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Sentenced To Death,
Destined For Life

Born-Again For Greatness

If we do not believe we are destined for greatness, that our dreams and visions are real and then rise to the challenge to run our race with determination to win, then we are destined to not even begin our race or not finish it in victory. There are many things, forces, and opinions that will try to keep us from succeeding, but what are we going to do? Choices! BORN-AGAIN FOR GREATNESS…

This is what I heard in the Spirit at 3 am this morning. As I meditated on it and my past experiences, I realized that I needed to share it so that others might be able to avoid the things that hindered me in the early years so that they could start faster and run better. A few of the enemies to our destiny are: PRIDE, FALSE HUMILITY, GREED, and  SELF-PITY among some others, but these are the ones I’ve found to be the deadliest.

Galatians 5:6b-8, “The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love. You were running a good race. Who cut in on you to keep you from obeying the truth? That kind of persuasion does not come from the one who calls you.”

You see, there is a freedom found only in Christ that the enemy desperately seeks to destroy in us at all costs. He knows that if we ever fully grasp it, his kingdom is going to suffer greatly. With the Galatians, they started our their new life in Christ with so much freedom and then the religious crowd started demanding they obey their laws, in this case, circumcision. In reality, it doesn’t matter what rules and regulations they throw at us, the bottom line is, don’t lose your freedom, the freedom to fly, to soar high in the Holy Spirit.

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Psalm 139:13-17, “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. 14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. 15 My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. 16 Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. 17 How precious to me are your thoughts, God!

The above verse applies to every person born on the earth in every generation. How precious are His thoughts about us! He cares! He planned our purpose and destiny and it is good. We, however, have the choice whether or not to believe Him and then decide to walk it out. His grace, His enabling power to help us accomplish it, is more than sufficient to get the job done, for us to run our race to full and complete victory. We can’t lose as long as we trust and obey in the journey, yet even when we mess up all we have to do is repent, ask His forgiveness and get back in our race. Our faces are only in the mud for as long as we decide to stay there. Once we ask for help, He is there helping us up, whether it be in the spirit realm, the healing of our soul, and/or the healing of our physical body. He is more than able to get us the help we need.

As in every race there are things that try to hinder us and keep us from finishing. As I mentioned above, the main things we have choices over are: pride, false humility, self-pity and greed. These will shipwreck our journey before we ever get started. The place we start is at the cross, laying down everything we think we have or are, and letting Him guide our way. He is the only One Who sees the whole plan anyway. Sometimes we get deja vues along the way where it seems that we’ve been there before and perhaps we are remembering a time in heaven before we were born when we saw the whole scroll. Perhaps our spirit is connecting with our soul and telling us, “Yes! You’re on the right track!” Maybe this isn’t true, but it’s the best explanation of it that I’ve ever heard and it makes some sense. Take it or leave it as it is your choice. I choose to believe that the Lord gave us a gift in this way as it comes to non-believers as well. He does everything He can to help us find the way to Him so He can show us how much He loves us.

Another thing that hinders us are people, their opinions and their attacks to keep us from our God-given destiny. Sometimes they are jealous of what we have, yet never stop to consider that what He has for them might be even greater. Most simply do not want to pay the price as the journey is not easy. It is easier to let someone else do all of the work, but in reality, they cannot finish their race hanging on to someone else’s coattails. If they don’t run their own race, they simply will not finish it and they alone are responsible. Don’t let someone else derail you from your destiny. They can’t see it at all unless the Lord chooses to show them some things prophetically, so why should you place your life in eternity in the hands of someone who doesn’t have your best interests at heart? Why do they need you? Is it to build their own kingdom or to help you succeed in His Kingdom? We have to understand that His Kingdom is put together and functioning when each individual walks in their own lane and connects with those who He is connecting them to, not necessarily for long periods of time but shorter ones as well. Led by His Spirit!

I grew up in different religious circles, different denominations and non-denominations. I’ve seen some of the best of them and some of the worst. If you ever want to see who the real enemies of the cross are, this may be a shocker as it’s not the world, look to the Gospels of Mathew, Mark, Luke and John. Jesus’ physical enemies were the religious leaders of His generation. He even got physical with some of them, weaved a whip and used it to drive them out of the synagogues. Read it for yourself. It wasn’t the world. The Romans could have cared less until the religious leaders kept persuading them with their lies. Even Pontius Pilate found no fault in Jesus and actually washed his hands of the whole thing. He told them he wouldn’t have anything to do with it. Really?

