About Revival Part 4


“A Biblical Review”

In Exodus 33:1-3 we see that God was getting ready to follow up and follow through with His promise of giving Israel the land He promised, yet restraining His manifested presence. The Lord says in these verses:

“Then the Lord said to Moses, “Depart and go up from here, you and the people whom you have brought out of the land of Egypt, to the land of which I swore to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, saying, ‘To your descendants I will give it.’ And I will send My Angel before you, and I will drive out the Canaanite and the Amorite and the Hittite and the Perizzite and the Hivite and the Jebusite. Go up to a land flowing with milk and honey; for I will not go up in your midst, lest I consume you on the way, for you are a stiff-necked people.” (NKJV)

 

     The word ‘stiff-necked” is synonym for “proud.” Pride is what is getting in the way of God’s glory; for He says in James that He “resists the proud.”

     It took the humility of one man to bring forth God’s glory. Humility is key if we want Revival! Thank God for Moses. It is because of Moses intervention and intersession for the children of Israel that Israel is able to enjoy the benefits of God’s glory.

     As we see our story unfolding we can say without fear of error that every time the children of Israel humble themselves before God they experience God’s glory, every time they allow pride to take over their hearts they experience God’s judgment. Humility brings forth revival; pride kills it! The Bible tells us in 2 Chronicles 7:14

 “…if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” (NKJV)

 

     The healing of the land is revival! But it takes God’s people to bring revival. We must humble ourselves before the Lord, we must go after God in worship and pursue loving Him above all things; we must repent from our wicked ways and stop justifying our lack of sanctified lives.

     We must make up our minds to be holy and live our lives as such. Then and only then can God hear our prayers, forgive us and pour out His glory. It is time for us as God’s people to do our part.

     We need men at this hour to stand and cry out for the condition of their own hearts, for their families, for their communities, their cities, their nations and for God’s glory to fill the whole earth. One willing heart is all it takes! Could that be you? Could that be me?

To be continued…

About Revival Part 3


“A Biblical Review”

So then, we come to Moses and we see how God uses him to liberate the Children of Israel. As you read the story you can appreciate all of the signs and wonders God performed to liberate His children. Nevertheless, for Moses, freedom was not enough; Moses needed something more.

I think that with Moses with learn a powerful lesson,  for many of us who are satisfied with just being saved from hell; satisfied with just going to church, with just getting involved in a few church ministries, another sermon, another day, another Bible study, etc. We are truly missing out on so much more.

     In Exodus 33:1-3 the children of Israel are finally freed from Egypt; they are no longer slaves, but God has enough of them and gave Moses a very interesting proposition:

“Then the Lord said to Moses, “Depart and go up from here, you and the people whom you have brought out of the land of Egypt, to the land of which I swore to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, saying, ‘To your descendants I will give it.’ And I will send My Angel before you, and I will drive out the Canaanite and the Amorite and the Hittite and the Perizzite and the Hivite and the Jebusite. Go up to a land flowing with milk and honey; for I will not go up in your midst, lest I consume you on the way, for you are a stiff-necked people.” (NKJV)

 

     So here we see God telling Moses I will follow up on my promises to your fathers, I will send My Angel to drive out your enemies, but “I WILL NOT BE IN YOUR MIDST.” That means that His manifested presence; His Shekinah glory will not be with them.

     God promises them His presence to an extent that is enough to drive out our enemies, but God told them specifically that He was not going to be in their midst; they were not going to see His glory. What was the reason for this reaction? God says that the children of Israel were “stiff-necked people.” Our pride and rebelliousness keeps us away from God’s glory.

     But it was not a bad deal; they were still free from slavery, they were about to step into an awesome land and God was going to fight their enemies in order for them to be able to take the land. Anybody else would have said, “Ok, that is great!” But not Moses! In Exodus 33:12-18 we see an amazing conversation taken place between God and Moses:

“Then Moses said to the Lord, “See, You say to me, ‘Bring up this people.’ But You have not let me know whom You will send with me. Yet You have said, ‘I know you by name, and you have also found grace in My sight.’ Now therefore, I pray, if I have found grace in Your sight, show me now Your way, that I may know You and that I may find grace in Your sight. And consider that this nation is Your people.” And He said, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” Then he said to Him, “If Your Presence does not go with us, do not bring us up from here. For how then will it be known that Your people and I have found grace in Your sight, except You go with us? So we shall be separate, Your people and I, from all the people who are upon the face of the earth.” So the Lord said to Moses, “I will also do this thing that you have spoken; for you have found grace in My sight, and I know you by name. ”And he said, “Please, show me Your glory.” (NKJV)

     Moses understood that without God’s manifested presence He was nothing and nothing really mattered. The freedom that they were enjoying now and all the promises of a new and rich land were worthless without the glory. As it applies to today, our degrees, our titles, our buildings, the size of our membership in local churches, etc. are worthless without God’s glory.

