1. To lead every child of God to have a living relationship with Christ. 2. To equip and nurture the children of God in the ways of the Lord. 3. To teach the children of God the importance of holiness: “He will sit as a refiner and a purifier of silver; He will purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer to the Lord An offering in righteousness” (Mal 3:3).
Mission: Rapha’s World Ministries is an ordained vision of God to impact the nations with the gospel of Christ Jesus,and to demonstrate the Power of God through the channels of healing and deliverance, miracles signs, and wonders. Not By Might nor By Power but By My Spirit Saith The Lord Almighty. (Zec 4:6)
Come let’s crossover into 2020
(Your year of manifestation )
When: Tuesday December 31st @ 9pm
Where: Rapha’s Chapel International
1350 East Arapaho Road #120
Richardson TX 75081
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466) 223-9123 | (214) 646-8408
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1350 E Arapaho Road #120
Richardson TX 75081
DEVOTION: AUGUST 25
And I am no longer in the world; yet they are in the world, and I am coming to You. Holy Father, keep them in Your name, which You have given to Me, that they may be one even as We are. That they all may be one; even as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be in Us; that the world may believe that You have sent Me (John 17:11, 21). The first aspect of oneness, which is the building up of the believers, is the oneness in the Father's name by His divine life. In this aspect of oneness the believers born of the Father's life enjoy the Father's name, that is, the Father Himself, as the factor of their oneness. We are one because we have one Father. We not only have one God but one Father. The first ground and reason for our oneness is that we all are sons of God having the same divine life and that God is the Father of us all. Because God is your Father and mine, we are of the same family, the family of God. This is so dear and intimate. In fact, I do not sense such an intimacy with my own brother in the flesh. The Lord can testify this for me. Why is this true? Because we were all born of the same Father, have the same life, and are brothers in that life. We are not brothers-in-law—we are brothers in life. Praise the Lord that we are brothers in the Father's life! For this reason, we must be one. There is no reason for us not to be one, for we are one family having the same Father and the same life. Therefore, we have the real brotherhood in life. In this life we all must be and can be one. Amen!!!
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DEVOTION: JULY 2
It will be in the same way on the day in which the Son of Man is revealed. In that day, he who will be on the housetop and his goods in the house, let him not come down to take them away; and he who is in the field, likewise, let him not turn back to the things behind. Remember Lot's wife (Luke 17:30-32). In verse 32 the Lord says, "Remember Lot's wife." Lot's wife became a pillar of salt because she took a lingering, backward look at Sodom. That look indicated that she loved and treasured the evil world which God was about to judge and utterly destroy. She was rescued from Sodom, but she did not reach the safe place that Lot reached (Genesis 19:15-30). She did not perish; neither was she fully saved. Like the salt which becomes tasteless (Luke 14:34-35), she was left in a place of suffering shame. This is a solemn warning to world-loving believers. Lot's wife was rescued from Sodom by angels, but her heart was still in that evil city. When the angels had brought forth Lot and his wife, they said, "Escape for thy life; look not behind thee, neither stay thou in all the plain; escape to the mountain, lest thou be consumed" (Genesis 19:17). Lot and his wife were charged to go forward and not look back. Sodom was altogether under God's condemnation and was about to be consumed, and they should forget it. However, unable to forget the city of Sodom, Lot's wife had a lingering look backward at the city, and immediately she became a pillar of salt: "But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt" (Genesis 19:26). What a shame! If we love the Lord and are warned by the case of Lot's wife, we shall not care for material things or set our hearts on them. Instead of preserving our soul by loving material things, we shall be filled up with Christ as the heavenly air. Then we shall rise in rapture. Amen!!!
DEVOTION: JUNE 10
I have come to cast fire on the earth, and how I wish that it were already kindled! But I have a baptism to be baptized with, and how I am pressed until it is accomplished! Truly, truly, I say to you, Unless the grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it abides alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit (Luke 12:49-50; John 12:24). Luke 12:49 and 50 correspond to John 12:24. Here in John 12:24 the Lord likens Himself to a grain of wheat. If a grain of wheat does not fall into the earth and die, it will abide alone and remain the same. But when it falls into the ground and dies, the death of that grain releases the life within it. We may say that death becomes a release to the inner life of the grain of wheat. Through such a release, the riches of the life of the grain of wheat come forth to produce many grains. The Lord Jesus as a grain of wheat fell into the ground and lost His soulish life through death so that He might release His eternal life in resurrection to the many grains. When we compare John 12:24 with Luke 12:49 and 50, we see that both portions of the Scriptures describe the release of the divine life, or the release of the divine being of the Lord's Person. As God, the Lord Jesus possessed the unlimited eternal life. However, this unlimited life was greatly restricted and restrained in His humanity, in His flesh. Therefore, the Lord was anxious and desirous for the release of His divine life. Once the divine life was released from within Him, He could impart it into His many believers. Amen!!!
