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Post  Admin on Sun 04 Sep 2011, 8:55 am

Obey Your Leaders and Submit To Them (Heb. 13:17)

Zac Poonen

Where you have confidence in your local church-elders, it is easy to submit to them in all matters. But perhaps you do not have confidence in your elders. Then, you must distinguish between church matters and personal matters, so that you know clearly where you have to submit to your elders and where you don't have to.

Church matters:
Church matters include the conduct of the meetings of the church, the spiritual direction the church is going, the emphasis in the ministry of that church, the activities arranged by the church, etc., etc. In such matters, there must always be total submission to the directions given by the elders. This is not because you respect them as mature brothers, or because you have confidence in them, but just because they are the shepherds in the church in which God has placed you - provided you are sure that God has placed you there.

Jesus submitted to Joseph and Mary, even though they were imperfect and less mature than Him, because His Father had placed Him in their home. That was how He began opening the new and living way through His flesh - in Nazareth during His first 30 years.

We must never forget this fact that the first steps of the new and living way were opened by Jesus through submission to imperfect authorities at home. All the other steps came later.

You must never be the cause of strife in any church - for God hates those who sow discord among the brothers - however spiritual or zealous they may consider themselves to be (Prov.6:16-19). Rebellion against God-appointed leadership is always Satanic. It is the way of Korah (Jude 11; Numbers 16), and is always the result of pride and arrogance.
If, however, you are not sure that God has placed you in a particular church, then you must consider before God whether you should leave that church and join another one. But you must never stay in a church and create confusion there, for God will never tolerate that.

Neither should you be like a visitor in a church, eating the `food' there as you would in a restaurant, with no sense of responsibility. The church is not a restaurant, but a home. So you must commit yourself totally to some local church; otherwise, you will not grow spiritually. Remember, however, that you will never find an ideal church, for every church is imperfect. But, look for a church that is closest to the Word of God - as you understand it at present.

If you feel some time that you should bring in a new emphasis (that is lacking) into a church, then the proper way to do it is by first discussing the issue with the elder brothers, and then to do exactly as they direct. The improper way is to bring in your emphasis in the meetings by preaching the Word in contradiction to the direction set by the elders. If you disagree strongly with your elders in any matter, and feel that you cannot submit to their eldership, or if you feel that the elders are leading the church in a wrong direction, then remember that you are always free to leave such a church and start one of your own, with the emphasis that you feel is necessary and important.

If God is with you, He will bless you in your new step - as He blessed Martin Luther, John Wesley, William Booth, Watchman Nee and many others in many lands, through the centuries, who left their original churches and started new ones, under the direction of God. If, however, you are acting in your own stubbornness, and God is not with you, you will find yourself following in the footsteps of Theudas and Judas of Galilee (Acts 5:36,37) and many thousands of others in these twenty centuries of Christianity, who started new movements and ended up in confusion and frustration finally.

Personal matters:
Personal matters include matters such as what clothes you wear, how you spend your money, what sort of house you choose to live in, where or how you travel (by air or by train), what clothes you and your family members wear, what food you eat, what toys you buy for your children, whether your children play computer games or not, whether you allow your children to watch sporting events on a neighbour's television or not, what job you take, where you work, etc. In such matters, you have perfect freedom to do whatever you feel you should do. You don't have to obey or even consult your elders in such matters, if you don't have confidence in them. If you are in doubt about some such matter, you could even consult an older brother in another place, if you have more confidence in that brother than in your local elders. The final decision in such matters, however, is always yours. There is no rebellion in doing things differently in such matters, unless your elders feel that your conduct or your dress or your children are a stumbling-block to others in the church - in which case, you must be willing to listen to what they have to tell you about it.

The way of wisdom then is to distinguish between where you must submit to the elders in a church, and where you don't have to. A lack of confidence in your local elders does not mean that you are rebellious - for not all elder brothers are spiritually minded, and not all elder brothers necessarily inspire confidence. But if you end up submitting to no-one anywhere, then it is easy for you to become a law unto yourself, and thus become an easy target for Satan to knock off and destroy. May God help us all to walk in the way of wisdom at all times.
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Post  Admin on Sat 03 Sep 2011, 10:02 pm

John 15:5-9
English Standard Version (ESV)



5I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in Me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.



6 If anyone does not abide in Me he is thrown away like a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned.



7If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8 By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be My disciples. 9 As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in My love.
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Post  Admin on Fri 02 Sep 2011, 2:42 pm

Remember to take your vitamins every day

Anxious- Take Vitamin A
"All things work together for good for those who love God,
who are called according to His purpose." (Romans 8:28)

Blue- Take Vitamin B
"Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is
within me, bless His Holy name." (Psalm 103:1)

Crushed- Take Vitamin C
"Cast all your care on Him, because he cares for you."(1Peter5:7)

Depressed- Take Vitamin D
"Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you." (James 4:8)

Empty- Take Vitamin E
"Enter His gates with thanksgiving, and His courts with
praise. Give thanks to Him, bless His name." (Psalm 100:4)

Fearful- Take Vitamin F
"Fear not, for I am with you, do not be afraid,
for I am your God." (Isaiah 41:10)

Greedy- Take Vitamin G
"Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down,
shaken together, running over, will be put unto your lap; for the
measure you give will be the measure you get back." (Luke 6:38)

Hesitant- Take Vitamin H
"How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of
the messenger who announces peace, who brings good
news, who announces Salvation, who says to Zion,
'Your God reigns.'" (Isaiah 52:7)

Insecure- Take Vitamin I
"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."(Philippians 4:13)

Jittery- Take Vitamin J
"Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever."(Hebrews 13:8)

Know nothing- Take Vitamin K
"Know this that the LORD is God, it is He that made
us and not we ourselves. (Psalm 100:3)

Lonely- Take Vitamin L
"Lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age."(Matthew 28:20)

Mortgaged- Take Vitamin M
"My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is
made perfect in weakness." (2 Corinthians 12:9)

Nervous- Take Vitamin N
"Never, no never will I leave you nor forsake you." (Hebrews 13:5)

Overwhelmed- Take Vitamin O
"Overcome evil with good." (Romans 12:21)

Perplexed or puzzled?- Take Vitamin P
"Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the
world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be
troubled, neither let it be afraid." (John 14:27)

Quitting- Take Vitamin Q
"Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong."(1 Corinthians 16:13)

Restless- Take Vitamin R
"Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him." (Psalm 37:7)

Scared- Take Vitamin S
"Stay with me, and do not be afraid; for the one who seeks my
life seeks your life; you will be safe with me." (1 Samuel 22:23)

Tired- Take Vitamin T
"Those who wait on the LORD shall renew their strength,
they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall
run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint." (Isaiah 40:31)

Uncertain- Take Vitamin U
"Understand that I am (the LORD). Before Me no God was
formed, nor shall there be any after Me." (Isaiah 43:10)

Vain- Take Vitamin V
"Vexed with unclean spirits: and they were healed every one.(Acts 5:16)

Wondering what to do?- Take Vitamin W
"What does the LORD require of you but to do justly, and to love
mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?" (Micah 6:8)

Exhausted?- Take Vitamin X
"Exercise thyself rather unto godliness." (1 Timothy 4:7)

Yearning for hope?- Take Vitamin Y
"Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil; for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff,
they comfort me." (Psalm 23:4)

Zapped- Take Vitamin Z
"Zealous for good deeds." (Titus 2:14)
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The early church was married to poverty, prisons and persecutions.
Today, the church is married to prosperity, personality, and popularity.”
- Leonard Ravenhill

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What It Takes For God To Open Himself Up To You


"The man who goes forth in search of a heart-acquaintance with Jehovah will meet with Him in the way...God comes forth to all men, but He comes forth in a special way to all those who are pressing after an acquaintance with Himself." - Pulpit Commentary - Old Testament

"Would Israel, therefore, know all that God is, she must 'follow on' - must persevere in her new way. God would open Himself up to her in new manifestations of grace, suited to each step in her advance." - Pulpit Commentary - Old Testament

In Hosea 6:3, we read - "Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the LORD: His going forth is prepared as the morning; and He shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter and former rain unto the earth."

So many people are looking for an experience with God. They run from meeting to meeting - hoping to get a fresh touch or have a life-changing experience.

We are talking about Christians here. They are pursuing after something - and oftentimes, they really don't know exactly what it is.

The Prophet Hosea, in this verse, gives some clarity to what most Christians are searching for.

Let's study it in depth and see what truths Holy Spirit unfolds for us.

"Then shall we know..." - This verse refers back to verse I which says - "Come, and let us return unto the LORD..." So many are going no where in their relationship with God because there are thoughts, words, or deeds in their lives of which they need to repent. First and foremost, there must be a "returning unto the LORD" from all wrongdoing, apostasy, or idolatry. Any and all things that are placed before the Lord and His work must be cast aside. Nothing can be allowed to stand as His rival in our hearts.

"Then shall we know..." - After repentance, grace is poured out to improve in the knowledge of God. The saint will find himself continuing and increasing in the knowledge of Him...earnestly desiring to know more of Him...while eagerly pursuing or seeking after the means and methods to attain or improve to a greater degree or larger measure of this knowledge.

It is a Biblical truth that when God returns in mercy and favor to His people, He gives them more knowledge of Himself.

Isaiah 11:9 states - "They shall not hurt nor destroy in all My holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea."
Isaiah 54:13 says - "And all thy children shall be taught of the LORD; and great shall be the peace of thy children."
Jeremiah 24:7 says - "And I will give them an heart to know Me, that I am the LORD; and they shall be My people, and I will be their God: for they shall return unto Me with their whole heart."
Jeremiah 31:34 adds - "And they shall teach no more every man his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, Know the LORD: for they shall all know Me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the LORD: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more."

"Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the LORD" - The knowledge of God must be valued as the best knowledge. It must be esteemed as the great end of man's being - the thing which chiefly concerns him. Life...health... the advancement of one's family...the increase of one's fortune - although these are important in themselves - cannot be sought after or regarded as more important. The knowledge of God as found in the Lord Jesus Christ must be hunted after or zealously strove for. The whole man must be absorbed in this pursuit.

