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Post  Admin on Thu 16 Apr 2015, 10:06 pm

God is not dead so no divorce

Romans 7:3 - So then if, while her husband liveth, she be married to
another man, she shall be called an adulteress: but if her husband be dead,
she is free from that law; so that she is no adulteress, though she be
married to another man.

One may wonder why I put a title like 'God is not dead so no divorce' for a
scripture which speaks about marriage and specifically about the partner
being allowed to marry again only after the other partner dies.

Marriage is one unique statutes which is solely Christian in its roots, yet
is accepted and part of almost all religions. Marriage is not about 2 or
more people living together and being faithful to each other (you may
wonder why I put the ‘more’ factor, wait I will explain).

Marriage is not just ‘a relationship’ it is ‘a relationship which makes us
understand the relationship’. When God created woman she was not just a
companion for Adam. If we read when God saw Adam was lonely He created the
cattle to keep Adam busy and as a company but then Adam was not happy. Adam
had yet not sinned and thus had the image of God uncorrupted in him (like
Jesus as man). His thoughts were like the thoughts of God.

When God desired to have a relation with His creation He did not choose any
being but chose the one that has His image in it. Man is unique for man is
created in the image of God that is why man alone has the privilege to
dwell eternally in the Kingdom of God. All other creatures in creation
lives its life and they die but the spirit of man does not die on man’s
natural death but gets an opportunity to live eternally in Heaven.

Like God man too desires to have relationship with someone having his image
in it. That is why when God made woman He took a bone from Adam and taking
the bone as a base He created woman. Bone in the Bible symbolizes character
since it gives shape to the body like character gives shape to our
spirit-man. We also see for this reason even though Jesus was wounded for
our trespasses yet no bone of His was allowed to be broken. We also read
scriptures like in Psalms 34:19-20 where God promises to protect the
character (bones) of the upright (righteous).

In Spirit man and woman are same and there is no difference, it is only in
the flesh we are created differently yet most parts of us are still common
and the differences also are greatly focused towards reproduction and
parenting.

Marriage is a relation in which we imitate our relationship with God and it
is through this relationship we come to know our purpose in Heaven more and
more since our ultimate marriage is in Heaven to the Lord.

Before Jesus Christ when man did not know God, man was allowed to have
multiple partners but we see the day God was manifested in the flesh with
the coming of Jesus Christ this factor changed. We see polygamy (multiple
partners) is not even considered for discussion and Christians (followers
of Christ) speak of only monogamy even thought they were mainly former Jews.

I stated marriage as a 'Christian' statute (not a law but something we are
commanded to do to understand the hidden) since God is revealed only to
those who believe or accepted the Lord Jesus Christ. Other people have
relationships, contracts or like animals are possessive of their partners
and may call this ‘marriage’ but true marriage is only between Christian
Believers.

Before Christ man did not know God therefore divorce and marriage after
divorce was allowed but we see after man coming to know God these terms are
taboo. That is why people who worshiped other gods in the OT were called
adulteress people and prostitutes.

Since our God alone is God and He does not die, can we have another God?
When we worship another god (or any creation) we actually declare either
God as dead or lift His creation to His level or create an imaginary God.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord You alone are God and when Jacob and Moses asked your Name You got
angry for You alone exist. Lord we pray your people know You more and more
through this relationship called marriage. We pray we understand the
unimaginable things that await us in Heaven through the understanding of
this relationship called marriage...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Psalms 34:19-20

19 Great are the troubles of the upright: but the Lord takes him safely
out of them all.

20 He keeps all his bones: not one of them is broken.

Psalms 53:5 They were in great fear, where there was no cause for fear:
for the bones of those who make war on you have been broken by God; you
have put them to shame, because God has no desire for them.

Ezekiel 37:1-10

Matthew 19:5-12

5 For this cause will a man go away from his father and mother, and be
joined to his wife; and the two will become one flesh?

6 So that they are no longer two, but one flesh. Then let not that which
has been joined by God be parted by man.

7 They say to him, Why then did Moses give orders that a husband might
give her a statement in writing and be free from her?

8 He says to them, Moses, because of your hard hearts, let you put away
your wives: but it has not been so from the first.

9 And I say to you, Whoever puts away his wife for any other cause than
the loss of her virtue, and takes another, is a false husband: and he who
takes her as his wife when she is put away, is no true husband to her.

10 The disciples say to him, If this is the position of a man in relation
to his wife, it is better not to be married.

11 But he said to them, Not all men are able to take in this saying, but
only those to whom it is given.

12 For there are men who, from birth, were without sex: and there are some
who were made so by men: and there are others who have made themselves so
for the kingdom of heaven. He who is able to take it, let him take it.

Genesis 1:27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God
created he him; male and female created he them [him - male plural].

Matthew 22:30 For when they come back from the dead there are no husbands
and wives, but they are as the angels in heaven.

Genesis 2:18-24

18 And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I
will make him an help meet for him.

19 And out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field, and
every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call
them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name
thereof.

20 And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to
every beast of the field; but for Adam there was not found an help meet for
him.

21 And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept:
and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof;

22 And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman,
and brought her unto the man.

23 And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she
shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.

24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave
unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.


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Post  Admin on Wed 15 Apr 2015, 10:03 pm

Rest like Him even if your boat fills up

Mark 4:37 - And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into
the ship, so that it was now full [fill].

We all love to go to shop when there is mega sale or visit a mega mall for
we know for we get great discounts and will have great choices and from
which we will surely get lovely stuff. The word mega changes our
perspective and expectation it causes us to imagine great things. But when
the same word is used with wrong things then it does the opposite like mega
problems. In such situations it causes deep despair, helplessness and
hopelessness.

In today’s message the English word ‘great’ is used for the Greek word ‘
Megas’. There was a mega storm and this storm caused not only the boat to
shake but also caused water to fill in the boat. Imagine a boat that was
rocking vigorously and water splashing in it and yet there is this man
Jesus sleeping in great peace in that same boat!

One may think these people should have not been troubled for they had the
Lord Himself as man with them. How would He have allowed them to die or
even get harmed when He Himself as man was with them?

Understand we are in better situation than them. They may have had the Lord
as man (Jesus) with them but we have the Lord as Spirit (Holy Spirit)
within us. As man the Lord was restricted for He had humbled Himself as man
but He was not limited only through the power of the Spirit. So the
position in which Jesus was at that time, today we are in that same
position since He gave us His Spirit. Now we have the Holy Spirit with us
when we are in our boat (our lives’ journey). Let it fill let anything
happen we can be assured we will not go down nor any thing happen to us for
He is in us.

When we declare ourselves as His people His Name gets attached to us. We
see in the Old Testament when the people did not know Him but just because
they called themselves His people they were protected and saved by the
mighty Hand of God. Bible says for His namesake He kept them and sustained
them.

With us we know the Lord for He manifested Himself, His Nature as man Jesus
to us. Also He gave us His Spirit who reveals the hidden and precious
things of Him and His Kingdom. Today when we are baptized in Him, we are
just not tagged by His Name, but His Name starts to live in us and be a
part of us. We are not His people just because we take His name like the
Israelites did but we are His people because He makes us His sons. The
Israelites were namesake but we are His Family. They were like outsiders
and we are insiders. So we today are in a better situation than what the
people in the boat were (Apostles before they received the Holy Spirit). We
are in the position of the man Jesus in that mega problem boat, for He is
Christ (Spirit of God on Him) and we are Christians (who have received the
Spirit of God from Him). Let us be at rest like Him knowing our Father is
with us and in us. Let our boats rock, go topsy-turvy or be fill with all
the problems of the world yet we should not be troubled within and be in
peace.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord Jesus You are called the Prince of Peace and You have given us your
peace. Lord let us know that we now have You in us and we are in the
position You were in that boat as man Jesus. Let us have faith that comes
from knowing You, a faith that does not shake for You are eternal. Let us
not look for Jesus in our boat but know that You have called us to be Jesus
in other people’s boats...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scripture]

Mark 4:36-41

36 And when they had sent away the multitude, they took him even as he was
in the ship. And there were also with him other little ships.

37 And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the
ship, so that it was now full.

38 And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they
awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish?

39 And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be
still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.

40 And he said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no
faith?

41 And they feared exceedingly, and said one to another, What manner of
man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?

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Post  Admin on Sat 11 Apr 2015, 11:36 pm

Feeding those who have eaten

Romans 15:20 - Yea, so have I strived to preach the gospel, not where
Christ was named, lest I should build upon another man's foundation:

If one looks at the statistics of various 'religions', Christianity stands
as the fastest growing 'religion' with Islam following as second. When
people see this comparison they are happy with this facts, but when one
introspects the belief then it is alarming. Christianity is growing at a
rate of 1.8percent globally (being on the lenient side) means almost 2
persons are being saved and added per hundred, per year. And if one looks
at Christianity, it calls all to be on a mission to save souls for Christ
and when we look at the stats we see only 2 out of 100 have understood what
the meaning of Christianity is. So what are the others doing even though we
see so much activity happening in Churches and at events? They are feeding
those who have eaten and not those who are hungry.

Lots of Christians are busy keeping the others busy by sharing the Gospel
to those who already believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and that way they
make feel they are Christian. If they were building them in the Word of God
or edifying them then it would have been good but that is not happening,
all they do is giving spiritual milk and keeping all as infants and not
feeding solid meat and maturing them.

Visit any Church, house Church, or any evangelical meeting and you will see
the same crowd again and again and in the same spiritual state year after
year.

In today's message we see Paul who believed in working as a team and as
part of the Body of Christ saying one sows and other reaps and yet refuses
to work in places where someone has already done the sowing. He does this
not to be aloof but Paul knowing the importance of reaching out to the
great lost harvest, it is better to cover new territory than to work
existing fields.

It is shameful when we see globally only 2 percent true Christians in our
times. Let us introspect and retrospect ourselves as to what and why we
believe in Jesus Christ as Christians.

[Prayer Starter]

Father God people go where they can get blessed but there are few who
desire to be vessels of blessing unto others. We pray Lord You increase the
number of true Christians knowing that we do not have another 2000 years
till You come again to judge. Lord break the yoke of deceit, laziness and
fear that holds your people, fill them with courage, wisdom and boldness to
witness You to those who do not know You and save the lost sheep...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Romans 15:15-21

15 Nevertheless, brethren, I have written the more boldly unto you in some
sort, as putting you in mind, because of the grace that is given to me of
God,

16 That I should be the minister of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles,
ministering the gospel of God, that the offering up of the Gentiles might
be acceptable, being sanctified by the Holy Ghost.

17 I have therefore whereof I may glory through Jesus Christ in those
things which pertain to God.

18 For I will not dare to speak of any of those things which Christ hath
not wrought by me, to make the Gentiles obedient, by word and deed,

19 Through mighty signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God; so
that from Jerusalem, and round about unto Illyricum, I have fully preached
the gospel of Christ.

20 Yea, so have I strived to preach the gospel, not where Christ was
named, lest I should build upon another man's foundation:

21 But as it is written, To whom he was not spoken of, they shall see: and
they that have not heard shall understand.

Matthew 28:19-20

19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of
the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit:

20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you:
and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.


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Post  Admin on Wed 08 Apr 2015, 7:25 pm

Believe or do not believe
Acts 28:23, 24 - And when they had appointed him a day, there came many to
him into his lodging; to whom he expounded and testified the kingdom of
God, persuading them concerning Jesus, both out of the law of Moses, and
out of the prophets, from morning till evening. And some believed the
things which were spoken, and some believed not.


Yesterday we had received the message about pursuing the delivery of the
Message of this life. In today’s message we see Paul who was arrested and
taken to Rome and who knew this was his end of life yet did not fear. Even
though he had an idea of how he would die yet he had one aim and one
purpose to deliver this Message of this life to as many people as possible.
This fervor caused the favor of God to be upon him. We know from records
the Roman centurion who was with him on the ship and who was given the task
to bring Paul before Caesar had accepted Christ as his Lord and Savior. We
also know from records that Paul got a full 2 year date in advance to stand
before Caesar. During this time as we see here Paul was not behind bars in
a prison but was under house arrest. He could move around freely with an
escort solider and he could continue his work of giving the Message of this
life while living in a rented house. Imagine he was preaching all over Rome
with an armed escort.

If we have the passion and burning desire to give the Message of this life
to the people, God will surely make way for us like He did for Paul.

One may think Paul who was a very knowledgeable and anointed person, his
teaching would have been easily accepted but we see here even though Paul
spoke with great persuasion (conviction of personal experience and with
evidence) yet there were some people who accepted his Message and some who
did not. These people were not pagans or heathens but were Jewish scribes
who knew their scriptures well yet Paul’s evidence was not accepted by some
of them.

This Sunday at service my daughter surprised me by telling me dada why do
they keep preaching the same thing again and again’, ‘is it that people do
not understand, ˜these are basic things. To avoid getting into a
discussion with her on this topic I told her 'it is for the new people'.
Then she said what do the old people do? I then had to keep quiet.

Like the Israelites told Jeremiah do not preach us hard things so also we
see in Church people love to hear smooth things. Things that make their
hearts glad that they are doing well in the Kingdom of God, things that do
not correct their way of life. Our Churches are filled with Church
teachings which are simply aimed at keeping people in Church and keeping
them blessed (financially and in health). A simple test is check the
foundation course of any Church and you will find they attend to only one
of the four topics which are fundamental to Christian belief. What will
surprise you is, two among the four even the Pastors and Church leaders are
not clear with; raise these topics and you may find as many understandings
as the number of people.

When Paul saw how some accepted the Message and some did not, he
immediately remembered the words of the Lord spoken through Elijah saying Go
unto this people, and say, Hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand;
and seeing ye shall see, and not perceive: For the heart of this people is
waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes have they
closed; lest they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and
understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal
them.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord people want You because they have problems and have desires which are
more of this world than of the Kingdom of God. They live as if they are
going to be here forever. Lord we pray the people seek the healing of the
inner-man more than physical healing. That they understand this body
perishes and this world will cease to exist but your Kingdom is forever...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.
[Reference Scriptures]
Acts 28:16-17,25-29
16 And when we came to Rome, the centurion delivered the prisoners to the
captain of the guard: but Paul was suffered to dwell by himself with a
soldier that kept him.

17 And it came to pass, that after three days Paul called the chief of the
Jews together: and when they were come together, he said unto them, Men and
brethren, though I have committed nothing against the people, or customs of
our fathers, yet was I delivered prisoner from Jerusalem into the hands of
the Romans.

25 And when they agreed not among themselves, they departed, after that
Paul had spoken one word, Well spake the Holy Ghost by Esaias the prophet
unto our fathers,

26 Saying, Go unto this people, and say, Hearing ye shall hear, and shall
not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and not perceive:

27 For the heart of this people is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of
hearing, and their eyes have they closed; lest they should see with their
eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and should
be converted, and I should heal them.

28 Be it known therefore unto you, that the salvation of God is sent unto
the Gentiles, and that they will hear it.

29 And when he had said these words, the Jews departed, and had great
reasoning among themselves.

Hebrew 6:1-3

1 Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on
unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead
works, and of faith toward God,


2 Of the doctrine of baptisms, and [but also] of laying on of hands, and
[but also] of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.


3 And this will we do, if God permit.

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Messengers of this life keep going

Acts 5:18,19,20 - And laid their hands on the apostles, and put them in the
common prison. But the angel of the Lord by night opened the prison doors,
and brought them forth, and said, Go, stand and speak in the temple to the
people all the words of this life.

