June 21, 2017
"THE MISUSE OF WISDOM"
(1 Sam. 25:25) Let not my Lord, I pray thee regard this man of Belial, even Nabal: for as his name is, so is he; Nabal is his name, and folly is with him:
The city of Carmel lay south of Hebron. Nabal is the chief character in this dramatic story. Carmel laid within the tribe of Asher, and Nabal was of the house of Caleb. No mountains in or around Palestine would retain it's ancient beauty so much as Carmel. The whole mountain side of Carmel is dressed with beauitful blossoms, flowering shrubs, and fragrant herbs. Carmel is ranked by leading officals with Bashan because of its rich pastures (Isa. 33:9) (Jer. 50:19) (Amos 1:2).
Nabal lived in Maon (1 Sam. 25:11) BC1060, while many of his possession were in Carmel. He was a man of great wealth, rich with thousands of sheep and a thousand of goats. Carmel undoubetbly was the very best location for his herds to graze and also became the place where his herdsmen sheered his vast number of sheep during sheering season.
Nabals years of land ownership and success as herding sheep and goats did not lend itself to him having acquired wisdom, fo he was noted as a cruel man; a man who lacked knowowledge guided by understanding (some call it True Wisdom) (1 Sam. 25:44). David and his 600 men , while fleeing from Saul) were stationed in Paran, as they watched over Nabal's herdsmen as they sheered his sheep making certain that no harm would come to them as they tended to their task and duties given to them by their master Nabal. So David sent ten (10) of his most faithful and trusted men to approach Nabal during fest time requesting food and provisions in his name. Nabal showed them disrespect and disregard because he was a curel and uncareing man for the welfare of other people outside of his authority.
Nabal was in a druken stupper and hureld insults agains David and his men and he refused to provide them with food from the sheepsheers festival as compensation for their protection during sheepshearing season (15, 16, 21). Nabal was for all practical purposes lived up to the meaning of his name for Nabal means "fool". This term means a person who is devoid of spiritual sensitivity or ethical standards (v. 25). He was viewed as a"son of Belial" as told by his servant in (v. 17)
Abigail, was the beauitful wife of the churlish Nabal who dwelt with her husband in Carmel demonstrated geat prudence and a manifestation of God's grace when she delicately managed to appease the anger of David when his men were slighted by Nabals foolishness. This grace of God came at a critical period of her husbands life. She was a woman crowned with knowledge (Prov. 14:18) and a beauitful countenance. Her inner beauty was shown in her wise character during the many years as Nabals wife and was highly recognized by David when she pacified his anger to destroy Nabal that night. She sensed the political tragic results which would befall David if he followed through with his intentions to kill her wicked husband (1 Sam. 25:18-34).
Nabal's refusal to assist David with provisions for him and his followers displeased God because Nabal was very much aware of who David was from the news which traveled from nation to nation during the time when David slew the Palastinain giant Goliath until he was hidding in the mountianous caves from the fallen King of Israel, Saul. Nabal knew the shifting of political power was near and yet he refused to show respect for Gods chosen new King, David. God was outragged and smote him ten (10) days after Abigail told him of how she helped spare his life from being destroyed by David. Nabal died apparently of a stroke (1 Sam. 25:36-38).
David astuteness in recognizing that Abigail was a very beautiful godly woman to look upon and filled with both wisdom and inner beauty; he choose to marry her because a marriage to a prominent Calebite would prove advantageous to his future position as King of Judah in Hebron (2 Sam. 2:1-7). Abigail impressed him with her beauty, humility, reverence of him, and wise counsel (1 Sam. 25:32-35).When David heard that the cuel Nabal had died he spake these words in awe of the Lords grace poured out upon him through Abigail in (1 Sam. 25:39) And when David heared that Nabal was dead, he said, Blessed be the LORD, that hath pleaded the cause of my reproach from the hand of Nabal, and hath kept his servant from evil: for the LORD hath returned the wickedness of Habal upon his own head. And David sent and communed with Abigail to take her to him to wife. Abigail was Davids second wife, and she is also believed to have been his step-sister.
Nabal's misuse of wisdom and spiritual sensitivity to Davids messangers resulted in his death. David was a man of God, and anointed by Samuel as God had instructed him in (1 Sam. 16:11-13). Nabal and many others who lived a life of wickedness are devoid of prudence which is intimately connected to wisdom, (James 1:5). They simply fail to grasp and understand God's ways (Hosea 14:9. They all fail in times of perplexity and are denounced and defeated by God. Perhaps Nabal should have forseen the evil which would come upon him for rejecting the Lord's anointed, and showed respect and kindeness towards David and his men. Perhpas God could have used Nabal to help several of his faithful and gallant men of valour (1 Kings 11:28) (1 Chr. 5:24) instead of destoying him. But the destruction of Nabal proved benetificial to David as he reigned King of Judah in Hebron.
Abigail was Davids companion in all future fortunes (1 Sam. 27:3; 30:5) (2 Sam. 2:2). David and Abigail had a son called Chileab (2 Sam. 3:3) also known as Daniel in (1 Chr. 3:1). Chileab is Daniel, Priest of Ithamar, lineage (Ezra 8:2) (Neh. 10:6), who is believed to have returned with Ezra from the Bablonian captivity. Chileab known as Daniel the hero in the book of Daniel was famous for his wisdom and righteousness. He was taken captive in his youth by Nebuchadnezzar, King of Babylon and was premoted into a position of geat power and authority in both the Babylonian and Persian kingdoms. Nebuchadnezzar attempted to remove all vestiages of Daniels nationality and religion by changing his name to Belteshazzar (Daniel 1:7). Daniel remained very active in authority thoughout the reign of King Nebuchadnezzar (604 - 562 B.C.). Daniel served unde several Kings including Darius I, the son of Hystopes. He was gifted with the power to interpute dreams and throughout his life he proved himself to be unmovable and unshakelabe in his faith of the God of his fathers. Nabal lacked true wisdom so God destroyed this very foolish man and gave his wife Abigail to David and from their union they produced a very wise son who is the same "Daniel in the Lions Den". Daniel was not destined to be the son of Belil as Nabal, because God had a better plan and a brighter future for Abigail's son born to David and not to Nabal, Praise God.
The misuse of wisdom by those known as "fools" causes them to be self-condident (Pro. 28:26), self-righteous (Prov. 12:15), slanderous (Prov. 3:35) for they can not attain unto wisdom (Prov. 24:7) by tusting in their own hearts (Prov. 28:26) as the man Nabal who walked in dakness (Eccl. 2:14) causing his own destruction.
Saint's of God, God's law is the source of wisdom (Deut. 4:6) and teaches that wisdom will always exceed folly (Eccl. 2:13) Proverbs lets us know that wisdom is more valuable than fine gold (Prov. 16:16). It is the fer of the LORD with reference and respect through obedience to Gods Holy written word, and being lead of the Holy Spirit which prevents the misuse of wisdom (John 16:13-15) (James 1:5). Be certain that you are allowing the spirit of God through Christ Jesus to keep you from the evil and foolish men of this world, in order that you ,too, will become a very wise woman such as Abigail, whose outward beauty reflected the inner person of Gods glory and grace as she appaised the wrath of King David when he was tempted to destroy Nabal because he lacked spiritual sensitivity to Gods presence, by misusing wisdom.
"MOVING HEAVEN!" "SHAKING EARTH!" "SHOCKING HELL!" "TO SET THE CAPTIVES FREE!" "IN KING JESUS NAME!"
June 11, 2017
"TRIBUTE - AN ANCIENT PRECEDENT"
(Rom.13:6-7) For this cause pay ye tribute also; for they are God's ministers, attending continuelly upon this very thing. Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due: custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honor to whom honor.
Tribute is commonly known to mean different things: For some it may referr to a compillsory fee or financial contribution for the maintenance of government; while for others, it means a gift of valuale consideration paid by onesovereign ruler to another in acknowledment of subjugation or as the price of peace, security, protection. Today the meanings are just as they were in ancient times an also inculde the terms recognition, commendation, testimonial or compliment, a gift (present) given as due or in acknowlegment of gratitude or esteem.
Tributes are precendent from ancient times before the time of the Judges and as far back as the times of Joseph as the governor of Egypt when he revealed to Pharaoh God's judgment of seven years of plenty and seven years of famine (Gen. 32:13-21) (33:10) (43:11). Before the year of famine he (Joseph) collected a 20% tax in order to store up food and to buy land for Pharaoh.This was Gods way preserving Jacobs and his sons from destruction. Following the days of Joseph the Bible teaches of Moses in the Exodus emposing voluntary revenues from the Israelites for the construction of the tabernacle (Ex. 25:2)(35:5,21) tent which God instructed them to build while they were in the wilderness at Mount Sinai. Their voluntary revenues were used for the making of a mobile sanctuary offering sacrifices for worshipping God, until God raised up King Solomon to build him a temple. Heavy tribute taxes were leived on foreign commerce by Solomon.
The tabernacle, and the temple were forrunners to God's temple not made with mans hands, referring to Christ Jesus, His only begotten Son (St. John 3:16) leading to the Holy Spirit indwelling Gods people whose bodies are to become the temple of God. The Holy Ghost. (2 Cor. 6:19-20) (Col. 2:9).
Persians, Egyptian, Syrians, Roman rule of Palestine follow with heavy taxations which lead to people selling their sons, daughters, and land under heavy oppression from contracted tax collectors. During the days of Herod he instituted a poll tax and a tax on bold fishing rights in all the rivers and lakes. Customs where collected on trade routes in Capernaum (Luke 5:27), men like Levi who latter became a disciple of Jesus Christ in (Matt. 9:9) named Matthew.
At each point beginning with the tabernacle, under the Mosaic law everyone twenty years and older were required to give a half shekel for the service and maintancing of the tabernacle. King David established the United Kingdom whereby several forms of taxation were imposed and exacted on land, livestock, and for compulsory military sevice for one month each year (1 Chor. 27:1) and import duties. King Solomon was ruthless in imposing heavy taxation upon the people which severely weakened the country making them unable to resist the might of rising empires, which lead to his kingdom being split into two seperate kingdoms. (1Kings 12:4).
It is also believed that Herods damand for heavy taxaction also included port duties, fishing tolls, slaves, oil, clothes and trade for hides and furs and above all these taxes were religious dues which were between 10-20% of a persons income before government taxes. The Jews before King Jesus were paying around 30%-40% of their entire income on taxes and religious dues. When Judea became formally a Roman providince, the whole financial system of this empire came as a natural consequence. The taxes were systematically farmed, and the publicans appeared as a new curse to the Jewish communities and country. (The story of the Publican and the sinners prayers) During the days of Moses until King Jesus all Priests and Levites were exempted from taxes (Ezra 7:24) (Gen. 47:26).
In (Matt. 22:15-22) King Jesus showed to the Pharisees and Herodians the propriety of paying tribute in the form of taxes to Casesar. The Pharesees question in (Matt. 22:177) was intended to place the Lord in a very serious dilemma. For example if He answered "yes" to their question, He would be seen as a traitor. And if He answered "no", He would be dennounced to the Roman authorities, namely Casesar who was the Roman Emperor an head of the Roman state. King Jesus response was on this wise; in (Matt. 22:21) They say unto him, Caesar's. Then saith he unto them, Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar's, and unto God the things that are God's.
In this passage of scriptures King Jesus is instucting the Pharesees (and his disciples) to give that which is due unto Caesar (civil magistrates) all that is due them as long as it does not interfere with honoring God. (Matt. 17:24-27) (he paid taxes for himself and Peter). King Jesus shattered the Herodians own disemmia by making light of the ultimate significations of Caesar's claim. By making such a statement in (Matt. 22:21) King Jesus exposed the spiritual failure of the Herodians. In other words King Jesus debased Caesar and made light of his temporal claim of favor, fortune, and fame in favor of Gods greater claim as sovergin ruler overall men and women lives.
Paul recognized the duty of paying tribute to Rome (Rom. 13:6-7) in exchange for Roman benefits such as Roman culture and civilization, which brought peace, safety, security throughtout the world during the Iulio-Claudian period. Paul was converted by King Jesus on his way to Demascus to persecute the Jews. He wnow uphold the Jews in living a life of holiness before both God and others, he therefore encourages Gods people to honor both God and to pay tribute money to migestrates because the purpose of human government is to uphold the good and to punish the evil.
God in his soverginity allowed the matters of right and wrong to be determined by the state. Paul encourages Christian Jews (citizens) to fear and obey government, as long as the government does not demand them to violate God's word. He recognizes that all governmential officials hold office by virtue of God's divine appointment and are primarily the serrvants of God in their offices even thoug it may not appear to be so.
The Roman sword is a weapon/instrument as well as a synmbol of power and authority lgiven to officers to protect its citizens by punishing all those who break the laws of the land that they determine to be wrong. Therefore, it is imperative for every Christian to be or become actively involved in government values to make certian that are consistant with the writtten Word of God and not contrary to it. All Saint's of God are exhorted to pay tribute / taxes in the world wide levying by Caesar. (Rom. 13:1-7)
King Jesus paid tribute money to avoid offence from the Pharaisees in Capernaum who questioned him in (Matt. 17:24-27) while he wroght a mighty miracle for himself and Peter from the first fishes mouth to pay the required sum of dedrachma in value of fifteen (15) pence. The shekel was the amount paid by vevery male Jew, in whatever part of the world he might be living. And since the tribute money is of ancient times, King Jesus and Paul exhorted all NT Saint's to pay tribute as well (Rom. 13:6-7) to governments, and for religious purposes the temple of God built by Solomon required regular upkeep and maintance as did the tabernacle (tent) under Mosaic law. The New Testament Church members in this morden day are required to pay 10% of tithes (Mal. 3) , as an offering and gift to help support the local churchs, and ministries even though we know that Gods presence can not be limited to nor confined to a structered building of man made walls (Acts 7:48-50).
King Jesus is the word of God made flesh in the hearts, mind, and bodies of believers. While their natural bodies is the temple of the HOLY GHOST. When on the cross King Jesus offered himself as a sacrifice he fullfilled all the requirements God demanded of the temple.
The presence of King Jesus in the form of the Holy Ghost demands that your body (temple) must be holy just as God instructed the children of Israel not to defile His holy tabernacle under Mosaic law, and through the 10 Commandments, God will not tolerate or be symaphetic to those who defile the tabernacle (tent); (Body of Christ , their own bodies as a temple of the Holy Ghost); (nor the physical structure of a Church building; gathering place of like believers). Moses was the first prophet and judge of Israel, then later came other judges of Israel, and God instructed Solomon to build him a temple, these are all tributes of an ancient predecent which we continue to build our faith upon an each one warns against any defilement of the human body by immorality or impurity (1 Cor. 6:18-19).
Because the tabernacle which was built by Moses and the temple which was built by Solomon were all symbols of a place where Gods' presence dewelt and have been done away with the focus is towards the living God through King Jesus and the Holy Spirit indwelling the bodies of His chosen people (2 cor. 6:19-20.
Saint's of God, let me strongly encourage each one of you to understand the important signfiance of all
God hass done to cause His holy presence to dwell within you (1Thess. 5:23-24) and He desires that you preseent your bodies as he requires ----a living sacrifice as a tribute to the ancient prescedent --who is the Ancient of Days God himself. Pay tribute to whom tribute is due, in Christ Jesus name.
"MOVING HEAVEN!" "SHAKING EARTH!" "SHOCKING HELL!" "TO SET THE CAPTIVES FREE!" "IN KING JESUS NAME!"
April 16, 2017
"AWE-INSPIRING DREAMS AND VISIONS"
(Daniel 10:7) And I Daniel alone saw the vision: for the men that were with me saw not the vision; but a great quaking fell upon them, so tha they fled to hide themselves.
In the book of Deuteronomy 13:1-5 Moses wrote an injunction to the people of Israel against using Gods' name in vain. This injunction is seen as an expansion of the Ten Commandments of which this is the third and fifth. Moses forwarned Isreal about the sanctity of God's holy name when he instructed them to spacifically avoid three types of people with a word of apostacy (a deserter of the faith) from (1.) a person commmonly known as a "prophet" (vv. 2-5) who pretend to be sent by God (Jer. 23:17-18, 31) but is used of the devil to work miracles through evil agents in support of false religions (Deut. 13:1-2) attempting to further validate his predictions. They are condemened for pretending (Jer. 23:32). (2 a brother or another blood relative who entice them to serve other false gods.They are instructed not to consent or agree with him nor hide him but to expose him. (3.) from a scoundrel (rascal - dishonest person) (vv. 12-18) a child of Belial with detestiable actions (abominations). Such a person or persons are to be destroyed, them and their property inorder to prevent the curse and wrath of God from desroying you.
Ancient people and even some today put great faith in dreams and visions (Judges 7:15) while many others are anxious to have their dreams and visions explained (Gen.. 40:8) (Daniel 2:3), an some remain perplexed (Job 7:14), (Daniel 2:1) (4:5). Some even prefer to have their dreams and visions interperted by false prophets who are under the influnce of evil spirits (1 King. 22:21-22) and are described as: light and treacherous; covetous, crafty, drunken; immoral and profane because they were not sent from God, neither were they commissioned by God (Jer. 14:14). There were a few foolish women who pretended to be false prophets in (Neh. 6:14) (Rev. 2:20). All false prophets and prophetees offten tell lies in hte name of the Lord. They prophecy out of their own decitfull and lustful heart (Jer. 23:16-26). They often prophecy divination and witchcraft (Ezek. 22:28) (Acts 13:6). Many of them pretended to dream dreams (Jer. 23:28,32). False prophets are often deceived by God as a judgment (Ez. 14:9-11) And if the prophet be deceived when he hath spoken a thing, I the LORD have deceived that prophet, and I will stretch out my hand upon him, and will destroy him from the midst of my people Israel. And they shall bear the punishment of their iniquity: the punishment of the prophet shall be even as the punishment to him that seeketh unto him; That the house of Israel may go no more astray from me, neither be polluted any more with all their transgressions; but that they may be my people, and I may be their God, saith the LORD GOD.
The false prophets are the source of prosperity for sinners (Job 20:5-8) (Psa. 73:19-20), their source of impure imaginations against the holy people of God (Jude 1:8) for they are the enemies of the New Testament Church (Is. 29:7-8).
Righteous and holy pprophets have God as their author (Is. 44:7) (45:21). True prophecy is a sure word (2 Pet.1:70) (2 Pet.1:21) and is a gift of God trhough Christ Jesus (Rev. s1:1) and a gift of the Holy Spirit (1 Cor. 12:10). All those prophets and prophetees who are called and commissioned by God are raised up by God (Amos 2:11),ordained of God (1 Sam. 3:20), and sent by God 92 Chro. 36:15),are filled with the Holy Spirit (Luke 1:67); moved and spoke by the Holy Spirit in the name of the Lord with power and authority (Luke 1:67) (2 Pet. 1:21) (Acts 1:16) (2 Chro. 33:18) (1 Kings 17:1) Each one of them are a light in a very dark and dreary gloomy place (2 Pet. 1:19) and are not to be despised (1 Thes. 5:20) but to be received in faith (2 Pet. 1:19) (2 Chr. 20:20) and is a sure and true word of prophecy bringing prosperity to those to those who believe it and receive it such as in (2 Chr. 20:20) when God destroyed the armies of Ammon, Moab, and Seir which fought against the children of Judah because King Jehoshaphat stood in their mist to encourage their hearts to trust in the prophet of God who spoke a sure word of prophecy; and Judah won the war.
Dreams--are believed by some to be thoughts visualized during sleep, while others believe they are involuntary visions occurringto a person when they are awwake. Even many people have experienced having a dream or a vision some are more significiant than others.There are three different types of dreams (1.) One which needs no special interpertation because the message of the cream was apparent, this type is called a "message dream" (Mat. 1 and 2), Joseph in his relationship with his expoused wife, Mary, in heeding the voice of the angel to flee to Egypt for safety with Mary and the baby Jesus.
The second type of dreams are those which include sympolism called a "simple symbolic dream" which needsno interpertation because the symbolism was very clear to both the dreamer and to others such as in (Gen. 37) Moseph the son of Jacob. The third type of dream requires the assistance of an expert interperte4r such as in Nebuchadnezzar dreams in (Dan. 2 and 4). This type of dream is known as "complex symbolic dreams" and that of Daniel himself in (Dan. 8).
Not all dreams are sent from God, but both the OT and NT teach concerning dreams which are from God, they teach against those which are not from God. When dreams are sent by God they have five (5) types of purposes which are as follows: (1.) To restrain a person from evil (Gen. 20:3) Abimelech with Abrahams wife Sarah (2.) Provide encouragement (Judg. 7:13-15) Gideon and the Midianites (3.) To reveal Gods will (Gen. 28:11-22) Jacobs ladder which gave him access between heaven and earth was believed to be Jesus as a picture of Himself (a prophetic message in a dream or vision) (4.) Reveal the future (Gen. 37:5-10) Joseph and his jealous brothers paying obsisance to him. (5.) To provide instruction (Mat. 1:20) to Joseph as he was to wed Mary who was with child by Holy Ghost.
Visions -- as mentioned numerous times by the minor prophets of the OT and NT, were Gods primary means of communication between God and his chosen prophets such as (Amos, Hosea, Micah and Obadiah and even Isaiah who was a major prophet of God. Visions are primarily divine revelations which have several distinctive characteristics and here are a few listed: (A.) They are understandable (Dan. 7:15-19). (B.) Authenticated by divine glory (Ezek. 8:1-4). (C.) Personal and phenomenal (D.) Prophetic (Dan. 9:23-27) (E.) Dated and localized (time perios and specific locality) (Ezek. 1:1-13) (F.) Awe-inspiring (Dan. 10:7-17) with the divine presence of God, or one of his holy angels by the great river Hiddekel when he mourned 21 weeks. (G.) Meaning of interpertated (Dan. 9:21-29).
While visions are mention in both the OT and the NT books they are specifically given to Gods' prophets both major and minor for the prupose of (1.) Divine and immediate direction (2.) To develp Gods kingdom on earth by revealing both moral and spiritual deeficencies (spiritual imcompleteness) (spiritual isufficancy without Him) of Gods people in view or in light of Gods' own requirements for living a righteous and holy life in order to maintain a proper (holy) relationship with him (1 Pet. 1:16) Because it is written, be ye holy, for I am holy. (Deut 4:24) (Heb. 12:14) Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:
(3.) Warning(Is. 21:22-6) (4.) Judgment (1.Sam. 3:15-18) (5.) Action for the Lord (Acts 26:19-20). Gods' puppose for both "awe-inspiring dreams and visions" in the OT an NT were to revealIsraels future (Gen. 15:1-21); for the succession of world empires (Dan. 7:1-8) and to provide divine revealation of HIs heavenly throne (Rev. 4:1-11).
God is our author of "awe-inspiring dreams and visions" given to His prophets, and servants to accomplish his will and purposes upon the earth and witin the hearts and minds or those who willing choose to obey him (Is. 44:26) (Acts 3:18). Many people that trust in God received dreams and visions as a gift fomr God and Christ Jesus through the Holy Spirit (1Cor. 12:10) and the performance of them are certain. Christ Jesus is the great subject of most all "awe-inspiring dreams and vision" (Acts 3:22-24) (10:43) (1 Pe. 1:10-11). They are also seen as a light in a very dark place in the world, and world systems in addition to being a gret and valuable benefit for ages past, present and future.
Saint's of God, there are numerous people who have failed to obey God because they sought a sign from a false prophet through some form of medium ofsorcerer (a magician, wizard) rather than turning to God for answers to lifes problems.
But those who love an dadore Christ Jesus should always trust him to give them anwswers to their prayers through dreams and visions and true prophets of God. His holy word and through the presence of the Holy Spirit (Ps. 99:6) Christ (John 4:10, 14). God gives answere to prayer through the grace of God (Is. 30:19), sometimes immediately (Is. 65:224) (Danie 9:21, 23) sometimes after delay (Luke 18:7), sometimes differently from our desires (2 Cor. 12:8-9) and of course beyond our expectations Jer. 33:3) (Eph. 3:20) therefore it is wise to allow God to answer prayers in His time and according to His will. He will always answer prayer according to His written word. Let me encourage you to continue to trust God even when you don't see the answer, and one day the answer will surely come just be ready and willing to receive it whatever way God choose for it could be through the "and awe-inspiring dream or vision" Give God the praise. "Praise God" for all he is doing in your life and in the lives of all those whom you love.
"MOVING HEAVEN!" "SHAKING EARTH!" "SHOCKING HELL!" "TO SET THE CAPTIVES FREE!" "IN THE NAME OF KING JESUS!"
March 28, 2017
BIBLICAL TRUTHS REGARDING HERESY
(1John 4:6) We are of God: he that knowteth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.
John the son of Zebedee, is believed to have penned this epistle in Ephesus and it was written to a younger generation to encourage joy and assurance within them that they might know with certianty that they were filled with the spirit of Christ and have eternal life (John 20:31) (1 John 1:4) (1 John 1:5).
In John chapter four (4) vs. 1-6, the true believers of God are admonished (warned) against accepting the teachings of false teachers things which are contrary to the truth which they had already received of him, and the other apostles. He instructs them to "try" them. (John 4:1) Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets
are gone out into the world. The means of testing by a pattern which never changes is the written "word of God". This is the word which they had received from the apostles. The method of testing is found in (1 John 2:20-22) Who is a liar but he that deneieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and he Son.
Another method of testing is found in (1John 4:23) Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of anti-Christ, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now aleady is it in the world.
In (1John 4:1-6) the type of heresy inflitrating within the NT Church was emanating from Gnosticism, a teaching which denies that Jesus was fully human. This group was of two different types "gnostic" and quasi-gnostic" (bearing a resemblance and having some of the qualities but not all) teachers who taught that Jesus Christ did not come in the flesh; they rejected his incarnation and continued to spread heresy that Jesus was not God in the flesh. But (1 Tim. 3:16) explains the great mystery of Godliness to Gods people.
The gnostics are believed to have thought faith was inferior to knowledge. The true sons of the absolute diety were saved through knowledge rather than faith. The basic premis of gnosticism is that they frequently use NT text to bend them to seve their owbn purpose as revealed by those of the Heleniatic world (thought). Heresies are known to rely on human insight and wisdom rather than Gods word.
It is also believed that gnosticasm came into existance as way for early christian thinkers to help make Christianity more understandable, acceptable, and respectable in a world nearly totally infiltrated by Greek presumptions about the world and the reality of those who exist within it.
Heresy is derived from a Greek word to mean three destinct definations (1.) a choice, (2). the opinion chosen (3.) the sect holding the opinion. In the Acts of the Apostles (5:17; 15:5) (24:5,14) (26:5) it points to a sect; without reference to its character. In other parts of the NT it has a diferent meaning attached to it. Here Paul places "heresies" in the same catagory as creimes and seditions (Gal. 5:20). This word also bears close relationship to "divisions" and schisms within the church (1 Cor. 11:19). In (Titus 3:10) a "heretical person" is seen as someone who follows his won self-willed "questions", and who is to be avoided. Therefore, heresies came to repreesent self-chosen doctrines not emanating from God, Christ Jesus, nor from the Holy Spirit (2 Peter 2:1).
The OT and NT Bibles we read about non-believers who find their teaching more appealing that he truth of God (1 John 4:2-5); there are many people who follow this premis today. However, all those who choose to acknowledge the truth of the apostles (NT) witness to Christ incarnation will recognize and willingly conform to John's teachings as he has presented them. And of course, all those who do not are energized by a common unifying spirit of error (1 John 4:6). John, endeavors to warn his readers to resist against the spirit by comparing these false teachings of Christ Jesus with his own personal eye-witness account of Christ Jesus as he followed and witnessed him for approximately three (3) year (1 Thes. 2:13).
Truthfullness should always characterize true believers in Christ Jesus. Truth is that which agrees with final reality. The Spirit of truth was sent from God through Christ Jesus to His disciples after the resurrection of Christ Jesus (John 16:13-15) (Acts 2:2-8). Many scholars believe heresies are attempts to reach God through frial human means.
The Holy Spirit was sent to reprove (to correct by pointing out a fault or error and to expose something for what it truly is (John 3:20). This reproof is reflected in three (3) main areas (1.) The Holy Spirit reveals a persons need for redemption, salvation from sin. Doubt is unbelief and all unbleief is sin. People who go to "hell" are those that choose not to believe and receive Christ Jesus as their saviour. Therefore, the greatest sin in people is unbelief (John 3:18). And the opposite would be true, that the greates work is belief (John 6:29). (2.) The HolySpirit reveals the possibility of redemption. Here, Christ Jesus returns to His heavenly Father, aftercompleting the work he was ssent to do, (A.) living a righteous life, (B.) laying the foundation for the NT Church (C. ) dying a sinless death on the cross for all the worlds sin. (D.) imputing this righteousness to all those who will receive the gospel truth.
(3.) The Holy Spirit, now, reveals the reality of redemption through the attoning sacrifice of Christ Jesus. Through His death on the cross, the power of Christ to judge Satan's and his kingdom authority and to overthrow his kingdom is not seen as a future work, but a present work at the cross and His bodily resurrection from the dead. Meaning Satan is "judged" and also means "has been judged" (John 13:31).
The work of the Holy Spirit is seen in (John 16:13-15) as guiding Christ Jesus disciples into complete knowledge of all thruth bringing them into a close relationship with God, the Father, Christ Jesus and the Holy Spiirit himself as they are being prepared to spiritually accept all that Christ Jesus desired to teach them but could not until he had finished the work God had sent him to begin, and fullfill. Now, the HolySpiorit will lead, guide and instruct them as they (disciples) build the NT Church (Gal . 4:6) (Rom. 8:9) (Phil. 1:19). teaching the gospel of Christ Jesus and turning people from heresies to righteousness and truth.
The Spirit of Truth is ascribed: to Gods law (Ps. 119:142-162); Christ (John 14:6); the holy Spirit (John 14:17); Gods' word (John 17:17-19); the gospel (Gal. 2:5,14). The effect of the Spirit of truth as seem in (1 John 4:6) is to make a person free (John 8:31-32); sanctify (John 17:17-19); purify (1 Pet. 1:22) and to establish you in the truth (Eph. 4:15) (2 Pet. 1:12) with right ideas and attitudes toward the gospel and not as "heretics".
Having a spirit of error (1 John 4:6) would mean that a person has wrong ideas and attitudes: to change the truth into a lie (Rom. 1:25); be disobedient (Rom. 2:8); walk contrary to the truth (Ga. 2:17), they love not the truth (2 Thes. 2:10); become deceptive (2 Tim. 3:13). Heresies produce ignorance (Matt. 22:29), is a sign of the end (1Tim. 4:1). There are noted to be three catagories which are reflective of heresy (1.) Religious sects (Acts 5:17) (2.) Pharisees (Acts 2:5) (3.) Christians (derisively) who cause derision among the fellowship of the saints (Acts 24:5, 14). Those who follow after "heresies" have a spirit of error and are characterized by having fleshly works (Gal. 5:19-20); they are dammable (2 Pet. 2:1); self-condemned (Titus 3:10-11); contagious (2 Pet. 2:2); and subversive (Gal. 1:17) that is to mean that they undermine and overthrow and existing system or set of beliefs by opposing them.
Saints' of God, the apostles in the NT viewed the concept of heresy as having more to do with fellowship within the church than with actual doctrinal teachigs. They were all deeply concerened about false teachings just as much as they were destrubed by improper attitudes among like believers. Truth is a vital part of our saintly armour (Eph. 6:14) and should be worn as instructed by apostle Paul because the judgments of God are according to truth.
The weapons of our warfare (2 Cor. 10:4-5) are based upon a foundation of truths and should be esteemed inestimable. These weapons are to be used to refute heresies which are intended to undermine the gospel truth which Christ Jesus has layed the foundation. Like all forms of evil, heresies grow where Saints knowledge of God's word is weak or weakened. Let me encourage each one of you to study the word of God (2 Tim. 2:15) and to speak the truth and show forth righteousness in order that God may establish you in the faith, and reveal to you greater truths as you become delightsome to God through Christ Jesus and be given an express measure of divine favor with God and with others. Praise God.
"MOVING HEAVEN!" "SHAKING EARTH!" "SHOCKING HELL!" "TO SET THE CAPTIVES FREE!" "IN KING JESUS NAME!"
March 19, 2017
"NOT JUST A DONKEY (ASS): BUT AN EDICT OF REVELATION"
(2 Peter 2:16) But was rebuked for his iniquity: the dumb ass speaking with man's voice forbade the madness of the prophet.
God inisiated the divine revelation of spitual eye-sight to Balaam's donkey (Numbers 22:23) as he allowed the domestic Athon, common domestic she-ass to see one of His holy angels standing with a drawn sword ready to destroy her master, Balaam. This scene demonstrates Balaam's spiritual blindness having been accentuated and his powerlessness exposed because he could not see the holy angel infull battle regalia (emblems of a military office). The graveness of the situation leading to Balaam's decison to meet with the princes of Moab from King Balak's Moabites kingdom to curse God's chosen people was prevented by a divine appearance from Christ Jesus Himself (the angel) as he gives us a brief view of the Messiah in His first advent (Num. 24:14-19) (Matt.10:26) (Matt. 21:15).
God, also inisiated the divine revelation of spiritual voice to Balaam's donkey (Num.22:28) when he unloosed the she-ass's tongue making her the second creature to speak, the first being the serpent in the "Garden of Eden" (Gen. 3:1-5). The domesticated species of donkeys freguently mentioned in the Bible is the Athon, a she-ass so named due to its natural disposition of slowness (Gen.12:16; 45:23) (Num. 22:23)(1 Sam.9:3). The ass is considered by God to be an unclean animal because it does not shew the cud (Lev. 11:26) even though they not only constitute a considerable amount of wealth, they also empowered ancient people giving them mobility in addition to being used to carry goods and supplies similiar to a pack-mule (a hybrid between the donkey and the horse). They are known as "beast of burdens" and compamions with humans for millennia. Working donkeys in the poorest countries have a life expectancy of 12 to 15 years, in more prosperous countries, they may have a lifespan of 30 to 50 years.
Balaam's donkey like most donkeys have a notorious reputation for stubborness and it is believed to be due to self-preservation, it is noted that donkey's are considerably more difficult to force or frighten into doing something it perceives to be dangerous for whatever the reason. So, even though Balaam beat his she-ass, he could not persuade her to move into the pathway or go further into the way near the angel (Num. 22:25-27)_. Balaam's donkey is also noted for the spirit of attachment to her master (Num. 22:30).
Donkey's are frequently spoken of as having been ridden upon, as by Abraham (Gen. 22:3) Balaam (Num. 22:21), the disobedient prophet (1 Kings 12:23), the family of Abdon the judge, seventy in number (Judges 12:14), Zipporah (Ex. 4:20), the Shumammite (1 Sam. 25:30), (Zechariah 9:9) predicted our Lord's triumphal enterance into Jerusalem, "riding upon an ass, and upon a colt," (Matt.21:5).
The most noble and honorable people among the Jews were accoustomed to be mounted on asses. Within the Northern countries the "ass" is a symbol of stubborness and stupidity, while in the East it is especially remarkable for its patience, gentleness, intelligence, meek submission and great power of endurance. Their color is usually a reddish brown, but there are white asse's, which are higly prizzed. The ass is recognized as the animal of peace as the horse was the animal of war; hence the appropriateness of Christ in his triumphal entry when he Christ Jesus offically offers Himself to the people of Israel as their long awaited Messiah riding on an ass during His first advent (Matt. 21:5) TELL YE THE DAUGHTER OF ZION BEHOLD, THE KING COMETH UNTO THEE, MEEK, AND SITTING UPON AN ASS, AND A COLT THE FOAL OF AN ASS. The excitment of this occassion would fade away as the wicked Pharisees did not want the tumult to bring Roman troops into quick action but most assuredly the Pharisees did not want to see Christ Jesus recognized or proclaimed a King in their presence while manifesting God's glory on earth. His deity as the Son of God was also manifested as recorded in the scriptures in (Matt. 21:9) And the multitudes that went before, and that followed, cried, saying Hosanna to the son of David: BLESSED IS HE THAT COMETH IN THE NAME OF THE LORD; Hosanna in the highest.
Balaam whose name means "Lord of the people" and also "destroyer of the people" a non-Isralite a Gentile, foreigner or glutton, as interperted by others, the son of Beor, was a man of some rank among the Midianites (Numbers 31:8). He resided at Pethor (Deut. 2:4) in Mesopotamica (Num. 23:7). It is evident that though dewelling among idolators he had some knowledge of the true God; and was held in such reputation that it was supposed that whom he blessed was blessed, and he whom he cursed was cursed.
When the Israelites were encamped on the plans of Moab, on the east of Jordan, by Jericho, Balak sent for Balaam "from Aram, out of the mountains of the east,"to curse them; but by the remarkable interposition of God he was utterly unable to fullfill Balak's wish, however desirous he was to do so. The apostle Peter refers (2 Pet. 2:15-16) to this as an historical event. In (Miah 6:5) reference also is made to the relations between Balaam and Balak.Though Balam could not curse Israel, yet he suggested a mode by which the divine displeasure might be caused to desend upon them (Num. 25). In a battle between Israel and the Midianites Balaam was slain while fighting on the side of Balak (Num. 31:8).
Saint's of God, a donkey's ass has greater signifance than meets the physical eyes. As you have already become aware from reading this weeks devotional of the elevated status athribated to them by those who live in the Eastern countries. Perhaps those of us who live in the Northern parts of the world will grow to appreciate the Easterners view point and learn to admire the donkey and their role in our modern society as God intended for them to be recognized, respected and loved and treated with greater value than that of a stupied stubborn beast.The Anthon She-ass was onced used by a prophet fallen from the grace of God. Balaam onced possessed the gift of prophecy but exchanged it for the permotion and fortunes of Balak, a destroyer of Gods' people, Israel.
When the enemy tries to curse your life by enticing you with the worlds system of false prosperity, let me encourage and strongly admonish you to remember that God is more than able to turn the curse into a blessing with far greater rewards than Satan's kingdom and ever offer you. Trust in God who created every living thing and learn to appreciate all of His creation with greater value and respect for each animal was created for its own special purpose; and also always remember for Balaam the she-ass was "not just another donkey" but an edict of spiritual revelation and could very well save your life from destruction, as well. "Praise God."
"MOVING HEAVEN!" "SHAKING EARTH!" "SHOCKING HELL!" "TO SET THE CAPTIVES FREE!" "IN KING JESUS NAME!"
March 12, 2017
"THE INVOKING OF THE AARONIC BLESSING"
(Ps. 112:1) Praise ye the LORD. Blessed is the man that feareth the LORD, that delighteth greatly in his commandments.
Aaron, was the eldest son of Amram and his wife Jochebed, a daughter of a Levi (Ex. 6:20). Aarons' name is believed to mean several things, "a teacher", "lofty", "mountain of strength", "light bringer", (Ex. 7:1) or "illuminator" (Num. 26:59 ; 33:39). He was a Levite and is first mentioned in (Ex. 4:14). He was born in Egypt three years before his brother Moses and several years after Miriam (2:1,4; 7:7). He married Elisheba, the daughter of Amminadab of the house of Judah (6:23) (1 Chr. 2:10) from their union was born four sons, Nadab, Abihu, Eleazar, and Ithamar.
Aaron was appointed by God (Jehovah) to be the interpreter of his brother "Moses" when the time drew near to bring about the deliverance of the children of Israel from Egypt in the "Exodus". Aaron served as the "mouth piece" or "prophet" of Moses, because Aaron was considered a man of ready utterance (7:1, 2,9, 10, 19). He was both faithful and devoted in his trust as he stood by Moses in all of his meetings and dealings with Pharaoh (Ex. 7:19). As the spokeman for Moses he compensated for Moses lack of elequence or persuasiveness in dealing with the Eqyptian Pharaoh and securing the release of the Israelites from bondage (Ex. 7:1-14).
Aaron along with Hur are noted for having held up the weary arms of Moses during the battle with Amalek as God gave the victory to Israel (Ex. 17:9). Aaron is remembered as being dependant upon Moses, his younger brother and deriving all of his authority from him. When he sinned Moses sought forgiveness for him of Jehovah and it was given (9:20), Aaron is credited to be the first of Israel's priesthood, although, he was not concentrated by Moses for the high priestly position as "high priest" but Moses inaugruated him according to divine decree (Ex. 28) (Lev. 8-10).
Scriptures reveals from (Ex. 5:1) on, that both Moses an Aaron are credited equally as Gods agents through whom God obtained and secured the release of the Israelites from Egyptian bondage. Aarons rod was chosen by God out of the twelve rods of the princes of Israel to represent the testimonial to the Exodus (Num. 17:10) against the rebels Korah and the Levites and their followers (Num. 16). It was because Aaron was an accomplice to Miriam when they angered God by speaking against Moses. Aaroned sin again when he joined Moses as when he angered God at the waters of Kadesh in the desert of Zin (Num . 20:7-13). Aaron died on Mount Hor at the age of 123 years old (Num. 20:23-28).
The "Mountain of Aaron" is actually Mount Hor the place where Aaron was removed from his high priestly office and died. His official garments and priestly office was given to his son Eleazer (Num. 20:29). Israel mourned for Aaron, their first high priest for thirty (30) days (Num. 20:29). The high priestly office descended to his two sons Eleazar and Ithamar and transmitted to his descendants until the time of Eli. And from the house of Ithamar the high priestsly office continued until the accession of Solomon, who took it from Abiathar and restored it to Zadok (who was of the house of Eleazar).
The Aaronic Priesthood which later became known as the "Aaronic -Levitical Priesthood" was an office incorporated into the Israelites way of life as a means of first ministering unto Jehovah (Ex. 28:1). As a priest --one was chosen and authorized as a minister of diety who officiates at the altar, along with the performance of sacrifical, ritualistic and mediatorial duties as he represents God. God had established Moses, Aaron and his sons Abihu, Eleazar, and Ithamar as "priests "in Israel (Ex. 28:21) (29:9) (29-3). When Nadab and Abihu were killed by God for offering up strange fire before the Lord, the priesthood then became limited to the lines of Eleazar and Ithamar (Lev. 10:1-2) (Num. 3:4) (1 Chr. 24:2). The priests were seen as teachers of the Law (Lev. 10:10-11), they also served as revelators of God's will. Such as determining the existance of leprosy and performing the rites of cleansing (Lev. 130-14). Priests determined punishments for murder and other civil matters (Deut. 21:5).
The invoking of blessings actually means "to petition", "to cause", "call forth," or "bring about". A prophet and a priest are more commonly given the power and authority by God to speak or invoke a blessing from God and then are given the power to call the blessing forth, causing it to be manifested into that persons life.
The Nazarites were seen as the epitome of sanctity in Number 6:9-12) and after their vows of seperation were performed then God gave Moses the command to instruct Aaron and his sons how to bless the people of Israel in (Num. 6:24-27). All those in Israel both men and women alike (v.2) who willing chose to completely dedicate themselves to God were as important in God's sight as the highest minister in the congregation. God determines greatness in his kingdom which is not based on a persons position or power, but on their devotedness, consencration and fullfillment of their commitment. In vv. 22-27 these scriptures teach when a person (Israelite) maintains purity in the assembly and shows evidence of the same heart-devotion as the Nazarite in their vows, then God will give them his gracious response as revealed in (Num. 6:22-27).
"The Aaronic Blessing", was a means by which God chose to acknowledge the divine person and worth in light of what God has done or has given to people. "To bless" reveals the concept that God's holy presence, sovereign rulership, authority, graciousness and love are brought into a person's life and surroundings (Ps. 145:8-9), 18-19). The terms and conditions of these blessings were set forth by God for his people to obey as he had established them (Num. 6:22-27) and that which was to come in (Deut. 11:27).
The Aaronic Blessing which is called by some "The Aaronic Benediction", and by others "The priestly benediction". There are three (3) parts to this blessing when properly invoked: (1.) The impartation of God's blessing which included His divine protection from Satan's kingdom authority and anything deemed adverse to the quality of their welfare in life, and their means of living (v. 24), (Ps. 71:1-6). (2.) The glorious shinning of the Lord's face upon the people which incorperates Gods divine favor, goodwill, mercy and grace (v. 25) which of course is the direct opposite of his warthful anger (Ps. 27:1) (31:16) (Prov. 15:30).
The countenance of the Lord is lifted up on His people (v. 26) an means he cares for His people and gives them his blessings from his heartfelt love for them (Ps. 4:7-8) (33:18) (34:17). Peace is what God gives to those who obey Him and keep their vows. This type of peace "Shalom", brings all which peace embodies (or represents); where there is not anything lacking; where all the basic necessities of life are provided with abundance, hope for the future (Jer. 29:11), and includes protection from both seen and unseen dangers of the spiritual and natural things in life.
(3.) God's protection as blessings upon His people would result in the breaking forth of salvation as light in the mist of darkness to all people and every nation (Amos 5:24) (Ps. 67) (Ps. 133:3) (Matt. 28:19). The objects of God's blessings are of course "people". (A.) Chosen people (Eph. 3:1-4) (B.) People who believe in Him (Gal. 3:9), (C.) Those who are forgiven (Ps. 32:1-2), (D.) Those who are justified (Rom. 4:6-); (E.) Those who are chastened (Ps. 94:12); (E.) Those who keep his word (Rev.1:3).
Saints of God, the people whom God chooses to bless are those who fear him to serve him in obedience, this is the basis of the Aaronic blessing. His priestly blessings are mentioned in (Num. 6:22-27). And you will find that throughout the OT and NT alike there are numerous other reasons for His blessing being invoked upon his people such as: those who delight in his commandments (Ps. 112:1), those who wait for the Lord (Is. 30:18), those who know the gospel (Ps. 89:15), who are not offended in Christ (Matt. 11:6), those who watch against sin (Rev. 16:15) and those who have part in the first resurrection (Rev. 20:6) and many others.
Let me encourage each of you to obey Gods' written word as He instructs so you will be the recepitant of one, or more or all of his wounderful blessings. When you are blessed then you can become a blessing to others both spiritually and naturally by bestowing or invoking these priestly blessings upon your love ones as they obey the word of God. Live your life for Christ Jesus by giving him your all, because he gave you his all....Himself. Praise God, for his many blessings.
"MOVING HEAVEN!" "SHAKEN EARTH!" "SHOCKING HELL!" "TO SET THE CAPTIVES FREE!" "IN KING JESUS NAME!"
(TEMPORARY PROBLEM WITH THE BROWSER)
March 5, 2017
"THE TRADEGY OF HYMENEUS AND PHILETUS"
(Psalm 106:8) Nethertheless he saved them for his name's sake, that he might make his mighty power to be known.
Despite all medical intervention many people have a fear of cance, because of the wide spread belief that it is incurable. Howecer, the facts regarding cancer do not support this belief. Records show within approximately 544,000 U.S. citizens, 4 of every 10 people who are found to have cancer will be cured. (the word cured means to be free of any evidence of the disease for five years or more). Even though these statics are impressive, cancer still is found to be a very serious deadly disease.
A carcinoma is recognized by leading cancer specialists as a type of cancer which starts in cells that make up the skin or the tissue lining organs, such as the liver or kidneys. Carcinoma's are a type of abnormal cells that divide without control. Meaning they are able to spread to other parts of the body, but don't always. Not all carcinomas stay within the cell where it orginated, when they do it is called "situ". Also, not all cancers ae carcinomas, other types will invde the body in numerous ways, and began in other types of body tissue such as the bone, blood vessels, brain, land immune cells and even the spinal cord. The best form of prevention of cancer is eating a healthy diet, and regular physical check-ups. The best diagnosis of all forms of cancer is an early diagnosis. Generally, there are warning signs of cancer which may led to early diagnosis and cure. Heeding cancer warning signs will help prevent many pre-mature deaths due to cancer.
In (2 Timothy 2:16-17) Hymeneus and Philetus are seen as a canker (cancer which has become (gangraina) gangrene. Gangrene is the medical term used for dead (nectrotic ) tissue. The bodies blood flow has become impaired severely in a particuliar tissue and has died. In a few cases the blood flow can be restored but for those whose blood flow can not be restored the doctor may prescribe antibiotic drugs or perfom surgury to remove the serverly damaged tissue.
Paul is ministering to Timothy who is seen here as a workman rightly dividing the truth to himself and to others in vv. 15-18) (meaning to correctly interpret truth) such as in the character and behavior of both Hymeneus and Philetus who are insistant upon spreading profane words and vain bablings among the members of the church at Epheasus; bringing about a division. There were also other reasons why Paul wrote this letter to Timothy: One - to exhort him in his ministry.Two - to warn him of trouble inside and outside of the church at Ephesus, the body of Christ. Three - to ask him to visit him in Rome and for him to bring certain personal items, and Four- to give instruction to all the churches in Timothy's territory.
The character of both Hymeneus and Philetus was to such degree of evil and refers to their useless desputes about genealogical histories and hair-splitting debates over the law. Paul saw it as a form of useless bickering and termed it as a "chanker" destroying the foundation of the church. Hymeneus appears to be the main culprit since his name is mentioned first. Paul delivered him over to Satan in (1 tim. 1:20) for blaspheming and he was dubed a heretic and excommunicated (cut off and removed like a cancer cell) from the church along with his evil follower, Alexander. Philetus, is only mention in (2 Tim. 2:17). Both Hymeneus and Philetus were false teachers who denied the literal resurrection of Christ Jesus. Their intent and purpose was to undermine the faith of all true believers in Christ Jesus resurrection by spreading this heresy, a form of spiritual cancer which spreads out of control destroying the spiritual foundation of the church under Timothy's territory. They were as a gangrene which the bad tissue or limb had to be cut off. It was dead and useless to the body and foundation of the churches under Timothy's authority.
In spite of all that Hymeneus and Philetus attempted to do to undermine Pauls teachings he wrote in (2 Tim. 2:19) Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having his seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.
The term "foundation" is used to mean the lowest part of a building and on which this building rest. And it is used metaphorically "of the ministry of the gospel and the doctrines of the faith") (Rom. 15:20) (1 Cor. 3:10-12) (Eph.2:20) where "of" is not subjective (i.e consisting of the apostles and prophets) but objetcive. (ie., laid by the apostles), etc. ); So (2 Tim. 2:19), where "the foundation of God" is "the foundation laid by God," - not the Church (which is not a "foundation"), but Christ HImself, upon whom the saints are built; (Heb. 6:1) "of good works", (1 Tim. 6:19).
The people of God through Chrsit Jesus should for all practical and spiritual purposes shun the heresies sited by people such as Hymeneus and Philetus whose purpose and intent is to erode their basic foundation of spiritual truth: which is illustrative of Christ Jesus (Is. 28:17) (1 Cor. 3:11), the doctrines of the apostles (Eph. 2:20); the first principles of the gospel (Heb. 6:1-2) and decrees and purposes of God (2 tim. 2:19), Magistrates (Ps. 822:5), the righteous (Prov. 10:25); hope of saints (Ps. 87:1); the security of the saints inhertience (Heb. 11:10). All of these principles are outlined above and are representative of that which constitues a solid-rock foundation based upon the teachings of Christ Jesus in (Matt. 7:24) (Luke 6:48) and metophorically for the preaching of the gospel (Rom. 15:20) (Heb. 6:1-2).
The metaphorical use of the term "solid-rock" is referring to ta foundation tht is "sure" and something trustworthy. It is descriptive of God's Law (Ps. 19:7), the Messianic line of Christ (2 Sam. 23:15) Messiah (Is. 27:23, 25) God's prophecies (2 Pet.1:19), the New Covenant (Acts 13:34), Promises (Rom. 4:16), God's purposes (2 Tim. 2:19). this solid-rock foundation should be applied to every ture belivers calling and election in Christ Jesus (2 Pet. 1:10)., faith (John 6:69) (Is. 32:18) confidence in God, and who he is as he represents Himself in His word Luke 1:1) and reward system (Prov. 11:18).
Furthermore, the solid-rock foundation is also used metopharically as a permanent condition of stability reflecting earthly things: a kindgom (2Chr. 17:5),festival (celebration / worship of God) (Esth. 9:21), a holy city Eternal city (Heb.11:10). Spiritual things of te Messiah's kingdom (2 Sam. 7:13), God's word (Ps. 119:38), the condition of the heart of God's people (1 Thes. 3:13), Faith (Col. 2:7), works of faith (2 Thes. 2:17). And how true believers are to live their lives for Christ Jesus (1 Pet. 5:10) and is as all acccomplished by God through Christ Jesus and the work of the Holy Spirit (2 Cor. 1:21-22) (Ps. 55:22).
