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Post  Admin on Mon 09 May 2011, 11:38 am

*Envy*
*Mark 15:10* - /For he knew that the chief priests had delivered him for
envy./
The English word 'envy' is simply defined as a feeling of discontent
because of the success or advantage of another.
The Greek word translated here as envy is '*phthonos*' and comes from
the root word '*phtheiro*' which means corrupt. In the Bible the feeling
of envy is simply put as corruption in between the relationship of 2 or
more persons.
If one understands, the purpose God created man was not that He wanted
someone to worship Him, if that was the case then it would make God a
selfish God. We worship Him not because He needs our praise and worship
but because we need to. He also did not make man because He was lonely
and needed someone to love. God existed in fullness and lacked anything.
He created man with only one main purpose and that is to prosper him.
God has great plans for man and has set forth great abundance for him.
When darkness came through Satan the nature to obstruct prosperity in
the life of another was born. After greed and pride was born envy.
This nature of Satan which infected Adam when he sinned has been passed
on from generations to generations. A mother or father does not need to
teach a baby the feeling of envy for it comes in its DNA. Having envy is
considered normal by worldly man and is part of the understanding of the
Cosmos (worldly system). Advertising Industry flourishes not because
they do their work of giving information of a product to people far and
wide, but mainly because they give air to this fire called envy.
Even in Churches people are taught to be competitive to another brother
or sister by envying that person.
One does not need to stop excelling and being better to stop envy, the
nature of Satan.
The Nature of God teaches us to get behind another and encourage him or
her to go ahead even more than ourselves. This is what we learn from
Jesus Who was also given the title of 'Servant King'.
I would love to see not only one Church member helping another Church
member to be better than himself, but also see one Church help another
Church to increase in blessings all with the purpose of the increase of
God's Kingdom.
*[/Prayer Starter/]*
Lord ,You are God and You lacked nothing yet You made man for it is in
your Nature to bless. You plan to bless man with abundant spiritual
treasures but man has been struggling to let go of the temporary earthly
treasures which are not even worth pennies. Lord, help us overcome the
nature of envy by applying the Sacrifice of Jesus in that area and by
walking in His Name...
This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.
*[/Reference Scriptures/] *
*Ezekiel 28:12-19*
12Son of man, take up a lamentation upon the king of Tyrus, and say unto
him, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom,
and perfect in beauty.
13Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy
covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and
the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the
workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the
day that thou wast created.
14Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so:
thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in
the midst of the stones of fire.
15Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created,
till iniquity was found in thee.
16By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee
with violence, and thou hast sinned: therefore I will cast thee as
profane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy thee, O covering
cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire.
17Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted
thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground,
I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee.
18Thou hast defiled thy sanctuaries by the multitude of thine
iniquities, by the iniquity of thy traffick; therefore will I bring
forth a fire from the midst of thee, it shall devour thee, and I will
bring thee to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all them that behold
thee.
19All they that know thee among the people shall be astonished at thee:
thou shalt be a terror, and never shalt thou be any more.
*Genesis 4:3-8*
3 And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit
of the ground an offering unto the LORD.
4And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat
thereof. And the LORD had respect unto Abel and to his offering:
5But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very
wroth, and his countenance fell.
6 And the LORD said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? and why is thy
countenance fallen?
7If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not
well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou
shalt rule over him.
8 And Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it came to pass, when they
were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew
him.
*John 8:42-47*
42Jesus said to them, "If God were your Father, you would love Me, for I
proceeded forth and came from God; nor have I come of Myself, but He
sent Me.
43"Why do you not understand My speech? Because you are not able to
listen to My word.
44"You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you
want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in
the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he
speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it.
45"But because I tell the truth, you do not believe Me.
46 "Which of you convicts Me of sin? And if I tell the truth, why do you
not believe Me?
47"He who is of God hears God's words; therefore you do not hear,
because you are not of God."
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Post  Admin on Sun 08 May 2011, 10:06 am

*Go you into all the Cosmos and preach the Gospel*

*Mark 16:15,16* - /And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world
[kosmos], and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and
is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned./

Today's scripture may seem to be a simple instruction but since man has
not understood this instruction well he has not been successful on his
task. Till morning I too did not know it well but since I got up the
Lord was talking unto my mind and preparing me and when I sat to write
and got the message for today BINGO, He open a whole new understanding
to this instruction.

To understand this instruction one need to understand life, creation,
Kingdom of God and the purpose of creation. It also requires a proper
understanding of what baptism is.

If I would tell the Christians in a Church that the Lord instructed us
to go into all the Cosmos and preach the Gospel and baptize people who
believe and save them, they would think I am crazy. But when we really
understand why Jesus used the Greek world '*Kosmos*' (which is
translated as '/world/' and from which we get the English word
'/cosmos/'), we will understand what Jesus asked us to do and why.

The word '*Kosmos*' means order or system, an arrangement of bodies or
understandings. When God created the world He put everything in His
order and said 'it is good'. But when man ate of the fruit of '/good and
bad/', he rejected the order of God and started building the corrupt
order of Satan which leads to death and destruction. Today we find
everything and everywhere the infection of this order and the lack of
God's order. This corrupt order of man infected man's relation with
creation and made creation his enemy.

The Lord has instructed us to go and give the message of hope unto every
human that lives in this Cosmos of disorder and baptize them, which
means asking them to reject this corrupt order and abide by the order of
God as given in the Word of God.

Like baptism of the Holy Spirit is not a task but the start of a
process, so also baptism in water or in Jesus Christ is not a onetime
task but a start of a process of rejecting the corrupt order of this
cosmos and surrendering to the order of God manifested in Jesus Christ.

When we give the Gospel unto any person we should realize we are
speaking words which break the system or cosmos in which that person
dwells in. The Good News when accepted starts to loosen the bounds which
hold man in this swamp of death and destruction. Rejecting the cosmos
saves us, for whoever rejects the Good News is judged and punished.

Once we start the baptism in Jesus Christ the baptism of the Holy Spirit
starts implement the baptism in Jesus Christ further which means
breaking all the bonds that hold us in this cosmos, the Holy Spirit
reaches in areas which would otherwise be impossible for man.

*[/Prayer Starter/]*
Lord, You made everything good but rebellious sin infected this system
and corrupted it with disorder. Man has dwelled in this disorder made it
his world getting bounded into it. Lord, free us fully from this
disorder that destroys us and which was induced into us by Satan. Open
our minds unto the Truth, the True Order of God...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

*[/Prayer Starter/]*
*Genesis 1:4 *
4 And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light
from the darkness.

*Genesis 1:10 *
10And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the
waters called he Seas: and God saw that it was good.

*Genesis 1:12 *
12And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his
kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his
kind: and God saw that it was good.

*Genesis 1:18 *
18And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light
from the darkness: and God saw that it was good.

*Genesis 1:21 *
21And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth,
which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every
winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good.

*Genesis 1:25 *
25And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after
their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind:
and God saw that it was good.

*Genesis 1:26-31 *
26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and
let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of
the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every
creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
27So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he
him; male and female created he them.
28And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and
multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over
the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living
thing that moveth upon the earth.
29 And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which
is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the
fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.
30And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to
every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have
given every green herb for meat: and it was so.
31And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very
good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.

*Luke 1:1-4*
1 Forasmuch as many have taken in hand to set forth in order a
declaration of those things which are most surely believed among us,
2Even as they delivered them unto us, which from the beginning were
eyewitnesses, and ministers of the word;
3It seemed good to me also, having had perfect understanding of all
things from the very first, to write unto thee in order, most excellent
Theophilus,
4That thou mightest know the certainty of those things, wherein thou
hast been instructed.

*Matthew 6:19-20*
19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust
doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:
20But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor
rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:

*Ephesians 4:21-27*
21If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the
truth is in Jesus:
22That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which
is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;
23And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;
24And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in
righteousness and true holiness.
25Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his
neighbour: for we are members one of another.
26Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath:
27Neither give place to the devil.

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Post  Admin on Fri 06 May 2011, 2:01 pm

*God proves His Word*

*Acts 2:22* - /Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a
man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which
God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know:/

If we look at scripture in the Old Testament we have the Historical book
like Kings, Chronicles, Joshua, Esther and Judges which are historical
documents of what happened. These books confirm many prophesies given by
the Prophets. Similar way throughout the Bible we see whatever is
written or prophesised till date has been backed by historical proofs.

There has been ancient artefacts found way back from the times of Noah,
Abraham, Joseph, Moses, David, Daniel, Jesus etc., even the not so
important characters given in the Bible also have been proved existed
with historical evidence.

What is interesting is unbelievable events like the flood of Noah,
stopping of sun and moon by Joshua, reversing of the day by 10 degrees /
15mins by Isaiah, signs in heaven during the birth of Jesus, sudden
darkness during His death on the crucifix etc. all have historical or
scientific records to prove them.

The Word is so rock solid that, even the hardest atheist if goes through
them will have no option but to believe. Yet we find people rejecting
the Word or having shakeable faith in the Word only because they do not
go through records or documentations which prove the Word of God and
turn a blind eye to them.

What was very interesting which I came to know some time back was, even
the parables which Jesus spoke had a historical backgrounds which were
fresh in the minds of the people of that time. Jesus used examples with
His teachings so as to drive the message very clearly to the people.

We see that God takes pain to confirm everything He has spoken or
written. This gives us great joy for the blessings of Abraham which we
have received through Jesus Christ will also be confirmed in our lives
with signs and wonders for our God is a God Who proves His Word.

*[/Prayer Starter/]*
Lord God, You are God of splendour. The Heavens are awesome because your
glory fills them. Things which men do are soon or latter forgotten or
meet their destruction, but what You do remains and testifies for You.
Lord we thank You for all the blessings You have spoken in our lives
even when we were in the lions of Abraham. We know You will surely bring
them to pass with signs and wonders for whole mankind to see and glorify
You...

We declare this in Jesus' Name, Amen.

*[/Reference Scriptures/] *
*Genesis 2:8-14*
8 And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put
the man whom he had formed.
9And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is
pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the
midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.
10And a river went out of Eden to water the garden; and from thence it
was parted, and became into four heads.
11The name of the first is Pison: that is it which compasseth the whole
land of Havilah, where there is gold;
12And the gold of that land is good: there is bdellium and the onyx stone.
13And the name of the second river is Gihon: the same is it that
compasseth the whole land of Ethiopia.
14And the name of the third river is Hiddekel: that is it which goeth
toward the east of Assyria. And the fourth river is Euphrates.

*Genesis 6:13-17*
13 And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for
the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will
destroy them with the earth.
14Make thee an ark of gopher wood; rooms shalt thou make in the ark, and
shalt pitch it within and without with pitch.
15And this is the fashion which thou shalt make it of: The length of the
ark shall be three hundred cubits, the breadth of it fifty cubits, and
the height of it thirty cubits.
16A window shalt thou make to the ark, and in a cubit shalt thou finish
it above; and the door of the ark shalt thou set in the side thereof;
with lower, second, and third stories shalt thou make it.
17And, behold, I, even I, do bring a flood of waters upon the earth, to
destroy all flesh, wherein is the breath of life, from under heaven; and
every thing that is in the earth [land] shall die.

*Genesis 19:24-25*
24 Then the LORD rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire
from the LORD out of heaven;
25And he overthrew those cities, and all the plain, and all the
inhabitants of the cities, and that which grew upon the ground.

*Exodus 14:26-29*
26And the LORD said unto Moses, Stretch out thine hand over the sea,
that the waters may come again upon the Egyptians, upon their chariots,
and upon their horsemen.
27And Moses stretched forth his hand over the sea, and the sea returned
to his strength when the morning appeared; and the Egyptians fled
against it; and the LORD overthrew the Egyptians in the midst of the sea.
28And the waters returned, and covered the chariots, and the horsemen,
and all the host of Pharaoh that came into the sea after them; there
remained not so much as one of them.
29But the children of Israel walked upon dry land in the midst of the
sea; and the waters were a wall unto them on their right hand, and on
their left.

*Numbers 24:17*
17I shall see him, but not now: I shall behold him, but not nigh: there
shall come a Star out of Jacob, and a Sceptre shall rise out of Israel,
and shall smite the corners of Moab, and destroy all the children of Sheth.

*2 Kings 20:9-11*
9And Isaiah said, This sign shalt thou have of the LORD, that the LORD
will do the thing that he hath spoken: shall the shadow go forward ten
degrees, or go back ten degrees?
10And Hezekiah answered, It is a light thing for the shadow to go down
ten degrees: nay, but let the shadow return backward ten degrees.
11And Isaiah the prophet cried unto the LORD: and he brought the shadow
ten degrees backward, by which it had gone down in the dial of Ahaz.

*Joshua 10:12-14*
12Then spake Joshua to the LORD in the day when the LORD delivered up
the Amorites before the children of Israel, and he said in the sight of
Israel, Sun, stand thou still upon Gibeon; and thou, Moon, in the valley
of Ajalon.
13And the sun stood still, and the moon stayed, until the people had
avenged themselves upon their enemies. Is not this written in the book
of Jasher? So the sun stood still in the midst of heaven, and hasted not
to go down about a whole day.
14And there was no day like that before it or after it, that the LORD
hearkened unto the voice of a man: for the LORD fought for Israel.

*Matthew 2:2,9,10*
2Saying, 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.
10When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.
11And 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.

*Revelation 12:1-2*
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:
2And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be
delivered.

