Tuesday, April 24

New Breed of Leader Prophetic Word

"In my grief, as I was praying and fasting for all Church pastors, I heard God tell me He is raising up a 'new breed of leader' while He's taking down 'the church as we know it'!"
#PursuingGodAndHisCalling -- Keith (and Brenda, and TTM Team)

Please, never accept a leadership position in God’s Church for the pay or the recognition. Accept it only because it is your divine calling! God always provides for the fulfillment of His vision for our lives! This is especially true for those who have been called by Him to love and to feed His sheep. Based on the present condition of not only the church, but also the massive amounts of people that are going unreached in this country, I am of the opinion that about 95% of those occupying leadership positions today should be doing something else with their lives. As harsh as that may sound, here's the reason why I say it. America has, within just the last 30 years, made the tragic transition from being a Christian nation to becoming a religious and extremely materialistic society. This situation can only turn around as the right people, operating inside of their gift and callings, take leadership in The Church. But how do we come to know the difference?
Dr. Myles Munroe once made the very sobering statement, “Wouldn’t it be terrible to wake up one day and realize that you spent forty years pastoring a church when you should have been driving a bus for a living? Or how about waking up one day after driving a bus for forty years to realize that you should have been pastoring a church?”
In 1990, I became so totally grieved about the treatment that I had seen so many of God’s people having to endure at the hand of “professional religious leaders,” I began to earnestly fast and to pray for them all. While in prayer, I received a timely word from the Lord. Remember, this Word came to me back in 1990. Below is what He said...
"Be encouraged; it won’t be long now. I am dismantling the Church as you have known it, and am raising up a new breed of leader. The pruning process that is occurring even now will yield a fresh, new and abundant crop of men and women who love and seek me with their whole hearts. Their affection will not be divided! They have both seen and endured the painful wrath and tormenting flames of religion’s harsh taskmasters, and through it all have emerged victorious. This will be that generation that will be called my bride. They will walk in purity and will be without spot or wrinkle because I remember their sins no more. Untainted any longer by sin and the terrible stench of religion, they will be a sweet-smelling savor to me and all who receive them. I will take pleasure in all of their exploits and will bless all they put their hands to because I know them intimately and because they know me intimately (Because I am in them and they are in me). Just as I called forth Lazarus from the grave, I will soon call these forth from the factories, from the offices, from the job sites, from their homes, and from all four corners of the earth. I will call all of those who have endured deafening loneliness for my name’s sake, and while I have had them hidden in caves, they have trusted in me, rested in me, and waited on me without fail. These are the joy of my heart and will be easily recognized by all who see them. They will be girded about in The Spirit with the towel of loving and selfless service to others!"

"But the hour comes, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in Spirit and in Truth: for the Father seeks such to worship him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in Spirit and in Truth (John 4:23-24)."
It is the heartfelt prayer of every member of the Toward The Mark Team that this blog will serve to—in a big way—encourage, preserve, and ensure the role of Godly integrity in the lives of all who read it.
Always remember this: You can ONLY tell the character of a person by "the fruit of their life" ... not by what they say they are or will do.

Once we daily pursue ONEness with God, our wisdom and understanding *in Him* changes everything! Our focus on our working *with God* will lead us beyond our greatest expectations! Watch and see!!!

*Write this encouraging word on the tablet of your heart.* You'll find this word to The Church, along with more of what we find when we look between the lines, in our published book called "THE CRISIS OF ERODING INTEGRITY." More info is in the information to follow.
If you have yet to invite Jesus Christ into your heart to be your Lord and Savior, or if you have allowed something or someone to come between you and God, now is your time to get right with God. Right there where you are, pray this prayer to God, then relax and watch what God does...

          "Dear Father God, in the precious Name of Jesus Christ, the King of kings and The LORD of all lords, I lay my life at Your Feet. I come before You, confessing that I am a sinner, and I ask for You to forgive me of all my sins - those that I know I have committed, as well as those that I am not even aware of.  I ask that You come into my heart and be my Lord. I lay my life, and everything in it, at Your Feet, and ask that You please take me and begin to change me to be like YOU. I ask that You redeem the time that has passed, and allow me the opportunity to become exactly what You have predestined me to be, from before the foundation of the earth. I commit my life to You now, and thank You for receiving me as Your own. In the wonderful Name of Jesus Christ, the Son of the Living God, I pray, Amen."  And AMEN!!!


