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Post  Admin on Thu 28 Dec 2017, 9:51 pm

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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Post  Admin on Tue 26 Dec 2017, 4:33 pm

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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Scripture is supreme

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.

These few days were days of experiences. I met various kinds of people at
various places. One thing I saw from them is that Churches are become
places of soul entertainment.

People come to church to hear what they want and when Pastors deliver what
people want to hear, then the magic happens, they just adore the Pastor and
praise him to great heights. When Pastors see this happen they like it.
This causes the people to destroy the Pastor and the Pastor to destroy the
people.

People like to hear only about the love and mercy of God. A God that
blesses, forgives, heals and opens the gates of Heaven wide so all can
enter. If we read the Word of God this is contrary to what it says. So if
your Pastor preaches only this then you need to run from that Church. The
Lord did not tell us to follow the Pastor but told us to follow the Word of
God and to be led by the Spirit of God. Pastor will not take us to Heaven
but the Word and Spirit of God will. Pastors are supposed to guide people
according to the Word and get them to have relationship with the Holy
Spirit.

If people correct us according to the Word, thank God for them. If it is
not for them, we are sure not to see Heaven but see the wrath of God.

God is love but people forget God is also Holy, Righteous and Truth. So
even though His love saves us, it is not at the cost of His Holiness,
Righteousness and Truth. His love brings us to the truth and the truth
transforms us to be holy and righteous. If the truth is not in us then His
love also is not in us and the transformation will not happen.

Today’s message tells us Word of God shows us our faults and at the same
time gives us the promises of God. When we repent for our faults and
believe in the promises then only we receive our glory in Jesus Christ.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord, You are Holy God, and in Heaven all beings worship You shouting
‘Holy, Holy, Holy’. Lord we pray we are not deceived by emotions and lies.
We pray we realize You and your love cannot be taken for granted. You bent
and set forth your Hand for man to be lifted up; You did not lower your
position. You were, You are and will always be the same. Lord we prayer we
need understand without internal change we cannot enter Heaven...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
Galatians 3:20-26
20 Now a mediator is not a mediator of one, but God is one.
21 Is the law then against the promises of God? God forbid: for if there
had been a law given which could have given life, verily righteousness
should have been by the law.
22 But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by
faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe.
23 But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the
faith which should afterwards be revealed.
24 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we
might be justified by faith.
25 But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.
26 For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.

Psalms 138:2 I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name
for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word
above all thy name.

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Suffer more than Christ!

2 Corinthians 11:24, 25 Of the Jews five times received I forty stripes
save one. Thrice was I beaten with rods, once was I stoned, thrice I
suffered shipwreck, a night and a day I have been in the deep;

Just a few days back a brother came back from Israel and was sharing his
experience there and one of the things he shared was his surprise to see
some South Koreans carry a large crucifix on the so assumed path which
Jesus took to Calvary. We also have regular accounts of people who crucify
themselves on crucifixes on ‘Good Friday’ in the Philippines. In other
places they scourge themselves by being whipped and tied to the crucifix.

Firstly we have a greatly distorted understanding of the Crucifixion of our
Lord Jesus Christ / Passion of Christ. By this fact one will understand how
the Beast deceives the whole world. This distorting is all because of the
Catholic Church, which goes by hearsay more than the Word of God. Even
though we Believers call ourselves as (Sola Scriptura) Word rooted people,
yet many anti-scriptural baggage we carry of the Catholic Church (Babylon
the Great which deceives the whole world - many generations).

When we say we are healed by the stripes of Jesus, it does not refer to
those caused by the Jews. Jews used standard whips which hardly tore the
flesh; it referred to the deep stripes which the Romans caused. They
inflected 100 stripes, delivered by 3 strong persons (in turns) and by
whips having 9 to 13 strands fastened with objects like glass bits, sharp
iron pieces etc. to its ends. Even the facts of how He was pierced and hung
on the crucifix or for how many days he was tortured and abused is all
hidden from people. All the dates and days are misreported on purpose so as
to hide the real suffering of Christ. The movie ‘Passion of Christ’ shows
not even 10percent of His real suffering.

What is more important to note is not just the suffering of Christ as man
but the suffering He endured from the foundation of creation for our sake
and that is thousands of times greater than what He bore on the crucifix.
That is why when we say ‘He loved us before we knew Him’ is one of the
greatest declarations of His love for us.

Paul knew of Christ’s suffering thus even though he was whipped by the Jews
5 times, beaten by rods thrice, almost stoned to death once and kept in
dark dungeons for days together yet he did not consider his suffering
anywhere close to what Christ suffered for us.

It is because we do not know Christ and what He has done for us that we
think we do great things and suffer great. Let us educate ourselves about
Him according to His Word and not accord to what people tell us of Him.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord You are eternal God. Beginning and end are not terms related to You
but You are the beginning and end of all living beings since all are
created by You. Lord we pray we understand the Word of God better and know
You better. Let us never compare our pain, sorrow or deeds ever with what
you have done for us...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
Acts 17:3 Opening and alleging, that Christ must needs have suffered, and
risen again from the dead; and that this Jesus, whom I preach to you, is
Christ.

Philippians 3:8 Yes doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the
excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have
suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win
Christ,

Hebrew 5:8-9
8 Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he
suffered;
9 And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation to all
them that obey him;

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

1 Peter 4:1-2
1 For as much then as Christ has suffered for us in the flesh, arm
yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that has suffered in the
flesh has ceased from sin;
2 That he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to the
lusts of men, but to the will of God.

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2 Only Christ can judge the spiritual
Sat Nov 11, 2017 6:09 pm (PST
Only Christ can judge the spiritual

1 Corinthians 2:15, 16 But he that is spiritual judges all things, yet he
himself is judged of no man. For who has known the mind of the Lord, that
he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.

The Greek word for judge is ‘krino’ and the word for discern is ‘diakrino’.
The Greek meaning of the word for ‘judge’ is to separate or choose and the
word for ‘discern’ being a compound word means to thoroughly inspect or
doubly judge.

Humans are advance beings mainly because they can discern things. Animals
discern only by natural senses but humans do so also using their mind. A
person is called mature (naturally and also spiritually) when one starts to
use and grow in discernment. So when we use our worldly senses of
discernment then we are called worldly mature and if we use our spiritual
discernment then we are called spiritually mature.

Today’s message tells us we who use our spiritual discernment can only be
judged by Christ, but if we do not use them then we fall under judgment of
people.

Let us not condemn people who judge us if we are walking in the natural.
Let us check our spiritual walk and our spiritual maturity before
condemning people for judging us.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord You are God and You alone are God. Even though You are above all
things yet You have put your Word above You. You Lord bring yourself under
submission of your Word. Lord we pray we discern our words, thoughts and
actions. Let everything about us be discerned by us so that we do not fall
under judgment of people but only by You...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
Luke 6:37 Judge not, and you shall not be judged: condemn not, and you
shall not be condemned: forgive, and you shall be forgiven:

Hebrews 5:14 But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even
those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good
and evil.

1 Corinthians 5:12 For what have I to do to judge them also that are
without? do not you judge them that are within?

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Warning of disaster

Acts 11:28 And there stood up one of them named Agabus, and signified by
the Spirit that there should be great dearth throughout all the world:
which came to pass in the days of Claudius Caesar.

In the Bible we see when sin increases beyond a threshold God intervenes
and we find disaster falls on man. If that place has even a handful of
people who truly walk in the ways of the Lord then that place is saved. We
also see when people of God are persecuted then God does let His wrath
fall, it may not happen immediately for God does give time for repentance.
God is slow to anger but not forgetful. He is merciful and does forgive but
only to those who repent. At times for the reason of our ancestors or love
ones we do not see the wrath of God.

Having Men or Women of God dwelling amongst us is very critical it is
because of them we do not perish. Problems may come but still life will not
perish.

In today’s message when people of God gathered to pray we see God sends a
warning about a great famine falling across the world. If we read a few
verses before it talks of the murder of Stephen and persecution of God’s
people.

