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Do not be young always

Acts 5:6 - And the young men arose, wrapped him up, and carried him out, 
and buried him.

In this world all want to be young always. Most of the AD world 
campaigns are based on selling dreams of being young always and people 
do fall for them since they have a desire to be young always. No one 
likes skin to look wrinkled, hair grey, body bending over, knees being 
unsteady, eyes being weak etc.

It is so true that the values of the Kingdom of God are so opposite to 
the values of this world. When it comes to youthfulness the Kingdom of 
God has a different perspective for youthfulness at it is desired here.

In the flesh youthfulness is good but when it comes to the inner-man 
(soul) or spirit, youthfulness means immaturity and Bible says people 
suffer due to immaturity. Lack of understanding and spiritual growth is 
what is projected as being youthful in the Kingdom of God.

I have heard many times people state when we go to Heaven we will see 
each other there as we are here. When I ask them what age would our 
bodies be? They say as young people. Imagine meeting your father, 
mother, grandparents and great great grandparents as teens!

Let me tell you, youth will have great problems in entering Heaven. 
Heaven is no place for youth for Heaven is a place only for those who 
mature. Heaven is not a place for children of God but a place only for 
Sons of God. That is why Jesus paid the price so that we could receive 
His Spirit and the Spirit would mature us into Sons of God through the 
Word and thus enable us to enter Heaven.

In today's message we see when Ananias died it was the youth that got up 
to do the job of burying him. It was not that the others were senior 
citizens or that the youth were giving respect to the elders. We see the 
same when it came to serving in the community kitchen. The Apostles 
refused to take the task for that would hamper the more important things 
of the Kingdom of God. They assigned the task to the spiritually young 
who we read later grew in maturity and became mighty Men of God.

When Jesus said be like little children to enter the Kingdom of God, He 
did not means we should be childish but that we should be innocent as a 
child. In this world as we spend more time the world influences us and 
tries to fill us with its values. That is why a child being innocent of 
the things of this world can have stronger faith then an adult.

When God gave statutes to Moses He mentioned they were for the children 
of Israel and not for Israel. Celebrating feasts was one of the statutes 
for the children of Israel. As mature people we do not celebrate feats 
for ourselves but only for those growing in the Lord so that they 
understand the story behind it. So if we are not doing it for the 
purpose of educating others then we need to give a thought to it. It is 
like eating not because we are hungry but eating just because the food 
is good and we know how unhealthy that would make us over the time.

We can desire youthfulness in our body but in our spirit and inner-man 
let us check are we maturing or still being young. Let us mature and 
become Sons of God and not remain children of God.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord we pray your people mature and grow in Spirit and in authority. 
Jesus as man on earth You should You were a man of authority and people 
called You Son of God. You made a way for us too to become Sons of God 
and thus You can us authority and also your Spirit to build us into 
people of authority. We pray the world comes to know You when they see 
You in us...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scripture]

Acts 6:1-8

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Luke 2:40 - And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with 
wisdom: and the grace of God was upon him.

Mark 1:27 - And they were all amazed, insomuch that they questioned 
among themselves, saying, What thing is this? what new doctrine is this? 
for with authority commandeth he even the unclean spirits, and they do 
obey him.

John 5:26-27

26For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to 
have life in himself;

27And hath given him authority to execute judgment also, because he is 
the Son of man.

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Come in and know the mysteries of the Kingdom of God

Mark 4:11 - And he said to them, To you it is given to know the mystery 
of the kingdom of God: but to them that are outside, all these things 
are done in parables:

In today's message the Lord is telling us a few are given the privilege 
to understand the mysteries of the Kingdom of God and for the others 
what they hear is parables.

There are 2 things of great importance in today's message that one needs 
to understand so as to be able to understand the mysteries of the 
Kingdom of God.

The first is our position of dwelling and second the word parable.

Jesus refers to those whom the mysteries of the Kingdom of God are not 
revealed as those that dwell outside. Thus if one needs to know the 
mysteries of the Kingdom of God one needs to dwell inside.

To dwell inside needs one to acknowledge the presence of God every 
moment of one's life. There can be no kingdom if there is no king. 
Unless we do not throne God as King of our lives we will not be dwellers 
of His Kingdom. That means God needs to be top priority in our thoughts, 
our work, our relationship, our desires etc. It is only when we 
sacrifice our worldly selves and seat God in everything connected to our 
lives will we be dwellers of His Kingdom and this will enable us to know 
of the mysteries His Kingdom.

Coming to the word parable it comes from the Greek word parabole which 
comes from the root word paraballo which means to compare. We in English 
have the word parallel which also comes from this word. Two parallel 
lines do not touch each other for they are always at a distance from 
each other.

When we do not dwell in the Kingdom of God we know God somewhat and know 
His Kingdom somewhat. We may not be wrong but we also will not be right.

This is the case with most preachers today. The things that they preach 
cannot be written off as wrong but we also see they are so far from the 
truth. They may point to the purpose of the Kingdom of God and move in 
that direction yet they never reach the goal.

God is telling us do not dwell a life parallel to the Kingdom of God and 
have a parallel understanding of the Kingdom of God. God is saying come 
inside, dwell in His Kingdom by making Him King in our lives and we will 
be revealed the mysteries of the His Kingdom.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord we pray that sense comes into us to know if we desire this world we 
will perish. Encourage us Lord to desire your Kingdom. Help us to 
enthrone You as King in our lives so that we know of the things that 
give life to our spirit and soul. May our bellies flow with 
understanding that gives life...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

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For to you Christ is born this day

Luke 2:11-16

11 For to you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, who is
Christ the Lord.

12 And this shall be a sign to you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in
swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.

13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host
praising God, and saying,

14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

15 And it came to pass, when the angels had gone away from them into
heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even to Bethlehem,
and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known to
us.

16 And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe
lying in a manger.

Birth of our Savior is one of the greatest joys not only for mankind but
also for the Angels and we see in today’s message the Heavenly Angels
appear to the shepherds singing “Glory to God in the Highest and on earth
peace, good will toward men”. It did not surprise me when a historian told
me during this era history does not record any battle or war anywhere on
earth. A proof of this peace is that during this era the Jewish King Herod
made many great monuments some of them exist even today. Like it is said
when there is peace there is prosperity and up building of society. All the
Jews during this era were literate for basic education was a must for boys
as well as girls like we have in some of the developed countries today.
This we can see reflecting in the way Jesus spoke to the masses. From this
we see the very presence of Jesus on earth affected the whole of mankind,
so for every Christian celebrating the birth is a must so as to welcome
peace and prosperity into all areas of one’s life.

We see the whole world celebrates Christmas but we do see the effect of
peace and prosperity in the lives of the people. If one googles world
disasters during the period of December and January one would be surprised
to note most of the worst world disasters occurred during this period. We
also have 21 out of 25 of the worst disasters ever recorded in the history
of modern man happening in the last 25 years.

We see Christians trying to emphasis on reducing the commercialization of
Christmas by giving importance to the christ of Christmas. Like Jesus said
all who use the word Christ do not necessary imply to Him since many would
come as Christ and we should discern them through the Word and His Spirit.
To understand who is this christ of Christmas is, one needs to add back the
alphabet ‘s’ that was taken away from the name so it becomes ChristMass.
Now if one studies the Catholic Mass even though the liturgy quotes
scriptures and prayers that seem to be directed to God and Jesus yet one
needs to observe what they do, just not what they say to get the real
picture.

The most important part of the Mass is the Eucharist and the Eucharist does
not symbolize the bread broken and shared among Christians as remembrance
of the Body of Christ broken for us. The Eucharist was introduced into the
Catholic Church in 1200AD. It is a direct symbolization of the sun god
which is given great importance in the Catholic Church (I may sound crazy
but look around in paintings and sculptures of Catholic Churches especially
in Europe and you will know what I mean). 25th December was the day the
birth of the sun god was celebrated by the pagan Romans. In efforts of
trying to stop the Roman Christians from celebrating this feast by using
worldly tricks the Church itself got tricked into celebrating this feast
but in the name of ‘Christ’. They first celebrated a High Mass on this day
and later renamed it to Christ Mass. They now have caused the whole world
to bow to this sun god (Eucharist) in the name of ‘Christ’.

One will find hardly any resistance from any unbeliever to celebrate
Christmas since it is does not affect their belief. The Catholic Church did
the same with Resurrection Day by making people worship the goddess
Ashtoreth (Easter) during that day.

Let me give you an example of how traditions puts strong blindfolds on
people and do not let them see the truth.

Ask any Christian where was Jesus born and they will tell you in a stable.
Ask them who were around and they will say just Mary, Joseph and some
animals, like sheep, other cattle, including the donkey they rode. Why this
understanding all because of the word ‘manger’.

Now read the verses 6 and 7 of the same chapter.

6 And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished
that she should be delivered.

7 And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling
clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in
the inn.

Firstly the word manger does not mean stable but means a wooden box used to
feed animals.

Secondly the verse says since the inn was full Mary gave birth to the child
and placed Him in the manger. The manger was outside the inn for the
donkeys that were tied outside the inn. So what does the scripture say? It
says while they were waiting outside the inn for a room Mary delivered the
child and Joseph placed the child in the wooden box kept to feed the
donkeys. All this happened outside the inn.

Another fact - all are told there was a star that moved in the sky during
His birth so people make the Christmass star. You will find them all over
the place during Christmass.

Firstly ask any educated person having basic general knowledge if stars
move? They will tell you stars do not move. The heavenly bodies or objects
in space that move are planets, asteroids, comets and meteoroids. The
movement of stars and large bodies are so slow and coordinal to each other
that they look constant or always still.

If one uses astronomical software like Starry Night and simulates the
positions of the sky during this period one will see there was an object
that moved in the sky when Jesus was born and that was not a star but a
planet. The Greeks used to call planets as ‘wandering stars’. It was the
largest planet Jupiter also known as King (wandering star) by the Greeks
that is clearly visible in the sky. They also referred to a star Regales as
a King star (not wandering) and this star was close to Jupiter. One would
see many scriptural clues of the birth of Christ being fulfilled with the
position of the sky visible from this part of the world.

The wandering star King (Jupiter) moving in an oval pattern over the King
star (Regales) in the constellation of Leo (lion - Judah) and the
constellation of Virgo (virgin) with the moon below it and the Sun rising
at the bottom, all in the same view. This happening about nine months
before the birth (conception) and nine months later on the day of the birth
of Jesus we see like Jupiter on top of (touching) Venus making them look
like one object (star) and the brightest in the night sky. This happened
not in December but in September later the ‘wandering star’ moves and
appears to stop again that is on 25th December. This is when the wise men
met Jesus offer their presents to the few months old child (not infant).

Now which was the day Jesus was born?

Actually this day is been celebrated by the Jews from the time of Moses as
commanded by God, but like the other feasts they did not know what the
feast meant and how they were a shadow to events connected to Christ. The
feast that is connected to the birth of Jesus is the Feast of the
Tabernacle (Sukkot). Jesus Christ is the perfect Tabernacle for us and
became an example for all mankind. We see Mary and Joseph could not find
place in any inn for all Jews are called to live not in their houses during
this feast. This date can also be confirmed by tracking the birth of John
the Baptist who was born 9 months before Jesus was conceived in the womb of
Mary. There are also other scriptures that confirm this date but they are
more complex.

So birth of Jesus Christ is more than rejoicing of coming of our chief
King, it is about glorifying the perfection of God in man and the hope of
us again becoming Sons of God.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord, as You said the hold of deception is so great on mankind that if it
was not for your Spirit even the Elect would not be saved from it. Lord we
pray your people do not behave like blind men even after knowing You. We
pray they walk in light, in the knowledge and understanding of the truth.
We pray they grow in discernment and mature more and more in spirit...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Revelation 12:1 - And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman
clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a
crown of twelve stars:

Matthew 2:1-2, 9-11

1 Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the
king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem,

2 Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his
star in the east, and are come to worship him.

9 When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which
they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where
the young child was.

10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.

11 And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with
Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had
opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and
frankincense, and myrrh.

Luke 1:7-13, 41

7 And they had no child, because that Elisabeth was barren, and they both
were now well stricken in years.

8 And it came to pass, that while he executed the priest’s office before
God in the order of his course,

9 According to the custom of the priest’s office [this date can be tracked
from Jewish customs], his lot was to burn incense when he went into the
temple of the Lord.

11 And there appeared unto him an angel of the Lord standing on the right
side of the altar of incense.

12 And when Zacharias saw him, he was troubled, and fear fell upon him.

13 But the angel said unto him, Fear not, Zacharias: for thy prayer is
heard; and thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call
his name John.

41 And it came to pass, that, when Elisabeth heard the salutation of Mary,
the babe leaped in her womb; and Elisabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit:

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Chronology of events by Jesus

Luke 21:10-28

We read in these verses Jesus informs the people about the chronology of
events that are to come along with their order, from the His time of
speaking this. If one analysis these scriptures they are in 2 sets, one set
from 10-19 and the other set from 20-28.

Some people state the events of 70AD fulfilled the scriptures of 20-26 but
the events in 27-28 did not happen so the prophecy failed and Bible also
fails as Word of God.

Yes in some way they are right in stating the events of 70AD were warned by
Jesus and were fulfilled in the verses 20-26. But that does not mean
everything else that Jesus said before and after failed even though most of
verses 10-19 have come to pass.

Firstly we need to understand the Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke are
historic records of Jesus and documentation of His teachings, they do not
have even one prophecy. All what Jesus spoke in them understood as
prophecies were revelation or understanding of prophecies already given by
those before Him. The Gospel of John is the only book in the New Testament
which holds prophecies concerning mankind (not to be misunderstood with
word of knowledge concerning an individual or an event). It is only when we
go through the original scriptures to which Jesus referred do we understand
what Jesus stated.

We also need to understand in the Bible many things were done first in the
shadow and later with in its fullness. Like we see the prophecy of
desolation of the temple did happen and is recorded in the historical books
named Maccabee 1 and 2. These books are part of the Apocrypha’s since they
were not part of the canons (official set of books of the Bible). It was in
1400AD the Catholic Church tried to add them so as to justify some of their
traditions or beliefs which are not according to scriptures. In these books
what is recorded as desolation of the temple gives us a good idea of how
the real end will come.

What the Lord wants to tell us is the true fulfillment of these scriptures
(20-26) is due in our time. You may think it is for the Jews who live in
Israel, it is not. Today’s message is for Christians and the Jerusalem or
Judea it speaks of here is not the Jerusalem that exist today or Judea
which hardly exists (former Judea is today part of Palestine control West
Bank region).

The Lord is tells us to leave Jerusalem and go to Israel, to leave Judea
and go to the mountains. These mountains are not those which are part of
west bank but to Mount Zion. The Israel of the Kingdom of God is not the
country Israel nor is the Jerusalem of the Kingdom of God the city that is
part of the country Israel. In short these are not names of places but
terms used to defy spiritual states or state of spiritual maturity.

In other words the Lord is telling us the time of great deception is at
hand and people who do not take God and study of His Word seriously will be
victims of the great deception which is at hand. So if you think your just
reading the Bible is okay then think again, if you think hearing preachers
especially TV preachers is good enough for you then think again for very
likely you are the best candidate for deception. To be sure you are free of
deception you need to first have a hunger and thirst for the knowledge and
understanding of the Kingdom of God and a good relationship with the Holy
Spirit. If these 2 are in place then only we will be like houses founded on
the Rock which withstands all calamities.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord we pray You increase our hunger and thirst for your Kingdom, it
knowledge and understanding. We pray You set a fire in our bones that we be
filled with passion for You. Let us be led by your Spirit O Lord that our
every step will land of sturdy ground...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Luke 21:10-28

10 Then said he to them, Nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom
against kingdom:

11 And great earthquakes shall be in various places, and famines, and
pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven.

12 But before all these, they shall lay their hands on you, and persecute
you, delivering you up to the synagogues, and into prisons, being brought
before kings and rulers for my name’s sake.

13 And it shall turn to you for a testimony.

14 Settle it therefore in your hearts, not to meditate before what ye
shall answer:

15 For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries
shall not be able to speak against nor withstand.

16 And ye shall be betrayed both by parents, and brethren, and kinsmen,
and friends; and some of you shall they cause to be put to death.

17 And ye shall be hated by all men for my name’s sake.

18 But there shall not an hair of your head perish.

19 In your patience possess ye your souls.

20 And when ye shall see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then know that
her desolation is near.

21 Then let them who are in Judaea flee to the mountains; and let them who
are in the midst of it depart from it; and let not them that are in the
countries enter into it.

22 For these are the days of vengeance, that all things which are written
may be fulfilled.

23 But woe to them that are with child, and to them that nurse infants, in
those days! for there shall be great distress in the land, and wrath upon
this people.

24 And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away
captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down by the
Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles shall be fulfilled.

25 And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars;
and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the
waves roaring;

26 Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for expectation of those things
which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.

