Spiritual Gifts Unpacked

In our current series, we've been challenged to identity our spiritual gifts within the Kingdom. As Pastor Lathan explained—once we properly identify our gifts, we are able to properly operate in our gifts. You can't use what you're unaware you have.

Pastor Lathan has given us a great online resource—mintools.com—and wants each of us to take the Spiritual Gift Test.

In addition, he has provided us with this brief synopsis of 27 gifts found in Scripture:

SPIRITUAL GIFTS

1) ADMINISTRATION | 1 Corinthians 12:28

Greek Translation:  kubernesis; to steer, guide, helsman

Goal: To steer the body toward the accomplishment of God-given goals and directives through the planning, organizing, and supervising of others.

2) APOSTLE | Ephesians 4:11 & 1 Corinthians 12:28

Greek Translation:  apostolos; one sent forth

apo' = from; 'stello’ = send

Goal: To be sent forth to new frontiers with the gospel, to provide leadership over church bodies, and to maintain authority over spiritual matters pertaining to the church.

3) CELIBACY | I Corinthians 7:7,8

Goal: To voluntarily remain single without regret, and with the ability to maintain controlled sexual impulses so as to serve the Lord without distractions.

4) DISCERNMENT | 1 Corinthians 12:10

Goal: To clearly distinguish truth from error by judging whether the behavior or teaching is from God, Satan, human error, or human power.

5) EVANGELISM | Ephesians 4:11

Greek Translation: euaggelistes; preacher of gospel

 Eu = well; Angelos = message - messenger of good

Goal: To be a messenger of the good news of the Gospel.

6) EXHORTATION | Romans 12:8

Greek Translation: paraklesis; calling to one's side

Goal: To come along side of someone with words of encouragement, comfort, consolation, and counsel to help them be all God wants them to be.

7) FAITH | I Corinthians 12: 8 - 10

Goal: To be firmly persuaded of God's power and promises in order to accomplish His will and purpose by displaying such confidence in Him and His Word; thus, circumstances and obstacles do not shake that conviction.

8) GIVING | Romans 12:8

Goal: To share what material resources you have with liberality and cheerfulness without thought of return.

9) HEALING | I Corinthians 12: 9, 28, 30

Goal: To be used as a means through which God makes people whole physically, emotionally, mentally, or spiritually.

10)  HELPS | I Corinthians 12:28

Goal: To render support or assistance to others in the body so as to free them up for ministry.

11) HOSPITALITY| I Peter 4: 9, 10

Greek Translation: philoxenos; love of strangers

Goal: To warmly welcome people, even strangers, into one's home or church as a means of serving those in need of food or lodging.  

12) INTERCESSION | I Thessalonians 5:16-18

Goal: The special ability God gives to some to pray for extended periods of time on a regular basis, and to see frequent and specific answers to their prayers to a degree much greater than that which is expected of the average Christian. 

13) WORD OF KNOWLEDGE | I Corinthians 12:8

Goal: To seek to learn as much about the Bible as possible through the gathering of information and the analyzing of that data.

14) LEADERSHIP | Romans 12:8

Goal: To stand before the people in such a way as to attend to the direction of the body with such care and diligence so as to motivate others to get involved in the accomplishment of these goals.

15) MARTYRDOM | I Corinthians 13:3

Goal: To give over one's life to suffer or to be put to death for the cause of Christ.

16) MERCY | Romans 12:8

Goal: To be sensitive toward those who are suffering, whether physically, mentally, or emotionally, so as to feel genuine sympathy with their misery, speaking words of compassion, but moreso caring for them with deeds of love to help alleviate their distress.

17) MIRACLES | I Corinthians 12:10, 28

Goal: To be enabled by God to perform mighty deeds – deeds that witnesses acknowledge as being of supernatural origin and means.

18) MISSIONARY | Ephesians 3:6 – 8

Goal: To be able to minister in another culture.

19) MUSIC

Goal: The gift that gives a believer the capability to present personal witness and inspiration to others through instrumental music, singing, or dancing. The gift whereby the Spirit enables certain Christians to praise God through music in such a way as to enhance the worship experience of other believers. The spiritual aspect of the gift is revealed as the gift bearer gives witness to love and praise for the Lord; thus, glorifying God.

