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Post  Admin on Fri 08 Mar 2019, 8:16 pm

Death of the body is not death of the spirit

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

Let us ask the question, if the Israelites / Jews did actually follow the
instructions of the Lord then would Jesus have to come, would Jesus have to
die, would the death and resurrection of Jesus be so dramatic?

Biblically when a person dies we are to cover/roll the naked body in a
simple cloth and bury it, not dressed up, not in a coffin, nor in a tomb
putting any cross as a marker or any tombstone. What is more so is even the
burial process that is taking the body from the house to the grave is done
by those growing in spirit (youth) and not those mature in spirit (elders).

In today’s message we find according to the (general) Jews they were to
bury the body but according to the Galilean Jews they semi- mummified the
body and kept it in a cave (which was also considered as burial).

Our bodies were made of mud and to mud they return. But when God spoke to
Adam (man/mankind) after he sinned He did not speak of the body but about
the spirit that it would perish and not have eternal life. To have eternal
life we need to have access to the Tree / River of Life which is in Heaven
(upper levels of Heaven) and Adam’s access to the Tree of Life was removed.

‘Spirit’ in Hebrew means ‘breath’ and does not literally mean breath but
symbolizes life so spirit is that which lives within us and it is through
our spirit that our body lives and the moment it leaves the body our body
is nothing but bio material that decays and perishes. Only God has life in
Himself (eternal life), this ability/attribute He gave His Son only. Our
spirits which are created has a limited life and can live eternal only in
presence of God near to His glory Throne where the Tree of Life is. What is
alarming is our limited spirit life is very, very long (in thousands of
years) thus the adjective words used are translated as eternal. So if a
soul perishes in Hell, there too it will first have to suffer (its sins)
for more than a thousand years before it perishes.

Let us not love the body or things of the body but the spirit and things of
the spirit. So when we see each other let us see the beauty of that spirit.
Let us not make death a ritual but prepare for the moment when our life
leaves our bodies.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord You are God and You god are Spirit, You are Life. All life are made by
You and can live eternally only in presence of your glory. The Spirit world
is the real world and this natural world is made temporarily so as to allow
cleansing the sinful spirits of man. Lord we pray we do not get trapped
with the desires of this world but keep our eyes focused on the spirit
world with help of your Spirit...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
Romans 3:10 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:

John 5:26 For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the
Son to have life in himself;

Colossians 1:16 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:

Revelation 4:11 Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and
power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and
were created.

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

Revelation 22:2 In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of
the river, [was there] the tree of life, which bare twelve [manner of]
fruits, [and] yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree
[were] for the healing of the nations.

Revelation 22:14 Blessed [are] they that do his commandments, that they
may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into
the city.

Acts 5:5,6,10
5 And Ananias hearing these words fell down, and gave up the ghost: and
great fear came on all them that heard these things.
6 And the young men arose, wound him up, and carried [him] out, and buried
[him].
10 Then fell she down straightway at his feet, and yielded up the ghost:
and the young men came in, and found her dead, and, carrying [her] forth,
buried [her] by her husband.

Matthew 14:12 And his disciples came, and took up the body, and buried it,
and went and told Jesus.

Acts 2:29 Men [and] brethren, let me freely speak unto you of the
patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried, and his sepulchre is with
us unto this day.

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Post  Admin on Mon 25 Feb 2019, 11:58 pm

Sin, Curse and Sickness

John 9:26 Then said they to him again, What did he to thee? how opened he
thine eyes?

The Lord has always been graceful to expound all scriptures I have been
putting up to Him since the years. Sometimes He did take a long time but He
ultimately did reveal them to me.

As of now there is one scripture (incident) I have been unable to
understand and have been put it to Him since some a long time and awaiting
answer, it is the incident concerning the man born blind whom Jesus heals
and when inquired by His disciples Jesus says he was not blind due to his
own sin nor of his parents but only to glorify God. If we look at verse 3
we read Jesus saying the man is without sin and so also his parents such a
statement goes totally contradictory if taken literally and we read a few
days back Paul say all scriptures are literal (spiritually).

What this scripture(s) seems to contradict is the fact sickness appeared
due to sin. The grandson of Adam (meaning full of life) was named Enos -
mortal (lacking life - Genesis 4:26) because of manifestation of sickness
and Bible says it was them man started worshipping God.

In Exodus 34:6,7 we see the Lord Himself says He visits the sins of the
father unto the son [children], grandson, and great grandson (four
generations). Later in Ezekiel 18:20 the Lord clarifies it is not the sin
but the sin nature, each one pays for their own sin.

Bible states generations are brought forth as souls which are given as seed
in the man and becomes into a human being in the womb of the mother. Sin
corrupts man and from a corrupt seed we only get corrupt produce, this is
the cause of hereditary sicknesses. Jesus was born a man without a human
father and in a virgin womb (surrogate birth) for this reason so that as
human He was born without blemish (corruption). Jesus was lifted up and
crucified by His limbs to be our Peace Sacrifice so as to break our curses
(Galatians 3:13).

The last time I pounded on a scripture like this was about Jesus saying to
the robber crucified next to Him that ‘today you will be with me in
Paradise’. This too contradicted other scriptures like Jesus telling Mary
Magdalene on the third day (after His resurrection) not to touch Him for He
has not yet ascended to the Father (finish all sacrifices by sprinkling in
the Holy of Holies). Later after nearly 6 months the Lord revealed it as a
mistranslation and the word was not ‘TODAY” but ‘THAT DAY’ (concerning the
discussion of Judgment Day when Christ will come in glory).

Same was the case of the incident of the stoning of the adulterous woman
whom Jesus saves. Later it was revealed that these verses (whole incident)
were not part of original scriptures but added much later by the Catholic
Church.

In Bible study the following areas are key for right interpretation of
scriptures
1) Textual criticism (establishing the original or most authoritative text)
2) Philological criticism (study of the biblical languages for an accurate
knowledge of vocabulary, grammar, and style of the period)
3) Literary criticism (focuses on the various literary genres embedded in
the text in order to uncover evidence concerning date of composition,
authorship, and original function of the various types of writings)
4) Tradition criticism (to trace the development of the oral traditions
that preceded written texts)
5) Form criticism (classifies the written material according to the
preliterary forms)

Let us always question not only the doctrines but also scriptures if we
feel it not agreeing with out spirit. Let us ask God to reveal them to us
for He Himself says ‘test and see the Lord, He is good /perfect’.

Let us learn to waiting on the Lord for revelation of His Word.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord You are Holy God. You are perfect and everything about You like your
Word is perfect. Lord we pray we seek revelation of your Word as per your
heart and not according to man. Your Word edifies and builds us...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
ASV John 9:3 Jesus answered, Neither did this man sin, nor his parents:
but that the works of God should be made manifest in him. (Joh 9:3 ASV)

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

Eze 18:2 "What do you mean by using this proverb concerning the land of
Israel saying, The fathers eat the sour grapes, But the children's teeth
are set on edge ?

Job 21:19 "You say, God stores away a man's iniquity for his sons. Let God
repay him so that he may know it.

Eze 18:20 "The person who sins will die. The son will not bear the
punishment for the father's iniquity, nor will the father bear the
punishment for the son's iniquity; the righteousness of the righteous will
be upon himself, and the wickedness of the wicked will be upon himself.

Exo 34:6,7
6 And the LORD passed by before him, and proclaimed, The LORD, The LORD
God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and
truth,
7 who keeps lovingkindness for thousands, who forgives iniquity,
transgression and sin; yet He will by no means leave the guilty unpunished,
visiting the iniquity of fathers on the children and on the grandchildren
to the third and fourth generations."

Galatians 3:13 Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being
made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed [is] every one that hangeth
on a tree:

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Post  Admin on Tue 19 Feb 2019, 9:09 pm

Word of God is Good

1 Timothy 6:3-6
3 If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, [even]
the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according
to godliness;
4 He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of
words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings,
5 Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth,
supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself.
6 But godliness with contentment is great gain.

We see people always complain about complicating the Bible by going deep
into Greek, Hebrew words and into historical data. They say please keep the
Word of God simple, for God made it for simple people.

Firstly these people have not read the whole Bible for they missed
scriptures which speak of people not able to understand scriptures so are
taught in parables and in OT God is asked how He will teach knowledge and
understanding of His Word. These people do not realize no translation till
date can boast of being perfect because language limitations does not
allow. The moment I hear a Preacher state they know the Bible / Greek and
yet says the words ‘Agape love’ then I immediately know the bluff.

In today’s message Paul gives us 3 benchmarks to test a doctrine.
1) Wholesome word – logical / sensible
2) What Jesus spoke
3) Doctrine that lead to holiness (godliness – better relationship with God)

Biblical mysteries are not mystical, but have logical and sensible
understanding. Every scripture if expounded correctly has perfect meaning.
It does not have multiple understanding but only one understanding. It may
have multiple application but it will have only one understanding (which is
3 dimensional). The Greek term for heresy does not mean wrong doctrine but
means choosing from multiple options. There is only one right, thus making
all others wrong.

In OT Truth is symbolized by the pomegranate fruit and when we open one and
analyze its construction we will understand design of the Word of God. The
fruit holds many little blood red jewels (arils) each having a seed within
that can bring forth life to many. Every ‘jewel’ is unique in shape and
cannot be moved and placed elsewhere within the fruit, they all
interconnect airtight as one. Devil too knows the symbolism of the
pomegranate and thus amongst Catholics in Greece they have a chapel devoted
to the Madonna del Granato meaning "Our Lady of the Pomegranate".

Bible says although the Word was given through Prophets before Jesus yet
grace and truth came only through Jesus Christ. That means although the
Prophets before spoke the Word of God yet they did not have the proper
complete understanding of it. So our doctrine should in no way contradict
that what Jesus said. Lord Jesus Christ gave us His Spirit the Spirit of
Truth (Holy Spirit) who reveals the right understanding of the scripture
that is why by studying the Word of God one does not truly understand it
and requires the Holy Spirit to reveal it and when He reveals it, the
scripture makes perfect sense.

The Word of God is called ‘Instructions to this Life’ by Angels so was
given to save and build our life. They bring transformation and spiritually
edify the person causing one to receive the countless blessings God has
given. Above all they cause man to receive his Heavenly inheritance. So
every doctrine that does not edify fails the test. Sound doctrine is
compared to true worship. Like worship brings one closer to God so does
sound doctrine. Although sound doctrine is compared to worship yet without
sound doctrine one cannot truly worship.