Just a couple of days back I was to go to a jail to preach for the Passover
Week, so I asked the Lord for a topic and was given a scripture, thus I
prepared for it. But unexpectedly there was a problem for us to enter the
jail due to some security issues. Since I had a message I did not give up
till the last minute, even up to late night I waited for some change to
happen, to get a good-news of getting entry the next morning. I even took
leave from work the next day hoping something would happen but nothing did.

Whenever I got a message I have seen amazing things happen, even in worse
situations I have got to deliver the message the Lord gave me. But like
once before when I did not get to preach and I looked at the message I saw
the message was not for the people but was for me. In this case also after
witnessing some events that had happened the day before and were to happen
the next day I realized once again the message was for me, I had received 2
Timothy 1:8.

In these few days I experienced many people who hate the Truth and are
lovers of worldly understanding. They play 'church' and love 'church
teachings', teachings that do not change any person but make a person feel
'all is well' (many among them will talk of 'strong Word' but they give
nothing more than milk). Like the message dated 31st March titled 'Namesake
or Dead Christians' which spoke of Christians with uncircumcised hearts and
uncircumcised ears, these people want to feel 'Christian' but do not want
God to touch certain areas of their life. No doubt they have changed a lot
from what they were, but they have some areas in their live where a 'no
entry' board is put and no one, even God is allowed there. These people did
manage to disturb me to some extent.

In today's message we read when Peter and the other Apostles were put
behind bars an Angel of the Lord appeared and setting them free sending
them to do the job they were called for, and that is to give 'the message
of this life'.

The Word of God (Instructions of this life) was spoken in the beginning
when darkness came into existence and this Word will return to God after it
completes what it was sent for. By the scripture that was given to me then
and the message given today, the Lord encouraged me and now is encouraging
you too to understand the importance of what we preach.

There are many in this world who love darkness and death, they hate the
things of light and life. These people may not be knowing God or may even
be people who have accepted the Lord Jesus Christ, but are people who
resist the Holy Spirit. Many among them love to play Church and would be
very active members of 'Church', but because the active old man (carnal
spirit man) within them they cannot stand the Truth and do not want to
completely change. They feel the little change in them and all the show
that they do before man is sufficient.

Let us not be discouraged by these people. We should pray for them and if
they still remain persistent, then like Jesus said dust your sandals and
walk ahead, God will judge them, but at no position should we halt in our
journey and mission.

[Prayer Starters]

Lord, You are the giver of life and we messed with this life that You gave
us yet You did not give up on us. You gave us your Word which guides us
through this life and bring us back to You so that we can have life in
abundance again. Lord we thank You for using us as messengers of this world
giving your message of life. Strengthen us more and more so that we succeed
in delivering this message to all those we are commissioned to...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

2 Timothy 1:8 Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord,
nor of me his prisoner: but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the
gospel according to the power of God;

Isaiah 55:11 - So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it
shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please,
and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.

Proverbs 6:23 For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and
reproofs of instruction are the way of life:


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Rising up

Matthew 22:30 - For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given
in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven.

After reading today’s message some may wonder why I put a title of rising
up for today’s message. People have the thinking the term resurrection
means to come back from the dead.

Today morning (this is yesterday’s message took time to edit and shorten
it) I was posting one of my old messages on one of pages which has a large
number of people subscribed to it and on randomly picking one I got my old
message titled ‘Understanding Resurrection’ send on 21st March 2011 and
after that I asked the Lord for today’s message and I got this.

The Greek word ‘anastasis’ comes from the word ‘anistemi’ which is made of
2 words ‘ana’ and ‘histemi’.

It is the words ‘anastasis’ and ‘anistemi’ which is translated as
resurrection. The root word simply means to ‘stand up’ or ‘arise’ for the
word ‘ana’ means ‘each’ and ‘histemi’ means ‘to stand’ or ‘establish’.

People do not understand life, therefore do not understand resurrection.
‘Dead’ as we understand in this world is not the end of life, for our body
dies or perishes but our spirit continues to live so in the first death we
really do not die.

We see may people do not fear bodily death for they are ignorant of human
life therefore we find so many people suicide or live a sinful life without
fear of God or judgment. When a person understands spiritual death one will
have the fear of God in them. What will interest people to know is that our
spirit in either situations, believing or unbelieving does not terminate in
between its spirit life span meaning we all live at least a minimum
lifespan (which is in thousands of years the term which God gave our
spirits when He created us in the beginning).

In the beginning we read of people who lived for nearly thousand years but
as sin increased God reduced the period of the (our) spirit dwelling in the
body to about 120 years. Hell is a prison where the spirit of an unbeliever
is held till it perishes in other words finishing its spirit life span
(second, final and real death). The suffering or burning (also described as
‘living worms’) in Hell are the sins that exist in that soul and until that
soul finishes it spirit life term in Hell it suffers its sins. Eternal
life is available to us when we have access to and eat of the Tree of Life
which gives a renewal of life. We eat of it only as and when we near the
end of our spirit life span (that is why Adam did not touch the Tree of
Life even though he had access to it in Eden and was not restricted by God).

Jesus by His resurrection (rising from Hell) confirmed all mankind will not
perish and by our faith we now have a hope of eternal life (provided we
keep the Word).

I would not say ‘it amuses me’ when I hear the crazy perception of Heaven
by most Christians for I only feel sad of their ignorance. Many actually
think Heaven will have streets of gold, golden mansions and jewels
everywhere, for their mind is filled with worldly understanding. They are
so carnal in their thinking that they make God to look like an old man with
a long beard (because of the term ‘ancient’) but with a strong body (for
the ‘almighty’ element). They also think Jesus will continue to be
humanlike and sit on a chair (throne) in Heaven. They do not understand
these are all figurative terms.

God (part of Him yet full in Himself) humbled Himself for a purpose and
after finishing the purpose He returns to His glory. But these people do
not want Him to return to His glory therefore keep Him human even after He
achieved his purpose (like Judas did not want Jesus to be our sacrifice).
They also think they will still be humans after entering Heaven for they do
not know the true meaning of the term ‘Sons of God’.

Jesus says in today’s message we will not marry nor get married, for Heaven
will not have genders like we have on earth since all will be ‘Sons of God’
like Angels. Bible also tells us the process to become ‘Sons of God’
(irrespective of our earthly gender) starts not after we die but while we
are alive, and this process is worked in us by the Holy Spirit. He is our
resurrection power that works in us while we are yet alive, even though the
results are apparent only after our earthly death. Paul also clarifies some
(very few) of us (those found during the coming of Christ) will not even
see worldly death (first death) but will be directly transformed (raptured)
into spirit beings (Angels - Sons of God).

[Prayer Starter]

Lord, we pray your people understand the gift of life and the things of the
spirit world. Lord we pray your people do not live for today but live for
the day when they will enter Heaven, their true home and enjoy life to its
fullness. We pray they will not be deceived with lies and thus lose focus
of their goal...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

John 1:12 - But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become
the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:

Romans 8:14 - For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the
sons of God.

John 17:5 - And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the
glory which I had with thee before the world was.

Revelation 20:11-15

11 And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face
the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.

12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books
were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and
the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books,
according to their works.

13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell
delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man
according to their works.

14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second
death.

15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into
the lake of fire.

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

13 But we would not have you ignorant, brethren, concerning them that fall
asleep; that ye sorrow not, even as the rest, who have no hope.

14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also
that are fallen asleep in Jesus will God bring with him.

15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we that are
alive, that are left unto the coming of the Lord, shall in no wise precede
them that are fallen asleep.

16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven, with a shout, with the
voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ
shall rise first;

17 then we that are alive, that are left, shall together with them be
caught up in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever
be with the Lord.

18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words.

Revelation 1:7 - Behold, he cometh with the clouds; and every eye shall see
him, and they that pierced him [those already dead]; and all the tribes of
the earth shall mourn over him. Even so, Amen.


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Luke 24:39, 40 - Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle
me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have. And
when he had thus spoken, he shewed them his hands and his feet.

When Jesus resurrected the Apostles and those with them hesitated to
believe He had risen and when Jesus appeared in the midst of them they
thought He was a spirit. But Jesus showed them His wounds and yet they did
not believe He then asked them if they had food and when He ate they
settled down.

Our last message we read about Jews thinking that we will be having earthly
family in Heaven and this thinking continues even among Christians.

When Christians Apologist debate with Muslims the first thing Muslims say
“how Jesus can be God for He ate and went to toilet, does God do toilet?”
Some may think they make sense but what is funny is when we look at their
version of Paradise. Each man who enters Paradise gets 72 voluptuous
heavenly virgins who eat drink but do not urinate or defecate. These women
satisfy the pleasures of the man and serve him wine day and night while
sitting in a garden. But their book does not talk of the men (and earthly
women if at all they go to paradise) if they defecate or not after eating
and drinking and where do they defecate in paradise.

It is carnal mentality to think if a being is human they eat and defecate.
They also assume if man goes to Heaven then Heaven has to be like earth
(this world).

The Jews were educated (part of their religious needs) but to some extend
their minds too were as narrow-minded as Muslims. The Apostles at this time
still in their Jewish mentality thought Jesus appeared as a spirit being,
so when Jesus appeared, knowing what was going on their minds showed them
His the wounds on hands and feet but even after seeing/touching they still
doubted and only when He ate they believed.

Lack of understanding of spirit world and being locked within a carnal mind
has made man not to understand the promises of the Kingdom of God and
because man lacks understanding he or she does not pursue Heaven with
persistence and with diligence.

Let us not be like in the state the Apostles were before they were baptized
in the Holy Spirit. Let us free our minds from worldly thinking and renew
it according to the Word of God and by the Spirit of God. If our minds are
not rooted well then there is very less changes that God will reveal
precious things of His Kingdom to us for these things are more precious
than gold and jewels of this world. Jesus said He will not throw pearls to
pigs and swine (carnal people who do not discern).

[Prayer Starter]

Lord, it is the mind that connects our body to our spirit and a weak mind
lacking Truth causes the spirit to be weak. Lord we pray You strengthen our
minds. Help us flush the rubbish understanding of this world and renew our
minds according to the Truth so that we be strong in spirit...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Luke 24:34-45

33 And they rose up the same hour, and returned to Jerusalem, and found
the eleven gathered together, and them that were with them,

34 Saying, The Lord is risen indeed, and hath appeared to Simon.

35 And they told what things were done in the way, and how he was known of
them in breaking of bread.

36 And as they thus spake, Jesus himself stood in the midst of them, and
saith unto them, Peace be unto you.

37 But they were terrified and affrighted, and supposed that they had seen
a spirit.

38 And he said unto them, Why are ye troubled? and why do thoughts arise
in your hearts?

39 Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see;
for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have.

40 And when he had thus spoken, he shewed them his hands and his feet.

41 And while they yet believed not for joy, and wondered, he said unto
them, Have ye here any meat?

42 And they gave him a piece of a broiled fish, and of an honeycomb.

43 And he took it, and did eat before them.

44 And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you,
while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were
written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms,
concerning me.

45 Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the
scriptures,

Matthew 7:6 - Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast your
pearls before the swine, lest haply they trample them under their feet, and
turn and rend you.


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Namesake or Dead Christians

Acts 7:51 - Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do
always resist the Holy Spirit: as your fathers did, so do ye.

Some days back I was talking to a person about the Word of God and Christ
and the importance of abiding in His Word. She was a Catholic who claimed
to love God. But this lady just did not want to listen to me for she was of
the thought I was going to convert her, bring her out of the Catholic
Church. She told me 'anything happens I will die Catholic'. When I tried to
probe to her reason, she shared her past that she was in great problem at
some time in her life and through some people praying for her and her
regular attending Mass she had come out of her depression.

The Israelites loved God and called themselves 'God's People'. They would
die in the name of being 'God's People'. But when we read scripture we see
God Himself through the Prophets rebuked them for being far from God and of
being stiff-necked.

We read in today's message Stephen filled with the Holy Spirit (so much
that his face changed / lighted as a face of an Angel) spoke in a
summarized note on how the Israelites resisted God and the Kingdom of God.
All they wanted of God was to deliver them from the worldly problems, the
very little that they received from God made them very happy and proud.
This pride in fact made them to harden their hearts more towards God
thinking that 'they had God'.

I know of another elderly Catholic woman, who is very religious and daily
goes to Mass even with the great physical problems she has. Her son is a
Believer and does a lot of Bible study so in the house he has lots of Bible
related study books. Whenever his mother has people from her church coming
over like priest or nuns his mother covers his books with newspapers. She
has lots of pictures and statutes of Catholic religious figures in the
house which she puts flowers and kisses but when it comes to the Word of
God she shuts herself up. She kisses her Catholic Bible but hates the
Bibles her son has even to the verge of threatening to throw them away.

In today's message Stephen used 2 terms, one is stiff-necked and other
uncircumcised in heart and ears. Stiff-necked like I explained previously
is a term used for a person holding hard to a doctrine and thinking he or
she knows all, and that there is nothing more to hear. Paul who knew so
much confessed he knew very little of that which is to be known. Paul also
did not say he did not know anything, he confronted people and their wrong
understanding yet in his heart he knew what he knew was very little and
there was much to learn. Being humble means to be aware what one is and
one's limitation. The only person whom we cannot attribute the term
humility is God in His divine nature (for is Almighty). It was when a part
of Him (Son) became man that the term 'humble' (humbled Himself) became
attached to Him since the word humble can be broken into the words 'hum'-an
and being a-'ble' as a human. In other words any person who is not humble
thinks he or she is God. So any person who thinks he or she has not more to
learn or understand of the Kingdom of God has but him or herself in the
place of God.

The term heart and ear used in today's message refers to the soul and
faculty to understand (since on hearing most of the understanding comes).
So uncircumcised heart or ear means a soul that has no control on its
pleasures or a person who does not have discernment and is pleased is any
and every things it comes across. People who love to hear smooth things or
things that do not require them to give up on their pleasures or desires of
this world (lust for material things) or of the carnal self (greed, pride,
vanity etc.) are called spiritually uncircumcised.

In today's message the Lord is telling us through the words of Stephen the
cause of these people becoming stiff-necked or spiritually uncircumcised is
all because they resist the Holy Spirit. These people may be 'Christians'
and may also may have been baptized in Jesus Christ (made Him their Lord
and Savior) yet because they are not baptized in the Holy Spirit or not
abiding in Him after receiving Him become namesake Christians or dead
Christians.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord, we pray your people who have become stiff-necked and uncircumcised in
heart like the Jews that they stop their religion and religious practices
and start to build a day to day relationship with You. May they experience
the Living Word and know the Author of the Word in person. Holy Spirit we
ask You Father to break down the barriers that these people have built,
work in them and make them into living and witnessing Christians...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Acts 6:8-15; 7:1-54

Exodus 32:9-10

9 And the LORD said unto Moses, I have seen this people, and, behold, it
is a stiffnecked people:

10 Now therefore let me alone, that my wrath may wax hot against them, and
that I may consume them: and I will make of thee a great nation.

Exodus 33:2-3

2 And I will send an angel before thee; and I will drive out the
Canaanite, the Amorite, and the Hittite, and the Perizzite, the Hivite, and
the Jebusite:

3 Unto a land flowing with milk and honey: for I will not go up in the
midst of thee; for thou art a stiffnecked people: lest I consume thee in
the way.

