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  • Wanderlust's Productions' Holy Ghost- Review

    by Emily Rose Massey



    "This is movie about risk. I want to the greatest risk possible as a film maker- to make a movie that is completely lead by the Holy Spirit. No plan. No safety net. Just show up wherever He leads me, find the adventure, and make God famous!" -Darren Wilson, director of the documentary, HOLY GHOST


    Darren Wilson did just that.

    Holy Ghost takes you along on a ride of risk, as you watch Darren and his crew completely trust the sovereignty and direction of God Almighty through our guide here on earth, the Holy Ghost. Filmed in several locations, both in the United States and in other parts of the world, you will see how much God wants to reveal Himself to people and truly become real to them through the third person of the trinity.

    Darren and crew kept their hearts and ears open to the direction of the Holy Spirit, ministering to people of all walks of life, doing what Christ told us to do as His disciples...GO INTO ALL THE WORLD! 

    Capturing many miracles, healings, and God encounters, this film will stir you to take your Christianity out of the four walls of the church and become an ambassidor for Christ wherever He asks you to go. The Lord is longing to take us all on an adventure like Holy Ghost reveals to its viewers!

    There were so many adventures that God wanted to take place, that there was too much footage for one film. Holy Ghost Reborn, the second half of Holy Ghost, will come out in the Fall of 2015. If Wanderlust Production's next film is half as amazing as the rest of their films, you will not want to miss this one either! 

    Holy Ghost is now available on DVD. Grab your copy today at Family Christian!


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  • The Importance of Marriage: Reflecting God’s Love to the World

    by Emily Rose Massey
    (photo credit: http://www.thesongmovie.com/gallery)

    "I'm asking you to pray with me that God would awaken love in our marriages, so that this world would awaken to God's love." 

    – Pastor Kyle Idleman

    This prayer request is the heartbeat behind the new film The Song, which is inspired by the life of King Solomon and the Biblical book, The Song of Solomon. Kyle Idleman is not only a best-selling author and a teaching pastor of the fourth largest church in America, but the executive producer of this upcoming Christian film which opens tomorrow, September 26th throughout theaters in America.

    Idleman says, “The Song film is a great date night movie that will point you to God who has the power to awaken love in your relationship.”

    As I began to read more about the film and listen to some of the songs featured in the movie (which are based on scripture found in the Bible), my heart became so stirred and excited to hear that the powerful message found in the Song of Solomon, and many other books of the Bible, will be released to a world in such desperate need of God’s amazing love. The creators of this film may or may not realize that this timeless story goes so much deeper than the importance of a strong and healthy marriage relationship between a man and a woman, but sheds light on the kind of relationship that Jesus wants to have with His Church.

    The Song of Solomon has been a book of the Bible that many Christians have avoided because of its poetic nature and seemingly sexual terminology. I know this because I was one of those Christians. I remember the first time I opened my Teen Study Bible to its pages and saw the words “You are tall like a palm tree and your breasts are like its fruit. I will climb that palm tree and grab ahold of its fruit” (Song of Solomon 7:7-8a paraphrased). Of course, at 16 years old, giggles ensued after reading it.

    That was stamped on my mind for many years and I didn’t open up that book again until I was 26 years old. The Lord put it on my heart to enroll in a ten-week in-depth study of this mysterious book that I basically brushed aside and ignored for ten years.

    Over the course of those ten weeks, my relationship with the Lord went to a completely different level. I saw God’s love for me in an entirely new light- casting down wrong ideology that I had embraced for many years living in performance-driven Christianity. Each verse in those short eight chapters were jam-packed with so much deep meaning, especially the intensity of how much God loves me and how He sees me when I stand in my position in Christ. I may feel dark and like a failure, but God sees me as lovely when I stand in Christ and in the shadow of the Cross (Song of Solomon 1:5).

    Embracing the work of the Cross, opened my eyes to the depth of God’s love for me. John 3:16 wasn’t just a children’s church verse that I had memorized, but it became reality to me.

    God loves me.

    So much so, that He gave His only Son’s life for me to live with Him in eternity.

    “Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends” (John 15:13, NKJV).

    Receiving this kind of love from what Jesus did for you, laying down His life for you, will change the way you love others, including your spouse.  The charge that the apostle Paul gives us in Ephesians 5:22-33 as husbands and wives is not difficult when we fully understand and embrace Christ’s sacrificial love for us.