20) PASTOR | Ephesians 4:11

Goal: To be responsible for spiritually caring for, protecting, guiding, and feeding a group of believers entrusted to one's care.

21) PROPHECY | Romans 12: 6; 1 Corinthians 12:10; Ephesians 4:11

Greek Translation: prophetes - the forth telling of the will of God

Goal: To speak forth the message of God to His people.

22) SERVICE | Romans 12:7

Greek Translation: Diakonia – deacon or attendant; 'Diako' = to run errands

Goal:  To identify undone tasks in God's work, however menial, and to use available resources to get the job done.

23) TEACHING | Romans 12:7; I Corinthians 12:28; Ephesians 4:11

Goal: To instruct others in the Bible in a logical, systematic way so as to communicate pertinent information for true understanding and growth.

24) TONGUES | 1 Corinthians 12:10; 14:27 - 28

Goal: To speak in a language not previously learned so unbelievers can hear God's message in their own language or for the body be edified.

25) INTERPRETATION OF TONGUES | I Corinthians 12:10;14: 27, 28

Goal: To translate the message of someone who has spoken in tongues.

26) VOLUNTARY POVERTY | I Corinthians 13:3

Goal: To purposely live an impoverished lifestyle to serve and to aid others with your material resources.

27) WISDOM | I Corinthians 12:8

Goal: To apply knowledge to life in such a way as to make spiritual truths quite relevant and practical in proper decision-making and in daily life situations.

How to Study Your Bible

If you've been to Bible Study or Dig in at 10 the last few weeks, you know Pastor Lathan is pushing us more and more to enhance our personal study time. Gone are the days of glossing over details or reading whatever page your Bible opens up to.

Here are some helpful resources to build your individual Bible study—many that Pastor Lathan uses. 

Study Partners

Use a combination of these along with your Bible:

Study Tips

  • Pray first. Ask God to illuminate His word and give you guidance and the ability to focus.
  • Study a little at a time. It's tempting to read in chunks. But, when really digging in, try to pick only one or two passages to focus on. Between cross reference Scripture and using all your study partners, you'll likely get more than enough revelation to fill your time.
  • Question the text. Where does the story happen? Who's involved? What events took place before and/or after? The more context you have, the greater your understanding. Peel off as many layers as you can to get more than a surface view of what God is saying. 
  • Read slowly. Every word matters and details are important—even the weird names! Remember, the Bible is one idea. Each detail connects, so avoid breezing over a word or sentence that seems like it can be skipped.
  • Write it down. If you aren't taking notes during study time, you're doing yourself a disservice. When you get revelation or clarity, write it down. This also helps with memorization. When God gives you an idea based on what your read, set reminders and memos in your phone.
  • Apply the lesson. How does what you studied apply to your life? What Kingdom lessons did God reveal? Life application makes your Bible study relevant to you. Place yourself in the story.

5 Biblical Benefits of Fasting

You may have heard the saying, "You are only as strong as your prayer life." It's true that talking to God regularly is essential to our walk with Him. But there's also a necessary companion to prayer: fasting. 

When we abstain from food, an activity, or other practice, we deny our flesh and feed our spirit. That's why this Wednesday, as a church, we will take on a water-only fast from 4 p.m. March 16 to 4 p.m. March 17. Here are 5 biblical benefits of fasting to consider as Wednesday approaches:

1. Fasting helps us hear from God.

Eliminating distractions and carnal desires diverts your focus and attention to more spiritual matters. Adding Bible reading and meditation time to your fast will put you more in tune with God.

2. Fasting restores.

Though you may grow physically weary during a fast, you are strengthening your spirit man like nothing else can. Like an athlete trains for a big game, this time will build you up and restore any spiritual blows you've been dealt recently.

3. Fasting enhances our worship.

Like prayer, fasting is a form of worship. You should not do it out of a requirement or fulfilling a duty as a Christian. But rather, see fasting as your praise to God—acknowledging that His way is best and that you desire to yield your day-to-day life to Him. It is a form of humility, which God desires to see from us.