27 And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and
great glory.

28 And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up
your heads; for your redemption draweth near.

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Serving God and praying to Him

2 Timothy 1:3 - I thank God, whom I serve from my forefathers with pure 
conscience, that without ceasing I have remembrance of thee in my 
prayers night and day;

When we read today's message many would feel the person stating he 
thanks God whom he serves which the forefathers did but with a pure 
conscience and without ceasing, that means non-stop remembering the 
person (Timothy) in his prayers which he does day and night.

Now if one puts the actual writer of this that is Paul and understand 
his position and background then one would say Paul is lying or over 
exaggerating this sentence.

Firstly Paul was half Jew and half Roman; his mother was a Jew and his 
father a Roman. His father and grandfather did not know God (Bible does 
not record them to be alive after or even before Saul became Paul). 
Secondly Paul travelled a lot, preached, ministered to people and also 
ran a business of making and selling tents, so a busy person like him 
would hardly get free time. He must have sat alone or with others and 
prayed in the early morning and in the evenings regularly. He must have 
also taken time off in between to pray in private but stating he prayed 
day and night unceasingly is an over statement if one thinks of prayer 
as what people do in church or at prayer meetings. Also Timothy was not 
the only person dear to Paul; he had many others for whom he also 
prayed, so how could he claim he prayed for Timothy unceasingly.

Let me address the first part first. The issue is the word 'from' in 
Greek 'apo'. The word has 2 dimensions, one that projects separation and 
the other place of origin. In English we usual use the word 'from' as a 
place of origin like 'I will call you from office'. Knowing the 
background of Paul, here he is not using this word as place of origin 
but as a separation. Paul is stating he serves God unlike his 
forefathers did; he is serving Him with a pure conscience.

Jews and others, including Christians today serve or work for the 
Kingdom of God but very few do so with a pure conscience. The purity is 
about the intention their intention is not the purpose of the Kingdom of 
God but their own glory, their ego or their foolishness. Just yesterday 
at a meeting I was pulled up by a few members for helping other teams to 
further the Kingdom of God, they told me the rule does not allow. A very 
interesting sentence a person told me 'we need to stand before God and 
answer Him'.

Imagine me standing before God and God asking me if I kept the rules of 
that organization or if I was a true Christian and did what He 
commissioned me for? Will God be pleased when I tell Him I was a good 
member of that organization or will He be please when I tell Him I was a 
true Christian and did what His Son commanded of me?

Paul says he separated himself from the ways of his forefathers and 
served God for the purpose and expansion of God's Kingdom, not expansion 
of his own fame, or to please society, or keep manmade rules.

Coming to the later part, when I was a Catholic we were given a chain of 
beads called a Rosary. We were condemned to narrating some 'prayers' 
while using this chain of beads (at one of the Catholic Retreat Centers 
in South India they projected if a person would not say the Rosary 
regularly at least once a day the person would go to Hell). For years 
and years I did this never knowing what I was doing. Many a time truly 
feeling for God and at times crying while narrating these prayers for I 
truly loved God. But later when I was baptized in Christ and understood 
the importance of the Word of God, while I was narrating the rosary I 
started giving thought to what I was saying and confirming if these went 
alone with the Word of God. Later I realized even though my heart cried 
to God but in my words I was mocking and blaspheming Him for these prays 
when against his Word. How could I in any sense call that prayer? My 
praying was angering God more than building my relationship with Him.

We find many Believer Christians are under the bondage of 'prayer'. Like 
the Catholics they narrate many words, make long prayers or say things 
that go contrary to the Word of God. The main problem is they do not 
know what prayer is and how to pray, most of the time they shout, scream 
and make aggressive actions and call it 'powerful prayer'.

People get surprised when I tell them the most powerful prayer of Jesus 
were the two words He spoke 'Thank You' and His weakest prayer was when 
He made a long prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane where He struggled. 
When I am asked to prayer over a person like for healing on say a 
non-believer or someone spiritually new in the lord I would prayer with 
many words and loud, may even shout but when I am asked to do the same 
for a person knowing the Lord, grown spiritually I may just lay hand or 
touch that person and may not verbally speak even a word. When praying 
over I speak more for the person to hear and increase in faith but for 
those grown in faith I just allow the anointing to flow.

Let us not be under bondage of a ritual which people call 'prayer' that 
keeps us for functioning as Christians. Let us understand what prayer is 
and be in prayer unceasingly while we do the mission we are commissioned 
to do as Christians. Let our purpose be of greater importance than the 
means. Once the purpose is given it right priority than the means 
automatically comes in right standing.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord, we pray Lord your people understand the CROSS truly. Let them not 
look at the wooden object but understand the purpose. You did not desire 
they know the suffering You went through but just receive the fruit of 
what You did and are doing. Let them know why the Ark of Covenant was 
given more importance and kept in the Holy of Holies. Because You gave 
more importance to the purpose therefore You gave Yourself as a 
sacrifice and your Name is lifted up...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Acts 21:39But Paul said, I am a man which am a Jew of Tarsus, a city in 
Cilicia, a citizen of no mean city: and, I beseech thee, suffer me to 
speak unto the people.

Acts 22:25And as they bound him with thongs, Paul said unto the 
centurion that stood by, Is it lawful for you to scourge a man that is a 
Roman, and uncondemned?

Romans 8:28And we know that all things work together for good to them 
that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

Ephesians 1:10-12

10That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather 
together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and 
which are on earth; even in him:

11In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated 
according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel 
of his own will:

12That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ.

Matthew 15:36And he took the seven loaves and the fishes, and gave 
thanks, and brake them, and gave to his disciples, and the disciples to 
the multitude.

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Carnal law of Moses

Hebrew 7:14, 15, 16 - For it is evident that our Lord sprang from Judah; of
which tribe Moses spoke nothing concerning priesthood and it is yet far
more evident: for that after the similitude of Melchizedek there ariseth
another priest, who is made, not after the law of a carnal commandment, but
after the power of an endless life.

This is a very interesting message Paul calling the Law of Moses a carnal
law!

Since a few weeks a sister has been discussing with me on FB about swine
meat being unclean and Christians should not eat. She agreed with me that
eat or not eating did not affect the salvation of man but yet she insisted
that we should follow the Law since it is given by the Lord through Moses.
The same was her view with Sabbath to be celebrated on Saturday and not
Sunday since it was changed by Catholic Church around 500AD. I wish I had
remembered today’s scripture while discussing the topic.

In today’s message we read Paul calling the Law that was given via Moses as
being a carnal law meaning a law of the flesh. Paul does not anywhere
disrespect the Word of God, nor state God made a mistake when He gave the
Law through Moses, nor does he state that this Law is step 1 and then a new
Law was given through Jesus as step 2 (He used the word renewed - which
means improved or extended for better result, so the old remains while a
sub clause improves for better result).

Jesus said every Word stands eternal and every prophecy has to come to
pass. He Himself fulfilled everything written in the books of Moses and the
Prophets. No place in the New Testament does He nor any of His disciples
state we should not follow the Old Testament but yet the things they spoke
sounded totally unlike what is written in the Old Testament.

Jesus and His disciple did not change anything from the Old Testament but
only gave the right understanding of it i.e.

1) The OT speaks of violence and NT seems to talk of non-violence but yet
we see the NT speaks of violence and war not in the flesh but in spirit, a
spiritual war. The weapons it asks us to take are not metal swords and
metal shield but spiritual sword (Word of God - Truth) and spiritual shield
(faith).

2) The OT talks of sacrifices and NT also talks of sacrifices. The OT talks
of sacrifice of blood (animals) but the NT says the Blood sacrifice of
Jesus Christ is an eternal sacrifice and the only sacrifices we need. It
asks us to offer a sacrifice of our carnal nature and of overcoming it.

3) The OT talks of the Promised Land as an earthly land while the NT talks
of the Promised Land as Heaven.

These are just few of the things where we see between the OT and NT, even
though they talk of the same things but yet they project them in total
different dimensions, one seems to put it as earthly or in the flesh while
the other puts it as Heavenly or spiritual.

In today’s message we see Jesus who is known as the eternal High Priest was
taken from the tribe of Judah and not from the tribe of Levi. It may seem
God broke His own word but that is not the case. Let me explain this is a
short way with the example I started this message with of not eating swine
meat.

In English language the vocabulary are phonic and almost all have no
meaning or reason as to why they are associated with that person, place or
thing. For example a person’s name in any language is moved into English by
keeping the phonics of the word but we see in the languages used in the
Bible the phonics were never given importance but the meaning of the word
are maintained. So if the name of a person was ‘Shorty’ in one language in
the other language the person would not be called ‘Shorty’ in the other
language but will be called the word that means shorty in that language.

Let’s take the word swine in Hebrew means enclosed or hidden. If one sees
the nature of this animal or any other animal one would understand why God
inspired Adam who was still in the Image of God and had not sinned, to give
the appropriate names to the animals. The pig is disliked for it has the
nature to consume any things that looks or seems to be edible, in other
words it does not thoroughly discern the things it consumes. The Hebrew
word translated as flesh comes from the root word that means message. So
when Jesus said if one does not consume His flesh he or she will not have
eternal life, He was talking of accepting His message and making it part of
one’s self and not of eating human flesh. So also when God said not to
consume swine flesh, God was not talking of actual pig meat but of not
consuming the nature of the swine that is consuming or believing anything
that seems good. We see this is one of the most serious problems of our
church that they spiritually consume swine meat that is believe any and
everything that people preach in the name of Christianity.

If we take today’s message, decode it and expound it by the meanings of the
main words and their symbolizations, we would understand how awesome the
Word of God is, how His Word does not change and who it was and is
fulfilled in Jesus Christ.

Hebrew 7:14, 15, 16 [expounded] - For it is evident that our Lord sprang
from being praised / lifted up [Judah ="he shall be praised"]; of which
tribe Moses spoke nothing concerning priesthood and it is yet far more
evident: for that after the similitude of King of Righteousness
[Melchizedek means king of righteousness and also symbolized a dual role of
Priest and King] there ariseth another priest, who is made, not after the
law of a carnal commandment, but after the power of an endless life.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord we pray your people do not behave like spiritual pigs keeping let law
in the flesh and not discern everything that is spoken in the name of Jesus
Christ or in the name of Christianity. Lord we pray they behave like your
Sons led by your Spirit understanding everything in its true nature, using
wisdom that is divine...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Ephesians 6:11-17

11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against
the wiles of the devil.

12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities,
against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against
spiritual wickedness in high places.

13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to
withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on
the breastplate of righteousness;

15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;

16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to
quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.

17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is
the word of God:

Matthew 10:33-39

33 But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my
Father which is in heaven.

34 Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send
peace, but a sword.

35 For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the
daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in
law.

36 And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household.

37 He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and
he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.

38 And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy
of me.

39 He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for
my sake shall find it.

2 Corinthians 6:1-10

1 We then, as workers together with him, beseech you also that ye receive
not the grace of God in vain.

2 (For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of
salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold,
now is the day of salvation.)

3 Giving no offence in any thing, that the ministry be not blamed:

4 But in all things approving ourselves as the ministers of God, in much
patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses,

5 In stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labours, in watchings, in
fastings;

6 By pureness, by knowledge, by longsuffering, by kindness, by the Holy
Ghost, by love unfeigned,

7 By the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armour of
righteousness on the right hand and on the left,

8 By honour and dishonour, by evil report and good report: as deceivers,
and yet true;

9 As unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and, behold, we live; as
chastened, and not killed;

10 As sorrowful, yet alway rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as
having nothing, and yet possessing all things.

John 6:53-57

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

54 Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I
will raise him up at the last day.

55 For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed.

56 He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I
in him.

57 As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father: so he that
eateth me, even he shall live by me.

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Have no fellowship with unfruitful works of darkness

Ephesians 5:10-13

10Proving what is acceptable to the Lord.

11And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but 
rather reprove them.

12For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done by them 
in secret.

13But all things that are reproved are made visible by the light: for 
whatever doth make manifest is light.

Today's message is a very, very important for Christians especially 
those who work in the Lord's Vineyard. This message may surprisingly 
imply to a very large section of these people.

If we go through our recent messages we will understand this message, 
for the Lord has led us to this message after taking us through and 
making us understand the previous messages. Paul did not write this 
message to non-Christians and also did not write this message to 
Christians warning them of non-Christians but wrote to Christians 
warning them of Christians. We need to understand the terms so as to 
understand today's message.

The term 'darkness' means resisting light and in the Bible also means 
ignorance to divine things. Knowledge and understanding of God and His 
Kingdom is everywhere for He made everything in an image of things 
hidden (unseen) but doubt and sin in man does not allow him to see or 
understand them. Nobody can say I do not know that God exist and what 
His Kingdom is about after living in and seeing His creation.

The term 'partake' means being a distributer of or being associated with.

The term 'reprove' means to refute or convict and the grammar here is 
similar to what Jesus used when He said "Repent ye, and believe the 
gospel". It is sharp and direct.

Paul in his letter was warning them about Christians who seem to be 
doing the Lord's work but are doing things that go against the Kingdom 
of God. These people are more dangerous than those who openly do evil 
for those who do evil in the natural can be easily identified and 
avoided but these people may seem good but they actually are greater 
enemies to the Kingdom of God. People do not realize a greater 
punishment is in store for those who know Jesus and call Him Lord, Lord 
but yet live in the desires of their flesh and satisfying their carnal 
man. Jesus cursed the fig tree not because it had no fruit but because 
it showed it was fruitful by changing the color of its leaves but did 
not have any fruit (fig trees changes color in season when it bears fruit).

Paul inspired by the Lord instructed the Christians to be not involved 
with people who do work in the name of the Lord but do not bear fruit. 
There are many who do activities and who keep 'Christians' busy and do 
not let 'Christians' to be the Christian they are called to be.

Let me take an example of our Churches. Most Pastors get very worried 
when a member does not show up in Church even for one day and gets 
someone to call them. This is good if that person is new in the Lord and 
growing in the Lord. But if that person is mature and doing the Lord's 
work, the Pastor still expects that person to be present at Sunday 
services avoiding ministering to others so that there is crowd in 
church. Many Pastors have made the congregation an audience to whom they 
need to preach to. It does not matter if their preaching is changing 
lives or not, if just one person gets blessed in 2 or 3 months is enough 
for them be proud and boast of the good they are doing.

One person told me only those who have gifts have preaching's that 
manifests in the lives of those hearing. He literally made the Word of 
God void of its power and he also forgot gifts are things which any 
person can ask the Lord and He gives, so what holds him back from 
receiving that gift which manifests and changes people's lives?

Faith comes from understanding the Word of God (believing the Truth). 
Jesus did not say 'my gift has healed you' but said 'your faith has 
healed you'. If one does not give the right understanding of the Word, 
then how can faith grow?

A Church is like school where children grow in understanding and are 
sent out of the school to grow further like a college and then to do 
work, that is how society is build. If children do not come out of 
school and always remain in school then what will happen to society, it 
will soon or later decay and collapse.

The mission of every Pastor should be to build, enrich, reinforce and 
enable his congregation to go out and build others, not to build his 
church or ministry but build the Kingdom of God.

It is a shame and failure of a Pastor if any member has been a long 
member of his congregation attending Sunday service regularly it shows 
his failure in doing his work of pastoring. It shows he is entertaining 
his people and playing 'Church'. It shows he has become an obstacle in 
that person's life and cause of their spiritual destruction.

The Lord is telling us it is time we bring these things that are done in 
darkness into light. Let us neither be party to them nor encourage them. 
If you are a victim of such a 'Church' it is time you move on and find a 
good Pastor who is doing his duty faithfully. It is better to join a 
small congregation that helps you grow in the Lord then to a join a 
large congregation which entertains you and makes you pay a great price 
later.

Church is a body and if that body does not grow in strengthen and 
ability but just grows in size then it is called a sick body. Let's not 
made a large sick body and call it the Body of Christ.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord, we pray all that is done in your name but not according to your 
Name be exposed. We pray your people not pretend to be your people but 
live a life that shows You are a Living and Almighty God. We pray 
Churches no longer play church but be places where your people grow in 
You to be led by your Spirit and become Sons of God...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Acts 2:46-47

46And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking 
bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and 
singleness of heart,

47Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord 
added to the church daily such as should be saved.

Acts 6:1-10

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9Then there arose certain of the synagogue, which is called the 
synagogue of the Libertines, and Cyrenians, and Alexandrians, and of 
them of Cilicia and of Asia, disputing with Stephen.

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

Acts 8:5-8

5Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria, and preached Christ unto 
them.

6And the people with one accord gave heed unto those things which Philip 
spake, hearing and seeing the miracles which he did.

7For unclean spirits, crying with loud voice, came out of many that were 
possessed with them: and many taken with palsies, and that were lame, 
were healed.

8And there was great joy in that city.

Acts 8:26-31, 35-40

26And the angel of the Lord spake unto Philip, saying, Arise, and go 
toward the south unto the way that goeth down from Jerusalem unto Gaza, 
which is desert.

