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Knowing the Source

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Linda Boyette

Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins;  

and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Acts 2:38

Reading the actual events of Acts causes me to stand in speechless awe.  There is no painter capable of brushing beauty, no nation’s army to fight with such boldness as demonstrated in the brand new, true and genuine Spirit-filled church of Jesus Christ! It also leaves me dumbfounded. Much of today’s church, the professing body of Christ, 2000 years later exists broken down, defeated and sin infested. This is definitely not the picture nor the pattern presented to us from the church of Acts – or is it? There is one incident we often overlook, yet dare never forget.

In that first church of Acts, no one lived in a state of need. The congregation of believers sold what they owned and gave the earnings to the trusted apostles who then distributed the available funds to each believer according to their need. Ananias and Sapphira were participating with those claiming to have been forgiven, filled with the Holy Spirit and now living in one accord with the newly found church. They were not forced to give all of their funds; each gave what they had agreed upon. Unbeknown to the rest of the believers, Ananias professed to have given all when in truth he kept part back for him and his wife. But God saw and His Holy Spirit knew. The Spirit of Jesus, giving the apostles discernment in knowing the true state of their hearts, confronted these two deceivers. We know the rest of the story. Incredible!

However, this was not the first encounter of one living other than they professed. One thousand years earlier God’s chosen people were finally entering into the Promised Land. God specifically, clearly, repeatedly said obey all of my word and it will go well with you. Achan heard, participated and fought for the land, but decided God didn’t mean what He said. Stealing some of the enticing yet forbidden treasures of the pagans cost him and his family their lives and family name. What a tragedy over not taking God at His Word.

However, even earlier there were two thinking God was withholding something good and chose not to take His Word as absolute truth. They would also be wise and have it their way. The choice of Adam and Eve brought sin and death to every man born since that day. Brokenness, defeat, and sin-infested living take root in a heart not honest before God or man; I may look good on the outside, but I’m calling the shots inside.  “Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit…you have conceived (in your authority) this deed in your heart? You have not lied to men but to God” (Acts 5:3, 4). This is why we have Christmas, Easter, and Pentecost. Jesus Christ came and took my sins on the cross, paid the penalty for my sin with His blood, broke all chains of sin’s power and conquered the penalty of death through His resurrection.

There is a second work of Easter: to make me perfect/complete IN Christ- being filled with the Holy Spirit of Easter’s Victor- Jesus! The Holy Spirit of the Resurrection and Pentecost fills me with all of His fullness. His flowing and my abiding is the only source of eternal life and power available, that I might freely and continually declare  loyal allegiance to Father and Son, with willing obedience to the inner working of the Holy Spirit and not to the old self-center of Adam. Any other will, way or work leads to death! Whether it is the Promised Land or the Promised Life, God never accepts counterfeit living from a wrong spirit when one claims to be filled with His own.

We are the benefactors of the legacies of those who have gone before us – true and false; however, three thousand years later we also have the entire, Holy Spirit inspired, written Word of God to remind the faithful, rebuke the faithless and restore the fallen.  With God’s Word being declared, written and living, we have the complete source for living the life intended and provided for by the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit in order that we might know Jesus, be true bearers of His Word and authentic carriers of His presence.

All glory and honor be given to the Father Jesus and the Holy Spirit!


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Spring’s Weekly Prayer Focus: How fitting that today is the beginning of praying for church revival within every state of our nation (Click the State Prayer Guide link below) and around the world. Start with your own church congregation. First, bring the most personal professing believer in the congregation for revival-your self. Am I doing church or am I being an authentic member of His body? Am I filled with the genuine source of Holy Living?


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Knowing the Source (1)

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by Linda Boyette 

 I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not see Him or know Him, but you know Him because He abides with you and will be in you…the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you.  (John 14: 17, 26)

For the promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off, as many as the Lord our God will call to Himself. Acts 2:39)


Have you ever given much thought to the Words of Jesus spoken to His disciples before His crucifixion and their reaction after His resurrection? I have. Though I belong to Him and long to follow Him, like the early disciples, I too, at times find myself easily distressed over what appears to be instead of claiming His past Words of truth for the present opportunity of living in the reality of what truly is: Easter’s Triumphant Source – The Holy Spirit of Jesus!

On that first Easter morning, the dazzling messenger greeted those terrified women with “Why do you seek the living One among the dead? He is not here, but He is risen. Remember how He spoke to you while He was still in Galilee…” The women remembered His words but without understanding. The apostles heard this earth-shaking news but it appeared to them as nonsense, and they would not believe them and remained hidden with doors shut filled with fear (Luke 24 & John 20).