Let us test every doctrine and not gulp anything given by anyone even if it
is given in Church or by someone who calls himself a Man of God and holds a
Bible in his hand.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord You are Awesome God. You Lord are perfect and there is none perfect
like You. It is for this reason You alone are called Holy. Lord we pray we
who are called to be perfect may become so by your Word which is given to
build us, correct us and help us inherit that which You have set for us...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
Matthew 13:13-1
13 Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and
hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.
14 And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By
hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see,
and shall not perceive:
15 For this people’s heart is waxed gross, and [their] ears are dull of
hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see
with [their] eyes, and hear with [their] ears, and should understand with
[their] heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.

Proverbs 1:22 How long, ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity? and the
scorners delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge?

Romans 11:33 O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of
God! how unsearchable [are] his judgments, and his ways past finding out!

Acts 5:19-20
19 But the angel of the Lord by night opened the prison doors, and brought
them forth, and said,
20 Go, stand and speak in the temple to the people all the words of this
life.

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Did Jesus know everything?

John 13:21 When Jesus had thus said, he was troubled in spirit, and
testified, and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, that one of you shall
betray me.

We see many places Jesus had foreknowledge of things like in today’s
message he speaks of one of His twelve disciples betraying Him. John 6
verse 70-71 is the earliest scripture which shows Jesus had the
foreknowledge of one of His disciples betraying Him. The writer John puts a
note saying He was referring to Judas Iscariot as being the betrayer. Did
Jesus Himself know that it would be Judas who would betray? That is
something that needs to be investigated in depth.

We also see when Jesus was asked about Judgment Day when the end will come,
although He being the one who would come on that day to Judge yet He says
no man or Angel knows that day but only God (Matthew 24:36).

Jesus Christ is God who humbled Himself and became man. In John 17 He says
He gave up His glory before creation and awaits the day when He will return
to the Father and be restored His glory. The word ‘glory’ does not truly
mean fame / splendor as understood in Greek. In Hebrew the word comes from
the root word meaning ‘to be heavy’ / ‘to be full’. So as God, He emptied
Himself (foundation of creation) and then became man. Philippians 2:5-11
addresses to this emptying.

Jesus as human studied scriptures and grew in Spirit receiving wisdom,
understanding and Fruits of the Spirit like any other human. The only
differences between Him and us are that in spirit He was not created while
we are, He was born human without blemish (inherited sinful nature since he
was born without human father/mother (Hebrews 7) - Mary was His surrogate
mother thus was born of her even though she was a virgin and sinner) also
no sin was found in Him even until He died on the Cross. Since He kept
Himself perfect in the eyes of the Father thus scripture says God the
Father found it worthy to dwell in Him wholly (we receive part of the 7
Spirits of the Holy Spirit).

Jesus’ knowledge of one of the twelve betraying Him was based on OT
scriptures understanding of the twelve tribes (twelve sons of Jacob) and
scriptures in Psalms. Although He came to save the world yet His personal
ministry was only about the twelve that is why when He gave an account to
the Father He spoke of not losing any one of the twelve leaving for the one
which it was already written about. This He said although He preached to
thousands and only 120 did abided in Him (they were the ones gathered in
the upper room) and another 3000 who were double minded thus stood outside
where the 120 gathered but later accepted Him.

Today’s message says the man Jesus grieved in spirit like any other man in
anguish would. It is only in understanding of the wholeness of the Lord
Jesus Christ – one who is God, God the Son, Son of God, Christ and man
Jesus that we understand the oneness of the Father, the Son and His Spirit.
Our hope in our salvation is also based on the fact He overcome and we have
received His Spirit (Holy Spirit) the one behind His success.

Today the Lord also asking us do we grieve in spirit like Jesus if we lose
someone who was given unto us and backslides? Can we account for those
given to us even though we may preach to the whole world?

[Prayer Starter]
Lord You are Almighty God and You alone are God. We thank You Father for
your love that a part of You humbled Himself and became man to make the way
when there was no way and to show us how to walk in that way by the help of
the Holy Spirit. Father we pray You reveal the invisible Christ so that
more may know Him perfectly...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
John 13:2,27
2 And supper being ended, the devil having now put into the heart of Judas
Iscariot, Simon’s [son], to betray him;
27 And after the sop Satan entered into him. Then said Jesus unto him,
That thou doest, do quickly.

John 6:70-71
70 Jesus answered them, Have not I chosen you twelve, and one of you is a
devil?
71 He spake of Judas Iscariot [the son] of Simon: for he it was that
should betray him, being one of the twelve.

Matthew 24:36 But of that day and hour knoweth no [man], no, not the
angels of heaven, but my Father only.

Philippians 2:5-11
5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with
God:
7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a
servant, and was made in the likeness of men:
8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became
obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which
is above every name:
10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of [things] in heaven,
and [things] in earth, and [things] under the earth;
11 And [that] every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ [is] Lord, to
the glory of God the Father.

John 17:5 And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the
glory which I had with thee before the world was.

John 16:28 I came forth from the Father, and am come into the world:
again, I leave the world, and go to the Father.

Revelation 21:22-23
22 And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are
the temple of it.
23 And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in
it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb [is] the light
thereof.

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Post  Admin on Mon 18 Feb 2019, 12:22 am

Approval of man

John 7:47,48 Then answered them the Pharisees, Are ye also deceived? Have
any of the rulers or of the Pharisees believed on him?

One of the first questions today asked to any person ministering is ‘who
was your mentor?’ If that person gives name of a famous person then there
is no questions asked about his own understanding (doctrine) and he or she
is given open doors.

Jesus said there is only one teacher and that is the Lord (Holy Spirit).
When we use the term ‘Christ’ it refers to both the man Jesus and His
Spirit the Holy Spirit. Jesus as man Himself stepped aside and let His
Spirit take up the role of teaching and leading His disciples. What He
taught them was understood only when the Holy Spirit took over His
disciples. So the Holy Spirit is key to discipleship and building a person
spiritually (spiritual maturity).

In the Catholic Church we see the Holy Spirit has been replaced by a spirit
which comes in the name of ‘Mary the Mother of Jesus’. She is the person
they seek guidance and help from, thus one finds all the attributes or
reverence due to the Holy Spirit is given to this spirit. It si for this
reason they lack understanding of scriptures and Kingdom of God.

In the Believer Church the scene is not different, a large part of the
Church have placed the Holy Spirit with man as their ‘guide’, ‘helper’ and
‘teacher’. It is man leading man and not the Holy Spirit leading man and
this is the prime reason why we are in this very, very slow growth rate. Go
to a Bible book shop and there are very few books which help true Bible
study but hundreds and thousands of books of what people have to say about
the Bible. They may be helpful for starters but become nursery rhymes for
those who seek deep Bible study.

The Proverb 27:17 about Iron sharpening iron is not a statement of fact but
a contradictory statement. One who sharpens objects knows if they are of
the same material and hardness then they only create sparks and noise but
do no sharpening. A man can guide another only as much as one’s capacity
but cannot make the person better than one’s self. Also of the 100 things a
man is taught, man usually learns a percentage of it and rarely get all
100. So when man teaches man it is only downhill and not uphill.

In a Church the Pastor had people who grew up and did much better than him.
It happened only when he was sent to another place that these people grew
spiritually. People referred to him as mentor but did not realize after a
period the mentor became the obstacle of growth so had to be move out of
the way. When I heard him preach it was confirmed to me why he was moved
out. The good things is he obeyed to the Lord asking him to go out and did
not hold on to his position.

We may start our spiritual growth with the help of another human mentor or
we who mentor others need to realize we ultimately need to get people to be
led by the Holy Spirit and none other. It is only the Holy Spirit who can
mature us truly. The basics that we as man who have learnt from Him can
share with others but more than what we know has to come from the Holy
Spirit. It others do not grow beyond us then how will one day the
(complete) truth be known to mankind and mankind be set free.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord You alone are God and You alone know all and have Wisdom which is
beyond measure. Lord we pray we seek not approval of man but your approval.
We pray we learn to fellowship with You and learn from You. Help us to
guide others unto You the ultimate Shepherd and not be their shepherds for
life...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen

[Reference Scriptures]
Proverbs 27:17 Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance
of his friend.

John 16:7-15
7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go
away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I
depart, I will send him unto you.
8 And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of
righteousness, and of judgment:
9 Of sin, because they believe not on me;
10 Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more;
11 Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged.
12 I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now.
13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into
all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear,
[that] shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.
14 He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew [it]
unto you.
15 All things that the Father hath are mine: therefore said I, that he
shall take of mine, and shall shew [it] unto you.

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

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

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From Children to Heirs

Romans 8:17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs
with Christ; if so be that we suffer with [him], that we may be also
glorified together.

In the OT we see there were many rules set for inheritance like it was only
for sons and not daughters, after a certain age and according to (12)
tribe. These rules were not to discriminate between gender, age or race /
families / tribes but were symbolic to spiritual things that are enforce to
our inheritance in the true Promised Land which is Heaven.

Today’s message addresses to one of the factors that will decide if we do
enter Heaven or not. Today’s message talks of spiritual maturity. Heaven is
our inheritance and to inherit one of the condition is to mature in Spirit.
Bible says those who are led by the Spirit of God becomes Sons of God. The
term Sons of God in Greek used for mankind in Romans 8:14 is not the same
as used in other places, we find most places children of God translated as
Sons of God like in John 1:12. The scripture talks of us receiving the
Spirit of Adoption (Spirit of the Son) and it is only in the transformation
(overcoming of the flesh) by the Spirit that we too become Sons.

Sons and daughters is nothing to do with the natural gender but to do with
the spiritual image in which God created man and woman. So naturally we may
be male but yet be spiritual daughter and vice versa. Also it is not about
each and every one being totally transformed into Sons of God. For
plurality we need more than one and that is what is why God requires only
two. Bible tells us two amongst us (two witnesses) will succeed, the whole
of creation awaits this event and this triggers Rapture (when the Lord
calls them up after they are slain).

It was two (Adam and Eve) who caused the fall of all mankind (man was
exiled from Heaven) and it is two that God requires to restore mankind’s
access to Heaven. That does not mean all will enter Heaven but means those
who in the process of becoming Sons of God. The two witnesses may be the
pinnacle of the pyramid which causes the whole pyramid to receive
inheritance.

Today the Lord is asking us are we in the race of Sonship. Are we daily
battling the flesh and overcoming it. It does not matter how we started but
matters when we sleep were we still in battle. We also need to push others
up the pyramid by disciplining them so our inheritance day comes quickly.