A solid-rock foundation against heresy is secured by the power of God (1 Pet. 1:5),they presence of God in praise and worship (Ps. 16:8-9), trust in God (Ps. 26:1), and the intercession of Chrsit Jesus (Luke 22:31-32) as a characteristice of all true believers in Christ. (John 8:31) and manifested i cleaving to God (Acts 11:23),in striving for the faith of the gospel of Christ Jesus (Phil. 1:27) while under affliction (Rom. 8:35), (1 Thes. 3:3) all character trait sof both Caleb (Num. 14:24) and Joshua (Jousha 24:15) and all who overcome Satan (Rev. 12:11)
Saint's of God, dispite the fact that we know there will be some who will stray from the truth of the gospel whch we hold dearly (Matt. 24:11) false teachers will try to tke advantage of a few weak and immature people in our mis
in the Church (vv.14-18). Gods plan and purpose for his faithful believers called saints an not be overthrown, we know of a certainity that the "foundation of God", i.e the Church, the Body of Christ can not be prevailed against according to (Matt. 16:188). And I say unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail againsst it.(Rev. 5:5) (Jer. 1:19) (Rev. 12:8). We have a sure foundation because God unerringly knows those who will remain true to HIs initial gspel and those who will be tempted to compromise its truth, and follow the enemy (Gen. 18:19) 91 Cor. 8:1-3). The truth concerning al lthose who really belong to Him (God) will turn away from all evil and wickedniess and will not fall prey to false teachings of heresy as in the tradegy of Hymeneus and Philetus ; because the cancer (canker was removed and destroyed. Praise God, maintain your spiritual (sure and steadfast foundation) by studying the written word of God each and every day and shun the very appears of herseys.
"MOVING HEAVEN!" "SHAKING EARTH!" "SHOCKING HELL!" "TO SET THE CAPTIVES FREE!" "IN KING JESUS NAME!"
February 26, 2017
"THE SHEPHERD'S CROOK"
(Miach 7:14) Feed the people with thy rod, the flock of thine heritage, which dwell soliariely in the wood, in the midst of Carmel: Let them feed in Bashan and Gilead, as in the days of old.
Miach the Morasthite, a prophet of God, implores God to fullfill the words of (Miach 7:8-13), where he encourages Israel to trust in God's salvation for he is a God who pardon's sin and shows love to his people. Term "flock" is
symbolic for a people under God's endearment. And the instrument "rod" is used carefully leading the sheep "God's people" to provision and safety and not judgment as illustrated by David in Psalm 23. David presents God as a shepherd and His sheep are His believers. Miach's request for God's help was to meet the temporal needs of His people while protecting them from both seen and unseen dangers. The geographical areas of Miach's prophesy are Carmel, Gashan, and Gilead all cities mentioned several times in scripture in the book of Psalm and other books of the Bible.
During the days of Abraham and Issac their flocks consisted of a wild species of sheep found in the mountains regions of Persia and Kurdistan. And after the Exodus the breeding of wild sheep with the more domesticated sheep were introduced into the herds of the people of Israel. There are very distinct differences between the wild sheep and the domesticated sheep. For example - the wild sheep are known to be high spirited and independant, they are socialable animals and flock together, but their disposition closely resembled that of goats, therefore, they are called "mountain sheep". (Deut. 14:5) and seldom are named. The domesticated sheep are lead by shepherds in Palestine and the East as they walk before them, and generally induce them to follow by calling to them (John 10:4) (Psa. 77:20), they drive them on occasion into the sheepfold a place, where sheep are kept (Gen. 33:13).
Shepherds during Biblical times often named each sheep causing them to obey him when called. The domestaicated sheep often will leave the pack and pasturage running to the shepherds hand for affection and signs of pleasure (much like that of any domesticated pet). Some shepherds have a mixture of domesticated and wild mountain sheep among their flock and through teaching and training they both learn their names and will obey the shepherds as he carefully and watchfully guides them.
There are different varities of sheep and the word sheep is mentioned approximately 750 times in the Bible more than any other animal. They are referred to as small cattle and are very important to the economy of ancient Israel and their neighbors, even still today. They were a primary source of wealth.
The sheep mentioned in the word of God is seen as an emblem of meekness, patience and submission to authority for it is expressly referred to as typifying the attributes and qualities of the person Christ Jesus (Isaiah 53:7) (Acts 8:32). The NT Church and it's relationship to Christ Jesus "the Chief Shepherds," and His members are wonderfully likened to that which the shepherds in the (B.C) and in (A.D.) strickingly exibited to their flock of sheep. Sheep have been the subject of numerous sermons, books, and songs in both the OTand NT. Here are a few reasons why: (1.) Sheep symbolized people without a shepherd and unity, scattered without direct leadership (1 Kings 22:17). (2.) Innocent people not deserving of punishment or judgment (1 Chr. 21:17). (3.) Helpless and facing slaughter (Ps. 49:4) and even death (Ps. 44:11, 22). (4.) But all of God's people who obey him are His sheep and they enjoy His divine protection, provision, care and safety as they listen to hismajestic voice (Ps. 78:52) (95:7) (Ps.29:4). (5.) Because every sheep represents economic prosperity (Ps144:13) or poverty, is seen in reflection to winning souls into God's kingdom, and the loss of a soul as defeat or poverty (Is. 7:21). The straying sheep are seen representing human sin (Is. 53:6).
In the book of Matthew,the author shows the contrast of human life with that of sheep, and it reads as (Matt. 12:12) How much then is a man better than a sheep: Wherefore it is lawful to do well on the sabbath days. In these passages of scriptures Matthew writes about the harisees being in opposition with King Jesus healing a man whose hand was withered on a sabbath day. King Jesus spoke to them with power and authority even though the synagogue belonged to the Pharisees who were perdominant. Through his purposeful demonstration of healing the man, King Jesus conveyed the point that while they would show mercy to an animal who needed healing or deliverance he chjooses to show a gesture of grace and mercy to all human beings in need of physical healing and/or deliverence on the sabbath day, as well.
Attention is now directed towards the shepherd who were considered nomads (wandering people or race, rovers) andevery person in that society were shepherds for both the sons of wealthy chiefs (Gen. 30:29) and including their daughters (Gen. 29:6, 8) held this same occupation. The life of the shepherd who dwelled in the East is described in the Bible as a life filled with great hardship and many encounters with dangers and death. Their stories closely resemble that of young David as he pesuaded King Saul to grant him favour and permission to destroy the giant Goliath (1 Sam. 17:32-58). He was exposed to the harsh weather conditions of both heat and cold; this diet consisted of fruits, berries and figs (Amos 7:14), the husk of the carob tree (Luke 15:16) and the diet of Johbn the Baptist (Locusts and wild honey) (Matt. 3:4),he endured the many attacks by large and small beast a like (1 Sam. 17:34) including the attacks from robbers and theives (Gen. 31:39).
These young and old shepherds met their enemies with such weapons as: a mantle made most likely of sheep skin, a skrip or wallet, which contained a very small amount of food, a sling, a staff which had a duel purpose a weapon against evil beast, and evil men and a crooked
for the managment of the flock. On occassion the shepherd rested in the safety of a light tent. A shepherds daily schedule begin in the early morning as he led his flock from the fold and into the pasturage he carefully watched over them with the help of his trusted canine companions of dogs who helped him located straying sheep until found. He lead his sheep to the watering hole or stream or trough (Gen. 29:7) (Ps. 23:2) At late evingin he brought them safely back to the fold and numbered them to be certain none were missing by passing them under his rod (staff) as they entered the door of the gate (Lev. 27:32) (Ex. 20:37), checking each sheep as it walked by the motion of his hand (Jer. 33:12). The shepherd continued to watch over the sheep as a porter throughout the night (John 10:3) as he carefully watched over the gates entrance of the sheepfold.
Concerning the metaphorical use of sheep in relationship to people, God saw them as mute, docile, and submissive. The shepherds office required theuse of a crooked rod to symbolize their pastoral authority. It became necessary in use because of the shepherd's duties and the peculiar sheep-like nature of the people of God under their harge. The rod designates a long straight slender stick growing on or cut from a tree which shepherds used as a club, or for walking, for defense (Ps. 23:4) for punishment (Ex. 21:28) (Prov. 13:24) and also as a measuring tool (Rev. 11:1).
THE SHEPHERDS CROOK WAS USED FOR THE MANAGMENT OF THE FLOCK:
(1.) The staff and rod were used interchangable in describing Christ Jesus in his prophetic office (Is. 40:10-12) as a teacher coming through prophesy like a shpherd gathering and leading His sheep (disciples/ apostles). Thses scriptures emphasizes the infinate greatness of God while also exposing the finite inability of man (sheep) to care for himself apart from God. It is also seen as te ministry of the Holy Spirit revealing future events and truths for discision making within the NT Church (Acts 15:28).
(2.) It is used in describing Christ Jesus in his priestly office as the sacrifical lamb; the instituion of the Lords' Supper (Matt. 26:17-30). While interceding for his disciples (John 14:16); as he submitted to the perfect will of God all the way to the cross (Matt. 27:24-38), and was crucified and buried (Matt. 27:32-66) and raised fromthe dead (Matt.28:6-10).
(3.) It is used in describing Christ Jesus in his Kingly office as ruler (Ezek. show David to be te shepherd over Israel in the B.C., and Christ Jesus the coming Mesaiah is called "David" because he will one day be the decendant of David to fullfill the prommise of God as the fullfillment of the Davidic covenant (2 Sam. 7:16). Through the cleansing power of Christ Jesus blood,he will cleanse and purify Israel from their sins through forgiveness and repentance to obey Almighty God's laws. The marvelous benefits which will result into a blessing for all true believers and becomes effective through Christ Jesus death on the cross, resurrection from the dead, and manifested in the ministry of the Holy Spirit.
Saint's of God, your personal holiness is a work of gradual development and requires the help of a good shepherd, Christ Jesus as the shepherds crook for some is seen as and allusion and are of a metaphorical character as a stick, but for those who are more knowledegable they know it to represent the insignia of supreme power (Gen.49:10), whether it is made of wood or another type of material such as iron or gold. The crook is needful for guardianship and managerial duties as stewards of the despensations of Gods monetary and accountability of them as it broadens within the NT Church.
Shepherd, the word is used to represent the relationship of rulers to their subjects and of God's people. The crooked rod as in ancient times was an emblem of officers of power, leadership, government, and ambassadorial duties. The crooked rod is sometimes referred to as the "Bishops rod" an is representative of his apolistic authority as the under-shepherd of Christ Jesus. It is important for all Gods people to receive His shepherds which he has qualified and justified to rule the NT Chruch; and church communities with reverence, and respect as they lead and guide each one with a watchful eye and carry the weak ones as Christ Jesus carried the young and tender lambs in his arms to safety (Isa. 40:11). Christ Jesus will lead you one day from earth to heaven as you follow him all the way.
"MOVING HEAVEN!""SHAKING EARTH!""SHOCKING HELL!" "TO SET THE CAPTIVES FREE!" "IN KING JESUS NAME!"
February 22, 2017
"THE QUALIFICATIONS OF A MINISTERIAL CHIEFTAIN (OVERSEER)"
(1 Tim. 5:17) Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honor, especially they who labor in the word and doctrine.
"Chieftains" are those chosen and given the charge to oversee the spiritual growth of the NT Church. These are pastors, elders, bishops, and deacons. And they are required to devote themselves fulltime to the work of the ministry. They are to be esteemed for the office held with double honor and with a financial renumeration to compensate for the loss of income which a regular occupation supplied or greater, while fullfilling their ministerial duties.
The term "chieftain" described the leader of a tribe, such as in the case of the twelve tribes of Israel. During the (B.C.) times of Moses and under the Mosaic System, elders with delegated powers were authorized to act on behalf of their constituency according to (Deut. 1:13, 15) and vs. 16-17) And I charge your judges at that time, saying, Hear the causes between your brethren, and judge righteously between every man and his brother, and the stranger that is with him. Ye shall not respect persons in judgment; but ye shall hear the small as well as the great; ye shall not be afraid of the face of man; for the judgement is God's: and the cause that is too hard for you, bring them unto me, and I will hear it. God gave the instructions for the necessry organization of the Israelites so that he could bless the people and multiply them into a great nation of people called the children of Israel.
The earlist notice of elders acting in collaboration as a political body is during the Exodus (Num. 11:24-25). Moses the prophet of God opened his commission to the elders (Ex. 3:16) as they attended him on all important occasions at the giving of the law (Ex. 24:1) and to help bear the burdens of the people with Moses (Num. 11:16-17). The elders in the (B.C.) under the Mosaic system were the keystone of both the social and political fabric of the Jews and Hebrew society whereever the patriarchal system existed.
Chieftons known as Elders and Bishops in the NT Chruch have at times been considered to be the same as in duties and responsibilities according to (Acts 20:28) and (Titus 1:5-7). But during the early second century the Bishop's position became more prominant as supreme (Acts 21:18). Along with the twelve apostles, the elders and bishops ruled over the entire NT Christian Church.
In the KJV of the Bible we know and understand that the term elder refers to men and women that were aged, older people who were generally mature people respected for their sanctity and wisdom as shown in (1 Tim. 5:1-2) and (5:17-22) epistle of Paul the apostle to Timothy. But during the (A.D.) women emerged as elders within the NT Church bringing about a radical change in the emerging first century attitude as women are pictured gathered with men for preaching, prayer, praise and worship of King Jesus who offered salvation to both men, women and children. Mary the mother of John Mark was a close confidant of the apostles and other well-known leaders of the Jerusalem (NT) Church. Her home was regularily used for ministering to at least one hundred (100) people or more for prayer and worship.
Priscilla the wife of Aquila, is believed by many to be the leader rather than Aquila because she is mentioned first in several of Pauls writtings. Phoebie's role in the NT Curch was as a "deaconess" in Cenchrea, she is referred to by apostle Paul as a deacon, and clearly not as the wife of a deacon in (1 Tim. 3:11) (Rom. 16:1). Phoebe accompained Paul to Rome on a church mission and is believed by many to be the person who carried Paul's letters to the Roman Christians. Paul required the full cooperation of the Romans to assit her in whatever was needed while on church business under Pauls commendation.
And Lydia who often held prayer and worship meetings in her rather large home which accominadated Pauls large imssionary team. Lydia is seen as a spiritual leader by Paul for she was a spiritual person to whom others within the growing christian community looked for advice and encouragement. She is believed to have been a single woman. (Acts 16:13-15). It was Paul who baptized Lydia and whose home he received hospitality while in Philippi as his meeting place.
There are seven (7) positions of the NT Church pastor which are seen as interchangeable. The most common position of a pastor is one who shepherds the NT Church while fullfilling the NT role of both the elder and bishop as the "Chiftains" or (overseer). The pastor is more commonly a man but has been a woman on occassions and in this modern day more commonly. They both are responsible for the spiritual welfare of the church as seen in (Acts 20:28). The Word of God lists at least seven different terms or titles for the NT Church pastor. (1.) Elder - emphasizes the pastors wisdom and maturity (spiritual and natural); while the title of (2.) Bishop - emphasizes his or her responsiblity of handling the administrative function of this office. (3.) Pastor - emphasizes the responsiblity of caring for the NT Church just as a shepherd would care for his sheep or flock of sheep (congregation).
(4.) The preacher - emphasizes the ministry of publicly proclaiming God's written word. (5.) The title of teacher - emphasizes their ablility to teach. (6.) As a servant - the pastor ministers to others (7.) He is also a steward - who is responsible for managing the property of others ( the Church of Christ).
During the (B.C.) post NT periods and the (A.D.) NT Church period the position of Elder, is clearly functioning as the Chiefton Pastor of a local church congregation as both priest and pastor. Also within other Protestant demonations elders are lay people who share in the spiritual work of ministering to the congregation as directed.
The role of a Bishop is known as both overseer or a spiritual superintendant. And as mentioned earlier in this devotional the position emerged as supeme over the elder. The duties of the role of a bishop-elder are defined as: (1.) Maintaining a general superintendence over the spiritual well-being of the flock (feed the flock the word of God) as given by his spirit through King Jesus and not for dishonest gain (1 Pet. 5:2), teaching by example. (2.) To do the work of the ministry through teaching both publicly and privately (1 Thes. 5:12) (Titus 1:9). (3.) To visit the sick (James 5:14). (4.) To do the work of charity, to receive strangers (1 Tim. 3:2) Titus 1:8). So that when the Chief Shepherd of our souls appear, they will receive a "crown of glory" promised to all faithful pastors which their flock will also take part (1Pet. 2:25) (1Pet. 5:4).
In God's appointment of David as King over Israel, Samuel anointed him king before he ever was placed in the position of power and authority over Israel because God found such admirable qualities needful for leadership such as (1.) He was a man who was relational (1Chr. 12:38), He accepted those who were outcast and downtrodden (2.) He was a very resourceful leader - he made the best of every situation good or bad. (3.) He was a man who knew how to give rewards - he included those who fought beside him and those who watched his belongings during the raid by the Amalekites in Ziklag (1 Samuel 30:1-17). (4.) David was a respectable man, his leadership style was liked and emulated by both friends and foes alike.
What great leadership qualities should every Pastor, Bishop, Elder, Deacon or Deaconist posses is found in (Ps 15). (1.) Integrity (2.) avoiding gossip (3.) They are to be harmless to others (4.) Outspoken against wrong and evil (5.) Shows honor to others who live and walk in truth (6.) Keeps their word. (7.) Not greedy for gain at the expense of others under their leadership (8.) Is very strong in faith and stable in all their ways.
Saints of God, the qualifications of leader as a Pastor and Elder, Bishop, a deacon or deaconist are clearly defined by Paul who was a master of communication for public or private worship services to preach and teach the gospel to many cultures of people in the NT Church. Paul was a great leader for he knew that the church was established and needed to be organized to function effectively (Titus 1:5-9). So he left Titus in Crete to ordain elders in each city to rule and teach in the churches, so Paul discuss with Titus the necessary qualifications in (Titus 1:5-9). Paul relatedd to his listening audience brilliantly because he was a well educated man familiar with several sociaties and languages. He understood basic human needs as he addresssed his followers he (1.) presented an affrimation of truth regarding the situation -superstitious thinking at Athens on Mars Hill (Acts 17:22-23). (2.) He connected them to what they were familiar - their inscription of a God they did not know for he was unknown to them. (3.) He enlarged their scope and vision of who God is (4.) he commended them for their zeal for worshipping a God of unfamiliarity in order to gain their attention through inclusion. Then he gave them information with specific steps of action as he lead them to repentance. Paul was a wise leader who meditated on God's written word through the spirit of God, His Son, King Jesus as he ministered from his (1.) character - the ability to do what is right even though it seems too difficult (2.) His perspective - of how to reach set goals (3.) His courage - to take the initiative which involves risk to step out of his comfort zone to form new and better goals for the Kingdom of God. (4.) His favor - he sought the favor of God which allow him to reach out to others and empower them just as King Jesus did for his disciples. Let me encourage each of you to become a spiritual guide for those who need direction in their walk with God. Be the person who gives wise counsel to those around you who need it to live by daily. Help them trust in you as you demonstrate a life of wisdom and faith through gentleness and trustworthness as you are lead by the Holy Spirit within you. And remember that every member of the NT Church has a very important area of service which God has called them unto to help the church work more effectively until the second coming of King Jesus---serve purposefully. Praise God.
"MOVING HEAVEN!" "SHAKING EARTH!" "SHOCKING HELL!" "TO SET THE CAPTIVES FREE!" "IN THE NAME OF KING JESUS!"
February 13, 2017
"THE PERSONIFICATION OF WISDOM: CONTRASTED"
(James 3:17) But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peacable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.
The greatest treasures given the world by God has its roots deeply embeded in the land of Israel and it's people, where the fear of God is taught as the foundation of true wisdom (Prov. 9:10) and it's essence is spiritual. Therefore, it can only come form God (James 1:5-7) If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and unbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive anything of the Lord. Some scholars tend to agree that these three books of the Bible: Job, Proverbs and Ecclesicates are among the greatest contributions of Israel preserving the traditions of Godly wisdom thus lying the most elequant foundation for the ultimate events, consequences and revelations of wisdom through King Jesus as the provisionary of wisdom for His disciples and even the world to follow.
Under the topic of "the personification of wisdom contrasted", you will find such issues as: knowledge, life on earth, justice, virtue, family, work ethic, and faith. With faith as a powerful belief and has its orgins in Christian Theology, including the Apostles Doctrines. To obtain wisdom from God (Prov. 2:6) and all that which life involves and or requires (Prov. 1:7) (Job 28:28) (Prov. 9:10).
Wisdom can be defined as a person searching for "gold" (Prov. 2:16), as the ideal way to think or behave in conduct wheather publicly or in private life, with a vast number of guidlines and instructions given to humankind both from the wisdom of God and that acquired through life experience and that which passes from one generation to another. (Prov. 8:11) encourages all with a quest for wisdom to know its value surpasses riches (Prov. 8:1). In the OT there are several prophets, judges, kings, queens and other rulers whose exempliary life style overflowed with the concept of wisdom as a very real and major aspect in humankind's quest for truth and a better quality of life. One such person is none other than Solomon, who was the epitome of wisdom (2 Chr. 2:12). And God also favored others with wisdom who sought it by faith through prayer, such as Joseph (Gen. 41:39), Moses (Acts 7:22), Gamaliel (Acts 5:34-39).
The NT gospels contains treasures of wisdom (1 Cor. 2:7) which the Jew and Hebraic cultures of that day found the concept of wisdom to be simply inescapable and so it is of our day in this high-technological soceity. However, recognition also is rightfully due to Paul whose elequant and forthright epistles to the NT Church has its emphasis on wisdom and all of its notable aspects, as found in (Rom. 11:33), teaching the Saints the depth of the riches which wisdom comprises while it reflects the
OT teachings. James, one of King Jesus apostles wrote letters which were wirtten with such depth and emphasis on the topic of wisdom that it too is highly recognized by scholars as measuring up to the strict standards found in the OT books.
Because all human wisdom is deprived from Almighty God (Daniel 2:1) and for beyond human comprehension (Ps. 139:6). All of God's saints should ascribe to him (Daniel 2:20) wisdom, which of course is the fundamental principles derived from both the OT and NT books for all modern day believers in King Jesus just it was for those in the tmie of (B.C.) and (A.D.).
Wisdom is considered knowledge guided by understanding which encompasses such topics as common sense (2 Sam. 20:14-22), shrewdness (1 Kings 2:6), understanding (Prov. 4:7), human sufferings (Job 2:8-13), results of immorality (Prov. 2:12-16), married life (Job 2:9-10), the afflictions of saints (Ps. 142:3), the infirmities of saints (Ps. 103:14), the minutest matters (Matt. 10:29-30), the most secret things (Matt. 6:18), the time of judgment (Mat. 24:36). Wisdom contrasted with foolishness (Prov. 10:3), diligence verses lazyiness (Prov. 10:4), pride contrasted with humility (Prov. 11:12).
Wisdom principles (laws) were established by God through Moses and the prophets in the OT, and in the NT Church as a way to provide greater means of instruction through their apostles doctrines (Col. 1:28) and the Holy Spirit (Acts 2) (1 Cor. 12:8) (Col. 1:9).
The personification of wisdom is manifested in God's grace (Eph. 1:8) and exemplified in King Jesus (Is. 52:13)(Mat. 21:24-27). Wisdom is an attribute of Glod (1 Sam. 2:3) (Job 9:4). Wisdom in (Prov. 1:20); (8:1) (9:1-5) may be regarded not as a mere personification of the attribute of wisdom, but as a divine person, "Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God" (1 Cor. 1:24). Therefore, to become a wise person according to Job, Proverbs and Eccelestaics a person must become imtimately connected with wisdom who is God through King Jesus (Prov. 8:2). They who have an intimate connection with the personification of wisdom, "God" through King Jesus" will have the oppurtanity to get knowledge (Prov. 14:15); understanding the ways of God (Hosea 14:19); to understand their own ways (Prov. 14:8); crowned with knowledge (Prov. 14:18); are preserved (Prov. 22:3), and supress angry feelings (Prov. 12:16; regarded reproof and keep silence in the evil time (Amos 5:13).
Spiritual wisdom from King Jesus is highly regarded as valuable because it gives happiness (Prov. 3:13), has numerous benefits (Prov. 4:5-10), exceeds folly (Eccl. 2:13), better than weapons (Eccl. 9:18) (Heb. 11:30), insures stability (Is. 33:6). All believers should know and consider the limitations of wisdom when exercising wisdom during a dialogue with sinners / unbelievers. These limitations are outlined as:
Wisdom can not save us (1 Cor. 1:19-21)
Wisdom can be the cause of self-glory (Jer. 9:23)
Wisdom can be perverted (Is. 47:10)
Wisdom is nothing without God (Jer. 8:9)
Wisdom can corrupt the weak (Ez. 28:17)
Wisdom should never be preached in the frailty of the human mind (1 Cor. 2:1-13).
The natural wisdom of man is usually taught by those who are filled with foolishness as seen in the books of (Prov. 10-15) and include such aspecs as: lack of ability to make sound judgments, leads to immorality, they are conceded with pride of their own wisdom (Prov. 3:7), fail to hear their fathers rebuke (Prov. 13:1), they tell lies as a way of life (Prov. 13:5), their search for uncertain riches (Prov. 13:11), their tongue is filled with abusive words which lead to destruction (Prov. 15:1), those seeking worldly wisdom receive with it grief (Ecc. 1:18), natural wisdom fails in times of perplexity (Jer. 49:7), keeps people from the knowledge of the gospel (Matt. 11:25), they are defeated by Gods wisdom (Is. 29:14) (1Cor. 1:19)
Saint's of God, wisdom comes when it is sought after through prayer and fellowship with God. God's word teaches us to despise evil and pray for the evil doer (Prov. 8:13). The Saint's of God who attains Godly wisdom are equipped to not only face numerous trials, challenges and obstacles but wisdom gives them power to defeat the enemy (Luke 10:19). When properly sought far and asked wisdom brings many long lasting benefits from the many blessings accompained by wisdom. Once received Gods' wisdom will enable you to lead and guide others. Gods word is a valuable source of wisdom, read it daily and you will find wisdom. Godly wisdom is a divine gift from God through King Jesus and is made available to all true believers (Eph. 1:8), (James 3:17. Seek for that which pleases God and bring glory and honor to His kingdom on earth and in heaven and you will be greatly blessed. Praise God.
"MOVING HEAVEN!" "SHAKING EARTH!" "SHOCKING HELL!" "TO SET THE CAPTIVES FREE!" "IN KING JESUS NAME!"
February 5, 2017
"SEEKING THE DIRECT COUNSEL OF GOD
(Ps. 16:7) I will bless the LORD, who hath given me counsel; my reins also instruct me in the night seasons.
The book of Psalms and Proverbs are considered to be books of poetry and wisdom. one of the most important purposes of these books of the Bible is to teach, "guidance", "insructions", "counsel", "discipline" and to impart "wisdom". When used as nouns these words teaches those who seek the direct counsel of God; how to live correctly in the fear of the Lord, King Jesus, so that they will learn Gods will before any form of temptation and testing beset (attack) them. When the books of Psalms and Proverbs are redad daily and applied properly they provide training for life.
Careful attention to the wise counsel found within the books of Psalms and Proverbs pleases God and brings the reward of "honor"(Prov. 1:9), "life" (Prov. 4:13, and "wisdom" (Prov. 8:33), and heavenly rewards and blessings (Heb. 10:35) (Matt. 6:4) (Gen. 15:1) (Col. 3:24) (and favor (Prov. 8:35) (Luke 1:30).
To reject or refuse to heed the wise counsel within the books of Psalms and Proverbs could bring such results as: death (Prov. 5:23), poverty and shame (Prov. 13:18), a disrgard for life, theirs and others (Pro. 14:32, and other forms of curses (Mat. 25:41) (Mark 11:21) (Mal. 3:9) (Jer. 3:9) (Jer. 17:5) (Gen. 12:3).
In the Psalm 16 the author David, is seeking preservation and blessings of God as he describes his attitude as righteous in life (vs. 1-8) and in death (v. 9-11). Davids overall attitude towards his situation is to trust God (v. 1) as he express gratefulness for God's goodness (v.2), delighting in the people around him who worship
God (v. 3), his and their speration from pagan worship (1 Tim. 4:1) (Eph. 2:12). He expresses his satisfaction in God's gracious provisions (v.v. 5,6), and gives wonderful praise for God's counsel (v. 7), he also shows steadfastness in his spiritual devotion (v.8). Davids attitude towards having faced death numerous times being righteous he rejoices and expresses his hopefulness in his present condition for victory (v. 9). David shows enormous confidence in God who is more than able to preserve him from decay, death, and destruction (v.10). He chooses rather to live life according to Gods' word and be preserved from the horrors of death until he one day will enter into Gods presence (v. 11).
All true believers can find the assurance which David expresses in the Psalms as they too, demonstrate conficance in their destiny because of the victory won on the cross by King Jesus is the greastes example for us all (Acts 2:25-28). Because he was the first person to trod the path from death to life again. And notably so,he will not be the last, for every true believer has the promise of a resurrected life (John 14:19).
The parabolic (moral allegories) teachings of King Jesus shows him to be a great counselor (Is. 9:6) he is called "Counselor" and the Sermon on the Mont (Matt. 5-7) stands out among the other parables, and is found to be rock-solid foundational teachings for every true believers life (Matt. 7:24-27) His teachings provides instructions to his disciples on making disciples of others, according to the great command (Matt. 28:19-20).
His disciples call him "teacher" or "Raboni" (John 3:2), "Rabboni" (John 20:16). Gods' word is seen as a counselor (Ps. 119:24) in several forms as: ch
(1.) God's laws - His word teaches what He requires of His people. (2.) His testimonies - emphasizes the content of the Word as that which God has testified of Himself and His will (3.) His precepts - refers to His instructions from one who is a superiour aregarding the duties of those under Him, such as God to man. (4.) His statues - are seen and understood as permanent and unchangeable regulations especially where Godly conduct is concerned (5.) Commandments - reflect the soveregien authority of God and the inherent necessity of obeying the content of the charge. (6.) Judgments - sometimes refered to ad "ordinances" referrs to the obligatory decisions of God, which have been made authoritatively (a judge) in order to require or make erthly behavior conform to His heavenly regimentatin or standards which are actually strict disciplines. (7.) Word - is seen as an all -inclusive term representing Gods revelation in any comprehensive assembladge for His people to live in conforminty to His principles. (8.) Word - God's written word also includes many proises - which is thought to mean that the content of the revelations is from the mouth of God and therefore required to be obeyed in it's entirety (Matt. 4:4) (Acts 3:21) (Josh. 1;8) (1 King. 17:234) (1 Kin. 8:15) (2 Chr. 6:4).
Seeking the direct counselo of God has proven to be profitable and benetifical for those in historical events of the Bible (Is.46:10-11); it has deterined the events of King Jesus life and death (Acts 2:23); including the events which brought salvation to the world (Rom.8:28), and many in B.C. and the A.D. ,and even today thave found union with King Jesus (Eph. 1:9-10).
The counsels and purposes of God are immutable (ps. 33:11), great and wonderful (Jer. 32:9) (Is. 28:29), are sovereign (Is. 40:13-14), are faithfulness and truth (is. 25:11), none can disannul (Is. 14:27), shall be performed (Is. 14:24) and shoud be declared by all ministers of His (Acts 20:27). His works are according to them and are eternal (Eph. 1:11) (Eph. 3:11).
The subject of this devotional teachings and exhortations covers many if not all aspects of a true believers life and thought. And is directed specifically to those persons who have already made a declaration of faith comitment towards serving King Jesus until His second coming (Matt. 7:29) and to those who have an intense desire to receive King Jesus as their saviour.
Here are som examples of those ho have given wise counsel to others:
(A.) Joseph,in the affairs of Egypt (Gen. 4:33-57)
(B.) Jethro's advice to ;Moses (Ex. 18:17-23)
(C.) David in his attitude and conduct towards Saul (1 Sam. 18:5-30).
(D.) David, in overthrowing Ahithophel's shrewd advice.
(E.) Abigail, in adverting David's agner (1 Sam. 25:18-31)
(F.) Nehemiah, in conduct of affairs for Jerusalem (Neh. 2:12-16).
(G.) King Jesus, in charging those who were healed not to "advertise" his miracles (Matt. 8:30) (16:20) (Mark 3:12)
King Jesus, going to the feast secretly (John 7:10)
King Jesus, in avoiding his enemies (Matt. 12:14-16) (Mark 3:7)
(H.) Joseph, in his conduct toward Mary (Matt. 1:19).
(I.) Peter,in escaping from Herod Agrippa I (Acts 12:17)
(J.) Paul, in turning the Jewish sects against each other.
(K.) The town clerk of Ephesus, in averting a riot (Acts 19:29-41).
Saints of God, seeking the direct counsel of God requires a willingness to hear and receive the counsel given. Counsel for the future comes with obedience in t he present. Godtruly loves those who call upon him in truth, because they are more willing to follow his direction, and to ask for Gods counsel with no intention of obedience brings self-destruction. When seeking the counsel of God know that His will is worked out in every day events and not just in crisis. When seeking wise counsel remember those who have been trustworthy in the past should be given first consideation in the future. And good counsel should be given with humility and received with thanks. Te longer we know King Jesus and Almighty God,the better we will understand His counsels and ways. Serve Him in honesty, humility, obedience and he will direct your path in peace and safety. Praise god.
"MOVING HEAVEN!" SHAKING EARTH!" "SHOCKING HELL!" "TO SET THE CAPTIVES FREE!" "IN KING JESUS NAME!"
January 29, 2017
"ACQUIRING "MIGHT": EFFECTIVE POWER FROM GOD"
(1 Chr. 12:1) Both riches and honor come of thee, and thou reignest over all; and in thine hand is power and might; and in thine hand it is to make great, and to give strength unto all.
The New Testament teaches us that King Jesus was endued with "might" in (Mat. 12:28) for the confirmation of the gospel (Mark 16:20) And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with sings following. King Jesus power over Satan and his demons (1 John 3:8) was clearly evidnece enough to prove that He was the Messiah. And when he taught His disciples in (Mat. 10:1, 8) how to emulate His doctrine he sent them out endued with the same power which His heavenly Father gave to him (John 5:20) For the Father loveth the Son, and showeth him all things that himself doeth: and he will show him greater works than thesee, that ye may marvel (10:28-30).
The word "might" means or refers to "power" inherent ability, capasity, ability to perform anything (Mat. 25:15) (Acts 3:12) Mighty, when used as a noun is dunamis "power"; "power to work" to carry something into effect; mighty works (John 5:20). Dunamis "power" (Mark 16:20) is distinguished from "exousia" which means "the right to exercise power". (Luke 10:19) Dunamis power is power already existing in every Born-Again Christian who learns and accepts who they are in King Jesus. As long as they are obedient to Gods' written word this holy power is inseparable (Rom. 8:38). Dunamis power is a quality / or attribute of God given to them through King Jesus; and it is permanently deposited within them, it is the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:1-4).
Exousia is every true believers right to exercise this great and awesome power to overcome the world and demons (John 16:33) (Col. 2:15) (1 John 16:33) (MAT. 10:1,8). It is the work of the Spirit of God that King Jesus commensed his earthly (Mat. 4:2) and heavenly ministry (Luke 4:14) (Mark 16:19). Exousia when exercised makes the gospel effective for every qualified minister whose foundation is grounded in trust. God's written word is the instrumet of exousia authority enabling them to speak the truth boldly. When exousia is fully exercised powerlessness is removed making possible an effective witness and testimony of the amazing incomprehensible dunamis power of Almighty God within His servants. Exousia is the right to exercise the delegated authority of dunamis might.
All true believers should ascripe both exousia and dunamis power to Almighty God because He has unlimited supreme power and sovereginty over all the flesh, the earth, and kingdoms in the earth, and over all things even power to forgive sin.
Both "dunamis" inherent ability and "exousia" the right to exercise power are given by God through King Jesus for the edification of the NT Church (1 Cor. 12:7) (14:12-13) and are dispensed according to Gods sovereign will (1 Cor. 12:11) by the work of the Holy Spirit as evidence of (1.) the glory of God, (2.) the glory of King Jesus (3.) the work of God.
Dunamis and exousia when united give authentication of a divine commission (Mark 16:20), just as King Jesus the "Messiah" performed known as "miracle working power" (Mat. 11:5) The blind receive their sight; and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them. It was because of this miracle working power that King Jesus was indeed proven to be the "Messiah" (Luke 7:20-22) (John 5:36); and witnessed by all those who followed His ministry (Mat. 4:23-25) (14:35-36).
King Jesus obediance to God, His Father, to do His will in earth, enabled others to work miracles. His disciples (Mat. 10:1,8) and (Luke 10:17) And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name.
Paul instructs the saints in Ephesus to be strong and mighty in the Lord (Eph. 6:10) because the warfare between Gods' kindgom and Satans' kingdom will continue until the Lord, King Jesus returns. There is no temporary suspension of hostilities in either realms of the visible and invisable, the battle is between those righteous / holy and the evil / wicked. God's people must always remember this war is all about-------your "SOUL!" "God and the enemy are fighting for posession of your soul, to be your Lord and Master!" Therefore, it is imperative that every true Born-Again Christian young and old be constantly strengthened by King Jesus and His mighty power.There is no limit to Gods' might or his amazing power for it is limitless in establishing and governing all things including the destruction of the wicked (Rom. 9:22) (1 John 3:8). Satans' purposes are devastated and defeated each time a soul is captured and won from him for King Jesus by the dissemination of the gospel.
Every saint of God should long for exhibitions of His awesome dunamis (might) and exousia as they gain knowledge, confidence and strength in their delegated authority as a life style (Ps. 63:2) to be exereted in behalf of all saints who require their support in affliction to obtain their deliverance and victory. Victory is possible by many saints or by few as they agree together (Mat. 18:20) (1 Sam. 14:6).
King Jesus taught His disciples and then he gave them power to minister effectively (Gal. 2:8) and to forgive sin (James 5:16) (Mat. 9:6,8); to preach and teach (Luke 4:32); to give sonship (John 1:12); TO RULE ON EARTH (Mat. 28:18).
The inherent ability and the exousia should produce both faith (John 2:23) and obedience in those observing its demonstrration and those receiving a manifestation by those performing miracles for Gods glory (John 11:4). These mighty acts should be remembered and told to future generations to encourage belief in God unto salvation through King Jesus. Even though it is believed that miracles are insufficient of themselves to produce conversion (Luke 16:31).Those who live wickedly are guilty of rejecting the evidence afforded by mighty acts (Mat. 11:20-24). (John 12:37) But though he had done so many miracles before them, yet they believed not on him.
Within the word of God there are numerous demonstrations of both dunamis and exousia both in the Old and New Testaments; here are a few servants who openly exalted the power of God: Old Testament (1.) Moses and Aaron -rod turned to a serpent (Ex. 4:3) (7:10) (2.) Joshua - the sun and moon stayed (Josh. 10:12-14) (3. ) Elijah - taken to heaven (2 Kings 2:11) New Testament (1.) Peter - lame man cured (Acts 3:7) (2.) Peter - death of Ananias and his wife Sapphira (Acts 5:5); (10) (3.) Paul - Elymas smitten with blindness; (4.) Paul - viper's bite made harmless (Acts 28:5).
Saint's of God, the power of God is essential for many wonderful things which every one who serves Him in truth should know and understand. It is essential for giving spiritual life (John 5:21) to overcome the world, overcome the flesh, destroying the enemy, forgiveness of sin, and much much more.
King Jesus gave His disciples exousia for their spiritual life and eternal life in Him. He gave the exousia to preach, teach, lay hands on the sick, to heal, and cast out devils, and to feed the poor,to destry the devil, and their delegated authority has never been revoked, or demished by any higher authority on earth. Once you begin to exercise your dunamis and exousia to its increased strength,your delegated authority will not be abrogated, either. However, it is critically important for each one of you know, Gods' power is experienced as you trust him and by demonstration of love and compasion for others. So, let me encourage you to reflect upon your experiences in serving God through King Jesus this will allow you to realize the depth of your trust towards God in dunamis and exousia. Be encouraged to follow King Jesus example and you will be victorious with great exploits for the glory of God. "Praise Him. Praise God!"
"MOVING HEAVEN!""SHAKING EARTH!" "SHOCKING HELL!" "TO SET THE CAPTIVES FREE!" "IN KING JESUS NAME!"
January 22, 2017
"PROPER FEAR OF KING JESUS:
THE CONTROLLING CRITERION
(Prov. 1:7) The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.
Searching the scriptures "daily" brings a greater awareness and understanding of why you should have Godly fear before, Almighty God (Prov. 2:3-5). You will find that God, himself, is the author of Godly fear (Jer. 32:39-40). Having reverential fear towards Him brings a treasure to his saints (Prov. 15-16) (Isa. 33:6). You will also find that spiritual riches are far better than material riches and brings greater benefits along with greater rewards which are motives for faithfullness (Mat. 5:12) (Mat. 6:20) especially at the second coming "parousia" of King Jesus. These rewards are emblems of life, joy, glory (Phil. 4:1) and triumph (Rev. 6:12) (9:7) (14:14). One of the greatest principles of life can be found in this scripture (Mat. 6:33) But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
Proper fear of God through King Jesus encompasses or contains the human senses of terror, honor, obediance (submission) in addition to praise and worship. As you become more knowledgeable regarding the reverential fear of God you will find these senses will change to "awesome", "amazment" (Mark 5:42) and "love" (2 Cor.5:14).
God is all powerful, for he has unlimited power. And for those who are not acquainted with him or have very little knowledge and experience with him; it is understandable that their resonse would involve the sense of terror, or fright and flight (to run from him rather than embracing him). But for the more knowledgeable and experienced servants of God who choose to serve Him willingly, they are motivated to serve Him out of Godly fear because of His holiness (Rev. 15:4); His greatness (Deut. 10:10-17); His forgivness (Ps. 130:4); His wonderous works (Joshua 4:23-24); His judgments (Rev. 14:7).
Godly fear is a characteristic of his saints' (Mal. 3:16) and with it comes the presence of "joy" (Ps. 2:11) Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling. There are other terms which express the proper attitude of Gods' saints' and they are said to be respect, reverence, or awe as opposed to fear. Regardless of the termonology used Gods' nature does not sway or become changed.
Godly fear towards Gods' omnipotence - infinite power; omnipresence - universal presence; omniscience - infinite knowledge compels obedience on the part of his servants.
Fear or terror is elminated with the knowledge that Gods' righteous indignation (wrath) has been satisfied in the sacrificial death and resurrection of King Jesus on the cross. While the saints of God are relieved of their fear of condmenation (Rom. 8:1) it does not relieve them of their accountability to living a righteous and holy life towards Him on earth and in heaven.
Proper fear towards God through King Jesus and the work of the Holy Spirit is described as a hatred for all evil from Satans kingdom authority (Prov. 8:13) Ther fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancey, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate. True believers in God have an alliegiance to Him and to His instructions which directly impacts their core values, beliefs, convictions and behavior. (Prov. 8:13) (Ps. 128:11) (Ps. 3:19).Therefore Gods' wisdom is personified in the saints of Gods humble submission (obedience) and worship of Him while trembling at the authority and power of His written word and the spoken word (Ps. 119:161) (Jer. 23:9). God has sovereignty and dominion over all things in both heaven, the earth and the universe. True believers of God through King Jesus and the work of the Holy Spirit are given power to live a holy life before God and others (Rom.1:16) (Rom. 13:1).
The proper fear of King Jesus is the controlling criterion of wisdom and is necessary to: (A.) worship God in holiness (Ps. 5:7) (89:7). (B.) the service of God (Ps. 2:11) (C.) Avoiding sin (Ex. 20:20) (D.) righteous government (2 Sam. 23:3) (E. ) impartial administration of justice (2 Chr. 19:6-9) (F.) perfecting holiness (2 Chr. 7:1).
Those of the New Testament Church serving King Jesus are blessed and are afforded pleasures with God (Ps. 147:11); are pitied by God (Ps. 103:13); are accepted by God (Acts 10:35); receive mercy from God (Ps. 103:11, 17); confide in God (Ps. 115:11); depart from evil (Prov.16:6); should not fear man (Is. 8:12-13); days are prolonged (Prov. 10:27) and more.
Proper fear of King Jesus is the controlling criterion of wisdom because through King Jesus comes the opportunity to live a life of beauty, with satisfaction, and purpose. Wisdom provides knowledge and skill for living a spiritual life of holiness while allowing Gods people to live a practical life existance among non-believers (Matt. 11:19) (Luke 7:35) (Luke 21:15) (Acts 6:3) (1Cor. 2:6) (James 1:5). Wisdom in simple terms means the art of learning how to live a successful life on earth. While for the heavenly minded saints of God the same emphasis is applied but much stronger. It means serving God with all of yourself (1 Thes. 5:23-24) and with wisdom and knowledge, guidance and direction coming from the scriptures and the Holy Spirit of God (Is. 11:2), to live a prosperous life on earth and in heaven to come (Mat. 6:19-21) (Col. 2:3) (Prov. 2:4) (Heb. 11:26).
Proper fear of King Jesus is the criterion for wisdom because through it brings Gods' love to develop within you four things : (1.) complete acceptance of who God is to you. (2.) brings knowledge of your value and worth to the kingdom of God on earth and in heaven to come. (3.) gives you power to overcome fear of the enemy which causes torment. (4.) provide safety and security from hurt and danger.
Proper fear of King Jesus is the criterion of wisdom and can be obtained by developing your faith in Him. (1.) Become active in a local church Bible study. (2.) Be active in your daily prayer and Bible reading in the morning, evening and at night. (3.) become a member in a local church which teaches the Apostles doctrine of King Jesus from the word of God. (4.) Make a committment to study the word and memorize specific scriptures which touch your heart and mind. (5.) learn how to meditate on Gods' word.(6.) allow the presence of God to touch your soul and become obedient to follow His promptings within your spirit which comes from the work of the Holy Spirit within you. (7.) Become aware of ways to trust King Jesus in your everyday life. (8.) Become peace abiding (9.) Become more thankful even for small things (10.) Trust God to teach you how to reflect King Jesus image within you towards others. (11.) Testify of His awesome goodness in your life to others. (12.) Become more focused on helping others rather than dwelling on your problems.
Saint's of God, God is the object of our Godly fear (Is.8:13) through Him we are given the ablility to worship him and to serve him. This devotional has addressed several advantages of having Godly fear which provides wisdom (Prov. 15:16) (19:23) (Ecc. 8:12-13). Those who live wickedly are destitute of such advantages which we enjoy as benefits to serving God (Ps. 36:1) (Prov. 1:29. When times of troubles beset you as a servant of God (and they will), you can take courage and hope in knowing that others overcame great or greater trials than you. Read about: Noah, in preparing the ark (Heb. 11:7); or Abraham, who was tested in the offering of his son Issac
(Gen. 22:12); Jacob, in the vision of the ladder, and the covenant of God (Gen. 28:16-17) (42:18); read about the midwives of Egypt in refusing to take the lives of the Hebrew children (Ex. 1:17, 21); or Phinehas, in turning away the anger of God at the time of the plague (Num. 25:11); or the Jews in obeying the voice of the Lord (Hag. 1:12); or the women at the grave of King Jesus (Mat. 28:8) and of course Cornelius (Acts 10:2) who revered God with his whole house.
Believing in King Jesus comes with great cost and sacrifice and for some very great test and trials. Along the way of life you will come to realize that the triumphs usually out weigh them (2 Cor. 2:14). So continue to serve God through King Jesus and he will bless your life above measure with the wisdom you desire and with divine favor. Spiritual wisdom (Prov. 8:5), is a result of having the proper fear of King Jesus which is the contolling criterion for wisdom needed to serve him in truth.
"MOVING HEAVEN!" "SHAKING EARTH!""SHOCKING HELL!" "TO SET THE CAPTIVES FREE!" "IN THE NAME OF KING JESUS!"
(January 15, 2017)
"PROPER NOURISHMENT FOR THE SPIRIT, SOUL AND BODY"
(1 Thes. 5:23-24) And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
In (Hosea 12:1-4), Ephraim's sins are rebuked by God as the hot dry Sirocco wind accompained by rain blows in form the eastern desert causing great devasation in their land; while they hope to escape this situation. Sirocco is a powerful Miditerranean wind which comes from the sihara and can reach hurricane speeds in North Aferica and South Europe up to 100 Kil. per hour, especially during the spring, summer and autumn season. With dry dusty winds conditions along the northern coast of Africa. Storms in the Mediterranean Sea and cool wet weather in Europe; these winds may last up to a half a day or several days. Sirocco winds are known to cause serious health problems for the people living in its path and effect the use of machanical equipment. Hosea describes a very graphic picture of Israels fall into idolatry as they begin to feed on demonic food which does not nourish the spirit, soul, and body.
The lack of proper nourishent causes an increase in lies and desolationn in their mist.Their political alliances with Assyria, and Egypts government for oil and goods causes them to put their trust thine world powers of their day and not trust in God who brought them out of bondage to the Eyptians during the days of the prophet Moses.
God's instructions to backsliding Israel began before they were made into a nation of people called Israel. They were given the Ten Commandments in (Ex. 20:1:17), and in (Ex.22:16-31) they were given the law of human
relations which strickly forbids eating dead animals. God put a difference between that which is clean and unclean in (Deut. 14:4-20). Prohibitions against drinking blood either human or animal is found in (Deut. 12:16) and of drinking wine in (Prov. 23:29-35).
Idolatry is defined as worshipping and "idol" who depict or represent a deity or spirit made into a statue or icon in a sense of a persons image.
The image is believed to have its own special powers to grant wishes which may effect the world or situation and events. They are also believed to be of a religious object and are generally human-made objects of wood or stone overlaid with precious metals. They worship the idol image or someone other than God as if it were God. In almost all monothiestic faith and religions, idolatry has been considered the practice of worshipping a false god or gods and is strickly forbidden.The worshipping of idols prevailed in Ur (Josh. 31:9-35, and in Laban's household (Gen.31:9-35); were forbidden in law at Mount Sinai (Ex. 34:13-16). Israel was warned to forsake idol worship at Mount Sinai (Ex. 34:13-16) at Mount Sinai (Ex. 32:1-8). Idols of that day could have included ideals, concepts, doctrines, and beliefs ofa particular religious nature the same as today.
There were several nations who tempted Israel to sin with idols; the Moabites; the Canaanites; Solomon yeilded to his pagen wives idols (1Ki. 11:1-8). Idols were the cause of Israels exile (2 Ki. 17:2-23) and Judah's exile (2 Ki. 23:26-27).Idoltary is shown to be irrational (Acts 17:29); degrading (Rom. 1:22-23); demonical (demonic possession of a persons spirit (1 Cr. 10:20-21); defiling (2 Cor. 6:5-18); enslaving (holding a person's spirit captive ) (Gal.4:8-9); and abominable (1Pe. 4:3).
Samuel lead the first revival against idolatry (Sam. 7:2-6), God's prophets denounced idolatry in Israel (Hosea 4:12-19); there weere reformations against idolatry under Asa (2 Chr. 14:3-5, under Hezekiah (2 Chr.29:15-19); under Josiah (2 Kin. 23:1-20); prophets denounced idolatry in Judah (Jer. 16:11-21).
In (Romans 1:21-25) it is believed that apostacy leads to idolatry which begins in the heart, where vain imaginations which are wrong, evil, willful and deceitful. These idolatriers are seen as "heathens" because they lack the revelation of God to the conscience, for them to know right from wrong. The heathens knew that there is a greater power than human power in the earth, they willfully choose not to recognize this sovereign power as God and did not ascribe to His person the holiness, perfection, and sovereignty which belongs to Him and Him alone and they were ungrateful and unthankful human beigns. They became vain in all their thoughts and turned to worshipping idols made of wood and covered with precious metals and of stone. Idolatry caused them to digress from divine truth and lead them further into great darkess in their man-made falsehood deficiant in the understanding of principles or rules of acceptable conduct and ethical moral attitudes toward God and who Gos is.
