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Post  Admin on Sun 18 Feb 2018, 4:09 pm

Disconnected due to one mis-understanding

John 6:66 From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no
more with him.

Today’s scripture talks of the many who forsook the Lord Jesus and went
back to their worldly life all because of their lack of understanding one
thing which Jesus spoke of - eating His flesh. The scripture does not leave
room for any assumptions; it clearly says due to that one misunderstanding
they followed Him NO MORE.

Let us be alert about this fact, it takes just one misunderstanding or one
understanding to change our course of our earthly as well as our spiritual
life. By just one understanding or misunderstanding we can be blessed or
lose our blessings. It is very important that we recheck our every
understanding.

Here in this incident we see those who left Jesus were people who thought
in the simple way, the worldly natural way while what Jesus said was more
complex and spiritual.

We have a large number of Christians who think Bible is supposed to be
simple and the Gospel cannot be complicated. It is these people who risk
becoming like the people who will forsake the Lord for a simple reason. Let
me tell you even great famous Preachers fall in this category.

Let me tell you THE WORD OF GOD IS NOT SIMPLE. It is written in such a way
that even the simple can take something of it but the wise will know there
is a treasure within it and do not let go till they pursue its deep rich
understanding.

In the OT the Lord projects Truth and its understanding with the fruit
pomegranate. This fruit has great spiritual understanding so much so not
only the Bible but even Greek mythology gives importance to it. According
to ancient Greek mythology, they even predate the seasons. The story goes
that Hades, god of the underworld, kidnapped his beloved Persephone,
daughter of Demeter, goddess of the harvest. Demeter’s grief over
Persephone’s disappearance caused the crops to wither and wreaked havoc
with humanity. The plight of the starving masses coerced Zeus to convince
Hades to return Persephone to her mother. Before she left the underworld,
however, Hades tricked her into eating a pomegranate seed, which bound her
to evermore spend part of the year with her happy mother, during which time
plants flourished, and part of the year in the underworld, during which
time plants go fallow. Thus, seasons arose.

Let us understand the fruit to understand its symbolism. The pomegranate
falls in berries category of fruits but is large and has leather like
cover. The English names from Latin and means seeded apple, the Hebrew
(biblical) name means exalted or lifted up. The pomegranate was one of the
earliest wild plants that were domesticated. It grows on small trees /
large shrubs (avg. about 5m tall). When we open the fruit we see it is
divided into sections separated by a thin membrane housing about 200 to
1400 sarcotesta (seeds with a fleshy cover). The shape of each sarcotesta
is unique and fits in its unique place within the fruit. One cannot take a
sarcotesta and put it in another place, it will not fit.

If we understand this fruit we will understand truth and the Word of God.
The Word of God is not just spiritual but works in different areas of our
life like the different sections of the fruit. Each scripture (truth) is
like a sarcotesta and its understanding is like one of the many flat faces
of the sarcotesta. It is only when we put the various understandings of
each unit that we get the complete understanding of it.

In today’s message when Jesus said eat my flesh, He did not mean literal
flesh but the Hebrew word has the root meaning ‘message’ (tiding), He said
unless we consume His message and make it part of us we will not have
anything to do with Him.

Let us pursue the complete understand of the Word and know every
understanding of the Word correlates with each other tightly.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord You are full of wisdom. Man was remove from Heaven because the truth
was corrupted in him. In your wisdom You Lord created this world and
mankind for a purpose. You make all things in an image so that man may
understand and know the truth. It is the truth that restores us to You and
to our inheritance in You. Lord we thank You for paying the price and
giving us your Spirit – the Spirit of Truth who reveals the truth to us...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
Exodus 39:26 A bell and a pomegranate, a bell and a pomegranate, round
about the hem of the robe to minister in; as the LORD commanded Moses.

Song of Solomon 4:3 Thy lips are like a thread of scarlet, and thy speech
is comely: thy temples are like a piece of a pomegranate within thy locks.

John 8:31-32
31 Jesus therefore said to those Jews that had believed him, If ye abide
in my word, then are ye truly my disciples;
32 and ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

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Signs of a Messenger
 
2 Corinthians 12:12 Truly the signs of an apostle were wrought among you
in all patience, in signs, and wonders, and mighty deeds.
 
In today’s message we see Paul in his second letter to the Church in
Corinth says he see signs of an Apostle in them. Note this is Paul who is
saying this, that too a congregation which troubled him the most.
 
All Callings are mostly connected to Spiritual Gifts like Prophet is
connected to Prophesy, Teacher to wisdom, Evangelist to miracles so on...
but when it comes to an Apostle and Administrator (Bishop/One who is called
to administer a congregation) they both are more connected to purely Fruits
and not gifts.
 
We can do all things in Christ but if we have a Calling there is a special
functioning of that Calling in us. The signature of an Apostle is patience.
The Greek word ‘apostolos’ comes from the word which means messenger. One
of the prime tasks of an Apostle is like that of a missionary to go to new
places dwell among people who do not know Christ and slowly bring them to
the knowledge of Christ. He is not called to hold large meetings and do
great miracles like we see people who call themselves ‘Apostle’ do. We can
see a good role of an Apostleship in Paul who was instrument setting up at
least a thousand Churches on the three long trips he took across various
lands.
 
Coming back to the signature identity of an Apostle - patience which Paul
saw in the Church of Corinth, patience is not a Fruit of the Holy Spirit.
Many translations have translated Longsuffering (endurance) as patience.
 
When the Lord asked to write a book on patience, in the start I thought
what is so difficult to write on that topic, but as I started I realized
nothing I knew justified as patience. It was only when the Lord opened my
mind did I start to understand patience.
 
In simple words I put patience as a fruit salad, here only the fruits are
Fruits of the Holy Spirit. The greatest virtue of a Christian is patience.
Every Christian is called to be patient knowing what is set forth what is
coming and when it is coming, enduring that which is happening with the
strength of the joy of the Holy Spirit.
 
Let us who are called to be messengers of the Lord Jesus Christ show in us
the virtue of a Christian, that is patience. Let us look if we are anxious,
worried, sad, fearful of this world, lost etc. then we are failing in being
Christian, a Messenger of God.
 
[Prayer Starter]
Lord You are Omnipresent God. You dwell beyond the dimension of time. You
know all and yet You work on us on a day to day basis. Lord we pray we walk
in the spirit and less in the flesh showing the virtue of patience in us...
 
This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.
 
[Reference Scriptures]
Luke 8:15 But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and
good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with
patience.
 
Luke 21:19 In your patience possess ye your souls.
 
Romans 4:1-5
1 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our
Lord Jesus Christ:
2 By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand,
and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
3 And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that
tribulation worketh patience;
4 And patience, experience; and experience, hope:
5 And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in
our hearts by the Holy Spirit which is given unto us.
 
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Discipleship follows spiritual manifestation
 
2 Corinthians 12:12 Truly the signs of an apostle were wrought among you
in all patience, in signs, and wonders, and mighty deeds.
 
Three days back we were given this very scripture and after that the Lord
spoke to us about a Christian giving unto Lord’s Kingdom not for other’s
sake but for one own sake and after that it was about a Christian being
person on continual repentance. I failed to mention that the word baptism
(Greek baptizo) comes from a term used for dyeing clothes. So baptism does
not mean just being immersed in water but more about losing one’s own
characteristics and putting on the characteristics of that which they are
baptized in, therefore baptism in Christ means dying to one’s self and
putting on Christ. Baptism is a continual process.
 
A Christian is a messenger of Christ and does not live for one self but
lives for the purpose which God has made man. Something I also missed on
addressing three days back which today the Lord wants us to note. A
Christian is not a person who is just filled with knowledge or wisdom. We
find in other religions they seek knowledge and understanding of life and
spiritual things. But Bible says the knowledge and understanding of God
gives power and as specified in today’s message it manifests with signs and
wonders and mighty deeds.
 
If we are Christians who are not manifesting the power and glory of God
then it simply means we know about God but really do not know Him. We may
be people who are filled with knowledge about God but this knowledge is
worldly and not true, if our knowledge of God is true, than even little
knowledge will manifest with signs, wonders and mighty deeds. Note also the
scripture does not say one of them but says all three, so there will be
miracle accompanied with a mark and power of God (not a human but divine).
We also need to note just sign and wonders without knowledge can be deceit
of the devil, thus all three needs to be in place.
 
We are called not to be just good Christians knowing about God but to be
people manifesting the power of God. People should come to us to know God
by seeing the power of God manifesting in each of us.
 
[Prayer Starter]
Lord You are Omnipotent God. We pray we remember You are a Living God and
You never sleep. You God work wonders in the life and through those who
know You. We pray Lord we assess ourselves to know if we know about You or
know You. Lord we pray our knowledge be true, accompanied by power by
knowing You more and more...
 
This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.
 
[Reference Scriptures]
2 Peter 1: 3 According as his divine power hath given unto us all things
that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that
hath called us to glory and virtue:
 
Romans 15:19 Through mighty signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit
of God; so that from Jerusalem, and round about unto Illyricum, I have
fully preached the gospel of Christ.
 
Hebrew 2:3-4
3 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;
4 God also bearing them witness, both with signs and wonders, and with
divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Spirit, according to his own will?
 
Matthew 24:24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and
shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible,
they shall deceive the very elect.
 
Dated 02 Feb 2018
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End Times!

2 Thessalonians 1:3,4 We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren,
as it is meet, because that your faith groweth exceedingly, and the charity
of every one of you all toward each other aboundeth; So that we ourselves
glory in you in the churches of God for your patience and faith in all your
persecutions and tribulations that ye endure:

If we look at the contents of the letters of Paul to the various Churches
we understand from them the spiritual state of their congregation and the
various issues that troubled them. Paul wrote multiple letters to some
Churches because of the seriousness of the problem troubling them. Paul did
not need to write to the Church of Berea since they were people strong in
scriptures. But we see Paul who says the Church of Thessalonica was strong
in faith, yet Paul wrote 2 letters to them! If we look at the content of
both letters, they are primarily addressing to end days. The people of
Thessalonica were anxious of the second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ and
the end of this creation. They were facing persecution and were faithfully
enduring it thinking the end is at hand.

We have a large number of Christian who dwell in Corinth (worldly Church)
yet speak like Thessalonians (a mature Church). They will talk continuously
of Christ coming soon and literately walk looking for signs in the sky. Any
silly thing they see, they will declare as a sign of end days.

Some time back I was added to a Whatsapp group with the topic ‘end times’
and looking at the discussion I could not figure where to start and what
all to clear, so wisely exited it.

Paul did warn people of end days and told people to be prepared for it, but
it has been almost 2000 years Paul, was Paul lying or deceiving the people.
We need to understand from the letters to Thessalonica that Paul knew that
the natural end days were far off yet he warned people to be ready for it.

Even today naturally the end days are far off (every prophecy in the Bible
needs to come to pass before Christ comes) yet we are called to be prepared
since our death is any day. When we die, due to our faith in Christ we
sleep. The day we are woken (resurrect) we will see the coming of Christ
and His Angels and find ourselves standing before the Judgment Throne.

Most of our confusion of the end days is because of the basics of the
Heavens, of human natural / spiritual life is distorted. The prime reason
of this is that pagan understanding of life which was fused into Judaism
and then into Catholicism is now among Christians.

