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As ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand. KJV Matthew 10:7 -- I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. KJV Matthew 16:19 -- Ye are come … unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, KJV Hebrews 12:22 On my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy: KJV Acts 2:18 -- That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God. KJV 1 Corinthians 2:5 --

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 Judges 7:18

When I blow with a trumpet, I and all that are with me, then blow ye the trumpet on every side of all the camp, and say, “The sword of the LORD, and of Gideon.” 

More and more we are hearing in the voices around us statements to the affect of:  “I am my own boss”, “I’m nobodies slave”, “I only care about what happens to me”, “who do you think you are to tell me what to do”, “I know my rights” (which means ‘my needs come first’, and other such statements. At first glance these statements just seem to be good, solid, stalwart confidence. Ok, maybe in some folks it seems to be hyper-confidence. But surely there is nothing wrong with it. Right? 

Consider. When you look into the Scriptures, the predominate thought focus which God continuously deals with is: My ways come first! My ways are higher than yours. My ways are right. I alone am supreme. That means that no matter what, we are de facto servants. We already are number two, before we even open our mouth. How then can we win with a SELF battlecry? 

We try to fight our battles alone. We try to change our lives alone. We try to overcome our faults alone. We try to be SELF MADE men and women. And in the end we always end up UNMADE men and women. The sword of our natural man seems to shatter when we need it most. The battle cry of FEAR ME, quickly becomes I FEAR.

We try to push away God. We certainly push away man. And sooner or later we even push away ourselves; into a deep, deep, deep corner of the recesses of our psyche. And then we start to die. And then we are dead.

But it never had to be that way. It never has to be that way. God has a battle cry for all his servants: THE SWORD OF THE LORD – which is mightier than any two edged sword; and the sword of GIDEON, which means: WARRIOR. Follow Christ your warrior (instead of yourself) and use the Lord’s SWORD (instead of your ego) and your adversary WILL RUN from you!
© Anthony J. Massotti Th.M., Th.M. 4/04/2004


Psalm 133:1

Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!

Now THERE is something to sing about! In a world full of discord and dispute, where every voice thinks itself to be the finest on earth (when in fact most wouldn’t even pass an “American Idol” Entrance Exam), to find a people who are all in tune and on the same spiritual page; yes, that would be something worth singing about. To have us all DWELL in unity, abide there? WOW.

Some people despair; that unity will ever be achieved. Some people believe that it is an idealists dream. After all, how many times have you found your peace destroyed by the entrance of someone else who is ‘out of step’ with your spiritual tempo? On the other hand, how many times have you blindly blundered into a room where the Presence of God was on a person, never realizing that a Holy conversation was going on with Creator and Created. We just don’t see it.

I believe that UNITY IS A MUST if we are ever to see the full Glory of God flowing from our lives. Unity is the sweet honey of the Spirit. It begins when man becomes ONE with the GOD. Indeed, every individual must become one with the Almighty. Individuals that all are one with God more easily become one with each other in Spirit. Scripture says:

Ephesians 4:3
Endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

The unity of the Spirit is granted to us by God as we draw nigh unto him. That is a given. But the MAINTAINING of the unity of the Spirit between ‘anointed’ saints must be ‘kept’ by the saints. How can two walk together except they agree? It is a fair question. The answer is: They can walk in the Spirit, live in the Spirit. People who are fulfilling the Galatians 5 mandate to be spiritual, love ‘hanging’ with people who are spiritual; and peace follows all who endeavor to be IN THE SPIRIT. It bonds the spiritual with the spiritual in perfect unity.

The non-idealist, the skeptic and those who have been damaged by disunity often will say: ‘But you can’t get two people to agree on anything! Everyone has an opinion! Everyone believes their point of view!’ True, they are partially correct in their cry of anguish; after all, we have NOT yet come into the UNITY OF THE FAITH. As the verse declares, “Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ” (Ephesians 4:13), we are just not there, YET.

But we will get there. How do I know? Because in John 17 at the closing stages of the ministry of Christ, Christ prayed to the Father that we would be ONE! He is OUR INTERCESSOR, and God has never left one of Christ’s prayers unanswered. Christ’s WILL will be done. Today, unity of the Spirit! Tomorrow, unity of the FAITH of the whole Body of Christ. Amen. Let’s sing!


© Anthony J. Massotti Th.M., Th.M. 4/11/2004


Hebrews 12:2
Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of [our] faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Jesus Christ, murderously impaled onto the cross-beam of a dead tree that had been a partaker of more men’s deaths than a serial killer, endured. It’s hard to imagine a man in so much pain enduring such humiliation and shame at the hands of men who were not one-one-hundredth the human being that he was. Next to criminals, a class of men he had no right being even in the same cage with, he suffered the looks of the people as they wagged their heads, wagged their tongues, and worse yet, even wagered over his clothes below. Why, that assault upon his soul should have killed him!