"Following on to know the LORD" is not a single effort but a sustained, urgent, strenuous, persevering, and persistent endeavor which issues forth into wonderful benefits or blessings. However, it is important to note that the lack of this pursuit of the knowledge of God has its evil consequences as well. This truth is implied in the following Scriptures:

Hosea 4:1 says - "Hear the word of the LORD, ye children of Israel: for the LORD hath a controversy with the inhabitants of the land, because there is no truth, nor mercy, nor knowledge of God in the land."
Hosea 4:6 says - "My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to Me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children."
Hosea 5:4 says - "They will not frame their doings to turn unto their God: for the spirit of whoredoms is in the midst of them, and they have not known the LORD."

"The spirit of whoredoms" causes a people to grow ignorant of the Lord. It causes them to pursue after every avenue of knowledge - besides the Lord and His ways. In turn, it causes God's rejection or ultimate abandonment of His people to their lustful, evil, or idolatrous ways. His mercy is quenched. The heavens become brass and there is no intercessor to stand in the gap for them because there is "no priest." All they are left to experience is His wrath and judgment.

On the other hand, blessedness is promised to those whose soul "follows hard after God" (Psalm 63:8) - who return unto Him and then grow continually in their knowledge of Him.

To every persevering seeker, God has promised a gracious visitation. This visitation is depicted in the Scriptures - using two attractive emblems - "as the morning" and "as the rain."

"Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the LORD: His going forth is prepared as the morning; and He shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter and former rain unto the earth."

"His going forth is prepared..." - The returns of His favor and the manifestation of His mercy are as fixed, firm, and certain as the rising of the sun and the refreshing showers. God will surely answer the cry of His people's hearts for more of Him. They can count on there being a relief after undergoing "a long night" that was dark, painful, and perilous. And after undergoing a period of drought and extreme spiritual dryness, they can be assured that there will follow a time of refreshing showers of blessing.

When man pursues God, he can expect God to then pursue Him. Those seeking after Him - desiring a greater knowledge of Him - can expect to have Him be revealed to them. This is certain to happen as the sun is certain to arise each morning.

God comes to all those who follow hard after Him. He comes full of the promise of the morning and full of the promise of refreshing. The dark night of guilt, sorrow, and despair dissipates in the light of His dawn. The "dry and barren land" gives way to beauty and fruitfulness at the appearance of His showers.

"...He shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter and former rain unto the earth" - In the land of Israel, there were two rains - the "former" and "latter" rains. The "former" were the darting, violent, or plentiful rains which fell from the middle of October unto the middle of December. This rain softened the ground for planting and sowing... prepared the earth for the seed...and fertilized the barren land. It fell right after the seed was sown and made it to germinate and the tender blade to spring up. The "latter" were the rains that fell in the latter half of February and during March and April - just before the harvest. This rain caused the ear to fill up, the growing grain to mature, and the fruit to perfect.

Think about what Holy Spirit is saying to you today. If you will return to the Lord - repent of all known sin - and then crave after a knowledge of Him, He will come unto you with the blessings of the "morning" and the "rain." His "goings" or visitation is "prepared" or sure. He will indeed visit you.

He will come to you as the "morning." In other words, your "darkness" or night will be turned to glorious light. All of your sorrow, pain, and gloominess will vanish at the appearance of His glorious light. The dawning of a new day will be your testimony. The past will roll away and give place to a brand new future - filled with hope, expectation, and excitement.

"...Weeping may endure for a night; but joy cometh in the morning" (Psalm 30:5).

He will come unto you "as the rain." At first, He will come and pour down on your heart with His violent rains - breaking up all fallowed or hardened ground of resistance toward Him. The "seed" of His Word will then be able to bring forth fruit an hundred-fold. He will come again unto you with His showers - this time bringing forth much fruit for His glory. You will reap a mighty harvest of blessings.

"Would Israel, therefore, know all that God is, she must 'follow on' - must persevere in her new way. God would open Himself up to her in new manifestations of grace, suited to each step in her advance."

God wants to open Himself up to you in new manifestations of grace. These manifestations are suited to each step in your advancement toward Him.

God is coming forth toward you right now "as the morning" and "as the rain." Your life can be totally changed and transformed for His glory as a result.

The question is - are you following on to know Him - are you seeking Him with all of your heart - are you craving for a knowledge of Him and His ways?

"The spirit of whoredoms" causes a people to grow ignorant of the Lord.

What is your excuse?
Why aren't you experiencing the visitation of the Lord that is promised to all who hunt after a knowledge of Him?
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THE HOUSE OF GOD MUST NOT BE A HIDING PLACE FOR EVIL DOERS. Jer.7:8-11. Behold ye trust in lying words, that cannot profit. Will ye steal, murder, and commit adultery, swear falsely, burn incense unto Baal and walk after other gods whom ye know not; and come and stand before in this house which is call by my name and say we are delivered to do all these abominations? Is this house which is called by my name become den of robbers in your eyes? The church of God must not be a hiding place for evil doers. The Church should be a congregation of saints not sinners. It’s very sad today that the church of the living God is been turned into center for evil and all forms of atrocities. OH MY GOD INTERVENE!!. Jer.23:14. I have seen also in the prophets of Jerusalem an horrible thing; they commit adultery, walk in lies; they strengthen also the hands of evildoers, that none doth return from his wickedness; they are all of them unto me as Sodom and the inhabitants thereof as Gomorrah. It is a pity today that Satan has filled many pulpits with his messengers, who pretend to be ministers of God and they give hope to the sinner that they will not be judged for their sins and wickedness. They say how can a loving God send you to hellfire just for telling lies, fornicating, divorcing, stealing they say that cannot happen. 2Cor.11:13-15. Ezekiel.13:23. “..They strengthen the hands of the wicked that he should not return from his wicked way by promising them life”. Repent now of your sins and Jesus will save you and set you free from sin. Mt.1:21. For ye shall call His name Jesus, for He shall save His people from their sins. REMEMBER BE YE HOLY, FOR I THE LORD YOUR GOD I AM HOLY. 1PETER.1:15-16. AND AS A BELIEVER BEWARE OF WHOM YOU LISTEN TO AND WHAT YOU READ BOTH ON THE INTERNET AND VERIOUS BOOK. BEWARE SO THAT YOU DON’T POISION YOUR SOUL WITH FALSE DOCTRINE.

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Post  Admin on Sun 28 Aug 2011, 2:53 pm

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When I say..."I am a Christian"
I'm not shouting "I am saved"
I'm whispering "I was lost"
That is why I chose this way.

...When I say..."I am a Christian"
I don't speak of this with pride.
I'm confessing that I stumble
And need someone to be my guide.

When I say..."I am a Christian"
I'm not trying to be strong.
I'm professing that I'm weak
And pray for strength to carry on.

When I say..."I am a Christian"
I'm not bragging of success.
I'm admitting I have failed
And cannot ever pay the debt.

When I say..."I am a Christian"
I'm not claiming to be perfect,
My flaws are all too visible,
But God believes I'm worth it.

When I say..."I am a Christian"
I still feel the sting of pain
I have my share of heartaches
Which is why I speak His name.

When I say..."I am a Christian"
I do not wish to judge.
I have no authority.
I only know I'm loved.
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written by Pastor SilasOVERCOMING SATAN’S GREATEST WEAPON OF DISCOURAGEMENT: Numbers.21:4-9. The greatest weapon in Satan’s arsenals is discouragement. He has used this on the small and the old, on the spiritual and carnal, on the saints and sinners. And whenever the devil uses this weapon on his victims and gets them it always results into calamities unless God intervenes. This is the reason we need to watch and pray so that we do not fall into the antics of Satan. 2Cor.2:11. Lest Satan should get an advantage of us; for we are not ignorant of his devices. (1) Discouragement makes people to take wrong decisions. (2) Leads people to despair and desolation. (3) It makes some to think of death only. (4) It leads some people to commit suicide. (5) It makes some others to feel alone and that everybody hates them and nobody understands and cares for them. (6) It makes others to stop prating, coming to church and reading their bible. They will say since I have been praying, going to church and reading my bible what have I gotten? (7) It makes others to forget all the promises of God, the goodness of God in the past and the faithfulness of God. They will begin to misuse their tongue like the children of Israel. They will speak against God, the pastor and the church of the living God. Some like Elijah will begin to pray negative prayer for God to take away their life, my prayer for you is that God will never answer all the negative prayer that you prayed against yourself. Isaiah.49:13-18. Cheer up brothers and sisters God love you whatever the situation today He will see you through. Ps.30:5. Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning. Never give up; your morning joy will soon break.. CAUSES AND CURE OF DISCOURAGEMENT: Dt.1:28; Numbers.13:25-33; Numbers.14:1-4; Numbers.21:4; Col.3:21. 1Peter.5:7-9. There are lots of things that cause discouragement we will only touch a few of them. (1) Listening to discouraging news and report. (2) Unrealized dreams and delay in answer to one’s prayer. (3) Threat from the enemy and intimidation from people you feel are stronger than you. (4) Wrong counsel from peer group which leads to defeat and loses. (5) Prolonged sickness and negative situation. (6) Mistreatment from parents and guardians. (7) Molestation, rape and denial of rights. (8) Disappointment from unexpected source or person. (9) Business failure and mountain of debts. (10) Shameful actions that leads to open scandal and humiliation. There is no need to take rash decision; come to God He will fix it up for you. 1Samuel.30:6. David found himself in a distressing condition but he encouraged himself in the Lord his God and at the end God fixed up for him, he was able to recover all that he lost. God will make you to recover all if you can cast your cares upon Him. 1Peter.5:7. Casting all your care upon Him, for He careth for you. Micah.7:7-8. Therefore I will look unto the Lord; I will wait for the God of My salvation, and my God will hear me. Rejoice not against me o mine enemy, when I fall, I shall arise, when I sit in darkness, the Lord shall be a light unto me. Ps.121:1-2. Your help will certainly come from above if you lift up your eyes unto the Lord. I’m praying for you, NEVER GIVE UP; NEVER GIVE UP; NEVER GIVE UP; IT SHALL SURELY BE WELL WITH YOU. YOU WILL GET OUT OF THAT SITUATION AND SURELY YOU PRAISE GOD AGAIN.
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written by connie.. for all you married couples

TO LOVE AND TO CHERISH

To love and to cherish, 'til death do us part
Is a sacred covenant, of the married heart
As before God, you pledge your vows
Trust in His love, which always endows
All that you need, the patience and strength
To make it through, each stormy length
When trials come and love seems to fade
Run to God, for He is your aid
Don't give up and turn on each other
Whether you're childless, or father or mother
Remember the time when love was enough
Forget about all the other stuff
Forgive each other and then move on
Don't rehash things dawn to dawn
Never give up, love will find a way
To make it through, the darkest day
Remember the covenant, made with your heart
Don't let yourself be torn apart
No matter what happens, or where you may roam
Remember the good times that you had at home
Come back to the love, rekindle it anew
Come back to each other, hear the gentle woo
For love is not just a feeling, it weathers the storm
Keeps going when things aren't quite the norm
For the sacred covenant of the married heart
Is to love and to cherish, 'til death do us part!!
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It Is The Last Time - Learn The Fear Of The Lord









God is calling His people as "little children" to come unto Himself.


