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Biblical Life Mentor: Making 2013 Count for the Kingdom

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BLM-LogoBy Michael K. Lake, Th.D. – Chancellor, Biblical Life College & Seminary

( http://www.biblical-life.com )

It seems that it is encoded into our Western DNA – the secular New Years is a day to make nearly impossible resolutions, only to be disappointed twelve months later when none of them were accomplished. Truth be known, God has a better way.

The Many Cycles in God’s Calendar

 

God’s calendar, the biblical one, does not start until Spring. It is right before Passover. Scripturally, it is tied to the ripened barley harvest. The New Year is directly connected to the Passover Lamb and the redemptive work of God. It is a sign to us that the only true, new beginnings come through the Blood of the Lamb – anything else is just another day with no power.

In God’s Cycles, there are:

· Yearly Cycles

· Monthly Cycles (tied to the New Moon)

· Daily Cycles (God’s mercy is new every morning)

If we really want changes, we need to move into God’s cycles. We also need to move from outrageous wishes to strategic review and planning! Neither faith or the power of God can move through wishful thinking, but they can move through strategic faith!

In the Know

 

The first thing that we must do is to be “in the know.” What is God speaking to the Body now? True words from God are always strategic, insightful, and implementable!

At Biblical Life, God has been having us teach prophetically regarding 2013. In this article, I do not want to reiterate what was given in those three messages. I do ask that you would go to our YouTube channel and watch those videos now. http://www.youtube.com/biblicallife

· Preparing for 2013 and Beyond – Part 1

· Preparing for 2013 and Beyond – Part 2

· 2013 – the Year of False Light

After viewing (or even reviewing) them, proceed with reading this article.

Prov 24:3-6 TLB

3-4 Any enterprise is built by wise planning, becomes strong through common sense, and profits wonderfully by keeping abreast of the facts. 5 A wise man is mightier than a strong man. Wisdom is mightier than strength. 6 Don’t go to war without wise guidance; there is safety in many counselors.

 

Time to Get the 800 Pound Monkey Off Your Back

 

Failure among believers is at an all-time high. Failure in ministry, failure in business, failure in family, failure in health – do I need to go on? It seems like there is an 800 pound monkey on our backs that we cannot define. Well, it is time to define and eradicate this monkey! God used Dr. John Benefiel at the Heartland Apostolic Prayer Network to provide the Kingdom Intelligence we needed to bring this monkey down – it is the Spirit of Baal.

Satan has done an outstanding job of paganizing Christianity over the millennia. But he does not stop there; he has equally paganized secular society, governments, and anything else he could sink his claws into. He wanted to make sure that Baal worship was embedded throughout all of Western culture. Baal is the Strongman over America, and this spirit is what has been pulling you down at every turn!

Binding the Strongman Over America DVD and Book Set

Dr. Benefiel has produced a three-part DVD and book set that will give you the information and prayers you need to divorce Baal and break his hold on your life. It will be the best $45.00 investment you have ever made. (This series was also highlighted on Sid Roth’s show “Its Supernatural.”)

You can either purpose the set from Sid Roth’s Ministry or directly from the Heartland Apostolic Prayer Network (www.hapn.us).

Watch the videos, read the book, and do some of your own research. God is calling us to cast off every element of Baal’s influence in our lives. Be thorough! You cannot have Baal’s stuff in your life and try to divorce him at the same time! Baal’s influence runs through all of Western society: from secret societies to so-called Christianized pagan holidays to pornography. They all have their origins in the mystery religions of Babylon.

Once you have researched, cleansed your home and life, and repented, then pray the two prayers include with the materials: (1) Divorcing Baal and (2) the Writ of Assistance.

These two prayers are powerful. You may need to pray them every week for a while. The Spirit of Baal will not give up easily, but the truth is that he is already defeated through Jesus. Be consistent in both watchfulness and in your prayers.

Now We Can Move on to Obtaining and Maintaining

 

Now it is time to use wise planning, to use wisdom, and to keep abreast of the facts in your life. In 2013, God wants to show you how to obtain His blessing and also HOW TO MAINTAIN IT! For some, the obtaining is easy – the hard part is maintaining. This is why God’s cycles of review are so powerful: daily, monthly, and yearly.

I believe 2013 can be the greatest year of Kingdom Advancement in your life!

I am not saying that it will fall like ripe cherries off a tree. You are going to have to pray, study, evaluate, adjust, and BE CONSISTENT in your Kingdom implementations. Unless you are ready to do that, you are still in wishful thinking and not Kingdom functioning!

