November 16, 2015

 

 

 

VENETIA SPEAKING AT KANSAS CITY CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP

 

TOPIC: DIVINE RELATIONSHIPS – Keys to cultivating and maintain relationships based on honor and respect.

 

WHEN: November 29,2015, last Sunday in November

 

TIME: 10:30AM

 

WHERE: Kansas City Christian Fellowship, (The Barn) 8000 Oldham Rd, Kansas City, MO 64138

 

Be one of the first to hear Venetia speak on the topic of her latest ministry resource. Relationships are God, the Father’s idea and He has some specific ways in which they can work the best.

 

This topic is actually the subject of a 5 week teaching which Venetia is in the process of publishing as both a text book and workbook to be used in upcoming course: BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS WITH HONOR.

 

Venetia will be providing more information about her upcoming course, including costs, course requirements for participates as well as sharing some core basic information as to how to have relationships that are live giving, honoring to all involved, based on trust and rooted in Jesus Christ.

 

COME AND BRING A FREND!!!

 

CONTACT: ecclesiaministries@sbcglobal.net – Email

Phone: 816-600-7856

WEB: www.ecclesiainternataionalministries.org. OR www.empowering-life.org.

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DIVINE PERSPECTIVEE
Looking through the Lens of Heaven for all of Life
John 8:12- …”I am the Light of the world. He who follows Me will not be walking in the dark, but will have the Light which is Life.”
Perspective – the interrelation in which a subject or its parts are mentally viewed. A mental view or prospect.
Our perspective colors everything we see life relating to us thus greatly affecting how we relate to all of life. It is the lens we look at affects us and goes on around us. Like a pair of glasses, the perspective we choose to look through will lead us to make choices which will take us to places that are either closer or farther to the kingdom of Heaven.
Knowing how and where to walk is critical for the Believer in Christ so having the right perspective is as essential as the air we breathe.
Each one of us is responsible for the gaining and maintain the correct perspective in which to live our lives through. We are responsible to create a right climate within ourselves in which the perspective of heaven can grow and flourish. Choosing what we place before our eyes, the things that will come into our ears as well as the thoughts that will inhibit our minds and intentions that will reside in our hearts will determine how far into our divine destiny we will walk out and achieve. Our perspective is formed within our hearts and souls but is greatly influenced by outside sources. Since we gain our perspective by what we choose to expose ourselves to. The news media, television programs, movies, magazines and various forms of entertainment dull our spirits and work to form a perspective that leaves the Believer ill-equipped to deal with the challenges of life. Not only do we lose ground in the daily commandment of Jesus to ‘take up your cross daily and come after Me’, but great loss can occur in being in the wrong place at the wrong time due to looking at key invitations through the lens of a wrong perspective.

The challenges of wrong perceptions can be played out in our lives in many ways. The following is one example: You have a place of fear in your life concerning driving on the highway. This leads you to avoid all highways when you are driving. But one day due to road construction or an accident on your usual route you are faced with either getting on the highway or driving over an hour out of the way to find an alternate route. Driving an hour out of the way will cause you to be late for work. Of course, being this late may cause you to lose your job. Obviously it would make sense to take the highway and not be late for this work, but due to your fear of highways you may choose to try the alternate route and hope for the best. This is what can happen many times in our lives: a wrong choice is made due to allowing our fearful hearts to lead us in wrong perception.
Biblical Perspective is choosing to look at life through the lens of Heaven instead of the lens of all that is around us. To choose not to look at life through the lens of circumstances, news media, the opinion of others or even our five senses. It is choosing to look at all of life through the lens provided by the One who is the same today, yesterday and forever. His perspective is always correct. His views are always the most accurate and timely. Each day is a new opportunity to choose how we will see that day as well as give us a starting place as to how to see life going forward.
EACH DAY IS A GIFT MAKE THE MOST OF IT AND CHOOSE WISELY!