DEVOTION: JUNE 5
...He began to say to His disciples first, Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy. Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you resemble white-washed graves, which outwardly appear beautiful but inwardly are full of dead men's bones and all uncleanness. So you also outwardly appear righteous to men, but inwardly you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness (Luke 12:1; Matthew 23:27-28). In Luke 12:1 the Lord gave a warning concerning religious hypocrisy. Actually, all religions lead to hypocrisy. Nowhere is hypocrisy more prevailing than in religion. Religion is a field, a realm, for hypocrisy to prevail. Consider the hypocrisy in the Jewish religion when the Lord Jesus was on earth. What hypocrisy there was among the Pharisees, scribes, and lawyers! In Matthew 23 the Lord pronounced woes upon them for their hypocrisy. In Luke 12:1 we see that the religious hypocrisy of the Pharisees was equal to leaven. In the New Testament leaven signifies the element of corruption. The Pharisees were false and practiced falsehood to the uttermost. Their falsehood became a hypocrisy that was the leaven, the element of corruption, in the Jewish religion. All of the Lord's disciples were Jews. Since they all came out of a Jewish source, they had a deep appreciation of the Jewish religion and a high regard for the Pharisees. They thought that the Pharisees were those with a high morality. Therefore, He said to the disciples, "Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy." In Luke 12:2-12 the Lord went on to tell His disciples that the hypocrisy of religion would eventually lead to the persecution of His sincere and honest followers. Religious hypocrisy always becomes a source of persecution to the genuine followers of Jesus. As those who would be in the New Testament jubilee today, we need to beware of the hypocrisy in religion, for this hypocrisy will become a source of persecution. As the genuine followers of the Lord are enjoying the jubilee, they will be opposed by the hypocritical ones in the hypocritical religion. This opposition will develop into persecution, a persecution of the genuine followers of the Lord Jesus who are experiencing the New Testament jubilee. Amen!!!
DEVOTION: MAY 20
And turning to the disciples, He said privately, Blessed are the eyes which see the things that you see. For I tell you that many prophets and kings have wanted to perceive the things that you see, and have not perceived them, and to hear the things that you hear, and have not heard them (Luke 10:23-24). The word about these things, all things in verse 22, and the things in Luke 10 may remind us of Paul's word in 1 Corinthians 2:9: "But even as it is written, Things which eye has not seen and ear has not heard, and which have not come up in man's heart, how much God has prepared for those who love Him." The things here are the things in God's New Testament plan. The sphere of what the eye can see is narrow: the sphere of what the ear can hear is broader; and the sphere of what the heart can realize is without limitation. God in His wisdom has ordained and prepared for us many deep and hidden things, such as justification, sanctification, and glorification. All these the human eye has never seen, the human ear has never heard, and the human heart has never realized. I wish to emphasize the fact that the explanation of these things, all things, and the things is not found in the Gospel of Luke. For this explanation we must come to the Epistles of Paul. In these Epistles we have the New Testament plan of God and the mysteries in this plan. How marvelous and profound are these mysteries! What is revealed in the Epistles of Paul concerning God's New Testament plan involves the divine Trinity, God's eternal plan, Christ as the embodiment of God, the Church as the Body of Christ, and God's intention to be expressed through His divine Trinity in the Church. Amen!!!
DEVOTION: MAY 10
Looking away unto Jesus, the Author and Perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down on the right hand of the throne of God. Come to Me all who toil and are burdened, and I will give you rest. ...and you will find rest for your souls (Hebrews 12:2; Matthew 11:28-29). We need to believe in the Lord and not look at our environment or circumstances. Instead of looking at the storm, let us look at the resting Lord. Which will you follow-the storm or the resting Lord? We may even want to say to the Lord, "Lord, since You are resting, I shall rest with you. Let the wind blow. Because You are resting, I can rest with You." Often in our journey with the Lord we shall encounter a storm or a whirlwind. Then we may become distracted and forget the Lord's word and the fact that He is with us and is at rest. Are you able to say, "Lord, since You are resting, I shall rest also"? Let us all learn to practice this. According to the portrait in Luke, while we are taking the way ordained by the Lord, the Lord will be at rest, and the enemy will be busy. The evil spirits and the demons will be active to cause storms to frustrate us on our journey. We need to remember that actually this is not our journey; it is the Lord's journey, and we are journeying with Him. We are taking His way, and He is on the way with us. In fact, He is even in the boat with us. Instead of being troubled, we should have peace in the resting Lord. Let’s be thankful to Him for being our rest in the midst of every storm. Amen!!!