The Scripture tells us -


"Come, ye children, hearken unto Me..." (Psalm 34:11)
"Hear Me now therefore, O ye children..."
(Proverbs 5:7)
"Hearken unto Me now therefore, O ye children..."
(Proverbs 7:24)
"Now therefore hearken unto Me, O ye children..."
(Proverbs 8:32)

It is a call from God to all those who are of a humble and teachable spirit - who are learners, scholars, and disciples. It is a call to all those who are modest...little in their own eyes...and most forward to receive instruction. It is a call for all to leave their "play," lay aside their "toys" and "sport," and occupy their minds with better pursuits.

God is calling His children to attend to what He is saying. He is giving instruction and is requiring from all a close attention of mind.

Proverbs 8:32-33 says - "Now therefore hearken unto Me, O ye children...Hear instruction, and be wise, and refuse it not." Listen so that you may be wise in that which is good...be wise unto salvation...behave wisely... and walk in wisdom towards them that are without.

To all who will "hearken" God promises to instruct, teach, and lead in the right way - "I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye" (Psalm 32:8).

What is He wanting to teach His children?

Psalm 34:11 says - "Come, ye children, hearken unto Me: I will teach you the fear of the Lord."


Why "the fear of the LORD"?

Psalm 111:10 says - "The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom..."
Proverbs 1:7
says - "The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge..."

But the Christian will not grasp this important teaching of "the fear of the LORD" unless he first "receive God's words," "hide His commandments with him," "incline his ear unto wisdom, and apply his heart unto understanding," "cry after knowledge," lift up his voice for understanding," "seek it as silver," and "search for it as for hid treasures." (Proverbs 2:1-5).

Why is it so crucial that the saint of God learn "the fear of the LORD"?
1 John 2:18 gives the answer - "Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time."

The Apostle John issued this alarm to all Christians in his day. How much more should this alarm be sounded in our day and time when we are facing the closing period of all time?

"Little children, it is the last time..."

What is peculiar about "the last time"?

"...Antichrist shall come..." - the one who stands against Christ...stands instead of Him... claims to be in His place... and opposes His person, doctrine, and kingdom.


"...even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time" - There are many corrupters of the truth who stand in opposition to Christ and His Holy Word.

Can we overcome this "antichrist" or the "many antichrists" who will seek to rival the Lord Jesus in the people's hearts and lives?
1 John 4:4 tells us - "Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world." Notice that the Apostle John addressed the saints as "little children." These are the ones who are born of God...taught of God...and anointed of God. These have embraced the truth...live under the influence of Holy Spirit...and are kept by the power of God. He dwells in therm and they in Him.

They have "the fear of the LORD" in their hearts which is the "beginning of wisdom" and "knowledge." They are the ones who are teachable and are great learners. They sit at the feet of Jesus and allow Him to teach them "the fear of the LORD." Resultantly, they have learned how to walk in "the fear of the Lord" - which is none other than walking in practical holiness. They are distinguished by their controlled tongue - which is free from all evil and guile...their separated walk - separated from evil and separated to good works... and their peaceable disposition.

"Come, ye children, hearken unto Me..." (Psalm 34:11)
"Hear Me now therefore, O ye children..."
(Proverbs 5:7)
"Hearken unto Me now therefore, O ye children..." (Proverbs 7:24)
"Now therefore hearken unto Me, O ye children..."
(Proverbs 8:32)
"Hear instruction, and be wise, and refuse it not"
(Proverbs 8:33)

What is God wanting to teach His children?
"Come, ye children, hearken unto Me: I will teach you the fear of the Lord" (Psalm 34:11).

Why "the fear of the LORD"? Because - "...it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time" (1 John 2:18).

It is by sitting at Jesus' feet as "little children" and allowing Him to teach you "the fear of the LORD" that you will be able to "overcome" "antichrist" and all "antichrists" who will dare to rise up in opposition to the Lord Jesus. There is no other way to overcome them.

If you do not learn to "fear the LORD" and Him alone, you will fear man and everything else that comes across your path.

It is imperative that you "learn" to "fear the LORD." That is the only way that you will end your race as an "overcomer."

"Come, ye children, hearken unto Me: I will teach you the fear of the Lord."

Are you coming?
Are you coming as a little child - a learner or disciple of Jesus?
Are you allowing Him to teach you "the fear of the LORD" - practical holiness - which manifests itself in a controlled tongue...a separated walk... and a peaceable disposition.
This is the only way to prepare yourself in order to confront or overcome "antichrist" or the "many antichrists" when they show up.

What a sobering thought this is!



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“The Death of a Great Nation"

“Jerusalem has sinned greatly and so has become unclean. All who honored her despise her, for they have seen her nakedness; she herself groans and turns away.”
Lamentations 1:8 (NIV)

The year was 586 BC. Judah had been destroyed, Jerusalem had fallen and the Temple lay in waste, burned and ransacked by Babylon. Jeremiah had warned of the impending disaster, but no one would listen.

It was unimaginable that something so horrible could happen to such a great kingdom like Judah. People had called her the favored nation. They called themselves “God’s elect.” Some say that they were defeated outright by a superior army. Others say that they simply imploded, the result of years and years of wicked greed, idolatry and sinfulness.

“Those who had experienced the horrors of defeat, disruption of the economy, and the ensuing famine and pestilence must have felt at times that God had abandoned them.” (Joel Drinkard, Jr., The Disciples Study Bible)

Jeremiah said they called out to their allies, but help did not come: “I called to my allies but they betrayed me. My priests and my elders perished in the city while they searched for food to keep themselves alive.” Lamentations 1:19.

In these circumstances there were few options:

They could give up on Jehovah and turn to the god of their captors.
They might decide that God no longer exists, and become atheistic.
Some might decide to overthrow their foreign captors by violence.
Or they could respond as Jeremiah suggested, by looking at the reason for their exile and work through it to overcome their own sin while seeking Jehovah’s forgiveness.

What we should learn from the tragic history of Judah is that a sinful nation will face the consequences of her sins. God does not take lightly a rebellious people upon whom He has bestowed great blessings and trusted with greater responsibilities. Failure to fulfill the calling of God upon our lives is a dangerous path to pursue.

The responsibility is squarely upon our shoulders, we cannot “pass the buck.” But there is good news, too. Our only hope is to confess and repent of our sins, and God will forgive us. “I called on your name, O Lord, from the depths of the pit. You heard my plea…You came near when I called you and said, ‘Do not fear.’ ” Lamentations 3:55-57.

GospeLines Prayer: Father, for such a time as this, give us leaders like Jeremiah who will speak the truth; and ears to hear, faith to believe, and courage to act. Amen and amen.

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A Prayer Burden

READ Nehemiah 2:1-8
Christians use the word burden in an unusual way. Instead of referring to a physical load, believers speak of a spiritual weight placed on their heart. In essence, "I have a burden for her" means "I feel an intense urge to pray for her."
God makes a believer's spirit heavy when He wants his or her attention focused on a certain matter. For example, He motivated an exiled Israelite, Nehemiah, to intercede for the Jewish remnant left vulnerable by Jerusalem's crumbling walls. The Lord already knew the Israelites' troubles, so He certainly didn't need this 1 man's prayers. The burden was for Nehemiah's good. Allowing God to use him as a conduit to help others boosted his faith. Nehemiah tapped into a reservoir of compassion while on his knees. So great was his love for his countrymen that he swallowed his fear & revealed the need to the Persian king.
Calling us to bear each other's burdens is 1 way the Lord strengthens His church. Human nature is such that we feel connected w/those we have helped. In a similar way, an invisible thread ties us to the people for whom we pray, even though they may never hear of our intercession. God knits these strands together so that many believers make up 1 whole, which He calls "the body of Christ" (Rom. 12:5).
EARLY LIGHT Our heavenly Father is looking for people willing to be burdened for their brothers & sisters in the Lord. I challenge you: make ourselves available to intercede on behalf of someone else. Blessing the body of Christ is an awesome privilege.

Preaching Like Peter

READ Acts 2:14-36
Peter's 1st sermon takes less than 3 minutes to recite. Sharing the gospel doesn't need to be complicated or lengthy. In fact, Peter's message contains a formula we can use to outline our own testimonies.
Preparation. The disciple relied heavily on the Scriptures to make his case for Christ. But Peter knew there was another important element - after being miraculously enabled to proclaim the gospel in multiple languages, he must have realized the significance of the Holy Spirit. No matter how persuasive a man's message is, only the Spirit can open the door to unbeliving hearts & minds.
The Savior's Credentials & Purpose. Peter identified Jesus as God's Son. He cited the "miracles & wonders & signs" that validate Him as the promised Messiah (Acts 2:22). Then the disciple made clear Jesus' foreordained mission on earth: to die for mankind's sin. Christ willingly submitted to the task assigned by His Father.
A Personal Invitation. Peter wasn't shy about convicting the hearts of his audience. "This Man . . . you nailed to a cross," he said (v. 23). The new preacher made sure listeners knew their responsibility in the Messiah's death, but then gave the exciting news that Christ was alive. Those who believed were invited to repent & be baptized in Jesus' name. No gospel message is complete w/o telling people how they, too, can be saved.
EARLY LIGHT Witnessing to others can be intimidating. But if we are prayerful & prepared, sharing our faith will be rewarding, regardless of the outcome.

Love is not a matter of counting the years, it's making the years count.
By William Smith

Love does not delight in evil but rejoices
w/the truth. It always protects,
always trusts, always hopes,
always perseveres.
1 Corinthians 13:6,7 NIV
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I will be moving house shortly and therefore I will not be sending out the devotions whilst in the midst of this, but they will return to sending them out as soon as I am moved and settled.

