Monday, June 22, 2020

By Dr.James D.Treadwell, Jr.




Where Does Your Faith Stand?



Consider the scripture found in 1 Co. 2:4&5, " And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom but in the demonstration of the Spirit and of power: That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.


There's a whole lot of knowledge "flying" around these days. There are scientific reports, governmental reports, reports from organizations, and communities, all of which are being presented powerfully and persuasive as wisdom. However, when the reports are given, who's report will you believe?  


There is wisdom that comes from a lot of the reports that we may encounter, but what kind of wisdom is it? Consider James 3:17, which says, "But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy."


Next I ask, Is your faith standing in technology? Or, is your faith standing in the Power of God?  When your body needs healing, technology cannot heal you, but the power of God can.  The government cannot transform a life, but the power of God can.  Community organizations cannot stop the widespread pandemonium and fear resulting in many innocent lives dying prematurely, but the power of God can.



Now I ask, "What is your faith standing in?"  Understand that your faith is standing in something. When your faith stands in the power of God you get what the power of God produces. Likewise, if you were standing in water you'd get what water produces. If your faith stands in the government you only get what the government can produce.  If your faith stands in activism, you only get what activism can produce.  The conclusion should be that your faith is left standing in the Power of God.  The power of God heals you, delivers you, conforms you, transforms you, prospers you, and the list can go on and on.  When your faith stands in the power of God you get all that the Power of God produces.











Friday, June 19, 2020

By Dr. James D. Treadwell,Jr.


Who is the Church in the Midst of All This?

The Church is made up of many members and we are one body; The ecclesia, the called-out ones. We are disciples of Christ.  In the midst of this, we have an identity that can be seen.


We are "wisdom", but not as the world speaks of the wise, and those who are considered to possess wisdom. Consider  James 3:15-18 KJV, which says, "...But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace."


Next, we are "peacemakers". A peacemaker is different from a peacekeeper. We are equipped to make peace because we carry the prince of peace, Jesus. (Is. 9:6) Consider Matthew 5:9 KJV, which says, "Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God."


We are "salt". Consider Matthew 5:13 KJV, which says,  "Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savor, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men."


The church is also "light". Consider Matthew 5:14,16 KJV, which says, "Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven."


The list above does not include all that the church is on the earth today, but it will start your journey of discovery with key descriptive words for the church.

Wisdom
Peacemaker
Salt
Light

Here's a thought to keep in mind while navigating through the challenges we're facing in life these days.  There was civil unrest at the time of Jesus' reign on the earth. Disciples had just faced Jesus having been put to death. They were in the upper room.  A leader emerged after they received power from on high.  

Today, we are amidst civil unrest. It comes in many forms such as: Economic and social injustice unrest, sports-related unrest, politically motivated unrest, as well as the reaction to police action unrest. That still doesn't change who we are.   The church is: Wisdom, Peacemakers, Salt and Light.




Thursday, June 18, 2020

By Dr. James D. Treadwell, Jr.

"The Shaking"

Have you been experiencing "the shaking?"  A part of the shaking was to wake us up so that we would walk in the authority that God has given us. We are a new nation, a whole new species and we have the DNA of Jesus.

For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.  (Romans 8:29)

Here are 5 indications of "the shaking":

1.  Corona virus pandemic 
2.   Protests and Riots
3.  The Church not being considered essential 
4.  Fear that has gripped the world
5. The manipulation of racial issues

Let's walk in the authority that God has given us.  We were born for "such a time as this".

Thursday, June 11, 2020

By Dr. James D.Treadwell,Jr.

                                         Pentecost

Acts 2:1-4 "And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.  And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.  And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance."


The "day of Pentecost" was a time in history.  For us today we are receiving a move of God's Spirit in a brand new way.  


There were events that led up to the Day of Pentecost and finally the time came.  Those who obeyed were found in the upper room.  They were in the right place at the right time, doing exactly what they were asked to do which was to wait.


Here are five things we can expect and look for as we move forward in Life with Christ.  For us today, Pentecost marks:


A life of fire

A life of power

A life of victory 

A life of faith


The enemy may have tried to smother your fire, but you are now empowered to rise and say, "You're not putting my fire out!". Saints who are learners of Christ, we have  been made "too hot for the devil to handle."


This is a new era and a new time, and we have passed over into a life full of faith.  Our faith keeps us steady.  Our faith also keeps our reliance on Jesus.  A lot of what we've experienced more recently with Corona, like protests and rioting, was used to "shake the church and to wake the church up."  This time of quarantine and threat of sickness and death, served as a reminder that as a believer, there is a price to pay.  It costs.  It costs to trust the Lord in the midst of a global pandemic.  What does that look like?  It looks like you putting God's word above the word of the scientists.  


Proverbs 29:25 KJV

[25] The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the Lord shall be safe.


You may say what is the explanation for the believers who have become sick or have fallen into horrible times?  The answer is that what you may have witnessed is described in the scripture below.


1 Timothy 1:19 KJV

[19] Holding faith, and a good conscience; which some having put away concerning faith have made shipwreck:


As we move through Pentecost and is moving forward let us:


Believe God

Trust God

Hold fast to our confessions 

Hold fast to our professions

Receive Holy Ghost Power

Move out by Faith

Expect





Wednesday, May 27, 2020

By Dr. James D.Treadwell,Jr.

