Wednesday, December 31, 2008
The character of Christ is first of all, humility.
Philippians 2:1-10 (New International Version)
Imitating Christ's Humility
1If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, 2then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose. 3Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. 4Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.
5Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus:
6Who, being in very nature[a] God,
did not consider equality with God something to be grasped,
7but made himself nothing,
taking the very nature[b] of a servant,
being made in human likeness.
8And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself
and became obedient to death—
even death on a cross!
9Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
and gave him the name that is above every name,
10that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
How many of us, if, told to 'empty' ourselves of everything will still remain in the faith? Yes, If you were told to empty everything that serves your pride and ego,will you still remain in the faith and confess Christ anymore?.Many have supposedly left the faith when they were tested in this area.
Abraham was told to leave and give up everything that give him self-pride and he did because of his faith in God.He had such trust in God that he did not fear the circumstances that followed of which he was not sure of.That was faith in God.
The Lord Jesus Christ emptied himself of all this worldly pride.The comfort of this world,the praises of the people,worldly recognition,fame,worldly accomplishments,enjoying public-figure priviledges which he rejected openly and never acquired them secretly either.He had no financial savings,no permanent house he could come back to,no relationships that had strings attached that gave him certainty of life.His continual trust in God never failed him though.
How many of us, if, are told to do this today, will leave the faith and never return to Christ again? Many have done this even though they still claim to be in Christ.
Many have already gone to the world completely even though they still maintain a Christian status,just to be on the safe side!There is no safe side when you do this consciously,you will find out for yourself soon.It will be too late for you to make an about turn in life.
Do not equate financial prosperity with the Christian faith?. You can equate financial prosperity with following the Evil One but not Christ.You have to come empty of all pride of the things of this world before you can come to Christ
and you would have to continue living like this the rest of your walk with Him.
If you don't like this you can choose following the Evil One.I am talking about the pride that sticks to you from the world.That is the character of Christ-"He made Himself nothing".Can you do that now?...or else... you don't deserve Christ, if, you still cling on to the things of this world.
Matthew 18:1-9 (New International Version)
The Greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven
1At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, "Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?"
2He called a little child and had him stand among them. 3And he said: "I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. 4Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
5"And whoever welcomes a little child like this in my name welcomes me. 6But if anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a large millstone hung around his neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea.
7"Woe to the world because of the things that cause people to sin! Such things must come, but woe to the man through whom they come! 8If your hand or your foot causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life maimed or crippled than to have two hands or two feet and be thrown into eternal fire. 9And if your eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life with one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into the fire of hell.
We know that God rejects the proud."Before a fall comes pride" says king Solomnn in the book pf Proverbs.We often preach the fall of man,but seldom about the fall of the devil(Satan).The Lord Jesus Christ said " He saw Satan( the Devil) fall from heaven like lightning to this earth.Satan fell because of his pride.Satan desired the worship of man whom he did not create. So, Satan turned Adam and Eve away from their Creator God and His Christ in the Garden of Eden.By sowing his sinful nature in them he turned all mankind away from God.But,in that Garden, God promised that He will turn His chosen ones back to Him through His beloved Son ,the Lord Jesus Christ.
To come back to Him ,His chosen ones must humble themselves before God and man.The pride of Satan, of which ,Satan himself is the author,if you were to come to God with it,you will be cast into the Lake of fire thats waiting for those who oppose Him and live counterfeiting the truth.
Satan fell from a high position that God gave him.One who is "humble as a child" cannot fall because that position is the lowest one can be.Its only when you think you are more important and feel high above others that you can fall.God rejects the proud.
For Christ his beloved Son himself, He chose to be the lowest amongst man. Most humiliated was he among man but He, even though being His only begotten Son,humbled himself before the Heavenly Father and learnt obedience to Him through those unbearable sufferings and shame on earth.
1 Corinthians 1:26-31 (New International Version)
26 Brothers, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. 27But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. 28He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, 29so that no one may boast before him. 30It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. 31Therefore, as it is written: "Let him who boasts boast in the Lord."
Think of the Lord Jesus Christ, how He was humilisted for you and me:
Isaiah 53:1-12 (New International Version)
1 Who has believed our message
and to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?
2 He grew up before him like a tender shoot,
and like a root out of dry ground.
He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him,
nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.
3 He was despised and rejected by men,
a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering.
Like one from whom men hide their faces
he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
4 Surely he took up our infirmities
and carried our sorrows,
yet we considered him stricken by God,
smitten by him, and afflicted.
5 But he was pierced for our transgressions,
he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was upon him,
and by his wounds we are healed.
6 We all, like sheep, have gone astray,
each of us has turned to his own way;
and the LORD has laid on him
the iniquity of us all.
7 He was oppressed and afflicted,
yet he did not open his mouth;
he was led like a lamb to the slaughter,
and as a sheep before her shearers is silent,
so he did not open his mouth.
8 By oppression and judgment he was taken away.
And who can speak of his descendants?
For he was cut off from the land of the living;
for the transgression of my people he was stricken.
9 He was assigned a grave with the wicked,
and with the rich in his death,
though he had done no violence,
nor was any deceit in his mouth.
10 Yet it was the LORD's will to crush him and cause him to suffer,
and though the LORD makes his life a guilt offering,
he will see his offspring and prolong his days,
and the will of the LORD will prosper in his hand.
11 After the suffering of his soul,
he will see the light of life and be satisfied ;
by his knowledge my righteous servant will justify many,
and he will bear their iniquities.
12 Therefore I will give him a portion among the great,
and he will divide the spoils with the strong,
because he poured out his life unto death,
and was numbered with the transgressors.
For he bore the sin of many,
and made intercession for the transgressors
If you still cannot figure out what is humility in Christ,then, you have lost your way, you'd need help!
Saturday, July 26, 2008
Luke 2:34-35 (New International Version)
Then Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, his mother: "This child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be spoken against,so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your own soul too."
These are prophetic words that are being fulfilled today.Simeon was a godly man who knew about the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ as the Messiah.He had prayed that God would not decide to take him away through death before he meets His Savior face to face.God granted Simeon his desire and Jesus Christ our Lord was in Simeon's arms as a baby,in human form.
Simeon prophesied to the the mother of Jesus our Lord that, "He will be a sign that will spoken against..".He even said: Mary, as the mother, will also at one point speak against Him.That will be the time that Jesus Christ the Son of God will pierce her heart as the Word of God,the Sword of the Spirit and change her.She will experience the power of the Word of God in her life too.God had made His Son a 'sign' to be spoken against.Speaking against the Lord Jesus Christ is like 'kicking against pricks'.
Saul who became Paul in Acts chapter 9,through his meeting with the Lord Jesus Christ on his way to Damascus also 'kicked against the pricks' by persecuting the believers of Christ.When someone speaks against Christ,the thoughts of his/her heart will be revealed.You will be able to see the true condition of the heart,whether,it is good or evil? the Lord Jesus can change any evil heart,like Paul's convertion.