If we had been him (falsely accused, misunderstood, misquoted, misrepresented in a court of law, and mistakenly taken as a threat to a nation) we would have shown those rascals who had dared to oppose us a thing or two. Yes, we would have come down from that cross; even if just to get out of the pain. But he didn’t. Instead, he forgives a criminal on the left, assigns his mother’s care to the disciple below watching, prays to the Father who had brought him to this painful place, and the forgives the world (and the people in specific) for placing him in this most painful predicament.

And the Jerusalem reporter down below asks the question of his viewers, ‘Just how did he do it? Was it because he was God? Was it because he was perfect? Was it because he was drugged up?’

Jesus was a man who lived for TOMORROW no matter what the situation was for today. He had always been that way. He knew when his hour would be, and didn’t fear it. He knew what his Father wanted him to do and he would embrace it. He prophesied of his death long before it occurred and came to peace with it. But most of all, and most important of all, HE SAW FORWARD TO THE DAY WHEN DEATH WOULD LOSE IT’S STING! That’s right. He who had RAISED many a dead man KNEW about his own resurrection. He who had visited with Moses and Elijah on the mountain KNEW he would see them shortly. The Kingdom that he had been preaching about and the mansions that he had been promising his believers, he eagerly looked forward to go prepare. And the Father, his beloved Father, welcoming him in with open arms saying, “My good and faithful son, come thou in to the Joy of your Lord”, this kept his HEART safe while his TENT was destroyed by evil assault.

It was not the JOY NOW that kept him through the hard times, the busy times, the tumultuous times and all the contradiction of sinners – not to mention demons – which were arrayed against him. It was the JOY FUTURE that was his solid foundation. HE BELIEVED EVERYTHING THAT HE PREACHED, AND HE LOOKED FORWARD TO ITS FULLFILLMENT.

One day, your joy will be full too; if you follow your Shepherd, if you endure to the end, if you press for the mark, if you partake of the sufferings of Christ, if you overcome, if you let no man take YOUR crown of faith. He understands and will ‘succor’ you in it all; if you will call on HIS name.
© Anthony J. Massotti Th.M., Th.M. 4/18/2004


Revelation 1:4

John to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace be unto you, and peace, from him which is, and which was, and which is to come; and from the seven Spirits which are before his throne;  Peace. We want it at any price. Some people will die to have peace. Some people will picket to have peace. Some people will kill to have peace.

They want freedom, they don't want war. They want liberty, they don't want disagreement. They want unity but they don't want feel bound as one. They just want 'peace'; and disguise the request in a wide range of parallel ideas.

The 60's had a movement that went into the early 70s'; looking for peace. The governments of this world keep trying to write treaties in order to have lasting peace. The poor worker in the shops just wants to have peace.

Peace. Everybody wants it. It is an intrinsic need within the human heart; a need which was created by the Creator Himself. It is the hearts cry for heaven, the souls desire to go back to the garden of Eden, the flesh's cry for the absence of pain, the mind's cry for the quiet of solitude. It is the cry of a society absent of God.

Peace. We all need it. We all want it. Yet, for all our desire... WE WILL NOT TAKE IT!

That's right, you did not read wrong. I said, 'We will not TAKE it'. We will try to manufacture it. We will try to fake it. We will try to negotiate it. We will even try to steal it! But the NATURAL MAN will not TAKE IT!

The HOLE of peace can only be filled by taking THE PEG created by God Himself designed to fit it. "Grace and peace be UNTO YOU." Before God ever goes to the step of discussing our goods, and our bads, our weaknesses and our sins, our failures and our successes, HE SAYS, "UNTO YOU PEACE!"

When God makes an offer, don't you think we should take it? Do you know how many times in the Bible the gospel writers offered peace to their followers; and grace too? We study out so many things, yet miss the simple and obvious.

The Prince of Peace. What does that phrase suggest to you? The God of Peace. What feelings does that conjure up in you. The Gospel of Peace. What mental images does that bring up in you?  

Prayer: Lord, I want to ACCEPT your peace. I ask you to help me to RECEIVE your peace -- which passes understanding. I need you to cause me to be FILLED with that peace.

The world is not entitled to have peace. Did you know that? There is no peace to the wicked; check your Old Testament. But there is peace OFFERED to all who would follow God and His Son; check your New Testament.

Here is a verse to hang on to for dear life: "NOW THE GOD OF PEACE BE WITH YOU ALL. AMEN." (Rom 15:23). Never let go of HIM who IS, WAS, and WILL BE peace unto the saints. Never trade inner peace for outer turmoil. Never let another man take away your crown; a crown that came from the VICTORY of Christ on the cross; a victory which USHERED IN THE AGE OF PEACE for all mankind who would receive HIM.

 God Bless you all! And may PEACE rule in your hearts. Amen.
© Anthony J. Massotti Th.M., Th.M. 4/25/2004


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