Let is stick to what scriptures say not ignoring even one. Let us neither
add to them nor take away from them for if we do we will loose from the
riches we have stored for ourselves in Heaven. Let us remember one thing
God has created this world for a purpose and like until God waited for Noah
to finish the ark so also God will wait until we finish the work He has
given unto us.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord You are Almighty, Omnipresent God, full of wisdom. You have set things
in place knowing the end time this creation which You have made for a
purpose. You Word gives us an idea of the time (season) but does not
mention the day (hour) when all this will end. You Lord have mentions some
signs to watch for to know the end is at hand. Lord we pray we understand
unless every prophecy does not come to pass the end will not come. We pray
we are not deceived by false signs but keep our eyes on your Word alone...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
1 Thessalonians 4:16-18
16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the
voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ
shall rise first:
17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with
them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be
with the Lord.
18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words.

1 Thessalonians 5:1-11
1 But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write
unto you.
2 For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a
thief in the night.
3 For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction
cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not
escape.
4 But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you
as a thief.
5 Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are
not of the night, nor of darkness.
6 Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.
7 For they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are
drunken in the night.
8 But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of
faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation.
9 For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our
Lord Jesus Christ,
10 Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live
together with him.
11 Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as
also ye do.

2 Thessalonians 2:5-17
5 Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things?
6 And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time.
7 For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth
will let, until he be taken out of the way.
8 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with
the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his
coming:
9 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and
signs and lying wonders,
10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish;
because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they
should believe a lie:
12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had
pleasure in unrighteousness.
13 But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved
of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation
through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth:
14 Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of
our Lord Jesus Christ.
15 Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have
been taught, whether by word, or our epistle.
16 Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which hath
loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation and good hope through
grace,
17 Comfort your hearts, and stablish you in every good word and work.

Dated 03 Feb 2018
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Giving unto the Lord’s people


2 Corinthians 8:11, 12 Now therefore perform the doing of it; that as
there was a readiness to will, so there may be a performance also out of
that which ye have. For if there be first a willing mind, it is accepted
according to that a man hath, and not according to that he hath not.


Last Saturday at the Gideons meeting (an organization I am part of) a
brother shared a testimony which really shook us.


A Pastor from a posh area called this brother stating he wanted to
contribute to the Gideons ministry. This brother knew this Pastor as being
heading a very small and that too on not so rich congregation, not
expecting much he did not commit him an appointment. This Pastor called him
again and again, and this brother thought if he travelled all that distance
(he stayed on the other side of Mumbai), he would spend as much as to what
he would receive so did not go.


One day the Lord ministered unto this brother that even if that Pastor gave
him Rs10, it was the Lord’s money and this brother should go joyfully to
receive it. So he went to meet the Pastor. When he met the Pastor, the
Pastor took him from the posh area unto a slum area which was so dark that
the brother feared he would get lost there. The Pastor led him to a small
house of 10 by 10feet where a woman with her 2 daughters lived. When they
entered they wondered where they would sit. The woman and the Pastor
insisted our brother sit on the bed which could accommodate only one person
comfortably. So our brother sat on it and shared a short devotion. This
sister whose house they went was time and again asking if it was okay now
for her to give what she wanted to give. In the start they told her later,
after the devotion, but then she went on time and again, so much so that
even her Pastor got irritated.


Later she opened a dilapidated cupboard from which she removed 2 large
bundles of 100 rupees notes. When they counted the amount it was about
1lakh! Only God knows how much time she took to collect that amount. A
woman who did not have proper vessels to even serve tea to her guest was
generously giving for the Lord’s work. What she said later was even more
heart touching, she said her parents taught her how to give unto the Lord
and now she was teaching her daughters to do the same.


Today’s message speaks of Paul instructing the Corinth on the importance of
giving unto God and His people.


We need to understand giving is not a choice but a necessity, necessity not
for the person or the cause (concerning God’s Kingdom) which we are giving
to, but we give for our own sake. When we give here, we are actually doing
a transfer to our account in Heaven. Here it is not the amount we give that
is transferred but from what we have that we give, that is multiplied and
transferred into our accounts in Heaven. So what this lady gave was greater
than the millions which a very rich man gives. Our heavenly account is also
credited by the works of faith we do on earth.


Why do we need to collect into our accounts?


The amount will decide where in Heaven we will dwell, for Heaven is not a
flat place. The higher the place in Heaven is nearer to the Throne of God’s
glory. This amount can also be used for our prayer requests while we are
alive, and if we withdraw from this account for others, to bless them, then
this amount gets credited back with interest back into our accounts.


Let us think not about what we have here on earth where we live for a short
time but also think about what we have in our heavenly accounts where we
live our eternal lives. So let us learn to give especially unto the Lord’s
purpose and unto His people.


[Prayer Starter]
Lord You are God who created everything that exist. You made whole planets
that are made of precious material but made it scarce on earth. You Lord do
not need anything yet desire we give unto your Kingdom so that we get
blessed greatly. We pray Lord we learn to give generously unto your
Kingdom...


This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.


[Reference Scriptures]
Mark 4:19 And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches,
and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh
unfruitful.


Mark 10:24 And the disciples were astonished at his words. But Jesus
answereth again, and saith unto them, Children, how hard is it for them
that trust in riches to enter into the kingdom of God!


James 5:1-3
1 Go to now, ye rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come
upon you.
2 Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are motheaten.
3 Your gold and silver is cankered; and the rust of them shall be a
witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as it were fire. Ye have
heaped treasure together for the last days.


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


Matthew 19:21 Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell
that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in
heaven: and come and follow me.


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Blaspheming the Name of God by their righteousness

Romans 2: 17, 24 Behold, thou art called a Jew, and restest in the law,
and makest thy boast of God, For the name of God is blasphemed among the
Gentiles through you, as it is written.

The word Jew comes from the name Judah which means ‘He shall be praised’.
These very people who were selected to lift up the name of the Lord were
prophesized to be the people who blasphemed the name of the Lord among the
Gentiles.

We read in our previous messages that the promise of Abraham’s blessing was
for MANY NATIONS who have faith in the Seed of Abraham (Christ). We also
saw the term righteousness does not mean being an implementer of the Law
but more about being like the one (Lord) who gave us the Law. We have been
confusing human righteousness with godly righteousness. Mercy may conflict
with human righteousness but is a part of godly righteousness.

In today’s message we read the Jews blasphemed the name of God by their
righteousness. They were not doers of the Law but were propaganda machines
of the distorted little they knew of the Law. Just because the Lord had
blessed them due to their fathers, it does not mean they are special. One
does not become special by blessings, that too not earned by that person.

One may call the Jews / Israelites as ‘blessed people’ but called them as
‘God’s chosen people’ would be like blaspheming the name of God. Yes, they
were called to be ‘God’s chosen people’, that’s why they were given the
first preference but by them rejecting the very person (Jesus Christ - the
Promised Seed of Abraham) who connected them to the giver of their
blessings they are no longer God’s chosen people. This offer to be God’s
Chosen People went out to any and every person who believed in Abraham’s
Promised Seed.

I hope the letter to Romans is studied again and again especially by
Pastors who keep the Israeli flag on their office desk. They should
understand why Saul reverted to his Roman name Paul. They should realize
they nullify Christianity, its foundation and blasphemy God by claiming
Jews as still the Chosen People of God.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord You are God of all Creation. You were, You are and You will always be
the same. Right from the start You chose us to be your people for Bible
says You knew us from the beginning. Lord we pray people understand they do
not be like the Jews who received worldly blessings but lost the Heavenly
blessing of eternal life by rejecting Christ. We pray our brethren seek
Christ more than seek the worldly Israel...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
Romans 2:17-29

Isaiah 52:5 Now therefore, what have I here, saith the LORD, that my
people is taken away for nought? they that rule over them make them to
howl, saith the LORD; and my name continually every day is blasphemed.

John 8:31-45

Romans 4:13-18
13 For the promise, that he should be the heir of the world, was not to
Abraham, or to his seed, through the law, but through the righteousness of
faith.
14 For if they which are of the law be heirs, faith is made void, and the
promise made of none effect:
15 Because the law worketh wrath: for where no law is, there is no
transgression.
16 Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end the
promise might be sure to all the seed; not to that only which is of the
law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham; who is the father
of us all,
17 (As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before
him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those
things which be not as though they were.
18 Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of
many nations, according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be.

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Due punishment for our sins

Luke 23:40 But the other answering rebuked him, saying, Dost not thou fear
God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation?

In today’s message we see when one of the criminals crucified next to Jesus
challenges Him to prove Himself to be the Son of God by saving Himself, the
other rebukes him saying they were due the punishment but Jesus being
innocent was punished with them.

Man punishes another man for their wrongs doing and they call is a
righteous decision. Bible says the righteousness of man is rags before God.
So we need to confirm if punishing another person truly a righteous deed
according to the Lord. Jesus forgiving a person did not make Him
unrighteous.

We do see in the OT God gives instructions to His people as to what
punishment to be dealt out for what types of sins. If we look closely at
those sins, they were the ones which were rampant among the people. If we
track them, we see God increased the harshness of the punishment as the
people became more suborn and continued breaking that law - take for
example the Sabbath law, at the end stoning to death was mend out for
breaking it. So the punishment was not the payment of the sin but more as a
deterrent to prevent the person and others from sinning. The purpose of
keeping the Sabbath is to trust God as our provider. Seven symbolizes
completeness of the Spirit so resting on the seventh day is not more about
the day but more about spiritually trusting God and we demonstrate it by
resting from our worldly works for a day.

The fact we do not understand sin is the reason we think God punishes us
for our sins, especially after we die. Jesus did not change the law of God
when He came as man as what most think, what He did is exactly what God
wanted to do right from the start. He was merciful before and even later.
He never changes.

Let us get it into ourselves; God does not punish us for our sins. I showed
in my previous message sins are not stains that can be washed but are deed
that corrupt us, they take away the goodness in us (in Acts 22:16 the Greek
word translated as ‘wash away’ actually means to separate). That means the
more we sin the more goodness is taken away, that is why we feel more far
away from God even though He is omnipresent. Another fact is our sins are
like eternal burning coals of fire within us that burn when the person goes
to hell (which is a prison and not a place ruled by Satan).

Forgiveness from God separates us from the consequence of our sins. That
means we do not suffer our sins. As far as being restored of our loss, God
has given us His Spirit. It is His Spirit who works in us and restores the
damage sin has done in us. This restoration is what is called overcoming
the sin nature.

Our God is Righteous and His Righteousness does not mean to punish a person
but means to save the person from punishment. He may droll out some smaller
punishment as deterrent (chastise us) to save us from we receiving the
larger punishment which we mend out on ourselves.

God wants us to save us from sin and for that He needs to save us from
ourselves. Our sinful nature causes us to sin and that is why He is trying
to separate us from our sinful nature by inducing His Nature in us. We
cannot fight sin or sin nature that dwells in us; we can overcome it only
by putting on the nature of Christ. We do not fight evil but overcome it by
doing good.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord You are Righteous and Merciful God. Your Righteousness does not
conflict with You being merciful. Lord we pray we understand we do not be
foolish to think righteousness means being judgmental. The righteous of man
does that but not your righteousness. We pray we understand the importance
of being merciful and importance of overcoming evil with goodness...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
Luke 23:39-43
39 And one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on him, saying, If
thou be Christ, save thyself and us.
40 But the other answering rebuked him, saying, Dost not thou fear God,
seeing thou art in the same condemnation?
41 And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but
this man hath done nothing amiss.
42 And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy
kingdom.
43 And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day [that day]
shalt thou be with me in paradise.

Hebrews 8:12 For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their
sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.

Acts 22:16 And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash
away (separates us from) thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord.

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

Galatians 3:27 For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have
put on Christ.

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Is God’s hand short to protect?

Acts 21: 32 Who immediately took soldiers and centurions, and ran down
unto them: and when they saw the chief captain and the soldiers, they left
beating of Paul.

