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Announcements -

Our gathering on Sunday, February 25th was really a wonderful time. We had a great group in attendance - both in person and by Zoom. As always, it was great to be together. In the gathering Michael gave a message entitled, "The Weapon of an Unoffendable Heart." That message is posted in the upper right corner of this page. We urge everyone to listen to this very important and timely message. Also, feel free to share the message with those that you are walking with.


Also, please put Sunday, March 17th in your calendar. We will host a Household Gathering that day beginning at 10AM CST. As always, this gathering will be hosted both in person and also on Zoom. We hope you can be in this gathering with us. Additionally, please put Sunday, March 24th in your calendar for the next Zoom with Sam Soleyn. That meeting will begin at 11AM CST. We hope to see you on Zoom.

This is a busy time for us, and we are sure it is for you too. Both Melinda and I are working on resource creation projects. I am currently working on a large writing project. That is going very well. My plan is to have a new book published by the summer of this year. It is an exciting time.

Until we see you next time please know that we love you very much. :)

Michael & Melinda

New Message -

You will see on the center of this page a new message entitled, "I Don't Know How." This message addresses what I have often found to be a misperception and misunderstanding of one of the most quoted verses in the New Testament. In this message, I share my personal encounter with the broader truth of the Scripture that the message is taken from. I urge you to read this message and also listen to it's companion audio recording which is listed in the upper right side of this home page.

I also encourage you to periodically check this site for new messages. As the Lord is leading us along with the bread of revelation, it is my intention to continue to speak and write the things that I am hearing from the Lord. Part of the "re-engage" word that I heard last year involves writing and speaking messages that are current and relevant. "Profitable" (upper right on this page) and "Patmos" are both messages that are well suited for this time. And there are others soon to come. So, check back as you can.

Resources -

A recent quote from Sunday, May 7, 2023 Zoom meeting. Sam Soleyn said, "the problem with submitting to your own soverignty is that you can never move beyond yourself." If you are not on the email notification list for Sam's Zoom meetings, please email us and we will add you to the list. Email us by clicking this link: infoat@citychurchla.com.

Blessings to you,

Michael


SEAMLESS FELLOWSHIP
on 4/2/17
by Michael Barrett

THE ISSUE OF SOURCE
on 3/5/17
by Norman Moreau and Michael Barrett
  (
click here for companion notes)

AMBASSADORIAL REPRESENTATION
on 2/5/17
by Michael Barrett
  (
click here for companion notes)

ROYAL BIRTHRIGHT OR A BOWL OF STEW
on 1/1/17
by Michael Barrett
  (
click here for companion notes)

BUILDING GOD'S WAY (Spanish)
on 12/4/16
by Javier Lopez

THE GOSPEL OF PEACE
on 11/6/16
by Michael Barrett
  (
click here for companion notes)

DESTINED TO FAIL (Pt. 1)
on 9/1/16
by Michael Barrett


THE CRITICAL KEY OF SPIRITUAL HEARING
on 7/31/16
by Michael Barrett
  (
click here for companion notes)

LOVE - IF AND IS
on 6/5/16
by Michael Barrett

A TIME & A SEASON

on 5/1/16
by Michael Barrett

CRITICISM, A CRITICAL SPIRIT, OFFENSE & GOD'S SOVEREIGNTY
on 4/3/16
by Michael Barrett

ENTERING AND EXITING
on 3/6/16
by Michael Barrett

THE WEAPON OF QUIETNESS
on 2/7/16
by Michael Barrett

IMMEDIATELY
on 1/3/16
by Michael Barrett

THE BOUNDARIES OF THE KINGDOM OF GOD
on 5/3/15
by Dan Crawford

THE DUAL SIGNIFICANCE OF THE RESURRECTION OF JESUS CHRIST
on 4/5/15
by Michael Barrett

