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Post  Admin on Sat 24 Nov 2018, 11:29 pm

The enemy will be put down

Amos 1:14,15 But I will kindle a fire in the wall of Rabbah, and it shall
devour the palaces thereof, with shouting in the day of battle, with a
tempest in the day of the whirlwind: And their king shall go into
captivity, he and his princes together, saith the LORD.

In the OT the Israelite tribe had many enemies but a few mentioned in Amos
1 stood out amidst all which angered the Lord like Damascus, Gaza, Tyrus,
Ammonites and Edomites. In other places we find mentions of the Moabites
and the Canaanites. Even in the NT Jesus used the term dog to the Canaanite
woman. What is interesting the worse lot like the Assyrians (whose capital
was Nineveh), who had caused more grave atrocities against the Israelites
than even what Hitler did to the Jews; these too were forgiven by the Lord
(it was for this reason Jonah fled in another direction for he knew the
Lord would forgive them) but the people like Edomites, Ammonites, Moabites
and Canaanites were not. Was God unjust to these people, for everyone is
not the same and one cannot be held for the sins of their fore fathers?

Last few days the Lord was talking to us about the natural and spiritual.
In the Bible, especial OT everything is symbolic and the natural, like name
and some of the historic, natural characteristics are symbolic to the
spiritual. Paul and Peter (later) understood this well. Most preachers
wrongly talk of Christians as being aliens to this world mixing to 1 Peter
1:1 with John 17:14.

Let us understand God gave us dominance of this world. This world belongs
to us, every resource of this world is made for our benefit and all natural
powers were made to listen to us and not go against us. We are called to be
kings (Princes / Israel) of this world but due to sin we lost our kingship,
our authority. Jesus came to restore our kingship and thus is called Chief
of Princes. When we mature spiritually and transform into Sons of God we
would have powers like the 2 witness mentioned in Revelation.

Due to sin we allowed corruption into the world and thus Satan the prince
of doubt /faithlessness (air) rules this world causing another spirit to
control it. If we read 1 Peter 1:1 Peter speaks of being the Apostle to the
aliens / those in exile in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia.
Peter in 1 Peter 1:1 says the worldly people who are under the worldly
spirit are classified into 5 groups (I am taking this for it is simpler
than me explaining Amos 1).

Pontus (means ‘sea’) – speaks of those who are spiritually asleep. Those
who do not care the purpose of life, they live to survive and die.
Galatia (means ‘land of Gauls’) – speaks of those who are deep into
traditions. These do traditions without understanding and feel religious,
satisfied because they do them.
Cappadocia (means ‘province of good horses’) – speaks of those who pursue
prosperity. These people run a race of riches, power, fame etc. even though
they know when they die they take none of it yet for self-satisfaction and
at time an addiction they do it.
Asia (means ‘orient’, ‘eastern’) – speaks of those who are earthly or into
human spirits making humans into gods or earthly powers into gods.
Bithynia (means ‘violent rushing’) – speaks of those who are rebellious.
These are people filled with anger and hatred, everything they do even if
it is religious is destructive.

Peter was selected to lead the Jews to Christ yet he described them into
these 5 categories because all unbelievers fall into these 5 categories.
Before coming in Christ we were people under the power of the worldly
spirit and ignorant of the Kingdom of God. Today we are moving from the
power of the worldly spirit unto the Kingdom of God.

Today’s message is against the people of Ammon (which means tribal /
nation) which is the worldly people. The Lord is saying He will raise a
battle against them and cause their rulers and leaders to fall.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord You are Almighty God. All that exist is created by You for a purpose
and that purpose is the salvation of your people. Lord we pray we
understand there is no power above You and anything that lifts its head
against You will soon be made nothing. We pray we understand who we are in
You and the authority You have given us...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
John 17:14 I have given them thy word; and the world hated them, because
they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.

Revelation 17:14 These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall
overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that
are with him [are] called, and chosen, and faithful.

1 Peter 1:1-2
1 Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the strangers scattered throughout
Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia,
2 Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through
sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of
Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied.

Ephesians 2:2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of
this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit
that now worketh in the children of disobedience:

1 Corinthians 2:12 But we received, not the spirit of the world, but the
spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given
to us by God.

1 John 2:15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world.
If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

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Post  Admin on Fri 23 Nov 2018, 9:44 pm

It is different!

Romans 12:20,21 Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst,
give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head.
Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.

As part of the Gideon’s ministry we participate in secular book fairs where
we present people the NT free. At a recent event when I was managing the
stall we have some people questioning us as to why we giving the NT (Bible)
free, a few even directly questioned us if we were trying to convert?

Using wisdom I would share how this book benefited me and many others. I
would take a few examples from the book compared to other books. I would
ask them about things like forgiving those who hurt, all other books advice
we forget and not let the incidents trouble us. But people agreed this does
not work since the incident sometime or other time becomes a fresh wound
and pains us. The Bible is the only book in the world which gives simple
and perfect solutions to impossible personal and spiritual problem. In this
way we were able to distribute hundreds of copies of the NT believing the
book will speak to them more than earthly problems.

Today’s message speaks of how to destroy the enemy. The person who hurts us
is not the enemy but the one controlling the person and causing the person
to do things is our real enemy. The Bible tells us not to respond to the
person in the way the person does but overcome evil with good. We are
called to love, serve and pray for that person, by doing this we
disassociate the person from the one who is controlling the person. We are
actually doing spiritual warfare and attacking the right enemy and not the
Trojan horse shell. If we respond in the worldly manner we will only give
victory to the real enemy since for the real enemy it does not matter who
is destroyed, we or the Trojan horse, destruction pleases it.

Let us be wise and discern the true enemy so as to not cause collateral
damage. Let us understand there is a spiritual battle behind most natural
events.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord You are God. You are Spirit and your Kingdom is Spirit world. We know
Lord our natural world is temporary and cease to exist when we are
transformed, the enemy know this too therefore does not want us to be
transformed and causes us to be carnal and worldly. Lord we pray we see
things more clearly and discern the true enemy. Fill us with wisdom and
understanding that we may discern all things. Give us courage and a heart
like yours so that we take the bold step in the natural so as to annihilate
the spiritual enemy...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scripture]
Romans 12:16-18
16 [Be] of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but
condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits.
17 Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight
of all men.
18 If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men..

Matthew 5:38-48
38 “You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a
tooth.’
39 But I say to you, Do not resist the one who is evil. But if anyone
slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also.
40 And if anyone would sue you and take your tunic, let him have your
cloak as well.
41 And if anyone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles.
42 Give to the one who begs from you, and do not refuse the one who would
borrow from you.
43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and
hate your enemy.’
44 But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute
you,
45 so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes
his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on
the unjust.
46 For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not
even the tax collectors do the same?
47 And if you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than
others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same?
48 You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

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Post  Admin on Thu 22 Nov 2018, 8:41 pm

Just stopping evil is not the solution

Ephesians 4:28 Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour,
working with [his] hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give
to him that needeth.

There is a great deception in man, that if a person does not do evil than
that person is good. People mostly think if I do not lie, steal, hurt
people in any way then I am a good person, eligible to go to Heaven.

We need to understand as humans born with a sinful nature (even if we have
done no sin even as infants we still inherit the nature to sin) so are by
default in the negative, sin just feeds the negative in us. When it comes
to God, He looks at two things from us, one is we stop whatever evil we are
doing and second we do good works.

We in worldly wisdom may think God first wants us to stop doing evil and
once we completely stop doing evil, then we should start doing good works;
that is a wrong thinking.

We need to understand born in sinful nature requires us to completely
destroy to that nature we are born with and that will not happen in a day.
Even a person baptized in Christ and the Holy Spirit overcomes a large part
of his or her evil nature by the grace of God but does not come out
completely perfect, he or she still has to battle some areas and that will
take time. God knowing the time we require to overcome the evil nature asks
us to concentrate on good works. Even though God gives priority to good
works yet He does not ignore the evil in us, He does want us to stop the
evil but as we get on to do good works we will slowly stop and overcome the
evil in us more easily. We do not fight evil by stopping it but overcome
evil with good.

Let us not be in deception that we are good Christians because we are not
doing any civil evil or things that are visible. Let us remember we as
humans are filled with evil in our hearts; our thoughts, the little things
we do in private, out of people’s sight are evil. We need to concentrate on
doing good works at the same time we also need to not keep feeding the evil
in us. Good works does not necessary mean social works. Social works are
necessary but are like physiotherapy to a person suffering from medically
problems and thus pain. Such a person needs medical help which works from
inside and at the same time needs immediate relief to bear the pain.

Jesus did not said the world will know as God’s children and His disciples
by the evil we do not do or do less than others, He said the world will
know us as God’s children and His disciples by our good works.

A Christian ‘holy-man’ will not be found on the mountain or in an ashram
but will be found in the streets and in the houses of those in need and in
trouble, ministering to them spiritually, healing them, delivering them
from bondages, as well as working amongst the people for their social and
natural needs.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord You are Almighty, Holy, Righteous and Truth. In Heaven they worship
You by shouting Holy, Holy, Holy, for You alone are Holy. Lord may we
understand holiness as not doing less evil or no evil but holiness which is
also written as complete goodness / perfection is when we do good while not
doing any evil. Father we pray we may shine your light by our good works
and be seen as your children...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
Romans 7:18-21
18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing:
for to will is present with me; but [how] to perform that which is good I
find not.
19 For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not,
that I do.
20 Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that
dwelleth in me.
21 I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me.

Titus 1:16 They profess that they know God; but in works they deny [him],
being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.

Matthew 5:16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your
good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

2 Corinthians 9:8 And God [is] able to make all grace abound toward you;
that ye, always having all sufficiency in all [things], may abound to every
good work:

Luke 6:45 A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth
that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart
bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his
mouth speaketh.

Romans 12:21 Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.

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Post  Admin on Sat 17 Nov 2018, 3:15 pm

Religious Fanatic vs Spiritual
 
Acts 23: 21 But do not thou yield unto them: for there lie in wait for him
of them more than forty men, which have bound themselves with an oath, that
they will neither eat nor drink till they have killed him: and now are they
ready, looking for a promise from thee.
 
In today’s era every person who is religious to any major belief is
considered a fanatic, but interestingly those who dip into unknown mystical
beliefs are considered spiritual. There is a good saying ‘all those who
claim to be spiritual should remember Satan too is a spirit being’.
 
As per definition a fanatic is defined as a person filled with excessive
and single-minded zeal, especially for an extreme religious or political
cause.
 
So any person who extremely loves God and considers the path he or she
follows as the only path then that person would be classified as a
fanatic. If we go by this then all Christians are fanatics and if they are
not fanatics then they are not Christians.
 
As per the world a spiritual person is defined as a person relating to or
affecting the human spirit or soul as opposed to material or physical
things. If we go by this then a Christian is not a spiritual person for we
do not communicate or are led by one’s own spirit or soul.
 
Christian definition of a fanatic is a person who uses force or physical
violence against people who are following other beliefs. A spiritual person
as per Christian definition is a person led by the Spirit of God and any
person who communicates and led by any other spirit is anti-God or demonic.
 
No Christian can use force or any deceptive ways against people of other
beliefs to stop them from following their belief or try to convert them to
follow Christianity. Such a person would not be a Christian and a disciple
of Christ. As a Christian we are called to enlighten people with the truth.
We do not sell our God as a better god but acknowledge Him as the only God.
We do not sell Christianity as a better religion but acknowledge it as a
relationship between God and man. We do not sell better benefits by
following Christianity but in fact know becoming a Christian would cause
the world to hate us; we acknowledge following Christianity allows a person
to reap the purpose God created man.
 
Let us not give people Jesus or give them a Bible but let us present Jesus
and present them a Bible, let Jesus and the Word of God speak to them and
prove as being the only way to the only existing God.
 
