things entering in choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful. These are people who walk with the Lord for a period of time. They are faithful to the activities of the church, read their Bible, participate with Bible study but start falling away. A crisis may come into their life and they blame God or it may be the deceitfulness of riches. I have seen (and I am quite sure you have seen) people who pray for God to bless them and when He does instead of investing in the kingdom, they buy something to entertain themselves and they stop going to church because they are away doing something else on weekends. Or their hearts’ desires are turned to other things, like new fads, or new age philosophy. This is all done by Satan to choke out the word so that their testimony is ruined and they become unfruitful.
The fourth type of person is found in verse20 But these are the ones sown on good ground, those who hear the word, accept it, and bear fruit: some thirtyfold, some sixty and some a hundred. This are the people that receive the word with understanding apply the word to their lives and bear much fruit.
James 1:23 exhort us to be doers of the word. We must continually be putting the word of God in our hearts so we can get fresh revelation in our lives. Do not let Satan steal your revelation.
And the best way to keep Satan from stealing your revelation is to act on it immediately, to be doers of the word. Too many times, we lose the revelation because we wait to respond and the cares of the world, or the deceitfulness of riches or other things enter into our minds and crowds the revelation out.
What are you sowing into your heart? Godly things or fleshly things? In computer language they say “Garbage in garbage out”. What is in your heart will eventually come out.
Matt: 12:35 says A good man out of the good treasures of his heart brings forth good things, and evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things.
What are you sowing into your heart: good or bad things?
Some of you are getting crop failure. You do not like what you’re getting. Start planting the Word of God in your heart. Speak the Word against your problems, and claim the promises of God for your life, your family and your ministry
Remember there is no lack in God. He is for you and wants you to have an abundant life. But Satan has come to steal from and to try to kill you.
Get the Word in you and be doer of the Word. Do not let Satan steal your revelation but let God’s Word work in your life.
Bishop Bob Coulter
The book I would recommend this time is the book of Proverbs.
A Little Kneeology……
(Msg) Philippians 3:2 Steer clear of the barking dogs, those religious busybodies, all bark and no bite. All they’re interested in is appearances—
Last week I was in Galveston, TX ministering at the Lone Star Motorcycle Rally, one of the largest in the nation. Bikers For Christ set up prayer and blessing stops throughout the rally, praying for folks and praying over their bikes. We had banners up that simply said, “Need Prayer – Stop Here”. We greeted folks as they walked by saying “God Bless You” and when we recognized a veteran, we said, “Thank You For Your Service.” We did not hand out tracs to litter the ground, but did have some Biker Bibles for those who requested. We ministered to thousands each day, prayed with many.
Across the street were a group of non-bikers from the city who were dressed in prayer shawls, holding signs and banners of poles that spoke of God’s hate of sin and consequently God’s hate for the sinner. They shouted at folks who were going down the sidewalks and street drinking beer, smoking, or even some of the women who might be dressed rather skimpy how God despised them and how they were. The police intervened several times and finally an officer was stationed with them to keep the angry public from attacking them. I found myself wanting to thump them on the head pretty hard as they offered no recourse for God’s grace. They were stepping out in front of traffic, nearly causing some bikers to go down.
A young woman who was selling beer at a stand near our location came up to me and said, “That is what has kept me from the church. I love the way your people handle themselves and it is an encouragement to me.” I replied, “We try to use the ‘Jesus method’. Surprisingly, she said, “That’s the kind of people that put Jesus on the Cross.”
I guess what I am saying is, she might or might not have been a Christian but at least she knew what she expected a Christian to act like. As evangelists and ministers we must follow the example of Jesus when ministering. Our goal should always be to bring focus on Jesus, not ourselves. Our purpose must not be on our church or organization but on the Kingdom of God. Although God despises sin, we must speak of repentance, forgiveness, and grace. We must offer hope for all.
As I thought back on the words of the young lady, I had to agree that I too had been accosted by such folks in my younger days and that kept me from desiring to have anything to do with church, and for that matter, Christians. People that are broken, chained to the ways of sin, who are searching for truth need to know the true Jesus, not that which is conjured up by religious zealots.
In all things let us show the Jesus that the woman at the well encountered. He spoke of her sin, offered grace, and then sent her off to tell others about Him.
I find that re-reading 1 Peter 5:2-11 helps keep my ministry priorities in order. I read and meditate on this scripture at least four times a year.
1 Peter 5:2-11: 2 Shepherd the flock of God which is among you, serving as overseers, not by compulsion but willingly, not for dishonest gain but eagerly; 3 nor as being lords over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock; 4 and when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that does not fade away. 5 Likewise you younger people, submit yourselves to your elders. Yes, all of you be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility, for
“God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”
6 Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, 7 casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. 8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. 9 Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world. 10 But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you. 11 To Him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen. NKJV
Here are some of my reflections on this passage.
Verse two tells me. Shepherd the flock – First of all leaders must lead. That sounds simple, but what God is telling us is that we are responsible for the ministry and the people He has given us. We cannot default to someone else. I should be a willing leader and eagerly serve the people. Remember Jesus is our example as a leader. What did he say? For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Mark 10:45) We are not to serve because we going to get something out of it, but to serve so that God is glorified through us.
Verse three tells me. Not as being lords over … Not to be overbearing as a leader. As leaders, it is our responsibility to teach and lead our people into the vision God has given us. We do that by discovering their giftings and placing them into the part of the vision that will bring them success as they help fulfill the overall vision. As leaders, it is our responsibility to help all who are under our leadership to succeed, to help to bring victory to all who are involved. Then make sure we celebrate the victory and thank them for their service.