Venetia Carpenter
Ecclesia Int’l Ministries

LIVING THE SUPERNATURAL LIFE IN FAITH
The Position of Greatness
Matt. 18:3-4
Do you ever wonder why Jesus compares being like a child to being great in His kingdom? On the surface it would be easy to say it is due to the vulnerability and openness of children. Children are very trusting by nature. This is true but I feel it is far deeper than that. One thing that has been brought to my attention lately is the spirit of adventure that is in the nature of a child. Children love to find out new things! They love to explore and make things happen. Doing the ‘same ole, same ole’ is not in the nature of a child. When you watch children you see them touching everything thing, running to check out things and wanting to know how things work. They have endless questions as they are always interested to learn and find out what the limits are. I see that in the life in my grandson, Jonathan. He is such a fun little guy! All of 3 years old he is truly an inspiration! I get energized by being with him. Everything is new! Each day is a new adventure waiting to happen!
That is exactly how we, as Believers, have to be in order to be great in the kingdom of Heaven. We have to be just as vulnerable, unafraid and hungry to know the things Heaven as a child in order to ever attain to what Jesus provided for us. He came, lived and died in order that we may be able to live a life of supernatural faith. To do the works that He did while living here plus more. (John 14:11-14) I also see that just like a child we are to be completely and totally dependent on Jesus for protection, comfort and provision. Just like a child we are to have complete trust in all the Jesus takes us through, provides for us and the timing of everything we need. We must daily challenge our tendency to lean on what we think we know about our lives, needs and life in order to be qualified to walk out the life of faith He has for each one of us.
The Supernatural lifestyle of faith is not tangible in the natural realm of living. You won’t see it the “greater works shall he do” acts take place while living life in the day to day sameness of the natural/material world. To see and do the supernatural acts that have been promised to us changes will need to take place in your life.
There must be dissatisfaction with this life in the natural realm. There must be a desire for more! In short, a hunger for more than natural senses can satisfy. Only then are you ready to move into the lifestyle of faith offered through the supernatural realm. The limitless, vast world where anything and everything is possible is available today for any who will accept its reality and pursue it with energy and faith of a child.
I encourage all who read this article to begin to take those steps today. Jesus desires to take us all into deeper places in Him. His kingdom will not be found in the natural realm but in the supernatural realms that only He can take us into. He is ever watchful for those who will choose to take the first step leading to greatness. He wants to unfold so much to those who will choose to see and respond.
Make the decision to walk out the greatness that is your birthright as a Believer in Christ. Glorious encounters await you!
ENJOY THE JOURNEY.
Venetia Carpenter
Ecclesia International Ministries

LOVING MY HEART TO LIFE
JOHN 10:10
I am realizing more and more that my heart needs to be fully loved in order to be able to fully love. I am seeing this in many areas of my own life and some in the life of others. In order to me to be able to give love I need to have a heart that can contain real love. I need a heart to sustain loving and being loved, which means I have to release any and all false ideas about what love is.
This is true for any relationship whether it is in a natural family, friendships, courtships or marriage. We can only love in direct context to the health of our own hearts. A wounded, bitter, disappointed or otherwise broken heart will be very limited as to its capacity to both receive and give back love. Each one of us has seen the results of the damage an “unloved” heart can cause. It is all around us in varied and multiple forms: child abuse, broken marriages, violence against women, random shootings in schools and other public places are just a few examples of the fruit that comes from an unloved heart. With these facts in mind it is small wonder that Jesus puts so much emphasis on the importance of love. (John 15:12 & 17; James 2:8) Also small wonder why the enemy attempts to devalue it through inappropriate relationships between men and women, same sex marriages and other forms of lust. (1Tim.4:1; Jude 18)
As a believer of many years I felt my heart was both capable to give and receive love from Jesus as well as from others. Several months ago Jesus took me through a time of what I call “major heart surgery”. For me this meant having the Lord peel off the outer layer of my heart in order to let the pink new tissue of my heart come forth. It was not a fun thing but so very necessary. While I lay on the floor weeping I saw the picture of what was taking place in the spirit realm. I saw the hands of the Lord very gently peeling back a layer of my heart. This layer had become brown and leather-like. It had lost its flexibility to move and change easily so had to be removed in order to allow the new pink tissue of my heart to be exposed. When the process was over, I then saw Jesus pouring oil over my new flexible, pink heart that was beating and pulsating with new vigor. (Ezek.36:26-27; Ps. 51:10)
I immediately noticed a difference. My heart was much more tender toward issues of life that had brought little to no response in me before. I was much more sensitive to the heart cries in others and could actually feel some of the pain of others when I was in their presence. This brought me to a place of prayer for them out of a heart of true concern and love whereas before I would not have had the ability to feel or intercede on that level. Other changes came forth also, clearer vision in the spirit, different perceptions when confronted with life’s issues and challenges, more clarity in the prophetic, were some of the things I noticed while learning to live with this ‘new heart’. I now realize that without this process taking place my heart would not be in position to remain “at rest” in this new season Jesus has me in. My life has drastically changed in these past 3-4 months. I went from being called to extended hours of prayer with little else to do with my days to being put back into the marketplace in a the form of a full time job, I have new relationships with precious people the Jesus has put into my life, as well as new daily ministry opportunities. The heart surgery I had endured was needful in order to prepare me to the season I am in now. Truly the Lord is faithful!
I see now that Jesus, in His great love for me, wanted me to fully engage with him on a new level so He had to give me a new heart in order to do so. I was not going to be able to traverse the new journeys of partnership with Him with the heart I had so he gave me a new one. He wanted me to truly love, to really know what love was from His perspective so in order to do that I had to have a new heart. The old heart had become inflexible and to dependent on things that were no longer necessary as Jesus was calling me closer to Him so had to be replaced with one that had the strength and flexibility to both love Jesus deeper thus allowing me to love others fully as well.
I believe this was necessary for this new season Jesus has drawn me into. I have to be open to fully love in the relationships I currently have with family and friends as well as the new relationships He has prepared and made ready for me to walk into. I have come to realize that every process the Lord takes us through, every experience is useful for our good if we will allow the Lord to use it. Truly, what the enemy means for our destruction the Lord can and does use for our great good if we will keep our hearts pointed to Him.
I encourage you to allow the Lord to minister to your heart in this way. Honestly, the process is intense but the results are so worth it! Think ‘no pain, no gain’.
Anything and everything Jesus takes us through or allows us to go through will reap a reward for us if we will walk out what He has for us fully trusting Him to work it for our good.
May you experience new places of Jesus in your journey with Him!