[Prayer Starter]
Lord You are God You created all things and all things that exist are by
You alone. Lord we pray we do not project You as a better god, nor project
Christianity as a better religion. We pray Lord we show You alone are God
and Christ is the only way to You. We pray people may see You the light in
us and follow You...
 
This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.
 
[Reference Scriptures]
Acts 23:12 ¶ And when it was day, certain of the Jews banded together, and
bound themselves under a curse, saying that they would neither eat nor
drink till they had killed Paul.
 
Exodus 23:2 Thou shalt not follow a multitude to [do] evil; neither shalt
thou speak in a cause to decline after many to wrest [judgment]:
 
Exodus 22:21 Thou shalt neither vex a stranger, nor oppress him: for ye
were strangers in the land of Egypt.
 
Exodus 23:9 Also thou shalt not oppress a stranger: for ye know the heart
of a stranger, seeing ye were strangers in the land of Egypt.
 
Leviticus 19:34 [But] the stranger that dwelleth with you shall be unto
you as one born among you, and thou shalt love him as thyself; for ye were
strangers in the land of Egypt: I [am] the LORD your God.
 
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Post  Admin on Fri 16 Nov 2018, 3:21 pm

Man of God amongst his people?

Matthew 4:21-22 And going on from thence, he saw other two brethren, James
[the son] of Zebedee, and John his brother, in a ship with Zebedee their
father, mending their nets; and he called them. And they immediately left
the ship and their father, and followed him.

There is a verse which is very commonly used Matthew 13:57 where Jesus said
that He was a Prophet [Man of God] without honor and despised by His own
people.

When Jesus said this He was not setting a rulebook that all Prophets would
be despised or dishonored by his/her people. Jesus was simply stating the
prophecy about Him as given by Isaiah that His own people (Jews/Israel)
will disown Him and reject Him as their Savior.

Jesus was not despised by all Jews or His own people for a few did follow
Him. Yes His own brothers and sisters (children of Mary and Joseph) did not
accept Him as a Man of God while He was alive. It was only after His death
and resurrection we see James and Jude (Judas) His brothers, believed Him
and followed Him. About His other brother Jose and His sisters (more than
1) nothing is written about them accepting Him. But we see His far cousin
[John the Baptist son of Elizabeth the cousin of Mary] and close cousins
did believe Him and follow Him. John and James the sons of Zebedee [a nick
name given to their father and them] were sons of Salome the sister of Mary
[also called Mary by Jesus since He respected her and other women in His
group as His own mother]. John and James were business partners with Simon
[nicknamed Cephas – Petros – Peter] and he too followed Jesus. So we see
Jesus first connected with people near Him and started His fulltime
ministry.

We as Christians are called to shine the light of Christ in our own
neighborhood as well as amongst those whom we do not know. If people around
us are not accepting us let us not hide behind Matthew 13:57 and not
introspect our ways or correct ourselves. Let us make sure we are not
misrepresenting Christ in our house while becoming a shining light outside.

People who know our past may have difficulties in accepting us but that
does not mean every one of them will reject us. Being a Christian has to
bring a change in people around us and if that fails then our
‘Christianity’ is ineffective and non-genuine.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord You are Almighty and Holy God. You are light and darkness cannot exist
before You. Lord we pray as Christians we show You in us and not us as good
people. We pray we bring change in people because You are working in us and
through us. We may not change all but You Lord have not made mistake to
putting us in barren land but have put us in fertile grounds...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
Matthew 13:55-58
55 Is not this the carpenter’s son? is not his mother called Mary? and his
brethren, James, and Joseph, and Simon, and Judas?
56 And his sisters, are they not all with us? Whence then hath this man
all these things?
57 And they were offended in him. But Jesus said unto them, A prophet is
not without honor, save in his own country, and in his own house.
58 And he did not many mighty works there because of their unbelief.

Isaiah 8:14 And he shall be for a sanctuary; but for a stone of stumbling
and for a rock of offence to both the houses of Israel, for a gin and for a
snare to the inhabitants of Jerusalem.

Isaiah 53:3 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and
acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were [our] faces from him; he was
despised, and we esteemed him not.

John 1:42 He brought him unto Jesus. Jesus looked upon him, and said, Thou
art Simon the son of John: thou shalt be called Cephas (which is by
interpretation, Peter).

Mark 15:40 And there were also women beholding from afar: among whom
[were] both Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James the less and of
Joses, and Salome;

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

Matthew 28:1 Now late on the sabbath day, as it began to dawn toward the
first [day] of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the
sepulchre.

Matthew 27:56 among whom was Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James
and Joses, and the mother of the sons of Zebedee.

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Post  Admin on Tue 13 Nov 2018, 6:24 pm

It is all about Fruits

John 15: 8 Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so
shall ye be my disciples.

In yesterday’ message the Lord spoke about how the working of the Holy
Spirit while we are alive is key to our resurrection. Today’s message the
Lord is expounding on it by telling us the Fruits of the Holy Spirit are
key to the salvation of mankind; one may wonder how and why?

Fruit of the Spirit like Love, Faith, Peace, Joy, Longsuffering,
Gentleness, Goodness, Meekness and Temperance mentioned in Galatians
5:22-23, and Truth, Righteousness and Holiness mentioned in Ephesians 5:9
are not just emotions, feelings or nature but in the spirit world are more
real than diamonds or precious stones found in this world.

It may surprise many that to understand the 12 Fruits of the Spirit we need
to study gemology. We do not have to look up all hundreds of precious
stones that exist. The Bible in fact gives the list of 12 stones which
symbolize the 12 Fruits of the Spirit. These are the stones that were on
the breastplate of the High Priest symbolizing the 12 tribe of Israel.
These are the same 12 stone which are mentioned in Revelations as the
foundation on which Heaven exist. So in reality the true yield of Israel
(Sons of God) is not the 12 tribes but the 12 Fruits of the Holy Spirit. In
Heaven we are identified by the Fruit of the Spirit (which we yield the
most). In fact Jesus choosing 12 Apostles was to do with the 12 Fruits of
the Spirit.

Baptism and salvation can be truly understood by the Fruits of the Spirit.
The 9 mentioned in Galatians we as humans have (in small measures) and can
grow but are incomplete (corrupt) without the 3 mentioned in Ephesians.
Truth and Righteousness we lost when Adam and Eve sinned. By the sacrifice
of Christ we receive the Holy Spirit (the Spirit of Truth) from whom we
receive and grow in the Fruit of Truth. The Fruit of Truth is a gifted to
us by the Holy Spirit (for He reveals the Truth). Righteousness is what we
receive from the Son on Judgment Day if we have the Fruit of Truth in us
(which is complete in us when we do the Will of the Father). Only if we
have Righteousness and Truth will we be able to enter Heaven and receive
the Fruit of Holiness from the Father. Note: Israel was allowed to cross
into the Promised Land by crossing the river Jordan (means inheritance)
without Joseph (who was substituted by his son). Judas being 1 of the 12
and failing yet we see salvation is also to do with the same.

Today’s message tells us we fail to be Christians if we do not have the
Fruits of the Spirit so let us not try to fool the Lord with being namesake
disciples of Christ / Christians for what the Lord sees in us is if we have
the Fruits of the Spirit.

Growing in the 9 Fruits and Fruit of Truth which we receive from the Holy
Spirit sets us free for this world and sets us into Heaven where we have
access to the Tree / River of Life so as to enjoy eternal life. It is for
this reason Jesus said the Truth sets us free.

Fruits give life and sin eats up the Fruit in us that is why sin brings
death. Repentance and forgiveness of sin stops the further erosion of the
Fruits in us but it is only by our abiding in Christ (by which we receive
the Holy Spirit) that the restoration of the Fruits in us happens. The
corruption of the Fruits is removed and Fruits (image of God) restored in
us by the working of the Holy Spirit and thus we become Sons of God or Sons
of Resurrection.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord You are Holy, Righteous and Truth. As man by sin we lost Righteousness
and Truth and were disallowed our access to Heaven so that we are restored
of our Fruits. Lord we pray we understand the importance of the Fruits of
the Spirit. We pray we work towards bearing more Fruit and growing into
Sons of God / Sons of Resurrection...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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

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

Exodus 28:21 And the stones shall be according to the names of the
children of Israel, twelve, according to their names; like the engravings
of a signet, every one according to his name, they shall be for the twelve
tribes.

Exodus 39:14 And the stones were according to the names of the children of
Israel, twelve, according to their names; like the engravings of a signet,
every one according to his name, for the twelve tribes.

Revelation 21:10-14
10 And he carried me away in the Spirit to a mountain great and high, and
showed me the holy city Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God,
11 having the glory of God: her light was like unto a stone most precious,
as it were a jasper stone, clear as crystal:
12 having a wall great and high; having twelve gates, and at the gates
twelve angels; and names written thereon, which are [the names] of the
twelve tribes of the children of Israel:
13 on the east were three gates; and on the north three gates; and on the
south three gates; and on the west three gates.
14 And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and on them twelve
names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.

Revelation 22:2 in the midst of the street thereof. And on this side of
the river and on that was the tree of life, bearing twelve [manner of]
fruits, yielding its fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for
the healing of the nations.

Genesis 2:9 And out of the ground made Jehovah 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 the knowledge of good and evil.

Genesis 3:24 So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the
garden of Eden the Cherubim, and the flame of a sword which turned every
way, to keep the way of the tree of life.

Revelation 2:7 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith to
the churches. To him that overcometh, to him will I give to eat of the tree
of life, which is in the Paradise of God.

Revelation 22:14 Blessed are they that wash their robes, that they may
have the right [to come] to the tree of life, and may enter in by the gates
into the city.

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

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Sons of Resurrection do not die

Luke 20:36 Neither can they die any more: for they are equal unto the
angels; and are the children [Sons] of God, being the children [Sons] of
the resurrection.

Jesus told those who questioned Him about those who resurrect and go to
Heaven as being like the Angels. Jesus also told them that Sons of God do
not die for they are Sons of Resurrection.

The Greek word translated as resurrection is the word ‘anistemi’ and simply
means to rise up. So the NT uses the same word for rising up like standing
on one’s feet but does not translate it as resurrection in these places.
Resurrection refers to the rising up of one’s spirit. Resurrection of the
dead means the spirit being (soul and spirit) moves from the lower realm to
higher realm of the spirit world / Heavens, the lowest level being Hell.
Hell being a prison controlled by Angels of God, no one can resurrect from
Hell, Jesus alone did (with a few from the time of Noah who were still
there) since He was without sin and could not be kept there (He was sent
there because He was forsaken for taking our sins on Himself). Any one
saying they visited Hell and returned is a lie and unbiblical. No man can
also go to upper Heavens because we all get judged and are transformed /
transfigured (as Jesus put into Angels and as man He demonstrated it), this
process Paul puts as corrupt becoming incorruptible on Judgment Day. Jesus
as man was the only one who has access to Heaven since no corruption was
found in Him (From man Jesus He will revert to His former glory as God the
Son, and part of the Father after we enter Heaven).

When we see scriptures we find Angels refer to man as fellow associates for
they await our transformation. Like man so also the Angels and all heavenly
beings are a creation of God the Son.

Jesus said no being has seen the Father other than (God) the Son, so along
with man, the Angels too await becoming one with the Father.

There is one thing scriptures also tells us the resurrection power does not
work after we die but before we die. It was by the power of the Holy Spirit
that Jesus as man was maintained to be without sin and thus saw
resurrection. We are born in sin but unless we do not let the Holy Spirit
work in us when we are alive we will not become Sons of God and thus will
not see resurrection.

If we want to experience eternal life let us not wait for death but work
towards it while we are still alive. Let us surrender to the Holy Spirit so
that we are transformed within so as to see transformation into Angels on
our Resurrection Day.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord You are God and You alone are God. All things as your Word says are
created by the Son and for the Son. It is through Him alone we see creation
be lifted up and receiving your glory. Lord we pray are not deceived to
wait for something to happen after we die but let it happen today so that
we do not see eternal death...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
Acts 2:34 For David ascended not into the heavens: but he saith himself,
The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand,

Luke 20:34-36
34 And Jesus answering said unto them, The children of this world marry,
and are given in marriage:
35 But they which shall be accounted worthy to obtain that world, and the
resurrection from the dead, neither marry, nor are given in marriage:
36 Neither can they die any more: for they are equal unto the angels; and
are the children of God, being the children of the resurrection.