Exodus 34:9 And he said, If now I have found grace in thy sight, O Lord,
let my Lord, I pray thee, go among us; for it is a stiffnecked people; and
pardon our iniquity and our sin, and take us for thine inheritance.

Deuteronomy 10:16 Circumcise therefore the foreskin of your heart, and be
no more stiffnecked.


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Oneness with one mind and one mouth

Romans 15: 6,7 - That ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even
the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Wherefore receive ye one another, as
Christ also received us to the glory of God.

When one understands the mission of Paul as stated by the Lord in Acts 9:15
then one would be able to understand the tone and depth of Paul's letters.

Paul knew a lot more than what is written in his letter and we see this in
many letters he was tempted to speak out but he refrained for the
betterment of those whom he was ministering.

When the Lord started teaching me the first thing He did was instruct me to
not go out to minister until my basics was clears. For almost a year I
spend something like closed door study with the Lord and when He told me to
go out and preach I immediately saw results. My calling being of a Teacher
I was taught like Daniel was, so day by day I used to get revelations
directly from Him (through vision and dreams) of His Word and revelation
unlike any person would imagine. But in the start I did make mistakes for
when I would get any revelation like would be on top of the world and this
revelation I would share with people around me. They being not of the same
level of spiritual understand as me I saw I was hurting them more than
building them. The problem was in the matter but in the delivery of the
matter.

Jesus as man was full of wisdom and knew a lot but when He taught He did
throw all that He knew at them. He went about step by step in educating
them about the Kingdom of God knowing His limitation as man and knowing His
purpose and a timeline of things.

I will amuse you when I tell you those who lack knowledge of things make
the maximum noise and try to show others that they know all. And this I saw
in myself as I was growing in the Lord. As one grows in discernment and
more understanding one know when, where and to whom one needs to give
understanding. This you will see in Jesus with the people He spoke basics,
with His disciple He did stage by stage teaching but when it came to the
Pharisees and Sadducees when they questioned Him He questioned them back.
He discerned their intention so shook their understanding more than trying
to build them.

In today's message Paul give a gem of advice on how to come to that
oneness. He tells us to start with our understanding and what we speak. He
means to tell us to be aware of the understanding of the people before us
and come to their level and speak to them at their level and start building
them from their level. Most to us speak for our level even though we are
aware of the level of understanding of the person before us is way below.
Even the other situation is very common in fact more often, where a person
knows little yet tries to teach the person before him or her things of the
Kingdom of God. The reason is they do this is they lack discernment or are
hearing their flesh and thinking it's the Spirit of God speaking to them.

There are some myths that people believe in when they need to erase:

1) It is not necessary because one has being working longer in the Kingdom
of God they would know more of the Kingdom of God.

2) It is not necessary because one has more anointing they would know more
of the Kingdom of God.

3) It is not necessary because one has more great knowledge of scriptures,
gone to Bible College and knows the Bible languages they would know more of
the Kingdom of God. They surely would be in better position to discern but
knowledge, wisdom and understanding are different.

4) Having a higher Calling does not mean their understanding would be more.
Understand Callings are to with the 7 Spirit/s (6+1 – 6 Callings & Christ
the Head) of God. Even though all receive the Spirit of Wisdom (Truth), yet
it is more associated with the calling of the Teacher than other. That is
why James (the bother of Jesus) who wrote the letter of James and was a
Teacher advised not to boast or dream to be a Teacher for the way they are
taught by the Lord is not something any person would desire.

Let us discern people and their level when we it comes to speaking and
giving understanding of the Kingdom of God. When we do that we will see the
bonds in the Body becoming stronger and stronger day by day.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord we pray your people grow in discernment, that they see and understand
each other so as to try and build each other. May the words they speak
edify, let the words not please nor harm even though it may be true. You
Lord do not throw all understanding in one day at us but know what, when
and how to give it to us. You know the Word can kill us if our hearts are
hardened so You first work in us and slowly give us understanding. We pray
we imitate You when we deal with others...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Romans 15:1-7

1 We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and
not to please ourselves.

2 Let every one of us please his neighbour for his good to edification.

3 For even Christ pleased not himself; but, as it is written, The
reproaches of them that reproached thee fell on me.

4 For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our
learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have
hope.

5 Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be likeminded one
toward another according to Christ Jesus:

6 That ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of
our Lord Jesus Christ.

7 Wherefore receive ye one another, as Christ also received us to the
glory of God.

Acts 9:15 But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he is a chosen
vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the
children of Israel:

Isaiah 11:2 - And the spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of
wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of
knowledge and of the fear of the LORD;


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Social service and Christianity

Acts 6:1-10

Christianity in India has been existent since 52AD and surprisingly even
today it has been considered a foreign (western) religion. If we see the
very early Indian Christians were never differentiated from others, the
clothes they wore or way they lived would not be differentiated from the
other Indians. Christianity in India took a western outlook only after the
British and Portuguese (Catholic roots) came into India. Christianity was
never tradition rooted (clothes, outlook, ornaments, routine etc.) in the
start therefore the people mixed well with others unlike we see this in
Judaism. Judaism has its roots in India from 500-600BC but because of it
strong traditional culture its people always stand out in any community. It
is only among the non-orthodox Jews who do not go by the letter we find
they mix well into society. Muslims too having to follow their traditions
and culture by the letter always stand out from among any society.

What we see in India Christianity degraded and of late has come back to
mature. You may wonder at this comment of mine, this you would know from
today's message.

We see in today's message early Christians were guided by the Apostles who
were very much in the Lord and were led by the Spirit of God. We see in
this incident which was the first revolt or fight among Christians happen
because they grouped themselves according to their cultural roots. To meet
their daily food requirements the Apostles ran a kitchen service and these
people started fighting due to cultural racism. Since they were people in
need the Apostles had to run this service but we see the Apostles did not
want to put aside the more important work they were called for by looking
after the physical needs of the people, they preferred concentrating on
meeting the more urgent spiritual needs.

In India after the death of the Apostle Thomas, there were 7 large Churches
that started in the south. The early Christians concentrated on evangelism
they gave the Gospel and saved souls. Later on the coming of the Roman
Catholic Church and Word of God being taken away from the people we see the
growth of Christianity has been stagnant or minuscule, the reason of this
being the concentration of this Church on social service (works).

Social service is very important, like James says if I love my brother and
do not clothe/feed him when he is naked/hungry then my love is a lie. But
Christianity is more about saving souls and not about helping people live
well in this world. It is about preparing them to enter the next real world.

There is a phrase which states teach the hungry to fish and he will not go
hungry. We like foolish people have been feeding the hungry all our lives
but did not bring them to know their God who is their provider. We see
Jesus pushed His disciples to learn this by sending 70 of them out on a
mission without any resource on themselves, not even water. They had just
the clothes on their body, a pair of sandals that they had worn and a rod
in their hands. And we read they were provided for their every need. It is
also written they saw great wonders happening during this mission.

We see in today's message the Apostles gave the task of social service to
the younger, maturing Christians so that they learn to grow in love for the
people and grow in faith. But these people while serving the people also
concentrated on spiritual things and started to evangelize more powerfully.

In India Christians are just 4 percent of the population but they do almost
40percent of social service in various areas of society. Since these people
do not concentrate on spiritual growth, spiritual maturity has always been
lacked among Indian Christians that is why Christianity never took off in
India.

We Christians are not saved by good works or works of righteousness but are
saved by works of faith after we come into the grace of Jesus Christ. Only
when we are in the Lord can we show the light through the things we do
being led by the Spirit of God.

Let us not be deceived by following worldly understanding or ways but
follow the ways of the Lord which are life and eternal. What is written in
the Word of God is valid even today in this modern age, only if we
understand it well.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord, your people are deceived to become religious or worldly righteous
people. Even though they are far from the understanding of your Kingdom
they think they can do good works. They think the works that they do will
manifest You and your Kingdom. Instead of drawing the people to You they
draw people to themselves and make people in to human worshipers. Lord we
pray for wisdom to your people that they understand their priorities well...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Acts 6:1-10

1 And in those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplied,
there arose a murmuring of the Grecians against the Hebrews, because their
widows were neglected in the daily ministration.

2 Then the twelve called the multitude of the disciples unto them, and
said, It is not reason that we should leave the word of God, and serve
tables.

3 Wherefore, brethren, look ye out among you seven men of honest report,
full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business.

4 But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of
the word.

5 And the saying pleased the whole multitude: and they chose Stephen, a
man full of faith and of the Holy Ghost, and Philip, and Prochorus, and
Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolas a proselyte of Antioch:

6 Whom they set before the apostles: and when they had prayed, they laid
their hands on them.

7 And the word of God increased; and the number of the disciples
multiplied in Jerusalem greatly; and a great company of the priests were
obedient to the faith.

8 And Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders and miracles
among the people.

9 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.

10 And they were not able to resist the wisdom and the spirit by which he
spake.

Romans 3:27 - Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of
works? Nay: but by the law of faith.

James 2:22 - Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was
faith made perfect?

James 2:26 - For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without
works is dead also.

1 Thessalonians 1:3 - Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, and
labour of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, in the sight
of God and our Father;

2 Thessalonians 1:11 - Wherefore also we pray always for you, that our God
would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfil all the good pleasure of
his goodness, and the work of faith with power:

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Price for the riches of Nineveh

Nahum 2:8 - But Nineveh of old like a pool of water: yet
they shall flee away. Stand [endure], stand [endure]; but none shall look
back [turn].

Just today morning as I was checking my mails I saw this mail from an
online store from which I bought some products before, they had a great
offer for 49inch LED television which really tempted me. Many years back I
had a 29inch tube television, then I went for a 32inch LED television and
just some months back there was a great sale online and since I was getting
a crazy offer I bought a 40inch LED television at 2/3 its normal price and
I was very happy until I saw this offers for 49inch. All this happened
before I got this message today.

You may wonder why I am telling you about all this. Today's message is
connected to this that is why I am sharing this.

Nineveh was the capital of the Assyrians. The word Assyria in Hebrew means
'step' and comes from the word meaning 'to be blessed', it symbolizes
worldly prosperity. It's capital Nineveh in Greek means 'offspring of ease'
and in Hebrew means 'abode of Ninus'. Legendary Ninus was the person to
whom things like taming wild horses for human to ride is attributed to.
Horses in the Bible symbolize prosperity (moving from one phase to
another). Using dogs for hunting is also attributed to this person Ninus.
Dogs symbolize social (worldly) relationships and using dogs to hunting in
other words means using social connections for one's worldly desires
(carnal / fleshy desires).

In today's message the Lord is very clear in His message; He says those who
run after worldly blessings will have to spiritually pay a great price.

Whenever I preach about the relationship between being Christian and being
rich, people do not like it. We as Christians are assured our needs in this
world will and are already provided by the Lord. We are called to desire
abundance, but not of this world but of the Kingdom of God. There are very
few places where Jesus was blunt and this was one of those places where He
said it will be impossible for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of God. It
is only through God's working in him that he may enter the Kingdom of God.

Understand if you are given more there is more responsibility on you to
give more. The moment you start hoarding for yourself and taking pleasure
in it, that very moment you have created an obstacle between you and the
Kingdom of God.

We see Churches today are filled with people who come not for God but more
for being blessed. Surely a person who lacks (not poor) in this world is
under curse or does not know God but the one having abundance in this world
is tested or does not know God. Either lacking or abundance is not
desirable for a Christian. A perfect Christian is a person whose every need
is met by the Hand of God.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord, the Israelites suffered the most at the hands of the Assyrians. They
desired worldly blessings and had to pay a great price for it. Today also
we see most of the Christians run after prosperity and that is why they are
name sake Christians or are manipulative Christian, they do not fear to
twist scriptures to justify their greed. Lord we read it was greed that
bought a great Chrub like Lucifer to move from light into darkness. Lord we
pray your people who are blessed may learn to give to your Kingdom. May
they know tithing is for those who are not baptized in your Holy Spirit or
have no communication with your Spirit. Lord we pray they learn to give
according to your Spirit leading them; that they learn to hear your Spirit
prompting...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Nahum 2:8-13

8 But Nineveh is of old like a pool of water: yet they shall flee away.
Stand, stand, shall they cry; but none shall look back.

9 Take ye the spoil of silver, take the spoil of gold: for there is none
end of the store and glory out of all the pleasant furniture.

10 She is empty, and void, and waste: and the heart melteth, and the knees
smite together, and much pain is in all loins, and the faces of them all
gather blackness.

11 Where is the dwelling of the lions, and the feedingplace of the young
lions, where the lion, even the old lion, walked, and the lion's whelp, and
none made them afraid?

12 The lion did tear in pieces enough for his whelps, and strangled for
his lionesses, and filled his holes with prey, and his dens with ravin.

13 Behold, I am against thee, saith the LORD of hosts, and I will burn her
chariots in the smoke, and the sword shall devour thy young lions: and I
will cut off thy prey from the earth, and the voice of thy messengers shall
no more be heard.

Matthew 19:23-30

23 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, Verily I say unto you, That a rich
man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven.

24 And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the
eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.

25 When his disciples heard it, they were exceedingly amazed, saying, Who
then can be saved?

26 But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible;
but with God all things are possible.

27 Then answered Peter and said unto him, Behold, we have forsaken all,
and followed thee; what shall we have therefore?

28 And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have
followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the
throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the
twelve tribes of Israel.

29 And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or
father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name's sake,
shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life.

30 But many that are first [chief] shall be last [lowest]; and the last
[lowest] shall be first [chief].

Luke 6:20 - And he lifted up his eyes on his disciples, and said, Blessed
be ye poor: for yours is the kingdom of God.

Mark 4:18-19

18 And these are they which are sown among thorns; such as hear the word,

19 And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the
lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh
unfruitful.

Luke 16:11 - If therefore ye have not been faithful in the unrighteous
mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches?

1 Timothy 6:17-19

17 Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded,
nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly
all things to enjoy;

18 That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to
distribute, willing to communicate;

19 Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to
come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.

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Did Jesus lie - 3 days or more or less
Matthew 27:63 - Saying, Sir, we remember that that deceiver said, while he
was yet alive, After three days I will rise again.

Soon we would be entering one of the most holy periods for Christians which
is the Lord’s Passover. What is most saddening is Believer Christians are
misled and made to follow something else or believe in something else due
to their following the traditions of the Catholic Church instead of the
Bible.

Catholics will celebrate Palm Sunday next Sunday, then Maundy Wednesday,
Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday and then Easter. If one studies
scriptures one would find none of them go alone with what the Bible says.
One may ask where they got their dates and some case events from and you
will have many proposed pagan sources and pagan celebrations, and it
including 40 days so called lent period that they celebrate before Good
Friday and after Carnival (CARN-al fest-IVAL).

For example Jesus celebrated the Feast of Unleavened Bread (Last Supper)
which was a week long period and starts on a Sabbath (Saturday). He was
arrested in the night (late evening) on that day when He went with His
disciples to the Garden of Gethsemane. He was under arrest for 5 days
fulfilling the law of the Passover Lamb. During this time He suffered both
in the hands of the Jewish authorities as well as Roman authorities. He was
crucified on Thursday evening, died and resurrected on mid Sunday which was
the third day.