We always talk of persecution where Christians are at times even martyred,
but we need to understand all are not called to martyrdom. We see quite a
few Christian preachers doing missionary work by wrong means / unchristian
methods or for the wrong purpose. Christian Churches reach out to the lost
not for the primary purpose to save souls but more to increase their Church
congregation and I have seen some time or later these Churches have faced
problems either from people or from the Lord (tough situations). When
people are not making disciples for the Lord then they cannot claim to be
persecuted in the Lord’s name.

If we look at persecutions in the Bible, each and every one had a reason
for which their faith was tested. Whenever the Church did things contrary
to the Kingdom of God, we see persecution followed. Lord does not bring the
persecution, the world by default hates God and things of the Lord, what
the Lord does is remove the hand of protection and thus persecution is
allowed. But in all this the Lord sets a limit.

A few days back I was with a team which was distributing scriptures to a
school. We went there after taking permission from the principal. We were
distributing as the students left, after we finished a large part of the
school we were waiting for last two divisions. Suddenly from nowhere a
Hindu radical group of people landed and started roughing up the crowd,
with great anger against what we were doing. They were abusive and pushing
people around. They even beat the principal when he denied he gave us
permission. They falsely accused him of taking money from us. In all this
the Lord made sure they did not touch us. Just within seconds of the
situation was getting heated the police arrived and took a few of us along
with the remaining scriptures. Like in today’s message the soldiers
protected Paul here too the police made sure to protect us from this fringe
group. We were taken to the police station, kept there for some time and
later released. This fringe group tried their best to get us in trouble yet
it was the Lord who protected us. They wanted to bring fear into us, but
were not successful. The very next day we were out again distributing in
another place and managed to distribute about 12000 scriptures and had to
leave because the stock got over. We left with sadness since the people
were ready to receive more.

I know of testimonies where a senior person of one such Hindu fringe group
attended a prayer meeting in a village to cause trouble but to his shock
his own father who was deaf since many years got healed at this very same
meeting. This incident caused many in that village to come to know the Lord..

I can quote many incidents from my personal life and also the NT faced by
the Church and even Jesus where people wanted to harm the people of God but
none were able to affect them. The only times in the NT and even OT the
worldly people were able to even lay hands on the people of God is when
they made mistakes or moved out of the favor of the Lord.

We need to remember in the book of Numbers not one Israelite solider was
harmed or the army faced any casualty when they walked in the Commandments
of the Lord. The Hand of our Lord is not short to be unable to protect us.
If God could blind the eyes of a whole army and take them from one place to
another at the command of a Man of God then He can do that to a group of
people even today. He can even cause confusion between their ranks and
cause them to fall against each other.

Let us ask ourselves the purpose we are going out to do the ‘work of the
Kingdom of God’? Let us used wisdom and discernment given by the Lord in
what we do. Let us build ourselves in the Fruits as well as Gifts of the
Holy Spirit, for when persecution does come they are the ones which can
turn the persecution into blessings.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord You are Almighty God. There is nothing for You Lord that is not
possible. You have no worthy enemies but have yet allowed them to exist so
has to shame them in the worst possible way. You Lord lift the weak and
make them strong. You chose babes and fill them with wisdom and courage to
outshine the wise of the world. Lord we pray we use discernment in all that
we do. We pray we keep You first and your purpose first in all that we do....

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
2 Kings 6:15-23

Luke 21:12-19
12 But before all these, they shall lay their hands on you, and persecute
you, delivering you up to the synagogues, and into prisons, being brought
before kings and rulers for my name’s sake.
13 And it shall turn to you for a testimony.
14 Settle it therefore in your hearts, not to meditate before what ye
shall answer:
15 For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries
shall not be able to gainsay nor resist.
16 And ye shall be betrayed both by parents, and brethren, and kinsfolks,
and friends; and some of you shall they cause to be put to death.
17 And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake.
18 But there shall not an hair of your head perish.
19 In your patience possess ye your souls.

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Discern the anointing you seek

Luke 9:54-56 And when his disciples James and John saw this, they said,
Lord, wilt thou that we command fire to come down from heaven, and consume
them, even as Elias did? But he turned, and rebuked them, and said, Ye know
not what manner of spirit ye are of. For the Son of man is not come to
destroy men’s lives, but to save them. And they went to another village.

In today’s message we see Jesus rebukes James and John about the suggestion
they gave and indirectly Jesus rebuked Elijah for it was Elijah who did
what James and John requested.

This is one understanding which really hit me hard and took me months to
get it into my system. There was always a question of why John the Baptist
lived a life of repentance right from a young age. The Catholic Church
promote ‘penance’ - self-punishment for known or unknown sins (including
those of our ancestors), but we know Bible does not preach on that lines.
All our self-induced suffering or sacrifice would not pay for even one of
our sins. The question of the life of John the Baptist if not answered
would justify the Catholic doctrine (understanding).

We need to get these 2 facts clear one is that John the Baptist was indeed
Elijah who did not die and thus came back as John. Elijah as a prophet was
aware of the Lord’s coming as man and was also aware that someone would be
sent to make way for His coming, so Elijah took that place. John himself
did not know he was Elijah but we see Jesus knew and confirmed the same
only to those who could understand (Matthew 11:13-15).

Elijah was a man mighty in the Lord but in all this he did not understand
the heart of God. He greatly manifested the gifts of the Spirit but lacked
in Fruits (something we see most evangelist do today). The kind of miracles
he did was unknown until his time and this anointing he gave unto his
student Elisha that too a double portion and we see Elisha behaved like
Elijah. Elisha did greater miracles than Elijah including bringing dead to
alive, parting the sea etc. but in the end we see this anointing did not
help him nor save him from his own death but did bring another dead person
to life even after his death. We find even though Elisha did the maximum
miracles in the OT Jesus not once gave him any credit or take his name. The
Jews also understood it was the spirit (anointing) of Elijah that worked
through Elisha.

Elisha’s anointing did not come from God but from Elijah, something most
people today do without understanding the danger of receiving someone’s
anointing. This is something the Lord opened my eyes to when I saw some of
our Indian youth evangelist imitate T D Jakes not only in parrot his
teachings, but also his style of speaking and his presence on the stage.
They also did manifest his power, including the healings and miracles T D
jakes did. Another Preacher (Healer) who dangerously promotes transferring
one’s anointing (even through the TV medium) without knowing its risk is
Benny Hinn. I know people who have fallen for this and are operating in his
spirit (anointing) doing all his mistakes also.

God showed Moses when He took the anointing that was on him and put on 70
others and they did exhibit the power which Moses manifested. We can take
an anointing of Man of God and operate like that person but then there is a
danger we fall in that is we become a disciple of that man and not of God.
Let us pursue what God has for us in our lives, thus our anointing should
come from Him.

Elijah was indeed great and Elisha did greater things in his life that led
only to his fame. We see Elijah repented as John the Baptist and was
restored in status by the fact when Jesus transfigured He summoned Elijah
along with Moses.

Gifts of the Holy Spirit can give us fame and attract people to us, but
they will not induce the nature of Christ into them to make them Disciples
of Christ. We should use gifts very carefully, they can be instruments
which can ignite or trigger the change but change should be purely on
Fruits, working the nature of the Lord in them. Lord did not ask us to make
disciples for ourselves but for Him.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord You are God and You alone are God. You God are Holy and You ask us to
also be holy. You are Almighty and Righteous yet You your mercy keeps us
and transforms us to justify us before You. Lord we pray we do not be
judgmental of people but show mercy like You show unto us...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
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.

2 Kings 1:10 And Elijah answered and said to the captain of fifty, If I be
a man of God, then let fire come down from heaven, and consume thee and thy
fifty. And there came down fire from heaven, and consumed him and his fifty..

2 Kings 2:9, 12-14
9 And it came to pass, when they were gone over, that Elijah said unto
Elisha, Ask what I shall do for thee, before I be taken away from thee. And
Elisha said, I pray thee, let a double portion of thy spirit be upon me.
12 And Elisha saw it, and he cried, My father, my father, the chariot of
Israel, and the horsemen thereof. And he saw him no more: and he took hold
of his own clothes, and rent them in two pieces.
13 He took up also the mantle of Elijah that fell from him, and went back,
and stood by the bank of Jordan;
14 And he took the mantle of Elijah that fell from him, and smote the
waters, and said, Where is the LORD God of Elijah? and when he also had
smitten the waters, they parted hither and thither: and Elisha went over.

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Not hired but an owner

Galatians 4:7 Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a
son, then an heir of God through Christ.

In many of the translations we see the word ‘slave’ is used instead of the
word ‘servant’. When we see slavery in the Bible pertaining to the
Israelites, it was not really slavery but was bonded labor. By law the Jews
were compelled to release the servant that too paying him or her
satisfactorily within a period of max 7 years. The relationship between the
servant and master was recommended to be so close that if the servant did
not want to leave, the master was to keep the servant as an extended family
member; the master was free even to get the servant married to someone in
the family. By marriage the person had full rights of as family member,
including inheritance.

Today’s message tells us we were like the bonded servants but now that we
are set free by our baptism in Christ we are no longer servants. What is
more credible is that due to our bonding with Christ we are now part of the
family having rights to the Kingdom of God. We are now no longer servants
but are sons.

We need to remember we are sons only when we are committed to Christ. If we
are disconnected from Christ we are no longer holding the status of
son-ship. The relationship is not by believing in Christ but by pursuing
the character of Christ in our lives. Like Paul says we need to put on
Christ, that is imitate Him so much that we lose ourselves, being no longer
ourselves by nature but in His nature.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord You are Creator and God. Everything that exist is by You. You God
share this with us insignificant and unworthy beings called man. You Lord
lift us and make us worthy to receive from You. We pray Lord we understand
the importance of imitating Christ so as to receive the riches of Heaven.
We pray we be less of ourselves and more of Christ each and every day of
our lives...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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

Galatians 3:27 For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have
put on Christ.

Galatians 2:20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I,
but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live
by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.

1 Timothy 1:16 Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first
Jesus Christ might shew forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them
which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting.

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Man of God without honor

John 4:44 For Jesus himself testified, that a prophet hath no honour in his
own country.

A man is a weak being even though he or she has a spirit within as powerful
as an Angle. A man who follows or seeks the things of the flesh is called a
carnal or worldly man, and a man who follows or seeks the things of the
Spirit (of God) is called a spiritual being or Man (Woman) of God. Even
though one is a Man of God, he or she is at a state between overcoming the
flesh and being totally spiritual.

Another fact we should also understand a Man of God does not mean a
magician or superhero character from the comic books who demonstrates his
or her power every now and then at the snap of the finger. The one Prophet
who did something like this (Elijah) was rebuked by Jesus.

The word Prophet in the OT is the Hebrew word Nabi which means a Man of
God. It should not be mistaken with a person having a Calling of a Prophet.
So every Nabi was not necessarily a Prophet but may have had another
Calling like an Apostle or Teacher or even Evangelist etc. In some cases
the term Seer is used to identify the person as having a Calling of a
Prophet (but not in all cases).

Every Man of God will have a weak side and a strong side of him or her.
Today’s scripture tells us those who are close to a Man of God and know his
or her weaker side will look at it more than the stronger side. Jesus as
man had humbled Himself and was without glory and power which He had as God
the Son. So as man He was totally like us. He was born without inheriting
sin nature (since He was born not of a human father) and with the power of
the Holy Spirit He remained without sinning. As a child He grew in
maturity, understanding and gifts of the Holy Spirit. The only difference
between Him and us who are born-again (baptized in the Holy Spirit) is that
we were born with sin nature, sinned and forgiven, while He was born
without sin nature and never sinned. Another factor of difference is we,
each who have a Calling have only one Calling and remain in it throughout
our natural life, He on the other hand had all the Callings together in
Him. The reason is that Callings are associated with the Seven Spirits of
the Holy Spirit and in Him God (Holy Spirit) dwelled in the complete, while
in us we receive the promise of the Holy Spirit on baptism of Water, a
token when we are baptizes and grow as we receive more and more of Him. As
we grow we may do all things but yet we remain in one Calling. We together
as a body overcome all areas of the flesh while He alone did overcome it
completely.