God will judge us according to how we speak of Jesus Christ when He is revealed to us.The problem is He will appear to us as someone who is the least of Him.That will be the test of our hearts,to see if we genuinely believe in Him.If our heart is proud,it will block us from coming to the Lord because He will appear very humbly to us.
Many among God's own people will fall because they could not recognize who is appearing before them. Christ our Lord will appear to us as someone least like him,but its Him. We will miss Him for eternity if we did not recognize Him then,a high price to pay for pride and arrogance. Do not 'kick against the pricks' if you don't recognize its He who is appearing before you.Be careful not to speak against Him.
Monday, July 21, 2008
Isaiah 32:1-8 (New International Version)
1 See, a king will reign in righteousness
and rulers will rule with justice.
2 Each man will be like a shelter from the wind
and a refuge from the storm,
like streams of water in the desert
and the shadow of a great rock in a thirsty land.
3 Then the eyes of those who see will no longer be closed,
and the ears of those who hear will listen.
4 The mind of the rash will know and understand,
and the stammering tongue will be fluent and clear.
5 No longer will the fool be called noble
nor the scoundrel be highly respected.
6 For the fool speaks folly,
his mind is busy with evil:
He practices ungodliness
and spreads error concerning the LORD;
the hungry he leaves empty
and from the thirsty he withholds water.
7 The scoundrel's methods are wicked,
he makes up evil schemes
to destroy the poor with lies,
even when the plea of the needy is just.
8 But the noble man makes noble plans,
and by noble deeds he stands.
The thousand year rule of Jesus Christ on earth is coming soon.We know that scoundrels and villains are ruling most parts of this world today. The chaotic state of the world is the work of Satan through ungodly fools who have become tools of Satan in power.
The world welcomes such leaders because Satan makes them blind to God's truth and rule through Christ.The time will soon be here when their 'scales' will fall off their eyes and they will be able to see Christ enthroned on earth,heaven and even underneath the earth.
Righteousness today is very,very distorted by Satan.People do not know the difference.Righteousness is seen as wickedness and wickedness as righteousness.Darkness as light and light as darkness.
Christ is the Righteousness of God.If you see Christ,you have seen the righteousness of God.
Monday, July 7, 2008
Lies and deceit are the expressed nature of Satan.The Devil is the Father of lies and deceit.The Devil,if he is the father of it, it will have it's children practise lies and deceit too. Some of its children may appear just like the Devil itself in lies and deceit.
John 8:42-47 (New International Version)
The Children of the Devil
Jesus said to them, "If God were your Father, you would love me, for I came from God and now am here. I have not come on my own; but he sent me.Why is my language not clear to you? Because you are unable to hear what I say.You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father's desire. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.Yet because I tell the truth, you do not believe me!Can any of you prove me guilty of sin? If I am telling the truth, why don't you believe me? He who belongs to God hears what God says. The reason you do not hear is that you do not belong to God."
Some people are just cursed for they cannot hear the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and cannot respond to it.They are doomed to believe the lie of the Devil.
Sunday, June 29, 2008
Justice and righteousness is only found in Jesus Christ our Lord because He is Justice and Righteousness itself.Justice and righteousness cannot be found in anyone else.So,don't waste your time looking for it elsewhere for you are not going to find it anywhere else.Come back to Christ your Lord and you will find justice and righteousness.
Isaiah 9:7 (New International Version)
Of the increase of his government and peace
there will be no end.
He will reign on David's throne
and over his kingdom,
establishing and upholding it
with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever.
The zeal of the LORD Almighty
will accomplish this.
If Christ is formed in you then justice and righteousness is formed in you too.
The world is going crazy looking for justice and righteousness.They will not find it anywhere but in Jesus Christ alone.You will not find justice and righteousness in Satan nor will you find it in the Antichrist system that exist today.The 'False Prophet' who is one of the evil 'trinity' will counterfeit justice and righteousness that may appear 'exactly'like true justice and righteousness but they will not last for long.Chaos will hit the nations time and time again.
Run to Christ now!He is the Justice and Righteousness of God,the Father.Men will resort to all forms of justice and righteousness but it will fail them eventually.
Do not be deceived,Justice and Righteousness is Christ Himself.
Friday, June 27, 2008
Acts 26:14 (New International Version)
We all fell to the ground, and I heard a voice saying to me in Aramaic,[a] 'Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me? It is hard for you to kick against the goads.'
Whatever the wicked of this world do hurts the Lord Jesus Christ personally.Whatever the wicked do against Christ our Lord hurts God,the Father in Heaven.
In this verse we see Saul persecuting Christ our Lord even though He wasn't there in person.Saul persecuted the Christians but Christ our Lord felt the pain, even though He was already seated at the right-hand side of God in Heaven.He was so close to His people whom He has chosen on earth.He intercedes for those whom God has chosen in Christ through a 'Promise'.
There are only two groups of people on this earth.They are either children born ordinarily or children of God born out of a 'Promise' from God.The 'Promise' is the children born out of the power of the Holy Spirit.They are born out of their believe in Jesus Christ as their personal Savior,Redeemer and Lord.For Jesus Christ is The 'Promised One' of God.
Galatians 4:28-29 (New International Version)
Now you, brothers, like Isaac, are children of promise. At that time the son born in the ordinary way persecuted the son born by the power of the Spirit. It is the same now.
God is on the side of those who are on the side of His own Son,the Lord Jesus Christ.
The power of the Holy Spirit in them will make the difference.
Of course,the Devil will have its children masquerade as 'one' of God's chosen with reasons to persecute the promised children of God by mingling with them.The children of the Devil will counterfeit every truth of Jesus Christ and appear as one of God's own.It will be revealed soon at the triumphant return of Christ to earth with His chosen ones and the angels of God.We will know for sure on whose side God and His Christ has been.Of course,on the side of those born out of the power of the Holy Spirit.
Matthew 13:37-39 (New International Version)
He answered, "The one who sowed the good seed is the Son of Man.The field is the world, and the good seed stands for the sons of the kingdom. The weeds are the sons of the evil one,and the enemy who sows them is the devil. The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are angels.
God is the on the side of His own Son, the Lord Jesus Christ and what He has sown on this earth.The Enemy and its ordinary children will oppose Christ and His chosen ones.
Who can be against God and His Christ on this earth,heaven or underneath the earth?
Who can be against what God the Creator has chosen to represent Him on earth?
Romans 8:31-35 (New International Version)
What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. Who is he that condemns? Christ Jesus, who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?
Who dare to oppose Him and think that he or she can escape judgment from Him.Especially His own beloved Son whom He loves and is well pleased with.
