DIVINE RELATIONSHIPS
A Work in Progress Ordained By God
I JOHN 1:3
The following is a exert from Venetia’s latest book on ‘Divine Relationships’ that she is currently working on. As we watch relationships be challenged and devalued all around us, this latest work will present revelation from God on man/women relationships, families and other divine connections.

If you are like most people you think of relationships that God brings about as being…well..Divine. You know, heavenly I nature and problem free and heavenly as they are walked out day to day. This may never be spoken or articulated but still may reside within our hearts and minds as a unspoken expectation. I was one of those that thought this but have since realized that while this may be what we think or desire the truth is all relationships are truly a work in progress. That goes for those the God has put together as well as those He did not initiate.

While it is true that all relationships have to be worked out it is equally true that the only ones that come equipped with tools to make it a divine and heavenly experience on earth are the ones that God puts together. True, ungodly relationships can come forth and be walked out but these connections will never be able to experience the full measure of what it means to walk in the peace, harmony, true love, fellowship and support that Jesus provides for those that live in faith and obedience to Him. This is due to the fact that it is God who initiated relationships from the beginning so, of course, He knows best how they should work. (Gen.2:18; Gen. 7:1;Psalms 68:6)
I have noticed that as two people or a group of people attempt to walk out the stages of their relationship together that the unavoidable challenges can be used to sharpen, solidify and strengthen the relationship as long as those involved make the decisions to continue going forth together in spite of the challenges. Whether is be in a family where the parent(s) are confronted with their own opinions,needs and desires as well as those of the children, a growing church where the pastor and leaders are constantly challenged to met the needs of those in their congregations or in a close friendship or courtship relationship that carries its own set of challenges that put a strain on emotions in ways that other connections do not. Each one of these will require courage, being willing to persevere and,may times, a willingness to fight the forces of strife, contention and other spirits that would divide them in order to keep the divine connection intact, healthy and in a place that Jesus can continue to use it.
The truth is that all true Divine Relationships may encounter challenges, trials and struggles, however, if Jesus has truly put the relationship together He will also provide the grace and perseverance required to keep the connection intact if we will use the keys He has provided

The keys are: being willing to die to ourselves, walk in forgiveness and love as a lifestyle while following the Holy Spirit’s leading in all you do.

My prayer is that this little article will begin to challenge every reader to pursue those true God initiated connections that He provides for each one of those who love Him. They probably won’t come as “easy” connections but hold may blessings if those involved will continue to persevere with Jesus as well as with each other.

ENJOY THE JOURNEY!

Venetia Carpenter
Founder, Ecclesia Int’l Ministries
http://www.ecclesiainternationalministries.org.

 

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I gave this message today at Kansas City Christian Fellowship, The Barn, for Mothers Day service.  As always, comments are welcome.

It is Mothers Day! Happy Mothers Day to all the moms! Blessings over all of you.

I have a confession to make…. For the most part I am not a big fan of the Mothers Day messages I have heard at most churches. They come across as patronizing to women who have given birth in the physical, neglectful of woman who have not given birth in the natural BUT still have “mothered” many through discipleship or mentoring ( spiritual moms, teachers, close friends) and many times insensitive to women who want to have children but have been unable to conceive for various reasons. So it is a bit ironic that I am giving a message on Mothers Day.

I want to take time to recognize and honor several groups of women:
Women who have not given physical birth but have “mothered’ others.
Women who want to be physical mothers but have not been able to have children.
So, of course, my message will not be a “typical” Mothers Day message but instead a focus on the compassionate, nurturing heart of God and show how His Divine Character is shown through each one of us, men and women, so that we can better walk in a culture of honor toward each other.

Gen. 1:26-27 & Gen. 5:1 – See the picture! Men AND Women reflect God’s image. (God is so vast, His character so awesome that He can be seen in the emotional and physical differences of men and women without compromising who He is!) Men – the physical strength and power. Leadership through physical presence and might under girded in humility. Women – Compassion and Nurturing. Leadership through love and encouragement. EACH VITALLY IMPORTANT!