27And he arose and went: and, behold, a man of Ethiopia, an eunuch of 
great authority under Candace queen of the Ethiopians, who had the 
charge of all her treasure, and had come to Jerusalem for to worship,

28Was returning, and sitting in his chariot read Esaias the prophet.

29Then the Spirit said unto Philip, Go near, and join thyself to this 
chariot.

30And Philip ran thither to him, and heard him read the prophet Esaias, 
and said, Understandest thou what thou readest?

35Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and 
preached unto him Jesus.

36And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water: and the 
eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized?

37And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. 
And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.

38And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both 
into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him.

39And when they were come up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord 
caught away Philip, that the eunuch saw him no more: and he went on his 
way rejoicing.

40But Philip was found at Azotus: and passing through he preached in all 
the cities, till he came to Caesarea.

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Sacrifice of bullocks in Gilgal

Hosea 12:11 - Is there iniquity in Gilead? surely they are vanity: they
sacrifice bullocks in Gilgal; yea, their altars are as heaps in the furrows
of the fields.

In Nepal we read just as of now about 2.5 million Hindus have gathered to
show their devotion to a Hindu goddess and they believe sacrificing an
animal would bring good luck to them. Today’s newspapers states this year
about 5000 to 6000 bullocks have been killed and about 100,000 goats and
other animals have been slaughtered as of yesterday and this event is still
on with a day or 2 remaining.

When we read this, many people’s heart would burn to hear animals being
mercilessly killed for rituals. But when we read in the Old Testament we
read many such cases of thousands of animals being killed as sacrifice so
did it please God to see animals being killed in His name?

Animal sacrifice started when man sinned. Before sin man was a vegetarian
but after man sinned God killed an animal and covered Adam and Eve with the
skin of the animal. It was at this time God made man to eat the animal
killed by Him and this was the first meat man had eaten. God did this to
prepare man to accept and understand the true sacrifice that God was to
perform of the Son coming as man.

The Israelites did not understand the symbolism of the sacrifice and what
each meant and how they were shadows of the true sacrifice of Jesus Christ,
so animal sacrifice in Old Testament for Christians are shadows of the
eternal sacrifice and thus not something which any Christian would perform
today.

In today’s message we read a similar verse which talks of animal sacrifice
but it is nothing as what we read in the text. It is only when we get to
study of the Hebrew words and what they symbolize we understand what God
was saying. One will find a total contrast to what the text seem to say.
Let me take the important words of today’s message and what it means and we
see the glorious eternal implication of the Word of God.

Iniquity = wickedness

Gilead = rocky region = symbolizes those who have half knowledge or little
truths (Truth is symbolized as a cliff / huge rock not small rocks)

Vanity = emptiness / falsehood

Sacrifice = slaughter / kill (symbolizing justification)

Bullocks = comes a root word that means travel that of a harlot or a
merchant

Gilgal = wheel (symbolizing time)

Altars = comes from the root word that means sacrifice (like a person does
not refer to the body but to the spirit being that dwells in that body)

Heaps = stones kept on a dead body / also figuratively to chastisement by
the Lord

Furrows = meaning accumulate

Fields = land

Now when we put the meanings together we get the right understanding of
what God wants to tell us.

Is there wickedness in those who lack proper understanding of the Truth?
Surely there is falsehood as their sacrifice is self-interest (like that of
the work of a harlot or merchant) as time moves, yes their sacrifice is
like tomb stone accumulating in this world.

The Lord is telling us the works of those who lack knowledge of the Kingdom
of God are like worldly tombstone that do not bring life but tombstone of
dead works that gather glory of the people of this world.

It is amazing when I got this message today morning I did not understand
fully what the Lord was telling through this message and in the morning at
service the preacher was a person who is looked up by people of the
congregation for his intellectual preaching. But when one has a good
understanding of the Word of God one will see he preaches teachings of the
world but not teaching according to the Word of God. Today while talking to
him I suggested he does a deeper study of scriptures but he got very upset
with me for I hurt his ego, his glory among the people. He told me not to
complicate the Word of God for it is simple for simple people.

People do not realize Jesus spoke in parable to worldly people, and these
sounded very simple but the true understanding was not known to them. God
gave is His Spirit of Truth, the word also means understanding. That is why
God blesses His people with heavenly wisdom through the Holy Spirit so as
to have the right understanding of scriptures. Bible also says things like
His people suffer for lack of understanding and fear of the Lord is just
the beginning of wisdom and those who despise wisdom are fools that end in
vanity. God also says His Word is like a treasure mine where one needs to
dig deep to get to the true treasure. We read today’s message in book of
Proverbs chapter 4.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord we pray your people understand your Word is eternal and thus talks to
every generation so they should not take the world likely but study it
thoroughly as You have set in your Word. Lord we pray your people not be
victims to foolishness but pursue knowledge, wisdom and understanding...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Matthew 13:12-15

12 For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more
abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that
he hath.

13 Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and
hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.

14 And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By
hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see,
and shall not perceive:

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

Proverbs 1:7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools
despise wisdom and instruction.

Proverbs 2:6 For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge
and understanding.

Proverbs 2:7 He layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous: he is a buckler
to them that walk uprightly.

Proverbs 4:5-19

5 Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline from the
words of my mouth.

6 Forsake her not, and she shall preserve thee: love her, and she shall
keep thee.

7 Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy
getting get understanding.

8 Exalt her, and she shall promote thee: she shall bring thee to honour,
when thou dost embrace her.

9 She shall give to thine head an ornament of grace: a crown of glory
shall she deliver to thee.

10 Hear, O my son, and receive my sayings; and the years of thy life shall
be many.

11 I have taught thee in the way of wisdom; I have led thee in right paths.

12 When thou goest, thy steps shall not be straitened; and when thou
runnest, thou shalt not stumble.

13 Take fast hold of instruction; let her not go: keep her; for she is thy
life.

14 Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil
men.

15 Avoid it, pass not by it, turn from it, and pass away.

16 For they sleep not, except they have done mischief; and their sleep is
taken away, unless they cause some to fall.

17 For they eat the bread of wickedness, and drink the wine of violence.

18 But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and
more unto the perfect day.

19 The way of the wicked is as darkness: they know not at what they
stumble.

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Do dead people come to minister

Luke 16:27 - Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou 
wouldest send him to my father's house:

When ministering to people troubled with evil spirits one of the most 
common trick these spirits use is to claim they are spirits of people 
passed away. These spirits will make stories which will be very hard to 
not believe. They may even reveal some secrets which were known only to 
that person. Even in these cases one who is knowledgeable of the Word of 
God would know these spirits are not of people who have passed away but 
are fallen angels who try to deceive people and destroy them.

The person ministering who is mature in the Lord would not get 
distracted with the manifestation or the words spoken by the evil spirit 
through that person. He or she would be focused to command that spirit 
to leave that body for he or she know the Lord Jesus Christ has given us 
the authority to drive these spirits away and these spirits have to 
abide to the authority.

When people die their spirit leaves this world and goes to the spirit 
worlds below (not below the earth as many think). Those who are not in 
Christ go to Hell (lowest level) where they cannot come out for Hell is 
like a prison controlled by the Angels of God (not by Satan, Lucifer 
himself is a prisoner there). Those who are in Christ go to a spiritual 
level known as Grave which is spiritually below the level we dwell in. 
In this level the spirit kind of hibernates /sleeps but they are aware 
of the things that are happening at our level. But since God has 
forbidden man in the flesh to communicate with them so they do not. 
Jesus as Son of Man on the other hand is in the upper levels (Upper 
Heavens) therefore does not have any restrictions to communicate with 
man that is why He appears to man but not in the flesh but as a spirit 
being (like an Angel but will come as man only on Judgment Day).

We read of a case where King Saul did disturb the spirit of the Prophet 
Samuel due to which Saul was punished. But in the case of Jesus He 
transfigured Himself (was not in the flesh) so when He spoke to the 
spirit of Moses and Elijah He did not break the Commandment.

We read in today's message in the parable of the rich man and Lazarus 
the beggar. We see the rich man after his death he goes to Hell and 
Lazarus goes to the bosom of Abraham (not bosom of God the Father). We 
read in the Old Testament and even New Testament those who were of God 
after they died they were gathered with their fathers or written as 
slept which means they went to the spirit level known as Grave. Jesus 
Christ is the only person as Son of Man (not as God the Son) who has 
gone to Heaven for He fulfilled the conditions required of man to enter 
Heaven (had the things Adam and Eve lost when they sinned). Only after 
Judgment Day after we are judged will we be given those things which 
will make us incorruptible and will enable us to enter Heaven.

One has to very clear no man other than Jesus will be able to go to 
Heaven until Judgment Day. Even the thief who died on the cross next to 
Jesus did not enter Heaven after his death. Firstly note Jesus after 
death did not go to Heaven but went to Hell and rose (raised) again on 
the third day and He confirms this when He met Mary Magdalene, so the He 
did not mean 'today you will be with me in Paradise'. The Greek word 
which Jesus used that is translated as 'today' is actually 'that day', 
so when one reads the scripture by replacing 'today' with 'that day' one 
will understand the context of their discussion and what Jesus promised 
the thief (that on Judgment Day when Jesus comes in glory he would be 
with Him in Paradise).

In the parable the rich man asks for Lazarus to be sent to minister to 
the rich man's family who are alive but Abraham tells him the Prophets 
whom God has sent have spoken to them and their words are with them. But 
yet the rich man insists that if they see a dead person come and speak 
they will listen. What is very interesting and very true is what Abraham 
says as a reply to him in this parable. The reply is "if they hear not 
Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose 
from the dead".

Jesus did not preach after He rose from the dead but preached when He 
was alive. The Word of God is God's living Word and it does not require 
a great person or a dead person to come back to life to speak God's Word 
unto us to change us for the power is in the Word. God will never send a 
dead person to come back and preach His Word for that would make the 
power in the Word void. So if any being comes from the dead and preaches 
firstly that being is a deceiving spirit and one can be assured that 
they are not God's words. One can compare the words of these spirits / 
being who claim to be people from the Bible and be assured that it is a 
deceiving spirit.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord, You are God of the Living and full of wisdom. You can see the 
hidden things and have knowledge of all things therefore know the 
results even before the process starts. You have already written the 
results yet You give man a chance so as to justify your judgment for You 
are Righteous an no one can point a finger at You as being unjust. Lord 
we pray your people do not get deceived by spirits that come in your 
name but desire to destroy your people by making them do things that go 
against your Will...

We make this prayer in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Judges 2:10And also all that generation were gathered unto their 
fathers: and there arose another generation after them, which knew not 
the LORD, nor yet the works which he had done for Israel.

1 Kings 2:10So David slept with his fathers, and was buried in the city 
of David.

Acts 7:59-60

59And they stoned Stephen, calling upon God, and saying, Lord Jesus, 
receive my spirit.

60And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this 
sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep.

1 Corinthians 15:20But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the 
firstfruits of them that slept.

Romans 14:10But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at 
nought thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of 
Christ.

Luke 23:42-43

42And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy 
kingdom.

43And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be 
with me in paradise.

John 20:17Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended 
to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my 
Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God.

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Abide in the Will of the Father do not blaspheme the Holy Spirit

Mark 3:28, 29 - Verily I say to you, All sins shall be forgiven to the sons
of men, and whatever blasphemies they shall blaspheme: But he that shall
blaspheme against the Holy Spirit never hath forgiveness, but is in danger
[bond / entangled to] of eternal damnation [judgment / separation]:

In today’s message we read any person who believes in the sacrifice of
Jesus Christ and accepts Him as his or her Lord and Master, that person
will be forgiven of all sins except one sin that is blaspheme of the Holy
Spirit only if that person is guilty of that sin, and this is true.
Whatever sin even if it is murder that too of thousands of people or any
other grave sin yet that person has hope to be forgiven in Jesus Christ all
he has to do is repent and believe in Jesus Christ and become a Christian
(disciple of Christ).

When we read this it brings joy to the heart of any and everyone who is far
from Christ that the darkness in them is not that dark that the light of
Christ is not able to save them. But what about those who are in Christ one
would think it gives them a free ticket to sin and continue in sin and yet
be forgiven for them, all they need to do is not to speak against the Holy
Spirit. These people are mistaken. One needs to understand this scripture
properly for no scriptures contradict each other.

When Jesus said in Matthew 7:21-23 that anyone who believes in Him and yet
does not abide by the Will of the Father will be rejected by Him and that
person will not get to enter Heaven. Such a person will be cast in a place
worse than Hell where he or she does not suffer their own sins (never dying
coals of fire/worms) but will be tormented for a very, very, very long time
(here we are talking of thousands of years and not eternal for man cannot
live eternally only God does and man will only if he or she has access to
the Tree of Life forever that is dwell in Heaven). One may think where does
blaspheme of the Holy Spirit come here.

There are 2 things we need to understand here first is the ‘Will of the
Father’ and second the word ‘blaspheme’.

In the times of Moses the general people (People of God) were void of the
Holy Spirit only a few / elect did have the Holy Spirit. So God gave the
Law on small slabs of stones and these were just a few basic Commandments
yet they could not keep them for they never understood them. After the Holy
Spirit was given to the Church (People of God) on Pentecost we see now the
Law is not written on stone but on the hearts of the people and by the
finger of God (the Holy Spirit). So now it is not just 10 or 20 or 50
Commandments but whenever the Spirit of God speaks to that person it
becomes a Law unto that person and if that person does not abide in it than
he or she is guilty of breaking the Law and thus of sin. Also we need to
note the Spirit of God is the Spirit of the Father as well of the Son and
they are ONE, so when we do not listen to the Holy Spirit it means we not
only not listen to the Son but also not listening to the Father. Jesus also
said He did whatever He saw the Father do and He spoke the words of the
Father.

Coming to blaspheme the word does not mean just to speak against a person
it simply means to hurt the fame of a person (being). We use this word
especially against God and not against man for glory only belongs to God
and anyone hurting the glory of God is guilty of blaspheme. Although in
English we use the word ‘defamation’ when some hurts the fame of another
person we actually do not refer to glory but to the reputation or character
of that person.

If we look at these 2 sets of scriptures and other scriptures like only
those baptized in the Holy Spirit can enter Heaven or only those who have
good spiritual fruits will enter Heaven and so on, we see they all mean the
same.

A Christian who believes in Christ has a ticket to Heaven an assured entry
provided he or she abides to the instructions of the Holy Spirit. When the
person does not listen and falls yet God forgives and helps the person to
stand again and walk in His ways. But when the Christian keeps on falling
(sinning) and does not abide to the Holy Spirit then he or she risks to
defame the Holy Spirit and them comes to state of committing blaspheme. It
is at this time the person has no hope of entering Heaven. Paul says such a
person has overcome God instead of overcoming sin and abused the sacrifice
of Christ making it void in his or her life.

As a Christian we who are baptized in Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit
should know God talks to us. We are called to abide to the instructions of
the Holy Spirit (the Word of God allows us to confirm if the instructions
are from God or are our own thinking). If we harden our hearts to Him we
risk ourselves of coming to a stage of blaspheme and a punishment worse
than Hell.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord God You are a Holy God and the Heaven are your dwelling place. Nothing
unholy can enter Heaven for nothing dark can exist in the presence light.
Lord You created man in the flesh and put him in this world so that You can
refine him and make him worthy to enter Heaven. Lord we pray your people do
not perish but hardening their hearts to You even after knowing You like
the Israelites did in the desert and perished. We pray they abide to your
Spirit and be molded into Sons of God thus enabled to enter Heaven...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name.

[Reference Scriptures]

Matthew 7:21-23

21 Not every one that saith to me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the
kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father who is in heaven.

22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in
thy name? and in thy name have cast out demons? and in thy name done many
wonderful works?

23 And then will I profess to them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye
that work iniquity.

Jeremiah 31:33 But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the
house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in
their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God,
and they shall be my people.

Zechariah 7:12 Yea, they made their hearts as an adamant stone, lest they
should hear the law, and the words which the LORD of hosts hath sent in his
spirit by the former prophets: therefore came a great wrath from the LORD
of hosts.

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Loosening the young clots

Luke 19:33,34 - And as they were loosing the colt, its owners said to 
them, Why loose ye the colt? And they said, The Lord hath need of him.

When we read the English translation of the Bible we need to be careful 
not to take the literate meaning unless we get to the Greek, Aramaic or 
Hebrew words, its root and grammar.

In English the word 'loosen' does not mean to set free but to give a 
larger area or more freedom. In English we would use the word release to 
describe someone being set free. In Greek the word translated as 
'loosen' as in today's scripture is the word 'luo' and this word occurs 
43 times in the New Testament and only 27 time it is translated as 
loose, the other times it is translated as break, destroy, dissolve etc. 
which points to being set free not the English sense of loosen.

If we take the Greek word 'apoluo' which is translated as 'release' it 
is a compound Greek word made of apo [meaning from/of/out of] and luo. 
So the word release is more of 'released from'. We see today's scripture 
does not talk of the donkeys being loosened but about being set free or 
released from their masters for the Lord purpose.