Do not be like the hare that lost the race (in the story of hare and
tortoise). Let us be consistent and persistent, pursuing our inheritance by
dying daily, crucifying our carnal old man.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord You are Almighty God. You Lord desire us to be transformed in Spirit
so that we can receive that which You have set for us in Heaven. Bible says
no (worldly) eyes have seen and (worldly) mind can imagine the things You
have planned for us. These things You reveal to those who love You and your
Word (Commandments). We pray we daily be in this battle of overcoming so
that we receive our inheritance...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
Romans 8:12-21

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

John 1:12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the
sons of God, [even] to them that believe on his name:

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

Revelation 11:3-11

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Mortal sin immortal impact

Romans 6:12 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should
obey it in the lusts thereof.

These past few days we were told about the importance of good deeds, how
they are Integral to our salvation; yet understanding good deeds and its
impact on the Fruits of the Spirit is not easy to understand.

Like good deeds and its consequence is not easy to understand similarly sin
and its consequence too is not easy to understand. Sin and sin nature are
two different things like works of righteousness and works of faith are,
even though they may look alike yet its background and purpose is necessary
to account.

We need to get one fact down into us. Bible says the sinner will not enter
the Kingdom of God but does not say that those who sin will not be able to
enter the Kingdom of God. This statement may sound alarming or
contradicting.

We know the mercy and grace of God is there that saves us when we have
faith. But there also is the truth that we need to keep the faith and we
cannot take the Lord’s mercy and grace for granted. So if we sin God
forgives when we approach Him but like today’s message says if we let sin
to resign in us then we put on the nature of sin and that will not allow us
to receive forgiveness nor enter the Kingdom of God.

A person who has lied and a lair is not the same. A person who lied can be
forgiven but a liar need to be transformed for that person has the nature
to keep lying and forgiving such a person would be like pouring water on a
duck’s back.

1 Corinthians 6:9-11 and Colossians 3:5-15, along with today’s message
clearly warns us of the danger of remaining in sin and letting it reign in
us. We may be weak and may stumble but we are called to not remain weak and
not remain down if we stumble. We are called to fight that nature and to
overcome that nature which causes us to falter. Bible says ‘put on the Lord
Jesus Christ’ and that means to imitate Him and let His nature rub into us.
How can we ‘put on’ the Lord Jesus Christ if we do not do good deeds like
He did?

So for every Christian good deeds is essential but also essential is the
reason of doing the good deeds. They should not be done to justify one’s
self, for that would make them deeds of (worldly) righteousness. They
should be done as being disciple of Christ, people who follow Christ, a
nature imbedded into us, a nature we receive from the Heavenly Father.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord You are a Holy God. The Upper Heavens are a Holy place and nothing
unholy can dwell and still live there. Lord we pray we understand the
importance of transformation in spirit. We pray we do not transform into
evil but transform into the image of the invisible Christ...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
1 Corinthians 6:9-11
9 Or know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of
God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers,
nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with men,
10 nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor
extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.
11 And such were some of you: but ye were washed, but ye were sanctified,
but ye were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, and in the
Spirit of our God.

Colossians 3:5-15
5 Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication,
uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness,
which is idolatry:
6 For which things’ sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of
disobedience:
7 In the which ye also walked some time, when ye lived in them.
8 But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy,
filthy communication out of your mouth.
9 Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his
deeds;
10 And have put on the new [man], which is renewed in knowledge after the
image of him that created him:
11 Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision,
Barbarian, Scythian, bond [nor] free: but Christ [is] all, and in all.
12 Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of
mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;
13 Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a
quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also [do] ye.
14 And above all these things [put on] charity, which is the bond of
perfectness.
15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are
called in one body; and be ye thankful.

Matthew 6:1 Take heed that ye do not your righteousness before men, to be
seen of them: else ye have no reward with your Father who is in heaven.

John 5:19 Jesus therefore answered and said unto them, Verily, verily, I
say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the
Father doing: for what things soever he doeth, these the Son also doeth in
like manner.

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

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Moses sought the invisible Christ

Hebrew 11:27 By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king:
for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible.

Many years back my WORD STUDY of the Word of God started with trying to
figure out when the word ‘Lord’ was mentioned, who exactly did it refer to?
Was it the Father, Son or the Holy Spirit?

At that time I had no knowledge of Hebrew or Greek languages and never
dreamt one day I would be able to learn them; it was then I just came to
know about Strong numbers wherein each and every Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek
word (with their renderings) are numbered. It was only by the grace of God
that He started revealing me things I would not even imagine. I was happy
He did not allow me to join regular Bible College for what I learnt from
Him would never have been acceptable to me.

The book of Hebrews almost totally addresses to the divinity of Christ and
today’s message talks of Moses and before that Noah and their relationship
with Christ.

As one learns the Hebrew language its alphabets are ideograms which
represent objects so when we take the name Yahweh written in scriptures as
YHWH is not a name but an ideographic description of who it was that spoke
to the Men of God in the OT. The word recodes as ‘Behold the Hand Behold
the Nail’ which directly speaks of Christ.

As I went into every word referring to God (including Baal/Baali which
means unknown God/god – sometimes also used for our God) I found that
scriptures in OT mostly spoke of the Son and the Holy Spirit as Lord, there
were very few scriptures that actually mentioned the Father directly. It
was only when the Godhead (divine oneness relationship between the Father,
Son and Holy Spirit) was slowly revealed that things became very clear to
me.

So today when I read scriptures where Jesus did not allow people to worship
Him yet said if they did not lift Him up then there would be no salvation
for them, such scriptures are no contradiction and are very clear to me.
Also things like humbling of the God the Son from the foundation of
creation (even before man was created) hit me more than knowing His
sacrifice on the Cross (of which I know more details than most do). His
love was manifested to man on the Cross but the true extend of His love is
hidden from almost all mankind. It is only in the understanding of the
humbling of God to God the Son to the invisible Christ to the visible
Christ Jesus and knowing the plans God has for us mere man that we really
understand the love that God has for mankind. Let us not confuse study of
this with the heretic teachings of those who promote ‘Jesus Only’ nor on
the other hand fall into the trap of the Catholic Church doctrine which
says ‘Jesus is Lord’ but made Him a mere man god and a woman His mother in
Heaven.

Today in the morning as I got up I saw some photos of the man Jesus (as
illustrated by Catholic Church) and thought to myself would I one day have
the courage to throw them away knowing they are not of the Christ we
worship, we seek.

Today the Lord is asking us whom do we seek the visible Christ (including
one which the world has created) or the invisible Christ? He is asking can
we be like Josiah (2 Kings 23:1-25, 2 Chronicles 34:1-7) who pleased God.
Bible says God seeks those who worship Him in Spirit and Truth.

Let us from today have a relationship with the invisible Christ like Noah,
Abraham, Moses, David, Daniel and other in OT including Paul and other in
the NT did (Paul did not see the man Jesus even when He appeared to him).

[Prayer Starter]
Lord You are Almighty God and You alone are God for there is none other
than You. You are one and You are Spirit. Lord we pray more and more come
to know You and thus know the love You have for us. Lord we pray You give
us courage like Josiah the King that we bring down the deception and
spiritual adultery that is happening in your name...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
Psalms 50:1 The Mighty One, God, Jehovah, hath spoken, And called the earth
from the rising of the sun unto the going down thereof.

Malachi 2:10 Have we not all one father? hath not one God created us? why
do we deal treacherously every man against his brother, profaning the
covenant of our fathers?

1 Corinthians 8:6 yet to us there is one God, the Father, of whom are all
things, and we unto him; and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom are all
things, and we through him.

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

Colossians 1:3,15-20
3 We give thanks to God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying
always for you,
15 who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation;
16 for in him were all things created, in the heavens and upon the earth,
things visible and things invisible, whether thrones or dominions or
principalities or powers; all things have been created through him, and
unto him;
17 and he is before all things, and in him all things consist.
18 And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the
firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.
19 For it was the good pleasure [of the Father] that in him should all the
fulness dwell;
20 and through him to reconcile all things unto himself, having made peace
through the blood of his cross; through him, [I say], whether things upon
the earth, or things in the heavens.

Philippians 2:5-11

Acts 9:3-5
3 And as he journeyed, it came to pass that he drew nigh unto Damascus:
and suddenly there shone round about him a light out of heaven:
4 and he fell upon the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul,
Saul, why persecutest thou me?
5 And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And he [said], I am Jesus whom thou
persecutest:

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Washing the feet – not act of humility but of righteousness

John 13:5 After that he poureth water into a bason, and began to wash the
disciples’ feet, and to wipe [them] with the towel wherewith he was girded.

People mistake the act of Jesus washing of feet of His disciples as an act
of humility. They can only understand it if they put themselves in the era
of this happening and know the traditions/beliefs of the Jews.

For Jews washing is a very important tradition and belief. They follow
something like what Hindus believe today, they believed washing can wash
the sins of a person.

In the Bible the scriptures concerning washing of sins does not use the
regular Greek word used for washing but uses the word that refers to
washing / cleaning of a wound. Like in Baptism taking the dip does not
transform the person but starts the process of transformation so also
washing is an act of start of repentance. God had commanded in the OT that
any person who entered the Holy Place (symbolizing Heaven) without washing
their hands and feet would die; it had nothing to do with cleanliness but
with repentance. Without repentance no one can enter Heaven. In this
washing, the hands washing symbolize repentance of sin the person does
knowingly (deeds) and washing of feet symbolize repentance of sins one does
unknowingly (walk of life). The breaking of unleavened bread was one of the
sacrifices of Moses which was called the Sacrifice of Guilt (it included a
ram and Jesus was the ram which was slain for our sins).

Jesus gave His disciples authority to forgive sins when He said what we
bind on earth will be bound in Heaven and whatever we release on earth will
be released in Heaven. He confirms this when He said Son of Man has
authority to forgive sins (referring not only to Himself). So when any
person comes with repentance a Man or Woman of God standing in authority of
God can forgive the sins of that person.

Jesus could only wash their feet and not their hands for one has to wash
one’s owns hands by acknowledging the sins which are known to that person.
It is for this reason Paul says those who come in an unworthy manner to the
table of the Lord would suffer sickness and even death for mocking the
sacrifice. How can a person ask for forgiveness of sins which one has done
unknowingly when one has not repented for sins one knows. Repentance and
asking God for forgiveness is not about simply saying sorry but requires
the person to do good to that person sinned against. A heart full of hatred
or envy can never receive forgiveness by simply saying ‘sorry’ and not
getting rid of the hate or envy.