    "Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. For the husband is head of the wife, as also Christ is head of the church; and He is the Savior of the body. Therefore, just as the church is subject to Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything. Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish. So husbands ought to love their own wives as their own bodies; he who loves his wife loves himself, for no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as the Lord does the church. For we are members of His body, of His flesh and of His bones. 'For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.' This is a great mystery, but I speak concerning Christ and the church. Nevertheless let each one of you in particular so love his own wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband" (NKJV).


    We are able to love because God loved us first, but we cannot give away what we do not choose to receive.

    I have to ask, is this why our marriages here in America are falling apart?

    I know the answer is “yes” for those who have not accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, but what about His Church?

    There is much debate regarding the actual percentage of divorce in the Church vs. the world, so I will not cite any findings or studies because frankly, the numbers aren’t the sole issue. The sole issue is that Christian marriages ARE falling apart and divorce IS tearing apart Christian homes. I personally know many believers whose lives have been impacted by the tragedy of divorce. Too often, you hear the husband and/or wife that is contemplating ending their marriage whether it be through separation, divorce, or even adultery say, “I just don’t love them anymore.”

    How does that happen?

    I believe when we take God out of any environment, situation, or relationship, we take love with it because God is Love (1 John 4:8). Marriage here on earth is God’s way of showing us how much Jesus loves His Church and how much The Father loves the world. The love shown between a husband and wife is a direct reflection of God’s love for them that John 3:16 teaches us about.

    Are we as believers truly accepting that love? Is it penetrating the very depths of our soul or is it just head knowledge?

    Are we embracing God’s limitless, unconditional love above all other pleasures and relationships of this life, truly allowing it to flow through our limited, conditional human heart?

    These are questions that I pray people begin to ask themselves, especially after seeing The Song. I also pray that this film ignites a fiery passion in marriages shining so bright with Christ’s love so that through them the world will fully receive God’s all-consuming love.

    After all, that’s the only true love that even exists.

  • Kingdom Decision-making: My first lessons as a momma-to-be

    by  Emily Rose Massey


    (photo courtesy: http://kmlv.org)


    With a theatre and dance degree in my back pocket, trying my best to ignore the questions from fellow classmates, I had just recently chose to not move to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career. God was moving in my life in a mighty way, and I was learning to truly listen to Him for the first time in my life. Although I had become born-again when I was 16, I never fully surrendered my entire life to the Lord; it was a long six years of tug-of-war for it. Thankfully, after college loosened its grip around my focus, my eyes had been opened to my selfishness, and I was back on the right path into the arms of the Father and His will for me.

    I sat there on my bed, Bible cracked open, listening to my new favorite Bible teacher, and trusting that my days of unemployment were soon ending. It had been almost nine months since graduating college, and I still had no prospects of a job, let alone any direction as to what I was supposed to do for a living.

    After the teaching had ended, I remember hearing the announcer list the details of where their ministry was located. I had no idea that this very influential, world-wide ministry was a mere 45 minute drive from where I lived! Suddenly, a desire rose in my heart that would stay with me for the next four years.

    “Lord, I don’t know if you would ever use me in ministry because of the past that I have lived, but if I become a serious student of your Word and learn to walk faithfully with you, I would love to someday work for this ministry,” I prayed.

    Of course the enemy then gave me a long laundry-list of all the reasons that I would never be good enough to work in full-time ministry:

    • In an adulterous relationship with a married man at age 18
    • Lost virginity at 19 to someone who you were not married to
    • Had well over 10 sexual partners throughout college
    • Future alcoholic
    • Liar
    • Cheat
    • Full of pride…

    “Shut up, devil!”

    Although the enemy’s laundry-list was factual, the truth was that I was a new creation in Christ Jesus and God was not done with me yet!

    For the next four years, I would under-go what I like to call my “process on the Potter’s wheel.” Like a potter prepares the clay to become a vessel to be used, I learned how to yield myself to God the Potter’s hands. It was painful and extremely uncomfortable, but looking back, it was so worth it, and still is, because I know God will never be done working on my heart. I, by no means, have arrived as a Christian.

    But I have arrived as an employee of that world-wide ministry!

    God heard the cry as I sat on my bed that morning during my unemployment days and all of the other prayers that I declared in the season where He sharpened me while working in a medical office for four long years. He divinely positioned me in the ministry that had impacted my faith-walk, especially when I was taking my first baby steps as an obedient Christ-follower.

    And after only a little over a year here, He has asked me to lay it down to take on another role in His Kingdom…

    …a mother.

    I could begin to ask why He would give me a desire of my heart (and His heart) that I had believed to happen for so long, and then so quickly ask me to end the season.

    But I know that the Bible tells us that “Obedience is better than sacrifice” (1 Samuel 15:22).