RESURRECTION AND THE TELEIOS MAN
on 10/5/14
by Michael Barrett

A CITY WITHOUT WALLS
on 8/10/14
by Michael Barrett

A CULTURE OF ONENESS
on 7/13/14
by Michael Barrett

EMPOWERED AND ENABLED
on 4/6/14
by Michael Barrett

WHAT'S IN A NAME
on 2/02/14
by Michael Barrett


2013 - 2014
on 1/05/14
by Michael Barrett

A YEAR IN REVIEW
on 12/08/13
by Michael Barrett

CHRIST FORMED
IN YOU

on 11/03/13
by Michael Barrett

WHAT IS GOD TEACHING YOU IN THIS SEASON and WORK OUT YOUR OWN SALVATION
on 10/06/13
by Michael Barrett

The Operation of a Religious Spirit

    by Scott McClelland

Religious spirits, unlike our Father, do not care about your heart.  They only care about your compliance.  The Father is seeking worshippers who will worship him in spirit and truth.  This "in spirit and in truth" kind of worship is worship from the heart, and the free heart more specifically.  This is what the Father is focused on.

God, give us grace to clearly understand these things.  Help us to know the influence that a religious spirit seeks, uses, has, and how to drive it from our midst.  Also, help us to present our whole heart before You.  Give us the grace of wholeheartedness.  Give us the grace of extravagance.

We have to trust the interest and direction of the Lord.  Religion will drive us past what God is calling us to.  This is to "prove ourselves" and show our will to follow the Lord.  What bondage!  If the enemy can't stop us, he will try to push us too far.  This is where religious zeal comes in.  We are taking everything beyond where God may be calling us at the time.  We are doing this often times from a foundation of insecurity before God.  We are trying to gain His acceptance and prove our sincerity, perhaps because we have come short at other times and want so much for this time to be different.  If we seek acceptance before God by any means other than the work of the cross of Jesus Christ, we are going in a dangerous and tragic direction.  This is our only security before God; the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

This is why the writers of the New Testament fought so hard.  In the years immediately following the passion of the Lord, false doctrine entered, in order to take the focus off of the Lord and His complete sacrifice.  This is extremely dangerous.  To replace trust in the Holy Spirit's work in your life with religious activity is a grave error.  This enemy is one of our greatest foes, and attacks from within and without.

However, He who is in us is far greater than a religious spirit, and He will destroy this spirit's work using a generation of whole-hearted worshippers and followers who will not focus on religious compliance, but on pursuit of the King as central to true life.

John 5:39-40 reads, "You study the Scriptures in detail because you think you have the source of eternal life in them. These Scriptures testify on my behalf. Yet, you don't want to come to me to get eternal life."

In this example, the Pharisees were substituting reading and studying the scriptures, which without Jesus can be nothing but religious activity, for true worship of God.  They had put their trust in their religious activity, thinking that in what they were doing they would find the source of eternal life.  The very scriptures that they were so zealous to study, were speaking about and attempting to direct them to Jesus, so they could find the "eternal life" that they were in truth seeking.  They were truly seeking eternal life, but they were simply looking for it in the wrong place.  The place they were looking had become an idol to them.

The scriptures are all about God's pursuit of man.  God has always pursued man, the truth of which is central to the Bible.  We have missed the larger point in an attempt to find a form we could observe.  We have believed that if we observed certain forms, that in the keeping of the forms, we would be made right before God.  Forms can't create freedom.  Freedom comes from the Spirit of God.  Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.  Very often we must follow our heart at the expense of the mind's understanding.  We want to understand things before we can go with them. 

John 7:40-43 says, "After some of the crowd heard Jesus say these words, they said, 'This man is certainly the prophet.'  Other people said, 'This man is the Messiah.'  Still other people asked, 'How can the Messiah come from Galilee?   Doesn't Scripture say that the Messiah will come from the descendants of David and from the village of Bethlehem, where David lived?'  So the people were divided because of Jesus."

We need to realize that there are many things that we don't know.  Why did the Lord leave these people in the dark about this important detail that was in fact true about Jesus.  The people were just unaware of it.  God's interest is not to convince us in our minds.  Again, he wants our hearts. 

To go to a printer friendly version of this article click here.  To send this article copy and paste the link: www.citychurchla.com/city/the_operation_of_a_religious_spirit into a new email here.  Address and send.