Revelation 19:10 And I fell down before his feet to worship him. And he
saith unto me, See thou do it not: I am a fellow-servant with thee and with
thy brethren that hold the testimony of Jesus: worship God; for the
testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.

Revelation 22:9 And he saith unto me, See thou do it not: I am a
fellow-servant with thee and with thy brethren the prophets, and with them
that keep the words of this book: worship God.

1 Corinthians 15:51-55
51 Behold, I tell you a mystery: We all shall not sleep, but we shall all
be changed,
52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the
trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we
shall be changed.
53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put
on immortality.
54 But when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this
mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying
that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.
55 O death, where is thy victory? O death, where is thy sting?

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Childlessness

Luke 1: 13 But the angel said unto him, Fear not, Zacharias: for thy
prayer is heard; and thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou
shalt call his name John.

Elisabeth was the cousin of Mary the mother of Jesus. She was of age and
had no children even though she and her husband were devote followers of
the Lord. For the Jews childlessness was considered a curse in marriage for
they knew the purpose of marriage was to bear children.

In most religions we see the woman has always borne the blunt of
childlessness and considered the reason. People are not aware medically 20
out of 100 men have temporary infertility problems (curable) and only 1 out
of 100 have medical problems with production of sperm. Some of the studies
done show women on the other hand are less than half cause for infertility
compared to men; but their numbers grow with age compared to men. The
percentage of infertility amongst women doubles every 20 years.

In the Bible we see the Lord had a different view compared to the world and
thus gave command that if the couple are childless and the husband dies,
the brother of the husband marries the woman and bears children. This was
not to promote incest/marriage between close relations but to protect the
reputation of the woman as not always being the reason of childless
marriage.

In today’s message we see the Lord delayed the birth of an infant in the
lives of Zacharias and Elizabeth so that they would fulfil prophecy of
bearing the one who will announce the coming of the Savior. This was a very
important event in the timeline of mankind so much so when Elijah knew of
it he prayed to come back as the one and thus was taken up without seeing
death. The delay of birth in the lives of the cousin of Mary helped build
the faith of Mary to say yes to the coming of the Savior. Mary was devote
follower but was not that strong in faith and we have seen many times the
shaking of her faith. The Lord knew therefore made the impossible possible
so that she believes and says yes.

The naming of John by the Angel was amongst the very few whom the Lord gave
a name directly. The word means "Jehovah is a gracious giver".

Today the Lord is telling those couples who are childless that the Lord is
a gracious giver and can heal their marriage. Personally I and my wife have
experience this healing grace of God (we had a child after 6 years of
marriage) thus named our child Salome meaning peace, since we made peace
with the Lord.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord You are Jehovah Rapha the Lord that heals. We know Lord it is not in
your anger that keeps us from bearing fruit in our marriage but our
distancing from You that causes us not to bear fruit. Lord we pray all
those who are childless make peace with You so that their marriages are
blessed...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
Deuteronomy 25:5 If brethren dwell together, and one of them die, and have
no child, the wife of the dead shall not marry without unto a stranger: her
husband’s brother shall go in unto her, and take her to him to wife, and
perform the duty of an husband’s brother unto her.

Malachi 4:1-6
1 For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the
proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that
cometh shall burn them up, saith the LORD of hosts, that it shall leave
them neither root nor branch.
2 But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with
healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the
stall.
3 And ye shall tread down the wicked; for they shall be ashes under the
soles of your feet in the day that I shall do [this], saith the LORD of
hosts.
4 Remember ye the law of Moses my servant, which I commanded unto him in
Horeb for all Israel, [with] the statutes and judgments.
5 Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the
great and dreadful day of the LORD:
6 And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the
heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth
with a curse.

Matthew 17:10-13
10 And his disciples asked him, saying, Why then say the scribes that
Elias must first come?
11 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Elias truly shall first come,
and restore all things.
12 But I say unto you, That Elias is come already, and they knew him not,
but have done unto him whatsoever they listed. Likewise shall also the Son
of man suffer of them.
13 Then the disciples understood that he spake unto them of John the
Baptist.

Mark 9:13 But I say unto you, That Elias is indeed come, and they have
done unto him whatsoever they listed, as it is written of him.

Luke 7:28 For I say unto you, Among those that are born of women there is
not a greater prophet than John the Baptist: but he that is least in the
kingdom of God is greater than he.

John 10:41 And many resorted unto him, and said, John did no miracle: but
all things that John spake of this man were true.

Matthew 11:13-15
13 For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John.
14 And if ye will receive [it], this is Elias, which was for to come.
15 He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.

Luke 1:34-38
34 Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a
man?
35 And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Spirit shall come
upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore
also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of
God.
36 And, behold, thy cousin Elisabeth, she hath also conceived a son in her
old age: and this is the sixth month with her, who was called barren.
37 For with God nothing shall be impossible.
38 And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according
to thy word. And the angel departed from her.

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In the name of fellowship

1 Corinthians 11:20,21 When ye come together therefore into one place,
[this] is not to eat the Lord’s supper. For in eating every one taketh
before [other] his own supper: and one is hungry, and another is drunken.

In today’s message we see the Christians of the Church of Corinth being
rebuked by Paul and his team for gathering in the name of sharing the
Lord’s Table but then having a get-together, eating and getting drunk.

These people were just following Jewish culture of meeting in a room
attached to the synagogue to fellowship by sharing meal and wine.

As Christians we may be having many things common with the Jews like the OT
books and history of the coming of Christ. But we as Christians having
little to do with Jewish culture, traditions and interpretation of
scriptures. If we follow their interpretation then we could have to forsake
Jesus Christ since they do not accept Him as Christ and Savior. As per
their understanding of scriptures the Savior was to come to save only
Israel and not the world as Jesus claimed to be.

Paul here uses the term heresy for these Jewish Christians who still partly
follow Judaism. The Lord’s Table was the table of the feast of unleavened
bread so had simple unleavened bread and wine (non-alcoholic wine / grape
juice since yeast was not allowed neither in the bread nor the wine).

When we induce other cultures, traditions and understanding into
Christianity we do not add or edify it but in fact we lose by corrupting
the teachings of Christ.

Festivals in Christianity are a statutes and are for children (spiritual
children) so as to grow in understanding. As a person matures in Christ
things are so blank of worldly happiness, anything and everything is seen
with spiritual eyes.

Man is so addicted to rituals, traditions and celebrations just to have
bonding with other worldly people (including worldly Christians) not
knowing these things hinder our bonding with Christ and God the Father.

Let us not be children forever but mature and free ourselves from worldly
ways by following more the spiritual ways. Let us be sober in all things
that we do and grow in our relationship with the Father.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord You are God and the Heavens are your abode. You are omnipresent yet it
is in the Heavens where You have your throne. Lord we pray we imitate You
and even though we are physically in this world yet spiritually we dwell in
your Kingdom. May we grow day by day more spiritual and less carnal...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
1 Corinthians 11:18-22
18 For first of all, when ye come together in the church, I hear that
there be divisions among you; and I partly believe it.
19 For there must be also heresies among you, that they which are approved
may be made manifest among you.
20 When ye come together therefore into one place, [this] is not to eat
the Lord’s supper.
21 For in eating every one taketh before [other] his own supper: and one
is hungry, and another is drunken.
22 What? have ye not houses to eat and to drink in? or despise ye the
church of God, and shame them that have not? What shall I say to you? shall
I praise you in this? I praise [you] not.

1 Thessalonians 5:8 But let us, since we are of the day, be sober, putting
on the breastplate of faith and love; and for a helmet, the hope of
salvation.

2 Timothy 4:5 But be thou sober in all things, suffer hardship, do the
work of an evangelist, fulfil thy ministry.

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Is love conditional?

John 15:10 If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as
I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.

We always have spoken of ‘unconditional love’; does that exist?

People call God’s love as unconditional love and yet speak of Judgment Day
where the Lord will judge all of His folk. One of the aspects of God is
that He is slow to anger, ‘slow to anger’ does not mean He does not get
angry.

Let us stop fooling ourselves and thus take God for granted. The Lord is
merciful but as He says He does not have mercy on everyone, but only on
those whom He chooses to and does not on those He chooses not to. This
choosing is not random but conditional i.e. we can keep praying to God for
His mercy and there is no guaranty of receiving it. While grace is all the
mercy required and can be received by faith. That means if we show faith we
receive abundant (as much required) mercy. So a prayer of faith does not
need one crying to God for mercy.

Today’s message talks of continuing in the love of the Lord. Jesus says if
we be obedient to the Lord we will remain in the Father’s love. We cannot
take God for granted neither His mercy, His grace nor His love.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord You are a Merciful and Loving Father. You love your children
unconditionally but to be your children we need to fulfil the condition of
being in your image. Lord we pray we abide in You so as to be receiving
from You...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
Numbers 14:18 Jehovah is slow to anger, and abundant in lovingkindness,
forgiving iniquity and transgression; and that will by no means clear [the
guilty], visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, upon the
third and upon the fourth generation.

Psalms 145:8 Jehovah is gracious, and merciful; Slow to anger, and of
great lovingkindness.

Romans 9:15 For he saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I have mercy,
and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.

Hebrews 10:30 For we know him that said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I
will recompense. And again, The Lord shall judge his people.

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Children to Sons – Paidion to Huios

John 21: 5 Then Jesus saith unto them, Children, have ye any meat? They
answered him, No.

We find the NT English translations uses the term child or children to many
different Greek words. It is important to know why different words are used
so as to understand the real context of the scripture.

I listed below the various Greek words and their simple meaning [there is
lots more to these words but that would be a lot to cover here].

Pais παῖς [3816]-refers to a child of any age
Paidion παιδίον [3813]-refers exclusively to little children
Paidarion παιδάριον 3808-refers to a child up to his first school years
Paidiske παιδίσκη [3814]-refers to late childhood and early youth
Teknon τέκνον [5043]-gives prominence to physical and outward aspects of
parentage
Huios υἱός [5207]-gives prominence to the inward, ethical, legal aspects
of parentage

Pais, Teknon denote a child alike as respects to descent and age, reference
to the later being more prominent in the former word, to descent in
Paidion; but the period Paidion cover is not sharply defined; and, in
classic usage as in modern, youthful designations cleave to the female sex
longer than to the male.

We see in today’s message Jesus refers to His disciples literally as little
children [spiritually] as we refer to toddlers. Jesus uses this term to
them even after putting them through 3 years of training and more so after
breathing into them His Spirit.

Spiritual maturity does not come by knowledge or by years of doing
Christian activities. Even after we are baptized in Jesus Christ and
receive the promise of the Holy Spirit yet we are considered as spiritual
toddlers. It is only after baptism in the Holy Spirit like the Apostle had
at Pentecost did they start to spiritually grow and as they gradually
started following the instructions of the Holy Spirit they started their
journey from Paidion to Huios. Huios is mostly translated as Son and does
not mean just male child but means mature, ethnic [edifying] and legal
[heir].

Let us not be fooled to think toddlers will go to Heaven. Let us be led by
the Holy Spirit and grow in maturity by our own walk, edifying the people
of the Kingdom and thus being inheritors of the Kingdom.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord You are King of Kings and Lord of Lords. You Lord called us to be
Israel – Princes of God – Sons of God. Lord we pray we do not be toddler
but be baptized in your Spirit and grow to become Sons...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
John 20:19-23
19 When therefore it was evening, on that day, the first [day] of the
week, and when the doors were shut where the disciples were, for fear of
the Jews, Jesus came and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace
[be] unto you.
20 And when he had said this, he showed unto them his hands and his side.
The disciples therefore were glad, when they saw the Lord.
21 Jesus therefore said to them again, Peace [be] unto you: as the Father
hath sent me, even so send I you.
22 And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them,
Receive ye the Holy Spirit:
23 whose soever sins ye forgive, they are forgiven unto them; whose soever
[sins] ye retain, they are retained.