This is the year to throw aside complacency, apathy, and spiritual laziness. To really move forward, you are going to have to roll up your sleeves and do the work: prayer, research, reflection, and consistent application. I cannot stress this enough! This is the time for you to cross your Jordan and learn how to fight and dispossess the enemy. It is time to stop wandering in your wilderness and to move into your possessions in the Kingdom.

Are you ready?

I want you to choose several primary areas in your life where you need God’s Kingdom and blessing to come. For the next twelve months, these areas will become your Kingdom assignments and spiritual/physical focus.

I want you to get out a notebook and divide it up into sections. At the start of each section write the title of one of the areas you want victory over. Every day you are going to pray over those areas and then start looking for God’s wisdom on how to overcome them. I want you to move from the “wandering in the wilderness” mentality to the “possessing the land” one. God wants to work with you, NOT for you.

As you daily pray and review, the Holy Spirit will show you things to repent of, things to change (from absolute abandoning to slightly tweaking), and will place within your hands new information that will provide insights for overcoming and new implementations to release your faith into. Write them down in the appropriate sections of your notebook. Daily review what God has shown you, as well as a daily review of how you put them into practice (implementation). Be truthful with yourself. Where did you excel and where did you stumble? Work to overcome your personal stumbling blocks and to make the areas you excelled in even stronger. Remember, it took you a while to walk into these situations, and it will take some time to walk out. In every situation you can learn truths: both of what to do and what not to do.

Some areas you will really need to examine daily. These are the hard areas to change. Stubborn bad habits can really be strongholds in your life. Identify them, and then overcome them through prayer, fasting, and obedience to Christ.

Daily, weekly, and monthly – God will counsel you, provide insights and wisdom, and give you the grace (divine empowerment) to overcome the workings of the enemy and to consistently do what He shows you. If you stumble, don’t get into either self-pity or self-blame: both of these are head-games the enemy loves to play with us to keep us under his control. Identify, repent, and seek God’s power to do better the next day. If you do this every day for a month, you will be surprised at how many strongholds you will pull down and gain victory over.

Now select a special color pen to write down victories (even minor ones) in each section. These are the ones that you will need to go to when you feel down or disappointed. It will serve to remind you of just how far you have really come! Why is this important? Because the enemy’s lies are that you haven’t moved at all. He will place lying feelings on you to accompany his temptations to give up. The only thing that will overcome these feelings are the facts – facts written in your own handwriting! Open your notebook to that section and read every victory out loud for both you and the enemy to hear. You would be amazed at plannerhow quickly your feelings will change!

Just in case you think this is something that I am just writing about and not doing, here is a photo of my 2013 Strategic Journal. (That’s a good name for it, don’t you think?)

If you will do this consistently in 2013, you will find it will become one of the most successful and blessed years you have ever experienced!

Remember:

Identify – Research – Pray – Plan – Implement – Review

When you don’t plan to succeed, you are planning to fail!

 

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The New Wine Skin 3–the Tabernacle Within

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The New Wine Skins 3–Intro to the Tabernacle Within

New Wine Skins 3:  A revelation that we must have deep in our hearts today is that we ARE the Temple of the Holy Spirit.  When we understand the Tabernacle of Moses, its furniture, and service, we will understand the present day priesthood of the believer and how we can move forward in the LORD.  This session introduces the concept of "The Tabernacle Within."

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The Rock and the Throne 2

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Daniel 2 is coming alive before our very eyes!

 

Continuing from last week’s message.  We need to learn to return to humility, prayer, and fasting for the days ahead.  God is beginning to move and we need to position ourselves to the Throne!

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Preparing for 2013 and Beyond–Part 2

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Time to take notes, Heaven is Providing Answers!

 

Preparing for 2013 and Beyond – Part 2:  Dr. Lake continues with the theme of preparing for 2012.  Heaven has come near and is ready to give answers.  What kind of answers will Heaven give?  Also, how do we move from being a wisher into a doer in the Kingdom?  Our paradigms must change to enter into the new move of God.

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A Change in the Spiritual Dynamics of the Kingdom in This Hour

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Darkness and God’s Glory are Coming in Unprecedented Levels!

 

There is a change to the spiritual dynamics of the Kingdom coming. Isaiah prophesied about it in Isaiah 60.  Darkness like the world has never known is beating on the door of earth, but so is a new level of the Glory of God upon the Remnant!  Learn what this darkness is and how to walk in this new level of the Glory of God.  Dr. Lake will details seven weapons to prepare you for the days ahead and to walk in God’s best!

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Atonement 2011–Prophetic Word for the Days Ahead

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Powerful Prophetic Word for 2011!

