Give instruction to a wise man and he will be yet wiser; teach a righteous man
(one upright and in rightstanding with God) and he will increase in learning.
As I come before you my brothers and sisters I purposely come with an earnest intent into following Holy Spirits direction;
and I do so by inclining my ear to whatever He would have me say today. I will speak His truth, free from any obscurity, free from any worldly nonsense. For speaking Gods Word with integrity and in purity is a must. For it is a lamp to our feet and a light to our path. And it must be treated as such.
So, let us be mindfully attentive to what Holy Spirit has to say to us today. Do away with any preconceived notions about what you will hear from this pulpit today. Allow yourself to receive the comprehensive insight that only comes when you listen to His words respectfully, not losing sight of them. In doing so, give yourself an advantage by authorizing them to penetrate deep within your hearts, enabling the life and healing that they contain to enter into those who find them, Amen!
We will begin by going to the Scriptures that Holy Spirit has given me as my directive for the times. They are Scriptures that we must acknowledge before we enter into today’s teaching.
2 Timothy 3:16-17
16 Every Scripture is God-breathed (given by His inspiration) and profitable for instruction, for reproof and conviction of sin, for correction of error and discipline in obedience, and for training in righteousness.
The Scriptures move us towards living holy, in conformity to God’s will in thought, purpose, and action.
WHY!!! Verse 17 answers the question.
17 So that the man of God may be complete and proficient, well fitted and thoroughly equipped for every good work.
You will be thoroughly equipped for obedience to God.
So, what these Scriptures are telling me is this, (I pray that you agree with me).
That from the first word written in the book of Genesis to the last word written in the book of Revelation and of course every word in between came straight from the Fathers mouth.
Now, if you agree with me, we can proceed.
Proverbs 9:9-12 (AMPC)
9 Give instruction to a wise man and he will be yet wiser; teach a righteous man (one upright and in right standing with God) and he will increase in learning.
In ministering the Word of God, I have been instructed by Holy Spirit to save my breath for the wise, and to speak only what He directs me to speak. I welcome His Wisdom! And in obedience to His directive, that’s exactly what I am going to do. To welcome His Wisdom and in turn impart the Wisdom of God to all that desire to receive.
I assure you it has become a habit of mine in allowing Holy Spirit to mentor me in life, especially when it comes to teaching Gods Word. And this relationship continues to grow only because of my consistency in seeking His counsel during my Study and Meditation of His Word. And Gods motive for having me to do it His way, is that it is good for the people.
I have learned through my experiences that those who open the eyes of their heart and incline their ears to what Holy Spirit imparts, well, those are the ones that will indeed profit from it.
So, let us profit, let yourself move into the light of God’s Word.
For verse 10 says
10 The reverent and worshipful fear of the Lord is the beginning of Wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight and understanding.
The insight and knowledge of the Holy One will definitely move you into the arena of excellence thus profiting from Gods Word, because it is an arena that contains a superiority that teaches us the art of living skillfully, holy and wiser. And its beginnings come with us having a reverent and worshipful fear of The Lord.
Here’s a tip, Fearing God will come easy as you seek His Face daily.
Consistency, teams up with desire to move you into God’s arena of excellence.
For in pursuing His ways and purposes, you will also learn about Who He is. His Character, His integrity and attributes, those things that bring perfection into one’s life. You will find that there are many benefits in coming to know your God and His Wisdom.
Look at verse 11
11 For by Me [Wisdom from God] your days shall be multiplied, and the years of your life shall be increased.
It is through the Wisdom of God, that your life deepens, and the years of your life come to maturity. In other words, your life will attain and sustain a Scriptural maturity, a fulfillment of everything godly, leading to a life of enjoyment and perfection.
You will come to love being in His Presence. For it is there in His habitation that the inspiration and instruction for living skillfully and wisely originate. There should be no doubt about it. Being in God’s Presence and taking ownership of His Wisdom will definitely improve your life.
So, do not dishonor the life that He has given you, this life that you have been blessed with, for if you dishonor life, life will dishonor you.
If you are wise, wisdom is its own reward. If you mock what you don’t understand, you alone will suffer the consequences.
So, my brothers until next time, “he who has ears let him hear,”
Remember my friends, "Jesus is Lord!"
Dr. Pancho Valenzuela
The Doctors Stethoscope
Here is a email that I received from Brother Maceo Smith. It ministered to me in a powerful manner. I would like to share it with you.
While researching for information on "The Authority of the Believer" I came across a message by Billy Graham. Some of you are ministers of the Gospel and you may find something in the message you can share at a home-going service. For others, you may find something in the message to strengthen you in an area of your life. Set aside about 9 minutes to read and hear what Billy Graham delivered in this message. IT WILL EMPOWER YOU!!