I had joined an organization a few months back and I have been involved 
in distribution of Bibles to schools. From the start I have been having 
great success with schools where the 'Christian' principles who were 
known to drive away others, welcomed my team with open arms. Apart from 
Christian schools even non-Christian also welcomed us. Some of the 
schools the parents had previously objected to Bibles being distributed 
this time they themselves were taking one and those who did not were 
asking the principle for one in their own languages.

But yesterday one of the Christian schools where I did not approach the 
principle directly but went through the head teacher there I got a 'no' 
from the principle, so I was like of very disappointed and saddened.

A donkey is one of the most referred animals in the Bible. The animal is 
called a dumb animal not because the others talk and the donkey does 
not. The donkey is known to not use its intelligence but just submits to 
the directions of its master, it also carries whatever load that is 
placed on it.

The animal is very famous in many of the mythological religions. The 
Greeks had a deity named Silenus who was considered a tutor of the young 
Greek gods is pictured riding on a donkey and all the people welcoming 
him. He was said to possess special knowledge and intelligence when 
intoxicated. The Hindus have a goddess Kalaratri (a version of Kali) 
sitting on a donkey. Mohammad too had a favorite donkey to which he 
would talk and is said to have flown to Paradise sitting on it (flying 
donkey). So we see other than God, others also have a strong liking 
towards donkeys.

We can be donkeys to the Lord to be used for His glory or be donkeys to 
false gods (who do not exist and behind whom evil powers work).

Jesus was born among donkeys (He was born outside an inn where the 
donkeys were tied) and He entered Jerusalem as the Savior King sitting 
on an unsaddled young donkey while tagging along a saddled adult donkey.

In today's message we see the Lord Jesus was in need on a donkey for His 
glorious ride into His Kingdom, especially young one which is unsaddled. 
He could have mounted Himself on the saddled adult donkey but chose to 
ride the unsaddled one. People who are matured or filled with worldly 
understanding are like the adult donkey that the Lord did not prefer and 
especially those who are under human authority (saddled) even though He 
tagged it along the glorious rid.

Today the Lord is telling us to reach out to the children and bring them 
to the knowledge of Him. He has sent us like the disciples who were told 
to untie the donkey and its young one. We may bring others to the Lord 
and the Lord will use them too but His glory will be on those who are 
innocent of the spiritual understanding of this world and are 
spiritually not under worldly human authority.

Today the Lord encouraged me by this message we received today. This 
message is not only for me but also for you. He instructs us to go 
directly and approach the children with the Truth and do not used 
worldly methods to reach out to the children for they are His and if 
their guardians ask, tell them the Lord is in need of them.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord, You are Almighty God and nothing is impossible to You. You have 
said in your Word all that You have written You will indeed bring to 
pass. Even though You can finish evil by a word of your mouth yet You 
have written You will use insignificant man to overcome evil and fight 
the fallen angels. You have empowered man to do it but the worldly good 
and bad keeps Him from knowing this authority. We pray that more and 
more of the little children who are innocent of this worldly corruption 
may come to know of the Truth and may be used for your Kingdom and You 
may be glorified in and through them...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Matthew 18:3 - And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, 
and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of 
heaven.

Matthew 21:1-10

1 And when they drew nigh unto Jerusalem, and were come to Bethphage, 
unto the mount of Olives, then sent Jesus two disciples,

2Saying unto them, Go into the village over against you, and straightway 
ye shall find an ass tied, and a colt with her: loose them, and bring 
them unto me.

3And if any man say ought unto you, ye shall say, The Lord hath need of 
them; and straightway he will send them.

4All this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the 
prophet, saying,

5Tell ye the daughter of Sion, Behold, thy King cometh unto thee, meek, 
and sitting upon an ass, and a colt the foal of an ass.

6And the disciples went, and did as Jesus commanded them,

7And brought the ass, and the colt, and put on them their clothes, and 
they set him thereon.

8And a very great multitude spread their garments in the way; others cut 
down branches from the trees, and strawed them in the way.

9And the multitudes that went before, and that followed, cried, saying, 
Hosanna to the Son of David: Blessed is he that cometh in the name of 
the Lord; Hosanna in the highest.

10And when he was come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved, saying, 
Who is this?

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Beware of dogs, evil workers and false circumcision

Philippians 3:2,3 - Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the
false circumcision. For we are the true circumcision, who worship God in
the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the
flesh.

When we read today’s message if we go by the text it may shock people. Paul
was a Man of God and we read he says ‘beware of dogs’ an animal loved my
most people. We know of Muhammad who called himself a prophet and started a
religion called Islam, he hated dogs. He illiterately stated that dogs were
devils, especially black dogs. That is why you would never see a devote
Muslim having dogs as pets. Was Paul like Muhammad? No. We know Paul was
speaking of people and not of dogs.

Dogs are very loving creatures that need to be tamed and loved and they
become mans ‘best friends’. We read stories of dogs putting their lives at
risk for the sake of their masters. But at times we see even dogs have a
breaking point or moods when they get out of control and can attack even
their own masters.

The Greek word ‘blepo’ translated as beware actually means ‘to look’ but
not in a casual way but to observe or take good note of or be watchful. So
Paul is not telling us to be alarmed but is telling us to take good note of
or be watchful of these 3 types of people.

Paul in this scripture was not talking of the canine but about humans that
have the dog nature. He was speaking about worldly friends. Worldly friends
are good but they do not replace family. A friend is a friend and a
brethren is a brethren. A friend can at times become the worse foe, but a
brethren in the Lord, even if he or she gets offended cannot turn against
another brethren.

There are 2 scriptures which are very wrongly understood one where the Lord
calls Abraham His 'friend' and one where Jesus calls us 'friends'. In the
first one God does not call Abraham ‘friend’ but calls him ‘His love’. It
is this scripture by which all who are in Abraham (by faith) become the Lord
’s bride. In the case of Jesus the Greek word He used was Philo and it does
not simply mean friend but many a times as a verb it is translated as ‘love’
[i.e. Matthew 6:5 / Matthew 23:6] and projects more towards
association/good relationship/attachment/fellowship, it is only when one
gets to the context of the sentence or topic one knows what kind of
association it refers to. We also see other Greek words like para [of /
from] [i.e. Mark 3:21] or sos [thy / thine] [i.e. Mark 5:19] also
translated as friends in scriptures. So in short Paul tells us to be
watchful /beware of people who are good to us but not in the Lord. If they
know us and we are true Christians then they should know Christ in us and
if they know Christ and do not accept Him then there is something that need
to be watched about them.

The second type of people whom we should be watchful are those whom Paul
calls as 'evil workers'. The Greek words translated as ‘evil workers’
actually means ‘bad nature laborer’. Paul is not talking of people of any
worldly person who loves to do evil but about brethren or people who are
laborers in the Lord’s Kingdom, who do God’s work but from within have not
changed themselves and still hold worldly desires and lusts.

The third lot of whom Paul tells us to be watchful is those who promote ‘false
circumcision’. The actual Greek word here is not one that means a different
kind of circumcision but the Greek word ‘katatome’ means just mutilation /
to cut up. The Lord did ask the Jews to do the ritual of circumcision
[Greek word ‘peritome’] as a statute so that later they would understand
its true meaning. But the Jews by rejecting Jesus Christ did not receive
the Holy Spirit therefore did not understand the true meaning of
circumcision.

We as Christians know the true circumcision is not cutting the foreskin of
one’s reproductive organ but means to cut one’s worldly desires and to
surrender to the Lord’s desires. It means to stop living as worldly person
in carnal desires but to live as spiritual people who have overcome the
desires of the world.

When Paul tells us to be watchful of people who promote mutilation he does
not speak of keeping a watch on Jews or Muslims who promote physical
circumcision or people of other religions that promote any other kind of
mutilation. Paul is speaking about being watchful on people who call
themselves Christians but do not understand the grace of God. He tells us
to be watchful of people who promote penance or any kind of torturing of one
’s self for the reason for one’s sins or to overcome one’s sinful nature.

We are people of true circumcision who fight all battles in the spirit and
then the results of this battle manifests in the natural. Like our fasting
is not about depriving our body food but more of guiding our minds and
hearts to focus on God and His Kingdom. So if our fasting is just depriving
our body of food then we should avoid it. Unless we are not focusing our
selves wholly to God’s Kingdom them our fasting becomes a mutilation.

In short Paul tells us to beware of people who are friends of Christian but
are not Christian themselves. He tells us to beware of those who are
Christians by name but who do not live their lives Christ like. He also
tells us to beware of Christians who do not live a life in the spirit,
battling in the spirit but live in the flesh and battle in the flesh.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord, we thank You for your Word today. You God are Spirit and You desire
we overcome our flesh and be your Sons led in the Spirit. We pray Father
that we take caution of these 3 types of people who are working or
connected to your Kingdom’s work here on earth. We pray that we be wise and
discern all things...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Isaiah 41:8 - But thou, Israel, art my servant, Jacob whom I have chosen,
the seed of Abraham my friend [ahab means love].

James 2:23 - And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed
God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the
Friend [Philo - love] of God.

John 15:14-15

14 Ye are my friends [Associates], if ye do whatsoever I command you.

15 Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what
his lord doeth: but I have called you friends [Associates]; for all things
that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.

James 4:4 - Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship
[love] of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a
friend [love] of the world is the enemy of God.

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Obedience

John 13:16 - Verily, verily, I say to you, The servant is not greater than
his lord; neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him.

Today’s message talks of obedience that we should have towards God. The
Greek word ‘doulos’ translated as ‘servant’ actually means ‘slave’ or
‘bondman’ and comes from the word ‘deo’ which means ‘bind’ or ‘tie’.

The Greek word ‘kurios’ translated as lord does not mean master like in a
supervisor or boss but ‘someone to whom one belongs to’ therefore mostly
translated as ‘Lord’ for we do not belong to any human but to God alone. We
are born from our parents but are not created by them therefore we do not
belong to them but belong to God alone. Thus our obedience to God is above
our obedience towards our parents or anyone else.

Jesus here gives us an example about Himself and His obedience to His
Father. We see many scriptures state He came of His own will but in this
scripture He states His Father sent Him, they do not contradict for He also
says He and His Father are one. We also find He calls His own Father ‘Lord’
and thus has total obedience to His Father. To understand this relationship
we need to understand the ‘Godhead’ also known as ‘Trinity’.

The word ‘Trinity’ was made famous by the Roman Catholic Church and by
Mohammad in the Quran (but Mohammad misunderstood Trinity as God the
Father, the man Jesus and Mary His earthly mother since the Catholics and
Orthodox call her ‘Mother’ and Jesus called God ‘Father’). The Muslims
(especially Shia) also call her mother and the other woman most important
to them is Fatima the most loved woman and daughter of Mohammad whom they
refer as sister. The definition of Trinity for the Catholics refers to God
the Father, the man Jesus and the Holy Spirit which is also not right
therefore Christians should preferably use the word ‘Godhead’ and not the
word ‘Trinity’ to avoid confusion in the definition. Both the Muslims and
Catholics think in sense of human and worldly thinking.

We read God is spirit and yet He has a Spirit. For man to understand spirit
is nearly impossible for the word means breathe which connects to life and
a life does not have a natural form. A spirit being can take any form and
we read in scriptures the Angels did that. When God the Son became man it
was not just He took a form of man. The scripture says He humbled Himself
and then become man, that means He gave up His Godly powers and His glory
(not His Nature) and then became His creation so when He became man He had
none of His Godly powers, all that He did as man was by the authority that
man was given by God before man sinned and by the power of the Holy Spirit
(He was without sin therefore was called Son of God - one having the image
of God). Everywhere He used the term ‘Son of Man’ was to state He did by
authority as man without sin (Son of God) and not by the power of the Holy
Spirit. He came on a mission to make sinful man (man with a corrupt image)
free of sin (overcome sin) and regain the uncorrupted image of God that is
become Sons of God again and thus enter Heaven (the upper Heavens) again.
Both man and woman will become Sons of God for in Heaven there is neither
gender nor any earthly relationships.

To understand Godhead we need to understand John 1:18, John 8:42, John
16:27 and John 6:38 where Jesus uses words like ‘I proceeded forth and came
from God‘, ‘I came out from God‘, ‘I came out from thee‘, and in John 1:18
He uses the Greek word meaning ‘creek’ but translated as ‘bosom’, so He
says through all these scriptures He was in the Father and came from within
the Father. There is no word like ‘begotten son’ in scriptures as defined
as most Christians but just the word son.

The Hebrew word ‘ben’ translated as ‘son’ comes from the word meaning ‘of’
therefore we seen when scriptures were translated in some places even
though the Greek word ‘huios’ meaning ‘son’ does not exist and only the
word ‘of’ exist yet the word ‘son’ is added like in Luke 3:38 to define the
relationship between Adam and God. Both Adam and God the Son are called
Sons but in case of Adam he was created, but in the case of God the Son He
existed in the Father since the beginning and therefore was neither created
nor formed. He being part of the Father has all the properties of the
Father yet is not equal to the Father. One needs to understand mathematical
terms like subset and infinity to understand this. The Son is a smaller
subset of the Father but since the Father is infinite therefore the Son
also is infinite, that is why the Son being God yet calls the Father as His
Lord. The complication between understanding them more comes when one has
to understand the Holy Spirit since the Spirit of the Father is the Spirit
of the Son (God the Son) and their Spirit is an individual by Himself. Like
the Son humble and became man so did His Spirit became 7 Spirits as listed
in Isaiah 11:2.

Every being has to have a bodily form to have a spirit. God the Father and
God the Son both being Spirit yet have a form and that form is what
constitutes them. The Body of the Father consists of the Son and the Spirit
and the Body of the Son consist of the Heavenly beings like the Cherubs and
the Angels. When we enter Heaven after Judgment Day our marriage to the Son
simple means we will become part of the Son who is part of the Father. That
is why the scriptures state the Father whom no one has seen leaving for the
Son had separated Himself in the beginning since He being Holy and had not
humbled Himself (like the Son and Spirit did), will dwell back with the
Body of the Son (Temple that is us and the Heavenly Angels) when the Son
returns in glory (the New Jerusalem).

Most of the time ‘Elowahh’ singular of ‘Elohiym’ referring to God was
referring to YHWH / Yahweh (6510 times the word occurs) and if one notes
the YHWH is an ideogram which translates as ‘Behold the Hand Behold the
Nail’ and thus refers to the Son (who became the man Jesus Christ). So we
see most of the time it was the Son who is in the scriptures, it was He who
was instrument in the creation of this world and it was He who mostly
interacted with man along with the Holy Spirit.

Today’s message tells us because the Son knew He came from the Father and
it is the Father to whom He owes His origin therefore His obedience also He
owed totally to Him. We too should owe our obedience to the Son and His
Spirit since we came from Him for He created us.

We may have not understood His instructions in the Old Testament but in the
New Testament He came as man and spoke to us as man, in our dialect, in
simple human words, so now we cannot give an excuse to our disobedience by
saying we did not understand.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord You are a Righteous God who does not compromise, but at the same time
you are a Merciful God full of Love and would not like to see man being
destroyed therefore made a way for man to be saved. Lord, You loved us so
much that You gave up your glory for a period and became one among us to
make a way for us and enable us to walk that way. Lord we pray we obey You
as You obey the Father. We surrender unto You as You surrendered to the
will of the Father and be one with You as You are in the Father...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

John 8:42 - Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would love
me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but
he sent me.

John 16:27 - For the Father himself loveth you, because ye have loved me,
and have believed that I came out from God.

John 17:8 - For I have given unto them the words which thou gavest me; and
they have received them, and have known surely that I came out from thee,
and they have believed that thou didst send me.

John 6:38 - For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the
will of him that sent me.

John 17:1-5,20-23

1 These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said,
Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify
thee:

2 As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal
life to as many as thou hast given him.

3 And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God,
and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.

4 I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou
gavest me to do.

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

19 And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be
sanctified through the truth.

20 Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe
on me through their word;

21 That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee,
that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast
sent me.

22 And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be
one, even as we are one:

23 I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and
that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as
thou hast loved me.

24 Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me
where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for
thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world.

25 O righteous Father, the world hath not known thee: but I have known
thee, and these have known that thou hast sent me.

John 6:46 - Not that any man hath seen the Father, save he which is of God,
he hath seen the Father.

1 John 1:2 - (For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear
witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father,
and was manifested unto us;)

John 8:58-59

58 Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham
was, I am.

59 Then took they up stones to cast at him: but Jesus hid himself, and
went out of the temple, going through the midst of them, and so passed by.

Philippians 2:5-11

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

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

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

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

9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which
is above every name:

10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven,
and things in earth, and things under the earth;

11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the
glory of God the Father.

