God is the Righteous Judge

Micah 6:8 He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the LORD require of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?

When we read about all the turmoil in the world, innocent people being murdered, unjust laws, and unjust decisions made by leaders and rulers in the earth, people in the world often wonder where they can get justice.  

We find God rendering justice all throughout the Bible. This is a constant theme especially in the Old Testament where the children of Israel often cried out to the LORD for justice, and he would raise up a deliverer to deliver his people. This is why Moses and the Judges were raised up in the Old Testament because God heard the cries and prayers of his people!

Although we have human judges and they have been given the authority to judge in a court of law, we should take comfort in knowing that there is one who will judge humanity with righteousness.  The Bible calls him a Righteous Judge! Listen to the scriptures:

Psa 50:6 And the heavens shall declare his righteousness: for God is judge himself.

Psa 96:13  For He is coming, for He is coming to judge the earth. He shall judge the world with righteousness, and the peoples with His truth.

One thing we must remember is that God is all about justice, mercy, equity and compassion!

Psa 98:9  Before the LORD; for he cometh to judge the earth: with righteousness shall he judge the world, and the people with equity.

Zechariah 7:9 This is what the LORD Almighty said: ‘Administer true justice; show mercy and compassion to one another.

Isaiah 30:18 Yet the LORD longs to be gracious to you; therefore he will rise up to show you compassion. For the LORD is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for him!

Isaiah 56:1 This is what the LORD says: “Maintain justice and do what is right, for my salvation is close at hand and my righteousness will soon be revealed.

The Bible says that one day the LORD will come and he will administer true heavenly justice for the oppressed.  

Act 17:31 Because he has appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he has ordained; whereof he has given assurance to all men, in that he has raised him from the dead.

It is amazing today that there are people who say that they are believers in Christ but cannot separate their ideology, skin color and political party from the true Gospel of Jesus Christ.

God is all about fairness, equity, justice, mercy and compassion. Anyone who says that they know the LORD Jesus Christ, and does not have these same values or attributes is lost and denies the faith.

When we read the scriptures we find that that Jesus came to administer true justice for the oppressed.

Luk 4:18 “The Spirit of the Lord is on Me; because of this He has anointed Me to preach the Gospel to the poor. He has sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and new sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed.”

Notice that the ministry of Jesus Christ was all about preaching the good news, healing the brokenhearted, preaching deliverance to the captives, giving sight to the blind, and providing liberty to the captives!

This is true justice indeed!  Jesus was all about tearing down walls that kept people captive and in bondage, not building walls! ( :  I believe that this is the season where the prayer warriors, intercessors and true saints of God need to cry out to God for justice and he will hear and answer!

There is a story in Luke chapter 18 about a persistent widow who needed justice. Jesus tells us this parable to illustrate a point that God hears our prayers and will administer righteous justice. The parable is about a widow who went to a judge who was not a righteous man.

Jesus tells us that this judge did not fear God nor regard man. In other words he didn’t believe in God and didn’t care about men or women! What is interesting is that after this persistent widow kept going to him, eventually he gave this woman what she wanted, which was justice against her adversary!  Let’s read!

Luk 18:1  And he spoke a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint; 

Luk 18:2  Saying, there was in a city a judge, which feared not God, neither regarded man: 

Luk 18:3  And there was a widow in that city; and she came unto him, saying, Avenge me of mine adversary. 

Luk 18:4  And he would not for a while: but afterward he said within himself, Though I fear not God, nor regard man; 

Luk 18:5  Yet because this widow troubles me, I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me. 

Luk 18:6  And the Lord said, Hear what the unjust judge saith. 

Luk 18:7  And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them? 

Luk 18:8  I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth? 

Jesus tells us that after a while this unrighteous judge eventually gave this woman justice against her adversary! 

How many of us know that we all have an adversary who desires to kill, steal, and destroy? Adversary in the Greek literally means an opponent in a lawsuit or Satan himself!

So this woman was literally saying grant me justice against the devil!

How many of us know today that the devil is running rampant in our communities, cities and country and we need justice from the Righteous Judge!

He then makes a profound point that we need to take hold of in Luke 18: 6-8

Luk 18:6  And the Lord said, Hear what the unjust judge saith. 