Christ Has Conquered Death By Billy Graham • April 2, 2014 •
Christ has risen from the dead! And because He lives, we who know Him shall live also. In the resurrection, Jesus Christ conquered sin and death and is alive forevermore.
All over the world, churches are filled with worshipers because there is an empty tomb in Jerusalem
We worship a risen, living Savior, who has promised to give immortality to all who believe on His name.
No longer do men and women need to stumble in the fog and the darkness of hopelessness. A Light shines brighter than the noonday sun, offering hope to everyone who has been born again.
Jesus promised, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die” (John 11:25-26).
Long ago Job asked, “If mortals die, can they live again?” (Cf. Job 14:14).
We expect death, but we always have a glimmer of hope that medical science will discover something that will keep us alive a little longer.
Death carries with it a certain dread. From the day that Abel was killed, people have dreaded death. It has been the enemy, the great, mysterious monster that makes people quake with fear.
The Bible always links sin and death.
It says “the sting of death is sin” (1 Corinthians 15:56) and “through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned” (Romans 5:12).
Death stalks the rich and the poor, the educated and the uneducated. Death is no respecter of race, color or creed. Its shadow haunts us day and night. We never know when the moment of death will come for us.
Is there any hope? Is there a possibility of immortality?
I take you to an empty tomb in the garden of Joseph of Arimathea.
Mary, Mary Magdalene and Salome had gone to anoint the body of the crucified Christ. They had been startled to find the tomb empty.
An angel sat on the stone by the door of the tomb and said, “I know you are looking for Jesus.” Then the angel said, “He is not here; for He is risen” (Matthew 28:6).
The greatest news that mortal ear has ever heard is the news that Jesus Christ has risen from the dead as He promised! The resurrection of Jesus Christ is the chief proof of the Christian faith.
It is the truth that lies at the very foundation of the Gospel. Other doctrines of the Christian faith are important, but the resurrection is essential. Without a belief in the resurrection there can be no personal salvation.
The Bible says, “If we confess with our mouths that Jesus is Lord and believe in our hearts that God raised him from the dead, we will be saved” (Cf. Romans 10:9).
In the resurrection of Jesus Christ we have the answer to the great question of the ages: “If mortals die, can they live again?” The Bible teaches that because Christ lives, we also shall live.
The greatest truth that you can ever hear is that Jesus Christ died but rose again, and that you, too, will die but can rise again into newness of life.
The Bible teaches the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is not a spiritual resurrection, as some would have us believe. Jesus’ very body was raised by God from the dead, and someday we will see Him.
The resurrected Christ also lives today in another very real sense: in the heart of every true believer. Though He is in His glorified body in Heaven, yet through the Holy Spirit He dwells in the heart of every Christian.
The Scripture says, “Christ lives in you, and this is your assurance that you will share in His glory” (Cf. Colossians 1:27).
The Christ of God, in whom “the fullness of God lives in a human body” (Cf. Colossians 2:9), condescends to live within the hearts of people. This is a mystery that is beyond comprehension and yet gloriously true.
When we come to Jesus Christ, we bring everything that we have. Our bodies with all their members, our faculties, our talents, our time, our money, our possessions, our hearts, our will, are all His.
Our faces become the faces in which the resurrected Christ shows forth His beauty and His glory. Our eyes become the eyes of the resurrected Christ, to exhibit His sympathy and His tenderness.
He wants to look on the world’s needs through your eyes. Your eyes should never be lent to the devil; they belong to God. Be careful how you use your eyes!
Our lips become the lips of the resurrected Christ, to speak His messages. The harsh, unkind words remain unspoken.
Other people marvel at the gracious words that come out of our mouths. When He was on earth, the people said, “No man ever spoke like this Man!” (John 7:46). And this is the One who lives within you. Your lips become an instrument for the expression of His message.
His words are spirit and life. The word going forth out of His mouth cannot return unto Him void. Remember, your lips are His; they should never be lent to the devil.
Our ears become the ears of the resurrected Christ. They will be sensitive to every cry of spiritual need. Jesus living in us today listens through our ears and hears the plaintive cry of the world’s needs.
Take heed what you hear. Refuse to hear the voice of the tempter or give your sanction to the spread of false reports and idle rumors concerning others. Your ears are Jesus’ ears; never lend them to the devil.
Our minds become the mind of the resurrected Christ. The Scripture says, “Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 2:5). Cultivate spiritual thinking. Your intellect becomes His so that He may plan through you and you may be an instrument for the realization of His purpose. Yield your mind to Him so that you may know His secrets and be kept in His will. Never lend your mind to the devil; the mind is the devil’s favorite avenue of attack.