Those who choose to commit such acts of idolatry are known as unregenerate or in a state of unregeneracy refusing to believe in and accept the existance of Go,even as Judah did in(Hosea 12:2). Both Judah and Israel would be punished for truning from the God of their patriarch even though their judgments were one hundard thirty (130) years apart the entire nation had forsaken the only true God to serve idols.
Through Gods plan of regeneration through KIng Jesus all Born-Again Christians are warned against idolatry (1 Cor. 5:11) and are taught to have no association with those who do commit idol worship. They are also taught to testify against it in (Acts 14:15) because it is evil and against the will of God and does not lead to spirital growth (Rom. 1:21-25).
Proper nourishment for the spirit, soul and body is highly essential to provide the means for spiritual growth in the truth of who God is, and His Son King Jesus and the Holy Spirit works. Proper nourishment is figarative of protection, provision and prepardness (1 Tim.4:6) from God under the covenant relationship between God and HIs people (Is. 1:2). The necessity of proper spiritual and natural food for the nourishment after a particular fast became vital to the success of Pauls journey to Rome (Acts 27:33-36) including those who traveled with him in the ship to safety. Proper nourishment gives physical strength (Acts 9:19) and revives the spirit (1 Sam. 30:12).
Proper nourishment is the object of our daily prayer unto God (Mat.6:11) in addition to our food and water is blessed by sanctified prayers (1 Tim. 4:5). Our convictions are more noticable and recognized (Rom. 14:2-33). The true essential elements of proper nourishment for the spirit,soul, and body are God's written word (Ps. 19:10), King Jesus (John 6:48-51) to live a santified life of holiness for his headship and protection of grace are in desperate need of all provisions from God are the simple (Prov. 9:1-5); the immature (1 Cor. 3:1-2); the mature (Heb. 5:14); all Gods creation man (people and beast) (Mat. 22:4) for the perfection of faith.
Saint's of God, Paul was very wise and divinely inspiried by God to write several wonderful and powerful epistles to help strengthen, enlighten and bring God's people into spiritual maturity in all the essential elements of spiritual development in King Jesus as we daily prepare to meet our soon coming King. As God's image through King Jesus is reflected in our daily life-style, it is necessary for each person to be careful and cautious of how we nurture and develop all of our God given capacities which He has graciously given to us: our soul, spirit, body and mind even our will to serve Him for it brings miracles which are divinely connected to serving Him such as provision, supply, and the removal of enemies. God gives us an endless supply of his Holy charactristics through King Jesus which enables us to live a sanctified life of holiness seperated from the world (Is. 55:1-3) (Ps. 22:26) (John 6:48-51) because we are created in his image. So let me lovely and yet firmly instruct and encourage each one of you to refrain from anything which appears to be a idol, of idol worship. The sin of idol worship is under prohibition for both seen and unseen things and tries to reduce God as a God who is capable of manipulation. When he is not. The sin of idolatry occurs out of apostasy or conformity to our government or surroundings. And should not. The sin of idolatry is tempation to make God in our own image. He is not. The sin of idolatry causes people to worship the creature nather than the creator God, Elihom. And should not (Ex. 20:3-5). It is expressly forbiden by God for all people including those who reject Him. Let us all continue to worship only one God.The God of all heaven and earth. And should you mistakenly partake in idol worship there is forgiveness and cleansing from the sin of idolatry through the power of God and through King Jesus cleansing blood (Rom. 5:8-9).
"MOVING HEAVEN!" "SHAKING EARTH!" "SHOCKING HELL!" "TO SET THE CAPTIVES FREE!" "IN KING JESUS NAME!"
January 8, 2017
"A NEW YEARS RESOLUTION EVERYONE CAN USE"
"AVOID SWEEPING TRASH UNDER THE RUG: JUST THROW IT OUT!"
(3 John 2) Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thou soul prospereth.
In all respects, sweeping trash under the rug is typical of most people who choose not to deal with an ugly situation. Hiding it under a rug until another day, week, mounth or year is the preferred choice even though it may prove to be the worst possible choice later.
Trash could be defined as that which is discarded material, once useful but now it is worthless, or badly damaged, junk, beyond repair, dirt or dust. But for this devotional, the word "trash" is being used to describe the condition of sin in a persons life which has been hidden, or concealed "swept under a rug". For example, we all learn how to deal with life situations from those around us, parents, friends, advisers, neighbors, ect. The word of God is against hideing sin and says it like this in (Prov. 28:13) He that covereth his sins shall not prosper but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy. Concealing sin as oppose to dealing or confronting the issue brings feelings of a guilty conscience with shame compounding the problem of sin. To confess a sin brings a righteous conscience once the "trash" is exposed removed and forgiven by God and others. Unconfessed sin becomes difficult to forgive (Josh. 24:19) and causes defeat (2 Chr. 12:15); disease (2 Chr. 26:16-21); capativity (Neh. 1:8); affliction (Ps. 107:17) and in many cases natural and spiritual death (Is. 66:24); which leads to hell (Prov. 12:22) (Rev. 20:10).
(Rev.21:18) But the fearful and unbelieving and abominable and murders, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake of fire which burneth with fire and brimstone which is the second death. (1 John 3:14) (Rom. 8:6) (Deut. 30:19).
Unconfessed sin in a person causes further disobediance (Num. 14:41-45); further concealing (Job 31:13), when confessing sin brings forgiveness (Ps. 32:1-5); God's mercy (Ex. 34:7), (Ez. 9:4-7) through repentance and removal of sin (Ps. 103:12); the blotting out of of sin (Is. 44:22); and purging of sin (Ps. 65:3).
Sin "trash" is often disgiused as things such as money tainted with sin, (Deut. 7:25) from perverse men (people) (Prov. 3:32); a false balance (cheating people out of money, ect.) (Prov. 11:1); lying lips (Pro. 12:22); justifying wrong doers and hating the righteous (Prov. 17:15).; scornfullness (Prov. 24:9); false worship (Is. 1:13); self-rightenousness (Luke 16:15); wearig wrong attire for the occasssion (Deut. 25:5); undesirable relationships (Gen. 43:22); delighting in evil ways (Is. 66:3); heathen practices in God's house (2 Chr. 36:14) sorcery (Deut. 18:10-11).
All those who are caught sweeping "trash" under the rug to proper in this life are an abomination unto King Jesus (Prov. 17:13-15). Prosperity is a state of material or spiritual bountifulness. The word of God instructs the righteous and those who are holy to obtain prosperity from God. We are encouraged not to become fretful over the wicked who prosper by unjust means. (Ps. 37:7). Prosperity is promised to the righteous and holy people of God (Ps. 1:3) (Deut. 28:1-14) and not to the diobediant or sinners.
Prosperity is often seen as material wealth, personal wealth, but true prosperity is that of the soul according to (3 John 2). While it is the will of God for his servants to prosper with material and personal wealth
the true secrets of propserity are found in King Jesus blessings of spiritual wealth (Ps. 35:27); keeping Gods word (Josh. 1:7-8); Gods guidance (Neh. 2:21); dedication to God (2 Chr. 31:20-21); listening to Gods chosen prophets (Ez. 6:14); and believing in Gods written word (2 Chr. 20:20).
Prosperity is from God (Ps. 127:1) (128:1-2) (Gen. 33:11) it is the express design of God for his people (Ecel. 7:14) and it is promised to the righteous (Job 22:23-27) (3 John Tim. 6:10); sinfulness becomes evil producing evil effects against true prosperity (Hosea 4:7); tainted money and wealth often are obtain by unrighteous means resulting in pride (2 Chr. 32:55). The properous wicked dispise the unfortunate people (Job 12:5) (Prov. 28:3) (Job 5:12) (Mich 3:8). Joseph who was thorwn into a pit by his brothers and sold to the Ishmaeites (Gen. 37:26-36) and later was raised up an overseer in the house of potiphoar (Gen. 39:1-6) and later made ruler over Egypt to save his family and the world from destruction (Gen. 41:47. Daniel was a former slave in captivity and rose to a place of power, authority, and honor as a prophet and advisor in the courts of foreign kings in governmental service of Babylonian Kings after Persia became the dominant world power (Daniel1:6) (10:1) (2:14:23).
We are taught about the dangers of loving wealth and material possessions for they are often tainted with evil of this world and cause people to become enslaved to materialism (Gen. 14:12). It causes temptation to do evil and to commit robbery, theift, lies, gambling, murder, and other horrible sins of the flesh and spirit. It often takes the place of God in the lives of those who are deceived by vast wealth and materialism (Mat. 6:33) But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. And according to (3 John 2) Beloved, I wish above all things that though mayest proper and be in health, even as your soul propser. Therefore, when the people of God prosper in their spirit and soul unto spiritual maturiity in Gods word, he will reward his people with a measure of prosperity equivalent to their souls growth and maturity. God has placed a great value on the souls properity which no earthly man or woman can match with worldly things. Therefore, it is essential for all Gods people to desire to please Him in order to be rewarded with great wealth and riches in their personal and professioal lives (2 Chr. 8:14) (Eph.. 3:20) (Mat. 6:33) in the earth and in heaven to come.
Saint's of God, avoid sweeping "trash" under the rug; throw it out ("CAST IT OUT!") of your own life as a 2017 New Years resolution so that God will be pleased to prosper you in every area of your life. Remember that earthly possessions are only temporary, and that earthly possessions and materialism often will undermine your devoteness to God through King Jesus. "Never allow earthly possessions to possess your soul", "for they can not bring contentment!" (Phil. 4:12-13). Pleasing God through King Jesus brings everlasting life, contentment and wealth after spiritual prosperity, seek to obey Gods method of prospering in your life and be rewarded for obediance and not for disobediance.
"MOVING HEAVEN!" "SHAKING EARTH!" "SHOCKING HELL!" "TO SET THE CAPTIVES FREE!" "IN KING JESUS NAME!"
January 1, 2017
"LIVING WITHIN GOD'S SECRET PAVILION"
(Ps 27:5-6) For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me upon a rock.
During the Biblical days a "pavilion" was commonly known as a large tent made of cloth stretched out on poles and richly decorated. In Ps. 27:5-6) King David is expressing confidence in Gods protection as he escapes the attacks of his son Absalom, who seeks his throne and kingdom. David left the Temple i his haste to seek refuge in the sancatury of his elaborate tent from his troubles.
In this Psalm David mediates upon his return to the house of the Lord God with a strong desire to be hide in the refuge of God Almighty Himself. The horrific dangers facing David is nothing unfamilior to him but what is shocking and almost incomprehensible to his conscious mind is that his son whom he once favored now seeks his life. David, therefore, desires deeply to be hid in the refuge of God, to wrap His loving arms around him and to comfort him by placing upon a rock, as he goes through this great trial. (18:2; 61:2). He alludes to the ancient customs of offenders, who used to flee to the tabernacle or alter, where they believed themselves to be safe. In the secret place his "tabernacle" is considered the holy of holies, where no enemy would dare approach to harm him. In this particular psalm King David addresses his prayer for deliverance as complete trust in God, in (vs. 1-6) and then he presents his petition for deliverance from his son Absalom and his army (vs. 7-12), and lastly he demonstrates confident trust in God as he waits for the victory (Vs. 13-14). Within Psalm 27 King David demonstrates prudence in both practical and military affairs according to (Prov. 22:3) A prudent man forseeth the evil, and hideth himself: but the simple pass on,and are punished. (Pro. 27:12). While in (Ps. 32:7) shows God as a shelter from the enemy, a hiding place from trouble.
Pavilion is a word illustrating the mystery of Almighty God and is used as an image of Gods protection towards his people from the enemy. There are others words for pavilion such as shelter, canopy, or tabernacle. The word describes protection from both natural elements in addition to protection from a person, animal or devil. Because a pavilion is seen as a form of protection from the natural elements and evil people; God's protection asa pavilion is absoulately necessary and seen as indispensable (Ps. 127:1). God's secret pavilion never falls short of expectation and is endless (Ps.46:1). God's secret pavilion is more capable of producing an intended effect, God's resources of "help" and a refuge are inexhaustable (John 10:28-30).
God's secret pavilion is equiped to provide encouragement, and inspiriation towards greatness (Is. 40:10). God's secret pavilion is afforded to all those who: Hearken to him (Prov. 1:33); are perfect in heart (2 Chr. 16:9); are oppressed (Ps. 9:9) are in the NT Church (Ps. 48:3) (Zech. 2:4-5). God's secret pavilion is designed to preserve his people (Ps. 145:20) from evil; to strengthen them (2 Tim. 4:17); uphold them (Ps. 37:17, 24) (63:8); keep the from falling (Jude 1:25); to keep them from evil (2 Thes. 3:3); to keep their feet (1 Sam. 2:9) (Prov. 3:26).
Saint's of God, the secret place of God is designed to keep you safe from all harm both visible and invisible. God is more than able to afford protection for you (1 Pet. 1:5) as yoyu willlingly obey his written word. He provided a pavilion for King David on numerous ocassions and he will do the same for you.Put yourself and every area of your life under the secret pavilion of Almighty God and wait and watch patiently for him to deliver you from all evil. God's secret pavilion of protection is unlimited as a rock - a place where the enemy can not follow; a shield- which stands between us and danger; strength- of our salvation and a stronghold- like a high tower above our enemies. God's secret pavilion offers eternal security through eternal life in King Jesus.
(December 19, 2016)
"SALVATION PRODUCES FOUR (4) GREAT ADMIRABLE VIRTUES"
(Acts 4:12) Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.
One of the great admirable virtues of life which salvation produces is "hope' (1 Cor. 13:13). Hope simply stated is the expectation of future good. Hope believes without seeing in the invisible God (Col. 1:15) to produce all the blessings and promises written in His Holy word (Rom. 8:24) (1 John 3:2)(Heb. 11:1). When hope is acted upon and combined with faith and charity, it signifies the true essence of a Saint of Gods lifestyle built upon a solid foundation of the written Word of God as mention in (Eph. 1:8) and (Heb. 10:23). Hope produces the assurance of our heavenly destiny because the objects of hope are in God (Ps. 39:7); Christ (1 Cor. 15:19); Eternal life (Titus 1:2); King Jesus return (Rom. 8:22-25). King Jesus is our "hope of glory" (1 tim. 1:1) and through Him our hope is spoken of as a "lively hope" which is not frail or perishable, but is everlasting (1 Peter 1:3).
Through the Holy Spirit we are able to become rich in "hope" towards God (Rom. 15:13). Hope is a wonderful blessing to the NT Church for it is good, lively, sure, and steadfast; it is also gladening and it is our anchor (Heb. 6:19). We are instructed to be filled with this admirable virtue each day.
The second great and admirable virtue which salvation produces is "holiness". The people of God are called to holiness (1 Thes. 4:7), and elected to "holiness" (Rom. 8:29). We are "picked out", or chosen as believers as a spiritual race of people called the NT Church, or Born-Again Christians to live in conformity to King Jesus (Rom. 8:29), who is the source of our "election" through the grace of Almighty God and most certainly not human will (Eph. 1:4-5) (Rom. 9:11). All those who are elected to holiness were given to King Jesus by God as the fruit of His death, all of which were foreknown and forseen by God (John 17:6) through the election of grace (2 Pet. 1:10). We have been called unto holiness and santification, predetermined by God for all believers alike, to be set apart from the world unto God (1 Cor. 6:19-20) as a holy temple, (Pet. 2:5) (1 Thes. 4:3-4,7). The quality of holiness is manifested in personal conduct on a daily basis (24/7) (2 Cor. 7:1) growing towards perfection in the things of King Jesus in order that King Jesus may vindicate his elect from every charge railed against them at the Judgment seat of King Jesus (1 John 4:16-17) (Luke 23:39) (Mark 15:29) (1 sam. 25:14)..
The third great admirable virtue which salvation produces is "reverence" (Mat. 21:37). Which is to have a feeling of deep respect, awe and esteem manifested towards God's house (Lev. 19:30), God (Ps. 89:7), King Jesus (Mat. 21:37). Reverance is first commanded in (Mat. 21:37-38), and should be done towards Gods earthly and heavenly kingdom with all the heart (Mat. 22:37) and is of course more essential and important than any ritual (Mark 12:31--33). When properly shown reverence will produce holy boldness (1 John 4:17-19) for is it is a sign of faith (John 8:42) and manifested in obedience towards God (John 14:15,21,23). Reverence leads to service in God's earthly kingdom (2 Cor. 5:14). King Jesus love should hold each believer in such a grip that it becomes the compelling force in everything you say, do, and think as it was for Apostle Paul (Rom. 12:10). Those who demonsrate honor, respect and reverence towards God whill also one day receive honor, respet, and reverence (Ez. 7:11-28). As God's saints we are to honor like believers because they have been created in God's image and because they are our brothers and sisters in King Jesus and each one has the opportunity to become unique contribitors to the NT Church through the Holy Spirit.
The fourth great and admirable virtue which salvation produces is "Love" (1 Pet. 1:13-25). Love can only be known by the actions which it spurs, or inspires. Loves uique and perfect expression is seen in Gods love towards his creation, fallen man (John 3:16). The constitution of love is deeply rooted in the Holy Bible, which is the written word of God. God's faithfulness in keeping covenant proves his great love for his people Israel and for the Gentiles.
The word "love" means many things for some people. but for the people of God it means tender affection which is shown towards a friend or family member. Love also refers to God, the Father's love for His Son King Jesus. God's love specifically address's one of his saints (John 16:27) and of King Jesus love for one of his disciples (John 20:3). Love also refers to a special unconditional love of God demonstrating God's love for His Son, King Jesus and including His love for an individual servant or believer. Believers love towards King Jesus is a sign of true faith (John 8:42) and is also manifested obedience (John 14:15, 21, 23) and leads to service in the kingdom of God on earth and in heaven (2 Cor. 5:14) and is set forth in detail for all believers to know, understand and obey in (1 Cor. 13:1-13). Biblical love is taught in the Holy Bible and has God as its object while including King Jesus, Saints of God, neighbors, and non-believers (Mat. 5). The type of love which salvation produces is not refering to sensual love which includes lust which is against the body, soul ,and spirit but rather love which is unselfish, loyal, and benevolent with a committment towards God and his people bringing forth the nine (9) fruit of the spirit in (Gal. 5:22-23). Love whichis taught in (1 Cor. 13:1-13) is referring to a spiritual love which acts in direct conformity to the nature and character of Almighty God. This kind of love is evidenced in the responce which it ingnites or spurs.
This type of love is not motivated, moved, or changed by any external circumstance but will always act appropriately in response to the situation or circumstance. Love is shown to be the very best spiritual gift to obtain; for it is superior to philanthropy and personal dedication. Love is essetnial to our faith (Gal.5:6) For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but faith which worketh by love.
Saint's of God, it is essential for all of God's people to bring forth that which salvation produces: "hope"- that which faith produces (Rom. 15:13); "holiness"- "picked out" from the world as God's own people (1 Pet. 2:9); "reverence" a feeling of deep respect and awe for God and his people (Mat. 22:27-38) and "love" - can only be known by the actions it spurs or inspires (1 Pet. 1:13-15). These are the four (4) great admirable virtues which salvation produces and it is expected/ and commanded byGod of his own people to live in conformity to these virtues on a daily basis. Let me firmly and lovelingly encourage each one of you to live your life in conformity the will of King Jesus and you will be in obedience to Gods' written word when that great day of judgment occures and you will not be found lacking.
"MOVING HEAVEN!" "SHAKING EARTH!" "SHOCKING HELL!" "TO SET THE CAPTIVES FREE!" "IN KING JESUS NAME!"
December 12, 2016
"LOVING SO DEEPLY THROUGH INTERCESSION AND NOT CONDEMNATION"
(Mark 8:12) And he sighed deeply in his spirit, and saith,
The love of King Jesus is his banner over all his saints' while expressing the essential nature of Almighty God (1 John 4:8); and it is the means by which his saints' demonstrate their love to him (Luke 7:47).
Agape "love" is a word used to describe the characteristic word of Christianity and describes the attitude of
God towards His Son, King Jesus in (John 17:26), the human race, and especially to those who choose to believe on King Jesus (John 14:21). Agape is also a word used to reveal Gods will to his servants concerning their attitude and behavior towards each othe (John 1343:34) and to non-believers (1 Thes. 3:12).
To love so deeply that it draws a person of spiritual mindeness to their knees to interceed on behalf of another person removes condemnation and reveals the exercixe of divine will in deliberate choice. There is no apparent motive othere than that which is truly divinely given and as a perfect expression of the love of
God through King Jesus as its source and object through implicit obedience to the perfect will of God.
Intercession is prompted by love, and preempted by grace and mercy for acts of wrong doing by Gods love as a gift (Eph. 3:8). Loving so deeply through intercession and not condementation expresses the deep and constant love and heartfelt interest of God who is a perfect being towards those who are entirely underserving and unworthy people to bring about the production and promotion of a reverential love in them towards God, and His Son, King Jesus. God demands a life of fruitfulness (Gal. 5:22-23) towards like believers in the faith and to encourage non-believers to believe.
To love so deeply through intercession and not condemnation suggest a love that values and esteems and is unselfish, sacrificial through constancy demonstrating a readiness to serve God on behalf of another in consultation concerning their true interest and welbeing and welfare. To do this brings Gods people into his purposes and reason for their living while identifying with Him, God, King Jesus and the Holy Spirit in character to obtain greater victory over the works of the enemy (Rom. 8:37) on both a personal and ministry level.
To love so deeply through intercession (and spiritual warfare) and not condemnation is described as knowing (Eph. 3:19) God gives information through scriptures, dreams, vision, sometimes through songs concerning the needs of those to whom we interceed. God gives power to conquer the enemy while protecting both the intercessor and the person of the prayer of intercession.
In (Mark 8:12) my emphasis is clearly on the word "deeply" but I want to review the word "sighed" first. To "sigh" means to groan (Mark 7:34) refering to grief:things that cause sorrow or grievances,distress. Heaviness is another word which could express "sigh". It also means to be afflicted together with a person, or to be sore troubeld or to being greived as in (Acts 4:2). The word "deeply" referrs to "far below the surface of something." Deeply also referrs to "being overcome by an experience or problem." To love so deeply through intercession (and spiritual warfare) and not condemnation is to become afflicted together with a person inorder to assist them in eliminiating or eradicating the distress, sorrow or problem.
In (Mark 8:12) King Jesus was deeply distressed to the poin tof grief over the Pharisees approaching him and asking for a sign, their request was a direct implication that his preious miracles were insufficient evidence to prove that He was God ,or that He was the Son of God. King Jesus had spent many long hours in prayer and fasting to obtain HIs miracle wroking power to heal the sick, cast out devils, open blinded eyes, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, feed 5,000 and much more. Yet, there were those in His mist who did not believe. However, he is still called the sympathitic Christ in (Heb. 4:14-15) because his priestly ministry is far more superior to all other priest because of the intercession He provide. King Jesus was without sin and came from His Father, God being impeccable. The intercession of King Jesus is seen as "prevenative" and "protection" work on behalf of the believers weaknesses and temptation (Heb. 7:25) Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them. And in (Rom. 8:27) the Holy Spirit makes intercession on behalf of believers and creation, intermost thoughts and feelings while groaning. This is both prevenative work as well as mediation. We all as believers are encouraged to have assurance in the mediation work of King Jesus which is his present work (Heb. 7:25) (9:24).
To love so deeply through intercession and not condemnation requires a life seperated from sin (2 Cor. 6:17); and unto watchfullness (1 Pet. 4:7) fasting (Dan.9:3) praise (Ps. 119:47), thanksgiving (Col. 4:2), rising early (Ps. 119:47), with the understanding that answers to prayer are through the grace of God in King Jesus name Is. 30:19) (Eph. 2:8), plead in covenant of God and righteousness of God (Dan. 9:6), should be according to Gods will in his written word (1 John 5:4). It is also important to understand that sometimes Gods answers to prayer is sometimes different from out desires (2 Cor. 12:8-9), often beyond expectation (Jer. 33:3), promised (Jer. 29:12) especially in times of trouble (Ps. 50:15). Saints are to call upon God in truth (Ps. 145:18), fear God (Ps. 145:19) and keep Gods commandment (1 John 3:22); Answers to prayer are denied to those who regard iniquity in their heart (Ps. 66:18), offer unworthy service to God (Mal. 1:7-9), are deaf to the cry of the poor (Prov. 21:13); are wavering (James 1:6-7) are hyporcrites (Job 27:8-9), proud (Job 25:12-13), ask amiss (James 4:3).
Loving so deeply through intercession (and spiritual warfare) and not condembnation demonstrates the love of God as: (A.) forgiving (Luke 15:7) (B.) beyond measure (Rom. 8:28-29) (C.) eternal (Rom. 16:25) (D.) sacrificial (John 3:1-21), (1 Cor. 5:7) (E.) unquenchable (Song. 8:7) (F.) Constraining (2 Cor. 5:14), (G.) Unchangable (John 13:1) (H.) Indissoluble (Rom. 8:35) (I.) In exhaustible (Ps 136:1-26) (J.) Unbreakable (Rom. 8:35) (K.) in accordance to (1 Cor. 13:1-13).
Obedient saints of God abide in the love of God through King Jesus and the Holy Spirit as mentioned above in (A.) - (J.). Those who are found to be disobedient are removed from the presence of God (Ps. 9:17). Disobediance is referred to as "the condition of being unpersuadable" (Eph. 2:2) (Col. 3:6) or "refusal to hear" (Rom. 5:19).
Saint's f God, it is the earnest will of God and desire of King Jesus for all of us to "love so deeply through intercession (and spiritual warfare) and not condmenation" to identify with their divine attributes and characteristics on behalf of rulers (1 Tim. 1:2), for enemies (Luke 23:34), for saints (Mat. 19:14), for friends (John 15:13), prayer for salvation of others (Rom. 1;19). To do so means a life seperated from sin and strong in grace (2 Tim.2:1). Let me encourage each of you to demonstrate the love of God through King Jesus as someone who loves deeply through intercession and not condemnation knowing that the prayers of righteous saints of God account to much gain.
"MOVING HEAVEN!""SHAKING EARTH!" "SHOCKING HELL!""TO SET THE CAPTIVES FREE!" "IN KING JESUS NAME!"
"GOD'S EIGHT (8) FUNDAMENTAL AND DIVINE PRINCIPLES OF JUDGMENT: TO JUDGE OTHERS IS TO CONDEMN SELF"
(MAT. 16:27) For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works.
The Word of God is replete with instances where God is presented as the Judge of all creation in both the OT and in the NT. His judgments are observable from the Fall of Man, The Flood, the destruction of Sodom including the collapse of great empires and nations (including Israel and Judah) in the OT his judgments are seen as inevitable and unescapable (Prov. 11:24-31) (Jer. 111:11) and in the NT teachings (Mat. 16:27) (Rev. 20:10).
Because our sovereign God is a just judge by nature of his many powerful and awesome attributes which he has understandablely imparted a measure to His people through King Jesus. God's grace and mercy equates to us in the form of "love" through His design of judgment of all sin and all evil. His judgment is designed to (A.) punish evil (B.) Chasen the evil doer (C.) Manifest his righteousness (D.) Correct (E.) Warn others (F.) Secure obedience (G.) Enforce a safety measure as a means of prevention and protection from the wicked influence of corrupt nations who worship pagan Gods.
Through God's eight (8) fundamental and divine principles of judgments we come to know and understand that to judge others is to condemn self. The eight fundamental and divine principles are presented to us in eight stages:
(1.) Cross judgment because Satan is judged. All sin in the flesh and spirit is judged on the cross of King Jesus through his human sacrifice of sin. Satan is exposed defeated, and destroyed through King Jesus blood attonement sacrifice (John 16:11) (1 John 3:8).
(2.) Believer's self-judgment (1 Cor. 11:31). All blelievers of King Jesus are to live their lives through emulating and following King Jesus example on a daily basis (24/7), regardless of test and trials, conflict, persucations, or tribulations (1 Cor. 10:13) (James 1:12). Through self-judgment God's people are able to be seperated from eternal condemnation and judgment of the world. Avoidance is through repentance and judging themselves righteously (1 Cor. 11:32).
(3.) Chastisment of God our Father (Heb. 12:6-11) FOR WHOM THE LORD LOVETH HE CHASTENETH, AND SCOURGETH EVERY SON WHOM HE RECEIVETH (Heb. 12:6-8). God disciplines his own people in accordance to human practices, and uses nature parabolically through King Jesus teachings as complementary and as a necessary means of teaching his servants.
(4.) Bema judgment seat of King Jesus (2 Cor. 5:10). At this judgment believers are not judged based on sin but on works (Rom. 8:1) every deed done in the body good or bad will be judged (1 Cor. 3:1-15). All believers alike will give account for their faithfulness or lack of faithfulness to God (Mat. 25:21-23) of their deeds in light of the gospel of grace and truth, knowledge, opportunity and understanding made available to them (Luke 12:48) (Rom. 8:1) because all condemnation of Saint's of God is apsent. God through King Jesus will focus his attentions towards specific and varied judgments of a believers life where there will be either the gain of rewards or joy, divine acceptance and approval for tasks and responsibility with great authority and honor. The purpose and intention of the Bema judgment is for perfection in the fear of King Jesus (2 Cor. 5:1) to live as God commands "to be holy" (2 Pet. 3:11) bring forth the fruits of righteousness and demonstrating love, grace and mercy towards others.
(5.) Tribulation (Ezk. 20:37-38) period of those Jews who will be living on earth at the end of the Tribulation period when King Jesus returns to earth. After the purging process is complette (Ez. 20:38) the faithful will be brought back from exile and into the blessings of the New Covenant in the kingdom. King Jesus will rule over them in righteous judgement not allowing for any form of idolatry because he will rule with a rod of iron (Heb 11:4).
(6.) The judgment of Gentile nations (Mat. 25:31-46). At this judgment all nations are judged with preference upon the nations meaning the Gentile nations who will stand before King Jesus as he seperates the saved (Sheep) from the lost sinners (goats) in such manner as seperating the wheat from the tares parable. Those who are saved will be extended the invitation to come into the kingdom to share the many marvelous blessings of His kingdom (v. 34).
(7.) The Great White Throne Judgment (Rev. 20:11-15) is where those who are considered the "wicked dead" will be judged. It is termed "great" because this event will be the greatest inquisition ever held before any human court or that of all other judgments. The throne is descriptive of the majestic authority and power attributed to the judge, King Jesus and emphasized by it's purity and holiness in white.
(8.) The judgment of angels (1 Cor. 6:3). Apostle Paul advises the Corinthians to understand that they are capable of judging small matters and to realize that one day the Saint's of God will judge angels (Is. 24:21).
It is very important for God's people to begin judging small matters according to the scriptures and to judge themselves first. Apostle Pauls reference is also directed toward judicial and civil courts where citizens are requested to become jurors to assist in the court process of legal matters of law breakers (Mat. 18:5-17).
Within these eight (8) fundamental and divine principles of judgment are four (4) elements which Almighty God will judge all human actions regarding thought and motives. They are (1.) Truth, God is truth (John 14:6) (John 17:17) and judges all things according to truth. (2.) Deeds, Because God is holy and righteous his actions are always just (Ps. 145:17) and he will judge every person according to their deeds (John 3:21) (Rom. 2:6). (3.) Light, God himself is light and the creator of light (2 Cor. 4:6) (John 3:2). Light removes darkness and whatever is hide in darkness is revealed when light appears. God will judge everythibng by the light within himself (Mat. 5:16). (4.) The gospel, God sent his son, King Jesus to teach the gospel of truth to the world, the Jew first and then the Gentiles (Mark 1;1) (Mark 1:15) (2 Cor. 4:4) (Gal. 1:8) (Phil. 1:27) so that lost souls could come unto him to be reconciled back to God and receive salvation and forgiveness of sin. The judgment of God is based upn the gospel of truth which King Jesus taught. (Eph. 1:13) (Gal. 2:14).
God's judgments are sent as punishments for disobedience to him, for rejecting or despising the warnings of God; for murmuring (complaining and whinning or private expressions of discontent) against God; idolatry-worshiping idle gods, or things, having iniquity (gross injustice or wickedness against another person) persecution of the saints of god; the sinns of those in leadership, ruleship or authority over others (Eph. 6:12).
The judgments of God awill manifest his righteous character and magnify his glory, power and soverignty over al lhis creation in order for him to establish his eternal kingdom. Gods message of judgment is evidenced in (Ob. 1:12), where all evil will be punished; there is hope for a new future for all those found faithful God,where God has proven himself sovereign in all human history in booth the OT and in the NT. The Saint's will be judged for how they treated our used his gifts. All of God's judgments one day will be complete, final and eternal. His holy hudgments are designed to deter evil and to encourage obedience, they should lead God's people to humility, prayer, contrition and learning righteousness as a warning to others.
Saint's of God, because we serve a holy God his judgments are freqently tempered by mercy and can be averted therough humility and turning to God and not away from him when trials and tribulations come. Through obediaence God's wpeople are preserved and provided for during times of God's judgments upon the earth, and he encourages all his people to pray for those who are undergoing greater test and trials. All judgments of God ae for reproof, correction, and for the deliverance of saint's held captive under the enemies power (John 8:36). Let me encourage you to live a life of obedience towards the gospel of King Jesus and walk according to his written word for we all will one day be judged by it unto eternal judgment, some for attitudes and actions of good deeds and others for bad. Deliver and save yourself and all those whom you can from the horrors of agonizing
PUNISHMENT THROUGH THE MIGHTY POWER OF GOD'S WORD.
"MOVING HEAVEN!" "SHAKING EARTH!" "SHOCKING HELL!" "TO SET THE CAPTIVES FREE!" "IN KING JESUS NAME!"
November 26, 2017
"A BIBLICAL PROHIBITION ON SIN"
(2 COR. 6:17) Wherefore COME OUT FROM AMONG THEM, BE YE SEPERATE, saith the Lord, AND TOUCH NOT THE UNCLEAN THING, AND I WILL RECEIVE YOU, AND WILL BE A FATHER UNTO YOU, AND YE SHALL BE MY SONS AND DAUGHTERS, saith the Lord ALMIGHTY.
The word of God constrains us when it says in (1 Peter 1:16) Because it is written, Be YE HOLY; FOR I AM HOLY. This is a very strong and powerful exhortation from God; the LORD ALMIGHTY to be ""Holy". Holiness demands "seperation" from all things evil, wicked, and unclean. Because it is the desire of God for all his chosen people to be even as he is and he tells us this in (1 Peter 1:16). Those who name the name of King Jesus are required to reflect the true nature of Almighty God who gave us free salvation through HIs only Son, King Jesus (Eph. 2:8-9) as a gift.
All of God's people are to set themselves apart from everything which defiles, or contaminates the body, mind, soul and spirit; this includes but is not limited to actions, influence, people, or items belonging to the devil, the enemy of our righteousness.
Living a seperated life apart from the world, the flesh, and the devil can become a difficult and challenging situation for some people and especially for those who lacked parential guidance at some point in their life.
But God through his awesome grace and mercy has provided many scriptures, and people in both the OT and NT who are great examples for each one who desires to live a "Holy" life before God and man to emulate, and of course, King Jesus is the greatist and best of them all.
In following the doctrines and principles set forth by the word of God here are a few biblicial principles to meditate upon and follow as you grow in your faith. These biblicial principles are sometimes called "Biblicial Prohibition On Sin". These biblicial principles are provided for you to apply to your daily living to avoid (#1.) Seperation from sound doctrines of moral and ethical purity (1 Cor. 6:17-20) (2 Cor. 10:4) (#2.) Avoid everthing which is against biblical prohibitions written in the powerful laws "The 10 Commandments" (Ex. 20:3-17). (#3.) Avoid at all cost those things which will harm your body, mind, soul, spirit and your relationship which you hold dear. (#4.) Avoid that which has the potential to harm a weaker brother or sister in King Jesus. (#5.) Always avoid that which is destructive to the conscience (James 4:17) mind (#6) Avoid those who have repeatedly rejected or abandoned the examples of King Jesus (1 Peter 2:21). (#7.) Avoid those who refuse to become mature in King Jesus bringing forth fruit of righteousness (Gal. 5:22-23). (#8.) Avoid such things and people who present themselves as carnal christians (1 Cor. 3:14) (#9.) Avoid foolish questions (1 Tim. 1:4) (#10.) Avoid spiritual lukewarmness (Rev. 3:14-22) (#11.) Avoid all those who are contary to the gospel of truth having a worldly spirit (Jas. 4:1-16).
The apostles of King Jesus, along with apostle Paul were careful to point out specific areas of importance which would lead to a mature people within the NT Church. There were many instances of corruption and unjust behavior which needed to be addressed inorder that God's people would have a righteous relationship to the Holy Spirit to make them a holy and spiritual servant of God (2 Cor. 6:17-18) (1 Peter 2:9).
The Holy Spirit is the third person of the trinity, seperate and distinct from God, The Father, and King Jesus the Son of God, and is the person who will accomplish the edification of God's people towards adherence to Biblical prohibitions through: (1.) Ministry (2.) Christians gifts (3.) Word of God (4.) Love (5.) Spiritual things (6.) God's authority.
Edification is towards the building up of ones faith and for the glorification of the Church, the Body of Christ and each other in holiness. In (2 Cor. 6:17-18) Apostle Paul focuses his attentions first towards edification of God's people based upon what he wrote in this passage of scriptures. He was inspired by the ministry of reconciliation (5:18) and also motivated by the fear of King Jesus at the time of his conversion and after his healing through Ananias (Acts 9:1-18), he was amazingly energized by the love of King Jesus whom he persucated (5:11). King Jesus life was exemplified in apostle Paul (6:1-10) and qualified by all the promises of Almighty God (6:16-18). Secondly, Paul addressed his attentions toward exhortation. He already has some thoughts regarding what he chooses to write based upon sound biblical doctrines rooted in Christanity of his forefathers just as it was in the OT so it is in the NT, strict exhortations towards holiness and seperation such as seen in the books of the law written by Prophet Moses.
Adherence to Biblical Prohibition through edification (moral improvement),guidance, uplifiting and through exhortation (admonition and correction), caution , counsel and lectures / preaching will bring into existance the next phase which is exaultation. It is the express will of God to raise his people up into positions of great power and authority following humility, proving worthiness as a result of obediance to all biblical prohibitions just as Joshua in (Ex.), Apostle Peter, and Apostle Paul. God will wonderfully bless his people with joy and gladness for a job well done and promised to all that which was taught by the apostles doctrine and has already been set forth as a reward (Phil. 2:9-11).
"A Biblical Prohibition" strictly means to avoid, and to be seperated by putting a differance, a distance, a uniquness where ever possible and yet being seen as a light in a very dark world (Mat.5:14) (2 Cor. 4:6). Seperation from the ungodly, and cultivating a holy relationship among like believers (Lev. 18:1-15). God will one day seperate the righteous from among the evil and wicked in the great day of judgment. This seperation is a definate biblical seperation and description of reality of being seperated from God, where all unrepentant sinners will be thrown into hell (Rev. 20:14) (2 Thes. 1:9).
Saint's of God, we have a wonderful, loving and caring God who has taken the time to provide guidance, and instruction for his chosen people to live a life free from sin unto hioliness by honoring his commandments in (1 Peter 1:16). Because it is written, BE YE HOLY; FOR I AM HOLY. God is showing you the way to holiness, through edification, and exhortation through the presence of the Holy Spirit. remember that the Holy Spirit is a person, so be careful not to sin against him by ignoring or insulting his integrity when you are challenged by the enemy to do wrong. Always choose to obey Gods written word towards "Holiness" and be seperated from things profane. God is willing to forgive you when you make a mistake but to commit deliberate sin is wrong and will bring punishment. This holiday season is a very festive time of year with lots of celebrating of the birth of King Jesus. Do remember who you are in him when making your holiday plans with family, friends, and co-workers and employers. Your first committment is towards God, through King Jesus.
"MOVING HEAVEN!" "SHAKING EARTH!" "SHOCKING HELL!" "TO SET THE CAPTIVES FREE!" "IN THE NAME OF KING JESUS!"
(November 21, 2016)
"THE DESIGNATIVE APPELLATIVE RITES OF THE TWELVE (12) TRIBES OF ISRAEL"
(Acts 4:12) Neither is there salvation in an other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.
During the ancient times of B. C. it was the practice of the Hebrews to have every person among them to have a single name. Specifically addressing the naming of a male child this was conferred upon the eighth day in keeping with the rites of circumcision which is the sign of the covenant in (Gen. 17:5-14) for spiritual purification. This practice was primairly done during a religious ceremony. Today, this procedure or practice is elective surgery performed on babies and small children for religious or cultural reasons, and on occassion medical reasons for the prevention of HIV. This is a highly controversial issue raising both ethical and legal questions regarding a persons informed consent and human rights.
Although, this practice is most common in the Muslim world and Israel, United States, Southeast Asia and Africa it is esteimated that approximately one-third (1/3) of all males worldwide are circumcised. The practice of circumcisum has it's orgin in ancient Egypt or Northern Africa which is now known as Egypt. Circumcisum is a significant part of the religious law in Judaism and in an established practice of Isalm, Coptic Christianity, and the Ethiopian Orthodox Church. Judaism is still highly recognized by religious Jews to be their expression of the convenantal relationship between God and with the children of Israel, more specifically the Twelve (12) Tribes of Israel. This practice of circumcisum has its's roots structured in history spanning more than 3,000 years (Bronze Age) and is highly considered as monotheistic
(serving one diety, God) religion encompassing the ethnos of releigion ,philosophy, culture and ways of life known to Jewish people; with some other forms of Judaism established during more modern times with such differance being their approaches to Jewish law, authority of Rabbinic tradition, and those addressing the signifiance of the State of Israel.
In (Gen. 17:19) and (Gen. 21:6) the naming of Isaac (Laugher) was told to Abraham by God when he was 100 years old (Gen. 17:17), this was a divine birth announcement of which both Abraham and Sarah laguhed. In (Luke 1:13) also tells the story of another divine name given to Zechariah by an angel of God stating his sons name is "John", meaning the "Lord is Gracious" in both Hebrew and Aramaic languages.
As in ancient times (B.C.) and more so during Biblical times the concept of naming a child was rooted in ancient world's understanding that a name expressed essence of the soul, spirit or principle. For example to know a person's name was to know that persons total character and nature. The people in Biblical times in both B.C. and A.D. were very conscious of the meaning of Names. They truly believed that there was a spiritual connection between the name and the person identified. Both parents when chosing a name for their child meant that the name reflected (1.) The circumstances of the childs birth Rachel naming her son Benoni "Son of pain" in (Gen. 35:17-18) but Jacob changed his name to "Benjamin" meaning "Son of my right hand" emphasinzing the positive aspects of love and joy and the events of his birth and not the negative. (2.) Their own feelings (3.) Their gratitude to God or (4.) Their hopes and prayers for the child's future (5.) Their commitment of the child to God (6.) There are Biblical instances where very specialized names directly relating to cirrcumstances of the parents are given to a child such as in (Is. 8:3-4) where God directed Isaiah to name one of his children Maher-Shalal-Hash-Bay which means "speed the spoil" or "hasten the prey" referring to a certain Assyrian invasion upon the nation of Judah in (Isaiah 8:3-4).
For all that a "name" implies concerning authority, character, rank, majesty, power, excellence, the designative appellative (naming) rites of the twelve (12) tribes of Israel have great signifiance to all who recognized the glory which God has attributed to them. The name "Israel" was given to Jacob by God after he wrestled with the divine messenger in (Gen. 32:28). The name "Israel" means "God strives", "God rules", "God heals", or he strives against God". Following the receiving of his new name Jacob now "Isael" was a changed man, person, who limped upon a badly damaged thigh, and had obtained new food regulations, and a new life dramatically changed by his experiance with God. Through his experiance his twelve (12) son's became known as the "Sons of Israel" and as the Bibilical story unfolds resulting in a people becoming the nation of Israel. The essence of Jacob's experience in life and at Jabbok became the foundation for the nation of God's chosen people.
Israel's twelve (12) Sons names and meanings are represented as personal, tribal and territorial and are listed below:
Leah son's by Jacob are:
(1.) Ruben - "one who sees the son" "vision of the Son" (2.) Simeon - "that hears or obeys"; "that heard" (3.) Levi - "associated with him" Levi became a tribe of priests. (4.) Judah - "the praise of the Lord" "confession" Judah's linage ran the genealogical line all the way to King Jesus (5.) Issachar - "reward""recompence" "man of fire"(6.) Zebulun - "elevated dwelling".
Rachel son's by Jacob are:
(1.) Joseph- "increase, addition". He was the patriarch of the nation of Israel and foster father of King Jesus. (2.) Benjamin -"Son of my right hand". Apostle Paul's heritage is in the tribe of Benjamin (Rom.11:1) (Phil. 3:5).
Bilhah (the hand maid of Rachel) son's by Jacob are:
(1.) Dan - judge, judgment, high judges (2.) Naphtali - "that struggles or fights, wrestler". He was praised in a song by Deborah in (Judges 5:18).
Zilpah's (hand maid of Leah) sons by Jacob are:
(1.) Gad - a band, a troop, good fortune, also was a prophet to David (1 Sam. 22:5) (2 Sam. 24:11-14),, he showed David God's plan for temple worship (2 Chr. 29:25). (2.) Asher (or Ashur) - "who is happy, or looks, fortune" The tribe of Asher numbered 53,400 in the wilderness (Num. 26:7). Ashers greatest known hero is Anna, the prophetess who bore witness to the baby Jesus (Luke 2:36-38), and twelve thousand (12, 000) from the lineage of Asher are among the 144,000 sealed out of the great tribulation to be fed by the Lamb (Rev. 7).
Jacob, whose name was changed from Jacob to "Israel" became the patriarch of the Twelve Tribes of Israel and later formed by God into the "Nation of Israel" through which God changed the world. We come to know and understand that the focal or central point of God's written word is almost always based upon the "Twelve (12) Tribes of Israel", who first orginated in North Syria when Jacob lived with Rebeccas's brother Laban. And history teaches us that each tribe had it's own background of antiquities and allotment of land. When the formation of a monarchy was established the tribal period no longer took presidence even though some ties and tribual traditions still remained. This is evidenced in the division of the kingdoms into two seperate nations after the death of Solomon, and when his son Rehoboam began to reign causing a revolt leading to the formation of the Northern Kingdom under the rule of Jeroboam with ten (10) tribes and the Southern Kingdom with two (2) tribes under Rehoboam known as "Judah" in (1 Kings 12).
The Northern Kingdom lasted a little over 200 years and was taken captive by the Assyria (734-721 BC) and was never heard of as a nation of people again. The Southern Kingdom lasted about 120 years (606-585 BC) and the two Southern tribes of Judah and Benjamin were taken captive by Nehuchadnessar, a powerful King of Babylonian Empire. This was the Babylonian captivity which Daniel received news regarding the 70 years of captivity by the angel Gabriel in (Daniel 9:20-27). After 70 years of captivity the Babylonians were conqured by the Medes and the Persians in (536 BC) and the Jews
were allowed to return to Jerusalem and rebuild the walls and the temple under the direction of Zerubbabel, Ezra and Nehermiah.
Rite #1. The designative appellative rites of the 12 tribes of Israel help bring to existance the birth of King Jesus through the tribe of Judah. God chose the Twelve Tribes of Israel to be seperated unto him as "holy" and devoted Himsself to them, requiring them to comform to His revealed laws. This decision to be seperated and holy pave the way for the saving work of King Jesus in the NT whereby the redemptive work of King Jesus, disciples became known as Saints or "holy ones". The sufferings of King Jesus on the cross was the fullfillment of the OT teachings on holiness and making it possible for God's people to be filled with the Holy Spirit upon the resurrection of King Jesus from the dead and his power manifested on the "Day of Pentecost" (Acts 2).
Rite #2. The destinct privilege of being holy people to the Lord your God" (Deut. 7:6) (14:21) (28:9) is seen and known to carry a great deal of responsibility such as the day to day responsibilities of the Tabernacle.
Rite #3. The ethical mandate required by God's holiness. When the twelve tribes were formed God demanded His chosen people Israel to be seperate from the world around them, they were called to a higher standard of ethical life in conformity to His revealed word in (Lev. 11:44-45); (19:2) (20:26). This moral and ethical standard was not to be abandon with the birth of King Jesus nor his teachings of his disciples but was designed to find it's fullillment within the Born-Again Christian community and society as a whole for all those who received King Jesus as savior (1 Cor. 7:34) (Eph. 1:4). God would discipline the disciples of King Jesus just as he previously disciplined the tribes of Israel for their good to be able to share in the richness of His Holiness (Heb.12:10). The Holy Spirit is the ensuring promise in (Acts 2:4) which King Jesus followers are enpowered to be able to live holy and seperated from the world of evil (Rom. 15:16).
Rite #4. The title of God "Holy One of Israel" in (Isa. 1:4) truly stresses God's nature as a holy God, and His unique relationship with Israel, his chosen people in the OT; and seen in King Jesus in the NT as "The Holy One" and in the OT it is known as the designation for "Yaweh".
Rite #5. The roots of Israel's religion go deep into Christanity, the tradition of Jacob's forfathers (the elder patriarchs) where God required "holiness" , seperation form things profane lead to the development and estiblishment of modern day Christianity through the NT Church founded upon the gospel of King Jesus.
Rite #6. Though Jacob struggles in the rearing of his 12 sons and one daughter "Dinah". God chose them to be his chosen people and in the book of Revelations chapter 21 verse 12-13 there are 12 heavenly gates to "New Jerusalem" named for each one of the twelve (12) sons of Jacob which God's holy people whose names are written in the "Lamb's Book of Life will one day enter into during the time of the second coming of King Jesus.
Saint's of God , we owe a debt of enormous gratitude and thanks to the nation of Israel and all of it's people for all that God has done for them and through them to bring us so great a gospel by establishing the "New Covenant Church". Therefore, remember the rites of the children of Israel as you celebrate this thanksgiving holiday, for when God chose them to be his chosen people he was also chosing you as his own people to love him, to respect him, to honor him and to obey him. We each have much to be thankful for and should always remember the nation of Israel in our daily prayers, and especially on this "Thanks- giving Day", in King Jesus name.
"HAPPY THANKSGIVING DAY!"
"MOVING HEAVEN!" "SHAKING EARTH!" "SHOCKING HELL!" "TO SET THE CAPTIVES FREE!" "IN KING JESUS NAME!"
NOVEMBER 14, 2016
"THE POWER OF INESTIMABLE TRUTH"
(John 4:24) God is a Spirit and they that worship him must worship him in Spirit and in truth.
The doctrine of King Jesus is known to all who adore love and obey him as "the truth of the gospel" in (Gal. 2:5). Pauls gospel was found to be erroneous before the apostles of King Jesus in Jerusalem; when he presented it before them for their review and opinion. They all conceded that their former opponent / enemy (whose name was Saul) was victorious in his presentation of his gospel as being genuine and equal to that in which they preached for they could add nothing nor require the removal of any part of his doctrine.
Truth is that which agrees with final reality; or conformity to fact or reality and denotes that which is opposed to falsehood such as in (Prov. 12:17, 19); while the book of (Is. 59:14-15) and (Jeremiah 7:28) teaches that truth means fidelity or truthfullness. As we read the scriptures we learn that there are undoubtedly various uses of the word truth and in most every one we are encouraged to esteem truth as inestimable (Prov. 23:23). Truth is one of the things which should not be sold for any price for it is highly valuable along with wisdom, self-discipline and understanding.
Truth is esteemed to such great value as the "pearls of great price" in (Mat. 13:44-46) and should be obtained without money according to (Is. 55:1). To part with these valuable pearls would be foolish and perhaps a sign of spiritual immaturity.
In (Mat. 13:44-46) the merchant man is King Jesus, who comes to purchase (pay the price for ) through His atonement, lost sinners who one day shall become goodly pearls and who will become members of the NT Church which is the one pearl of great price for whom King Jesus gave the ultimate human sacrifce, his life, he gave all that he had. King Jesus teaches his disciples who he truly is in (John 14:6) Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
Truth is ascribed to God's law . King Jesus is the gospel of truth (John 11:17) (Ps. 119:142-160) in the same way that truth is ascribed to King Jesus because He came from His Father (John 10:30), truth is ascribed to the Holy Spirit in (John 14:17) where the Saint's of God are promised the Spirit of truth which is the Holy Spirit living inside of them. Truth is one of the fruit of the Holy Spirit in (Eph. 5:9) and in (Eph. 6:1) truth is seen as protection (a girdle) an inestimable part of the whole armor of God for it is the written word of God, the knowledge of the "truth" in action which is the spoken word.