Jesus’ washing the feet was an act of righteousness which we all who
believe in Him and follow Him are called to do. We need not do the natural
act of washing the feet (the Apostles also did not) but we are called to
pray over people or break unleavened bread with them for the forgiveness of
their sins. It is this sacrifice which is called also the ‘Daily Sacrifice’
indicating the frequency at which it needs to be done.

Yesterday at service the Preacher asked ‘how many times does God forgive
us’?
The answer lies in the prayer Our Father, where it says the Lord ‘gives us
our daily bread and forgives our transgresses’. Forgiveness needs to be
sought daily like we do for food.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord You are Awesome God. You Father are Merciful. You Lord forgive those
who approach your Throne of Grace, repentance is an act that cause us to
approach your Throne of Grace. We pray Lord we learn to repent daily for
the sins we committed and receive forgiveness from You...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
Matthew 18:18 Verily I say unto you, what things soever ye shall bind on
earth shall be bound in heaven; and what things soever ye shall loose on
earth shall be loosed in heaven.

Job 1:4-5
4 And his sons went and feasted [in their] houses, every one his day; and
sent and called for their three sisters to eat and to drink with them.
5 And it was so, when the days of [their] feasting were gone about, that
Job sent and sanctified them, and rose up early in the morning, and offered
burnt offerings [according] to the number of them all: for Job said, It may
be that my sons have sinned, and cursed God in their hearts. Thus did Job
continually.

Daniel 8:11-14

Exodus 30:19-21
19 For Aaron and his sons shall wash their hands and their feet thereat:
20 When they go into the tabernacle of the congregation, they shall wash
with water, that they die not; or when they come near to the altar to
minister, to burn offering made by fire unto the LORD:
21 So they shall wash their hands and their feet, that they die not: and
it shall be a statute for ever to them, [even] to him and to his seed
throughout their generations.

Numbers 6:16-18
16 And the priest shall present them before Jehovah, and shall offer his
sin-offering, and his burnt-offering:
17 and he shall offer the ram for a sacrifice of peace-offerings unto
Jehovah, with the basket of unleavened bread: the priest shall offer also
the meal-offering thereof, and the drink-offering thereof.
18 And the Nazirite shall shave the head of his separation at the door of
the tent of meeting, and shall take the hair of the head of his separation,
and put it on the fire which is under the sacrifice of peace-offerings.

1 Corinthians 11:26-31
26 For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink the cup, ye proclaim the
Lord’s death till he come.
27 Wherefore whosoever shall eat the bread or drink the cup of the Lord in
an unworthy manner, shall be guilty of the body and the blood of the Lord.
28 But let a man prove himself, and so let him eat of the bread, and drink
of the cup.
29 For he that eateth and drinketh, eateth and drinketh judgment unto
himself, if he discern not the body.
30 For this cause many among you are weak and sickly, and not a few sleep.
31 But if we discerned ourselves, we should not be judged.

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Glory of Judah - David - Jerusalem

Zachariah 12:7 The LORD also shall save the tents of Judah first, that the
glory of the house of David and the glory of the inhabitants of Jerusalem
do not magnify [themselves] against Judah.

A few days back my daughter who studies in a Catholic Convent School came
to me for inputs on a drawing which her teacher had assigned her class. She
was to draw objects which were considered ‘holy’ according to the Catholic
belief. I explained to her holiness is not an attribute that can be
acquired by objects but only by living beings, that too not animals or
plants but only humans and the beings of Heaven for these alone are created
in the image of God. Holiness is all about perfecting the image of God in
oneself since God alone is Holy. So even when God said ‘Holy Mountain’ or
‘Holy Land’ He did not mean the mountain or land but the Hebrew words means
lifted up and nations / people respectively. Similarly glory is also not
connected to objects but only living beings the objects are symbolic.

Today’s message talks of the glory of the tents (tabernacle) of David and
of Jerusalem and compares them to the glory of the tabernacle of Judah. If
we analyze the scripture Jerusalem being a place is equated with the glory
of David and that compared with the glory of Judah. If we take the
characters then this scripture does not make logical sense, but when we
take the meanings and the symbolism of the words then it does make perfect
sense.

Judah – praise – symbolizes those who glorify/praise the Lord – do His
mission
Jerusalem – peace – symbolizes those who make peace with the Lord – those
who believe in Him (in scriptures this word is written in two ways, one
symbolizes those who truly make peace and the other the false peace seekers
– those who use God for worldly desires)
David – beloved – symbolizes those who are loved by the Lord – those who
are called by Him

John 3:16 says God so loved the world that He gave His only Son as a
sacrifice so that those who (truly) believe in Him are saved. So all are
loved but from them only a few respond and make peace with God via Jesus
Christ the Peace Sacrifice. And from these a very few actually do the
mission of the Father and glorify Him (praise Him). So from the tabernacle
(Church) of David comes Church of Jerusalem and from Jerusalem come the
Church of Judah (true Church of Christ - sheep); remaining are the false
Church (goats).

Today’s message says the Lord upholds the glory of Judah (the True Church)
and will never let them down. Their glory will always exceed the glory of
Jerusalem and of David.

[Prayer Starter]
Father God You are Holy God and the only Holy One for in Heaven You are
glorified by shouts of Holy, Holy, Holy. In You alone is perfection
complete. A part of You gave up the glory and humbled Himself to become man
so as to lift us up to receive holiness. We pray Lord we understand unless
we do not transform from within and glorify You there can never be holiness
and we cannot be counted in Judah. We pray we do be satisfied being in
David or in Jerusalem but seek Judah...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
Mark 10:18 And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? none is good
save one, [even] God.

Leviticus 11:45 For I am Jehovah that brought you up out of the land of
Egypt, to be your God: ye shall therefore be holy, for I am holy.

Joel 2:1 Blow ye the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy
mountain; let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: for the day of
Jehovah cometh, for it is nigh at hand;

Zechariah 9:13 When I have bent Judah for me, filled the bow with Ephraim,
and raised up thy sons, O Zion, against thy sons, O Greece, and made thee
as the sword of a mighty man.

Zechariah 9:2-3
2 And Hamath also shall border thereby; Tyrus, and Zidon, though it be
very wise.
3 And Tyrus did build herself a strong hold, and heaped up silver as the
dust, and fine gold as the mire of the streets.

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

1 Corinthians 1:26 For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many
wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, [are called]:

Luke 6:20 And he lifted up his eyes on his disciples, and said, Blessed
[be ye] poor: for yours is the kingdom of God.

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Completion of Good Works

Philippians 1:6 Being confident [trusting] of this very thing, that he
which hath begun a good work in you will perform [it] until the day of
Jesus Christ:

Many so called Christians especially Catholics think that social work or
serving the weaker and deprived of society are the good works the Lord has
called us to do. If we look at Acts 9:36 it speaks of a woman named Tabitha
/ Dorcas who is said was ‘full of good works and almsdeed’. Here her social
service and her good works are differentiated and not grouped together.

No doubt we are called to reach out to those who suffer in the natural but
our concentration should always be on those who suffer spiritually. It is
for this reason the Apostles got those who were growing spiritually to do
the social works while they themselves concentrated on spiritual works.

When Jesus spoke of Judgment Day where we will be judged if we fed the
hungry, quenched the thirsty, sheltered the homeless or clothed the naked,
has less to do with the naturally hungry, thirsty, homeless and naked but
more to do with the spiritually hungry, thirsty, homeless and naked. If we
shelter a homeless would we not clothe them, feed them and quench their
thirst? When we understand discipleship these are the very things that are
needed to make a person a disciple.

In today’s message we find Paul does not use the word of confirmation
(confidence) as mistranslated in English but uses the Greek word peitho
which comes from the root word ‘trust’. In some translations it is also
translated as persuading. So even though we are knowing the Lord we are not
sure of our salvation until the good work the Lord has started in us is
completed. This good work may happen in a short time or may take a long
time and that depends on our heart condition. We may think people like
Church leaders are good people from the outside but when one sees them
through spiritual eyes one will see even hardcore criminals are easier for
the Lord to work on than these.

Giving alms, doing social work, praying and fasting which are good things
are surprisingly used by people to hide their hardened hearts. It is really
shocking to see many people use a thing like praying to keep God away /
grieve the Spirit. God calls their prayers as blabbering with hands lifted
up that are full of blood. These people spiritually destroy others but show
themselves as pious on the outside.

Let us fear God and remember He does not give importance to our exterior
but gives importance to what we are internally. Let us work on the person
inside when ministering others as God works in us.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord You are Almighty and Holy God. You are Spirit and You Lord desire us
to be holy in spirit and not in appearance. We pray Father we do not try to
fool You with external works or by our ritualistic prayer and fasting but
understand You know the desires of our hearts and hear them even before we
open our mouth when we walk in your ways. We pray we open our spiritual eye
and see the real us...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
Acts 9:36 Now there was at Joppa a certain disciple named Tabitha, which
by interpretation is called Dorcas: this woman was full of good works and
almsdeeds which she did.

Ephesians 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for
good works, which God afore prepared that we should walk in them.

Acts 6:1-4
1 Now in these days, when the number of the disciples was multiplying,
there arose a murmuring of the Grecian Jews against the Hebrews, because
their widows were neglected in the daily ministration.
2 And the twelve called the multitude of the disciples unto them, and
said, It is not fit that we should forsake the word of God, and serve
tables.
3 Look ye out therefore, brethren, from among you seven men of good
report, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we may appoint over this
business.
4 But we will continue stedfastly in prayer, and in the ministry of the
word.

Matthew 25:34-40
34 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed
of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of
the world:
35 for I was hungry, and ye gave me to eat; I was thirsty, and ye gave me
drink; I was a stranger, and ye took me in;
36 naked, and ye clothed me; I was sick, and ye visited me; I was in
prison, and ye came unto me.
37 Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee
hungry, and fed thee? or athirst, and gave thee drink?
38 And when saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and
clothed thee?
39 And when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?
40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you,
Inasmuch as ye did it unto one of these my brethren, [even] these least, ye
did it unto me.

John 13:15 For I have given you an example, that ye also should do as I
have done to you.

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Testing of self and of works by fire

1 Corinthians 3:12-15
12 Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious
stones, wood, hay, stubble;
13 Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it,
because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s
work of what sort it is.
14 If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive
a reward.
15 If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself
shall be saved; yet so as by fire.