Yesterday’s message we read of Paul calling himself chief sinner. Paul knew
he had his hand in the murder of Stephen since he was a religious guide to
the Jews at that time and it was he who gave his agreement to Stephen being
stoned to death. The people placing their garments at the feet of Paul Saul
(that was his full name, he was before called by this latter Jewish name
and not his Roman name) symbolized that Paul alone was responsible for this
death and they were just instruments of enacting it.

When people kill, persecute or mock a Man of God, it ignites the wrath of
God and disaster falls. God may punish a Man of God for his mistake but
then we do not have the right to point a finger at that man. Men and Women
of God are considered apple of His eyes (dear to Him). Unless God has
instructed us to rebuke a Man or Woman of God it is best we keep shut.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord You are an Loving Father. Even though You love all mankind yet only
those who harken unto your Word are the ones who are saved from hell,
amongst them only those who abide in your Will enter your Kingdom to enjoy
eternal and abundant life. Even amongst these only those who truly complete
the mission given to them enjoy a greater position in Heaven. Lord we pray
we understand how You love your people and how dear are those who are on
mission. We pray we do not err by touching or pointing a finger at your
dear ones and fall victim to your wrath...

This pray we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
Acts 11: 19 Now they which were scattered abroad upon the persecution that
arose about Stephen travelled as far as Phenice, and Cyprus, and Antioch,
preaching the word to none but unto the Jews only.

Genesis 18:23-33

Genesis 19:24-29

Matthew 10:14-15
14 And whoever shall not receive you, nor hear your words, when you depart
out of that house or city, shake off the dust of your feet.
15 Truly I say to you, It shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom
and Gomorrha in the day of judgment, than for that city.

Matthew 11:22-24
22 But I say to you, It shall be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the
day of judgment, than for you.
23 And you, Capernaum, which are exalted to heaven, shall be brought down
to hell: for if the mighty works, which have been done in you, had been
done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day.
24 But I say to you, That it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom
in the day of judgment, than for you.

Acts 7:58 And cast him out of the city, and stoned him: and the witnesses
laid down their clothes at a young man’s feet, whose name was Saul.

Acts 8: 1 And Saul was consenting to his death. And at that time there was
a great persecution against the church which was at Jerusalem; and they
were all scattered abroad throughout the regions of Judaea and Samaria,
except the apostles.

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Self-confirmation

2 Corinthians 12:12 Truly the signs of an apostle were wrought among you
in all patience, in signs, and wonders, and mighty deeds.

The people of Corinth were one hard lot for Paul. It was due to them that
Paul was under great stress in his spiritual life, for they started
comparing Paul with his own student Timothy.

Timothy was an Evangelist while Paul was an Apostle. Being an Evangelist
Timothy was blessed with the gift of being a good orator as well of doing
miracles while preaching. Paul too did miracles but on the other hand was
known to be very knowledgeable, and this was seen through his letters but
when it came to preaching even though he knew a lot, he was very bad at
putting it across in words in person. When he preached to crowds he would
literately put people to sleep. This Paul known by theologians to be humble
did have pride in himself until then (writing of his 2nd letter to the
Corinthians). He just could not take the fact he was compared to his own
student.

In today’s message we see Paul crediting himself as a good Apostle. Even
though he tries to credit himself as a great Apostle to the Church of
Corinth, in the same letter he also tells them about his battle with his
pride and how thrice the Lord told him that the grace on him was sufficient
to overcome this thorn.

In his later letter to the Romans Paul wrote about our battle with our
inner man / old man not just by knowledge through scriptures but also by
self-experience. Paul went through this battle of overcoming his pride and
we read in his latter letter he speaks of his complete victory of being an
overcomer. A man, who once said work out one’s salvation with fear and
trembling, was later confident when he knew he did overcome.

However great a Man of God one may be, there will be an area which the Lord
would want to work on and the more we do not allow Him, the more difficult
situations we will be faced with. Our problem may seem small to others but
since we try to cover it, the greater this battle will become for us.

For many things we can say ‘be like Paul’ but at this one point let us not
be like Paul but learn to surrender more gracefully. Let us not be a
testimony for others but learning for other’s testimonies overcome more
gracefully.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord You are Almighty God. When we are baptized in You, You Lord take away
most of our weakness and strengthen us in those areas. But then You keep
one area for us to battle with and overcome. Heaven is a place for
overcomers and since You desire us to dwell in Heaven with You therefore
You make us overcomers. Lord we pray we do not struggle that one area You
want us to overcome but acknowledge our weakness and by the help of your
Word and Spirit overcome that area...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
Acts 20:9 And there sat in a window a certain young man named Eutychus,
being fallen into a deep sleep: and as Paul was long preaching, he sunk
down with sleep, and fell down from the third loft, and was taken up dead.

2 Corinthians 10:10 For his letters, say they, are weighty and powerful;
but his bodily presence is weak, and his speech contemptible.

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

2 Corinthians 12:7-10, 12
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.
10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in
necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I
am weak, then am I strong.
21 And lest, when I come again, my God will humble me among you, and that
I shall bewail many which have sinned already, and have not repented of the
uncleanness and fornication and lasciviousness which they have committed.

2 Corinthians 13: 3 Since ye seek a proof of Christ speaking in me, which
to you-ward is not weak, but is mighty in you.

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.

Romans 6:6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the
body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.

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Paul the chief sinner!

1 Timothy 1:15 This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation,
that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.

Imagine someone telling you he is the worst criminal in the world. Think
what all thoughts will go in your head about that person. In today’s
message we see Paul confessing to be the greatest sinner that was before
Christ changed his life. Was Paul that bad?

Before I get to how bad Paul was, let us understand sin. Sin by definition
means breaking the commandment of God, so any person who breaks the
commandment of God is a sinner. We all know there were 10 Commandments
given to the children of Israel. Now were the commandments given in order
of their seriousness? No.

We see Jesus summarized all the ten into just two. That means the first 5
including the Sabbath commandment was to do with loving God and trusting
Him while the remaining 5 was about loving the people of God (neighbor). It
was this reason they were written on 2 tablets and not just 1.

Let us get it into ourselves there is no bigger sin or smaller sin; sin is
sin. Even if I murder a person or lie I have sinned. In the sight of man
the seriousness of the acts may vary but in the sight of God both are evil.
If He can forgive a liar then He can also forgive a killer.

Yes there are more serious sins but these are not dependent on the act but
on the person doing it. If the person is knowledgeable of the Kingdom of
God and has been given the grace and yet sins then that person is worse
than a killer who did not know God. It is for this reason the only sin not
forgivable is grieving the Holy Spirit. To grieve the Holy Spirit one needs
to be baptized in the Holy Spirit and matured in the Spirit to be in
communication with Him.

Before Paul came into the Lord he was a religious Jew who studied
scriptures and parroted them but did not understand them. He followed them
in the letter but never in the spirit. He had not reached the state of
being baptized in the Holy Spirit but continued to reject the Word of God
while claiming to follow it. So we see he had reached that state after
which there was no return or forgiveness.

Let us understand as Christians our sins are more serious in the eyes of
God than those who do not know Him. Let us also understand that as we are
maturing in the Holy Spirit we still have a chance of receiving God’s
forgiveness but once we are considered matured then we will be seriously
held responsible for even the smallest act of disobedience.

So as we grow in the Lord let us be more careful about our walk in Him, let
us not take our mistakes likely.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord You are a Holy God and You Lord desire your children to walk in
holiness. You know by themselves your children will never know holiness,
leave alone to become holy, for this reason You gave them your Spirit. Lord
we pray your people understand beyond your Spirit there is nothing that can
same us...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
Exodus 20: 22 And the LORD said unto Moses, Thus thou shalt say unto the
children of Israel, Ye have seen that I have talked with you from heaven.

Exodus 24:11-12
11 And on the nobles of the children of Israel he laid not his hand: also
they saw God, and did eat and drink.
12 And the LORD said to Moses, Come up to me into the mount, and be there:
and I will give you tables of stone, and a law, and commandments which I
have written; that you may teach them.

Exodus 31:18 And he gave to Moses, when he had made an end of communing
with him on mount Sinai, two tables of testimony, tables of stone, written
with the finger of God.

Matthew 22:37-40
37 Jesus said to him, You shall love the Lord your God with all your
heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.
38 This is the first and great commandment.
39 And the second is like to it, You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

Ephesians 4:30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby you are
sealed to the day of redemption.