Very important to remember the God is not a man BUT the scriptures are clear…God is a He! God is not a woman BUT He does have what we may think of as feminine qualities.
NUMBERS 23:19 – NKJ = “God is not a man, that He should lie,nor a son of man,the He should repent. Has He said and He will not do? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?” COMPLETE JEWISH BIBLE= “God is not a human who lies or a mortal who changes His mind. When He says something, He will do it, when He makes a promise, He will fulfill it.”
I am emphasize this point of God not being a human because I think we forget He doesn’t think like we think, He doesn’t process like we do nor function like us. BUT He chooses to inhabit us in our male and female form in order to demonstrate His full characteristics of Shepherd, Compassion (Mothers), Fathers (Strength), Divine Healer, Great Counselor and All Knowing One, etc through our human frame.
He has not problem showing His Mothering side:
NURTURER:
John 15:26 – His Spirit is called The Comforter. – not The Supreme High ONE.
Isa. 49:15-16 – God compares Himself to a nursing mother in reference to His devotion to us.
2Chron.36:15 – God sent messenger (prophets) because He had compassion on His people and didn’t want to have to judge them.
Luke 13:34 – Jesus comparing Himself to a mother hen looking after her young.
Or His Strong Warrior Side:
Exodus 15:3 – The Lord is a Warrior
Psalm 24:7-9 – The Lord strong & Mighty, The Lord mighty in battle.
Rev. 19:11- The victorious Warrior returns!

In closing I want to say that we serve and love a God that honors women and men. (He showed his heart toward women in that Jesus was born of a virgin…meaning that the only human DNA that Jesus had was that of a woman and He showed Himself first to a woman when He was resurrected from the dead.)
He chose to manifest Himself in the form of both sexes. We are to show each other the honor that He shows us in how we serve, encourage, and minister to & with each other.

Women are to be honored because they are made in the image of God, First! Then because they of the roles they play in our lives, second.

May we truly see the importance of honoring each other every day of the year and not give token homage on day of the year.  Honoring mothers is great!  I am both a spiritual mom and have given birth in the natural so totally on board for Mothers Day  but also see the greater significance of honoring all members of the body of Christ as a lifestyle in order to further the Kingdom of God and see others come to know Christ.

MAY WE TRULY HONOR EACH OTHER AS JESUS SO HONORS US EACH DAY WITH HIS GREAT MERCY, LOVE AND CONTINUAL GRACE.  AMEN.

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Speaking at ROL - April 13'14

River of Life Church- April 13'14

THE CHALLENGE OF FRIENDSHIPS
Eccl.4:9-10;Prov.17:17

It doesn’t take a any discernment or great wisdom to come to the realization that relationships are both wonderful and difficult at the same time. As human beings we are all hard wired to need others. This is how the Father created us..to both need and be needed in a the content of earthly relationships that He puts us into.
True, you don’t have to have any connection to Jesus in order to have a connection with others on earth. BUT in order to experience the true expression and fulfillment of any earthly relationship we must first be walking in the one relationship that brings both clarity and definition to any other earthly union. That is, of course, our relationship with Jesus Christ. For in response to our love and connection to Him He is then able to bring other friendships, according to His plans and purpose for us, that will bring joy, meaning and yes, challenges to us.

Yes, you read right. Jesus will bring relationships into our lives that will challenge us. They can come in the form or family members, marriage, close friendships or even business partners just to name few. He will put us in contact with those who will be both a blessings and at times, an irritation to us. This is because He loves us and wants us to grow up into the fullness of all He is.
He knows we can only grow when we are rightly related to Him first THEN rightly related to others second. We can only effectively deal with our heart issues and other challenges when we are in right relationship to others He places in our lives. We receive healing in order to heal others. We receive truth in order to pass on that truth to others. We are restored and made whole so we can help bring restoration to others.

Jesus was our great example for this. (Heb.2:17-18) He suffered everything we will ever have to go through in this life so that He can not only be our Great High Priest but also so be our Great example of what we are to be to each other. None of us suffer in a “vacuum” or “for no reason”. Just like with Joseph, what the enemy meant for our total destruction, Jesus will turn around and use for great purposes not only in our lives but also in the lives of others. HE IS THE RESTORER and will use us to restore in the relationships He brings into our lives.

Seems the human heart cannot work through the issues of life very well outside of relationship. I really feel this is one of the reasons Jesus desires to put the “solitary into families”.(Ps.68:6) It is both for our joy and the emotional stability of our hearts that He does this.

Like many of you reading this, I have precious people that Jesus has put in my life. Each relationship is a joy and comes with some challenges. Each one comes with both and requires love, commitment and perseverance to keep each one intact and on the right track.