Jesus always did everything to glorify the Father; He never did anything
that would attract the people to glorify Him. The only time He was cornered
to do a miracle which caused people to glorify Him was at the wedding at
Cana.

Today’s scripture says since the people with whom He grew up saw the human
factor of Him (studying, growing in maturity etc.) they overlooked the
godly part of Him and did not honor Him. This caused them to be hardened in
hearts. Even though they heard Him, they did not listen and thus not have
faith in what He said. So much was their faithlessness that Jesus had
difficulties to perform miracles among them.

We all know the Pharisees were rebuked by Jesus for being far from God, yet
we see Jesus did not condemn them as completely evil. He told the people to
hear them but not to follow them.

Every Man of God however small or greatly mature in Spirit should be heard
but not necessarily believed. We need to discern his or her words with
scriptures, accept it if it aligns with scriptures, reject it if it goes
against it and keep it aside if in doubt.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord You are Almighty God, full of Power and Glory. You could have
ministered to every soul directly and revealed yourself directly, yet You
do not. You have given us this task so that we, ourselves grow in the
Spirit as we minister to others. Lord we pray understand the importance of
growing in the Spirit, about overcoming our old being. Lord we pray we do
not condemn people who are growing in You, but support them, receiving the
good while correcting the weakness...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
Luke 1:80 And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, and was in the
deserts till the day of his shewing unto Israel.

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

Mark 3:30,31
30 Because they said, He hath an unclean spirit.
31 There came then [Came therefore] his brethren and his mother, and,
standing without, sent unto him, calling him.

John 7:3-5
3 His brethren therefore said unto him, Depart hence, and go into Judaea,
that thy disciples also may see the works that thou doest.
4 For there is no man that doeth any thing in secret, and he himself
seeketh to be known openly. If thou do these things, shew thyself to the
world.
5 For neither did his brethren believe in him.

Luke 10:13-16
13 Woe unto thee, Chorazin! woe unto thee, Bethsaida! for if the mighty
works had been done in Tyre and Sidon, which have been done in you, they
had a great while ago repented, sitting in sackcloth and ashes.
14 But it shall be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the judgment, than
for you.
15 And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted to heaven, shalt be thrust down
to hell.
16 He that heareth you heareth me; and he that despiseth you despiseth me;
and he that despiseth me despiseth him that sent me.

Luke 9:54-56
54 And when his disciples James and John saw this, they said, Lord, wilt
thou that we command fire to come down from heaven, and consume them, even
as Elias did?
55 But he turned, and rebuked them, and said, Ye know not what manner of
spirit ye are of.
56 For the Son of man is not come to destroy men’s lives, but to save
them. And they went to another village.

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Flesh v/s Spirit

Galatians 5:17 For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit
against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye
cannot do the things that ye would.

Yesterday we saw about Grace v/s Works, that works is not against grace,
what matters is what kind of works. Works of righteous go against grace but
works of faith keep the flow of grace and also increase it into all areas
of our lives.

Today the Lord is bringing our attention to another two points of
contradiction - flesh and spirit. We know the term flesh speaks of the
carnal aspect of a person and not the literal meat. But we see when Jesus
said unless we eat His flesh we will not have life. When the Jews heard it
they were shocked.

We need to keep in mind Jesus did not preach in Greek (even if He knew it),
He preached in Hebrew to the Jews and Aramaic to the common people. So we
need to see to whom He was talking to, to take the root meaning of the
word. In Hebrew the root meaning of the word ‘basar’ for ‘flesh’ is good
news / gospel / tiding. So when Jesus said unless we eat His flesh, we will
have no life, He did not mean literal flesh but meant unless we receive His
Gospel we will have no life. So when we break bread (symbolizing His flesh)
and eat at a service, one of the things we do is declare we accept the
Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.

The world gives us a gospel and the Kingdom of God gives us a Gospel. The
Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ is the Gospel of the spirit while the
gospel of the world is the gospel of carnal desires. Both the world and the
Kingdom of God are preaching unto us. What matters is whom we are listening
to and which gospel we are abiding in.

Like the worldly gospel keeps is going deeper and deeper into the desires
of the carnal person and is continuous so also Gospel of the Kingdom of God
is continuous and keeps lifting us up day by day as we keep receiving more
and more of it. The gospel of the world leads us to vanity and the Gospel
of the Kingdom of God to an abundance and eternal life.

Let us be cautious when we entertain our desires for are we giving into the
gospel of the flesh. Though we dwell in the flesh let us not give in to the
desires of the flesh. Needs and desires need to be distinguished by the
help of the Holy Spirit. It is only when we overcome the flesh by abiding
more towards the spirit we are truly called Sons of God.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord You are God and You are Spirit. Your ways are not man’s ways, your
thoughts are unlike man’s thoughts. Lord we pray even though we live in
this corrupt world and this corrupt flesh that feeds on desires, help us
control and overcome our desires to discern that is which is necessary and
which is not. We pray for abundance of the Spirit and for the necessities
of the flesh...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
John 6:51-53
51 I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of
this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my
flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.
52 The Jews therefore strove among themselves, saying, How can this man
give us his flesh to eat?
53 Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye
eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in
you.

Matthew 4:4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by
bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.

Matthew 26:41 Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the
spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.

John 3:6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born
of the Spirit is spirit.

Romans 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in
Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

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Grace v/s Work

Romans 2:13 (For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the
doers of the law shall be justified.

Today’s scripture touches on the popular debate of grace v/s work. Paul
speaks the words of Jesus (Matthew 7:21,24 Luke 6:47) and James (James
1:22), which echo the OT scriptures (Deuteronomy 4:1, Leviticus 18:5).
These scriptures seem to conflict with scriptures which state we are saved
by grace and grace alone, which is received by faith.

We need to break the grace scripture further to understand it, it says if I
believe in the Lord Jesus Christ (have faith) I receive His grace and am
saved. There is one aspect of faith is that it needs to be maintained and
grown along its various stages which according to the Bible are stated as
hope, trust, little faith, faith and authority. Jesus was not called ‘man
with faith’ but called ‘man with authority’. Authority is the perfectness
of faith. Those who have authority are called Sons of God.

Today message does not speak of works of righteousness. The word translated
as justified is the Greek word ‘dikaioo’ which means righteousness. It says
the person who works to keep the law is made righteous. The works it speaks
of is works of righteousness but works of faith, meaning works which help
keep the faith and grow the faith. If we believe in God can we reject His
Law? If faith is lost than grace is also lost.

The good works we do not justify us but the works we do to show and believe
in the goodness of God, do justify us. Jesus gave us a mission to reach out
to the lost by giving them the Gospel, to build them and make them His
disciples; He did this not that god needs our help or He needs followers.
God has sufficient Angels who can minister to all the lost and an Angel can
do a better job than hundreds of us. But yet God instructs us to reach out
and build the faith of others, this is not to help God or do a favor on
others, but more so for our own selves. While we build others, we get build..

We as bride of the Lord Jesus Christ are one body. Each one of us will not
reach perfection by ourselves, but by building each other we keep growing
in faith, knowledge and understanding. As our faith increases the Holy
Spirit reveals more and more of the truth and the day the truth is whole in
us we become men of authority like Jesus was as man, it is then we are set
free and justified to enter Heaven. Man lost the Fruit of truth and
righteousness by eating the forbidden fruit of doubt (Good and Evil), so by
knowing the truth he receives the Fruit of righteousness and is made
righteous.

In the parable of the virgins the flame (lamps) symbolized faith and the
oil symbolized works of faith. Due to their laziness they had no oil to
keep the flame burning thus were not allowed to enter the Kingdom of God.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord You are Holy, Righteous and Truth. Man became a corrupt being when sin
corrupted him. Being corrupt man could not dwell before You. You Lord,
moved him out so that he could be made whole by your Spirit, who is made
available by your sacrifice for our sins. It is by grace we receive your
Spirit and it is by the working of the Spirit in us that we are made whole
and are justified. Lord we pray we understand the difference between works
of righteousness and works of faith. We pray we are not fooled like the
lazy virgins that did not keeping the flame burning and still expected to
enter Heaven...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
James 1:22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving
your own selves.

Matthew 7:21 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.

Matthew 7:24 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth
them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:

Luke 6:47 Whosoever cometh to me, and heareth my sayings, and doeth them,
I will shew you to whom he is like:

Romans 10:9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and
shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou
shalt be saved.

Deuteronomy 4:1 Now therefore hearken, O Israel, unto the statutes and
unto the judgments, which I teach you, for to do them, that ye may live,
and go in and possess the land which the LORD God of your fathers giveth
you.

Leviticus 18:5 Ye shall therefore keep my statutes, and my judgments:
which if a man do, he shall live in them: I am the LORD.

Romans 2:12 For as many as have sinned without law shall also perish
without law: and as many as have sinned in the law shall be judged by the
law;

Titus 3:5 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according
to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of
the Holy Spirit;

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

Matthew 25:1-12

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Sinning against a Man or Woman of God

2 Corinthians 13: 2,3 I told you before, and foretell you, as if I were
present, the second time; and being absent now I write to them which
heretofore have sinned, and to all other, that, if I come again, I will not
spare: Since ye seek a proof of Christ speaking in me, which to you-ward is
not weak, but is mighty in you.

In today’s message we see Paul rebuking those who ‘sinned before’ and now
too are doing the same. If we look at what is the sin, we see in the next
verse it is about them question if Christ was truly speaking through Paul.

Paul did have weaknesses and one of them ironically was pride, the very
thing which we will not associate Paul with. Paul did overcome this thorn;
he battled and overcame it only by the grace given to him.

Paul was very knowledgeable of scriptures and of the Kingdom of God. Paul
did have pride of what he knew. But the biggest problem with Paul was he
could deliver this knowledge in great power in writing but could not
delivery the same orally, since he was not a good orator. He called himself
as being ‘rude in speech’. There was even a case of person dosing off in
one of his session, falling of the window and dying but Paul did bring that
person back to life again.

Paul’s pride was hurt most by the people of Corinth because they compared
him to Timothy a student and spiritual son of Paul. Timothy being an
Evangelist had inherited the gift of being a powerful orator and thus
manifested it with power, like healing and deliverance. Paul did at time
speak with power but could not match up with a person who is having a
Calling of an Evangelist like Timothy. Paul took time to come to realize
his drawbacks.

All this said, some people of Corinth went over the fence and started
questioning if Christ was speaking through Paul. They did not give
attention to the matter which Paul spoke but concentrated more on his
delivery. Even though we can do everything, the Calling we are called with
does not change and all the gifts connected with it will manifest with
abundance. Paul being an Apostle had giftings in abundance according to his
Calling, but questioning if Christ spoke through him was questioning the
spirit in him.

As believers we are not questioned for our sins on Judgment Day, but that
does not mean all things are over looked. If we grieve the Holy Spirit we
are worse state than a heathen. There is another thing which Jesus warned
us that is if we called a brethren ‘raca’ or ‘you fool’, for this we will
be seriously questioned and punished with not getting entry to Heaven. If
we go into the root of the Greek words they do not mean which the English
translators put. Raca refers to one who does not have the Holy Spirit and
the word moros means having a mysterious spirit, in other words a person
having an evil spirit.