All those who oppose the preaching of the gospel of the good news of Jesus Christ be ready for whats coming soon at your door step.If you dare to oppose God the Maker of heaven and earth, be watchful then of the coming events in God's calendar.It will catch you by surprise!
Sunday, June 22, 2008
Furthermore, since they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, he gave them over to a depraved mind, to do what ought not to be done. They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; they are senseless, faithless, heartless, ruthless. Although they know God's righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them.
We are witnessing the most corrupted and degraded generation ever,in the making now. Just before the wiping out of this world with flood during the times of Noah, that generation was the worst, so much so that, God had to grieve Himself by deciding to wipe out the world.
The generation in the making now will be even worse than the times of Noah.This time around,God will use 'Fire' as His wrath to wipe out the world.It will deserve the worst judgment because it will be the worst generation ever to live on earth.We are nearing this times now.
The end for Satan and its evil angels is very near.
Sunday, June 8, 2008
Luke 12:15 (New International Version)
Then He(The Lord Jesus Christ) said to them, "Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man's life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions."
In pursuit of abundance of their possessions in this world, many are being 'killed' and 'swallowed' up by the Devil with this 'killer-greed' in the lurking.
Greed is the last straw from the sinful nature of Satan that will turn many away from following the Lord. The Devil has this sin of greed to grow in its children.This part of the sinful nature will enlarge because greed will cause many to fall into sin deeper and away from God. It is this sin that will invite the final 'desolation' that the prophet Daniel prophesied about in chapter 7.
The 'abomination that causes desolation' will come from greed. Greed for more dominance, power, worldly recognition, fame, wealth, possessions, comfortable living and many more sins that link itself to gaining more money is the 'abomination' today.
Greed wiil cause many to drift far away from the Lord and some will even deny Him for the greed of his/her heart for the things of this world.
Saturday, June 7, 2008
Monday, June 2, 2008
But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him. It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. Therefore, as it is written: "Let him who boasts boast in the Lord."
God is in the business of nullifying the things that are, so that this things do not boast of themselves before Him. How can one created by Him boast of itself before Him? How does He bring about this nullifying? By using the lowly and despised things of this world.
How can God the Father nullify the self-exalting Herod? By bringing His only begotten Son into the world born in a humble manger! How can God nullify the proud and arrogant chief priests and pharisees? By bringing in the humble and despised Son of God to reveal Him as The Way,the Truth and The Life and that no man can go to God except by believing and accepting Christ as their personal Savior and Lord.It only takes a 'broken' or a contrite man or woman of God to come to Christ.
God does not despise the poor but He resists the proud and arrogant. God has no share in their pride and arrogance but Satan is the cause for this pride. Pride and arrogance originated from Satan's nature. Only the poor boast in the Lord.The proud and arrogant boast in their possessions and pride attached to it.
The proud and arrogant reject the poor.By rejecting the poor they have rejected God.
What do the proud and arrogant boast about? About themselves or anything they own in this world.
1 Peter 2:4-8 (New International Version)
As you come to Him, the living Stone—rejected by men but chosen by God and precious to Him— you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. For in Scripture it says: "See, I lay a stone in Zion, a chosen and precious cornerstone, and the one who trusts in Him will never be put to shame."Now to you who believe, this stone is precious. But to those who do not believe, "The stone the builders rejected has become the capstone, and, "A stone that causes men to stumble and a rock that makes them fall." They stumble because they disobey the message—which is also what they were destined for.
The arrogant can never get near God.What more if they approach Christ with arrogance. They will never see or experience Christ in their lives. The proud and arrogant are disobedient beings.
God puts the despised things in the path of the proud and arrogant.They will consider themselves to be the wisest beings in this world because of their ability to acquire wealth and possessions.They will put themselves above the poor in their own minds and boast about their achievements to their own kind.
Not for long, though! Their 'day of stumbling' ordained by the Lord will come suddenly and unexpectedly. They will realize then that the rejected 'poor' has become the capstone because Christ has been formed in them.
You cannot build a house or a building without a capstone.You cannot build a relationhip with God the Father without Christ. You cannot go to God without accepting 'the stumbling rock' that God has put on your way. If you are too arrogant and reject what God has shown you on your way, you will miss God himself. Thats the greatest loss to anyone.
"The King will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.'
"Then he will say to those on his left, 'Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.'
"They also will answer, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?'
"He will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.'
"Then they will go away to eternal punisment, but the righteous to eternal life."
This will be the poor state of those who reject what He has chosen to represent Him on earth. These foolish things of this world will be placed before their eyes to test them to see if they are genuinely His.If they are genuinely His,they will accept the poor and protect them just as God does.
Hebrews 1:3 (New International Version)
The Son is the radiance of God's glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.
Sunday, June 1, 2008
He went on: "What comes out of a man is what makes him 'unclean.' For from within, out of men's hearts, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly. All these evils come from inside and make a man 'unclean.
Becoming 'unclean' in the eyes of God itself will bring a lot of misery to the called and chosen of God.This choice of becoming 'unclean' is so near to you as much as the kingdom of God is very near to you to become 'clean' in God's eyes.
The Lord Jesus said:" What comes out from you will make you unclean". Out from where? Yes, out from the sinful nature. 'Men's hearts' refers to the old self- the old sinful and defiled heart.
God had promised through Ezekiel His prophet:
Ezekiel 36:26-27 (New International Version)
I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws.
The old spirit in us a 'dead' spirit. All the 'dead' works come out from it, if we live by them.The 'dead' spirit is likened to a 'heart of stone'. But God says to His called and chosen children:" I will put my Spirit in you" The Holy Spirit of God who helps with our born-again experience in Christ will help with the continual christformation in us by moving us to obey God's commandments.Our heart will not be the 'rock heart stone' of the sinful nature of Satan but the 'heart of flesh' of the divine nature of Christ which is the new born-again spirit in us. Word (Christ)became flesh and now flesh(we) will become His word.
It is up to you now to draw from which nature you choose from-the sinful nature of satan or the divine nature of Christ in us.The divine nature of Christ will give us eternal life but the sinful nature of Satan will give death eternally.
You must know what comes out of your sinful nature that makes you 'unclean' in the eyes of God who created you. The defilement comes directly from Satan, 'the Deceiver'.You will be drawing from Satan's evil nature in you,sown by Satan in the Garden of Eden through Adam and Eve.
slander,arrogance, folly can equally make you 'unclean' before God.We are thought today by corrupt 'laws' of Satan that the sin of greed does not make you as 'unclean' as the sin of murder.
But it does.Satan has suggested another word for adultery in it's evil 'laws' and that is polygamy.
Satan treats polygamy,the sin of adultery very lightly.Satan treats the nature of God in a very
derogative manner.Satan does not respect God and His holiness.