     Revival is, in essence, the story of God’s manifested presence on this earth. Revival is what happens after the Shekinah glory of God is let loose in a heart, in a church, in a community, in a city, in a nation and in the world. Without Revival we are left with programs. Without revival we are left with religious routines, with dry and cold hearts, with no compassion, no tears, no reaching out to the lost, no love for God and no love for one another. Without revival we can go as far as our abilities can take us; with revival we have no limits. Moses knew that…do we?

To be continued…

Obama or Romney?


“I lift up my eyes to the hills— where does my help come from?” Psalm 121:1 NIV

President Obama failed; his policies are indeed a failure. How long before he starts taking responsibility for his own doing? How long will he keep blaming Bush? Every time our President blames our previous President for the mess we are in, he is recognizing his incapability to do the job he promise he will do. Where is the “Yes we can!”? Where is the change we can believe in?

The Republican also failed as they constantly feed the spirit of greed in this nation. The Republicans make it sound like everybody can be a millionaire if they just work hard. I believe in hard work, but the Republicans must understand that according to the Word of God, the poor will always be among us and according to the Old and New Testament we do have a responsibility to reach out to them and do our best to help them, not to ignored them and treat them like they are infected with leprosy.

People of God don’t be fooled by placing your hope in political hope and change promises or in another tax cut. Look up to the hills, look up to Jesus, that is where our salvation comes from. Focus on Christ, look at the cross and carry your own without complaint; for Hebrews 13:5 tells us Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; 
 never will I forsake you.”

If you don’t have a prayer life…pray, if you do have a prayer life, increase the time. Dark times will get darker, but the church must get ready for revival. Focus on the hope of glory.

About Revival Part 2


“A Biblical Review”

So what is the story of God’s glory? What is the story of Revival? We have all, in the Body of Christ, been dead and born again or revived by the blood of the lamb. Still, even after we are born again the journey continues.

     Salvation is just the beginning. It is indeed the first work of grace. Revival is just the end-result of God’s glory manifesting freely; it is the Holy Spirit truly taking over; it is men getting out of the way, doing only what God tells them to do by allowing God to be in charge.

     Let’s take a short journey together as we open the pages of the story of God’s glory in His dealings with humanity. The Garden of Eden was filled with God’s glory; Adam and Eve walked closely with God in the cool of the day. Eden represents perfection. That perfection was lost after Adam and Eve sinned; in Genesis 3:23-24 we see this painful part of history recorded:

 “…therefore the Lord God sent him out of the garden of Eden to till the ground from which he was taken. So He drove out the man; and He placed cherubim at the east of the garden of Eden, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to guard the way to the tree of life.”             NKJV

 

            After this awful and tragic moment in our history, we see humanity going from bad to worst. Adam and Eve experience first hand a family tragedy that even today will shake the foundation of every man’s faith. They had one of their sons killed by his brother. That was just the beginning of a terrible journey.

     Things got so bad that in less than 2,000 years from the time God created Adam, God was ready to end it all. Around 1,656 years after Adam’s history marked the beginning of the great flood. In Genesis 6:5-8 we see yet again another painful moment in our history:

“Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And the Lord was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart. So the Lord said, “I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth, both man and beast, creeping thing and birds of the air, for I am sorry that I have made them.” But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.” NKJV

 

            God’s glory was manifested in Noah’s heart, as he was the only one that “found grace in the eyes of the Lord.” With Noah, his wife, his three sons and their wives, eight people in all, God started all over again. But the stage was preparing for another mighty and important man of God in our history; the one known as The Father of our Faith, Abraham.

     If you make a short basic study and just count the genealogies, you will be able to discover that Noah and Abraham walked the earth together. Whether they knew each other or not, I don’t know, but they were alive during the same period; obviously Noah was much older.

     With Abraham God started a new nation; the great nation of Israel. In Abraham’s life God deposited His blessing and manifested His glory. Through Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Joseph God made Himself know all over the known world.

     After Joseph’s death we see that the Children of Israel enjoyed a long season of favor and peace that comes to an end drastically. The people of Israel were now slaves, until another great man of God shows up in the pages of Biblical history.

To be continued!

About Revival Part 1


“A Biblical Review”

Some have call these spiritual phenomenon, The Awakenings, which began in the seventeen hundreds. More recently we see the Toronto Blessing and The Lakeland Revival. It seems like the most common name we use is indeed “Revival.”