Unless we do not have a confirmation from the Holy Spirit we should not
accuse any brethren of not being a child of God (not having the Holy
Spirit) or of having an evil spirit. Doing this against an anointed Man of
God (person on mission) is the worst thing one would do, this was the sin
Paul speaks of in today’s message.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord You are a Holy God, You are Spirit. Those who are yours are marked
with the Spirit of your Son; they are called holy and righteous even though
they are far from being like You. You Lord are working in them and
transforming your people to manifest your glory in the time to come. Lord
we pray we understand our limitation and do not ever make the mistake of
naming anyone as being godless or with an evil spirit without You revealing
it to us...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
Ephesians 4:30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are
sealed unto the day of redemption.

Mark 3:29 But he that shall blaspheme against the Holy Spirit hath never
forgiveness, but is in danger of eternal damnation:

2 Corinthians 11:6 But though I be rude in speech, yet not in knowledge;
but we have been throughly made manifest among you in all things.

2 Corinthians 12:7-9
7 And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the
revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of
Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure.
8 For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me.
9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is
made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my
infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

Matthew 5:22 But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother
without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say
to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever
shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.

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In Christ all are equal

Galatians 3:28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor
free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.

We need large boards put up in every Church of this scripture for this
scripture address all the various aspects of humanity and states there is
total equality in Christ.

Neither Jew nor Greek:
There is no differentiation between people according to the language or
culture they belong.
There is no differentiation between people according to their race or
country. That means an Indian, American, Israelite or even Australian
aboriginal tribal and Amazonian pygmy etc. if believing and following
Christ is considered equal and same.

Neither Bond nor Free:
There is no differentiation between one’s social statuses. That means if
one is rich or poor, in high position or low position in the social fabric,
all are equal in the eyes of God.
There is no differentiation between one’s spiritual statuses. That means
the person who is new in Christ is loved as much as the one who is years
and years walking in the Lord. It also means one who is making hundreds of
mistakes and falling all the time is also loved as much as the one who
rarely makes mistakes.
There is no differentiation between high Calling and low Calling in the
eyes of God. That means an Apostle is loved as much as much as a Healer or
Administrator or Evangelist or Prophet or Teacher; or the other way around.

Neither Male nor Female:
There is no differentiation between one’s gender in the body of Christ /
Church. Yes there is a role play of gender in a marriage but not in the
working of God’s Kingdom. That means among those having a Calling (gold
vessels) a male Prophet or a female Prophetess, a male Teacher or female
Teacher, a male Apostle or a female Apostle etc. both are equal in the eyes
of God; even among those who have no Calling (silver vessels) a male
Believer or a female Believer both are equal in the eyes of God. Also among
the gold vessels and silver vessels there is no differentiation, both were
and are loved the same by the Lord and were kept is the same place in the
Tabernacle. As much right a male has to Pastor a congregation so also the
same right does a female have to Pastor a congregation.

John the Apostle did call himself as ‘one whom Jesus loved’, but if we see
the same term as used for Lazarus, for Mary the Magdalene and for Mary the
sister of Lazarus. Anyone who believes in Christ and is in Christ (follows
Him) can declare himself or herself as the one whom Christ loves. What is
very important is to be ‘in Christ’ that means to be His follower, not just
a believer but a follower.

We may have various levels of mission, like Peter, John and James were
given more attention by Jesus because we read later they were the ones who
headed the global Church along with Paul and Barnabas. Moses did speak to
the Lord face to face but yet Jesus said blessed is the one who has not
seen yet believed. Abraham was called lover (Hebrew word mistranslated as
‘friend’) and it was not him alone who was called lover for we who are
considered his children by our faith in Christ are also considered as His
lover / bride.

The Kingdom of God is black or white and does not have levels of grey. So
we are either in the Kingdom or not in the Kingdom. We can gain more or
less in the Kingdom not because of our race, country, social status,
spiritual status but only by our commitment, perseverance, dedication and
consistency in doing His Will.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord You are Almighty and Omnipresent, yet Heaven is called your Abode not
because You are only the higher Heavens but because your glory shines more
in the higher Heavens than in the lower Heavens like our creation or Hell.
Lord may we realize our position in Heaven matter only on one factor how
much we glorify You in our lives and in the lives of others. We pray we
understand one seed has the same potential to make a forest as much as many
do. We pray we use the little we have and do the best we can, let us not
differentiate other in your eyes...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
Galatians 3:26-29
26 For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.
27 For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ..
28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there
is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.
29 And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according
to the promise.

2 Chronicles 20:7 Art not thou our God, who didst drive out the
inhabitants of this land before thy people Israel, and gavest it to the
seed of Abraham thy friend [‘ahab - lover] for ever?

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

James 2:23 And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed
God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the
Friend [pilo - friend / associate] of God. [James was referring to the OT
scripture]

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Not attracting the limelight on oneself

John 4:1-3 When therefore the Lord knew how the Pharisees had heard that
Jesus made and baptized more disciples than John, (Though Jesus himself
baptized not, but his disciples,) He left Judaea, and departed again into
Galilee.

John the Baptist was not only a hero of the NT but also of the OT. He was
Elijah who came back to be the one who announces the coming of the Savior.
As Elijah he had rocked the people with the great miracles he did and thus
attracted a lot of glory for himself. So much so that he was the only
prophet to be rebuke by Jesus. But as John he took a life of repentance
from early stages itself and brought people also to repent and accept the
ways of the Lord.

John the Baptist adopted water baptism which was not something he created
but something that existed from the times of Maccabees and was a Pharisee
(righteous men - the Hebrew word means to be distinct) way of life. John
made water baptism very famous so much so that people repented by the
thousands and Jesus Himself stated John took the Heavens by force.

Jesus too encouraged water baptism; He Himself took not because He needed
to repent but because He needed to fulfill prophecy. His disciples water
baptized more people than even John but we read Jesus Himself did not water
baptize anyone.

Water baptism can be equated to the tradition of exchanging rings during
marriage, which is good and significant. But by exchanging rings a marriage
is performed. Exchanging rings is symbolic and if not done, one can still
be married just by oath.

Another point we read in today’s message is when the Pharisees saw that
Jesus (His team) had baptized more people than John (who was most famous
during that time) Jesus did not stay back to glory in His works, in fact He
fled to another place.

During elections or even when there is any small reason (especially in
India) we see politicians put big banners with their photos standing
prominent. These photos are so bog that if someone sees it from a mile they
will see the person. Politicians do it to attract people to them, even if
it is a party event yet they being self-centered make sure to promote
themselves first.

If we look at Christian events today and notice their banners, we see the
same mentality. In the name of promoting the event, people are promoting
themselves and taking glory. It is this glory that over the period destroys
the best and most spiritually strong.

There is no scripture which states Jesus sought glory to Himself. In
everything He did He glorified the Father and not Himself. The one place
where He was cornered to something that glorified Himself (the wedding at
Cana - turning water to wine), there too He protested and did it under
protest. Today this miracle is the most misunderstood and the most famously
misused miracle.

Let us understand the risk of seeking glory or letting people glorify us.
Glory only belongs to God and God alone. If Jesus being Lord as man did not
touch glory then how do we dare to do that?

[Prayer Starter]
Lord You alone are God and You alone are Holy. You do not change for You
are perfect. None other than You are perfect even though they carry your
image. Lord we pray we understand the dangers of seeking glory or letting
other glorify us. Elijah did get a change to repent as John but we will not
so we need to repent in this life itself. Lord we pray we keep ourselves
humble always and only give You alone all the glory...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
Matthew 11:12-15
12 And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven
suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force.
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 9:54-56
54 And when his disciples James and John saw this, they said, Lord, wilt
thou that we command fire to come down from heaven, and consume them, even
as Elias did?
55 But he turned, and rebuked them, and said, Ye know not what manner of
spirit ye are of.
56 For the Son of man is not come to destroy men’s lives, but to save
them. And they went to another village.

John 2:4,11
4 Jesus saith unto her, Woman, what have I to do with thee? mine hour is
not yet come.
11 This beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galilee, and manifested
forth his glory; and his disciples believed on him.

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Who is teaching you?

Luke 24: 31 And their eyes were opened, and they knew him; and he vanished
out of their sight.

In today’s scripture, we see it speaks of people whose ‘eyes opened’ and
they came to know Jesus. These people were neither blind nor
unknowledgeable. These people had eyes that could see and were aware of all
the events that happened and all that was spoken about among the people,
but they could not put the two plus two together to make four. What they
lacked was understanding and the wisdom to understand.

When they broke bread the Lord ministered to them and their received the
gift of wisdom to understand the discussion at hand and thus they came to
know Christ. In simple words the Lord revealed to them what they were
discussing.

Bible instructs us to read and study the Word of God but it also says it is
only the Lord who reveals it to us.

In one of the old ministries I was as a Catholic, the person who was
leading it was the person who made me understand the importance of
scriptures and how we need to have faith in them. He would get his
understand from books which he read. Initially he could enlighten us but
soon it started becoming stale messages. Once a brother took courage to
tell him ‘brother why do you warm yesterday’s roti (Indian bread) and give
us’, this offended him. He responded negatively and the ministry broke up
but even after many years he has not changed, he preaches the same thing
yet again and again. He does have a large congregation but fails to make
any disciples for Christ.

We are call not to eat Manna (unknown Heavenly food); we are called to eat
Living Bread (revealed Heavenly food). This happens only with the help of
the Holy Spirit.

Unless we do not give Living Bread unto the people we will not see any
change in them. Human knowledge is good and very pleasing but does no bring
change. It is only Heavenly understanding (Revelation) that transforms man
and makes him into a new creature.

As we read and study scriptures, let us ask the Holy Spirit to reveal them
to us. Bible says He desires to reveal them to us when we ask. The
revelation may come instantly, in the course of the day, week or even
months. As soon He gets the other points into us He will put the whole
picture together for us. That means the more and the quicker, inputs we
take in easier it becomes for Him to reveal them to us.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord You are All Knowing God. Time, space and matter does not bind You. You
are Truth for You do not change. You desire to reveal yourself unto us but
wait for us to seek You and take the step towards You. Lord we pray we be
ministered by Angels like Jesus Christ as man was, we be ministered by the
Holy Spirit like Jesus Christ was. We pray we learn more from You than from
man...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
Matthew 11:27 All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man
knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save
the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him.

Philippians 3:15 Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded:
and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto
you.

Luke 24:43-45
43 And he took it, and did eat before them.
44 And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you,
while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were
written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms,
concerning me.
45 Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the
scriptures,

John 6:51 I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man
eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give
is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.

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Being in authority even though imperfect

2 Corinthians 10:1 Now I Paul myself beseech you by the meekness and
gentleness of Christ, who in presence am base among you, but being absent
am bold toward you:

When we read some translations one wonders why the translators used certain
words. They make the text look more philosophic than what it is (pure
truth).

Let us take today’s message we see the word translated as meekness is the
Greek word ‘praotes’ which speaks of having power but not using it, i.e. a
crocodile has powerful jaws which can crush a skull yet is gentle to
transport its own eggs or its little ones. The Greek word ‘epieikeia’
translated as gentleness is a compound word of ‘on’ and ‘like’, it occurs
twice in this form and in Acts 24:4 is translated as clemency. Paul was in
the first half of his sentence was saying even though I have power I am not
using it and at the same time saying that he has not become fully like
Christ but was himself under process of becoming like Him. So Paul was
stating that the power he wielded was not because he was perfect but
because of his maturity in spirit; and this maturity was yet not perfect.