The called and chosen of God know the difference,as any of the sins above will make you 'unclean' equally as it comes from the sinful nature of Satan.Sinful living does not only hurt you but those living around you too but it hurts God the most because He is Holy and He wants us to be holy like Him.
1 John 1:9-10 (New International Version)
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. If we claim we have not sinned, we make Him out to be a liar and His word has no place in our lives.
Thursday, May 29, 2008
The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.
Idolatry and witchcraft is intentionaly highlighted among the list of the acts of the sinful nature to stress that these two acts of sin go together. They cannot be split from each other and there is always an evil link between the two. Not many of God's own children know that idolatry and witchcraft are sins that come from the sinful nature. In the pretext of worshipping 'God', the Devil with the control of lying spirits stranglehold in bondage these idolaters and witchcraft practitioners.The lie is that they are still worshipping 'God' but to us the question is which god? God hates idolatry and witchcraft, which is clearly stated in His word.Witchcraft is made to look like these practioners are seeking help of 'God' but actually from which god?They are seeking the help of Satan and the demons .These 'blind' ones are worshipping it knowingly in rebellion or unknowingly.
Except for one's faith on Christ and His works on the cross alone, the rest are all idolaters and witchcraft practitioners if you take your eyes off Him and start promoting 'Money' as above God. If you were to look around and observe as to what they are practising,you will see that all of the others are idols ,especially the worship of 'Money'.However, there are those in this world that claim to be of the same faith with believing in Christ as our Savior and Lord but their claims are not true.The opposite is true. They proudly claim that they do not worship idols.But, do not forget that they believe in witchcraft practices. This is where the deception lies.
In the country that I come from, these same group of people practice witchcraft.That is why idolatry and witchcraft are the same sins of the sinful nature.Though they claim that they do not worship idols but they practise witchraft which is an act of the sinful nature ,equivalent to the sin of idolatry.
People who practice witchcraft can 'work' along with idolaters,worshippers of Money.They seem similar in their sinful nature of fanatism,violence,lies,sexual-lust,greed,coveteousness and all other fruits of the sinful nature.
You may ask, how come they do 'fight' or disagree amongst themselves?This is what Jesus Christ our Lord said of them:
Luke 11:17-18 (New International Version)
Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them: "Any kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and a house divided against itself will fall. If Satan is divided against himself, how can his kingdom stand? I say this because you claim that I drive out demons by Beelzebub.
Satan's kingdom is doomed for ruin and failure and that is why they can't help fighting one another and bring about self-destruction. Do you see what they normally would fight over?
Money,wealth,power,position,land,boundaries,territories,possessions,commodities,control,supremacy,and anything else to do with this temporary world that does not belong to them. For they can't even create a particle of sand or the air that we breathe what more other things. One of the fruit of the sinful nature is also selfish ambition and therefore they quarrel and 'fight'.
What about counterfeit christianity? Are they also idolatry and witchcraft? The emphatic answer is 'yes.' Counterfeit christianity has to do with seeking the things of the world,Satan's delights and seeking the help of Satan and its demons. Money or mammon is one great idol of the world. Many have gone after it and forgotten God or they may be moving around with a mask to deceive believers of Christ that they too are 'seekers' of 'God'. That is the prevalent deception today,beware! or even the very elect of God will be deceived.
Jesus Christ our Lord has given His believers the authority to trample on idolatry and witchcraft powers. Nothing will harm us.We can demolish these pretension and take captive of thoughts to Christ.
Luke 10:18-19 (New International Version)
He replied, "I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you.
I consider idolatry and witchcraft as poisonous as snakes and scorpions that kill but we have been given authority over it and to overcome all the power of the Enemy.
2 Corinthians 10:5 (New International Version)
We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.
Use your authority and defeat the devil today.
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
God's desire is to see His people who are washed by the blood of Christ humble themselves first. 'Humble' here means to empty one's self from all the glory(pride) you could get from this earth and anything in it. You cannot be proud of the things you own on this earth and at the same time humble yourself to pray before the Lord.That is plain hypocrisy. He dares us to stand without taking pride from anything that belongs to us on this earth.If you have anything, can you empty yourself from them all and be humble.Can you say with confidence that the Lord will take care of your needs on this earth when you have forsaken all things that gives you pride?
For example ,can you still pray to the Lord with confidence when your car, the means of transport is taken away from you because you were busy praying for things to happen that did not concern you?
Will you not feel the embarrassment of being without a vehicle which is often used as a means of showing off your possessions on earth. What about if all the other possessions were taken away from you one by one.Which will you choose to restore?your pride? or to remain humble and pray.
This is what you mean by being 'humble'.To carry on praying inspite of all the loss is humility.To empty oneself of all this pride is being 'humble' .It won't work if you have everything and consider your self to be humble.
Philippians 2:5-11 (New International Version)
Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature[a] God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature[b] of a servant,being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man,he humbled himself and became obedient to death—even death on a cross! Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
In order for God to hear your prayer,you would need to humble yourself by emptying yourself of everything or else it will not be considered humbling yourself.
When you empty yourself from everything you take pride from on this earth, and turn from every other wickedness then your prayer will be heard by the Lord to heal the land.
To the seven churches in the province of Asia:
Grace and peace to you from him who is, and who was, and who is to come, and from the seven spirits[a] before his throne, and from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth.
To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood, and has made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve his God and Father—to him be glory and power for ever and ever! Amen.
We are made kings and priest on this earth by the washing and deliverance we receive from the blood of the Lamb.The Lord Jesus Christ is the King of kings and He is also the Great High Priest.we are his kings and priests on this earth when He rules this earth for a thousand years.
Revelation 12:11 (New International Version)
They overcame the devil by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death.
They were kings on earth because they were given authority over all the power of the Enemy. Nothing could harm them, not even the 'strongest' of men. This men were the children of the devil who supposedly had the powers of the Devil to harm these kings who belong to Jesus Christ our Lord. They could do nothing to them because their trust was in their God,their Lord.
Friday, May 23, 2008
" A wise man attacks the city of the mighty and pulls down the stronghold in which they trust".
The headquarters of the Devil in any country can be removed and be thrown into the lake of fire.
'City of the mighty' here refers to the headquarters of the Devil held in possession as a stronghold by the children of the Devil. It takes only one wise man of the Lord Jesus Christ to pull down or tear down the stronghold which the children of the Devil trust in. They have nothing else to live for, as they have forfeited eternal life by following Satan (the Devil).Life on this earth is only what they can cling on to.Not so for us who belong to Jesus.We have eternal life in Jesus Christ.Eternal life is found only in Jesus Christ.
Jeremiah 1:10 (New International Version)
See, today I appoint you over nations and kingdoms to uproot and tear down, to destroy and overthrow, to build and to plant."
The prophet to the nations is called of God to uproot deeply rooted strongholds, tear down stubborn evil authorities that exalts itself above God and destroy the headquarters of the Devil in any country that God has called him to do so.If God has not given the 'green light' to do so ,the prophet can do nothing about it.