Truth is seen again as protection for the Saint's of God in (Ps. 91:14) as a shield and a buckler. Truth is continously revealed througout the word of God as inestimable by those who show forth righteousness (Prov. 12:17) for they are established according to (Prov. 12:19) and are the delight of God (Prov. 12:22). In (Jer. 5:3) God regards truth because his eyes see's or sovereignly surveillances over all that occurs in the earth (Ps. 94:9) . He sees the Saint's (Ps. 33:8) and the sinner (2 Chr. 21:6) and all of his judgements are according to truth (Ps. 96:3) (Rom. 2:2). Saint's are to worshhip God in truth (John 4:24) (Ps.145:18) serve God in truth (Josh. 24:14) (1Sam. 12:24, rejoice in truth (1 Chr. 13:6), and speak to one another in truth (Zech. 8:16). Pray for the manifestation of truth (2 Chr. 6:17) and pray for truth to be exhibited in others (2 Sam. 2:6) and there is more to be done.
Wicked sinners of course are destitute of truth (Hosea 4:1) uphold not the truth (Is. 59:14-15) speak lies rather than the truth (Jer. 9:5) and are not valiant for truth (Jer. 9:5)(Jer. 9:3), they are soon punished for want of the truth (Jer. 9:5-9) (Hosea 4:1), they resist truth and turn away from it (2 Tim. 3:8) (2 Tim. 4:4).
The power of inestimable truth of God is seen as great in (Ps. 57:10) reaching to the clouds (Ps. 57:10).
and is seen in God's counsels of old (Is. 25:1) His ways (Rev. 15:3) all of his works (Ps. 33:4) his judicial statues (Ps. 19:9) His administration of justice (Ps. 119:160) (John 17:17), fulfillment of promises in King Jesus (2 Cor. 1:20) and covenant (Mic. 7:20) dealings with his saint's and their deliverance from evil (Ps. 25:10) (Ps. 57:3) and punishments of the wicked (16:7) the truth of God is inviolable meaning the integrity of His word is truth and is incorruptible and is exemplified in Abraham, Jacob and Israel. God empowers his people to speak the truth boldly (Mic. 3:8) (Acts 6:5) as they worship God in truth (John 4:24).
Saint's of God, the gospel of truth came to us by King Jesus and its effect is both santcifying and purifying and is the foundation on which we stand. The effects of the richness of God's word when believed and applied makes us free (John 8:31-32) from sin and God's wrath and preserves us from the day of evil (Prov. 20:28) while he establishes his abode with us forever and forever. Let me both instruct and encourage each one of you to defend the truth in all you say, do and think according to (Mark 12:30), the great commandment and you will be approved by God, King Jesus, the Holy Spirit, and His people as having the power of inestimable truth.
"MOVING HEAVEN!" "SHAKING EARTH!" "SHOCKING HELL!" "TO SET THE CAPTIVES FREE!" "IN KING JESUS NAME!"
November 6, 2016
"THE TWELVE (12) DIVINE PREROGATIVES OF ISRAEL"
(Deut. 7:6) For thou art an holy people unto God the LORD thy God: the LORD thy God hath chosen thee to be a special people unto himself, above all people that are upon the earth.
The native name for Israel is "Yisra'el", and the formal name is "Israel" whose capital is known worldwide as Jerusalem. Israel's common language is English and historically "Hebrew" as the official language. The stratigic location of the land of Israel is in the Middle East (or Western Asia) and is near Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, Turkey, Jordan, Iraq, and Iran countries called a matrix for humankind and has been the battle ground for many ancient wars, it is known today as geographically sensitive and formerly known as a war torn country but today it is a highly developed country populated by 8,541,000 people as defined by the 2016 Israel Central Buraeu of Satistics, and is comprised of approximately 6,388,000 citizens commonly known as the worlds only "Jewish-majority state" or 74.8% designiated as Jewish with the remaining 1,775,400 people as Arabes.
Israel is the thrity-fifth (35th) largest economy in the world by nominial gross domestic products as of 2015 and ranks nineth (9th) in military status as the Israel Defense Force (IFD). The country has the highest standard of living in the Middle East and the third (3rd) highest in Asia under the leadership and direction of its current President Reuven Rivlin operating as a Unitary parliamentary republic government.
While Israel defines itself as a Jewish and democratic state in modern day, their history reveals a more turbulent past in both the OT and NT times. The name Israel was given to Jacob while he strove with a divine messanger in (Gen. 32:28) at Jabbok all night (Gen. 32:22). Jabbok means "Flowing river" and is a tributary of the Jordan, joining the larger river from the east about fifteen (15) miles north of the Dead Sea. Jacob is the orginal ancestor of the nation of Israel and father of the twelve (12) ancestors of the Twelve (12) Tribes of Israel (Gen. 25:1 -Ex. 1:5) and ancestor of King Jesus (Acts 2:22-29).
The prerogatives of Israel consisted of their beign (1.) Chosen by God (Deut. 7:608) as a "special people". The word special is actually "Segulah" and was once applied to possessions but in this scripture it is used to describe Israel as God's very own possession (14:2;26:18) thus impressing upon them the responsibility of their calling. God's love for Israel was because he chose to evelate them above all other nations of the world, not because of who they were nor because of their size but because he loved them and required that they love Him in return.
God was keeping his covenant he made with Abram (Abraham) (Heb. 6:12-20). The nation of Israel were under covenant of (2.) Circumcision as a sign of their relationship with God. He gave them the great responsiblility of the reception, inscription, and transmission of the Old Testament scriptures known then as the divinely inspired oracles of God. They became the custodians of God's revelations in the Old Testament (Rom. 3:1-2) first to the Jews and later to the Gentile world.
In (Romans 9:4-5) Apostle Paul points out the numerous blessings which God has bestowed upon Israel. Another of the prerogratives of Israel is that they are given a theocratic names (3.) "Israelites" for this name was sovereignly given to them because of their ancestor Jacob (Gen. 32:28). Then God place them under his (4.) Adoption when (Ex. 4:22) Moses was instructed to stand before Pharaoh and tell him that Israel was God's son. Israel was protected by Gods glory in the form of a cloud as He lead them out of Egypt and into their journey to Canaan land to Israel (Ex. 13:20-22) (16:10). The (5.) Covenants God promised are actually four great unconditional convenants that govern all God does for and with Israel. (A.) The Abrahamic Covenant (Gen. 12,-13) a nation forever. (B.) The Palestinian covenant (Deut. 30) a land forever (C.) Davidic covenant (2 Sam. 7) a King forever (D.) A New Covenant (Jer. 31) a redeemed people forever, found in the NT through King Jesus.
(6.) The giving of the law, is another prerogative of Israel and refers to Sinai (Ex. 19-31) which is the Mosaic constitution. (7.) The service of God refering to the offering, priesthood and levitical institution (Heb. 10:1-6) the ordiance of worship and sacrifice in the sanctuary (Heb. 9:1-6) and (8.) the promises mostly to the Messianic promises in (Gen. 3:15-22) (49:10) (Num. 24:15-19) (Deut. 18:15-22) and that of forgiveness of sin, the inhertiance of the promised land, but most importantly and specifically the promise of a Savior the Messiah, King Jesus (Ga 3:16). (9.) Thr Fathers, refer to their ancesterial linage and heriitage from the OT patriarchs and leaders who helped them to be blessed with such geat prerogratives. (10.) King Jesus is seen as their national (11.) fruit because of his birth, life, death and resurrection, and ascention. Through the Abrahamic covenant their seed and offspring to King Jesus who causes all these prerogatives / privileges given to Israel to be (12.) blessed forever giving praise to the deity of the kingship of our Lord and Savior King Jesus (Acts 2:22-39). Who was killed by the Jewish mob at Jerusalem who chose not to believe that he is the Messiah. The gospel of a Savior the Messiah was preached first to the Jews and then to the Gentiles.
For those of the Jewish, Israelites nation to reject King Jesus as their Messiah (Mat. 13:58) (Mat. 8:10-12) (Mark 6:4-6) (Luke 9:22). In (Mat. 8:10-12) there was a centurion who held a position of great authority within the Roman government whose servant was sick of the palsy which refers to the servant beign greatly afflicted with a form of paralises with great pain. This Roman centurion caused King Jesus to be impressed with his faith so much so that he marvelled at it when he said in (Mat. 8:10-13) Verly, I said unto you I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel. (Mat. 8:13) And Jesus said unto the centurion, Go thy way; and as thou hast believed, so be it done unto thee. And his servant was healed in the selfsame hour. The servant received his miraculous healing even though he was a Gentile. His healing was not based upon his condition, nor his race but upon the faith of his master a Roman centurion who heard about King Jesus and believed in him and took upon himself to seek healing for his servant though he was a Gentile, and received it for him in faith. This passage of scripture clearly reflects the contrast between the foolish and faithless Jews who rejected King Jesus as the Messiah and the faith of the centurion.
There are two aspects reflected here as the natural claim to the Kingdom of God belonging to the adopted children (Israelites) Jews (Ex. 4:22)(Eph. 1:5) (Rom.8:15) (Rom. 9:4). And the spiritual aspect would have been their acceptance of King Jesus as the Messiah given to them through prophesy to usher in the spiritual kingdom of God within their hearts and minds (Jer.31:33).
However, their rejection of "the Messiah" King Jesus in the NT caused the literal kingdom on earth to be delayed sufficently. But through the faith of a few uncircumsized Gentiles who were grafted into the kingdom of God (Rom. 11:11) salvation is come to the Gentiles. This action is believed to provoke the non-believing Jews to jealousy when they hear and see the Gentiles enjoying the spiritual blessings of salvation intended for them to come seeking King Jesus as their Messiah (Rom. 10:19). It is believed that Paul through the Holy Spirit lays the spiritual foundation for proof that the salvation of the Israelite nation is eminent (Rom. 11:26) (Rom. 11:1-7) and their rejection of King Jesus as the messiah is only temporary.
Saint's of God, because of unbelief (mat. 8:10-12) and hardness of heart (John 12:37-40) the chosen people (Israel) were lead into spiritual blindness by the enemy (John 9:39-41) because they rejected and refuse to accept King Jesus as their Messiah resulted in many years of great test and trials for those few who did believe and received him as their Messiah in the New Testament Church. The kingdom of God was taken from them and given to the Gentile nation who chose to believe and receive King Jesus as their messiah (Mat.. 21:43). As a result of their fatih they began to enjoy many spiritual blessings from the Holy Spirit (Luke 24:49) through salvation (Acts 2:39) kingdom blessings and promises (Jas. 2:5) the promise of eternal life (Titus 2:5) (Titus 1:2) and many many more spiritual blessings.
Let me encourage each one of you to be faithful in your service and demonstration of your faith to others regardless of what the world is doing so that you too can receive and enjoy many wonderful spiritual and natural blessings which God has promised to all who believe in His son, King Jesus as the Messiah for this too is your prerogatives.
"MOVING HEAVEN !" "SHAKING EARTH!" "SHOCKING HELL!" "TO SET THE CAPTIVES FREE!" "IN KING JESUS NAME!"
October 30, 2016
"THE UNANIMOUS VOICE OF A WARRIOR: ONE VOICE "
(Psalm 29:4) The voice of the LORD is powerful; the voice of the LORD is full of majesty.
Almighty God, "Elohim", is the creator of all things including the voice of every man, woman, boy, girl and that of all living creatures. The voice is defined as the the sound produced by the vocal organs of a vertebrate by a human beign when speaking or singing or laughing, or crying. Voice is the faculty or power of uttering sounds through the mouth by the controlled expulsion of air, to loose ones voice, it is the sound uttered through the mouth of living creatures, especially of humans.
It is also the faculty for the tone of voice which can be modulated to suggest or express emotions such as anger, suprise, or happiness. The voice is seen as an instrument for creating music. The voice is understandable a very power faculty and there are some people who would like to suggest that "the voice is the only instrument created by God". The voice of humans is unique because of the manner in which God has created the voice to be distinct and recognizable from all others for talking and singing .
The unanimous "voice" of a warrior refers to the assent of all concerned who share the same views and opinion regarding a specific topic, condition, idea, situation or problem. In (Genesis 14:2) we find the antiquity of wars between kings who fought for the control over the copper mines south and southwest of the Dead Sea, this war like almost all other wars originates in the lusts of men (James 4:1). The Bibles teaches us that God frequently ordered wars (Ex. 17:16) For he said, Because the LORD hath sworn that the LORD will have war with Amalek from generation to generation.
In (Genesis 17:14-16) God's curse against the Amalek was due to three factors (1.) they were the decendants of Esau, whom God hated (Gen. 25:34) (Mal. 1:3) and in (Gen. 36:12) Esau was the twin brother to Jacob (Israel). (2.) In (Deut. 25:17-19), we are taught that they took cruel advantage of those who were weak, faint, and weary among the Israelites stragglers, Easu's descendants did not fear God. They were defeated by Joshua in (Ex.17:8-16), who lead the army of Israel to victory as Moses interceded. (3.) In (Num. 24:20) "Amalek" was the first of the nations to attack the newly redeemed and seperated Israel, it is for this reason God's full impact of curse was upon the Amalekites as seen in (Gen. 12:3) And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse them that curse thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.
In (2 Samuel 22:35) God teaches his people the art of war and strategy of war to acheive their goal (Lev. 26:7-8) (Num. 21:3) the Jews were experts in war (1 Chr. 12:33,35-36)(S. of S. 3:8) and frequently engaged in war (1 Kings 14:30). Wars were often sent by God as a means of punishment (Judges 5:8).
UNDER THE RULES OF WAR (Deut.20:1-20):
The unanimouis voice of a warrior required all available men for war to concetrate himself to God (Is. 13:3) by abstaining from certain activities (Judges 20:26) to sanctify themselves. Certain chosen leaders were said to be "filled" by the Spirit or that the Spirit was in them (Gen. 41:38) to lead the army of Israel to victory (2 Sam. 11:11) Those who fought under a divinely ordained leader (Judges 6:34) had to maintain single-mindedness in their devotion to God. Through divine leadership the Israelites determined the right moment to enter into the battle and sought guidance in battle by casting the sacred lot or by heeding the words of a prophet (Judges 1:1) (1 Sam. 23:2).
UNDER THE LAWS OF WAR (DEUT. 20:10-20),
There were three (3) main outcomes of war. (1.) If the beseiged city were to surrender, then the occupant's
lives were spared, but all people were enslaved.(2.) If the city refused to surrender or agreed to peace terms, they were taken by force and all males were killed by the sword. (3.) In the case or event where the captured city was within Israel's boundries, then all people who occupied the land and their possessions were totally destroyed. This type of war stratgey was called "the ban", this practice became a custom and was intended to keep Gods' people (Israel) free from pegan influence (Josh. 6:17) (1 Sam. 15:3). (4.) Warfare became a national policy set forth by the ruling king who was supposedly acting under God's Direction. This practice was setforth by / or during the time of Solomon's reign on the throne.
(5.) The watchman were both soliders and some citizens (Mat. 27:65-66) (Neh. 7:3) but mostly soldiers who were stationed on watchtowers, on city walls, in city streets, and around the temple in Jerusalem (2 Kings 11:6, vigilant day and night, and reported the approach of all strangers, and frequently sounded the alarm at the approach of enemies. Negelecting to report or give a warning signal or sound was punished by death (Ez. 33:6). To enter into or engage in war without God was in vain without God's protection.
The unanimous voice of a warrior should be wathchfulness in prayer (Luke 21:36) with thanksgiving (Col. 4:2) with steadfastness (1 Cor. 16:13) with heedfulness (Mark 13:33) with sobriety (1 Thes. 5:6) at all times and in all things (Prov. 8:34) (2 Tim. 4:5) prayer to be kept in a state of watchfulness (Ps. 141:3). The purpose of watchfulnessis to expect spiritual direction from God; to prevent the incessant assults of the enemy; to decrease the liability to temptation (Mat. 26:41) to prevent neglegance (Mat. 24:48-51).
The unanimous voice of a warrior can be refered to as "Vox Populi" the voice of the people or popular opinion, and is Latin. The "Vox Dei" is Latin for "The Voice of God" refering to a heavenly or divine voice which proclaims God's will and judgment, and is identified with the Holy Spirit and with God but is not associated with the prophets even though pophets spoke the word of God.
The unanimous voice of a warrior requires the divine wisdom and guidance from Almighty God inorder to sucessfully win the victory over every enemy during national war times, and during spiritual battles against the enemy.
The unanimous voice of a warrior is against the devil, the flesh, enemies, the world, death, hell and the grave. All warriors must have the whole armor of God on (Eph. 6: 11-18) This warfare must be carried on with watchfullness under King Jesus, his banner of blood, with a good conscience, with trust and confidence in Almighty God. Where all warriors and saints of God are engaged in the fight standing firm against the enemy. With a unanimous voice: help comes from God (Psal. 118:13) protection comes from God (Ps. 140:7) strength and comfort comes from God (Ps. 20:2) (2 Cor. 7:5-) deliverance comes from God (2 Cor. 2:14).
All those who are committed to having "a unanimous voice" as the NT Church will one day eat of the tree of life (Rev. 2:7)_be clothed in white clothing (Rev. 3:5) be pilliars in the temple of God (Rev.3:12) sit with King Jesus on His throne and have a white stone and a new name written in it (Rev.2:17) have power over the nations (Rev. 2:7) not be hurt by the second death (Rev. 2:11) not have their name blotted out of the Book of life (Rev. 6:4) and will live in heaven for all eternity (Rev.12:11).
Saint's of God, the world of God teaches us that God is a man of waring (Ex. 15:3) The LORD is a man of war: and the LORD is his name. And in (Ps. 24:8) he is called the King of Glory because he is magnificent and sovereign in battle.The unanimous voice of a warrior in Gods' army must be agreeable with the magnificent and sovereign voice of God in order to win the battle, and defeat the enemies of God before the second coming of King Jesus. We win because we are "unanimous" with one voice, sounding loudly proclaiming the good news of the gospel of King Jesus. With one accord, one purpose, one mind, "to see King Jesus" His face in peace and to hear his voice saying as it is written in (Mat. 25:21) His Lord said unto him, well done thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of the lord. We have been pormised the victory in battle against our enemies (Ps. 110:7) over death (Acts 2:29-26) and by His return (Rev. 19:11-12). Purpose in your heart and mind to have the voice of a warrior as you continuely obey the voice of God in King Jesus through His written Word.
"MOVING HEAVEN!" "SHAKING EARTH!" "SHOCKING HELL!" " TO SET THE CAPTIVES FREE!" "IN KING JESUS NAME!"
October 24, 2016
"THE FIVE (5) GOVERNMENTS DIVINELY INSPIRED BY GOD"
(Heb. 7:4) Now consider how great this man was unto whom even the patriach Abraham gave the tenth of the spoils.
Reuel or "Jethro", the father-in-law of Moses, was a Kenite shepherd and a priest of Median (Ex. 3:1) (Ex. 2:18), he was also well known as a spiritual leader and chief prophet in his own right. Moses married Zipporah in (Ex. 2:18) one of Jethro's seven daughters after he fled from Egypt for he had killed an Egyptian man who was beating a Hebrew slave. Moses is believed to have worked forty (40) long years as a shepherd for Jethro before his experience with the "burning bush" in (Ex. 2:2-3) (Ex. 3:14) at Mount Sinai/Horeb (Ex. 3:1). Moses was the "deliever"and spiritual leader of the people of God, the Israelites from 400+ years of bondage as he lead them from Egypt and into their journey through the wilderness with its' many threats, dangers, battles, sorrows, and victories, as they continued toward their destination in reaching the Promised Land.
As Moses described this dealings with the people as their spiritual leader and adviser (Ex. 18:13-27), Jethro intervens in advising Moses of a more effective way to judge the matters between the Israelites, and helped him to develop a more reasonable method of judging such a massive group of people. Jethro's spriritual advice brought about the appointment of several judges to assist Moses in the management of the Israelites as a new government under the power of God was forming.
The term "government" refers to the recognized leadership (1 Cor. 12:28) of a person who exercises restraint or direction over those under their leadership such as, church members, citizens, communities, families, societies and states. Governments are given by God for the express purpose of spiritual and natural advisors in both the church and state governments to maintain order and control according to specific regulations and laws.
(1.) Governments under God are Patriarchial in nature when it conserns the family. A family is a social system where the male "head of the house", predomiately rules the family. Some scholars believe this form of leadership came about in a time before 2000-1500 B.C. (Middle Bronze Age). The most recognizable date as to the establishment of the Patriarchs would be the time of the judges or during the reign of King David.
(2.) Governmets under God are Theocratic (Ex. 18:13-26). This type of government was established by God during the time when the evil and wicked Egyptians (non-Israelites) joined themselves to the Israelites as they fled from Egypt an began to spread descontent among the tribes as they complained about the supply of food and water provided as they journeyed to the Promised Land; while they were still in Kibroth-hattanvah which means "Graves of Carvings".
God established his theocratic government by having Moses to gather the seventy (70) elders of the men which was formed during the counsel of Jethro to Moses in (Ex.18:13-27). God took a portion of the anointing which he had anointed Moses and placed it upon the seventy (70) elders and officers to assist Moses with the many decisions concerning the people.
In modern day terms this would be the establishment of an Administrative and Judicial System which later became very popular by all national assemblies and representatives known as the Mosaic Covenant (Ex. 18:5-8) (24:3-7) (Deut. 29:10-5), the Delegated Senatorial Council who worked very closely with Moses and other leaders (Ex. 3:16,18) (4:29-31).The Executive Officers of Tribes and Cities called Princes and Nobles, Members of the National assembly (Num. 1:4-16, 44) (7:2-3, 10-11) (1Kings 21:11-13). , the Mosaic Judicial System.
(3.) Governments under God are under Kings and Queens and are called Monarchial (1Sam. 8:15-22) and are essentially heceditary, totalitarian/autcratic except in a few cases such as King Saul (1 Sam. 9:15-17) and Gods appointment of King David (1 Sam. 16:3,7) (2 Sam. 7:13-16). Kings and Queens have sovereign control over governments and territories that surpases political dissent by force or by intimidation and whose power to control the economic, social, military, and in intellectual life of individuals, is virtually unlimited and unrestricted. King Saul was Israels first King as they transitioned from the system of judges to the establishment of a monarchy. King David resembled in likeness to the judges with a charismatic personality and leadership style. He was given a prophet of God, Samuel who anointed him King and later Nathan who assisted him as he regined on the throne of Israel.
King David was successful in fusing the Northern and the Southern tribes of Israel into a unified nation and into a powerful empire. After capturing Jerusalem King David made it into a powerful relegious and political center of Israel as a result of his charismatic personality and through prophetic guidance from God's chosen prophets. God in his soverginity ordains all forms of human and angelic governments and rules through his almighty power over them. Gods' soverignity over human governments was not limited to the children of Israel but through his divinity he expanded his rulership to all kingdoms and nations (Is. 45:1). Rulership over people was for the restraining of sin in the earth, to uphold and preserve law and order over the lawless, and to execute judgment against the evil doers while upholding, and promoting justice for the righteous (Gen. 9:6) .
(4.) Governments under God are also Anti-Christian (2 Thes. 2:3) this term is used to describe an individual or a group of people who have become apostate, meaning they have fallen away from the teachings of God; to withdraw from the truth. For some people this apostasy is a result of persecution (Mat. 24:9), for some followers the teachings of false teachers (Mat. 24:11) or temptation (Luke 8:13), worldliness (2 Tim. 4:4), inadequate understnding and knowledge of God (1 John 2:19), or morality problems (He. 6:4-6). Whatever the situation that lead them away from the truth now causes them to become what is known as "Anti-Christian and under an anti-Christ teaching and leadership. This message is not referring to the "Anti-Christ" in (John 2:18), but simply those who preseed him. Some of these anti-christians were once well known teachers that later left the doctrines of King Jesus along with the church. They deny King Jesus's incarrnation, His diety, that he came in the flesh. God alone knows the future of each one who comes to King Jesus to receive him as Lord, and Savior, for some are being used by God to test and try the faith of his servants who have chosen to remain faithful to the cause of redemption through grace in King Jesus (Eph. 2:6-8).
(5.) Governments under God are known as Ablsoute and Final Government (Is. 9:6-7). During the Bible times before the establishment of a King and Queen, Israel was ruled by elders and judges. They were under the direct leadership of God as written in the OT. Israel highly exalted and recognized God as the highest and final authority through the Mosiac Covenant which was designed according to God's moral laws. (Isaiah 9:6-7) fortells the royal birth of the Prince of Peace, as a ruler, a counselor, judge, and King ruling his governments. God's sovereign rule is over all of His governments as mention from Genesis to Revelations. He wants his sovereign rule to be both acknowledged and worshiped in a relationship where love, faith, joy, loyalty and trust is in a unified bonnd through a ccovennt relationship. In the NT God sovereignly ruled through His Son, King Jesus (Luke 1:32-33), teaches of King Jesus royal birth and even John the Baptist teaches of the second coming and of his kingship in the earth (Mat. 3:2). As King Jesus died upon the cross and insignia of honor was placed above his head which read "THE KING OF THE JEWS" (Mark 15:26). The establishment of Gods' kingdom on earth was accomplished through His Son, King Jesus as he faithfully honored His Father to destroy all evil working against His creation, and working to destroy His people. King Jesus took power over the elements and food and water suppply from Satan's kingdom as he honored God in his ministry. King Jesus was also restablishing His creation and people back to Himself through the salvation of souls and eventually establishing God's kingdom through the NT Church under the leadership of his disciples who later became Apostles sent to "feed the sheep" and establish churches throughout the world known as the Ecclesiastical Church Government.
In (1 Thes. 4:14-18) we are taught about the coming King Jesus at the end of this present age (Mat. 25:1-13) (Acts. 9:10-11) He will come to in glory to judge all unbelievers (anti-Christ), Satan, along with his demons, devils and evil spirits, and this whole earth (2 Thes. 1:6-10) (2:8). He is coming to catch up his followers in the heavens in their resurrected bodies and reward them for their obediance in faithful service (1 Cor. 15:51-57) on Judgment Day, which is a specific time at the end of the age when God will send King Jesus to judge the whole earth , thereby, judging the wicked doers and firmly proclaming and upholding salvation for the righteous and the holy people of God. In the OT, God is recognized as the judge and in the NT, King Jesus is the judge who will return with a host of His angels in the "Parousia" for the resurrection of the dead. All people will be judged from the time of creation until those present in the end of the age. King Jesus rule is established as permanent and eternal, forever but man's rulership is limited and temporary.
All believers of God in King Jesus are to have a righteous spiritual attitude towards the second comining of King Jesus as they occupy positions of authority (Gen. 42:6), pay taxes to government (Mat. 22:18-21), pray for leadership over them (1 Tim. 2:1-3), and obey God first in everything (Acts 5:29).
Saint's of God, we all belong to God and especially those who chose to honor and worship him in truth as his servants. There are many different types of leaders, rulers, Kings and Queens in the earth, all of whom have been given the opportunity to rule with righteous judgment through Gods' written word which was essentially designed to deter evil among unbelievers and believers like; and all those in authority are ultimately responsible to God for how they choose to rule. We all can in our own words state that "government does not answer nor fix every problem", but obediance to Gods' written word does bring about a change in a person's life and attitutde towards life and all life's problems. Trust, obediance and faith in God will resolve all of lifes practical problems, in King Jesus name.
"MOVING HEAVEN!" "SHAKING EARTH!" "SHOCKING HELL!" "TO SET THE CAPTIVES FREE!" " IN KING JESUS NAME!"
"WHAT GOD'S WORD HAS TO SAY ABOUT:
"THE LOVE OF MONEY; MATRIMONY; POWER; AND REVENGE"
(1 TIM. 6:10) For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred fom the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.
The love of money, matrimony, power and revenge are all the things which generaly lead to destruction since the Bible day's when in (Gen. 13:2) Abram was known to have been a rich man with cattle, gold and silver. There have been many situations where he used money as a medium of exchange to purchase lands (Gen. 23:9) (Acts 4:37) merchandise (Gen. 43:12) as wages (Ez. 3:7) as offerings (2 Kings 12:7-9) as alms giving (1 Sam. 2:36) Abram was a wise servant of God and later became the Father of many nations whose name is written in the Hall of Fame in the book of (Hebrews 11).
THE LOVE OF MONEY
Although, the love of money has its roots in many known evils which people have fallen prey leading them to their destruction; it is not the only source of evil. The dangers of improper usage of money are numerous, I will discuss with you only four (4) of them which are:
(1.) The love of money can present a barrier in your relationship with God towards inheriting eternal life such as in the story of the rich young ruler (Mark 10:23) who had been faithful to obey the Mosiac laws of the10 Commandments, however, he developed a problem with pride in his achievements, and self-effort. He was found wanting regarding the very first commandment when he made money, achievements, and material things more important than God (Ex. 20:3).
(2.) Money can never solve all of lifes problems because it is many times temporary. There has been economic disasters where the stock market crashes and someones wealth is destroyed, or the loss of money and material things has been destroyed by a natural disaster. It is a sad moment when people put all of their trust in money, wealth, and material things rather than trusting God as their source of provision (Mat. 6:24) (Heb. 13:25)
Trusting in money alone as some do, makes having money very dangerous and sinful against God who created all things. The devil deceives people into believing that money can solve all their problems when in fact it can become the beginning of many great sorrows as written in (1 Tim. 6:10).
(3.) The love of money causes many people to become self-reliant because they have most of their basic living, physical, social and medical needs met through their carrers and vast wealth and riches. When they begin to feel boredom or empty inside they simply make a purchase with the swipe of their credit card to fill the empty place within them which is short lived. The empty place within them needs to be filled with the love of God unto salvation or a deeper spiritual relationship with God.
(4.) Money should be received and used accordingly "as a medium of exchange for goods or services rendered" and it should never be used to measure your standing with or before God. God wants his people to have every one of their needs met, but not at the expense of your relationship with him. Obedience is what God desires from his servants and he will reward them according to their faithful service to him in this life and in that which is to come. It is the will of God for his people to use money wisely to please him, and by helping others in need. When you find that your use of money is beign tested by God, always choose to use your money for good and not for evil (1 Tim. 6:10).
In the book of (Gen. 2:18), we find that the institution of marriage (matrimony) has its origin and history in Paradise when man was still in innocence. Monogamy, was the original law of marriage (Mat. 119:5) (1 Cor. 6:16) as a perpetually binding contract except under cetain circumstances of infidelity (marital disloyalty). Also, during the Bible days the Mosaic law strongly discouraged polyamy, restricted divorce, was strict in upholding and enforcing purity of life as a civil law and with its goal of standardizing purity as a moral law. The Mosaic law was violated by many when corrupt usages by pegans were introduced to the Israelites (Gen.4:19) (6:2) such as plogamy and concubines during the patriachal age. Polyamy was still praticed even though monogamy appears to have become more prevalent. Today, there are numerous types of ungodly life styles which underminds the Mosiac laws of pure moral standards which God set forth in his written word, many of which have lead to broken homes, death from domestic violence, absente fathers, disfunctional families, displaced house wifes, bastard children, orphans, and birth defects of small infants and children, bipolar and other mental disorders.
God divinely instituded marriage as a covenant relationship for it is a sacred bond and is holy (Gen.2:4). His orginal design still remains for:
(1.) the happiness if every man (and woman)(Gen. 2:18). (2.) increasing of human population (3.) raising up godly seed of righteous people (Mal. 2:15) (4.) preservation from and the prevention of fornication among His chosen people, Israel (1 Cor. 7:2) (Heb. 13:4) (5.) Honorable for both husband and wife (6.) and marriage should be only in the LORD (1 Cor. 7:39) (7.) marriage was often contracted by panets for their children. (Gen. 24:49-51) (34:6-8). (8.) with consent of both parents (Gen. 23:8) (Judges 14:2-3) (9.) loyality and fidelity of those given in marriage (Mat. 1:19) (10.) marriage should be celebrated (Jer. 33:11) with great rejoicing (John 3:29) feasting (Gen. 29:22) (11.) marriage should be a public affair recognizing and witnessing a couple (man and a woman) vows of marriage (Judges 14:10) (Mat. 22:2-3).
Matrimony is divinely illustrative of God's union with His chosen people, Israel, a Jewish nation and is illustrative of King Jesus union with the New Testiment Church (Eph. 5:23-24, 32) even in present day. Even though marriage is a wonderful practice commonly known among almost every culture on the earth, it does bring with it many problems. The Israelites forsaking the teachinggs of the Mosaic law and began to marry pegan women and truned from serving God and abandoned His intended purpose for them (2 Cor. 6:14) . God forbids people from marrying unbelievers. Those who do loose spiritual unity within their marriages. Marriage is not only a spiritual union, but both emotional and physical union. Matrimony is the joining of two people who become one flesh by producing a child or children within their marriage and not outside of it. Those who marry unbelievers will experience challenges concerning their faith for the sake of the other to keep the peace among them. Because they are not equally yoked but are spiritually incompatable one spouse makes compromises concerning their faith causing grief to the Holy Spirit and impedes their spiritual growth. It is vitaly important for those of like faith to marry; to maintain unity within the marriage and a right relationship with God to do otherwise could destroy the spiritual, emotional, and physical quality of the marriage which God intended to be one of love and unity for one another and not hostility which destroys the very foundation of matrimony.
During the fall of man as revealed in (Gen. 3:1-26) God gave man headship (power) over the woman. And the woman was to be submissive to the leadership of her husband (Eph. 5:22). God instructed the man to love his wife (Eph. 5:25) Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loves the church, and gave himself for it; (Eph. 5:33) (Col. 3:19). For centuries and centuries many men exercised excessive male domination in leadership in almost every occupation resulting in the abuse of power leading to many sins and evils against women and children and beasts.
God is the creator of all forms of power within all sociaties as exemplified in establishing and governing all things (Ps. 5:6;66:7) including the deliverance of his people (Ps. 106:8) and the destuction of those who rule with wickedness (Ex. 9:16) (Rom. 9:2), the Holy Spirit is the instrument and enforcer of Gods divine power both on earth and in heaven (Eph. 6:17) (John 6:3-15). It is the will of God for all people (both male and female) to understand the nature of power both spiritual and natural (human) power and to deal justly with others in their leadership over them. To rule with worldly (human) power alone can be deasterous and can violate spiritual values within Gods' kingdom on earth and in heaven (James 2:1) in instances of showing favoritism among children, organizations, groups,relegions, cultures, status, rich and the poor, ect.. Satan's traps are all hidden in worldly power (Mat. 4:1-11) causing Gods people to turn from him. All power belongs to God who rules with unlimited wisdom, power and might over all things. Those who practice ruling in righteousness should understand that both spiritual and human power is subject to the sovereignty of God (Acts 1:8) (Gen. 1:26) (Gen. 2:21-23) (John 5:17-19); 10:28-30). Obedience to Gods word regarding righteous and holy headship over the family and leadership in business and industry should be upheld by all who name the name of King Jesus as their LORD and savior (Ps. 51:12) until the second coming of King Jesus (2 Pet. 1:16) (1 Thes. 4:13-18) for God through King Jesus is the source of their power.
Revenge is inconsistant with the will of King Jesus (Luke 9:55) and proceeds from the heart (Ex. 25:15) it is rebuked by King Jesus and all those who rule with righteous authority (Luke 9:54). Revenge is seen in the evil and wicked Herodias who had an altercation with John the Baptist and used her daughter to cause his death (Mark 6:25-28) because he spoke profoundly againts her sinful marriage to Herod the king. The written word of God teaches very strongly against acts of revenge and instructs us to resist revenge (Mat. 5:38-48) in favor of love, and kindness (Gal. 5:22-23) (1 Cor. 13:1-13). King Jesus teaches his disciples to forgive others because it is stronger than revenge (Mark 11:23-26) (1 Kings 1:52) (Mat. 18:21) (Luke 23:34) and to leave revenge in the hands of Almighty God (Rom. 12:19).
Saint's of God, let me both instruct and encourage you to obey the written word of God in it's entirety concerning the love of money, matrimony, power and revenge. Love not: vanity (Ps. 4:2), sinners (Prov. 1:10-9), praise of men (John 12:42-43) or money (1 Tim. 6:10) but choose rather to seek the perfect will of God for all of your desires concerning your family your business and social interest. You will find all that you need, want, desire and more comes through the sovereign will of God. Realize that God is all powerful and has built an awarness of what is right and wrong into every human culture wheather it is a family unit or community, business , church or even the political system. Trust him to direct your heart and mind to rule with righteous authority and defeat Satans devices threating your relationship with King Jesus, your life, family and career.
"MOVING HEAVEN!" " SHAKING EARTH!" "SHOCKING HELL!" "TO SET THE CAPTIVES FREE!" "IN KING JESUS NAME!"
October 10, 2016
"THE EXHILARATIING INSPIRATIONAL POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT"
(Amos 3:8) The lion hath roared, who will not fear: the Lord God hath spoken, who can but prophesy?
The exhilarating inspriational power of the Holy Spirit is irresistible as revealed in the statement made by Amos the prophet of God who lived in Tekoa and worked as a simple shepherd (herdsman). Amos was not an educated man or a graduate of the school of prophets nor had he any formal religious training or academic preparation for the call of God to the mission field. But he was chosen by God to deliver a prophecy unto Israel concerning their national sin against Him (God) (Amos 3:8).
God is calling Isreal to national accountability for national sins. In (Amos 3:8) the prophet has used imagery of a lion to capture the attention of God's people regarding his message. With the use of his imagery in his statement Amos is denousing any and all claims that this message came from himself alone or apart form God; but rather that he is the messenger of God sent to awaken them and the surrounding nations to the fact that the nation is both responsible and accountable for its sins. The four messages which God has Amos to deliver to Israel are primarily to the northern kingdom with some indirect messages of judgment to Judah, the southern kingdom.
In the previous verse 7, Amos shares with Israel that God always sends advance warnings regarding impending judgments to his servants the prophet who are in fellowship with him. This statement affords relibility and authenticates Amos as a credible witness of the intentions of God to bring judgment of calamities upon them for their iniquities. Also, in (Amos 3:7-8) our attention is brought to the exhilarating inspirational power of the Holy Spirit to (A.) reveal future events (Acts 1:16) (28:25) (1 Peter 11:11) (B.) to reveal the mysteries of God (Amos 3:7) (1 Cor. 2:10) (C.) to give Amos power to deliver God's message before a rebellious nation (Micah 3:8) (Acts 1:8) (Acts 1:8) (D.) to give Amos direction regarding which nation/ kingdom his message was to directly / indirectly impact (Miach 3:8) (Ez. 3:24-27) (Acts 11:12) (13:2) (E.) To control his messagers (Acts 16:6) and give guidance and direction. God's judgment against Israel in the northern kingdom will be swift and severe but God will save a small insignficant remnant form judgment because of Gods future plans for a savior, King Jesus, the messiah to come, the savior of the world. (F.) Amos was divinely appointed by God to testify against Israels's sin (Kings 17:13) (Neh. 9:30) (Micah 3:8) (Amos 3:1-15).
The exhilarating inspiriational power of the Holy Spirit is further revealed to Amos in the form of five (5) symbolic visions of judgment: (1.) the vision of locusts (Amos 7:1-13) which is a literal judgment. (2.) the vision of fire (drought by fire) (7:4-6) . (3.) the vision of the plumline 7:7-17) no more intercession will be permitted by God through Amos. (4.) the vision of the summer fruit (8:1-14) certainity of God's judgment. (5.) the vision of the Lord standing by the alter (9:1-10) portrays the destruction of the idolatrous temple at Bethel which must be destroyed.
There are many modes in which the Holy Spirit reveals himself to Gods' prophets and messengers and they are various, (Heb. 1:1) by secret impulse (Judges 13:25) By voice (Acts 8:9) by dreams (num. 12:6) and of course by visions (Ez. 11:24) (Amos 7:1-9:10) and are all necessary to prophesying (Num. 11:25-27) are irrisistable (Amos 3:8) and all those who despise the exhilarating inspirational power of the Holy Spirit will be punished (2 Chro. 36:15-16) (Zech. 7:12).
The prophecy's of Amos were against the northern kingdom of Israel and the southern kingdoms for committing several offences against God, who is the Holy Spirit living and abiding upon God prophets for it is the power of God. God's judgment against Israel was severe; and so will his coming judgments be upon all those of present day for their many offenses against the exhilarating inspirational power of the Holy Spirit. Offenses such as: (A.) tempting him (Acts 5:9) (B.) vexing him (Isaiah 63:10) (C.) quencing him (1 Thes. 5:19) (D.) grieving him (Eph. 4:30) (E.) lying to him (Acts 7:51) (F.) resisting him (Acts 7:51) (G.) blasphemy against him (Mat. 12:31-32) (1 John 5:16).
Offending the exhilarating inspirational power of the Holy Spirit would prevent or hinder Gods design to reveal future events (Acts 1:16) to reveal mysteries (Amos 3:7) to give power to ministers (Micah 3:8) to direct ministers (Ex. 3:24-27) to control ministers direction (Acts 16:6) to testify against sin (2 Kings 17:13).
Saint's of God, it is wise to demonstrate your love, appreciation and gratitude towards God for his exhilarating inspriational power of the Holy Spirit to uphold his people (Ps. 51:12) to strengthen his people (Eph. 3:16) to enable his people to speak the truth boldly (Miach 3:8) to assist his people in prayer (Rom. 8:26) to cause his people to abound in hope (Rom.15:13) to qualify mininisters (Luke 24:49) to use Gods' word as an instrument (a sword) (Eph. 6:17) to overcome difficulities (Zech. 4:6-7) and in making the gospel efficacious even as God used Amos he can also use you. Be cautious of how you treat the exhilarating inspirational power of the Holy Spirit in your life and ministry because he is the spirit and power of Almighty God, in King Jesus name.
"MOVING HEAVEN!""SHAKING EARTH!""SHOCKING HELL!" "TO SET THE CAPTIVES FREE!" "IN KINGJESUS NAME!"
October 2, 2016
"EXHORTATION TO STEADFASTNESS"
(Psa. 119:33) Teach me, O LORD, the way of thy statues; and I shall keep it unto the end.
In Psalm 119:33, the word "statues" is believed to have been taken from or related to a word meaning "to engrave" therefore implies a permanence and unchanageableness of regulations setforth in God's written word. We find that throughout the written word of God there is evidence which speaks to and supports the steadfastness exhibited by God in all his purposes and ways (Num. 23:19) (Daniel 6:26) (James 1:17).
Steadfastness before Almighty God and man requires Godliness (24/7) (Job 11:13-15), especially in a world filled with wickedness. Steadfastness is secured by four known sources. (1.) The power of God which comes to the aid of a person who has been unjustly harrased and betrayed by a friend such as in (Ps. 55:22) (2.) The presence of God which is manifested in a person who exhibits steadfastness in spiritual devotion unto God through King Jesus and by the Holy Spirit (John 16:13-15) as seen in Psalm 16:1-8) where David seeks preservation and blessings from God through an attitude of righteousness in both life and to be preseerved from the destruction/decay of death that would not lead to his corruption. (3.) Trust in God just as David did when he was falsely accused by his enemies. He confiodently proclaimed his innocence before the unjust of his day void of any priede and sought God for his deliverance as he promised to acknowledge God in public for the victory in (Ps.26:1-12).(4.) The intercessions of Christ, King Jesus; in (Luke 22:31-32) King Jesus informs Peter that Satan has desires towards him for destruction, but King Jesus predicts Peters future with a succesfull outcome (Jer. 29:11) (Mat. 16:18-19).
King Jesus statement to Peter also reveals two very important truths (1.) Satan is allowed permission to tempt Gods peopleonly for a short while and within certain limits. God is a sovereign God and makes it clear to Satan that he cannot do what he chooses with His people (Job 1:10-12). (2.) In John 17 King Jesus interceeds for his disciples to be protected from the cares of the world and that their faith would not fail them (Heb. 7:25).
As saints of God it would be very wise to remember that God is faithful in all our temptations to carefully and judiciously provide a way of escape (1 Cor. 10:13) for all those who meet the conditions required by King Jesus as their Lord, and Savior and come unto him in faith believing, and not to reject his offer of salvation through grace (Eph. 2:8). To reject him would mean His intercessions are made void and of no effect (Lluke 9:41).
Steadfastness is a characteristic of the saints of God through King Jesus and manifested by the Holy Spirit in six (6) aspects of life: (A.) Obeidence - (Ps. 119:31, 33); exhibiting such traits as trustworthiness, love, endurance, humbleness, principle, permance, allegiance, resolutiion, fearing God devotion, determination and being lead by the spirit, attentitive to King Jesus voice. (B.) Friendship -(Prov. 27:10) exhibiting such traits as love, quality, regularity, loyality, allegiance, eagerness, endurance, integerity, trustworthiness. (C.) Under suffering-(Mat. 5:12) (Heb. 12:5) exhibiting such traits as quality, conditions, regularity, endurance, principle, integrity, obediance, faithfulness (D.) In prayer - (Luke 18:1) (Rom. 12:12) (Eph. 6:18) endurance, permanence, regularity, resolution, devotion, determination, prudence, dependability.(E.) In beneficence - (Gal. 6:9) exhibiting such traits as generosity, giving alms, grace, charity, assistance, relief, kindheartness, philanthorpy. (F.) In profession of our faith- (Heb. 10:23) exhibiting such traits as love, quality, endurance, blameless and hungering for righteousness and zealous of good works, interity, principles, trustworthiness, regularity, meeting the conditions, loyalty, dependability, alligiance, guilelss, eagerness, patience. (not neccessarily in this order as written. )
Steadfastness in spiritual matters requires some of the same traits mentioned above but also rquires the following: (A.) enduring chastisment (Heb. 12:7)) (
B.) Bearing persecution (Rom. 8:35-37) (C.) Maintaining perseverence (Heb. 3:6, 14) (D.) Resisting Satn (1 Peter 5:9) (E.) Defending Chrisitan liberty (Gal. 5:1).
Elements of spiritual matters are seen in in all those wwho have a specific goal in mind to achieve (Phil. 3:12,14); are discipline before God and others (1Cor. 9:25-27), and those who run this race according to (Heb. 12:1-2), and all who never give up on God's word and will for their live (Rev. 3:10, 21).
Another word for steadfastness is "constancy" which means or denotes immutability, or invariableness. When steadfastness (constancy) is applied to our reasoning abilities (the human mind) it is a steady resolve or adherence to those plans / doctrines and resolutions which have been set in motion by those who are known or viewed as mature; the effect being, they will not abandon their faith, goal, or idea. They are consistent in matching their actions with their words and is seen as honorable.
Steadfastness leads to "prudence" which means to be wise in practical matters (affairs) as by providing for the future in the management of resources, econonmy, frugality. Those who demonstrate prudence are seen as being intimately connected with the wisdom of
God through grace (Eph. 1:8) (Is. 52:13) (Prov. 8:12) .
All those who possess prudence have the manifestation of God's wonderful measure of grace (Eph. 1:8) (Eph. 4:7) (John 3:34) which he has purposed for them. They who have prudence : get knowledge, deal with knowledge in their affairs of life, understqand the ways of God, are crowned with knowledge, forsee and avoid evil, regard
reproof, keep silence in evil times. Prudence is exempflied in Joseph (Gen. 41:39) Jethro (Ex. 18:19-23), Gamaliel (Acts 5:34-39), Abigail (1 Sam 25:23-31) Paul (Acts 23:16).
Those who do not posses prudence fail in times of perplexity for prayerlessness, are considered wicked and are kept from the knowledge of the gospel, lovers of pleasure and not of God, they are denounced by God for perverseness, they are defeated by God because they are hostile toward him and hating the light of the gospel such as seen in Ruben (Gen. 49:3-4) Pharaoh (Ex. 8:15) (Solomon 91 Kings 11:4-8) Israelite (Ex. 32:8) (Judges 2:17-19) (2 Chr. 11:17).
Saint's of God, the word of God provides guidance and direction, wisdom and instructions on steadfastedness for all those whose intent and purpose is to obey His will. All people of God through King Jesus should espically exercise prudence in their dealings with unbelievers (Mat. 10:16) (Eph. 5:15) (Col. 4:5) and should encourage young people to cultivate prudence along with steadfastness (Prov. 3:21) which should be manifested in cleaving to God, doing the work of God and in the continuation of the Apostles doctrine (Acts 2:42) in striving for the mastery for the faith of the gospel, in King Jesus name.
"MOVING HEAVEN!" "SHAKING EARTH!" "SHOCKING HELL!" "TO SET THE CAPTIVES FREE!" " IN THE NAME OF KING JESUS!"
September 25, 2016
"KINGDOM KEYS OF POWER AND AUTHORITY"
(Is.22:22) And the key of the house of David will I lay upon his shoulder; so he shall open and none shall shut; and he shall shut, and none shall open.
Keys are the insturments or symbols of power, authority, prosperity, privilege and responsibility of a person who has been given access to a door, gate, or passage way into a building, room, safe vault or knowledge and education.They are often given as part initiation rites to those who have been considered to have demonstrated a certain level of maturity or status allowing for licensed access to, employment, religion's society or association, and even to a sacred family room. Keys are often identified as literal or in the case of (Is. 22:22) as metaphorically. Keys are used in scripture as a symbol of authority and power entrusting a person with them signifies that he has been given a very important charge (Mat. 16:19). Ownership of and possessing a key to anything equated to the guardianship of entryways and alternative progress from one stage or next level such as in promotions, or in actual steps of climbing stairs steps to enter a room.
Kingdom keys mention in (Is. 22:22) is used to refer to the prophetic authority of King Jesus as the Messiah which needed to be preservded through the lineage of King David. David's reign as a King over Israel left a powerful legacy of justice and righteousness to assist in the establishment of the reign of future Kings in the earth. Because of this God chose to make a covenant with David (2 Chro. 7:18) (1 Kings 2:34) (Ps. 18:50) making him the prophetic hope for the salvation of Israel. King Jesus is recognized as the "Son of David" from his birth (Mat. 1:1) until his second coming "perousia" (1Thes. 4:18) (Rev. 22:16) .
The metaphorical key opened the way for the coming of King Jesus reign (Is. 9:7) Isaiah the prophet of God sees King Jesus, the Messiah as though he was already born and ruling as a benevolent ruler bringing eternal peace on earth through the establishment of his kingdom as Himself God incarnate.
Keys are used metaphorically again in (Rev. 1:18) I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death. King Jesus life, death, and resurrection to everlasting and authorative life gave him power over death, and judgment. He now has the keys over hell and of death (Rev. 20:14) And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire.This is the second death.
King Jesus delegated full power and church authority to Peter after he successfully answered a specific question by divine orgin through the Spirit of God as to who King Jesus truly is in 1st century A.D. in (Mat. 16:13-20). Peter was entrusted with the position of leadership in founding the early church he was called by King Jesus as the "rock" (Mat. 16:18) the foundation on which the church would be built.
When King Jesus gave the kingdom keys to Peter he was empowering him with power to rule in an administrative, financial, military, foreign leaders position over the new covenant church about to be brought in to existence. King Jesus was enlightening the eyes and understanding of his disciples as he share with them some very importrant organizational rank, roles, and functional authority of his soon to be aposltes (Eph. 4:11). Peter was identified as the leader of the disciples and spokesperson. His role was a representative of all the apostles and not as an arbitrary leader (without restriction) (Eph. 2:20). King Jesus is the cornerstone of the church and his apostles and prophets are the foundation stones (1 Peter 2:4-5).Peters authority is seen as being based upon his divinely given confession, for he was chosen to give such an powerful confession before King Jesus and his disciples. Because of Peters timely utterance of who King Jesus is, he was bestowed authority to bind and loose sins of the world, through the use of "the keys of the kingdom" as a stewardship delegated to him by and from King Jesus (Mat. 16:19) (John 20:21-23) (Rev. 1:18) (3:7-8). This pocess of binding and loosing would come through the preaching and teaching of the gospel which King Jesus had already taught them, and through the gift of the Holy Spirit (John 16:13-15).
The power of the keys of the kingdom from a Protestant prespective is that the church is the agent of this power and authority through King Jesus to bind and loose sins, either through its official leaders or through all obedient believers. Upon meeting the conditions of church doctrines for enterance into the kingdom of God the disciples were given this power and authority in the New Testament age and times. Under Peter's leadership and direction this authority, and privilege was continued as described in the Book of Acts.