Now, consider the scripture below while understanding that Paul is not talking about the world as this letter is to the Church. He is talking about the religious circles and just like Jesus, he had to deal with them too. Notice that he doesn’t cut them any slack. The world has always been this way as they don’t know any better, but look at the different church groups and how they operate in our society and we can see that this applies to some. 2 Timothy3:1-5, “But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people. This is in groups who say they are Christians, boastful, proud, arrogant, disobedient! Here is another verse that illustrates this more to the point. Galatians 5:12, “ As for those agitators, I wish they would go the whole way and emasculate themselves! These were the religious leaders Paul was dealing with in the previous Galatians verses. In other words, he was so fed up with their religious rules of circumcision to place these new converts under the law, that he went so far as to say that he wished they would castrate themselves. Was this the love we hear so much about today? No, it is true love. Cut off from us the things that would hinder us, stay away from them, leave them behind and go on. Jude says it this way, Jude 1:12-13, “These people are blemishes at your love feasts, eating with you without the slightest qualm—shepherds who feed only themselves. They are clouds without rain, blown along by the wind; autumn trees, without fruit and uprooted—twice dead. 13 They are wild waves of the sea, foaming up their shame; wandering stars, for whom blackest darkness has been reserved forever.There is a recurring theme through the New Testament, if we can and dare to see it.

The devil operates in many ways and he even spoke to Jesus through Peter, so none of us are immune. Check out all things and hold fast to those you know to be true, keep at a distance that which you don’t know until it is shown, and keep everything else light years away. There are many well-intentioned individuals and ministers that have shipwrecked so many others. God loves more than we can imagine and if we are going to run our race, we are going to have to pursue this one truth in our lives more than any other. Jesus told us to love our neighbors as we love ourselves. The problem is so many people DO NOT love themselves, so how can they love the ones around them. No! Find His love for us, love ourselves in the truth, then we can turn and love those around us and then they will see His True Love emanating through our spirit and soul to them. Then they will see the difference and want it. When they get a taste of it, watch out, you won’t be able to stop them until they get it all from Him. That is evangelism at its core. People were attracted to the early Church, not because of their articulate preaching, but because of the demonstration of His power and love. This is what will change the face of the earth and advance His Kingdom. This is the resurrection power that raised Jesus from the dead and it will flow through us to others if and when we let it.

Stand up and be counted. If you don’t know Him, then start there. Repent for your sins, ask His forgiveness and begin your personal journey with Him. You will find out He is real, and not just a figment of someones imagination. If you already know Him, be encouraged. Get your face out of the mud, stand up in His awesome grace and power and start running your race. No one can run the race you were given so there is no competition, but you do have to run it and finish the race to gain the victor’s crown. Here’s one last scripture to encourage you.

Paul is saying, 2 Timothy 4:7-8, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.” Finish your race. Get the crown that is rightfully yours and is waiting for you at the victory line. Don’t let anyone cut in on you.

I hope this has encouraged you and has caused faith and hope to rise up in you to do the things you might have thought impossible. Nothing is impossible, it simply takes a choice to go for it. See you at the top. Fly higher…

Joseph James

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Janiece and I travel and minister to individuals and groups as doors open for us to go. We are starting a new thing this year. We will be going to communities, as the Lord leads, and booking hotel meeting rooms to do concerts. We will invite those from the hotel as well as the community. We will connect to other churches and organizations in those communities to help those who desperately need help, and who, perhaps won't come into a church building. We share His love to those who haven’t heard of their Father’s love for them and also minister in song. We’ve both been through a lot and have been healed and restored and that we have to pass on to others. We can speak through truth and experience because we’ve been there. If you would like to book us for a concert, event, speaking and/or ministry meeting, please use our CONTACT page. We hope we have helped to encourage you to go on and find the wonderful destiny God has planned for you. Psalm 139. Fly higher…

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I am presently converting “Sentenced To Death, Destined For Life” into a movie and have just finished publishing the 3rd book in the sequel to “Islands In The Sea”, titled “Illegitimate?” It is now available in the trilogy on this site through Amazon. We finished filming and producing the JOURNEY TO HOPE! 7 DVD Series with Janiece Turner-Hartmann and they are on YouTube for those who need help and encouragement. We are planning to take some time out to record some more music and then start touring early this year, 2017. Hope to see you on the road.

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