Mark 1:8 I baptized you in water; But he shall baptize you in the Holy
Spirit.

Acts 1:5 For John indeed baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized in
the Holy Spirit not many days hence.

Romans 8:12-18
12 Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after
the flesh.
13 For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the
Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.
14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye
have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.
16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the
children {teknon} of God:
17 And if children {teknon}, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs
with Christ; if so be that we suffer with [him], that we may be also
glorified together.
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.

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Giving up Heaven for Earth
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Giving up Heaven for Earth

Hebrew 12:16 Lest there [be] any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau,
who for one morsel of meat sold his birthright.

Today’s message refers to the incident mentioned in Genesis 25:29-35 where
Esau who worked hard in the field comes home and requests Jacob for a bowl
of pottage. Jacob been shrewd knew that Esau was very tired and desperate
to eat so asks suggests Esau to give up his inheritance for a bowl of
pottage and Esau needing that bowl desperately does promise to give up his
inheritance.

What the Bible does not clearly mention is that the inheritance of Esau did
not refer to any earthly land, it was only latter when walled cities were
built that property within its folds were sellable or owned by a person. In
those days people travelled from place to place and if they found a place
where they could settle down they did, it was only kings who had right to
property. We also need to remember Abraham and his people were Hebrew which
means ‘nomad’ that means they were people who never settled in a place for
long. The land promised by the Lord to Abraham (and there on to Israel-Sons
of God) was not earthly land but Heaven. So when Esau gave up his
inheritance he thought of earthly possessions and did not realize the
actual inheritance of Abraham was Heavenly and not earthly.

Many of us Christians behave like Esau who for temporary desires or needs
give up our eternal inheritance. Riches of this world, beauty of this
world, desires of the flesh, position and recognition in this world and of
the people of this world are some of the few reasons which causes people to
give up on their Heavenly inheritance.

Just day before yesterday I saw a video of ‘Christians’ in Nigeria, at a
‘church’ service where some of the people continually throwing money over
the preacher / worship leader while he was signing praises to the Lord. We
see such scenes at private cabaret where a women dances to the fleshy
desires of the audience and in turn the audience throws money at her.

Sad to say many of our preachers twist and bury the Truth when they preach
so that the congregation does not get hurt and in turn the congregation
pleases the preacher in all his or her worldly needs and pleasures.

Word of God is truly a double edge sword that pierces and works between the
spirit [bone marrow] and soul [bone joints] of a person. If the Word of God
was truly preached in Churches Christianity would not have been what it is
today. Even in mega Churches with over 200 plus congregation we see only 5
or max 10 people active Christians, which is proof it is not the Pastor who
is doing the work amongst the sheep, if it was the Pastor truly leading the
sheep then it should be 90-95 percent active persons. Have we ever
witnessed any such a congregation?

Pastors and Ministry leaders should stop worrying of offending people and
worry more of offending God.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord You are Almighty God. Although You Lord can do all things yet You
entrusted us with leading others to You. This You did so that we would
prove we are your sons. Lord we pray even after You have received your
Spirit we do not seek the desires of the flesh and that of this world. We
pray we be not like Esau to sell our Heavenly inheritance for the desires
of the body...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
Genesis 25:29-34
29 And Jacob sod pottage: and Esau came from the field, and he [was] faint:
30 And Esau said to Jacob, Feed me, I pray thee, with that same red
[pottage]; for I [am] faint: therefore was his name called Edom.
31 And Jacob said, Sell me this day thy birthright.
32 And Esau said, Behold, I [am] at the point to die: and what profit
shall this birthright do to me?
33 And Jacob said, Swear to me this day; and he sware unto him: and he
sold his birthright unto Jacob.
34 Then Jacob gave Esau bread and pottage of lentiles; and he did eat and
drink, and rose up, and went his way: thus Esau despised [his] birthright.

Hebrew 12:12-17
12 Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees;
13 And make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be
turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed.
14 Follow peace with all [men], and holiness, without which no man shall
see the Lord:
15 Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root
of bitterness springing up trouble [you], and thereby many be defiled;
16 Lest there [be] any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who for one
morsel of meat sold his birthright.
17 For ye know how that afterward, when he would have inherited the
blessing, he was rejected: for he found no place of repentance, though he
sought it carefully with tears.

Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is living, and active, and sharper than
any two-edged sword, and piercing even to the dividing of soul and spirit,
of both joints and marrow, and quick to discern the thoughts and intents of
the heart.

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Following the spoken word!

Hebrews 2:1,2,3 Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the
things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let [them] slip. For
if the word spoken by angels was stedfast, and every transgression and
disobedience received a just recompence of reward; How shall we escape, if
we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the
Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard [him];

As children we played ‘Chinese whispers’ where a spoken sentence is
whispered in the ear of the person sitting next, who in turn does the same
in a relay to all sitting in a circle; and then everyone laughs at the end
at the result. This happens since people misunderstand words and assume
things in-between.

Muslims have a problem with their Quran mainly because during the time of
their prophet they were not allowed to write down his sayings since he
insisted on them memorizing the verses (ayahs). It was only later that
people started writing them down and amongst them were his own wife Aisha
(the existing Quran is assume be mainly her collection - ironically a large
section believe she was behind his death). But since they wrote on paper
they faced problems like there is a record of a goat eating some of them
and those verses are not found in their book.

Today’s message tells us about following the spoken word yet we do not face
the problem faced by Muslims mainly because the Lord Himself told those
whom He spoke to directly or indirectly to write it down.

In case of the Bible the text was not written on paper since paper did not
exist then. They were written on stone tablets, leather and papyrus (sheets
made of smashed and dried sea weeds/plant). These media had great shelf
life compared to paper thus even today we find them.

The Catholics believe some of the instructions given by the Apostles are
missing thus give importance to traditions thinking in traditions these
instructions are found.

Today the Lord is telling us we do not follow sayings of men not even the
Apostles but follow those given by Angels and the Lord as mentioned todays
message, which was recorded by men. The Apostles followed them and passed
them done through their letters so even if few of their letters are lost,
we have not lost anything since all these sayings were given before Christ
and by Christ (Gospel of John being the last prophetic book). It is for
this reason the Bible’s last book’s last verses says we cannot add or
remove anything to this book(s) meaning the prophetic books which have the
sayings of Angels and the Lord, not historical records like Judges, Kings,
Acts etc. or letters, or testimonies, or books that expound / reveal
scriptures already given like Daniels, Songs of Solomon, Revelations etc...

[Prayer Starter]
Lord You are Almighty, Omnipresent God. You Lord not only exist everywhere
is space but also in time and realms. David stated inspired by your Spirit
even in Hell a person cannot hide from your presence. Lord we pray we
understand the Bible better and believe it as your Word and not a creation
of man...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
Exodus 17:14 And the LORD said unto Moses, Write this [for] a memorial in
a book, and rehearse [it] in the ears of Joshua: for I will utterly put out
the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven.

Matthew 4:10 Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is
written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve..

Genesis 22:11,15
11 And the angel of the LORD called unto him out of heaven, and said,
Abraham, Abraham: and he said, Here [am] I.
15 And the angel of the LORD called unto Abraham out of heaven the second
time,

1 Peter 2:21 For hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for
you, leaving you an example, that ye should follow his steps:

2 Peter 1:16 For we did not follow cunningly devised fables, when we made
known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were
eyewitnesses of his majesty.

1 Corinthians 11:1 Be ye imitators of me, even as I also am of Christ.

Revelation 22:18,19
18 For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of
this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him
the plagues that are written in this book:
19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this
prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of
the holy city, and [from] the things which are written in this book.

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Satan works within

John 13:22 Then the disciples looked one on another, doubting of whom he
spake.

I have heard many a times ‘Christians’ calling unbelievers as ‘children of
Satan’, ‘Devil worshippers’. If unbelievers are children of Satan then
their bigger brothers are ‘Christians’. If we look at the Bible and in real
life, Satan works more amongst Christians then non-Christians.

Satan is called the father of lies and thus never tell a clean lie, he
always confusing the person with partly truth and partly lie and causes the
person to believe it.

There are many so called ‘Christians’ leaders or self-proclaimed
‘Apostles’, ‘Prophets’, ‘Teachers’, ‘Preachers’, ‘Evangelist’, ‘Worship
Leaders’, ‘Healers’ etc. who are destroying souls intentionally and
unintentionally. It is because of their hardness of their hearts and
stiff-neck attitude they do things that cause damage to the Kingdom.

People think such people hate God or hate Christ therefore do it; that is
actually wrong. Interestingly they love God and love Christ but the problem
is they love something else more than God or Christ, that thing would be
themselves, things of the world or pleasures of the senses.

Judas did not hate Jesus, he loved Jesus therefore left his well to do
family (he is assumed to be from Bethany - small town with few well to do
families like Lazarus’ family) yet had greed for money. He was nick named
‘Iscariot’ which mean ‘city man’ because of his desires for worldly things.
He betrayed Jesus to the Jewish priests thinking they would whip Him 39
times and then leave Him (they did not have powers to put a person to
death, unless Blasphemy charges were proved), but when he saw they managed
to get Jesus to be crucified he felt sorry and killed himself (he did not
ask for forgiveness thus perished).

In the Bible the so called Anti-Christ is not a non-Christian or a Satan
worshipper but one amongst Christians who misleads people twisting things
and distorting the truth. He may even be a passionate Christian but due his
distortion he will destroy souls.

Let us be careful more of those within than those without. As Paul says
judge them which are within and judge not those without for they are
already judged of God.

Let us discern what people preach with the scriptures and also discern
their intentions. Let not our spiritual guard be let down even when amongst
Christians (in Church, in services, Christian events) but be more alert.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord You are God and creator of all things. All things that exist are made
of You. Satan too is your creation and You knowing what he would do made
man so as to overcome him. Satan knows he is nothing before You and knows
his end, yet desires to be god over man. He wants to destroy the plans You
have for man. But we know Father the victory is yours and we will surely
overcome Satan. We pray we hold on to your Word and your Spirit every
moment. We pray we be-(a)ware of the ways of Satan...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Mark 14:3, 10-11
3 And being in Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, as he sat at meat,
there came a woman having an alabaster box of ointment of spikenard very
precious; and she brake the box, and poured [it] on his head.
10 And Judas Iscariot, one of the twelve, went unto the [local] chief
priests, to betray him unto them.
11 And when they heard [it], they were glad, and promised to give him
money. And he sought how he might conveniently betray him.

John 12:6 This he said, not that he cared for the poor; but because he was
a thief, and had the bag, and bare what was put therein.

Matthew 27:3-5
3 Then Judas, which had betrayed him, when he saw that he was condemned,
repented himself, and brought again the thirty pieces of silver to the
chief priests and elders,
4 Saying, I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocent blood. And
they said, What [is that] to us? see thou [to that].
5 And he cast down the pieces of silver in the temple, and departed, and
went and hanged himself.

2 Corinthians 11:14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into
an angel of light.

2 John 1:7 For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not
that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an
antichrist.

1 John 2:18 Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard
that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we
know that it is the last time.

1 Corinthians 5:12-13
12 For what have I to do to judge them also that are without? do not ye
judge them that are within?
13 But them that are without God judgeth. Therefore put away from among
yourselves that wicked person.

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Fear in the ranks

Acts 16:27 And the keeper of the prison awaking out of his sleep, and
seeing the prison doors open, he drew out his sword, and would have killed
himself, supposing that the prisoners had been fled.