Although, there is no known documented evidence of the actual number of keys literaly or metaphorical keys to the kingdom, there is some documented information regarding six (6) different kingdoms mention in the Word of God and they are: (1.) The kingdom of God (Mat. 6:33) (Mark 1:14-15) (Luke 4:43). (2.) Kingdom of Christ (Mat. 13:41); (20:21). (3.) Kingdom of Christ and of God (Eph. 5:5) (4.) Kingdom of David (Mark 11:10) (5.) the Kingdom (Mat. 8:12) (13:19) (6.) Kingdom of Heaven (Mat. 3:2) (4:17) (13:31).
Each kingdom speaks of the same things but under different conditions such as King Jesus metaphorical authority, or his rule on earth (2.) The many blessings, promises, benefits, priveliges, levels, power and authority (Eph. 4:11) that flows from His rule (3.) the subjects of His kingdom taken collectively or as the New Testament Church.
The six (6) kingdoms are not visible earthly kingdoms as expected by his disciples and Jews in the Bible days who wanted to be delivered from the Roman oppression. They eventually realized that the kingdoms were established in the hearts and minds of King Jesus followers after his death,burial and resurrection (Mark 10:35-45). It is the will of God for his people to know and understnd that His kingdoms are: (A.) a reality now, today (Mat. 6:5-15) (B.) that the values of Gods kingdom are different from our expectations (Mat. 13:11) (C.) the kingdoms of God are alive and flourishing almost invisible to our enemies and in their mist. (D.) Our most valuable possession to be obtained is our citizenship in heaven. (E.) The kingdoms of God will one day be revealed in their entireity and Gods angels will seperate the good from the evil. (F.) Only God through King Jesus will determine who enters into His kingdom. (G.) Because we are of God, we can live as citizens of the kingdom of heaven now, today. (H. ) When we fully realize seeking the kingdom of God means King Jesus is Lord and King over every aspect of our lives then the kingdom of God is the kingship of King Jesus unto Eternal life.
The people of God who reference and obey his written word have direct access to all six (6) kingdoms through prayer,to obtain grace and mercy according to (Heb. 4:16), access is a privilege given to the Saints, and they should enter in with confidence for there are numberous promises and blessings connected with direct access to each kindgom. Those who are lost without God can receive salvation. Saints should urge others to seek salvation through repentance.
Saint's of God, each time you open your Bible to read the word of God you should "prepare to be amazed" by something wonderful which could change your very thought, life, your direction,. The word of God has authority, power, to control situations. Gods' word is sobereign and awesome to change even the most powerful rulers today (Pr. 21:1) The kings heart is in the hand of the LORD, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will. God sent his only Son, King Jesus to bring to us his message of reconciliation and hope of eternal life in His Kingdom this is why it was necessary for Him to die, in order that we could live again with him in His kingdom. He had to give Peter the keys of the kingdom here on earth in order for us to be able to destroy the enemies of our souls, we needed His power, His authority, His anointing to defeat the enemy in order for us to live a victorious life free from sin, because there is no sin in heaven or either of Gods kingdoms. Sin is not permitted entrance into heaven but we are. Gods' sovereign love, grace and mercy is extended to every part of our lives. He wants all of His people to dwell with Him in His Kingdom made without hands. Use your keys to the kingdom very wisely and in obedience to Gods' word and be blessed.
"MOVING HEAVEN!" "SHAKING EARTH!" "SHOCKING HELL!" "TO SET THE CAPTIVES FREE!"" IN KING JESUS NAME!"
September 19, 2016
"THE MANIFOLD SOURCES OF DIVINE CHARIS:
(THE GRACE OF GOD)
(1Peter 4:10) As every man hath received the gift even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.
The Bible (KJV) records many accounts of the sources of God's divine grace which he demonstrated from Genesis to Deuteronmy. We can find documented evidence of God's grace present in creation (Gen. 1-3), the fall of man (Gen. 3-4); the flood (Gen. 6-11); the establishment of the human race (Gen. 6-11); and the redemption of the Hebrew race with Abraham, Issac; Jacob and Joseph (Gen. 11-50) (Ex. 1-40) (Levb. 2-27) (num. 1-36) (Deut. 1-34) from bondage in Egypt to the establishment of them in the Promised Land of Canaan.
In the OT the word "grace" is used in numerous ways and is defined as underserved favor of God given to someone who deserves condemnation ; or undeserved acceptance and love received from another. The attributes of Gods grace are outlined in (Ex. 34:6) And the LORD passed by before him; and proclaimed. The LORD, The LORD God, merciful ang gracious, long-suffering, and abundant in goodness and truth. They are outlined in (Psam 145:8-9) The LORD is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy, The LORD is good to all: and his tender mercies are over all his works. Because grace is known as a key attribute of God it is always associated with mercy, love, compassion, and patience as the source of help from trials, distress, and tribulations. Grace is descriptive of God's favor (Gen. 6:8), forgiving mercy (Rom. 11:6); gospel (John 1:17) gifts and miracles (Rom. 115:15); liberal virtues (2 Cor. 8:7), Eternal life (1 Pet. 1:13).
The Greek word "Charis" means grace and is used in the NT over 150 times but is rarely used in the four gsopels. Luke mentions the word "grace" 8 times, four times of which are used by King Jesus when giving "thanks" (luke 6:32)-34); (17:9). The many uses of the word "charis" as grace also means favor, it also means beauitful, or attractive, when refering to the content of a gospel message. "Charis" is used in John's gospel message four times (4) in (1:14; 16-17). Here the word is used in reference to Christ in His incarnation (v. 14) describing Charis as something to be received by those who believe on the name of King Jesus. John's gospel also uses the word charis to describe the inexhaustible or endless supply of God's grace; (Rom. 5:15-20).
In Acts gospel charis is referred to in three seperate ways (1.) a power that flows from God or from King Jesus which gave the apostles success on their missionary journeys (4:33; 11:23; 13:43; 14:26) (2.) Charis is the source of power to unbelievers (18:27).(3.) Charis is also the power which builds up believers faith (20:32).
Charis is seen as the source of :
(A.) salvation (Acts 15:11) But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved, even as they. The Jerusalem council were the aposltes of King Jesus (Peter, James, Paul,James) and Barnabas. Peter asknowledges the power of God to save Cornelius, a Gentile an his family seperated from the law (v. 7-9). Both Jew and Gentiles are saved through the salvation given through King Jesus in his redemptive work.
(B. ) the "call of God" (Gal. 1:15). Apostle Paul referes to Charis - grace as the undeserved nature of God's salvation through his own personal experience of the gospel. Because of his former life as a persecutor of the saint's of God he was keenly aware of his own unworthiness. His life was radically changed from a sinner persecuting the people of God to being saved from sin by the grace of God and appointed to him an apostleship (1 Cor. 15:9-10).
(C.) faith (Acts 18:27) (Heb. 11:1), it gives power to unbelievers to believe on King Jesus. In Acts 18:27) after Paul had returned to Antioch Aquila and Periscilla were left in Ephesus. They soon met a follower of John the Baptist named Apollos. They shared with Apollos of the progress of God's work in Ephesus and revelations through the apostle of King Jesus. After ministering to Apollos he became more eloquent and evermore zealous to do the will of God in spreading the gospel in both Ephesus and Cornith (1 Cor. 3:4-6).
(D.) justification (Rom. 3:24) Grace signifies the believers judicial standing before God. It was grace which provided salvation in the historical life and death of King Jesus. Through grace faith is made possible unto salvation in King Jesus, grace calls a person to salvation and forgives them and then declares them righteous.
(E.) forgiveness (Eph. 1:7) In whom we have redemption through his blood the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace. Redemption was often referred to as the release of a slave from his master upon payment of the ransom. But because of the forgiveness of sins, redemption is now referred to as a release from moral sins. Born-Again Christians are released from there entrapment / enslavement to sin in the flesh and spirit and the divine wrath of God. Redemption is effected for the saint's of God through the sacrifice of King Jesus blood and atonement secured by his death on the cross.
(F.) consolation (2 Thes. 2:16) Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace . (2. Cor. 1:5) God comforts his people with an immeasurable suppply of grace during times when problems increase so does the measure of consolation.
There is much more which can be written regarding "The Manifold Sources of Divine Charis" (grace), than can be shared in this brief devotional. But my intentions were to provide a general understanding of the word "Charis" for those who may not have known the word. Charis was used in the OT by God (Gen. 6:8) in the redemptive work of establishing a race, and later in establishing the Hebrew race of people. Charis comes from both God and from King Jesus and is a testimony of the sovergenity of God, and the deity of King Jesus. (2 Thes. 1:12) God through King Jesus redemptive work on the cross ;gives "abundant" grace (Rom. 5:15-20), his grace is sufficent (2 Cor. 12:9) and glorious (Eph. 1:6) great (Acts 4:33), commonly known as manifold (1 Pet. 4:10), rich (Eph. 2:7) and sovereign (Rom. 5:21).
Saint's of God, charis is the grace of God in action in these three aspects, grace is our only hope when under attacks by the enemy against our soul, mind, body, spirit, family, jobs, family, and friends, and when mistkes are made God has an endless supply of grace and mercy. So seek God, ask God for grace and mercy and receive forgiveness, love and mercy through God's grace.
Salvation is made possible only through God's charis in King Jesus name (Atcs 4:12) Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is no other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. (Ex. 34:14) The gift of Gods grace should cause us to love and serve others willingly. Our call from God unto salvation is through God's umerited grace and favor, not because of our works or result of our effort, ability, intelligence or strength therefore, we should demonstrate our gratitude for God's free gift by helping others with kindness, love, goodness while not seeking to please ourselves but according to (Gal. 6:10). We are to serve others for the benefit of the kingdom of God to build up the New Covenant Church (Eph. 4:12). God's charis is wonderful and leaves no room for abuse, or neglect, or to be used as a cloak of sin, neither is there room for self-righteousness concerning charis but only righteousness for charis is a gift and should be treated as such. The famous song by John Newton "Amazing Grace", realy is powerful to effect change in the hearts and minds of both young and old. alike. God's grace is full of love and mercy for all.
"MOVING HEAVEN!" "SHAKING EARTH!""SHOCKING HELL!" "TO SET THE CAPTIVES FREE!" "IN KING JESUS NAME!"
SEPTEMBER 11, 2016
"ESSENCE OF OBEDIENCE TO GOD LEADS TO TRUE FAITH IN GOD"
(1 SAM. 15:22) And Samuel said, Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.
The written Word of God is constantly teaching that religious observance (religious ritual) devoid of spiritual reality (Jer. 7:23) are worthless (Ps. 40:6-8). In the book of Jermiah we are told of Jermiah's life as a prophet of God. This great man of God was a deeply spiritual man, who was wholly dedicated to God so that dispite his shy and reserved nature, his fervent love for God and His people never ceased (1 Sam. 15:22-23) (Is. 1:10-20).
In Jeremiah 7 and verse 4-7 the evil and wicked leaders of the city of Judah had made the temple a place where a potent spirit originated by the lies of the false prophets and where local people chimed this religious chant. In verse 8-9 Jeremiah made compliants that God's people were living a life of total disobedience towards God as they broke commandments and then were using His covenant as a license to committ immoral
life styles. They were living a life of total disobedience towards God as they broke commandments and then rejoiced in the power of God at the same time . It was clear they were living a life of hyprocrisy giving God lip service in the house worship. Because of Judahs sins of immorality, God would destroy the temple in Jerusalem. God forbidded Jeremiah to pray and intercede for his people because he knew that their sin was so great that when he tried to pray for them he felt a revulsion within himself at interceding for them.
In (Jeremiah 7:23) the punishment for Judah's rebellion against God was rebuked. (Jer. 7:23) But this thing commanded I them, saying Obey my voice, and I will be your God, and ye shall be my poeple: and walk ye in all the ways that I have commanded you, that it may be well unto you. God's complaint against Judah was agianst their idoltrous worship in the Temple and the building of the high place in the valley of Hinnon (2 Kings 21:1-9)where idols were retroduced in the Temple. Idols are and abomination unto God (2 Kings 23:4-14).
These people reverted to human sacrifices unto the false god Molech, their actions ment the reprudiation into barbarism. God will destroy all the disobedent people in the place where they sacrifice their children to Molech, and the holy place would be defiled by becoming a cemetary, and the dead bodies would not be buried.
Obedience to God is a direct command; and is unquestionable, meaning God is ruler and reigning sovereignly over both earth and heaven, and he requires His people to obey him without compliant, or rebellion. (Deut. 13:4). It requires faith to please God according to (Heb. 11:6). God is invisible (Col. 1:15); (1 Tim. 1:17) (Heb. 11:27) (Col. 1:16).
God's voice is what he wants His people to hear and obey.God chooses to reveal himself through his prophet's , and servants. Obedience to God requires (A.) obeying his voice (Ex. 19:5) (Jer. 7:23) (B.) obeying hiis law (Deut. 11:27) (Is. 42:24) (C.) Obeying His Son, King Jesus (Ex. 23:21) (Cor. 10:5). (D.) Obeying His gospel (Rom. 1:5); (6:17) (10:16-17). (Ex. ) Obeying and keeping His commandments (Eccl. 12:13) (F.) Submission to higher powers (Rom. 13:1) those who are rulers governing (laws of the land) our country.
Saint's of God are exhorted to obediance acording to (Acts 4:19-20) 95:29) (Jer. 26:13, (38:20). Those who truly love God through King Jesus should desire to please God because obedience keeps the relationship with God where there is access to him and free of obsticals which would hinder prayer; and fellowship.
Obeidence to God is the best thing to do because God wants only good for his people and desires to give His people his very best; (John 3:16-17) (Deut. 28:1-14) obedience to Gods voice, laws, prophets is reasonable, sensible, and beneficial.
Faith to obey God's voice even when we don't understand brings us into deeper relaitonship and true freedom. As saint's of God we are all obligated to obey (Acts 4:19-20) (5:29) him.
Everyone who has made a conscience decision to obey God's voice which is his written word, His prophets (Eph. 4:11) should obey Him form the heart (Deut. 11:13) (Rom. 6:17) with willingness (Ps. 18:44) (Is. 1:19) unreserved (Josh. 22:2-3) undeviating (Deut. 28:14) and constantly (Phil. 2:12) even though you are totaly aware of some of the many challenges for obedience such as (1.) difficulities (Ex. 5:9) the task may become filled with hardship form a life of righteous living whereby the enemy attacks become more forceful, just continue to trust Gods word and obey him. (2.) your obedience may be challenged by some form of deception from the enemy (Josh. 9:6) and try to cause you to fail but continue trusting the voice of God and he will strengthen you to withstand any form of threat or pressure when you continue in fellowship and prayer.
The essence of obedience challenges us all to:(1.) go far beyond our human reasoning and understanding, and compells us into a deeper relationship with God, King Jesus and the Holy Spirit on a purely spiritual level (Mat.5:17-20) (2.) the essence of obedience challenges us all to go far beyond outward conformity, God wants to change hearts (attitudes) from darkness to righteousness, holiness not just the outward person. (3.) the essence of obedience challenges us to act out of love for God because God is love (1 John 4:16) (1 John 4:8-10) (1 John 4:18-19).
Saint's of God, it is essential that you obey God's voice (Ps. 29:4), a voice which can be heard audioable (Mat. 3:17). It is better to obey God in word, deed, thought and in truth because there is nothing which can be hidden from him. Also, remember the many wonderful stories in the Holy Bible which teaches us of how God's angels hear his voice and obey him (Ps. 103:20) (Ps. 34:7). Saint's of God are elected to obey his voice (1 Pet. 1:2). Let me encourage each one of you to pray to God to help you to obey his voice (Ps. 119:35) (Ps. 143:10) because there are numerous wonderful blessings for trusting and obeying God now and until King Jesus returns.
"MOVING HEAVEN!" "SHAKING EARTH!" "SHOCKING HELL!" "TO SET THE CAPTIVES FREE!" "IN KING JESUS NAME!"
September 3, 2016
"REVENGING THE SPIRIT OF DISOBEDIENCE"
(2 Cor. 10:4-6) (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds;)
In (1 Kings 20) revenging the spirit of disobedience is righteously allowed by God for his prophets against those who choose to be rebelious to Gods will for their lives and the lives of others. Ahab was the seventh King of Israel, the son and successor of Omri (16:30;c873-853 B. C.). During Ahabs reign as Israel's king he had an encounter with one of Gods prophets (an unnamed prophet) in (1Kings 20:42) . Ahab was enacouraged to resist Ben-hadad of Damascus (20:22) . Ben-hadad was demanding that Ahab surrender royal possessions, along with the surrender of the city in his first and second requirement (1 Kings 19:7-9). Ahab was warned by the elders of the counsel not to comply to his demands and was promised victory over Ben-hadad King of Syria, by God throuugh another of God's unnamed prophets believed to be named Micaisah (1 Kings 20:13-15), and ordered Ahab, King of Israel to wage war against Ben-hadad even though his army was significantly reduced to only seven thousand (7,000) available military men. God was graciously continuing to deal with Ahab even though he was a wicked King.
Gods dealings with Ahab was to demonstrate victory in the second episode as he had done in the first (vs. 13:15). God's desire through his patience with Ahab was to bring about Ahab's repentance (1Kings 20:27-29) And the children of Israel were numbered, and were all present, and went against them: and the children of Israel pitched before them like two little flocks of kids; but the Syrians filled the country. And there came a man of God, and spake unto the king of Israel, and said, Thus saith the LORD, Because the Syrians have said, The Lord is God of the valleys, thereore will I deliver all this great multitude into thine hand, and ye shall know that I am the Lord. And they pitched one over against the other seven days, And so it was, that in the seventh day the battle was joined: and the childeren of Israel slew of the Syrians a hundred thousand footmen in one day. Ben-hadad committed a sin against God in believing that God could not be god of the plains and a god of the hills.
The location of the battle is believed to be just east of the Sea of Chinnereth (Galilee in NT times) . God was about to prove Ben-hadad King of Syria wrong as he demonstrated his majestic glory and power to prove he was not at all restricted to the hills as the evil Syrians had thought. This day, the sovereign God of all creation was waging war against them as he fought and won Israels
victory many times before.
Ahab fought against Ben-hadad under the direction of Jehovah and the Syrians were defeated when they lost 100,000 men, with the remaining 27,000 that died when the city wall of Aphek fell upon them. Althought the sriptures do not reveal wheather or not ths was collasp was by God's mighty hand, or by a battering ram used by Israel's military. It is clear that God gave Israel the victory in (1 Kings 20:29-30). Ben-hadad then offered his cities to be a vassal unto Ahab, as Ahab gave his intentions to agree as a parity covenant. Ahab made a covenant with Ben-had with the intent that Syria would be used as a buffer should there come an invasion from their enemy Shalmaneser III of Assyria. In (1 Kings 20:35-36) God reprimands Ahab's actions because even though he was King of Israel he did not have the right or privilege to negociate the terms of peace for a victory which was clearly by the sovereign rule and power of Jehovah, victory belonged to God and not to Ahab. Reprimand was brought upon Ahab by one of God's unnamed prophets (1 Kings 20:35-43) even though he repented, God was displeased that he had allowed Ben-hadad to live when he should have died. Ahab showed a lack of trust in Jehovah to destroy, Israel's enemies. Ahab should have trusted Jehovah to exercise His sovereign power against Assyria just as he had done in the battle against Ben-hadad King of Syria in (1 Kings 20:28-30). Ahab later died (1 Kings 22:29-40) after his sentence was prophesied by Elijiah (1Kings 21:17-26).
Revenging the Spirit of Disobedience : (1.) rightfully belongs to God (Rev. 18:20)(2.) and is almost always performed by rulers (Rom. 13:4) for appropriatness by those who are upright in the sight of God and man, for the benefit of others as an example of how to live or conduct ones behavior. (3.) it is plead for by those who are treated unjustly (Jer. 11:20).
Overcoming the spirit of disobedience is done through: (1.) Kindness (1 sam. 25:30-34) (2.) Exhibiting love (Luke 6:35) (3.) Blessings (Rom. 12:14) (4.) Forbearance of wrath or tolerance under God's wisdom (Rom. 12:12) (5.) forgiveness (1Kings 1:52) (1 John 2:1) (Ps. 85:2) (Is. 55:7).
Revenging the spirit of disobedience is manifested in: (1.) Forebearence (Mat. :38-41) (2.) Fleeing from or refraining from someone who exhibits this ungodly behavior such as a "heathen". Examples are: (1.) Simeon and Levi (Gen. 34:8-15) when they destroyed all the men of the city of Shechem, when Hamor's son Shechem raped their sister Dianah. (2.) Joab (2 Sam. 3:27, 30) when Joab killed Abner to revenage the blood of his brother, Ashael. (3.) Haman (Esther. 3:8-15) when Haman ploted to destroy the Jews in Shushan an in all of the Kings provinces to revange his honor when Mordecai refused to bow before him in the gate.
The advantages of not revenging the spirit of disobedience are: (1.) to allow forgiveness to break a cycle of retaliation which could lead to mutual reconciliation (2.) your enemy could feel ashamed and thus decide to change his or her ways and become converted to King jesus. (3.) Mediating to do evil and actively carrying it out could be very harmful if not deadly to you as it would be against your enemy. Sin is sin no matter wheather or not it is in the body, mind, soul or spirit and has to be punished by God. Allow yourself to show love and mercy by praying for this situation to change before God, and forgive him or her as you free your own soul from this darkness you will lift your hgeavy load of resentment. (4.) Evil will one day be punished (Ob.1:15) (5.) The faithful have hope for a new future in King Jesus (6.) remembering the sovereignity of God in human history (1 Kings 22:29-40) will prove helpful. (7.) Knowing God's ultimte purpose is to establish his eternal kingdom. (8.) Realizing Satan is already defeated (8.) knowing God's justice and judgment is not changed by his mercy (Gen. 18:25) (Is. 3:1-26) (Is. 3:15) (1 Kings 2:13-25).
Saint's of God, we proclaim our victory over the spirit of disobedience only when we have successfully revenged our own disobedience according to (2 Cor. 10:4-6) and focusing on (v.6.) And having in a readiness to revenege all disobediance, when your obedience is fullfilled.
We must constantly realize that even though we live in a body our fight is not according to human standards but according to God's written word about our flesh (vs. 2-5). Our spiritual warfare is against the flesh according to (Eph. 6:12-17) which gives us our mastery over the flesh, and all forms of enemy attacks apart from our own flesh (demons, devils and evil spirit and fallen angels). We must first begin by destroying wicked imaginations, and false arguments (things presented to our minds which has not happened yet, or is not even part of a reality situation, but is spoken, to our minds by the devil as if it had already happened and encouraging us to take action under falsehood and deception). God has provided a great arsenal of spiritual weapons against all evil forces of darkness (Eph. 6:12).
Let me strongly encourage each of you reading this devotional letter not to use the worlds weapons such as aggression, verbal abuse, physical abuse, violence, political solutions, human ingenuity, talents, wealth, propaganda, charisma, ect.; becase they are ineffective devices, and will lead to failure, spiritual destruction, natural death and defeat. We have the victory over revenging the spirit of disobedience when we obey God's written word to destroy the enemy within our own nature (body) and that which comes from satanic darkness (Mat. 4:3-11) (James 4:7-8). We have the victory over all evil and only need to remember God has given it to us when we tread them under our feet (Ps. 60:12) Through God we shall do valiantly, for he it is that shall tread down our enemies. Know, that when you revenege your own disobedience then you can honestly and justly revenege the disobedience of your enemies for God has given you this right, privilege and power to do so; in King Jesus name.
"MOVING HEAVEN!" "SHAKING EARTH!" "SHOCKING HELL!" "TO SET THE CAPTIVES FREE!" "IN KING JESUS NAME!"
August 27, 2016
"BORN-AGAIN CHRISTIANS BEHAVING BADLY"
(Ps. 119:11) Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.
Within the many counsels and purposes of God are faithfulness and truth. God has so wonderfuly designed his plan for all those who choose to serve him according to his written word; obeidence is what He demands and will not refrain from it. Yet, we find within the Body of Christ many who chose to walk not according to his written word; these we should all call "Born-Again Christians Behaving Badly"; at least those who are watching them and not among those called to be saint's of God would address them as such, and so should we, but with some degree of grace.
There are numerous stories which could be told by many of God's pastors and teachers of those within their congregations who profess to be "saved" but their character speaks of them differently. Those whose lives are filled with strife, guile, backbitting, way-wardness, immorallity, envy, theif, alcohol, drugs, gossiping, rudness, disorderly conduct, dishonesty, fighting, hypocrisy, and defilement, ect. All these evils and more are addressed in the Holy Bible with solutions of how to resolve or do away with such behavior.
For example, in the OT Samson in (Judges 14-16) committed several sins ranging from lust, pride, broken vows, manipulation and control, anger, taking revenge and lying. The results of his sinful lifestyle lead to several skimishes with the Philistines, and he was deceived by both of his wives which lead to his capture. God removed his spirit away form Samson and permitted both of his eyes to be gouged out, but eventualy God extended his divine favor upon Samson once more when he repented during captivity and granted Samson a death wish to strike the Philistines once more. Another OT example, is David and Bathsheba in (2 Sam. 11-12), David committed lack of wisdom and intergrity, lust, coveting, murder, manipulation, conspiracy, lying, thievery, covering sin and the harsh consequences resulted in the death of Davids son, and he brought reproach upon God's name and his kingdom.
God spared David because he repented and later gave him another son by Bathsheba whose name was Solomon but God's anger was not appeased for the sword remained in Davids house against him (2 Sam. 12:10-12). In the NT the attitude of the Prodigal Son's brother who despised his brother who had squandered his inheritance and began to feel within himself superior and self-righteous (Luke 15:25-28) and was annoyed that his brother was lavished with mercy and kindness by their father, this brother was behaving badly. And another example in the NT is Paul and Barnabas when they were involved in a sharp disagreement of whom to take along with them on their first missionary team to the places where they had esatblished churches in each city of the country. The strife or major disagreement not to take Mark with them resulted in the breakup of their team and where Paul and Baranabas departed each with a new assistant and traveled in different directions. Paul chose Silas and sailed to Cilicia, and Barnabas chose Mark and sailed to Cyprus, it is recorded that the new missionary teams were evidently both effective in carrying out their intended objectives with great results for God through King Jesus was reigning soverignly over their affairs for church planting and growth. Of course there are many more examples I could mention in this devotional letter, but I believe you understand my point.
In (2 Cor. 11-15) we are taught about those who live among us and who practice counterfit religion and are called "deceitful workers" who are used by Satan (2 Cor. 11:3) (John 8:44) to deceive God's people. Satan transforms his agents into "false apostles" and false teachers" who appear to accomplish great works for God in the form of enthusiastic and enticing gospel sermons (1 Tim. 4:1) trying to appear righteous but are filled with hyprocrisy for they are in reality rejecting godliness and dening its power (2 Tim. 3:5) but live under Satan's evil and wicked infulence and their message appears to be geniune but is filled with humanism and is far from a true representation or interpretation of God's revealed word in the scriptues (Gal. 1:6-7). They are worse than professings Christians who occassionaly make (a critical) mistake because they are in a leadership position recognized as a position of power and authority to influence the hearts and minds of their flock. They are false apostles and teachers who intentionaly deviate from sound doctrines of the NT apostolic beliefs and faith.
In (Ps. 33:11) we find that the counsels of God are immutable (unchangable) they have been established for ever. Therefore, with this infromation regarding the counsels and purposes which God has for those who are His, those who profess to be a "saint" of God should desire to live within the realm of God's requirements of strict obedience to His written word. "Born-Again Christians Behaving Badly" should not be named or found among the people of God for there are strict instructions to be followed inorder to live as one who fears God (Eccl. 12:13) to live as one who loves God (Deut. 6:5) to obey God (Luke 1:6) believe in King Jesus (John 6:29) who follow the examples of King Jesus (John 13:15) (1 Pet. 2:21-24), who walk in the Spirit (Gal.5:25), after the Spirit (Rom. 8:1)in the newness of life (rom. 6:4) and worthy of vocation (Eph. 4:1) and abstains from all appearance of evil (1 Thes. 5:22) subduing the temper (Eph. 4:26).
Saint's of God, the effectual demonstration of obedience to God's written word is done through the choices you choose to make as a saint of God. For God has given each person born in the earth by "the seed of a woman" (Gen. 3:15) free-will to choose to serve him or not to serve him; through this God has chosen to give freedom to people rather than to force them to serve him thereby making them his prisoner. It would be better to choose freely to serve God in obedience rather than to serve him as a counterfit or false teacher. God has provided many wonderful blessings, benefits, privileges, and promises to all those who freely and willing choose as a decision of their will to obey him and trust him to fullfil his word; always make a choice to obey God and allow him to pour out his goodness and best upon your life. Seek God through prayer to help you to make the very best decison possible, especially in matters of the heart and those involving behavior / character.
Let me encourage each of you to: choose to be aware of those misleading Gods flock who call themselves ministers but are deceivers; choose not to be deceived by their exceptional ability to secure other peoples admiration, devotion, and loyalty, choose not to be deceived by false teachers elequant oration, education, claims of miracles, membership status, popular messages, numerical church attendance records, televised services, or social media followings. Accept Gods word regarding his requirements for all His people including religious leaders for they all must be judged by their behavioral and attitudes, devotion and loyalty to "the blood of the everlasting covenant" through King Jesus (Heb. 13:20) given to us by the apostles doctrine.
"MOVING HEAVEN!" "SHAKING EARTH!" "SHOCKING HELL!" "TO SET THE CAPTIVES FREE!" "IN KING JESUS NAME!"
August 21, 2016
"WALKING IN THE SPIRIT OF THE GOSPEL OF KING JESUS":
"FOLLOW HIS INSTRUCTIONS"
(Gal. 5:25) If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.
The new school year has already begun with many students returning to complete another year of academics, along with many first timers. Most everyone is excited about new clothes, shoes, seeing old friends and the possibility of making new ones. Each student should be equipped with various books and supplies to cover their course of study in-order to assist them in becoming educated, skilled and talented for their successs far beyond the classroom experience. Some teen-agers and adult students have already acquired knowledge, skill and licencing to drive specific models of automobiles (cars, trucks,SUV's, campers, and motor bikes, ect.) for their convenience and safety while traveling to and from school.
While almost every product, book or piece of equipment will have it's own form of instructions included in the package or manual
we all know that there will always be someone who will choose not to follow the packages instructions. Many students will hear the familiar words spoken by their teacher, "Follow the instructions!" Yes, this too is probably what their parents would say, also.
Yet, most people or large number of people on the earth would rather be given the "short cut" version instead of the more complicated version of instructions. This is true of many of the people of God within the Body of Christ.
The "Bible" is our "go-to-manual" of information on how to live successfully in or through almost every situation comprehensiable to man, woman, boy and girl. It even includes instructions on how to care for / treat our animals. Some people today know how to do most everything in this modern world in which we live but they do not have the time or care to take the time to read or study the Bible on how to "walk in the Spirit". They simply perfer to "go through the motions of knowledge", of how to do it knowing that they are going to fail, rather than applying themselves to successful knowledge and usage of the scriptures.
"Walking in the Spirit of the gospel of King Jesus" is to follow the instructions which God has provided in His Holy written word, both in the OT and in the NT teachings; and it is attainable (acquired over time) for all true believers of the gospel of King Jesus, who choose to obey Gods written word. It is not an out-of-body-experience of walking and stumbling in darkness (John 8:12) or after the flesh (Rom. 8:1,4) as other Gentiles walked (Eph. 4:17) in craftiness (2 Cor. 4:2); in lusts (Col. 3:5-7); in disorder (2 Thes. 3:6, 11).
THE WALK OF FAITH IS A SPIRITUAL WALK
The walk of believers in the Spirit is also a walk of faith (2 Cor. 5:7) (For we walk by faith, not by sight:). The walk of faith includes six (6) kinds of faith which I will mention here briefly: (1.) Doctrinal faith--the content of all Christian belief (Jude 3).(2.)Saving faith-- is trusting in King Jesus and in him alone for salvation (Acts 16:31) (3.) Justifying faith -- is the true believers reliance on the fact that God has declared him righteous (Gen. 15:6) an in union with God (Rom. 3:28) (4.) Indwelling faith -- trusting God's written word in and through them (Gal. 2:20). (5.) Daily faith -- is the day-to-day dependance on God which is part of the santification process (2 Cor. 5:7) (6.) The Gift of faith -- is a special ability of faith resulting in a vision of what God can do, it is faith that is the means by which we can achieve that vision, and power with God to get answers to prayers (Heb. 11:1-3) (Heb. 1:6).
BY IMPUTATION OF KING JESUS
The walk of believers in the Spirit in the gospel of KIng Jesus is: (1.) Not of works (Acts 13:39) (Rom. 8:3) (2.) is of grace (Rom. 3:24) (3.) In the name of King Jesus (1 Cor. 6:11) (4.) By imputation of King Jesus righteousness (Is. 61:10) (1 Cor. 1:30) (5.) Frees from condemnation (Is. 50:8,9) (Rom. 8:33-34). (6.) Entitles inhertiance (Titus 3:7) (7.) Ensures glorification (Rom. 8:30) (8.) Buy faith and revealed under the OT age (Hab. 2:4) (9.) Does not make void the law (Rom. 3:30-31) (10.) Exemplified in Abraham (Gen. 15:6) Paul (Phil. 3:8-9).
The believers walk in the Spirit of the gospel of King Jesus is in integrity such as when Abimelech, was warned by God that the woman he had taken into his house-hold was revealed through a dream to be Abraham's wife (Gen. 26:9-11) (2.) When the Egyptian midwives obeyed the Holy Spirit when they were commanded to destroy the new born babies of the Israelites (Ex. 1;17-21) (3.) When Peter was offered money by Simon Magus to purchase the power of the Holy Ghost and rebuked him instead (Acts 14:12-15) (4.) When the character of King Jesus is recognized and emulated by his servants as walking in the Spirit (Rom. 8:29) (1 John 2:6) (5.) And realized that it is necessary to worship God (Psalm 24:3-4).
Saint's of God, there is still much more to be shared regarding "walking in the Spirit" which would require more than one devotional. However, you should know and understand that it is the will of God for all ture beleivers of the gospel to walk as instructed according to (Rom. 8:4) That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. It is the work of the Holy Spirit within you which allows you to live righteous lives, which is seen as the fulfillment of God's "moral law". When this is done properly then the operation of grace and obedience to the law of God are not in any type of conflict because they are both of righteousness and holiness. Faith is evidenced by it's fruits (James 2:21-25) (Gal. 5:22-23). To live without spiritual fruit in your life means that you are spiritualy dead (James 2:17, 20, 26).It is God's will for all true believers to produce fruits (Gal. 5:22-23) (Gal. 5:24) (Gal. 5:16-17) (Rom. 8:1) and to bring forth meat (John 4:34) which is to do the will of God just as King Jesus did (John 6:27). Let me both encourage you and instruct you to become grounded and settled in your faith (Col. 1:23) to have full assurance of your faith (2 Tim. 1:12) (Heb. 10:22); and as you continue "walking in the Spirit" of the gospel of King Jesus as God's word teaches remember all those who follow King Jesus are delivered from the darkness of sin, the world and Satan's kingdom, you are preserved as his true believers (servants). Following King Jesus means to walk in the spirit, which means to "follow the instructions" written in the Word of God. "Praise God".
"MOVING HEAVEN!" "SHAKING EARTH!" "SHOCKING HELL!" "TO SET THE CAPTIVES FREE!" "IN THE NAME OF KINGE JESUS!"
Sunday, August 14, 2016
"GOD'S PECULIAR PEOPLE OUGHT NOT TO GRIEVE THE HOLY SPIRIT!"
(1Pet. 2:9) But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should show forth the prasies of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marevllous light;
God's word reveals who the Holy Spirit is in both the OT and NT. In the Old Test
ament we are taught the Holy Spirit was present and actively engaged in the work of creation from the very first day until the seventh day when God rested from all his labours (Gen. 1:1-31; 2:1-25). The Holy Spirit came upon men to empower them to do mighty acts for service such as Samson (Judges 14:6). Elijiah (1 Kings 18:20-46) David against Goliah (1 Sam. 17:22) and when Gideon defeated the Midianites (Judges 7:21). But when they sinned through disobediance against God, the Holy Spirit withdrew from them. Such as when David sinned he cried out to God in forgiveness in (Ps. 51:11)...take not thy Holy Spirit from me. The Holy Spirit is God and is equal to the Father and the Son. In the New Testament King Jesus teaches his disciples about he Holy Spirit as the Comforter, he is introduced through the work of the Holy Spirit in (John 16:7-15). These passeges of scriptures outlines in detail the work of the Holy Spirit in the life of every true believer for he will come to live within them as the third person of the Trinity.
God's word reveals who the Holy Spirit is in both the OT and NT.
In the Old Test t
he Holy Spirit was sent to King Jesus disciples after His death (John 19:34); burial (John 19:38-42); resurrection (John 20:17); and ascension to the throne of God (Mark 16:19-20) and on the Day of Pentecost (Acts 2:1-5); and after, for he came to dwell within them to empower them to evangelize (2 Tim. 4:5); reproduce souls (1 Peter 1:23); change people (Acts 2:37-41); to turn the world up-sidedown (1 Thes. 4:16-17). The Holy Spirit (as you prehaps already know) came to live permanetly in the lives of Gods people to never to leave them but to fill them with power for the work wihich God has intended for them as his "peculiar" people. God's peculiar people are never to address the Holy Spirit as an "it", this is an insult because the proper reference is "He", you are to address the Holy Spirit with the proper noun as "He" or "Him". He is a person, He is God, He is the Son of God, He is the living spirit of God sent from God from His only Son , King Jesus. This is why King Jesus had to die and be buried and resurrected then assend to the throne of God in order for the Holy Spirit to come. Now, the Holy Spirit is the thrid person of the trinity.
God's peculiar people must be consciously aware that they are forbidden to grieve (sin) against the Holy Spirit. Because God is the Holy Spirit, and the Holy Spirit is God, and can be sinned against by both believers and non-believers alike. God has given a warning to believers, His peculiar people not to grieve the Holy Spirit within them. Believers grieve the Holy Spirit when they fail or refuse to allow the Holy Spirit to lead and guide them by controling their thoughts, words, and deeds (actions). This grieves the Holy Spirit because He was sent to control the lives of God's peculiar people to the glory of God in King Jesus (John 16:13-15) (Ex. 4:30-32).
The word peculiar actually means, distinctive in nature or character from others. It means God's peculiar people belong exclusively to someone, they belong to God through King Jesus; a group --the Church of God called The Body of Christ (1 Peter 2:9); they have a membership into God's kingdom on earth and in heaven (Mat.6:21) (Mat.16:19) (2 Kings 2:1, 11) (Rev. 5:9-10). God's peculiar people are set apart from others for righteousness and holy living (Ps. 4:3). Destictive in quality, style, attractiveness (Gal. 5:22-23) for active service in the kingdom of God for they have been bought with the price of King Jesus own precious blood (1 Cor. 6:19-20) (Heb. 9:12) (Heb. 9:22) (Heb. 10:19) (Heb. (:14) (Rom. 5:8-10).
Grieving the Holy Spirit is a sin because it causes the Holy Spirit to become wronged or to be sorrowful, oppressed to such a degree that His power becomes restrained or crushed. Meaning that "He" the Holy Spirits ability to lead and guide or direct your life would be hindered greatly to the point of His withdrawel (Ps. 51:11) and where repentance (Luke 13:3) (Acts 226:20) (Acts17:30), and forgiveness would be necessary (Mat. 6:122-15) (Mat. 11:26) (Col. 1:14) in order to be restored (Ps. 51:12).
God's peculiar people are forbidden to grieve the Holy Spirit (Eph. 4:30) because the Holy Spirit has power to:
(1.) convict men of the sin of unbelief (John 16:9).
(2.) convict men that King Jesus is the righteouness of God (John 18:10). (Rom. 10:3-4).
(3.) convict men that the power of Satan has been broken (John 16:11).
(4.) regenerate believers (John 3:5) (Titus 3:5).
(5.) indwell believers (1 Cor. 6:19-20).
(6.) to seal believers (Eph. 1:13-14).
(7.) baptize believers with the Holy Ghost (Acts 1:5) (1 Cor. 12:13).
(8.) infill believers (Eph. 5:18).
(9.) empower believers (Acts 1:8).
(10). lead and guide believers (Gal. 5:16-18).
(11.) administer spiritual gifts to believers (1 Cor. 12:1-11).
Furthermore, the work of the Holy Spirit in the lives of God's peculiar people produces:
(1.) A sinless nature (1 John 3:9).
(2.) A nature that can not sin (1John 3:9).
(3.) A righteous nature (2 Cor. 5:21).
(4.) A divine nature (2 Pet. 1:4).
Every person has two natures, the old man of Satan (the flesh), and the new man of King Jesus (the spirit of God). These two natures are at war against each other, but through the reception, belief and faith of King Jesus the new mans nature is made strong with each act of obediance to produce a stronger mans nature which prevails over the old mans (sinful nature) to produce the life of a "peculiar" person of the spirit for the glory of God through King Jesus.
Saint's of God, the love of God through King Jesus is so deep, strong and powerful (John 3:16) and everlasting (Daniel 12:2) (Chr. 16:17)(Rom. 8:33) (John 3:36) (John 8:35) (2 Pet.1:11) (Heb. 13:20), which can not be fathomed, it is so boundless that it can only be known by faith. God sent His only Son to be made sin for us, (that which God hate), that we might be made that which God loves (righteousness and holiness) (1 Pet. 1:16) (1 Cor 6:19-20) (1 Pet. 1:15) (Eph. 1:13). Let me both encourage and instruct you to never to grieve the Holy Spirit but to live a life worthy to be called one of God's peculiar people now and through out all eternity.
"MOVING HEAVEN!" "SHAKING EARTH!" "SHOCKING HELL!" "TO SET THE CAPTIVES FREE!' "IN KING JESUS NAME!"
"HAVING AN UNDERSTANDING HEART"-
(Prov. 4:7) Wisdom is the principle thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.
God answered Solomons prayer in (1 Kings 3:9) when he prayed for the ability to desern between good and evil just after he was crowned king of Isreal. He asked for this kind of wisdom because he was following in the footsteps of a great King, his father King David had endowed his son with a great heritage, inheritance and a great kingdom to rule. Solomon knew his own level of abilities and skill required much more than what he had already obtained, therefore, he sought God to equip him with a gift like no other inorder to help him rule over and lead Gods people, Israel.
Solomons awareness that he was young, and inexperienced (1 Kings 3:7) caused him to cry out to God for help in governing a nation of people who had proven themselves to be stubborn, rebellious, and very difficult towards leadership. God was pleased with Solomons request and granted him an abundant measure, which not only included an understnding heart, but a heart that was wise for handling the many crucital affairs of life in a righteous and skillful manner.
Solomon was gifted with an array of skills and abilities which would amaze the world for God gave him wisdom to govern the critical problems that would face his entire administration in the political, architectural and socio-eonomic, military areas, including the appointment of proper officals for all the needs of the nation and civil affairs. Solomons knowledge and wisdom lead to the successful growth and expansion of Israel's borders.
God spoke to Solomons "heart" inorder to equip him with such great wisdom and skill because God sees the heart as the spiritual organ where spiritual language that encompasses the totality of intellect, emotion and violition are contained. God spoke first of all to Solomons inner knowning- the place where the heart takes "action" in the following ways:
The heart is a knowledge faculty where things are known (Deut. 8:5), it is also a place where things are hidden (Ps.119:11), devised (Ps. 140:2); kept (Prov. 4:21), thought (Mark 2:8), doubted (Mark 11:23), pondered (Luke 2:19), believed (Rom. 10:9), sung (Eph. 5:19), place of condifence (Ps. 112:7-8), established (2 Cor. 4:6).
Secondly- God spoke to Solomon in the place in his heart where spiritual sensations (inner feelings) are comprised, such as having a glad heart (Ex. 4:14), the loving heart (Deut. 6:5), the fearful heart (Josh. 5:1), a courageous heart (Ps. 27:14), a repentant heart (Ps. 51:17), anxious heart (Prov. 12:25), angry heart (Prov. 19:3), revived heart (Is. 57:15), anguished heart (Jer. 4:19) , delighted heart (Jer. 15:16), excited heart (Luke 24:32), troubled or grieving heart (Lam. 2:18), (John 14:1).
Third- the heart is comprised of the human will of volition, the act of choosing, making a decision of choice to do something. The Bible speaks of volition as a heart that is yielded to him (God) (Josh. 24:23) and the heart of rebellion against him exist (Ex. 4:21), a heart that is devoted to seeking God (1Chr. 22:18-19), a heart turned to God (Ps. 119:36), perfect toward God (Ps. 101:2), wise heart (Prov. 10:8).
In the "Parable of the Sower" King Jesus is our great authority on matters of the heart as seen in (Mat. 13:18-23) he shares with his disciples four (4) types of hearts.
(1.) The wayside heart is known as the hard heart. These are the unbelievers who hear the word of God preached but can not receive the seed of the gospel because their hearts are hard and must be broken to make ready to receive the word of God.
(2.) The shallow heart, the stony soil fertile but depthless. They receive the word of God at once but outwardly with joy and excitement they are known as emotional converts who have no root in them and they soon wither away or turn back into sin.
(3.) The heart among thorns are those who are soil which has not been plowed and need the wild crops removed inorder to prevent the life of the gospel in them from being choked out.
(4.) The good heart on good ground are those who are hears and doers of the word and the gospel seed sown in them grows, they live and survive because their soil has been well plowed, they possess an inner knowning of their spiritual reception of the truth of the gospel.
In his use of parables King Jesus anology kept unbelievers in darknes as a means of "judgment" and also as an act of "mercy".Judgment because they were already in darkness, and mercy because they rejected him, who is the light. Very shallow soil atop a layer of bedrock from the surface appears to be fertile, but there is no depth to sustain a root system or reach water. A seed must have water in order to grow and live until the harvest whether it is a seed sown for a persons knowledge faculty-inner knowing, or for the inner feelings sensations faculty or for the faculty of human will. Having an understanding heart requires time, work, patience in order to produce fruit for the harvest pleasing to both God and man.
God answered Solomons prayer (1 King 3:9) because he knew his heart (Ps. 44:21),he searched his heart (1Cor. 28:7) (Ps. 35) (Rom. 8:27), he prepared his heart (1Chr. 29:18) and enlightened his heart (1 Cor. 4:6) toward the wisdom, knowledge, skill and abilities needed to rule such a vast kingdom as Israel. Solomon's empire extended far beyond the traditional boundaries of Israel. Through this greatly expanded empire, Gods people traveled to regions beyond their borders and took withthem their knowledge and understanding of their living God to minister to other nations and kingdoms. Through Solomons wisdom God fullfilled His promise to make Abrahams descendants numerous as the sand (Gen. 15:5,18) a great nation, and the Euphartes rive, God's promise to keep covenant with Abraham (Gen. 15:18) was fullfilled through part of Solomons rule as king of Israel. The remainder of the covenant God made with Abraham awaits fulfillment.
Saint's of God,there is still more to be learned about the heart which is the center and director of our spiritual language comprising the totality of our intelect, emotion and will. God touched each one of these areas to equip Solomon with all the many capabilities to succeed as a great, wise and powerful king over Israel, and he is still the same God as he was back then as he is today. Speak to God from your heart and not your mind, and ask him to give you wisdom which you desire tohave to help you to be a great leader in your life in this world. And trust that he will.
"MOVING HEAVEN!" "SHAKING EARTH!" "SHOCKING HELL!" "TO SET THE CAPTIVES FREE!" "IN KING JESUS NAME!"
July 30, 2016
"REFUGE FROM THE DOGGED PERSUIT OF ENEMIES": FALSE TEACHERS
(2 Pet. 2: 22) But it is happened unto them according the true proverb, THE DOG HAS TURNED TO HIS OWN VOMIT AGAIN; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire.
The worship of "false teachers is "highly offensive" to God", and should be for all those who live, preach and teach the gospel of King Jesus, however, this of course is not neccessarily the case as most of us already know from studing the written word of God. But there are many people who do not know the truth from a deception and unsupectingly are influanced by such people called, false teachers. False teachers are those whom Gods spirit has withdrawn from them (Gen. 6:3) (Hosea 4:17-19) (Rom. 1:24,26, 28) perhaps due to disobediance or an improper attitude while carring out a mission (1 Sam. 15:24) (King Saul).
The word of God mentions several names for false teachers one such name is "servants of corruption" because even though they have a tendesy to profess salvation they have not the power within to live a life which reflects salvation or to bring forth the fruits of salvation because they are too entangled or overcome by the worlds system of flasehood (2 Pet. 2:18-22). Their lifestyle has become corrupted and their end results are worse than their beginning in the initial phase of their profession as teachers or preachers of the gospel. Their present condition speakes of one who has lost or denies their salvation and profession of King Jesus. These false teachers are now regarded by the people of God of the House Hold of Faith community as "dogs" and "sows" (swine) which vividly portray their worthlessness and absurdity.
Those who choose to live a life of godliness before both God and men , many times find themselves in need of "refuge from the dogged pursuit of enemies" who have a pertinacity to persue them with false doctrines inorder to persuade them to convert from the truth of the gospel of King Jesus unto falsehood.
Peter refers to false teachers as "dogs" meaning they have become a worthless speciman of a human beign who no longer have the capabilities required by God as a human and now are reduced to an animal which is carnivorous (1 Kings 14:11) bloodeating (1 Kings 21:9) dangerous (Ps. 22:16) unclean (Is. 66:3) domesticated (Mat. 15, 26-27) creature with sharp teeth, and when the dog vomits he is so vial that he will return to his own vomit (2 Pet. 2:22). The spirit of spirit of false teachers are identified here as resembling that of a dog, reflecting their true nature. They were once redeemed from sin by the power of Gods grace through King Jesus, but have fortified their salvation for something (worthless) which is of Satan (Ps. 22:20).
False teachers pervert the gospel (Gal. 1:6-7) through Satanic deception (2 Cor. 11:13-15) in various forms such as social media wicked movies, books, magazines, schools, cults, ocults, music, clubs, gangs, govenments, churchs, religion, relationships, family and friends, neighbor, ect. and they are relentless in every sense of the word and then some, they are wickedly tenacious in tempting Gods people with their beliefs of falsehood and will of course deceive many (Mat. 24:5, 24).
All those seeking "refuge from the dogged pursuit of these enemies of falsehood" should avoid them at all cost (Rom. 16:17-18) detest them (Jude 23) try or test them with caution (1 John 4:1) by the truth of King Jesus spirit living within you for they are sometimes cruel in their attempts to sway Gods people (Acts 20:29), they speak perversely (Acts 20:30) and are very corrupt (2 Tim. 3:8) in ther dealing with Gods people (2 Tim. 3:8), they hate reproof / correction (2 Chr. 18:7), and are very decitful (2 Cor. 11:113), love to error from the truth (2 Tim. 4:3-4) are proud in what they live and believe (1Tim. 6:3-4) are covetious (Titus 1:11) for they are after all dogged --with pertinacity and grimness in carrying out their assignment from Satan.
Dogs were created by God as animals of different breeds, to assist people for various resons, such as herding, guard dogs and for protection, some were breed as attack dogs. In the beginning dogs were possibly the first of Gods animals to be domesticated, being derived from wolf stock of Europe and Asia. They are spoken of by Job as gaurd dogs for his flock in (Job 30:1). It is recorded that during the Bible days dogs were generally despised outcasts known for their ravenous and ruthless nature, given to prowling and filthy habits (Prov. 26:11)). The male of the dog species are seen as dipicable males or youth who are worthless or of poor quality. Here is a very brief list of "dogged" dogs which are known the world over as attack dogs which represent the character and capabilities described in the preseeding paragraph on false teachers. They are:
(1.) The Pit Bull--a fighting dog which was breed for centries for blood sports or entertaiment that involves killing or injuring of other animals or human for the pleasure of specators, today, they are used to assist law enforcement, and as guard dogs.
(2.) Doberman Pincher--is a guard dog used to protec people because they are driven, strong and sometimes stubborn and take their instructions from their owners.