Jeremiah 1:18-19 (New International Version)
Today I have made you a fortified city, an iron pillar and a bronze wall to stand against the whole land—against the kings of Judah, its officials, its priests and the people of the land. They will fight against you but will not overcome you, for I am with you and will rescue you," declares the LORD.
The wise man, who is the prophet to the nation, will enter the 'city of the mighty'(the headquarters of the Devil) and he himself will become the' fortified city' that no one can move or shake him from doing what has called him to do, because of such immovable trust in the Lord his God.He will be tested more than others but he will remain as an 'iron pillar' and a 'bronze wall' to stand against the whole land affected by the stranglehold of the headquarters of the Devil in that country.He will battle against the False Prophet,The Beast(the Anti-Christ system) the ruler spirits and the Dragon(Satan himself). All of them together cannot overcome the 'one wise man' that God sends,the prophet to that nation.
Luke 10:19-20 (New International Version)
"I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you. However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven"
What will the headquarters of the Devil have in it? Yes, snakes and scorpions.What are these snakes and scorpions?
Ephesians 6:12 (New International Version)
"For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms."
But, take note they are not ordinary rulers but evil rulers, not ordinary authorites but evil authorites, evil powers too and spritual forces of evil over the air there. The whole atmosphere in that country will be controlled by the headquarters of the Devil which is also refered to as the 'city of the mighty'.
But, It takes only 'one wise man' to overthrow and destroy these for eternity in that country.
The war he gets involved in and gives up his life is different.
2 Corinthians 10:3-5 (New International Version)
"For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ."
The warfare he does is spiritual prayer assisted by the Holy Spirit, without which he cannot do war with the Devil.He demolishes everything of the Devil over the lives of the people there,in that country,releases the people from that stronghold and takes them captive to the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ with the help of the Holy Spirit.Then he builds and plants oaks of righteousness in Christ in the Heavenly Fathers garden now.The Holy Spirit leads that 'one wise man' to do this things of God as a true workman of Christ.
Babylon will fall!. It will come crushing down under the power of our God.When these 'mini- Babylons' in each country controlled by the Devil,the False prophet and the Beast come crushing down it will pave the way for the 'Grand City of Prostitutes'-' the great and mysterious Babylon will fall under the hands of Christ our Lord and His Great Army of the Lord.
Revelation 17:5-6 (New International Version)
This title was written on her forehead: MYSTERY ,BABYLON THE GREAT , THE MOTHER OF PROSTITUTES ,AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH. I saw that the woman was drunk with the blood of the saints, the blood of those who bore testimony to Jesus.
Revelation 18:2-3 (New International Version)
With a mighty voice he shouted: "Fallen! Fallen is Babylon the Great! She has become a home for demons and a haunt for every evil[a] spirit, a haunt for every unclean and detestable bird. 3For all the nations have drunk the maddening wine of her adulteries. The kings of the earth committed adultery with her, and the merchants of the earth grew rich from her excessive luxuries."
"But Lord , [a] " Gideon asked, "how can I save Israel? My clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my family."
The LORD answered, "I will be with you, and you will strike down all the Midianites together."
Gideon was a chosen of God judge of Israel when there was no monarchy rule.A judge was chosen to run the country singlehandedly when Israel was without a king.
The question Gideon asked God with a doubt was "Am I the right man to lead the country"? "Do you know my background?",he asked God."I am the least and the weakest", he reminded God.
But, God had said to him, "I am with you" thats all you would need to do my will.God gives him confidence by assuring Gideon that he will be able "to strike all the Midianites down"
Another words,God told him that 'One with God is a majority'To prove this point God had told Gideon to reduce the number of troops with him to defeat the Midianites.Ridiculously,the army was downsized from 32000 troops to just three hundred.
Judges 7:7 (New International Version)
The LORD said to Gideon, "With the three hundred men that lapped I will save you and give the Midianites into your hands. Let all the other men (31700 of them) go, each to his own place."
Gideon obeyed God and God showed forth his power with causing confusion in the enemy's camp with a bad dream to one of them in the enemy's camp.Fear struck the midianites who were defeated by Gideon and the incredible 300 men with him.It was solely an act of God in that warfare between God's minority against the Enemy's majority.The Majority were defeated badly.
If God assures you with " I am with you, go and do my will" , even though you may feel you don't qualify or are fit to do His will, it is best for you to obey Him. Fear might hold you back but if you would follow His leading, step by step, you will succed in doing what He had told you to do, no matter how impossible the task might seem to you.
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by Him and for Him.
All authority in heaven,on earth,and underneath the earth has been placed under the feet of Jesus Christ our Lord.There is no authority in the entire universe that can come against His authority.
Philippians 2:9-11 (New International Version)
Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,to the glory of God the Father.
God the Father Himself has exalted Jesus Christ our Lord to the highest place over all thrones,powers,rulers, and authorities.This is so from the beginning because all things you see on earth and all things invisible on earth were created by Jesus Christ and for Jesus Christ our Lord.It pleased our Father in Heaven to bestow on his beloved Son the Lord Jesus Christ all authority over all His created things in this universe.
What about those who hatefully reject Him as the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords?They will be objects of His wrath.At His victorious return to earth, all objects of his wrath will face His fierce judgment.That day will be a frightening day of his wrath.
You have a choice of acknowledging Him as the King of your life now or never, before it is too late.You can accept His love today and have peace with God.
What about those who do not show fear or reverence for Him.They too will face the judgment of God.Every proud and arrogant person on earth or in this universe will be destroyed.Every proud and arrogant nation on this earth will be leveled to the ground,flattened and disgraced.
Those who do not acknowledge Him as their God,Savior or Lord will be crushed.Those who do not accept His authority over all things created will face destruction.Those who oppose Him will be put to eternal shame.
Jude 1:14-16 (New International Version)
Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied about these men:
"See, the Lord is coming with thousands upon thousands of His holy ones to judge everyone, and to convict all the ungodly of all the ungodly acts they have done in the ungodly way, and of all the harsh words ungodly sinners have spoken against him." These men are grumblers and faultfinders; they follow their own evil desires; they boast about themselves and flatter others for their own advantage.
Every knee will bow before him one day and confess with their mouths and tongues that Jesus Christ is Lord,the glory of God the Father. No matter who you are on this earth today,the day will come when you will have to come and bow before Him and say with your mouth that Jesus Christ is Lord,you might as well say it now and escape the coming wrath!
All proud,arrogant,greedy,boastful,lustful,vile and violent person who call God the Father a liar by not accepting and acknowledging God's sent One will be judged severely.If you wish to continue in your sins and sinful ways ,do so to your own destruction soon.
Matthew 28:17-20 (New International Version )
When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted.
Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in[a] the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
"When an evil[a] spirit comes out of a man, it goes through arid places seeking rest and does not find it. Then it says, 'I will return to the house I left.' When it arrives, it finds the house swept clean and put in order. Then it goes and takes seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go in and live there. And the final condition of that man is worse than the first."
What happens when a believer in Christ willingly turns from following Satan and is no more housing a walking den of demons in him or herself? He has renounced every evil and unclean works of the Devil and have turned away from sin. He is made clean and he is now a house put in order.
What made the devil or demon to decide full occupation of the house again? This house was left clean and put in order! This house was cleansed(swept clean) by the blood of Jesus Christ and put in order by the Holy Spirit and now needed someone to occupy it.The Devil saw that the believer did not know who should occupy that house which was cleaned and put in order!
The Holy Spirit in him or her must have witnessed to them that the house is to be occupied with Christ being fully formed in them.There must have been no obedience on their part to the voice of the Holy Spirit.Christformation in us requires a price to be paid by us.We need to pay a price for Christ to be formed in us.
Luke 9:23-25 (New International Version)
Then he said to them all: "If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will save it. What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit his very self?
Salvation is free in Christ through His perfect work of sacrifice on the cross of Calvary only if we believe in Him. Christformation in you follows with the full help of the Holy Spirit promised to you and me. In order for any of God's promises to come to pass in our lives, there is a basic need for faith and obedience on our part to the Holy Spirit's leading.Faith plus obedience equals to God's promise fulfilled in our lives.Many would want to believe in His free salvation in Christ but do not want to pay a price for full Christformation(full-occupation of Christ)in themselves. So,The Devil comes and brings in full occupation of himself in that 'house' cleaned and put in order now.
The price we would have to pay for Christformation in us is 'deny ourselves'.Deny ourselves of pleasing the sinful nature and willingly put to death all the pleasures it may be seeking in us.In this way, the nature of Satan in us will be voluntarily put to death and we will be sowing to the divine nature of Christ in us instead.The divine nature of Christ must fully be formed in us in that 'house cleaned and put in order' by the Holy Spirit.With full Christformation in us we be will holy as He is Holy.
Galatians 6:7-8 (New International Version)
Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature[a]will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.
There is a price to be paid for Christformation in us on our part, with faith and obedience to the Holy Spirit,our gentle Helper in us.We have to take up our cross daily and follow Christ fully for Christ to be fully formed in us.The work of sowing and reaping is a persevering task.You will need to persevere through till the end till you see the full 'fruit' formed to please the Owner of the garden.
Romans 5:1-5 (New International Version)
Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we[a]have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we[b] rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we[c] also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.
Believers are willing to believe in the saving works of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and rejoice in it but are not willing to rejoice in the sufferings of carrying their cross daily by denying themselves of the pleasures of sinful nature,the nature of the devil(Satan )in them.They would want to continue in them.This will work to their own destruction.The 'house that is cleaned and and put in order ' will become the den of demons again which God will have to destroy.
Allow Christ to be formed in you fully with the Help of the Holy Spirit. Continue in it faithfully even if you have to lose your own life.You will gain Christ fully in the end.That is eternal life with the fulness of Christ in you-the mystery of God in you.
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
"The wicked freely strut about when what is vile is honored among men."
When what is vile is honored among men,the wicked freely strut about on the streets. Vile could be refered to those objects that God detest and reject.He considers them abominable in His sight and presence.
Images of idolatry as refered to in Exodus chapter 20 could be the first abominable object that He detests and reject.Those who worship them will face God's wrath eventually.
Witchcraft and sorcery practices of seeking the help of vile demons is another, as in the epistles to the Galatians :chapter 5.
Anything made by the wisdom of this world that is highly esteemed by men is alo an object that God detest and is considered vile.Mammon or money is also a vile thing if you live to serve only its purposes.Anything that occupies your body ,soul(mind) and spirit more than God is a vile thing that God hates.
'Ligive' is a latin derivative word that simply means 'code of living'. 'Re-' means repeat. Religion comes from these two words that jointly means 'Repeating the codes of living' and that has got nothing to do with God,They could only mean 'code of living made by men' not necessarily God's.This thing 'made by men' and exalted higher than God's commandments is also a vile thing in God's eyes.
Anyone who hates or rejects 'the exact representation of the Heavenly Father' who is Jesus Christ,His beloved Son revealed on earth through the gospels of Matthew ,Mark,Luke and John by the Holy Spirit becomes the abomination and vile object of his creation in God's eyes.These are the objects of His coming wrath.
When this objects that God actually detest much are lifted up on this earth and praised the wicked will will come bravely and strut about like a proud cockerel like the Devil.It is the sin of actually honoring the Devil(Satan) above God.
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
The Bible is the only book in the world that has all the truth man would need to learn from and apply.If they aren't humble enough to learn from the Bible, they would not apply it in their lives. Again, how would you apply it unless you understand what is being said?Even when explained, men do not understand truth because you would need God to open your eyes of understaning or else you are doomed to live with lies.His mercy is very much needed to understand truth.
Lets come to the message now :
How can God who is Holy,Righteous and Just be allied with a corrupt throne?How do we recognize a corrupt throne? We will know it by the misery it brings on the righteous of the land.The wicked of the land will not feel the misery because they live by wicked and corrupt rules set by wicked men in power and in their favor.The righteous will know the difference.
To the wicked of the land sweet will taste bitter,bitter will taste sweet,light will appear to their eyes as darkness,darkness as light.They will never understand truth as the prophet Isaiah foretold of them."They are doomed to remain blind and deaf to truth"
Satan's lie and wicked deception today is that God is allied with corrupt throne.The verse above says "How can that be?"God has nothing to do with a corrupt throne.He has no part in it and so does His servants and children.
All authority and power belongs to the Lord Jesus Christ alone because that is how the Heavenly Father has placed every power,authority ,dominion,rulers,principalities and forces of this entire universe under His feet. The Lord Jesus Christ is The Holy One,The Righteous One,The One and Only,The Just One,The King of Kings and The Lord of Lords.There is no one as powerful as Him in the entire universe.How can He be allied to a corrupt throne.How can He be associated with those who bring misery to the righteous of the land.Never...He has no part in it.
The devil (satan) claims that God is responsible for all the misery.It is not God but the consequences of our continual sinning that is bringing the judgment.It is this corrupt throne of men which is sold to Satan that is causing the misery with its decrees.But, what is God doing about it?
He has allowed the consequences of sinning to follow.But,what about the righteous of the land?
God has heard their fervent prayers caught as incense in His 'golden bowl' of their suffering for the righteousness of Christ to spring up from this earth.