Oh, how I love Calvary’s mercy. Jesus didn’t choose another twelve who would do better and He didn’t withdraw His commission to go tell. Standing in their midst, living proof of His Word, He rebuked them for their unbelief and hardness of heart (Mark 16). Then Jesus, demonstrating resurrection grace, opened their minds to understand the Scriptures (John 24:45).  and announced again the Father’s promised source of power for being the disciples He had chosen and died for. I am sending forth the promise of My Father upon you but you are to stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high (Luke 24:49).

I must never forget Jesus’ absolute sacrifice! He alone is my Savior who rescues me from darkness, redeems me from the captivity of the devil and enslavement to sin. His blood reconciles me to God, our Father, and restores His holy image. I must never forget the cross is the Father’s way for my receiving His promised Holy Spirit who fills my center with all of His fullness for living in the will of the Father. He pours into my life the right Spirit – the only source, providing eternal life, divine agape empowered living and the pure privilege of being One with Father and Jesus (John 17).

The early disciples were told to wait for the promise. Today, this very moment, the presence of the promise is available for living within you and me, fulfilling the guarantee of all that is Christ’s is mine (John 7:37, 38; Romans 8:17; Ephesians 1:13, 14 NLT).  If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him (Luke 11:13)?

In the midst of a dark and hopeless world, the hope and strength one receives in this new day of knowing where to seek Him, and remembering the old words of our risen Lord is so precious. Then and now, one can never be his disciple by mere desire and fleshly effort. He came, He died, He arose and lives to be my Savior, center, and source. Jesus IS enough!


Spring’s Weekly Prayer Focus

rainTherefore repent and return, so that your sins may be wiped away, in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord; and that He may send Jesus, the Christ appointed for you (Acts 3:19, 20).
Ask Jesus for His Holy Spirit and know, moment by moment, the beauty of renewed life!


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Knowing the Way

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by Linda Boyette

I am the Way...
John 14:6
Now My soul has become troubled;
and what shall I say, ‘Father save Me from this hour’?
But for this purpose I came to this hour.

John 12:27


Jesus, God’s lamb slain before the foundation of the world came to earth. The Word made flesh dwelt among us revealing God’s Absolute Way, Truth and Life. The Bible teaches us Jesus is not a way, He is The Way. He is not a part of truth, He is Truth. He is not a standard of life, He is Life. He is not a kind of love, He is love.

There is One Way to the Father – through Jesus. For you and me to have Jesus, the Father’s way is the cross. On Good Friday, Jesus received His cross and fulfilled our Father’s will. Yielding His Spirit into His Father’s hands He cried, “It is finished!” (Luke 24:46; John 19:30). Because of Calvary and Easter we can know and receive the Way, Truth, and life in Jesus! In a beloved hymn, Charles Wesley states: “I need no other argument I have no other plea, it is enough that Jesus died and that He died for me.”

The New Testament Covenant sets me free from the law of sin and of death. The undeserved New Testament grace of Jesus offers us the life of Father and Son if I am willing to die to the old manIf anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake, he is the one who will save it. For what is a man profited if he gains the whole world, and loses or forfeits himself? (Luke 9:23-25 NASV). The if is not about putting conditions to or working for grace. Grace invites me to live my life in the One Who laid down His life, with His blood making the absolute provision  to know the priceless privilege of entering into God’s everlasting covenant of Calvary love. God never forces grace; He gives grace. Therefore, upon saying yes to receiving God’s gift of grace I too must bear a cross – my own.

Bearing my cross is not giving payment for my sin, rather it is a cross identifying that in Christ I am dead to sin and alive to God (Romans 6). My cross is not made of wood. My cross is the unseen life of faith stained with His blood, obtaining its power from the resurrected Christ Jesus. With His resurrection power, I remain dead to the old self-will and continually live in His will. My cross is the consistent drawing from the fountain of living water within, trusting Him to meet and supply every need, instead of gratifying the lusts of the flesh. Taking up my cross means receiving from Jesus what only He can give – agape love. My cross is the humility to confess and acknowledge that for me to know Jesus, live in Jesus and spill out the reality of His way, truth and life, I must be cleansed by the blood, filled with resurrection life and remain in Him.

If I take up my cross, I know the incredible freedom of living grace; life through the Holy Spirit of the Risen Lord (Galatians 5:1). My cross is crucifixion of the old man, the old life and the old lies, inviting Jesus to have His way in making all things new all the time! On His cross, Jesus gave Himself for New Covenant living. Taking up my cross is giving Him myself and my own way to His cleansing and keeping; faithfully and with joy!