(3.) Bloodhound dog-- is a large sent hound orginally breed for hunting, but are more commonly used today for tracking people who are lost or traped. They are also used by law enforcement because of their keen tracking instinct to track criminals, to conduct drug bust by police departments and other areas of law enforcement.
(4.) Rottweilers--are known to have patentially dnagerous behavior resulting from improper care or abuse by negelectful owners who failed to socialize their animals properly. The male of the dog species are seen as "dipicable males or youth something worthless or of extremely poor quality.These animals are highly protective of their territory and do not welcome strangers. Today many of them are used for search and rescue or guides for the blind. (Many of these dangerous animals are used as K-9 rcue dogs and others are used in the military.)
Most people before they are grown have had some type of bad memerable experience with one of these very dangerous dogs or another breed, from these experiences they know how relentless a deadly animal can be when they are threaten or fear that their territory is being invaded by a stranger. Their canine teeth are long sharp teeth which dig deep into the flesh and they do not intend to let go until they succesfully destroyed their victim. False teachers are similiar in their persuit to sway God's people from the truth, therefore all ture believers of God should be watchfl and prayerful against them.
God is angry with false teachers who prevert the gospel (Ps. 5, 6: &:11) (Rom. 9:13) and through the book of Proverbs chapters 25-29 provides contrast of comparisons of warnings and instructions regarding the future state of the wicked and righteous, these contrasts are also seen in (Job 8) (Ps. 49) for the benefit of those who truly desire to serve God in obedience to his written word. (Ps. 37:1) provides encouragment to the righteous in knowing that the prosperity of wicked / false teachers will be cut off. And even though David the psalmist was troubled by the prosperity of the unrighteous, he held true to his faith that God would cut off their undeserved wealth. David knew that God would intervene in His own time and destroy them and their bounty.
Gods judgments and punishments of the wicked, false teachers, and unregenerate one day will be executed, until that time it is the will of God for HIs people to continue in faithful service and never ever defend the wicked or condem the just for to do so is a sin aginst God (Prov. 17:13; 15).
A person who is a false teacher is one who is referred to as "dogged" meaning that they are persistent in their efforts, stubbornly, tenacious, mulish, inflexiable, resistant to change, unyeilding, and unreasonable obstinate (as a stubborn child) with a stubborn disposition. Remember the Rottweiler is a dog with territorial instincts meaning they will defend their territory or property until death. Prepare yourself wisely before entering into dangerous territory of the enemy, to do otherwise could prove to be fatal. Our warfare agaist the enemy is a spiritual battle often resulting in loss of life for those who do battle with weak, or worn out armor (Eph. 6) or not enough armor. Our warfare is according to (2 Chr. 10:4-6), in the name of King Jesus (Mat. 26:41) (1 Cor. 8;12) (Judges 16:17) (Mar. 14:38).
"Dogs", is just one of the numerous terms and names which are decripitive of false teachers in the Bible, here are a few more: scorpions, serpents, smoke, tares, wayward children, wild donkeys, goats, colts, Green tree, retrobate silver, bad fish. These names are provided in order for you to trample them under your feet (Job 40:21) (Ps. 44:5) (Ps. 60:12) continously untiil they are destroyed, in King Jesus name.
Saints of God, when you are in need of refuge from the "dogged" pursuit of false teachers barraging your life to distract or sway you from the truth which you have come to know and love, remember divine refuge is in King Jesus (Ps. 142:5) from thee storms of life (Is. 4:5-6) in times of trouble (Ps. 9:9) and is a great and powerful place of protection from carnivious dogs learking about with deception to weaken your spiritual foundation (Ex. 20:1-21). King Jesus is always available and ready when you call upon His wonderful and powerful name (Ps. 46:1)(Phil. 2:9-11). King Jesus is our refuge and shelter from all harm. "He is our way of escape".
"MOVING HEAVEN!""SHAKING EARTH!" "SHOCKING HELL!" "TO SET THE CAPTIVES FREE!" "IN KING JESUS NAME!"
"TO CEASE FROM SLIGHTING THE SPIRIT OF GRACE"
(St.John 16:13) Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth is come, he will guide you into all truth:
The people of God are especially protected by God (2 Cor. 1:10) Who delivered us from so great a death, and doth deliver: in whom we trust that he will yet deliver us; God through King Jesus has delivered his chosen people from many great trials before, during and after the establishment of the New Convenant Church. He, God, willing protects his people from both seen and unseen dangers because they are called of him (Ex. 28:1) (Heb. 5:4); qualified by God (Is.6:5-7) (2 Cor. 3:5-6); they are commissioned by King Jesus to become ministers of the gospel (Mat. 28:19) and are sent by the Holy Spirit (Acts. 13:2;4), therefore it is imperative that Gods ministers are careful concerning the presence and movement of the Holy Spirit within in their lives.
The Holy Spirit is recognized by many Biblical scholars as the third person in the trinity having a distinct personality in (St. John 16:13). The Holy Spirit is equal with the Father and the Son, King Jesus in essence, but sepeate in person while remaining submissive in duties. The word of God teaches us that God is a person and the Holy Spirit comes to us from Him through King Jesus, so it follows that the Holy Spirit is a person who indewells the body of Gods ministers as a living and active being. The word of God clarifies this through the scriptures by ascribing the attributes of personality to the Holy Spirit (the third person), while describing the personal actions of the Holy Spirit with masculine pronouns (John 14:17; 16:13).
Because the Holy Spirit is of God and sent from God with divine qualities he is recognized as being omniscient (1 Cor. 2:10-13) all knowing; omnipresent (Ps. 139:7-12) everywhere present; omnipotent (Ps. 115:3) infinite in power, he is all-powerfull. For these reasons He, the Holy Spirit is worthy of receiving adoration, love, worship and fellowship from the ministers of God and from those whom they minister unto (St. John 14-16).
Because the Holy Spirit is recognized as a person who is worthy of respect equal to that of both God and King Jesus and it is understandable that Gods ministers along with their congregations are to cease from slighting the Spirit of Grace. In (Zech. 12:13) the prophetic words of Zechariah speaks of apocalyptic prophecy where King Jesus our Messiah-shepherd who would accomplish salvation for Israel would be rejected and struck (11:4-7)(cf. 13:7) in the first burden and (12:1-1; 14:21) during the second burden upon Israel the focus would be upon restoration and conversion of Israel. there would come a battle upon the people of God for help. Through the prophetic words of Zecharaiah God shows compassion on Jerusalem when he pours out grace upon them against their enemies through the "Spirit of Grace" to give them an answer to their prayers for delieverance even though they deserved puinshment by the Roman sword due to their guilt when King Jesus-Massiah and shepherd was pierced in the side (John 19:34) and for His death on the cross.
It is believed that through the "Spirit of Grace" in Zachariah's prophecies comes the doctrine of salvation unto the people of Israel. Zachariah's personal life along with his priestly and prophetic life affords to us a clearer understanding of King Jesus both as priest and as a prophet. In (St. John 16:13) we are given some revelation into the personality of the Holy Spirit and His actions within Gods ministers and all believers alike. Therefore, Gods ministers are to fully recongize and appreciate the Holy Spirit in relationship to the "Spirit of Grace"" which God sends to show favor and mercy upon all lthose who call upon Him in truth. God gives grace as an extension of his great love for his people. Grace is undeserved favor of God in providing salvation for those who are most deserving of condemnation or judgment. In both the OT and NT times grace forms the basis of all Gods relationship with mankind towards offering help / assistance; guidance and direction.
To slight the "Spirit of Grace" would mean to treat as unimportant or to be negligible as to disregard the presence of , to be imperceptible would be to disregard as in unnoticable in regards to appreciation, to be insulting would be to say something offensive, scornful, or abusive; it would also mean to say or do something which would injure anothers honor or self-respect. Deeply humiliating actions or words to wound the feelings and to arouse anger such as "strife".
Because the Holy Spirit indwells our bodies which are considered by God as the temple of the Holy Ghost (1 Cor. 6:19-20) everyone who ministers the gospel should be sure to address others with care and caution as not to do or say anything which would not glorify God on earth or in heaven, thus slighting the spirit of grace within themselves or within other members of the Body of Christ.
Old Testament grace is seen in the expression of divine and human relationships with several people, one of them was Gideon (Judges 6:17), it is shown as an expression of Gods sovereign love (Ex. 33:19), it brings personal knowledge of God (Ex. 33:12-13), demonstrates Gods presence and forgiveness of sin (Ex.33:17), reveals Gods glory (Ex. 34:18-33), aids in Gods choosing of Israel for his own inheritance (Ex. 33:16); brings preservation (Ex. 9:8); is essential to choosing David as a King (2 Sam. 15:25); caused Israel to be saved and one day to accept King Jesus as the Messiah (Zech. 12:10); brings mercy (Num. 11:15); withholds judgment (Isa. 60:10)..
New Testament grace is believed to bring something delightful or beauitful (Luke 1:3); describes King Jesus in His incarnation (John 1:14; 16-17); is contrasted with the law; is an innexhustible supply of Gods grace; never interrupted and knows no bounds; is power which comes or flows from God, and King Jesus to those who believe and receive him in faith; gives success in a mission (John 4:33); gives power to unbelievers to believe in King Jesus through the doctrine of salvation (John 18:27); grace and the gospel of King Jesus are synonomous; calls and equips ministers and others for service (Rom. 15:15-16); gives power to resist the devil (James 4:6-7), applied to ministers for a sovereign calling (1 Pet. 1:10-10); means of spiritual growth (2 Pet. 3:18); serves as a comforter and a counselor (John 16:13-15). There are many other things which the Holy Spirit does in the life of a minister and in the lives of others who are chosen of God for a particular mission or task some of which are included later in this months devotional. However, the "Spirit of Grace" is one of the many aspects of the Holy Spirit in the Doctrine of the Holy Spirit (John 16:13-15) and is carried out throught the procession of the Holy Spirit (John 15:26) to accomplish many amazing and wonderful things for the kingdom of God on earth and in heaven because it is the agent who incorporates all believers into the Body of Christ (1 Cor. 12:13) and makes it's residence in the church (1 Cor. 3:16) and is the foundation and building of the church (Eph. 2:22) is the inspiration of our worship (Phil. 3:3) and gives us direction for missions (Acts. 13:3; 4), appoints her workers (Acts. 20:28); distributes spiritual gifts to the church (1 Cor. 12:1-11), anoints ministers to preach (Acts 2:4) (1 Cor. 2:4) guards and protects the gospel (2 Tim. 1:14) is the one who promotes the churches righteousness (John 16:8) (1 Cor. 3:16; (6:18-20).
Through the restraining power of the Holy Spirits ministry to eradicate sin in the earth through righteous believers before the age of the Anti-Christ where rebellion will be esccelated, the Spirit of Grace is able to minister effectively to the Body of Christ and offer healing, salvation, and restoration.The Spirit of Grace is the source of our election (Rom.3:24) (Titus 3:7) faith (Acts 18:27) consolation (2 Thes. 2:16); hope (2 Thess. 2:16), necessary to the service of God (Heb. 12:28) ; Gods work is completed in saints (2 Thes. 1:11-12), is established in them (Heb. 13:9), glory of exhibited in our acceptance of King Jesus (Eph. 1:6), our labor would be in vain without Gods blessings of the "Spirit of Grace" (1 Cor. 3:7) (15:10). The Holy Spirit and the "Spirit of Grace" are
seen as interrelated or complementary and not contradictory to each other. They are actually one opperating many times together or as seperate in the form of "divine grace" which is the "Spirit of Grace", or as "general grace" operating in a smaller or reduced form from the "Spirit of Grace". Both the divine grace and general grace of God are both wonderful aspects of the "Spirit of Grace" and are inextricable , meaning they can not be seperated, they are fixed to exist together within the doctrine of the Holy Spirit (John 16:13-15).
Saints of God, it is through the working of the Holy Spirit within the people of God who chooses to obey him that the Spirit of Grace is allowed entrance into our lives to grant answers to prayer in the time of need (Heb.4:16). God's all-abundant grace is made available (Rom. 5: 15-17; 20) whether on a grand scale such as in the Exodus of the children of Israel at the Red Sea (Ex. 14:21-31) or on a much smaller scale such as when King Jesus turned the water to wine at the wedding in Cana (John 2:1) or in the form of favor, kindness or friendship, it is essential for all to understand that all answers to prayer are given through the divine sovereign will of God and will be answered according to His divine plan for your life and for the lives of those whom you love, and are not always answered as expected. Therefore it is imperative to receive the answer to prayer which God chooses to give, thereby, allowing you to refrain from slighting the "Spirit of Grace" which can and one day will prove unfavorable to you in the end. Remember that grace is: Gods' love and mercy in action, more commonly known as "Gods' unmerited favor" and should not be abused by any means. "Gods' grace is accurately, amazing!"
"MOVING HEAVEN!" "SHAKING EARTH!""SHOCKING HELL!" "TO SET THE CAPTIVES FREE!" "IN KING JESUS NAME!"
July 16, 2016
"JUDICIAL SPIRITUAL BLINDNESS"
(Rom. 11:7) What then? Israel hath not obtained that which he seeketh for; but the election hath obtained it, and the rest were blinded. (Rom. 11:8)
Judicial spiritual blindness is something that is not uncommon in either the OT or NT times, and certainly is a condition found in many modern day leaders around the world. It is known as a "spirit of sutpefaction"--- derived from a state of being dull of senses; another way of saying it would be "spiritual insensitiveness to anothers feelings". Pharaoh was one such person who lacked spiritual sensitivity toward "Moses", Gods' chosen deliverer of the childern of Israel from Egyptian bondage, Pharaoh was filled with judicial spiritual blindness from his ancestrial lineage and was already in opposition to Israel's God even though many mighty miracles were perrformed in his presence to demonstrate Gods awesome power. Pharaoh's heart was already harden against God, so God continued to use him for his purposes. When Pharoah resisted Gods will to let his people go into the wilderness to worship him; he received Gods appropriate judgment, (Ex. 7:3), a punishment which was not based on capricious actions but was according to righteous judgment, since God reserves the right to show mercy on those he chooses, He, God chose not to show mercy upon Pharaoh (Rom. 9:18).
Isaiah speaks of judical spiritual blindness of Israel when he said in (Is. 29:10) For the LORD hath poured out upon you the spirit of deep sleep, and hath closed your eyes: the prophets and your rulers, the seers hath he covered. Israels worship of God had become a formality--void of adoration for him even though they made yearly animal sacrifices to God, he will still send judgment upon them through the invasions of Assyria and Babylon, their enemies.
The judgment of God will come upon them because of their juidicial spiritual blindness from a spirit of stupefaction brought on by their own drunken self-indulgences (Is. 29:9) which caused them to be dull of hearing, and therefore, insensitive to the message of God. God puts upon them a deep sleep (or divine anesthetic). Their hearts are incapable of receiving Gods message without his divine intervention (Is. 29:10). God's divine intervention is necessary in order to bring faith and repentance to their hearts, man cannot in himself receive or obtain it is for it is too great (Rom. 11:7-8), they are a people destitute of vision (Rom. 9:18) (Mat. 15:14).
Judicial spiritual blindness is perverted by disobedience . Remedies for this condition are promised in King Jesus (Is. 42:7;16); proclaimed in the gospel (Luke 4:18-21); perfected in faith (John 11:25) (35-38); and through spiritual insight from Gods' divine power to help those who choose to obey His word and grow into spiritual matuity to obtain spiritual sight through:
(1.) Faith ---in every area of growth which follows their salvation; (2.) virtue --- moral excellence (3.) Knowledge --- spiritual truth (4.) Temeperance ---self-control (5.) Patience --- endurance (6.) godliness - God-likeness (7.) Brotherly kindness --- love (8.) Charity ---volitional love. All of these areas of judicial spiritual growth will involve a life long committment of
spiritual growth for all believers especially for those who endure and are of the election (Rom. 11:7) "the chosen ones."
"The chosen ones" or election are Gods choice of those who believe in King Jesus, and refers to God's choosing in King Jesus a particuliar people in whom He destines to be holy and without blame in His sight (2 Thes. 2:13) (picking the very best from among those who are considered "the best" of his people and are willing to continue in the faithful service to God, through King Jesus until His second coming (Mat. 22:14) For many are called, but few are chosen.
The "chosen ones"(Mat. 22:14) who are of the election of God--"the true church" are predestined of God and are required by God to: (1.) be called (Is. 42:6) (Is. 43:1) (Is. 43:7) (Mat. 10:1) (2.) be justified (Rom. 3:24) (8:30) (3.) proven (1 Cor. 15:1-58) and tried through the word of God and through the Apostles doctrine. (4.) glorified (Rom. 8:30) (5.) conformed to King Jesus likeness (Rom. 8:29) (6.) Holy and without blame (Eph. 1:4) (7.) Adopted in to Gods kingdom (Eph. 1:5) (8.) redeemed (Eph. 1:7) (9.) receipients of the Holy Spirit (Eph. 1:13) (10.) created to do good works (Eph. 2:10) (11.) All who are chosen must identify with King Jesus and the body of Christ which is (Eph. 1:22-23), the "true church ". These are the ones who are (12.) qualified and given a promotion into great leadership with spiritual sight and sensitiivity to the feelings of others. Those who obey Gods word, will and commands are set-free from a spirit of stupefaction call "judical spiritual blindness" (Rom. 11:7-8) through Gods grace, mercy and the powerful blood of King Jesus (Rev. 12:11).
Saint's of God, let me both instruct and encourage you to study the written word of God daily, and obey Gods commands so he will not place upon you a "deep sleep" whereby you are left without His great mercy but instead fall under His great wrath. Through obedient and faithful service to God you, too, can become one of "His chosen ones" for a position of great leadership with the wisdom and spiritual sensitivity required to lead Gods' people. Obey God, serve him in holiness (2 Chro. 16:29).
And let us all remember to pray for those who are currently in leadership within our nation. Pray for them to seek Gods' perfect will for their lives as they endeavor to lead our country during such troubleing times in the face of estreme adversarial conflict both within our nation and from abroad.
"MOVING HEAVEN!" "SHAKING EARTH!" "SHOCKING HELL!" "TO SET THE CAPTIVES FREE!" "IN KING JESUS NAME!"
July 11, 2016
"AN UNDERTAKING TO RESOLVE TO PRAY"
(Luke 18:1) And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray and not to faint;
In the aftermath of the recent "Dallas Police Ambush" shooting / killings of police officers by Micah Johnson, in downtown Dallas, Texas, on Thursday, July 7, 2016. Many people have provide financial, prayer and others types of support to the remaining survivors and their family. I believe that this topic is a very important one, since prayer unto God has to be presented in a certain manner in order for God to answer, this letter for some is a reminder of how to approach God, and for others it will serve as a basic orientation, or introduction to offering up prayers for others unto a just and holy God in a horrific deadly situation. May God strengthen and help the victims of this terrible ordeal as they continue to live their life apart from their love ones. Lets pray that they will all choose to live a life worthy of the glory of God on earth and in heaven to come.
Luke was considered both a historian and a theologian who was great as an expositor of the meaning of facts. His book "Luke" prominent emphasis is on "prayer" especially in (Luke 18:1-14) which shares with us his knowledge of King Jesus parable on prayer not from a personal eyewitness perspective; but from his sifted access of others eyewitness poignant account of the facts. He sees King Jesus message on the subject of prayer as very direct and not at all evasive in its emphasis on both modern and ancient application.
In (Luke 18:1-14) a widow woman made a public outcry for her vindication from an adversary, she was persistent in her petitions before an unjust judge who feared he would grow weary of her long sufferings before his court for help, and decided to give her what she requested. King Jesus sees her unwavering faith in the mist of adversarial conflict and praises her because she did not faint under the strength and power of the courts judicial system but was a formidable foe against her tormentors. This unjust judge saw such strength in her unwavering faith that he finally gave her what she wanted.
Within this parable King Jesus stresses to his disciples what "men" should do, rather than fainting or giving up on their desires or petitions before those in power and authority when denied justice but rather to pursue with unrelenting faith even as this widow woman; in their "undertaking" to resolve to pray" unto God for answers.
In verse 6-8 Luke points to Gods recognition of his peoples ability and courage to persist before him in supplications through patience and perseverance unto the time King Jesus finally returns in His second coming.
An undertaking to resolve to pray in the face of all adversarial conflict demands or warrants four (4) personal requirements, such as (1.) Purity of heart (Ps. 66:18-19) with thanksgiving for all God has done, and in anticipation for what he is about to do, while understanding that God will not answer any prayer of those who take pleasure in unrighteousness (iniquity) in the heart (vs. 18) (2.) Faith (Mat. 21:22) is synonymous with receiving through prayer. Receiving an answered prayer is directly related to faith even though God sees and knows the variables in receiving answers to prayer (Dan. 10:12-14), he still maintains his sovereignty (rightful status) and prerogative to answer a prayer born of faith and to dismiss all others spoken in doubt or fear.
(3.) Prayer must be prayed in the name of King Jesus (or by praying in another one of His holy names) in order to bring glory and honor to God through His Son. A person must pray in harmony with King Jesus nature, character, and will. They must also pray with faith in Him and His sovereign (independent) power. Praying in King Jesus name means that He will answer any prayer that he would have prayed himself. They must also understand that God, King Jesus and the Holy Spirit work to support each other in the doctrine of the trinity. They do not act in any way contrary to Gods written word whether together or separate.
(4.) According to Gods will (1 John 5:14) Having assurance in yourself before the presence of God in prayer leads to confidence in presentation of a petition. Effective praying must be in accordance to the revealed written word of God, (as should our lives be) and through the work of the Holy Spirit in submission. Asking in faith according to his will brings the desired answer, or a greater answer to prayers because God through King Jesus hears us with the understanding that His answer will be according to His purposes.
"An undertaking to resolve to pray" has five (5) unique parts:
(1.) Adoration (Dan. 4:34-35) is the act of paying honor, as to a divine begin in worship, something which Nebuchadnezzar failed to do before he was turned into a beast for seven (7) years. After the term of his punishment Nebuchadnezzar forsook his sin and turned to a righteous lifestyle of showing mercy to the poor (Luke 18:1-14) and downtrodden whom he had oppressed. He also learned to recognize Gods power, greatness and sovereignty, for he was Daniels God (Dan. 4:34-37), the Lord God of Israel.
(2.) Confession (1 John 1:9) before God and in the name of King Jesus often will bring (1) forgiveness by and reconciliation with God (2.) it brings the purifying from (removal) of guilt and the destruction of sins awful power in order to live a life of pure holiness (Ps. 32:1-5).
(3.) Supplication (1 Tim. 2:1-3) a humble prayer or petition unto God for specific need for all those who are in a position of power and authority and those who are subordinates that they may live a life of peace and honesty. These types of prayers are to be done in all preeminent church meetings, should be done in business and government meetings, as well at home.
(4.) Intercessions are prayers to God on the behalf of others in need (James 5:15), these types of prayers are in the form of "pleading the cause" powerfully unto God and often are accompanied with fasting and or spiritual warfare against the enemy (Eph. 6).
(5.) Cautiousness with thanksgiving (Phil. 4:6) there are three unique benefits to praying with caution (1.) A remedy for undue anxiety without the dismissal of legitimate concerns while remembering our trust in Gods faithfulness by placing
our anxieties, cares and problems on Him (Mat. 6:25-34) another way of saying this would be something like this "Rest and sleep peacefully tonight, cause I got your back". (2.) The casting of care upon God allows the peace of God to guard and protect our hearts and minds as a result of our faithful commitment and communion with King Jesus (Phil. 4:6-7) (Is. 26:3-4) (3.) Our sovereign God strengthens us to do what he desires of us, "Obey me!" (v. 13; 3:20) (Eph. 3:16) (4.) God then imparts to us His mercy and grace along with help in the time of distress or need (Heb. 4:16). (5.) We can live with confidence in knowing God is in control because he is God Almighty, and today he might say something like this "Keep calm!" "I got this!" (Rom. 8:28).
Finally, there are five (5) types of prayers which you can offer up unto God (there are others):
(1.) Exclamatory utterance...prayers prayed in a hurry (Luke 23:42).
(2.) Secret prayers (Mat. 6:6) are private, closet type prayers.
(3.) Family prayer (Acts 2:10;30)
(4.) Group or corporate prayer (Mat. 18:2)
(5.) Public prayers (1 Cor. 14:14-17)
Saints of God, prayers prayed in faith to God believing are our most powerful weapons against the enemy of darkness, be it in the natural realm or in the spiritual realm (unseen realm). Prayer is designed by God as a means of communicating with him through his written word, in the name of King Jesus and through the Holy Spirit. Prayer when done properly recognizes the trinity of God, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit as three separate persons acting as one to bring the desired answer to those who trust and obey Gods written word. Without trust and obedience God can not and will not answer your prayer, neither can King Jesus or the Holy Spirit. So, if you have unanswered prayers, perhaps, you should review or reflect upon your own life in the light of Gods written word concerning "an undertaking to resolve to pray" by searching the scriptures along with your heart for a solution. There are several general requirements to answered prayer already mentioned in this letter, however, here are a few more to review in your search for the answer. Praying with simplicity and not long boring prayers void of the presence of God (Mat. 6:5-6, unity with like believers (Mat. 18:19-20)...make sure you are forgiving to those who have wronged you before praying a prayer with others; praying with a repentant heart and unceasingly (1 Thes. 5:17) It is Gods will and part of his nature to answer prayer even though the answer sometimes is not what we expect, but we can always know that God only has our best interest at heart and will never leave us nor forsake us, he will not put more on us than we are able to bear. Trust in God, because he is in control.
"MOVING HEAVEN!" "SHAKING EARTH!" "SHOCKING HELL!" "TO SET THE CAPTIVES FREE!" "IN KING JESUS NAME!"
July 5, 2016
"HIDING BEHIND FORGIVENESS"
(Ez. 33:15) If the wicked restore the pledge, give again that he had robbed, walk in the statues of life, without committing iniquity; he shall surely live, he shall not die.
Ezekiel's name means "the strength of God," for he was one of the great prophets of Judah. Ezekiel was a prophet of a priestly family, which was carried away captive to Babylon in 597 B.C., he began his prophetic ministry five years after he was in Babylon and he ministered tot he captive people who lived at the river Chebar at Tel Abib.
His message to Judah was threefold: (1.) Ezekiel was to explain that Judah must be judged for disobedience; (2.) To encourage the remnant of Judah through prophecies of her glorious future and restoration; (3.) To emphasize the preeminence of Gods glory and character. Chapter 33 and verses 1-33 reveals Ezekiel's role as a spiritual watchman (vs. 1-7). His prophetic ministry is likened unto a watchman, or guard, who oversees seen and unseen dangers of a coming enemy and follows through
by warning the people. God revealed Himself to Ezekiel through his ministry with glimpeses of extraordinary visions permitting him to perform symbolic acts of which made him somewhat of a curiosity to those who knew him and were his contempories (3:1-3).
Ezekiel's mission was not an easy one for he was responsible and held accountable for warning the people of their sins and to call them unto repentance by turning to the Lord God. As a prophet of God with the strength of God to support him Ezekiel was powerful in his delivery of Gods' message to all of Israel even though his message application was to be made and addressed on an individual basis (vs. 12-16).
His first message / commission (3:6-7) was concerning judgment and his second commission was concerning restoration and blessings. In (vs. 15) Ezekiel's message was directed to the wicked for stealing from others and to restore what they stole without committing any future iniquity and they would be allowed to live and not die. Because God is a just God and his judgments not arbitrary but are always in accordance with the wickedness of individuals and nations. In the verses (15-16), God is willing to reserve judgment allowing time for the wicked to repent as he offers forgiveness unto them.
Today, there are numerous people who make a practice of "stealing" from others even though they are totally aware that stealing is against the word and will of God, they choose to commit this sin with the knowledge of what they are doing by using such phrases as "I can get forgiveness later" or some may say "May God forgive me for what I am about to do!". Both phrases and actions are against the will of God and when acted upon will bring Gods wrath and harsh judgment.
Those who practice or live by such methods are "Hiding Behind Forgiveness" to commit wicked injustice (iniquity) against others. They are actually committing willful sin and later expecting to receive forgiveness from God when they decide to repent.
God's plan of forgiveness was not intended to be used with either of the two phrases. The basis of forgiveness is through Gods nature (Ps. 86:5) For thou, Lord, art good, and ready to forgive, and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon thee. These two phrases which many people use and carry out are generally believed to be the results of false teachings which encourages sinners, the backslidden and wolves in sheep clothing, babes in King Jesus, and hypocrites indulge, thus leading into destruction. Forgiveness is a term used to indicate Gods pardon for a fault or offense; also to allow the guilty to be pardon from payment for a debt owed. In the OT God is the one who both forgives and holds the guilty accountable (Ex. 3:4-7). And he alone provided for the forgiveness of sin through a sacrificial system which was later addressed in more specific detail in the NT through the life and death of King Jesus on the cross.
There is no biblical ground found in either OT or NT for such phrases as "I can get forgiveness later"; or "May God forgive me for what I am about to do!" Gods purpose for forgiveness of sin, was for the dissolution of ritual impurity and forgiveness of moral impurities, and not for willful sin; for all those "who commit sin defiantly" there is no forgiveness of sin based upon sacrifice (Num. 15:30-36). The sin committed in theses chapters and verses refer to a young man who willing breaks Gods commandment for the Sabbath, for him judgment was swift and harsh, he died. For all those who are as this young man was then, today, in sinning a willful sin there is a grave risk of immediate and irrevocable judgment according to (Mark 3:29) and (Luke 12:10) for there is a great possibility that this type of sin will not be forgiven because sin is forgiven through seven (7) ways which glorify God, The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, which when done according to the will of God will recognize who God is. These seven (7) ways of forgiveness are (1.) Gods nature (Ps. 86:5) (2.) God's grace (Luke 7:42) (3.) Shedding of King Jesus blood (Heb. 9:22) (4.) King Jesus death (Col. 1:14) (5.) Son's power (Luke 5:21-24) (6.) Mans repentance (Acts 2:38) (7.) Our forgiveness (Mat. 6:14).
The author of Hebrews says it best in (Heb. 10:26) For if we sin willfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, But certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries. The following scriptures (Heb. 10:28-29) teaches us that an even greater punishment will fall upon those who dishonor King Jesus sufferings and blood atonement sacrifice for all the worlds sin as unholy, and who shows disrespect to the Holy Spirit. Those who commit willful sin should be careful of how they approach God through King Jesus for forgiveness, they will encounter the great wrath of God.
Those who are indignantly sinning against God are those who despise his: (A.) Covenant (Deut. 4:23) (B.) Works (Ps. 78:7,11) (C.) Blessings (Ps. 103:2) (D.) Laws (Ps. 119:153, 176). (E.) Word (Jas. 1:25) There are several benefits of forgiveness when done according to Gods written word and they are outlined as (1.) Gods means of forgiveness (Mark 1:25-26) (2.) Restored Christian fellowship (2 Cor. 2:7-10) (3.) Spiritual blessings (James 5:15-16). When we bring glory and honor to God through repentance and forgiveness of sin God will offer pardon of sin by completely blotting out your sin (Is. 43:25) he will remember your sin no more (Jer. 31:34) He will heal you of your sin and remove any, if not all curses associated with your sin (2 Chr. 30:18-20).
Saints of God, let me encourage you to search your heart and mind carefully to determine if there is any forgiveness needed to be done on your part to another whom you have offended and if there is someone whom you have wronged thorough wicked injustice, or someone whom you have not forgiven who has sinned against you, which remains unresolved. Forgiveness is contrary to the patterns of the world, flesh and the devil. Forgiveness is an act of grace through King Jesus and shows forth his righteousness, or lack there of.
Remember, that God sees all disobedience as sin, his desire is for you to repent and be forgiven of sin so he can reveal to you, a glorious future and emphasize his wonderful presence and glory in your life. Refrain from "HIDING BEHIND FORGIVENESS" to commit willful sin, and walk in the light of the gospel according to King Jesus, forever.
"MOVING HEAVEN!" "SHAKING EARTH!" "SHOCKING HELL!" "TO SET THE CAPTIVES FREE!" "IN THE NAME OF KING JESUS"
June 26, 2016
GODS' LIBERAL AGENTS OF DIVINE REVELATION
(Ps. 25:14) The secret of the LORD is with them that fear him; and he will shew them his covenant. (Deut. 29:29)
Secrets are generaly thought of as something secred by most people, including the old and the very young. Secrets are suppose to be kept, just as it is, a secret. But, unfortunately, they manage to be brought to the light from obscure darkness. (1 Cor. 4:5) Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the heart: and then shall every man have praise of God.
The liberal agents (people) of secrets are not to expose secrets, especially one that is to be kept by a solomen sacred promise of trust. Secrets are done, made, or conducted from the knowledge of others, such as secret negotiations.They are kept from knowledge of any but initiated or privilege, in the case of passwords. Most strong relationships have endured the test of time based on trust of those who are both wise and deserning to honor a secret promise based upon their personal knowledge of the person who owns the secret. (2 Cor. 4:2).
God has so graciously provided to his people who fear, reference, love, honor, and respect his soverignty; his liberal agents of divine revelation knowledge of hidden (secret) truth from the (holy) spiritual realm.
The fear of Almighty God should be a decision of choice of our free-will (Ps. 34:9) and also can be a gift from God which is imparted by the work of Holy Spirit (Is. 11:1-3); to those who love and obey him and hate evil (Ps. 97:10) (Prov.3:5-7). God extends his invitation to come and know him through his word and by the Holy Spirit. Only as we fear the Lord will we beome privy to his secrets through divine revelations. True fear of Almighty God causes his people to place their faith and trust in Him alone for guidence and direction and divine revelation knowledge of things past, present, future.
Gods liberal agents of divine revelations are revealed to all those who approach Him in sceret prayer (Mat. 6:6) for spiritual understanding of His: holiness, character, divine truth for all man kind, prophecy, and judgments of sin (Rom. 2:9) (Gen. 44:16). In (Eph. 1:16:20) Apostle Paul prays for the church in Ephesus to reflect Gods highest desire for them. He prays for the Spirit to work in them a greater measure; for them to receive more wisdom, revelation and knowledge, concerning Gods' redemptive purposes for present and future salvation, more abundant power of the "Holy Spirit" in their lives which would reach far beyond themselves for the benefit of others in Gods kingdom on earth and in heaven.
There are four-teen (14) liberal agents of divine revelation mention in the scriptures; they are:
(1.) Visions (Is. 6) some are for immediate direction, as with Adam (Gen. 12:1-3) (Act 10) to develope the kingdom of God by revealing the moral and spiritual deficiencies of Gods people, His desire for them to maintain a right relationship with Him. During the OT times "visions" were the primary liberal agents for divine revelation given to the prophets from God.
(2.) Dreams (Dan. 2) A prophetic dream, though supernaturally inspired, is communicated by how the person dreaming thinks, feels, and views his or her world and enviornment (Gen. 40:8). Dreams have somewhat of a type of status, by this I mean, that the dreams of common people often differed from the dreams of kings and queens, and those of who are thought to be Holy men and women, the later form of dreams are more important on a national or international scale because they impact the lives of numerous people rather than say a family or a small community.
(3.) Poetry (Ps. 139) often expresses an identical or nearly identical thought, concerning wisdom and understanding, while other forms of poetry will reflect and express opposing thoughts concerning the wicked and the righteous. The purpose of poetry is that it provides imagery and tone for inspired writers to bring Gods message home or specifically pointing to Gods will for His
people.(Ps.49:3) (Ps. 37:21)
(4.) Face-to-face conversation (Deut. 5:4) God spoke to Moses (Ex. 33:11) whom he considered to be His friend.
(5.) Sermons (Mat. 5-7) which has the intent of elevating or orienting human life to a heavenly perspective into a Holy realm of thought and not and earthly realm.
(6.) Tablets of stone (Deut. 10:4)
(7.) Miracles (John 6) provides the opportunity for the demonstration of Gods awesome power, character, and purpose over humanity and nature, such as in the phrase "This was an unmistakeable act of God".
(8.) Parables (Luke 15) are the use of metaphors or similies put into a brief story to make a difient point or disclosure. It has one main point (Mark 4:30).
(9.) Inner conpulsion (Acts 21:10-13) which is something like a strong irresistable desire or urge to perform some act without rational response.
(10.) History (1 & 2 Chro.)
(11.) Angels-- messengers of God (Luke 1:26-38)
(12.) Historical research (Luke 1:1-4)
(13.) King Jesus, in (Hebrews 1:1-2) King Jesus is recognized as the agent of Gods' revelation and he of course is more superior to the OT prophets. During the OT times it is determined that the agents of visions, dreams, visions and events and direct communication as people (men) was provided in bits, pieces and was considered fragmentary and incomplete mainly because people were and still are imperfect beigns. Where as, King Jesus message (revelation) was climactic --meaning the highest point reached or summit, to be the final stage and also complete because he is the Son of God with the message for the end times through His incarnation and to be fullfilled in His second coming (Acts 2:16-17) (3:19-21) (1 Pet. 20).
(14.) Gods means of self-revelations today is, His written word, the Holy Bible.
Saints of God, today we have the person of King Jesus living on the inside of us in the person of the Holy Spirit. We are required not to place all of our faith and desires in dreams and visions, even though God can and will use them to benefit us (Gen. 20:3) but rather in the Holy scriptures, this is the means of Gods liberal agents of divine revelation unto his people. Let me both instruct and encourage you to search the scriptures, obey the written word of God, and to trust God through His word to bring the revelations you need in desperate times for the answer to your secret prayer; He is more than able, he is willing to hear and answer your prayer; in the mighty name of King Jesus.
"MOVING HEAVEN!" "SHAKING EARTH!" "SHOCKING HELL!" "TO SET THE CAPTIVES FREE!" "IN KING JEUS NAME!"
June 20, 2016
'RANSOM BY MEANS OF PROPITIATION"
(Ex. 30:12) When thou takest the sum of the children of Isreal after their number, then shall they give every man a ransom for his soul unto the LORD, when thou numberest them: that there be no plague among them, when thou numberest them.
As part of Gods' plan of deliverence of His chosen people Isreal out of the bondage of the Egyptians during their travels through the wildereness; God required of them a monatary sacrifice called "a ransom" for the atonement of their sins in (Ex. 30:12) this money would be used for the maintaninence of the temple ( house of prayer) of "a porbable sanctuary" carried by
children of Israel in the wilderness in mid 13 c. .
Ransom is a word which referrs to the "sum of money required to be paid for the release of a prisoner or captured person." God required His people to actually pay money for the redemption of their own souls. They were given the opportunity to pay the required fe or payment for their own souls. This is a revelation, because most people today refuse to pay money for things they owe and many refuse to pay a gift, donation or tithe which is required according to (Mal. 3:8) for the store house. Yet, the people of Isreal was required to pay a half shekel of silver, everyone who were of the required age to pay for the redemption of their "own" soul to be delivered from a plague in their camps. In the OT God is Isreal's redemmer (Ex. 6:6) (15:1-2) The tabernacle was ameans of God's continual preservation of Isreal as a divine place of worship symbolizing prayerand communion with God, as a way to remember how he delivered them and protected them from a plague (vs. 12).
The ransom "money" ensured their deliverance which was a type and shadow of the redemptive power of King Jesus on the cross, when he bought salvation by his own blood sacrifice (Eph. 1:7). King Jesus was made a ransom for all our souls, rich and poor alike, he paid the ultimate sacrafice, there is none greater (Mark 10:45) (Mat. 20:38). He redeemed a fallen people from the power of the grave (Hos. 13:14). In the OT the ransom money was use primarily for making sockets of silver, the foundation of the entire temple. IN the NT King Jesus is the source who was made a ransom and the author, Hih Priest, Captian, savior, and redeemer. He is the foundation on which our hope and faith in God is built for the doctrine of salvation.
The language of redemption (ransom) is found throughout the OT and is spoken of in more explicit and entensive details in the NT regarding the profound effects of sin in the life of an unregenerate soul, sinner. In the book of St. John, King Jesus teaches who is a slave to sin; and reads as (St. John 8:34) Jesus answered and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin. Sin comes from the heart (Mat. 15:19) and works darkness in the soul (Eph.5:11); causes dead works (Heb. 6:1; 9:14), is a reproach (Num. 15:30), causes defilment (Pro. 30:12) because it is of the devil (1 John 3:8) (John 8:44), and is sometimes secret(Ps. 90:8) (1 Tim. 5:24) often presumptious (Ps. 19:13) and reaches to heaven for judgment (Rev. 18:5) entered into the world through the old man Adam(Gen. 3:6-7) (Rom. 5:12), all men are conceived and born in sin (Gen. 5:3) (Job 15:14)(Ps. 51:5, no man can cleanse himself from sin (Pro. 20:9) (Jer. 2:22), no man can atone for his sin (Micah 6:7).
King Jesus was the only one without sin (2 Cor. 5:21) (Heb. 4:15) (1 John 3:5) and he was manifested to take away sin(John 1:29) King Jesus blood cleanses away all sin (1 John 1:7) (John 8:36), King Jesus specifically became, was, and is the ransom for our souls through his life, and death (Eph. 1:7) King Jesus life was the propitiation for all sin including Adams sin (Heb.9:28) He turned away Gods' wrath (2 Chr. 29:10) (2 Chr. 30:8) (Rom. 31:25-26) (Ps. 106:23) from all mankind and made away for healing of the soul through reconciliation (2 Cor. 5:18) And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconcilition. (2 Cor. 5:19) To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trepasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.
The redemption of all our souls would not be made possible without the involvement of King Jesus life and death, Gods' only Son, therefore his life , death and resurrection from the dead seal our souls with him for all eternity. He is infinately worthy of all our love and devoted service to him. The plan of redemption, the ransom of King Jesus on the cross was accomplished by Gods power (Deut. 7:8) King Jesus blood (Eph. 1:7) and Gods' power, grace to all mankind (Rom. 3:24-25), turning away his wrath for our sin.
There are several benefits of the ransom which was paid for the porpitiation of our soulsin reconciliation back to him; God. These few that I am writing about are the main focus of our ransom: (1.) Forgiveness of sin (Col. 1:14) (2.) Justification for our sin (Rom. 3:24-25).(3.) Adoption (Gal. 4:4-5) (4.) Gods' possession (1 Cor. 6:20) (5.) Gods
people (Tit. 2:14) (6.) Purification (Tit. 2:14) (7.) Sealing of our souls (Eph. 4:30). (8.) Inheritance (Heb. 9:15) (9.) Heavens glory (Rev. 14:3-4) (10.) Consummation in the second coming of King Jesus and the end of history and the fullfillment of Gods' kingdom promises(John 14:6) (Daniel 9:27) Destruction of Satans' kingdom authority.
In the book of Revelations we are given a description of the finished work (Rev. 5:5) And one of he elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof. (Rev. 5:9-10) And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people and nation; And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign ont the earth. King Jesus has forever redeemed us and has broken down every wall which devides us through the law of sin (Rom. 6:14) (Gal. 3:13). We are redeemed from racial and ethnic barriers, barriers between men and women, the rich and the poor which causes numerous types of conflicts. We are made free from all sin, and made righteous through his ransom for our souls (Ps. 31:11) (Ps. 33:11) (mat. 25:46).
Saint's of God, rejoice in knowing that our ransom and redemption unto salvation is of God, and is the purpose of God. We all must receive him for our selves and must remember to be renewed,revived and refreshed as often as needed. We are to build each other up in the faith and continue to honor, love and worship God through King Jesus every day, giving thanks for his awsome power to redeem us for King Jesus was made a ransom for our souls. We should all glorify God in knowing what this scripture in Proverbs says, (Prov. 21:18) For the wicked shall be a ransom for the righteous, and the trangressor, for the upright. So, now, remember this scripture and pray it often for this is a sure way to secure yourself and your love ones before the presence of God, when Satan throws a stumbling block in your way (2 Thes. 1:6) (1 Peter 4:18) to cause you to faint and give up on the fight against sin in the flesh and the spirit.
"MOVING HEAVEN!" "SHAKING EARTH!""SHOCKING HELL!" "TO SET THE CAPTIVES FREE!" " IN KING JESUS NAME!"
June 12, 2016
"THE FIVE GREAT CAUTIONS WRITTEN WITHIN THE BOOK OF HEBREWS"
(EZ. 33:9) Nevertheless, if thou warn the wicked of his way to turn from it; if he do not turn from his way, he shall die in his iniquity; but thou hast delivered thy soul.
Hebrews author still largely remains anonymous to us though he was known to some of his orginal readers as mention in (Heb. 13:23). It is believed that the author had a superb knowledge of Jewish levitical thought and also Greek literary style. Today, the matter of authorship remains unsolved.
The author whether Jew or Gentile wrote to impress upon his readers that the Hebrews are Jewish christians and the five cautions written within the book of Hebrews serves to indicate that some of them were in danger of returning to Judaism. If they were to return to Judaism many would avoid persecution by the Roman government. Judaism was legalized religion, sanctioned, protected and permitted under Roman law, whereas Christianity was not. It was apparent that some Hebrews were suffering persecution and desired to ease their own sufferings
(10:32). Hebrew christians had often received persecution in both the cities of Jerusalem and Rome.
The main focus of the epistle to the Hebrew christians is an exhortation for them "to go on to perfecction" (Heb. 6:1) and not to turn back into Judaism, even though serving King Jesus might cause some form of persecution.
CAUTION #1 (HEB. 2:1-4) serves as warnings by God for the Hebrew christians not to neglect King Jesus message of salvation. King Jesus is God's greatest and most important messanger from heaven. There is no other messanger or message greater than "His" of the "good news of the gospel." His message is superior to: the prophets (Heb. 1:1-4); the angels (Heb. 1:5-2:18); superior than Moses (Heb. 3:1-4:16); than Aaron (Heb. 5:1-7:28); King Jesus message both teaches and emphazies his deity (Heb. 1:5-14); His is humanity (Heb.2:1-18); His priesthood as High Priest (Heb. 5:1-6:20). King Jesus new convenant is better and superior than the OT law and rituals (Heb. 1:4) (Heb. 4:14-16). King Jesus is superior because of the work he accomplished on the earth which was confirmed by God with miracles and gifts of the Holy Ghost (Heb. 2:4) which also confirmed apostolic revelations (2 cor. 12:12) (Heb. 2:2-4).
CAUTION #2 (HEB. 3:7-11) Stresses to the Hebrew christians "not to doubt God's promises. This warning stims from Israels past disbelief and hardness of heart, under the godly leadership of both Moses and later Moses succesor Joshua, and serves as an example. God warns them not to commit the same sin which Israel committed in the wilderness. God had demonstrated his ability to deliver the Israelites from Egypt to be their provider during the first month out of captivity and throughout their journey into the Promised Land. God does not want the Hebrew christians to fall into disbelief; lest any have unbelief in their heart and committ apostasy, which is a deliberate departure from Him and His full revelation (Heb. 3:12-13). Instead, they are admonished to exhort each other often with the truths which will strengthen their faith in King Jesus from the truth written within the epistle. Their sin was failure to believe God would take care of them.
CAUTION #3 (Hebrew 5:11-14) The Hebrew christians are warned against spiritual immaturity (Heb. 6:4-6) due to lazzy hearing of the epistle doctrine of King Jesus which could lead to a life style of sluggishness (Heb. 6:12). The author emphazies through encouragement for his readers to grow and to keep growing until they reach maturity by leaving the elementary teachings of the Word. Here the author addresses what his readers need to abort or leave behind: (1.) Basic steps to salvation (2.) Their post-conversion experiences (3.) Teachings on "Last things" and go on to the deeper truths which indicate or produce spiritual maturity. The author is stressing the point of continuing on in the faith unto spiritual maturity for the security of the Born-Again beleiver which particularily involves the promises written in Gods' word (Heb. 18-20)(7:24-25) (8;12) (10:10:14) (John 10:28-30).
CAUTION #4 (Heb. 10:26-29) (vs. 26-31) Are warnings against turning back into Judaism or into the world of sin once-an-for-all. King Jesus is the perfect sacrifice for sin in the flesh and spirit. There is no other sacrifice greater and none to come after him. The author is warning the Brethern and all Saints of God not to commit deliberate or willful sin. He stresses there is no sacrifice for apostasy. To defy God, would result in death by stoning on the testimony of two (2) or three (3) witnesses for the sin of apostasy (vs. 26) (vs. 28) to serve pegan gods (Deut. 17:2). The severity of these admonitions and all others in the Bible is Gods will for his people to perserver through great and small trials which helps to develop character in Him (Mat. 11:20-24) (Luke 12:48). This fourth warning should help all to understand to acquire knowledge of God ought to strengthen, deepen, and not to weaken his or her awareness of God's inevitable judgment against those who do commit willful sin.
CAUTION # 5 (Heb. 12:18-29) This is the final warning which emphazies the dangers of rejecting or refusing warnings from heaven. The second warning and the fifth warnings are quite similiar. However, there are some differances: The second warning contains Israel's sin of unbelief concerning God's promises to care for them as their provisionary. And in the fifth warning their sin is the actual refusal to hear and obey Gods' warnings at Sinai. God often spoke to Moses only, but now God was speaking to the tribes of Isreal. God warns the Isrealites through his demonstrations of fire, darkness and tempest on Mount Sinai inorder to get their undivided attentiion and to put fear in them of turning aside from his presence to serve idle and false gods. He wanted them to hear and fear him, to obey him.
In the book of Hebrews these five warnings are serious warnings regarding Gods dealings with the tribes of Isreal and his people today. At Sinai the Isrealites refused to hear Gods' awesome voice from heaven; now we must not do as they did, but listen, hear, and obey. We have the wonderful glory and presence of God through His written word to follow each and every day. And God has graciously given us his voice in our hearts in the form of the Holy Spirit; to reject Gods' written word today, would be the equivalent of rejecting the voice of the Holy Spirit. To do so would result in the form of a severe punishment, so obey and live. Because no person during the Israelites journey from Egypt into the Promised Land escaped Gods judgment, we know and understand that no one, today, or the days following will be able to escape the judgment of the second coming of King Jesus (Is. 3:1-8) (Joel 3:14-16) (Mat. 24:27-30) (Rev. 16:16-21).
These five (5) Cautions serve as warnings against disobedience to Gods' word and are actually a message of love and hope through Eternal Life in King Jesus because King Jesus is superior to all others since his sufferings (1.) Were done to identify with all of humanity (2.) To destroy the power of Satan, death, hell, and the grave (3.) To become our High Priest of intercessions to make reconcilation for the sins of the world. (4.) King Jesus sufferings made him the captian of our salvation, He is the Apostle and High Priest of our Born-Again Christian faith, affording to Him a superior ministry (Heb. 8:1-10:18), a superior and better convenant (Heb. 9:1-12); a better sanctuary (Heb. 9:1-12); a better and superior sacrifice for sin (Heb. 9:13-10:18). King Jesus demonstrated a superior life which exhorts his believers to fellowship with him, to perserver through test and trials because he overcame them, to sanctification (a pure and holy life free from sin), because he obeyed HIs heavenly Father all the way to death on the cross. King Jesus brought to us His New Convenant of peace for eternal life.
Saint's of God, let me encourage and exhort you to take heed to each one of these critical warnings and obey God's word for your life, knowing that there is none greater or superior to King Jesus, none in the OT and none in the NT, he is the ultimate expression and demonstration of Gods' self-revelation to us, His name is King Jesus, He is the Son of the living God.
"MOVING HEAVEN!" "SHAKING EARTH!" "SHOCKING HELL!" "TO SET THE CAPTIVES FREE!" "IN KING JESUS NAME!"
June 6, 2016
UNDERSTANDING THE TRUTH REGARDING "THE PRAYER OF AGREEMENT"
(MAT. 18:19-20) Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.
In (Mat. 18:19) King Jesus instructs his disciples to induce God through faith in answering their prayers with two or more people present and in agreement. One person may not be successful in getting the attention of God to answer a specific prayer request but certainly two or more of like minded faith will (2 Cor. 13:11) (Phil. 2:2).
Years ago the "Prayer of Agreement" was preached from the pulpits of many chruches across the U.S., as a secret prayer for married couples to the exclusion of those that are single or unmarried . However, since that time I have heard it preached from a more mature and truthful perspective as a prayer for "all believers in King Jesus", the way in which it was orginally intended (Rom. 15:5-6) (Ps. 85:10).