     We hear songs crying out for revival, we hear sermons about revival, videos all over Youtube, ministry names announcing revival, books about revival, etc. Nevertheless, there are common questions amongst us. What is Revival? Is this word in the Bible? Should we be praying for revival? These questions are asked by the many. I myself have pondered as to the origin of this mysterious word.

     I used to pay no mind to revival, disregarding it as another religious term with no Biblical foundation. It is very easy to be conformed to whatever our current Christian experience is; after all, we do have the tendency to believe that we are not that bad, that our local churches are doing fine. We can find ourselves happy with our local church programs: Children Ministry, Missions, Men’s Ministry, the Worship Team, Prison Ministry, etc. The more we do, the better we feel!

     For many of us that have never experience revival, it is very easy to just ignore the reality of it. We read about the power of God in the Bible, we hear the dramatic testimonies, the miracles, the transformations, etc. but we don’t see those things manifested in our lives, our families or our local churches. So we do what is normal for us to do; we adapt to the status quo.

     Should we be praying for revival? Well, if you don’t understand what revival is and if you are one satisfied with your religiosity and the way things are, you will not even find the need to pray such a prayer. However, if you get a basic understanding of what revival really is, you will never be the same again, you will pray for revival as if your own life depends on it…literally! And in reality…it does!

     Through the years we have heard about many revival-like events: The Great Awakenings that brought the truth of the salvation by grace alone. It is through those powerful moves of God that we now have a group of Christians that are known as Protestants. It started with a small group call the Moravians and it literally spread all over the world.

     The eighteen hundreds gave us the holiness movement that placed a great deal of emphasis in living sanctified lives.

     The 20th century started with the Pentecostal movement that literally exploded all over the world through Bishop William J. Seymour and the Azusa Street Revival in Los Angeles, California.

     In recent years, we had The Toronto Blessing in Canada, the Brownsville Revival in Florida and Lakeland Revival also in Florida. Nonetheless, how can we connect these events to God’s Word? What is a Revival specifically?

     Revival can be synonymous with: revitalization, resuscitation, renewal, restoration and others. Revival means to bring back to life. Many have a problem with even praying about revival because they don’t see themselves as dead. “Why do I need revival if I am not dead?” Is the fair question many ask.

     In a Biblical sense, allow me to offer the following definition: “Revival is God’s manifested presence in a heart, in a group, in a church, in a region, in a nation and even in the whole world. Revival is the result of God’s Shekinah glory.” Shekinah is defined as: God’s dwelling place; it is the place of God’s manifested presence. The Shekinah glory of God is what brings forth revival! Without God’s manifested presence we are indeed dead!

     The idea that God can walk in a room and everything will continue as, business as usual, is a faulty and fallacious assumption of God’s power and nothing further from Biblical truth. The men of God in history did not go unnoticed for they were filled with God. Perhaps, the correct way to address all these arguments about revival is to agree to the following:

  1. We are nothing without God’s power.

  2. We need His Shekinah glory.

  3. We must agree to pray for God’s Shekinah glory to manifest.

I will go as far as saying that the story of God’s people and the church can only be written around His glory. Anything and everything outside of His glory is a demonic counterfeit.

To be continued!

Me? A Vegan?


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At Vidant Wellness Center in Ahoskie, where I workout, they have a system where you are able to keep up with your physical activities. The more you exercise, the higher numbers you get. We are able to key-in the weights we lifted, the cardio, the walks we take, working in the yard, swimming, etc. At the end of the month they displayed the list with the top thirty members with the highest numbers as it relate to their exercise program. I worked very hard to be on that list for the last two months, last month I ranked 14th.

 

As a former athlete, numbers and statistics are important to me. However, I was not paying attention to some of the most important number in our lives, our cholesterol and triglyceride’s levels. On June 4th 2012, after avoiding a visit to the Doctor, who by the way, is my wife; I finally went to check my cholesterol and Triglyceride’s levels. The results were terrible!

 

A good cholesterol number should be between 120 and 199. A good triglyceride number should be between 20 and 149. My cholesterol number is 238; that number is considered Borderline High Level. My triglycerides number was more alarming as it was categorized as Very High Level. My number? 590.

 

With those numbers I have basically two options: One: Medication or Two: Eat my way back to health. I have chosen to eat my way back to health. The Vegan community gives us a very simple diet. No meat of any kind, no fish, no dairy products of any kind (That includes: no milk and no cheese) and, no oil of any kind (That includes: no vegetable oil and no Extra Virgin Oil) So, what can a Vegan eat? A vegan can eat everything without a mother and everything without a face. Am I going to become a Vegan? It is my smart choice if I want to see all of these numbers coming back to normal.