Those who oppose Christ and the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ are the wicked of the land.They have deliberately and in rebellion called God the Father, a liar.They have refused to believe in the Lord Jesus to be the Savior and Lord of their lives. More so they make decrees to stop others from hearing or believing in the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.They are the mockers and scoundrels that the word of God says :"who will be destroyed by the cosequences of their own sinning and rebellion to God who created heaven and earth."
Can you see the wicked of the land fighting with each other and destroying themselves?That is what is happenning now and they do not know it.Wise men in the eyes of the world but dumb fools as they are.
Monday, May 5, 2008
The Lord Jesus said that:Satan's kingdom will always be divided by jealousy,envy,selfish- ambition and pride.It will never withstand the test.It will fall.Babylon will fall!
We are witnessing the downfall of Babylon now.Satan uses God's name to deceive those easily deceived.They will fight over rights,boundaries,land-titles,fame,policies,political- control,water,position,commodities,economical-control,race,religion,caste and others you could never think of, all in the name of God but for one purpose and that is MONEY!
There is no other purpose in Satan's kingdom of darkness.All they are fighting about is to have MORE MONEY! That is all they need.With more money they could show off with pride and pomp.This would satisfy their sinful nature which is their much treasured sowing ground they carry inside of them proudly.IT is destroying them and the people around them and they don't even realize it because they are blind and at the same time they are trying to lead someone like leaders.
All these pretense of relgiousity is soon coming to an end with the return of the Lord Jesus Christ to rule the earth.They will be proven they never knew God and God never knew them too.They will be proven they only had used God's name for their own purposes and greed for more.They only tried to forward Satan's kingdom of darkness. Judgment is coming very soon!
Monday, April 7, 2008
We discover the beginning of apostolic ministry and the apostolic Church in Jerusalem after the resurrection of Jesus. Shortly after His resurrection the Church was persecuted by the religious spirit and scattered throughout the entire region. scripture says, “Now they which were scattered abroad because of the persecution that arose about Stephen traveled as far as Phenice, and Cyprus, and Antioch, preaching the Word to none but unto the Jews only” (Acts 11:19). Stephen was a disciple of Christ. He was man full of faith and power that did great signs, wonders and miracles among the people. Sometime during the course of his ministry he found himself being challenged by the leaders of a religious stronghold. The spirit of religion is always frightened by those who are anointed by the Holy Spirit because religious spirits sit in seats of governing authority that do not belong to them. To hold on to their usurped positions of authority they mounted up an offensive attack on a man that carried God’s true governing anointing.
These resources will stir and equip you to live the victorious Christian life.
You are called to tear down, root out and pull down enemy resistance. Once you discover key prophetic warfare strategies, learn how to dismantle Jezebel's network, and expose spiritual witchcraft you will be able to walk in greater authority. As the testimony continues, “And Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders and miracles among the people. Then there arose certain of the synagogue, which is called the synagogue of the Libertines, and Cyrenians, and Alexandrians, and of them of Cilicia and of Asia, disputing with Stephen. And they were not able to resist the wisdom and the spirit by which he spoke” (Acts 6:8-10). Notice that these men formed a confederacy of religious leaders from at least three different synagogues that were unable to resist the wisdom and the spirit by which Stephen spoke. So they stirred up the people, elders, and scribes to join with their opposition against Stephen. By Jonas Clark
Sunday, March 23, 2008
Christformation in you is the 'mystery' as mentioned in the book of Colossians by Paul, the apostle to the Church of Jesus Christ.The end result of christformation in you is Christ dwelling in you fully-Christ In You.How it happens is the mystery because eyes cannot see the formation of Christ in you.
Sunday, March 16, 2008
New International Version (NIV)
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21"No one sews a patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment. If he does, the new piece will pull away from the old, making the tear worse. 22And no one pours new wine into old wineskins. If he does, the wine will burst the skins, and both the wine and the wineskins will be ruined. No, he pours new wine into new wineskins."
It is Christformation in us and not 'transformation' that takes place from the 'Seed' -the Word of God sown in us.The big picture given here in the verses above by the Lord Jesus is that, the new piece of cloth sewn on the old garment and the new wine in old wineskins is actually a picture of transformation.God does not desire transformation in us He desires full Christformation in us.
God's seed which is actually the divine nature of Christ sown in us does not transform itself from the sinful nature of satan sown in us from the garden of Eden through Adam and Eve.The Good Seed is sown on the good soil in our hearts or the inner man to grow into full Christformation in us.
Why is the church in 'ruins' today? Why is the 'tear' worse of than before?
It is because we are deceived into believing we only need to 'patch' things up.We have begun to accept that we only need to 'add on' to what is there already.No man can enter the Kingdom of God unless he or she is born again.We can only be born again by the Holy Spirit.Our spirit gets born again with the help of the 'Helper',the Holy Spirit our God.He witnesses to our spirit within us to be born again in Christ and be able to call our Father in Heaven,Abba Father.
From here on, the Holy Spirit helps us all the way to full Christformation in us through our obedience to God's Word sown in us.We do not transform into one because the sinful nature is still in us but is being separated from us daily by us putting to death our sinful nature on the cross of Christ our Lord by the power of the Holy Spirit.While we put to death our sinful nature,Christ is being formed in our divine nature already sown in us by the Holy Spirit and the Word.The two cannot grow together for they are two separate natures in one body.One must die in order for the other to live.
Monday, March 3, 2008
WHAT BRINGS SATAN PLEASURE?
1. When men of God abandon the preaching of the gospel to become "social engineers and would be politicians" consumed with the temporary affairs of society
2. When the preaching of God's Word is substituted with relational anecdotal experience, personal happiness programs, health and wealth gospel, and human potentiality makeovers
3. When pastors no longer shepherd God's people and the pulpits become playgrounds
4. When psychology replaces biblical discipleship
5. When men of God are flattered to become "late night talk show guests" on cultural and spiritual issues, but never once open up the Bible to develop their answers; or call the nation, other guests, or the talk show host to repentance by grace through faith in Jesus Christ alone for salvation; they've simply become culturally acceptable biblical motivational speakers thinking that access to mainstream media means they are making an impact
6. When the vicar of Rome is acknowledged as the vicar of Christ
7. When sin is called sickness; when disobedience is called disease; and when adultery is called addiction
8. When money becomes a prerequisite for ministry by charging people for the gospel, worship, discipleship, counseling, evangelism, etc.