In the dream of Nebuchadnezzar the Babylonian Emperor, the Roman Empire was
symbolized as iron feet. The emblem of Rome was an eagle. Although the
Greek Emperor Alexandra did the ground work for the expansion of the Roman
Empire yet Rome is more know because of it ruthless rule. It was not only
the enemy or its subjects that feared Rome but even the soldiers, at lower
as well at the higher ranks of the Roman army also feared Rome. The Roman
Empire is known to have not 1 or 2 but 8 bloodiest emperors known in
history.

The concept of politics has its roots in the Roman Empire, it was the first
rule /kingdom that had a concept of senate were people other than royal
family members had a say in the ruling of the empire. The senate was very
powerful and feared by all ranks of the army. Justice was quick and hard
even in the high ranks. Every punishment was made very harsh mainly to send
a message to all in the ranks.

When it came to public the mind of Rome could be simply understood by the
fact they created permanent crucifixes (some state of stone) outside large
cities (not 1 or 2 but many Jerusalem had about 9 according to some
historians) where criminals were hung regularly to die a slow death by
harsh nature, without food or water and birds pecking at their flesh. The
Romans called it by its Latin word ‘crucifixus’ which means to "fix on a
cross".

In the case of Jesus since all the crucifixes were occupied, they had Him
crucified on a temporary wooden crucifix therefore nailed Him by His hands
and feet. He was not left to die a slow death because the next day the Jews
celebrated their most important festival the Passover (High Sabbath - main
day after killing of the lamb at sunset) the next day (was a Friday) and
the day after that was their regular Sabbath (Saturday) and no bodies were
allowed to be hung on these crucifixes during Sabbaths. The Assyrians
started the concept of crucifixion but it was well known only during the
Roman rule since they used it very often to drive fear into people’s
hearts.

Today’s message tells us when the Jailer thought the prisoners had fled he
feared the punishment he would get due to his failure. He did not fear
death for he was about to kill himself before he was stopped but feared the
example he would be made by the torture unto death.

Today the Lord is telling us, we Christians are not true Christians because
they have no fear of what we receive for rejecting the Word of God. People
are unaware of the punishment for knowing Christ and His sacrifice yet
rejecting His Word. Jesus describes its pain as a furnace of fire where
there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.

Let us wake up and understand spiritual death or second death is not like
natural death an instant affair, every person lives their life term until
it perishes (which is thousands of years) bearing the situation that
exists. So let us not pursue life or things of this world which will cost
us more after we die our natural life.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord You are Almighty God and the Heavens are your Throne. You Lord are
Spirit and your Kingdom is spiritual. Lord we pray we pursue vain things of
this natural temporary world but pursue things of your Kingdom. Help us
control our desires for things of this world and set our eyes focus only of
your Kingdom. Help us remember the things that await us if we fail You...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
Matthew 13:47-50
47 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a net, that was cast into the
sea, and gathered of every kind:
48 Which, when it was full, they drew to shore, and sat down, and gathered
the good into vessels, but cast the bad away.
49 So shall it be at the end of the world: the angels shall come forth,
and sever the wicked from among the just,
50 And shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be wailing
and gnashing of teeth.

Matthew 22:12-14
12 And he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a
wedding garment? And he was speechless.
13 Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take
him away, and cast [him] into outer darkness; there shall be weeping and
gnashing of teeth.
14 For many are called, but few [are] chosen.

Matthew 25:32-41
32 And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate
them one from another, as a shepherd divideth [his] sheep from the goats:
33 And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left..
34 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed
of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of
the world:
41 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye
cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:

Revelation 20:10 And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake
of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet [are], and
shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.

Revelation 20:14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This
is the second death.

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The Lord’s Name

Romans 9: 17 For the scripture saith unto Pharaoh, Even for this same
purpose have I raised thee up, that I might shew my power in thee, and that
my name might be declared throughout all the earth.

Today’s message tells us, be those who seek Him or those who go against
Him, both are used for His glory, so that His Name might be declared
throughout all the nations (earth).

In my initial days of Bible study as I read the Bible I would think is our
God a narcissistic - someone who is obsessed with one’s self. Did God
create us to worship Him? Is His only agenda that we dedicate our lives to
Him, serve in bringing others to do what we do? Why does He want us to
proclaim His Name to all mankind? Is life all about Him? It is only when we
really start to understand God and why He is doing this that we realize why
He does it, it is less about Him and more about us.

People think God has created us so that we can worship Him; that is wrong.
If they truly understand worship, then they will realize it is because we
worship the Lord we live and not the other way that we live to worship Him.

With regards to Name of the Lord, what the Bible say as Lord’s name/s are
not really name or names of the Lord but references of who He is i.e. He
called Himself YHWH (Yahweh which in Hebrew (ideogram) means ‘Behold the
Hand Behold the Nail’ thus refers to Christ. Even when He got upset on
being asked His name and responded, they made the response His name, like
when He said “I AM THAT I AM’, they gave the Lord the name ‘I AM’ and
pronounced it in an particular way so that it did not get confused with the
normal term.

Adam when created was the only human and did not have a name, the word
‘Adman’ in Hebrew means ‘man’ and that word became his name. Name is given
when there is an existence of more than one of that species or being so as
to identify one from another i.e. if there existed only one dog then that
animal would be simply be referred as ‘dog’, but if there exist two or more
dogs then we would need to give them names so as to identify one from
another. There is only one God and none other than Him so trying give Him a
name means we acknowledge the existence of other gods.

The Hebrew word for name is ‘shame’ and means reputation. In OT all names
were more of descriptions or promises or proclamations in regards to the
life of that person, place or being. That is the reason in OT when the name
was written in another language the phonics was not taken but the mean was.

When we read scriptures like ‘in the name of Jesus’ or ‘put on the Lord
Jesus Christ’ it mostly means to be in His character or be like Him; ‘lift
up the Lord Jesus Christ’ means to make known who He is, and ‘salvation in
the name of Jesus ’means there is salvation only when we follow Him..

If we want to make known the Lord Jesus Christ, let us understand it is not
more by our preaching but by our living. We need to demonstrate Christ more
than talk about Him.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord You are God and You alone are God, for there is none other than You.
Lord we pray we know You by your Name and be known by your Name. We pray we
seek not a phonics but who You are...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
John 17: 12 While 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.

Exodus 3:13-14
13 And Moses said unto God, Behold, [when] I come unto the children of
Israel, and shall say unto them, The God of your fathers hath sent me unto
you; and they shall say to me, What [is] his name? what shall I say unto
them?
14 And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou
say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.

John 8:58-59
58 Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham
was, I am.
59 Then took they up stones to cast at him: but Jesus hid himself, and
went out of the temple, going through the midst of them, and so passed by.

Romans 13:14 But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision
for the flesh, to [fulfil] the lusts [thereof].

1 Corinthians 5:4 In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, when ye are
gathered together, and my spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ,

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The kind of disciples the Apostles were

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

In the initial days of one’s spiritual growth almost all struggle (if they
do not, they do not grow), take examples from the OT to the NT.

We read about how Paul in his initial days was chased from Damascus to
Jerusalem to Tarus and then was built before becoming the Paul we know in
Antioch. This period from Damascus to Antioch theology historians’ state
was about 8 years.

With regards to the disciples of Jesus we normally speak of the betrayal of
Judas, the denying by Peter trice, but we rarely speak of the disciples who
deserted Him on hearing His teaching never to return (John 6:60-66) or the
time when His twelve deserted Him after He was arrested in the garden. The
worse amongst them was the time even after His resurrection, appearing to
His disciples in a closed room and allowing them to feel the wounds in His
hands, yet we see the disciples returned back to their personal lives, back
doing what they did before following Him - fishing.

In those days there were many so called ‘spiritual’ leaders like John the
Baptist who became famous for a period and when the person died their
disciples returned back to their routine lives. In case of John the Baptist
most of them continued to follow Jesus. The Romans authorities thought
Jesus to be one of them so did not take Him seriously, it was only after
the baptism of the disciples in the Holy Spirit and the spread of
Christianity did they realize the danger of Christianity towards their
belief.

Christianity is the most hated religion in the world; other religions hate
it because it confronts their beliefs and those who do not follow any
belief are also confronted of their evil way of life. It is not Jesus who
troubles them but His teaching and the change that comes through His
Spirit. If we take the name of Jesus people may not get offended but if we
talk of His teachings and do what He did through the power of the Holy
Spirit then surely we will experience resistance.

Let us get it into us if we do not experience confrontation from worldly
people then there is something wrong with our being a Christian. If we are
following Christ and witnessing Him by the power of His Spirit then surely
we are going to face resistance and confrontation for worldly people.

Let us not bridge the Kingdom of God with the kingdom of this world but
bring the Kingdom of God into this world.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord You are Holy God. Your Kingdom is not of this world for this world
hates You for your Word pierces it. Lord we pray we wake up in spirit if we
are facing confrontation from worldly people. May we not try to bring
Christ down into this world but shine His light in this world so that the
darkness is removed...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
John 6:60-66
60 On hearing it, many of his disciples said, “This is a hard teaching. Who
can accept it?”
61 Aware that his disciples were grumbling about this, Jesus said to them,
“Does this offend you?
62 Then what if you see the Son of Man ascend to where he was before!
63 The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have
spoken to you—they are full of the Spirit[a] and life.
64 Yet there are some of you who do not believe.” For Jesus had known from
the beginning which of them did not believe and who would betray him.
65 He went on to say, “This is why I told you that no one can come to me
unless the Father has enabled them.”
66 From this time many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed
him.

Mark 14:49-50
49 I was daily with you in the temple teaching, and ye took me not: but
the scriptures must be fulfilled.
50 And they all forsook him, and fled.

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Judgment of God

Colossians 3:24,25 Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of
the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ. But he that doeth wrong
shall receive for the wrong which he hath done: and there is no respect of
persons.

We are always told if we simply believe on the Lord Jesus Christ we will
enter the Kingdom of God and inherit a place in Heaven. We have scriptures
which back this understanding. But our biggest problem is we do not
understand the word BELIEVE and think it as just a mental activity [to do
with the mind].

If we look at the first Commandment it says ‘Love the Lord thy God with all
thy heart [spirit], all thy strength [body] and all thy understanding
[mind]’. If a simple thing like love requires all 3 aspects of man [spirit,
body and mind] to be involved then how can believing be just mental.

If we simply believe and accept the Lord on our death bed then we are
saved, but if we believe and continue to live then we are called to be in
that faith and exercise that which we believe. Remaining in the faith is
very difficult since the Kingdom of God keeps progressing we also need to
progress and if we are not progressing we are back sliding. It is for this
reason Christ gave us His Spirit.

When it comes to Judgment we think of God to be like a just human being and
we feel if we have done evil God will punish us irrespective we know Him or
not, others think if we know Him He will not punish us even whatsoever we
do.

Bible says those who do not believe [know the Lord] are not punished by the
Lord, they punish themselves! Since they do not believe they go to Hell and
in Hell they suffer the sins within them, Bible describes Hell as a prison
where sins is like never extinguishing coals of fire [Hell fire is within
not outside] or flesh eating worms that never die. That does not mean all
who simply believe go to Heaven. Bible says the sheep are separated from
the goats (both are of the flock – they that believe). Sheep are those who
do not just believe but obey also, they are the ones who serve the Lord
Jesus Christ – do the mission He gave us of saving souls. Goats will be
sent to the Lake of Fire / Lake of Sulphur where they will suffer for
knowing Christ and yet rejecting His Word, His mission / Father’s Will.

Let us understand being a goat is far terrible than an unbeliever and it
was due to this reason Paul warned the believers of Philippians to work
towards one’s salvation with fear and trembling.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord You are Holy, Righteous and True. You God never change for You alone
are perfect. Lord we pray we understand we bring judgment on ourselves and
cannot blame You for our choice. We pray we are not deceived to think
social service will get us inheritance into your Kingdom. You Lord, desire
souls be saved, the forgiveness and restoration we received from You may be
received by others. We pray we be living Christians and not namesake
Christians...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
Mark 12:30 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and
with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this
[is] the first commandment.