Luk 18:7  And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them? 

Luk 18:8  I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth? 

Jesus was literally saying that if a human judge who does not fear God, nor regard man can give justice to an oppressed and downtrodden widow. How much more will the Righteous God of heaven and earth answer you and me who cry out to him day and night!

The Bible says that God will answer them speedily! He then tells us, “Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes will he find faith on the earth?”  The real question is, “ Do you believe that God is able to make all grace abound toward you?”

This is a season where we need overcoming faith to trust God who will make all grace abound toward us. We need to know that God will render the appropriate justice to those who work unrighteousness and we will get the victory in Jesus Name!

There is a time and season coming when God will bring all things to the heavenly court to administer the proper justice to those who are unjust!

Just think about this for a moment. If a human judge can administer justice, how much more will the Righteous judge of heaven and earth administer righteous justice! People of God, be encouraged, keep praying and know that Jesus is coming soon. He return is imminent and he will grant righteous justice and judgment to all whom it is due!

Rev 19:11  Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war.

Rev 19:12  His eyes were like a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns. He had a name written that no one knew except Himself.

Rev 19:13  He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God.

Rev 19:14  And the armies in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, followed Him on white horses.

Rev 19:15  Now out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should strike the nations. And He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron. He Himself treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.

Rev 19:16  And He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.

Let us remember that Jesus came to the earth as a lamb, but he is coming back as a lion!

God Bless, Pastor Quinn

Biblical Fasting: The Acceptable Fast

Mat 6:16  “Moreover, when you fast, do not be like the hypocrites, with a sad countenance. For they disfigure their faces that they may appear to men to be fasting. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward.

Mat 6:17  But you, when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face,

Mat 6:18  so that you do not appear to men to be fasting, but to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.

On the occasion of the 21 day corporate Daniel Prayer and Fasting in which many believers all over the world are partaking of.  I wanted to share and minister on the importance of Biblical fasting and why we must look to the Bible for everything that pertains to life and Godliness in Christ Jesus our LORD, especially as it relates to consecration unto the LORD!

The Bible says in 2 Tim 3: 16-17:

2Ti 3:16  All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness,

2Ti 3:17  that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.

As I was in prayer the LORD wanted me to share with you the importance of true consecration which is prayer and fasting.

Before we get started, I want to ask the question?  What is the Daniel fast all about?

How many times did Daniel fast in the Bible? Or should I say, how many times is it recorded in the Bible? 

Why did he fast?

Well, all these questions can be answered as we look to Daniel in the scriptures who was always praying and fasting unto the LORD. We find Daniel fasting in the following chapters listed below. For detailed information on why he fasted read the chapters and the following verses:

Dan 1: 1-17, Dan 9:1-12 and Dan 10:1-14

What is interesting is that the Angel of the LORD referred to Daniel as one who was “Greatly beloved” in the sight of the LORD.  You can read this in Dan 9:23 , 10:11, and 10:19.

I find that Daniel was an individual who was truly about the Fathers business. He was always praying and fasting unto the LORD and seeking God’s face, maybe this is why he was greatly beloved!

So the Daniel fast is a compilation of Daniels fasting of 10 days and 21 days in which he ate fruits and vegetables and drank water. Dan 1:12 says, “Please test your servants for ten days, and let them give us vegetables to eat and water to drink.” The Bible says in Dan 10:3, “I ate no pleasant food, no meat or wine came into my mouth, nor did I anoint myself at all, till three whole weeks were fulfilled.”

When we look at prayer and fasting in the Bible, it is synonymous with mourning, surrender and humility. When you research the Bible, true consecration to the Lord is not supposed to be a happy event. It is a humbling event. If you have joy while you are fasting you are probably not fasting correctly.  Let’s take a look at what James had to say:

Jas 4:7  Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.

Jas 4:8  Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.

Jas 4:9  Lament and mourn and weep! Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom.

Jas 4:10  Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.

If you read Joel 2:15-17, you will see that praying and fasting in the Old Testament days is a lot different from praying and fasting for most people today.

