Monthly Manna Revelation: February 2021
Apostle Dr. James Brewton
We are living in unprecedented times – times of uncertainty driven by fear, anxiety, doubt, unbelief and terrorism – all at the hands of men. As saints of God, we must always stay front and center in alignment with the principles [constitution] of the Kingdom, the Word of God.
Jesus lets us know that the spirit of anti-Christ already exists in the world. The word Anti means to be against something or someone. In this case, we’re talking about Christ, the Messiah, the Anointing One - Jesus. Being anti-Christ doesn’t mean that people don’t believe in God or that they are against Jesus, the man. The phrase anti-Christ also refers to those who believe in God but have never come to trust Him as The Source in whom they have complete, absolute, uncompromising trust.
Anybody can display a sign saying, “Jesus Saves” and not know Him as Savior and Lord. Anybody can pray “the right prayer” and not believe one word of it, let alone have any revelation of it. That’s what Jesus meant when He warned his disciples about hypocrisy.
“…He began to say to His disciples first of all, ‘Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy. For there is nothing covered that will not be revealed, nor hidden that will not be known. Therefore whatever you have spoken in the dark will be heard in the light, and what you have spoken in the ear in inner rooms will be proclaimed on the housetops.’” (Luke 12:1-3)
Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven [doing and being righteous in the earth as a display of heaven’s righteousness], but he who does the will of My Father in heaven [not according to his own will or what he or she thinks is right]. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’ (Matthew 7:21-23)
BELOVED, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophet have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God, and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world. (1 John 4:1-3)
Our Focus: You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. They are of the world. Therefore they speak as of the world, and the world hears them. We are of God. He who knows God hears us; he who is not of God does not hear us. By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error. (Vss. 4-6)
Hypocrisy is the language of Pharisees – those who speak the Word of God and hold others accountable, but they are unwilling to hold themselves to the same Word of God that they say they believe, because their heart is far from Him. “These people draw near to Me with their mouth, and honor Me with their lips, but their heart is far from Me. And in vain they worship Me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.” (Matthew 15:8-9)
Jesus assures us that even the most secret sins eventually will be revealed and known. False prophets or teaches may look as innocent as sheep, use religious language, and sound spiritual. But if their lives don not bear the good fruit of obedience to Jesus’ teaching, they are false guides; and we should remove their influence from our lives immediately, regardless of their renown.
Notice that the apostle John said we should not believe every spirit, but test the spirits. Test the spirits, not the person! The person can be one of a good heart and with good intentions and yet exhibit an evil spirit; which is why we do not wrestle against flesh and blood (Eph. 6:10)…for the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty through God to pull down strongholds and cast down imaginations – high things [spirits] that exalt themselves against the knowledge of God (2 Cor. 10:4-5). A high thing [spirit] exalts itself. In other words, it is puffed up and swollen in pride and arrogance; and we know what Solomon said will happen to them.
Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall. Better to be of a humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud. (Proverbs 16:18-19)
As kingdom-compliant saints, we must test the moral and spiritual implications of every spirit, i.e. does it agree with Scripture? Will it make me more like Christ? John said, “By this you know.” As spiritually mature saints, we should be able to recognize the work of Satan at a glance. Any spirit is false if it denies the deity, humanity, or saving work of Jesus Christ; and is equally false, if it doesn’t display Christ’s deity, humanity and His saving work in and through the lifestyle of the believer. Anything less than full acceptance of, and obedience to, the divine-human Christ is following the Antichrist.
I am a sports enthusiast; and I enjoyed my seven seasons broadcasting university basketball on radio. Part of my job was to interview coaches and players prior to and after a game. Interviews were more pleasant after a win than after a loss. Losses are difficult to overcome. But I learned a valuable lesson on what makes a team move forward after a loss. I’ve found one attribute of coaches and athletes that the body of Christ should emulate. It is their ability to put a loss in the rearview mirror and start preparing for the next game. Fans may still be reeling from a devastating loss for days while the team has already moved on. Their putting the loss behind them released a new freedom and drive to move forward and play better as a team. Why? Because everyone wants to win!
Many in the Body of Christ are pinning way too much hope for the future of this country on a presidential election. Yes, the loss of Donald Trump has felt like a devastating defeat for many in the body of Christ. Nevertheless, I believe we need to take seriously our dual citizenship, prioritizing our heavenly citizenship over our natural citizenship in the USA. As a bondservant, called to be an apostle, and serving the Lord with a loyal heart, I am afraid our earthly citizenship has taken our focus front and center and has drained our emotional reserves by distracting us from our first love and call.
Jesus left us in the world and prayed that we be sanctified and kept from the evils of the world systems by the Truth of God’s Word. The Kingdom of God is an ever-increasing kingdom. Jesus has given us a mandate: “Occupy till I come – do business till I come.” (Luke 19:13) Our mandate has not changed. As kings and priests unto God; bondservants called to be apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers, our mandate is to advance the Kingdom of God in the earth, utilizing the same spiritual tools Jesus used during His earthly ministry – love, faith, forgiveness, humility, obedience and grace – until the kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ (Revelation 11:15).