1 Corinthians 5:12-13
12 For what have I to do to judge them also that are without? do not ye
judge them that are within?
13 But them that are without God judgeth. Therefore put away from among
yourselves that wicked person.

Matthew 25:32-33
32 And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate
them one from another, as a shepherd divideth [his] sheep from the goats:
33 And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left..

Revelation 20:13-15
13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell
delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man
according to their works.
14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second
death.
15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into
the lake of fire.

James 2:14,17
14 What [doth it] profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and
have not works? can faith save him?
17 Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.

Philippians 2:12 Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as
in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own
salvation with fear and trembling.

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What made Jesus cry and groan?

John 11:38, 39 Jesus therefore again groaning in himself cometh to the
grave. It was a cave, and a stone lay upon it. Jesus said, Take ye away the
stone. Martha, the sister of him that was dead, saith unto him, Lord, by
this time he stinketh: for he hath been [dead] four days.

The incident of the death and bringing back of Lazarus to life as
documented in John 11 has confusing reactions of Jesus. It says Jesus
groaned, cried and again groaned. The Greek word ‘embrimaomai’ [to groan]
is translated as ‘to charge with earnest admonition’. So we see anger,
sorrow and again anger.

Jesus knew Lazarus was already dead when a person came to inform Him about
Lazarus not being well. Jesus also knew that He was going to bring Lazarus
back to life when He went there but waited for the 4th day. We also see the
miracle of Lazarus caused people of Jerusalem to welcome Jesus with palms
and shout ‘Hosanna’. It also caused the Jewish priest to not only seek the
death of Jesus but also of Lazarus. To understand this we need to
understand Galilee.

The Jews were divided into 3 groups the Jews (people of south Israel), the
Samarians (people of north Israel) and Galileans (people of Galilee). The
Jews believed they kept the Laws of Moses while the Samarians corrupted it.
What is interesting is Galilee was part of north Israel (Samaria) yet was
identified separately since the people of Galilee were followers of
traditions of various beliefs or religions infused into Judaism. Egyptian
mummification of the death was one of them.

In Judaism a person was simply covered in a cloth and buried, if they could
afford they would put spices while burying. The Galileans would partly
follow the Egyptian rituals with regards their dead especially if they
could afford it. Lazarus and even Mary the mother of Jesus were from
Galilee so they would apply spice to the body before putting it in a cave.
After 3 days some would cut open the body, remove some of the organs and
stuff it with spice mixture. In the case of Lazarus they did the process
(not totally like the Egyptians did). Also during the four days of mourning
of Lazarus’s death, since he was well to do his sisters had hired
professional mourners.

The first time Jesus groaned was seeing the professional mourners. The time
He cried was seeing what they did to the body of Lazarus and the second
time He groaned was seeing the faithlessness of the sisters of Lazarus.

In case of Jesus’ death Mary His mother applied spices while keeping the
tomb and on the third day His mother and other women wanted to simply apply
spice again (not cutting open the body and applying internally like they
did to Lazarus).

There are two times Bible says when Jesus cried once in Garden of
Gethsemane when it was time for Him to be separated from the Father since
He was going to be forsaken for our sins. The second time was at the grave
of Lazarus because at the grave of Lazarus looking at the perversion of the
truth.

There are two places Jesus got very angry first at the Temple where He
drove the traders out for making a prayer place a market place (this
happened twice for both the mentions in the Gospels are of different
periods). The second place was at the tomb of Lazarus when He saw His loved
ones mocking faith.

Let us not make Christ to cry nor make Him groan by following traditions of
men and corrupting the truth in us.

[Prayer Starter]
Father God You are God and You alone are Holy. You Lord have separated
Yourself from corruption so that it can be healed and restored. We pray
Lord we do all things with understanding so that we do not sin against You.
We pray Lord heal us of our perversions...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
Acts 9:31 Then had the churches rest throughout all Judaea and Galilee and
Samaria, and were edified; and walking in the fear of the Lord, and in the
comfort of the Holy Spirit, were multiplied.

John 11:5,6;11-17
5 Now Jesus loved Martha, and her sister, and Lazarus.
6 When he had heard therefore that he was sick, he abode two days still in
the same place where he was.
11 These things said he: and after that he saith unto them, Our friend
Lazarus sleepeth; but I go, that I may awake him out of sleep.
12 Then said his disciples, Lord, if he sleep, he shall do well.
13 Howbeit Jesus spake of his death: but they thought that he had spoken
of taking of rest in sleep.
14 Then said Jesus unto them plainly, Lazarus is dead.
15 And I am glad for your sakes that I was not there, to the intent ye may
believe; nevertheless let us go unto him.
16 Then said Thomas, which is called Didymus, unto his fellowdisciples,
Let us also go, that we may die with him.
17 Then when Jesus came, he found that he had [lain] in the grave four
days already.

John 11:32-44

John 19:40 Then took they the body of Jesus, and wound it in linen clothes
with the spices, as the manner of the Jews is to bury.

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

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Faith can bring forgiveness

James 5: 15 And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord
shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven
him.

We all know it is only God who forgives our sins. But we have majority
Christians who do not understand there are many ways through which God can
forgive.

If we have sinned against our brethren we are asked to reconcile with him
or her and then God forgives us. We are not advised to go to the Lord
directly without first reconciling. Another way of forgiveness are through
the breaking of bread at the Lord’s Table which is for the forgiveness of
sin (Sacrifice of Guilt - sins done unknowingly).

Today’s message talks of when an Elder of the Church prayers over a sick
person the person can be healed through the forgiveness of sins.

Anointing with oil does not mean literally putting oil on the forehead, the
word for oil used here is ‘olive oil’ and symbolizes testimony of the
people of God. So we are asked to share testimonies of healings so that
faith increases and that faith will cause the healing and forgiveness of
sins.

Sickness manifested in man when sin grew in man. The consequence of sin is
corruption of the soul and corruption brings death. Faith can restore
corruption (partly not fully - truth and righteousness together does the
full restoration) thus cause healing and forgiveness. The faith used for
the healing can come from the person who is sick, can also come from the
person who is praying or any person present there physically or in spirit.

It is only when we understand the relations between sin and corruption will
we understand why God hates sin and why sin causes death. Forgiveness of
sin is step A of restoration of a person and unless the step B of
restoration of the corruption does not happen the person is not fully
restored to the Lord. It is for this reason even after Jesus paid the price
of our sins yet He made sure that we get to receive His Spirit, so that we
are restored of the corruption [like roving the rust of an object made iron
does not restore it]. It is also because of this reason why only after
Jesus breath in His disciples His Spirit He told them they had the
authority to forgive sins.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord You are a Merciful God. You Lord had made available the sacrifice for
our sins from the foundation of creation, yet we have to wait till the end
to be reconciled with You so that the restoration of corruption is
completed and we are restored. Lord we pray understand the importance of
restoration and we pray for increase of faith through the understanding of
the Truth...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
James 5:14-16
14 Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and
let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord:
15 And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise
him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.
16 Confess [your] faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye
may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth
much.

Genesis 4:26 And to Seth, to him also there was born a son; and he called
his name Enos [means mortal - perishable life]: then began men to call upon
the name of the LORD.

Mark 2:5-12
5 When Jesus saw their faith, he said unto the sick of the palsy, Son, thy
sins be forgiven thee.
6 But there were certain of the scribes sitting there, and reasoning in
their hearts,
7 Why doth this [man] thus speak blasphemies? who can forgive sins but God
only?
8 And immediately when Jesus perceived in his spirit that they so reasoned
within themselves, he said unto them, Why reason ye these things in your
hearts?
9 Whether is it easier to say to the sick of the palsy, [Thy] sins be
forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and take up thy bed, and walk?
10 But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive
sins, (he saith to the sick of the palsy,)
11 I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy bed, and go thy way into thine
house.
12 And immediately he arose, took up the bed, and went forth before them
all; insomuch that they were all amazed, and glorified God, saying, We
never saw it on this fashion.

Matthew 6:14 For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father
will also forgive you:

John 20:22-23
22 And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them,
Receive ye the Holy Spirit:
23 whose soever sins ye forgive, they are forgiven unto them; whose soever
[sins] ye retain, they are retained.

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The Institute named Paul

Romans 16: 21-23 Timotheus my workfellow, and Lucius, and Jason, and
Sosipater, my kinsmen, salute you. I Tertius, who wrote [this] epistle,
salute you in the Lord. Gaius mine host, and of the whole church, saluteth
you. Erastus the chamberlain of the city saluteth you, and Quartus a
brother.

Yesterday we saw the Paul who had not matured in spirit but full of
knowledge had become a hindrance to the Church, so was sent to his native
place to rest. But after a period this same man matured and became immense
blessing to the Body of Christ.

Today the Lord is showing us another aspect of Paul and that is the name
Paul was a name of a man but of an organization called Paul. We always
speak of the man Paul but do not realize this man was backed by a team who
he consulted and sought help both spiritually and naturally.

Let us understand Christ Himself was known by His team and where ever He
went His team was part of Him, leaving for His personal communication time
with the Father [prayer time].

Let us understand a Christian is not a person by a body. If a person
isolates him or herself then that person fails to be a Christian. No person
can lock oneself up even for prayer for a long period (many days) and claim
to do a Christian activity. Jesus being led into the wilderness had unique
reasons and no one can duplicate or claim those reasons today as a
Christian.

Let us always reach out to another brethren and work holding hands so that
we can never claim we as an individual did it. Let us work like Paul or
like Christ as a body.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord You are Almighty God. Although You can do all things yet You Lord have
set mere man to do great things with your help. Lord we pray we seek to
work in unity as You are united. Let us learn to be one in You...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
Acts 18:5 And when Silas and Timotheus were come from Macedonia, Paul was
pressed in the spirit, and testified to the Jews [that] Jesus [was] Christ.

Acts 19:22 So he sent into Macedonia two of them that ministered unto him,
Timotheus and Erastus; but he himself stayed in Asia for a season.

Acts 20:4 And there accompanied him into Asia Sopater of Berea; and of the
Thessalonians, Aristarchus and Secundus; and Gaius of Derbe, and Timotheus;
and of Asia, Tychicus and Trophimus.

2 Corinthians 1:19 For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached
among you by us, [even] by me and Silvanus and Timotheus, was not yea and
nay, but in him was yea.

Philippians 1:1 Paul and Timotheus, the servants of Jesus Christ, to all
the saints in Christ Jesus which are at Philippi, with the bishops and
deacons:

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Is Apologetics good or bad?

Acts 9:25 Then the disciples took him by night, and let [him] down by the
wall in a basket.

Today’s message tells us about the dramatic escape Paul Saul (Paul [meaning
- small] was the Roman name given by his Roman father while Saul [meaning -
desire] was the Jewish name given by his Jewish mother) from Damascus after
his debating with Jews about their belief. After this incident he goes to
Jerusalem where the Apostles fear to take him under them, but on the
insistence of Barnabas they accept him and he follows them for a period but
as soon as he starts to debate with the Greek speaking people in Jerusalem,
they too plot to kill him and thus the Apostles send Paul Saul to a safer
place, that is his home town.

I had read this event many a times and even taught the book of Acts in
depth [over a period of a year and half] yet I did not notice something
which I noticed today and that surprised me. Verse 31 says after Paul was
sent to his home town the church not only in Judea but also in Galilee and
Samaria rested but were edified and grew in numbers! Paul’s absence caused
this!

The word Apologetics comes from the word Greek ‘Apologia’ which means ‘to
reply in defense’. This word is used in scriptures by Peter in 1 Peter
3:15. Apologist use this scripture as a benchmark for doing Apologetics.

What we see Paul did in his initial days is not called Apologetics but
called Polemics. Polemics is the antonym [opposite] of Apologetics while
Apologetics is about defense Polemics is about attack. The term Polemics
comes from the Greek word ‘Polemikos’ which means ‘warlike’ or ‘hostile’.