4. Fasting cleanses.

Imagine wearing the same clothes for months and never bathing. Eventually, you'd be a dirty, smelly mess, likely to the point that it's unbearable. The same is true for our mind and hearts when we are in this world day in and day out. What we eat, watch, listen to, read, click online—the "junk" we consume adds up and can draw us away from God if we're not careful. Fasting is the shower we all need to get rid of anything that may be obstructing our connection with Christ.

5. Fasting is powerful.

Yes, a devoted prayer life is key to the life of any believer. But fasting without prayer is like an engine with no oil. It will work, but to work as inteded, you need both. Isaiah 58:6 says, “Is not this the fast that I choose, to loose the bonds of wickedness,  to undo the straps of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke?"

Do you have bonds in your life that need to be broken? Are you in need of divine intervention that only God can bring? Deny your flesh and draw closer to Him in fasting and prayer.

Sermon Notes - Feb. 7

Sermon Notes - Feb. 7

Follow along with Pastor Lathan during service and use these notes in your study time to dig into God's Word.

 

THE NAME OF THE KING

Pastor Lathan Wood, Sermon Notes 

II. What do I tell them is your Name (Scripture Reference Exodus 3:14-15)?

VI. Hebrew Meanings: YaHowshua HaMoshiach Melech, Rebbe

 The Hebrew symbol for the word, NAME (שם), which translates to shem

 Definition: A primitive word (perhaps rather from 7760 through the idea of 

definite and conspicuous position; compare 8064); an appellation, as a mark or 

memorial    of individuality; by implication honor, authority, character:-- + 

base, [in-] fame [-ous], name (-d), renown, report.

 Other Associations: on'-om-ah

 Other Associations: ghin-oce'-ko 

o From a presumed derivative of the base of 1097 (compare 3685); a 

"name" (literally or figuratively) (authority, character):--called, (+ sur-

)name(-d).1097 

o A prolonged form of a primary verb; to "know" (absolutely) in a great 

variety of applications and with many implications (as follow, with others 

not thus clearly expressed):--allow, be aware (of), feel, (have) know(-

ledge), perceived, be resolved, can speak, be sure, understand.

 Scripture Connections: 

o Yn 1:1, 14 (OJBC): "I will worship toward Thy Heikhal Kodesh, and 

praise Shmecha (Thy Name) for Thy chesed and for Thy emes; for Thou 

hast magnified Thy Word above Kol Shimcha

o Psalms 137:2 (DRC1752): “I will worship towards thy holy temple, and 

I will give glory to thy name. For thy mercy, and for thy truth: for thou 

hast magnified thy holy name above all.”

o Luke 10:17: The seventy returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the 

demons are subject to us in Your name.”

II. What do I tell them is your Name? 

o YHWH (ה), Yahovah, which means (the) self-existent or 

eternal; Jehovah, Jewish national name of God:--Jehovah, the Lord. 

Compare 3050, 3069.YHWH 26

 Scripture Reference: 

o ך Y. Yud 10 ✡ infinite point | arm closed hand

o ה H. Hei 5 ✡ expression thought speech | man w/ arms raised. (take)

o  ו W. Vav 6 ✡ connection scepter | tent peg

o ה H. Hei 5 ✡ expression thought speech | man w/ arms raised. (take)

26 The Gospel of Christ  

 Jesus יהושוע Yahowshuwa, from 3068 and 3467; Jehovah-saved; Jehoshua (that 

is, Joshua), the Jewish leader:--Jehoshua, Jehoshuah, Joshua. Compare 1954, 

o Pronounced ee-ay-sooce'

o It is of Hebrew origin (H3091); Jesus (i.e. Jehoshua), the name of our 

Lord and two (three) other Israelites:--Jesus.

o YHWH saves is an indication; He will come Himself, and be the 

MoShiach Messianic (king and priest), which represents His role 

o Title |  Idea | His Role 

“But Pharaoh shall not pay heed unto you, that I may lay My yad upon 

Mitzrayim, and bring forth Mine tzve'os, and My people the Bnei Yisroel, 

out of Eretz Mitzrayim by shefatim gedolim (great judgments).”