One may have heard the term ‘straw man argument’. It comes from children
rhyme ‘there is a hole in my bucket’. The rhyme is about finding a
solution to fix the hole in the bucket, it calls for the use of straw and
use of a bucket to fill water but since there is a hole in the bucket the
solution goes in a circle. The problem here is the assumption of existence
of only one bucket.

Salvation and works seems a circular logic. Salvation is not by works yet
works is required to confirm one’s salvation. Here too if we consider
existence of only one kind of work then it becomes a circular logic.

Works of righteousness are different from works of faith. The root of
salvation is faith. It is only by grace we are saved and this grace we
receive by our faith and not by works of righteousness. Works of faith on
the other hand confirm our faith and keep us rooted in grace and salvation.
No faith, no grace and thus no salvation.

Paul, Peter, James and even Jesus spoke of the importance of ‘good works’.
These good works is about showing the love and compassion of the Father
unto others, it also includes doing the mission that Christ gave unto us.

Like said before these works do not save us they simply confirm our
salvation, so less or more does not matter but the quality of work does
affect our reward in Heaven. If we preach to people but do not build them
in Christ and they turn out to be goats instead of sheep then we do not
receive any reward for that. The more we build others in the Lord the
better reward we receive. The question comes are rewards necessary?

One need to firstly understand Heaven is not a flat place, it has levels
and Paul speaks of 3 levels of the Upper Heavens (translated as Third
Heaven) where the glory of God is enthroned. So let us not just desire to
go to Heaven but seek to receive the high crown (higher levels) of Heaven.
The secret is not in the quantity but in the quality. Quantity does matter
but large quantity without quality is just waste, on the other hand quality
with less quantity is better.

The Lord has been telling us since these few days to open our eyes and
concentrate of building Disciples for the Lord and not just Believers. Let
us not wake up on Judgment Day finding all those whom we bought in the Lord
were goats and none were sheep. We may be saved due to our personal faith
and personal walk (test by fire) but then we will land up in the lower
levels of Upper Heavens and not nearer to the Throne of Glory. In Heaven do
not be surprised to find top TV Preachers experiencing this while unknown
people getting the high crowns.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord You are Holy God and the Heavens are a Holy place. Lord we pray we are
not deceived into vanity. We pray we concentrate on giving our best, not
just in quantity but more in quality. We pray we do not seek our own fame
and glory but seek your Nature / you Name...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
2 Timothy 3:17 That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished
unto all good works.

Hebrews 10:24 And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to
good works:

1 Peter 2:12 Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that,
whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by [your] good works,
which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation.

Titus 2:14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all
iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.

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

2 Timothy 4:8 Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness,
which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to
me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.

1 Peter 5:4 And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a
crown of glory that fadeth not away.

Philippians 3:14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling
of God in Christ Jesus.

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Can God be troubled?

John 13: 21 When Jesus had thus said, he was troubled in spirit, and
testified, and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, that one of you shall
betray me.

It is a good thing that people from other religions are spiritually unwise
else most of the Christians would not be Christians. Once in a while a
person like Ahmed Deedat comes along who is not really ‘wise’ but cunning
and causes many Christians to fall and give up Christ. Even today his
videos are used to cause even people like Bible teachers of colleges to
give up Christianity and accept Islam.

Today’s message is one of the arguments that Islamic Dawah (debaters -
equivalent to our Apologist) use. If Jesus is God then how was He troubled
in spirit? They quote scriptures from OT where God says He ‘repented’,
their argument is - God is all knowing and omnipotent so then how can He
repent or make mistakes?

The problem lies with us that we as Believers believe a lot of Catechism of
the Catholic Church which are not Biblical. We imported mythological/pagan
terms like ‘incarnation’, ‘trinity’ etc. via the Catholic Church into
Christianity to explain things we do not understand and thus distorted that
which we tried to understand. If these are taken for discussion immediately
the person is branded as ‘heretic’. Fools do not understand the Greek term
‘heretic’ means ‘one who chooses one of the many options to suite one’s
intention’.

All scriptures have only one meaning or one interpretation which is right.
There are many applications of a scripture but interpretation cannot be
many. It is our lack of understanding that causes us to have lesser or
wrong interpretation of a scripture. Lesser understanding is not the
problem but wrong understanding is. If we go by the truth almost all
preachers will stand being branded as ‘heretics ‘for almost all quote each
other without themselves studying the scripture in its depth. I can give
many examples which will cause them to blush.

It is only in the understanding of who the Lord Jesus Christ was, is and
will be that we can understand why as man He was troubled. Even in the OT
we need to know who the Lord was that said He repented.

God is a divine being, who is Omnipresent, Omnipotent and full of Wisdom
that cannot be measured. He does not repent nor be troubled. The Lord Jesus
Christ as man did all things like any human including getting troubled and
repent to show us He as man was fully man. So when He said He overcame it
gives us an assurance we too can overcome.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord You are Almighty God, You are omnipresent and omnipotent. There was
nothing, is nothing and will be nothing that is not known to You. Your Word
says a part of You gave up your glory, humbled Himself and became a mere
man lower than the Angels. Lord we pray we understand your sacrifice and
know to what level You went to save man...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
John 7:6-10
6 Then Jesus said unto them, My time is not yet come: but your time is
alway ready.
7 The world cannot hate you; but me it hateth, because I testify of it,
that the works thereof are evil.
8 Go ye up unto this feast: I go not up yet unto this feast; for my time
is not yet full come.
9 When he had said these words unto them, he abode [still] in Galilee.
10 But when his brethren were gone up, then went he also up unto the
feast, not openly, but as it were in secret.

John 12:27 Now is my soul troubled; and what shall I say? Father, save me
from this hour: but for this cause came I unto this hour.

John 14:1 Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also
in me.

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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Can one death save millions or billions?

John 11:50 Nor consider that it is expedient for us, that one man should
die for the people, and that the whole nation perish not.

There is a famous scriptures which every Christian confesses ‘Christ was
bruised for us’, ‘He died for our sins’, ‘He paid our price on the Cross so
that we are saved and receive eternal life’...

When these are put to a non-believer or even when a believing Christian is
further questioned ‘how?’, almost all fail to correctly explain how, for
most do not study the OT. They will rattle scriptures from the letters of
Paul not remembering that Paul spoke only milk since his people did not
have spiritual discernment.

The punishment that Jesus bore on His crucifixion as shown in the movie
‘Passion of Christ’ is not even a percentage of that which actually
happened, yet can that punishment justify the sins of all those who believe
and saved? The point is not about how much but about who bore it.

In Philippines and other countries during the Passover we see insane people
carrying wooden crosses and at times crucifying themselves on it to imitate
the crucifixion of Christ. They want to bear a part of the punishment
Christ bore!

There is a simple situation I put forth, if there is a million people in a
room who are set to damnation and there is one exit which is locked. How
many people would it take to open that locked door and set the people free?
Answer is just one. The problem is the requirement is about perfection that
is required in that person to become the key that opens the door. Jesus
became that man who opened the door so that who so ever walks through it
will be saved.

Let us understand how Jesus saved us so that we are confident of our
salvation and also we are sure if we have met the requirement to receive it..

[Prayer Starter]
Father God, You are an all knowing, merciful God. You Lord made a sacrifice
available for us even before we sinned. You knew man would not be able to
be saved unless You stepped in. We thank You Lord for becoming the
sacrifice Jesus Christ who opened the door of salvation and we also thank
You for His Spirit, who takes us through that open door...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
John 11:47-53
47 Then the high priests and the Pharisees had a meeting and said, What
are we doing? This man is doing a number of signs.
48 If we let him go on in this way, everybody will have belief in him and
the Romans will come and take away our place and our nation.
49 But one of them, Caiaphas, who was high priest that year, said to them,
You have no knowledge of anything;
50 You do not see that it is in your interest for one man to be put to
death for the people, so that all the nation may not come to destruction.
51 He did not say this of himself, but being the high priest that year he
said, as a prophet, that Jesus would be put to death for the nation;
52 And not for that nation only, but for the purpose of uniting in one
body the children of God all over the world.
53 And from that day they took thought together how to put him to death.

1 Corinthians 3:2 I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for
hitherto ye were not able [to bear it], neither yet now are ye able.

John 1:29 The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold
the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.

John 1:36 And looking upon Jesus as he walked, he saith, Behold the Lamb
of God!

Revelation 3:7 And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; These
things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of
David, he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man
openeth;

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What is Truth?

John 18:38 Pilate saith unto him, What is truth? And when he had said
this, he went out again unto the Jews, and saith unto them, I find in him
no fault [at all].

In today’s world we have religions fighting one against another because
they strongly feel their belief is right while others are wrong and these
are called fanatics. We also have some who think all are right and each one
is looking at the same thing in different views and one will find these are
the lots who are mostly ignorant of the beliefs of any religion.

In today’s message we see Pontus Pilate who was the sixth Roman procurator
in the province of Judea and Samaria asks ‘what is truth’ and then goes on
to put forth his observation.

In Greek the word for truth is aletheia and it is a compound word of alpha
(symbolizing beginning) and lethes (meaning - no longer hidden) so means
something that existed and now is no longer hidden in other words truth
equates to revelation.

People confuse between fact and truth. Facts are based on the ones
knowledge or view of anything. Facts may not be wrong but if the situation
changes, fact too changes, truth on the other hand never changes for it is
absolute.

Hope and trust are ones believe on facts while faith and authority are
based on believe in the truth. Man can never have knowledge of the truth
since his view is not absolute for he is bound in the dimension of space
and time, truth has to come to him from someone who has absolute knowledge
or view of things and is not bound by space nor time.

In Islam we find Mohammed who is the author of the Quran says to believe
him for the Quran says to. He goes into what called circular logic where he
is the authenticator of his own claims. In other religions like Hinduism we
find facts are not authenticated or verified but believed simply because of
mass appeal. Bible on other hand has God the Holy Spirit as its author and
this is confirmed only when facts are verified, like no contradiction
between any scripture even though they are written by more than 44 persons
over a period of almost 1700years where they speak on common things. Since
faith is believing in the truth we find there is nothing like ‘blind faith’
for truth has to be verified to be believed.

Bible says the truth is revealed by the Spirit of God (The Son) and He is
also called the Spirit of Truth. We may study scriptures and know facts of
the Bible but it is only the Holy Spirit who reveals the truth. Getting
revelation from the Holy Spirit does not mean having complete knowledge.
Although revelation knowledge coming from the Holy Spirit in parts yet it
does not change as it is revealed like in the case of factual knowledge but
is built on that which exist.