            WELCOME HOME!

            If you have just prayed this prayer, we want to congratulate you for making the greatest decision that you'll ever make! By accepting Jesus Christ, or rededicating your life to Him, as your personal Lord and Savior, you have begun the wonder-full process of being grafted into the family of God, and we welcome you "Home" to God's Family. We would also like to invite you to contact us so that we can send you information that will help you begin growing in your relationship and daily walk with God. We would encourage you to begin attending a Holy-Spirit-filled, Bible-believing church right away.


            We advise you to begin reading The Holy Bible daily, whether you understand it or not. Always remember, God's written Word in The Holy Bible is LIKE NO OTHER BOOK that has ever been written! When we rendezvous with The Person of The Holy Spirit as we read what God has written there, it becomes stored in our heart for The Holy Spirit to access it to bring to our remembrance.  You will find that the Scriptures will become applicable to whatever you are going through, at any given time!

            There are wonderful Bible teachers on television and on the radio that can, especially early in your walk with God, help you to begin receiving good teaching, and encouragement, right away. Although very informative, these programs are never to be a substitute for close relationships with people who love and serve God. At times, the transformation process that you have now begun will be difficult, and you will be tempted to go back to your old ways of living your old life. It will be during times like these that hanging out with strong Christian friends and mentors will be crucially important. There really IS strength in numbers! (Selah)

            And remember, no matter what, Keep PRESSIN' IN...  learnin', and growin' *with* our Lord and Savior.  You might consider using our book  CRISIS OF ERODING INTEGRITY in the fight to hold high the standard of Godly integrity in your life, to be encouraged to continue steadfast against all manner of opposition, and remain uncompromising in diligently pursuing both God and His will! Twelve encouraging chapters include:

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What Is Integrity?
Smiting The Shepherds
The Power Of The Tongue
Perilous Times
Feed My Sheep!
Integrity Is A Gift and A Result!
You Will Know A Tree By Its Fruit
The Word Of God
The Wrong Anointing
The Love of God
The Deceivers
Conclusion


  This message is to those who, moment by moment, day by day, and year after year, are in the fight to hold high the standard of Godly integrity in their lives. For those who are passionate about knowing the truth, be encouraged to continue steadfast against all manner of opposition. This will serve to affirm all who have given up houses, lands, relationships, jobs, and their very lives to diligently pursue both God and His will. To those who love unconditionally and whose lives preach the uncompromising Gospel that Jesus Christ preached. For all that you are, and for all that you do for our soon-coming King, we dedicate this message to you! For the rest of the message, get your copy of our book, "CRISIS OF ERODING INTEGRITY." In the 12 chapters written from personal experience and revelation from The Lord, Keith's book will build your faith and help strengthen your reach to develop God's full potential for you in your life.
"CRISIS OF ERODING INTEGRITY"
available at
TowardTheMark online.


We pray God uses this message, and all of our resources, to fan the flame in your heart for Christ Jesus, His wonder-full Ways, and His Plan and Purpose for you in this life. If you have any questions about our work, or if you would like to make a special tax-deductible donation, place a special order for any of our books, magazines, or CDs, or to share a testimony or prayer request with us, please  e-mail us. Also feel free to write a letter and mail it to TOWARD THE MARK, P.O. Box 1152, Yorktown, VA 23692-1152.
May God bless you greatly as you carry this truth in your heart. We are eternally grateful for our loving Toward The Mark Family of sponsors who make this blog, and all of our resources, possible by their faithful prayer and monthly financial support!
Stay focused, Your friends and servants in Christ Jesus, Keith, Brenda, and TTM Team
    
To Show GOD BIG in a World that Sees Him small… 
sums up the reason Keith stepped out in faith to focus on reaching the lost and strengthening believers everywhere, through Toward The Mark, Inc.  Keith and Brenda's prayer is that you will be encouraged and edified by the Secrets from God's Word that Keith recounts in our written and recorded products.