Matthew 12:31 Why I say to you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be
forgiven to men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Spirit shall not be
forgiven to men.

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He comforts us in all our tribulation

2 Corinthians 1:3, 4 Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus
Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; Who comforteth
us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in
any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.

When we read the English translation of today’s message, it makes us to
believe that when we are in problems God helps us through them and thus
when others are in problems we too should help others.

We all know many a times when problems come how we struggle through them.
How they linger for long. So can scripture be wrong? It is only when we
read the Greek text we understand it better.

The word translated as tribulation means pressure, it talks of tough
situations. The word translated as comfort means to console or advice a
person; it is about talking or communicating to a person in problem.

In the Bible it is very clear that as Christians we will face tribulation,
means if we do not face tough situations then we are not practicing
Christians. These tribulations need not be only from people who hate us but
also things happening in our lives. Bible also goes on to say God is in
control of them and does not allow more than what we can take. So if we are
in the Lord then every problem we face is below us. It also says in all
these problems God makes an escape for us. So the time we are in them need
not be long.

Today’s message tells us God communicates to us when we are problems and
guides us a way out through them and this He never fails to do so. If we
are lingering in our problems, it means we are not listening to God. The
ability to come out of them is already provided, what we need is to know is
how, and this God does tell us.

‘Problems will come’ means they are spiral in our lives, situations that
will always come and there is no escaping or way to avoid them from coming.
But this spiral is not a ring, meaning we remain in the same place; it is
like a spiral staircase, meaning takes us from one position to a greater
position.

Testing or tribulations do help us grow once we overcome them, but that
does not mean we should pursue or desire tribulation, testing. Bible says
we suffer due to lack of knowledge. If we have knowledge of the Kingdom of
God, God does not need us to be taken through testing, tribulations. That
means if we hear what the Word of God tells us and what His Spirit speaks
to us we will go through less tribulations or testing. Even if we go
through them, yet it is His speaking to us that gets us out of them. So
listening to God before and growing in Him is better than listen to Him
afterwards when we get into problems and then grow through them.

We as Christians are called to guide others through their problems like the
Lord does to us. We are called to be the voice of God for that person.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord, You are a merciful Father. You love your children that does not You
protect them from all problems. You Lord allow problems but make an escape
through them. Since You love your children You desire they grow in You so
that they can be truly blessed in You, if we do not grow by
self-submission, then You get us to submit through situations. You do not
desire we be put through tribulations, but then You will not stand and see
us perish. Help us Lord to not be tested but abide in You and walk in grace
always...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
1 Corinthians 10:13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is
common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted
above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to
escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

Matthew 6:13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil:
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

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Serving a Man of God

Philemon 1:13 Whom I would have retained with me, that in thy stead he
might have ministered unto me in the bonds of the gospel:

Paul in his letter to Philemon speaks about Onesimus a bondservant of
Philemon who robbed him and fled to Rome. It was in Rome Paul meets
Onesimus and gives him the gospel. Onesimus repents and was ready to return
back to Philemon, but Paul being old request Philemon to let him remain
with him as help.

Onesimus was not a slave but a bondservant, meaning he had taken an amount
in return to render service for a period of time. In the whole Bible the
Israelites were not allowed to keep slaves. They were under Law of God
obliged to release their bond servants after 7 years. If their servant on
their own will did not leave after 7 years, they were allowed to remain but
as an extended part of the family, having some privileges of a family
member.

Onesimus had taken money from Philemon and still fled so was by law
required to return and serve Philemon. Initially Paul offers to pay on
behalf of Onesimus but goes on to say if Philemon does not take the money
and does want Onesimus to return then Paul would consider the service of
Onesimus as service of Philemon.

Serving a Man of God in his needs is obliging God, it puts God in
obligation to bless us. A Man of God cannot demand service for himself for
God Himself does not demand. The service needs to be a free will service,
understanding we are not serving the man but the God of the man. Paul
instructed the Churches to give unto poor Men of God / Saints but not
doing, was not considered a sin.

Let us understand the importance of servicing poor Men of God and
especially Saints (those who dedicate their lives to serve God, not taking
anything as their own). But giving a Man of God already having lots is like
being partner to the back sliding of that Man of God. We need to be led by
the Spirit to give.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord, You are Mighty God and nothing is impossible for You. Yet Lord You
have in your wisdom selected man to be a vessel to bring glory to your
Kingdom. Lord we pray we understand the importance of being a vessel of
service unto You, your Kingdom and those who stand in your Name. help us to
know whom to give and whom not to...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
1 Corinthians 16:1-2, 14-18
1 Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I have given order to
the churches of Galatia, even so do ye.
2 Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store,
as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come.
14 Let all your things be done with charity.
15 I beseech you, brethren, (ye know the house of Stephanas, that it is
the firstfruits of Achaia, and that they have addicted themselves to the
ministry of the saints,)
16 That ye submit yourselves unto such, and to every one that helpeth with
us, and laboureth.
17 I am glad of the coming of Stephanas and Fortunatus and Achaicus: for
that which was lacking on your part they have supplied.
18 For they have refreshed my spirit and yours: therefore acknowledge ye
them that are such.

2 Corinthians 9:10-15
10 Now he that ministereth seed to the sower both minister bread for your
food, and multiply your seed sown, and increase the fruits of your
righteousness;)
11 Being enriched in every thing to all bountifulness, which causeth
through us thanksgiving to God.
12 For the administration of this service not only supplieth the want of
the saints, but is abundant also by many thanksgivings unto God;
13 Whiles by the experiment of this ministration they glorify God for your
professed subjection unto the gospel of Christ, and for your liberal
distribution unto them, and unto all men;
14 And by their prayer for you, which long after you for the exceeding
grace of God in you.
15 Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift.

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Mark 5

Hierarchy in the Kingdom of God

1 Thessalonians 5:12 And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which
labour among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish [warn] you;

In today’s Church a Pastor who has a larger Church is respected more, a
Preacher who has a larger gathering is respected more, an Evangelist or
Prophet who has a greater gifting has greater respect... all these are
worldly norms applied to the Kingdom of God.

Yesterday in my message I had written about rebuking an anointed Man of
God, this caused a person to delete my message from a FB group. The lack of
knowledge has people do things thinking they are pleasing God, but not
knowing they anger God.

David was one of the greatest anointed kings of Israel, a man written as
close to the heart of God, yet it is written God sent persons like Gad and
Nathan to rebuke him. There is hardly much written of these men compared to
that of David, yet they were above David in hierarchy as per the Kingdom of
God.

We need to realize our achievement in God’s Kingdom is not because of our
ability, but because of God’s provision. Had not the Lord provided, could
anyone achieve anything? Thus can any Man or Woman of God take credit for
his or her work?

Hierarchy in the Kingdom of God depends on Calling and growth in that
Calling. Paul in his letters touched on the topic but did not write in
detail about it. The Believer Church follows the Nicolaitan hierarchy which
it inherited from the Catholic Church. In the Old and New Testament we see
even though the Priest was in charge of the congregation yet he submitted
to the authority of the Prophets. In our Churches the Prophet reports to
the Priest (Pastor / Bishop).

Pastor is not a title or designation, it means shepherd and refers to
anyone who is leading others in the Lord. Each and every Christian is
called to be a Pastor.

In the Old Testament Callings were not revealed for Christ was not
revealed. It was only on His coming that Callings are understood. According
to the New Testament the person in charge of the congregation is referred
to as Bishop [meaning overseer] this is a Calling. This Calling is also
referred to in the letter to the Corinthians by Paul as ‘Administrator’.
Titus was anointed as a Bishop of the Church of Cretians and Paul guided
him in his Calling. Timothy on the other hand was an Evangelist and was
over a Bishop so was called to setup Churches and appoint Bishops and
deacons (who were like apprentices). Timothy although being an Evangelist
submitted to Paul not just because he was his spiritual mentor but more
because as an Apostle Paul was over Timothy. As Timothy grew spiritually he
grew from a spiritual son to being an associate of Paul.