Venetia Carpenter
Ecclesia Int’l Ministries

THE BEAUTY OF TRANSITION

March 26, 2013

THE BEAUTY OF TRANSITION
“But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.” 2Cor.3:18

Recently I was observing the life cycle of the butterfly. It is considered one of the “advanced insects” in that it has a complete life cycle. This basically means that the butterfly has four separate stages, each of which looks completely different and serves a different purpose in the life of the insect. There is one stage that the butterfly goes through in which it goes through major transformation just before emerging as a beautiful butterfly. Seems right before it reaches its ‘glory stage’ it goes into hiding where little seems to be going on from the outside. Even though nothing seems to be going on during what is called the Chrysalis stage, there are in fact major transformations going on within the enclosure that caterpillar rests in while the transformations are taking place.

That got me to thinking how this so much parallels the life of those who love and obey Christ. Believers who love Jesus will experience seasons when nothing seems to be going on when seen from the natural view. Many promises the Lord gave are still waiting to be fulfilled. Things in the natural realm don’t seem to be happening as fast as you would like. Seems you are ‘on hold’ about some major things that need to take place in your life. A needed career change, your life mate, a family move to another city, a promotion at work. These are just some of the things you may find yourself to be in transition about. Each one presents its own set of challenges. The most challenging of all is the desire to move forward but having been hemmed in, you must now to wait on the Lord for His timing in order to move forward.

As Believers, we may find ourselves in this ‘Chrysalis’ stage many times. It seems to be part of the normal ‘life cycle of the follower of Jesus while living on this earth. Personally, I have never found this transition stage in the ‘life cycle’ of the each Believer to be a comfortable place. You are no longer content where you were but not yet completely set in place where you are going. The Lord showed me that just like with the caterpillar that has come to rest itself in this small enclosed place called the Chrysalis or pupa stage so we must also rest ourselves in Him during times of waiting. We are being transformed for the next season to come.

Our Great Shepherd knows that we cannot move to new areas of Him with the ‘old clothes’ our souls and spirits may be clothed in so He arranges for times of transition, hemming in, so we can have the necessary changes made in order to get us ready for what is to come in the next season or cycle of the journey with Him. Truly, there is no such thing as ‘idle time” in Him. Jesus uses every single thing we go through for His glory and our good. Knowing this does help but here are some ‘tools of waiting’ I have found to be helpful during this time:

 Stay Close to Jesus. Extend your prayer time so as to keep your spirit sharp for each shift in the Spirit realm.

 Use the waiting time to start or complete those things He has been speaking to you to do but you have not had time.

 Journal your time. You will find it helpful as you move forward. Keeping a ‘book of remberance’ can be a tool to encourage your faith when other challenges come in the journey ahead. It testifies that Jesus is faithful in every season!

 Get some rest! This is your season to rest and get yourself ready for the next season which will be a ‘new journey’. This new leg of the journey will require new energy, stamina and endurance to complete.

 Remember Jesus is using this time to make major changes in you and in around you. Don’t allow what you see in the natural realm distract you. Things are happening whether you can sense them or not.

 Ask Jesus for ‘Spirit Pictures’. I have learned to ask Jesus to show me glimpses of what is taking place in the spirit realm so I can continue to stay at peace and wait in belief.

These are just a few things I have found to be of help during the seasons of transition. No doubt as you walk through these seasons you will find tools of waiting of your own. The major key is to wait with a heart of faith and focus on Jesus. His desires and purposes for you are great.

ENJOY THE JOURNEY!