When I am settled, I will be sending out pictures of my new place and also the address and telephone number, so you can either write/phone or send a card to say welcome to your new home.

For those of you, who live in the UK or are ever likely to visit the UK. I invite you to call on me, my door is always open and would be happy to share fellowship.

If you are short of ministry during this time, please listen to the preaching from my home church and that of my pastor Mark Johnstone (he is top preacher!!!!!!) and others (such as Sandra, Nigel and Alan) , by clicking on the following link. I have heard all these sermons first hand and they are wonderful

http://www.heyshamfreemethodist.org.uk/all-sermons.html

My two websites will still be up and running and have 12 pages on each to help and encourage you in your walk with God.

http://www.ourchurch.com/member/k/keith/

http://www.ourchurch.com/member/f/faithhopelove/



I will be back soon, so please pray for me during this time. Please pray that the move goes well. I am also applying for the role as church worker at my home church, so please pray that God will open the door for me, if that is HIS will.

Thanks for all your love, support and prayers
Your friend and co -worker
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I promise that you will be in prayers during this time, please go onto the site as it will bless you and tell others.. please.. thanks

Thanks to all of you.. Love and God's richest blessing on you all



For your encouragement.
I am God--and not man!
(James Smith, "Rills from the Rock of Ages", 1860)


"I will not carry out My fierce anger, nor will I turn and devastate Israel. For I am God--and not man; the Holy One among you. I will not come in wrath!" Hosea 11:9

Thus spoke the Lord, when assigning a reason for not executing the fierceness of His wrath upon guilty and rebellious Israel. A God can do--what a man cannot; and a God can bear--what a man cannot. God always acts in accordance with the grandeur, glory, and greatness of His nature.
Every thought of His heart,
every word of His mouth, and
every work of His hand--
is worthy of Himself!

If we bear this in mind, it will . . .
fortify our minds,
strengthen our faith,
and comfort our souls.

Why does God not cut down the wicked immediately? Because He is God--and not man.

Why does He chasten His people so greatly, and allow them to suffer so much? Because He is God--and not man.

Let us meditate on this declaration of our God for a few moments.

"I am God--and not man," and therefore I am infinitely patient, and not soon moved to take vengeance upon My sinful and rebellious creatures!

"I am God--and not man," and therefore I am ready to forgive, and receive back the returning prodigal to My heart and home!

"I am God--and not man," and therefore I receive great sinners, taking to My heart, and putting among My children--such despicable ones as no one else would notice or regard!

"I am God--and not man," and therefore I pardon again and again, not only first offences--but repeated transgressions, forgiving and forgetting them forever!

"I am God--and not man," and therefore bear with such numerous affronts, such gross ingratitude, such inexcusable conduct--in My own people!

"I am God, and not man," and therefore I invite, entreat, and beseech such base backsliders to return unto Me, and prove the power and freeness of My forgiving love!

"I am God--and not man," and therefore I save freely, fully, and forever--such degraded, depraved, and desperate sinners, to the praise of the glory of My grace!

"I am God--and not man," and therefore I remain faithful to My promises and covenant engagements, amidst all the changes and faithlessness of My fickle people!

"I am God--and not man," and therefore I give such rich, costly, priceless gifts--to the poor, destitute, and unworthy sinners!

"I am God--and not man," and therefore I hear, accept, and answer, such poor, imperfect, and worthless prayers--which, no one else could tolerate, much less approve!

"I am God--and not man," and therefore I work such wonders--wonders in providence, and wonders in grace; wonders in the world, and wonders in the heart!

"I am God--and not man," and therefore, I have prepared such mansions, and will confer such a glorious kingdom--on sinners who have no claim upon Me, nor the least reason to expect any good thing from Me!

Yes, because He is Jehovah, and changes not--therefore we poor, sinning, changeable creatures are not consumed!

Believer, to you the Lord says, "I am God--and not man!" Therefore expect from Him as God--and act toward Him as God! He can do exceedingly and abundantly, above all that you can ask or think! Do not measure His heart by yours--but remember that as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are His thoughts higher than your thoughts, and His ways than your ways!
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Spiritual Deformity


"Too much of the good life ends up being toxic, deforming us spiritually." - David Goetz

"It is not scientific doubt, not atheism, not pantheism, not agnosticism, that in our day and in this land is likely to quench the light of the gospel. It is a proud, sensuous, selfish, luxurious, church-going, hollow-hearted prosperity." - Francis Chan

The other day while in prayer regarding this Message, the Lord "downloaded" some thoughts into my spirit that I would like to share with you.

Initially, He gave me three main Scriptures for my text - Revelation 3:17, 1 Peter 2:11, and Romans 12:2.

Revelation 3:17 says - "Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing..."
1 Peter 2:11 says - "Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul."
Romans 12:2 says - "And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind..."

What is needed in this day and hour is a change in the mindset of every Christian. There has been much "toxic" teaching that has infiltrated the Christian circles for years. And now - more than ever - there much be the cry of - "Stop the 'leaven' before it leavens the whole lump!"

So many have become lukewarm and halfhearted in their commitment to Christ. They have become so distracted by the things of this world. They want Jesus, but they also want a bunch of other stuff as well. They find themselves spending all their time, energy, money, and thought on the things of this world and the pursuit thereof.

They don't consider the "Kingdom of Heaven" as the only "treasure" that matters in this world. They don't consider it to be more valuable than anything they have. Consequently, they are not pursuing it with everything within them.

They may not outrightly say it with their words, but their entire attitude is - "I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing." And, sad to say, whether they realize it or not - that last phrase includes God as well! Their actions show that they don't really need Him much either!

Let me quickly interject here that this message is in no way condemning the rich! If God has endowed you with great riches, you already know that you are blessed to be a blessing unto others. No one has to tell you that. You have been given a stewardship, and 1 Corinthians 4:2 plainly states - "Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful."

However, this message is dealing with the mindset that so many - in these Last Days - have adopted, which is - "I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing..."

But how does this Laodicean mindset look alongside the mindset of the man in Matthew 13:44, for example, who sold all that had in order to buy the "field"? Or alongside the "merchant man" who upon finding the "pearl of great price" did the same?

These two men did not go around saying - "I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing..." The first man - after selling all that he had - became "rich," or he wouldn't have been able to "buy the field." Apparently, the second man was "rich," or he wouldn't have been "seeking goodly pearls." Both of these men were not holding on to their "goods" - at least not in their hearts. Could we say that - even in spite of the fact that they had "goods" - the "goods" certainly did not have a hold on them - for they were willing to part with them in order to gain something far better - the "treasure" and the "pearl of great price"?

"I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing..."

In Proverbs 13:7, we find the rich poor man contrasted with the poor rich man - "There is that maketh himself rich, yet hath nothing: there is that maketh himself poor, yet hath great riches." The rich poor man is the same one found in Revelation 3:17 who goes about saying - "I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing..." Even though he boasts of his "increased" "goods" and resultantly needs "nothing," Proverbs 13:7 says that he actually "hath nothing." Jesus confirmed this same thought when He added - "...and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked" (Revelation 3:17).

"Goods" in and of themselves are not bad. God can and does bless His people with many nice things. However, when having those "goods" causes some to feel that they now "have need of nothing" (including more of God), then those "goods" are no longer a blessing but a curse!

Oftentimes, the rich man's "riches" and "increase of goods" cause him to become haughty and proud to the point whereby he looks down upon the humble, poor man and speaks harshly and roughly with him. Proverbs 18:23 explains - "The poor useth entreaties; but the rich answereth roughly." Having this uplifted mindset, the rich man begins to "play God" with his money - withholding and giving according to his whim and fancy - not according to God's will or in response to the need of others.

It is oftentimes the case that when hearing such blessings as spoken of in Psalm 115:14-15, he can only think narrowly of an "increase" of his physical "goods" rather than anything pertaining to his spiritual walk - "The LORD shall increase you more and more, you and your children. Ye are blessed of the LORD Which made heaven and earth."

But suppose Peter and John had this same mindset when they met the lame man who was asking for alms at the gate Beautiful. Peter didn't fasten his eyes upon this man and say - "I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing." On the contrary, he responded to him with - "Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk" (Acts 3:6).

What good is it to be "rich, and increased with goods," when you cannot minister to the needs of those around you - simply because you are deformed - spiritually speaking? Are you truly in "need of nothing"?

So many are not hungering and thirsting after the Lord Jesus. They have allowed this mindset to stifle any spiritual growth in their lives. Their dead, lifeless church services confirm this fact. There is no longing for more and more of Jesus' grace, peace, anointing, knowledge, wisdom, and glory. His Presence is not something coveted after. They have grown satisfied with their "increase of goods." They have convinced themselves that they "have need of nothing" - even more of God!

Is the world more impressed with our "increase of goods" or with our "increase" of Jesus?

When we think of the Queen of Sheba's visit to Solomon's kingdom, what impressed her the most - his "increase of goods" or his "wisdom"? 1 Kings 10:4-6 and 8 says - "And when the queen of Sheba had seen all Solomon's wisdom, and the house that he had built...there was no more spirit in her. And she said to the king, It was a true report that I heard in mine own land of thy acts and thy wisdom...Happy are thy men, happy are these thy servants, which stand continually before thee, and that hear thy wisdom."

"I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing..."

How does this Scripture fit in with 1 Peter 2:11 which addresses all Christians as "strangers and pilgrims"? In other words, they are temporary citizens - those who are just traveling through this world. They are visitors who are tarrying for a time in a foreign country, but will be shortly traveling home.

They live in this world and have an obligation to the world around them. They are here to have a real affect on those around them for Jesus.

Unfortunately, what has happened to so many is that they have allowed the world to mold them after its image. Consequently, they walk, talk, act, and live like everyone else.

In order to be different from the world, what is needed is a changed or transformed mindset. The mind or thinking must be changed.

Change, change, change!

This seems to be a popular message in our time!

Everyone is wanting change, but who is willing to be radical enough to bring it?

"I am rich and increased with goods, and have need of nothing..."

Who will get sick and tired of dead church services and cry out - "Enough is enough! No more of this leaven!"?

The truth of the matter is - we as believers desperately need more and more of Jesus - His Power and His Presence...His love and His grace...His wisdom and His knowledge...and His strength and His anointing.

Let's cry out to Jesus to come and heal His church of any and all spiritual deformity!