The traditions of the Catholic Church has so much influence on Christians
that even the translators were filled with presumptions while translating.
We see in today’s scripture the word translated as ‘after’ is the Greek
word ‘meta’. Now the word can be rendered into English in multiple words
and we see the Bible translated it as - with (345 times), after (88 times),
among (5 times), hereafter + ‘theses things’ (4 times), afterward + ‘theses
things’ (4 times), against (4 times)

It primarily can be used in 3 ways
1) amidst, among
2) (with accusative) into the middle
3) association, fellowship, participation with, after
We see in the first and second case it is used when something is in the
middle of a process. This we see in other scriptures which state He
resurrected ON the third day and NOT AFTER 3 days.

There are many who debate on - did Jesus resurrect on the third day or
after 3 days. The bone of content is the ‘sign of Jonah’. The biggest
problem with this misunderstanding is first the lack of knowledge of
understanding of the feasts as given in the book of Moses, secondly they
read part scripture and thus assume things and lastly they do not put all
connected scriptures into prospective.

Firstly Jesus said the sign of Jonah was for the ‘wicked’ and not for the
people of God. God forbidden if Jesus resurrected on the third day none of
us, right from Noah until the end would survive to enter the Kingdom of God
(Heaven). You may wonder what has that to do with Jesus’s resurrection.

You need to realize time (solar / lunar time and time in general) is a
factor here in this world. In the spiritual world where a person is
ageless time varies according to every individual, according to their heart
(inner man) condition. That is why Paul many a times used the ‘Now’ with
promises or faith and theologians thought it was his style of writing.

Jesus went to Hell because our sins were on Him but He could not be kept
there for there was no sin in Him. Also Hell is not a place ruled by Satan
(the ‘dragon’) even though He is bonded there. Hell is prison in control of
the Angels of God (there is no place other than a harden heart where Satan
rules - man was given dominance of this world and due to sin in man Satan
dominates it).

There was no time factor that can be measured as in earthly time as to how
much time Jesus was there in Hell, but on earth He did resurrect on the
third day as a sign of when He would come back.

If one studies spirit life of man one would know the importance of this
sign (spirit man can live eternal only if he has the access to the Tree of
Life which is in Heaven). It was sign confirming to us before mankind
perishes He would come to take us to Heaven (from Noah and the other souls
who sleep to the last Believer alive who is transformed from flesh to
spirit).

There was a Catholic priest who debated with me with regards to the Feast
of the Unleavened Bread of how it was incorrectly reported in the Gospel(s)
since Matthew, Mark and Luke record the Passover week overlapping the Feast
of Unleavened Bread and John who goes according to book of Moses and thus
states the feast was to start after the Passover. If you study the Gospel
according to Matthew, Mark and Luke, they are very similar unlike that of
John since Matthew, Mark and Luke as witness (direct and indirect)
recordings of what happened while John is more a autobiography of Jesus
(even though he witnessed) therefore it has more deeper insight in it than
the other books. History states when Jews were in Babylon they overlapped
the 2 weeks into one week since they did not have the freedom to exercise
their festivals freely for 2 weeks under Babylonian captivity.

Easter is a pagan festival (a festival to do with the birth of goddess
Ashtoreth - the Queen of Heaven) which falls on the same day as
Resurrection Sunday. Let us Christians not celebrate the pagan festival but
celebrate the Lord’s Resurrection. This day is also called the day of the
Peace / Wave Sacrifice where man made peace with God and God accepted it.

Like Paul says we now can approach the Throne of God with boldness, without
fear for now that peace has been made and this is all because of
Resurrection Sunday.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord Jesus your people are deceived to not know the power of your
Resurrection and the things You have done for them through your Passover
(Death and Resurrection). Lord we pray the eyes of your people open and
they understand the things You have made available and have overcome for
them. Let them know the hope that came with your birth as man became
reality and a confirmation by your resurrection...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.
[Reference Scriptures]
Exodus 12:3-6
3 Speak ye unto all the congregation of Israel, saying, In the tenth day
of this month they shall take to them every man a lamb, according to the
house of their fathers, a lamb for an house:

4 And if the household be too little for the lamb, let him and his
neighbour next unto his house take it according to the number of the souls;
every man according to his eating shall make your count for the lamb.

5 Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year: ye shall
take it out from the sheep, or from the goats:

6 And ye shall keep it up until the fourteenth day of the same month: and
the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it in the
evening.

Mark 14:1 After two days was the feast of the Passover [week], and of
unleavened bread: and the chief priests and the scribes sought how they
might take him by craft, and put him to death.

Matthew 26:17 Now the first day of the feast of unleavened bread the
disciples came to Jesus, saying unto him, Where wilt thou that we prepare
for thee to eat the passover?

Matthew 12:39-40
39 But he answered and said unto them, An evil and adulterous generation
seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign
of the prophet Jonas:

40 For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly; so
shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the
earth.

Matthew 16:4 - A wicked and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and
there shall no sign be given unto it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas.
And he left them, and departed.

Matthew 16:21 - From that time forth began Jesus to shew unto his
disciples, how that he must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of
the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised
again the third day.

Matthew 17:23 - And they shall kill him, and the third day he shall be
raised again. And they were exceeding sorry.

Matthew 27:64 - Command therefore that the sepulchre be made sure until the
third day, lest his disciples come by night, and steal him away, and say
unto the people, He is risen from the dead: so the last error shall be
worse than the first.

Luke 13:32 - And he said unto them, Go ye, and tell that fox, Behold, I
cast out devils, and I do cures to day and to morrow, and the third day I
shall be perfected.

Luke 24:46 - And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved
Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day:

Acts 10:40 - Him God raised up the third day, and shewed him openly;
1 Corinthians 15:4 - And that he was buried, and that he rose again the
third day according to the scriptures:


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What you show and what you are

Mark 11:13,14 And seeing a fig tree afar off having leaves, he came, if
haply he might find any thing thereon: and when he came to it, he found
nothing but leaves; for the time of figs was not yet. And Jesus answered
and said unto it, No man eat fruit of thee hereafter for ever. And his
disciples heard it.

I am a nature lover so when I read this narration in my initial days of
Bible reading I was impressed with the power Jesus showed but at the same
time I was confused as to why Jesus harmed a tree just because He was
hungry and there was no fruit on it? It was later in my Bible study I
realized the great importance of this incident.

The fig fruits are a delicacy, they are like the mango fruit in India. The
fig has many variety and kinds some much sweeter and tender than the other.
What is interesting is even the leaves of the fig tree have so many
varieties at time one tree can have leaves of different shapes. In Matthew
24 and Mark 13 Jesus indicates about the fig trees and its time of bearing.
The leaves of this tree start to open up and deepen in color at the time of
it bearing fruit. In both of reference Jesus links the fig tree to judgment
day. His coming back after the days of tribulation (this is the time where
Lucifer / the dragon is released from the pit/Hell and is allowed to have a
free hand over the people this period lasts just of a few days) with His
Angels to judge.

In the parable of the fig tree, mankind is symbolized as a fig tree that
goes through hard times (testing) so as bear good fruit and when the time
comes the Lord will judge us for the fruits we bear. If we bear good fruits
we will be rewarded accordingly in Heaven.

In today's message you and I as individuals symbolize the fig tree which
showed by its leaves that it was fruitful but when Jesus approached it He
was disappointed to see no fruit on it. Jesus cursed the tree to show us
how we would be treated when we show the world we are Men and Women of God
but have not Fruit of the Holy Spirit in us.

Lord says either be cold or be warm but if we are lukewarm He would spit us
out of His mouth (curse us). If we are not born-again from the inside let
us not put a godly image on the outside to misled and destroy others. Let
our change be from inside and not from the outside.

Being Christian is not about doing good being Christian is about having the
Fruits of the Holy Spirit and when we have the Fruits of the Holy Spirit
then good things automatically come from us.

I tell people bluntly it is better to die as a unbeliever by rejecting
Jesus Christ that way we will pay for our sins but when we accept Jesus
Christ as our savior and do not have Him in us (that is be Fruitful) then
we will not be punished for our sins (since our sins are forgiven) but will
be punished for rejecting His Word and His Spirit, this punishment is more
terrible. It is His Word and His Spirit that helps us grow Fruits.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord Jesus You became man and as man You showed us how to be Fruitful. Lord
we pray we realize unless we are not Christians inside we cannot be
Christians outside. Lord let us learn to surrender to the Holy Spirit who
is our Husbandman to grow Fruits in us. Holy Spirit, You work in us, open
the Word unto us and mold us from inside, make us rich with your Fruits...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.
[Reference Scriptures]
Mark 11:12-14,19-21
12 And on the morrow, when they were come from Bethany, he was hungry:
13 And seeing a fig tree afar off having leaves, he came, if haply he
might find any thing thereon: and when he came to it, he found nothing but
leaves; for the time of figs was not yet.

14 And Jesus answered and said unto it, No man eat fruit of thee hereafter
for ever. And his disciples heard it.

19 And when even was come, he went out of the city.
20 And in the morning, as they passed by, they saw the fig tree dried up
from the roots.

21 And Peter calling to remembrance saith unto him, Master, behold, the
fig tree which thou cursedst is withered away.

Matthew 21:19-22
19 And when he saw a fig tree in the way, he came to it, and found nothing
thereon, but leaves only, and said unto it, Let no fruit grow on thee
henceforward for ever. And presently the fig tree withered away.

20 And when the disciples saw it, they marvelled, saying, How soon is the
fig tree withered away!

21 Jesus answered and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, If ye have
faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig
tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be
thou cast into the sea; it shall be done.

22 And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall
receive.

Luke 13:5-9
5 I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.
6 He spake also this parable; A certain man had a fig tree planted in his
vineyard; and he came and sought fruit thereon, and found none.

7 Then said he unto the dresser of his vineyard, Behold, these three years
I come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and find none: cut it down; why
cumbereth it the ground?

8 And he answering said unto him, Lord, let it alone this year also, till
I shall dig about it, and dung it:

9 And if it bear fruit, well: and if not, then after that thou shalt cut
it down.

Matthew 24:29-35
29 Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be
darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall
from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:

30 And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then
shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man
coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.

31 And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they
shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven
to the other.

32 Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and
putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh:

33 So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is
near, even at the doors.

34 Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these
things be fulfilled.

35 Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.
Revelation 3:16 - So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor
hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.

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Repentance - former and later
Jonah 3:6 - For word came unto the king of Nineveh, and he arose from his
throne, and he laid his robe from him, and covered him with sackcloth, and
sat in ashes.

When we read today's scripture we feel great that the king repented and
thus saved the kingdom from the disaster, for the Lord had given them a
time within which had they not repented they would be destroyed.

What we need to take note is, what he did as a sign of repentance - he
removed his royal robe, wore a robe of sackcloth and he sat in ashes. Now
understand that Nineveh was the capital of the Assyrians and their beliefs
were no way near the beliefs of the Israelites, but yet we see when he
repented he did the same things which an Israelite would do.

One would say this was standard signs of mourning. If you read in
scriptures there were other signs of grieving done by the pagan like using
sharp instruments like knives and lancets to cut themselves till they bleed
and this is recorded in the book of Kings. This we see certain sects of
Muslims do even today during their grieving period called Muharram. People
may say there is nothing wrong in doing the first type of repentance but
not the second because it is bloody.

We see the Catholics start their period of repentance period called Lent
with self-reflection, fasting and penance and they start this period by
putting ash on their heads (on their fore-heads) and that too after a
carnal feasting (which they official do not endorse but unofficially
support).

If one studies the Bible or goes through history you will understand, what
evil they did before is the evil that people still do even today, only the
packaging has changed and the quantity varies.

Before sin came in man even though he was in the flesh yet flesh had no
hold of him and he had access to the Tree of Life which was in Garden of
Eden (Paradise) of which he could eat as and when he needed for a renewal
of life thus live eternally (it is not once eaten forever one would live as
people think). But when sin came he was restricted in the flesh (Jesus
showed He overcame the flesh by His transfiguration) and God had cursed man
to perish (spiritual death) by saying he was made of dust (earth) and would
at the end go to dust (and not ash). People think God was talking of ash so
say 'from ash you came unto ash you go'. If they were to go by scripture
they should have put mud on their head and said 'from mud you came unto mud
you go'. But surely children of disobedience will go to ashes.

The Lord came as man not to save our bodies but to save us which dwell in
these bodies. When we who are saved in Jesus Christ die our bodies perish
to dust but we do not for we do not go to Hell where the soul and spirit
perishes after serving its term. Jesus did not sin at all that is why He
alone resurrected in body and He will be the only one. He was born without
sin but we are born-again (in spirit) with sins forgiven therefore we do
not resurrect in our flesh.

Like an infant does not need to be taught jealousy so also no human needs
to know his or her soul will perish when they die (no doubt some religions
deceive them to believe that they will incarnate to another form of life).
Putting ash on oneself is a sign that shows doom is upon them and thus was
a natural sign of hopelessness. But after hope came through Jesus Christ we
do not read of Christians in the Bible putting ash on themselves for that
would be a sign of rejecting the Savior.

In Greek the word for repentance is 'metanoia' and it comes from 2 words
which mean 'after' + 'understanding'. People mistake repentance to being
sorry. Repentance is about correction and not about being sorry.
Forgiveness is about being sorry and making up but repentance is about
knowing one is wrong and about correcting one's self.

In the days before Christ people did not know the way so they were hopeless
and thus put ash on themselves or sat in ash, but we Christians know the
way and our repentance is more of surrendering to the Spirit of God to
change us and bring us to the right path. Fasting is to do with increasing
faith and help us to suppress our flesh and tune to our spirit more but
unless we do not surrender to the Spirit of God it does not count as
repentance.

The word ashes in its actual understanding occurs only once in 2 Peter 2:6.
The word translated as ashes in Matthew 11:21, Luke 10:13 and Hebrews 9:13
talks of sacrificial ash taken from the sacrificial burning.

In today's message the Lord is telling us not to behave like those who do
not know Him or are have not received His Spirit. We Christians who are
baptized in Christ have received the promise of the Holy Spirit. So if you
are not baptized in the Holy Spirit you need to remember you have the
promise so when you claim that promise you will receive and be baptized. So
we Christians should not be doing the things the former people did. They
were more in the flesh but we are more in the spirit so let us stop the
former and do the later.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord, there are many who state they know You but are far from your Kingdom.
They do things of darkness even though they call themselves children of
light. Lord we are privileged to be born in this time, to know You and
receive You. Lord we pray we live like your children and be light unto
others...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.
[Reference Scriptures]
1 Kings 18:28 - And they cried aloud, and cut themselves after their manner
with knives and lancets, till the blood gushed out upon them.

Genesis 2:7 And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and
breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.

Genesis 3:19 In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou
return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art,
and unto dust shalt thou return.

Matthew 11:21 Woe unto thee, Chorazin! woe unto thee, Bethsaida! for if
the mighty works, which were done in you, had been done in Tyre and Sidon,
they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes.

Luke 10:13 Woe unto thee, Chorazin! woe unto thee, Bethsaida! for if the
mighty works had been done in Tyre and Sidon, which have been done in you,
they had a great while ago repented, sitting in sackcloth and ashes.

Hebrews 9:13 For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an
heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh:

2 Peter 2:6 And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha into ashes
condemned them with an overthrow, making them an ensample unto those that
after should live ungodly;

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When demons speak

Mark 5:12 - And all the devils besought him, saying, Send us into the
swine, that we may enter into them.