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Share With Me
Delight in My Love. Try to live in the rapture of the Kingdom.
Claim big things. Claim great things. Claim Joy and Peace and freedom from care. Joy in Me.
I am your Lord, your Creator. Remember too that I am the same yesterday, today, and forever. Your Creator, when My thought about the world called it into being - your Creator as much, too, today, when I can, by loving thought for you, call into being all you need on the material plane.
Joy in Me, trust in Me, share all life with Me, see Me in everything, rejoice in me. Share all with Me as a child shares its pains and cuts and griefs and newfound treasures of joys and little work with its Mother.
And give Me the joy of sharing all with you.
There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear; because fear hath torment. 1 John 4:18
Useless Activity
Preparation time is so neglected by My followers. Consequently there is lack of power in work for Me.
To alter the laws of a country is no real remedy for ill. Men's hearts must be altered by contact with Me.
Remember the lessons I have taught you about useless activity. When most work cries out to be done, then it is truly the time -- not to rush, but to Commune with Me and My Father.
Never feel strong in yourself. Know that only in My Strength can you accomplish all. No mountain of difficulty can then be insurmountable or immovable.
Kill Self Now
Self dethroned - that is the lesson, but in its place put Love for Me, knowledge of Me.
Self, not only dethroned, but dead. A dead self is not an imprisoned self. An imprisoned self is more potent to harm. In all training - (in Mine of you, and in yours of others) - let self die.
But for each blow to the life of self you must at the same time embrace and hold fast the new Life, Life with Me.
It is not a dead self that men have to fear, but a thwarted, captive, imprisoned self. That self is infinitely more self-centered than the self allowed full play. But to you, My children, I teach a higher science-law than even freedom of the self. I teach death to the self. No repressions, just death. Petty self-life exchanged for Divine Life
And now I can make more clear to you what I would say about forgiveness of injuries.
But what you do not see is that you, the self in you, can never forgive injuries. The very thought of them means self in the foreground, then the injury, instead of appearing less, appears greater. It is one of My commands that as you seek My forgiveness, so you must forgive.
No, My children, as all true Love is of God and is God, so all true forgiveness is of God and is God. The self cannot forgive. Kill self.
Cease trying to forgive those who fretted or wronged you. It is a mistake to think about it. Aim at killing the self now - in your daily life, and then, and not until then, you will find there is nothing that even remembers injury, because the only one injured, the self, is dead.
As long as it recurs to your mind you deceive yourself if you think it forgiven.
Many deceive themselves in this.
Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. Romans 6:6
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*Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde in us***
*Romans 7:15* - /For that which I do I know not: for not what I would,
that do I practise; but what I hate, that I do./
Everyone must be aware of the famous story of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde,
where Dr Jekyll is the god character and Mr Hyde the evil character
which dwell in the same person like a split personality. We all have
this split personality dwelling in us to some extent.
Many years back when I had not even gone through these scriptures in
Romans the Lord was teaching me on this when I was on a trip with a
brother who was also in the Lord but at that time was more mature than
me and thus I used to look up to him.
Even though he was more knowledgeable and experienced than me yet he
also had the Jekyll and Hyde factor in him. We were in the same room in
a hotel and he had a weakness. One day he fell to his temptation and
that night the Lord showed me what he had done. The next day when I
confronted him on it he nearly broke down. He did have problem on that
incident for some time but latter overcame. That incident also taught me
what happened to him could happen to me too, thereafter I fear Men and
Women of God when I spiritually backslide.
These characters of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde are also referred by Paul as
the New and Old man in us. The Dr Jekyll is the born again person in us
which loves light and the Kingdom of God. But even though we are born
again in Christ we still have this Mr Hyde who tries to undo our
progress in the Kingdom of God and bring us back into darkness.
People think that this Mr Hyde is completely destroyed in them when they
are born again. They are not wrong to some extend but are also not right
because they do not know who this Mr Hyde is.
The Mr Hyde is us is the evil in us which is partly our creation and
partly inherited from our ancestors. When we are born again the part
which is our creation is completely destroyed but that which is
inherited remains. This part which remains is not the sins of our
ancestors, for God does not punish the children for the sins of the
fathers but yet we have some scriptures which state something like that.
We need to understand when we do a wrong deed our wrong deed is not
passed unto our children but the nature to do that wrong deed is. For
example if I murder a person or even tell a lie the blood I spilled or
the lie sin would be passed unto my child but the nature to do a murder
or the nature to lie will. This nature to sin that we inherit or creator
is the Hyde in us, while the nature of Christ which we are induced with
when we are born again in Him is the Jekyll in us. The more of Jekyll
grows in us the more the Hyde character gets supressed. This is the
overcoming which the Holy Spirit helps us in our walk in the path of
Christ.
This Hyde was created right from Adam and all our ancestors have added
unto that character. As the Lord states the nature to do that wrongs
goes down 4 generations if none fall unto that specific nature then the
nature to do that dies. But every time a person falls prey to that
nature or creates it that nature gets passed on for another 4 generations.
Now imagine the accumulated evil nature that lies beneath us, it is like
a volcano waiting to bust. But yet we should not worry for it was this
is the reason the Lord said the more of His grace and His Spirit would
be poured in the latter days knowing we would have a greater Hyde to
deal with.
*[/Prayer Starter/]*
Lord, You are Holy and You want your children to also be holy. You hate
sin and when Adam and Eve sinned You cursed them. But You also made a
way for us to overcome the result of the curse by making available a
Branch to be grafted unto by your Spirit. Lord, as we keep on breaking
our links to the old vine Adam and get grafted into the New Vine which
is Christ strengthen us and hold us up by your abundant grace...
We make this prayer in Jesus' Name, Amen.
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*Genesis 5:1-2*
1 This is the book of the generations of Adam. In the day that God
created man, in the likeness of God made he him;
2Male and female created he them; and blessed them, and called their
name Adam, in the day when they were created.
*Numbers 14:18*
18The LORD is longsuffering [slow to anger], 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
*Jeremiah 3:27-34*
27 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will sow the house of
Israel and the house of Judah with the seed of man, and with the seed of
beast.
28And it shall come to pass, that like as I have watched over them, to
pluck up, and to break down, and to throw down, and to destroy, and to
afflict; so will I watch over them, to build, and to plant, saith the LORD.
29In those days they shall say no more, The fathers have eaten a sour
grape, and the children's teeth are set on edge.
30But every one shall die for his own iniquity: every man that eateth
the sour grape, his teeth shall be set on edge.
31Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant
with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah:
32Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the
day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt;
which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith
the LORD:
33But 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.
34And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man
his brother, saying, Know the LORD: for they shall all know me, from the
least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the LORD: for I will
forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.
*Romans 6:1-13*
1 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?
2God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?
3Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were
baptized into his death?
4Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as
Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so
we also should walk in newness of life.
5For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we
shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:
6Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of
sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.
7For he that is dead is freed from sin.
8Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with
him:
9Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death
hath no more dominion over him.
10For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he
liveth unto God.
11Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but
alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.
12Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey
it in the lusts thereof.
13Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto
sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the
dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.
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*Finished*

*Wrath of God is finished*

Today instead of a scripture I received just a word 'finish'.

A long time back the anger of the Lord was on one of His loved ones who
being a shepherd was walking in his flesh, and the Lord asked me to warn
him. The Lord had given me a vision showing His wrath in the form of a
tornado. This tornado soon like a whip hit him.

I did go to the brother's house and warned him, but he did not abide to
my rebuke and within a week he was hit by a serious illness and
hospitalized. By that illness a person would normally take 3 to 6 months
to recover fully. But by God's mercy he was back preaching within a
week. It was then I realized why the Lord showed me His wrath as a tornado.

A tornado is a powerful destruction force of nature but by the mercy of
God it does not last long.

I believe in today's message the Lord is talking to the people of the US
who have been experiencing His wrath. Even in this destruction I tell
you brothers and sisters, you should get down on your knees and thank
God for it was just short tornadoes and there are over for now.

This country was founded on Christian believes but today we see it has
turned into a modern Babylon. There is no limit to the amount of
perverseness that exists in the minds of the people of USA. The few true
Christians that exist have the mentality of minding their own business.
Their Christianity is among the four walls of the Church halls and
giving money.

The Lord says we need to be like a lamp which shines, a lamp that is not
placed in a closet or under any table. The Lord is not telling the
Christians there to take a revolution on the streets to change things.
The light of Christ in us should shine among the surrounding
neighborhood. The Lord is speaking to each Christian to overcome the
darkness in their neighborhood by their goodness, mercy and love.

Imagine if each Christian dedicated just one day of the week or even a
few hours of that day to step out of their doors and visit their
neighbors, helping the people in need around them. I am sure there would
be not much time we would see change happen to the whole country.

*[/Prayer Starter/]*
Lord, You are a righteous God. In your righteousness You get angry but
your love and mercy keeps us alive. We thank You Lord for your love and
mercy. We also thank You for stopping the disaster which happened in the
US. We ask You Lord to speak to the hearts of our brothers and sisters
in the US that they may be practicing Christians and less audible
Christians. Let them know that by just given money they do not become
good Christians. Lord, let your light shine in abundance and bless them...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

*[/Reference Scriptures/] *
*Isaiah 66:15*
15 For, behold, the LORD will come with fire, and with his chariots like
a whirlwind, to render his anger with fury, and his rebuke with flames
of fire.

*Jeremiah 4:13-14*
13Behold, he shall come up as clouds, and his chariots shall be as a
whirlwind: his horses are swifter than eagles. Woe unto us! for we are
spoiled.
14O Jerusalem, wash thine heart from wickedness, that thou mayest be
saved. How long shall thy vain thoughts lodge within thee?

*Jeremiah 25:32-38*
32Thus saith the LORD of hosts, Behold, evil shall go forth from nation
to nation, and a great whirlwind shall be raised up from the coasts of
the earth.
33And the slain of the LORD shall be at that day from one end of the
earth even unto the other end of the earth: they shall not be lamented,
neither gathered, nor buried; they shall be dung upon the ground.
34Howl, ye shepherds, and cry; and wallow yourselves in the ashes, ye
principal of the flock: for the days of your slaughter and of your
dispersions are accomplished; and ye shall fall like a pleasant vessel.
35And the shepherds shall have no way to flee, nor the principal of the
flock to escape.
36A voice of the cry of the shepherds, and an howling of the principal
of the flock, shall be heard: for the LORD hath spoiled their pasture.
37And the peaceable habitations are cut down because of the fierce anger
of the LORD.
38He hath forsaken his covert, as the lion: for their land is desolate
because of the fierceness of the oppressor, and because of his fierce
anger.

*Micah 7:16-20*
16The nations shall see and be confounded at all their might: they shall
lay their hand upon their mouth, their ears shall be deaf.
17They shall lick the dust like a serpent, they shall move out of their
holes like worms of the earth: they shall be afraid of the LORD our God,
and shall fear because of thee.
18Who is a God like unto thee, that pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by
the transgression of the remnant of his heritage? he retaineth not his
anger for ever, because he delighteth in mercy.
19He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us; he will subdue
our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the
sea.
20Thou wilt perform the truth to Jacob, and the mercy to Abraham, which
thou hast sworn unto our fathers from the days of old.
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*Working of the Church*

*Book of Acts*

Some months back there was a group of people which attended our Church
Sunday Service, they called themselves Acts 29. It was pleasing to hear
these people were so impressed by the book of Acts that they believed
the Lord was continuing the mighty works as recorded in this book.

Luke a historical documenter of the events managed to get to the details
accurately for he was a close companion of Paul. Being with Paul he had
accesses to the key witnesses of the events. Paul a well rooted person
in the knowledge of the Kingdom of God being his spiritual guide had
great effect on Luke. We see although Luke was of the same calling like
Mark and Matthew yet he took efforts to highlight and clear further
certain events or matters concerning certain individuals. He made sure
things are not misunderstood by reading the previous 2 Gospels.

In the book of Acts we also see the same dedication of Luke in
documenting the important events which took place in the 1st stage of
the Christian Church. Like someone correctly put it, 'it is more like a
photo album of snapshots'. Our photo albums have pictures of events
which are important to us. By looking at these photos the whole event
comes to our mind. Similarly by piecing these snapshots we can get an
idea what all happened during this period of the Church.

These events are important because till date it has been the best period
of the Church. Although it was a very short period it had contributed in
a great way to the growth of the Church throughout the world. If one
reads the letters to the Churches in the book of Revelation which are
letters to the stages to the Christian Church, this stage the first
stage gets away with the least rebuke till date. The name given to this
stage in these letters was *Ephesus* which means 'permitted'. By reading
Acts we see why this name was given to this Church. Everything good or
bad contributed to the growth of the Church in a great way. The Lord
allowed or permitted things to go against His people but these helped in
spread and strengthening His people and adding many to His congregation.

We also see the 'we' factor been used a lot in this book. No doubt there
were some difference of opinion among the leaders but yet they worked
together as a team solely for the purpose.

During this time there were many who claimed to be appointed by Jesus or
claimed to be close to Him but this Church did not get mislead by them.
Luke we find did not give much importance to document these people. This
Church did latter move into a spirit of self-righteousness for which we
see a warning given by the Lord with the consequence being that He would
take away His Spirit from being an active part of the Church. This did
happen and the Church latter moved to the stage we called today as the
dark age of the Church or as written in the letters as becoming the
temple of Satan, it was given the name *Smyrna* which means 'myrrh' a
perfume also used as a poison to kill.

We who have moved from the *Thyatira* phase (means '/odour or
affliction/' phase when the Church came out of the Catholic Church a
temple of Jezebel) are in the*Sardis* phase (means '/red ones/' where
only a few are really in the Lord) will be moving into the best stage of
the Church of Christ which is *Philadelphia* (means '/brotherly love/'
which sees the real glory of God when all denominations come together as
one) need to give utmost importance to these records of Acts to as to
learn and improve.

*[/Prayer Starter/]*
Lord, we thank You for those whom You used to give your Word unto us and
also those who documented events and understandings of your Word. Lord,
direct our path and help us learn from the good and bad events that were
connected to the early Church. Help us to come together as one Body and
be in your Name so that your glory be manifested amongst your people...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

*[/Reference Scriptures/] *
*Revelation 1:1-11*
1 Unto the angel of the church of Ephesus write; These things saith he
that holdeth the seven stars in his right hand, who walketh in the midst
of the seven golden candlesticks;
2I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst
not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they
are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars:
3And hast borne, and hast patience, and for my name's sake hast
laboured, and hast not fainted.
4Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy
first love.
5Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the
first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy
candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.
6But this thou hast, that thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolaitans,
which I also hate.
7He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the
churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life,
which is in the midst of the paradise of God.
8 And unto the angel of the church in Smyrna write; These things saith
the first and the last, which was dead, and is alive;
9I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and
I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but
are the synagogue of Satan.
10Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil
shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall
have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give
thee a crown of life.
11He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the
churches; He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death.

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Are you prepared to return to your Master today?*

*Luke 17:7* - /"And which of you, having a servant plowing or tending
sheep, will say to him when he has come in from the field, 'Come at once
and sit down to eat'?/

Just a few days back there was a person named David Wilkerson a worker
in the Lord's vineyard who had a car accident and died. I personally do
not know him or much about him but from the communications of people I
collected that he was loved and respected by many and he did great work
among the people in USA. He also influenced the people around the world
through his writings.

The Lord is talking to all of us especially those who are shaken up by
the event, thinking as to why and how, did such a thing happen?

Understand we the workers of the Vineyard of the Lord have a task or
mission given unto us. As we finish our mission and return the Lord
tells us to take rest in Him. We are not here on earth to build a name
for ourselves or an empire but we are called to work for the Kingdom and
glory of God, once we finish our work we return to our creator to take
rest in Him.

I am sure his soul must have found satisfaction in his work in the Lord.
Now it is for us to think when we go back are we going to return
completing the work given to us or return with incomplete work. What do
we say to the Lord when we have not looked well after the sheep He has
given to us or lost even one of them?

Are you prepared to return to your Master today?

*[/Prayer Starter/]*
Lord, You are God and our Good Shepherd. You came as man and showed us
how to tend to the sheep. You showed us the greatness in serving and not
in getting served. You are King but yet You became the Servant for all
mankind. Lord, help us prepare ourselves to complete the work You have
assigned us. Help nothing of our flesh come between our work and we do
not loose even a single sheep from the flock You have given us. Guide us
as we guide the one given unto us...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

*[/Reference Scriptures/] *
*John 17:1-13*
1 These things spake Jesus; and lifting up his eyes to heaven, he said,
Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that the son may glorify thee:
2even as thou gavest him authority over all flesh, that to all whom thou
hast given him, he should give eternal life.
3And this is life eternal, that they should know thee the only true God,
and him whom thou didst send, even Jesus Christ.
4I glorified thee on the earth, having accomplished the work which thou
hast given me to do.
5And now, Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory
which I had with thee before the world was.
6 I manifested thy name unto the men whom thou gavest me out of the
world: thine they were, and thou gavest them to me; and they have kept
thy word.
7Now they know that all things whatsoever thou hast given me are from thee:
8for the words which thou gavest me I have given unto them; and they
received them, and knew of a truth that I came forth from thee, and they
believed that thou didst send me.
9I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for those whom thou hast
given me; for they are thine:
10and all things that are mine are thine, and thine are mine: and I am
glorified in them.
11And I am no more in the world, and these are in the world, and I come
to thee. Holy Father, keep them in thy name which thou hast given me,
that they may be one, even as we are.
12While I was with them, I kept them in thy name which thou hast given
me: and I guarded them, and not one of them perished, but the son of
perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled.
13But now I come to thee; and these things I speak in the world, that
they may have my joy made full in themselves.

*1 Corinthians 3:10-15*
10According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise
masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon.
But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon.
11 For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus
Christ.
12Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious
stones, wood, hay, stubble;
13Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it,
because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's
work of what sort it is.
14If any man's work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall
receive a reward.
15If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he
himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.

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*Are we like Peter*

*Luke 22:34* - /And he said, I tell thee, Peter, the cock shall not crow
this day, before that thou shalt thrice deny that thou knowest me./

Simon who was called Peter is one great example for us Christians
especially those living in these days. He was one person very excited
about doing something for Jesus and being in the forefront. He was a
very active person if asked a question he would be among the first to
answer even if he did not know the right answer.

Since he spoke too much even without having knowledge he was called
Peter, because the name means 'pebbles' which symbolizes untruth and in
Hebrew its equivalent name 'Tyrus / Tyre' was given to Satan. Therefore
we find Jesus mostly referred to him as Simon and only during certain
situations only called him Peter; unlike others who always called him
Peter.