9. When we are liked by all people; when the world is not offended by the message we represent and flatters us for being "relevant and nice"
10. When church becomes something we only do one hour a week on one day a week
11. When prayer becomes the seldom thing we do
12. When brothers and sisters hold ought against each other in bitterness and unforgiveness
13. When church discipline of sin ceases
14. When irreconcilable differences becomes an acceptable reason to break the covenant of marriage
15. When the goal of faith is no longer holiness, but happiness
16. When the object of faith is no longer Christ, but self
17. When the foundation of faith is no longer the Scriptures, but my personal experience
18. When error is tolerated and accepted as truth
19. When Christians partner with nonbelievers in the work of the ministry
20. When ministries are enticed to give up their autonomy and become owned by the world for just a little more money and a little more personal promotion
21. When the worship and glory of God is treated as entertainment
22. When the church bows the knee to the seminaries and surrenders her duty to train men for pastoral ministry; thinking that the academic schools of religious learning actually can make a pastor when all they can do is make students
23. When men personally profit from the sale of God's Word
24. When repentance from sin, justification by faith, the law, the active and passive obedience of Christ, penal substitutionary atonement, are no longer considered part of the gospel
25. When salvation is no longer proclaimed as being by grace alone, through faith alone, because of Christ alone, on the Word alone, to the glory of God alone
26. When partnering with Romanism, Mormonism, Jehovah Witnesses, Church of Christ (Bostonian), Seventh Day Adventists, Islamic moralists, Atheists, Agnostics, etc., by divorcing the centrality of the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ from their burden for social change, and therefore, indirectly legitimize them as being "morally sound and culturally chaste" by naive evangelical leaders who have forgotten their heritage, sold their spiritual birthright, and have abandoned sound doctrine for the sole purpose of establishing politically-correct alliances in order to try and turn back the tide of moral decay through cultural co-belligerence.
27. When the offense of the cross is removed for cultural acceptance, media accessibility and endorsement
28. When the gospel is contextualized rather than being contended for, proclaimed and heralded
29. When the sacred desk is no longer used for biblical exposition, but for comedic stand up by ribald raconteurs who delight in smutty humor, foul language, graphic sensuality, and using the Lord's name as a punchline for their jokes
30. When the Word of God is not clearly taught, explained, exegeted, exposited, or preached from the pulpits of every true gospel church around the world
31. When picketing sinners is more acceptable than loving sinners
32. When "God is my girlfriend" songs are considered expressions of biblical worship; and the use of secular music defines our praise
33. When the denial of the One Triune God of the Bible in three persons - Father, Son and Holy Spirit - coequal, coeternal and coexisting from all eternity is considered orthodox teaching
34. And when the certainty of hell, eternal judgment, divine wrath, and everlasting perdition is considered myth
Truth Conquers AllJason HuntKingdom Harvest School of Ministry
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Sunday, March 2, 2008
Our faith in Christ Jesus results in Christ being formed in us.To what degree Christ is formed in us depends upon how much we obey Him and His commandments daily and every moment of our lives.
Remember,The Lord Jesus saying "I don't know you,away from me you evildoers".This is because everything happened on the outside and nothing of eternal value in the inside.If we do not spend our lives on Christ being formed in us but rather spend our time and effort on something else more important to us and care less about gaining the approval of God in our lives but what fellow man would think of us,seeking only the approval of man all the time...then, let us be ready for whats coming next.
God's original intention was for men to be created in His image,but,when sin entered through the sinful nature of satan in the garden of Eden,God gave a promise that we will be re-created in Christ our Lord,as a new creation,a new man.
My little children,of whom I travail in birth again until Christ be formed in you. Galatians 4:19
And I will put enmity between you and the woman, And between your seed and her seed; He shall bruise you on the head, And you shall bruise him on the heel. Genesis 3:15
I tell you the truth, you will weep and mourn while the world rejoices. You will grieve, but your grief will turn to joy. A woman giving birth to a child has pain because her time has come; but when her baby is born she forgets the anguish because of her joy that a child is born into the world. So with you: Now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy. In that day you will no longer ask me anything. I tell you the truth, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete. John 16:20-24
This is not the time to be merry-making. The time to grieve,lament and the moment of woes is here again as it was in Noah's days.Lot suffered the same!It is strange if you do not feel the grieving of the Holy SpiritWe are not called out of the world to enjoy the world. We are called to be the 'salt of the earth' and not a 'pillar of salt' as Lot's wife became one.Do we turn our backs to the LORD and enjoy the world?If we do that consciously,we will become a useless 'pillar of salt' in God's eyes.
This is a trumpet call to all true worshippers of God our Father in Spirit and in Truth, to rise up and be dressed,clothed,filled,armored till Christ be fully formed in us to the Heavenly Father's pleasure.
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Now all of these things can also be a part of a prophet’s function in the Church, but it is not the MAIN function. Your main function in the local church is to teach the people of God how to hear the voice of the Lord!
I invite you to imagine with me for a moment. Imagine for a moment that every single believer can hear the voice of Jesus for themselves. Imagine for a moment that everyone has an intimate relationship with the Lord. Imagine for a moment that you bring a prophetic word and that prophesy is confirmed by all the church and the pastor, because they all heard the Lord on it also?
Can you begin to see in those pictures a perfect bride rising up without any spot and wrinkle? Now in the course we are teaching you how to hear the Lord for yourself and how to enter into that love relationship with Jesus, but it does not end here. You have a very important job to do! Are you seeking God for the New Move? Are you seeking God to move in your church and ministry? Then you need to start with your primary mandate as one in prophetic ministry: You need to introduce the Bride to the Groom!
You need to let the Bride know of the Groom's affections. You need to describe to them what the groom is like until they know Him. You need to teach them how to hear His voice until they fall in love with them. Are you doing this? If you do not prophesy and you do not lead the intercessors group and you do not stand up and share visions, that is fine. But are you sharing the heart of the Christ with His Bride?
Are you a living example of that relationship? The church has been whipped enough by prophets of judgment and condemnation to the point that they fear to enter into the throne room of God, just in case He gives them the same harsh words. Jesus has sent you and me into the church to heal her, to give her good news. To let her know that Jesus loves her. THIS is the main function of the prophet.
Now you might give that message through prophesy or the sharing of visions or through prophetic song. But as you should know by now, the gifts are a means to the end. The gifts are simply the vehicle that you use to carry out your real function. So how about it? Are you ready to face this challenge? Are you ready to give out all that you have to others? It will mean entering into that secret place for yourself and then it will mean letting others flow like you flow.
It will mean that you will outdo yourself out of a job! Because that is the point – to teach others to do what you do. Your church should come to the place where they do not need you anymore. Only when that comes to pass, will you know that your job there is done and that you have truly represented to Jesus a Bride that loves and adores Him. A Bride that can hear the voice of her Groom.
Welcome to the diligenthands of the Christformation prophet
The fierce wind that blows away the bad fruit may also unintendedly throw to the ground, good fruit because they grow on the same ground. If forewarned, the good fruit could safely grow on solid ground and be well guarded and escape the wrath that they don't deserve.
New International Version 1984 (NIV1984)
Now to him who is able to establish you by my gospel and the proclamation of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery hidden for long ages past, but now revealed and made known through the prophetic writings by the command of the eternal God, so that all nations might believe and obey him— to the only wise God be glory forever through Jesus Christ! Amen.