We read in today's message when the demons (word used here is 'devils') saw
Jesus approaching them they knew the body which they were dwelling in they
would have to leave. They also knew Jesus being Son of God (as man and not
to misunderstood with God the Son) had the power to send them to Hell where
they would not come out and where they would suffer terribly. So they plead
Him to let them dwell in the swine that were around. They knew Jesus came
to save mankind (humans) so may not restrict them from entering an animal.
You know the story after that.

People think in the scripture the term devils or demons speaks of evil
spirits. No doubt they were evil spirits or fallen angels whose powers are
taken away but the Greek word used here is daimon from which we get the
English word demon, this word actually means an inferior / small god or
goddesses.

If one studies various religions one would see the term god/God used for 3
categories of individuals. The word God is used for the Creator. We also
have the term 'gods' used for humans as in the term man-god (in Hindi they
use the word Bhagwan this is not to be mistaken with 'Man of God' but is
actually a deity status in human form). This is not restricted to pagan
religions but also in many 'Christian' religions we find this concept. In
some 'Christian' religion we have human beings given this status, not only
those who are dead, and some even while they are alive that is why they
pray to them. The third category of gods is those of whom today's scripture
talks of - the demons.

Demons are worshiped in many religions as gods and Bible says even
Believers are not spared if we understand what demons are. Those who do
deliverance know spirits from their nature and thus take their name and
cast them away. Bible says when Christian Believers put things like lust or
hatred or vanity/foolishness (that too is a spirit which blinds wisdom)
among others above God then they have made this spirit into gods in their
lives. They spend most of their time praying to them, this praying does not
necessary mean bowing to but even communicating or thinking of them day in/
day out is praying (which means communication from the heart).

In today's message the Lord warns us Believers of demons speaking to us and
this happens when we start to communicate to them or think of them over a
long period of time. It could be a simple thing like hatred or revenge or
lust of flesh / material pleasure or even a thing like depression.

The Lord is warning us not to let demons speak to us but to stop
immediately from giving them time or attention and this we can do by
diverting our time and energy in something productive.

So today if someone has hurt you or tempted you directly or indirectly, do
not give time thinking of it for it will become a god for you so take
authority and get out of it and spend your time in a something productive.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord, evil spirits become gods in our lives by tempting us to desire things
of the flesh or they also become gods by hurting the human part of us. Lord
we pray we realize the danger of making these gods in our lives and we pray
your people come out of this trap...

We make this prayer in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Romans 2:22 - Thou that sayest a man should not commit adultery, dost thou
commit adultery? thou that abhorrest idols, dost thou commit sacrilege?

1 Corinthians 10:6-11

6 Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust
after evil things, as they also lusted.

7 Neither be ye idolaters, as were some of them; as it is written, The
people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play.

8 Neither let us commit fornication, as some of them committed, and fell
in one day three and twenty thousand.

9 Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were
destroyed of serpents.

10 Neither murmur ye, as some of them also murmured, and were destroyed of
the destroyer.

11 Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are
written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.

1 Thessalonians 4:4-8

4 That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in
sanctification and honour;

5 Not in the lust of concupiscence, even as the Gentiles which know not
God:

6 That no man go beyond and defraud his brother in any matter: because
that the Lord is the avenger of all such, as we also have forewarned you
and testified.

7 For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness.

8 He therefore that despiseth, despiseth not man, but God, who hath also
given unto us his holy Spirit.



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Remember you the words

Jude 1:17 - But, beloved, remember ye the words which were spoken before of
the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ;

This letter of Jude is among the oldest books (after book of Revelation) in
the Bible. It was written around the period 66AD - 88AD. This Jude was not
Jude the Apostle but is believed to be the brother of Jesus (youngest son
of Mary) who was called Juda/Judas in the Gospels (Mt 13:55, Mk 6:3).

We see Jude speaks of the Apostles in the past tense for all of them ceased
to exist at the time of writing this letter. What is also interesting to
note is that Jude advices to follow all that the Apostles spoke. If one
studies how the Bible came into existence one would understand the depth of
Jude’s words.

The Old Testament came to us from the Jews so all the books that were
accepted as canon (official scripture) is part of our Bible. The Catholics
tried to add some books in 1400AD to the Old Testament so as to justify
their traditions which were contrary or not given in the Bible. These books
which are called Apocrypha (hidden) were used as study books early church
fathers but were never taken as canon because there were some issues in
them. We also see either the 28 books (except for the book of Ester) of the
Old Testament have some or other reference in the teachings of Jesus or the
Apostles or their authors are named. With regards to the New Testament
books there is no difference of opinion between the Believer Churches, the
Catholic Churches or the Orthodox Churches.

People have no knowledge or have a wrong understanding of how the New
Testament came into existence. People think the Catholic Church had a hand
in the composition of the New Testament. They lack knowledge that the
Catholic Church came into existence only after 300AD, before that there was
no formal / administrative ‘Church’. Christians were persecuted and killed
for their faith so people would meet in houses and in secret. Especially in
Roman the Christians all ran away for those found were killed in arenas by
lions or crucified or burned to death by fire or in boiling oil yet the
Bible existed during this period.

The Gospels and few of the epistles (letters) were circulated by the
Apostles themselves and we find this mentioned in the letters themselves.
If we study the manuscripts we find all Christian documents found in the
1st century are part of the Bible. What we see by this is that, the early
Christians were very clear of their belief and everything they spoke was
Word of God. They were so separated from the teachings of the world that
their spoken words or written letters did not need to be scrutinized or
edited. They discerned the false teachers / preachers and named them openly.

But today if one is rooted in the Word of God one would see the opposite.
One has to really search for Word of God even in teaching of very famous
preachers or teachers of the Word, the situation is even worse in Churches.
The Pastors are so filled with Bible college teachings which has secular
roots that you see they bridge the understanding of the Kingdom of God with
the understanding of the world. People like to hear smooth things, things
that they have heard before and that which will not impact their core
nature very much.

One should remember the world hates God and there can never be a bridge
between the Kingdom of God and the worldly system. This corruption started
in 300AD and peaked in 1400-1600AD. Unless one comes out of this worldly
understandings and sticks to the verbatim understanding of scriptures one
will never know if they are going to God or going against God.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord, scriptures say your Word existed from the beginning and was true from
the beginning. Your Word which is instructions of Life came through your
anointed ones and was completed in Jesus Christ. The early Church confirmed
this Word in their letters and their testimonies. They knew the Word and
thus what they spoke was totally in line with the Word. Lord today your
people are taught many things which are not your Word and are made to
believe these are from You. Lord we pray You open their eyes and remove
your people from this deceit...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Mt 13:55 - Is not this the carpenter’s son? is not his mother called Mary?
and his brethren, James, and Joses, and Simon, and Judas?

Mk 6:3 - Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James,
and Joses, and of Juda, and Simon? and are not his sisters here with us?
And they were offended at him.

Revelation 22:16-20

16 I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the
churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and
morning star.

17 And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say,
Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take
the water of life freely.

18 For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of
this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him
the plagues that are written in this book:

19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this
prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of
the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.

20 He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen.
Even so, come, Lord Jesus.

Psalms 119:160 Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy
righteous judgments endureth for ever.

Revelation 3:14 And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write;
These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning
of the creation of God;


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The wounds

John 20:20 - And when he had so said, he shewed unto them his hands and his
side. Then were the disciples glad, when they saw the Lord.

Soon we will be celebrating the Passover of the Lord and even unto this day
most Christians have no idea of the Lord's suffering.

Some may say are people foolish that they cannot read and understand?

Some may say why would the Lord hide such an important fact from His
people?

Then there are others who would go to the extent to say if it is not
written it is not necessary so we do not need to know?

The answer is in today's message.

We see Jesus showed His disciples His hands and His side to show them his
wounds so as to prove to them it was Him and He had overcome death. Were
these the only wounds Jesus was inflicted with? What about the wounds
caused by the crown of thorns that pierced His head?

We need to read Psalms 22 and Isaiah 52 which talks of the Lord suffering
for it shows He was wounded so much that He was not recognized as a human.
People forget the Jews were under the rule of the Romans, according to the
Jewish religious freedom they were limited in the punishment they would
meant out on any person. As per their custom they were allowed to whip a
person 39 whips (40 - 1) and had to set the person free. This whip was a
standard whip.

Death penalty was not in the hands of the Jewish authorities but only in
the hands of the Roman authorities. After the Jewish whipping the Romans
first tried whip Jesus to death by giving Him about 100 slashes with whips
which had from 9 to 13 strands with various small objects like metal pieces
and bones tied to its ends, these objects would rip apart the flesh of the
person. There was not one person who did all whipping but there were 3
persons who took turn after turn to whip Him. These people were like modern
hangmen who worked once a while and the Romans would greatly reward the
person if the criminal (here Jesus) would die at his whip. So these people
would whip with all their might taking all the time they needed but after
Jesus survived this whipping they feared Him and wanted to set Him free.
But on the insisting of the Jews and fear of communal riots they crucified
Him. From His arrest to His crucifixion He was totally 5 days (Sat night to
Thurs evening) in their custody thus fulfilling the Pascal Lamb according
to the book of Moses.

But we see after resurrection Jesus returned in the flesh (since His flesh
did not see corruption but we do not resurrect in the flesh) and He had to
show His wounds on His hands and on His side for confirmation.

One may wonder why all the details of the suffering of Jesus are not
written in the New Testament and the little we know also comes from the Old
Testament and not the New Testament.

Like in the book of Moses the blood of the Pascal Lamb was applied on the
outside, on the door post for the Angel of death of the Lord to see and
pass, and not for the people inside to see. Similarly the suffering of
Christ is not for us but for God to see for it was to God a payment for
ours sins. But we need to be at least aware that Jesus suffered for us and
know the sacrifice was made of us so that we claim our blessing.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord, You suffered for our sins and paid the price so that we are blessed
in You. Lord Jesus there is no way we can thank You for the sacrifice You
made for us, but we pray we do not let this sacrifice to perish in our
lives, that we bring the pass your purpose in our lives and give glory unto
You...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Psalms 22

Isaiah 52

Exodus 12:3-7

3 Speak ye unto all the congregation of Israel, saying, In the tenth day
of this month they shall take to them every man a lamb, according to the
house of their fathers, a lamb for an house:

4 And if the household be too little for the lamb, let him and his
neighbour next unto his house take it according to the number of the souls;
every man according to his eating shall make your count for the lamb.

5 Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year: ye shall
take it out from the sheep, or from the goats:

6 And ye shall keep it up until the fourteenth day of the same month: and
the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it in the
evening.

7 And they shall take of the blood, and strike it on the two side posts
and on the upper door post of the houses, wherein they shall eat it.

Acts 2:30-31

30 Therefore being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath
to him, that of the fruit of his loins, according to the flesh, he would
raise up Christ to sit on his throne;

31 He seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ, that his
soul was not left in hell, neither his flesh did see corruption.

1 Corinthians 15:50 - Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot
inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.


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The First Disciples

Luke 5:1-11, Matthew 4:18-22, Mark 1:16-20

We read these scriptures talk of the first disciples of Jesus that is Simon
(called Peter), Andrew (Simon's brother), James and John.

There are lots of misconception or misunderstanding of the early disciples
of Jesus which the Lord wants us to know of today. It is when we put all
the Gospel(s) together and align their flow according to their period of
writing that we get the correct picture and understanding of this matter.

Matthew and Mark were the first Gospel(s) and later the Apostles found
there was some work needed on these Gospel(s) so as to bring a clearer
understanding of Jesus' teaching and work, so they commissioned Luke to
write (Paul and others helped him). So we see the Gospel according to Luke
ties the loose ends of the other Gospel(s) and fills in where information
was missing. Like we see the list of names of all the Apostles is found in
Luke and not in other Gospel(s) (and in Acts - which is also written by
Luke).

The first person whom Jesus officially nominated as disciple was Simon (who
was name Cephas since Jesus spoke Aramaic and Hebrew to His disciples, the
name Peter a Greek word came into existence when the text were translated
into Greek). Along with Simon was his brother Andrew. We see James and John
were in the same fishing group of Simon and his brother so must have
dwelled nearby to Simon.

The Gospel does not say Jesus did not know them or they did not know Jesus.
If one studies both John and James were first cousins of Jesus more close
related to Him than John the Baptist. John the Baptist was son of Elizabeth
who was the cousin of Mary, while John and James were sons of Salome (real
name) / Mary (a nick name given unto her) the wife of Clephas (real name) /
Zebedee (nick name). Surely Jesus would have been known to them for we see
Mary kept in touch with her cousin Elizabeth so she would have surely kept
in touch with her real sister Salome before Jesus's birth and before His
ministry.

So we see the Lord had set Jesus (the man) to start from a base that He was
familiar with. We see even in the case of David the Lord had prepared him
for the battle with Goliath long before.

Another factor we need to clear is none of the disciples were illiterate.
Frist understand all of them were Jews and according to Jewish custom every
child (both boys and girls) has to study up to a certain age and were
required know to read the religious text. So all knew to read and write.
Another factor is during the time of Jesus and a time before His birth
there was peace in the land (one historian told me he could not trace any
major war in the whole world during this period). We know when there is
peace there is prosperity and when both of these exist people also prosper
in other areas like housing and education. This we see evident in the
preaching's of Jesus. When Jesus preached not only to His disciples but
even to the general public He did not speak to them as illiterate people
but spoke at level of being well informed and educated people (according to
their time).

Jesus Himself was well educated and was later called Rabbi (Teacher) for He
had studied scriptures as per Jewish law thus was allowed to preach in
Jewish Synagogues. One historian who studied the baptism of John (water
baptism) found it originated during the times of Esther; even the 40days in
the wilderness was another type of baptism which nominated a person to be
called Rabbi. That is why we see the first synagogue preaching of Jesus was
after He returns from the wilderness.

We see from this that even though Jesus and His disciple were spiritual
people yet they complied with certain factors which looked tradition or
worldly as far as they did not go against the principles of God. We see
they got themselves to an acceptable position for the people.

Paul also says with the Jews (under the law) he behaved like a Jew, with
those not under the law (Samaritans and gentiles) he behave like them. It
did not means he compromised with his beliefs or his relationship with God.

There are surely times when God does something supernatural or
extraordinary like in the case of John the Baptist, but normally God
requires us to have a common ground with the people of the world and being
acceptable to them.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord like Moses was drawn out of water You desire to draw us from amongst
the people. You desire we know and understand them so as to be in a better
position to minister to them. You have called us not to be foolish and
illiterate people but have knowledge wisdom and understand. You have called
us to have discernment, to know right from wrong, to not be filled with
worldly understanding but to be-aware and cautious of it. Lord let you
people know the necessity of education and to live in harmony with
everyone...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Matthew 4:18-22

Mark 1:16-20

1 Corinthians 9:19-23

19 For though I be free from all men, yet have I made myself servant unto
all, that I might gain the more.

20 And unto the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain the Jews; to
them that are under the law, as under the law, that I might gain them that
are under the law;

21 To them that are without law, as without law, (being not without law to
God, but under the law to Christ,) that I might gain them that are without
law.

22 To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all
things to all men, that I might by all means save some.

23 And this I do for the gospel's sake, that I might be partaker thereof
with you.

Mark 15:40 There were also women looking on afar off: among whom was Mary
Magdalene, and Mary [Jesus' mother] the mother of James the less and of
Joses, and Salome;

Mark 16:1 And when the sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary [Jesus'
mother] the mother of James, and Salome, had bought sweet spices, that they
might come and anoint him.