 Divrey Hayamim Bais‬ 

 The scripture reads, “ And I appeared unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto 

Jacob, by the name of God Almighty, but by my name Jehovah was I not known 

to them. And I have also established my covenant with them, to give them the 

land of Canaan, the land of their pilgrimage, wherein they were strangers.

 The scripture reads, “If thy people go out to war against their enemies by the 

way that thou shalt send them, and they pray unto thee toward this city which 

thou hast chosen, and the house which I have built for thy name; (v. 38) if they 

return to thee with all their heart and with all their soul in the land of their 

captivity, whither they have carried them captives, and pray toward their land, 

which thou gavest unto their fathers, and toward the city which thou hast 

chosen, and toward the house which I have built for thy

 The scripture reads, “I have manifested thy name (Shemecha) unto the men 

(Bnei Adam) which thou gavest me out of the world (Olam Hazeh): thine they 

were, and thou gavest them me; and they have kept thy word. (regarding the dvar 

of You they have been shomer.)

 Key Point(s): HE IS THE NAME

 Scripture Connections: 

o TEHILLIM 24: 22; 41: 9; 109:4-5, 7-8: While I was with them in the 

o John 17:26: And I have declared unto them thy name, and will declare 

world, I kept them in thy name (the Shem of You): those that thou 

gavest me I have kept (shomer), and none of them is lost, but the son of 

perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled. Ben HaAvaddon (the Son 

of Destruction, Perdition, the state of final spiritual ruin, Gehinnom), that 

the Kitvei Hakodesh might be fulfilled. 

it: that the love wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in 

o John 17:12: When I was with them, I was keeping them in the Shem of 

You, which You have given me, and I kept shomer, and none of them 

perished or was lost, except the 

o Eelohiym (אלהים), Plural of 433; gods in the ordinary sense; but 

o Yahovah (יהוה), from 1961; (the) self-existent or eternal; Jehovah, 

o Hayah ( היה ), a primitive root (compare 1933); to exist, that 

o Yahh ( יה ),  Contracted for 3068, and meaning the same; Jah, the sacred 

o Yahovih ( יהוה ), a variation of 3068 (used after 136, and pronounced by 

o 'Ayil ( איל ),  from the same as 193; properly strength; hence 

o 'El (אל), Shortened from 352; strength; as adjective mighty; especially 

specifically used (in the plural thus, especially with the article) of the 

supreme God; occasionally applied by way of deference to magistrates; 

and sometimes as a superlative:--angels, X exceeding, God (gods) (-dess, 

-ly), X (very) great, judges, X mighty.

Jewish national name of God:--Jehovah, the Lord. Compare 3050, 3069.

 Genesis 2:4: This is the account of the heavens and the earth 

when they were created, when the LORD God made the earth and 

the heavens.

is, be or become, come to pass (always emphatic, and not a mere copula 

or auxiliary):--beacon, X altogether, be (-come, accomplished, 

committed, like), break, cause, come (to pass), continue, do, faint, fall, + 

follow, happen, X have, last, pertain, quit (one-) self, require, X use. 

 Exodus 3:14, God said to Moses, "I AM WHO I AM. This is 

what you are to say to the Israelites: 'I AM has sent me to you.”

name:--Jah, the Lord, most vehement. Cp. names in "-iah," "-jah."

Jews as 430, in order to prevent the repetition of the same sound, since 

they elsewhere pronounce 3068 as 136):--God.

anything strong; specifically a chief (politically); also a ram (from his 

strength); a pilaster (as a strong support); an oak or other strong tree:--

mighty (man), lintel, oak, post, ram, tree.

the Almighty (but used also of any deity):--God (god), X goodly, X great, 

VI. Hebrew Meaning, YaHowshua HaMoshiach Melech, Rebbe

idol, might (-y one), power, strong. Compare names in "-el."

o Scripture Reference: 

 Revelation‬ 

 Hisgalus‬ 

o Connectors -- Challenges for Moses:

 Pharaoh : Satan : permission of 1 to free million

 Hardened heart of Pharaoh 

 Pharaoh (king of Mitzaryim)

 Get them to agree to leave

 Get them to trust their is a God for deliverance ...& He will 

 Borrowed and left

 Abraham prophecy (took bondage to get promise fulfilled)

perform it

Lessons in Hebrew | Part 1

Today in Bible Study, Pastor Lathan had us really digging in—learning Hebrew. We'll be posting notes here each week so be sure to check back. They are essential to staying on track. Take this journey with us to unlock the meaning behind God's Word, His name, and ultimately His idea.

Teaching from Exodus 19:3-6 (OJB):

“And Moshe went up to HaElohim, and Hashem called out unto him from HaHar, saying, Thus shalt thou say to the Bais Ya'akov, and declare unto the Bnei Yisroel; 

DONE:

You yourselves have seen what I did unto the Mitzrayim, and

how I carried you on eagles' wings, 

brought you unto Myself. 

CONDITION

Now therefore, if ye will obey My voice very (truly) carefully, 

be shomer over My brit, 

BENEFIT:

THEN ye shall be a segullah (treasured possession) unto Me above all people

for kol ha'aretz is Mine (Ps 24); 

ye shall be unto Me a mamlechet kohanim, 

and a goy kadosh. 

These are the words which thou shalt recount unto the Bnei Yisroel.”

‭‭Shemot‬ ‭19:3-6‬ ‭OJB‬‬

1) First mention (Holy) [important because of what they had been in]

Obey the voice ...believe in the source...accept speaker

 

2) THE NAME | שם shem 340

A primitive word (perhaps rather from 7760 through the idea of definite and conspicuous position; compare 8064); an appellation, as a mark or memorial of individuality; by implication honorauthoritycharacter:-- + base, [in-] fame [-ous], name (-d), renown, report.

S.  Shin (3 with yuds) 300 ✡ eternal flame | two front teeth 

M.  Mem 40 ✡ (water) fountain of Wisdom | water

3) THE VOICE |   קול qowl 136

From an unused root meaning to call aloud; a voice or sound:-- + aloud, bleating, crackling, cry (+ out), fame, lightness, lowing, noise, + hold peace, [pro-] claim, proclamation, + sing, sound, + spark, thunder (-ing), voice, + yell.

Q. Kuf (reish zayin) 100 ✡ omnipresence redemption of fallen sparks | sun on horizon

W. Vav 6 ✡ connection scepter | tent peg

L. Lamed 30 ✡ contemplation of heart | shepherd staff

4) THE COVENANT ברית bariyth 612

From 1262 (in the sense of cutting (like 1254)); a compact(because made by passing between pieces of flesh):--confederacy, [con-]feder[-ate], covenant, league.

B. Beit 2 ✡ Gods dwelling below house | tent

R. Reish (a man bent over) 200 ✡ process the Art of clarification head | head of a man

Y. Yud 10 ✡ infinite point | arm closed hand

TH.  Tav (Dalet + nun) 400 ✡ impression the seal of creation | crossed sticks

5) OBEY שמע shama` 410

A primitive root; to hear intelligently (often with implication of attention, obedience, etc.; causatively to tell, etc.):-- X attentively, call (gather) together, X carefully, X certainly, consent, consider, be content, declare, X diligently, discern, give ear, (cause to, let, make to) hear (-ken, tell), X indeed, listen, make (a) noise, (be) obedient, obey, perceive, (make a) proclaim (-ation), publish, regard, report, shew (forth), (make a) sound, X surely, tell, understand, whosoever [heareth], witness.

S.  Shin (3 with yuds) 300 ✡ eternal flame | two front teeth 

M.  Mem 40 ✡ (water) fountain of Wisdom | water

'.  Ayin 70 ✡ divine providence, | eyes |

“And Moses went up to God, and the Lord called to him out of the mountain, Say this to the house of Jacob and tell the Israelites: You have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles' wings and brought you to Myself. Now therefore, if you will obey My voice in truth and keep My covenant, THEN you shall 

be My own peculiar possession and treasure from among and above all peoples; for all the earth is Mine. And you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests, a holy nation [consecrated, set apart to the worship of God]. These are the words you shall speak to the Israelites.”