We couldn't do this without the help of our friends!
This blog message, along with the complete collection of original podcasts, music, blogs, books, CDs, and other Bible-based resources of Toward The Mark, Inc. is made possible by the faithful prayer and financial support of the TTM Sponsorship Family. We'd like to invite you to come on-board, to become a part of the TTM Family as well, by becoming a monthly financial partner. Your support will go toward fulfilling our God-given calling to help provide effective, contemporary outreach tools that are available to everyone, the churched and un-churched alike, who desire to know more of the love, truth, and salvation of Jesus Christ. We invite you to partner with us, as we, "press Toward The Mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus." (Philippians 3:14)

Keep PRESSIN' IN!

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Tuesday, March 20

Pull back the reins of our runaway brains!

"Many people miss the most common cause of our becoming separated from Christ Jesus... 'broken focus'!" #WhatTheDevilDoesntWantYouToKnow #SelfControlMatters #WePressTowardTheMark #StayFocused -- Keith, Brenda, and TTM Team

WHOAHH... horsey! We must pull back the reins of our runaway brains! You know those scenes in the old western movies, when someone jumps on a horse that takes off on a runaway course that is different from the direction that the rider really wanted to go? Just like a startled horse tends to just run away, with us on his back, our distracted mind tends to get away from us, with the many thoughts and cares we let in.
So, to prevent distractions from interfering with our pursuit of becoming one with The Lord God, "WE MUST (become proficient at knowing how to) PULL BACK ON THE REINS OF OUR RUNAWAY BRAINS."
The Apostle Paul understood this profoundly and described it this way, "For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled (2 Corinthians 10:3-6). "
In Psalm 32:8-10 God explains to us, "I will instruct you and teach you in the way which you should go: I will guide you with my eye. Be ye not as the horse, or as the mule, which have no understanding: whose mouth must be held in with bit and bridle, lest they come near unto thee. Many sorrows shall be to the wicked: but he that trusts in The LORD, mercy shall compass him about (surround him)."

God is telling us to not be like horses and mules, because they lack understanding. If we want to learn from Him and be surrounded by His mercy, then we must pull back on the reins of our brains. He promised that He will instruct us, teach us, and guide us. This involves keeping our thoughts focused on the things God wants us to think about. "Whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things (Philippians 4:8)."
The proper context for all of our thoughts will be found in The Person of Jesus Christ and The Gospel He preached. For it is only as we put on the mind of Christ that we will be able to be transformed into His likeness -- both the goal and the reward of walking *with* Him.
Always remember this: You can ONLY tell the character of a person by "the fruit of their life" ... not by what they say they are or will do.

Once you daily pursue ONEness with God, your wisdom and understanding *in Him* changes everything! Your focus on working *with God* will lead you to beyond your greatest expectations! Watch and see!!!

Print this message and read repeatedly 'til it becomes permanent on the tablet of your heart.
If you have yet to invite Jesus Christ into your heart to be your Lord and Savior, or if you have allowed something or someone to come between you and God, now is your time to get right with God. Right there where you are, pray this prayer to God, then relax and watch what God does...

          "Dear Father God, in the precious Name of Jesus Christ, the King of kings and The LORD of all lords, I lay my life at Your Feet. I come before You, confessing that I am a sinner, and I ask for You to forgive me of all my sins - those that I know I have committed, as well as those that I am not even aware of.  I ask that You come into my heart and be my Lord. I lay my life, and everything in it, at Your Feet, and ask that You please take me and begin to change me to be like YOU. I ask that You redeem the time that has passed, and allow me the opportunity to become exactly what You have predestined me to be, from before the foundation of the earth. I commit my life to You now, and thank You for receiving me as Your own. In the wonderful Name of Jesus Christ, the Son of the Living God, I pray, Amen."  And AMEN!!!


            WELCOME HOME!

            If you have just prayed this prayer, we want to congratulate you for making the greatest decision that you'll ever make! By accepting Jesus Christ, or rededicating your life to Him, as your personal Lord and Savior, you have begun the wonder-full process of being grafted into the family of God, and we welcome you "Home" to God's Family. We would also like to invite you to contact us so that we can send you information that will help you begin growing in your relationship and daily walk with God. We would encourage you to begin attending a Holy-Spirit-filled, Bible-believing church right away.