Let me encourage you to thank our Lord, Jesus,for each person He has placed in your life. Yes, even those that are challenging. For each one serves a purpose and is part of His plan to keep your heart in tone with Him.

ENJOY THE JOURNEY OF LIFE WITH CHRIST LEADING THE WAY !

Venetia Carpenter
Founder/ Ecclesia Int’l Ministries
http://www.ecclesiainternationalministries.org.

WHEN READING THE BIBLE BECOMES A BAD THING

I Cor. 4:4-5 – “ For I know of nothing against myself, yet I am not justified by this; But He who judges me is the Lord. Therefore, judge nothing before the time, until the Lord comes, who will both bring to light the hidden things of darkness and reveal the counsels of the hearts….

Each year I choose a book to use as a daily devotional. With the help of a dear friend, Thomas, who was reading the book himself and encouraged me to pick it up, I have chosen a book Bill Johnson, Senior Pastor of Bethel Church in Redding CA, authored. The name of the book is “When Heaven invades Earth”. I have read this book before several years ago but there is now an expanded edition which even includes a daily devotional. Perfect!

I am not sure what it is…perhaps because it is a different season in my life or I am just seeing things differently this time around But the book is both challenging me and encouraging me at the same time. I find I am stopping to digest key things that are being highlighted to me by Holy Spirit as I read each page.
Something that has recently caused me to take a rather long ‘Wow, that is so true’ moment is a statement in the book pertaining to bible reading in reference to teaching a message without any demonstration of power: “ The Bible is the absolute Word of God. It reveals God; the obvious, the unexplainable, the mysterious, and sometimes offensive. It all reveals the greatness of God. Yet it does not contain Him. God is bigger that His book.” OH MY! Can you feel the shutter in the hearts of some at the verbalizing of those words? He goes on to say, in chapter eight of the book, “ Revelation that doesn’t lead to a God encounter only serves to make me more religious. Unless Scripture leads me to Him, I only become better equipped to debate with those who disagree with my way of thinking.” Wow… powerful stuff! It takes real courage to write those words because they carry real potential to be misunderstood and, for many,to become offended. But they are so true and need to be said!

As I read this I can remember encounters with people over the years. People who knew volumes of the scripture. Many were in ministry. Even more where, and still are, leaders in ministry. I can remember how scripture was used by some of these to not promote the truth of living a life of true faith, which includes regular supernatural God encounters, but to actually discourage anyone from wanting to step into anything that can not be digested by human reason and intellect.

Unfortunately, this continues to happen in many churches to this day. This discounting who Jesus is by denying that He came so that we can all do the very same works He did when He was on earth and even greater works, thus disqualifying the very purpose He died for! ( I Cor. 2:1-5)

Actually taking His book to basically call Him a liar! I am sure each ready of this blog either has heard or been part of a church service where the scriptures were used to try and disprove the purpose of each believer. (John 14:12-14 ) We must honestly ask ourselves…’Is my bible reading being done so that I can draw closer to and understand this awesome Lord that I love OR I am I only wanting to increase my knowledge of Him? It would be best for each reader of this blog to ask themselves that question with the same seriousness we would ask ourselves,’Do I want to live in heaven or Hell for eternity?’ Because the answer you come up with may very well determine where you are headed!

In short, if any bible reading or a sermon is not promoting the truth of Heb. 13:8( Jesus Christ, the same today, yesterday and forever) then there is a serious problem! All further bible reading should stop until a true relationship with Jesus has been established and confirmed through the Holy Spirit leading and guiding your life in everyday life.

Dear Reader, I am not trying to shake you up ‘just for fun’ BUT if the words I have written have caused some alarm in your life I would strongly encourage to follow the advise and counsel of Mike Bickle, Leader and Founder of International House of Prayer in Kansas City, MO, Pray: “ Lord, shock me now.” ( so I have time to repent) “So I am not shocked later when I stand before you!”

My prayer for each reader of this article is that an examination of our hearts is made in order to make adjustments in our motives toward Jesus and His word.

Let each of us allow Holy Spirit to shock us now of any any hidden motives and places of unbelief that may reside in our hearts in order to be able to stand before Jesus and hear these wonderful works, “Well Done My Good and Faithful Servant.”

Venetia Carpenter
Founder, Ecclesia International Ministries
http://www.ecclesiainternationalministies.org.