    I know that I am not the only woman who has faced making the decision between their career and motherhood. I also know that not every woman’s situation is like mine. Ultimately, you need to be obedient to what the Lord is calling YOU to do.

    Yes, leaving a job that you worked so hard to obtain may feel like sacrifice, but that isn’t what God is after.

    He’s after your will being in-line with His. He’s after you seeking first His Kingdom and all of His righteousness (Matthew 6:33).

    When weighing options regarding big decisions, there is a level of trusting God, even when things don’t make a lot of sense to our human minds. We are not to lean upon on our own understanding, according to Proverbs 3:5.

    In regards to not returning to work after the birth of our little boy, I needed to lean on God’s wisdom. I also needed to ultimately be lead with peace and not make the decision based upon what was logical or definitely not make the decision out of fear.

    2 Timothy 1:7 reminds us that “God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and a sound mind” (NKJV).

    My husband and I spent a lot of time in prayer about the decision that was before us and clearly heard the Lord tell us that He wanted me to stay at home and raise our son. Despite our unanswered questions, immediately, we were surrounded by God’s peace as well as His joy, which is our constant strength.

    We still understand that this next season will involve a lot of trust, but God has always proved Himself faithful time and time again. He hears our prayers, no matter how big or how small.

    All He asks is that we not only trust Him, but obey His Kingdom ways.

    As a mom-to-be, I am looking forward to instilling this lesson into my son and passing on these Kingdom lessons to a new generation.

    Whatever decisions you are faced with right now, know that God will give you direction. Even if you have to lay down a desire He gave you in the first place, and transition to another Kingdom assignment, you will never be disappointed when you know that you are exactly in the middle of His will for you.

     

     

  • Unity of Believing AND Doing

    by  Emily Rose Massey


    (photo curtesy of http://www.catholicismusa.com)

    Several months ago, I completed a spiritual gifts assessment through LifeWay Christian Resources. My top gift was the gift of Faith (I scored a 100% on all the statements regarding Faith).

    Definition of the Gift of Faith via Spritualgiftstest.com:

    "The gift of faith is rooted in one’s saving faith in Christ and the trust that comes through a close relationship with the Savior.  Those with this gift have a trust and confidence in God that allows them to live boldly for Him and manifest that faith in mighty ways."

    I wasn’t totally surprised by this, as many people have made mention of how strong my faith is, especially during difficult seasons that many may be crushed by.

    I’ve experienced God’s faithfulness in so many ways- blessings with divine appointments/opportunities, financial wisdom, and amazingly divine provision…can someone say “checks in the mail unexpectedly?!"- yes, manna does still fall from the sky, my friends!) that my only response is to believe Him.

    Pretty simple.

    But I sense that many believers don’t truly take the time to believe God- to trust Him at His Word.

    Instead of waiting on His direction, they take matters into their own hands and rely on their own strength, abilities, and intellect, especially in the area of decision-making and moving into new seasons or in new directions.

    I’ve been guilty of this, especially as a goal-oriented and driven person.

    My persistence has helped me achieve many of my goals, but there have also been times where my pushing persistence has pushed me right off of the path of God’s best for me.

    All of a sudden, I found myself out of the perfect will of God very quickly all because I didn’t take the time to inquire of the Lord before I took a step towards what I called "the desires of my heart."

    Let's look at the life of King David...

    Any time David faced a situation where he had a decision to make, he sought out the counsel of God.

    He was totally capable (the Bible calls him an anointed king) of making the decisions on his own regarding war strategies and ruling his kingdom and moving out on those decisions. He was a very skilled warrior and a mighty leader and king over Israel, yet he still relied on the Lord’s direction before he ever made a move.

    Here are two passages in the Bible that David inquired of the Lord regarding the same situation:

    1 Samuel 23:1-3“Then they told David, ‘Look, the Philistines are fighting against Keilah, and they are robbing the threshing floors.’” The Philistines had besieged Keilah, a fortified city within Judah’s borders (Josh. 15:21,44). “Therefore David inquired of the LORD, saying, ‘Shall I go and attack these Philistines?’” As anointed king, David considered himself Israel’s protector. The apostate King Saul had neglected the public safety, but David loved his country and desired to free it from its enemies. Yet he would not act without first seeking the Lord’s counsel. Though he was busy hiding from Saul, he thought of Keilah’s welfare.

    And the LORD said to David, ‘Go and attack the Philistines, and save Keilah.’” The Lord responded immediately to David’s inquiry, and promised that David would save Keilah. But David’s 600 men said to him, “We are afraid here in Judah. How much more then if we go to Keilah against the armies of the Philistines?” This presented a real problem to David: If his men were unwilling to follow him, how could he save the besieged city? His men were afraid of being caught between the Philistines and Saul’s army. Unlike David their eyes were not on God, but on their difficult circumstances.