Every scripture in the Bible has one absolute meaning and not many
meanings. It may be used or applied in many ways but there is no many
meanings. The Greek word heresy or heretic is a person who considers many
means of a scripture and chooses one of them.

As we study scriptures let us at the same time seek the help of the Spirit
of God and ask Him to reveal the truth to us. Let us not believe anything
given unto us by man or spirit for God Himself says ‘test / taste and see
for He is good’. Discernment is a sign of maturity and only when we discern
/ verify that we know as factual or truth we grow spiritually.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord You are Alpha and Beta, You are the beginning and You are the end of
all things for You are eternal. You Lord do not change so also does your
Word which does not change. Your Word says we do not receive for we lack
faith. Lord we pray we do not fall into heresy but have revelation
knowledge of scriptures so that we move from hope and trust to faith and
authority...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
2 Corinthians 4:18 While we look not at the things which are seen, but at
the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen [are]
temporal; but the things which are not seen [are] eternal.

Ephesians 3:9-12
9 And to make all [men] see what [is] the fellowship of the mystery, which
from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all
things by Jesus Christ:
10 To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly
[places] might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God,
11 According to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our
Lord:
12 In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him..

John 16:13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide
you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he
shall hear, [that] shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.

Luke 12:28 If then God so clothe the grass, which is to day in the field,
and to morrow is cast into the oven; how much more [will he clothe] you, O
ye of little faith?

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God of Anger

Romans 9:22 [What] if God, willing to shew [his] wrath, and to make his
power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath fitted to
{made for} destruction:

One may be taken back by the title ‘God of Anger’ I gave to today’s
message. We all know God as God of love, compassion, mercy but we forget
our God is also called God of longsuffering and patience which means He
delays punishment and keeps giving opportunity to change but does not hold
back the punishment if we fail to.

We always have been told God punishes when He is angry. In the OT we see
cases of God in His anger punishing. But when we go to the depth of
everything we see our God does not punish but they bought punishment on
themselves.

Let me take the case of Hell where it is said there is this eternal fire
that burns and souls suffer it. When we go in the depth of its study we see
the eternal fire is the sins that are within the person and the soul
suffers it till one’s spirit life (which is in thousands of years). So if
we see Hell is a prison / pit where the person suffers one’s sins which
never dies until the soul does (second death).

Coming to the term ‘anger’. The Greek word for wrath/anger is Orge and
comes from the root word ‘to reach out and touch’ / in normal human terms
means to strike or smite a person. God is not a human to smite like man so
when He touches us the effect of His touch - destruction or blessing,
depends on our personal condition. If we understand this we will understand
why God moved Adam and Eve out of their access to Heaven / Eden (where the
Tree of Life is) when they sinned (got corrupted) so that they (including
us who were in them) do not suffer but are given an opportunity to repent.

When we pray we ask God ‘touch me’; do we introspect the conditions of our
hearts before asking God to touch us? We should thank God He did not touch
us every time we asked Him to. Our God is a God who desires to touch us, to
reach out to us, but in His longsuffering He holds back many a times
because we people are hard hearted lot.

So next time let us not ask God to touch us with a hardened heart but ask
Him only when our hearts are hearts of repentance so that we experience His
goodness and not His wrath.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord You are a Compassionate God who is full of Love. But You God are also
Righteous and Holy. No corruption can dwell before You. You God moved the
fallen angels from Hell and also corrupt man so as to give them a chance to
repent and change. You knew the fallen angels would not but man would so
You are helping man in that change. Lord we thank You for helping us
change. We pray we acknowledge who You are and always approach You with a
heart full of repentance, always seeking correction...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
Isaiah 13:5 They come from a far country, from the end of heaven, [even]
the LORD, and the weapons of his indignation, to destroy the whole land.

Jeremiah 50:25 The LORD hath opened his armoury, and hath brought forth
the weapons of his indignation: for this [is] the work of the Lord GOD of
hosts in the land of the Chaldeans.

Romans 2:5 But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto
thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous
judgment of God;

Ephesians 2:3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in
the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the
mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.

2 Peter 2:4 For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast [them]
down to hell, and delivered [them] into chains of darkness, to be reserved
unto judgment;

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Connecting in Ministry

Acts 18:2 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.

Aquila was a former Jew who was born in the Greek city of Pontus which in
the modern era is the Black Sea Region of Turkey. Aquila with his wife
Priscilla had settled in Rome and were twice made to leave Rome. Today’s
message talks of the time when Claudius the Roman Emperor (41AD – 64AD)
commanded that all Jews leave Rome so Aquila and his wife moved to Corinth.
Josephus the historian does not record this incident but another known
Roman historian Suetonius, records in his book Life of Claudius, chapter 25
says, that “he expelled the Jews from Rome, who were constantly exciting
tumults under their leader, Chrestus.”

Earliest Christians were mostly former Jews and they were considered a sect
of Judaism and there were many sects in Judaism. People use to call early
Christian as ‘People of the Way’ since their way of life was different from
worldly people. Christian preachers would normally stay with former Jews
(Christians) whenever they moved to other cities.

Aquila and his wife were not practicing Jews but Christians, yet because of
their origin they were victimized along with the other Jews. On the other
hand Paul being a known former Jew was well identified as a breakaway Jew
so was persecuted by the main stream Jews and we see in Corinth the people
knowing Paul did not give him place to stay, so he had to hunt for one and
lastly got to stay with Aquila and his wife Priscilla who were also of the
same trade of tent making as Paul (they may have met in the market while
selling tents).

In my early 30s when I came to know about the truth I was upset why the
Lord bought me up in a Catholic family. I thought if I was born in a
Believer family I would have been a better Christian and may have been
active right in my early ages. But latter I realize my mission and the
harvest the Lord has given me would not have been achieved if I was not a
former Catholic.

Almost everything about us (not our doings) has a reason for the plans of
God in our lives. So let us not be upset what has happened but give thanks
to the Lord we did not remain there but He bought us in His light and we
can now be instruments to reach out to those who are still there.

I feel sad when I see Indian Preachers literally dying to go to countries
like US, Canada or other countries to minister to people there when God has
placed them in a country like India which has a great harvest. Let us do
the plans God has in our lives instead of doing our own and seeing no
fruits.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord You are an Awesome Almighty God. Your wisdom Lord is beyond measure
yet many of us humans try to advice You and correct You. Lord we ask for
forgiveness and correction in our ministries so that we do that which You
have called us to and not what we desire...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
Acts 18:1-10
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.
3 And because he was of the same craft, he abode with them, and wrought:
for by their occupation they were tentmakers.
4 And he reasoned in the synagogue every sabbath, and persuaded the Jews
and the Greeks.
5 And when Silas and Timotheus were come from Macedonia, Paul was pressed
in the spirit, and testified to the Jews [that] Jesus [was] Christ. [{was
Christ: or, is the Christ }
]6 And when they opposed themselves, and blasphemed, he shook [his]
raiment, and said unto them, Your blood [be] upon your own heads; I [am]
clean: from henceforth I will go unto the Gentiles.
7 And he departed thence, and entered into a certain [man’s] house, named
Justus, [one] that worshipped God, whose house joined hard to the synagogue..
8 And Crispus, the chief ruler of the synagogue, believed on the Lord with
all his house; and many of the Corinthians hearing believed, and were
baptized.
9 Then spake the Lord to Paul in the night by a vision, Be not afraid, but
speak, and hold not thy peace:
10 For I am with thee, and no man shall set on thee to hurt thee: for I
have much people in this city.

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Unholy flesh and holy flesh

Zachariah 2:13 Be silent, O all flesh, before the LORD: for he is raised up
out of his holy habitation.

When the term flesh is used in the Bible we see various mixed aspects to
it, for instance flesh is considered carnal and yet Jesus says if we do not
eat His flesh we will not have anything to do with Him.

Biblically flesh symbolizes the desires of a person. If the flesh (person)
is worldly the desires are worldly (carnal – worldly enjoyment) and if the
flesh (person) is righteous then the desires are godly. Bones on the other
hand symbolize the character / nature of the person. It is for this reason
in the case of Jesus, His flesh was bruised but His bones were protected.

It is very important we get ourselves to dwell in the Kingdom (rule) of
God, which is eat the flesh (desires) of Christ so that our flesh (desires)
becomes the flesh of Christ.

When such things are preached people tend to get a little taken back and
confuse between the real flesh and the symbolism. But when we get into word
study, the study of the Hebrew and Greek words and its meaning, then the
understanding is better.

The Hebrew word for flesh is ‘basar’ and comes from the root meaning
‘message’. Jesus said if we do not eat His message (flesh) we will not have
life in us and will have nothing to do with Him, it is His message that
gives us life.

We humans are like mobile towers broadcasting message which is either holy
or unholy. We being corrupt beings since sin corrupted us, by default our
message (flesh) is a corrupt message and that is what today’ message tells
us to keep our thoughts and our message silent before the Lord.

Understand being forgiven does not mean corruption restored but only means
the penalty taken away. Corruption can only be restored by restoration of
the Fruits of the Spirit that is why Jesus after paying the price of our
sins made it a point that we receive His Spirit who helps us overcome
corruption.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord You are Holy God. You Lord alone are perfect and all beings lack,
including those who are in Heaven. It is only when we all are reconciled
unto You after Judgment Day that we will receive Holiness. Lord we pray
seek holiness and overcome the corrupt flesh that exist in us by consuming
your flesh...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
John 6:51,53
51 I am the living bread which came down out of heaven: if any man eat of
this bread, he shall live for ever: yea and the bread which I will give is
my flesh, for the life of the world.
53 Jesus therefore said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except
ye eat the flesh of the Son of man and drink his blood, ye have not life in
yourselves.

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Where most of our Ministries and Preachers fail...

1 Thessalonians 1:6 And ye became followers of us, and of the Lord, having
received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Spirit:

We have so many Ministries with Preachers doing great work and working very
hard yet we hardly see any growth of the Church. The same people visit the
preaching or sit in Church in the same place (literally) they neither move
spiritually nor physically.

Christ commanded each and every Christian to witness Him unto others so if
one Christian manages to witness Christ to at least one soul in a year,
even then our Churches would double every year. But what we see is that the
percentage of Christianity growth (excluding birth in the family) is hardly
1.4%. I am being generous since total growth globally (including Catholics)
is between 1.8 to 2.3%. That means all the Preachers put together, with all
their stage shows and the extravagant money they spend, they together only
manage to add just 1 soul every year for every hundred Believers.