Callings in the Kingdom of God are as follow:
Apostle – Prophet – Teacher – Evangelist – Administrator – Healer

These Callings are as per the Seven Spirits of the Lord (Spirit of the Lord
and the six Callings) [Isaiah 11:2]. They are according to the dress of
High Priest (Aaron). They are also according the design in which man is
physically created (Image of God). Callings are permanent and one cannot
change from one Calling to another. Thus one cannot become an Apostle from
a Prophet, or become a Prophet from an Evangelist.

Just having a high Calling is not important but growth in that respective
Calling is also important. These being spiritual matters need due spiritual
guidance and not thumb rule judgments.

Today’s message Paul writes to a more mature Church of Thessalonians about
people having a high Calling working amongst them and are there to guide
them in spiritual matters.

Let us not follow the Nicolaitan system which the Lord says He hates. If we
want the Church to really grow then let us function as per the Body of
Christ. Like we have hands, legs, shoulders, torso, stomach, hips etc. so
also Callings are like the different parts of the Body of Christ. If
everything is controlled and done by one part, in the worldly system we
call such a person ‘handicapped’. Let us get our Church to move from a
handicapped church to a full bodied Church of Christ.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord You are God. Before You created this world You saw and then created.
Your Word says without vision people perish. The vision also needs to be as
per your vision, for only You can see things clearly. Lord we pray we
follow things as set by You and not be deceived into doing things contrary
to your instructions...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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

1 Corinthians 7:20 Let every man abide in the same calling wherein he was
called.

Revelation 4:5 And out of the throne proceeded lightnings and thunderings
and voices: and there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne,
which are the seven Spirits of God.

Revelation 2:14-16
14 But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that
hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac to cast a stumblingblock
before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and to
commit fornication.
15 So hast thou also them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which
thing I hate.
16 Repent; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will fight against
them with the sword of my mouth.

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What is death?

Acts 23: 14 And they came to the chief priests and elders, and said, We
have bound ourselves under a great curse, that we will eat nothing until we
have slain Paul.

In the Bible we have many words translated as ‘kill’, like in Hebrew the
words harag, nakah, muwth, shachat all are translated as ‘kill’. Death has
always fascinated man so much that even evil spirits use it as a very
powerful tool to destroy man. We have in many religions a god of death, can
there be a god concerning death? It is all because we do not know what
death is, that we land up worshiping death or the dead.

Today we have people playing with the dead and tomorrow they will worship
the dead. Today they celebrate Halloween and tomorrow All Saints Day / All
Souls Day.

In today’s message the Jews hated Paul so much that they wanted to kill
him. They wanted to do away with him and they knew if they kill him, he
will cease to function. They wanted to bring his natural functioning life
to an end.

Bible talks of two death, one is the natural dead where the natural person
dies in the flesh and if the body is corrupted (seen sin) then it decays
(Jesus was the only human whose body did not decay since He did not ever
sin). Even though the body decays, the person whom we know (the spirit
person - his or her life and character) still lives. Bible says those who
are in the Lord go to sleep (gathered unto their fathers /His people) and
the others go to a prison called Hell where they are bound in a place
described as endless pit. Ignorance to scriptures has caused people to
distort this place called Hell as a place ruled by Satan and his goons.
They fail to realize scriptures tell us evil spirits hate Hell and dread
going there. In Hell no one punishes another person, not even God punishes
any one; people punish themselves for they suffer the sins in them. Their
own sins become like never dying coals of fire. People in Hell do not live
eternally here (the Hebrew word rendering gives an idea of a very, very
long time) but I can tell you it is in thousands of years after which the
life ceases to exist (when Jesus went to Hell only souls from the time of
Noah existed).

Coming to those who sleep in the Lord; in the Bible God forbids man (in the
flesh) to communicate with those who are asleep (deviation). King Saul did
this mistake by communicating with the Prophet Samuel and was punished for
this. Prophet Samuel was not in Heaven but asleep after he died. Similarly
we see even after Stephen was martyred and prayed Lord receive my soul, it
is written he slept. We on our death too will sleep and arise (resurrect)
on Judgment Day to be judged and enter Heaven as one body (bride). When
Jesus spoke to Moses and Elijah, He transfigured so as to not break the
Law.

Now those who have not gone to Hell and asleep but fail Judgment Day will
receive a greater suffering since by their faith they are forgiven of their
sins but because they rejected the Word and Will of God they will suffer
punishment for rejecting the Son (His Word, His Spirit). The place they go
in the Bible is described as Lake of Fire / Lake of Sulphur.

People dislike natural pain but when a mind is corrupted, even pain becomes
a pleasure; the same with death, those who do not know death take pleasure
in death. They play with death and worship death.

Let us realize our natural life will decide our spiritual life. Our natural
life is just a minuscule of the period of our spirit life. If we use it
well and reap spiritual fruits then we will dwell in a comfortable place
called Heaven where we will get access to the Tree of Life via which we
will never see spiritual death but live eternally. Let us realize spiritual
pain is not like natural pain but unthinkable.

Today the Lord is telling us people after death do not dwell in natural
graves nor exist with us in this natural world. It is the evil spirits
(fallen angels) that deceive humans to believe in ghosts / dead spirits
that roam this world. Death is neither a thing to play with nor a thing to
worship. It was sin that bought death into existence for God is life and
Heaven is a place where all live eternally, life outside Heaven perishes.
We are called not to fear natural death but called to dread spiritual
death; spiritual death meanings separation from the Lord until our spirit
life perishes (again to remind you it is equivalent to thousands of natural
years).

[Prayer Starter]
Lord, You are God and Creator. You are Life and creator of all life. You
made man for a purpose, not to exist as man but to be reformed to a greater
life. Lord your Word says unless we are not renewed / born-again in spirit
we will not experience Heaven and eternal life. We pray the truth lives in
us and keeps us from deceit and danger of death...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
Luke 16:22-24

Genesis 25:8 Then Abraham gave up the ghost, and died in a good old age,
an old man, and full of years; and was gathered to his people.

Genesis 35:29 And Isaac gave up the ghost, and died, and was gathered unto
his people, being old and full of days: and his sons Esau and Jacob buried
him.

1 Samuel 28:11-15

Luke 8:30-31
30 And Jesus asked him, saying, What is thy name? And he said, Legion:
because many devils were entered into him.
31 And they besought him that he would not command them to go out into the
deep.

1 Peter 3:19 By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison;

Acts 2:31 He seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ, that
his soul was not left in hell, neither his flesh did see corruption.

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Protected even by the enemy

Acts 23:25-30 And he wrote a letter after this manner:
Claudius Lysias unto the most excellent governor Felix sendeth greeting.
This man was taken of the Jews, and should have been killed of them: then
came I with an army, and rescued him, having understood that he was a
Roman. And when I would have known the cause wherefore they accused him, I
brought him forth into their council: Whom I perceived to be accused of
questions of their law, but to have nothing laid to his charge worthy of
death or of bonds. And when it was told me how that the Jews laid wait for
the man, I sent straightway to thee, and gave commandment to his accusers
also to say before thee what they had against him. Farewell.

Claudius Lysias a tribune of the Roman cohort rescued Paul from the hands
of the mob at Jerusalem and send him to Rome with a letter. Even though
this letter was a closed letter yet you and I are able to read this letter
since it was made known later. In the letter we read Claudius Lysias (in
Greek means ‘lame releaser’) a senior Roman military official was the Chief
Captain of Roman troops in Jerusalem. He was called Lysias after another
Roman legend mentioned in the book of Maccabees. That Lysias was of royal
bloodline and was instrument in besieging Jerusalem from the hands of Judas
Maccabaeus a Jewish freedom fighter. All this happened less than 200years
ago.

In today’s message we read the Lord sent a person with a name that was a
terror for the Jews to protect Paul. Paul was neither a friend of the Jews
nor the Romans. Both wanted to do away with him but none could stop him
from the mission which the Lord had set for him.