    1 Samuel 23:4-5Then David inquired of the LORD once again.” David was not paralyzed by the fear of his men. He knew that God, who had said fight the Philistines and save Keilah, could easily make his men willing to follow him. David did not rebuke his warriors, but he turned once more to Jehovah. “And the LORD answered and said, ‘Arise, go down to Keilah. For I will deliver the Philistines into your hand.’” The Lord did not ignore David’s second inquiry. He not only responded to David’s request, but gave an answer which was even more explicit than the first. Motivated by God’s divine promise, David and his followers conquered the Philistines, saved Keilah and took their cattle for much-needed food.”

    Now, by all means, I do not imply that we are not to lift a finger and just wait for God to do all the work- that would be sheer laziness! He's given us the gifts, abilities, and brains to accomplish His will in the earth, so I know He wants us to use them for His glory!

    But I am implying that we should include God in our “game-plan,” like King David did.

    There is a reason the Bible calls David “a man after God’s own heart” (Acts 13:22). David longed to be in the will of God at all times.

    So what does all of this have to do with the gift of faith?

    Well, I’m so glad you asked! :)

    You've heard "Faith without works is dead." This comes from the book of James in the Bible. 

    I LOVE how the Message translation reads...

    James 2:24-26 The Message (MSG)

    21-24 Wasn’t our ancestor Abraham “made right with God by works” when he placed his son Isaac on the sacrificial altar? Isn’t it obvious that faith and works are yoked partners, that faith expresses itself in works? That the works are “works of faith”? The full meaning of “believe” in the Scripture sentence, “Abraham believed God and was set right with God,” includes his action. It’s that mesh of believing and acting that got Abraham named “God’s friend.” Is it not evident that a person is made right with God not by a barren faith but by faith fruitful in works?

    25-26 The same with Rahab, the Jericho harlot. Wasn’t her action in hiding God’s spies and helping them escape—that seamless unity of believing and doing—what counted with God? The very moment you separate body and spirit, you end up with a corpse. Separate faith and works and you get the same thing: a corpse."

    People like David, Abraham, and Rahab (and me) who have been given a strong gift of faith (the gift to have trust and confidence in God that allows them to live boldly for Him and manifest that faith in mighty ways) should never be looked at as lazy for simply believing and trusting that God will give us direction, provision, or divine intervention before we move.

    Those with the gift of faith don’t like to “kick down doors,” but aren’t afraid to persistently knock or wait for another door to open (if the Lord gives them instruction to).

    Believing for God to provide or make a way is a strong foundation for my prayers regarding decision-making or new seasons/directions and the fuel to wait for His instruction or answer. Once He answers (whether with specific guidance, divine appointments/opportunities, finances, provision, etc), I know, like David, to DO all that I can in the abilities, anointing, talent, finances, intelligence, etc that God has given me.

    Don't assume those who are believing God to come on the scene to help aren't willing to do the work along side of Him.

    I do the possible, and trust that God will be working behind the scenes doing the impossible.

    "That seamless unity of believing and doing.." 

  • Watch Your Mouth!

    by  Emily Rose Massey


    My mind has been focused on basic faith principles and watching my words a lot lately. Paul and I are standing and believing for a lot right now and the enemy wants nothing more than for me to fall into doubt and unbelief.

    Can I get honest?

    I was finding myself speaking against God’s promises- and I seriously don’t mean to because I don’t want to curse what God has blessed.

    Mark 11 tells us that we can have whatsoever we say. We can speak to our mountain and tell it to be removed and cast into the sea. If we believe in our hearts and do not doubt, it will be so.

    I truly believe that with all of my heart.

    But sometimes, my head doesn’t want to buy into it.

    My constant struggle with this usually involves money. Most of the time, my head is trying to calculate how we could possibly afford certain financial decisions or be provided for important necessities (even though I constantly declare the Lord as our Provider).

    And after listening to a faith teaching by Kenneth E. Hagin, “The Father of the Word of Faith Movement,” he said that is ok.

    This dichotomy starts to become a problem when we allow our thoughts to turn into words that come out of our mouth.

    “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit.” –Proverbs 18:21 (NKJV)

    …my husband would be so proud that I quoted Proverbs… :)

    We MUST keep watch over our words. Our lives, our circumstances, our finances, our relationships depend on it.

    We are either speaking life into our existence here on earth or we are causing our situations to die or self-destruct.

    SPEAK LIFE!