The main reason of failure of our ministries is not that Preachers are not
preaching the Gospel and making disciples but that they are making
disciples for themselves that is why ministries are growing but not
Churches. They get people to follow them and not follow Christ. If any
person follows Christ then they themselves will witness Christ and bring
others to Him.

We are getting things wrongs from the alphabet A in the Church. The fact
that we have distorted the meaning of the word Church we have changed its
purpose. The Greek word ‘ekklesia’ does not simply mean ‘congregation’, it
is a compound word made of two words which mean a ‘group of people’ + ‘with
a mission’. If we understand the mission which Christ gave then a Church
should be meeting only to go out and not keep people in.

It is time Pastors / Preachers / Ministers of the Word cut off the
umbilical cords with those whom they are ministering and let the Holy
Spirit take over. Let us stop baptizing people in our name even though we
take the name of Jesus or of the Father, Son and Spirit. It is time to stop
being ‘gods’ in the lives of other Christians and let them know God.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord You are God and You alone are God. Lord we fail to know You for we are
more attached to people than to You. Lord we pray we have a one to one
relationship with You. We pray we lead others not to ourselves but to You,
let them know who You are and how nothing is impossible to You...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
Matthew 28:19 Go ye therefore, and make disciples of all the nations,
baptizing them into the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy
Spirit:

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

1 Corinthians 1:10-13
10 Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that
ye all speak the same thing, and [that] there be no divisions among you;
but [that] ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same
judgment.
11 For it hath been declared unto me of you, my brethren, by them [which
are of the house] of Chloe, that there are contentions among you.
12 Now this I say, that every one of you saith, I am of Paul; and I of
Apollos; and I of Cephas; and I of Christ.
13 Is Christ divided? was Paul crucified for you? or were ye baptized in
the name of Paul?

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Prescription to overcome fear

2 Timothy 1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power,
and of love, and of a sound mind.

We see on TV various games like ‘Fear Factor’ wherein a participant is made
to overcome fear by daring to do the very thing they fear. Facing what a
person fears does help a person to some extend to overcome it but yet as
the situation or intensity changes the fear need to be challenge again at
that level. Simply facing one’s fear not the perfect solution to overcome
it.

In today’s message Paul inspired by the Holy Spirit gives the perfect
prescription to overcome fear and that is power, love and understanding.
This recipe is not just spiritual but also natural and practical.

Let me take an example; before I had a fear of dogs because as a child I
was chased by dogs more than once so now when I got the opportunity I got
myself one. Today it is over a year and my relationship with dogs has
completely changed, my dog loves to sleep next to me on our bed, listens to
me immediately (even though she is untrained). This has happened not just
because I faced my fear (power) but more also because I have learnt to love
dogs, to understand them, their nature and their moods.

To overcome fear we need to have power, love and understanding. So if we
fear life/death (suicidal tendencies) we need to be ready for it, love life
and have a clear understanding of what life and death is. If we lack in any
one area we will always be struggling in that area. I took this example of
suicidal tendencies because yesterday a brother was talking to me on this
matter and today the Lord gave me this message. It is not only for him but
all who are facing this, or any such tough situation, you need to overcome
that fear with power, love and understanding. The Holy Spirit is always
there to help in these 3 areas and if you are having problems communicating
with Him, please do get in touch immediately with someone who does, nothing
is too difficult for our God is indeed God.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord You are Almighty and Awesome God. Lord we pray we overcome our fear
with power (courage), love and understanding. We pray we crush the plans of
the enemy which are for our destruction. We rebuke and bind the powers that
are working for the destruction of your children. We speak courage, love
and understanding...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
Matthew 10:25-28
25 It is enough for the disciple that he be as his teacher, and the
servant as his lord. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebub,
how much more them of his household!
26 Fear them not therefore: for there is nothing covered, that shall not
be revealed; and hid, that shall not be known.
27 What I tell you in the darkness, speak ye in the light; and what ye
hear in the ear, proclaim upon the house-tops.
28 And be not afraid of them that kill the body, but are not able to kill
the soul: but rather fear him who is able to destroy both soul and body in
hell.

Hebrews 2:14-15
14 Since then the children are sharers in flesh and blood, he also himself
in like manner partook of the same; that through death he might bring to
nought him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;
15 and might deliver all them who through fear of death were all their
lifetime subject to bondage.

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Mummification in Judaism

John 11:39 Jesus said, Take ye away the stone. Martha, the sister of him
that was dead, saith unto him, Lord, by this time he stinketh: for he hath
been [dead] four days.

In Judaism mummification is not called mummification but called embalmment
and as per records at times was a forty day process unlike the Egyptian
seventy day process where they started with taking out (partly) the brain
by making a hole near to the nostril openings and later taking out the
internal organs and filling the hollow body with spices.

In Judaism the oldest records of Jewish embalmment starts with Jacob at the
hands of Joseph’s servants, this helped carry the body through their long
return journey. Later it was for Joseph himself, whose bones (not
symbolically but completely) were later taken during the Exodus. The
Egyptian customs were modified and gradually watered down to embalmment
which was totally discontinued only a few hundred years back (AD 1700s).

The Jews (especially from northern Israel - Galilee / Samaria) initially
would dress it with expensive clothes and embalm the body. They would even
bury weapons of war used by the person or personal expensive objects that
were of no utility unto others. This is due to their misunderstanding of
scriptures from Samuel, Isaiah and Ezekiel. During the time of Jesus, 3
days the person’s body was partially (externally) embalmed, wrapped and was
available for visit. It was only at the end of the third day that they
would do the excessive embalmment and seal the tomb. The three day wait was
kept because some people who were declared dead later woke up after a
period.

In the case of Jesus before placing His body in the tomb they had embalmed
it externally and wrapped it with linen cloth. Mary (who was from Galilee
where these customs were strong) and her team had not got the time/space to
do much since the events to the crucifixion happened quickly, 5 days from
Jesus getting arrested on Saturday (Jewish Sabbath) evening after
celebration the start of feast of week of Unleavened Bread and Paschal week
(the Jews celebrated both together from Babylonian times). Jesus fulfilled
scriptures of being the Paschal Lamb that was observed for 5days where He
did not speak a word even though He went through great torture, especially
at the hands of the Romans. He was crucified on Thursday evening for Friday
was the Paschal Feast (High Sabbath).

The Mary team (women – there were at least 3 Marys in this team) after
placing Jesus’ body in the tomb started preparing spices for the next
process which they would need on the third day. In Jesus’ case no one was
allowed to visit the tomb due to security reasons, the stone was rolled on
the first day itself while for Lazarus it was done on the usual third day.
It was for this reason Martha confirmed the state of the body with
confidence even though they had wrapped it with spices. In Lazarus’ case
they used proper burial cloth bands like the Egyptians did. Jesus’ weeping
at the tomb of Lazarus was not for his death (Jesus came there to resurrect
him and planned it from the time He knew he died) but wept seeing all the
vain customs that they did (including the hired mourners).

The Lord is telling us our lack of understanding of scriptures and our
faith in worldly people more than in God causes us to do things that are
vain and foolishness before God. We may not be doing embalmment but even
today we do things with regards to the dead which are foolish, like
dressing the body in suites (expensive clothes) and placing it in expensive
coffins. Biblically we are called to simply wrap the body in a cloth and
burry it for quick decomposing of the body. Christians also foolishly
believe testimonies concerning the dead which are contrary to scriptures.

Let us not behave like children of darkness even though we know Christ, but
let us do all things with proper understanding of scriptures and the
Kingdom of God.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord You are Almighty God. You Lord are calling God of the living and not
of the dead even though every spirit continues to live after its natural
death. Lord we pray we do not be or behave like children of darkness even
though we know the light...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
John 11:32-44

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

Luke 23:55-56; 24:1-2
55 And the women also, which came with him from Galilee, followed after,
and beheld the sepulchre, and how his body was laid.
56 And they returned, and prepared spices and ointments; and rested the
sabbath day according to the commandment.
1 Now upon the first [day] of the week, very early in the morning, they
came unto the sepulchre, bringing the spices which they had prepared, and
certain [others] with them.
2 And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulchre.

John 20:11-14
11 But Mary stood without at the sepulchre weeping: and as she wept, she
stooped down, [and looked] into the sepulchre,
12 And seeth two angels in white sitting, the one at the head, and the
other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain.
13 And they say unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? She saith unto them,
Because they have taken away my Lord, and I know not where they have laid
him.
14 And when she had thus said, she turned herself back, and saw Jesus
standing, and knew not that it was Jesus.

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Caves, Groves and Grottos

John 11:38 Jesus therefore again groaning in himself cometh to the grave.
It was a cave, and a stone lay upon it.

In the Bible the first mention of a cave is when Abraham purchased one as a
burial place for his wife and later was also used for himself, Isaac, Jacob
and his wives Rebecca and Leah. Mostly the rich or the famous like Prophets
were buried in caves. In the Bible we see caves used as refuge place and
Abraham knew natural death was not the end of life he knew he would sleep
in the Lord for a moment and then have glory in Him on Judgment Day.

The Egyptians believed death as pathway to the after-life and their
understanding of life after death was an insane concept. They thought the
dead would arise in the flesh so they tried to preserve the flesh by
embalming the body and wrapped it in spices and bands. They knew the
necessary organs within the body would not last long so they removed them
and preserved them in jars. They thought the brain was useless therefore
left it as it is, but removed everything from eyes to heart, lungs,
kidneys, and other important organs.

Biblically cave was the end of natural life and not doorway (pathway) for
this life to continue into the next life. We read pagans in the Bible used
caves as pathways. Groves (Hebrew word means ‘pathways’ - made mostly of
trees) were used mainly to worship their gods (mostly goddesses). Soon
caves became groves (pathways) which today is called Grottos. Even today we
find idols kept in grottos both amongst Catholics and pagan religions.
Caves are important places of worship across worldly religions and
symbolize worship of the dead for them they are pathways. In Islam we find
Mohammed was anointed ‘prophet’ due to an incident in a cave (an evil
spirit tried to coke him and he was told by his Catholic uncle it was the
Angel Gabriel) and Catholics worship ‘Mother Mary’ (the spirit that comes
as the ‘mother of Jesus’) who seems to have appeared in a cave (in
Lourdes).