Atonement 2011:  Prophetically, what is ahead for the Body of Christ in 2012?  What are the things the Holy Spirit is speaking during the Days of Awe?  Dr. Lake of Biblical Life delivers a powerful message with strong prophetic overtones for the days ahead.  Is America moving toward judgment?  Is there a refreshing coming for the remnant?  All of this is revealed in this video along with instruction for walking into what God is doing in this hour!

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Prophetic Word for 2011

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openBibleI recently shared a prophetic word that God gave to me regarding what is in store for 2011.  I have included a link to the audio message in MP3 below. It is my prayer that we all will be ready, aligned with the Kingdom, and prepared to move forward in 2011!

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Dr. Michael K. Lake

Biblical Life College & Seminary & Biblical Life Assembly

Jesus & the Prophetic Significance of the Feast of Dedication

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Most believers seem to drive right by the Feast of Dedication (or Hanukkah) not realizing that it has powerful prophetic significance to the New Testament Church and Jesus directly links it to “hearing His voice” in John 10:22-30.

You will find that today most believers listen more to the voice of the Greek King Antiochus Epiphanes than they do the Word of God!  This is a real eye-opener for modern Christians!  We will become the sheep that only listen to the voice of Messiah – the Good Shepherd or are we listening to the voice of another?

http://www.biblicallifeassembly.org/library/mp3/feasts/prophetic-significance-feast-of-dedication.mp3

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dr_michael_k_lakeMichael K. Lake, Th.D., D.R.E.

Chancellor and Founder

Dr. Lake is the chancellor and founder of Biblical Life College & Seminary and serves as an educational consultant for various Christian organizations around the world. He also serves as the Pastor of Biblical Life Assembly in Marshfield, MO and founded Biblical Life Publishing in 2010. Dr. Lake is listed in the US Registry’s "Who’s Who Among Outstanding Americans," Sterling’s "Who’s Who Executive Edition," and the "Who’s Who Among American Teachers" for his accomplishments in ministry.

The Prophetic, the New Heart, and Fulfilling Your Destiny DVD Series

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PHD-LogoDid you know that the first three kings of Israel walked in things that were beyond their dispensation and reflect the work of God in the lives on New Testament believers? Did you know that the prophetic anointing can release new giftings into your life or that you have a responsibility to guard and grow them?

In this new series, you will learn from the lives of Saul, David, and Solomon. You will learn from both their successes and failures. You will also learn the ancient Hebrew secret that made King David stand out and allowed him to build a throne that one day Messiah would sit upon!

You will also learn how to avoid the pitfalls the enemy uses to move you away from your destiny as well as how to flow with God to move into it!

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Maturation of the Bride – Part 1

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by Michael K. Lake, Th.D.

It does not take a prophet with keen discernment to realize that the Church of the Living God is being attacked on every side. This onslaught of the enemy is on many fronts. We have progressive/socialistic agendas pressing the Church from without. We also see from within the abandonment of key principle doctrines and the desire of the younger generation to run after questionable music masquerading as praise and worship, tattoos (which are forbidden by scripture), and social trends, fads, and pressures, which mold their biblical worldview. There are times that I sit in complete dismay at the changes that have occurred in the Church – just in the last ten years. It now seems that much of the Church is more worried about what the world thinks of them than they are the Savior who died and rose again to redeem them.

This past week, my wife was listening to very popular minister teaching on the Pretribulation Rapture on his weekly satellite broadcast. He shared how individuals in the Body of Christ were writing him and calling him a “heretic” because he was teaching on the Pretribulation Rapture. Now this man is a wonderful and anointed minister of the Gospel . (Not only have I listened to his ministry for years, but I have good friends who grew up with him.) We need to understand that there is no excuse for such name calling in the Body of Christ. As I heard Mary describe the hurt in his voice, I heard the Holy Spirit say:

“The Church today is like a family of spoiled children that spend most of their time arguing about the ‘exact time’ when Daddy is supposed to arrive home instead of getting their chores done before he gets there.”

I would have to say “amen” to that!

The Pretribulation Rapture View is Not the Only View

Growing up in the Baptist Church (both Southern Baptist and Missionary Baptist), I thought that the only eschatological view was the Premillennial Pretribulational View. This was the view held in those circles, as well as among many in the Charismatic Movement. I remember as a teenager looking through the Chick tract entitled “The Beast” with the dispensational charting of the Premillennial Pretribulational View laid out in a cartoon format. I thought that, at the ripe age of 14, I had all of the end time events down to a fine art. Over the years, I have heard ministers refer to those that did not hold that particular view as heretics, as if determining the exact timing of the Lord’s return was a part of orthodoxy. This kind of rhetoric from one’s camp can come back to bite you, even if you were not the one who spoke it. (I have never heard the minister that I referred to earlier ever call anyone a heretic.)