We Christians also behave like Simon becoming Peter. Many times in our
lives we may be over excited about the Lord but not knowing the Truth we
still open our mouths and speak out. We at times have faith even to walk
on water but when we see our situation we lose our focus of the Lord and
the situation starts to crush us. We do not let the will of God to be
fulfilled in our lives because we are so rooted in this world and its
worldly life. We will have a sick at home and the doctor with us but we
will not tell the doctor about the problem. We lost in our problems or
worries may show our spiritual nakedness for things we desire. We love
Jesus dearly but during the actual test we land up denying Him not once,
not twice but many times.

It is time we stop being Peter shaky on the Truth but become more Simon,
which means 'one who has heard'.

*[/Prayer Starter/]*
Lord Jesus, You chose us and loved us even when we did not know You.
Even though by your Spirit You walk with us day to day building us yet
at times we walk tangent to your ways and your thoughts. Even when we
deny You, You do not deny us but love us even more. Lord as You built
Simon Peter build us for your purpose and fulfil it in our lives...

We make this prayer in Jesus' Name, Amen.

*[/Reference Scriptures/] *
*Luke 4:36-39*
36 And they were all amazed, and spake among themselves, saying, What a
word is this! for with authority and power he commandeth the unclean
spirits, and they come out.
37 And the fame of him went out into every place of the country round
about.
38 And he arose out of the synagogue, and entered into Simon's house.
And Simon's wife's mother was taken with a great fever; and they
besought him for her.
39 And he stood over her, and rebuked the fever; and it left her: and
immediately she arose and ministered unto them.

*Luke 5:3-8*
3 And he entered into one of the ships, which was Simon's, and prayed
him that he would thrust out a little from the land. And he sat down,
and taught the people out of the ship.
4 Now when he had left speaking, he said unto Simon, Launch out into
the deep, and let down your nets for a draught.
5 And Simon answering said unto him, Master, we have toiled all the
night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless at thy word I will let down
the net.
6 And when they had this done, they inclosed a great multitude of
fishes: and their net brake.
7 And they beckoned unto their partners, which were in the other ship,
that they should come and help them. And they came, and filled both the
ships, so that they began to sink.
8 When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus' knees, saying, Depart
from me; for I am a sinful man, O Lord.

*Luke 6:13-16*
13 And when it was day, he called unto him his disciples: and of them
he chose twelve, whom also he named apostles;
14 Simon, (whom he also named Peter,) and Andrew his brother, James and
John, Philip and Bartholomew,
15 Matthew and Thomas, James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon called
Zelotes,
16 And Judas the brother of James, and Judas Iscariot, which also was
the traitor.

*Luke 9:28-36*
28 And it came to pass about an eight days after these sayings, he took
Peter and John and James, and went up into a mountain to pray.
29 And as he prayed, the fashion of his countenance was altered, and
his raiment was white and glistering.
30 And, behold, there talked with him two men, which were Moses and Elias:
31 Who appeared in glory, and spake of his decease which he should
accomplish at Jerusalem.
32 But Peter and they that were with him were heavy with sleep: and
when they were awake, they saw his glory, and the two men that stood
with him.
33 And it came to pass, as they departed from him, Peter said unto
Jesus, Master, it is good for us to be here: and let us make three
tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias: not
knowing what he said.
34 While he thus spake, there came a cloud, and overshadowed them: and
they feared as they entered into the cloud.
35 And there came a voice out of the cloud, saying, This is my beloved
Son: hear him.
36 And when the voice was past, Jesus was found alone. And they kept it
close, and told no man in those days any of those things which they had
seen.

*Luke 22:31-34*
31 And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have
you, that he may sift you as wheat:
32 But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou
art converted, strengthen thy brethren.
33 And he said unto him, Lord, I am ready to go with thee, both into
prison, and to death.
34 And he said, I tell thee, Peter, the cock shall not crow this day,
before that thou shalt thrice deny that thou knowest me.

*Luke 22:54-62*
54 Then took they him, and led him, and brought him into the high
priest's house. And Peter followed afar off.
55 And when they had kindled a fire in the midst of the hall, and were
set down together, Peter sat down among them.
56 But a certain maid beheld him as he sat by the fire, and earnestly
looked upon him, and said, This man was also with him.
57 And he denied him, saying, Woman, I know him not.
58 And after a little while another saw him, and said, Thou art also of
them. And Peter said, Man, I am not.
59 And about the space of one hour after another confidently affirmed,
saying, Of a truth this fellow also was with him: for he is a Galilaean.
60 And Peter said, Man, I know not what thou sayest. And immediately,
while he yet spake, the cock crew.
61 And the Lord turned, and looked upon Peter. And Peter remembered the
word of the Lord, how he had said unto him, Before the cock crow, thou
shalt deny me thrice.
62 And Peter went out, and wept bitterly.

*Luke 24:33-34*
33 And they rose up the same hour, and returned to Jerusalem, and found
the eleven gathered together, and them that were with them,

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

*John 21:1-9*
1 After these things Jesus shewed himself again to the disciples at the
sea of Tiberias; and on this wise shewed he himself.
2 There were together Simon Peter, and Thomas called Didymus, and
Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, and the sons of Zebedee, and two other of
his disciples.
3 Simon Peter saith unto them, I go a fishing. They say unto him, We
also go with thee. They went forth, and entered into a ship immediately;
and that night they caught nothing.
4 But when the morning was now come, Jesus stood on the shore: but the
disciples knew not that it was Jesus.
5 Then Jesus saith unto them, Children, have ye any meat? They answered
him, No.
6 And he said unto them, Cast the net on the right side of the ship,
and ye shall find. They cast therefore, and now they were not able to
draw it for the multitude of fishes.
7 Therefore that disciple whom Jesus loved saith unto Peter, It is the
Lord. Now when Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he girt his
fisher's coat unto him, (for he was naked,) and did cast himself into
the sea.
8 And the other disciples came in a little ship; (for they were not far
from land, but as it were two hundred cubits,) dragging the net with
fishes.
9 As soon then as they were come to land, they saw a fire of coals
there, and fish laid thereon, and bread.

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*He is pre-eminence of all things*
*Colossians 1: 17, 18* - /And he is before all things, and by him all
things consist [sustain in place]. And he is the head of the body, the
church: who is the beginning, the firstborn [first bought forth] from
the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence. /
In Paul's letter to the *Colossians 1:13-22* he gave a pretty good
picture of Who Christ is.
In today's message the Lord wants us to know some aspects of Christ from
there.
It is written He existed before all things. When it says /'all things'/
it means all things, it does not means only this creation but also the
Heavens and the Angelic creation. It also says all things are consist or
sustained in its place by Him. This means both that it is by His power
that all things are put in its place and also means that due to Him all
things are put in its place. He is the cause, the purpose and the power
by which all things exist.
In today's message there is a deeper revelation of Him given which is
that He is the head of the Body, the Church. People normally read this
in one meaning but really Paul disclosed two aspects of Him the Heavenly
and the Earthly as he did in his previous sentence v17.
In the Heavenly aspect He is the head of the Body. The body which Paul
is talking of is the Angels of Heaven. Like the Father is the Head of
the Godhead the Body which consist of the Spirit and the Son so also the
Son has a Heavenly body of which the Cherubim and Angels are a part of.
It is for this reason in scriptures there are confusions at time an
Angel appeared and the same situation is also written as the Lord
appeared. This Body is the Heavenly Body or the Temple of the Lord which
got damaged when a third of the Angels fell. Like on the third day He
resurrected in the same way on the third day (Heavenly day / period)
will His Body be made full again when we become part of His Heavenly
Body and will be bought to glory.
He is also the head of the Church. The word used here translated as
'Church' is the Greek word *'ekklesia'* , people simply translate it as
/'congregation' / or /'assembly/' . This word is a compound word made from
two words *'ek*' which means /'out'/ and a derivative of *'kaleo*' which
means /'call/'.
The word Church does not means just a gathering but specifies that it is
a gathering of people who are called out. Like the Levi were called out
to be separated and were selected as Priest so also we as Christians are
called out from this world to be holy and each and every one of us is a
Priest.
Christ was the first to have set an example of how to separate oneself
from the world while living on earth. He was also the first to have gone
to Hell due to the curse of sin and rose again by being set free from
the prison Hell. We who believe in Him have now also been set free from
this curse of sin.
Through His coming in our midst He Who was the first of all things in
Heaven also became the first of all things on earth.
*[/Prayer Starter/]*
Lord, You being God and creator became one of your creation so as to
save us and set an example as the first. You are first of all things and
all things are for and by You. We praise and glorify You for You are our
God, our Saviour, our King and Lord...
This we proclaim in Jesus' Name, Amen.
*[/Reference Scriptures/] *
*Colossians 1:13-22*
13He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into
the kingdom of the Son of His love,
14in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.
15He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.
16For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on
earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or
principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him.
17And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist.
18And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the
firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence.
19For it pleased the Father that in Him all the fullness should dwell,
20and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things
on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His
cross.
21And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked
works, yet now He has reconciled
22in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy, and
blameless, and above reproach in His sight
*Revelation 12:3-4*
3And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red
dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads.
4And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast
them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready
to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born.
*Zechariah 13:8-9*
8And it shall come to pass, that in all the land, saith the LORD, two
parts therein shall be cut off and die; but the third shall be left
therein.
9And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them
as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall
call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people: and
they shall say, The LORD is my God.
*Revelation 21:21-22*
21And the twelve gates were twelve pearls; every several gate was of one
pearl: and the street of the city was pure gold, as it were transparent
glass.
22And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb
are the temple of it.
*Luke 13:31-32* /(Italic words removed)/
31 The same day there came certain of the Pharisees, saying unto him,
Get thee out, and depart hence: for Herod will kill thee.
32And he said unto them, Go ye, and tell that fox, Behold, I cast out
devils, and I do cures to day and to morrow, and the third I shall be
perfected.
*John 17:5,21-24*
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:
23I 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.
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*Prepare yourselves for the disasters*
*Zephaniah 2: 3* - /Seek ye the LORD, all ye meek of the earth, which
have wrought his judgment; seek righteousness, seek meekness: it may be
ye shall be hid in the day of the LORD'S anger./
We have been given warning about the destruction and disasters that are
and will escalate in the near future, at the same time the Lord is also
telling us how to be saved from all these.
One may wonder how anyone can be saved from these massive disasters. Let
me share in brief one of my testimonies on one disaster which hit Mumbai
when Mumbai was flooded on 26th July 2005.
I was given a message by the Lord almost week to 10 day in advance about
the 2 floods, one which hit Mumbai and the other which hit the places
around. The cause and purpose was also explained to me.
At that time before the floods hit Mumbai I was at a retreat in Goa
(this was when I was in the ministry) where we experience the most
awesome anointing ever in our lives. Almost any person having any
problem who walked in that room that day had a testimony. We saw with
our own eyes a child who had water filled head, right before us his head
was shrinking and veins started becoming visible. The child's eyes were
fully white for his cornea was behind and before us the eye balls were
rolling and coming to normal slowly. A person bought on wheels went
walking that day. I will never forget the anointing that we experienced
that day for there was none standing on their feet in that room. One
would be slain in Spirit and the one who helped that person to get up
would soon be slain and helped by the person whom he or she had helped.
In that small hall there was hardly any place to keep a leg.
On the way back heavy rains followed the train we were in. Somewhere in
between the journey due to some technical reason we were delayed. A few
stations later the driver started reversing the train back to a station.
Most of the journey we were traveling in almost flooded waters but in
between the driver did not feel right so reversed the train and we
halted at a station which fortunately was at a height. We came to know
soon later that the tracks ahead were all washed away and the tracks
behind us had boulders from landslides.
We were at the railway station for almost a day and half with little
food or water and very unhygienic situation. In the early morning before
the break of dawn many sleeping in the boggy heard a voice telling us to
getup since the government sent buses for us to take us ahead to Mumbai.
None of us saw any person but the voice was loud and clear. We all got
up and packing our things stepped out on the platform. After stepping
out our boggy people realized we were the only ones standing out while
all others were yet asleep. The lights of our boggy went off because of
lack of fuel. So we made our minds to go to the bus station and catch a
bus. We walked in hip level waters and reaching the station could not
get in the first buses but latter we managed to get in comfortably into
a bus. After we all reached Mumbai to our own residences we heard the
whole of Mumbai was flooded. When we were in the bus and in the modes of
transport from the Central bus station to our houses there was hardly
any rain, but within an hour the whole of Mumbai was flooded. We learned
that the floods were just behind us right from Goa and as we reached our
house the whole of Mumbai was flooded. Had we been still in the train
(and still safe) we would have not reached our houses at least for 4 to
5days. For the floods took at least 3 days to normalize.
It was latter I realized the flood warning and also realized how an
Angel of the Lord woke us in the train and made us to get on to the last
bus from that place to reach Mumbai.
The Lord is telling us if we need to be saved from all these calamities
it is not sufficient we worship Him or called ourselves by His Name. He
is telling us the only way out is to seek righteousness and meekness.
Seeking righteousness means to separate ourselves from that we know as
wrong. Many Christians live in grey areas and find it okay because some
light is seen there. The Lord is now telling us He is going to be less
tolerant and wants us to either dwell in white or in black and His anger
will be poured on specially those who live in the grey. He says '/Be
holy for I am Holy/' and thus we need to separate ourselves from the
understanding and traditions of this world. That does not mean we need
to hibernate in far off place. We living among the unbelievers need to
love them, help them but not corrupt our relationship with God or the
Truth in us because of them or things originating from them.
We are also called to pursue meekness (humility). This does mean to do
social service or look after the poor. That is good, but that will not
save us from these disasters. The word used here means to be poor in
spirit. Being meek here means to be of want or thirsty in spirit. Unless
we do not keep being always thirsty in spirit for the Lord we will not
grow in spiritual relationship with Him and mature into becoming Sons.
So let each one of us prepare ourselves for the storms and other
turbulence coming before us by anchoring ourselves unto righteousness
and meekness.
*[/Prayer Starter/]*
Lord, You love your people dearly but You also hate sin and darkness.
You are light and want your children to dwell in light. Lord, we pray
for your people ourselves including that we receive courage and
spiritual boldness to walk in righteousness. Help us circumcise our
hearts and help us always know that we need more and more of You and
your Kingdom...
This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.
*[/Reference Scriptures/] *
*1 Peter 1:13-23*
13 Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the
end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of
Jesus Christ;
14As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the
former lusts in your ignorance:
15But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner
of conversation;
16Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.
17And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth
according to every man's work, pass the time of your sojourning here in
fear:
18Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible
things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by
tradition from your fathers;
19But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish
and without spot:
20Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but
was manifest in these last times for you,
21Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and
gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God.
22Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the
Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another
with a pure heart fervently:
23Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by
the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.
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*And the Kingdom shall be the LORD'S*
*Obadiah 1:20,21* - /And the captivity of this host of the children of
Israel shall possess that of the Canaanites, even unto Zarephath; and
the captivity of Jerusalem, which is in Sepharad, shall possess the
cities of the south. And saviours shall come up on mount Zion to judge
the mount of Esau; and the kingdom shall be the LORD'S./
For most Believers the Church they go to is the only Church and the
world for them. The Pastors and Priest have mastered the art of putting
Murphy blinds unto their congregation. The one classical statement they
make is 'abide by the authority'. Ironically Jesus is the first in
Church History Who started to question the authorities and it was due to
that He was hated by the authorities. He was the first so called
Protestant and founder of the Protestant Church which protested against
human authority.
When it comes to authority we need to first confirm, are the so called
authorities abiding by the Word of Lord and authority as Christ gave?
What we find is most shepherds are trying to make others more like
themselves and less like Christ or the purpose of Christ in that person.
For many Christians Israelites mean those who live in or are connected
to the country called Israel. Paul clarifies in his letter to the Romans
a true Israelite is the one who believes in Jesus Christ and thus
becoming a descendant of Abraham, who being circumcised in the heart
becomes a real Jew. The rightful heir is not the one born out of blood
but one born out of promise.
A Church is not the small congregation one goes to nor is God's Israel
just those who live in the country of Israel. The whole world is the
Lord's and all mankind are part of the story. Every Believer anywhere in
the world is a person from your and my Church. Every Christian who is
baptized in Jesus Christ and in the Holy Spirit is a true Israelite and
true Jew.
Like when Jesus was born all the Jews had their eyes focused on seeing
something grand happening as their King is born, but their King was born
in a manger. Even the disciples of Jesus thought right unto the Garden
of Gethsemane that Jesus would lead a physical revolt against the rulers
and become King.
If asked of Christians how would the second coming of Jesus be and one
would get some real amazing answers. They land up bringing the Heavens
to the level of Earth and God to the level of a human.
It is really amazing the detail unto which the events unfold to the last
day are given in the Bible and God does reveal this to those who are
meek in spirit. Paul was built with clear understanding of the days unto
the Judgment Day. When I started writing among my first major teachings
which the Lord unfolded to me was about Creation understanding how all
things began, what Creation is all about, understanding the Heavens, how
the Word of God will conclude and return unto the Lord unto His Temple.
When I wrote I had a small percentage of understanding of which I now
hold, but yet this understanding was mostly on tract with what I know
now. And I know that what I know today is nothing to what the Lord will
teach me in the days ahead.
When the Lord teaches, even though we know in part yet the parts are
progressive to the whole Truth and does not go perpendicular or contrary
to it. Understand not scripture or verse from the Word of God - the
Books of Instructions will or does contradict another. Even if one did
then we would have been doomed.
The Lord tried to give us an idea of some part on the end days through
the books of Daniel and Revelation as prophesied by the Prophets. The
Lord put a visual image on the story but they have been recorded in
these books like a jigsaw puzzle, all jumbled up. Without the Spirit of
the Lord it is just impossible to understand these and also one needs to
get to its root source.
In today's message the Lord is telling us He wrote the beginning and He
also wrote the end. All things are under His control, even what which
Satan does has been allowed to him within stipulated parameters. When we
are more in the Lord his access to us is restricted event further and he
cannot touch us. So let us stop worrying of the end for the end is the
Lord's and stop worrying of problems for the Lord is in control, but let
us focus more on the purpose we have as Christians and concentrate on
our work as Christians, so that we harvest more for ourselves in the
Kingdom of God.
*[/Prayer Starter/]*
Lord, You are God and You made all things with purpose. Your plans are
great and so also is your purpose. You have hidden all these from the
wise of this world and disclose them to the meek in spirit. Lord, help
us realize we need to grow in You and are far from understanding your
Kingdom...
This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.
*[/Reference Scriptures/] *
*Daniel 12:5-13*
5Then I Daniel looked, and, behold, there stood other two, the one on
this side of the bank of the river, and the other on that side of the
bank of the river.
6And one said to the man clothed in linen, which was upon the waters of
the river, How long shall it be to the end of these wonders?
7And I heard the man clothed in linen, which was upon the waters of the
river, when he held up his right hand and his left hand unto heaven, and
sware by him that liveth for ever that it shall be for a time, times,
and an half; and when he shall have accomplished to scatter the power of
the holy people, all these things shall be finished.
8And I heard, but I understood not: then said I, O my Lord, what shall
be the end of these things?
9And he said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed
till the time of the end.
10Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked
shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise
shall understand.
11And from the time that the daily sacrifice shall be taken away, and
the abomination that maketh desolate set up, there shall be a thousand
two hundred and ninety days.
12Blessed is he that waiteth, and cometh to the thousand three hundred
and five and thirty days.
13But go thou thy way till the end be: for thou shalt rest, and stand in
thy lot at the end of the days.
*Matthew 12:1-14*
1 At that time Jesus went on the sabbath day through the corn; and his
disciples were an hungred, and began to pluck the ears of corn, and to eat.
2But when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto him, Behold, thy
disciples do that which is not lawful to do upon the sabbath day.
3But he said unto them, Have ye not read what David did, when he was an
hungred, and they that were with him;
4How 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?
5Or have ye not read in the law, how that on the sabbath days the
priests in the temple profane the sabbath, and are blameless?
6But I say unto you, That in this place is one greater than the temple.
7But if ye had known what this meaneth, I will have mercy, and not
sacrifice, ye would not have condemned the guiltless.
8For the Son of man is Lord even of the sabbath day.
9And when he was departed thence, he went into their synagogue:
10And, 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.
11And 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?
12How much then is a man better than a sheep? Wherefore it is lawful to
do well on the sabbath days.
13Then saith he to the man, Stretch forth thine hand. And he stretched
it forth; and it was restored whole, like as the other.
14Then the Pharisees went out, and held a council against him, how they
might destroy him.
*Romans 9:6-8*
6 Not as though the word of God hath taken none effect. For they are not
all Israel, which are of Israel:
7Neither, because they are the seed of Abraham, are they all children:
but, In Isaac shall thy seed be called.
8That is, They which are the children of the flesh, these are not the
children of God: but the children of the promise are counted for the seed.
*Romans 2:28-29*
28For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that
circumcision, which is outward in the flesh:
29But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of
the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of
men, but of God.