Even in the case of Jesus, when people came to stone Him to death or to
kill Him before His time they could not touch Him since He had not finished
the purpose He came for. We read four ‘finished’ recorded with Jesus.
One after He was done with His parables which were focused for those who
lacked wisdom (worldly people). Matthew 13:53
Second was after His preaching on the Mount of Olives where He finished the
teachings the general people (general Believers). Matthew 19:1
Third was after He finished teaching His disciples and just before His
crucifixion (true Disciples). Matthew 26:1
Fourth was on the crucifix where He finished His work as a human (Himself -
His mission as a man). John 19:30

Yesterday we read about knowing our Calling and mission in Christ. Today
the Lord is telling us unless we are done with our mission nothing can stop
us. Abraham’s faith was confirmed as strong, when he was willing to
sacrifice the promised son given by the Lord. He knew even if he did kill,
he would somehow regain him due to the promise that the Lord had given.

We fear for our lives since we have no idea of the mission the Lord has set
for us. When we are knowledgeable of our mission then we will never fear
death or anything else, for nothing can stop us until we are done with the
work the Lord has set for us. The Lord will do the impossible to get us to
finish it like He did in the case of Paul by getting his enemy to protect
him.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord You are Almighty God and nothing can happen to those on whom your eyes
are set. Lord may we not be people living in vanity without purpose,
ignorant of your plans in our lives. We pray You Lord reveal to each and
every one of us the mission You have set for us in our lives so that we
live a life of purpose and without fear...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
Matthew 13:53 And it came to pass, that when Jesus had finished these
parables, he departed thence.

Matthew 19:1 And it came to pass, that when Jesus had finished these
sayings, he departed from Galilee, and came into the coasts of Judaea
beyond Jordan;

Matthew 26:1 And it came to pass, when Jesus had finished all these
sayings, he said unto his disciples,

John 19:30 When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is
finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.

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Knowing the plans of God in your life

1 Timothy 1:18 This charge I commit unto thee, son Timothy, according to
the prophecies which went before on thee, that thou by them mightest war a
good warfare;

Imagine travelling to a place and not knowing when one will reach there,
through which points or locations one will pass through. We may be okay
with even in this situation but if we are told we will face problems along
the way then going blindly will not give us comfort and may eventually
cause us to abort the journey in between.

Being a Christian is like taking a spiritual walk to a destination of
renewal and while we are traveling this path most of us go blindly. Many
amongst us have very little information of where we are going. They know
one thing the destination is Heaven, but what Heaven is and what to expect
there is not known to them. They are so ignorant of it that they have made
Heaven another glorified earth, they have taken the symbolism literal and
think Heaven has pathways made of earthly gold and earthly gems.

In today’s message Paul instructed Timothy whom he spiritually molded
according to prophecies revealed about Timothy and about prophecies
concerning the world events in general.

We need to ask ourselves this very critical question, ‘are we aware of the
plans of God in our life, as to what mission and Calling He has called us
to?’

Knowing our Calling and mission is very critical in our spiritual battle
for it give us an upper hand to overcome situations and causes less
problematic situations in our spiritual lives. In other words it gives us a
renewed strength and also sustaining power in our spiritual battles.

Having been told by the Lord about my own life, the first thing I did when
my daughter was born was ask about her mission and Calling. Knowing this
has helped me to mold her in her spiritual path ahead even though she is
yet only 12years old today.

There are many ways of knowing what God has called us to, one is by asking
the Lord directly (there are many ways to do that) and other way is by
knowing what God has already blessed us with.

Let us not walk our spiritual journey blindly in darkness but being
children of the day, be aware of His plans in our life collectively and
individually.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord You are Almighty and All-knowing God. You have called us to be your
children, thus desire us to know and walk in light, not in darkness. Lord
we pray we realize the importance to be aware of prophecies concerning the
world and also concerning us. We pray You reveal them to us so that we do
not suffer our walk and also do not abandon this life journey...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
2 Peter 1:21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but
holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.

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.

2 Timothy 2:4 No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of
this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.

Revelation 1:3 Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of
this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the
time is at hand.

1 Thessalonians 5:5 Ye are all the children of light, and the children of
the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.

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Post  Admin on Wed 25 Oct 2017, 12:39 pm

Enriched in everything

2 Corinthians 9:11 ye being enriched in everything unto all liberality,
which worketh through us thanksgiving to God.

One of the greatest dangers to Christianity is not other religions or even
atheist. The greatest danger that destroys most Christians comes from
within and the ones that top the list are ‘Prosperity Gospel’ and sects
that believe in penance.

Sects like Catholic, Orthodox, Coptic churches etc. believe in penance.
They believe Jesus did not do sufficient to save them from the penalty of
sin. That is why they search for other means and routes like going through
Mary His mother (supposedly a spirit that comes in her name) and things
like penance. It is this concept of penance which exists widely in other
religions that has caused these lots to believe in a place like Purgatory,
do rituals like lent, pray for dead souls, do rituals like ‘confession’
etc... The concept called penance is totally anti-Christianity. One of the
greatest aspects of God is His love and His mercy, and penance undermines
these aspects of God.

We have the other extreme of ‘Prosperity Gospel’ Christians; these lots
desire the world and also desire God. Their desire for the first is greater
than their desire for the second. They use the second to get the first.
They use God to fulfill their desires for earthly pleasures. It is this lot
who are more dangerous than most sects and the reason of destruction of
many souls.

The Bible does say we are blessed with every Heavenly blessing but people
attribute these blessings mainly to earthly riches and not heavenly
spiritual riches. Today’s message clearly says we are enriched with
everything unto all liberality; these blessings are to renewal of the
understanding that means are more soul centric.

Yes God blesses us in the natural as He does spiritually but His blessings
in the natural are limited to needs and not to luxury. Any person who seeks
natural luxury are rejecting the Kingdom of God and seeking an earthly
kingdom. Even in spiritual realm the blessings even though being bountiful
yet are purpose driven. God does not give us any spiritual gift that is not
for the purpose of the mission which He has called us for, that is why each
one is uniquely gifted in different spiritual areas.

Let us always remember we are called to overcome our carnal nature. This
overcoming is not through penance but by being led by the Spirit. We are
not called to fight flesh with flesh but overcome the flesh by being spirit
led. We overcome by the power of the Spirit like Jesus as man did. Let us
not try to be better than Jesus claiming to find a better way to overcome.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord You are Almighty God yet You Lord do not demonstrate your power to
defeat evil. You Lord made man to be light to overcome the darkness. You do
this not by your power or might but by your Spirit. Lord we pray we
understand we need to be renewed in the spirit and are also called to
overcome the desires of this world...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
John 8:23 And he said unto them, Ye are from beneath; I am from above: ye
are of this world; I am not of this world.

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.

Romans 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by
the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and
acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

Matthew 13:22,37-43
22 He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the
word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke
the word, and he becometh unfruitful.
37 He answered and said unto them, He that soweth the good seed is the Son
of man;
38 The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom;
but the tares are the children of the wicked one;
39 The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the
world; and the reapers are the angels.
40 As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it
be in the end of this world.
41 The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out
of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity;
42 And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and
gnashing of teeth.
43 Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their
Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.

John 16:33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have
peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have
overcome the world.

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God puts people in your life

Acts 18:3 And because he was of the same craft, he abode with them, and
wrought: for by their occupation they were tentmakers.

Paul Saul who was previously been known by his second name from his Jewish
mother’s side, was latter known by his Roman, first name, from his father’s
side. He did this because he realized being a Jew or Roman did not matter
but his faith and walk in the Lord did.

Paul was previously set to become a Rabbi so was under training with one of
the best teachers of Jewish traditions / religious laws. After his
encounter with the Lord for 3 days he was physically blinded but
spiritually the Lord opened his eyes to the true understanding of
scriptures. It was after this that Paul Saul boldly preached Jesus Christ
from the OT scriptures.

Even though the Lord directly ministered to Paul yet he was not perfect in
his understanding, we see later the Lord brings a couple Aquila and
Priscilla into his life. It is this couple (especially Priscilla) who were
instruments in bettering Paul’s understanding and improving his ways of
ministering to people. This couple being of the same trade was not a
coincident, if they were not then they would not have interacted with Paul
and helped him.

God works people into our lives, our surroundings, our professions, our
social network etc. these people are not by mistake. They are put by the
Lord to spiritually improve us or may even be spiritual dumbbells that make
our faith stronger.