It is sad that people do Polemics and claim to do Apologetics. Jesus used
the term ‘apologia’ in Luke 12:11 where He said when we will be conformed
about our faith not to worry about what to answer [apologia] for the Spirit
of God will lead / inspire us to it.

It is astonishing today I am to attend [as a guest] an ‘Apologetics’
session on the topic ‘Trinity v/s Oneness’. Being an Apologist myself I
backed off from being part organizer of this event a few weeks back and
today the Lord confirmed the decision I had taken.

Let us understand that Peter in 1 Peter 3:15 speaks of the ‘Gospel within
us’ and continues in verse 16 and 17 about the ‘false accusation against us
be given with a good conscience’, and above all says ‘the will of God
should prevail’.

Personally it is very saddening that many Believers not baptized in the
Holy Spirit [led by the Holy Spirit] are into ‘Apologetics’.. I do not blame
these youngsters / newbies for most famous top Apologist today fall into
this category. Bible tells us a person baptized in the Holy Spirit receives
gift/s of the Holy Spirit.

Some historians state an anointed person like Paul took 8 years from his
encounter with Christ to become the Paul in Antioch.

Let us understand just because of having knowledge and knowing how to
debate we do not become an Apologist. Also let us understand being an
Apologist we can doing things against the Kingdom of God instead for the
Kingdom of God. Let us not be the initial Paul who had to be taken away so
that the Church grows.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord You are Almighty God. You Lord are full of wisdom. For You Lord it
would not take a minute to expose the Truth to people, but yet You are
patient and have given man a long, long time to learn it and gradually grow
in it. Lord we pray we understand the purpose is more important than the
means. While we do not compromise in the means yet us keep the purpose
above all. May we be led by your Spirit and not do things out of our own
understanding...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
Acts 9:22-31
22 But Saul increased the more in strength, and confounded the Jews which
dwelt at Damascus, proving that this is very Christ.
23 And after that many days were fulfilled, the Jews took counsel to kill
him:
24 But their laying await was known of Saul. And they watched the gates
day and night to kill him.
25 Then the disciples took him by night, and let [him] down by the wall in
a basket.
26 And when Saul was come to Jerusalem, he assayed to join himself to the
disciples: but they were all afraid of him, and believed not that he was a
disciple.
27 But Barnabas took him, and brought [him] to the apostles, and declared
unto them how he had seen the Lord in the way, and that he had spoken to
him, and how he had preached boldly at Damascus in the name of Jesus.
28 And he was with them coming in and going out at Jerusalem.
29 And he spake boldly in the name of the Lord Jesus, and disputed against
the Grecians: but they went about to slay him.
30 [Which] when the brethren knew, they brought him down to Caesarea, and
sent him forth to Tarsus.
31 Then had the churches rest throughout all Judaea and Galilee and
Samaria, and were edified; and walking in the fear of the Lord, and in the
comfort of the Holy Ghost, were multiplied.

1 Peter 3:15-18
15 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and [be] ready always to
[give] an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is
in you with meekness and fear:
16 Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of
evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation
in Christ.
17 For [it is] better, if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for well
doing, than for evil doing.

Luke 12:11-12
11 And when they bring you unto the synagogues, and [unto] magistrates,
and powers, take ye no thought how or what thing ye shall answer, or what
ye shall say:
12 For the Holy Spirit shall teach you in the same hour what ye ought to
say.

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Marveling facts the anointed Simeon spoke of

Luke 2:33 And Joseph and his mother marvelled at those things which were
spoken of him.

Even after Joseph’s and Mary’s encounter with the Angel Gabriel and all
that they experienced before and during the birth of Jesus yet we see they
did not really know who the child Jesus Christ really was and they were
marveled by the facts Simeon was revealing of Him.

Simeon was not a Prophet but is simply introduced as an anointed man [on
whom the Holy Spirit was]. He did not prophesy but spoke that which was
written [OT]. What he spoke after taking the child in his hands is very
important to understand.

1) Jesus Christ is the salvation prepared for all mankind.
He spoke of salvation being made available to all mankind but did not say
all mankind will be saved.

2) Christ is the glory of Israel
When we ask a Jew about Jesus, they will say Jesus was born as a Jew but
was a heretic (false prophet) who formed a religion of His own called
‘Christianity’. The followers of Jesus are not considered Jews. So the
‘Israel’ spoken here is not the tribe but speaks of Sons of God [Israel
means ‘Prince of God’].

3) Jesus Christ a stumbling rock for all mankind, who caused the rise and
fall of many.
As many people come to Christ by knowing Christ but more than that numbers
will see spiritual disaster by knowing Him, for they reject Him. Christ
becomes a stumbling block in the lives of worldly people and causes them to
either chose Him and change, or reject Him and perish [quickly]. Note a
person’s life cannot be the same after knowing Christ; so remember the
Gospel needs to be given at a favorable time in the life of that person. Do
not do things that may cause them to harden their hearts against accepting
Christ.

4) A sword will pierce the soul of Mary.
Simeon does not speak of the suffering of Mary seeing her son suffer, as
assumed by people. Understand Jesus named people ‘Mary’ like Mary Magdalene
and Salome the sister of His mother and was the wife of Zebedee (father of
John and James). The word for Mary in Hebrew ‘Mariam’ means ‘sour’, so was
not a very appropriate name yet we see Jesus used it for the women around
Him since He loved them as His own mother [all the 3 Mary’s were aged].
Amongst them He Himself declared Mary Magdalene loved Him the most since
she was a woman with a long history of sin and was delivered of many vices.

Note Simeon does say the sword will pierce the heart [emotions, thoughts -
Greek word ‘kardia’], but uses the word soul [Greek word ‘psuche’ which
means spirit] thus refers to events after Mary’s death. He spoke of the
evil that would be done in the name of Mary the mother of Jesus, about the
Church which will rebel against God and His Word by taking the name of Mary
the mother of Jesus.

When Catholics ask me if I love and respect Mary the mother of Jesus? I
tell them I as a Believer do it more than what Catholics do; because I do
not hurt her by doing evil against God in her name.

Catholics are deceived by Satan who appears as the women ‘Mary’ and claims
to be the mother of Jesus. They do not understand none of the other
anointed people mentioned in the Bible do anything like this. They also do
not realize the words spoken by this spirit that claims to be ‘Mary the
Mother of Jesus’ [apprehensions of Mary] contradicts the Word and God and
thus evil.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord You are Almighty God. Nothing is hidden from You. Yet You Lord give
man an change to justify the good or evil he will chose or the richness of
Heaven or the vanity of this world which he will gather. Lord we pray we
seek those things of your Kingdom more than the things of this world. God
your people wisdom so that they may see and walk in light...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
Luke 2:25-38

Matthew 27:56 among whom was Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James
and Joses, and the mother of the sons of Zebedee.

Mark 15:40 And there were also women beholding from afar: among whom
[were] both Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James the less and of
Joses, and Salome;

Matthew 5:8 Blessed [are] the pure in heart [kardia]: for they shall see
God.

Matthew 2:18 A voice was heard in Ramah, weeping and great mourning,
Rachel weeping for her children; And she would not be comforted, because
they are not.

Matthew 10:28 And be not afraid of them that kill the body, but are not
able to kill the soul: but rather fear him who is able to destroy both soul
and body in hell.

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Creation awaits Sons of God

Romans 8:19 For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the
manifestation of the sons of God.

Jesus Christ paid the price for our sins and was hung on the cross as our
Peace Sacrifice so that He could make peace between God and man and thus
make us eligible to receive His Spirit. It is by the working of His Spirit
in us that we are restored our Sonship and right to inheritance to the
Lord’s Kingdom. If we as Christians do not get this in us then we are not
real Christians and are not truly baptized in Christ.

Christianity is not a better choice amongst many religions but the only way
to go to Heaven and thus receive eternal life. To be a Christian one needs
to be transformed which Jesus said as ‘BORN FROM ABOVE’ and translators put
is as ‘BORN-AGAIN’.

Let us not be deceived to think just by believing we are ready to enter
Heaven. Being qualified and being ready are not the same thing because the
step 2 which is spiritual transformation is only for those (made)
qualified. So by our faith and baptism in Christ (acceptance and surrender
to Christ as our Savior) we receive the promise (token) of the Holy Spirit
and by our baptism in the Holy Spirit we grow in the Spirit and be
transformed.

Another very important thing which most do not understand is individually
as of now we are not going to be perfect in Christ, we all will have
shortfalls. But when we disciple each other and grow ourselves in the
Spirit we better each other than ourselves so that one day at least 2
amongst us will manifest the image of God – become Sons of God. The word
‘Israel’ meaning Prince of God (having power / authority with God) refers
to Sons of God. Jesus Christ is the first true Israel and we by His Spirit
are make Israel to whom the Promised Land (Heaven) is promised.

Bible speaks of the two witnesses who manifest the power and please God. It
is then we read God says ‘it is sufficient’ and calls them up. This is at
this point that Rapture takes place. Rapture is the transfiguration of a
select few Christians who will come with Christ on Judgment Day (which
happens within 3 days / hours of this event). It is on Judgment Day that
the time given to Satan and his fellow angels ends and the punishment due
to them is delivered. The Lord does not battle with Satan as people think,
Paul and Peter state ‘with a shout of an Arch Angel’ Christ claims His
people and thus delivers Judgment.

We are called Sons of God by faith but the complete manifestation of the
image of God in us is far away. Let us understand if there is no
transformation in us and if we are not helping build each other to be
better than us (not as good as ourselves) then we are delaying the
manifestation / coming of the Sons of God.

Today’s message says even though we are unaware of the importance of this
process yet the whole of God’s Creation (including the Angels in Heaven)
eagerly await our manifestation as Sons of God. Bible says when this
happens even the Heavens are shaken and God the Father whom none have seen
(leaving for the Son) will dwell with His Creation. It is for this reason
the Angels are referred to as our associates / co-workers in the mission of
Christ.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord You are Awesome God. Your ways are not the ways of man. You Lord use
the least to do the unthinkable, things that are unimaginable. Lord we pray
we see the importance of our transformation in spirit. We pray we day by
day grow in the Holy Spirit and while getting transformed we help each
other to be better than us so that we quicken the coming of Christ...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
Romans 8:18-23
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 waiteth for the
manifestation of the sons of God.
20 For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by
reason of him who hath subjected [the same] in hope,
21 Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of
corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.
22 For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain
together until now.
23 And not only [they], but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of
the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the
adoption, [to wit], the redemption of our body.

Romans 1:1-4
1 Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called [to be] an apostle, separated
unto the gospel of God,
2 which he promised afore through his prophets in the holy scriptures,
3 concerning his Son, who was born of the seed of David according to the
flesh,
4 who was declared [to be] the Son of God with power, according to the
spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead; [even] Jesus Christ
our Lord,

2 Corinthians 3:18 But we all, with unveiled face beholding as in a mirror
the glory of the Lord, are transformed into the same image from glory to
glory, even as from the Lord the Spirit.

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Lame and blind will not enter Heaven

Hebrew 12:12,13 Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble
knees; And make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be
turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed.

King David is called a man close to the heart of God and he is like the
Paul of the OT, but when I read 2 Samuel 5 initially I was in wonder what
kind of man was he, we find he not letting handicapped people (blind and
lame specifically) into his city and even goes on to kill them.

In today’s message we read of making our hands that hang to be strong and
so also our knees, such that our path (walk) is straight and we do not fall
off the way. Surely we know it is not talking of our physical hands, our
physical knees and worldly walk, but is symbolic.

Hands represent our works and knees / feet represent our way of life.
Washing of hands symbolized forgiveness of sins we have done knowingly,
while washing of feet symbolizes forgiveness of sins we do without
knowledge (intention). Jesus as man washed the feet of His disciples at the
Last Supper but not their hands. Paul said before coming to the table of
the Lord one needs to come in a worthy manner even though the sacrifice
(body and blood) offered at the Lord’s Table was for the forgiveness of
sins.