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*Go buy yourself a sword*

*Luke 22:35,36* - /And he said unto them, When I sent you without purse,
and scrip, and shoes, lacked ye any thing? And they said, Nothing. Then
said he unto them, But now, he that hath a purse, let him take it, and
likewise his scrip: and he that hath no sword, let him sell his garment,
and buy one./

The way the messages we are receiving from the Lord of late, I tell you
brothers and sisters in the Lord please tighten your seat belts for we
are soon going to go through a turbulent times. The events we are seeing
happening in the Middle East and other places are going to result in an
ugly face for Christians. These are just human factors but also the
nature factors like the earthquakes, the tsunami, the crazy storms etc.
are not done yet; we also have the problem of food and the problems of
diseases they are all going to take the world into the next level.

The Lord had been merciful to us and even in our worst situation He has
blessed us, but many among us have encashed His blessing unto worldly
things like money and luxurious life. Today the Lord is telling these
people they would need to sell all these and buy means and methods to
safe themselves from what is set forth for them in the days ahead.

This message is a very strong message to all who sit on the fence or
want to use God for their earthly pleasures. It is time they repent from
their ways or else things are going to be worst for them.

By calling themselves Christians they have become number one enemies to
Satan and by not totally surrendering to the Lord they are not fully
protected. Today the Lord is telling them even the little protection
they enjoyed would be taken away and they will need to fend for themselves.

*[/Prayer Starter/]*
Lord, this world does not know You because they do not see your glory on
your people. Your people are not walking according to your Word and
therefore are suffering. Lord, your Church has been waiting and your
Saints have paid with their blood and their blood is crying out to You.
We pray Lord that the hearts of our near and dear ones repent and come
to You so that they do not become victims to vanity...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

*[/Reference Scriptures/] *
*Matthew 10:16-22*
16 Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye
therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.
17But beware of men: for they will deliver you up to the councils, and
they will scourge you in their synagogues;
18And ye shall be brought before governors and kings for my sake, for a
testimony against them and the Gentiles.
19But when they deliver you up, take no thought how or what ye shall
speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak.
20For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which
speaketh in you.
21And the brother shall deliver up the brother to death, and the father
the child: and the children shall rise up against their parents, and
cause them to be put to death.
22And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that
endureth to the end shall be saved.

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*Men of New Wine*

*Acts 2:13* - /Others mocking said, These men are full of new wine./

Many years back (when I was still in the Catholic Church) I used to be
part of a ministry whose leader was a fan of one of the prosperity
Gospel preachers who of late removed from the American TV broadcast.

This ministry leader had faith like I have never seen in any person but
because of his blind trust in preacher he had received an anointing
which was not according to the Word of God. Under this anointing called
'the joy of the Lord' people would start laughing and laughing aimlessly.

At one of these retreats I was hit by the anointing and even flew by
almost 3 feet in the air but was not hurt. With this anointing I was
laughing and laughing and to whom so ever I pointed my finger that
person too would be hit by this 'joy'. Any person under this anointing
would go on laughing for even hours holding their stomach unless someone
says 'peace be with you'. We were not so rooted in the Word so could not
discern this anointing.

For a few days even then this leader would call me on the phone and hand
the phone to another person my slight laughter would cause those people
to be hit by this anointing.

It was only after some time when I sat meditating on the Word and
comparing this 'joy' with the joy the scriptures talk of I found a great
difference in it. The joy which the Word spoke of was that which comes
when the Truth helps us overcome any situation of concern. The Lord did
explain to me this joy and helped me experience this joy in great
measures soon as I started meditating on it. There was a great
difference in experiencing this joy and the 'joy of the Lord' which was
passed by person to person. It was just sometime back I came to know the
root of this so called 'joy of the Lord', it had its roots in Hinduism
and is called as Kundalini spirit (Youtube has many videos on this). It
found its way into Christian Churches long back and its peak was in the
Toronto Revival where the preacher later was removed from the Church for
unchristian activity.

Why am I sharing this?

The root of people getting mislead is from today's scripture in which
disciples who were in the upper room at Pentecost were accused of being
influence of 'new wine' when they spoke.

The people think of intoxicating wine when they read the word 'wine'.
The scripture clearly says 'new wine' or flesh wine which means grape
juice. When Jesus celebrated the Last Supper He used grape juice or
fresh wine. People loved to have strong wine or mildly intoxicated wine
but fresh wine was strange for them.

The disciples were not behaving in any drunken manner under anointing of
the Holy Spirit but what they spoke was sounding strange to those who
were hearing it.

In today's Church we find Satan distracts people from receiving their
blessings by bringing this drunken anointing on people at out reaches.
There are some kinds of effects which happen when people are under
anointing like trembling or getting slain but drunkenness or laughing
insanely are not among them.

*[/Prayer Starter/]*
Lord, You are Holy. When sinful people approached your holy mountain
there was trembling but when Moses was alone on the mountain there was
not trembling for he was under immense grace. Lord, your people are
misled and suffer because of they lack knowledge of your Kingdom. Lord,
we pray that they really experience your anointing which changes people
from inside. This Resurrection Sunday we pray for a fresh anointing on
all that receive your message, that they reach new levels of
relationship with You.

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

*[/Reference Scriptures/] *
*Acts 2:1-21*
1 And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one
accord in one place.
2And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty
wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.
3And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat
upon each of them.
4And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with
other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
5 And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every
nation under heaven.
6Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were
confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language.
7And they were all amazed and marvelled, saying one to another, Behold,
are not all these which speak Galilaeans?
8And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born?
9Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites, and the dwellers in Mesopotamia,
and in Judaea, and Cappadocia, in Pontus, and Asia,
10Phrygia, and Pamphylia, in Egypt, and in the parts of Libya about
Cyrene, and strangers of Rome, Jews and proselytes,
11Cretes and Arabians, we do hear them speak in our tongues the
wonderful works of God.
12And they were all amazed, and were in doubt, saying one to another,
What meaneth this?
13Others mocking said, These men are full of new wine.
14 But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and said
unto them, Ye men of Judaea, and all ye that dwell at Jerusalem, be this
known unto you, and hearken to my words:
15For these are not drunken, as ye suppose, seeing it is but the third
hour of the day.
16But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel;
17And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out
of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall
prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall
dream dreams:
18And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days
of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy:
19And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth
beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke:
20The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before
that great and notable day of the Lord come:
21And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of
the Lord shall be saved.

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*The Great Day is very near*

*Zephaniah 1:14* - /The great day of the LORD is near, it is near, and
hasteth greatly, even the voice of the day of the LORD: the mighty man
shall cry there bitterly./

When a small toddler does mistakes we do not get angry and some may even
say 'so sweet' but if an adult does those same things them surely people
would get very upset and even tell that person 'are you insane'.

From the time Christ, by His sacrifice made available for us the
promise of the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of God has been teaching and
opening the minds of people to understand scriptures and bring people to
the Truth. There are some people who are rooted in the Truth but there
are many who still love to dapple with untruth.

When Joseph (OT) wore a coat of vivid colours (symbolizing - having
various kinds of understandings) the Lord first got it removed by his
brothers and then took him through an unforgettable testimony and latter
put on him a royal linen coat. Joseph was not that blessed like us for
we live in a time of abundant grace because of Jesus Christ. Even after
receiving this abundant grace and the promise of the Spirit of Truth yet
people love to spiritually wear vivid coloured clothes.

Today as we celebrate Resurrection Sunday most adult Christians still
like toddlers love to continue dapple with Easter even when they know
what it means. They say what is there in a name?

The main power of Christianity is the Name. The Spirit of God, the Power
of God works in us to get us to know the Name of the Lord so that we may
have authority and power in Him by His Name.

The Lord is tell us today these men of mighty thinking will very soon
see a day where they will bitterly cry. They are called to lead people
and with them walking in crooked manner how are they going to be good
examples and lead the people to the rightful destination?

The time has come now when the Lord is going to first take account of
the leaders and bring them to task. So if the Lord has called you to
lead and if you are knowingly wearing vivid coloured understandings, it
is time you take them off and stick to the Truth. Do not try to
compromise the Truth to please people.

The Lord has not instructed us to gather a crowd in His Name but
instructed us to gather His people in His Name. We are called to give
the Gospel to all people but only His sheep will hear His voice and
follow Him, do not try to manipulate the Gospel so that those who are
not listening may listen.

Just 2 days back in the far suburbs of Mumbai there were a few priests
who got arrested for converting many people. One may have great respect
towards them for what they did but if one really understands what they
did and how they did it one would understand why the grace and favour of
the Lord was not on them.

These priests had gone to village like areas where people were mostly
uneducated. These priests told the people there that the world will end
in 2012 and only those Christians who are in Bethlehem would be saved.
They told these people that when they become Christians before the end
comes they would simply vanish from this place and find themselves in
Bethlehem. So many of these people out of fear converted to Christianity
and some even sold their property and their belongings because they did
not find any need of them in Bethlehem. The priests are now arrested and
put behind bars.

These priests void of understanding of scriptures did more damage to the
Kingdom of God then good.

Are we like these priests misleading people by our vivid understandings
of the Kingdom of God? If so, let us repent so else the wrath of God may
soon fall on us.

*[/Prayer Starter/]*
Lord, You are Truth and your Word is Truth. You are Holy and You would
not like any unholy thing to be associated with You. You take your
people through fire to purify them and those who are not found walking
on your instructions would be consumed. Lord, we pray for those weak and
having fear of man that your grace be multiplied into their lives and
they take courage and not fear the people but fear You alone...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

*[/Reference Scriptures/] *
*Zechariah 13:7-9*
7 Awake, O sword, against my shepherd, and against the man that is my
fellow, saith the LORD of hosts: smite the shepherd, and the sheep shall
be scattered: and I will turn mine hand upon the little ones.
8And it shall come to pass, that in all the land, saith the LORD, two
parts therein shall be cut off and die; but the third shall be left
therein.
9And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them
as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall
call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people: and
they shall say, The LORD is my God.

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*Understanding Resurrection*

*Acts 23:8 *- /For the Sadducees say that there is no resurrection,
neither angel, nor spirit: but the Pharisees confess both./

I will try to briefly explain the concept of resurrection in today's
mail, but this would require one to study it more deeply to get the full
understanding of it.

The word used for resurrection in today's scripture is the Greek word
'*anastasis* ' which means to '/rise again/'.

To understand resurrection we need to understand what rises again. Since
the Sadducees did not understand the elements of man and the Heavens
they did not believe in resurrection, nor in Angles and not even the
spirit world. But the funny part of it is they believed in God. Imagine
their concept of God in Heaven where nothing else exist!

On the other hand we had the Pharisees who the scripture says
'confessed' the existence of Angels and of spirit world but they too
verbally spoke of it but did not understand it nor understand
resurrection; but they did hope in live after bodily death.

We need to understand a human, Heaven and the events connected to sin to
understand resurrection.

Man is made of 3 elements spirit, inner man (soul) and body (flesh,
bones & blood). The right definition of man is that he is a spirit being
having a soul, living in a body. When God created Adam, He took dust of
which He made a body and put his spirit (not God's Spirit but a human
spirit) into it and it is written his soul became alive. Which means the
soul too existed before but was inert, but when the spirit was put in
the body the soul became active. If one understands this in depth one
will understand how blessings and curses (including sickness) get passed
from parents to children. In spirit man and Angels are the same thus
when we enter Heaven we will become Angels.