 

RECENT MESSAGE

THE WEAPON OF AN UNOFFENDABLE HEART
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by Michael Barrett

A PROPHETIC WORD FOR 2024
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I DON'T KNOW HOW
on 11/5/23
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TRANSFORMATION & MATURING SERIES -
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SUFFERING AND REIGNING
on 6/25-23
by Michael Barrett

SENDING AND RECEIVING
on 5/28/23
by Michael Barrett

THE IMPERATIVE OF UNDERSTANDING
on 4/26/2023
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PROPHETIC STEPS FOR 2023
on 3/26/2023 - Zoom @ Varghese Household
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PHILEMON -PROFITABLE FOR YOU & FOR ME
on 2/4/2023
by Michael Barrett

PROPHETIC MINISTRY - SOAKING IN THE ANOINTING
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SEAMLESS FELLOWSHIP
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THE EMOTIONS OF THE SOUL IN THE NEW SEASON
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by Michael Barrett

VOWS & OATHS - A REFUGE OF LIES
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by Michael Barrett
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click here for companion notes)

REMEMBER WHO YOU ARE
on 6/14/20
by Michael Barrett
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click here for companion notes)

A CONSCIENCE VOID OF OFFENSE
on 3/1/20
by Michael Barrett

SAM SOLEYN MESSAGE
on 1/5/20
by Sam Soleyn

THE SPIRIT OF EVANGELISM
on 11/17/19
by Dan Fox

THE VOICE OF ONE
on 11/3/19
by Michael Barrett (with open sharing)

THE RELATIONSHIP OF SON TO FAITH
on 10/6/19
by Michael Barrett

ESTABLISHED IN RIGHTEOUSNESS
on 9/1/19
by Michael Barrett

FROM MOURNING TO DANCING
on 8/4/19
by Michael Barrett

WHEN YOU WERE YOUNG
on 7/7/19
by Michael Barrett


THE GENESIS FACE
on 6/2/19
by Michael Barrett

CREATION'S EXPECTATION AND GOD'S PROVISION
on 5/5/19
by Michael Barrett

SEAMLESS FELLOWSHIP
on 4/7/19
by Michael Barrett

JESUS - YOUR KINSMAN REDEEMER
on 3/3/19
by Michael Barrett
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click here for companion notes)

INHERITANCE - DOCTRINE & EXPERIENCE
on 2/3/19
by Michael Barrett

AN ANSWER FOR YOUR MIND
on 1/6/19
by Michael Barrett

A SON, A HOUSE, A NATION
on 12/2/18
by Michael Barrett

A SEASON OF AWAKENING
on 11/4/18
by Michael Barrett

BROKENNESS, HUMILITY AND PRIDE
on 10/7/18
by Michael Barrett

PEACE THAT PASSES UNDERSTANDING
on 9/2/18
by Michael Barrett

DAN FOX: A MESSAGE OF ENCOURAGEMENT
MICHAEL BARRETT: PROPHETIC WORD
on 8/5/18

THE EYES, WHICH EYES AND SEEING AS GOD SEES
on 7/1/18
by Michael Barrett
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click here for companion notes)

THE OIL OF GLADNESS
on 6/3/18
by Michael Barrett

THE HOUSE AND THE PRIESTHOOD
on 2/4/18
by Michael Barrett

EYES ALL AROUND
on 1/7/18
by Michael Barrett
   (click here for companion notes)

THE KINGDOM OF GOD - A KINGDOM OF ORDER
on 12/3/17
by Michael Barrett

APPROACHING THE GOD OF GLORY
on 11/5/17
by Dan Fox

CROSS OVER AND OCCUPY
on 8/6/17
by Michael Barrett

ANNOUNCING A CHANGE OF SEASON
on 7/2/17
by Michael Barrett

PERSPECTIVE - GAINING GOD'S VIEW (includes discussion)
on 6/4/17
by Michael Barrett


ALL THINGS WORK TOGETHER
on 5/7/17
by Michael Barrett
  (
click here for companion notes)

*other messages may be found on the "Media Resources" tab at the center top of this page

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