DEVOTION: MARCH 21
Brothers, even if a man is overtaken in some offense, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of meekness, looking to yourself lest you also be tempted (Galatians 6:1). If our intention is pure, we will know how to (restore an offending brother) step by step. First, we must have the right spirit. Next, the words we speak, the way we speak them, including our attitude, countenance, voice, and tone, must all be right. Our purpose is to gain him, not just to inform him of his fault. It is easy for us to say good things about a brother; it is easy to praise a person. It is also very easy to lose our temper with a person. We only need to let go of our emotions and we will lose our temper. But pointing out a person's fault and, at the same time, restoring and gaining him is something that can be done only by those who are full of grace. One must forget about himself completely before he can be humble, meek, free from pride, and willing to help those who are at fault. In the first place, one must be right himself. If a brother offends you in a small matter and you forgive him, the matter is settled; there is no need to do anything further. But if a brother offends you to such an extent that it becomes an issue, you cannot close your eyes and say that there is no problem. If the problem is not solved, it becomes a burden to the church. The church is often weakened because of these burdens. The life of the Body is drained through these burdens... We must properly deal with every problem. However, our spirit, attitude, word, countenance, and tone must all be proper. This is the only way to gain our brother. Amen!!!
Service to many leads to greatness!
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DEVOTION: MARCH 8
Take heed to yourselves. If your brother sins against you, rebuke him; and if he repents, forgive him. And if he sins against you seven times in a day and turns again to you seven times, saying, I repent, you shall forgive him. And the apostles said to the Lord, Increase our faith (Luke 17:3-5). The verses in Luke say that we have to forgive a brother who sins against us seven times a day, repents, and turns to us seven times. Whether or not his repentance is genuine, we must forgive him as long as he repents. Whether or not he is genuine is not our responsibility. We have to forgive him. Suppose the same person does the same thing to you seven times a day, and suppose he says that he has sinned against you seven times a day. Would you still believe that his confession is genuine? I am afraid that you would think that he was only confessing with his lips. This is why Luke 17:5 says, "The apostles said to the Lord, Increase our faith." They felt that this was a problem to them. It was unthinkable to them that a brother could offend someone seven times in a day and then turn around to repent seven times. They could not believe it, and they said, "Lord, increase our faith." But God's children should forgive even if they are called upon to do so seven times a day. When a brother sins against you, you should not hold it against him. Amen!!!
DEVOTION: FEBRUARY 23
And according to his custom Paul went in to them, and on three Sabbaths he reasoned with them from the Scriptures, opening and setting before them that the Christ had to suffer and rise from the dead, and saying, This is the Christ, the Jesus whom I announce to you (Acts 17:2-3). Concerning what did Paul reason with those in the synagogue from the Scriptures? Concerning theology and the law of Moses? Concerning types and prophecies? No, he did not reason from the Scriptures concerning any of these things. Rather, he reasoned concerning Christ, "opening and setting before them that the Christ must suffer and rise from among the dead, and saying, This is the Christ, Jesus, whom I announce to you" [Acts 17:3]. When Paul was in the synagogue in Thessalonica, he did not reason concerning the law. Rather, from the Scriptures he reasoned with those in the synagogue concerning Christ. He set before them that Christ must suffer and rise from among the dead. Then he said to them, "This is the Christ, Jesus, whom I announce to you." Because Paul was constituted of the Spirit of Jesus, he was led, guided, and directed by this Spirit. He did not have the heart to reason concerning genealogies, prophecies, or types. He had just one burden, and this burden was according to his spiritual constitution. Paul's constitution was fully of the Spirit of Jesus. Therefore, in Thessalonica Paul ministered nothing other than the all-inclusive Christ. Many rabbis studied the Old Testament without seeing anything of Christ. Paul, however, could see Christ revealed in the Scriptures.
DEVOTION: JANUARY 6
In nothing be anxious, but in everything, by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; And the peace of God, which surpasses every man's understanding, will guard your hearts and your thoughts in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:6-7).The first thing that enables us to have peace is to bring all our matters and requests to God. Our work, our need, and the difficulties we encounter should all be committed to the Lord. We should say to the Lord, “Lord, I commit all these things to Your hand.” We can commit to the Lord whatever we encounter through prayer, petition, and thanksgiving, and the peace of God will keep our heart and mind. God will keep us. As soon as we encounter any matter, we have to commit that matter to God immediately. Once we have made such a commitment, God's peace keeps us. Regardless of how great the difficulty or how numerous the activities, the peace of God in us will guard our hearts. The first condition is faith, and the second condition is obedience. God allows many things to come upon us. If we reject what God wants for us, if we do not accept His will, or if we have other desires, we will lose our rest within. We should realize that rest comes from consecration. Therefore, when any difficulty arises, we need to take His yoke (His Will) and learn from Him. Although we may not be able to act according to our own wish and may have to suffer, we will have rest. We will have rest if we say to the Lord, “Lord, whatever You want me to do, I am willing.” However, if we are not willing to obey, if we choose our own pathway or our own way of life, or if we cherish our own desire, we will lose the rest. All of our personal desires and dissatisfactions will deprive us of our peace within. Peace will fill our heart when we say to the Lord, “Lord, everything that You give me is the best. I am willing to take Your way, choose Your will, and set aside my own wish.” Amen!!!
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