The life of a human spirit is made by God to live for thousands of years
but yet was not eternal. Only God (Father, Spirit & Son) have life in
themselves to live eternally. But for man and Angels being to live
eternally God made available the Tree of Life. Whenever a being needs a
recharge of life the being needs to just eat of the Tree. It was this
reason even though the Tree was accessible to Adam and Eve they never
felt to eat of it, but when sin came into them God removed their access
to the Tree of Life for their access to the Tree would have allowed sin
to live forever.

The human body when created by God too was designed to live a long, long
time but sin manifested into sickness and the bar for body life was
bought to 120years during the Noah floods (there was a case after that
where a person lived beyond 120years all because he dwelt in the
Sanctuary of God).

Before sin Adam and Eve were not restricted to their body and therefore
never felt naked. But when they lost the Fruit of Righteousness, Truth
and Holiness due to sin they were restricted in the body and thus felt
the nakedness of the body. Jesus demonstrated His ability to overcome
the body of flesh when He transfigured.

When sin came into man God cursed man that not only his body but his
spirit (soul including) would perish. The body perishes here on earth
but for the spirit to perish a prison called Hell existed. This prison
is not controlled by Satan but by the Angels of God. In this prison
there is no fire but the fire that burns here are the sins which are
within the soul of its prisoners. In this place one cannot see another
being but can sense the suffering of those around him and is thus called
an endless pit. Lucifer (Satan - the Dragon) has been bound here since
start of creation and would be set free in the last days.

For those who believe in Lord Jesus Christ a place exist which is called
the Grave where the soul sleeps unto Judgment Day. If one knows Who Lord
Jesus Christ is then one would understand why people before His coming
as man and becoming our sacrifice also slept after they died.

The Heavens have 7 levels and we exist on the 3rd lowest level with
Grave and Hell below us. Evil spirit can exist freely on our level and a
level above but cannot enter the real Heaven the Holy levels. They can
be put in Hell from where they cannot return. Jesus had that authority
but He gave us only the authority to drive them away not put them in
Hell. Nothing evil but only God and the Sons of God (those who have the
image of God in them) can exist in the top 3 levels. The top most level
also called the Holy Mountains is the most Holy place where the glory of
God is seated.

The rule of Hell is imprisonment for all soul which has sin in them.
Jesus went to Hell because the sins of mankind were on Him, but He could
not be kept there for there was no sin in Him. He was set free again and
reappeared on the third day which is what we call as He rose again or
resurrected. The Power of resurrection is the Power (Holy Spirit) Who
kept Him without sin when He was yet man and as Paul says this Power is
now in us.

We who are sinners even when we die will still not go to Hell if we
believe in Jesus Christ for by His rising again He broke the curse for
all those who believe in Him. We will go to sleep and be woken up when
He comes again to judge us. He will come again when man earns the Fruit
of Truth which is the full understanding of the scriptures with the help
of the Spirit of Truth. After passing the Judgment we would be given the
remaining 2 Fruits of Righteousness and Holiness from Jesus Christ and
thus becoming Sons, be able to enter Heaven.

People sleeping in the Grave are not allowed to interact with sinful man
for God has forbidden it. The spirits which claim to be dead people are
actually evil spirits deceiving people. When Saul did communicate with
the spirit of Samuel he was condemned to death along with his sons that
very day. Since Jesus was without sin and all the Spirit of God was in
Him in fullness He could communicate with the spirits of Moses and
Elijah when He transfigured.

*[/Prayer Starter/]*
Lord, when You created the Heaven You knew Satan would revolt against
your plans and cause darkness. To make things perfect You created man to
bless them in You and replace Satan and the fallen Angels. You plan to
bless us even more and take the Heavens to a new level of glory. Lord,
we just cannot wait to be in You and to be glorified in You. Your Bride
the Church awaits the day when You will come back to receive Her and
make Her people into Sons of God. We thank You for breaking the curse of
death and giving us new life by your resurrection. ..

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

*[/Reference Scriptures/] *
*Genesis 1:26-27*
26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and
let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of
the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every
creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
27So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he
him; male and female created he them [gender male].

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

*Genesis 2:9*
9And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is
pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the
midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.

*Genesis 2:15-17*
15And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to
dress it and to keep it.
16 And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the
garden thou mayest freely eat:
17But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat
of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.

*Genesis 3:6-7*
6 And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it
was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she
took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband
with her; and he did eat.
7And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were
naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.

*Genesis 3:17-19*
17 And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of
thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying,
Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow
shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life;
18Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt
eat the herb of the field;
19In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto
the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto
dust shalt thou return.

*1 Samuel 28:9-19*
9And the woman said unto him, Behold, thou knowest what Saul hath done,
how he hath cut off those that have familiar spirits, and the wizards,
out of the land: wherefore then layest thou a snare for my life, to
cause me to die?
10And Saul sware to her by the LORD, saying, As the LORD liveth, there
shall no punishment happen to thee for this thing.
11Then said the woman, Whom shall I bring up unto thee? And he said,
Bring me up Samuel.
12And when the woman saw Samuel, she cried with a loud voice: and the
woman spake to Saul, saying, Why hast thou deceived me? for thou art Saul.
13And the king said unto her, Be not afraid: for what sawest thou? And
the woman said unto Saul, I saw gods ascending out of the earth.
14And he said unto her, What form is he of? And she said, An old man
cometh up; and he is covered with a mantle. And Saul perceived that it
was Samuel, and he stooped with his face to the ground, and bowed himself.
15And Samuel said to Saul, Why hast thou disquieted me, to bring me up?
And Saul answered, I am sore distressed; for the Philistines make war
against me, and God is departed from me, and answereth me no more,
neither by prophets, nor by dreams: therefore I have called thee, that
thou mayest make known unto me what I shall do.
16Then said Samuel, Wherefore then dost thou ask of me, seeing the LORD
is departed from thee, and is become thine enemy?
17And the LORD hath done to him, as he spake by me: for the LORD hath
rent the kingdom out of thine hand, and given it to thy neighbour, even
to David:
18Because thou obeyedst not the voice of the LORD, nor executedst his
fierce wrath upon Amalek, therefore hath the LORD done this thing unto
thee this day.
19Moreover the LORD will also deliver Israel with thee into the hand of
the Philistines: and to morrow shalt thou and thy sons be with me: the
LORD also shall deliver the host of Israel into the hand of the
Philistines.

*Leviticus 19:31*
31Regard not them that have familiar spirits, neither seek after
wizards, to be defiled by them: I am the LORD your God.

*Leviticus 20:6*
6And the soul that turneth after such as have familiar spirits, and
after wizards, to go a whoring after them, I will even set my face
against that soul, and will cut him off from among his people.

*Romans 1:3-4*
3Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of
David according to the flesh;
4And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit
of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead:

*1 Corinthians 6:14*
14And God hath both raised up the Lord, and will also raise up us by his
own power.

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*This is a sign of our Saviour*

*Luke 2:12* - /And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe
wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger./

Today as I sat to write I was asking the Lord for a message hoping it
would be with the season that we are in, remembering the passion of
Christ. When I got a scripture from the early parts of Luke I felt a
little down but when I read it I said wow God does know how to get the
message in, as always.

Today as people are remembering the sacrifice of Jesus on the crucifix
(although it was yesterday) the Lord wants us to look at His birth as a
child in the manger.

The Angel of God appeared unto the shepherds watching over their flock
in the night. The Angel told them to go to the manger and they would
find a small child wrapped in cloths and this is the sign that the
Saviour is born.

Today the Lord is tell us the same thing but today the Lord is not
telling us to look at the manger but to behold the crucifix. Today as we
look at the crucifix we are reminded of our Saviour for this is the sign
for us that He has completed the works to open the door of salvation for
us.

When Jesus was born the Angels bust into worship signing '/Glory to God
in the highest and on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased/'.
Today we are expected to bust into worship looking at the sign of Jesus
on the crucifix. We need to sing the same song and also the same words
which the Angels of God proclaimed. Truly today looking at Jesus on the
crucifix we need to give glory to God for He became our peace sacrifice
by being hung on the crucifix. He gave His life so that the wrath of God
would be taken away from us by taking it on to Himself.

When He was a child He was wrapped in cloths but as He was hung on the
crucifix not a piece of cloth was on Him. When He was a child people
joyfully looked at Him but on the crucifix He was not recognizable even
as a human being.

He humbled Himself and became our sacrifice so that we can be lifted up
and be blessed with spiritual riches.

So today as we look at Jesus hung on the crucifix let us not be sad but
with a thankful heart let us give glory unto God for the mighty work He
has done for us.

*[/Prayer Starter/]*
Lord, You are awesome and almighty God. When man sinned in your
righteousness You cursed man but in your mercy You humbled Yourself and
took the curse on Yourself for us. You bore our iniquities and set us
free from bondages. Lord, You were lifted up on the crucifix as a peace
sacrifice and by your Cross You became our way to Heaven. Lord, we thank
You and give glory unto You for You are truly God and beyond words. We
just prostrate ourselves before You and worship You, You indeed are
worthy of our praise...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

*[/Reference Sacrifice/]*
*Luke 2:8-14*
8 And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field,
keeping watch over their flock by night.
9And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the
Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.
10And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good
tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which
is Christ the Lord.
12And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in
swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
13And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host
praising God, and saying,
14Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

*Galatians 3:13-14*
13Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse
for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:
14That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus
Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.

*Numbers 21:5-9*
5And the people spake against God, and against Moses, Wherefore have ye
brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? for there is no
bread, neither is there any water; and our soul loatheth this light bread.
6And the LORD sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the
people; and much people of Israel died.
7Therefore the people came to Moses, and said, We have sinned, for we
have spoken against the LORD, and against thee; pray unto the LORD, that
he take away the serpents from us. And Moses prayed for the people.
8And the LORD said unto Moses, Make thee a fiery serpent, and set it
upon a pole: and it shall come to pass, that every one that is bitten,
when he looketh upon it, shall live.
9And Moses made a serpent of brass, and put it upon a pole, and it came
to pass, that if a serpent had bitten any man, when he beheld the
serpent of brass, he lived.


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He walked into the wilderness with our burden

Luke 24:24-27
24 And certain of them which were with us went to the sepulchre, and
found it even so as the women had said: but him they saw not.
25 Then he said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all
that the prophets have spoken:
26 Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into
his glory?
27 And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto
them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.

Most Christians yet do not understand the sacrifice of Jesus; they
think on the crucifix Jesus got our sins to be forgiven.

There were many sacrifices which Jesus performed according to Law of
Moses (Law of the Lord) on the crucifix and the main among them was
the peace sacrifice. It was this reason He was hung from a height by
his limbs. To confirm the fulfilment of the peace sacrifice Jesus
appeared from hell on a Sunday which was the day when the peace
sacrifice was celebrated.

What will surprise all is that even after appearing from hell Jesus
still continued performing the sacrifices for the salvation of mankind
and one of them was the forgiveness of sins.

According to the Law the High Priest would lay his hands on the head
of a live goat and this goat would be taken into the wilderness and
let loose in an inhabited land.

Jesus immediately after appearing from hell did not let Mary of
Magdalene to touch Him. Before His crucifixion the people had laid
their hands on His head while putting the crown of thorns on His head.
While doing so they had transferred the sins of all mankind on His
head and He was yet to perform the sacrifice for forgiveness of our
sins.

After appearing from hell Jesus surprisingly starts on a journey on
foot into the wilderness (for about 12kms). Jesus at this time was
performing the sacrifice of forgiveness of our sins. The place He was
walking towards was a village of Emmaus which in Greek means 'hot
spring' but in Hebrew means 'mule'. He was still carrying our burden
of sins on His head and walking into the wilderness as our sacrifice.
He completed all the sacrifices on that day itself and ascending to
Heaven and offered His Blood on to the Mercy Throne. It was because of
this He allowed His disciples to touch Him later that day.

On Resurrection Sunday we celebrate the breaking of the curse of
perishing to dust and completion of all sacrifices. Jesus became our
peace sacrifice and made peace between God and those who believe in
Him.

Man when sinned was cursed to perish not only bodily but even his
spirit and soul was condemned to hell to perish. Jesus by His being
set free from hell broke the curse for all those who believe in Him.

After our death our bodily will go to dust but now our spirit and soul
does not. We live because He broke the curse for us and He confirmed
this by His reappearance after going to hell.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord, it is only by your Spirit that we come to know the great
sacrifices You performed for us to set us free from sin and broke all
the curses by becoming a curse Yourself. Lord Jesus, in You we have a
confirmation of complete victory and eternal life. Your Spirit leads
us to that victory and eternal life. Lord, we pray that the minds of
people be opened and may they release what You have accomplished for
man by your Sacrifice...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
Leviticus 16:15-23
15 Then shall he kill the goat of the sin offering, that is for the
people, and bring his blood within the vail, and do with that blood as
he did with the blood of the bullock, and sprinkle it upon the mercy
seat, and before the mercy seat:
16 And he shall make an atonement for the holy place, because of the
uncleanness of the children of Israel, and because of their
transgressions in all their sins: and so shall he do for the
tabernacle of the congregation, that remaineth among them in the midst
of their uncleanness.
17 And there shall be no man in the tabernacle of the congregation
when he goeth in to make an atonement in the holy place, until he come
out, and have made an atonement for himself, and for his household,
and for all the congregation of Israel.
18 And he shall go out unto the altar that is before the LORD, and
make an atonement for it; and shall take of the blood of the bullock,
and of the blood of the goat, and put it upon the horns of the altar
round about.
19 And he shall sprinkle of the blood upon it with his finger seven
times, and cleanse it, and hallow it from the uncleanness of the
children of Israel.
20 And when he hath made an end of reconciling the holy place, and
the tabernacle of the congregation, and the altar, he shall bring the
live goat:
21 And Aaron shall lay both his hands upon the head of the live goat,
and confess over him all the iniquities of the children of Israel, and
all their transgressions in all their sins, putting them upon the head
of the goat, and shall send him away by the hand of a fit man into the
wilderness:
22 And the goat shall bear upon him all their iniquities unto a land
not inhabited: and he shall let go the goat in the wilderness.
23 And 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:

John 20:10-20
10 Then the disciples went away again unto their own home.
11 But Mary stood without at the sepulchre weeping: and as she wept,
she stooped down, and looked into the sepulchre,
12 And seeth two angels in white sitting, the one at the head, and
the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain.
13 And they say unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? She saith unto
them, Because they have taken away my Lord, and I know not where they
have laid him.
14 And when she had thus said, she turned herself back, and saw Jesus
standing, and knew not that it was Jesus.
15 Jesus saith unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? whom seekest thou?
She, supposing him to be the gardener, saith unto him, Sir, if thou
have borne him hence, tell me where thou hast laid him, and I will
take him away.
16 Jesus saith unto her, Mary. She turned herself, and saith unto
him, Rabboni; which is to say, Master.
17 Jesus 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.
18 Mary Magdalene came and told the disciples that she had seen the
Lord, and that he had spoken these things unto her.
19 Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week,
when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear
of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them,
Peace be unto you.
20 And when he had so said, he shewed unto them his hands and his
side. Then were the disciples glad, when they saw the Lord.

Genesis 3:17-19
17 And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice
of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee,
saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake;
in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life;
18 Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou
shalt eat the herb of the field;
19 In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return
unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and
unto dust shalt thou return.

Colossians 1:19-21
19 For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell;
20 And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to
reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be
things in earth, or things in heaven.
21 And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by
wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled

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*His people are waiting for Him*

*Luke 8:40* - /And it came to pass, that, when Jesus was returned, the
people gladly received him: for they were all waiting for him./

In the Bible we see more importance is given to purpose and process. It
is by the process the purpose is perfected.

God did not make us without purpose just to exist. When God made us He
had a purpose but to perfect the purpose He put us through a process and
that process is what we call life here on earth in this flesh.

God very well knew when He created Satan what he would do, God also knew
how man would sin and fall. But God also knew the answer and wrote the
victory through His Son and His Spirit. The Son became a way for the
Spirit to do the work in man.

All Christians who know that life here on earth is the process of
preparing us for the eternal life in Heaven, are all waiting for the
second coming of Jesus Christ. Their waiting for Jesus is because we
know that Jesus' coming is a sign of the completion of all that God is
written of the process we need to go through.