Let us not assume those who are set above us are perfect. They too are in
the process of being molded in the image of Christ. They are set above us
only because they are more mature in spirit by their knowledge, wisdom,
patience, giftings and walk in Christ.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord, You are Merciful and Loving God. Even in your Righteousness and
Holiness, You Lord show mercy and love that You reach out to the guilty and
transform them so as to justify them. We pray Lord we acknowledge our
weaknesses as we help others to overcome theirs. We pray we do not expect
people to be perfect for all are in the process of perfection at various
stages...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
Acts 24:4 Notwithstanding, that I be not further tedious unto thee, I pray
thee that thou wouldest hear us of thy clemency a few words.

2 Timothy 2:24-26
24 And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all
men, apt to teach, patient,
25 In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God
peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth;
26 And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who
are taken captive by him at his will.

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We are Hebrew

Acts 7:5 And he gave him none inheritance in it, no, not so much as to set
his foot on: yet he promised that he would give it to him for a possession,
and to his seed after him, when as yet he had no child.

When we did not know Christ we were worldly people, we loved the world and
the things of the world. Now we are told not to love the things of the
world but love the things of the Kingdom of God that is, love spiritual
things and not material things. Yet we find Christians do not get this into
them. The worse thing is the Preachers themselves are setting wrong
examples by hoarding worldly materials. One sees the lifestyle of the
Preachers change as the crowd increases; their dressing, their residence,
their vehicles, their mobiles, their gadgets etc… all are the best of best.
They say ‘their God is rich’. Their ‘rich god’ must be very poor to value
these useless things. What these people think is that their giftings are a
confirmation of their relationship with God. They do not realize even if a
person goes far from God, God does not take back the gifts He has given.
But like in the case of Balaam He makes the same gift become a cause of
that person’s destruction.

We do not read of Jesus or His disciples preach of fulfillment of the land
promised to Abraham or Israel. In fact Jesus who is the seed in whom all
the promises are fulfilled said His Kingdom is not of this world. Yet we
find Christians supporting or pursuing the fulfillment of worldly land to
the Jews.

One may think why I gave the title ‘We are Hebrew’ to today’s message. The
word Hebrew is not to do with the language which the Jews speak but to do
the meaning of the word. The word Hebrew means ‘from the land beyond’. The
‘beyond’ does not refer to a specific place but speak of the people being
nomads, people without earthly land. Abraham was a nomad. God did give him
a place to settle but none of the place did he have as his own as written
in today’s message. Land of the Canaanites may have had a worldly reference
but God did not really promise that. If He really did promise then His hand
was not short to have not fulfilled it. Even King David did not try to take
hold of all the land earmarked but left part of it even though he could
easily have, God did not correct him for not doings so. If we understand
the symbolic meanings of these references we will be in awe of all that God
has promised for us in Heaven.

God says those who seek worldly things will lose the spiritual things. If
we love the world than Heaven is far from us and the wrath of God is on us.

Let us always consider ourselves Hebrew, as people of the land beyond, as
aliens in this world, people who are just passing through this world.
People who are come for a mission and will leave to the Father’s Home once
the mission is complete.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord You are God and everything that exist is made by You. You made this
natural world not as our permanent dwelling place, but for a period so as
to gather, to transform your people, to overcome darkness and to make them
worthy to dwell forever in your abode. Help us Lord to not lose the things
of Heaven by loving the earthly things. Let not the wrath of God be on us
who know the truth yet deceive ourselves...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
Colossians 3: 2,5-7
2 Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.
5 Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication,
uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness,
which is idolatry:
6 For which things’ sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of
disobedience:
7 In the which ye also walked some time, when ye lived in them.

John 18:36 Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom
were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be
delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence.

James 2:5 Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of
this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised
to them that love him?

Matthew 19:23 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, Verily I say unto you,
That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven.

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Not only will the world hate you

1 John 3:13 Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hate you.

We all are told in the beginning when we accept Christ the world will hate
us because the world hated Him first, because the world hates the truth,
because the Kingdom of God is not of this world etc...

In today’s message John is not speaking just of the world hating us, if we
look at the verse before it he speaks of the hate of Cain against Abel.
Cain was not an outsider but Abel’s brethren and both believed and
worshipped the same Lord. The hate of Cain against Abel was because Abel
was more righteous than Cain. It was not that Abel did greater works than
Cain, or was holier than Cain. The only things that made Abel to please God
more than Cain, was Abel understood God better and His desires better.

If we look between Cain and Abel, Cain actually did more efforts compared
to Abel yet he did not please God. So the amount of works we do does not
matter, what matters is what we do, is it according to the heart of God.
David pleased God because he walked according to the heart of God, even
though he struggled and failed not just once but more than once, yet just
because he knew what the Lord desired and tried to abide in it, he pleased
God.

More than the people of the world who hate us will be brethren who do not
walk according to the heart of God since they really do not know God and
are far from Him. These misled-righteous brethren will go to any extend to
destroy our spiritual lives, to spiritually murder us but we are told we
should not care. These people may put us down but it is the Lord who will
lift us up.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord You are Almighty, Righteous and Holy God. Your ways are unlike the
ways of man. Only those who really know You are the ones who can walk in
your ways. Lord we pray we know You not like the world knows You but like
Abel, David, Abraham and the few others knew You and were considered
righteous...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
1 John 3:11-16
11 For this is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we
should love one another.
12 Not as Cain, who was of that wicked one, and slew his brother. And
wherefore slew he him? Because his own works were evil, and his brother’s
righteous.
13 Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hate you.
14 We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the
brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death.
15 Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no
murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.
16 Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for
us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.

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A Year of Persecution

Revelation 11: 15 And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the
rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman,
and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the
mountains;

About a week back I was invited to preach at a Church in Gujarat and there
I was surprised to what the Lord was doing. Gujarat is known to be a state
of many hardcore Hindu fascists and they hate not only one specific other
religion but every other religion which does not follow the Hindu ideology.
Yet in that state the Lord was working in an awesome way. When I went there
I was not aware of the people or the situation there and the Lord commanded
me to teach on evil spirits and on Satan. Normally I avoid taking this
topic in depth for I better preach of the things of light then of darkness.
But later I realized a large percentage of the people who accepted Christ
there were having demonic issues and through deliverance they had receiving
healings and release from problems.

In the book of Acts we see the Church grew when they were persecuted. Does
that mean persecution is good?

Many theologians believe even after Pentecost the twelve Disciples of
Christ stayed put in Jerusalem and it was only when God bought Paul in the
picture, that they too got up and got going.

We people are somewhat stiff-necked like the Israelites even after we have
seen the glory of God we sit on our fat backside when it comes to doing
work for the Lord’s Kingdom. Let us get it inside us the timeline of events
are already written and we are in that timeline. The major events have
already been declared and they will come to pass, we like it or not. You
and I, if we do not get moving we will be moved. As I sat asking the Lord
what is due for this year I was given the message of persecution. We can
look at it as persecution or as growth of the Church.

This year we like or not the Church of the Lord will grow, with us moving
according to His Will or we will be moved into doing it.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord, You are God and everything is created by You. You created everything
for a purpose and not for vanity. You are Lord of your Word and it will
come to pass. Lord we pray we submit to your Will than to be made to
submit. As your Word says You do not give up on your people and will see
them through unto victory. Lord we pray we hold on to You through this
coming year so that we do not be shaken...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
Numbers 11:23 And the LORD said unto Moses, Is the LORD’S hand waxed
short? thou shalt see now whether my word shall come to pass unto thee or
not.

Matthew 24:34-35
34 Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these
things be fulfilled.
35 Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.
Wishing you a Spirit filled and Blessed Year 2018.

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God did not spare the natural children of Abraham

Romans 11: 16-21
For if the firstfruit be holy, the lump is also holy: and if the root be
holy, so are the branches. And if some of the branches be broken off, and
thou, being a wild olive tree, wert graffed in among them, and with them
partakest of the root and fatness of the olive tree; Boast not against the
branches. But if thou boast, thou bearest not the root, but the root thee.
Thou wilt say then, The branches were broken off, that I might be graffed
in. Well; because of unbelief they were broken off, and thou standest by
faith. Be not highminded, but fear: For if God spared not the natural
branches, take heed lest he also spare not thee.

In South India we have Christian Churches which have different
congregations meetings and even places of meeting (Churches) according to
their caste. The Pastors justify this as being Biblical by saying God
separated Israel according to various tribes. When one hears this one is
just dumbstruck to even answer such dumb people who dare to call themselves
Christians.

We may be disturbed by such people but are not disturbed when most
Christians consider Jews/Israelites to be people of higher caste/race or as
special people. No doubt God did bless the descendants of Abraham, Isaac
and Jacob, but was the blessing beyond this natural world? NO.

In today’s message Paul clearly says we (gentiles) who are considered as
wild olive tree were grated in place of the natural branch (the Jews who
rejected Christ). People may state this as ‘substitute theory’, but they
fail to realize Abraham was neither an Israelite nor a Jew; he belonged to
a pagan, idol worshiping family. When God chose Abraham, the Lord promised
in the Seed of Abraham would all the NATIONS of the world be blessed. God
did not say NATION but said MANY NATIONS. It is for this reason God
protected the Israelites and bore all their nonsense. At times these people
came to a point that God repented but yet He stood on His promise and bore
them. We see throughout the OT these people saw more of the wrath of God
then the heathens did. Once the Seed (Jesus Christ) came we see the Lord
reached out to all the nations of the world. Jesus Himself commissioned His
disciples to reach out to people throughout the world.

We are children of Abraham by faith and have replaced his natural children.
We have neither complemented nor supplemented them but literately replaced
them. This does not mean Jews will not enter Heaven but means even they,
only by having faith in Christ will inherit the Promised Land (Heaven).

As far as the 12 tribes of Israel are concern, one needs to remember they
were represented by the 12 precious stones on the breastplate of the High
Priest and in Revelation we see the foundation of Heaven is stated as being
made of these 12 stones; so the tribes were symbolic and a shadow of
spiritual things for us to understand the Spirit world.

Let us not be foolish to believe in caste system, or race or even the
concept of Israelite and non-Israelite, if we do, we actually land negating
that salvation is by faith in Christ and we are save only by grace received
through our faith in Him.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord, You are God and creator of everything that exists, there is no other
God than You. You planned the Savior of mankind to come from the weak so
that You will be magnified through their testimony. You Lord are no
respecter of man for all goodness comes only from You and all provision
also comes only from You. Lord we pray we do not differentiate people
according to natural characteristics but only according to spiritual
characteristics...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
Genesis 12:1-3
1 Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from
thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee:
2 And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make
thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:
3 And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee:
and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.

Genesis 17:4 As for me, behold, my covenant is with thee, and thou shalt
be a father of many nations.

Acts 1:8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Spirit is come
upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all
Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

Galatians 3:28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor
free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.

Colossians 3:11 Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor
uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and
in all.

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Prophesy and forbid not Tongues

1 Corinthians 13:39 Wherefore, brethren, covet to prophesy, and forbid not
to speak with tongues.

When the word ‘Prophecy’ is used people confuse it with word of knowledge /
whisper of the Holy Spirit. Prophesying means to speak the promises of God
into someone’s life or situation. To prophesy one does not need a gift but
when and what to prophesy one does.

Like we saw in our previous message God does all things at an appointed
time. The problem is not God needs to wait since He is unable to do it
immediately, the problem is God needs to wait since we are not set, or in
the right frame to receive from Him.