Let's cry out for His grace to discern anything that would stand in our way from living healthy, fruitful lives for Him!

And let's not tolerate this Laodicean mindset any longer in our midst.

Change, change, change!

Let it start with you! You be the carrier of change in your part of the world!



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"We that enjoy the gospel, have reason to praise the Lord."
"God's mercy is the fountain of all our comforts and His truth the foundation of all our hopes, and therefore for both we must praise the Lord." - both quotes are from Matthew Henry


"In Christ Jesus, God has shown mercy mixed with kindness, and that to the very highest degree." - Charles Spurgeon
"Mercy and truth are the paths in which God constantly walks in reference to the children of men; and so frequently does he show them mercy, and so frequently does he fulfill his truth that his paths are earnestly discerned. How frequent, how deeply indented, and how multiplied are those tracks to every family and individual! Wherever we go, we see that God's mercy and truth have been there by the deep tracks they have left behind them." - Adam Clarke

There is a clarion call resounding from Heaven to all of God's people. It is a call that is booming out universally.


What is that call?

It is the call to "Praise the Lord."

Psalm 67:3 says - "Let the people praise Thee, O God; let all the people praise Thee."
Psalm 150:6 says - "Let every thing that hath breath praise the LORD. Praise ye the LORD."
Romans 15:11 says - "And again, Praise the Lord, all ye Gentiles; and laud Him, all ye people."

"All" living beings who have been given "breath" are being called on to breathe out His praises.

More specifically, mankind is given matter for praise. Their response should be - having hearts for praise.

What reasons are they given to praise this Wonderful God?

Psalm 117 - the shortest Psalm - yet one of the most powerful ones - answers that question in these two verses of Scripture - "O praise the LORD, all ye nations: praise Him, all ye people. For His merciful kindness is great toward us: and the truth of the LORD endureth forever. Praise ye the LORD."

Other Scriptures seem to confirm this answer -

Psalm 25:10 says - "All the paths of the LORD are mercy and truth unto such as keep His covenant and His testimonies."
Psalm 43:3 says - "O send out Thy light and Thy truth: let them lead me; let them bring me unto Thy holy hill, and to Thy tabernacles."
Psalm 100:5 says - "For the LORD is good; His mercy is everlasting; and His truth endureth to all generations."
Micah 7:20 says - "Thou wilt perform the truth to Jacob, and the mercy to Abraham, which Thou hast sworn unto our fathers from the days of old."

You can always count on it to be so. This fact will never change. Whenever God shows up in your midst, you will always - without fail - see a trail left behind of His "mercy" and "truth."

What exactly does that mean?

It means that you will always see a display of His compassion toward the weak or erring and His faithfulness to all of His promises. He "sends" out His "light" and His "truth." His "light" can be equated to His favor or mercy. Hence, He manifests His favor ot extends mercy to the undeserving and He makes good His Word to the trusting or those calling upon His Name.

He is so "good." He is not merely the Creator of the universe nor is He is simply a Being of absolute power. He is also a bountiful, kind, gracious, and loving Father. For this also, He is worthy of universal praise.

How is His "goodness" displayed?

We see it in His "mercy" or grace - giving His creation what they simply do not deserve or not giving them what they do deserve. We also see it displayed in His unchangeableness or faithfulness in fulfilling His promises. He is not fickle - promising and then forgetting. He keeps covenant with His people. No word of His ever falls to the ground.

Jamieson, Fausset & Brown Commentary explains it in this way - "God's promises are called 'mercy,' because they flow slowly from grace; 'truth,' because they will be surely performed." Hence, we see His "goodness" manifested in His promises which spring forth from His mercy and grace and surely will be fulfilled for He is forever faithful Who makes them good.

Adam Clarke adds this comment - "Whatsoever He has promised, that He will most infallibly fulfill."

All that God has said - His declarations...assurances of mercy...and promises - are the same in all lands and in all ages. What was true in the first periods of the world will always remain the same - even unto and including the latter times.

Hence, the Psalmist said in Psalm 89:1 - "I will sing of the mercies of the LORD for ever: with my mouth will I make known Thy faithfulness to all generations."

There is a call - sounding out especially to the church of the Lord Jesus to praise the Lord - like never before. This world needs to hear her declaring - through her praises - the promises of God and His faithfulness to fulfill every one.

There is no stability in the world today. All other ground - besides the Rock Christ Jesus - is sinking sand. Many heathen are recognizing that.

Therefore, the church needs to rise to the occasion and begin to praise the Lord - declaring to the world that - "He is good; His mercy is everlasting; and His truth endureth to all generations."

Our God is a covenant-keeping God. His promises are "yea" and "Amen" in Christ Jesus (2 Corinthians 1:20). Whenever He shows up, He saturates the atmospere with the sweet aroma of His "mercy" and "truth." In other words, He manifests His kindness and benevolence to the erring and His faithfulness and consistency to the trusting.

"Let the people praise Thee, O God: let all the people praise Thee."

"Let every thing that hath breath praise the LORD. Praise ye the LORD."

"And again, Praise the Lord, all ye Gentiles; and laud Him, all ye people."

C'mon, Church, let's praise Him.

Through our "open praise," the world will come to know that our God - the only true and living God - has "mercy" - countless promises - and "truth" - the assurance to make every one of those promises good - available to them today.

In a hopeless and dying world, people need the Lord.

You - as a Saint of God - have every reason to "praise the Lord." The heathen do not see nor understand it yet.

However, through your praises, they will come to know your God for Who He really is.

Don't hold back any longer! By your silence, you have no idea who you are keeping from the Gospel.


There are two things that this world is desperately in need of - "mercy" and "truth." Think about it! Isn't this the truth?

The answer is found in your praises. Begin to magnify and glorify your God. Let the world know that - "...His merciful kindness is great toward us: and the truth of the LORD endureth forever." His promises are "great," and His commitment to fulfill each promise is sure.

"O praise the LORD, all ye nations: praise Him, all ye people."

Having done it once, do it again.

"Praise ye the LORD."








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Your Blind Obedience Will Make You See

"God has always a reason for all that He directs us to do, and our faith and willingness to obey Him are often tried when we can see little of the reason of His requirements." - Barnes' Notes
"The power of God often works by contraries; and He makes men feel their own blindness before He gives them sight." - Matthew Henry
"Let God be obeyed readily without reasoning or wrangling, and success shall not be wanting." - Biblical Illustrator - New Testament
"The humble means are not to be despised if prescribed by Christ." - Pulpit Commentary - New Testament

"...Christ is all in all to the healing of souls."
"Those that would be healed by Christ must be ruled by Him."
- both quotes are from Matthew Henry

Are you looking to the Lord for a Miracle or an answer to prayer? Don't be surprised if He uses means or channels of blessing that don't make any sense or requires you to do something that is totally unreasonable before receiving your breakthrough.

There is a story in the Gospel of John that relates how a certain blind man from birth received his sight. It behooves us to study this account to gain understanding as to how God sometimes works in bringing forth a miracle.

John 9:1-7 relates - "And as Jesus passed by, He saw a man which was blind from his birth. And His disciples asked Him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind? Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents, but that the works of God should be made manifest in him. I must work the works of Him that sent Me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world. When He had thus spoken, He spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and He anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay, And said unto him, Go, wash in the pool of Siloam, (which is by interpretation, Sent.) He went his way therefore, and washed, and came seeing."

Let's pay close attention especially to the procedure through which Jesus took this man before receiving his healing - "...When He had thus spoken, He spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and He anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay, And said unto him, Go, wash in the pool of Siloam, (which is by interpretation, Sent.)..."

This part of the account obviously "raises many eyebrows." Jesus, the Son of God, "spat on the ground." Then He "made clay of the spittle" and "anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay."

Our first reaction might be to inquire - "Was there not another method that could be used to bring forth this healing? Why the spit? And why the clay paddy made with the spit? Surely, everyone knows that a clay paddy like this would not open any one's eyes but blind them for sure!"

Like always, Jesus had His reasons. Believe it or not! The Jews regarded spittle as having a peculiar virtue or as being medicinal to the eyes when diseased. In other words, saliva was effective for eye troubles. In fact, mixing clay with saliva was a common practice used for eye infections.

Jesus knew that a medicinal value was placed on saliva for diseases of the eye. That is why He used it in this miracle. In order to work with this man in boosting his faith, he started with his "grandmotherly belief" for healing.

Everyone knows that there is no life or power in the clay. However, Jesus used it as a "crutch" or a "help" for a sense-bound faith to climb higher. Or you might say that He used it as a "ladder" by which the blind man could ascend to Him. He used a material means to evoke and strengthen this man's faith in His Divine Power.

One thing we must understand is that Jesus is not limited to any one means of doing good. He does His work in His own way. This is where most run into trouble when they tie God down to one method and one alone. They place Him in the "proverbial box." Here He broke out of the "box" - so to speak - and had His reasons for doing so. For one, He knew that afterwards nobody would say that the spittle brought about this miracle or even that there was power in the clay to make the blind man to see.

God oftentimes accomplishes the most beneficial ends by means that are simple, despicable, or contrary in nature. In this case, He made a blind man see by using clay which would more likely make a seeing man blind. Clay and spittle are normally futile in giving sight to a man. However, Jesus causes every movement toward healing to serve some useful purpose. His means always answer His ultimate end.

Besides anointing this man's eyes with clay mixed with His saliva, Jesus ordered him to - "...Go, wash in the pool of Siloam, (which is by interpretation, Sent.)..." There was great significance in this command. Up until this point, this man had no idea Who was anointing his eyes with clay and spittle. Jesus did not identify Himself, nor did the man ever ask for His name. However, in directing him to "the pool of Siloam," Jesus was in all actuality sending him to Himself.

"The pool of Siloam" was a fountain or tank situated between Jerusalem and the Brook Kidron. It was located southwest of this great city and was supplied from underground water springs flowing from Mount Zion. Its waters were marked by an ebb and flow - within ten minutes, it would on occasion rise and fall one foot.

"Siloam" got its name from Siloah or "Shiloh" mentioned in Isaiah 8:6 and typifiying the true Messiah. The Hebrew interpretation of this name was - "Sent" - meaning that the Messiah was "sent of God." These waters which flowed from the temple mount pointed to Jesus the Messiah Who was sent from God's Throne to bring life to a dying world. Just as these waters were a blessing to the Jews, even so is this Messiah regarded as a blessing sent or given by God to all of the world.