God has prepared awesomely for us in Heaven which awaits us and to take
us to Heaven is what Jesus would be coming for.

We may be going through difficult times, persecution in the Name of
Christ but all these are just temporary and will come to an end but what
awaits us is worth more than all that we suffer. So let us with great
joy await the coming of our Lord Jesus and to quicken His coming let us
quicken the process which the Lord wants to do in us.

*[/Prayer Starter/]*
Lord, You did not make us for vanity. When You created us You had a
vision and that vision was good but to bring perfection in us You put us
through a process. Lord, Your wisdom is unquestionable and
non-comprehendible. You know what is right and good for us. Lord, we may
be suffering for a while but we know what awaits us is worth much, much
more. Lord, we wait for You to come and take us to our eternal
inheritance in You. So as we wait quicken the process of making Sons of
us...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

*[/Reference Scriptures/] *
*Matthew 24:3-39*
3And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him
privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall
be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?
4 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.
5For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive
many.
6And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not
troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.
7For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and
there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.
8All these are the beginning of sorrows.
9Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and
ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake.
10And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and
shall hate one another.
11And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.
12And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.
13But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.
14And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for
a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.
15When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of
by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him
understand:)
16Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains:
17Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out
of his house:
18Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes.
19And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in
those days!
20But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the
sabbath day:
21For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the
beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.
22And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be
saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened.
23Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there;
believe it not.
24For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall
shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they
shall deceive the very elect.
25Behold, I have told you before.
26Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go
not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not.
27For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the
west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
28For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered
together.
29Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be
darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall
fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:
30And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then
shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of
man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.
31And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they
shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of
heaven to the other.
32Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender,
and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh:
33So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is
near, even at the doors.
34Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these
things be fulfilled.
35Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.
36But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven,
but my Father only.
37But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of
man be.
38For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and
drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe
entered into the ark,
39And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall
also the coming of the Son of man be.


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*Babylonian University*

*Daniel 1:3,4* - /And the king spake unto Ashpenaz the master of his
eunuchs, that he should bring certain of the children of Israel, and of
the king's seed, and of the princes; Children in whom was no blemish,
but well favoured, and skilful in all wisdom, and cunning in knowledge,
and understanding science, and such as had ability in them to stand in
the king's palace, and whom they might teach the learning and the tongue
of the Chaldeans./

Since the Israelites had disobeyed the Lord even after the great things
that the Lord had done for them, the Lord delivered them into the hands
of King King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon who was a Chaldean king.

After the rule of King David and King Solomon the empire of the
Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar was well known along with the Lydian, the
Median & the Egyptian empires. The Babylonian empire in the 600BC spread
over a very large area but was smaller compared to the other empires yet
in History it will never be forgotten. It was during the times of King
Nebuchadnezzar the Babylonians gave us the era of science. It was the
efforts of King Nebuchadnezzar that the first university in the world
where the best of the learned people gathered together to pursue the
frontiers of knowledge and technology. They did give us many things
which we people today are benefiting from but along with the good, they
being Chaldeans (meaning cold-breakers) were people also pursuing things
like black magic, spiritism and other evils. King Nebuchadnezzar was
well known for the very beautiful capital and especially for the Babylon
Gate also known as Ishtar (pronounced Easter) Gate.

In today's scripture King Nebuchadnezzar had instructed his army head to
bring the best of the Israelites who would benefit the agenda of the
Babylonian empire. God's favour was on King Nebuchadnezzar because the
Israelites sinned against Him.

The Babylonian empire after Jesus coming as man is the same story. It
was since the early church pursued concepts of the Nicolaitans (Heretic
teachers) that the Lord allowed the Babylonian rule on the church.

Hold it, I have not got my history confused the Babylonian era I am
referring to is the rule of the Catholic Church. Like the Babylonian
empire this empire to also along with many good things also gave a lot
of corrupt which even today have misleads many Christians. This started
institutes for Bible study but corrupted these studies with things from
other beliefs. Like next Sunday the Believers would be celebrating
Resurrection Sunday and those still under this Babylonian rule will
celebrate Easter Sunday.

The Catholics celebrate things like Palm Sunday, Last Supper, Good
Friday and Easter Sunday and they have each and every one of them wrong.
If one goes into studying the Bible properly one would wonder what they
are celebrating (Jesus died not on a Friday but on a Thursday and Last
Supper -- Jesus and His disciples celebrated the Feast of the Unleavened
Bread was done a week before the real Passover it was the time they
chose the Passover sacrifice lamb into the home - Jesus died the evening
before the real Passover just like the lamb was killed the evening
before the Passover which fell on a Friday at that time).

No doubt for a believer a day or date is not important but understand
the purpose of celebrations is to witness to the unbelievers and those
growing in the faith, so by not celebrating at least in line with the
order of the days of the events of the passion of Christ we cause
confusion in the minds of people and people lose the understanding of
what Jesus did.

We even have now more confusion added with the latest book of the Pope
on how the Jews were not responsible for the death of Jesus Christ on
the crucifix trying to disapprove scriptures and please people.
Hypothetically if a post-mortem was done the reports would have shown
Jesus died of heart rupture for the way Jesus was nailed and hung and
the way He bleed the first organ that fails is the heart. Even after the
punishment by the Jews, Jesus was tortured by the Romans and He did not
die in that punishment but that does not mean their hand in His death
can be ruled out. Jew being under the rule of the Romans at that time
did not have the right to crucify anyone. They needed the okay of the
Romans.

*[/Prayer Starter/]*
Lord, your people are blinded by the words of people and far from the
understanding of what You did on the crucifix and all the events before
and after that. Man has yet not received all the benefits of your
sacrifice for they lack understanding and are under the strongholds of
deceit. Lord, we prayer that open the minds of many to know all that You
accomplished for us on the Cross and it is not just pertaining to the
events on the crucifix...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

*[/Reference Scriptures/] *

*1 Chronicles 6:15*

15 And Jehozadak went into captivity, when the LORD carried away Judah
and Jerusalem by the hand of Nebuchadnezzar.

*Revelation 1:1-7*
1 Unto the angel of the church of Ephesus write; These things saith he
that holdeth the seven stars in his right hand, who walketh in the midst
of the seven golden candlesticks;
2 I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou
canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say
they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars:
3 And hast borne, and hast patience, and for my name's sake hast
laboured, and hast not fainted.
4 Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy
first love.
5 Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do
the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove
thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.
6 But this thou hast, that thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolaitans,
which I also hate.
7 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the
churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life,
which is in the midst of the paradise of God.

*Matthew 26:17-19*
17 Now the first day of the feast of unleavened bread the disciples
came to Jesus, saying unto him, Where wilt thou that we prepare for thee
to eat the passover?
18 And he said, Go into the city to such a man, and say unto him, The
Master saith, My time is at hand; I will keep the passover at thy house
with my disciples.
19 And the disciples did as Jesus had appointed them; and they made
ready the passover.

*Exodus 12:18-21*
18 In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month at even, ye
shall eat unleavened bread, until the one and twentieth day of the month
at even.
19 Seven days shall there be no leaven found in your houses: for
whosoever eateth that which is leavened, even that soul shall be cut off
from the congregation of Israel, whether he be a stranger, or born in
the land.
20 Ye shall eat nothing leavened; in all your habitations shall ye eat
unleavened bread.
21 Then Moses called for all the elders of Israel, and said unto them,
Draw out and take you a lamb according to your families, and kill the
passover.

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*Christian outlaws*

*Isaiah 59:13,14* - *In transgressing and lying against the LORD, and
departing away from our God, speaking oppression and revolt, conceiving and
uttering from the heart words of falsehood. And judgment is turned away
backward, and justice standeth afar off: for truth is fallen in the street,
and equity cannot enter.*

Most Christians have moved from the Pharisee era (from traditions) to the
Sadducee era (following scriptures without understanding) and due to this
there are many who have become outlaw.

Yesterday I was conversing with an ardent Pastor who once upon a time had
about 10 Churches under him. He started studying and getting deep into
scriptures and speaking what the Lord was teaching him.

For some time the people started appreciating his teaching and flocked to
attend him meeting for they found boldness and power in his teachings. He
went various places even abroad sharing the Truth. But when the teachings
called for change in the way of life and working of church leaders or the
understandings which they carried, they started taking offence with him. It
soon came to a stage that they branded him as a cult and banished him out of
the church.

Today by God's grace and after 10 years they have realized their mistake,
but their mistake had a toll on the fire within him.

If we read in the letters of Paul the early Church leaders continually
studied the scriptures and at no time did they think they knew all. This
also does not mean that teachings should not be discerned, but it means all
teachings should be given a chance to be proven with the Word of God.

I was happy today at the morning Church service the preacher spoke things
which the Lord had personally taught me about the Name of Jesus and which I
had not heard from any mouth. I only hope he too does not get outlawed. One
thing which I really liked which he shared was the reason why most conflicts
occur is due to desires. People desire or lust for things of this world
which are not according to the Kingdom of God and to receive them they start
to lie, deceive and destroying people’s lives like in the message the Lord
has given us today.

*[Prayer Starter]*

Lord, You are Truth. You are the same everlasting, You never change. Your
glory has no boundaries and your wisdom never comprehensible. Through your
Word Lord, You have made it able for man to have an insight of your Kingdom
and to come to know You. Lord, open our minds and let man understand he is
far from knowing the Truth in full and what he knows is just a small part of
it. We also pray for those who operate in the flesh and distort the Word or
mislead people, that they repent from their ways or make them a testimony so
that fear of You will reign...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

*[Reference Scriptures]*

*James 4:1-4*

1 From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even
of your lusts that war in your members?

2 Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye
fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not.

3 Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it
upon your lusts.

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

*2 Timothy 4:9-13*

9 Do thy diligence to come shortly unto me:

10 For Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world, and is
departed unto Thessalonica; Crescens to Galatia, Titus unto Dalmatia.

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

12 And Tychicus have I sent to Ephesus.

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

*1 Corinthians 13:11-12*

11 When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I
thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.

12 For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I
know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.

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*Our Hell here*

*Lamentations 3:6* - /He has set me in dark places Like the dead of long
ago./

I always remember when I was in my previous spiritual stage at its peak;
the Lord interacted with me on a day to day basis. Any issue, any
situation at hand the Lord used to instruct me and it was just awesome.
I was on fire and nothing could hold me back, scare me or put me off.

Gradually as the Lord started opening my mind to His Word and I came to
know more of the Truth, the Spirit of the Lord took a step behind. He
having given me the ability and power by His Word now wanting to see me
grow in it, so the spoon feeding as stopped. Now, sometimes things do
not turn up as expected and afterwards I realize I did certain things
not the right way and start to correct myself.

Even in these time the Spirit of God and His light bursts like that of a
sudden sprouts of underground spring.

But there also are times when nothing is happening and I see no door
open, it is a time I most regret. These are times when knowing what is
wrong I still do not repent from continuing. This cause an darkness to
gloom into my life, a darkness like no one exist and nothing matters and
things times I tend to cut off from the world around. I do not even pick
up phone calls of anointed men and women of God. But by God's grace
theses times are very short.

This is not my state alone, I am sure this is the state of each and
every person in the Lord.

Jeremiah in today's message compares these times like in Hell. Hell,
unlike children are told is not a place where Satan rules or a burning
pit. The Bible tells us clearly it is a prison, a place far from the
light of God. In this place the sins within us burn like an endless
fire. In some places these sins within us are also compared to never
dying worms.

We can be experiencing hell like experiences right here on earth when we
stop our day to day interaction with the Lord, or when we choose or
dwell on things which are against the Kingdom of God. The guilt in us
burns inside us like endless fire or like worms eating into us. At these
times we feel God is against us for everything works against us.

To get out of this earthly hell like situations, we need to reject
things which we are holding to and which are not of the Kingdom of God.
It may be an object, a habit, a feeling, a desire, a deed or anything
that keeps us far from the Light of God.

We may not be fully successful at the first attempt but as spiritual
warriors of the Kingdom of God, we are not to give up but keep fighting.
The battle may be ours but the victory is already written by the Lord as
accomplished. To get to this victory we need to just be in Him.

*[/Prayer Starter/]*
Lord, we thank You for having overcome at things of darkness for us. You
have already set the victory for us when we abide by You and walk
according to your instructions. Lord, our spirit desires You, our
understanding also knows there is no hope or happiness in anything of
this world or the world far from your light, yet our flesh being weak
pulls us into these pleasures of vanity and self-destruction. Lord, help
us, hold our hands and like You did to Simon Peter when he was drowning,
You made him again walk on the water, You hold our hands and help us
walk on our waters. We know You will surely accomplice your plan in us
and bring us unto glory in You...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

*[/Reference Scriptures/] *
*Lamentations 3:1-15*
1 I am the man who has seen affliction by the rod of His wrath.
2He has led me and made me walk In darkness and not in light.
3Surely He has turned His hand against me Time and time again throughout
the day.
4He has aged my flesh and my skin, And broken my bones.
5He has besieged me And surrounded me with bitterness and woe.
6He has set me in dark places Like the dead of long ago.
7He has hedged me in so that I cannot get out; He has made my chain heavy.
8Even when I cry and shout, He shuts out my prayer.
9He has blocked my ways with hewn stone; He has made my paths crooked.
10He has been to me a bear lying in wait, Like a lion in ambush.
11He has turned aside my ways and torn me in pieces; He has made me
desolate.
12He has bent His bow And set me up as a target for the arrow.
13He has caused the arrows of His quiver To pierce my loins.
14I have become the ridicule of all my people-Their taunting song all
the day.
15He has filled me with bitterness, He has made me drink wormwood.

*Matthew 14:25-32*
25And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on
the sea.
26And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled,
saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear.
27But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is
I; be not afraid.
28And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto
thee on the water.
29And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he
walked on the water, to go to Jesus.
30But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to
sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me.
31And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and
said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?
32And when they were come into the ship, the wind ceased.

*1 Peter 3:18-20*
18 For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust,
that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but
quickened by the Spirit:
19By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison;
20Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God
waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few,
that is, eight souls were saved by water.


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*Now is the time open your mouth and praise God*

*Luke 1:64* - /And his mouth was opened immediately, and his tongue
loosed, and he spake, and praised God./

Yesterday we had the first round of auditions for the Gospel singing
contest - WAR. We had very good participants taking part from various
Churches at the four centers in Mumbai, Pune and Nasik. At our center
the judges called some contestants to sing again since they had
difficulty in deciding. Imagine this is the state in the auditions what
will happen at the 3rd round at the finale where the best from all the
different centers could come together.

The plan of the contest is to select 10 of the best and launch them into
the Kingdom of God by composing a Gospel music album and also promoting
them at live events throughout India.

The voice and depth of worship got us just amazed as to how these
youngsters did not get recognition yet. They on the other hand gave
testimonies as to how desperately they have been waiting for any
opportunity like this by which they would get a platform to reach out to
the people through Gospel music.

In today's message the Lord is tell us through an example of Zacharias
how the Lord shut his mouth for a purpose and at the right time let it
loose. When Zacharias was given a promise and when the promise was
getting fulfilled the Lord knew Zacharias would open his mouth and stop
or delay the blessing and plan of God getting fulfilled in his life and
for the purpose of mankind, so the Lord shut his mouth and set it loose
at the right time.

A music Evangelist is a calling by which the Church of God is extended
in a great way. When a music Evangelist sings he or she penetrates the
strongholds of the heart of man and breaks the bonds that hold the
person. That is the reason one would find healings, deliverances and
miracles happening when an anointed music Evangelist is singing or
playing instruments for the Lord.

If we look at the time and season we live in it is the right time and
the Lord has been building many for the great season of the grand
harvest. The Lord used us to reach out to these Zacharias whom the Lord
has shut up and is telling them now is the time to open your mouth and
praise God. Now is the time when you praise God the power of God will
flow and people will be touched and the power of God will draw them to Him.