When it comes to ‘Tongues’, along with ‘Sabbath’ there is no other word
that causes greater debate amongst Christians. There are two lots of people
who object Tongues. One lot says Tongues are evil and should not be
entertained; they fail to read this and other scriptures regarding Tongues
which encourage or justify Tongues. There is the other lot which state
Tongues in a foreign language and not blabber. We also see many speak
foreign words or imitate a foreign language in the name of Tongues. They
fail to realize at Pentecost when the 120 (together) spoke in Tongues about
3000 people outside heard them (collectively) speak in their various
languages. It means each one heard them (collectively) speak in their own
language, that means what they uttered was heard by various people in their
own language. Tongues is a great challenge to Christians who are filled
with worldly knowledge, it is like antibiotics to worldly wisdom.

Both the ability to Prophesy or speak in Tongues are Gifts of the Holy
Spirit. Anyone baptized in the Holy Spirit can receive these gifts. In fact
we see in Acts these Gifts were a marker for those who were baptized in the
Holy Spirit; they manifested these gifts so much that people were more
confident about their Holy Spirit baptism than their Water Baptism.

Bible says anyone who lacks any Gift of the Holy Spirit, he or she just
needs to pray and God will be pleased to give them the same, also these
Gifts can be transferred unto others by laying of hands.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord You are full of wisdom and your wisdom is beyond measure. You Lord in
your wisdom gave us the Gifts of Prophesy and Tongues, for You know that
worldly wisdom is pure vanity. We pray Lord your people seek true wisdom
and not vanity...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
Acts 2:4-8,41
4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, 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?
41 Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day
there were added unto them about three thousand souls.

Acts 10:44-48
44 While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Spirit fell on all them
which heard the word.
45 And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as
came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift
of the Holy Spirit.
46 For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God. Then answered
Peter,
47 Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have
received the Holy Spirit as well as we?
48 And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord. Then
prayed they him to tarry certain days.

1 Timothy 4:14 Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee
by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery.

Luke 11:13 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your
children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to
them that ask him?

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Work for the good

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

When we read scriptures every word is of great importance and none can be
ignored be it the ‘if’s, ‘and’s, ‘then’s, ‘so’s etc...

Today’s verse starts with an ‘and’ thus is connected to the previous
scripture/s. The context starts with verse 24 and when we read through
verses 24 to 28, it gives a clear understanding of the context.

We all know we are justified by faith and faith alone. Our faith walk
starts with hope, it grows to trust, to little faith, to faith and
ultimately to authority. This we understand by the various Greek words used
in the manuscripts.

Elpis - hope
Peitho - trust
Oligopistos - little faith
Pistis - faith
Exousia - authority

Jesus was not called a ‘man of faith’ but called ‘man of authority’. When
faith is perfected it transforms to knowing what we are and thus not called
faith but is called authority.

Today’s message talks of the Holy Spirit working in us to build us from
hope to authority. We initiate this process with having hope in Christ but
after that it is the Holy Spirit who takes charge of things. It is He and
only Him alone who works on our hope to grow it into trust, then to little
faith, then to faith and ultimately into authority. Those having authority
are called Sons of God / Israel / Prince of God. Through all this process
it is our love for God that is like glue that keeps us going. The day we
stop loving Him then we fall out of this process for even the Holy Spirit
cannot do anything with us, since God follows the principle of free will.

Today’s scripture does not say God makes things that are good for us
according to our understanding, but says He makes situations for us
according to what is necessary for us to change so that the process is
complete in us (collectively). What may surprise all is through the
millions and trillions we produce only 2 Sons of God (the two witnesses) at
the end and that too satisfies God. It is only when we understand this we
will understand why we need to build each other, support each other and
work as a body while the Holy Spirit builds us.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord You are Holy, Righteous and True. Before You Lord, corruption cannot
continue to exist. Your Word says You do not give up on your people. Lord
we pray we surrender to the Holy Spirit and not make things difficult for
us by resisting Him and His work in us...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
Romans 8:24-28
24 For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a
man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?
25 But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for
it.
26 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what
we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession
for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
27 And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the
Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will
of God.
28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love
God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

Revelation 11:3-12

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Beholding His glory as in a mirror

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

God the Son humbling Himself, coming as man and being lifted up is what we
see as the great glory of God but today’s message says it is like seeing
the glory in a mirror.

This creation was made by the Son for a purpose and that purpose is to be
edified in Him. As today’s scripture says from glory to glory by the Spirit
of the Lord (Son). We have received the Spirit of the Son by our faith in
Jesus Christ and it is only by His Spirit that we are transformed into Sons
of God. Our going to Heaven is not the end of the story but God has great
things set for us even there for God is an always prospering God.

Today the Lord is telling us when the Angels sang ‘Glory to God in the
highest’ they sang about the glory which was to come now that the Word had
manifested in the flesh.

Let our eyes be like the Angels set on the glory which is to come.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord You are God and yet You humbled yourself and became your creation. You
Lord wanted man to have victory over darkness by your light shining through
man. Lord we pray we be focused on the glory of the Son of Man for in His
glory is ours...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptuers]
Galatians 4:6 And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of
his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.

Romans 8:9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that
the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of
Christ, he is none of his.

Philippians 1:19 For I know that this shall turn to my salvation through
your prayer, and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ,

Matthew 16:27 For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father
with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works.

Luke 2:10-15
10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good
tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is
Christ the Lord.
12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in
swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host
praising God, and saying,
14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
15 And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into
heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto
Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath
made known unto us.

Luke 21:27 And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with
power and great glory.

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Showing Himself at the appointed time

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

In today’s message we read of Jesus Christ showing Himself to His disciples
at the Sea of Tiberias / Sea of Galilee. They had travelled all the way
there since Christ had instructed them in advance of this appointment.

In the Bible we see every major incident was foretold. God sent His
Prophets to inform the people, be it a good event or even a bad event, He
always fixed an appointment.

We see today’s Christians are worshipping neither the God of the OT nor
Christ of the NT who does fix an appointment. Christians say Christ came
without informing when He would come so have chosen a day (which was a
pagan feast) as a day to celebrate the coming of Christ. They are behaving
like the Jews who were ignorant of His coming unlike the wise men who did.

If we go for an appointment set by X person we will meet the X person but
if we go to an appointment fixed by Y person and expect to meet X person,
will we meet the X person?

Bible says Jehovah set an appointed time for every feast and every feast
was a shadow of Christ. Like His death and Resurrection was a shadowed by
the Passover / Paschal sacrifice & the Wave / Peace sacrifice, similarly
the Church receiving His Spirit was shadowed by feast of Pentecost / feast
of Harvest and His birth was shadowed by the feast of the Tabernacle /
Booths (tents) (God came as man / left His abode and dwelled in a tent).

Bible also says Pharaoh was wiped out all because he did not meet the
appointed time so God hardened his heart and led him to his destruction.

Let us not harden our hearts to the Word of God and miss the appointed time
that we become a case like Pharaoh. God is not insane to fix a time and
then say it does not matter. Everything that God says or does has a reason,
and that reason enlightens our path to follow Him better so as to know Him
better.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord You are God of order and not of confusion. Lord You are a Holy God and
yet we take your name and connect it to a blasphemous ritual called Mass
(ChristMass). Lord we pray you enlighten your people by opening their eyes
to the truth so that they walk more sturdily on your path...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
Matthew 28:16 Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, into a
mountain where Jesus had appointed them.

Exodus 9:5 And Jehovah appointed a set time, saying, To-morrow Jehovah
shall do this thing in the land.

Exodus 23:15 The feast of unleavened bread shalt thou keep: seven days
thou shalt eat unleavened bread, as I commanded thee, at the time appointed
in the month Abib (for in it thou camest out from Egypt); and none shall
appear before me empty:

Jeremiah 46:17 They cried there, Pharaoh king of Egypt is but a noise; he
hath let the appointed time pass by.

Leviticus 23:34-36,39-43
34 Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, The fifteenth day of this
seventh month shall be the feast of tabernacles for seven days unto the
LORD.
35 On the first day shall be an holy convocation: ye shall do no servile
work therein.
36 Seven days ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD: on
the eighth day shall be an holy convocation unto you; and ye shall offer an
offering made by fire unto the LORD: it is a solemn assembly; and ye shall
do no servile work therein.
39 Also in the fifteenth day of the seventh month, when ye have gathered
in the fruit of the land, ye shall keep a feast unto the LORD seven days:
on the first day shall be a sabbath, and on the eighth day shall be a
sabbath.
40 And ye shall take you on the first day the boughs of goodly trees,
branches of palm trees, and the boughs of thick trees, and willows of the
brook; and ye shall rejoice before the LORD your God seven days.
41 And ye shall keep it a feast unto Jehovah seven days in the year: it is
a statute for ever throughout your generations; ye shall keep it in the
seventh month.
42 Ye shall dwell in booths seven days; all that are home-born in Israel
shall dwell in booths;
43 that your generations may know that I made the children of Israel to
dwell in booths, when I brought them out of the land of Egypt: I am Jehovah
your God.

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Only to those who believe

Galatians 3:22 But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the
promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe.

God did love the world and thus sent His begotten Son to save it but yet
all are not saved.

Such a statement does not question the competency of the Son since man used
his free will to sin thus to see salvation also it is only by his free
will. That means if man wants to be saved he needs to believe. Only those
who believe in the Lord are the ones who are saved and that does not mean
believing about the existence of God, for Satan also knows God exist and
even fears God but due to the hardness of his heart he does not listen to
God.

Believing in God means to abide in the Lord that is abiding in His Word.
Sin came when man rejected the Truth / Word of God by eating the fruit of
doubt (knowledge of Good and Bad). Since truth got corrupted he lost the
Fruit of Truth and thus also lost the Fruit of Righteousness (that is why
Adam and Eve experienced nakedness). Righteousness is closely bounded with
Truth since to do the Will one needs to know it.

When we acknowledge the Lord we realize how great a sinner we are; when we
repent and accept the Lord we are on the journey to know the truth.

One place where all err is that people think they know or will know the
whole truth individually. No person will know the whole truth individually,
we collectively as one body come to know the truth and the day we know the
whole truth is the day God says it is sufficient and calls man up
(transfigures/rapture). Jesus as man is the only one who knew the whole
truth since He was born without sin and saw no sin or corruption. His
transfiguration before a select few witnesses was evidence of Him
overcoming sin and we who follow Him, we too will overcome. We need to also
understand we know the truth only through the Holy Spirit, for He is the
revealer of the Truth and the Spirit of Truth.

Today’s message tells us that the promise of eternal life (Heaven) is
received only through our faith in Jesus Christ that is by us following Him
(not just acknowledging Him). It also means we need to remain in Him until
we sleep. That means if I choose to follow Him today but reject Him days
before I die then I am lost and unsaved.

The Lord knowing that to grow in faith we cannot do it by ourselves thus
gave us His Spirit (Spirit of the Son) as a Helper, Counselor, Teacher and
Comforter. It is only with His help we remain in the faith and we grow in
the faith to collectively know the Truth and be set free.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord, You are a Holy and Righteous God. You alone are perfect thus You
were, are and will always be the same. Lord we pray that we overcome this
corruption by faith through knowing the Truth. We pray Lord we remain in
You and grow in You and thus stand before You on Judgment Day to receive
our promise in You...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
John 3:14-18

Romans 8:1-5,12-14

Revelation 11:3 -13

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Christ son of no man!

Luke 20:41 And he said unto them, How say they that Christ is David’s son?

In today’s message Jesus who was called ‘Son of David’, questions the
reference. Jesus in simple words says Christ is Lord, God and Creator of
all mankind so how could He be a son of David.