Let us bless everyone in our lives and thank God for them, they are not by
mistake but by plan, His plan.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord You are God and everything is by You, or by your knowledge. Every
person in our lives is by You and they have a purpose in building us. At
times they may seem as disastrous but You Lord make way from all things and
through it teach us. Lord we pray we always remember You are in control and
that we always thank people like Priscilla who quicken our spiritual
growth...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
Acts 18:1-2,18,26
1 After these things Paul departed from Athens, and came to Corinth;
2 And found a certain Jew named Aquila, born in Pontus, lately come from
Italy, with his wife Priscilla; (because that Claudius had commanded all
Jews to depart from Rome:) and came unto them.
18 And Paul after this tarried there yet a good while, and then took his
leave of the brethren, and sailed thence into Syria, and with him Priscilla
and Aquila; having shorn his head in Cenchrea: for he had a vow.
26 And he began to speak boldly in the synagogue: whom when Aquila and
Priscilla had heard, they took him unto them, and expounded unto him the
way of God more perfectly.

Romans 16:3 Greet Priscilla and Aquila my helpers in Christ Jesus:

1 Corinthians 10:13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is
common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted
above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to
escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

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Can Christ dwell in our hearts?

Ephesians 3:17 That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye,
being rooted and grounded in love,

In our previous two messages we learnt that Jews not being spiritual but
religious people rejected Christ, we also learnt that God is Spirit and
only those who know Him in Spirit and Truth are His and will be reconciled
unto Him. Our today’s message goes on the same line.

Today’s message speaks of ‘Christ dwelling in our hearts’. The moment the
word heart is mentioned people think the natural organ. Like I said before
to understand biblical words we need to go to its Hebrew roots (even if
given in NT), in OT the words translated as ‘heart’ mostly refer to the
inner-man, reins (emotional control), natural heart and even kidney. What
is interesting is the term love is related more to the organ kidney than
the natural heart. It is righteousness that is more related to the natural
heart (pump that separately sends the good and bad blood to its respective
destination, helping to purify / oxidize / edify the system). When we see
through the Bible lens we see the foolishness of man and his worldly wisdom.

If we read the verse just before today’s message it speaks of the spirit
man within us. The heart, today’s message speaks of is not our natural
heart but is our spirit man. Christ does not dwell in our natural body but
in our spirit man (not to be confused with our spirit), also called soul.

I have done quite a deep study on the inner-man. It has a body and various
parts, like our natural body does and these parts interact with each other
and support each other. Like our brain controls our natural body and guides
it, in our spiritual body it is not our knowledge and understanding that
controls our spirit man but it is our will that does. Even if we have all
the knowledge and understanding of the Kingdom of God but if the Will of
God is not our will then we are not considered ‘in the Lord’ or in other
words ‘God does not dwell in us’.

When we say Christ is in us or the His Spirit dwells in us then His Will
should be enthroned on our will meaning our inner nature or thoughts, our
behavior, our desires etc. needs to be Christ like. We may grow gradually
but then we need to pursue it, it needs to be in us, needs to be alive and
radiating with us. It is like a light which cannot be hidden.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord, You are God and You are Spirit. Lord we pray we realize that the
things concerning the Spirit are actual and more real than the things of
the natural. Your Word guides us to seek the treasures of the Spirit than
the things of the natural. Natural treasures will perish but those of the
Spirit will not, they only grow within us. Lord we pray we dwell more as
spirit beings and less as natural beings...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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

Genesis 6:5 And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth,
and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart [leb - inner man]
was only evil continually.

Exodus 23:9 Also thou shalt not oppress a stranger: for ye know the heart
of a stranger, seeing ye were strangers [nephesh - soul] in the land of
Egypt.

Psalms 40:8 I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my
heart [me‘ah - internal organ].

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Break free from bondages of worshiping nature

Galatians 4:9 But now, after that ye have known God, or rather are known of
God, how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto ye
desire again to be in bondage?

In today’s message Paul speaks of the Galatians as being pagan worshippers
before and now have returned to again worshiping nature by observing days
[natural days], months [moons] and times [seasons] and years [period of
time].

We as Christian belittle God when we restrict Him to an area, race, period,
time, object etc… when we do that we actually as Paul says put aside God
and make that area, race, period, time, object etc… as gods.

Jesus was hated by Jews because He did not observe the traditions and
beliefs of the Jews. The Jews due to their lack of understanding of
scriptures followed them in the letter and not in its spirit; one of them
was the law of the Sabbath.

The Jews had / have a book explaining the law of Sabbath, which is fatter
than the Torah. They knew it was impossible to abide in every aspect of the
law in letter so created means and ways to justify their failures by
misinterpreting the text.

We also read of cases like Paul pulling up Peter on enforcing the Jewish
custom of circumcision on the Gentile Christians and of the Lord opening
the mind of Peter towards so called ‘clean’ and ‘unclean’ food being edible
and do not defile the spirit person.

God is God of all creation and is not a respecter of man, irrespective of
race, age, personality, riches, fame etc. For Him all are created by Him
but yet all are not His people, only those who have faith in Him and His
Word are considered His people. He does not punish those who do not
know/reject Him; they punish themselves through their deeds. God only
judges and punishes those who know Him and yet reject Him and His Word.

In today’s message Paul warns us of using back doors of rejecting God by
worshiping nature in the name of God. If we are observing natural days,
moons and seasons and period of time, or even races as chosen then we are
deforming the principals of God and thus worshiping gods and not the Lord.

Let us always remember God is Spirit and He desires people to worship Him
in Spirit and Truth. If we worship in the natural then we do not please Him.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord, You alone are God and there is none other than You. Flesh and bones
cannot inherit the Heavens for You are Spirit and the Heavens is a spirit
place. Your Word says unless we are born again in spirit we cannot enter
your Kingdom. Our natural body becomes dust but we exist. Lord we pray we
renew our minds, our understanding so that we do not fail to enter your
Kingdom. After knowing You, we do not have an excuse to do the things we
did before we knew You...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
Galatians 4:8-10
8 Howbeit then, when ye knew not God, ye did service unto them which by
nature are no gods.
9 But now, after that ye have known God, or rather are known of God, how
turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto ye desire again
to be in bondage?
10 Ye observe days, and months, and times, and years.

Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the
power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first,
and also to the Greek.

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.

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 2:16 Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in
respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath day:

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Jesus whom the Jews rejected

Acts 28:23,24 And when they had appointed him a day, there came many to
him into his lodging; to whom he expounded and testified the kingdom of
God, persuading them concerning Jesus, both out of the law of Moses, and
out of the prophets, from morning till evening. And some believed the
things which were spoken, and some believed not.

In the OT the Hebrew word Jerusalem is written with 2 spellings (ways),
when we track the context of the writings we find it was intentional.

The word ‘Jew’ comes from the word Judah, the people of Judah were called
Jews and Jerusalem was the capital of Judah. The people of Israel of which
Samaria was the capital were called Samarians. The term ‘Jews’ changed its
context from being territorial to being religious, since the people of
Judah were super religious and claimed to follow scriptures and traditions
of the elders, while the Samaritan were more secular and incorporated
traditions and beliefs of other religions into their fold. Galilee was a
Samarian city and center for this concoction therefore hated most by the
Jews. Jews were more orthodox and traditions focused, this caused them to
move from the understanding of the Bible to forming a religion called
Judaism. Judaism like Islam and Catholicism may refer to people and events
in the Bible but has nothing to do with the understanding of the Bible.
Like Catholics worship the Pope as a god so also did /do the Jews to Moses.
Killing of Stephen was due to this factor.

One needs to know the character Lord Jesus Christ and compare this with the
one whom we or people believe and follow. Jews worship Yahweh but do not
know who Yahweh is (the word YHWH means Behold the Hand Behold the Nail).
The Muslims believe Isa is Jesus but their Isa has no relationship with
Jesus other than some things cut pasted and distorted from the Bible. The
Catholic Jesus also is not related to the biblical ‘Jesus’, this may sound
weird but is a fact.

We have some Christian of Jewish origin calling themselves as ‘Messianic
Jews’ and is something like calling oneself ‘Christian Hindus’ - the term
Hindus originally meant people dwelling near the river Hind but now refers
to a belief / way of spiritual life. It was later in 18 century that people
called all local beliefs as Hinduism. In the Bible we see all those who
accepted Christ and followed Him were called Christian and nothing else
added unto it.