Today, this present culture thinks any way is good, anything is accepted, any thought is truth, any style goes, and whatever you believe you have a right to believe. There’s just one problem; it’s the old way of thinking; You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father…he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies. But because I speak the truth, you do not believe Me (John 8:44, 45). With His cross ever before me, my cross always upon me, Jesus in me and the world behind me I no longer need live a lie!

Good Friday is over! Easter is here! Every moment of every day, He is now ALIVE in me! The cross – His and mine – is God’s Way for REVIVAL: knowing the Beauty of the Living Lord JESUS! God’s Way of the cross leads home!


Spring’s Prayer Focus

Rejoice in God Your Savior and claim every heart and life of your family for Him; taking up their cross and following Him. JESUS IS ALIVE!

A Spring Challenge: Read John 15-17.


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Know My Heart

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by Linda Boyette 

 …God knows your hearts; for that which is highly esteemed
among men is detestable in the sight of God
Luke 16:15

What began as a day of celebration actually points to a very sobering problem. The very ones who were praising Jesus, lauding Him as king while caught up in the frenzied crowd on Palm Sunday were seven days later yelling “crucify Him, we have no king but Caesar!” The twelve who followed him for three years soon were nowhere to be found. How often we, the professing church honor with our lips and service on Sunday only to proceed to walk in pride, slander, hatred, and even sexual immorality. How can this be?

Man had this problem way before Palm Sunday. Adam & Eve’s first choice to sin resulted in …every intent of the thoughts of his (man’s) heart was only evil continually…and He (God) was grieved in His heart (Genesis 6: 5, 6). God’s prophet declared the problem clearly in Jeremiah 17:9;  The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? We must grasp the importance of the heart! For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed the evil thoughts, …envy, slander, pride, and foolishness. All these evil things proceed from within and defile the man  (Mark 7:21).

In Webster’s 1828 online dictionary, I found the English language definition of heart gives insight and significant correlation to the deep spiritual truths within God’s Word. The term heart derives from the Latin word cor, from which evolves the English word core (or named from motion and pulsation). Webster’s definition of heart is quite extensive, describing it as the inner part, the middle or interior of something, the seat of the affection, the seat of understanding and the seat of the will. It goes on to define heart with person, character and spirit, the secret thoughts, purposes, intentions and recesses and disposition of the mind.  In other words (my synopsis), the heart is the core or center containing the essence from which all else functions.

We often read the Biblical account of David, the young shepherd boy who, having the desire to lift up Yahweh’s name, slew the mighty giant Goliath. Samuel said God chose David to be Israel’s king (before he killed the giant) solely because he was a man after God’s own heart (I Samuel 13:14; 16:7). For years, I have missed the “heart” of this statement. David’s desire in life was to possess within his inner core the very same essence that is like the core of God. Thus, every motive, motion and minute of his life was being given authority and power from the heart of God.

Then we see David in 2 Samuel 11. Often the sinful nature relishes in bringing up David’s sin with Bathsheba with an ulterior motive to excuse our own heart problem. God is revealing far more to us than just David’s failure. We must observe how this man after God’s own heart faced his sin transcribed in his prayer of Psalm 51. David understood his need for revival and he was also keenly aware of the problem deep down in his very core. If he was to have the precious fellowship with Yahweh he experienced in his youth, he knew he needed to possess more than past blessings of God, a noble desire and good works.

David did not excuse, blame another, nor continue in his transgressions. He called his actions for what they were- sin against God and he saw his problem for what it was, an unclean heart with the wrong spirit. Against You, You only, I have sinned and done what is evil in Your sight (Psalm 51:4). Then with a broken spirit and humbled heart David sought the One Who Is Creator, Purifier, Giver and Restorer of eternal life! David did not request forgiveness. He got right to the core. Create in me a clean heart, O God and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me away from Your presence and do not take Your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of Your salvation and sustain me with a willing spirit (Psalm 51:10-11).

I am so grateful for the written testimony of David. Isn’t it amazing that God sent revival and restoration to the cry of the Old Testament king. From within Their very core Father and Son had already declared man’s remedy; Behold The Lamb – slain before the foundation of the world. This is reason to celebrate Palm Sunday!


Spring’s Prayer Focus
This week’s prayer focus: FAMILY

Oh Beloved Jesus, by Your grace and mercy may all in the _________________ family  respond as David. May each one see their need, know their heart and seek You, Jesus, The One Who has paid the price to renew the right Spirit, be restored in Your  presence and                                                 recreate a heart with a core just like the Father’s ~ Calvary Love~


I have revealed you to them, and I will continue to do so.
Then your love for me will be in them, and I will be in them.

John 17:26 NLT


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