Our hands become the hands of the resurrected Christ, to act on His impulse. He will work through us. The living Christ dwells in our hearts and gives us power to live the victorious life. The Apostle Paul said that the same power that raised Christ from the dead is ours to enable us to live for Him!
The feet of the Christian need to tread the narrow path that the Savior trod, keeping in step with Him throughout the earthly pilgrimage. He lives in you. Let your feet direct you only to those places where Christ wants you to go.
We are to allow the resurrected Christ to allocate our time as His own; to control our money as His own; to energize our talents, our zeal and our ability with His resurrected life; to have complete right-of-way throughout our beings. He does not want an apartment in our house. He claims our entire home from attic to cellar.
Not only does the resurrection give us hope of immortality but it also provides Life with a capital “L” here and now. Before the resurrection of Christ, the Holy Spirit came upon individuals only on certain occasions for special tasks. But now, after the resurrection, Christ through the Holy Spirit dwells in the heart of every believer to give us supernatural power in living our daily lives. The Scripture says that the same power that raised Jesus from the dead on the first celebration of the resurrection will raise us from the dead if the Spirit lives in us. Call upon His resources. His grace is more than sufficient; He will cause you always to triumph over the world, the flesh and the devil.
Perhaps you do not know the power of the resurrected Christ. You have never knelt at the foot of the cross and had your sins forgiven.
On that first Good Friday, Jesus Christ died on the cross in your place. He took your judgment, your sin, your death. Scripture teaches, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved” (Acts 16:31). The Bible says, “The blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin” (1 John 1:7).
On the third day Jesus was raised from the dead. That fact is a guarantee that the atoning work of Christ on the cross was acceptable to God in your place.
Now you need to receive Him and to believe on Him. God says that He will clothe you in His righteousness. Everyone can know the power of the resurrected Christ. Through disappointments and trials, through all the circumstances of life, the resurrected Christ will go with you, if you will put your trust in Him by faith.
At this glorious season of His Resurrection, what a time to give your life to Christ, to bend your will to His; to let the resurrected Christ come to dwell in your heart and give you supernatural power to meet the problems of the day. So many people are confused, lonely, discouraged. Give your life to Christ. Let Him transform your life so that you will have a glow on your face, a spring in your step and joy in your soul.
First, you need to renounce your sins. Second, by faith receive Him as your Savior. Will you do that today? If you will, the resurrected Christ will come to live in your heart!
I for one thank God for Billy Graham, what an inspiration he has been to the body of Christ. I ask God to keep on Blessing him with a long and healthy life.
For more on Billy Graham here is his website. https://billygraham.org
The Doctors Library
For those of you who are moving in some area of the Five-Fold Ministry this is a must read. It will help to refine you so that you in turn can refine your ministry. Here is an example of what Brother Copeland presents in this powerful ministry tool.
Focus: “That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God” (Colossians 1:10)
Believers demand excellence from God and have every right to expect the very best from Him. He, Himself, has set the standard of excellence for the Body of Christ. He is the ultimate example of complete success. In the same way, you should be ready, willing and dedicated to demand excellence from yourself.
The same holds true in a ministry. If you are a pastor, you are required by God to demand excellence out of your congregation as well as those who work with you in your ministry. As a minister called out into the field, you will demand excellence from the people who work for you and from the congregations you serve. You must be willing to demand the highest form of excellence from the ministries you are involved in.
The Apostle Paul recognized the gravity of his calling. He knew that the gospel was committed into his trust. “According to the glorious gospel of the Blessed God, which was committed to my trust.” (1 Timothy 1:11). Paul took the training of his disciples very seriously because he realized they were handling the mightiest power in the universe. He wrote, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth” (Romans 1:16). The gospel is the power of God! The gospel is not only the power by which a person is saved from hell, it is also God’s unlimited ability so save, heal and deliver.
As a minister of the gospel, you are entrusted with God’s strength and might. You are therefore faced with two responsibilities: 1 to develop and maintain excellence of ministry and 2 to deal with Satan.
Excellence in ministry absolutely will not tolerate unbelief, failure or taking the easy way out. A ministry of excellence will pay whatever price is necessary to get the job done and done right—God’s way, based on His Word. This way Jesus will be represented well. Your ministry represents Jesus Christ to the world. Yours is a sacred calling. It must be executed with dedication and integrity. You are expected to demonstrate absolute honesty and commitment. Without a firm decision to succeed with God’s help, you cannot hope to maintain the measure of maturity and perfection that your ministry must command.
Having acknowledged the call and anointing of God upon your life, you pose a serious threat to Satan. In his eyes, you have become the most dangerous living thing on this globe. Your second responsibility is to contend with him.