Matthew 27:56 Among which was Mary Magdalene, and Mary [Jesus' mother] the
mother of James and Joses, and the mother of Zebedee's children.

John 19:25 - Now there stood by the cross of Jesus his mother, and his
mother's sister (, commas not part of Greek text) Mary the wife of
Cleophas, and Mary Magdalene.

2 Timothy 4:11-13

11 Only Luke is with me. Take Mark, and bring him with thee: for he is
profitable to me for the ministry.

12 And Tychicus have I sent to Ephesus.

13 The cloke that I left at Troas with Carpus, when thou comest, bring
with thee, and the books, but especially the parchments.

Luke 4:14-16

14 And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee: and there
went out a fame of him through all the region round about.

15 And he taught in their synagogues, being glorified of all.

16 And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his
custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for
to read.

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Marriage business

Romans 7:3 - So then if, while her husband liveth, she be married to
another man, she shall be called an adulteress: but if her husband be dead,
she is free from that law; so that she is no adulteress, though she be
married to another man.

Yesterday there was this news from Indonesia which was viral on the
Internet. It was about a woman who was selling her house and she had
something unique to offer. She stated if the person who bought the house
pays the price she asked then she was willing to marry the person. So she
came with the house like the furniture. This woman who is a TV host
justified this decision due to her previous numerous failures to find a
good soul mate, for her this was a good way a soul mate. Now what was her
criterion for the soul mate? Only one, that the person was rich and could
afford her price.

We may have ill opinion of her but if we look at others in this world the
story is the same, only thing is she was candid in public.

People getting married on one hand are looking for persons with high
education, good job, a rich family etc. and on the other hand we have
people who look for cool dudes or beautiful girls, fashion or looks. These
marriages are based on lust of the flesh or worldly things yet they use the
term soul mates. How many checked with the ‘soul’ factor for that mate. As
a Christian how many have asked the Lord about the person being the right
person for them.

Christians lack understanding of marriage and this is because they lack
relationship with the Lord and knowledge of what their relationship should
be.

Marriage is not a law but a statute and is made to understand the Heavenly
relationship with the Lord else we would have been reproducing like
animals. If we do not follow this statute with honesty we will never know
true man and God relationship nor who or what we are going to be in Heaven
and what our relationship is going to be with the Lord there.

Paul does not use the term Jesus (the man) as the Head of the Church but
uses the term Christ as it Head and he also relates marriage as a Church,
thus putting Christ as Head also of an marriage. If we understand Church we
will understand marriage and if we understand marriage we will understand
Church.

If in Church we do not choose any deity as God then how can we select any
person to be soul mate? If we cannot change Gods (for there is only one)
then how can there be many soul mates?

Before the people of God did not have the Spirit of God thus there was no
true Church that is why people were allowed to have more than one wives
(polygamous relationship) but later after the Spirit of God was given to
the people (at Pentecost) we see without any ‘Command’ from God they
automatically started talking of monogamous relationship.

The Lord is asking us to introspect our relationship as married people and
also asking people who are thinking of marriage to understand what marriage
is and not make it a business deal. Business is done for money and marriage
is not business which is done according to worldly basis, for lust of the
flesh or things (money, fleshy love/ romance, worldly power/status/fear
etc.)

[Prayer Starter]

Lord You called the first union (coming to know each other) between a
person who knew You and his woman as marriage. Marriage is a covenant You
made and thus marriage is only between Believers, the people of the world
make contracts and these contract are made based on worldly factors. Lord
we pray your children do not define their relationship like the pagans of
this world do but do based on principles defined by You...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Matthew 19:8-12

8 He saith unto them, Moses because of the hardness of your hearts
suffered you to put away your wives: but from the beginning it was not so.

9 And I say unto you, Whosoever shall put away his wife, except it be for
fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery: and whoso
marrieth her which is put away doth commit adultery.

10 His disciples say unto him, If the case of the man be so with his wife,
it is not good to marry.

11 But he said unto them, All men cannot receive this saying, save they to
whom it is given.

12 For there are some eunuchs, which were so born from their mother’s
womb: and there are some eunuchs [officials], which were made eunuchs of
men: and there be eunuchs, which have made themselves eunuchs for the
kingdom of heaven’s sake. He that is able to receive it, let him receive it

Mark 12:25 - For when they shall rise from the dead, they neither marry,
nor are given in marriage; but are as the angels which are in heaven.

1 Corinthians 7:6-16

Ephesians 5:21-33

21 Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.

22 Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.

23 For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of
the church: and he is the saviour of the body.

24 Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to
their own husbands in every thing.

25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and
gave himself for it;

26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the
word,

27 That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot,
or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without
blemish.

28 So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth
his wife loveth himself.

29 For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth
it, even as the Lord the church:

30 For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.

31 For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be
joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh.

32 This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church.

33 Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even
as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband.


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To eat or not to eat

Acts 11:5-7

5 I was in the city of Joppa praying: and in a trance I saw a vision, A
certain vessel descend, as it had been a great sheet, let down from heaven
by four corners; and it came even to me:

6 Upon the which when I had fastened mine eyes, I considered, and saw
fourfooted beasts of the earth, and wild beasts, and creeping things, and
fowls of the air.

7 And I heard a voice saying unto me, Arise, Peter; slay and eat.

In India in the state I live which is Maharashtra, a law has been passed to
ban killing and eating of beef (cow or bullock) this has disturbed many
meat eaters. There are some who feel being vegetarian is good for health so
they feel this law is good. But as a Christian does this law affect my
practice of Christianity. You may feel this is a funny question to ask,
what has diet to do with being Christian.

If one reads Genesis when God created man and woman they were vegetarian
and were told to eat only of the plants and of the trees, in fact the first
profession of man was farming. We do not read any place in Genesis 1 to 3
man being told to kill and eat by the Lord, but we see in chapter 4 man is
consuming animal specially livestock. So when and where did man learn to
kill and eat meat.

We see when man sinned God covered them with skin of animal before banning
man’s access to Eden. To cover man with animal skin God had to kill an
animal and that animal flesh was not wasted, man was made them to consume
this animal and this was that first meat meal which man consumed and man
learned from this that the animal was for consumption. Adam shared this
experience with his sons and they started to breed livestock for food. We
see Abel understood more than Adam or Cain understood for when God asked
for a sacrifice Abel knew what God wanted. Abel knew why God killed the
animal and covered his parents with its skin, God could have made a
covering with plants like we make clothes today but God covered them with
the skin of the animal He killed. God by doing this executed the first
sacrifice. The animal took the wrath of their sin and the skin of the
sacrifice was a covering to save man from the wrath of God. God showed man
to sacrifice an animal so that man practices this and one day the ultimate
sacrifice would be made of the Son so as to cleanse man completely of sin.

We humans are non-veg because we are sinners and we need to learn to accept
the sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ. Eating meat is necessary because if
we do not eat meat then there is no way we can understand the term
sacrifice nor know what accepting a sacrifice means. It does not mean if I
do not eat meat I will not be a Christian. Paul says eating or not eating
meat is according to one’s faith. It requires strong faith to eat meat and
as one grows in faith and understanding one would not hesitate to eat
meat. In the start we eat meat for ourselves later we eat for others who
are weak in faith and for others to understand sacrifice.

Ideally we are called to eat the flesh of the animals which were selected
for sacrifice - livestock (goats, sheep, cows, bullocks) and birds. But we
see Peter struggled when it came to other animals for he did not know the
true understanding of why God called some animals as unclean.

When I inquired with the Lord, He opened my mind to the spiritual meaning
of some unclean animals showing it was not the animal which was unclean but
what they symbolized that was unclean. Some days back a Brother in the Lord
who is also a well-known Apologist at a meeting about Islam and
Christianity quoted text from Jewish scholars with regards to the symbolic
understanding of each criteria which God stated as an animal being unclean.
Even they knew that it was not the animal which was unclean for anything
like Jesus said eaten goes out as excreta and does not defile a person’s
inner-man, but things that come out of the heart of the person that can
defile him.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord, You are Spirit and Heaven is a Spirit place. Lord, You made us in the
flesh and allowed sin to enter us so that we overcome sin and be able to
overcome evil that is Satan and his evil army. Lord, You made the sacrament
of sacrifice so man would understand the consequence of sin and by
sacrifice You made a way for man to be saved from sin. Lord we thank You
for the sacrament of sacrifice. We pray Lord those who are weak in faith
will grow and overcome and know all that You created is good and has a
purpose in your plan for the salvation of mankind...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Acts 11:5-10

5 I was in the city of Joppa praying: and in a trance I saw a vision, A
certain vessel descend, as it had been a great sheet, let down from heaven
by four corners; and it came even to me:

6 Upon the which when I had fastened mine eyes, I considered, and saw
fourfooted beasts of the earth, and wild beasts, and creeping things, and
fowls of the air.

7 And I heard a voice saying unto me, Arise, Peter; slay and eat.

8 But I said, Not so, Lord: for nothing common or unclean hath at any time
entered into my mouth.

9 But the voice answered me again from heaven, What God hath cleansed,
that call not thou common.

10 And this was done three times: and all were drawn up again into heaven.

Genesis 2:15-16

15 And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to
dress it and to keep it.

16 And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden
thou mayest freely eat:

Genesis 3: 21 - Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats
of skins, and clothed them.

Genesis 4:1-5

1 And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said,
I have gotten a man from the LORD.

2 And she again bare his brother Abel. And Abel was a keeper of sheep, but
Cain was a tiller of the ground.

3 And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit
of the ground an offering unto the LORD.

4 And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat
thereof. And the LORD had respect unto Abel and to his offering:

5 But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very
wroth, and his countenance fell.

John 6:53 Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you,
Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no
life in you.

Roman 14:17-23

17 For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and
peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.

18 For he that in these things serveth Christ is acceptable to God, and
approved of men.

19 Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and
things wherewith one may edify another.

20 For meat destroy not the work of God. All things indeed are pure; but
it is evil for that man who eateth with offence.

21 It is good neither to eat flesh, nor to drink wine, nor any thing
whereby thy brother stumbleth, or is offended, or is made weak.

22 Hast thou faith? have it to thyself before God. Happy is he that
condemneth not himself in that thing which he alloweth.

23 And he that doubteth is damned if he eat, because he eateth not of
faith: for whatsoever is not of faith is sin.

Mark 7:15 - There is nothing from without a man, that entering into him can
defile him: but the things which come out of him, those are they that
defile the man.

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Desire spiritual gifts especially prophesy

1 Corinthians 14:1 - Follow after charity [love], and desire spiritual
gifts, but rather that ye may prophesy.

Someone had sent me a message on Whatsapp some time back stating every
verse in the Bible is a medicine and the Bible as a whole is a medical
store for all sicknesses.

Why am I bringing this up in today’s message? To understand prophesy you
need to understand this.

We need to be very clear any and everything that is concerning the
salvation of mankind in whole and in detail is already in the Bible, so no
one can and should add or remove things concerning salvation of mankind. So
when we prophecy things concerning salvation we do not state anything new
but state that which is in the Bible. The gift of prophesy would more be
stated as knowing which medicine [prophecy] from the medical store [Bile]
to use and when to use [state] it.

There are also things like personal prophecies [regarding oneself or a
small group of people or a country] which are like home medicine which the
Spirit of God will open unto you as and when time comes but theses too will
not go against Biblical prophecies.

Paul tells us to follow / pursue / run after love / charity but also pursue
spiritual gift and amongst the gifts primarily pursue the gift of prophesy.
A Christian is a person of God and God without power is no God so also a
Christian without power is no Christian. Spiritual gifts enable a Christian
to demonstrate the power of God. Among all these Paul says the gift of
prophesy is the strongest and that is something which is very true. The
gift of prophesy is more towards Believers and not towards unbelievers for
it helps build the Body of Christ therefore very important.

It is very important that the fruit of love is there in us before we pursue
spiritual gifts for without love these gifts can be misused and will land
up harming more than doing good (specially to the person who holds it, for
God does not take back what He gives thus He causes the gifts to destroy
the person who misuses it).

There were times which the Lord spoke to me on matters concerning people or
events and I have seem they shake people more than things like healing or
other spiritual gifts. To have the gift of prophesy one needs to have a
good knowledge of scriptures. At times I state to people about things to
happen on global level for I have quite a clear idea of timeline of events
in the Bible, it demonstrates to Believers that we indeed believe the true
God; it strengthens their faith.

The gift of prophesy is useful during times when people lack clear
understanding of scriptures for Bible says there will be a time when we
will not prophesy at all for all will have a clear understanding of
scriptures and if any person prophecies he or she will be put out of the
Kingdom of God or lose ability to go to Heaven (spiritual death).

[Prayer Starter]

Lord we pray we understand the importance of spiritual gifts and pursue
them, but at the same time without love these gifts can be destructive.
Lord we pray we grow in love and also grow in spiritual gifts. Your Word
says when we ask these gifts from You, You eagerly give us for You desire
to give good things to us. Lord we pray we grow more and more in the gift
of prophesy so as to guide mankind towards You...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Joel 2:28 “And it shall come to pass afterward,

that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh;

your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,

your old men shall dream dreams,

and your young men shall see visions.

1 Corinthians 14:22 - Thus tongues are a sign not for believers but for
unbelievers, while prophecy is a sign not for unbelievers but for believers.

Revelation 22:19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book
[plural] of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of
life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in
this book.

Jeremiah 11:21-23

21 Therefore thus says the LORD concerning the men of Anathoth, who seek
your life, and say, “Do not prophesy in the name of the LORD, or you will
die by our hand”—

22 therefore thus says the LORD of hosts: “Behold, I will punish them. The
young men shall die by the sword, their sons and their daughters shall die
by famine,

23 and none of them shall be left. For I will bring disaster upon the men
of Anathoth, the year of their punishment.”

Jeremiah 14:15 - Therefore thus says the LORD concerning the prophets who
prophesy in my name although I did not send them, and who say, ‘Sword and
famine shall not come upon this land’: By sword and famine those prophets
shall be consumed.

Jeremiah 23:16 - Thus says the LORD of hosts: “Do not listen to the words
of the prophets who prophesy to you, filling you with vain hopes. They
speak visions of their own minds, not from the mouth of the LORD.

Zechariah 13:1-5

1 In that day there shall be a fountain opened to the house of David and
to the inhabitants of Jerusalem for sin and for uncleanness.

2 And it shall come to pass in that day, saith the LORD of hosts, that I
will cut off the names of the idols out of the land, and they shall no more
be remembered: and also I will cause the prophets and the unclean spirit to
pass out of the land.

3 And it shall come to pass, that when any shall yet prophesy, then his
father and his mother that begat him shall say unto him, Thou shalt not
live; for thou speakest lies in the name of the LORD: and his father and
his mother that begat him shall thrust him through when he prophesieth.

4 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the prophets shall be
ashamed every one of his vision, when he hath prophesied; neither shall
they wear a rough garment to deceive:

5 But he shall say, I am no prophet, I am an husbandman; for man taught me
to keep cattle from my youth.


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Hate and love a part of being Christian

Amos 5:15 - Hate the evil, and love the good, and establish judgment in the
gate: it may be that the LORD God of hosts will be gracious unto the
remnant of Joseph.

Since yesterday evening I had two crazy experiences or I would say I have
being igniting the inside out of people. Yesterday and today I had
encounters with 2 elderly men which is connected to the message today and
lets us understand it well.