Hence, we can see that when Jesus directed the blind man to - "...Go, wash in the pool of Siloam, (which is by interpretation, Sent.)..." - He was in effect sending Him to Himself in order to be healed. This tells us that healing can only be effected when the needy individual focuses his attention on Jesus and Him alone.

The Apostle John relates for us the blind man's final outcome - "...He went his way therefore, and washed, and came seeing." Here we see that oftentimes faith alone is not enough for a healing. In this man's case, he was given an order from Christ to test his obedience. Though the means which Jesus used to answer the end seemed so unlikely, mysterious, and unmeaning, the blind man obeyed. And by his obedience, he opened the "door" for the Divine Power to come flowing through unto him.

This healing required both an act of faith and obedience - even when the means being used did not make any sense whatsoever. This man simply let Jesus do what He pleased and then did what he was appointed to do. The result? He was healed! He who was blind from birth could see!

God may be testing your faith and obedience right now in directing you to the most unlikely means to procure your healing or miracle. If this man would have argued with God that clay, spittle, and the pool of Siloam cannot heal, he would never have received his miracle.

Don't limit God. The "clay" He chooses to use for your miracle may have some "spit" in it and seem a bit despicable. Never mind the human reasoning. Just let God be God!

He will be faithful to do His part. Just be sure to do yours.


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Welcome to Spirit Steps

As we are at the end of chapter 4, we will be taking a break from this for a couple of months. I usually write on 4 chapters at a time, so please be patient and we will be back with the book of Acts next year.

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GIFTS FROM GOD

Acts chapter 4

32Now the company of believers was of one heart and soul, and not one of them claimed that anything which he possessed was [exclusively] his own, but everything they had was in common and for the use of all.
33And with great strength and ability and power the apostles delivered their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace (loving-kindness and favor and goodwill) rested richly upon them all.
34Nor was there a destitute or needy person among them, for as many as were owners of lands or houses proceeded to sell them, and one by one they brought ( gave back) the amount received from the sale.
35And laid it at the feet of the apostles (special messengers). Then distribution was made according as anyone had need.
36Now Joseph, a Levite and native of Cyprus who was surnamed Barnabas by the apostles, which interpreted means Son of Encouragement,
37Sold a field which belonged to him and brought the sum of money and laid it at the feet of the apostles.


Dear Friends

Solomon said 'there is nothing new under the sun'. The communists try and tell us that their so called philosophy is new. Well here it is, being practised in the New Testament church.. nearly 2000 years before.

When you read verse 32, there seems to be a real freedom in the church. Nothing was off limits. What the believers had they shared for the benefit of all. We do tend to have the attitude that My things are mine and no one else's. This is not the way it was in the early church and it is how it should be in the present day.

The believers saw their possessions as a gift from God, they saw them as given to them by God. We need to look on the things that God has given us as gifts from Himself and not earned by us. Maybe then and only then, will we let them be used for their rightful purpose and that is to glorify the Lord and to bless others. Have you a possession that can be used to benefit other believers and is presently living in a drawer gathering dust?

Maybe it is a Bible. that you could send to a needy believer in Africa or Asia?. It is reckoned that the average believer in the developed world has 4-6 bibles and literally hundreds of Christian books. Maybe you should either read them or use them to benefit other believers.

In verse 34 , no one was in need. People in the church, saw the need and sold houses and fields. It seems to me, that those, who had money, had no problem giving it up, to help their fellows brethren. Oh for that to happen in today's church.

We are given a practical example of this by Barnabas. Now I love Barnabas, because the Lord has graciously given me, the gift of encouragement. I just want to say one thing about this gift. It is so wonderful to be given it by the Lord. To help and to encourage people in their faith is a unique privilege

May we all seek to bless each other, whether in financial terms or by just saying a word in season

God bless you

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GOD IS IN CONTROL

Acts chapter 4

21Then when [the rulers and council members] had further threatened them, they let them go, not seeing how they could secure a conviction against them because of the people; for everybody was praising and glorifying God for what had occurred.

22For the man on whom this sign (miracle) of healing was performed was more than forty years old.

23After they were permitted to go, [the apostles] returned to their own [company] and told all that the chief priests and elders had said to them.

24And when they heard it, lifted their voices together with one united mind to God and said, O Sovereign Lord, You are He Who made the heaven and the earth and the sea and everything that is in them.


25Who by the mouth of our forefather David, Your servant and child, said through the Holy Spirit, Why did the heathen (Gentiles) become wanton and insolent and rage, and the people imagine and study and plan vain (fruitless) things [that will not succeed]?

26The kings of the earth took their stand in array [for attack] and the rulers were assembled and combined together against the Lord and against His Anointed (Christ, the Messiah).

27For in this city they actually met and plotted together against Your holy Child and Servant Jesus, Whom You consecrated by anointing, both Herod and Pontius Pilate with the Gentiles and peoples of Israel.

28To carry out all that Your hand and Your will and purpose had predestined (predetermined) should occur.

29And now, Lord, observe their threats and grant to Your bond servants [full freedom] to declare Your message fearlessly,

30While You stretch out Your hand to cure and to perform signs and wonders through the authority and by the power of the name of Your holy Child and Servant Jesus.

31And when they had prayed, the place in which they were assembled was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they continued to speak the Word of God with freedom and boldness and courage.




Dear Friends

I love writing these messages and I hope you are enjoying reading them.

As I look into this passage, there are some things that the Lord has brought to my attention and I wish to share them with you.

I wonder if your church was/is going through persecution, what would it's reaction be?

Wonder what would happen if your Pastor came and said to the church, that he had been told not to preach the gospel and to water down his message?

Seems far fetched doesn't it? But in many countries in the world, this is the situation that many individual believers and churches are in. Maybe in future days, we in the so called Western world, are going to face this type of persecution. So how do we react to it?

Firstly in Verse 24, the church had an attitude of praise. They actually praised God because they were going through this season of hardship and persecution. Peter wrote later in his first letter, that we were to rejoice and give thanks for going through persecution. What is our reaction to such times? Do we complain or praise God?

Also in verse 24, their voices were lifted up in unity. God does allow His church to be persecuted.. amen. The reason He will, is to purify it, so that it becomes a stronger and more powerful witness in it's community.

They also held dear to the doctrine of the Sovereignty of God. My beloved Pastor Mark, was preaching on this subject on Sunday Evening and said that it was a great source of comfort to the church. Why is this? Well the believer and church, who knows like the early believers did that God is totally and completely in control of everything that happened to them, will not be moved or shaken by events going on around them.. Amen

Can I ask you, do you believe the Lord is in control of every circumstance of your life? Romans 8:28

They also gave the threats made by the authorities, over to the Lord. Please remember that God sees everything that happens to you and he is your avenger, it is not up to you to avenge yourself, leave it to God.

Their prayer in verse 29, should be our prayer.. amen. To declare the message without fear. I know in my case, that the primary reason, I find it so hard to share the gospel is fear. The apostles and the early church, had no such fear. Let us all pray that the barrier of fear would be removed.. Amen!

When the prayer meeting had finished, the whole house shook, with the power of God.

Let me ask you this.

When was the last time, that your life or church shook with the power of God through the Holy Spirit?

Church, we are so often shaken by things going on in the world, when the scenario should be that the church should be shaking the world.. Amen!

We need to wake up and start shaking and shaping the world.. Amen.

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What It Takes For God To Open Himself Up To You



"The man who goes forth in search of a heart-acquaintance with Jehovah will meet with Him in the way...God comes forth to all men, but He comes forth in a special way to all those who are pressing after an acquaintance with Himself." - Pulpit Commentary - Old Testament

"Would Israel, therefore, know all that God is, she must 'follow on' - must persevere in her new way. God would open Himself up to her in new manifestations of grace, suited to each step in her advance." - Pulpit Commentary - Old Testament

In Hosea 6:3, we read -
"Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the LORD: His going forth is prepared as the morning; and He shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter and former rain unto the earth."

So many people are looking for an experience with God. They run from meeting to meeting - hoping to get a fresh touch or have a life-changing experience.

We are talking about Christians here. They are pursuing after something - and oftentimes, they really don't know exactly what it is.

The Prophet Hosea, in this verse, gives some clarity to what most Christians are searching for.

Let's study it in depth and see what truths Holy Spirit unfolds for us.

"Then shall we know..." - This verse refers back to verse I which says - "Come, and let us return unto the LORD..." So many are going no where in their relationship with God because there are thoughts, words, or deeds in their lives of which they need to repent. First and foremost, there must be a "returning unto the LORD" from all wrongdoing, apostasy, or idolatry. Any and all things that are placed before the Lord and His work must be cast aside. Nothing can be allowed to stand as His rival in our hearts.

"Then shall we know..." - After repentance, grace is poured out to improve in the knowledge of God. The saint will find himself continuing and increasing in the knowledge of Him...earnestly desiring to know more of Him...while eagerly pursuing or seeking after the means and methods to attain or improve to a greater degree or larger measure of this knowledge.


It is a Biblical truth that when God returns in mercy and favor to His people, He gives them more knowledge of Himself.

Isaiah 11:9 states - "They shall not hurt nor destroy in all My holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea."
Isaiah 54:13
says -
"And all thy children shall be taught of the LORD; and great shall be the peace of thy children."
Jeremiah 24:7
says -
"And I will give them an heart to know Me, that I am the LORD; and they shall be My people, and I will be their God: for they shall return unto Me with their whole heart."
Jeremiah 31:34
adds -
"And they shall teach no more every man his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, Know the LORD: for they shall all know Me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the LORD: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more."

"Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the LORD" - The knowledge of God must be valued as the best knowledge. It must be esteemed as the great end of man's being - the thing which chiefly concerns him. Life...health... the advancement of one's family...the increase of one's fortune - although these are important in themselves - cannot be sought after or regarded as more important. The knowledge of God as found in the Lord Jesus Christ must be hunted after or zealously strove for. The whole man must be absorbed in this pursuit.

