Recent Blog Entries

  • Jun 16
    Posted by Dion Todd
    Thank You from Refreshing Hope Ministries on Vimeo. Today I want to talk about the importance of being thankful. Jesus lived on Earth as our example, and He was so thankful and full of praise. No matter what you have been through, there are still some things that you can be thankful about. An imp...
  • Jun 16
    Posted by Dion Todd
    I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you. Psalms 32:8 NIVRecently when the Lord was ready to start something new in our life, He started closing out the old. Of course we panicked, tried giving more, praying more, fasting more, serving ...
  • Jun 15
    Posted by Dion Todd
    Out of the same mouth comes blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so. Does a spring send out from the same opening fresh and bitter water? Can a fig tree, my brothers, yield olives, or a vine figs? Thus no spring yields both salt water and fresh water. James 3:10 WEBHot, ti...
View All




The Holy Spirit Speaks

  • It is such a sad deception in the world that most people are living far beneath the standard of the abundant life that Jesus Christ came to offer His creation.

    Abundant life starts with seeking the kingdom of God and the way that He designed and created the right way to live. Money cannot buy joy, love, inner peace, sanctification, restoration and oneness with God as the greatest experience that a human being can possibly be honored with. But to be brought into such a blessed elevation and experience by which one live and move and have their entire existence in agreement and oneness with His Maker requires the ultimate sacrifice and price in the human experience.

    We see how the Spirit of God rebukes the deception and insanity of the life lived in the flesh in Revelation 3. A low earthly form and counterfeit kinda life that puts the focus on man's desires and earthly pursuits because the god of this world (Satan) can only recycle what God created so his constant quest is to mislead and deceive the human race by causing them to think prosperity is a fat bank account but I declare to you today beloved that you can be a very to be pitied POOR MAN WITH ALOT OF MONEY.

    If material possessions were the measure by which eternal success is measured then Jesus would not have said in Luke 12:15-34 And He said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man's life consists not in the abundance of the things which he possesses. 16 And He spoke a parable unto them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully: 17 And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room to store my crops? 18 And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I store all my crops and my goods. 19 And I will say to my soul, Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years; take your ease, eat, drink, and be merry. 20 But God said unto him, You fool, this night your soul shall be required of you: then whose shall those things be, which you have prepared? 21 So is he that lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God. 22 And he said unto his disciples, Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what you shall eat; neither for the body, what you shall put on. 23 The life is more than food, and the body is more than clothing. 24 Consider the ravens: for they neither sow nor reap; which neither have storehouse nor barn; and God feeds them: how much more are you better than the fowls? 25 And which of you with taking thought can add to his stature one cubit? 26 If you then be not able to do that thing which is least, why are you anxious concerning the rest? 27 Consider the lilies how they grow: they toil not, they spin not; and yet I say unto you, that Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 28 If then God so clothes the grass, which is today in the field, and tomorrow is cast into the oven; how much more will he clothe you, O you of little faith? 29 And seek you not what you shall eat, or what you shall drink, neither be of anxious mind. 30 For all these things do the nations of the world seek after: and your Father knows that you have need of these things. 31 But rather seek you the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you. 32 Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom. 33 Sell what you have, and give alms; provide yourselves purses which grow not old, a treasure in the heavens that fails not, where no thief approaches, neither moth corrupts. 34 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

    A fleshly person is captured by, ruled by, governed by, controlled by, driven by and preoccupied with the things and matters of this temporary world. He is a prisoner of the god of this world (THE PRINCE OF THE POWER OF THE AIR) because his soul (mind, will and emotions) has been captured by and is kept in bondage to material and fleshly pursuits. When placed in a balance, he has been enriched through these fleshly pursuits and is really bankrupt compared to spiritual matters because the desires of his flesh enslave him. He indulges his flesh but keeps his spirit starved. He is a bondservant of the god of self because he worships the idol of self. He is imprisoned in his own desires because he is in bondage to himself.

    WHAT YOU FEED ON YOU WILL GROW ON SO IF YOU FEED ON WORLDLY THINGS YOU WILL GROW AND BE STRENGTHENED IN CARNALITY. IF YOU FEED ON THE THINGS OF THE SPIRIT THEN YOU WILL GROW AND BE STRENGTHENED IN GODLINESS. GODLINESS IS GODLIKENESS WHICH MEANS WE BECOME MORE AND MORE LIKE JESUS. WHEN WE FEED ON THE WORD OF GOD WHICH IS THE BREAD OF LIFE AND WE OBEY IT THEN IT PRODUCES THE LIFE OF CHRIST WITHIN US.

    We need to ask the Lord to increase and to strengthen our spiritual appetite and desire toward the things of the Spirit. A desire defined is an inward drive of the heart and passion (to seek satisfaction or fulfillment in a certain thing). Your passion is determined by your inward drive. Your inward drive will cause you to be passionate about the object of your affection. In other words, the condition of your heart will be determined by those things which you pursue. Worship is an act of admiration towards the object of your affection. It is an outward expression of an inward affection. The one who has won your heart is the one that you will worship. He is the one that will control and rule your desires. He is the one you will be passionate about. He is the one through whom your heart will be enriched because he will become your treasure. The person to whom you have surrendered all desire shall be your conqueror. Who is in control of your desires child of God? Understand this: all worldly desires and fleshly pursuits must be considered threats through which the enemy of your soul operates to break or distort your devotion, pursuit, and worship of God.