Yesterday I was talking to one very elderly person who was complaining of
many ailments. While I was talking of his ailments he was listening to me
very keenly (which he rarely does) but the moment I quoted scripture he
immediately removed his hearing aid and started complaining about it. I
waited but he did not want to put it back. He fidgeted with it for quite a
while and I waited very patiently and at the end he kept it before him and
kept looking at it and I was looking at him. He realized I caught his
mischief and he smiled but did not put it back for he was Catholic to the
core.

Today in the early morning as I went to drop my mother I met another
Catholic elderly person who was walking with earphones in both his ears. I
though he was going to his church so I called out to him to give him a lift
in my car, but even after calling him loudly many a times he did not
respond so I wave my hand and he responded to me and I told him smilingly
to keep one ear free when he is walking in the street (he was actually
walking on the road which was dangerous). But I was in for a big surprise
for he just snapped at me angrily saying as a Man of God I should not judge
people. I was shocked for it was months since I met him (though I meet his
wife many a time and she is a Believer) and I do not remember correcting
him or ministering him for I knew he was not willing to listen.

In today's message the word translated as evil also means wickedness and
mischief. We also need to remember among the twelve sons of Jacob it was
Joseph alone who did not return to the Promised Land for he opted to stay
back in Egypt, only his bones did, similarly we see among the twelve
disciples of Jesus only one of them got counted out from receiving the Holy
Spirit (who enables us to enter the true Promised Land - Heaven).

In today's message the Lord tells us we are called to hate and also love.
We are called to hate evil, wickedness and mischief as we are called to
love goodness, holiness and agreement (peace between God and man).

We see many people call themselves 'Christians' for they think loving God
and religion makes them Christian. No person can be a Christian unless he
or she hates and love, and that too hates evil, wickedness and mischief but
loves goodness. If we do not hate we will never overcome and if we do not
overcome and we will never be His true disciples for He overcame.

Both the people I spoke of are gem of people according to worldly
standards. They have always helped people and I have never heard of them
hurting any person. Both have great respect in society and all people will
speak very well of them. Both of them know who I am and how my words
disturb them inside when I quote the relevant scriptures to them. Both we
see love goodness but do not hate evil, wickedness and mischief therefore
evil has become a part of them with a cover of goodness over them. They
fail to understand God does see the outside but sees the inside.

Evil is one thing that rarely shows on the outside unless a person is
overflowing with evil. Mostly evil will be inside and a cover of goodness
will be on the outside. Unless we do not hate evil we will not be able to
remove it from within us.

Let us remember a Christian is a soldier from within first and his first
battle field is himself. It is only when he starts to have victory within
him, will he be able to help others to have victory. Jesus said He overcame
therefore we can always look for help from Him. If we to want to be like
Him and help others, let us too overcome.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord, when You created us we were made in your Image and there was no
restriction for us to enter Heaven. But sin corrupted us and we were
restricted in this flesh so we cannot enter Heaven. Lord Jesus You can as
man but You overcame and proved this to us by your transfiguration and your
resurrection. Lord You are love and You show patience but that does not
mean You tolerate evil. When You came You said You did not come to judge
but You warned the next time You come You will judge all mankind and you
judgment will be harsh and true. Lord help to realize unless we do not hate
evil we will not overcome it and we will not be able to part of You...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Amos 5:14-18

14 Seek good, and not evil, that ye may live: and so the LORD, the God of
hosts, shall be with you, as ye have spoken.

15 Hate the evil, and love the good, and establish judgment in the gate:
it may be that the LORD God of hosts will be gracious unto the remnant of
Joseph.

16 Therefore the LORD, the God of hosts, the Lord, saith thus; Wailing
shall be in all streets; and they shall say in all the highways, Alas!
alas! and they shall call the husbandman to mourning, and such as are
skilful of lamentation to wailing.

17 And in all vineyards shall be wailing: for I will pass through thee,
saith the LORD.

18 Woe unto you that desire the day of the LORD! to what end is it for
you? the day of the LORD is darkness, and not light.

John 16:33 - I have said these things to you, that in me you may have
peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have
overcome the world."


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Church help and obligation

Matthew 23:16 - Woe unto you, ye blind guides, which say, Whosoever shall
swear by the temple, it is nothing; but whosoever shall swear by the gold
of the temple, he is a debtor!

In top companies today even though they pay big packages here in India, yet
when they take freshers out of colleges they make them sign bonds to work
for a minimum number of years and even take a large amount as guarantee,
which gets forfeit if they break the bond.

You may wonder why I am talking of this in today’s message. Today’s message
may seem something else but actually is about this.

To understand this message properly we need to understand 3 words used here
- swear, gold and debtor.

The word ‘swear’ means a promise or vow or oath or affirmation. This means
it varies from assurance to oath.

The word ‘gold’ does mean precious metal but in Greek it comes from the
root word which means to receive. That is why Jesus uses the word ‘debtor’
over here which means someone in debt or someone who owes, for He did not
specify the metal but more towards receiving.

Here we see Jesus was not talking of vain mentioning of a shrine or the
Church when people express awe or any strong reaction. Jesus was speaking
here to the Jews and not to pagans so He did not talk of pagan shrines or
idols here nor referred to the Commandment ‘thou shall not take the Name of
the Lord thy God in vain’ for He does not say the word 'sinner' but the
word 'debtor'. Also note He was talking to mote of the leaders of the
Jewish Church (the scribes and Pharisees).

This message is not only for Jews but also for Christian and is very valid
for Churches today. We see Church leaders have great hold on people of the
Church specially those who are receiving financial help or any kind of help
from the Church or its members. I have seen these people are unable to make
their own decision and they would never cancel or postpone their daily
routine activities of the Church even if there is an important work
connected to the Kingdom of God and its people.

The word kingdom refers to the ruler and his or her rule. Here we see
people are not obligated to the Kingdom of God but are obligated to the
leaders of the Church or the institution for the Church leaders or the
institution has taken the place of God in their lives.

The Lord is expressing woe in other words grief to people who lose the
purpose and lift the means over the purpose. Means to achieve something is
very important but then the purpose is more important than the means. That
does not mean that people can compromise the means to get the purpose, here
the Lord refers to the Body of Christ thus we cannot use unholy means to
achieve the purpose.

We need to know our purpose and reschedule our priorities and importance
when it comes to serving the Kingdom of God. We need to understand the
things that come from the Body is coming from Him who is its Head and not
the members of the Body, therefore our obligation is to Him alone and not
to its members or the temporary leaders He has appointed.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord, the Church is called your Bride and also your Body, we pray your
people understand this and know there is not difference between the 2. We
pray the leaders understand that they are not the head of this Body but You
alone are the Head. We pray Lord your people know that they are just the
vessel and You alone are the provider and it is only when they acknowledge
You as their provider they will stop lacking in their receiving...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Matthew 23:15-24

15 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and
land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more
the child of hell than yourselves.

16 Woe unto you, ye blind guides, which say, Whosoever shall swear by the
temple, it is nothing; but whosoever shall swear by the gold [receiving] of
the temple, he is a debtor!

17 Ye fools and blind: for whether is greater, the gold [receiving], or
the temple that sanctifieth the gold [receiving]?

18 And, Whosoever shall swear by the altar, it is nothing; but whosoever
sweareth by the gift that is upon it, he is guilty.

19 Ye fools and blind: for whether is greater, the gift, or the altar that
sanctifieth the gift?

20 Whoso therefore shall swear by the altar, sweareth by it, and by all
things thereon.

21 And whoso shall swear by the temple, sweareth by it, and by him that
dwelleth therein.

22 And he that shall swear by heaven, sweareth by the throne of God, and
by him that sitteth thereon.

23 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of
mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the
law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to
leave the other undone.

24 Ye blind guides, which strain at a gnat, and swallow a camel.

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Love is not said but exercised

John 14:21 - He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that
loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will
love him, and will manifest myself to him.

In today's world we have lots of vocal Christians. They express their
Christianity in words but do not show their belief in action or in their
living.

In today's message God clearly says He does appreciate talkers but
appreciates doers. He tells us if we claim we love Him then He desires to
see this love in our lives. God is telling us if we say we love Him then we
should abide in His Commandments.

When the word Commandment is used all think only of the 10 Commandment.
They conveniently forget or avoid all the other Commandments which are
written in the Old and New Testament, especially 'go and give the Gospel to
all the nations', 'baptise people in the Name of the Father, Son and
Spirit', etc.

Some would state those were given to the Apostles, to them I ask where did
the Lord give the Ten Commandments to us, it was given to the Israelites so
why keep them too.

We should stop thinking we can outsmart God or hoodwink Him. Every
Christian is a man or woman on mission. He or she has one mission to
overcome one's self and the other mission to bring the lost sheep of the
Lord to His sheepfold. We cannot be complete Christian if we do one mission
and not do the other.

Let us not try to fool God by our words but let us exercise them and show
in action.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord You know it is impossible for man to overcome sin and keep the
Commandments that is why You gave us your Spirit and also gave us a
mission. You know it is only through our relationship with your Spirit and
our love for our brethren we will be able to overcome sin and death. Lord,
help us realise your love in us builds us like reaching out to our lost
brethren helps us become stronger. We pray You give us the courage to show
our love for You...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

John 13:34 - A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another:
just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.

Matthew 28:19-20

19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the
name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,

20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I
am with you always, to the end of the age.”

James 1:23-27

23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man
who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror.

24 For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was
like.

25 But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and
perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be
blessed in his doing.

26 If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but
deceives his heart, this person's religion is worthless.

27 Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to
visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained
from the world.

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Being one, staying one

Philippians 2:3 - Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in
lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.

Yesterday we had received Philippians 2:2 which tells us how to become one
and today we received Philippians 2:3 which tells us how to stay one.

Yesterday we saw to become one we need to walk, work or move in our
thinking in our attitude on the 3 factors like a group of soldiers on a
parade. If we look at each soldier even if they are dressed in the same
uniform yet each is would be different, in looks, or in height, or in built
etc. but when they march lifting their hands and legs to that same height,
keeping the same body position they look as one body.

In today's message the Lord wants us to understand how to keep the sync and
the rhythm with others, like a person in the parade drill.

There are some words which Paul points out to in today's scriptures -
strive, vainglory, lowliness of mind and esteem others better than oneself

Getting to the Greek words that are translated to these and their root will
give us better understanding of what Paul advised.

The Greek word 'eritheia' is translated as strife in other words
contention. It comes from the root word 'erethizo' which also means to
provoke. So the word does not necessary mean to fight or anger someone but
means to get adverse reaction. So Paul tells us to moderate ourselves in
our thinking, in our lifestyle, in our behavior when we interact with
others as a body.

The Greek word 'kenodoxia' is translated as vainglory also means empty
pride. Pride in simple words means being someone that one isn't and
reacting from that position. One can have faith or can aim to be someone
but that does not mean we start behaving with others as if we already are.
To build faith we are called to believe and receive but this exercise is
towards ourselves and not towards others.

The Greek word 'tapeinophrosune' translated here as humility is made of 2
words one which means 'to be humble' and the other 'to understanding'.
Being humble does not mean to think less of one's self; being humble means
to know one's limitations. Humility in other words means to understand we
are limited and there is much more than us, so based on this understanding
we interact with others.

The Greek word 'hegeomai' translated as esteem actually means to lead. Thus
we see the words 'esteem other better than themselves' actually means to
lead others to a better or higher position than ourselves. It is about
lifting people up without lowering ourselves.

So we see like in a parade a person needs to be aware of one's limitation
and the limitation of others but still need to meet the minimum requirement
so that all their hands and feet are lifted to the same level and to the
same timing. The timing is all according to the beat of the drum. They keep
practicing on these factors so to be perfect. So also our fellowship with
others should be with consideration with our limitations and other's
limitations while keeping with the Law of God.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord, everything You made here is so as to understand things which are
hidden. Lord, You desire us to be one and learn to be one for in Heaven we
will be one in You. Lord we pray we understand ourselves and understand
others so that we work together as one body, a body that grows together and
glorifies You...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

John 17:9-11

9 I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast
given me; for they are thine.

10 And all mine are thine, and thine are mine; and I am glorified in them.

11 And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I
come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name which thou hast
given me, that they may be one, as we are.

Romans 12:3-8

3 For I say, through the grace that was given me, to every man that is
among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but
so to think as to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to each man a
measure of faith.

4 For even as we have many members in one body, and all the members have
not the same office:

5 so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and severally members one
of another.

6 And having gifts differing according to the grace that was given to us,
whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of our faith;

7 or ministry, let us give ourselves to our ministry; or he that teacheth,
to his teaching;

8 or he that exhorteth, to his exhorting: he that giveth, let him do it
with liberality; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that showeth mercy,
with cheerfulness.


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Being one

Philippians 2:2 - Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same
love, of one accord, of one mind.

Just 2 days back a young pastor had visited my place and we had a long talk
of the things that are happening in the Churches today and also of other
religions and their effect on our churches. There were some areas we had
differing viewpoints but one of the main issues we both agreed on totally
and that was that Churches' growth were affected because Christians were
not of one mind, one understanding and of one vision (purpose).

We have heard many preachers talk about being one but they fail to specify
what this oneness is and how this oneness is to be achieved.

People think they need to be thinking on the same track, believing the
same, do the same things to be one, which we know is impossible for any 2
humans to do all these. Even if you find 2 persons looking alike in every
possible way yet, inside they would not be alike. Even if we look at the
Apostles they too were not all on the same ground every time, they did have
differences between them and also they did things differently, yet we see
many a time they came together with one mind and one understanding.

In today's message Paul writes to the Philippi Church of being one but he
specifies how this oneness can be achieved and on what grounds. Paul says
they be likeminded (2 Greek words are used here 'autos' which here means
'same' and 'phroneo' which means 'thinking'). So we see it is not about
what they are that is same but the process that they take (thinking) which
is the same. Now we note Paul talks of 3 important factors that bring this
thinking to oneness.

1) Love - the Greek word used here is 'agape' which means love but defined
as 'God kind of love' because true love builds that is why we see in some
translations it is also translated as 'charity' and not love. Being of one
love or one charity means working towards the same aim of building and
prospering the person or purpose without any self-interest.

2) Accord - the Greek word used here is 'sumpsuchos' which is made of 2
words 'sun' which means 'with' or 'accompanying', and the word 'psuche'
which means 'soul'. Soul is unique to each person so no 2 persons can have
the same soul. Paul does not talk of them changing the person inside to be
same but talks about putting on the nature and character of a common person
so that they are of one soul. It is about being the same person or behaving
like the same person (here refers to Christ).

3) Mind - the Greek word comes from the root word 'phren' which means
understanding. We all have different intellectual power and ability and
knowledge so it is impossible for 2 persons to be of the same equal mind.
Here it refers to the common understanding between people and not all being
same. This is one great problem because of which people pull each other
down in Churches. If anyone knows more, then they are termed as heretics or
having false doctrine. People need to understand if the basic fundamental
belief is accepted then everything else should be discussed and debated
until the difference is cleared. It is only when we do that our common
understanding grows and we become more and more one in mind.

Let us know we all are different and yet we are called to be one. So let us
not target to change people to be like us or we become like someone else.