The prayer of agreement was designed by King Jesus to be prayed in sincerity with humbleness of spirit, with truth, justice and peace through the unity of love for one another with forgiveness in order for God to answer the prayer (Ps. 85:10). There are several different types of prayers of agreement mention in the Bible in both the OT: Laban and Jacob (Gen. 31:43-53); David and Jonathan (1 Sam. 18:14) and the NT: The Jews and Gamaliel (Acts 9:34-40); employers and employees (Mat. 20:10-13).
Prayers of agreement have been found neccessary for the fullfillment of Bible prophecy (Acts 15:45) And to this agree the words of the prophets; as it is written. James is using a prophecy from the book of Amos (Amos 9:11;12) which is concerning the Gentiles in God's kingdom who donot equate the church with the messianic kingdom making them one, but what James is saying is believe to be that the church is not fullfilling the prophecy but that what is currently happening in the church is actually agreeing with the events which will happen at a later date and time in the kingdom, where God will restore his kingdom after the church age, allowing redeemed Gentiles to fully share in Gods' eternal blessings.
The prayer of agreement is forbidden by God through King Jesus between believers and non-believers (1 Cor. 10:21) Saint's of God and sinners are not to come into a prayer of agreement because it is an inconsistency and also an impossibility. Apostle Paul points out that to attend heathen feast would be to have fellowship with demons and devils. Likewise, to engage in a prayer of agreement with non-believers would result in desaster, causing unanswered prayer and could possiblily open or unleash demonic activity into the life of a believer (2 Kings 20:12-18).
Prayers of agreement are to be done by matching words with performance (2 Cor. 10:9-11) between like minded believers inorder to prove effective (James 5:14-16) (Mat. 16:17-20). By so doing the awsome power of Almighty God will be present to perform mighty miracles, as in the case between Apostle Peter and Apostle Paul. Apostle Peter was sent to preach the gospel of King Jesus to the Jews but not exclusively to the Jews. While Apostle Paul was sent to minister the gospel to the Gentiles, but not exclusively to the Gentiles. There is only one gospel, and there is no difference in the gospel only the recipients. Both Apostle Peter and Apostle Paul were entrusted with the gospel for all Jews and Gentiles respectively.
The pilliars of the church gave both Apostle Peter and Apostle Paul the blessings of (the right-hand-of fellowship) of approval (through prayers of agreement) and a pledge of fidelity along with an agreement for them to work in their respective ordain calling to evangelize all people to the same gospel. They shook hands in agreement as equals in the ministry of King Jesus.
WICKED AND EVIL MISUSE OF PRAYERS OF AGREEMENT
The decitful misue of prayers of agreement are evident in the life of Ananis and his wife Sapphira (Acts 5:9-11). Ananis and his wife sold their posessions and property. Then they brought the money unto Apostle Peter. The husband lied frist about the price of the land and what was kept back. His wife being privy to this was in agreement with her husband and followed in the same manner as her husband. She died also. They both died because they had conspired to lie to the Holy Ghost inorder to increase their image before others. They abused the privelege of the prayer of agreemnet. They greived the Holy Spirit (Eph. 4:30).
The abuse of prayers of agreement is used to manipulate the life of another person, situation, or event. These prayers are uttered to declare, compel, or provoke its evil and wicked desires upon another irrespective of his or her needs, will or desires. These typesof prayers are filled with wicked injustice designed to cause hurt, harm, danger and financial depreviation; they ignore Gods will or purpose in the lives of others (Numbers. 22:6-13).
The abuse of prayers of agreement are contray to the will of God and will bring a curse against those who practice such forms of praying (Gen. 12:3)There are several hinderances to answered prayer mention in the Word of God. Iniquity in the heart (Ps. 66:18); refusal to hear Gods' law (Prov. 28:9); an estranged heart (Is. 29:13); waywardness (Jer. 14:0-12); singful seperation from God (Is. 59:2); offering unworthy sacrifices (Mal. 1:7-9); praying to be seen of men (Mat.6:5-6); pride in fasting and tithing (Luke 18:11-14); lack of faith (Heb. 11:6) doubting or double mindeness (James 4:3).
Prayers of agreement which God will delight in answering are when we start helping the hungry and afflicted (Is. 58:9-6), when we believe that we will receive what we ask of God (Mar. 11:23-24) ; when we forgive others (Mar. 11:25-26); when we ask in King Jesus name (John 14:13-14) and when we abide in King Jesus and obey his words (John 5:7), when we pray in the Spirit (Eph. 6:8), when we obey Gods' commandments (1 John 3:22) and of course ask according to His will (1 John 5:14-15).
Although there are many wonderful things to seek and ask God for in prayer of agreements; here are a few: deliverance from harm, asking for peace, spiritual maturity, guidance and direction, wisdom and understanding, strengthing to overcome trials, to receive good gifts, fullness of joy, help in the time of need, prosperity, healing, reward or promotion; prayer for the nation, local community, safety, marriage, healing of the sick, discernment, spiritual understanding, ect. Because prayer has great power over everything in life; it is very impotant to pray carefully and wisely so God can spiritually and intellignetly act in any part of the world, the nation, or universe to change nature and physical bodies, and human conditions. God will only answer prayers of agreement that are prayed according to his written word.
Prayers of agreement should be prayed according to (1 Thes. 5:17) Pray without ceasing. And in faith believing for the answer. Because prayer will many times make a difference in what is happening in your life, and others and in the world around you, it is important to note that your understanding of prayers of agreement will directly correspond to your understanding of who God is. Faithfulness in prayer, and dialoguing or communicating with God will lead to answered prayers.
Saint's of God; the power of prayer of agreement is tremendousand will bring answers to prayer; as in the case of Paul and Silas in the prison (Acts 16:25) where God sent an earthquake to free them and as a result the prison jailer and his family were saved. Let me encourage you to have confidence in your prayers which comes through your reliance upon God who is great, holy, and mighty. Having confidence in God will give you a new perspective on lifes problems, and the world in which you live. Pray righteous prayers of agreement so that you will receive all your prayers answered according to (Mat. 18:19-20).
"MOVING HEAVEN!" "SHAKING EARTH!" "SHOCKING HELL!" "TO SET THE CAPTIVES FREE!" "IN KING JESUS NAME!"
(May 26, 2016)
"THE DISCIPLINE OF SPIRITUAL LISTENING"
(MAT. 13:23)) But he that receiveth seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit and and bringeth forth, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.
The human ear is thransformed into a spiritual hearing ear in the following ways (1.) By awakening the ears is understood to mean "to make someone teachable" (Isa. 50:4) (2.) By undercovering the ear means "to reveal something" (Isa. 50:5) (3.) By turning the ear towards wisdom means "to desire understanding" (Prov. 2:2) (4.) By inclining the ear means "to listen"or "to obey" (2 Kings 19:16) Jer. 11:8) (5.) By opening the ears means "to have obedient, hearing ears" (Ps. 40:6). These are gifts which can only come from God. (6.) By letting words sink into a person means "to understand thoroughly or fully" (Luke 9:44). Since the ear is a strong and powerful organ disigned especially for hearing, it can be understood that the ear directly affects the functions of the mnid allowing the ear to exercise judgment and understanding in matters of the heart, spirit, body and soul concerning both the spiritual and natural aspect of life.
In (Job 32:11) the word "ear" is used as a verb which means in this sense "to pay careful attention", this is in the case where Elihu was reproving Job's comforters while listening attentative to what was said before he commented. Elihu believed what he heard indicated that Job had a complaining attitude toward his sufferings and a hostile attitude toward God. Elihu also presented his case inferring that God does not have to or need to answer men but he does so to reveal Himself through dearms and visions, in addition to pain and suffering. Once a person responded faithfully and favorable to trials and sufferings, and responsibility; God will then restore him (vv. 25-28).
SPIRITUAL HEARING AND UNDERSTADING
There are four types of people who hear the word of God with their hearing in (Mark 4:14-23). They are the four soils: (1.) The unresponsive people, who fail to respond to the gospel (seed) sown so the devil quickly removes it to prevent their salvation (Luke 8:12). (2.) Those who are impulsive people who quickly receives the gospel but fail to add up the cost of what is required to live the gospel life and then their spritual reality is destroyed or plucked up, their faith and belief is suddenly shorten when they defect from the truth which they heard with their ears due to overwhelming or somes light persecution. (3.) Those who are preoccupied allowing legitimate affairs of life to take priority over the gospel truth. And last but not least (4.) Some people take the gospel truth to heart which bears the fruit of faith, obedience and fidelity in them through their hearing and understanding, they produce the evidence of true conversion (Mat. 13:23).
God gives grace to hears (Eph. 4:29).It is also important for me to write we are taught in (Rom.10:17) So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. Spiritual hearing and understanding are the work of the Holy Spirit within new converts, (and those mature in the gospel) as a result of the preaching of the gospel concerning faith (Gal. 3:5).
In James chapter 1 verse19, James helps his readers to understand things in their right relationship in the gospel such as: (A.) Hearing (James 1:19) (B.) Speaking (James 3:1-12) (C. ) wrath (James 4:1-12). It is pointed out in these scriptures that trials require silence and patience because conversation (talk) can and often will inflame anger, and anger, inflames talk which also distracts from the careful attention when listening (or developing listening skills) to hear God. In James chapter 4 verse 1-12, he stresses his point by teaching his readers how to began to the process of cleaning their life which and must involve both outward cleansing of immoral deeds and the inner thoughts of the mind and heart (Eph. 4:29)(Mark 7:21) (Mat. 15:19) (Heb. 4:12).
Spiritual hearing and understanding are by the means of or though the Holy Spirit (Ex. 31:3) Gifts of God (1 King. 3:9-12) Revelation (Rom. 1:20) word (Ps.119:104; 130) Christ (1 John 5:20) Prayer (Ps.119:34-35) Faith (Heb. 11:3) reproof (Prov. 15:32) and many others.
Limitations or obstructions to spiritual hearing and understanding are numerous but here are a few to safegaurd against: unbelief, sin, spirutual blindness, judicial punishment, trials and difficualities, and dull hearing. Remember that limitations are opportunities for God to work, to trust God, they are tempory, they are not Gods limitations.
Obtaining sharp, spiritual hearing and understanding by listening requires an awareness and appreciation for the spiritual realm where immaterial and invisiable spheres of Gods' creation exist. (Hosea 9:7) (1 Cor. 2:15; 44-46). Spiritual responsibility, power and authority are frequently given to deserving and honorable servants of God from this spiritual realm into the natural world (2 Cor. 10:8).
Apostle Peter shares his insights on spiritual listening to us when he wrote (2 Peter 1:20) Knowning first, that no prophecy is of any private interpertation. For prophecy came not in old time by the will of men: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost. These servants of God routinely handle King Jesus earthly affairs with their spiritual and supernatural abilities, gifting and callings (Eph. 4:11) as a result of faithful spiritual listening and obediance to Gods' word and voice through the Holy Spirit within.
Spiritual understanding is addressed in (Col. 1:9) Apostle Paul teaches that wisdom is an accurate perception into the true nature of things both spiritual and natural. Understanding is the skillful application of this wisdom in all spiritual and practical situations, therefore spiritual hearing and listening and wisdom and understanding comes from God's own wisdom which exceeds, excel, and surpasses all human resasoning and secular wisdom because it includes and exalts the unseen over the seen (Heb. 11:1).
Spiritual listening is a very important skill, ability and gift (Deut. 5:1-33) and requires obediance. Listening to God is the very first step toward obeying him. How wonderful it is to obey Gods voice from his servants, one day to obey Gods voice spoken in your spirit and to Know that it is God's voice and not an evil spirit. Moses instructs His people of God to hear, listen, and follow and obey. Obeying allows you to put into action all that you have heard, learned, and understood. When all four parts are functioning together spiritual growth is made possible toward a rich and rewarding relationship with God through King Jesus.
Spiritual listening to God through the Holy Spirit within you is training in humility (1 Kings 19:1-18) (Prov.3:5). Spiritual listening involves the heart and mind (Mark 4:11-12) (Pr. 15:14). Spiritual listening requries being open to Gods truth and acting upon the truth he reveals (James 1:19-27). Spiritual listening opens the way to learn and receive truth from others (James 1:19-20). Spiritual is always followed by an action, hopefully, a favorable one. Start by measuring effectivenes of your prayers, fasting, and Bible reading time by the effect it has on your overall behavior and or how much you have grown in grace as a result of your spiritual hearing,listening and understanding of Gods' words (2 Pet. 3:18).
Spiritual listening honors God, King Jesus and the Holy Spirit. All those who honor God, God himself will honor.Giving honor to others is also honorable in the sight of God, and man, it is better to give than to receive (Luke 6:38) (Pr.4:8) (Rom. 13:7) (Rev.4:11).
Saints of God, let me exhort you to obedience toward growing in developing your spiritual listening abilities toward God and man. You will be greatly blessed and highly favored, richly rewarded by doing so. The magnificent hidden treasues of God's written word is revealed to his people by his spirit and is possible for all those who choose to develop their spritual listening by growing deeper in him. Grow in grace in King Jesus name.
"MOVING HEAVEN!" "SHAKING EARTH!" "SHOCKING HELL!" "TO SET THE CAPTIVES FREE!" "IN THE NAME OF KING JESUS!".
May 22, 2016
"GAINING SPIRITUAL DISCIPLINES THROUGH PRAYER AND FASTING"
(Ps. 66:20) Blessed be God, which hath not turned away my prayer, nor his mercy from me.
The things which God delights in are outlined in (Jeremiah 9:24) But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the Lord which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for these things I delight, saith the Lord.
Gaining spiritual disciplines through prayer and fasting affords to each one of Gods' people two specific things: (1.) An awareness of identity (learning who you are in God through His Son, King Jesus. (2.) An awareness of empowerment (a reason for living a life of holiness).
It is the perfect will of God for each one of his chosen people to identify with King Jesus on a spiritual level above our human condition or existance. This can be achieved more successfully through prayer accompanied with fasting.
Prayer is a conversation with God through King Jesus (John 14:6). The word of God teaches us how effective prayer is when offered up unto God in sincerity, for example, Isaac prayed for his wife Rebekah to bare a child, God gave him twins (Gen. 25:21), more than what he expected. Another example, (Acts 12:5) when Peter was in prision and the people of
God prayed for him and God sent an angel to release him from prision. These are both great examples of effective communication (prayer) with God (James 5:14-16).
Prayer can be defined in different ways, however, there are four ways of understanding the mystery of prayer. (1.) Prayer is an awesome privilege, it is the way we approach God. We should approach boldly and without complaining (Acts 14:3) (Eph. 6:19) (Eph. 6:20) (Heb. 4:16). (2.) Looking at your problems in the light of Gods power knowning and understanding that God is in control and greater than your problems (1 John 3:20) (John 14:28). (3.) Prayer is the opportunity to trust God, and not your problems, or human strength or will. Domenstrate your dependance and trust in God through daily prayer (Daniel 6:10) (4.) Prayer is an opportunity to submit your will for Gods plan for your life (James 4:7), allow God to restore you unto himself (Judges 16:28).
Prayer can be accomplished effectively through four (4) different methods. (1.) Praying with a genuine heart-felt attitude of deep respect for God. Tell God what he wants to hear about himself from his written word, such as: (Ps. 145:8) The Lord is gracious, and full of compassion, and slow to anger, and of great mercy. (2.) Pray with confidence in Gods' grace. Know that God is always in commmand, is always near, and hears and answers every prayer. Cultivating a strong prayer life will ensure answers to prayers of distress or crisis (Neh. 2:4-5) (Neh. 2:1-100). (3.) Praying unto God in secret (Mat. 6:7-8) ensures that you want and need God's attention and not the public or strangers (Ps. 27:5) (Ps. 81:7) (Ecc. 12:14) (Mat. 6:6,18).(4.) Pray for the concerns and needs of others using Pauls prayer in (Col. 1:3-4) as an example.
Spiritual disciplines gives us the power to do things we ordinarily could not do or would not do without the aid of this project/goal which we call prayer and fasting. When followed upon these disciplines will direct your attention upward toward the highest spiritual realm within your heart, body, mind, soul, and spirit. It will bring change in both your spiritual and natural circumstances of life, giving you a vital connection and dependance upon God through King Jesus name.
Gaining spiritual disciplines through fasting affords to each one of Gods' people : (1.) An opportunity for repentance, fasting without food or water for a specifice time allows time for concentration for feelings of penitance, and as a reminder of human weakness and need for dependance upon God (2 Chr. 20:3). (2.) Fasting can be effective when accompained with prayer for a secific reason (Eza. 8:15-36).
Fasting with prayer and the written word of God removes superficial praying. This is serious fasting and praying and requires concentration to obtain the desired answer. (3.) Fating, abstaining from food and or water (or both food and water) is a time of afflicting the soul (Ps.69:10). This usually is done in order to draw closer to God in a deeper relationship and is very noble and difficult (Mat. 6:16-18). It brings great blessings of spiritual self-discipline, spiritual growth, and spiritual gifts with power through the Holy Spirit. God grants many promises unto his people who are engaged in concentrated time of prayer and fasting in his presence. It is important to fast and pray for the right reasons.
There are three (3) main forms of fasting written within the Word of God for refraining from food. (1.) The normal fast involves the total abstinence of food (Luke 4:2) Jesus is our example in this type of fast when he fasted forty (40) days and he ate no food but drank water. (2.) The absolute fast is where Esther ate no food nor drank water for three days and three nights (or liquids) (Esther 4:16) (Ezra 10:6) (3.) The prtial fast is where Daniel restricted his diet without complete abstinence from liquids in a three week fast also known as a (21 day prayer and fasting (Daniel 10:2-3).
There are other types of fast mention in the Bible: (1.) Public fast which were occasionaly proclaimed to express national humiliation and to supplicate divine favor (Joel 2:1-15). (2.) Private occassional fasts are recobnized in Numbers 30:13) for those fasting under the influenceof grief, vexation or anxiety. Private sacrifice in prevailing prayer to afflict the soul (Ezra 8:23) (Joel 2:12) (Lev. 16:29). There are also different types of Jewish fast mention; inaddition to numerous instances of private occassional fast.
Fasting should be understood as an important time of concentration apart form others in order to seek and to know God in a deeper experience therefore to obtain a stronger and divine relationship filled with divine favor before God and man, with great power and authority and premotion (Isa. 58) (Zech. 69:10) (Acts 13:2) into leadership in the church and ministry of King Jesus (Mat. 4:1) (John 11:5) (Luke 10:19).
Gaining spiritual disciplines through both prayer and fasting will help you to (1.) Effectively "run the race" against Satans kingdom authority (1 Cor. 9:24-27) with purpose and discipline. (2.) It will help you to focus on your spriitual goals. Making sacrifices to please God. (3.) It will help you to become spiritually "fit" in learning and knowing that spiritual fitness is more important than physical fitness even though both are necessary (1 Tim. 4:14-16).(4.) To realize and understand that spiritual disciplines strips away all the non-essentials, and weights of sin which will burden you unnecessarily and prevent you from wining the "war" against the enemy.
Saint's of God, know that God is intimately involved in your desire to gain spiritual discipline through both prayer and fasting. Obtaining and maintaining spiritual discpline is dependent upon your keeping your vital connection to God through King Jesus (John 17) (John 15:1, 4-5). Which involves hearing, learning, listening, and following the voice of the Holy Spirit within you. And remember that faith enpowers prayers and that prayers are destroyed by corrupt character (Mat. 11:24) (James 4:7) and wounded relationships. Be encouraged to be victorious through righteousness and humility before both God and man.
"MOVING HEAVEN!" "SHAKING EARTH!" "SHOCKING HELL!" "TO SET THE CAPTIVES FREE!" "IN KING JESUS NAME!"
May 16, 2016
THE JUDGMENTS OF THE SECRETS OF MEN
(Rom. 2:16) 2:16) In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel.
In Romans chapter 2 and verse 16, Paul discuss the guilt of the Gentiles concerning those things which are contained in the law, referring to the OT law even though they did not possess the law. The law of God was written in their hearts allowing their conscience to be their witness. When the Gentiles broke their own ethical code concerning moral principles then guilt resulted causing them to make excuesses for their wrong doings which produced sin (1 Tim. 1:9-10).
Paul knew in his heart and mind, that the "secrets of men" would be judged by King Jesus (Rom. 2:16). Both Jew and Gentiles would one day be judged for their actions. Paul is actually referring to the "Judgment of the Nations" in (Rom. 2:16), but a detailed explaination of this judgment is found in Matthew's gospel in (Matt. 25:31-32).
There are actually six (6) types of judgments written in the word of God. But for this devotional I am focusing my attention on the "judgments of the nations". The Judgment of the Nations will one day conclude King Jesus discourse making a distinction between the "Great White Throne Judgment" where the wicked dead will be judged, and the "Judgment of the Nations", refers to the judgment of those living on the earth and living through the Great Tribulation on the earth at the time of King Jesus second coming at the end of the Millemium (Rev. 20:11-15).
At this judgment of the nations, King Jesus will judge the living nations (Joel 3:11-16). This is the first resurrection which has three distinct phases (1.) the resurrection of King Jesus- the first fruits (1 Cor. 15:23) (Rev. 1:5) (2.) the resurrection of the church (the dead in King Jesus) (1 Cor. 15:23) (1 Thes. 4:16) and (3.) the resurrection of the OT and Tribulation saints (Rev. 5:4) (Is. 26:19) (Dan. 12:2). These are those who refused to worship the beast. They will rule the earth with King Jesus for a thousand years. At this judgment the judge is God the "King" judging the living nations in HIS earthly kingdom. There are no books opened meaning the "Book of Life" (Rev. 10:12 ) (Rev. 3:5) (Rev.3:8) (Rev. 13:8) (Rev. 17:8) will not be open.
During the judgment of the nations there are three types of people judged: (1.) Sheep of God - those who are saved (Born-Again), they will be on the right hand of God (Rev. 7:9-17) (2.) Goats - those who are the unsaved (the lost), they will be on the left hand of God (2 Thes. 1:7-10). (3.) Brethren - those who are the elect of Israel (Rev. 7:1-8) (Rom. 11:25-28). It is at this judgment that God "The King" gives the kingdom to those who have eternal life (Mat. 25:46) (Mark 10:30) (John 3:15) (John 4:36) (John 6:54) (John 10:28).
The last judgment is mention several times in the word of God and is described four different ways, yet, meaning the same such as: (1.) Day of Wrath (Rom. 2:5) (2.) Day of Judgment (2 Pet. 3:7) (3.) Day (Rom. 13:2) (4.) Judgment Seat of Christ (Mat. 25:31).
THE TIME OF JUDGMENT
(1.) After death (Heb. 9:27) (2.) At King Jesus return (Mat. 25:31) (3.) An appointed day (Acts 17:31) (4.) After the worlds destsruction (2 Pet. 3:7-15).
THE PREMISE FOR JUDGMENT
(1.) Ones own work (1 Cor. 3:11-15) (2.) Ones own faith (Mat. 7:22) (3.) Conscience (Rom. 2:12, 14-16) (4.) Law (Rom. 2:12) (5.) Gospels (Jas. 2:12) (5.) Christ's word (John 12:48) (6.) Book of Life (Rev. 20:12; 15).
THIS JUDGMENT WILL RESULT IN:
(1.) Seperation of the righteous form the wicked (Mat. 13:36-43) (2.) Condmenation of the wicked (2 Thes. 1:6-10) (3.) and Eternal reward of the righteous (2 Tim. 4:8).
Apostle Paul, teaches us in his writings that the day of the Lord is all-encompassing. For it describes the period which begins with the Great Tribulation, the second coming of King Jesus, and the millenial kingdom. When will this happen, is certain "unexpectedly" (Mat. 24:37) only God knows when the time will be but because of Gods written word we are all encouraged to have a righteous attitude and to be prepared (1 Thes. 5:1-9), to be very aware of the deception of Satan (Mat. 7:21-27), to warn the wicked concerning their ways and to repent of their sin (2 Cor. 5:10-11) (Ez. 3:18-19; 21) (Ez. 33:3).
Saint's of God, we are free of the guilt and shame which sin causes and seperates us from God. We are not under condemnation (Rom. 8:1) nor are we under the law of sin (Rom. 6:14), but we live under grace. Praise God, we are to obey Gods' word and live accordingly for we will not be judged for our sin but for our works. Some of us will not suffer loss of salvation but loss of reward. While others will receive both eternal salvation and a just reward (1. Cor. 3:10-15). Our relationship to King Jesus is not brought under question but rather our service to him. It is the will of God for his people to be blessed with his goodness of both salvation and reward. Be encouraged to live a life of holiness before both God and men so that in the Day of Judgment of the nations and the Judgment Seat of Christ you will receive a just reward according to Pauls gospel.
May 12, 2016
"UNCOVERING PERNICIOUS WAYS"
(1 John 3:12) Not as Cain, who was of that wicked one, and slew his brother. And wherefore slew he him? Because his own works were evil, and his brother's righteous.
This world in which we live is filled with many different types of people. The Word of God is an excellent reference book to become knowledegable of the wide selection of people both of those good and those bad, or evil. The Bible is a book replete with great instructions on how to live peaceable with family, neighbors and strangers.
There are times when living peacable with others become very difficult or dangerous because of life style differances such as in the case with Cain and Able. "Uncovering Pernicious Ways" in others can be apparent to the point that you know upon first sight that "this is just not the kind of person I want to be associated", and certainly not friends. And there are others whose ideas and lifestyle closely match our own, however, after futher examination and investigation the real character or idenity is revealed with a very shocking and or devestating effect.
Cain and Abel lives conflicted because of their differance in their allegiances; Cain to Satan and Abel to God. Jacob and Laban had lifestyle differences which became apparant when Jacob worked seven (7) years for Rachel only to be deceived by Laben (Gen. 29:19-29). Jacob was spiritually and psychologically injured by Labans malice and deceptiveness but God was gracious and merciful toward him when he raised his twelve (12) sons by both Leah and Rachel and their handmaidens up as the twelve patriarchs of Israel and who became the twelve tribes of
Malice is another word for "pernicious" and is characterized as a preconceived life in opposition to God and all of which God represents (Rom. 1:29) (Titus 3:3). Malice is also defined as a vicious intention or desire of another person to hurt another. Often seen as irrational, it is usually based on the false belief that the person against whom it is directed has the same intentions. Another way to define this evil spirited attitude is unjustly discriminating, where a person also harborer evil intentions filled with envy and resentment all of which the Word of God clearly instructs His people to avoid. (Eph. 4:31-32) (Co. 3:8) (1 Clor. 13) , these are conditions of the heart that contaminates the flesh.
Uncovering pernicious ways in others are often compared to the wicked in such terms as "abominable branches" (Is. 14:19) bad fishes (Mat. 13:48) Beasts (Ps. 49:12) the blind (Zeph. 1:17) Brass and iron (Jer. 6:28) briars and thorns (Is. 55:13) bulls of Bashan (Ps. 22:12) carcasses trodden under feet (Is. 14:19) chaff (Job 21:18) corn blasted (2 Kin. 19:26) deaf adders (Ps. 58:4) dross (Ps. 119:119) and early dew that passes away (Hosea 6:4).
All of these names represent the wicked who are encompassed with evil doings (Ps. 73:6) which comes from the heart (Mark 7:21-23) . The people of God are to identify these evils and avoid them while continuing to pray for the soul of such people to be saved. Gods word instructs every one of his people who have a strong commitment to holy living to seperate themselves from those things, and people who will hinder their growth and spiritual development in him (Ps. 10:4) (Hosea 7:10) which leads people to contempt and rejection of Gods' word (Jer. 43:2) and ultimately to destruction (Pr. 16:18; 118:12).
Uncovering pernicious ways is very necessary because it could one day be found as the cause of seperating friends (Prov. 16:28; 17:9) the destruction of business partnerships and social relationships, therefore, obey Gods word and give no occasion for such evil in your own heart and mind for it will harden the mind (Daniel 5:20).
Pernicious ways often originates in:
(1.) self-righteousness (arrogrance) (Luke 18:11-12) (2.) religious privileges (vestiges of sinful pride of a nation ) (Zeph. 3:11) (3.) unsanctified knowledge (1 Cor. 8:1) (puffed-up) (theoretical or speculative) (vain and conceited) (4.) inexperience (1 Tim. 3:6) novice or a new convert) (5.) possession of power (Pride) (Lev. 26:19) (6.) possession of wealth (2 Kings 20) prideful and filled with flattery from others (7.) racial prejudice (Esth. 3:5-15) animosity to cause genocide to exterminate a race.
Saint's of God, let me encourage you to closely examine your own heart and mind, and relationships with others to eliminate the possibility of any persnicious ways and remove them if found by the washing of the water of the word of God (Eph. 5:26). Gods will is for his people to continually be cleansed from all the evil thats around them, and of course any unconfessed sins. That his people will be perfect even as he is (Mat. 5:48). Ask God to help you to search your own hearts by reading the written word of God daily (Ps. 139:23-24) and to forgive and to cleanse you from any pernicious ways (Ps.51:2) so that he will not be inclined to withhold blessings which should be given (Jer. 5:25).
"MOVING HEAVEN!" SHOCKING HELL!" "TO SET THE CAPTIVES FREEE!" "IN THE NAME OF KING JESUS!"
May 2, 2016
"CAUTION!" "HAZARDOUS WORK AHEAD!"
(Is. 41:10) Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strenghten you, yea, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
Joshua rose from the position of a slave in Egypt to become Moses assistant / servant (Ex. 24:13) and later on his successor (Num. 27:15-23). Most scholars view him as a military genius and a spiritual giant of a prophet because he was a great leader who possesed the Lord's spirit and anointing with prophetic sanctions to stir his army up with faith (4:1-7) word (10:25) and life (24:15). Joshua required of his army that which he willing gave of himself for he demanded exact obediance to the word of God (8:35:23:6) (Joshua 24:15). Although he was very successful to achieve many wonderful victories over nations he is best known for his leadership and settlement of the children of Isreal into the Promised Land (Joshua 1:1-9) (Acts 7:45). Joshua's name means "The Lord is salvation". Joshua was God's choice to be Moses successor (Num. 34:17).
Morden day ministers and servants of God can not begin to comphrend with their natural mind all that Joshua endured while perservering in dealing with a vast number of people being delivered out of bondage in their bodies, minds, souls, and spirit. What a rigorous challenge, however, he was indeed very successful and so will you be, if you are one who has been called into the ministry to lead, guide, appoint and direct the Saint's of God into pefection (Eph. 4:13) (Col. 1:28) which is spiritual maturity in the doctrine of salvation through King Jesus known as Soteriology. Declaring salvation to be the doctrine of God the Father of King Jesus in the face of all adversaial conflict (Eph. 4:15).
Joshua was very much aware that his charge to be courageous (Joshua 1:7-8) by God required more than he had within his human understanding and capabilities, he was commanded also to have courageous faith which God had built and instilled in him when God demonstated his great power in the Exodus and through their journey into the wilderness. Prehaps Joshua thought to himself "Caution!" "Hazardous Work Ahead!" when God repeated his charge to him with more firmness in (Jousha 1:9) Have not I commanded thee! Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed; for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.
Ministers, the charge God gave to Joshua is also applicable for todays challenges in leadership over God's chosen people. Don't give in to the many attacks (though constant for some people) of the enemies which are often disquised as witchcraft, sorcery, idle conversations, social media, identy theft, cynical and other bad attitudes all of which our society and envirnment has become so polluted. Even our government has become blinded in believing that God has approved of or has turned a blind eye to same-sex marriages, cloning, stem-cell research, vactioning on the moon, pornography, sexual immorality and the increase in legalizing abortions & drugs across the U.S., and of course the rise in divorce rates.
Many of these evils are apparent to most people, while others are more explicit. The news media is filled with true stories of corruption, violance and Amber Alerts in edecmic preportions. And of course you are aware that this same evil enviornment is where Gods work of resecuing and delivering souls come from. So just like Joshua who was called by God to rid the people of Israel of ethic and spiritual filth of the flesh and spirit from their captivity in Egypt so we are called to feed and cleanse the sheep of God, today.
Ministers of God are called (Heb. 5:4), qualified (2 Cor. 3:5-6) commissioned (Mat. 28:19) sent by
the Holy Spirit (Acts. 13:2-4) and have authority from God (2 Cor. 10:8; 13:10) power from King Jesus (Luke 10:19) to be seperated to the gospel (Ro. 1:1) entrusted with the gospel (1 Thes. 2:4) to be supreme judges of nations (1 Sam. 8:5) able to enforce the commands of Gods word (Ecc. 8:4) rule and reign by direction of King Jesus (Prov. 8:15) to daily approach God through King Jesus (Rom. 13:1) forgive injuries (Mat. 6:134) maintain sound doctrine (1 Tim. 1:3) (Titus 1:13) abstaining from all appearance of evil (1 Thes. 5:22) rebuke offenders (1 Tim. 5:20) remove obstinate offenders of the faith (1 cor. 5:3-5) hate defilment (Jude 1:23) overcoming the world (Rev. 12:11) setting righteous examples (1 tim. 4:12) abounding in the work of the Lord (1 Cor. 15:58) shunning the wicked (Ps. 1:1) studying the principles of justice (Phil. 4:8) wisdom (1KIng 3:9) should not be men pleasers (Gal. 1:10) to live peacable with others (Rom. 12:18) controlling the body (1 Cor. 9:27) praying for the flock (1 Pete. 3:15) (James 5:14-16) should labor to lead others to King Jesus (Rom. 11:14) approve themselves as ministers of God (2 Cor. 6:4) glory in the people (2 Cor. 7:4) so that their flock will regard them as the ministers of God (1 Cor. 4:1) (Gal. 4:14) use the whole armor of God (Eph. 6:12-18) war a good warfare against Satan's kingdom (1 Tim. 1:18), and there is much more also required.
Ministers, and Saints of God be iencouraged to be a "Joshua" and lead others to victory into the Promised Land, lead them into Heaven on earth, and Heaven to come.
"A HOLY PERSUASION"
(Rom. 8:37) Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.
The book of Romans is known to some as the "gateway to the New Testament truth". Some dub it as the basic training manual for Christians, while others recognize it as "the master piece of Apostle Paul" through the work of the Holy Spirit. The purpose of the epistle to the Roman believers was for Apostle Paul to visit the Roman church because it was the capital of the gentile world and he of course was known as the Aposlte to the Gentiles and the church was primarily made up of Gentiles by converts of both Peter's and Paul's ministry. Paul realized that the Roman church had come into existance without the power, presence, and authoitative leadership of an Apostle of King Jesus and was comprised of both Jews and Gentiles.
Apostle Paul also realized that the Roman church had very little, if any at all, central organization or local church government. This is the reason why HIs epistle was not addressed to the Roman Church but to the "Saint's" (1:7). The epistle was written and sent ahead of Paul in the event he was not able to reach his destination, and would serve his purpose in giving practical instructions concerning Christian living in the society of his day and time (chapters 12-16) in his absence.
Focusing primarily on (Romans 8:38-39), Apostle Paul provides the assurance of the eternal presence of God in verses 35-39). We are clearly informed that we are more "than conquerors" because we have God's assurance of our deliverance from a myriad of lifes troubles, many of which Apostle Paul, himself, had already overcome (2 Cor. 11:23-31). Although, each one of us could site numerous trials and tribulations we have over come, most of us could not stand up to the myriad of circumstances which Aposlte Paul and others in the early church experienced. So, I for one "willl count my blessings" right now.
However, I do hold to "A HOLY PERSUSAION" very strongly in the same faith which Apostle Paul has both instructed and encouraged me. Faith in general is the persuasion of the mind that a certain statement is true. Its primay idea is trust. A thing is true, and therefore worthy of our trust. I am indeed persuaded even as Paul was that the scripture is true and worthy of my trust in God based on God's eternal existance as a Biblical truth; (Romans 8:38-39) For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to seperate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
I would like to examine this scipture further. Apostle Paul has apparently searched the entire universe and he could not find anything remotely possible which could seperate us from the eternal presence of God not even the realm of :
(1.) Death- which is a reminder to each of us of the brevity of human existance. God is the giver of life and reserves the sovereign prerogative to take human life at His own pleasure. God has soveriegn control over all three aspects of human life - physical, spiritual and eternal. Death in both the OTand NT is not seen or addressed as a permanent condition within the created order of God. Instead we are encouraged to believe in a day of resurrection into everlasting life (Dan. 12:2) (1 Thes. 1:14-18).
(2.) Life - life in physical terms is the time between birth and death. Life is a gift from God (Gen. 2;7) God is the giver and source of all life both human and animal. Spiritual life results from man's relationship to God. Eternal life is eternal fellowship with God and is the highest quality of life because it means freedom from sin. Eternal life comes through aith in King Jesus (John 6:47) (1 John 1:4).
(3.) Angels - Are heavenly / spiritual beings, divine messengers, ambassador, or emissary to conduct buiness on behalf of God in the affairs of people and animals. Often stationed as a territorial ruler or despot in countries and nations as their spiritual power and authority. They are created beigns whose primary function is to serve and worship God. (Gen. 16:1-11).
(4.) Principalities are often referred to as the territory and / or sphere of a ruling prince who is the offspring of a King or Queen. Although often referred to as a huma ruler (Titus 3:1), it is also referred to as demonic spirits (Rom.8:38) (Eph. 6:12) (Col. 2:15) angels and demons in general (Eph. 3:10)(Col. 1:16) any type of ruler other than God himself. While as servants of God we must often westle or war against evil principalities (Eph. 6:12) we know that we can be victorious because King Jesus has already defeated all wicked spirits (Col.2:15).
(5.) Powers-are those who are put into a position and given the ability,strength to act or produce and effect, the possession of authority over others. King Jesus had both power and authority (Luke 4:36) and He bestowed these upon His followers (Luke 10:19).
Demons- is another name for fallen angels who joined the kingdom of Satan in the rebellion against God. (1 Pet. 3:19-20) (2 Pet. 2:4) (Jude 6). Called unclean spirits in (Matt. 10:1) (Mark 6:7) wicked spirits (Luke 7:21) King Jesus earthly ministry was to overcome the power of Satan and to conquer the demonic realm of Satan (Matt. 12:25-29). Some of the fallen angels were imprisoned but God left the remainder to try to undermine the cause of righteousness in the world, this explains the fierce conflict between the kingdom of God through King Jesus while on earth and these evil spirits. We have been given power to defeat demons, and evil spirits by King Jesus. One day God will achieve the ultimate victory in this conflict between the kingdom of God and the kingdom of Satan which has been going on since the beginning of time. "Praise God".
(6.) Things Present- (Titus 2:12) refers to worldly lusts, ungodliness, worlds systems and values; present evil world, conditions, things existing now (2 Tim. 4:10); legalist leadership, sufferings (Rom. 8:18), this present evil age (Gal. 1:4).
(7.) Things to come - the age (Matt. 12:32) (Mark 10:30) life (1 Tim. 4:8) world or city (Heb. 2:5) (Heb. 13:14) tomorrow (Ex. 8:9-10) (Jas. 4:14) Do not be anxious about tomorrow (Matt. 6:34) The wrath to come (1 Thes. 1:10) future judgment (Acts 24:25) to be introducted into general society,to exist or occur at a specific place or point in time; to arrive at some state or condition, develop, to proceed or emanate as from a source.
(8.) Height- referrs to the stratosphere , the heavenly sphere where eternal things dominate and prevail, the place where spiritual warfare is conducted against the enemies of God; in the invisible spheres of creation. Statos- the immediate space above the earth and just beneath its higher heavebns. (2 Cor. 10:13) (Ps. 103:9) (Heb. 8:1) the abode of invisible terrestrial hosts guarding and governing the earth.
(9.) Depth - refers to the deep places of the sea (Ex.15:5, 8) (Ps. 63:22) the earths interior (Ps. 95:4) and by extension Sheol, the subteranean abode of the dead (Ps.63:9;71:20) the unsearchable (Prov. 25:3) (Job 38:16-17) Deep thingsof Satan (Rev. 2:24)
(10.) Creature - refers to the cosmic creatures (Ez.1:5-14) four great beasts (Dan. 7:3-8) Dragon in the sea (Is. 27:1) the red dragon (Rev. 12:3) the beast from the abyss (Rev. 11:7) a beast ouf of the earth (Rev. 13:11-18) three unclean spirits life frogs (Rev. 16:13) creatures from the dust (Ecc. 3:20) all come from the dust, both man and beasts and one day will return to their dust (Ps. 104:29).
Apostle Paul had received "A Holy Persuasion" of the mind and spirit concerning (A.) the hereafter (Luke 16:31) (B.) One's own faith (Rom. 4:21) (C.) Personal assurance of God (Rom. 8:38) (D.) Personal liberty (2 Tim. 1:12) (E.) Spiritual stability (Rom. 15:14) (F.) Anothers faith (2 Tim. 1:5) (G.) Gods' promises (Heb. 11:13) these were all objects of his faith and should be of ours. He was totaly persuaded that we cannot be seperated from Gods' love because God is love (Rom. 5:5) (Eph. 2:4) (1 John 4:16).
Saint's of God, Apostle Paul has done an excellent job in presenting his faith and devotion for God's love through King jesus. What a poweful faith it is and I am truly blessed, inspired, encouraged, motivated and by all means persuaded to continue in the faith which God has so wonderfully presented us. And I strongly encourage each one of you to develop for your self "A Holy Persuasion" concerning the eternal presence of God according to (Rom. 8:38-39), in the mighty name of King Jesus.
April 18, 2016
"A ROYAL SEAL"
SEALED IN HIS BLOOD
(2 COR. 1:22) Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts.
In the book of Revelations John identifies himself as a servant of King Jesus who in his writtings both strongly instructs and teaches us to believe in the perseverance and final salvation of all true believers in King Jesus. (Rev. 13:10, 14:12) with the assurance of inheriting the promises of God for all those who overcome (Rev. 12:11). Each one will experience eternal life and fellowship with God as one of the many great rewards.
King Jesus through the power of the Holy Spirit has set forth a marvelous way to identify all of his true believers who overcome the enemy which is, by his blood (Rev. 12:11), this is refered to as a "seal". And I choose to call it "A Royal Seal" because of the glory and majestic power given to the Holy Spirit in (John 16:13-15) (Zech. 4:6) (Eph. 1:13). Apostle Paul in (2 Cor. 1:20-22) teaches that the promises of God are true. He expresses to the church at Corinth that believve his words concerning the Son of God, because they are established through King Jesus and approved by God and authenticated by the Holy Spirit ( (2. Cor. 1:22). The seal signifies the importance of the covenant promises written within the word of God. When it bears the distinctive mark that represents the person who owned it. Without the seal of authenticity it is deemed worthless or of little value for the seal was given as a badge of authority that the covenant was dear and valuable (Solomon 8:6) (Jer. 22:24) Haggi 2:23). The seal was a sign that the covenant could not be broken without discovery and was afforded secrecy only to be open or removed by the owner (Dan12:4) (Rev. 5:1) (10:4) or recepitant, God, who allowes us entrance into the heavenly kingdom.
Seals are commonly mentioned in Jewish history (Deut. 32:24) so I believe that most of my readers have some familiarity regarding this subject. The sealing of the Holy Spirit is recorded to have three distinct purposes in the NT. First-- It is to indicate Gods owership of all those whom King Jesus has sealed through the Holy Spirit in his own blood (Rev. 1:5) (Rom. 5:9-10) (Col. 1:13-14) Second-- To indicate genuineness (Eph. 4:30) we are taught not to grieve the Spirit within us, which when obeyed would reflect our deep desire to please God. Third-- The Holy Spirit is to preserve and keep us safe (2 tim. 2:19) (Rev. 7:2-3) Because the Holy Spirit is the down payment, or pledge, of our redemption from sin he is very serious about protecting Gods people from sin; themselves, and from Satan's kingdom. The Holy Spirit lives deep within us and he is the security of all God has promised to all those who accept King Jesus as their Savior, and that is to follow in the final salvation of every true believer (Rom. 8:9-11) (23) (2 Cor. 5:5) (Eph. 1:14). Final salvation is referring to the "perosia", the second coming of King Jesus.
All true believers in King Jesus are sealed in his "Royal Seal" for we are sealed in his own precious blood. his seal is royal because he has been sealed by his heavenly Father, God. (John 6:27) Labor not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed. The word of God lets us know that the wicked do not receive a seal, for this royal Holy seal is only for all those who choose King Jesus as their savior. We are one of his. (1 Pet. 2:90 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should show forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. We all have been given the privilege and responsibility of direct access to God through the Royal Seal, we are sealed in King Jesus blood and we are to plead blood of King Jesus against all evil, and to keep ourselves washed in his pure and holy blood, inorder to help maintain the seal and to prevent it from being covered up by the devils weapons.
No one, not even Satan can remove the "Royal Seal" because it has been given to us by God, through King Jesus. King Jesus was sent to us by God from heaven , a royal kingdom. His royal seal gives us the right to use the power which has been delegated to us inorder to defeat and destroy the devil who stands in the way of our righteousness. King Jesus royal blood has given us (A.) a pledge, (B.) security (C.) a royal decree (John 16:13-15) from the Spirit of Truth; (D.) royal covenant promises (E.) a guarentee of a lease transfer of property for we no longer belong to Satan's kingdom but we have been given a new heavenly home. (F.) heavenly treasure in store for us (H.) appropriation of saint's of God by the Spirit (Eph. 1:13) (I.) given a royal law (James 2:8) (J.) we are a royal diadam (Is. 62:3) (K.) King Jesus is our Royal King Jesus by virtue of his royal birth, royal heavenly kingdom on earth and in heaven. We all have much to rejoice in, because we are sealed, protected from all evil. Rejoice, and use the many weapons which God has given to us to defeat the enemy.
"MOVING HEAVEN!" "SHAKING EARTH!" "SHOCKING HELL!" "TO SET THE CAPTIVES FREE!" " IN THE NAME OF KING JESUS!"
April 3, 2016
"MAKE THE DOG WORK!"
(L6:28) Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you.
In the NT (James 4:4) the apostle is rebuking Isreal for being the spiritual equivalent of an adulter and adulteress, meaning they were unfaithful to God when they became lovers of the world and worldly things. The friendship of the world is "emmity with God"(1 John 2:15-16). Yet, they are people among the "Body of Christ" who are living a life of hyproacy because of envy. Envy meansto have a painful or resentful awareness of another's advantage joined wwith the desire to possess the same adavantage usualy reflective of material goods (Gen. 26:14) or social and economic stateus (30:1). Envy is bettter know as "jealousy". Envy is wrong and is a very destructive characterestic of the human spirit because it "lusteth to envy." Jealousy is coveting and wanting and can lead to other sins such as murder. Jealousy comes from those who have a deep-rooted-hatred for peoplle whom God has blessed prehaps with proserity or something of spiritual worth over another person and these people choose to committ an "imprecation (to invoke or call down a curse) against them to inflict harm, either physical, mental or financial. A curse to which misfortune or bad luck on someone (Luke 6:28) (Rom. 2?14) (James 3:9-10).
Jealousy is many timess expressed when evil people use profane words (four-letter words) to curse or inflict har against something or someone. There are a few people within the Body of Christ who have not beena delivered from having a foul mouth filled with foul words, words which need to be replaced by gracious speech, that it may edify others and not grieve the Spirit. Resentment and wrath (jealous acts) are to give way to kindness and forgiveness, because God has forgiven you and all of others who seek his forgiveness. We are to continue to pray for them while at the same time firmly admonishing them not to practice such hateful expressions.
Jealousy leads to sin and sin leads to seperation from God.To invoke a curse against another person because you want ot have what they have, or bettern than them is crul and unjust. Many people believe in the jargon "keeping up with the Joneses", whereby they envy or desire the property and belongins of another person with the decit that they too can afford such luxurious items as the neighbors next door or a few doors down the street. Perhaps you have guest "these usually are (but not limited to) young married couples who express their jealousy for one of their neighborss and often max out their credit cards and end upin a foreclosure on their home and reposession of their car and furniture.
In very recent years there have been internet U-Tube home movies of people who have made their "dogs work" by documenting their pets funny antics with several thousand to a million or more hits or viewers enjoying such programing. There is even a show on national television "Dogs Woith Jobs", as regular daily programing. These pets are perhaps making more money than some of their owners. So rather than invoking a solemon curse "anathema" against sosmeone who is prospering more a little more than you and your spouse "MAKE THE DOG WORK!", TO OBTAIN THOSE THINGS WHICH YOU DESIRE YOUR SPOUSE TO HAVE. Be the man or woman of the house and encourage your "tweens" or teenagers who are at a legal age to work, and get rid of an envious spirit characterized by a very bad behavior problem know as the:
(1.) Entitlment behavior problem-- believing you have a right to certain frienge benefits or privileges and or advantges from others.
(2.) Elitist behavior problem-- a belief that you are inherently more special or superior due to your life as a gospel celeberity, your educational background, financial, social, religious standing, or ethinic advantages than someone else.
(3.) Selfish-behavior problem-- which is spiritual immaturity or childlike tendency to focus on one's own needs and interest rather than those of others within the Body of Christ or your family and community, ect.
(4.) Victim behavior problem--a blindness to your own strength and power as one of Gods' children choosing to focus on your own helplessness and powerlessness due to misfortunes in life becase you were raised por, or were a victim of some social or criminal injustice, or birth defect, ect..
"Make The Dog Work!", to help provide for more of your earthly "desires" rather than invoking a solemn curse against someone who is not a problem in your life; but they are living the life whichGod has promised them as a reward for obedience. All evil cures are denounced by God, your ungodly maledictions (cure) will have an adverse effect against you, one that you will one day come to regret. The OT and the NT are replete with prophetical curses against the wicked, sibling rivarly, shepherds who scatter the sheep, and sinners; spoken by holy men of God (Deut. 27:15) (Joshua 6:26) (Gen. 9:25; 49:7) such curses are not the consequence of passion or revenge, they are predictions. Jeallousy (envy) has caused numeroous people to hurt or destroy others through sibling rivalry such as Cain of Abel, Rachel of Leah, Leah of Rachel, Laban's Sons of Jacob, and non-sibling rilvary such as Saul of David, and the Jewish Priest of King Jesus.
Saints of God, you are called of God to avoid envy (Gal. 5:26) Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another. You are to respond to these types of situations with a "little more grace", for those who are weaker among us. (Matt. 26:41). Your are to speak the word of God against all foul-four-letter words spoken against you by those who are disrespectful and hurtful to you and choosing to invoke an imprecation themselves or through a sorcerer, a person who practices sorcery or divination; fot the penalty of such sins is death (Deut. 19:9-22). Inform them they need to "Make The Dog Work!"
"MOVING HEAVEN!" "SHAKING EARTH!" "SHOCKING HELL!" "TO SET THE CAPTIVES FREE!" "IN KING JESUS NAME!"
March 28, 2016
"THE INITIATORY RITE OF BAPTISM INTO PENTECOSTAL CHURCHES"
(MarK 16:16) He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.
The initiatory rite of baptism was sanctioned by King Jesus's submission to it after John the Baptist agreed to baptize him in the river Jordon with the asurance that King Jesus baptism would "fullfill all rightousness (Matt. 3:13-15). And appoint as an ordiance of the Christian church (Matt. 28:19-20).
This initiatory rite was unquestionable varified by all four gospels within the Word of God. This form of baptism is baptism by submerging in wate, thelre are several other forms of baptism mention within the scriptures, however, for the purpose of this devotional I will only address water baptism, baptism of the Holy Ghost, and baptism by fire.
Water baptism is the public profession of faith and discipleship which signifies (A.) Repentance to change one's mind from serving sin (Acts 2:38). (B.) A confession of faith in King Jesus for baptismal regeneration (Rom. 10:9-10).Synecoduche is a word meaning to receive or accept one part of something to represent the whole part. Through this process repentance is a part of the rite of water baptism and leads to other aspects such as (C.) A cleaning or washing of the soul from sin at the same time the natural body of a person is submerged into water. Both the nautural man, the spirit and soul of man are regenerated with the eschetological prompting a prophetic look to the future (1 thes. 4:14-16) (John 3:3, 5-6) (Rom. 6:3-4; 11). (D.) a death to sin and a new life of the atoning work of righteousness is part of atoning work of King Jesus on the cross which broguth to us a deeper spiritual experience affording greater spiritual significance than that of the Jewish baptism which employed a form of self-baptism or self -immersion. (E.) The command King Jesus gave to his disciples was co-extensive to his disciples with the command to preach the gospel (Matt. 28:19). The preaching of the gospel awakens faith in a new-born soul by entering into the ear to quicken the heart (Rom. 10:14-17).