It was only after I was in seminary that I was exposed to other views.

The Word tells us:

1 John 3:2-3 (NKJV)
2 Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. 3 And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.

With prophecy, we are looking through a glass darkly (I Cor. 13:12). We forget that, prior to 1948, the majority of the Evangelical Church taught that Israel would never become a country again. With over a thousand years of teaching that the Church replaced Israel, there was no way that this could ever happen. As ministers in the early 1930’s and 40’s began proclaiming the resurrection of Israel, they were marked as “heretics” by the mainstay of Evangelical prophecy teachers in the Body of Christ. Needless to say, in 1948 the alleged heretics were proven correct, and the teachers on the forefront were proven wrong. After Israel became a nation, they had to edit and reprint much of their writings. We need to learn from that lesson and realize that the glass still may be a little dark regarding the timing of His return. Let’s look at the various eschatological positions on the timing of the return of the Lord:

Various Eschatological View of the Lord’s Return[1]

Premillennial Pretribulational View All believers are raptured out before the Great Tribulation. Tribulation and Millennium are literal 7-year and 1,000-year periods. Israel & Church are separate programs.
Premillennial Posttribulational View All believers are raptured at the end of the Great Tribulation Period. The Rapture and the Second Coming are the same event. Tribulation and Millennium are literal 7-year and 1,000-year periods. Israel & Church are separate programs.
Premillennial Midtribulational View All believers are raptured after 42 months (1,260 days) of the 7-year tribulation period. Tribulation and Millennium are literal 7-year and 1,000-year periods. Israel & Church are separate programs.
Premillennial Pretribulational Partial Rapture View Only some Christians will be raptured before the Great Tribulation. Those “unready” must be martyred to verify their faith. The Rapture and the Second Coming are separate events. Tribulation and Millennium are literal 7-year and 1,000-year periods. Israel & Church are separate programs.
Premillennial Prewrath Rapture View All believers are raptured during the Great Tribulation, but prior to the “Day of God’s Wrath” (Rev 6:17). The Rapture and the Second Coming are separate events. Tribulation and Millennium are literal 7-year and 1,000-year periods.
Evangelical Postmillennial View The Tribulation is age-long, not seven years. The Millennium is a literal 1,000-year reign of Christ, realized through the Church’s ministry of the Kingdom of God.
Augustine’s Amillennial View The Book of Revelation is symbolic of God’s Kingdom’s triumphing through the Church. The Great Tribulation and the Millennium are not 7-year and 1,000-year periods, but are symbolic terms for the age-long struggle of evil against Christ’s rule.
And there are others

Orthodoxy, in my opinion, should be looking for the literal return of Jesus as Messiah ben Joseph (the Conquering King), as well as looking forward to His literal Millennial Reign. This lines up with the whole of scripture and is in perfect harmony with a proper understanding of the Feasts of the LORD.

If we would spend as much time “getting our chores done” as we are fighting about the exact timing of His return, we could make such a difference in the world. Jesus is going to come back exactly when He is supposed to, regardless of how powerfully we argue our viewpoint as to its timing.

Finally, I am reminded of the wisdom of the late Dr. Walter Martin. One of our professors, Dr. Bruce Booker, had the privilege of attending a course taught by this great man of God. There were many in the class that worked feverishly to pin Dr. Martin down to the Premillennial Pretribulational View. I love his response:

“I always pray for a Pretribulation Rapture and prepare for a Posttribulation one.”

I believe that Dr. Martin believed it was better to be surprised by Rapture instead of Tribulation. There is always wisdom in preparation.

We need to spend our time preparing ourselves for His return: spiritually, mentally, and even physically. What is the worst that could happen if we are prepared physically to go through a portion of the Tribulation, only to be surprised by Rapture? We would leave supplies for the saints that manifest during those troubled times. Nowhere in the Word does it tell us that we will be left behind if we do not “guess” the exact timing of His coming. We are only commanded to “look” for His return.

In our next article, we will take a close look at the Laodicean Church and one possible reason why the Church is not readily seen in the Book of Revelation after Chapter Three.

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© Copyright 2010 by Michael K. Lake, Th.D.

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Dr. Lake is the Chancellor and Founder of Biblical Life College and Seminary, serves as the Pastor of Biblical Life Assembly, and is the President of Biblical Life Publishing.


Footnotes:

[1] Taken from “Dealing with “Last Things” – The Rapture, Second Coming, and Millennium” from the Spirit-Filled Life Study Bible. Thomas Nelson Publishers, Nashville, TN © Copyright 1991. Pages 1948-1951.