Ears To Hear

Friday, June 25, 2010

The Full Armor of God

For years now the church has not worn the full armor of God, having been stripped by the enemy (devil) through false preachers and their false doctrines such as he uses to distract from the only thing that crushes his head and stops ALL his fiery darts and that is The Message Of The Cross, which in the only thing that produces the full armor of God in our lives.
The complete armor of God speaks exclusively of what Christ has provided for us at Calvary. Ephesians 6:11-17 reveals that wearing this armor is what causes us to stand against the wiles (schemes) of the enemy who roars as a lion to move out faith FROM the cross of Christ and FROM wearing the full armor of God. Satan doesn’t care what he MOVES our faith TO as long as it is NOT IN what crushed his head! Faith in anything other than what Christ accomplished, prospered in, and Finished at the cross will always allow him to steal from us, kill and destroy us.
Notice all the pieces of armor listed are defensive except the Sword of The Spirit… THE WORD OF GOD. The Word of God, our sword of The Spirit, is what makes our shield of faith what it is.
So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by The Word of God. Romans 10:17
If we use The Word of God, our sword, out of context, it causes our shield not to be able to quench any fiery darts of the enemy. Faith (our shield) comes by hearing (understanding) and hearing by The Word of God (our sword). The object and strength of our faith is determined by out understanding of the scriptures.
The only Way our understanding can be opened to the scriptures (our sword) is the same Way Jesus opened His disciples understanding by Saying,

Thus is it Written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day. And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in HIS NAME among all Nations… (see Luke 24:44-46)

Our shield cannot block one fiery dart of the enemy if our sword is not the sword The Lord has provided. Of course we know, the only thing that can defeat the enemy is what Christ has already done to crush his head (Colossians 2:14-16). He has already made an open show of him triumphing over him IN HIS CROSS.
Faith in the cross of Christ is still the only thing that crushes the enemy’s head, therefore, the FULL armor of God cannot be worn except by those who have ears to hear The Message of The Cross and understand that all else is irrelevant!!
We are still NOT ASHAMED of The Gospel of Christ… as IT IS THE POWER OF GOD TO US WHICH ARE SAVED.

Pastor Curtis Hutchinson

CrossWay Church / Atlanta, Texas

Friday, April 9, 2010

The Lord Is A Man Of War

The LORD is a Man of war: The LORD is His Name.
Exodus 15:3
Jesus IS The Man of war. The LORD is His Name. He super abounds in His qualification and ability to teach our hands to war, and our fingers to fight. By The Blood and The Power of His cross, He teaches our fingers to lay hold, grip, and not let go of the Sword of The Spirit (The Word of God) and the Shield of faith. It is by His Grace that He teaches and leads us.

He teaches us to cry out when our arms become feeble because it is The LORD, the King of Glory Who is Strong and Mighty in Battle. The Word of God Says that He learned obedience through the things He suffered. He suffered in obedience not for Himself, but for us. As He was coming to the greatest show of obedience being in an agony, a struggle, (which was the death of the cross – which is the place of death for our flesh) the Word of God Says of this Strong and Mighty Man of War that He fell on His Face in tears with a powerful outcry and prayed to The God above Knowing He (God) was able to Save. God did not reject nor despise His prayers, but rather sent an angel from The Throne Room of God to Strengthen Him. Jesus knew He could not bypass the cross just as we cannot bypass the death of our flesh (our cross which is faith in His cross), but He poured His heart out before God to the fullest in such an agony that The Word says, “His sweat was as great drops of blood falling to the ground.”

As our flesh is being crucified, if we will just cry out to God to the fullest pouring our heart out before Him, HE will strengthen us. The battle is The Lord’s. He is The God and Rock of our Salvation. He is The Refuge that Forever Stands. It is His Work. The Sword of The Spirit changes and conforms ‘us’ even as it Comforts us. The shield of faith, knowing God IS transforming us into the image of His Son Jesus Christ, will protect us from the accusing and deception of the enemy. It is Not over and The Victory is already won! There is a beautiful Work to be done and a beautiful Work being done. Although weeping may endure for a night, Praise be to God, there is an Everlasting Joy that is coming in the morning!

Stand strong IN The Lord and be of good courage. The Commandment of God Was, Is, and Ever Will Be to and for our Salvation; our initial Salvation and our daily Salvation. There is no rest in yesterday’s surrender. Surrender is something that must be done every day, because we need rest everyday. Sometimes that surrender of obedience comes with great agony, but if we will fall on our face before God and cry out to Him knowing we are not able of ourselves, He Who is Greater than the angels, will be there to Help and Strengthen us with all Compassion. Have Faith in The One Who Loved you and Gave Himself for you. He is your Salvation and He is your Strength. Our God and our King is a Mighty Man of war and The Victory has already been won.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

His Word Did Not Return Void

So shall My Word be that goeth forth out of My Mouth: It shall not return unto Me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it. Isaiah 55:11
The Word became flesh and went forth with Commandment. With a body prepared by God for Sacrifice, He came to give His life a ransom for all. Without spot or blemish, He was as a lamb led to the slaughter. He was and Is the Only Sacrifice accepted by God once, for all, and forever. He is the Propitiation and Atonement for ALL sin. He accomplished ALL surrender and ALL obedience on our behalf. His obedience included His death by means of the cross. As Christ was God’s Chosen and Perfect Sacrifice so was the cross His Chosen and Perfect alter.

He did not just accomplish The Will of God, but He Prospered in it. By The Power of The Blood and His cross, He does not just give us life, but gives us abundant life. He is for us in every aspect, in everything, and every day. It is His Finished Work at Calvary that gives us the Power to become the children of God. It was through His Finished Work at the cross that He was able to send The Comforter to abide upon and IN us. It is by His Blood that He lives in us and we live in Him. It is by His Blood that all sin is Washed and Cleansed away, removing every spot and blemish from the Believer to be remembered no more. It is The Power of the cross that removes the curse of sin from us. His Death sanctifies us and His Resurrection shows us Justified.
Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand.  Isaiah 53:10
What the blood of bulls and goats could not do, The Blood of Jesus exceedingly DOES. The blood of bulls and goats could not perfect the saints in that it could not cleanse the conscience, but we ARE Perfected IN Him, all guilt of sin washed away (Hebrews 9:13-14 & 10:1-4). He was touched with the feelings of our infirmities and in all our times of Need we can enter in, by HIS Blood, to the Holy of Holies through the veil of His Body, to obtain Mercy and Grace at anytime and all the time (Hebrews 4:15-16). He does not leave us Comfortless, but desires with Passion to lift us above our infirmities. He does not tear down, but causes the crooked to become strait Healing the brokenhearted and blessing the poor in spirit. He gives strength to the feeble and gives beauty for ashes anointing the head of the mourning with the Oil of Gladness.

Love that covers a multitude of sin, not looking back on the outward, but rejoicing IN TRUTH as The Gospel of The Lord Jesus Christ does its abundantly merciful and exceedingly gracious work. God Loves all, but only those who find the narrow road in which Gods Love is revealed can experience it. Christ and Him crucified. (1 John 4:10-11) The Cross of Christ is all that stands between humanity and an Eternal Hell, between all Christians and victory every day afforded them there.