In today’s message we see even after a whole day session by Paul explaining
Jesus from the Old Testament scriptures yet we find not all accepted Jesus,
nor did most do, only some did. This problem is not restricted to people of
other religions but even among Believers we find people do not follow the
Jesus of the Bible but have varying understandings of Jesus.

Let us put aside the human interpretation and only stick to what the
scriptures say. We cannot remove anything or add anything to Him that is
not written in the Word of God, the moment we do that we change the Jesus
into another Jesus and another Christ. Jesus said it is His Spirit who will
reveal more of Him, His teachings and make us more like Him.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord, You are God and You alone are God. Your Word says You are One God and
yet we know You as Father, Son and Spirit. Lord we pray your people
understand You more and more and have power in You. We pray a renewal of
our minds and a cleanliness of all the worldly garbage we carry in our
understandings...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
Luke 24:27 And beginning from Moses and from all the prophets, he
interpreted to them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.

Acts 28:25-29
25 And when they agreed not among themselves, they departed, after that
Paul had spoken one word, Well spake the Holy Spirit by Esaias the prophet
unto our fathers,
26 Saying, Go unto this people, and say, Hearing ye shall hear, and shall
not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and not perceive:
27 For the heart of this people is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of
hearing, and their eyes have they closed; lest they should see with their
eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and should
be converted, and I should heal them.
28 Be it known therefore unto you, that the salvation of God is sent unto
the Gentiles, and that they will hear it.
29 And when he had said these words, the Jews departed, and had great
reasoning among themselves.

Acts 18:28 for he powerfully confuted the Jews, and that publicly, showing
by the scriptures that Jesus was the Christ.

John 8:48-49
48 Then answered the Jews, and said unto him, Say we not well that thou
art a Samaritan, and hast a devil?
49 Jesus answered, I have not a devil; but I honour my Father, and ye do
dishonour me.

Mark 3:7 But Jesus withdrew himself with his disciples to the sea: and a
great multitude from Galilee followed him, and from Judaea,

John 7:52 They answered and said unto him, Art thou also of Galilee?
Search, and look: for out of Galilee ariseth no prophet.

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He gives the harvest

John 21:11 Simon Peter went up, and drew the net to land full of great
fishes, an hundred and fifty and three: and for all there were so many, yet
was not the net broken.

Simon Peter and his brother were fishermen and we know from scriptures
Simon was a passionate fishermen who did not give up and who knew his
business well.

Costal fishes are found between the shoreline and deep sea where the oxygen
level is best maintained. But we see in two incidents Jesus breaks the
conventional and asks them to do the unconventional, in the first incident
He tells them to go in the deeper waters and in the second incident He
tells them to throw the net towards the shallow region.

In the first incident the catch is so much that their net breaks and they
call for help from other fishers in another boat nearby. They come to help
catch the fishes and load both the boats but they find the weight causes
both the boats to start to sink.

In the second incident even after trying whole night they do not catch any
fish but on the instruction of Jesus they net 153 fishes (they were not
small ones) and yet their net does not tear.

We struggle to bring people to the Lord because we use our conventional
worldly means, approach and understanding. Even the people we bring to
Church land up being good religious people but not people on fire for the
Kingdom of God.

Let us remember He is the Lord of the Harvest. Even though He commands us
to reach out to the lost yet it is He who draws the lost unto us, it is He
who adds people unto us when we abide by His instructions.

Today the Lord is telling us not to struggle but just abide in Him and He
will make our work easy.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord You are God and Lord of the Harvest. It is You Lord who brings your
children unto us when we abide in You. They are precious for You and that
is why You desire the right person to build them. Lord we pray we do not
lead goats but lead sheep which enter the Kingdom in Heaven...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
John 21:3-6
3 Simon Peter saith unto them, I go a fishing. They say unto him, We also
go with thee. They went forth, and entered into a ship immediately; and
that night they caught nothing.
4 But when the morning was now come, Jesus stood on the shore: but the
disciples knew not that it was Jesus.
5 Then Jesus saith unto them, Children, have ye any meat? They answered
him, No.
6 And he said unto them, Cast the net on the right side of the ship, and
ye shall find. They cast therefore, and now they were not able to draw it
for the multitude of fishes.

Luke 5:4-9
4 Now when he had left speaking, he said unto Simon, Launch out into the
deep, and let down your nets for a draught.
5 And Simon answering said unto him, Master, we have toiled all the night,
and have taken nothing: nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net.
6 And when they had this done, they inclosed a great multitude of fishes:
and their net brake.
7 And they beckoned unto their partners, which were in the other ship,
that they should come and help them. And they came, and filled both the
ships, so that they began to sink.
8 When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, Depart
from me; for I am a sinful man, O Lord.
9 For he was astonished, and all that were with him, at the draught of the
fishes which they had taken:

Acts 2:41 They then that received his word were baptized: and there were
added unto them in that day about three thousand souls.

Acts 2:47 praising God, and having favor with all the people. And the Lord
added to them day by day those that were saved.

Acts 5:11-14
11 And great fear came upon the whole church, and upon all that heard
these things.
12 And by the hands of the apostles were many signs and wonders wrought
among the people; and they were all with one accord in Solomon’s porch.
13 But of the rest durst no man join himself to them: howbeit the people
magnified them;
14 and believers were the more added to the Lord, multitudes both of men
and women;

Acts 11:22-24
22 And the report concerning them came to the ears of the church which was
in Jerusalem: and they sent forth Barnabas as far as Antioch:
23 who, when he was come, and had seen the grace of God, was glad; and he
exhorted them all, that with purpose of heart they would cleave unto the
Lord:
24 for he was a good man, and full of the Holy Spirit and of faith: and
much people was added unto the Lord.

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The Oneness of God

1 Thessalonians 3:11 Now God himself and our Father, and our Lord Jesus
Christ, direct our way unto you.

Last Sunday I was preaching at a Church in another city and the topic that
was given to me was about the transformed man having a glorious body in
Heaven (Philippians 3:21).

Some of the questions I put forth to the Church caused them to change their
thinking.

Who all will live in our mansion which Jesus said exists and He will ready
for us in Heaven?
Will it be we with our parents and children?
If Bible says we will worship the Lord unceasingly in Heaven, then will we
not get bored? Worshiping in Church for 30mins - 45mins and people get
tired.
Since we do not get married in Heaven to each other then we will not be
having children, if so then what will we be doing through our eternal lives
there?

Man is a carnal being, his thoughts are carnal in nature and even his
interpretations of scriptures are carnal. It is only the Holy Spirit who
can reveal the scriptures with its true understanding.

We see people use their carnal (earthly) wisdom towards understanding God.
In both the extremes they fail. Some believe in ‘Jesus Only’, stating Jesus
is the Father, Son and Spirit, the others go the opposite direction of
‘Trinity’, physically there exist 3 gods with one nature. They both fail to
know Jesus and also fail to know God.

There is one question I ask people which most fail to answer. When we enter
Heaven will we see the man Jesus there?

Jesus said HE CAME FROM the Father and HE WILL RETURN to the Father when He
has completed His mission of saving man.
He said He and the Father ARE ONE.
Everywhere in the Bible it says we receive THE SPIRIT OF THE SON, whom we
call the HOLY SPIRIT and yet Jesus called the Holy Spirit ‘Father’.
Jesus said NO BEING (no living being, not just man) HAS SEEN THE HEAVENLY
FATHER other than the Son.
Evil spirits called Him GOD THE SON (meaning ‘OF GOD’) and He charged them
not to reveal this to man.
Most think Yahweh refers to the Father while the word YHWH is an ideogram
which means ‘Behold the Hand, Behold the Nail’.

In today’s message we see Paul chooses to eliminate the Holy Spirit as the
one who leads us, but opts to name only the Father and Lord Jesus Christ,
even though it is Paul who in Romans that it is the Holy Spirit who leads
us and transforms us into Sons of God.

Let us not use carnal earthly approach towards Heavenly things which are
spirit. Let us first understand the basic as to what a spirit is. When we
say the Holy Spirit dwells in us, what do we mean by it?