To be one we need to be of one purpose love / charity which builds, we need
to imitate Christ and behave like Him in that situation, we need to find
the common platform of our understanding and work from that platform.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord we pray You teach us to be one so that we are blessed more and more in
You. Teach us to know to love like You loved. Lord Jesus teach us to be
like You and imitate You in situations. Lord help to find the common
understanding among ourselves so that with that common understanding we
move ahead in things that are common between us. Lord, may we be one like
You are one...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Philippians 2:1-8

1 If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love,
if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies,

2 Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of
one accord, of one mind.

3 Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of
mind let each esteem other better than themselves.

4 Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things
of others.

5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:

6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with
God:

7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a
servant, and was made in the likeness of men:

8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became
obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.

Acts 2:41-47

41 So those who received his word were baptized, and there were added that
day about three thousand souls.

42 And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and fellowship,
to the breaking of bread and the prayers.

43 And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being
done through the apostles.

44 And all who believed were together and had all things in common.

45 And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing
the proceeds to all, as any had need.

46 And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in
their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts,

47 praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added
to their number day by day those who were being saved.


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Love of man or love of God

Acts 5: 8 And Peter answered unto her, Tell me whether ye sold the land
for so much? And she said, Yea, for so much.

The story of Ananias and Sapphira is similar to the story of Adam and Eve;
you may wonder what I am trying to say, let me explain.

When Adam and Eve were made and were without sin they had access to the
Garden of Eden / Paradise and were blessed in every way, so much so they
were like (same as) Sons of God (Angels). God told Adam directly and Eve
(through him) not to eat of the Tree of Good and Bad which was in Paradise.
God was testing man to see if he trusted Him or not. God knew the result
and yet allowed it for God had greater plans for man for we see through man
evil is overcome and later in book of Revelation there is no Tree of Good
and Bad in Paradise.

Man knew all that God created was good for everything that God created He
said it is good, so man by eating of the tree was keen to know 'the bad'.

If we see the only thing bad that existed at that time was Satan who had
gone against the plans of God (light) and bought darkness into existence.
So we see indirectly by eating of the Tree of Good and Bad (doubt) man
wanted to know Satan. Man was innocent of Satan but God the Son knew for
the Angels were part of His Heavenly Body (the Divine Heavenly Temple), so
by eating of the tree man came to know corruption. Man was lower than the
Angels for even though he in spirit was like the Angels but existent in the
body of flesh, so when he became corrupt (lost the Image of God / Son-ship)
he got restricted in the body of flesh and was restricted from access to
the Tree of Life so that he does not live forever in that corrupt body (by
transfiguration Jesus showed He was not restricted to the flesh and He had
overcome the flesh).

We see Adam knew God had forbidden him to eat of the Tree of Good and Bad
and he had instructed Eve on this. But when Eve became shaky, Adam due to
his love for Eve did not rebuke her but gave into her weakness. In today's
message we see the same situation between Ananias and Sapphira who for the
'love' between each other compromised with God and since God had given much
to them spiritually therefore their judgment came quickly and hard.

Our previous message was about loving our neighbor but today God says this
love should not be misled love (lust or passion or appeasement). True love
builds and edifies but misled love being not based on truth may please but
eventually leads to destruction or vanity (futility).

We see in the Bible Lexicon the Greek word 'Agape' is defined as 'God kind
of love' and 'Agapao' is define as human love, anyone who knows basic
Greek will tell you both these words are the same only one is a conjugation
of another (Agape means 'love' and Agapao means 'I love'). Before the Lord
came as man, man did not know true love, it was through Jesus alone mankind
came to know the meaning of true love.

Let us understand by pleasing people we do not truly love them. If we love
them our words and actions should edify them. It does not mean we need to
rebuke people left and right. We see Jesus knew much but was patient and
slow by slow, step by step started building His disciples. He knew all what
He did as man would not be complete and it was only via the Holy Spirit
they would be truly built.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord, man did not know love until You came as man and showed us the true
meaning of love. Lord we pray we do fool ourselves by pleasing people
thinking we are expressing love. Lord, guide us in all understanding of the
truth so that we know true love for without knowledge and understanding we
cannot really love others. Lord, let us know even whatsoever we do is not
sufficient and it is only through your Spirit we can truly love others.
Holy Spirit, correct us in our relationship with others and teach us to
truly love others...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Acts 5:8-10

8 And Peter answered unto her, Tell me whether ye sold the land for so
much? And she said, Yea, for so much.

9 Then Peter said unto her, How is it that ye have agreed together to
tempt the Spirit of the Lord? behold, the feet of them which have buried
thy husband are at the door, and shall carry thee out.

10 Then fell she down straightway at his feet, and yielded up the ghost:
and the young men came in, and found her dead, and, carrying her forth,
buried her by her husband.

Genesis 1:31 - And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it
was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.

Genesis 2:16-17

16 And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden
thou mayest freely eat:

17 But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat
of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.

Genesis 3:1-7, 16-17, 22-23

1 Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the
LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall
not eat of every tree of the garden?

2 And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the
trees of the garden:

3 But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God
hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.

4 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:

5 For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall
be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.

6 And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was
pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took
of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her;
and he did eat.

7 And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were
naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.

16 Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy
conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall
be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.

17 And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of
thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying,
Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow
shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life;

22 And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know
good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the
tree of life, and eat, and live for ever:

23 Therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till
the ground from whence he was taken.

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The Royal Law - love thy neighbor as thyself

James 2:8 - If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, Thou
shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well:

The best way to know the person's understanding is to observe what the
person does. People may speak many things and we may assume many things
from their words but when we observe what they do we come to know exactly
what they have understood of the words they spoke.

Jesus advised to hear the Pharisees but not to do what they did. Jesus knew
these people called themselves as learned men of the scriptures but yet
they had no understanding of them.

Today's message talks of the royal Law 'love thy neighbor as you love
yourself' and to understand what the word neighbor means we need to reflect
on the parable of good Samaritan and observe the life of Jesus and the
Apostles as recorded in the Bible.

The term Jews means people who are from Judah. This term came into
existence after Israel was split into southern Israel called Judah and
northern Israel called Israel. The people of Judah considered themselves
true Israelites, their capital city was Jerusalem. The people of Northern
Israel had Samaria as their capital city and were thus termed as Samarians.
They too considered themselves as the true Israelites (God's promise
people) thus there was a perpetual fight between the Jews and the
Samarians. When these regions came under the rule of the Romans people were
not classified according to place of dwelling but known as Jews or
Samarians according to the traditions they followed. So we see both were
Israelites but were separated by their traditions and this difference was
not small, history records they fought in temples and even killed each
other many a times.

In the parable Jesus shows how a person who was a Samarian, who was
considered an enemy was the one who went out of his way to help a Jew who
was robbed, beaten and left to die on the road. There were many other Jews
who passed including religious people they all noticed yet did nothing.

We also see Jesus and the Apostles were never oriented to any region, or
race or people on any religion. They spoke to all kinds of people and
ministered to everyone. Jesus did less of reaching out to other people
because the promise of God was first given to the Israelites (Hebrew
speaking people) and since they rejected it was given to the remaining
people of the world (Hellen / Greek speaking people – because Greek was a
global language then like English is today).

The Greek word 'plesion' and Hebrew word 'shaken' translated as neighbor
means near. In OT the term inhabitant is also used for the word 'shaken',
in Greek it was also referred to someone close like a friend. But we see in
the NT, according to Jesus and the Apostles they did not measure nearness
by place, race or religion (traditions) of the persons. They were spiritual
men so they measured all things in spiritual terms.

The world is full of people although all are created by God yet all are not
His, only a few are. Those who are His are called His sheep and those who
say they believe in Him and called themselves as His are the goats. The
difference between the sheep and goats is that the goats do not abide in
His Word, for them Christianity is a religion and thus they do traditions
and rituals in the name of Christianity. Those who are His sheep have a
relationship and it is these who are His family and also the only ones that
will enter Heaven on Judgment Day.

Today's message calls the Law 'Love your neighbor as yourself' as the royal
Law because it summarizes almost all the Commandments of God and the
mission of every Christian in these few words. Jesus said to love our
enemies but said to His disciples (neighbors) 'love each other as I have
loved you'.

We as Christians as called to love everyone in this world but those who are
of the Lord we are to love with all our hearts and our lives like Jesus
did, that is why it sates as we love ourselves. Everyone knows how one
tries to protect one's life and one's well being and this should be our
attitude towards another Believer or lost sheep (even if he or she has not
yet come to know the Lord). When we do this we not only show love to the
Heavenly family but also acknowledge our love to the Head of the Family
that is God thus we keep the 2 Laws Jesus spoke of and indirectly all the
Laws given in the Bible.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord, You are love for man did not know love until You came as man and
manifested the true meaning of love. If it was not for your love man would
have no hope. Lord, we who have received your love even though we do not
deserve it; help us share this love unto others especially those who are of
the Heavenly family. Lord, we pray our eyes open to see the great and
mighty family we belong to, let our love for our family members grow more
and more...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Luke 10:29-37

29 But he, willing to justify himself, said unto Jesus, And who is my
neighbour?

30 And Jesus answering said, A certain man went down from Jerusalem to
Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment, and
wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead.

31 And by chance there came down a certain priest that way: and when he
saw him, he passed by on the other side.

32 And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked on
him, and passed by on the other side.

33 But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when
he saw him, he had compassion on him,

34 And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and
set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him.

35 And on the morrow when he departed, he took out two pence, and gave
them to the host, and said unto him, Take care of him; and whatsoever thou
spendest more, when I come again, I will repay thee.

36 Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbour unto him that
fell among the thieves?

37 And he said, He that shewed mercy on him. Then said Jesus unto him, Go,
and do thou likewise.

John 6:46-49

46 Which of you convinceth me of sin? And if I say the truth, why do ye
not believe me?

47 He that is of God heareth God's words: ye therefore hear them not,
because ye are not of God.

48 Then answered the Jews, and said unto him, Say we not well that thou
art a Samaritan, and hast a devil?

49 Jesus answered, I have not a devil; but I honour my Father, and ye do
dishonour me.

John 13:34-35

34 A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have
loved you, that ye also love one another.

35 By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love
one to another.

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Let your light shine

John 21:1 - After these things Jesus shewed himself again to the disciples
at the sea of Tiberias; and on this wise shewed he himself.

In today's message the Greek word translated as shewed is the word
'phaneroo' which means to make evidence or manifest.

We see Jesus made evident His resurrection by meeting people; the New
Testament talks of many people other than His close disciples who became
witness to His resurrection.

Today if you are blessed as a Christian and have experienced the power and
glory of God in your life the Lord is asking you what are you doing about
it. The Lord is saying are you meeting people and letting your testimony be
known to people. Are you letting the Lord be glorified for what He has done
or doing in your life.

When we give glorify to God for things that He has done we will surely see
more coming our way for our God is a God who prospers and grows from glory
to glory so He will do greater things.

A Christian without a testimony is like a candle that is not burning, life
without purpose. If you have had an encounter with the Lord surely you
would have experienced His power. Bible says at the end His people overcame
evil and came to Him by His sacrifice, the power of His Word and their
testimony. Everything else His does, He provides, the only thing that is
ours is our testimony, so you can understand how powerful our testimony is.

Our testimony is powerful like the resurrection of Jesus Christ gave
boldness to His disciples who had returned to their back way of life. But
when they encountered Him again and again they received boldness, so also
our testimony will give boldness unto others to proclaim the Kingdom of
God. So let us not testify not just once but again and again.

Do not let your light covered instead lift it high for all people to see
and the Lord be glorified.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord, You are Almighty God and nothing is impossible for You. We do not
experience your power regularly because we do not lift You up in our lives.
Lord we pray You give us boldness to share our testimony unto others so
that they too know You and be encouraged. Lord your Kingdom some and more
and more turn to life, unto light...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Prayer Starter]

Matthew 5:14-15

14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be
hid.

15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a
candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.

16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works,
and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

Revelation 12:11 - And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by
the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.


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Learning from examples

2 Timothy 3:14

14 But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been
assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them;

Human by nature has a desire to learn and grow in knowledge. Some may call
is curiosity and others may survival instinct that makes man to learn and
grow. Most of this learning is to do with the wellbeing of man in this
world, we as Christians know this world is temporary and the real world is
the spirit world. The time we spend here is like days and the time we will
spend in the real world will be like years or eras comparatively, so some
take it very serious to learn and grow in understanding of the world we
will enter into.

For Paul, Timothy was like a son who later grew in spirit and was called a
colleague by him. In today's message we read how Timothy was guided by Paul.

Paul says to Timothy it is good to learn from people but learn from those
who themselves have become an example. In the world one may be filled with
lots of knowledge and understanding and no one may not know but in the
Kingdom of God knowledge and understanding is like vitamin, proteins,
carbohydrates, minerals, etc. that build the spiritual body. There is no
way a person can say he or she has great knowledge and understanding of the
Kingdom of God and you do not see this manifest in their life or in
situations around them.

For a Christian his or her walk of faith starts with hope and then become
trust and this trust become faith and this faith finally blossoms into
authority. We know any person of authority would not live under bondage or
under suppression; he or she would have control of things and over
situations.

If we call ourselves Christians we need to look into the spiritual mirror
and see are we growing spiritually? If we are taking guidance from people
who put themselves as our spiritual leaders, let us see if it shows in
their lives, the way they live it, in their situations, in their
relationship with the Lord.

If a person says they love God, but if this loves does not show in their
relationship with God or in their doing God's work or towards God's people
then that person is a hypocrite. It is like a lean person with most of his
bones visible calling himself a bodybuilder, yet we have people who think
his muscles may be hidden somewhere.

No person becomes a Christian by doing good work like social work, helping
the poor, sick or people in need. A person becomes a Christian by faith,
doing the works of faith and such a person becomes instrument to do good
works, reaching to those in need or those suffering.

Let us look are our perfect example Jesus. He did not take the hungry or
sick home to tend to their needs and suffering, He multiplied bread and
fish and feed them, He healed the sick and those vexed with evil spirits
and sent them back. He taught them how He did it and told them they would
go far greater things then Him. He was a man of authority.

We have the Apostles to also look at who did the mission the Lord had set
them to but they did not ignore the physical needs of the poor and needy.
We see there in no scripture that talks of Paul doing social work. The
Apostles gave those who were growing in spiritual understanding or maturing
spiritually to do this work, they themselves did not divert their precious
time to social work.

So let us not look up to people doing good works as our spiritual guides
but look at people who manifest the love of God, the knowledge and wisdom
of God, the power and authority of the Lord in short the Fruits of the
Spirit.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord, there are many who call themselves leaders and shepherds of your
Kingdom even though they do not know You or have any understanding of your
Kingdom. They are like the officials (eunuchs) You warned of, people who
made themselves officials. They call themselves your representatives even
though You do not know them. There are also many who are still lambs and
are yet trying to lead others. Lord we pray your people discern the leaders
and do not perish due to this mistake...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

2 Timothy 3:14-17

14 But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been
assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them;

15 And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are
able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ
Jesus.

16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for
doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

17 That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good
works.

Matthew 19:12 - For there are some eunuchs, which were so born from their
mother's womb: and there are some eunuchs, which were made eunuchs of men:
and there be eunuchs, which have made themselves eunuchs for the kingdom of
heaven's sake. He that is able to receive it, let him receive it.

Matthew 23:15 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye
compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make
him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves.

Matthew 23:23 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay
tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters
of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and
not to leave the other undone.

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