            We advise you to begin reading The Holy Bible daily, whether you understand it or not. Always remember, God's written Word in The Holy Bible is LIKE NO OTHER BOOK that has ever been written! When we rendezvous with The Person of The Holy Spirit as we read what God has written there, it becomes stored in our heart for The Holy Spirit to access it to bring to our remembrance.  You will find that the Scriptures will become applicable to whatever you are going through, at any given time!

            There are wonderful Bible teachers on television and on the radio that can, especially early in your walk with God, help you to begin receiving good teaching, and encouragement, right away. Although very informative, these programs are never to be a substitute for close relationships with people who love and serve God. At times, the transformation process that you have now begun will be difficult, and you will be tempted to go back to your old ways of living your old life. It will be during times like these that hanging out with strong Christian friends and mentors will be crucially important. There really IS strength in numbers! (Selah)

            And remember, no matter what, Keep PRESSIN' IN...  learnin', and growin' *with* our Lord and Savior.  You might consider using our book  LETTERS FROM THE FRONT, the special collection of keys to defeating hindrances that have kept many of God's servants from walking with the confidence and authority that Jesus Christ died to give us! Twelve life-changing teaching chapters:

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Sin Makes Ya Stewpit!
The Cart's Before the Horse
The Crisis of Eroding Integrity
The Fruit's on the End of the Limb
Too Quick to Compromise
The Rarest of All Breeds!
Please...Stop Stinkin'
Three Keys to God-Pleasing Faith
Let It Go
Understanding the Fear of The Lord
Into the Secret Place
Give to Give


  To help you further your fight to victory through the battles that confront every one of us in these turbulent times we live in, get your copy of our book, " LETTERS FROM THE FRONT." In this collection of 12 letters written from the front lines of battle fought in the spiritual, natural, and theater of the mind, Keith's Scripture messages will build your faith and help you reach God's full potential for your life.
"LETTERS FROM THE FRONT"
available at
TowardTheMark online.


We pray God uses this message, and all of our resources, to fan the flame in your heart for Christ Jesus, His wonder-full Ways, and His Plan and Purpose for you in this life. If you have any questions about our work, or if you would like to make a special tax-deductible donation, place a special order for any of our books, magazines, or CDs, or to share a testimony or prayer request with us, please  e-mail us. Also feel free to write a letter and mail it to TOWARD THE MARK, P.O. Box 1152, Yorktown, VA 23692-1152.
May God bless you greatly as you carry this truth in your heart. We are eternally grateful for our loving Toward The Mark Family of sponsors who make this blog, and all of our resources, possible by their faithful prayer and monthly financial support!
Stay focused!
Your friends and servants in Christ Jesus,

    
To Show GOD BIG in a World that Sees Him small… 
sums up the reason Keith stepped out in faith to focus on reaching the lost and strengthening believers everywhere, through Toward The Mark, Inc.  Keith and Brenda's prayer is that you will be encouraged and edified by the Secrets from God's Word that Keith recounts in our written and recorded products.

We couldn't do this without the help of our friends!
This blog message, along with the complete collection of original podcasts, music, blogs, books, CDs, and other Bible-based resources of Toward The Mark, Inc. is made possible by the faithful prayer and financial support of the TTM Sponsorship Family. We'd like to invite you to come on-board, to become a part of the TTM Family as well, by becoming a monthly financial partner. Your support will go toward fulfilling our God-given calling to help provide effective, contemporary outreach tools that are available to everyone, the churched and un-churched alike, who desire to know more of the love, truth, and salvation of Jesus Christ. We invite you to partner with us, as we, "press Toward The Mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus." (Philippians 3:14)

Keep PRESSIN' IN!

We INVITE You ... to follow and share these resources that are also available, for helping build your faith in God, His Will, and His Ways: 





CLICK to give a tax-deductible gift securely by:
Every gift is tax-deductible and helps! And we thank you for it!

Mail tax-deductible contributions by check or money order made out to:
Toward The Mark, Inc., P.O. Box 1152, Yorktown, VA 23692-1152. 

Thank you in advance for sowing your financial seed into the fertile soil of this ministry! We pray God bless you with a 100-fold return for your generosity!






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