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

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Rituals take people away from God

Romans 14:5,6 - One man esteemeth one day above another: another 
esteemeth every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own 
mind. He that regardeth the day, regardeth it to the Lord; and he that 
regardeth not the day, to the Lord he doth not regard it. He that 
eateth, eateth to the Lord, for he giveth God thanks; and he that eateth 
not, to the Lord he eateth not, and giveth God thanks.

There are people who call themselves 'Born-again Christians', baptized 
in Christ and His Spirit and yet do rituals like the Jews or like pagans 
who do not know God (Jews take His name but yet do not know Him). When 
the Romans came to know Christ and accepted Him as their Lord and master 
they were growing in the Lord and they too stumbled on understanding the 
Old Testament Law which were famous as Laws of Moses.

If we look outside Christianity we see in religions like Hinduism they 
dedicate a day for a deity. They fast or do certain rituals connected to 
that deity on that specific day of the week. If we look at any religion 
they would have specific days for their religious activity. As we know 
any religious activity or ritual is like spiritual blindfolds which 
blind the spiritual conscience of the person and make them to pursue God 
through works of the flesh. Even rituals done in the name of the true 
God become sin because they lower God a spiritual being into an idol or 
to the level of man. He humbled Himself and came as man but we cannot 
humble Him and make Him a man.

We also see this confusion of which day is (Holy day) in some sects of 
'Christianity' who are not rooted in the Word of God where they have 
made some characters from the Bible into deities. They dedicate specific 
days of the week to that that human deity and recite ritualistic 
'prayers' or go on pilgrimage trips visiting shrines dedicated to those 
deities on the days dedicated to them.

As Christianity spread over to various parts of the world during the 
time of the Apostles we see they were confused as to which day to be 
dedicated to the Lord in which they would come together to worship Him 
as a congregation. Paul faced this problem in Rome which we face today 
all over the world. The Romans had Sunday as a day of rest so some 
Christians chose to meet and worship God on that day while some tried to 
follow the Jewish day of Saturday as the day of rest and the day 
dedicated to worship God as a congregation. Paul did not try to explain 
them in depth the instructions the Lord with regards to Sabbath given 
through Moses but simply told the Roman Christians who were spiritual 
infants that if they chose to dedicate any day of the week for the Lord 
it was ok.

Today we face the same problem with Christians residing in various 
countries. If one is in the Middle East then they have Friday as a day 
of rest. Now if Christians chose to meet together on this day and 
worship God as a congregation it would not be a sin. As for other 
developed countries or those who were under European rule today follow 
the Roman system of Sunday being a day of rest that is why we see most 
Christians meet on Sunday to worship God as a congregation. Some 
countries that have Saturday and Sunday as days of rest, there 
Christians have a choice to meet on either day. Some people do raise 
question are we acknowledging Sunday a day dedicated for the Roman Sun 
god as a day dedicated to our God? Now if we look at other days, they 
too are all dedicated to some or other Roman pagan god and thus named 
accordingly. It was the Catholic Church that accepted this Roman pagan 
system was catalyst to induce it all over the world.

In today's message we read Paul attends to 2 points, one of dedicating a 
specific day of the week for the Lord and second about food since the 
Roman Christians read some food as being clean and some being unclean.

We read Paul stating if a person chose a specific day of the week for 
the Lord and if another chose to dedicate another or all the days of the 
week unto the Lord they all are justified and do not sin. Similarly Paul 
states about food if one chose not to eat some meats thinking they were 
unclean we should not force them to eat that meat.

We need to understand anything done in the name of the Lord without 
understanding is a ritual and all rituals are sin. So as people grow in 
knowledge and understanding so also they will know our God is spirit and 
everything that we do is all connected to correcting our spiritual 
bodies which got corrupt when man sinned.

Some years back I had stopped eating pork (pig meat) thinking it was 
unclean as stated in the books of Moses, this happened for about a 
period of 5 to 6 months. Later as I grew in understanding of scriptures 
and understood what God really said was with regards to the nature of 
the animal but not with the meat then I started eating pork again.

Let people grow in knowledge and understanding of the Kingdom of God and 
as they grow let them walk in the ways of the Lord. Let us not put bonds 
of rituals on people and by them let us not harden their hearts and take 
them far from God.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord You alone are God and though You are seated in Heaven there is not 
place where You are not there. There is no darkness dark enough to keep 
your light from shining. Since You have given man dominance over his 
heart and the world You created for him therefore You do not force you 
ways on man but give him the free will to decide. Lord we pray your 
people realize this world is temporary and just a place wherein You make 
man worthy to be a part of the Upper Heavens. We pray they keep far from 
rituals and follow and worship You in spirit and in truth...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Romans 14:1-8

1 Him that is weak in the faith receive ye, but not to doubtful 
disputations.

2For one believeth that he may eat all things: another, who is weak, 
eateth herbs.

3Let not him that eateth despise him that eateth not; and let not him 
who eateth not judge him that eateth: for God hath received him.

4Who art thou that judgest another man's servant? to his own master he 
standeth or falleth. And, he shall be held up: for God is able to make 
him stand.

5One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day 
alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind.

6He that regardeth the day, regardeth it to the Lord; and he that 
regardeth not the day, to the Lord he doth not regard it. He that 
eateth, eateth to the Lord, for he giveth God thanks; and he that eateth 
not, to the Lord he eateth not, and giveth God thanks.

7For none of us liveth to himself, and no man dieth to himself.

8For whether we live, we live to the Lord; and whether we die, we die to 
the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord's.

Romans 14:14-17

14I know, and am persuaded by the Lord Jesus, that there is nothing 
unclean of itself: but to him that esteemeth any thing to be unclean, to 
him it is unclean.

15But if thy brother be grieved with thy meat, now walkest thou not 
charitably. Destroy not him with thy meat, for whom Christ died.

16Let not then your good be evil spoken of:

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

Romans 14:20-22

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

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

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

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

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Today's Daily Encounter

Being an Indian-Type Friend  

"Share each other's troubles and problems, and so obey
our Lord's command."1

The North American Indians had no written language
before they met the white man. Their language, however,
was far from primitive. Many of the Indians had as many
words in their vocabulary as their English and French
exploiters. Some of their words were much more
picturesque, too. For example, "friend" to the Indians
was "one-who-carries-my-sorrows-on-his-back."

Everybody needs at least one trusted "Indian-type"
friend with whom he or she can share his or her deepest
sorrows and painful feelings. We all need a helping
hand and a listening ear when we're going through
difficult times.

How do we find such a friend? First, by praying and
asking God to help us to be an "Indian-type" friend to
others. And then by asking God to help us find such a
friend for ourself.

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, help me to become a true
‘Indian-type-safe-burden-bearing friend’ myself and be
supportive of others in need. And please help me to
find a friend with whom I feel safe to share all my
sorrows, failures, struggles, and problems--as well as
all my successes and joys. Thank You for hearing and
answering my prayer. Gratefully in Jesus’s name, amen."

1. The Apostle Paul, (Galatians 6:2, TLB).

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Can I do anything or have anything I desire?

1 Corinthians 10:23 - All things are lawful for me, but all things are 
not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but all things edify not.

We have a verse in Philippians in which Paul writes I can do all things 
in Christ who strengthens me. But we read Paul does not give us a free 
ticket to do all things but tells us to take caution of the things which 
we do.

Just because we have the resources and ability to do something or get 
something it does not mean we should. Paul tells us to take great 
caution and understand first by doing or procuring that thing will it 
edify us or not. The Greek word translate as edify is the word which 
means build like in build a house.

If anything we do or possess builds us, makes things better for us or 
strengthens us then we should but if that thing or deed is going to 
hinder our relationship with God or His people or become a stumbling 
block in our personal growth then that thing or deed should not be 
possessed or done.

Today God is telling us even if we have the resources to buy or power to 
take hold or the ability to do something let us give a thought of the 
consequences first before we get to it.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord You are Spirit and even though we are strong in spirit we as humans 
are weak in the flesh. When we operate in the flesh our decisions cause 
us to stumble and fall. Lord we pray we be led by spirit more and more. 
That we think first in spirit and then proceed...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scripture]

Philippians 4:13 - I can do all things through Christ which 
strengtheneth me.

Philippians 4:19 - But my God shall supply all your need according to 
his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

Romans 9:23 - And that he might make known the riches of his glory on 
the vessels of mercy, which he had afore prepared unto glory,

Ephesians 3:16 - That he would grant you, according to the riches of his 
glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man;

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A Spiritual Workout 
  
The Greedy and Rebellious Vinedressers

Luke 20:10,11 - And at the season he sent a servant to the vinedressers,
that they should give him of the fruit of the vineyard: but the
vinedressers beat him, and sent him away empty. And again he sent another
servant: and they beat him also, and treated him shamefully, and sent him
away empty.

This parable was given by Jesus and most theologians relate the
vinedressers to the Jewish Church wherein the promise was given to the
Jewish people but when they rejected (and killed) the Son they were
themselves rejected from God’s salvation.

Today as I got this message I was thinking what was God trying to tell us
today via this parable, then I realizes the story continues within our
Churches and knew in my heart for who this message was.

The vinedressers were not outsiders but workers of the vineyard owner. They
were people of authority who had full control of the vineyard. They owner
was their provider and just an observer of the vineyard. The word used is
dresser so symbolizes a person who grooms.

This is the story of the Churches which are the vineyard of the Lord. The
Church is not a place of social gathering or religious activities. It is a
place where people are upgraded from just believers to into true disciples.
They are built in spirit with a strong foundation on the understanding of
the Word of God and its purpose. But we see Church Pastors have only one
agenda of growth that is in numbers. The Pastors are satisfied when the
seats are full in Church. They know when the seats are full than the bags
will also come full and they and their Church will not lack (if the people
put less the Pastors know how by preaching and intimidating, to remove more
money from the congregations’ pockets). At times the people in the churches
are so comfortable that they use the same chairs for every service for
many, many years. The Lord does ask only for fruits from the people but
also from the Pastors themselves. The Pastors are so busy into managing the
Church that they do not grow themselves, neither in spirit nor in
understanding, that is why we hear the same preaching again and again
replayed, at times packaged with different giftwrapping papers or else
preaching that are copied word to word from TV preachers.

We read at the first instant the owner sends his special servants to audit
the fruits of the vineyard and the vinedressers reject the servants, later
the Owner send his son whom also they not only reject but plot against and
kill. We may think this does not happen in our Churches but sadly it does.

One may see once in a while a person shows up in Churches and disturbs the
Pastor and his smooth working. Many a times the person may be a wolf out to
mislead the people but at times the person comes with a strong message
which disturbs the Pastor more in spirit and less in mind. Most Pastor find
one way or other to get rid of that person.

Coming to the later part where the son of the vineyard owner is killed and
this also we see happen today but not in the natural way like the Jews did
but happens in a spiritual way. The Pastors get the Church leaders and
congregation involved so much in Church activities that they feel they are
doing the Lord’s work but do nothing more than social activities or MEP
(Meeting-Eating-Praying). They kill the spiritual person or Christ in that
person and land up making them religious people.

In today’s message the Lord is warning the Pastors that He is going to
audit their work and who He finds not bearing fruit their congregation
would be taken away from them and given unto others. Not only that but
these Pastors will be big time losers in the Kingdom of God including all
the efforts they put for that half-hearted results will see that efforts
turn to nil.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord You are an Omnipresent and Omnipotent God and nothing is hidden nor
impossible for You. You give man an opportunity to work in your vineyard so
that he gains, is enriched and blessed. Lord we pray that the vinedressers
realize that working your vineyard is a blessing for them and not the other
way around. That they do their work whole heartedly and honestly...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Luke 20:9-16

9 Then began he to speak to the people this parable; A certain man planted
a vineyard, and let it forth to husbandmen, and went into a far country for
a long time.

10 And at the season he sent a servant to the husbandmen, that they should
give him of the fruit of the vineyard: but the husbandmen beat him, and
sent him away empty.

11 And again he sent another servant: and they beat him also, and
entreated him shamefully, and sent him away empty.

12 And again he sent a third: and they wounded him also, and cast him out.

13 Then said the lord of the vineyard, What shall I do? I will send my
beloved son: it may be they will reverence him when they see him.

14 But when the husbandmen saw him, they reasoned among themselves,
saying, This is the heir: come, let us kill him, that the inheritance may
be ours.

15 So they cast him out of the vineyard, and killed him. What therefore
shall the lord of the vineyard do unto them?

16 He shall come and destroy these husbandmen, and shall give the vineyard
to others. And when they heard it, they said, God forbid.

Matthew 7:21-23

21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the
kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in
heaven.

22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in
thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many
wonderful works?

23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye
that work iniquity.
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Gospel by a Jew for the Jews

Matthew

When one looks at the Gospel of Matthew in detail, one would see as most
Bible commentators’ state, a Gospel by a Jew for the Jewish people.

Matthew documents the historical Jesus, Jesus the Teacher and Jesus the
Messiah with most of Jesus’ teachings with references to Jewish cultures
and matters pertaining to the Old Testament are all found in this Gospel.

Jesus was to the Jews like Martin Luther is to the Catholic Church. He was
seen as a Jewish rebel who wanted to start His own sect of Judaism, so He
was looked as a cult leader by the Pharisees and Sadducee. The main reason
of this was Jesus’ defiance to the traditions of the Jews and Jesus
breaking the Law of Moses (according to them). Even today Jews consider
Jesus as a great sinner and a false Prophet, and is in hell in a pot of
boiling oil suffering punishment.

Some of the Laws which the Jews created due to their lack of understanding
of scriptures and due to the strong hold of traditions over them, which
they considered as over and above scriptures were as follow:

The Sabbath - since they followed this Law by the letter it was just
impossible for them to keep the Sabbath, thus they complicated matters and
made many sub laws or rule under it just to hoodwink God into thinking they
were abiding by the Law. Jesus on the other hand fulfilled the Law truly
yet did not do anything what they did. Jesus said the Son of Man (not God
the Son or Son of God) is the Lord of the Sabbath. Jesus also stated that
man was made for the Sabbath and not Sabbath for man. This truly shocked
the Jews who would stone a person to death for breaking the Law of Sabbath.

Washing of hands and feet - the Jews had made this tradition of washing of
hands into a religious law. People would even hire small children as slaves
to the work of assisting a guest to wash when they entered the house or sat
to dine. The ritual was so strong that the status of the family was known
by the vessel used for the washing. The rich would use mostly silver
vessels with precious stones embedded into it. There were times Jesus and
His disciples would purposely not wash their hands before dining so as to
challenge the traditions of the Jews.

Resurrection of the dead - this topic was a major theological topic which
caused a split with a large section the Jews not believing in resurrection
of the dead and this sect was called the Sadducee. The main stream Jews (of
which were the Pharisees) thought a person would resurrect in the flesh and
go to Heaven, and in Heaven they though all the earthly relationships would
continue. Jesus on the other hand stated man would not resurrect in the
flesh (He was the only person to resurrect in the flesh since His flesh did
not see any blemish and this was prophesied), He stated they would be like
the Angels (spirit beings) and would not continue their earthly
relationship in Heaven but will be alike to each other, all the same with
God as their Father.

Praying - prayer was like a religious exercise or an opportunity to show
others how religious they were. Jesus on the other hand preached about
prayer being a relationship with God and a communication that should be
private between the person and God (unless it is a group prayer - asking
for a common request).

Eating unclean food / animals - Jesus clearly stated to the Jews that a
person does not get defiled by eat things that one consumes or for not
washing hands, not by things that go in but is defiled from things that
come out from that person. Even a bad act originates from a bad desire
which originate inside. In other words Jesus was saying if we are pure in
our hearts and strong in the Truth then even Satan can tempt us and cause
us to sin. Eating or hearing or seeing or touching or smelling does not
defile us if we control our inside senses by being led in the spirit.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord, You are Spirit and only those who are led by the Spirit can dwell
before You. We pray your people do not follow a religion called
Christianity but do all things with understanding. We pray You fill them
with knowledge and wisdom of your Kingdom and they walk not in darkness but
in your light...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Matthew 12:8-14

8 For the Son of man is Lord even of the sabbath day.

9 And when he was departed thence, he went into their synagogue:

10 And, behold, there was a man which had his hand withered. And they
asked him, saying, Is it lawful to heal on the sabbath days? that they
might accuse him.

11 And he said unto them, What man shall there be among you, that shall
have one sheep, and if it fall into a pit on the sabbath day, will he not
lay hold on it, and lift it out?

12 How much then is a man better than a sheep? Wherefore it is lawful to
do well on the sabbath days.

13 Then saith he to the man, Stretch forth thine hand. And he stretched it
forth; and it was restored whole, like as the other.

14 Then the Pharisees went out, and held a council against him, how they
might destroy him.

Matthew 12:3-5

3 But he said unto them, Have ye not read what David did, when he was an
hungred, and they that were with him;

4 How he entered into the house of God, and did eat the shewbread, which
was not lawful for him to eat, neither for them which were with him, but
only for the priests?

5 Or have ye not read in the law, how that on the sabbath days the priests
in the temple profane the sabbath, and are blameless?