[Prayer Starter]
Lord, You are God and You alone are God. When Moses and Jacob asked You
your name, You said ‘I am, who I am’. Lord, help us understand the
difference between earthly and spiritual worlds. Help us understand all
that is earthly will perish and only spirit man from this creation will
exist. Those who are of the Father will enter Heaven to have access to the
Tree of Life and live eternally, while the other will live their spirit
life to it end, suffering their sins and for not doing the Will of the
Father...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
Philippians 3:20-21
20 For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the
Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ:
21 Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his
glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue
all things unto himself.

John 14:2 In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I
would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.

Romans 15:6 That ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the
Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

1 Corinthians 1:3 Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and
from the Lord Jesus Christ.

1 Thessalonians 4:8 He therefore that despiseth, despiseth not man, but
God, who hath also given unto us his holy Spirit.

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

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,

Acts 2:17 And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will
pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters
shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men
shall dream dreams:

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

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

John 14:10 Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in
me? the words that I say unto you I speak not from myself: but the Father
abiding in me doeth his works.

Revelation 21:22 And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God the
Almighty, and the Lamb [the Greek word does not refer a lamb the animal but
comes from the word man], are the temple thereof.

Ephesians 4:9-10
9 (Now this, He ascended, what is it but that he also descended into the
lower parts of the earth?
10 He that descended is the same also that ascended far above all the
heavens, that he might fill all things.)

Galatians 3:20 Now a mediator is not (a mediator) of one; but God is one.

Ephesians 4:6 one God and Father of all, who is over all, and through all,
and in all.

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The great Paul did fall

Acts 18:18 And Paul after this tarried there yet a good while, and then
took his leave of the brethren, and sailed thence into Syria, and with him
Priscilla and Aquila; having shorn his head in Cenchrea: for he had a vow.

Paul was a great spiritual man, having very good scriptural understanding
and was also a guide unto other of his colleagues in this matter. In fact
we see he rebuked his colleagues i.e. Peter for acting in the flesh when it
pertained to spiritual matters. Paul was very clear traditions are like
bondages to the spirit man. He was not against statutes but knew the
difference between statutes and traditions. He rebuked Peter right before a
congregation when Peter (along with a few others) was promoting
circumcision (as essential) to new Christians.

But we see Paul in today’s message did a mistake himself by cutting his
hair has a symbol of completing a vow. This was not the only fall of Paul,
in fact he did the same mistake once again under the influence of other in
Acts 21, Paul’s second this led to him getting arrested and there on to be
taken to Rome to be a martyr.

People say God makes temptations into opportunities of blessings, like in
this case if Paul had not done this mistake he would have not got arrested,
not be taken to Rome, not allowed to preach there, that too under official
protection, not able to witness before Caesar (as Paul desired to) and thus
set the pace for Christianity to spread all around the world through the
Roman Christians.

Did God run out of options that He needed Paul to make a mistake for the
betterment of His Kingdom?

NO, God does allow us to make mistakes but does not desire we make
mistakes. Jesus as man was also taken the wilderness by the Holy Spirit to
be to be weakened and tempted but He did not make a mistake and fall to the
temptation, but stood strong on the Word and overcame it.

When we make mistakes God at times lets us fall so as to be a testimony
unto others, but even in the fall He makes available doors of blessings as
an exit for us. Yes, there will be times we may spiritual fall but then
they are not what God desires. A few times He may ignore but then will pull
us up. God desires a perfect walk of righteousness but then in His mercy He
does salvage our failures.

Paul was let scout free at the first mistake but then was taken to task at
his second, even though he was pulled up on the second yet God blessed him.

Let us not look forward for God to salvage our failures, but let us walk in
His walks perfectly like Jesus Christ did, standing strong on the Word and
with the help of the Holy Spirit.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord, You are Holy and Perfect God thus never change. You Lord desire your
children to also be holy. We pray lord we do not take your grace for
granted and keep making mistakes especial those before your people or
against your Name, which You least tolerate. We pray we walk steadfast in
your ways by holding on to your Word and your Spirit like Jesus Christ as
man did...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
Acts 21:23-24
23 Do therefore this that we say to thee: We have four men which have a
vow on them;
24 Them take, and purify thyself with them, and be at charges with them,
that they may shave their heads: and all may know that those things,
whereof they were informed concerning thee, are nothing; but that thou
thyself also walkest orderly, and keepest the law.

Galatians 2:9-11
9 And when James, Cephas, and John, who seemed to be pillars, perceived
the grace that was given unto me, they gave to me and Barnabas the right
hands of fellowship; that we should go unto the heathen, and they unto the
circumcision.
10 Only they would that we should remember the poor; the same which I also
was forward to do.
11 But when Peter was come to Antioch, I withstood him to the face,
because he was to be blamed.

1 Corinthians 10:13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is
common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted
above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to
escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

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

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God knows the heart

Acts 15:8 And God, which knoweth the hearts, bare them witness, giving
them the Holy Ghost, even as he did unto us;

When the Bible says heart, it refers to the inner-man also called soul.
Like our body has a form which identifies us so also our spirit has a form
which is the soul and it is the soul that is the identity of the person.
When Bible says God knows us by name, this name does not mean our earthly
name but speaks of the soul and it is by this understanding Peter stated
today’s verse boldly.

The Lord had made me to study the soul quiet deeply and write about it. As
our earthly body has various parts so also does our soul (5 parts), knowing
them gives us better advantage in our spiritual fight since the soul is our
battle field.

Genesis 2 says when God created man out of dust and breath a spirit in him,
his soul became alive. Our soul is moldable only till our natural body is
alive. Sin corrupts our soul and God tries to restore it. The image of God
in us, or we becoming Sons of God matters on the condition of our soul.
Once we die we cannot change or amend our soul, thus if we want to save a
person we need to do so while the person is alive. Praying or fasting for a
death person is like putting water on a rock and hoping it will grow.

God is omnipresent not only in space (that means He is everywhere) but also
in time (thus He knows all). If we understand this we will be assured that
God did not make a mistake by choosing us to know Him. If He has taken us
along a journey of change He already knows how we will reach our
destination. He does not see what we are today but sees what we will finish
into at the end. Today’s message talks of God knowing the finished us, He
sees us in Christ, better put Christ in us. Today’s message talks of Him
confirming this by giving us the most precious gift, His Spirit. It is the
Spirit of the Son who molds us as Him and confirms our entry into Heaven.

Jesus Christ is our RSVP invitation to Heaven; our receiving and abiding in
His Spirit is our assurance of going to Heaven. Jesus Christ by His
sacrifice has made the invitation available to all mankind. If anyone
desires to go to Heaven must accept this invitation (Jesus Christ) by
having faith in Him. We also need to receive His Spirit promised to us on
receiving the invitation. Let all who have not accepted His invitation do
so while they are alive, and all those who have received must confirm
themselves by their baptism in the Holy Spirit.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord You are Awesome God. You are perfect and You desire perfection in us.
Because of your love You have made a way through your Spirit for us to be
restored and made perfect in You. Lord help us understand the importance of
your Spirit and understand unless we surrender to You, to be molded by You,
there is no assurance of us entering Heaven and being reunited unto You...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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

Acts 15:5-9
5 But there rose up certain of the sect of the Pharisees which believed,
saying, That it was needful to circumcise them, and to command them to keep
the law of Moses.
6 And the apostles and elders came together for to consider of this matter.
7 And when there had been much disputing, Peter rose up, and said unto
them, Men and brethren, ye know how that a good while ago God made choice
among us, that the Gentiles by my mouth should hear the word of the gospel,
and believe.
8 And God, which knoweth the hearts, bare them witness, giving them the
Holy Ghost, even as he did unto us;
9 And put no difference between us and them, purifying their hearts by
faith.

Mark 16:16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that
believeth not shall be damned.

Mark 1:4 John did baptize in the wilderness, and preach the baptism of
repentance for the remission of sins.

John 1:33 And I knew him not: but he that sent me to baptize with water,
the same said unto me, Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and
remaining on him, the same is he which baptizeth with the Holy Spirit.

John 3:5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be
born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.

Romans 8:12-14
12 Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after
the flesh.
13 For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the
Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.
14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.

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