Joe 2:15 Blow the trumpet in Zion, Consecrate a fast, Call a sacred assembly;
Joe 2:16 Gather the people, Sanctify the congregation, Assemble the elders, Gather the children and nursing babes; Let the bridegroom go out from his chamber, And the bride from her dressing room.
Joe 2:17 Let the priests, who minister to the LORD, Weep between the porch and the altar; Let them say, “Spare Your people, O LORD, And do not give Your heritage to reproach, That the nations should rule over them. Why should they say among the peoples, ‘Where is their God?’ “

Old Testament prayer and fasting was no joke! They got results! If we want our prayer and fasting to not be in vain, we must get our focus off of ourselves and get it on God.

One of the most powerful weapons of spiritual warfare is fasting. In Matt 17: 14-21, Jesus gave the Disciples a spiritual lesson that each and every one of us should take heed to.  In the story they were trying to cast out a demon and they couldn’t do it. So Jesus had to cast it out and he told them the following:

Mat 17:19  Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, “Why could we not cast it out?”

Mat 17:20  So Jesus said to them, “Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.

Mat 17:21  However, this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting.”

Jesus basically said, that there are some mountains and situations that you can move with your faith, and then there are some mountains and situations that can only be moved when you pray and fast!  Did you get that? There are some mountains that you can move with your faith, and there are some mountains that can only be moved when you engage in prayer and fasting! Which means you have to go a little deeper!

Fasting is a significant part of your Christian walk just as praying and reading the Bible is significant. Fasting is for everyone who desires to draw closer to God.

Whenever you fast, you need to pray and seek the Lord; otherwise you are just on a spiritual diet, and not hearing what the Holy Spirit is trying to tell you.

People in the Bible fasted for many reasons; they fasted to hear from God, and they fasted because of trouble, trials, tribulations and tests.

Moses fasted on the mountain for 40 days to hear from God to receive the 10 commandments and tabernacle blueprints.

Jesus fasted 40 days before he launched into his ministry which gave him spiritual power.

The Daniel fast is not so much about how much we can eat, it’s about eating less to afflict our souls so that we focus on Jesus Christ and God’s kingdom agenda.

Now God understands that we are all at different spiritual levels in Christ, so each time we fast, we should stretch ourselves a bit.

 There are different types of fast such as:

The Normal Fast involves abstaining from all solid and liquid food except for water.

The Partial Fast involves abstaining from just certain foods. You can live on just certain foods during the duration of this fast such as bread and water, or you may choose to fast a certain meal each day.

The Daniel Fast consists of fruits, vegetables, and water.

And for those that are on medication and must eat, there is the Television and Entertainment Fast which is setting aside television, radio, newspapers, social media (that’s what I said) and other forms of entertainment to seek the Lord.

If you desire more information on the acceptable fast, read what the Prophet Isaiah said in Isaiah 58:3-12.

According to Isaiah 58: 6-7, the acceptable fast unto the LORD does seven things:

  1. To bring justice
  2. To undo heavy burdens and break the yoke of bondage
  3. To free the oppressed and loose the bands of wickedness
  4. To share food
  5. To provide shelter for the poor
  6. To clothe the naked
  7. To provide for one’s family

There are seven other reasons to fast as well:

  1. To mourn and repent
  2. To receive God’s instructions
  3. To die to the flesh
  4. For humility and deliverance from bondage
  5. To resist the devil’s temptations
  6. For health and healing
  7. For spiritual power to cast out demons

All of these are good reasons for fasting, but just remember prayer and fasting gives us spiritual strength to hear clearly from the LORD, it gives us supernatural power to engage in spiritual warfare and it also brings healing to our bodies. Whatever fast that you partake of, just be sure that it is an acceptable fast unto the LORD.

God Bless, Pastor Quinn

 

 

Pressing into your future

Phil 3:12 Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me.
Phil 3:13 Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead,
Phil 3:14 I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

How many of us know that God always gives us a word to prepare us for the next season of our lives as it relates to our purpose and destiny in Christ. Someone gave me a revelation recently that the next season of your life can become your now, and if you are not ready, it could hinder you for a season. I want to give you a word today that will prepare you for all that the LORD has for you in 2019.

This may not be a heavy revelation for many of you, but the word is simply: “You must press into your future!”