*[/Prayer Starter/]*
Lord, Your wisdom and mercy cannot be measured or comprehended by man.
You know when and how and through whom You will perform the impossible
task of delivering man from the strongholds of evil. By your light
shining through man You will destroy darkness and by this You bless man
also. Lord, we pray for more labourers in your Kingdom and may many
doors be opened for them to reach out so that none of your sheep be lost
or be a victim of vanity and deceit...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

*[/Reference Scripture/]*
*Luke 1:64-68*
64And his mouth was opened immediately, and his tongue loosed, and he
spake, and praised God.
65And fear came on all that dwelt round about them: and all these
sayings were noised abroad throughout all the hill country of Judaea.
66And all they that heard them laid them up in their hearts, saying,
What manner of child shall this be! And the hand of the Lord was with him.
67And his father Zacharias was filled with the Holy Ghost, and
prophesied, saying,
68Blessed be the Lord God of Israel; for he hath visited and redeemed
his people,

*Luke 1:18-20*
18And Zacharias said unto the angel, Whereby shall I know this? for I am
an old man, and my wife well stricken in years.
19And the angel answering said unto him, I am Gabriel, that stand in the
presence of God; and am sent to speak unto thee, and to shew thee these
glad tidings.
20And, behold, thou shalt be dumb, and not able to speak, until the day
that these things shall be performed, because thou believest not my
words, which shall be fulfilled in their season.

*1 Samuel 16:23*
23And it came to pass, when the evil spirit from God was upon Saul, that
David took an harp, and played with his hand: so Saul was refreshed, and
was well, and the evil spirit departed from him.

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*Do not be like the Publicans*

*Matthew 5:47* - /And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more
than others? do not even the publicans so?/

As Christians we are expected to be different from the people of this
world. The word Church does not mean just '/a congregation/ ' but means
'/a congregation drawn out/'.

The Greek word '*aspazomai* ' used for '/salute/' means '/to draw to
one's self'/. It does not mean just to be good to, it also does not mean
just love. It means to bring change into the life of the person from
darkness to light.

We as Christians are primary instructed to encourage and build our own
brethren first. But things do not stop there; we are also called to
change the lives of those who are of this world.

The synonyms publicans used here did not refer to the person who
collected tax but referred to the character that was associated with
such a person. It is like the character most Indian associate with a
politician. When a Jew at that time took the word publican he or she
would have a picture of a greedy person who had no moral, who would do
anything and go to any extend to get what they wanted. That person would
not hesitate to use violence as a tool. Deceit and lies were just a way
of life for such a person.

The Lord is telling each one of us. He did not put us here in this world
just to know Him and come back to Him, but also wants us to let others
know Who He is and this will happen when they see Him in us. We need to
be different from the people of this world and then only would we be
true Christians.

*[/Prayer Starter/]*
Lord, You are God and You alone are Holy. Lord, You call us your
children and being your children we need to have your Nature in us. Man
did not know You or have an idea of Who You are. It was only in Jesus
Christ your Nature was manifested in the flesh and we are coming to know
You. Lord Jesus, You became an example for us to become. Help us by your
Spirit to stand apart from this world and to let your light shine
through us in this world...

This we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

*[/Reference Scriptures/] *
*2 Corinthians 6:14-18*
14Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what
fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion
hath light with darkness?
15And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that
believeth with an infidel?
16And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the
temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and
walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
17Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the
Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,
18And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters,
saith the Lord Almighty.

*Matthew 5:44-48*
44But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do
good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use
you, and persecute you;
45That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he
maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on
the just and on the unjust.
46For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even
the publicans the same?
47And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do
not even the publicans so?
48Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is
perfect.

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*He has given us authority*

*Mark 3: 14,15* - /And he ordained twelve, that they should be with him,
and that he might send them forth to preach, and to have power to heal
sicknesses, and to cast out devils:/

Today's message is one message that has not gone into most Christians
fully. Had today's message been fully understood by even a few, we would
see awesome gory of God on them.

I too am included into those who have not fully understood. If I am one
of them then who have not fully understood then how am I writing on this?

In today's scripture Jesus started the chain reaction like He did when
He fed thousands with a few loafs of bread. Although the one who broke
the bread passed a piece of the broken bread, the person receiving
received a whole bread and the one giving also had a whole bread in his
or her hand and the chain continued till all had a whole bread.

The same happened with the Spirit of God. Jesus made way for the Holy
Spirit to come upon those who were in the upper room at Pentecost. When
they laid hands on others they too received the Holy Spirit. Also when
they preached the Word, the Spirit of God fell on those who were
hearing; this also happen when those who received did the same.

In today's message Jesus gave us two authorities, one which is over
infirmities and the other to cast out evil spirits. In some translations
they have removed one (seems they did not want one which is over
sickness and like to suffer).

When Jesus said over infirmities He did not only mean just physical
sicknesses but also infirmities of the inner-man or soul. This is one
area we have not understood very well. Even though the Lord has given me
immense understanding in this area I still have difficulty getting this
understanding into my system.

One needs to understand how man is biologically created in the image of
God. It does not mean physical look but the Nature and Word of God was
perfect in us when God created Adam. Later when sin got into Adam this
perfect image was lost.

In science we know thousands of babies are born every minute and all
have 2 hands, 2 legs, one head, one heart, etc. they are formed from the
fertilized egg of the woman. Each cell of the egg multiplies and takes
different roles to form the baby. What will surprise you is this
information of the total structure and functioning of each organ or even
a small part as a nail of the being is there in every living cell of the
human being. It is not some specialised cell becomes the brain or the
heart. This is because the structure is in the DNA. If one studies the
DNA it is structured like the Bible - the Word of God having books,
chapters, verses. This similarity is even there in the understanding of
the Word, the working of the Church of God and the functioning of each
part of the DNA.

Sin was the rejection or the corruption of the Word in man and
sicknesses is the corruption of the perfect structure in which man is made.

Jesus gave us authority to speak to this system to fall in line back
again with the Word of God.

This is not only to do with the body but also with the soul or inner man
because the Torah or *Pentateuch and the books of Psalms are designed in
structure of the inner man.*
**
*Jesus also gave us authority over evil spirits. That does not mean we
can destroy or eliminate them. The only power we have is to chase them
out. To keep them out is the work that person who is freed from it needs
to do. Like Jesus said a house from which an evil spirit is driven if
found empty would risk of that spirit coming back with many others. So
it is the work of the house keeper to fill this empty house with light,
the Word of God and the Spirit of God.*
**

*[/Prayer Starter/]*
Lord, You are God and the Angels have power because your Image in there
in Them. Jesus is God Who became man. Even though mere man, because your
Image exists in Him He had power and was called Son of God. He had
authority and He has given us authority over infirmities and over evil
spirits. Lord, we thank You for this authority. Help us Lord to
understand and get this authority into our system. Remove the doubts
that come into our minds when we command sickness and evil spirits in
your Name. Help us know your Name better and thus grow in IT...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

*[/Reference Scriptures/] *
*Matthew 9:11-12*
11And when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto his disciples, Why
eateth your Master with publicans and sinners?
12But when Jesus heard that, he said unto them, They that be whole need
not a physician, but they that are sick.

*Mark 5:30-34*
30And Jesus, immediately knowing in himself that virtue had gone out of
him, turned him about in the press, and said, Who touched my clothes?
31And his disciples said unto him, Thou seest the multitude thronging
thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me?
32And he looked round about to see her that had done this thing.
33But the woman fearing and trembling, knowing what was done in her,
came and fell down before him, and told him all the truth.
34And he said unto her, Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole; go in
peace, and be whole of thy plague.

*Matthew 8:16*
16When the even was come, they brought unto him many that were possessed
with devils: and he cast out the spirits with his word, and healed all
that were sick:

*Mark 6:7-13*
7 And he called unto him the twelve, and began to send them forth by two
and two; and gave them power over unclean spirits;
8And commanded them that they should take nothing for their journey,
save a staff only; no scrip, no bread, no money in their purse:
9But be shod with sandals; and not put on two coats.
10And he said unto them, In what place soever ye enter into an house,
there abide till ye depart from that place.
11And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear you, when ye depart
thence, shake off the dust under your feet for a testimony against them.
Verily I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for Sodom and Gomorrha
in the day of judgment, than for that city.
12And they went out, and preached that men should repent.
13And they cast out many devils, and anointed with oil many that were
sick, and healed them.

*Matthew 14:19-20*
19And he commanded the multitude to sit down on the grass, and took the
five loaves, and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, he blessed,
and brake, and gave the loaves to his disciples, and the disciples to
the multitude.
20And they did all eat, and were filled: and they took up of the
fragments that remained twelve baskets full.

*Acts 8:18*
18And when Simon saw that through laying on of the apostles' hands the
Holy Spirit was given, he offered them money,

*Acts 10:44*
44 While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Spirit fell on all them
which heard the word.

*Matthew 12:43-45*
43When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry
places, seeking rest, and findeth none.
44Then he saith, I will return into my house from whence I came out; and
when he is come, he findeth it empty, swept, and garnished.
45Then goeth he, and taketh with himself seven other spirits more wicked
than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and the last state of
that man is worse than the first. Even so shall it be also unto this
wicked generation.


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*The Day of Trumpet*

*Zephaniah 1:15,16* - /That day is a day of wrath, a day of trouble and
distress, a day of wasteness and desolation, a day of darkness and
gloominess, a day of clouds and thick darkness, A day of the trumpet and
alarm against the fenced cities, and against the high towers./

In the Bible may places the word day does not mean literal 24hour day
but the word in Hebrew '*yowm*' mean a period of time. Although the root
of the word means hot and symbolizes the day time, there are many places
it does not refer to daytime so has been translated as time (64),
chronicles (37), daily (44), ever (18), year (14), continually (10),
when (10), as (10), while (8), full (8) always (4), whole (4), alway (4).

The objects connected with the Sanctuary were symbolic and among these
trumpets symbolized prophesies. The walls of Jericho been bought down by
blowing of trumpets symbolically teaches us to speak to our situations
by prophesizing and they will surely tumble down even if they are as
strong walls as the walls of Jericho were.

Fenced city symbolized a protected surrounding. We read in the Bible the
mature people of God are called dwellers of the city of Zion. There were
also many other famous fortified cities we read in the Bible like Tyre,
Sidon and Nineveh. Tyre was totally destroyed for by its name meaning
'pebbles' it was symbolizing a city of Satan a city where people of
untruth dwell. Sidon (latter known as Saida) meaning 'hunting'
symbolizing people who out to spiritually destroy others. They were the
hunted who now have become the hunters. Jesus put the Pharisees into
this category. Like this city which had beautiful watered gardens, these
people to look very attractive and blessed from far until the Day of the
Lord comes. The other type was the fortified city of Nineveh which by
its name symbolizes a city where the people of traditions dwell. To such
people we need to be like Jonah go to them and prophesize for there is
hope for them when they repent and turn back. The city of Jericho which
means 'moon' symbolized people who give the representatives of God more
importance than God Himself. In short they are human worshippers.

High towers like the tower of Babylon has less to do with tall
structures. It was not the height of the structure which disturbed God
but the high thinking of the people who made the structure.

Today the Lord is telling us time of prophesies is at hand. This are not
good prophesises but prophesies where the Lord where the Lord will
punish all those who live in various fortified cities and those who
build high towers.

A time when anger will bloom; people will be angry against each other,
people angry against the system and with themselves, a time when
troubles and distress will gloom over people's lives. A time when
instead of moving ahead people will be moving backwards. This will be a
time when depression, sadness and hopelessness will hover over people's
minds.

People who want to avoid these things from happening to them, they need
to get out of these fortified cities and high towers and dwell in the
Kingdom of Heaven.

*[/Prayer Starter/]*
Lord, we pray for all those dwelling in various fortified cities and
have built high towers; especially for your people. That their heart
change, they repent and turn to You. May they understand there is
nowhere and no one to go to other than You. You alone exist and there is
no god or no one who can help other than You. Lord, like in the times on
trouble You showed extra mercies and spoke directly to many among the
people; speak Lord to the hearts and minds of the people and renew them...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

*[/Reference Scriptures/] *
*Matthew 11:21-24*
21Woe unto thee, Chorazin! [furnace of smoke - people who pretend to do
God's work] woe unto thee, Bethsaida! [house of fish -- people who
knowing God still live in sin] for if the mighty works, which were done
in you, had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long
ago in sackcloth and ashes.
22But I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at
the day of judgment, than for you.
23And thou, Capernaum [ village of comfort - people who come to God for
luxury and earthly pleasure], which art exalted unto heaven, shalt be
brought down to hell: for if the mighty works, which have been done in
thee, had been done in Sodom [burning - people of lust], it would have
remained until this day.
24But I say unto you, That it shall be more tolerable for the land of
Sodom in the day of judgment, than for thee.

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*Christians living in the suburbs*

*Jeremiah 41:17* - *And they departed, and dwelt in the habitation of
Chimham [meaning longing], which is by Bethlehem [house of bread], to go to
enter into Egypt [means double strait],*

In today's message the Lord is talking to all those Christians who are fence
sitters.

In today's scripture the Lord shows us these so called Christians who know
Christ but are drawn towards living a life with one foot in the world and
one foot in God's Kingdom. They are full of energy when they come to worship
or service and once they go home they are back to living life like worldly
people.

The reason the Lord shows in today's message is their desire. They have
settled in Chimham a place of desire. They desire both God's Kingdom and
also the world. Like in the message given a few days back unless we pass the
prosperity of this world we will not be permanent citizens of God's Kingdom.
We need to move into town and stop living in the suburbs of the Kingdom of
God.

They know the Word of God is the only way to the Kingdom of God and yet they
refuse to surrender to the Word and live of the edges of the Word.

It is time to forsake Egypt (double Christian life) forever and move out of
Chimham a place of desires and move into Bethlehem the House of Bread the
Word of God.

*[Prayer Starter]*

Lord, it is difficult to overcome the desires of this world. It is only by
your Spirit we can forsake this world and dwell in your Kingdom. Help us
Lord, especially those who have their eyes on Egypt and dwell in Chimham
that they circumcise their hearts and dwell in Bethlehem in the House of
your Word...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

*[Reference Scriptures]*

*Jeremiah 7:21-29*

21 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Put your burnt
offerings unto your sacrifices, and eat flesh.

22 For I spake not unto your fathers, nor commanded them in the day that I
brought them out of the land of Egypt, concerning burnt offerings or
sacrifices:

23 But this thing commanded I them, saying, Obey my voice, and I will be
your God, and ye shall be my people: and walk ye in all the ways that I have
commanded you, that it may be well unto you.

24 But they hearkened not, nor inclined their ear, but walked in the
counsels and in the imagination of their evil heart, and went backward, and
not forward.

25 Since the day that your fathers came forth out of the land of Egypt unto
this day I have even sent unto you all my servants the prophets, daily
rising up early and sending them:

26 Yet they hearkened not unto me, nor inclined their ear, but hardened
their neck: they did worse than their fathers.

27 Therefore thou shalt speak all these words unto them; but they will not
hearken to thee: thou shalt also call unto them; but they will not answer
thee.

28 But thou shalt say unto them, This is a nation that obeyeth not the
voice of the LORD their God, nor receiveth correction: truth is perished,
and is cut off from their mouth.

29 Cut off thine hair, O Jerusalem, and cast it away, and take up a
lamentation on high places; for the LORD hath rejected and forsaken the
generation of his wrath.


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He became our Righteous Sacrifice*

*Mark 8:31* - /And he began to teach them, that the Son of man must
suffer many things, and be rejected of the elders, and of the chief
priests, and scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again./

Son of man is one of the terms Jesus used for Himself. Was He Son of man
when He was born of the Holy Spirit?

When Jesus was conceived in Mary by the power of the Holy Spirit she was
still a Virgin and engaged to Joseph. According to the Bible
commencement of marriage is when the couple come together in physical
relationship thus becoming one. So Mary was virgin not only physically
but also by relationship when Jesus was conceived in her womb. But we
see Joseph referred to as his official father in the genealogy by
Matthew. This is because in Jewish tradition the engagement is a solemn
commitment and marriage just fulfilling of the formalities. Breaking an
engagement would be like giving a divorce and was the reason why Joseph
was worried when he came to know that Mary was with a child before their
coming together (it is interesting to see the Jewish marriage ceremony
somewhat enacts the second coming of Jesus Christ and His marriage to /
becoming one with His Church).