The transitional process from Jewish baptism to John's baptism whereby John was the administrator (Baptizor) of the baptism by water, which became a widely acceptable practice and was elevated to prominance as the first public act of identification with King Jesus. In baptism the person (baptizor) who is anointed by God should be in prayer and fasting for those being baptized, along with other members of the church, to bring the singificance of the death, burial and resurrection that determines the outcome. The new believer is buried in a watery grave and raised up a symbol of his trust in thedeath, burial and resurrection of King Jesus for the atonement of sin (Matt. 3:16-17) (Rom. 6:4-6) (John 3:5). Water baptism is a sign of the NT covenant made by God through King Jesus who forgives and regenerate, and it is the means of entering into the NT covenant church. The NT baptism serves the same purpose as the circumcison did for the OT believers.
BAPTISM BY THE HOLY GHOST WITH FIRE
New believers of King Jesus who have been baptized by water underwent baptism through the trinitarian nature of God, with the baptism of the Son, the voice of the Father, and the descent of the Spirit in the form of a dove (Matt. 3:16-17) (Matt. 3:11-12) (1 Cor. 12:13).
Baptism by the Holy Spirit and fire is thought of by some biblical scholars to mean baptism by the Holy Spirit to describe the work of the Holy Spirit which brings mercy, forgiveness and life. And baptism by fire which brings judgment, condemnation and death. Baptism by the Holy Spirit speaks of this present age and of grace and baptism of fire speaks of the eschatological future age of judgment whle als incorpurationg the elements of the Holy Spirit for today by purging, purifiying of sin and empowering Gods' people for service in the kingdom of God on earth and in heaven (Acts 2:3-4) teaches and speaks of the Day of Pentecost. (John 16:13-15) Water baptism through Johns baptism was not the fulfillment for water only cleanes the outside , baptism by the Holy Spirit and fire permanently purifies the whole person, body, mind soul and spirit (1Thes. 5:23) making the condition of the one baptized changed from being charged blamable and with fault to that which is now without blame or fault before the presence of God and man (1 Thes. 4:14-18) (1 Cor. 12:13.
There is but ne baptism according to (Eph. 4:5) One Lord - - we all submitt to the same divine soverign ruler King Jesus. One faith -- we should all have placed our faith and trust in King Jesus for our salvation. One baptism--the work of the Holy Ghost and the person of the Holy Spirit with Fire , baptism at the time of slavlation (1 Cor. 12:13) (Eph. 4:6) bringing to us the unityof the "Spirit" as members of the Pentecostal Church.
Saint's of God, baptism by water and by the Holy Spirit is through King Jesus and is necessary for a believer to enter heaven (James 3:5) (Acts 19:2-6) and to be formally accepted into the church. Water is the outward sign and regeneration is the inward and spiritual grace given. When all these aspects of the command of God throguh King Jesus is met then signs and wonders will be produced according to (Mark 16:16-18,20). Let me encourage you that are already baptized according to the written Word of God and may need a refreshing to wash yoursleves in the water of the word and keep yourself cleansed from every attack of the enemy (Eph. 5:26) and washed in the blood of King Jesus which washes away all sins of ommission and comission (Titus 3:5) (1 Peter 3:20-21) (Col. 1:13-14). Be sure to obey the apostles doctrine in-order to maintain the unity of the spirit within the like-ness of King Jesus (Titus 3:2-3) to help usher in the second coming of King Jesus (Matt. 18:18) (Is. 33;14) who will punish the wicked (Matt. 25:41) knowing that this same power will one day destroy the world.
March 16, 2016
"THE NECESSITY OF THE PURIFICATION OF HEAVEN"
In the OT we find the will of God is for his people to be separated from all things unclean through purification (purging) of impurity to be cleansed from all evil, guilt, idolatrous worship, and sin. (Deut. 13:5) (Deut. 19:13) (2 Chr. 34:3) (Ps. 51:7).
Absolution or ritual washing of the person and of the clothes was required by God in such cases as sexual relations, the touching of dead carcasses, child birth, in times of war, disease and women's menstrual flow or discharge of semen, contact with foreign gods. All of these types of contaminations consisted of ritual purification in order to obtain both natural and spiritual purity before approaching the deity, a holy and sovereign God. (Lev. 15) (Num. 19:11-19) (Lev. 11:24,40) (15:17-18) (Lev. 12:8) (Lev. 13-14) (Lev. 14:4-22).
Purification in both its legal and technical sense is applied to the ritual observances whereby a nation of people (Israelites) was formally absolved fro the contaminate or trace of defilement by cleansing with water, blood or fire (Num.31:23) water is the most common purifying agent (Lev. 15:7) Blood was used to cleanse the alter and the holy place (Lev. 14:19) The purification of a leper or leprosy required a more formal proceeding, and was identified as the most contagious type of uncleanness. Fire was used for a burnt offering to purify a person from bodily discharges (Lev. 15:14-14) (29-30). Many Israelites were purified before the Passover and for some who made the Nazarenes vow. (Lev. 14:4-32) (John 11:55) (Acts 21:24,26)
In the OT meanings of purification are often reflected in the NT. However, in the NT ethical purity dominates in the practice of rituals because a person or Saint of God who is to live a life of purity before God and man, in essence purified through serving God as a lifestyle in matters o the heart. (2 Tim. 2:21-22) (Titus 1:15) (Matt. 5:8) (1 Tim. 1:5) (Heb. 9:14) (James 4:8) (1 Pet. 1:22) (Phil. 4:8) (1 Tim. 4:12)
King Jesus put an end to the laws of purification n A.D., because they became burdensome to the people. He rebuked and denounced ritual purification, teaching that devilment and uncleanness came from within, or is from the conscience mind, and motives of the heart. Instead he encouraged people separate from the practice of rituals for purifications and to follow and obey his instruction concerning ritual purifications and to accept his messages of love and redemption which gives them a more genuine purification (John 15:3) (Mark 7:14-15).
In the NT book of Hebrews chapter 9 and verses 11-12, the essentials in operating the new covenant are revealed; a superior sanctuary and a more superior sacrifice was presented, King Jesus, himself has opened the inner sanctuary known as the "Most Holy Place" of the heavenly tabernacle, quite in contrast to the OT tabernacle which was earthly and given through the Mosaic law (Lev. 13-14). Leprosy and sexual discharges (Lev. 15) and contact with the dead or grave (Num. 9:11-19)'
We have come to know and understand that they holy place in existence is in the presence of God or in Heaven. King Jesus blood fulfilled the primary purpose of God through his obedience to destroy the enemy which separated man from God. His shed blood propitiated (satisfied) the wrath of God and paid the price for our redemption. Because the earthly high priest used the blood of bulls and goats to cleanse the Holy of Hollies, even so King Jesus, our Eternal High Priest, entered Heaven to purify it "by His own blood."
Heaven is described as being above the earth and the NT affirms that God created both heaven and earth which stands under the providences of Gods' Lordship. It also affirms that heaven is the dwelling place of God. While on earth King Jesus described for his disciples and those who will follow, the glory of Heaven and that they should rejoice because their names were written in heaven. King Jesus promised his followers a heavenly home which is described as living in a perfect place where no harm or hurt exist for it is the fulfillment of Gods' people for final salvation. It is also the home of "an innumerable company of heavenly angels. Heaven is a place to fellowship with God. We know and understand that at a certain time Satan was allowed to entrance into heaven according to (Job 1:6). And in (Luke 10:18-19) Satan was cast out of heaven. This is where the necessity of the purification of heaven becomes vastly important. King Jesus ascended up into heaven to purify heaven with his holy blood in a resurrected body to sanctify it holy form the evil which took place causing Satan to be cast out and also where he requested to attack Job. Heaven had to be cleansed from impurity and from idolatry where Satan challenged the authority of our sovereign God. In the OT the tabernacle had to be cleansed through the blood of animals and made acceptable to God. In the NT King Jesus sacrificial blood purges away all sin in the flesh and spirit which brings the necessity for the purification of heaven; the place where King Jesus ascended to prepare for his people according to (John 14:6). King Jesus was identified as the "suffering Servant" in Isaiah, the prophet describes the "Messiah" as the "guilt offering" in (Isa. 53:10).
King Jesus speaks of himself as voluntarily "laying down His own life" for His sheep as a sacrificial offering of God (John 10:110. He is our "Passover" as described by Paul in the atoning work of King Jesus (1 Cor. 5:7). In Hebrews the sacrificial nature of the atonement is more clearly explained as King Jesus the ultimate sacrifice who done away with the sacrificial system in both the OT and NT. King Jesus role as God-appointed Mediator between God and man (1 Tim. 2:5). God was in King Jesus reconciling the world to Himself while also removing the guilt and impurity which tainted heavens throne (The Most Holy of Hollies) room by Satan's attempt to usurp power from God which caused his expulsion from heaven. King Jesus blood brings the fulfillment and restoration of the Heavenly Kingdom back to its original source and creator who is Our God.
Saint's of God, rejoice in al that King Jesus has done for us on earth, for he removed the need for animal sacrifices which caused the people to be burden. He ascended to Heaven to prepare it for us (John 14:6) and he is coming back again (1 Thess. 4:14-18) . Rejoice and give God the glory because we are the Church of the redeemed and we have a heavenly Purified) home with our savior, God and King. His blood made the atonement for all our sin possible when he took upon himself our punishment. We were declared "not guilty". He secured our forgiveness (1 Peter 18-19). Bringing us Eternal Life.
FEBRUARY 28, 2016
"TRIUMPHANTING OVER SPIRITUAL CARELESSNESS"
(2Cor. 2:14) Now thanks be unto God, which always causes us to triumphant in Christ, and maketh manifest the savor of his knowledge by us in every place.
God has given to the Body of Christ (his people) , and the Church many diverse spiritual gifts since the needs of the Christisan community are broad and complex. Along with the diversity of spiritual gifts God has provided administrative offices to carry out the needs through his servants who have been called to the position of Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors, and Teachers. These gifted servants give instructions, exhortations, ministers mercy, administeration of its programs, encouragement and healing in times of dispair, sickness, grief, including many other important needs of the church. Leadership (Eph. 4:11-12), care for children (Luke 2:44-49), duties (Luke 10:40), spouse (1 Cor. 7:32-34), health (Is. 38:1-22), life (Mark 4:38), possessions (Gen. 33:12-17).
Triumphanting over spiritual carelessness is necessary in order to acheive and accomplish the perfect will of God in the The Church of God and it's growning community of lay-people, and those who are in leadership. Carelessness is an enemy of the soul and shows a lack of concern for the overall desire and will of God for his people which was seen in the days of Noah, the Jewish nation, and the lack of concern for the return for the second coming of King Jesus, and the destruction of worldly men.
(Matt. 24:37-39) (Jud. 18:7) (Luke 12:16-21)
It is the will of God for each member of the Body-of Christ to be both recepitants and givers of his goodness, love, grace and mercy through demonstration of spiritual gifts which should be in proportion to the gifts which each person possesses and work through faith in Gods love at work in their hearts and minds. Love is the controlling principle (power/attitide) for each spiritual gift to manifest effectively. (1Cor 12-14) (Gal. 5:6) (1 Cor. 13)
Avoiding spiritual carelessness requires sensitivity or committment to Gods commandments, statues and precepts (or religious values) and all sacred matters which God administers through the holy Spirit. In The OT this was done for the establishment of a nation, and in the NT it was done for the establishment of a Church and for His church to achieve the level of spiritual maturity which King Jesus empowered them to have through love and fellowship. (1 Cor.12:1) (Col. 1:9) (Eph. 4:12-16) (Luke 10:19) (Luke 9:1-2) (Mat. 28:18)
(1.) Can lead to fatal mistakes, perhaps you can recall a few people in you life who have made terrible mistakes by purchasing a house that was totally out of their budget, and even though they knew it was a bad item they did it anyway, which reslulted in a forclosure a few years later. (Matt. 7:26)
(2.) Can cause self-centered authority displeasing to God (Judg. 21:25)
(3.) Often is a form of disobedience towards God in paying taxes and tithes (Ex. 30:11-16) (Mal. 3:8-12)
(4.) Spiritual carelsessnesss can be a form of disrespect towards God. For example a form of disrespect towards God. For example in the OT we are told about Nadab and Abihu the two sons of Aaron who were disobedent and burned the wrong type of fire before God and were destoyed (Lev. 10:1) (Num. 3:4) (Num. 26:6)
Triumphanting over spiritual carelessness:
(1.) Is to show respect and honor to God, to do things the way God asks for them to be done which brings honor to His name and his sovereign authority and diety over your own will.
(2.) Is to be prudent and showing carefull insight concerning these areas (A.) Duties of the church (B.) A ministrers needs (C.) the flock of God (D.) Church members (E.) the Body of Christ, destroying schism (F.) all spiritual things (G.) judgments of God (H.) and the doctrines of the last things (Phil. 2:20) (1 Tim. 3:5) ((Phil. 4:10) (1 Pet. 5:2-3) (2 Cor. 11:28) (1Cor. 12:25) (Acts 18:17) (2 Cor. 5:10) (Rom. 14:10) 1Cor. 3:12-15)
(3.) Allows God to work on your problems and situations (Gen. 39:19-21)
(4.) Will influence others in righteousness (Ex. 14:13)
(5.) Lets us know that integrity is a long-term character trait (Joshua 14:12)
(6.) Gives us strength and power to over come insults hurled at us (Prov. 15:1)
(7.) Lets us know and understand that every evil act is an insult to God (John 2:17)
(8.) Will influence others to grow beyond that which they can see with the natural eye.
(Ehp. 1:18) (Psalm 19:8)
(9.) Brings balance in pursuing excellence (Rom. 12:18)
(10.) Is to affirm Gods' authority over his people (1 Sam. 3:1-21)
(11.) Causes the people of God to experience "awe" (Ex. 3:1-6)
(12.) To experience spiritual power that is "awe" inspiring (Rev. 1:12-18).
(13.) Know that God is the source of every one of our blessings (Eph. 1:3)
(14.) Will impart to us a hunger for the truth of the gospel of King Jesus (1 Cor. 2:13-15).
(15.) Teaches that the "love of God in King Jesus" is the best weapon against jealousy (1 Sam. 18:8-9) (Matt. 5:43-44).
(16.) Helps to over come all difficultiies (Ruth 2:6-7).
(17.) Shapes each person into the image of King Jesus (Phil. 2:5).
(18.) Recognizes that King Jesus is the source of all authority ((Phi. 2:6) (John 10:30, 38) (John 1:8) (1 Cor. 15:4) (Heb. 7:26, 28) (Rom. 2:16)
(19.) Makes us perfect role models for others (Luke 2:52)
Saint's of God, let me both instruct and encourage you to be mindful of your spiriutuality in King Jesus.Know that you are a spiritual person because of the indwelling of the holy spirit. Do not greive the his holy presence and power with in you because it is through him that God's every purpose can be manifested by his love. So that he can impart to you spiritual gifts which he gives to every true believer (1 Cor. 12:1) (Col. 1:9) (Eph. 4:30) The holy spirit will give you the ablity to understand the Word of God and to correctly communicate his word effectively. He will give you a life victorious over the many evils of spiritual carelessness, in King Jesus name.
"MOVING HEAVEN!" "SHAKING EARTH!" "SHOCKING HELL!" "TO SET THE CAPTIVES FREE!" "IN KING JESUS NAME!"
February 22, 2016
"PREPARATORY EVENTS OF THE EXPIATORY SACRIFICES OF KING JESUS"
(Heb. 9:22) And almost all things are by law purged by blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.
In the written Word of God the devil excites men to lying (1Kings 22:22) and this sin is forbidden in the Ten Commandments given to Moses on Mount Sini (Ex. 5:20) (Ex. l9:20) (Ex.20:1-17). It is because of that serpant in the Garden of Eden that the fall of man took place when Adam and Eve sinned against God and he covered their nakedness with animal skins removing the shame and some of the guilt of their sins for disobediance which caused seperation from God.
The FIRST - PREPARATORY EXPIATORY sacrifices for sin was made by God for Adam and Eve and was declared acceptable by God who shedd the animals blood to cover their sin (Gen. 3:14-19) and the curses and promises of a redeemer was set in motion which shook the foundations of the Garden of Eden and made it possible for man to come before God, who is the source of all life, in the confidence that he would not die.
The SECOND - PREPARATORY EXIATORY sacrifice for sin was made when God received Abels animal sacrifice and rejected Cain's (Gen. 4:3-5). Abels sacrifice was received because he conformed to the provisions and concepts of God (Heb. 11:4) which God had previously established with his parents, Adam and Eve. In addition to this, Abels offering recognized the just penalty for sin, death and God's gracious provision of an acceptable substitue. Abel's offering was to God a sacrifice - a substitue for himself. Abel made atonement for any sin which he had done before God and recognized his need for his God, who is the creator to provide for all of his needs. Abel believed in God and demonstrated his faith in him.
The THIRD - PREPARATORY EXPIATORY sacrifice was done when Noah left the Ark, his first act was to exact and alter to make an animal sacrifice unto God. God received Noah's sacrifice unto God. Noah's sacrifice unto God was received because he had demonstrated his faithfulness toward God by understanding his own sinfullness, its penalty,and the necessity of a blood sacrifice a divine provision (Heb. 11:39-40) This is where Noah's grand act of respect for who God is by representing all mankind, who now recognized God's gracious provision and promise never to destroy the earth by water and curse the ground (Gen.8:20-22) ever agian. God blessed Noah because of his unwavering faith.
The FOURTH - PREPARATORY EXPIATORY sacrifice was when Abraham regularly worshiped God by offering animal sacrifices to Him. Abraham was a faithful man who rejoiced with great anticipation of the announcement and the apperance of a promised redeemer who would completely appase his diety, God with a better sacrifice, a human being. Abraham was put to the test when he was ask by God to offer up his only son, Issac, as a sacrifice in stead of an animal. But God divinely intervened and sent a ram in the bush where Abraham had prepared to offer up his only son Issac at the moment when Abraham drew his knife to kill Issac, the Angel of God spoke upto him letting him know that God had put a ram in the bush for a sacrifice instead of Issac.
There are three (3) commmon elements which each of these four (4) preparatory expiatory sacrifices have (1.) consecration (committment) (2.) expiatory (covering for sin) (3.) and propitiation (satisfaction) of Gods holy anger against sin. To be totally acceptable before approchaing God a blood sacrifice was needed and each person, God, Abel, Noah, Abraham and Moses was willing to make the blood sacrifice, of animals until God show Abraham what he was planning to do for the future of mankind. Abraham knew that a human sacrifice would be required before God's anger against sin would be completely apased.
The LAST PREPATAORY EXPIATORY sacrifice was and is King Jesus when he shedd his blood on the cross of Calvary and was thypologically portrayed in the four major sacrifices offered in the Old Testament. (A.) Whole burnt offerings emphasizes King Jesus offering himself without spot or wrinkle in complete obedience to the will of God, His Father. (B.) Meal offering (2 Cr. 5:21)(Lev. 6:22) (Ex.29:38-42). (Heb. 10:5-10) (C.) Peace offerings emphasizes the reconciliation that was accomplished on the Cross, and is also known as the heave offerings or wave offerings. This type of offering was a blood sacrifice and presented to God. (Deut. 12:18). It included three (3) important things (1.) The celebration of the covering of sin (2.) Forgiveness by God for sin (3.) Restoration of a right relationship with God, and with life in general (Judg. 20:26) (21:4).
(D.)The sin offering or guilt offering or trepass offering emphasized the atoning nature of King Jesus sacrifice, redeeming and reconciling man from all sin in the flesh and spirit from Adam all the way to the year of our Lord, King Jesus (past-present- future) (heb. 13:8) Jesus Christ the same yesterday and for ever.
Saint's of God, be encouraged in knowing that all God has done for us is to bring his people into a perfect relationship with him, and that it pleases God when we offer up a sacrifice unto God that cost us something (1 Cor. 21:24), God is always pleased when our sacrifices come from true love and obedieence towards him (Ps. 50:13-15) , that when we obey and follow His Son , King Jesus (Matt. 8:19-20). Remember to give King Jesus your all because he is the last and only atonement for sin and there is none other and none greater.
"MOVING HEAVEN!" "SHAKING EARTH!" "SHOCKING HELL!" TO SET THE CAPTIVES FREE!" "IN THE NAME OF KING JESUS!"
February 14, 2016
"HIS BANNER OF LOVE"
(Ps. 60:4) Thou hast given a banner to them that fear thee, that it may be displayed because of the truth. Selah.
HIS BANNER OF LOVE is given to all those who have reverential awe for him. King Jesus the Son of God, only gives his banner to certain people, it is not given capriciously. A banner is a flag, or ensign, or emblem used for military purposes in the Bible days and many nations, kingdoms, and royal families used them today to express their unified solidarity to a people or a cause, or nation.
His banner of love is given to express King Jesus, conquering power over death, hell, and the grave and all of Satan's kingdom authority. His love is described as knowable,(Eph. 3:19) personal (Gal. 2:20) conquering (Rom. 8:37) unbreakable (Rom. 8:35) intimate (1 John 3:16) like the Father (John 15:9) sacrificial (Gal. 2:20) and it reaches beyond friends, enemies and persecutors (Matt. 5:43-48).
The people of God through King Jesus are to "glory in the cross" (Gal. 6:14) But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world. The symbol or emblem of the cross bears great testimony of the sacrificial death of King Jesus, who died expressing his love for Gods' people by taking our sinfull nature upon himself (Heb. 2:14-18) and dying putting and end to Satans hold over all the earth by breaking the chains of enslavement to sin in the flesh and spirit (2 Cor. 7:1). God's love for his people through King Jesus life and death, burial and resurretion from the dead is great (Eph. 2:4) everlasting (Jer. 31:3) sacrificial (Rom. 5:8) forgiving (Luke 15:7) eternal (John 3:16) inexhaustable (Ps. 136:1) unselfish love (1 Cor. 13:1-13).
His banner of love requires that his people love not vanity (Ps. 4:2) sin (Prove. 1:10-19) Praise to men (John 12:42-43) money (1 Tim. 6:10) the world (1John 2:15) evil (Pa. 97:10). "What are you willing to give in exchange for the love of God in King Jesus banner of love over your life?" Your soul, your loved ones, your money, your time, obedience to God. Whatever God requires should be your answer because you will never find a love so great and holy that protects you from all evil, and blesses your life with innumberable blessings and promises all the way from earth to heaven.
His banner of love is a blood stain banner (1 John 1:7,9) with the glory encrested from every stain of sin that he bore for everyone of us. It is a blood stain banner filled with every groan he uttered from his mouth with every stripe that mutilated his body. His banner of love is an emblom of victory when he arose triumphant from the dead. His banner of love is for everyone who will receive him as their Lord and Savior and who will march on to victory with the defeat of every sin, and evil know to man under their feet. Praise God, His banner of love is a mighty banner waving high over my life each and every day, and should be over all the Saints' of God who proclaim the victory in his holy name and plead His blood against every attack of the enemy.
Let me encourage you to wave His blood stained banner of victory high over your life, everyday and be encouraged to march onward to victory (1 Cor. 15:57) for your labor of is not in vain (1 Cor. 15:16) His banner of love is a banner of faith, truth and love in all that God has done for us, and that which is to come. His banner of love is a banner stained with blood (Song of So. 2:4) (Ex. 17:15) (Col. 1:13-14) (1 John 17) Lift "HIS BANNER OF LOVE" high in your life every day, Saints of God. HAPPY HOLIDAY.
"MOVING HEAVING!" "SHAKING EARTH!" "SHOCKING HELL!" "TO SET THE CAPTIVES FREE!" "IN KING JESUS NAME!"
February 7, 2016
"THE BOILING WRATH OF GOD"
(2 Chro. 29:10) Now it is in mine heart to make a covenant with the Lord God of Israel, that his fierce wrath may turn away from us.
The boiling wrath of God is called "Righteous Indignation" and is often used to express one or more emotions such as anger, grief, vexation, fury and bitterness. It is also refered to as an emotional response to a perceived wrong or injustice. Boiling wrath when used by God referes to his absolute hatred to those followingshiping with evil, profaning the Sabbath, committing idolatry, aposty and unbelief. The very first instance of righteous indignation is found in (Gen. 3:1-24) which hapened in the Garden of Eden when the fall took place and Adam and Eve were driven out of the Garden of Eden. The second is found in (Gen. 4:1-15) when Cain slew Abel and God cursed Cain and sent him from the his presence with a mark in his forehead. (2 Chr. 19:2) (Neh. 13:18) (Ps. 78:58-59) (2 Chr. 24:21,25) (Ps. 78:19:21)
God hates sin in the flesh and spirit of his people and will deal justly with the issue of sin based on a moral or ethical judgment for the sin committed and not capriciously. God often uses his angels as instruments to cast upon them his fierce anger (Ps. 78:49) with obvious signs of his hot displeasure (Deut. 9:17) (Ps. 6:1). Sometimes God sends natural disasters such as storms, earthquakes, floods, blizzads, ect., to bring mans attention back towards himself.
The word "indignation" is a very powerful one which causes me to write that many people do not recognize righteous indignation when God moves upon one of his chosen servants. Many times it is misunderstood and labeled a "BAD ATTITUDE" when in fact it is the anger of God against a wrong, a wicked injustice done to his servants which has occurred too many tinmes. God is using his servant to send a message that he is very angry with their sin but not the sinner.
The most popular platform for the demonstration of righteous indignation is usually from the pulpit in a Sunday morning or afternoon service, but, I want you to know and realize that God can
will use anyone of his chosen servants to convey his fierce anger against sin in unexpected places. What needs to be addressed is what type of repeat sinfullnesss is God expressing his "righteous indignation" against. This sin will most likely be revealed when engaging in conversations of spiritual or a non-spiritual matters of the heart, soul, flesh and spirit (Rom. 2:5:8) For the regenerate (Born-Again Christian) person the judgment will result in eternal life but for the unregenerate (the sinner) it will result in indignation and wrath (Rom. 2:7-10).
The boiling wrath of God is the personal manifestation of God's holy, moral, character in judgment against sin. His wrath is not in any way vindictive or malicious. It is holy indignation - when he express his anger against sin, secret or revealed. We the people of God should always understand and receive is as His divine love. (Heb. 12:6) FOR WHOM THE LORD LOVETH HE CHASTENETH, AND SCOURGETH EVERY SON WHOM HE RECEIVETH. (Pr. 13-24)
Gods' use of "Righteous Indignation" is his principle of discipling His own people and is completely in line with human practices for discplinary actions. Let it be known that love and corporal punishment are not in disagreement and they are both complementary and necessarry aspects of spiritual training needed and deserved for the kingdom of God on earth to become all that God determines for you to be in his kingdom.
Gods' boiling wrath is often removed or lessened through obediance, keeping of an oath (Josh. 9:20) humbling oneself (2 Chr. 32:26) intercession (Ps. 106:23) King Jesus intercessions (Rom. 5:9) Gods' appointment (1 Thes. 5:)
When a person fails to obey the rebuking from one of Gods' chosen servants then judgment will follow with great consequences for sin such as withholding of blessings (Deut. 11:17) destruction of people (1 Sam.28:18) troubles (Ps. 90:7) mans death (Ps. 90:9) punishments of hell (Rev. 14:10) final judgments (Rev. 19:15) God many times will hide his own people from his wrath, or he may deferr it, or totaly remove his wrath because of a repentant heart (Is. 26:20) (2 Chr. 29:10) (Jonah 3:5-9).
God will deal with his people on the basis of grace and not on judgment because they changed their attitude toward him (Ps. 65:2) It is through the general, special and divine providances of God that the earth and all of its inhabitants are substained, guarded, protected, and governed. Therefore his righteous indignation against sin is just, and it is something that is assumed in in order to disipline by stern means those who he loves both for their deliverance and healing from wrong doing of sinful acts.
Because King Jesus suffered all the way to the cross, died, and rose agin the Saints of Gods' have the victory over sin in the flesh and spirit, therefore, through the blood attonment of King Jesus we are "justified by His blood", we shall be saved from the wrath through Him (Rom. 5:9) The magnitude of Gods' love is manifested in the Cross, where Gods' only Son experienced wrath on our behalf.
Saints of God, I strongly encourage you to live a life of righteousness and holiness every day and keep yourselves washed in the shed blood of King Jesus to purge away all sin in the flesh and spirit, and you will be kept from the boiling wrath of God in this life and in the next, the Day of Judgment (Zeph. 1:14) (Zep. 1:8) (Rev. 6:16) (1 Thes. 1:10) (John 5:24) (1 Cor. 11:31-32) (2 Cor. 5:10) (mat. 25:31-46) (Rev. 20)
"MOVING HEAVEN!" "SHAKING EARTH!" "SHOCKING HELL!" "TO SET THE CAPTIVES FREE!" "IN KING JESUS NAME!"
January 31, 2016
"BELLOWS TO RAISE THE FIRE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT WITHIN"
(Jer. 23:29) Is not my word like as a fire? saith the LORD; and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces?
Two of the emblems of the Holy Spirit sent from God through His Son , King Jesus is "fire" and "wind". They appear as symbols of God's presence, glory, and power (Ex. 3:2) (Ex. 10:13). The Israelites, particularly, thought of fire as a symbol of God's mystical presence as well as His power and judgment (Ex. 9:24) (Ex. 13:21-22).
In the OT, Israel's worship and religious life often began with the use of fire and flame to offer burnt sacrifices to God for sin, and on God's instructions fire was to be kept burning continiously on the alter of sacrifice (Lev. 6:13). When these offerings for sin were made the people of God were reassured that God had received their sacrifice (Judg. 6:21) (1Kin. 18:36) (Lev. 9:24).
The physical manfestations of fire are known to us as burning: heat, light and flame. In both the OT and NT fire functions as a signficant theological symbol and is frequently associated with such important concepts as God's presence, divine judgment, and purification (Is. 6:5-7). Fire was indeed the primary method by which God manifested himself to the Israelites in the OT, particulary as a pilliar of fire by night when traveling from Egypt through the wilderness (Ex. 13:21-22) (Zec. 2:5).
Both in the OT and NT God has demonstrated his marvelous protection to his people through the use of fire (2 Kings 6:17) when he surrounded Elisha about with an angelic army of flaming horses and chariots when the King of Aram tried to attack him. In the NT fire is shown to portray God's presence in the form of the Holy Spirit for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit which was spoken of by the prophet Joel and was manifested on the Day of Pentecost by the apperance of fire upon the heads of the saints of God (Acts 2:2), and underscored the purging and illuminating quality of God's truth (Acts 2:3).
The east wind from God parted the Red Sea in (Ex. 14:21) and shattered the ships of Tarshish (Ps. 48:7). A wind from God brought the quail to Moses and his people. There are many occassions which God chose to send the east wind to demonstrate his presence and power, and sometimes wrath. Wind reveals weakness, worthlessness (Job 7:7) (15:2) (Prov.11:29) and it has the power to drive out evil (Isa. 11:15) (Jer. 4:1-12)
Apostle Paul strongly admonished all believers not to "quench" the Holy Spirit in (1 Thes. 5:19). This word quench would mean not to extinguish the fire -- not to put out the presence of God within them. Fire is seen as a metaphor for God which emphasizes both His holiyness and His retributive justice (Deut. 4:24) (Heb. 12:29) (Jer. 23:29)(Jer. 5:14) (Is. 6:5-7).
God often symbolized his presence among His people by using fire as a source of divine judgment (2 Kin. 1:9-12) (Heb. 12:29). God used fire to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah which is the first example of Gods use of fire to judge and destroy the wicked people and the city (Gen. 19:24). Fire was used to judge evil people and destroy cities in other OT books of the Bible, especially for things associated with extreme defilment or evil.
But on a more personal note the fire of the Holy Spirit purges away sin in the flesh and spirit; and brings all believers into God's presence as righteous through the righteousness of King Jesus (Mal. 3:2-3) (Isa. 4:4) (John 16:13-15). When the flame of the fire of the Holy Spirit is low or dim within you, due to some sort of spiritual defilment such as a bad attitude, gossip, or one of the seven deadly sins mention in (Prov. 6), or something degrading or immoral as a sexual sin (Gal. 5:19), then you are required by God to confess your sin (James 5:14-16) (1 John 1:9) and offer up a sacrifice of repentance, and asking for forgiveness of sin, and ask to be restore back to your rightful place in God's kingdom. This can be done indivdually by admission, declaration or acknowledging your sin during a congregational worship service. This is a significant element in obedience to God which was a requirement in both the OT and NT as confession of sin and a confession of faith in God. Today, this tradition is continued from the NT Saints' of God and followed by the Holy Communion or Lord's Supper.
Another word for "Bellows" is (lungs); as you already know lungs are respiratory organs within the human body and helps to circulate air through out the body to every organ tissue in the body. So the lungs are a very necessary part of breathing and living. In the book of Jeremiah God allowed him to test the purity of his people (Jer. 6:29), you would need to allow the "Bellows" and instrument of air to blow on the fire of the Holy Spirit within you to make the fire burn hotter to purge away your sin. This is done through a contrite heart, a heart of brokenness toward God while travailing in prayer before God, (Ps. 51) and an attitude of joyful praise with thanksgiving.
Confession of faith expresses what a person believes in their heart and what they confess with the mouth (Rom. 10:9-10) (13), thus it is safe to write , what their actions or behavior will reflect, which should be a life of Godlyness before God and man.
Saints' of God allow the "Bellows" (lungs) or wind of God to blow upon the fire of the Holy Spirit within you on a regular basis. Not just every now and then , but regularly to prevent the quencing of the "Holy fire" within you when you are feeling low, or stressed or over burdened with the cares of the world and Satan is throwing a mulitude of distractions your way. Allow yourself to have the "fire" of the Holy Spirit present at each private devotional time as often as you can with God and put the devils "quenching" distractions under your feet and tread them down according to (Luke 10:19), while casting them out of your life. Glorify God which is in heaven a glorious kingdom soon to be your heavenly home.
January 24, 2016
"CONTENMENT (SUFFICIENCY) FOR GOD'S SERVICE"
(JEREMIAH 1:6) Then said I, Ah, Lord God! behold, I cannot speak: for I am a child.
Jeremiah the son of Hilkiah, a priest was raised in a Levitical tribe and he learned to have a high regard for the law of the Lord as well as the importance of the temple and priesthood. Jeremiah served the Lord and the inhabitants of Judah through the rapidly changing scenes of the final decades of the southern kingdom and even beyond. His prophetic ministry spans from the reigns of Judahs last kings; from the days of Josiah's last kings (640-609 B.C.) unitl Jerusalems fall in the reign of Zedekiah (598-586 B.C.) .
Jeremiah was called by God to deliver a message of doom to the people of Judah. His view of himself as Gods messanger was inadequate. He saw himself as a shy and timid child and not worthy to be a prophet of God for he said in (Jer. 1:6) Then said I, Ah, Lord God! behold, I cannot speak: for I am a child.
However, God knew Jeremiah and said in response to him in (Jer. 1:7) But the Lord said unto me, Say not, I am a child: for thou shalt go to all that I shall send thee, and whatsoever I command thee thou shalt speak. Because of God's love for Jeremiah he knew that he could depend on him to obey his word and deliver the various prophices of judgment to the people of Judah. God's grace helped Jeremiah to overcome his natural timidy and to live couragesously in the face of severe opposition and tragic circumstances. In addition, to prophices of doom against Judah, God allowed Jeremiah to deliver news of great consolation to Judah, God would bring his remmant back again to their land and make them fruitful and prosperious through a righteous branch, a king who will execute judgment and justice (Jer. 23:1-8).
Jeremiah needed to learn contentment in his position as a prophet of God to Judah. His contentment grew out of humility and trust in God. His contentment also grew out of his fervent love and devotion to God and his people, for it never waned. His personal sorrow over the many prophecies often caused him to weep so deeply for his people until the Man OF Sorrows would come. Jeremiahs contenment also grew out of having God's prospective of himself and of life rather than his own. By focusing on what God wanted him to do and not on his inablity or unworthyness. One of the most important lessons which Jeremiah learned to do was setting his priorities straight so that he could detach himself from non-essentials and concentrate on the eternal things of God. Here, it is important to note that God forbode Jeremiah to marry and have childern so that he could devote himself fully to the preaching of Gods message.
The Word of God gives us a detailed account of many others who had a personal problem which made them feel inadequate for Gods service; for example, Moses (Ex. 3:4) Barak (Judg. 4:8) Gideon (Judg. 6:15) Saul (1 Sam. 10:22) David (2 Sam. 7:19) Solomon (1 King. 3:7) and many others who came to understand that contenment and suffiency comes from God himself (2 Cor. 2:16).
It is also important to write briefly regarding the "barriers to contentment which are : (1.) Bitterness - give place to forgiveness. (2.) Coveting - ask God to meet your needs. (3.) Being a materialist person - realize that the "love of money is the root of all evil" (1 Tim. 6:10) (4.) Wants - determine to distingish wants from needs and become content within, and ask God for help when feeling anxious about wants and needs.
Saint's of God, the story of Jeremiahs call by God is a very important one and should be studied more by all those who desire to please God above all earthly desires. Finding the secret to true contenment can only come when you place your trust in God's prespective, in your priorities, and as your source of great power and live with conteniment in Gods chosen service for your life. Remember contentiment is another word for satisfaction - that which completely fullfills.
"MOVING HEAVEN!" "SHAKING EARTH!" "SHOCKING HELL!" "TO SET THE CAPTIVES FREE!" "IN KING JESUS NAME!"
January 17, 2016
"ESCAPING THE GENEROSITY OF A THIEF"
(JOHN 10:10) The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. (Mal. 3:8-10)
Robbery and thief are crimes committed every day whether it is made public or consealed from the general public, does not remove the seriousness or penalty.
Taking another persons property without the persons authorized consent is robbery and thief and is against the spiritual laws of God and the Civil laws of the land. The Ten Commandments is the Biblical laws of God concerning robbery,thief and stealing, ect. (Ex.od. 20:15) Thous shalt not steal. (Deut. 5:19) The absoluteness of this commandment makes it irrelvant whether the crime and sin of robbery acquires stolen property by force - coericon or wicked influence, duplicity - decietfullness, or oppression - to treat a person harshly as a matter of policy. All of these acts are forbidden by the civil law and punishable by the civil law upon conviction. Crime is any act against God's moral law as well as any transgression against God, or man, or both (Judg. 9:24) (Acts 18:14) (Josh. 7:21-25)
God's laws conmmand that tithes be paid, ten percent (10%) of all income or property. And in Malachi 3 chapter the question of robbery is confronted. (Ma. 3:8-10) Will a man robe God? Ye ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings. Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation. Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.
The "storehouse tithing" of ten percent (10%) of one's income was recognized in the OT and to be given to the local church. However, also during the Acts of the Apostles the local church services were held in homes or houses of the Saint's of God before a more perminate worship place was established. The principle for "Gods place" for worship is the basis for storehouse tithing (Deut. 12). The temple in the OT was the central place characterized by (1.) God's presence (2.) Possessed the symbol of redemption and (3.) and was where the man of God served. In the NT these same (3) attributes characterize the local church, and for some the worship place in their home as the establishment of new minitries. The principle of "storehouse tithing" is applicable both for the local church as well as for the establishment of a new and promising ministry where the home is the basis of local worship.
Paying of tithes and offerings to the storehouse is recognition of our subjection to God and to withold the tithe is to renounce the soverign rule and authority of God over us, making us guilty of the same sin of Lucifer in the beginning. Tithing is mention in both the OT and NT and serves as the minimum standard for giving and when tithes are given in accordance to our income or property in obedience to God, he will release blessings, God is pleased to open the windows of heaven for our benefit. When we rob God and his servants of tithes it is theift / robbery. When tithes and offerings are used for another purpose or given to someone it does not belong, this is a crime and is punishable. (Gen. 14:18-20) (Gen. 28:22) (Numb. 18:20-22).
Thieft, robbery and stealing are sins and once committed they become easier to do again, and soon without guilt, remorse or regret. In order to "escape the generosity of a thief", you must not receive tithes that do not belong to you. Pray against those who are putting tithes into the offering plate or buckett, or through the U. S. Postal Service or over the internet. We must also recognize the sinful behavior of those who commit thieft of refusing to pay tithes or what they owe to God and confront the problem. These people view sin as delightful and fun, accompanied by the expression "Lets have some fun" or "I need some extra money so I will borrow from my tithes and pay it back later", but they seldom do.
To defraud God in the tithe and heave offerings there are three specific areas of offence and they are outlined as: (A.) not paying their tithes and offerings at all, (B.) Withholding apart of their tithes and offerings because of hard times or because of a bad economy. (C.) Not paying tithes and offerings because they disagree with the expanditure of funds. Tithes and offerings do not necessarily belong to the local church. Storehouse is a reference to the chambers of the Temple where the tithes were brought in the OT; the principle of bringing tithes and offerings to the house of God to support the work of God, and in that sense believers today should bring their tithes and offerings to the local church of which they attend as members to support the work of the Lord in and through the local church.
When a member of a local church begins seeking the ministry services of another church or parachurch and believe that God has answered a specific need through prayer then giving of a tithe may be appropate, or giving a generious donation equal to a tithe would be appropate because your specific need was met, for example, there is a Prophet in town at the parachurch and you receive a prophesy regarding a job, a car, house, education grant, child, ect. and this prophesy comes true, then you are required to give to the man or woman of God who blessed your life with such a wonderful true prophesy, or you were blessed by a new ministry through their prayers of intercession, spiritual warfare against the enemy or over a prayer line. Each believer is independantly responsible to God for the allotment of money God has entrusted to him or her. (Gen. 14:20) (Mal. 3:20) (Mat. 22:21)
To withhold the tithe or generious donation would make you the recepitant of a serious curse where just punishment would occur. The word "robbed" indicates a contineous situation, where the offence was comitted more than once. For some the temptation for sinful behaviour is less obvious, it generaly comes at the sight of something they want and see with the eye. The characteristic of sin is that it becomes contagious and spreads to others -- they often try to relieve their guilt by involving someone else to help reduce or eliminate the guilt. Recongizing and confessing sin before God and those who you have robbed immediatly will help prevent theift in the future. The Word of God encourages making restitution or restoring money or property that was stolen back to the rigfhtful owner. (Ex. 22:16-17) (Ex. 21:28-32) (Ex. 22:1-4,9) (Lev. 6:1-7)
Here are a few more characteristics of sin: (1.) It creates barriers between us and God. (2.) It is almost always covered over with excuses. (Gen. 3:14-19) (3.) Leads to more sin (2 Sam. 11:26-27) The results of sin deserves punishment and on many occassions sin has been punished by death (Gen. 20:1-8), we must realize that sinful actions often become sinful habits which can hurt and destroy others (Gen. 12:11-13) The hidden sin of thieft and robbery have a sure way of becoming public and bad habits from childhood often spill over into adulthood and have deep roots. Whitout King Jesus, the results or sin is death, spiritual death is seperation from God. (Rom. 6:23) Through King Jesus sin is forgiven and eternal life is given to all who confess their sin and turn asde from them (James 5:14-16) (1 John 1:9).
Saints of God let me encourage you to be very cautious to whom you pay your tithes and offerings. Knowning that sinful behavior in the flesh and spirit can and should be stopped before it is started. Understand how to pay your tithes and offerings and do not allow the devil to make you defruad any of God's trusted servants. Let the Holy Spirit lead and guide you before you committ your ten persent or donation in any storehouse of God. And always be ready to give your tithe or donation to those whom you know are trutly helping you to get your prayers answered in the earth.
"MOVING HEAVEN!" "SHAKING EARTH!""SHOCKING HELL!" " TO SET THE CAPTIVES FREE!" "IN KING JESUS NAME!"
January 10, 2016
"HIGHLIGHTED INDICATORS FOR SPIRITUAL GROWTH"
(EPH. 4:15) But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things which is the head, even Christ.
Because the preaching of the gospel of King Jesus is not only a command in (1 Titus 1:3) But hathin due times manifested his word through preaching, which is committed unto me according to the commandment of God our Saviour; (Matt. 28:19-20) (Acts 2:42), it is essential for all believers in King jesus to grow spiritualy mature for effective service in the Kingdom of God on earth. The Great Commission or Commandment is comprised of three main factors (1.) Evangelism (2.) Baptism (3.) Education (training) and it is through this stragety that we build up the church both numerically and spiritualy; the edifying of the people of God is a continualy process and will continue until the day of King Jesus's return; however, the method can be highlighted to address key areas inorder to (speed) or enhance spiritual growth for those who desire to make improvements in their quality of spiritual growth and service. The end result of spiritual maturity will manifest in tow ways: They will no longer be seen as:
First, They will no longer be seen as children - immature people who are easily deceived by the enemy of false doctrine (Eph. 4:14)
Second, they will be recognized as "fully" mature in King Jesus, in all aspects of him (A.) doctrine (B.) Conduct (C.) service, bringing forth the fruit of the Spirit mention in (Gal. 5:22-23).
The highlighted indicators for spiritual growth are to:
(1.) turn problems into opportunities for spiritual growth. Allow the pressures and pain which you dendure through problems to produce within you a priceless gem such as a "pearl" or a "diamond" called spiritual maturity in King Jesus.
(2.) Develop your listening skills to hear efectively and to obey God's word for spiritual growth to be successful - hear,listen, learn, and follow God's commands is what Moses ordered the Israelites to do after they had entered into a covenant with God in Horeb. In (Deut. 5:1) Moses commands the people to do these things inorder for them to obey the covenant stipulations. He demands active prtiipation by proper hearing that ye may learn them, and keep and do them. Hearing, listening, learning and following, are elemenat of knowledge which are prerequisites for effective performance in obtaining spiritual growth and maturity.
(3.) Self-examination for weaknesses which needs eliminatior or strengthening is seen as the beginning for growth. Self-examination allows you the opportunity to develop and strengthing immature faith that has not yet developed the muscle it needs to stand and fight against external
pressures. Give yourself time to grow and mature into a strong and mighty warrior for God through obediance.
(4.) Accepting the differances of other believers is essential tool to measure growth and maturity.
Acceptance of differances and skill levels helps to bring balance and unity whereby we are given the opportunity to focus on the essentials according to Gods' word - these things which untie us in our faith can only strengthen us, and those things which are non-essential are there to provide liberty (freedom to be who God has called us to be within the Body of Christ.
(5.) Discipline is a key element for spiritual growth and maturity - the first place winner in any race receives the greatest prize even though second and third place prizes are good they do not equal the quality and value as the first place prize. (1 Cor. 9:25) Discipline for Gods race toward heaven requires diligance in prayer, fasting, faith, daily Bible reading and Bible study, daily worship, spriitual warfare against the enemy (Eph. 6:12-13) each of these elements help equip us with vigor and stamina for success.
(6.) Learning to experience God's guidance in everyday life situtations requires time and patience spent in the presence of God (Num. 9:23) and in the Word of God. Allow the Holy Spirit to lead and guide you and you will be victorious in every situation of life because he will always work in line with the written Word of God and will never lead you astray.
Saints of God , let me encourage you to obey God's written word everyday and to remember that guidance for the future comes with obediance in the present. And to avoid those things which will impede your spiritual growth and maturity in King Jesus. The Holy Spirit will guide you and direct your every move and will give you the assurance that it is him that is directing you.
"MOVING HEAVEN!" "SHAKING EARTH!" "SHOCKING HELL!" TO SET THE CAPTIVES FREE!" "IN THE NAME OF KING JESUS!"
January 3, 2016
AOVIDING THE EIGHT (8) ARMED MOLLUSK (OCTOPUS) OF
(Col. 4:6) Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.
Idle or worthless conversation can be depicted as an "Octopus" - which is described as a genius of two-gilled cuttlefishes having eight (8) arms furnished with suckers: they have attained a notority from tales concerning their ferocity and the gigantic size of some. These octopus of idle conversations are waiting for the right moment and right topic to quickly ensnare and captivate us with long conversations (long arms - suckers) on such topics as politics, world affairs, movies, football games, gossip, putting others down, bragging, manipulating, false teachings, exaggerating, complaining, flattering and even lies are all the talk of worldly and destructive conversations. This is the kind of speech which the unregenerate in Christ Jesus speak, and which all believers in him are to avoid (Eph. 4:22). We all must avoid being ensnared by the eight (8) armed mollusk because once ensnared it would be almost impossible to get loose.
Idle conversations are destructive - (James 3:6) And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.
Idle conversations demonstrate lack of self-controll from an untamed tongue (James 3:6) which gives the devil opportunity to draw believers and unbelievers deeper into darkness because an untamed and uncontrolled tongue can do terrible damage. Satan uses the tongue to divide people an pit them against one another. For example; men against women,the rich against the poor, one race against another, children against parents, rebels against leadership, ect. Once a conversation gets out of control it is often very difficult to "stop the flames of fire" of anger and hatered, caused by an uncontrolled tongue once idle or hateful words are spoken. So before you engage in idle or worthless conversations remember that words are like a fire which can spread out of control quickly and once spoken, many times can not be reversed.
Idle conversations remind us of our disobedient tendencies to be proud, vain, foolish, decitful, lazy. Through the word of God and the Holy Spirit we all can learn how to control our tongues enough to reduce the damage it can do, even though we may not achieve perfect control of the tongue, in other words we can stop the flames of fire- and know how to avoid setting new ones through the Holy Spirits quidance and direction. We will learn how not to offend, or be offended, and when undully critized, the Holy Spirit will help us to heal the hurt and give us the power to defeat and destroy the devil so we won't lash out.
Idle conversations force's us to realize just how much we need to pray and seek the wisdom of God in order to become more like him each day. We are to engage in worth while conversations characterized by the wisdom of (Col. 4:5-6) Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time. Walking in wisdom to speak worth while conversations means to avoid having an untamed tongue which generates fires (James 3:6). When Paul speaks of "Redeeming the time" in (Col. 4:5) he is encouraging every Saint of God to make the most of every opportunity to seize the moment to witness to unbelievers. Conversations about our faith are worthwhile especially when done with a generious heart. Even though the message of our saving faith is important we must be courteous to unbelievers in order for the message to be effective. To be gracious and effective means that what we say should encurage further interest and dialogue. Shun worldly topics of politics, world affairs, even though important and thought to be sincere can become a distraction from the most important topic of all and this of course is "effective soul winning for the kingdom of God".
Let me encourage each one of my readers to "Avoid the Eight (8) Armed Mollusk (Octopus) of "Idle Conversations" in the New Year 2016 and engage in a dialogue of worthwhile conversations for the glory of God on earth and in heaven by removing bad habits and hinderances to your spiritual growth and progress in Gods will for your life. Aspire to have devout conversations on spiritual matters of importance toward each other, and unblievers. "HAPPY NEW YEAR IN 2016!"
"MOVING HEAVEN!" "SHAKING EARTH!" "SHOCKING HELL!" "TO SET THE CAPTIVES FREE!" "IN KING JESUS NAME!"
December 29, 2015
"BIBLICAL ETHICS AND SOCIAL JUSTICE"
"IN THE NEW YEAR 2016"
(1 Peter 3:11) LET HIM ESCHEW EVIL, AND DO GOOD; LET HIM SEEK PEACE, AND ENSUE IT.
The two days of extream weather conditions flooding and destroying houses taking the lives of several people just before Christmas, December 23-24 2015; and the devestation from tornadoes in North Texas the day after Christmas, December 26, 2015 sends a powerful messages to Christmas shoppers to examine their reason for the season. Many people were celebrating the birth of Christ Jesus without ever receiving him as Lord and Savoir and for those who do know him, it sends a message for them to draw nearer to him.
In the mist of all this destruction the world around us as we know it is quickly changing in the U.S.. "How do we adjust to the influx of new people, customs, ideas and views which our govenment is endourcing?" This is an explosive topic, but one which needs to be addressed in our modern society. I will address this topic briefly and with caution.
As Saints of God we will be in constant conflict with society's values but we must continue to live righteously - that is doing and living in obediance to the written Word of God, and allowing the Holy Spirit to direct our thoughts and actions. (Is. 26:3-4) (John 16:13-15) (John 14:2
The uniqueness of Biblical ethics is that it is not based on theories or opinions about what is right or wrong, but is solely based on Gods' revealed written word about this and all matters of life. The written Word of God teaches us in narratives regarding the orgin of man's ethical failure in the Garden of Eden, and then outliness to us Gods' redeeming grace