‭‭Exodus‬ ‭19:3-6‬ ‭AMP‬‬

YHWH

“And Elohim said unto Moshe, Eh-heh-yeh ashair Ehheh- yeh (I AM WHO I AM); and He said, Thus shalt thou say unto the Bnei Yisroel, EHHEH-YEH (I AM) hath sent me unto you.”

‭‭

Shemot‬ ‭3:14‬ ‭OJB‬‬

יהוה Yahovah | From 1961; (the) self Existent or eternal; Jehovah, Jewish national name of God:--Jehovah, the Lord. Compare 3050, 3069.

“You shall not use or repeat the name of the Lord your God in vain [that is, lightly or frivolously, in false affirmations or profanely]; for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain.”

‭‭Exodus‬ ‭20:7‬ ‭AMP‬‬

אלהים 'elohiym | Plural of 433; gods in the ordinary sense; but specifically used (in the plural thus, especially with the article) of the supreme God; occasionally applied by way of deference to magistrates; and sometimes as a superlative:--angels, X exceeding, God (gods) (-dess, -ly), X (very) great, judges, X mighty.

NAME on'-om-ah | from a presumed derivative of the base of 1097 (compare 3685); a "name" (literally or figuratively) (authority, character):--called, (+ sur-)name(-d).

1097 ghin-oce'-ko | a prolonged form of a primary verb; to "know" (absolutely) in a great variety of applications and with many implications (as follow, with others not thus clearly expressed):--allow, be aware (of), feel, (have) know(-ledge), perceived, be resolved, can speak, be sure, understand.

 

THE COMMANDMENT

“Thou shalt not take the Shem Hashem Eloheicha in vain; for Hashem will not hold him guiltless that taketh Shmo in vain.”

‭‭Shemot‬ ‭20:7‬ ‭OJB‬‬

 

MESSIAH

ק tseh'-dek, tsedeq

 

  • 1) justice, rightness, righteousness
  • 1a) what is right or just or normal, rightness, justness (of weights and measures)
  • 1b) righteousness (in government)
  • 1b1) of judges, rulers, kings
  • 1b2) of law
  • 1b3) of Davidic king, Messiah
  • 1b4) of Jerusalem as seat of just government
  • 1b5) of God's attribute
  • 1c) righteousness, justice (in case or cause)
  • 1d) rightness (in speech)
  • 1e) righteousness (as ethically right)
  • 1f) righteousness (as vindicated), justification (in controversy), deliverance, victory, prosperity
  • 1f1) of God as covenant-keeping in redemption
  • 1f2) in name of Messianic king
  • 1f3) of people enjoying salvation
  • 1f4) of Cyrus

PRIEST כהן kohen 525 | Active participle of 3547; literally one officiating, a priest; also (by courtesy) an acting priest(although a layman):--chief ruler, X own, priest, prince, principal officer.

Gen 14:18 Melchezidek

כהן kahan | A primitive root, apparently meaning to mediate in religious services; but used only as denominative from 3548; to officiate as a priest; figuratively to put on regalia:--deck, be (do the office of a, execute the, minister in the) priest ('s office

Kaf 20 power to actualize potential "Palm" | open palm

Hei 5 expression thought speech | man w/ arms raised. (take)

Nun 50 heir to the throne, fish | sprout seed

  • 1) priest, principal officer or chief ruler
  • 1a) priest-king (Melchizedek, Messiah)
  • 1b) pagan priests
  • 1c) priests of Jehovah
  • 1d) Levitical priests
  • 1e) Zadokite priests
  • 1f) Aaronic priests
  • 1g) the high priest

Shark Tank: Can Your Idea Stand the Test?

this event has been postponed due to forecasted inclement weather. a new date will be announced soon.

All month, we've been fasting, praying and building our kingdom ideas. Now, it's time to put your idea to the test. This Saturday, Jan. 23 at 10 a.m. we'll have our own version of Shark Tank in the cafe.