Lord Jesus Christ is God the Son and this term is used for Him because
He was not created and was / is / will be (Aroist tense) existing in God
the Father as a part of Him. The Father declared Him as an individual.
Being part of God, He is God and identical to the Father. That also does
not mean His powers are limited for part of infinity is also infinity,
yet He is not greater than the Father, therefore also refers to Him as
His God (Divine one). This relationship was revealed by Jesus Himself to
John in His autobiography the Gospel of John; John 1:18.

Jesus was also referred to as Son of God. This term is mostly confused
with God the Son. God the Son is unique and there is none other than
Lord Jesus Christ. Son of God are many and this term is used for any
being which has the image of God in them irrespective of spirit being
like an Angel of even a human. When Adam was created he was without sin
and had the image of God in him so was called son of God. When sin came
into him he lost the image as also the title. According to the Law of
God sin is transferred from father to son. The woman's sins (curses) too
get transferred to the child via the father because when they come
together they spiritual become one. Jesus was born in the womb of Mary
but by the power of the Holy Spirit therefore being born in a women yet
He was without sin and was the reason why the eternal sacrifice needed
to be born from a virgin. Jesus as man had the image of God in Him and
so was also referred to as Son of God.

Also note Melchizedek who was man and not born of human father and
mother yet was not called son of God only because he was not having the
image of God in him like Jesus did therefore he was not called son of God.

The Angels of God are called Sons of God but that does not mean they are
perfect for had they been perfect we would not have had Lucifer, the
Beast and their team (1/3 of the Angels) fallen. The fallen Angels
before coming into women before the Noah flood were still called sons of
God and when they broke the Law of God they lost their sonship and their
powers were taken away along with their title and referred to as devils.

In spirit an Angel and man are identical only difference is the image of
God not being in us and we being trapped in the flesh. Adam and Eve
before sin came into them, although made in the flesh were never
restricted by it and this power was shown by Jesus when He transfigured.
This restriction came because man lost 3 Fruit(s) of the Holy Spirit -
Truth, Righteousness and Holiness (All Goodness).

Since being far from God, Righteousness and Holiness cannot be earned
like the other 9 Fruit(s), God made it possible by His Spirit of Truth
for man to gain back the Fruit of Truth.

In the beginning when sin came into man, man became God's enemy for God
hates sin. To prevent the wrath of God from destroying man a blood
sacrifice was made by God Himself. But since the sacrifice was not
perfect it was temporary. Since blood symbolizes righteousness a blood
sacrifice acts like a covering to protect from the wrath of God.

Man in spirit may have lost image of God but even in the flesh (body)
the image existed in perfection. That does not mean God looks as man but
in the understanding of man biology one can understand the nature of
God. This requires us to get into the organs, their function, and their
position, even unto the structure of the cell and DNA.

Sickness comes when there is disturbance in the perfect structure of
man. This is reason Adam (meaning reddish) was called so because he was
full of life and soon after 2 generations we find in Enos sin started
manifesting in the flesh for the name literally means '/pale/'. Thus
fear came into man and they started worshipping God.

Man in spirit is made to live thousands of years but as the flesh
deteriorated and sin grew the average age of man was set to 120years.
When sin came into man God cursed man that not only his body but even
his spirit would perish so he spirit and soul was cursed to the prison
called Hell where the sins in him burn.

Jesus as man was 100percent man and felt pain and suffering like any
other man. But He not having the curse of man and being without sin was
free of all sicknesses and therefore a perfect sacrifice. The power of
the Spirit of God was in keeping Him perfect. By taking all our sins on
Him He was sent to Hell buts since He had no sin in Him we was set free
and thus broken the curse of soul and spirit perishing to dust for all
who believe in Him.

He was / is God the Son Who becoming Son of God came as Son of man to be
a perfect sacrifice so to allow the Spirit of Truth to work in man and
grow the Fruit of Truth. Once we have the Truth in us we will be given
the Fruit(s) of Righteous and Holiness as a gift by the Son after being
judged, thus become again Sons of God and enter Heaven.

*[/Prayer Sacrifice/]*
Lord, You are an Awesome God. Your love and mercy saves us and brings us
back to You. Even though man rebelled against You by sinning yet You did
not destroy him but gave your only Son as a perfect sacrifice. Your
Spirit works in is and leads us to the Truth. Lord, we thank You for
your mercies and your love. We look forward for the day when we will be
reconciled to You and be glorified in the glorious Body of the Son...

We declare this in Jesus' Name, Amen.

*[/Reference Scriptures/] *
*Genesis 3:17-19*
17 And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of
thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying,
Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow
shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life;
18 Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou
shalt eat the herb of the field;
19 In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto
the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto
dust shalt thou return.

*Genesis 4:26*
26 And to Seth, to him also there was born a son; and he called his
name Enos: then began men to call upon the name of the LORD.

*Genesis 6:1-8*
1 And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the
earth, and daughters were born unto them,
2 That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair;
and they took them wives of all which they chose.
3 And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for
that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years.
4 There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that,
when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare
children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of
renown.
5 And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and
that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil
continually.
6 And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it
grieved him at his heart.
7 And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the
face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the
fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them.
8 But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.

*Genesis 3:21 (the first blood sacrifice)*
21 Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins,
and clothed them.

*Job 2:1*
1 Again there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves
before the LORD, and Satan [Beast] came also among them to present
himself before the LORD.

*Romans 8:18-19*
18 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy
to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.
19 For the earnest expectation of the creature [creation] waiteth for
the manifestation of the sons of God.

*Philippians 2:15*
15 That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without
rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye
shine as lights in the world;

*Hebrew 7:1-4*
1 For this Melchisedec, king of Salem, priest of the most high God, who
met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings, and blessed him;
2 To whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all; first being by
interpretation King of righteousness, and after that also King of Salem,
which is, King of peace;
3 Without father, without mother, without descent, having neither
beginning of days, nor end of life; but made like unto the Son of God;
abideth a priest continually.
4 Now consider how great this man was, unto whom even the patriarch
Abraham gave the tenth of the spoils.

*Galatians 5:22-23*
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering [slow
to anger], gentleness, goodness, faith,
23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

*Ephesians 5:9 *
9 (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness [holiness] and
righteousness and truth;)

*John 1:10-18*
10He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew
him not.
11He came unto his own, and his own received him not.
12But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons
of God, even to them that believe on his name:
13Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of
the will of man, but of God.
14And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his
glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace
and truth.
15 John bare witness of him, and cried, saying, This was he of whom I
spake, He that cometh after me is preferred before me: for he was before
me.
16And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace.
17For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.
18No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in
the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.


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*The Sadducees of today*

*Mark 12: 18* - /Then come unto him the Sadducees, which say there is no
resurrection; and they asked him, saying,/

In the Bible we read of the Sadducees only during the time of Jesus.
They were a section of Jews who we see did not have Jesus in their good
books. Like the Pharisees they too hated Jesus.

The name Sadducees means 'the just' and originates from their founder
Sadoc who lived before the coming of Jesus as man.

They were more like the new race Christians we know of today for unlike
the Pharisee they did not believe in traditions and anything outside the
scriptural text. All this sounds very good yet we see Jesus and the
Sadducees did not get along well. If we look at the questions put to
Jesus by both, the topic which the Pharisees mostly concentrated on was
traditions, while the Sadducees were more scriptural. They solely
depended on scriptures yet we find Jesus made then look foolish every
time they opened their mouth before Him. The problem with them was they
were void of the understanding of spiritual things. They were corrupt in
their understanding of Heaven, spiritual man and of God.

In today's date after the Church has been coming out of the Pharisees
era where tradition ruled the Church, we sadly see it moved into the era
of Sadducees where it totally depended on scriptures but lack
understanding of spiritual things. It is sad today there are numerous
Christians (including Church leaders) who do not have basic understand
of things like what man is, or what women is and what the difference
between them. The do not know the difference between God the Son, Son of
God and Son of Man, between Lord, Christ and Jesus even though they all
refer to the same being. They do not understand why Adam who was
referred as son of God, was not after sin came into him, also why the
Angels are referred to Sons of God. Tell a Christian Heaven is only for
sons of God and the women will panic, it is this reason of
misunderstanding why we see more of men at the hem of Church leadership
than women.

Most Christians have a corrupt understanding of Heaven and what
salvation is. They lack basic understand of resurrection which is the
prime season of our faith. This matter was not so severe when the Church
broke out from Catholic Church where traditions ruled. The founders of
the various denominations were much clear in their understanding but the
corruption seeped in latter with concepts like rapture, Jesus as man
becoming a world ruler etc...

The new race Christians are confused in their thinking just like the
Sadducees contradicted their own thinking for they thought when the body
dies the spirit also dies, so for them all rewards and punishments were
here on earth, but yet they also believed in Heaven and in God.

We Christians have got our jigsaw pieces wrong in many places for some
places where a piece was not fitting we seem to have physically trimmed
it so as to fit it and thus the picture is a confused one.

Without the Spirit of God, understanding scriptures is not possible to
man. This is the reason Jesus instructed us to first give the Gospel and
after baptizing people in the God the Father, the Son and the Spirit
then teach them the Word. The order of Father, Son and Spirit is not
because of their hierarchy but because of Who reveals Who. It is the
Father Who reveals the Son and the Son Who reveals the Spirit. Thus a
person who does know God will not know the Son and one who does not know
the Son will never know the Spirit of God.

The Gospel or Good News of Salvation through Jesus Christ is just like a
trailer of a movie and the Word of God is the movie. To understand the
Word we need the Spirit of Truth and it is only when we accept Jesus
Christ, are we promised the Spirit of Truth.

*[/Prayer Starter/]*
Lord, although man was given the Instructions to their salvations yet
the understanding was kept far from them. They were like clay pots yet
not seasoned so as to hold precious things. Now that we have received
your Spirit of Truth through Jesus Christ, You are opening our minds to
the hidden treasures of your Kingdom. Lord, we pray that your Church
which came out from the Pharisees may also come out from the Sadducees.
And knowing your Kingdom may let the world witness your glory in Her...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

*[/Reference Scriptures/] *
*Mark 12:18-27*
18 Then come unto him the Sadducees, which say there is no resurrection;
and they asked him, saying,
19Master, Moses wrote unto us, If a man's brother die, and leave his
wife behind him, and leave no children, that his brother should take his
wife, and raise up seed unto his brother.
20Now there were seven brethren: and the first took a wife, and dying
left no seed.
21And the second took her, and died, neither left he any seed: and the
third likewise.
22And the seven had her, and left no seed: last of all the woman died also.
23In the resurrection therefore, when they shall rise, whose wife shall
she be of them? for the seven had her to wife.
24And Jesus answering said unto them, Do ye not therefore err, because
ye know not the scriptures, neither the power of God?
25For when they shall rise from the dead, they neither marry, nor are
given in marriage; but are as the angels which are in heaven.
26And as touching the dead, that they rise: have ye not read in the book
of Moses, how in the bush God spake unto him, saying, I am the God of
Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob?
27He is not the God of the dead, but the God of the living: ye therefore
do greatly err.

*Matthew 16:11-12*
11How is it that ye do not understand that I spake it not to you
concerning bread, that ye should beware of the leaven of the Pharisees
and of the Sadducees?
12Then understood they how that he bade them not beware of the leaven of
bread, but of the doctrine of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees.

*Acts 4:1-4*
1 And as they spake unto the people, the priests, and the captain of the
temple, and the Sadducees, came upon them,
2Being grieved that they taught the people, and preached through Jesus
the resurrection from the dead.
3And they laid hands on them, and put them in hold unto the next day:
for it was now eventide.
4Howbeit many of them which heard the word believed; and the number of
the men was about five thousand.

*Acts 23:7-8*
7And when he had so said, there arose a dissension between the Pharisees
and the Sadducees: and the multitude was divided.
8For the Sadducees say that there is no resurrection, neither angel, nor
spirit: but the Pharisees confess both.


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*Passing through a calf cut into two*

*Jeremiah 34:18-20*
/18And I will give the men that have transgressed my covenant, which
have not performed the words of the covenant which they had made before
me, when they cut the calf in twain, and passed between the parts thereof,/

In the Old Testament a solemn covenant required to be sealed with blood,
so an animal was killed as a gesture. When the covenant included God as
witness then they would cut the animal into two and walk between them,
the parties thus signifying their willingness to be themselves cut in
pieces if unfaithful.

The passing of Israel through the Red (Reed) Sea was symbolic to our
baptism in Jesus Christ. It required them to pass between deep waters
and similarly it requires us too to pass through between our worldly
understanding (reed) and our sinful ways (water) when being baptized in
Christ. Thus baptism in Jesus Christ is a solemn covenant made with God
as a witness. Unless one does not except oneself as a sinner one will
never be able to be baptised in Jesus Christ.

If one looks in the Bible no female animal was taken for a sacrifice for
sins. Also the type of animals for sacrifice were chosen with purpose
and meaning.

A cow is worshipped or is an important part of many religions and that
is because it symbolizes fertility. It was this reason that the golden
calf was celebrated with precious metals or stones and mass sexual
fanfare in Egypt like the Israelites did at the foot of Mount Sinai and
3000 were killed.

The calf does not symbolize only sexual fertility but means prosperity
in all things of this world and for this reason everything connected
with the cow is very useful. Even today in some countries cows are
considered important assets.

To make solemn covenant with the Lord we need to pass through worldly
prosperity like the people did in ancient times with calves cut into two.

People insist a Christian is blessed and also our God is a rich God so a
Christians needs to be prosperous in this world.

Let me ask them even if all the riches of this world put together, all
the money, all the gold, all the diamonds, all the planes, ships, cars
and the skyscrapers, bungalows, castles and all that they can dream of,
having all this still does not show how rich our God is? It only shows
His poverty for the riches of our God is beyond imagination of man and
nothing of this world can even touch it remotely. Please do not show the
poverty of our God with the things of this world.

As a Christian we are given all that we need in this world and even
extra but the extra needs to overflow. That means it needs to flow unto
those around us. If we are not blessing those around us then we are
depriving the overflow and that is not the characteristics of a Christian.

We as Christians are called to overcome for only overcomers will be
rewarded in Heaven and what we overcome is the desires of the flesh and
evil of this world; luxury is a desire of the flesh. We need to decide
if we want the luxury here on earth or the incomprehensible luxury that
awaits us in Heaven, of which all the riches of this world are not even
a minute fraction.

*[/Prayer Starter/]*
Lord, the people of this world are far from You and your Kingdom. They
desire this world and things of quest the desires of the flesh. Lord,
harden not the hearts of your people but help them overcome and become
overcomers. Lord, open our eyes and see the real spiritual world and let
us get lost in this temporary world...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

*[/Reference Scriptures/] *
*Genesis 15:8-11*
8And he said, Lord GOD, whereby shall I know that I shall inherit it?
9And he said unto him, Take me an heifer of three years old, and a she
goat of three years old, and a ram of three years old, and a turtledove,
and a young pigeon.
10And he took unto him all these, and divided them in the midst, and
laid each piece one against another: but the birds divided he not.
11And when the fowls came down upon the carcases, Abram drove them away.

*1 John 5:4-6*
4For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the
victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.
5Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus
is the Son of God?
6 This is he that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ; not by
water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit that beareth
witness, because the Spirit is truth.

*Revelation 3:5*
5He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I
will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess
his name before my Father, and before his angels.

*Revelation 21:6-7*
6And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning
and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the
water of life freely.
7He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and
he shall be my son.

*Revelation 3:21*
21To 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.

*Matthew 13:22*
22He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the
word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke
the word, and he becometh unfruitful.

*Mark 10:23-24*
23And Jesus looked round about, and saith unto his disciples, How hardly
shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God!
24And the disciples were astonished at his words. But Jesus answereth
again, and saith unto them, Children, how hard is it for them that trust
in riches to enter into the kingdom of God!

*Ephesians 3:8-9*
8Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given,
that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ;
9And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which
from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all
things by Jesus Christ:

*1 Timothy 6:10a*
10aFor the love of money is the root of all evil:

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