"Following on to know the LORD" is not a single effort but a sustained, urgent, strenuous, persevering, and persistent endeavor which issues forth into wonderful benefits or blessings. However, it is important to note that the lack of this pursuit of the knowledge of God has its evil consequences as well. This truth is implied in the following Scriptures:

Hosea 4:1 says -
"Hear the word of the LORD, ye children of Israel: for the LORD hath a controversy with the inhabitants of the land, because there is no truth, nor mercy, nor knowledge of God in the land."
Hosea 4:6
says -
"My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to Me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children."
Hosea 5:4
says -
"They will not frame their doings to turn unto their God: for the spirit of whoredoms is in the midst of them, and they have not known the LORD."

"The spirit of whoredoms" causes a people to grow ignorant of the Lord. It causes them to pursue after every avenue of knowledge - besides the Lord and His ways. In turn, it causes God's rejection or ultimate abandonment of His people to their lustful, evil, or idolatrous ways. His mercy is quenched. The heavens become brass and there is no intercessor to stand in the gap for them because there is "no priest." All they are left to experience is His wrath and judgment.

On the other hand, blessedness is promised to those whose soul "follows hard after God" (Psalm 63:8) - who return unto Him and then grow continually in their knowledge of Him.

To every persevering seeker, God has promised a gracious visitation. This visitation is depicted in the Scriptures - using two attractive emblems -
"as the morning" and "as the rain."

"Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the LORD: His going forth is prepared as the morning; and He shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter and former rain unto the earth."

"His going forth is prepared..." - The returns of His favor and the manifestation of His mercy are as fixed, firm, and certain as the rising of the sun and the refreshing showers. God will surely answer the cry of His people's hearts for more of Him. They can count on there being a relief after undergoing "a long night" that was dark, painful, and perilous. And after undergoing a period of drought and extreme spiritual dryness, they can be assured that there will follow a time of refreshing showers of blessing.

When man pursues God, he can expect God to then pursue Him. Those seeking after Him - desiring a greater knowledge of Him - can expect to have Him be revealed to them. This is certain to happen as the sun is certain to arise each morning.

God comes to all those who follow hard after Him. He comes full of the promise of the morning and full of the promise of refreshing. The dark night of guilt, sorrow, and despair dissipates in the light of His dawn. The "dry and barren land" gives way to beauty and fruitfulness at the appearance of His showers.

"...He shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter and former rain unto the earth" - In the land of Israel, there were two rains - the "former" and "latter" rains. The "former" were the darting, violent, or plentiful rains which fell from the middle of October unto the middle of December. This rain softened the ground for planting and sowing... prepared the earth for the seed...and fertilized the barren land. It fell right after the seed was sown and made it to germinate and the tender blade to spring up. The "latter" were the rains that fell in the latter half of February and during March and April - just before the harvest. This rain caused the ear to fill up, the growing grain to mature, and the fruit to perfect.

Think about what Holy Spirit is saying to you today. If you will return to the Lord - repent of all known sin - and then crave after a knowledge of Him, He will come unto you with the blessings of the "morning" and the "rain." His "goings" or visitation is "prepared" or sure. He will indeed visit you.

He will come to you as the "morning." In other words, your "darkness" or night will be turned to glorious light. All of your sorrow, pain, and gloominess will vanish at the appearance of His glorious light. The dawning of a new day will be your testimony. The past will roll away and give place to a brand new future - filled with hope, expectation, and excitement.

"...Weeping may endure for a night; but joy cometh in the morning" (Psalm 30:5).

He will come unto you "as the rain." At first, He will come and pour down on your heart with His violent rains - breaking up all fallowed or hardened ground of resistance toward Him. The "seed" of His Word will then be able to bring forth fruit an hundred-fold. He will come again unto you with His showers - this time bringing forth much fruit for His glory. You will reap a mighty harvest of blessings.

"Would Israel, therefore, know all that God is, she must 'follow on' - must persevere in her new way. God would open Himself up to her in new manifestations of grace, suited to each step in her advance."

God wants to open Himself up to you in new manifestations of grace. These manifestations are suited to each step in your advancement toward Him.

God is coming forth toward you right now "as the morning" and "as the rain." Your life can be totally changed and transformed for His glory as a result.

The question is - are you following on to know Him - are you seeking Him with all of your heart - are you craving for a knowledge of Him and His ways?

"The spirit of whoredoms" causes a people to grow ignorant of the Lord.

What is your excuse?
Why aren't you experiencing the visitation of the Lord that is promised to all who hunt after a knowledge of Him?
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Welcome to Spirit Steps

Thanks for keeping up with me. What I want you to do, is to imagine, that you are there with the early Christian's. Transport yourself back into the early first century and picture the events in your mind. Imagine that you are Luke, who is writing, all this down, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.

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TESTIFY FOR GOD'S GLORY

Acts 4

14And since they saw the man who had been cured standing there beside them, they could not contradict the fact or say anything in opposition.

15But having ordered [the prisoners] to go aside out of the council [chamber], they conferred (debated) among themselves,

16Saying, What are we to do with these men? For that an extraordinary miracle has been performed by (through) them is plain to all the residents of Jerusalem, and we cannot deny it.

17But in order that it may not spread further among the people and the nation, let us warn and forbid them with a stern threat to speak any more to anyone in this name [or about this Person].

18So] they summoned them and imperatively instructed them not to converse in any way or teach at all in or about the name of Jesus.

19But Peter and John replied to them, Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you and obey you rather than God, you must decide (judge).

20But we [ourselves] cannot help telling what we have seen and heard.


The first thing, that the Lord wants to share with us from this passage is in verse 14. People can try and disprove Christianity, they can put up, all kinds of theories to answer the Christian faith (or so they think).

But they cannot argue, with a changed life. amen. The fact that Jesus has changed your life, is one of your greatest assets. People cannot argue and disprove a life that ha been transformed by God.. Amen.

Meeting with Jesus is a life changing experience as Paul outlines further on in this book. Your personal testimony of how God has changed and is changing your life, speaks volumes.. Amen

The world cannot understand, how people have been changed by the Power of God. Look at verse 16, they were totally confounded and confused by what was happening. When God moves in a powerful way, in the life of someone, people cannot understand it.

Their only hope was to try and silence the Apostles. But look at the answer that Peter and John gave in verses 19-20.

Their one concern was to tell of what they had seen and heard. Their tongues were fully loosed, they couldn't help, but share Jesus.

Can you say the same words, that Peter and John said in verse 20?

Remember that you are a living breathing testimony to the power of God. Man can put out arguments to say that God doesn't exist, but you and your living testimony, are one of the biggest examples that God is real and personal.. Amen

It is time to share our testimonies my friends. You have a story to tell.

Let's tell the world that Jesus saves.

God bless you

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A PASTOR’S RESPONSE TO “AN URGENT WARNING”

By David Wilkerson

It is the task of a true prophet to warn. We have recently heard such a clear warning of perilous days just ahead of us. The prophet is like a man who comes to warn a shepherd that ravenous wolves are approaching.

It then becomes the shepherd’s task to appropriately discern the warning and to guide those in his care to a place of wisdom and security. I am not a prophet. I am a local pastor. I must ask myself what I am to do in light of hearing the warning from God. What should I say to those under my pastoral care?

First, I want my people to clearly hear the word. What is it saying and what is it not saying. Some have heard of fires and looting and their hearts are filled with fear. I am to assure my people that God is always completely in control. God is sovereign. Nothing takes place outside of his notice and counsel, and all things happen for his ultimate, highest glory. Even in the most troubling of times, our God knows exactly what he is doing.

Second, I want those I serve to know two things concerning God’s wrath. First, some leaders in the church have sadly fallen into the deception that there is no such thing as the wrath of God. Roman 1:18 says, “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth.” Some act in ungodly ways, others are ungodly by their suppressing the truth of God’s wrath. Some leaders reduce, ignore and even ridicule anyone who reminds them of the certainty of God’s wrath. Romans 2:5 also tells us clearly that the wrath of God is toward those whose hearts are hard and impenitent. This leads to the second element of understanding God’s wrath. It is never, ever, ever poured out on the children of God. In I John 2:2 “He is the propitiation for our sins.” The word propitiation means “wrath quencher.” What marvelous grace, what redemption! God’s wrath at my rebellion and sin has been quenched on the Cross of Christ. Hard times come; rain falls even on the just but wrath does not.

Last, I am obligated to guide the flock given to me with loving-kindness and soberness. If a wolf or a storm is coming, I as a shepherd must know the conditions of my flock. Are any sitting on the fence? Warn them that this is no time for compromise or close affiliation with the world. Partying in the house of an Egyptian on the night of the Passover is definitely not a good idea. This is a time to stay close to the Chief Shepherd. This is also an opportunity for us to call out to those outside the gate. Jesus is the Door and has opened his heart. His cry it that all flee from wrath to come. More than shrinking behind a double-locked door or fleeing to a rural farm, this is a call from Jesus to move your life into the sheepfold.

When a prophet comes with a message of warning, often people want the prophet to give them specific advice about what to do in response. At times, God gives the prophet a word, but more often it is up to the shepherd, and even more so, up to every man of God to take the word into account for his own family. Just as a pastor has stewardship of the church, a man of God is to give an account of his own family. When one comes to warn that wolves are coming, it is not always his responsibility to tell them what to do. We can hear from God. Joseph heard God say to store up food for the season to come (Genesis 41). Moses heard God say to receive gifts from the Egyptians for their journey (Exodus12). We as well can hear from God for our situation. Sheep do hear the Shepherd’s voice.

Jesus—in this hour, in this storm—will not only guide his people and comfort his flock but will also give them boldness, confidence and a heart to serve those troubled by the afflictions. A prophet once came to Paul and prophesied that if he went to Jerusalem he would be bound and put in prison. The prophet was faithful to give his word; it was up to Paul to hear from God how to deal with that warning. Paul, after hearing the prophecy, still decided to go to Jerusalem—willing to risk his life for the gospel (Acts 21). Some will hear and stay in a place of safety; others will hear and go to a place to serve. Some churches are positioned in cities that will need their spiritual strength and compassion. Perhaps the wisdom of Paul in Ephesians 5:15-18 speaks most to what we need, “Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit.”


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Thanks everyone, for taking the time to read these messages. All of you, have busy lives and I truly appreciate the time you take to read and indeed pass on these messages.

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BOLDNESS TO SPEAK GOD'S WORD

Acts chapter 4

13Now when they saw the boldness and unfettered eloquence of Peter and John and perceived that they were unlearned and untrained in the schools [common men with no educational advantages], they marveled; and they recognized that they had been with Jesus.

I just love, how the Amplified Bible, puts it here.