The reason we must press is because God wants us to succeed and not fail. He wants us to move forward and not backward, so that we can be all that he has called us to be.

When you think about the children of Israel, they were moving forward
from Egypt to the promised land. And even though the Lord provided for them in
the desert and in the midst of trial and tribulations, many of them wanted to
return to Egypt. It’s the same today, God is trying to progress us forward to come
into purpose, but many people like to hold on to the glory days! They like to sing that song, “I remember when” Listen! You will not be able to press into your future with a, “I remember when mentality.”

Listen to the word of the Apostle Paul in Philippians 3: 12-14:

Phil 3:12 Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me.
Phil 3:13 Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead,
Phil 3:14 I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

Free online dictionary defines press as to urge with force or weight. To compress
or squeeze, to advance or carry on vigorously, to exert force or pressure, to
advance eagerly or push forward.

How many of us know that we ought to be a people that should be pressing into God’s Kingdom agenda, pressing forward in our spiritual growth, and pressing forward in our walk with the Lord. We should be pressing into prayer, pressing into the house of the LORD and having a sense of urgency for God’s Kingdom agenda. Why? Because the days are evil and the LORD’s appearing is so near!

I want to say something profound to everyone who is reading this devotional. You will never be able to press forward into your purpose until you stop looking back at your past. Your past should be like the rear view mirror in your car. Something that only gives you a small view to make sure nothing behind you is hindering you from getting to your destination in the Lord.

The Lord said its gonna take some pressing to get where you need to be in 2019. We cannot be a free spirit in 2019. Do you know what a free spirit is? Someone who says “Sera Sera,” What will be, will be, and doesn’t have a care in the world!

I want you to know that we should always have a sense of urgency, we should have an excellent spirit, and we must always have the mindset of being about the Fathers business!

So what is pressing toward the mark, or the goal for the prize of the high or
upward call, or calling in God? It is literally as one running a race as an athlete
and endeavoring to get to the goal line or finish the race. In 2 Tim chapter 2 Paul gives us the example of a soldier, an athlete and a farmer!

2Ti 2:4 No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier.
2Ti 2:5 And also if anyone competes in athletics (masteries), he is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules.
2Ti 2:6 The hardworking farmer must be first to partake of the crops.
2Ti 2:7 Consider what I say, and may the Lord give you understanding in all things.

What are the characteristics of a solider, an athlete and farmer? They have a goal. They are disciplined. They get up early. They work hard. They have a vision and a plan, and they understand the importance of pressing toward a goal.

Every believer in Christ, whether you have or have not been a soldier, athlete or farmer, you can learn something from all of them! We should have the same discipline! Every believer should be disciplined and pressing into the Kingdom of God to fulfill the call or purpose for your life!

The key to fulfilling your purpose and destiny, and growing in the grace of God is:

1. Pressing on – Don’t give up!  Stay in the fight. Keep moving forward! “For he who began a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ!” Phil 1: 6

2. Forgetting those things that are behind – How many of us know that it is good to glance back to make sure you are on track, but I don’t find anywhere in the Bible where God said to keep looking back.  Isaiah 43:18 “Do not remember the former things, Nor consider the things of old.”

3. Reach forward – How many of us know you must reach forward to grasp that which is in front of you? If you ask someone who runs track as a relay race runner, they understand reaching forward, and they will give you some revelation on grabbing the baton and breasting the tape!

4. Press toward the goal – If you have a vision, goal or dream you must press into it by faith and hard work! The Bible says in Matt 11: 12, “The Kingdom of heaven suffers violence and the violent take it by force.”

I want you to know that you will never fulfill your purpose or destiny without a press! I don’t know of anyone who was mediocre, stagnated, procrastinating or slothful that achieved anything great!

I have a question for you! If the manager of Walmart called you and said, “We just want to notify you that you were selected for a thousand dollar shopping spree, but you must be here in one hour, what would you do? I know what you would do. You would drive to the local Walmart like a bat out of hell on two wheels to get there!  ( :

Listen, the Manager and owner of all things in the universe, Jesus Christ, has already provided the breakthrough blessing for you! You just have to press into it and receive it by faith!

God Bless, Pastor Quinn