Moving Forward

During the Covid-19 2020 quarantine, many things are being revealed by God. One of them is this: The Body of Christ is "moving forward with great expectation and Holy Ghost anticipation."


Remember that all things are parallel. Consider the "principle of parallel". When something is parallel it is similar to something else but it happens in a different place or a different time. If one thing parallels with another they'll happen at the same time. There are similarities and there is a connection.



In Acts the 2nd chapter, the disciples experienced events that led up to the day of Pentecost. When the day finally came the followers of Christ were all in the place Jesus told them to go to, on one accord. Do you think they were prepared for "moving forward with great expectation and Holy Ghost anticipation?". I know they were.


All things are parallel. We are not coming out empty-handed. We are not afraid. We are bold. We are not coming out the way the devil thought we would, nor are we coming out the way man thought we would. We're not coming out bound, limited, discouraged, or low.


We are the "head and not the tail." We are coming out on top. All things working together for our good. (Ro. 8:28) 


So I ask, are you "moving forward with great expectation and Holy Ghost anticipation?" Below are five things you should align during this countdown to Pentecost.


  1.  Are you on one accord with Jesus and the other disciples?
  2.  Are you a follower of Christ?
  3.  Are you an imitator of Christ?
  4.  Are you willing to pay the price?  

As we go from "Passover to Pentecost" we will move forward with expectation and Holy Ghost anticipation.






Friday, May 22, 2020

By Dr.James D.Treadwell,Jr.

The Church Is Essential

Governor Murphy has signed an executive order that will reopen state parks and allow counties and cities to open local parks.  This would include golf courses, as well.  I can imagine that everyone is super excited about the prospect of returning to some form of normalcy.  Meanwhile, the Church has been adamantly mandated to close and not reopen until further notice, as though the Body of Christ has been put on punishment.  What's wrong with this picture? Has government, ignorantly, forgotten the importance of the Local Church and Discipleship within every community.  The Church has the power to heal because it's filled with believers.  What about, Mark 16:17-18, which states:  "And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; [18] They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover."(KJV)?

 Do you believe closing the Church's door is an infringement on the Church and the citizen's constitutional right to peacefully assemble?
Since the Church, has the power to heal, and is also a "no-fly zone" for diseases and viruses, wouldn't you think being open will benefit our communities, cities, and states?


We have respected the government's "Stay At Home" mandate for an appointed amount of time, in part because of the internet's capabilities to stream services.  While using Periscope, we've been able to air services live with an "essential" team. Also using Zoom we host our Men and Women's Fellowships, Soul Sessions, Table Time, School of the Prophets, and Friday Night School of the Holy Spirit.  Thankfully, the internet has been a temporary solution.

What makes no sense is what has been considered as "essential". By whose standards have they made a liquor store "essential" while the church is considered non-essential? What kind of society are we producing? Also, regarding social distancing. I'm happy to say that Jesus is not practicing social distancing right now. In fact, "Where two or three are gathered together in His name, He is right in their midst."Mt.(18:20).  Guess what?  He's not wearing a mask either.  The Church has a Kingdom Culture.  We are here to help those who are sick.  We are not afraid of sicknesses.  Every sickness has been defeated (past tense), by Jesus on the cross.  This is what we know and believe.  Meanwhile, Gov. Murphy urged people to wear face masks and to remain six feet apart.  Let's consider the book of James 5:14 (KJV), "Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord:". How can we send the elders to pray for the sick if they must social distance themselves? If they go to pray for someone, are they expected to wear a mask and gloves as they heal someone of sickness? Why would they? Obviously if you are going to get someone healed, you do not need to protect yourself as though you are afraid. To anoint someone with oil, as the above scripture suggests one must touch the sick individual. This calls for a realignment of our thinking. We obey the scripture first and foremost. Throughout history, God's people have obeyed Him, despite a ruler, captain or Sadducee, strongly urging another way of doing things; even mandating God's people to stop what they were doing for the Lord. Some examples are: Jesus, Peter, Daniel, Esther and the list continues.

We are the Church, the Body of Christ. We heal sicknesses, diseases, and viruses. We have faith in the Power of God to miraculously heal. That is exactly what we will do. No matter what!  Bishop Hamon says, "The Saints who are willing to suffer whatever it takes to fulfill God's purpose for their lives to be conformed to His likeness will receive a greater reward and position in God's eternal kingdom."

Dr.James D.Treadwell,Jr.

It Costs

There are many things this global pandemic is revealing. Here is one: Maybe we've forsaken the true meaning or portrait and picture of a believer; A disciple of Jesus Christ. It costs. Yes, it costs to live the life of a true believer and it costs to live the life of a believer in Jesus Christ. Let's examine the word cost. The origin of the word is interpreted "rib" My question is, what did it cost Adam, though God created Eve? The answer is, a rib. It costs. Lk. 18:8 states "I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?" Abraham was full of faith according to Rom. 4. He left room for nothing else. He knew that He was faithful who had promised. We can be the same so that when the bad reports come, we can wash away the doubt and bad news with the overflow of our belief and confession that we hold fast without wavering. "Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;) Heb. 10:23. It will cost faith. Be of good courage because God has given to every man the measure of faith. (Ro. 12:3)