Our priority = “to KNOW GOD”

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Posted on : 28-03-2019 | By : Janelle Taviano

What ever you are doing in life……
Business
Ministry
“good”
family
friends…..what ever……
You put a lot of effort into it….
You put your heart and soul into those things…..
but you are not seeing the “ FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT”
but you are not seeing the “ THINGS OF GOD “
but you are not seeing the “KINGDOM results”

This is my grid that I go to…..
My first priority in all areas of my life…..
“ is to intentionally know God more than I know those things”

To be more concerned about Him and I,
Then me and the “others”…..because it will never
SPIRITUALLY WORK…any other way… plan, push, put into..

HIS WORD :
Acts 19:1 + 2
“ ….there he found some DISCIPLES and asked them, “Did
you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed.”

(Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal truth in this one verse to you.)

They answered, “No, we have not even heard that here is a Holy
Spirit.”

and it goes on to talk about being baptized in the baptism of
repentance…… this is a whole other topic…..
“so they were baptized into the name of the Lord JESUS.
When Paul laid hands on them, the HOLY SPIRIT came on them
, and they spoke in tongues and prophesied.”

So there you have a deep movement of knowing God, God revealing
Himself to them in a deeper level….than just going through the
motions….just speaking and saying salvation, to receiving all
that comes with salvation….. and the imparting of the power of
the HOLY SPIRIT into and on the already “disciples of JESUS CHRIST”

** I just have to ask…..God saved you from hell, but through
that salvation He desires to empower you to be LIKE CHRIST on earth.
To be empowered to do the work that the LORD died for us to do.
The power to do the work the LORD rose to have us to do….
not only proclaiming through words WHO HE IS…
but through our lives LIVING THE POWER OF WHO HE IS…

READ all of ACTS 19
vs. 11 “God did EXTRAORDINARY miracles through Paul. 12.so
that even handkerchiefs and aprons that had touched him
( Paul ) were taken to the sick, and their illnesses were
cured and the evil spirits left them.”

Paul’s “words” were persuasive, had spiritual power on them…
Paul’s touch had spiritual power , Kingdom activation on it….

Watch this :

Acts. 19:13
“ Some Jews who went around driving out evil spirits tried to INVOKE
the NAME of The Lord JESUS over those who were demon posessed.
They would say, “IN THE NAME OF JESUS, whom Paul preaches,
I command you to come out.”

** you can’t live off of someone else’ FAITH or relationship
with JESUS CHRIST.

vs. 15. “ One day, the EVIL SPIRIT answered them, “Jesus I know
and I know about Paul, but who are you ?” ( the man over took
and defeated the disciple and left him bleeding )

This chapter is so intense about the depth of who
GOD, JESUS CHRIST, HOLY SPIRIT….we can be saved from
HELL….but not living in the power of the Spirit.

We can be “doing things for the LORD, proclaiming
HIM….and yet, “not deeply know Him”…..

I want it all, talk about “spiritual GREED”
I want it all
I want ALL OF HIM,
I want HIM to do “extraordinary miracles through me”

We want our family to succeed, to do good in school,
sports. We want them to have friends, and have relationships
that exceed caring. We want our business to go off
the charts. We want our points of view to get through
to others. We want our finances to “do everything in
the markets power”…
But what about our salvation, the “ working out “
But what about our children’s spiritual lives ?
But what about our spiritual lives with JESUS CHRIST ?
Talk about the death and resurrection….?
Talk about HIS life in vain ?

For an evil spirit to KNOW THAT WE DON’T have all that
JESUS died to give us ? seriously….That is why
the evil spirit can play with us and know that he has
the upper hand, seriously, because even, ( since HIS WORD
said it ) an evil spirit can know THE LACK of our relationship
with JESUS CHRIST.

shaking my head….right now…at the depth of
the reality of our knowing JESUS – head knowledge…
being a disciple …and yet not having what Paul
deeply had…… God knew and an evil spirit knew.

Easter….take it deep.

Am I “effective “ ?