For those not familiar with the ABC show Shark Tank, this is a popular series dedicated to getting budding entrepreneurs the investors and exposure they need. They present their idea to a panel of wealthy, well-established business executives and are then asked questions on why their business is worth the investment. Time is limited and the competition is tough!

If you have an idea, we encourage you to be in place on Saturday. You do not have to be a member of the Movement to participate. 

Pastor Lathan has invited some special guests. You never know who's in the room! Come prepared with your 5-minute presentation and see if your idea has what it takes. To help you prepare:

Commonly asked Shark Tank Questions:

  1. What are your sales?
  2. What do you bring to the table?
  3. Why do you need our money?
  4. Why the big valuation?
  5. Is your product unique?
  6. How much debt do you have?
  7. How much inventory do you have?
  8. What are your costs?
  9. What do your sales numbers look like?
  10. What does it cost to produce?
  11. Is your idea patented?
  12. How will your product be distributed?
  13. How many competitors do you have?
  14. What are you going to do with this investment?

A Month of Fasting & Prayer


Starting Monday, January 4


Our ongoing kingdom series has challenged each of us to take on a new reality about life—one that "seeks first His kingdom and His righteousness" (Matthew 6:33). But to shift fully into this kingdom reality, detox and detachment is necessary—We have to change our minds and unlearn the systems of this world.

As a start for 2016, Pastor Lathan is calling all of The Movement to intentionally fast and pray for the month of January. 

The details of the fast are as follows:

  • All Month - No TV, social media or secular music

    • Social media can only be used professionally to promote your business. The Movement Facebook page will be updated during the fast.

    • All other Internet use, as well as music, should be edifying

  • Monday - Friday, eat between 12 p.m. and 8 p.m., fruits & vegetables only

  • Monday, Wednesday & Friday, join the 4:30 a.m. corporate prayer call

    • Conference Call #: (641) 715-3670, Access Code: 491915

  • Tuesday, participate in the 24-hour prayer chain

    • Prayer will go from 4:30 a.m. Tuesday to 4:30 a.m. Wednesday

    • Reply to this email to commit to at least 1 hour of prayer on your own time. Please include what hour(s) you will pray.

    • Do not call into the conference line for the prayer chain. Simply pray for at least 1 hour for the needs of those connected to The Movement.

We encourage you to read, study, journal and work on your"one idea." Make the most of this consecration and spend valuable time with God.


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Confess Greatness

We know that what we think and speak is essential to the Christian walk and applying God's Word to our lives. Yet, so often our minds are filled with the wrong thoughts, and we speak negatively, not always recognizing the power that even passively spoken words can have. Death and life are in the power of the tongue (Proverbs 18:21).

So, begin today to recite these Scriptures out loud, daily—even challenging yourself to commit them to memory. Then, meditate on each definition and end with prayer. 

It's time to confess greatness and believe it to be true. Remember, if God said it, let nothing cause you to give His words a second thought.

 

SCRIPTURE

Proverbs 10:22 (NIV)
“The blessing of the Lord brings wealth, without painful toil for it.”

Psalms 118:17 (KJV)
“I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the Lord.”

Psalms 27:13- (KJV)
“I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.”

Luke 16:10-12 (NIV)
“Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much. So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches? And if you have not been trustworthy with someone else’s property, who will give you property of your own?”


DEFINITIONS

Obtain - get acquire, or secure | Latin: obtinere - gain

Retain - to have, to keep possession of | Latin: retinere - hold back

Sustain - strengthen or support | Latin: subtinere - hold from below 

Maintain - cause or enable | Latin: manutinere - hold in the hand 

Detain - keep in custody | Latin: detinere - hold away from

Attain - succeed in achieving | Latin: attingere - to touch

Contain - have or hold | Latin: contingere - hold altogether 


PRAYER

Thanks be to God! I will retain the great things I have been promised to obtain. My hope in His ability will sustain me. I will not allow fear to detain me. I shall attain what I believe, and I won't have room enough to contain all His goodness. This will maintain my blessings to others. In Jesus' name.