    Therefore the child of God is admonished and commanded throughout the gospel of Christ, through the cross of self-denial, to not conform to the former lusts through which Satan works to keep us in bondage to this fallen world. The principle is this: If you want to live the higher life with God in the Spirit then you must renounce and abstain from worldly pursuits that cause you to be dominated by the lower, earthly and fleshly life. These things produce spiritual death and have no eternal value and through the pursuit of these things we accomplish nothing. Pursuing the kingdom of God, which is of eternal value, is an inward matter of the heart because the King of this inward kingdom wants to capture and conquer and rule your heart. He already demonstrated His devotion and love toward us when He sacrificed himself on the altar of His passion. He denied himself unto the death of self because He desires intimacy with us. True love is demonstrated by what we are willing to sacrifice to be intimate with the object of our affection. The only power made available to us by God to conquer the god of self is the love of God revealed in the cross of Christ through the call of self-denial. The god of self is Satan because he rules man through self-desire.

    The principle of satan is self-exaltation so when we humble ourselves through the denial of self we conquer and dethrone the god of self. How can Satan rule you when he loses the throne of SELF? Self-exaltation through the indulgence of the pride of life, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes glorifies and enthrones Satan within the heart of man whereas the humility of self-denial liberates the heart and glorifies and enthrones the God of the cross. This is why the cross is not preached in most churches because the god of this world who rules the desires of the flesh has infiltrated and corrupted their doctrines through self-desire and many justify and disguise their greed through a deceptive fleshly gospel of prosperity and self-indulgence. This is why God rebukes this insanity in Rev3:17 Because you say, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and know not that you are wretched and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: The eternal gold that holds real value with God is sincere faith that has conformed itself to the godly character and nature of Christ through the price of self-denial. The love of God liberates the heart of man through self-denial because there is no worldly desire in His love. His love cannot be satisfied by the things of this world. His love can only be satisfied by being with you because to Him you are His world.

    When we can come to the place where our hearts are so surrendered and captured by and totally controlled by the divine love of God then we will begin to experience real freedom because His love is the fragrance of heaven. His love is the highest ecstasy that one can experience because He is the climax of eternity. O may we renounce and break away from the pig-pen of Satan's carnal empire and be liberated into the joy and the freedom of Christ's kingdom where GOD'S LOVE RULES THE HEART OF HIS ROYAL SUBJECTS. God knows the sinfulness and greed of the fallen human heart that has conformed itself to the ways of this world and His whole goal and desire is to rescue and deliver us from ourselves because our fallen desires deceive and blind us from the reality of the awesomeness of God. He is the greatest most wonderful and pleasurable experience and Person to be with because He is love in its purest essence and form. We were designed and created to respond to and indulge ourselves in God because as LOVE He is the greatest satisfying and comforting factor to the human heart. He is love and as love, His desire is to be with the ones He created for himself out of himself.

    Yes, we come from God and came out of God and our need is to be made one with Him again. When we choose to replace His love then lust will invade our world. A heart in pursuit of worldly things is a heart that is void of the love of God and it is a heart that has been invaded by Satanic lust and lust is a bottomless abyss that can never be filled. The love of the Spirit can be defined as Godly passion and desire that will put you in pursuit of God and will drive you into the arms of God. It will empower you to build a close and intimate relationship with the One from whom you were taken and it will restore your eternal value. Nobody can love you like God.

    IS HIS CROSS NOT ENOUGH EVIDENCE OF THAT?

    Then why are we resisting Him? It is because we are idol worshippers and we need to repent and cry out to God to rescue us from ourselves. It is what is keeping us in bondage on the inside through our brokenness that prevents us from responding to His love and we need to be delivered. Through the fall we became estranged from God because we wanted our own way and we are called to return to Him. When we rebel against the higher spiritual ways of God by persisting in our own ways then a fall will always be the result and we will always be plunged into the lower ways and darkness of the flesh. We must allow His love to clean up and heal our hearts by sacrificing the things and desires that keep us in bondage. Why would we want to hold on to the things that Satan uses to destroy us and the things that produce spiritual death? Why would we want to keep pursuing the temporary things through which we accomplish nothing and destroy our eternal goal? The call through the cross is a call to repentance to turn away from fleshly things and come back to God. The working of the cross in the heart of the believer is a divine work of love because it liberates the heart from the desires that are used to destroy us.

    The power of the cross will set your heart free from the deception and bondage of worldly desire if you embrace it and it will transform your heart into a dwelling place, a garden of God where you will experience the true fulfillment, joy, and freedom of divine love. You were made for Love, now return to Love by allowing Him to clean up your heart. Never be offended against the call of the cross through a life of self-denial because to be offended by His cross is to be offended by His love. The relationship is the only priority. Everything else is secondary. That is a bride mentality. Love towards God in the way of the cross is to lay down, resist, root out, demolish and destroy, by the power of the Holy Ghost, those things working through the flesh that would interfere with our devotion towards Him and things that are being used by the god of the flesh to draw us away from the things of the Lord. A son must be about the Father's business.

    Things which are pure and uncontaminated by the world, things which are praise-worthy, things admirable in the presence of the Lord, all things which are Godly and righteous that would strengthen, add to and build up our foundation and relationship with God. These are the things which the children of God should devote themselves to then all other things about our lives and future will fall into place in a natural way.


Tip: You must be logged into the website to leave comments.

 

Social Sharing

2 comments
  • 0
Pastor Marty Pena
Pastor Marty Pena If people would only understand the power of the cross. Without this understanding, they live in bondage in circles like the children of Israel, in a desert that has no end.....!! Humbled Sylvia, thank you! To God be all the Glory! Amen. Shalom.
February 3, 2017
  • 1
Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

"The power of the cross will set your heart free from the deception and bondage of worldly desire if you embrace it and it will transform your heart into a dwelling place, a garden of God where you will experience the true fulfillment, joy, and freedom of divine love." Beautifully said, Marty, thank you!

February 3, 2017