Mark 2:27 And he said unto them, The sabbath was made for man, and not man
for the sabbath:

Matthew 15:2 Why do thy disciples transgress the tradition of the elders?
for they wash not their hands when they eat bread.

Mark 7:3 For the Pharisees, and all the Jews, except they wash their hands
oft, eat not, holding the tradition of the elders.

Matthew 15:17-20

17 Do not ye yet understand, that whatsoever entereth in at the mouth
goeth into the belly, and is cast out into the draught?

18 But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the
heart; and they defile the man.

19 For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries,
fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies:

20 These are the things which defile a man: but to eat with unwashen hands
defileth not a man.

Mark 7:14-23

14 And when he had called all the people unto him, he said unto them,
Hearken unto me every one of you, and understand:

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

16 If any man have ears to hear, let him hear.

17 And when he was entered into the house from the people, his disciples
asked him concerning the parable.

18 And he saith unto them, Are ye so without understanding also? Do ye not
perceive, that whatsoever thing from without entereth into the man, it
cannot defile him;

19 Because it entereth not into his heart, but into the belly, and goeth
out into the draught, purging all meats?

20 And he said, That which cometh out of the man, that defileth the man.

21 For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts,
adulteries, fornications, murders,

22 Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye,
blasphemy, pride, foolishness:

23 All these evil things come from within, and defile the man.

Matthew 22:29-30

29 Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the
scriptures, nor the power of God.

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

Acts 10:9-15

9 On the morrow, as they went on their journey, and drew nigh unto the
city, Peter went up upon the housetop to pray about the sixth hour:

10 And he became very hungry, and would have eaten: but while they made
ready, he fell into a trance,

11 And saw heaven opened, and a certain vessel descending unto him, as it
had been a great sheet knit at the four corners, and let down to the earth:

12 Wherein were all manner of fourfooted beasts of the earth, and wild
beasts, and creeping things, and fowls of the air.

13 And there came a voice to him, Rise, Peter; kill, and eat.

14 But Peter said, Not so, Lord; for I have never eaten any thing that is
common or unclean.

15 And the voice spake unto him again the second time, What God hath
cleansed, that call not thou common [defile].

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Hypocrite scribes and Pharisees

Matthew 23:29,30 - Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! 
because ye build the tombs of the prophets, and garnish the sepulchres 
of the righteous, And say, If we had been in the days of our fathers, we 
would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets.

In today's message Jesus woes / curses 2 categories of people, one is 
the scribes and second the Pharisees.

The scribes were those people who were considered authority on religious 
matters. They knew in and out on what is known as Law of Moses. They 
knew all matters regarding traditions, it 'do's and 'do not's. They were 
so smart that if required they could give creative back door solutions 
to people special on things related to Sabbath which was one of the 
greatest yokes on the Jews.

The Pharisees were not so much men of 'wisdom' but were men of 'works'. 
The name came from the Hebrew word 'Pharisaios' which means 'distinct' 
which symbolizes 'righteous people'. Judaism as a religion was known by 
looking at these people, the way they dressed, said their prayers, ate 
their food, related to people, did the traditions etc...

Here we see both these people build tombs for the Prophets and decorated 
them, the very Prophets their fore fathers killed. Jesus calls them 
hypocrites a term used to a person who acts or does a stage show. One 
may think why Jesus called these people who were outstanding examples of 
society as hypocrites.

What would you say to a person strongly criticizes a political party and 
condemns its works in public but at the same times votes that same party 
to power; this was the story of the scribes and Pharisees. Jesus saw the 
show they put up before people for He could see through their words and 
their deeds.

Today's religions are all a stage show and all religious people 
hypocrites. They speak great words of knowledge but these very words are 
foolishness before God. They set laws and then show ways of breaking 
these rules without breaking the law. Whatever they do and continue 
doing is considered tradition and these traditions become laws and 
anyone who breaks these laws is not forgiven by god. They demand works 
and justification from people who do not follow the laws set by them.

One needs to know the purpose why God created mankind and whole of this 
creation, and everything in the Bible is concerning the fulfillment of 
this purpose. In a nutshell it is all about man overcoming sin and 
returning back to Him.

Any person who follows or set rules and laws even in God's name which 
does not go in line with the purpose of the Word of God is like the 
scribes or Pharisees in today's message, whom Jesus calls as 'hypocrites'.

Let us remember all that we do in God's name should be centered on the 
purpose of God, for which He gave us Word and for which He humbled 
Himself and became man, and opened the door which was totally shut.

Let us stop being stage actors and try to fool God by setting or 
following rules and regulations which do not fulfill the purpose of God.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord, You are Almighty God and there is no place where any man can go 
and there is no place man can hide from You. Not only place even no 
thought of man can be hid from You. You not only know what they think 
but You are God who knows their thoughts even before they come to their 
minds, by looking at a seed You Lord know the fruits of the tree that 
sprouts from it. We pray Lord we stop thinking we can fool You with our 
stage shows even if they fool man. Help us repent and do all things with 
You purpose set high on our agenda...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Matthew 23:27-39

27Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like 
whitewashed sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are 
within full of dead men's bones, and of all uncleanness.

28Thus ye also outwardly appear righteous to men, but within ye are full 
of hypocrisy and iniquity.

29Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because ye build the 
tombs of the prophets, and garnish the sepulchres of the righteous,

30And say, If we had been in the days of our fathers, we would not have 
been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets.

31Therefore ye are witnesses against yourselves, that ye are the 
children of them who killed the prophets.

32Fill ye up then the measure of your fathers.

33Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation 
of hell?

34Therefore, behold, I send to you prophets, and wise men, and scribes: 
and some of them ye shall kill and crucify; and some of them ye shall 
scourge in your synagogues, and persecute them from city to city:

35That upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth, 
from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zachariah son of 
Barachias, whom ye slew between the temple and the altar.

36Verily I say to you, All these things shall come upon this generation.

37O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest 
them who are sent to thee, how often would I have gathered thy children 
together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye 
would not!

38Behold, your house is left to you desolate.

39For I say to you, Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, 
Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.

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The Seven Seals

Revelation 6:5,6 - And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the 
third living being say, Come and see. And I beheld, and lo a black 
horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand. And I 
heard a voice in the midst of the four living beings say, A measure of 
wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and see 
thou hurt not the oil and the wine.

In the book of Revelation the world events are put in a nutshell. We 
have 2 timelines of events from the Old Testament prophecies explained 
to John through visions in this book.

The first timeline we have is the 7 letters which gives the timeline of 
the stages of the Church of God from the day of Pentecost as recorded in 
Acts, unto the Day of Judgment (Revelation 2-3). We also have the second 
timeline of seven seals which give the world events from the Reformation 
Movement (1500AD) when the Word of God was given unto the people and 
people started understanding scriptures.

The chapter talks of 4 horses which are set free as seals are opened. 
The first seal which set free the white horse points to the Reformation 
movement after which the other seal are opened (this came exactly after 
1260 years after the Church went into darkness - a prophecy 
fulfillment). The 3 horses after the white horse are the red horse 
(wars), the black horse (famines) and the pale horse (plaques). It also 
talks of the martyrs' deaths of the army of God and the wrath of God 
which is unleashed at the end.

Below I set records of the 3 horses:-

The second horse of war: Both the World wars 1 & 2 occurred after the 
reformation. World War 1 had a casualty of about 37 million and the 
second Word War had had a casualty of about 39-48 million. I have not 
recorded the wars between countries. Just the world wars total about 
76-85 million deaths (these are from official figures the actual would 
be far more).

Today's message talks of the third horse - the black horse - famine. I 
list below only the great famines wherein more than 1 million people died:

1601-1603 Russia - famine killed as many as 100,000 in Moscow and up to 
one-third of Tsar Godunov's subjects. Same famine killed about 
half Estonian population - 2 million

1630-1632 India - Deccan region (Note: There was a corresponding famine 
in north western China, eventually causing the Ming dynasty to collapse 
in 1644) - 2 million

1693-1694 France - 2 million

1702-1704 India - Deccan region - 2 million

1769-1773 India, Bangladesh (present day) - also known as the Bengal 
famine of 1770 - 10 million

1783-84 India - Chalisa famine - 11 million

1810, 1811, 1846, and 1849 China - there were 4 famines one after 
another - 45 million.

1845-1849 Ireland - about 1.5 to 2 million emigrated from Ireland - 1.5 
million

1866 India - Orissa - 1 million

1869 India - Rajputana famine - 1.5 million

1870-1871 Persia - Iran (present day) - 2 million

1921 Russia - 5 million

1928-1930 China - northern China happen due to drought - 3 million

1932-1933 Soviet - Ukraine and North Caucasus area - 7-10 million

1936 China - 5 million

1941-44 Russia - Leningrad famine caused by a 900-day blockade by German 
troops. About one million Leningrad residents starved, froze, or were 
bombed to death in the winter of 1941-42, when supply routes to the city 
were cut off and temperatures dropped to -40 °C - 1 million

1943 Bengal, India - 1.5-7 million

1944-45 Indonesia - 2.4 million

1945 Vietnam 400,000-2 million

1947 Soviet Union 1-1.5 million

1959-1961 China - The Great Chinese Famine. According to government 
statistics, there were 15 million excess deaths 15-43 million

1974 Bangladesh 1 million

1996 North Korea 200,000 to 3.5 million

Total of 127.9 to 164.9 million people died due to famine.

The fourth horse of death/diseases/ plagues:

I list only the major plagues after 1500AD

Moscow Plague and Riot 1771 (figures unknown)

Great Plague of Marseille (Europe) 1720-1722 - 1 million

Great Plague of Milan 1629-1631 - 2.8 million

American Plagues 16th Century (figures unknown)

Great Plague of London 1665-1666 - 0.75 to 1 million

The Third Pandemic (India and China) 1855-1950s - 12 million

People talk of the Christians martyred by the Romans between 70AD to 
300AD, but no one talks of the Christians martyred by the (Roman) 
Catholic after the reformation movement - 1500AD. Hundreds of Christians 
were burned alive in places like England, Spain, France, Germany, 
Northern America, etc... We have events like St. Bartholomew's Day 
massacre wherein 5,000 to 70,000 Christians were massacred by Catholics 
in France in just 2 nights 23-24 August 1572. The severed head of 
Admiral Gaspard de Coligny, the leader uprising against the Catholic 
Church was apparently dispatched toPope Gregory XIII, though it got no 
further than Lyons, and Pope Gregory XIII sent the king a golden rose. 
People also forget America came into existence primarily because of the 
Christians fleeing the persecution of the Catholic Church in Europe.

Today's message reminds us of these 3 horses and the people who died for 
the faith. God says at the end He will surely revenge their death. He 
also says these horses have been commanded not to harm His anointed ones 
so He tell His people do not fear and trust in Him.

[Prayer Starter]

Father God You are a merciful God and forgive those who repent and turn 
their ways towards You. You are slow to anger but do record the deeds of 
men and at the end give unto them many times, to those who do not 
repent. We pray God your people do not fear persecution for You God look 
over them and will revenge. We also pray they learn to trust in You more 
and more...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Revelation 6

1 And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it 
were the noise of thunder, one of the four living beings saying, Come 
and see.

2And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; 
and a crown was given to him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer.

3 And when he had opened the second seal, I heard the second living 
being say, Come and see.

4And there went out another horse that was red: and power was given to 
him that sat on him to take peace from the earth, and that they should 
kill one another: and there was given to him a great sword.

5And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third living being 
say, Come and see. And I beheld, and lo a black horse; and he that sat 
on him had a pair of balances in his hand.

6And I heard a voice in the midst of the four living beings say, A 
measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; 
and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine.

7And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth 
living being say, Come and see.

8And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was 
Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given to them over the 
fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with 
death, and with the beasts of the earth.

9 And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls 
of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which 
they held:

10And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and 
true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the 
earth?

11And white robes were given to every one of them; and it was said to 
them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their 
fellowservants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they 
were, should be fulfilled.

12And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a 
great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the 
moon became as blood;

13And the stars of heaven fell to the earth, even as a fig tree casteth 
its untimely figs, when it is shaken by a mighty wind.

14And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and 
every mountain and isle were moved out of their places.

15And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and 
the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every slave, and every free 
man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains;

16And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the 
face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb:

17For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?

Revelation 19:11-16

11 And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat 
upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth 
judge and make war.

12His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; 
and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.

13And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is 
called The Word of God.

14And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, 
clothed in fine linen, white and clean.

15And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite 
the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth 
the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.

16And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF 
KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.

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Fools to believe in scriptures!

Luke 24:25 - Then he said to them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe 
all that the prophets have spoken:

Imagine someone reading this scripture where Jesus says people are fools 
and slow of heart to believe all that the Prophets have spoken. This 
would be the ideal verse for anyone debating against Christianity for 
they have the person who is the foundation of the faith stating not to 
believe everything the prophets said.

This problem is due to the English translation and it is only when we 
read the Greek text we understand what Jesus actually said.

The Greek word 'Anoetos' translated as foolish is made of 2 words one is 
the word 'a' or alpha which is first letter of Greek alphabets which 
symbolized the beginning or least and the Greek word 'noieo' / 'nous' 
which means understanding, so together they actually means someone who 
has the least understanding or very little understanding.

The second Greek word 'bradus' translated as 'slow' actually means 
inactive and it talks of the state of the heart or inner-man or soul.

In Greek language the grammar is so defined that if I take a sentence 
'the cat ate the mouse' and jumble it in as many ways I want yet I will 
not be able to change the meaning, it will still remain 'the cat ate the 
mouse'. But in English it would mean even 'the mouse ate the cat' or 
'the cat the mouse ate' or other combinations. So if we try to translate 
word to word from Greek to English we can mess up the meaning of the 
sentence.

Jesus was not questioning what the Prophets said but was questioning the 
understanding of the people on what the Prophets said. This can be seen 
in the next scriptures where Jesus asked them was He not to suffer the 
things written and to enter into His glory.

Luke 24:26 - Ought not Christ to suffer these things, and to enter into 
his glory?

Today the Lord has given us this scripture to question our understanding 
of scriptures. We take little bits of scriptures and think we know the 
Bible. We do not investigate or probe scriptures or the understanding 
that people give us of scriptures. We lap up all that people throw at us 
and follow them.

It is sad when you hear the understanding of the Kingdom of God from 
Christians. It is not that they are fully wrong but it is like a college 
student who does not know more than reciting nursery rhymes for that is 
all that is his or her study material.

Our Believer Churches at times follow the Catholic Church principals 
which believe traditions override scriptures and its understanding. We 
at times let the traditional understanding of Church leaders or popular 
preachers to override the actual understanding of scriptures.

Let us value the understanding of scriptures and not be lazy when it 
comes to studying them. Let us know this book is the instructions of 
life, a map that will lead us to our permanent home that is Heaven. If 
we do not know how to read this map, would we be sure to reach our 
destination?

[Prayer Starter]

Lord, your Word says it is given for the salvation of mankind. It is the 
instructions of life for us to attain eternal life. We pray Lord your 
people give more dedication to study and understand your Word so that 
they grow spiritually and are not deceived by things of this world...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

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

Zephaniah 3:7I said, Surely thou wilt fear me, thou wilt receive 
instruction; so their dwelling should not be cut off, howsoever I 
punished them: but they rose early, and corrupted all their doings.

Acts 13:48And when the Gentiles heard this, they were glad, and 
glorified the word of the Lord: and as many as were ordained to eternal 
life believed.

Acts 5:19-21

19But the angel of the Lord by night opened the prison doors, and 
brought them forth, and said,

20Go, stand and speak in the temple to the people all the words of this 
life.

21And when they heard that, they entered into the temple early in the 
morning, and taught. But the high priest came, and they that were with 
him, and called the council together, and all the senate of the children 
of Israel, and sent to the prison to have them brought.

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Sinning against man or against God

John 9:24 - Then again called they the man that was blind, and said unto
him, Give God the praise: we know that this man is a sinner.

If one observes and studies all the religions closely one will understand
they are manmade and directly or indirectly they put man above God.

The Jews put Moses above God therefore they called themselves disciples of
Moses in the Gospels even though Moses did not make any disciples for
himself. If all anyone would claim that it would only have been Aaron or
Joshua. That is why they stoned Stephen firstly for blaspheming Moses and
then blaspheming God.

The Muslims have Mohammad as their man (god) and follow a deity called
Allah (means The god) whom Mohammad anointed as supreme and only deity from
among the 360 deities the pagan Arabs worshipped in the Kaaba. They believe
everything about this Allah because Mohammad tells them.

The Catholics have the Pope as their man-god. They also this deity called
Mary and whatever this spirit that comes in the name of Mary the mother of
Jesus states is enforced through the Pope (chair) and they overwrite what
God states in the Bible.

The Hindus have their Devas (man-gods) so also do other religions like
Buddhist, Jainism and others.