We must keep praying for our country, but it is time to put the presidential election in the rearview mirror and get back to the kingdom work to which we are called. Inclusive in our call to make America great again should also be our call to this country and the Church within her borders to humility and repentance.
The current anxiety over COVID and the uncertain future of a new contingent of power in Washington D.C. should actually make this job easier. We are not devastated as a nation, for devastation and perverted and immoral activity has long served as a precursor for many of history’s revivals and awakenings. But what we are witnessing is a mounting list of concerns that are actually increasing the level of desperation in our prayers; and this should not be. Saints should never pray from a place of desperation, we pray from a mentality of victory through Jesus Christ who died for us to enjoy victory. That is a reason for hope. So, let’s forget what lies behind and strain for what lies ahead. Let’s press on (Philippians 3:13).
The anointing and mantle of John the Baptist and the prophet Elijah awaits us – the kingdom remnant that Father has prepared to bring divine restoration to the body of Christ for such a time as this. Like John the Baptist, we must turn the heart of our nation’s attention back to the Lord and pray that believers will realize their hope in Christ; that their hearts are changed on the inside, so that they embrace what is taking place on the outside. We are equipped for service from the inside out.
Elijah’s anointing caused people to sit up and take notice of the work of the Lord. Elijah’s mantle caused people to repent of their wicked ways and turn back to God. His anointing gave people hope for their future and caused them to see that their righteous God was working on their behalf. It made them ready on the inside to receive change on the outside. This too is our mandate, especially within the body of Christ – the church.
Elijah means the Lord is my God!
Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD. (Malachi 4:5)
And he will turn many of the children of Israel to the Lord their God. He will also go before Him in the spirit and power of Elijah, ‘to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children,’ and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, to make ready a people prepared for the Lord. (Luke 1:16-17)
For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John. And if you are willing to receive it, he is Elijah who is to come. He who has ears to hear, let him hear! (Matthew 11:13-14)
It all Begins With Love - Love is A Kingdom Covenant Law!
Clearly, the solid foundation of the Kingdom of God is love! Like the Word of God, love is eternal and “Love never fails.” (1 Corinthians 13:8) The word love in this context is the Greek word agape taken from agapao, which means love in a social or moral sense; affection or benevolence; a love-feast: charity, dear, love.
This description references the divine, self-sacrificial, unconditional love of God shown toward us and given from His heart of benevolence with pure motives. This same love has been shed abroad in our hearts by Holy Spirit who is given to us; so we too are obligated, through New Testament command, to give to others the same love God has given to each of us, “because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the holy Spirit who was given to us.” (Romans 5:5)
Wow! How awesome is that? When we received Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, Holy Spirit [our Comforter] was given to us as a Gift, and with that Gift came Love – God Himself! The very nature of God is love, which also is the primary fruit of Holy Spirit in the life of the believer.
I really don’t believe people hate one another as much as they are afraid of one another. As humans, we tend to be intimidated by those who look, think and behave differently than we do. The result, in many cases, can generally be seen in the form of some kind of defense bent on superiority and carried out in an evil way which tends to inflict some measure of harm - separation, discrimination, racism, prejudice and bigotry. If only people would love one another; as stated in 1 John 4:18, “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.”
Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. He who does not love does not know God, for God is love. In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loves us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loves us, we also ought to love one another. No one has seen God at any time. If we love one another, God abides in us, and His love has been perfected in us. By this we know that we abide in Him, and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit. (1 John 4:7-13, emphasis mine)
According to the above scripture text, there is no getting around the fact that God is revealed through our love for one another. When love controls our thoughts and behavior, and is shown to others, it becomes the same benevolent gift God gave believers through His Son, Jesus. This means that it is perfected in and through us by the indwelling Holy Spirit when genuinely shown toward others. To this end, it becomes the believer’s primary obligation and his highest birthright, making love a foundation of the Kingdom of Heaven.
A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have love you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another. (John 13:34-35)
If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself,’ you do well. (James 2:8)
Saints of God, this is our time to heal, and love is the foundation from which we can build ourselves on our most holy faith by praying in the Holy Spirit and by embracing this opportunity for the body of Christ to examine herself to make sure she is in the faith and compliant with the principles of the Kingdom of Heaven.
This is the opportune time for the body of Christ to make true repentance from the heart a reality, and become the living organism fit to function and carry out our kingdom mandate. One billion souls await our faithfulness to, “Occupy till I come” (Luke 19:13), so that “The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever!” (Revelation 11:15)
Community Empowerment Ministries, Inc. &
Community Empowerment Family Worship Ministries, Inc.
219 Oak St.
Claxton, GA 30417
Phone: (803) 591-8744
Sunday School 9:30am
Morning Worship 11:00am
Identitly Institute, School of Ministry
Like us on Facebook!