To come to the Lord’s Table we need to first deal with the sins we have
done against our brethren intentionally / with knowledge before we ask the
Lord to forgive us for the sins we have done without knowledge. It is for
this reason Paul says many fall sick, suffer and even die, for they mock
the Sacrifice of Guilt.

David had nothing against the naturally lame or blind, his own close friend
Jonathan’s son Mephibosheth was lame. What David did was symbolic to that
which will happen to the spiritually blind and lame on Judgment Day, they
will not be allowed to enter the Heavenly Jerusalem (Paradise).

When Bible says ‘lift your hands and worship the Lord’, we are called to
worship Him in our works or doings. When it says ‘bend the knee / kneel
before the Lord’ it means to surrender our lives to Him. If we do the
natural and do not do what which it symbolizes, we will see no change in us
nor in our lives.

Let us get it into us, if we are far from the Truth and if we do not make
diligent efforts to walk in the way of the Lord there is no way we will be
entering Paradise. So today let us make our limbs strong so that we do not
fall off the way and are allowed to enter the Kingdom of God.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord You are a Holy God. Your Kingdom is Spirit Kingdom and no place for
the corrupt. Lord we pray we deal with our spirit being and work on our
feeble limbs that we do not fall off the way. We also pray Lord You open
our eyes that we may see and not walk in darkness...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
2 Samuel 5:6-8
6 And the king and his men went to Jerusalem unto the Jebusites, the
inhabitants of the land: which spake unto David, saying, Except thou take
away the blind and the lame, thou shalt not come in hither: thinking, David
cannot come in hither.
7 Nevertheless David took the strong hold of Zion: the same [is] the city
of David.
8 And David said on that day, Whosoever getteth up to the gutter, and
smiteth the Jebusites, and the lame and the blind, [that are] hated of
David’s soul, [he shall be chief and captain]. Wherefore they said, The
blind and the lame shall not come into the house.

1 Corinthians 11:27-31
27 Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink [this] cup of the
Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord.
28 But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of [that] bread, and
drink of [that] cup.
29 For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh
damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body.
30 For this cause many [are] weak and sickly among you, and many sleep.
31 For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged.

Colossians 1:14 In whom we have redemption through his blood, [even] the
forgiveness of sins:

John 13:8-10
8 Peter saith unto him, Thou shalt never wash my feet. Jesus answered him,
If I wash thee not, thou hast no part with me.
9 Simon Peter saith unto him, Lord, not my feet only, but also [my] hands
and [my] head.
10 Jesus saith to him, He that is washed needeth not save to wash [his]
feet, but is clean every whit: and ye are clean, but not all.

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Do not just play a role in the Kingdom; but more which role

Romans 9:17 For the scripture saith unto Pharaoh, Even for this same
purpose have I raised thee up, that I might shew my power in thee, and that
my name might be declared throughout all the earth.

The Bible is full of various characters. Having their names written in the
Bible does not certify them to be Men / Women of God or to be ‘holy’ people
who will go to Heaven. Today’s message talks of Pharaoh whom God names in
the Bible but was a testimony of destruction, of failure.

There is a misunderstanding that anyone and everyone who is a Christian and
more so a person doing work in a Church or even evangelizing will go to
Heaven. If we go by cases already mentioned in the Bible, it is sufficient
to send a chilling freight down the spine of any person. It is because of
this a person like Paul writes ‘work out your salvation with fear and
trembling’ and that too to Christian believers of the Church of Corinth! It
is this same Paul who wrote a lot about grace and how we are saved by grace
which we receive by our faith, about the abundant love and mercy of the
Lord and about the ‘finished works’.

Just because we are preaching the Gospel or teaching the Bible or leading
people to worship the Lord or doing miracle and even delivering people from
evil spirits is no guaranty that we will go to Heaven. This message Jesus
gives us very clearly in Matthew 7. Him mentioning in Matthew 25 about
sheltering the homeless, clothing the naked, feeding the hungry, quenching
the thirsty, visiting the imprisoned or sick has little to do with natural
homelessness, nakedness, hunger, thirst imprisonment or sickness but more
to do with spiritual homelessness, nakedness, hunger, thirst, imprisonment
or sickness. We see this in the lives of the Apostles in the book of Acts
and their epistles.

Jesus gave us a mission, not to just make believers but to make disciples.
Let us look at all that activities that is happening in the name of
Christianity and the fruits of these works. How many disciples for Christ
they churn out, or how many followers they churn out for themselves?

Let us stop fooling ourselves by making followers for ourselves and think
we are making disciples for Christ. If we cannot release people out to do
the work of the Kingdom by themselves then we have failed in our efforts.
We have drawn them to ourselves but not to the Holy Spirit like Jesus did.
We are trying to play god and a person greater than Jesus.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord You are Almighty God. There is nothing You cannot do yet You Lord use
mere man who is lower than the Angels for the works of your Kingdom. Lord
we pray we understand the purpose of the mission You have given us. Let us
understand it is not the works we do that You look at but the fruits we
reap that You look at. We pray we look at our fruits until now and wake up
before it is too late...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
Matthew 28:19-20
19 Go ye therefore, and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them
into the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit:
20 teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I commanded you: and lo,
I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.

Matthew 7:21-23
21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the
kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in
heaven.
22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in
thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many
wonderful works?
23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye
that work iniquity.

Matthew 25:31-46

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Importance of knowing languages

John 19:19,20 And Pilate wrote a title, and put [it] on the cross. And the
writing was, JESUS OF NAZARETH THE KING OF THE JEWS. This title then read
many of the Jews: for the place where Jesus was crucified was nigh to the
city: and it was written in Hebrew, [and] Greek, [and] Latin.

In India although we have somewhere around 19,500 languages yet we have
only 22 scheduled languages which are recognized constitutionally.
Interesting many Indian languages do not even have a script and many use
common scripts. We do not have any national language but we have only 2
languages Hindi (Devanagari script) and English earmarked for official
communications.

During the times of Jesus as man walked on earth, there were many languages
which were spoken in Judea but amongst them 4 languages were scheduled.
Hebrew was the language of the temple since all scriptures were written in
Hebrew. Aramaic was the local Jewish language and the Jews started speaking
Aramaic from the time of their exile to Babylon. Kone (common man) Greek
(an Hellenic language) was the official Roman language in Judea and outside
Judea since the Romans ruled a large part of the world (Alexandra did the
ground work of making Greek international known) while Latin was the
language used by Romans rulers and high officials.

Since Aramaic language used almost the same script as Hebrew we see in
today’s message when Pilate announced Jesus of Nazareth as King of the Jews
he wrote in 3 scripts that went across all the 4 languages so that all
people could read it from Jews, to local non-Jews, including foreigners to
Judea and Roman officials too.

When the Apostles needed to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the world
they initially started writing in Aramaic and then needed to change the
language to Greek. So Greek became the language of the NT.

When the Catholic Church came into existence in 300-400AD (with the
conversion of Emperor Constantine) we see to restrain the access of the
common man to the NT, they translated the NT into Latin and tried to
destroy all the Greek manuscripts. No religion or King did that much damage
to Christianity as much as the Catholic Church did (both in destroying
manuscripts and killing Christian believers). It is written the Christian
library in Rome was set afire by the Catholic Church and it burned for days
all together. Even the Islamic rulers in Istanbul (Constantinople)
respected the Christian manuscripts and protected them from the Catholic
Pope / Kings (the Church used the armies of the kings as well had their
own) therefore most of the existing manuscripts are from there.

Languages are important for communication and we need the right language to
reach to the specific audience. Christian missionaries like William Carrey
realized if people were not educated then they could not know God (study
the Bible) so was instruments in developing at least 29 Indian languages.

Let us understand education is very important to study the Word of God and
study of Biblical languages helps understand the Word of God better. Let us
not ignore the importance of languages and education of people towards
spreading the Gospel to people.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord You are God, the World and whole Universe included is the work of your
hands. Yet You Lord chose a miniscule plant called earth to write your
story of victory of light over darkness. Lord we pray we understand the
importance of communication and thus put all the efforts needed to reach
out to those who do not know You. Help your people understand the
importance of studying Biblical languages and thus interpret scriptures
better...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
Acts 2:4-12
4 And 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.
6 Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were
confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language.
7 And they were all amazed and marvelled, saying one to another, Behold,
are not all these which speak Galilaeans?
8 And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born?
9 Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites, and the dwellers in Mesopotamia, and
in Judaea, and Cappadocia, in Pontus, and Asia,
10 Phrygia, and Pamphylia, in Egypt, and in the parts of Libya about
Cyrene, and strangers of Rome, Jews and proselytes,
11 Cretes and Arabians, we do hear them speak in our tongues the wonderful
works of God.
12 And they were all amazed, and were in doubt, saying one to another,
What meaneth this?

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Do evil spirits know you?
 
Acts 19:15 And the evil spirit answered and said, Jesus I know, and Paul I
know; but who are ye?
 
We have always told about God knowing us and we knowing God but in today
message the scripture questions us if evil spirits know us?
 
In our previous messages we learnt about growing in discernment to consume
solid food. We also learnt about wisdom which we get out of experience and
that which is gifted from God. We also learnt about spiritual maturity is
not related to natural age nor to the number of years we have been knowing
the Lord or even our position in Church. Spiritual maturity is measured by
our Fruits, relationship with the Lord and our understanding of God’s
Kingdom. We lastly learnt when we grow in spiritual maturity we have a
hedge of protection around us such that even Satan cannot penetrate.
 
In today’s message we read evil spirits who confronted the seven sons of a
Chief Priest (who is like a Jewish Pope) and whose name ironically is Sceva
(meaning ‘mind reader’). The seven sons were doing deliverance in the name
of Jesus and Paul and they were doing it for some time so had become
famous. These seven sons knew when commanded in the name of Jesus or Paul
the evil spirits abided so we successful for a period. The evil spirits did
not question them initially.
 
When doing deliverance we are told to do in the ‘name of Jesus’ but we see
these demons even abided when told to leave in the ‘name of Paul’. We read
the demons state they knew who Jesus was and they also knew who Paul was.
 
When we are in Christ and grow in spiritual maturity the kingdom or Satan
knows us, and when they know us they abide even in our name. We just need
to say ‘leave’ and they leave. We do not even need to say ‘in the name of
Jesus’ for evil spirits know who we are in Christ. Those who are not in
Christ fear evil spirits but when we are in Christ and grown in spiritual
maturity we send waves of fear in Satan’s camp and evil spirits fear us.
 
Today the Lord is asking us, have we matured spiritually that evil spirits
know us and fear us.
 
[Prayer Starter]
Lord You are Mighty God. You Lord are above all, nothing and no one is an
opponent to You. You have given Satan and his army a period so that You can
save us from what he has done to us. You Lord desire we crush Satan and his
works so that we overcome evil and shine in You. We pray Lord we grow
spiritually that we send waves of fear in the enemy camp and they know us
by name...
 
This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.
 
[Reference Scriptures]
Acts 19:13-17
13 Then certain of the vagabond Jews, exorcists, took upon them to call
over them which had evil spirits the name of the Lord Jesus, saying, We
adjure you by Jesus whom Paul preacheth.
14 And there were seven sons of [one] Sceva, a Jew, [and] chief of the
priests, which did so.
15 And the evil spirit answered and said, Jesus I know, and Paul I know;
but who are ye?
16 And the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them, and overcame
them, and prevailed against them, so that they fled out of that house naked
and wounded.
17 And this was known to all the Jews and Greeks also dwelling at Ephesus;
and fear fell on them all, and the name of the Lord Jesus was magnified.
 
Mark 1:27 And they were all amazed, insomuch that they questioned among
themselves, saying, What thing is this? what new doctrine [is] this? for
with authority commandeth he even the unclean spirits, and they do obey him..
 
Luke 9:1 Then he called his twelve disciples together, and gave them power
and authority over all devils, and to cure diseases.
 
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