Even the religions from time of Noah’s floods including the Assyrian,
Egyptian, Greek, Roman etc. even though if they acknowledge a spiritual
being, yet they human figure/s stands above.

It was before the Noah floods that man used to worship Satan / fallen
angels directly in his true nature (the sons of God came into women was not
a sexual intercourse but to do with deep worship) and it is stated in the
end days this will come back therefore we see a undercurrent already
started in the western countries and innocently people are celebrating
feasts like Halloween not knowing that these are the first steps towards
deep satanic worship. Satan is called the ruler of little truths for he
(they - fallen angels) does not lie in the face but manipulates the truth
giving little of it and adding lots of false.

In today’s message we see the Jews try to tag Jesus as a sinner for healing
the blind man on a Sabbath. The Jews followed a ritual called ‘Sabbath’
think they were following the instructions of God but because they did not
know God and lacked His wisdom they followed a manmade ritual and made it a
law later and then they tried to blame Jesus of breaking God’s law.

Bible says only God has the authority to forgive sin because only God can
state a person as a sinner or not. Since sin is an offence only against Him
therefore He alone has the right to forgive sin. Jesus as man had the right
to forgive sin since the Spirit of God was on Him therefore He did not
forgive as God the Son but as a son of man (being born of man). He gave us
this power for He gave us His Spirit that is why He told His disciples to
wash each other’s feet (forgive each other’s sins) and also stated whatever
they bind on earth is bond in Heaven and whatever is loosen on earth is
loosen in Heaven.

Yesterday we received a message how God is upset with us, over our laziness
to study His Word and yet thinking we know, all when we know just bits and
pieces of His Kingdom. If He had His way He would call us all Peter or
Cephas for we behave like the Apostle Simon the son of Jonas whom Jesus
called Cephas / Peter because he always jumped to conclusions with the
little he knew.

Let us not become Peters and jump to conclusions with our little knowledge
but let us pursue the knowledge and understanding of God to its true depth
and do not become like the Jews who judged people as sinners even though
they neither had the Spirit of God nor were not led by the Spirit of God.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord, You alone are God Almighty and man is like an insect, an worm before
You even though he is made in your image. You did give him dominance over
all the natural creation for he had the knowledge and understand of your
Kingdom. But when he sinned eating the fruit of doubt blinded by his love
for man (woman / Eve). Lord the center scripture of your Word says trust
You over man. You ask us to love man but not over You for man lack wisdom
and understanding of good from bad. We pray Lord we put You as God in our
lives and not man...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

John 9:28 Then they reviled him, and said, Thou art his disciple; but we
are Moses’ disciples.

Acts 6:11 - Then they suborned men, which said, We have heard him speak
blasphemous words against Moses, and against God.

Matthew 9:6 - But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth
to forgive sins, (then saith he to the sick of the palsy,) Arise, take up
thy bed, and go unto thine house.

Matthew 16:19 - And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of
heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven:
and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.

Matthew 18:18 - Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth
shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be
loosed in heaven.

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Showing the works of the Father

John 10:32 - Jesus answered them, Many good works have I shown you from 
my Father; for which of those works do ye stone me?

Many a times Muslims state God is all powerful so why did He (part of 
Him - Son) need to be born of a woman's womb. God could say 'let it be' 
and it would happen. But one thing they agree and do not deny is that 
Jesus was born of a virgin, and when you ask them why from a virgin? 
They will tell you 'God wanted to show His power'. Did God lack 
creativity to show His power by making a virgin give birth to a son as 
sign for which mankind waited for almost a thousand years? When asked 
why only Jesus was selected to demonstrate this power, why not their 
beloved prophet? To this they will have no answer.

When God humbled Himself and had to come as man He could have come 
without a woman, as He created Adam from dust so also He could have 
formed Himself as man from dust and that too directly into a young man 
as Adam was, with no trouble of childhood or of growing up. But then the 
purpose would not be fulfilled. So first we need to understand His 
purposes for coming as man, being born of a virgin and growing up as any 
ordinary human and first being an example then becoming our sacrifice.

When man had no way and the gates of Heaven were shut to man, God 
Himself had to intervene and make a way since He loved man very much, 
but being Righteous He could not intervene as God. So God the Son 
humbled Himself and came as man Jesus. When we say God the Son we should 
not identify the term son with human son for human father and son are 
considered 2 individual beings connected through a woman. Also Muslims 
question if God came as man then who was running the world (they picture 
God as a pilot or captain running this world - if this was true then He 
would be a pretty bad pilot or captain, seeing the way things are 
happening).

Understand God is spirit and not a human, He exists everywhere yet the 
Upper Heaven is considered His throne. Jesus explained the term God the 
Son in John 1:18 and uses the words 'who existed in the bosom of the 
Father'. God is not a man to have a bosom and if one takes the actual 
Greek word it means 'creek', God is not a mountain to have a creek. 
Jesus tried to explain as God He was part of the Father and existed in 
the Father yet was an individual by Himself even though they shared the 
same Spirit. They were so connected yet different, that is why we read 
scriptures like 'that they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, 
and I in thee' and 'Jesus gave us His Spirit' and sometimes we read 'we 
received the Spirit of God' for He and the Father cannot be separated 
yet He calls His Father 'Lord'. When we visualize the term 'Son' with 
God it should be as in with relationship to a family and not to a human. 
A son of the family is part of the family yet an individual. He 
represents the family wherever he goes even though the whole family does 
not go along with him.

God the Son humbled Himself and came as man to be a sacrifice for man 
since no man was found worthy to be a sacrifice. When we say sacrifice 
it does not mean a death that pleased God (God is life and is not a 
demonic god to like death) but sacrifice means a justification, man 
(mankind) had sinned so had to pay the price for his sins (which is 
usually done in Hell - a prison where man was cursed to go after he or 
she dies). Jesus was without even one sin yet took the punishment on 
Himself therefore His justification was greater than the same if was 
done by all sinful men. He also went to Hell due to our sins being on 
Him yet He did not suffer there, nor would be kept there since no sin 
was in Him. His coming out of Hell broke the curse of Hell for all this 
who are in Him (spiritually made Him their Lord).

Jesus to be the perfect sacrifice of behalf of mankind had to firstly be 
born from the family of Adam yet should not be born with a human father 
because the curse of Adam (sinful nature and other curses) was from the 
father unto the children.

Jesus being born of a woman who was a descendant of Adam fulfilled his 
task of being a sacrifice on behalf of the children of Adam (those who 
believe in God) and He being born of a virgin (without a human father) 
made sure He was born without blemish since as man His father was the 
Holy Spirit (Spirit of God). As man He had the perfect nature (image) of 
God therefore even though He was 100 percent man He was called Son of 
God (there is a difference between God the Son and Son of God - the 
latter is used for even the Angels who have the image of God in them, 
Adam too was called Son of God before he sinned, before we go to Heaven 
we become Sons of God). Mary as a woman was chosen not because there was 
something very special about her. She was an ordinary God fearing devote 
woman and she was a descendant of David, it was she being chosen that 
made her special and be called 'blessed', not the other way around. Her 
relation with Jesus even though being of a mother and child yet she was 
more like a surrogate mother for Him (since He was not born of a human 
relationship and thus did not inherit anything from her) that is why He 
used the term 'woman' when He spoke to her directly but yet called her 
'mother' when He spoke to others referring to her.

Even though Jesus was born without blemish He grew up as an ordinary 
human and during this time He did not sin even once, even slightly like 
a bad thought. This was only possible because of the Spirit of God was 
on Him (this enable Him to resurrect - the power worked no in Hell after 
His death but while He was alive as man). We can be exactly like Jesus 
for when we are born-again we are made new and when we are baptized 
(immersed) in the Holy Spirit the Spirit works in us as He worked in Jesus.

I explained all this so you could understand in today's message, which 
Father Jesus is referring to as works of the Father. We, who are 
brethren of the man Jesus Christ, can also call the Holy Spirit as 
Father for He is the Spirit of the Father, and also He has accepted us 
into His Family by the justification done on our behalf by His Son. Let 
us to show the works of our Father in us like Jesus did, so that people 
will know we are of God having God (image of God) in us.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord, You are Almighty God and there is no place any being can hide from 
You for You are omnipresent. You created man for a purpose and set 
things for him far greater than he can imagine. When the Angels fell and 
bought death into existence, You allowed this evil to come into man with 
Adam sinning but You also made a way for man to overcome this evil and 
have victory over evil and death. Lord we thank You for making a way for 
our salvation and for us being part of the Family. Holy Spirit, You are 
our Father, work in us and show us as your Sons to the world that they 
may know You in us...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Exodus 20:5 - Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: 
for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the 
fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them 
that hate me;

Exodus 34:6-7

6And the LORD passed by before him, and proclaimed, The LORD, The LORD 
God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and 
truth,

7Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and 
sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity 
of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children's children, unto 
the third and to the fourth generation.

Numbers 14:18The LORD is longsuffering, and of great mercy, forgiving 
iniquity and transgression, and by no means clearing the guilty, 
visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third 
and fourth generation.

Genesis 5:2 - Male and female created he them; and blessed them, and 
called their name Adam, in the day when they were created.

Isaiah 7:14 - Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, 
a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.

Isaiah 9:6 - For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and 
the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called 
Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The 
Prince of Peace.

Luke 1:35 - And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Spirit 
shall come upon thee, and the power of the Most High shall overshadow 
thee: wherefore also the holy thing which is begotten shall be called 
the Son of God.

John 1:18 - No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, who 
is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.

John 16:28 - I came out from the Father, and am come into the world: 
again, I leave the world, and go unto the Father.

John 1:14 - And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us (and we beheld 
his glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father), full of grace 
and truth.

John 6:46 - Not that any man hath seen the Father, save he that is from 
God, he hath seen the Father.

John 5:23 - That all men should honour the Son, even as they honour the 
Father. He that honoureth not the Son honoureth not the Father which 
hath sent him.

John 14:9 - Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and 
dost thou not know me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the 
Father; how sayest thou, Show us the Father?

John 14:10-11

10Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the 
words that I say unto you I speak not from myself: but the Father 
abiding in me doeth his works.

11Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else 
believe me for the very works' sake.

John 1:12-13

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

13Who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the 
will of man, but of God.

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

Romans 8:19 - For the earnest expectation of the creation waiteth for 
the revealing of the sons of God.

Revelation 3:21 - To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in 
my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in 
his throne.

John 7:5,21-22,24

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

21That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, 
that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou 
hast sent me.

22And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be 
one, even as we are one:

24Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me 
where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for 
thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world.

Luke 1:48 - For he hath regarded the low estate of his handmaiden: for, 
behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed

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The world identifies us and our relationship with Christ

Mark 15:67 - And when she saw Peter warming himself, she looked upon 
him, and said, And thou also wast with Jesus of Nazareth.

I do not know how many times I may have received this scripture but 
every time I get it I get in a fix as to what new the Lord wants to say 
to us for I know God always serves fresh Manna to His people and gives 
wisdom to make the Manna into Living Bread that nourishes and gives life.

When we read this scripture in English it gives very little detail as to 
what actually happened, but when we get into the Greek text it unfolds 
like a live drama before one's eyes.

It is sad to see most translators diluted the impact of scriptures when 
they translated them into English. Studying scriptures in English text 
and not in their original language is like the difference between 
reading a Children's Bible or a Good News Bible (a Bible meant for kids) 
and the KJV or NIV or ASV Bible.

In today's message the verbs used here 'she saw' and 'she looked' are 
very important. In Greek the word 'to see' is 'blepo' and 'to look' is 
'theoreo'. The word used here as 'she saw' is 'oida' (conjugated to she 
saw) and 'emblepo' as 'she looked'.

Oida does not mean just to see but means to perceive with one's eyes or 
senses. Now one may say what difference does that make. It makes a 
difference because the next action the girl did was emblepo which does 
not mean just see (blepo does not mean to look but to see). The word em 
added to blepo and means to position or fix (in place, in time or 
state). So together it means she focused here sight on Peter. So it says 
she focused her sight later but before that something about Peter drew 
her attention towards him.

Now when we visualize the event it shows that she first became aware of 
Peter, of his presence that too in a crowd of people with many warming 
themselves around a fire. It was something about Peter that caused her 
to differentiate him or make him stand out from the crowd. It was after 
that she focused her sight on him and made her question him.

If we see the first followers of Jesus were not called Christians the 
term Christians was coined in Antioch, before that they were called by 2 
other names. The first term used was 'Disciples' it then changed to 
'People of the Way' and later the term 'Christians' was used.

It surprised me as I sat to write this message and sat to understand the 
stages and difference between these terms. These names actually tell the 
impact the followers of Christ had on the people and this can be seen 
clearly in book of Acts.

A person is called a disciple only when the leader is acknowledged. Even 
though Jesus died resurrected and ascended to Heaven yet He was so alive 
between His followers that people continued to call them Disciples. But 
later as the followers started settling down with worldly activities 
people started seeing the things they did and the difference between the 
things the others did (the followers of Jesus at that time were confused 
as being Jewish). We see people started calling them 'People of the Way' 
looking at their way of life. Later we see people saw the things they 
did outside their livelihood and compared them to what Jesus Christ did 
and started to call them Christian which was actually a term meaning 
'little Christ'.

What one notes through these terms, is the people noticing the distance 
of Jesus Christ from His followers. When we followers of Christ get too 
much into activities and into adapting to worldly things people notice 
the things we do and less of Christ in us. The deeper we get into these 
activities regularly we start to become a religion like one of the 
world. People start seeing a religious pattern and start to compare this 
pattern with other religions.

It is time people see Christ alive in us and see Christ more than they 
see us or what we do. It is time to close the distance between us and 
Christ. Let us not get too much into activities and especially rituals 
(doing same things again and again at particular timing like a clock). 
Let us not become a religion but let the people experience God in us.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord we pray people see You in us and know that You are a Living God. 
Let them experience your power and glory through us. Lord we pray we 
draw a line when it comes to activities and not get too lost in them but 
concentrate more on our relationship with You...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Acts 1:15And in those days Peter stood up in the midst of the disciples, 
and said, (the number of names together were about an hundred and twenty,)

Acts 6:2Then the twelve called the multitude of the disciples, and said, 
It is not reason that we should leave the word of God, and serve tables.

Acts 9:2and asked of him letters to Damascus unto the synagogues, that 
if he found any that were of the Way, whether men or women, he might 
bring them bound to Jerusalem.

Acts 11:26and when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch. And it 
came to pass, that even for a whole year they were gathered together 
with the church, and taught much people, and that the disciples were 
called Christians first in Antioch.

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Peter the Pope of the Jewish Christians

Luke 24:12Then Peter arose, and ran to the sepulchre; and stooping down, 
he beheld the linen clothes laid by themselves, and departed, wondering 
in himself at that which had come to pass.

Catholics swear about Peter being the person chosen to head the Church 
and I do not deny it. If one sees this scripture and study it with the 
book of Moses and the book of Acts one would be able to confirm that 
Peter indeed was selected to head the Church but which Church is what 
may amuse many.

In the book of Moses (Leviticus 16:23,32) when the High Priest (Aaron) 
went into the Holy of Holies, after sprinkling blood on the Ark of 
Covenant seven times he would leave his robe the floor and only his 
successor would enter and pick up the rob. We see even though John 
reached the sepulcher first yet he did not dare to enter it. Peter was 
first to enter and he was the one who picked the robe that lying on the 
floor. We see the other cloth (napkin) used to cover the face not being 
along with the linen that was used to wrap the body of Jesus. This 
napkin was neatly folded and kept where the body was as a sign that the 
person would be back, that was according to Jewish custom, if the person 
at the table has finished he would drop the napkin on the floor and not 
fold and keep it on the table. So Peter in deed was selected to head the 
Church, but Jewish Church and this is also confirmed in the book of Acts.

In the book of Acts we read the Holy Spirit selects Peter and Paul to 
lead the Churches. Peter was selected to lead the Jewish Christians 
(circumcised) and Paul and Barnabas to lead the Gentle Christians 
(uncircumcised). Indeed both Peter and Paul were part of the core team 
of 5 that lead the whole Church but yet they were given individual 
responsibilities of the respective Churches. Unless Catholics are Jewish 
Christian they cannot state Peter to be the one selected to lead the 
Catholic Church. If they indeed have to name someone then it would be 
Paul or Barnabas and not Peter.

The Catholics base their understanding of Peter being the overall chosen 
head of the Church after Jesus primarily on two incidents one is Matthew 
16:18 and second Peter spoke to the crowd after what happened in the 
upper room on Pentecost.