One of the greatest reasons that Catholics and Muslims are not Christians
is that they do not understand the relationship of the Lord Jesus Christ
with His creation as Son of Man, Son of God and also as God. I do not blame
them for this, since the problem exist even with Believers and that is why
we have concepts like 100percent man and 100percent God at the same time!

We are so worldly and materialistic that everything including in our
thinking taht even spiritual things we try to understand with natural
principles. I have some Christians who discuss the law of thermodynamics
with theology when explaining things like relationship between Father, Son
and Spirit!

Yes God has made the natural with design so that we understand the unseen
by the seen. But then we need to be careful not to take them literal or its
wrong symbolism. For example the serpent is used to symbolize Satan because
of it deceiving movement but also used to symbolize Christ on the cross for
it also symbolizes being curse as Christ was cursed for us and thus took
our curse away (for those who believe).

Jesus Christ was the son of Joseph and Mary yet He is referred to as being
without father or mother in Hebrews 6:20, 7:1-10. Since Melchisedec is
mentioned in between people think Melchisedec was made like Adam without a
father or mother. Melchisedec was an ordinary king of Jerusalem (previously
known as Salem) and there is no mention of him being an extra being in OT.
What Abraham and he did was symbolic and explained in Hebrews 7 as between
us and Christ.

Jesus did respect Mary as his mother but twice when He was upset with her
He did question her about her relationship with Him. First time during her
persisting Him to do a miracle for lack of wine at the wedding of Cana by
calling her ‘woman’ and second time when she feared He had an evil spirit
and came hurryingly to check on Him thus disturbing His preaching.

Jesus’ relationship with Mary can be today understood by the relationship
between with a child with its surrogate mother; it is born from the
mother’s womb but has no spiritual relationship with her. It is only by
this we will understanding how she being a virgin yet conceived and she not
being perfect yet He was.

Technically through Christ we do inherit the covenant and its blessings,
made with Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses and David for He was born as
an Israelite but at the same time He was the one who created them all and
the one made the covenant with them. It is for this reason the word
translated as covenant in OT refers to a contract to be fulfilled by two
individuals while in NT refers to a contract to be fulfilled by one
individual since God humbled Himself and took the form of man to fulfill
even the part of man.

Let us not make the Lord Jesus Christ into a deity like the Hindus do of
their gods. Let us understand there is only One God and yet the Son is God
for He came from the Father and the Holy Spirit is God for He is the Spirit
of the Son. Let us not understand spirit beings like we do to humans also
that Heaven is not an earthly grand resort so flesh and blood will not
inherit Heaven.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord You alone are God and there is none other than You. You are Spirit and
your Kingdom is spiritual. The natural will perish on its assigned day but
the spiritual will remain. Help us Lord to understand the spiritual so that
we understand the importance of being born again in the spirit and be like
the humbled Lord Jesus Christ, to be lifted up and glorified with Him...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
Hebrew 6:20, 7:1-10

1 Corinthians 15:45 And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a
living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.

Luke 20:41-44
41 And he said unto them, How say they that Christ is David’s son?
42 And David himself saith in the book of Psalms, The LORD said unto my
Lord, Sit thou on my right hand,
43 Till I make thine enemies thy footstool.
44 David therefore calleth him Lord, how is he then his son?

Mark 3:30-33
30 Because they said, He hath an unclean spirit.
31 There came then [the actual Greek text translates as - came therefore]
his brethren and his mother, and, standing without, sent unto him, calling
him.
32 And the multitude sat about him, and they said unto him, Behold, thy
mother and thy brethren without seek for thee.
33 And he answered them, saying, Who is my mother, or my brethren?

Colossians 1:12-17,20
12 Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers
of the inheritance of the saints in light:
13 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated
us into the kingdom of his dear Son:
14 In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of
sins:
15 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:
16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in
earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or
principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:
17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.
20 And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to
reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in
earth, or things in heaven.

Romans 1:20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world
are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his
eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:

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Did God change or negate the Covenant?

Hebrews 8:9 Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in
the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt;
because they continued not in my covenant, and I regarded them not, saith
the Lord.

N number of times I have seen Christians debating on the New and Old
Covenant and that is why they say the Bible is divided into 2, the Old
Testament and the New Testament. Due to this they stick more to the New
Testament and ignore the Old Testament. They do not realize Jesus, Paul,
Peter and others taught from the Old Testament. All the books of the New
Testament are rooted or loaded with teachings from the OT leaving for 2
books - Acts which is a chronology of the early Church and the Gospel of
John which is more an autobiography of Jesus Christ. Even the book of
Revelation is totally a preview explanation of prophecies from the OT (in a
jumbled order).

The Greek word diatheke / covenant occur 21 times in the NT. It is a
compound word which means ‘through’ and ‘setting’, so it talks of an
arrangement, the procedure and not the solemn agreement in OT, in Hebrew
‘beriyth’ which means ‘through a blood sacrifice’. This word covenant was
first used between the Lord and Noah when God made a covenant through him
with mankind.

Bible talks of only one Covenant between God and man like the Word of God
is one Word and not many words of God. That Word is the instruction to
fulfill the Covenant God made of saving man. The Covenant was started with
Noah and then continued and added on to with Abraham, Isaac, Jacob
(Israel), Moses, David and Jesus. The Covenant continued but God did change
one thing in between and that is the procedure of executing the covenant.
With Jesus the Lord added grace to the covenant and that is why we believe
in Jesus Christ are under grace.

An agreement is made between 2 persons and both have promises to fulfill.
All the promises which the Lord made with Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Israel,
Moses, David and Jesus are on us and we can claim every one of them. The
Jews had the promises but since they rejected Jesus, they rejected grace
and thus they lose all the promises / Covenant. Without grace no man can
fulfill their part of the agreement, it is only grace that keeps us in the
agreement / Covenant even though we do not fulfill our part of the
agreement.

In today’s message the Lord tells us about the new procedure, the procedure
of grace which we are under and how by this procedure we inherit the
Promised Land / Heaven.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord, You are Holy and Righteous God. Even though before You no evil can
sustain itself, yet in your mercy You gave it time. You did this so that
man can be saved and saved only by grace. The grace we claim through faith,
our faith in You and your Covenant which You bring to fulfillment through
our Lord Jesus Christ. Thank You Lord for the grace...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
Hebrews 8:7-13
7 For if that first covenant had been faultless, then should no place have
been sought for the second.
8 For finding fault with them, he saith, Behold, the days come, saith the
Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the
house of Judah:
9 Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day
when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because
they continued not in my covenant, and I regarded them not, saith the Lord.
10 For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel
after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and
write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be
to me a people:
11 And they shall not teach every man his neighbour, and every man his
brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to
the greatest.
12 For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and
their iniquities will I remember no more.
13 In that he saith, A new covenant, he hath made the first old. Now that
which decayeth and waxeth old is ready to vanish away.

Genesis 6:18 But with thee will I establish my covenant; and thou shalt
come into the ark, thou, and thy sons, and thy wife, and thy sons’ wives
with thee.

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

John 1:17 For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by
Jesus Christ.

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Covering the head

1 Corinthians 11:7,8 For a man indeed ought not to cover his head,
forasmuch as he is the image and glory of God: but the woman is the glory
of the man. For the man is not of the woman; but the woman of the man.

Just 2 days back I saw a picture of Bible related words written behind a
vehicle. It was written ‘women need to be silent’ and below that were the
words ‘go read the Bible’. The person was referring to Paul’s instructions
to the Church of Corinth. Today’s message is part of those instructions
wherein Paul tells men should not cover their heads while the women should.
Was Paul a sexist, discriminating between men and women?

If we look at the OT minutely even God was not discriminating against women
and in fact more biased towards women so as to protect them from the male
dominated traditions, i.e. a woman during her menstruation period was
considered ‘unfit’ / ‘unclean’ so that she gets rest from daily chores.

If we look at the scripture properly we will see Paul did not mean what
people think, the next verse says ‘for the man is not of the woman; but the
woman of the man’. It is true that Eve was made out of man but are all the
other men also made like Adam, out of dust and breathe life into, are they
all not born out of a woman?

Paul was not referring to the natural man and natural woman. In spirit all
men and women were made in the image of God and there is no natural gender
in the spirit-man but those who are in the image of the Father the gender
male is used; that is why it is written when God created men and women in
spirit the gender male is used for both.

In the natural when God created woman He did not make woman like He made
man but made her out of man, from the bone of man. Bone symbolizes
character and like the bones which give shape to our natural body, our
character gives shape to our spiritual body. It is for this reason Jesus
Christ was fatally bruised for us but yet none of His bones we allowed to
be broken.

Woman represents man and man represents the Christ since Christ was the
natural manifestation of the nature of God. So when Paul said women to keep
silent or to cover the head (submit to authority) he meant those (both male
and female) who are not in the nature of Christ, he was not referring to
the natural woman.

If we are not truly following Christ and not imitating Him then we are not
the one who should be preaching but be the ones to keep silent and submit
to authority. Authority does not come by position but by character and
Calling (again to do with the Spirit of the Son).

[Prayer Starter]
Lord You are Holy God. You Lord created man alone in your image that is why
only Sons of God have the ability to dwell with You eternally in Heaven.
You made woman so that we can understand your relationship with man. Lord
we pray we do not dwell in the natural differentiating between man and
woman but dwell in the spiritual distinguishing between your Nature and the
Adam (human) nature...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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

John 19:36 For these things were done, that the scripture should be
fulfilled, A bone of him shall not be broken.

Romans 8:1-5,14
1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ
Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from
the law of sin and death.
3 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh,
God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin,
condemned sin in the flesh:
4 That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not
after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but
they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.
14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.

John 15:6 If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is
withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are
burned.

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Let He alone be the purpose of our lives

Philippians 1:20 According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in
nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now
also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by
death.

An army solider, police officer, fireman etc. are professions we know
associated with men and women who live and die for the honor of their duty.
In uniform or out of uniform the nature within them changes once they have
joined the forces. It is true they glory themselves when they are in
uniform. What they honor most is to die in duty.

We as Christians need to learn to live our lives like we are in the forces,
not earthly but heavenly forces. If we know what awaits us after death, we
will surely live a better natural life. It is our ignorance that causes us
to err in this life and seek vanity.

In today’s message Paul speaks of the little he knew of the things that
await him after death, and that became an inspiration (hope) for him to
live as a true disciple of Christ while he was naturally alive and also
when he exited this world, so that he glorified Christ while he was alive
and also when he died.

Let us ask ourselves, are we living anywhere like Paul?
Is Christ the center of our lives?
Do we seek our own glory or His glory?

If we are people who get offended then we have put ourselves before Christ.
If we are people having no time for others or for the lost, we are seeking
our glory.
If we are people using the words ‘I’, ‘me’, ‘my’, ‘mine’ more often then we
have made ourselves the focus of our lives, not Christ.
If we desire people to appreciate us, honor us then we have put ourselves
in place of Christ in our lives and the lives of others; we have made
ourselves a savior.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord, You are Almighty God. In the Bible even though You are One God yet
You never failed to honor your Son and His Spirit, You lifted Him up for
the world to see. He too sought His glory in You and in You alone. Lord we
pray we being Disciples of Christ, may imitate Him. We pray we seek Him and
Him alone while breathe is in us and also when it leaves our natural body...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
1 Peter 4:16 Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed;
but let him glorify God on this behalf.

2 Corinthians 2:14-15
14 Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ,
and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place.
15 For we are unto God a sweet savour of Christ, in them that are saved,
and in them that perish:

Philippians 2:17 Yea, and if I be offered upon the sacrifice and service
of your faith, I joy, and rejoice with you all.

Romans 8:13 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.

Romans 14:8 For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we
die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the
Lord’s.

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