Venetia Carpenter, Founder
Ecclesia International Ministries

WALKING IN THE INHERITANCE
Living in the Abundance of Those Who Have Gone Before
Galatians 3

Have you ever heard or read of someone who received an great inheritance from a distant relative? In some cases the person receiving the inheritance may not have even met the relative that was now leaving them this vast source of wealth. To be honest, each time I hear of something like this taking place I immediately, almost involuntarily, think, “Wow, that must be nice. I wish that was me receiving that.”

Ever been there?

To wake up one day to find that you have suddenly inherited a fortune simply from having been born into your family is probably everyone’s dream. Who wouldn’t be overjoyed to find that you can now partake of wealth and riches beyond anything you could have dreamed of all for just being who you are?

Guess what? Great News!

Those of us who know Jesus and make the decision to walk by faith in Him alone have such an inheritance! It is the blessings Jesus purchased for us through His life, sacrifice, death and resurrection. It is contained in salvation, which is awesome in itself. If it was just salvation that was purchased that would truly be more than we could ever hope to have gained in our sinful state. But wait… there is more! We not only gain salvation but we have also gained full access to all the blessings of Abraham, our distant relative.
We see in scripture that Jesus redeemed us so that we can now receive all the blessings of Abraham’s seed. (Vs. 13-14)That means each of us who have chosen to live in the faith realm are now privy to ALL the blessings of Abraham. Jesus opened the door for ‘whosoever will’ to be able to receive the promises that the seed of Abraham have access to.

It is important to remember that just like an earthly inheritance, there are conditions or requirements the recipient must fulfill in order to gain the wealth that is available.
For the ‘Faith Child’ (Believer) the requirement is simple…turn away from all forms of living after the flesh and live completely submitted to the Holy Spirit by Faith. (Vs.5-9) Commit yourself to live in all Jesus shows you to do…even when it seems scary. Remember the ‘the just shall live by faith’ (Rom1:17). Those that believe and walk out this truth now have full access to all the promised of Abraham. (Vs. 26-29) The promises of Abraham are great. We have been give great riches (Gen.13:2); vast lands (Gen. 15:18); Fruitfulness in every area of life (Gen. 17:2-9). Truly, there is no earthly inheritance that can compare with great inheritance that our Savior and gracious Lord have purchased for us. So very awesome!!
This Easter season as we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus. It is a time to reflect on not just His life and death but, most importantly, His defeat of the grave and all that this brought for those who will believe. I encourage you to take this time to reflect on how much of the inheritance you are currently walking in. There is still opportunity to walk in more! Use this as a time to purpose to walk in all the blessings brought for you through so great a victory.

LIVING A LIFE OF SUPERNATURAL FAITH WILL YEILD SUPERNATURAL RESULTS.

Venetia Carpenter
Ecclesia Int’l Ministries

EMBRACING OUR EXPECTATIONS

February 22, 2013

EMBRACING OUR EXPECTATIONS
(Job 22:26-28, Mark 11:22-24)
I saw a church sign recently that read, “How to give up your expectations”. The sign was posting what the next sermon topic was going to feature. As I read the sign something about the statement immediately hit me the wrong way. There was a sadness that came over my spirit to think that as Believers we have to give up our godly expectations. I am convinced that we are not a people called to give up our expectations but to have our desires, dreams and hopes brought to Jesus so that He can give us strategies as to see them come to pass. (Jer. 33:3 Acts 17:26-27).
Jesus desires to use us in partnership to see His will be done and His kingdom come on earth today. He chooses to use us in partnership. We are called to be His ambassadors, which mean we represent Him, here on this earth. Therefore, anything He wants to have done on earth He chooses and will use us (His people) to accomplish. This includes our expectations.
Those who are in right communion with Jesus will find that He places His desires for our future within us, then He calls us into fellowship and partnership with Him in order to see these desires come to pass. (Jer. 29:11; Ps. 62:5)
We are a people who are to expect to see the glory of the Lord come forth in all that is around us. We commune with Him, He place His desires in us, then we partner with Him in intercession, prophetic declarations and prophetic acts to see His kingdom come forth on earth.
This is not ‘wishful thinking’ or hope that is grounded in our own fleshly desires but expectations that have been breathed into our spirit from heaven. Please don’t misunderstand, any expectations that are birthed in anything outside of God should be given up BUT for those in Christ we must remember that when we commune with Jesus He births desires into us. These desires are godly and there should be an expectation to see them come to pass. These seeds of change called expectations are to be carried forth and fought for.
As we embrace our dreams and expect to see them come forth we will see great and glorious things come forth in our lives as well as the lives of others. I have some desires and dreams that Jesus has given to me so have begun to make prophetic declarations over those things daily! Since doing this I am already seeing results come forth in the natural realm. I am finding that what I speak into the spirit realm sets things in motion in the natural. It can for you also!
Dream, Expect, Embrace and See!

Venetia Carpenter
Ecclesia Int’l Ministries