 

In a month or so I will go back to the Doctor’s Office to check my cholesterol and triglycerides; I started eating as a Vegan the same day of my physical, June 4th. Today is day 8. Too soon to give an opinion, too soon to testify, but not too late to start making healthier choices in my life. I can only say…To be continued…

Videos of Our Humble Beginning


With a couple of families whom with I have close fellowshipped with, and with a few visitors, our ministry started today. It is what, indeed, we like to call “Humble beginnings”. I am excited and filled with the joy of the Lord as we continue pressing on with great anticipation as we learn together how to get out of the way and let God do whatever He pleases. Here we would like to share a few videos that will forever be a part of our history as they represent…the beginning!

“Is Time to Start Training God’s People”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H_EgknpWRXM&feature=channel&list=UL

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z_QV1hEHi8g&feature=channel&list=UL

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e6oPZY_iadA

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4cuusu1Cj2c&feature=channel&list=UL

Get Ready And..


Dear brothers, sisters and friends:

I am so excited as today is the kick-off of our new ministry. Join us at 3PM at New Vision Church. This is a God ordained ministry and confirmed by the New Vision Church’s Elders. I have much to talk about, but do not know yet what exactly the Lord wants me to say or do; I am not anxious…I like it like that!

I am desperately open to whatever the Holy Spirit wants to do; for He is the one that is able to transform lives; not me. No name, no 501(c)(3), no personal agenda, and no bulletin with the order of the service. This will be a place where God is free to minister to his people.

I am only a vessel of clay; but even as I am called to be the leader of this ministry, I come against the One Man Show mentality and encourage God’s people to speak what the Lord is allowing them to speak publicly. I have been praying, studying God’s Word and loving on my God. Without HIM I am nothing, but in HIM all things are possible.

I call for those that are called to be a part to be bold and answer God’s call. I call for all my brothers and sisters to pray as we go forward with this bilingual ministry. May God be glorified and may God’s people be deeply blessed and transformed.

Love you all,

Brother Angel Casiano

GFTKA General Summer Schedule and Ministry Assignment


Mondays:  7PM Martial Arts at Gates County Community Center (All Ranks)

Tuesday:  7PM Martial Arts at Gates County Community Center (All Ranks)

 Wednesday: 11:00 AM Martial Arts Vidant Wellness Center in Ahoskie, NC
No classes at The Community Center
Thursdays: 7PM Martial Arts at Gates County Community Center (Yellow Belts and above only)
Fridays: (Close)
Saturdays: Private Classes
Sundays: Join your sensei for Church Ministry at New Vision Murfreesboro, NC at 3PM Come for a time of Worship, Testimonies, the Preaching of God’s Word, Ministry, Fellowship and Freedom in the Spirit.

Impacted by a Personal Study on the Azusa Street Revival


“I am Changing Physically and Spiritually”

 

I am currently experiencing a personal spiritual awakening. A couple of weeks ago my wife told me that she had a DVD documentary of the Azusa Street Revival. When she first mentioned the DVD I was not really interested. In my life I have heard so much about revival that I was honestly turn off about the subject. But a few days later I felt as if it was of God for me to be finally introduced to these amazing stories of revival. As I watch this DVD entitle The Azusa Street Project, presented by Global Media God Works Production (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c0FWL50-G0M) I felt a fire in my soul that I can only compared to when I first gave my life to the Lord on Saturday, April 26, 1997.

 

I can’t stop reading about the subject, I can’t stop talking about the subject, I can’t stop thinking about the subject and I can’t stop praying for God to give us revival. I have learned so much in the last couple of weeks and many thoughts are crossing my mind. I know that in the next weeks, months or even years I will be writing more and more about this subject. I feel that I have been born again to another dimension in my relationship with God and in my view of the church. I am hungrier than ever for God; I can feel His fire like never before.

 

I have read many articles about the Azusa Revival in the last couple of weeks and just a few minutes ago I finished reading the first book I have ever read on this subject “The Life and Ministry of William J. Seymour” by Larry E. Martin. I must say that, after the Bible, no other book has impacted me in such powerful way as this book.

 

How amazing that God is leading me to learn about these stories, as I am getting ready to start a ministry in Murfreesboro, North Carolina. How amazing that I am being challenged physically and spiritually like never before. With the recent discovery of my dangerously high cholesterol, I have been force to make drastic dietary changes. I must add that an even more drastic change is taking place in my soul!