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Posted on : 21-03-2019 | By : Janelle Taviano

Writing this as unto myself……

I filled out a form yesterday of “ministry application “
The question was something like,
“what do I consider success in my ministry ?”

So, then take it even further….
ask ourselves …”What will I consider success in my life “
Am I EFFECTIVE…to me success is only success if I have an
“EFFECT”…..What “EFFECT am I having on others ?
What “EFFECT is my ministry having in the world ?”

God speaks to me from HIS WORD..

Acts 14:1
“ AT Iconic Paul and Barnabas went “as usual” into
the Jewish Synagogue.
There they SPOKE SO EFFECTIVELY that a GREAT NUMBER of
Jews and Gentiles BELIEVED.”

1. Paul and Barnabas went as USUAL….this is “how they lived”
It was in their DNA….to share the gospel so full of
Jesus, so full of the HOLY SPIRIT…that others
turned to JESUS and not to themselves……their LIFE
was about JESUS CHRIST …period.
2. It was for all….JEWS and GENTILES….who ever God puts
in front of YOU…..we give them JESUS.
3. THEY SPOKE SO EFFECTIVELY, what is in you, will come
out….what is in you, is all that will come out.
There is a verse in the Bible ( Jeremiah 5:14 ) that
God will put HOLY FIRE on our words….. FIRE…HOLY FIRE.
That what we say will burn off the chaff….. will nail
the truth as truth. But, it has to be HOLY – FIRE, amen ?
4. It is God that draws ALL men unto HIMSELF…so if Paul
and Barnabas spoke and many were saved ? Who is in them,
who came out ? JESUS, JESUS, JESUS, JESUS, JESUS…..
The draw…..in Paul and Barnabas….was the magnet of
JESUS CHRIST…..period, it is THE ONLY reason…that
they were “SPIRITUALLY EFFECTIVE “
5. What is our definition of “being effective today ?”
In our family – to JESUS
In our friends – to JESUS
In our business adventures – to JESUS
in our work – to JESUS
in our ministry – to JESUS
in our RETREAT….. TO JESUS …seriously.
in our LIVES we live daily, to our spouse, our home –
to JESUS
6. EFFECT – EFFECT – EFFECT – EFFECT….we ARE…
having an EFFECT on others….
a DRAWING TO JESUS CHRIST
a turning away from JESUS CHRIST

our worldly things should still draw others to JESUS
it is our tool…..
our talk…..
our home…..
our conversations……
Stand under the shower of The HOLY SPIRIT…
Spend it being filled by JESUS CHRIST…..
Spend it with HIM……deeply…..
GET so FULL so that when “ your as usual day “
will be that…..
“ a great number believed “.

In The Name of JESUS …..

Following God ~ through it……..

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Posted on : 06-03-2019 | By : Janelle Taviano

Acts 5:18
“ They arrested the apostles and put them in public
jail. 18. But during the night an angel of the Lord opened
the doors of the jail and brought them out.
20. Go, stand in the temple courts, he said, “and tell the
people the FULL MESSAGE OF THIS NEW LIFE.”

The Apostles….were doing what The Lord wanted them to do…
and God in the most miraculous way, a way that had not, even
one human involved in the protection and provision and the
way out. HE IS GOD.

21.” At daybreak they entered the temple courts,
as they had been told, and began to teach the people.”

They endured….they stayed “in” what God was instructing
them to do….

Then they were attacked again :

28. “ We gave you strict orders NOT TO TEACH IN THIS NAME.”

29. “Peter and the other apostles replied: “ We MUST obey
God rather than men!”

38. “ For if their purpose or activity is of human origin,
it will fail.” 39. But if it is from GOD, you will not
be able to stop these men; you will only find yourselves
fighting, against God.”

*** so how important is it :

To truly know that it is of God in what you are doing ?
To put your complete trust once you know in God alone ?
To do ALL that God asks you to do ?
To make sure we do not operate in the flesh with decisions
but to make decisions solely in the Spirit ?

Because they made decisions in the Spirit…..
then the spiritual way the LORD does things was applied
to their mission….you didn’t see anyone or thing,
open the jail……