Note the words that are used here to describe Peter and John.

The greatest need of the church today and us as individuals, is to have boldness and the unfettered eloquence of the apostles.

So often, as Christians, we become tongue tied, when we are talk about Jesus. We can talk about virtually anything, with our neighbours, other than Our Saviour. I know, how difficult, it is to share Jesus, this is something, that I find so hard to do.

We need to pray that the Spirit of fear that binds us, and it is fear, would be dispelled and that our tongues would be loosed.

Another reason, that we don't share Jesus, is because we are worried about what people, will think of us.

In Matthew 16, Jesus says these words

25For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.

We keep our reputation our status, by not sharing the gospel, but we gain so much more by sharing it.. Amen!

I know from personal experience, that when you share the gospel, although you do it, in fear and trembling, it makes you feel positive about your faith and gives you a real sense of purpose.

Many people who are reading this, have gone through some kind of training at Bible College or seminary, and I am not knocking that at all. But the best type of training, is being taught at the feet of Jesus John 10:38-42.

We do not know, what Jesus said in the forty days, between His Resurrection and His Ascension. But we do know that all the books in the world, are unable to contain the words spoken by Jesus. It was like a forty day Bible school, by the King of Kings. Maybe, you/I, should enroll in this Bible school, with the Holy Spirit as the teacher. Indeed, we do that every day, when we take time to study the Bible (not just read it for 5 minutes), using study notes!

Later in Acts, we come across, the apostle Paul. Now Paul was trained as a scholar, but this is not, why God chose Him. He was chosen, because he was open to God. Whether, you are highly qualified or have just a basic education, God will use you, if you put all your talents at His disposal.

One last question

Can the People around you perceive that you have been with Jesus?

What matters to God, is not how much knowledge of the Bible you have, but how much do you know Jesus?

Have you an intimate and developing relationship with HIM, that is growing and deepening every day?

These are the men and women that God uses.. Amen.

God bless you

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FEEDING SHEEP OR AMUSING GOATS
by Charles H. Spurgeon (1834-1892)



He saith to him again the second time, "Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me?" He saith unto him, "Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee." He saith unto him, "Feed my sheep." John 21:16

An evil is in the 'professed' camp of the Lord, so gross in its impudence, that the most shortsighted Christian can hardly fail to notice it. It has worked like leaven until the whole lump ferments! The devil has seldom done a more clever thing, than hinting to the Church that part of their mission is to provide entertainment for the people, with a view to winning them. From speaking out the gospel, the Church has gradually toned down her testimony, then winked at and excused the frivolities of the day. Then she tolerated them in her borders. Now she has adopted them under the plea of reaching the masses!

My first contention is that providing amusement for the people is nowhere spoken of in the Scriptures as a function of the Church. If it is a Christian work, why did not Christ speak of it? "Go into all the world and preach the gospel; provide amusement for those who do not relish the gospel." No such words, however, are to be found. It did not seem to occur to Him.
Where do entertainers come in? The Holy Spirit is silent concerning them. Were the prophets persecuted because they amused the people, or because they confronted them? The 'concert' has no martyr roll. Again, providing amusement is in direct antagonism to the teaching and life of Christ and all His apostles. What was the attitude of the apostolic Church to the world? "You are the salt of the world," not the sugar candy. Something the world will spit out, not swallow.
Had Jesus introduced more of the bright and pleasant elements into His teaching, He would have been more popular. When "many of His disciples turned back and no longer followed Him." I do not hear Him say, "Run after these people, Peter, and tell them we will have a different style of service tomorrow; something short and attractive with little preaching." No! Jesus pitied sinners, sighed and wept over them, but never sought to amuse them! In vain will the epistles be searched to find any trace of the 'gospel of amusement'. Their message is, "Therefore, come out from them and separate yourselves from them . . . Don't touch their filthy things . . ." Anything approaching amusement is conspicuous by its absence. They had boundless confidence in the gospel and employed no other weapon.

After Peter and John were locked up for preaching, The Church had a prayer meeting, but they did not pray, "Lord, grant unto your servants that by a wise and discriminating use of innocent recreation we may show these people how happy we are." No! They did not cease from preaching Christ. They had no time for arranging entertainments. Scattered by persecution they went everywhere preaching the gospel. They turned the world upside down; that is the only difference from today's church.
Lastly, amusement fails to effect the desired end. Let the heavy laden who found peace through the concert not keep silent! Let the drunkard to whom the dramatic entertainment had been God's link in the chain of their conversion, stand up! There are none to answer! The mission of amusement produces no genuine results!
Given the time (125-150 years ago) in which Spurgeon offered this opinion, it begs the question, What would the old Saint say of today's "seeker friendly" style of Christianity, with its overhead projectors, oversized speakers, earsplitting electrical instruments, grinning/bouncing "worship" leaders, repetitive non-anointed songs, and wisecracking preachers who tickle our ears on Sunday morning?

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I AM THE WAY, THE TRUTH AND THE LIFE

Acts 4

12 And there is salvation in and through no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by and in which we must be saved.

As we witness to others, about our faith. Some people may say that, we are being exclusive in our portrayal of Jesus, as the one and only answer to the problem of Sin.

But, we are only repeating, what Jesus himself said in John 14:6

6 Jesus said to him, I am the Way and the Truth and the Life; no one comes to the Father except by (through) Me.

There are many faiths in this world, but there is one way to Salvation.. Amen. That is through the precious blood of the Lord Jesus, by His Death and Resurrection.. Amen

This morning I was reading in Ephesians chapter 2, and these were the words

7He did this that He might clearly demonstrate through the ages to come the immeasurable (limitless, surpassing) riches of His free grace (His unmerited favor) in [His] kindness and goodness of heart toward us in Christ Jesus.

8For it is by free grace (God's unmerited favor) that you are saved ([c]delivered from judgment and made partakers of Christ's salvation) through [your] faith. And this [salvation] is not of yourselves [of your own doing, it came not through your own striving], but it is the gift of God;

9Not because of works [not the fulfillment of the Law's demands], lest any man should boast. [It is not the result of what anyone can possibly do, so no one can pride himself in it or take glory to himself.

Salvation, is all of God.. Amen. Jesus is the only way to the Father.

He is the way to the Father
He is the Light of that way
He gives life John 10:10
He imparts truth

What the apostles stated here, we must always share with people. All our human efforts are of no use. We couldn't reach up to God, but God reached down to us.. Amen

God bless you
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The Lord has deeply laid on my heart Joshua 24:14-15...this is the question we must ask ourselves every day. Please read and share this wonderful posting

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Last evening, when I laid my head down to rest, the Lord spoke to me with such importantance that I was to write to you all and warn you of the coming days ahead!
The warning is that there are many, many things that are happening today that are nothing more than diversions to draw your attention away from Jesus! For, you see, there is a god of this world that has set himself up as the master supreme to do everything to destroy you and your focus on Jesus! If he can, by whatever means, do that, he will have won the war. The war is for each of you and each of you make up part of the large group that he wants so very much to divide and destroy!
Do you hear? He does not want to cripple you, he wants to destroy you and he can do that by simply giving you directions and plans within plans to seek out for yourself!
ANYTHING TO TAKE YOUR FOCUS OFF OF JESUS!!!
That's the plan in a nutshell!
So, this is what you have to do, you must put aside any and all paths you have been given to chase after, there is nothing more important than totally following Jesus in everyway!
All the devices that you are working on mean nothing, only seeking Jesus and His life within you!
This word by Susan Cummings, came from a very close friend whom I care a great deal for, I pray you will read and chew each word!
Through Jesus alone,
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Learning to be a Servant!

Take Care To Walk In My Footprints by Susan Cummings
"Take care to walk in My footprints. I have given you the directions and the pace, but you must daily seek My face. Do not take for granted the day that unfolds ahead of you, but know that step by step, I will guide you. You must continually set your face to follow Me and to seek Me for each thing that comes. There are many diversions and distractions that are set up by the enemy to lure you into works and to pressure you to act ahead of My will and council. Take heed to check with Me before you proceed and act.
This is not a time to step out ahead of Me, as many are doing in this hour. You must remain with me, no matter how great the pressure, no matter how dire the situation, no matter the person or people involved. I am your continual wisdom and your strength. If you choose to go out ahead of Me, you will no longer have My Grace, My Wisdom, nor My Anointing. Put no one or nothing ahead of Me, or you will drift away and be in the snare of the enemy. Then it will be the wiles of the enemy that will surely defeat you and overwhelm you.
I have called you to walk in My Rest. I have called you to walk with Me. I have called you to walk in My strength and victory, but it only comes as you are yoked to Me. Take heed to your steps and take heed to guard your heart, and do not let your heart be given to another, or to other things. You must remain with Me continually.
The hour is not as it once was, and you cannot walk in Me as you did yesterday and still remain close to me. You must walk in utter abandonment to Me, and give Me your plans everyday. I have the path ordered for you, but it must be as I have chosen for you, and not what you want it to be. You cannot make Me conform to your will, but you must conform your will and life to Me.
The enemy desires to bring greater stress, fear, and anxiety upon those who will look unto the world and unto men rather than look unto Me. The world has no answer for those who are Mine. But those who walk in their own counsels will fall under the weights and the penalty of their choices. I have given the Standard by which all men can walk, but it is discarded and even scorned. Wave after wave will come and go, but only Mine will stand and prosper and know. Oh, how I desire that all would follow Me. But the heart is deceitful and wicked and will lead many astray, for they do not seek the Truth nor love My reproof.
Put no family member or friend before Me. Put no business before Me. Put no job before Me. Put no earthly desire before Me. I am to be everything to you, or I will be nothing. I am your life, your strength, your wisdom, and your daily answer. Let Me guide you and bring you into a greater liberty in Me. I have more for you to accomplish, but I want you to do it in agreement with Me. You are stepping forth into your destiny, and the enemy knows that you see, so he comes to derail all who will not stand firm in Me and prevail.
Bring every case and situation before Me to judge and to solve for you, and leave the cares of the world at My feet. You cannot judge things as you desire to, but it must be with My judgments, then will you truly stand. You cannot continue to carry those things that I have already borne for you. You must only carry what I give to you. You must refrain from taking to yourself undue burdens and pressures and weights, and leave those things to Me. I will show you what to do. You must stay continually in step with Me.
You must daily walk in the prints of My shoes."
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