Satan is not worried about God. He is postponing that inevitable confrontation as long as he can. But since you represent God’s divine power and authority in this world, the adversary must reckon with you. If you were to die now, he would not care whether you went to heaven or hell. Either way, you would be forever removed from the field of battle and out of his way. What Satan does fear is a person who is born again—one who has God’s divine nature in his spirit. Only such a person can wield the sword of the Spirit—the Word of God—with accuracy. You are dangerous to him, and you will have to resist him.
When you strap on the full armor of God (Ephesians 6:11), you must be prepared and determined to use it. The evil one will certainly attack you with all the forces of darkness. But at the same time, be prepared for victory! All the combined forces of hell are not powerful enough to defeat you!
Praise God!! That’s just a modest example of what you will find in this powerful book written by Brother Copeland. If you would like a copy of this book here’s a link where you can go directly to Kenneth Copeland's Ministry shop and purchase it on their website. https://my.kcm.org/?Source=WEB.
Tree of Life does not sell any books that it promotes. I believe that one way of promoting the gospel is by inspiring people to read the books that inspired me. I believe that part of my job is just to encourage people to read books that excel in teaching the Word of God. As time goes by we will let you all know when we come upon a book that has a powerful anointing word to impart. Just as with this book, I recommend it highly, for it will enlighten you to learn more about Who Jesus is and Who He should be in your ministry.
Encourage U-On Ministry
This is a little something from my Thursday morning Christian Men's Fellowship:
A few points from the lesson "Made to Last Forever". (Rick Warren, The Purpose Driven Life).
1. This life is not all there is.
2 Life on earth is just the dress rehearsal before the real production. You will spend far more time
on the other side of death-in eternity-than you will here.
3. The Bible says, "God has ....planted eternity in the human heart." Ecclesiastes 3:11
4. While life on earth offers many choices, eternity offers only two: heaven or hell.
5. When you live in light of eternity, your values change.
a. You use your time and money more wisely.
b. You place a higher premium on relationships and character instead of fame, or wealth or
achievement or even fun.
6. The most damaging aspect of contemporary living is short-term thinking.
7. God has a purpose for your life on earth, but it doesn't end here. His plan involves far more
than the few decades you will spend on this planet. It's more than "the opportunity of a
lifetime". God offers you an opportunity beyond your lifetime. The Bible says, "[God's] plan
endure forever; his purposes last eternally."
I pray that you enjoyed that. I hope it impacted your spirit as it did mine.
Here is Brother Maceo's website: www.maceosmith.org
Prayer of Salvation and Baptism of Holy Spirit
If you do not know Jesus as your Savior and Lord, simply pray the following prayer in faith, and Jesus will be your Lord!
Heavenly Father, I come to You in the Name of Jesus. Your Word says, "Whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved" (Acts 2:21). I am calling on You. I pray and ask Jesus to come into my heart and be Lord over my life according to Romans 10:9-10: "If thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God has raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation." I do that now. I confess that Jesus is Lord, and I believe in my heart that God raised Him from the dead.
Baptism of Holy Spirit
1 Corinthians 12:13 (NLT)
13 Some of us are Jews, some are Gentiles, some are slaves, and some are free. But we have all been baptized into one body by one Spirit, and we all share the same Spirit.
1 Corinthians 6:19 (NLT)
19 Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself,
Ephesians 4:4-6 (NLT)
4 For there is one body and one Spirit, just as you have been called to one glorious hope for the future.
5 There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism,
6 and one God and Father, who is over all and in all and living through all.
The Prayer of Salvation and the Baptism of the Holy Spirit brings believers into the body of Christ. So pray the prayer and join all those who believe in God, all those who come in obedience, obeying His commands, and seeking Him in spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
I am now reborn! I am a Christian—a child of Almighty God! I am saved! You also said in Your Word, "If ye then being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: HOW MUCH MORE shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?" (Luke 11:13). I’m also asking You to fill me with the Holy Spirit. Holy Spirit, rise up within me as I praise God. I fully expect to speak with other tongues as You give me the utterance (Acts 2:4). In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Matthew 16:16 NLT
Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”
What is a Ministry? Is it Rules and Bylaws? Denominational affiliation?
Jesus didn't build a building and endow a fund or start a denomination.
He invited people to know Him. Peter saw this in his ministry, that is why He confessed that Jesus was
"The Messiah, The Son of The Living God."
It is a confession-the confident belief in Jesus as Lord-that is the foundation for the Ministries Jesus seeks to build.
Christian maturity means many things, but it starts and continues with a God-inspired declaration of Christ as Savior.
Make sure you and your Ministry stay Christ centered as you live and articulate your beliefs.
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Dr. Francisco J Valenzuela