We also must be the godly example, as the TMCI ordination service says, “for the people under your care to follow-day in and day out-offering yourself always to be judged by those who need to meet the Lord”.
Verse Five and Six: submit yourselves to your elders. Yes, all of you be submissive to one another, Reminds us that we should submit to other believers especially those who are spiritually mature. I encourage you, like me, to get someone who will hold you accountable and is willing to ask the hard questions and willing to speak into your life. Proverbs 11:14 says: Where there is no counsel, the people fall; But in the multitude of counselors there is safety. We need to humble yourselves before God. Remember it is what God wants in your life, not what you or your friends, your relatives, or even the one you minster to wants.
We are part of a theocracy: Jesus is Lord of Lords and King of Kings. Remember as we lift Jesus up, He will lift us up in His timing.
I am reminded that when God give us a vision, we are not ready to complete it. He first has to make us the persons He needs so He starts the process of refining us for the ultimate propose he has for us. It takes time. All I know is that God had to get a lot of Bob out of Bob before he could start using me. He is still refining me.
Verse seven. casting all your care upon Him. The quicker we learn this, the better off we will be. Remember Jesus said, “My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” So, if you are struggling with ministry, it could be that you are taking on things that you are not supposed to. If you do not have peace of mind, turn it over to God and let him have it. Worry or fretting over the situation will not solve it. Once you give it, do not take it back. This casting all your care upon Him is 1)something most leaders give mental assent to, but have trouble doing.
Verse eight 8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, Be sober or have self-control and be alert or watchful, because Satan is always trying to exploit a situation. He always attacks at the weakest point. Sometimes it is with our families, especially our children, but many times through carnal Christians in our ministries. We have to be alert, because small problems become big problems if not addressed. Do not let Satan get a foothold: deal with it quickly.
Verse nine: Resist him, steadfast in the faith Resist Satan and He will flee. It is like facing down a bully when you were a kid. Most of the time the bully was a lot of talk, but no power. Satan, whose name mean deceiver, only can talk big, but has neither authority nor power to back it up. Jesus has taken that away from him. Stay in faith; do not let the circumstanced dictate your feelings. Let the Word of God dictate your feelings.
Remember there is nothing new under the sun, Satan’s tactics have been tried on all the brethren – what you are going through many other leaders have been through. Read about some of the leaders in the Bible and see what they went through. And remember what John said: He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. Our faith is built on Jesus’ blood and righteousness.
Verse Ten and Eleven But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you. 11 To Him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen These verses are a great comfort to me as I know even though I go through these trials, Jesus is always there, will restore me and make me strong, firm and steadfast. And I glorify Him for all that He does for me and through me. Amen
Also less you thought I forgot Verse Four you will receive the crown of glory that does not fade away. Our reward for our leadership is we will receive the crown of glory that does not fade away. And we will have the privilege of laying it at the feet of Jesus when we get to heaven.
I pray this will help you in your leadership walk,
Bishop Bob Coulter
The book I would recommend at this time is Developing the leader within you by John Maxwell
A Little Kneeology …. 2 Corinthians 10:3-6 (Msg) The world is unprincipled. It’s dog-eat-dog out there! The world doesn’t fight fair. But we don’t live or fight our battles that way—never have and never will. The tools of our trade aren’t for marketing or manipulation, but they are for demolishing that entire massively corrupt culture. We use our powerful God-tools for smashing warped philosophies, tearing down barriers erected against the truth of God, fitting every loose thought and emotion and impulse into the structure of life shaped by Christ. Our tools are ready at hand for clearing the ground of every obstruction and building lives of obedience into maturity.
Many years ago when I was a young man arriving in boot camp I thought I was tough and ready to stand up against anyone and anything. About three or four days into my basic training I began to doubt whether I was even human or not and I just knew that my Drill Sarge hated me. He seemed to be attacking my identity and desiring to change everything about me. It wasn’t until weeks later that I realized that he had to begin with changing my independent mindset, that of the world, to the mindset of a warrior.
The mindset that I had brought in from the world would only provide for my defeat. He was instilling within me a warrior mentality. A warrior mentality would be able to carry me through the many obstacles and threats of the enemy. Just as he and others prepared me to fight the physical battles that would be before me, God’s awesome Holy Spirit prepares me to not only fight through the physical but also the spiritual battles that the enemy affronts us with daily.
We have to be careful to maintain a spiritual warrior mentality and not allow ourselves to be distracted by the world’s way of doing things as they are weak and not of the Kingdom. For example, we have churches and ministries that are marketing themselves to appeal to worldly values, churches using gimmicks to attract people and then continuing such to keep them. Out of that comes the warped philosophies, what was once sound doctrine now mixed with junk of this world mindset that erect barriers to folks having an understanding of the truths of Scripture and the real promises of God. Consequently, there seems to be a church or so-called doctrine for every taste or whimsy whether it be of Scripture or not. I see ministries that were once built on the obvious calling of God that have drifted from their original focus towards competing with one another using worldly mindsets and tactics instead of submitting to spiritual guidance. Our Daddy God has equipped each of us whom He has called for battle because He knows we face a spiritual enemy that is manifested both spiritually and physically, attacking our spirit and using worldly methods and obstacles to trip us up. We need to know that if we are going to be the conquerors and over-comers that God has called and equipped us to be, we can’t straddle the fence, seeking the power of God and then letting the world order our steps. Our greatest witness to the power of God is live, minister, fight and conquer in the supernatural power of God. After all, if we have read the Book, we know which side wins. We just need to stay on the winning side and keep focused on a warrior mentality.
Yours in Christ, NOTW Bro. Mike