When Jesus spoke to the disciples He spoke in Aramaic for it was the 
local dialogue in Judea. It is the translations that cause confusion 
about Matthew 16:18, this scripture. In Greek text the scripture uses 
two words Petra and Petros. If one goes into the Greek grammar the word 
Petros as a noun has the gender masculine while the word Petra has the 
gender feminine thus they are not the same and do not symbolize the same 
thing. We see sense only in the Aramaic words. The word used by Jesus 
for Peter (Petros) in Aramaic (Cephas) as stated in John 1:42 refers to 
a pebble (stone) and not a large rock or cliff as in Petra. In Aramaic 
the word for large rock is Shu'a. The Greek word Petra means rock in 
sense of a large cliff on which a foundation can be set. This can also 
be confirmed in the Hebrew words the word used for the Lord is 'cela' 
and for small stone is 'tyre' or 'tyrus'. The term 'small stone' is 
given to Satan in Ezekiel 28 (King of Tyrus) for Satan never speak total 
lies but speaks little truths so as to mislead man. Simon Peter was very 
immature and spoke with little understanding and many a times we see he 
was rebuked by Jesus. We also see the sense of this by the fact that 
Jesus usually used the name Simon for him but only when Jesus was upset 
with him or wanted to bring sense into him did Jesus use the term Peter 
for Simon.

One may ask why Jesus used the term Peter in Matthew 16:18 and not 
Simon. We can see just after this incident Jesus rebuked Simon Peter for 
being influenced by Satan. Later in chapter 17 the Gospel records the 
incident of transfiguration and Peter's silly comment of making 3 
temples then follows the incident of paying the temple tax where Jesus 
rebukes Simon Peter for asking Him to pay and Jesus in turn asks Simon 
to catch a fish and pay the taxes from the coin that he finds in the 
fish's stomach. If one goes deeper into the background and what actually 
happened, how Peter caught the fish and what coin he found would one 
know what happened. One should realize Simon caught one fish and not 
many fishes so he did not use a net like fishermen usually do, also the 
coin was not normal change for this was an annual temple tax paid by a 
Jew so was not a small amount, and over that Jesus asked him to pay for 
both of them.

Paul too speaks in his letters of the foundation of the Church being not 
Peter but on who Jesus Christ is (1 Corinthians 3:11). Catholics are 
lied to about Peter being the first Pope. Firstly the term Pope (Latin 
means father) was used for the Bishop of Rome and the book of Acts does 
not record of Peter being in Rome or anointed as bishop of Rome. 
Secondly the Catholic Church came into existence only after 300 AD after 
Constantine accepted Christianity, before that between 70AD to 300AD the 
Church was in hiding with Christians being persecuted and killed 
especially in Rome. It was Constantine who made the Bishop of Rome and 
the head of other Churches for his own political reasons; during that 
time the Bishops were fighting against each other. Later over the years 
the Church saw at times 2 and sometimes even 3 Popes who fought like 
gangsters against each other, this period is called the dark ages by the 
RC Church.

Today the Lord want us to know although He has used man to be an 
important part of His Church yet it is founded not on any man but on the 
Truth, that is knowing who the Lord Jesus Christ is and this revelation 
comes from the Holy Spirit (Jesus as man was born by the power of the 
Holy Spirit therefore also referred to the Holy Spirit as Father). If we 
look at all the other things connected with the Church functioning they 
too are connected to the Holy Spirit.

Jesus made it possible for us to be part of the Temple / the Church and 
it is the Holy Spirit who seals us into the Temple / Church. This we 
will know from the fact the first Church took place when the Holy Spirit 
was given to all in the upper room on the day of Pentecost (Feast of 
Harvest).

[Prayer Starter]

Lord, You are a Holy God and You have chosen man to be part of your 
Body, therefore You have commanded man to be holy for You God are Holy. 
Lord, since it was impossible for man to be holy by Himself therefore 
You made a way for man to receive holiness and by your Spirit You made 
it possible for man to walk this way to receive this holiness. Lord we 
pray the eyes of those under deceive be open that the Truth - knowledge 
of who You are is the foundation on which your Church is build...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

John 20:2-7

2Then she runneth, and cometh to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple, 
whom Jesus loved, and saith to them, They have taken away the Lord out 
of the sepulchre, and we know not where they have laid him.

3Peter therefore went forth, and that other disciple, and came to the 
sepulchre.

4So they ran both together: and the other disciple outran Peter, and 
came first to the sepulchre.

5And he stooping down, saw the linen cloths lying; yet he went not in.

6Then cometh Simon Peter following him, and went into the sepulchre, and 
seeth the linen cloths lying there,

7And the cloth, that was about his head, not lying with the linen 
cloths, but wrapped together in a place by itself.

Ezekiel 42:14When the priests enter therein, then shall they not go out 
of the holy place into the utter court, but there they shall lay their 
garments wherein they minister; for they are holy; and shall put on 
other garments, and shall approach to those things which are for the people.

Leviticus 16:23,32

23And Aaron shall come into the tabernacle of the congregation, and 
shall put off the linen garments, which he put on when he went into the 
holy place, and shall leave them there:

32And the priest, whom he shall anoint, and whom he shall consecrate to 
minister in the priest's office in his father's stead, shall make the 
atonement, and shall put on the linen clothes, even the holy garments:

Matthew 16:18And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon 
this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not 
prevail against it.

John 1:42And he brought him to Jesus. And when Jesus beheld him, he 
said, Thou art Simon the son of Jona: thou shalt be called Cephas, which 
is by interpretation, A stone.

1 Corinthians 3:11 - For other foundation can no man lay than that is 
laid, which [who] is Jesus Christ.

Acts 13:1-2

1 Now there were in the church that was at Antioch certain prophets and 
teachers; as Barnabas, and Simeon that was called Niger, and Lucius of 
Cyrene, and Manaen, which had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch, 
and Saul.

2As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Spirit said, 
Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them.

Galatians 2:8 - (For he that wrought effectually in Peter to the 
apostleship of the circumcision, the same was mighty in me toward the 
Gentiles:)

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If thy foot causeth thee to stumble cut it off

Mark 9:45 - And if thy foot causeth thee to stumble, cut it off: it is 
better for thee to enter lame into life, than having two feet to be cast 
into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched:

When Christians read this scripture they would not dare to follow it in 
letter. Imagine a person who has to habit to taking things without 
permission actually cutting his hands to avoid it. Even more drastic a 
person who tempted by porn or by girls or boys provocatively dressed 
actually removing his or her eyes to stop sinning. Muhammad had heard 
this teaching from the Christians in his days and made laws like the 
hands of a thief be cut for stealing today known as Sharia.

Do you think Jesus actually stated such a law or even suggested a 
Christian actually do this?

It is only lack of wisdom and understanding of life and the Kingdom of 
God that a person with cut off a part of one's body to stop one's self 
from sinning. To understand the level of foolishness one needs to see 
the extreme. There was a photo of a Muslim jihadi I saw on an internet 
news website it was of heavily armed jihadi and around his groan area he 
had tied a big block of foam concrete block to protect his private parts 
from getting damaged by gun firing. There was also a report of suicide 
bomber caught by the Israelites having metal guards protecting his 
private parts. There was nothing wrong in their thinking. According to 
their religion their reward in paradise is sex with 72 virgins so their 
logic is clear if they want to enjoy their reward they had to save their 
private parts. What is funny is they never thought of their other parts 
of their body and how it would affect them there if were missing or damaged?

Heaven is not an earthly resort far away from earth. God is spirit and 
His dwelling place is also spiritual. Man cannot understand the term 
spirit for in the Bible it is denoted by the word 'breathe'. When man 
imagines spirit he thinks of air, energy, smoke anything that is 
abstract yet can be experienced.

Bible says Heaven is a place for the overcomers so by cutting one's hand 
or any other body parts to stop one from sinning will not make the 
person an overcomer. Paul understood what Jesus stated therefore taught 
people the steps to overcome and the first step after having faith was 
fleeing. Paul used the word 'flee' in many of his letters.

Christianity is a spiritual battle and it is the Lord who helps us in 
this battle. If we did not have the Holy Spirit with us then we would 
have had to actually cut off parts of our body to keep us from sinning 
but then we would land up cutting all the parts connected to out five 
senses. But by God's grace and by the sacrifice of Jesus Christ we have 
received His Spirit. Even thinking of cutting any part of us to avoid 
sinning would be denying the complete sacrifice of Jesus Christ that is 
the gift of the Holy Spirit gained by His sacrifice.

There was a brother who shared his testimony. He was a drug addict as 
well as an alcoholic and later started to know the Lord. Even after he 
came to know the Lord he would drink and take drugs but yet would come 
to Church to fellowship with the people of God. He knew in his heart his 
solution was here and nowhere else. One day he had faith in God and made 
his mind to overcome so he locked himself in a room and did not come out 
for more than a week. All he did in this room was pray and plead God for 
strength to overcome. He went through great suffering because of the 
effects of depriving his body of drugs and liquor but he held on to the 
Lord and after a week he walked out of his room as an overcomer. Not 
only did he overcome his problem, he went out and reached all his 
friends who were into the same problem and brought many out of it.

Our natural body is not what we take to Heaven. The part of us that goes 
to Heaven is our spirit and soul (Inner-man). The soul is the body of 
the spirit and beauty of the soul is the beauty of the spirit. Sin 
deforms or corrupts the soul and at time disables parts of our spirit 
body. Redemption is when our soul is reformed and the corrupt body is 
made incorrupt. So by cutting parts of our body will not affect our soul 
we need to fight the spiritual battle in the spirit and not in the 
flesh. Repentance will take us ahead but penance will drag us back 
spiritually. Fight the corrupt spiritual body (the carnal body) and not 
the body of flesh (the natural body). The fight starts with having 
faith, fleeing temptation, building faith and then overcoming evil.

Do not waste too much time and efforts with the gift wrapping paper (our 
natural bodies) spend more time and efforts on the gift which is inside 
(our spirit and our spiritual body).

[Prayer Starter]

Lord You have said in your Word if we ask for wisdom You will give us. 
We pray You give us wisdom to know when and how to flee temptation. Give 
us the courage to keep ourselves far from temptation and grow in faith 
that we may be overcomers of evil and be victorious in You. You Lord 
have given us your Spirit to help us in this battle. Holy Spirit be with 
us and guide us every moment of the day and help us be sensitive to your 
instructions and abide by it...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

1 Corinthians 6:18 - Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is 
without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his 
own body.

1 Timothy 6:10-11

10For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some 
coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves 
through with many sorrows.

11But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after 
righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.

2 Timothy 2:19-23

19Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, 
The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the 
name of Christ depart from iniquity.

20But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, 
but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour.

21If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto 
honour, sanctified, and meet for the master's use, and prepared unto 
every good work.

22Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, 
peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.

23But foolish and unlearned questions avoid, knowing that they do gender 
strifes.


James 4:7 - Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he 
will flee from you.

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It is the Lord who maketh His Elect righteous

Romans 8: 33, 34 - Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect? 
It is God that justifieth. Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that 
died, or rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of 
God, who also maketh intercession for us.

Jesus in His preaching spoke of many called and few being chosen. Most 
people think this many refers to the people of the world and the few are 
the Christians who accepted Christ; that is not true.

The scripture does not say 'all' by says 'many', many is a subset of 
all. Yes the message of hope and salvation is for all of mankind but God 
knows who will and who will not accept His message of hope and salvation 
and who among them will really follow Him. Those who accept the message 
(believe in Him) get counted into His flock but one should remember His 
flock consist of both sheep and goats. The sheep are those who 
dedicatedly follow His Word and the goats are those who believe in Him 
but yet do their own things.

Bible says those who are not in the flock are already judged that means 
they automatically go to Hell where they suffer their sins. It is those 
who are in the flock are the ones who stand before the throne of the Son 
of Man (Jesus Christ - He will not judge us as God but as man, by the 
power of the Holy Spirit and the Word). The sheep will then be separated 
from the goats, the sheep will go to Heaven and the goats will be 
punished more than those who rejected the message of hope and salvation. 
The goats will be punished not for their sins (since by faith in Jesus 
Christ their sins are forgiven) but they shall be punished for rejecting 
the Word and the Spirit (that is why only those baptized / immersed in 
Jesus Christ and His Spirit are the only ones who get to enter Heaven). 
Those who found abiding in the Truth (Fruit received from the Holy 
Spirit) will be covered with Righteousness of the Son (Fruit received 
from the Son) and get to enter Heaven and be part of the Body of God the 
Son (wedding) but before that they will receive the Fruit of Holiness 
(Fruit received from God the Father).

Now one may wonder where do these Elect stand, do they count among the 
sheep?

Yes the Elect are among the sheep but yet they do not stand to among the 
flock that is judged before the Throne on Judgment Day and that is what 
today's message also says. One may wonder how?

It is important to understand the Chosen ones of God or the Elect. They 
are numbered and Bible says not one of them is lost. They are the ones 
who did not choose God but God chose them even before they came to know 
Him. They can be confused with the larger sheep lot whose names are 
already written in the Book of Life yet there is lots of distinct 
difference between the lots. The book of Revelation explains the Elect 
as being the Frist Resurrection and the Angels that come with the man 
Jesus Christ to finish Satan and his army (Paul . This happens before 
the Judgment Day and before those in the Grave (those who have believed 
and are asleep in the Lord) resurrect. In today's message the Lord says 
those who are in the first resurrection which refers to the Elect are 
already made Righteous (means Justified) by Him, therefore they do not 
stand before the throne.

As I studied this there were many questions that came to me and am sure 
you too would have, for example Bible says there is no partiality in the 
Kingdom of God, Jesus too loved all the same and sacrificed Himself for 
all (His flock), the Good Shepherd does not differentiate between His 
sheep but leaves the flock and goes in search for any lost sheep etc... 
But as I studied more on the Inner-man / Heart I started to understand this.

One may think it would be a great privilege to be one of the Elect, but 
believe me when I tell you these do not live a life on this earth for 
themselves. These are not the regular army cadets but the commandos who 
go through rigorous training day in and out. It is through this that 
they are created anew and made righteous by the Lord.

And in today's message one of the many prime reasons of God's choosing 
people is given. The scriptures say "It is Christ that died, or rather, 
that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also 
maketh intercession for us".It says God does not look at the past but at 
our future. We may be the worse lot of people and shameless like Jacob 
let God dares to call us Israel (Prince of God / Sons of God) like He 
called Jacob. When He sees us He sees what we will develop into and not 
what we are or what we were. So these Elect are the masterpieces of His 
work, people who allow Him to do His best in them.

In Revelation these Elect are linked to the 12 tribes of Israel even 
though these tribes do not exist, for they are connected to the actual 
meaning of the tribe similar to the basis of Jesus choosing His twelve 
chosen disciples and these in turn symbolically continuing it later in 
Acts. To understand them closely one needs to understand the Heavenly 
Army (Body) of God the Son.

Some may think we should pray for these Elect (like some 'Christians' 
pray for the 'Saints'), that would be foolish. Bible tells us to pray 
for Jerusalem and no place tells us to pray for Israel. We can and 
should pray for the ones who need help; those who walk in and out of the 
Lord's shelter and not for those who are totally in the Lord's control 
for the Lord protect them and they rule with Him (enforce His Law). Let 
us just thank the Lord for His Elect for this land will not perish and 
evil will not overwhelm mankind until each and every one of them pass 
through (the last lot are the ones who rapture and Bible say in the last 
days there will be many of the Elect).

[Prayer Starter]

Lord we thank You for You have chosen worthless man for the greatest 
mission and made him worthy to be part of You in Heaven. Lord we also 
thank You for the Elect and the things You are doing through them in our 
lives. We humbly bow and worship You Lord for You indeed are a Righteous 
God, Almighty in Power and your wisdom can not be measured. You along 
God know all things and nothing is hidden from You. Time is not a factor 
for You nor your ability limited but You give the freedom for man to 
choose and decide His destination. Lord we pray we run this race and 
never tire and when we fall may your grace multiply and get us on our 
feet to continue our race...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Matthew 22:14 - For many are called, but few are chosen.

Matthew 20:16 - So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many 
be called, but few chosen.

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

Revelation 20:4-8

4And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto 
them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of 
Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, 
neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, 
or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.

5But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were 
finished. This is the first resurrection.

6Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on 
such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God 
and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.

7And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of 
his prison,

8And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters 
of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the 
number of whom is as the sand of the sea.

Revelation 7:4,9-10

4And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed 
an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children 
of Israel.

9After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could 
number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood 
before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and 
palms in their hands;

10And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which 
sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb.

1 Thessalonians 4:16For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with 
a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and 
the dead in Christ shall rise first:

1 Corinthians 15:50-54

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

51Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all 
be changed,

52In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the 
trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we 
shall be changed.

53For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must 
put on immortality.

54So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this 
mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the 
saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.

2 Thessalonians 1:7-10

7And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be 
revealed from heaven with his mighty angels,

8In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that 
obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ:

9Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of 
the Lord, and from the glory of his power;

10When he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in 
all them that believe (because our testimony among you was believed) in 
that day.

1 Timothy 5:21 - I charge thee before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, 
and the elect angels, that thou observe these things without preferring 
one before another, doing nothing by partiality.

Daniel 12:1-3

1And at that time shall Michael [One who is like God] stand up, the 
great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there 
shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation 
even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, 
every one that shall be found written in the book.

2And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some 
to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.

3And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; 
and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.

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