Jesus grieved in Himself because the sisters of Lazarus used the cave not
as a burial place for the body of Lazarus but as a pathway for they had
partly performed the Egyptian rituals of the dead on him like many of the
Jews from Galilee / Samaria (northern Israel) did. Mary the mother of Jesus
also being from Galilee tried the same with the body of Jesus but due to
His resurrection on the third day, they could not complete the pagan
rituals due on the third day.

Let us understand everything worldly about us, our material riches, our
fame, our skills, our knowledge, our relationships (family and friends)
etc. all we leave behind here as we die. They may be as testimonies of
blessings or warning for people living in this world. So let us not seek
worldly things of the flesh for our spirit alone lives unto punishment
(suffer our sins) or eternal life in Heaven enjoying the glory of God.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord You are Living God and eternal, there is no beginning nor end to You.
You alone have life within yourself and this You gave to your Son. We Lord
as your children do have the privilege to enjoy eternal life in You through
the Tree of Life which exist in Heaven. Lord we pray we understand the
difference between worldly life and spiritual life. We pray we seek more
the things of the spirit and not of the flesh...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
John 11:39-44
39 Jesus saith, Take ye away the stone. Martha, the sister of him that was
dead, saith unto him, Lord, by this time the body decayeth; for he hath
been [dead] four days.
40 Jesus saith unto her, Said I not unto thee, that, if thou believedst,
thou shouldest see the glory of God?
41 So they took away the stone. And Jesus lifted up his eyes, and said,
Father, I thank thee that thou heardest me.
42 And I knew that thou hearest me always: but because of the multitude
that standeth around I said it, that they may believe that thou didst send
me.
43 And when he had thus spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come
forth.
44 He that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with grave-clothes;
and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus saith unto them, Loose
him, and let him go.

Genesis 23:9 that he may give me the cave of Machpelah which he owns, which
is at the end of his field; for the full price let him give it to me in
your presence for a burial site."

Isaiah 65:4 Who sit among graves and spend the night in secret places; Who
eat swine's flesh, And the broth of unclean meat is in their pots.

Judges 3:7 And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the LORD,
and forgat the LORD their God, and served Baalim [unknown gods] and the
groves.

1 Kings 14:15 For the LORD shall smite Israel, as a reed is shaken in the
water, and he shall root up Israel out of this good land, which he gave to
their fathers, and shall scatter them beyond the river, because they have
made their groves, provoking the LORD to anger.

Matthew 22:29-30
29 Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the
scriptures, nor the power of God.
30 For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage,
but are as the angels of God in heaven.

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Expectation of man

Acts 3:5 And he gave heed unto them, expecting to receive something of them..

In the night I had a very crazy dream of people attending a marriage. The
people are dancing and some small kids getting into a synchronized dance
which looked very cute. Soon the very little kids left the dance floor and
went near to the trees to break fruits by throwing stones at them. Suddenly
I saw the people staying nearby rushing to save their things. These very
small kids were joined by little bigger kids and now they were not throwing
stones at the fruits on the tree but to small kittens that were playing
nearby. What happened next was even more insane as the bigger teenage kids
joined them and now they were not stoning the fruits nor the kittens but
each other, that too very large stones which could easily kill them. When
asked why they were doing such an insane thing they said they were just
having fun. Suddenly the scene changes I see the city with a large number
of Christians and huge grand churches with even the poor (looking) people
coming in big cars. But as I peeked in one of the churches I find it almost
empty and dark with the Pastor sitting like a watchman.

Corrupt man in himself is insane and his priorities and desires only cause
disasters to himself. If God had to give man what he desires then mankind
would have been domed.

Yesterday’s message was telling us about prayer and today’s message of what
we seek. In today’s message the lame man carried by his family to the
temple entrance had only one desire of getting money so as to feed himself
and his family. What we see he received is something he did not expect or
dream of.

Let us not rush to God all the time for our worldly desires. Let it be
material things, relationships, medical things, etc. Let us trust Him for
our provisions and our protection. He said if He can take care of the birds
then why He would not do the same for us who are made in His image.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord You are Almighty and Merciful God. You God created us for great things
but due our corrupt nature we seek things of vanity things that cause our
destruction more than our edification. Lord we pray we transform our minds
and desires according to your heart and not ours...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
Acts 3:1-8
1 Now Peter and John went up together into the temple at the hour of
prayer, [being] the ninth [hour].
2 And a certain man lame from his mother’s womb was carried, whom they
laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms
of them that entered into the temple;
3 Who seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple asked an alms.
4 And Peter, fastening his eyes upon him with John, said, Look on us.
5 And he gave heed unto them, expecting to receive something of them.
6 Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I
thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk.
7 And he took him by the right hand, and lifted [him] up: and immediately
his feet and ankle bones received strength.
8 And he leaping up stood, and walked, and entered with them into the
temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God.

Matthew 10:17-41
17 But beware of men: for they will deliver you up to the councils, and
they will scourge you in their synagogues;
18 And ye shall be brought before governors and kings for my sake, for a
testimony against them and the Gentiles.
19 But when they deliver you up, take no thought how or what ye shall
speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak.
20 For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which
speaketh in you.
21 And the brother shall deliver up the brother to death, and the father
the child: and the children shall rise up against [their] parents, and
cause them to be put to death.
22 And ye shall be hated of all [men] for my name’s sake: but he that
endureth to the end shall be saved.
23 But when they persecute you in this city, flee ye into another: for
verily I say unto you, Ye shall not have gone over the cities of Israel,
till the Son of man be come.
24 The disciple is not above [his] master, nor the servant above his lord.
25 It is enough for the disciple that he be as his master, and the servant
as his lord. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebub, how
much more [shall they call] them of his household?
26 Fear them not therefore: for there is nothing covered, that shall not
be revealed; and hid, that shall not be known.
27 What I tell you in darkness, [that] speak ye in light: and what ye hear
in the ear, [that] preach ye upon the housetops.
28 And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the
soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in
hell.
29 Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not
fall on the ground without your Father.
30 But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.
31 Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows.
32 Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess
also before my Father which is in heaven.
33 But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my
Father which is in heaven.
34 Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send
peace, but a sword.
35 For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the
daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in
law.
36 And a man’s foes [shall be] they of his own household.
37 He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and
he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.
38 And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy
of me.
39 He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for
my sake shall find it.
40 He that receiveth you receiveth me, and he that receiveth me receiveth
him that sent me.
41 He that receiveth a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a
prophet’s reward; and he that receiveth a righteous man in the name of a
righteous man shall receive a righteous man’s reward.

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Predestined or Foreknowledge?

John 12:38 That the saying of Esaias the prophet might be fulfilled, which
he spake, Lord, who hath believed our report? and to whom hath the arm of
the Lord been revealed?

There is a feeling amongst Christians ‘since God has chosen me to know Him
so He will take me through even if I do not follow Him and do things which
are contrary to what He has commanded of me’.

Christians know killing is a sin and so also is lying and robbing but due
to their believe in ‘predestined salvation’ they become licensed killers
(spiritually killing people) and Robinhoods even though they rob and lie to
mostly fill their own pockets (unlike the character in the story).

Ephesians 1 and Romans 8 is mostly misquoted to justify predestinated
salvation (Once Saved Always Saved). When asked about characters like
Judas, Balaam, Adam, Eve, first lot of Israelites who left Egypt (leaving
for Moses, Aaron, Joshua and Caleb) and other characters named by Paul like
Hymenaeus, Alexander and Philetus they give vague answers. All these were
not unbelievers but people who believed in Yahweh / Jesus Christ. Amongst
these Paul especially talks of Alexandra and Hymenaeus who misled other
believers with false doctrines. Alexandra having good orator skills was not
a match for even the knowledgeable Paul to confront in public.
Interestingly Hymenaeus preached on a false understanding of resurrection
similar to predestined salvation (OSAS) and both go against Judgment Day.

I have mentioned before Jesus said ‘He is the Way’ that means we need to
walk that way and since it is not easy to walk the way He gave us His
Spirit (Helper) who helps us walk the way. It is for this reason we need to
be baptized both in Jesus Christ and His Spirit. Jesus by His sacrifice
made available His Spirit so those who are baptized in Him receive the
promise of the Holy Spirit. It is baptism in the Holy Spirit which really
does the job of making one a Christian (one does not become a Christian by
simply believing in Christ but by following Christ).

The Greek word Baptizo translated as baptism comes from the word Bapto
which was a term used for dying of a cloth, so it does not simply mean
dipping or immersing but means being transformed to what we are dipped in
(baptized in). What is more interesting, no preacher tells you is that
Baptizo means repeated immersion, which means it is a continual process
which one goes through as a Christian until one transforms into the image /
Name of Christ (Father / Son / Spirit) which we are baptized in.

Today’s message talks of foreknowledge of God knowing who will believe in
Him and who will walk the way to be transformed. Bible says many are called
(those who believe) but few are chosen (who walk the way). Those who are
called but do not walk the way are termed as goats (which are greater in
numbers) and those who are called and walk the walk the way are termed as
sheep (fewer in numbers). It is the sheep who enter Heaven and not the
goats on Judgment Day.

Just because we believe in Christ let us not take God and Heaven for
granted. Paul says in 1 Corinthians 6:9 and 10 all who are fornicators,
idolaters, adulterers, effeminate, abusers of themselves with mankind,
thieves, covetous, drunkards, revilers or extortioners will not enter the
Kingdom of God. After believing, repenting and being forgiven in Jesus
Christ if we still backslide and put on our former selves is there any
other sacrifice to save us?

[Prayer Starter]
Lord You are God who is all knowing and Almighty. Even though everything is
possible for You yet You desire a willing heart. Even though You know the
result yet You put man to test like You did to Abraham. Lord We pray we
hold on to your Spirit and surrender to His corrections...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
Ephesians 1:5,11
5 Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to
himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,
11 In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated
according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of
his own will:

Romans 8:29-30

29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate [to be] conformed to
the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.
30 Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he
called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also
glorified.

1 Corinthians 10:1-23

1 Timothy 1:20 Of whom is Hymenaeus and Alexander; whom I have delivered
unto Satan, that they may learn not to blaspheme.

2 Timothy 2:17-19
17 And their word will eat as doth a canker: of whom is Hymenaeus and
Philetus;
18 Who concerning the truth have erred, saying that the resurrection is
past already; and overthrow the faith of some.
19 Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The
Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of
Christ depart from iniquity.

2 Timothy 4:14-18
14 Alexander the coppersmith did me much evil: the Lord reward him
according to his works:
15 Of whom be thou ware also; for he hath greatly withstood our words.
16 At my first answer no man stood with me, but all [men] forsook me: [I
pray God] that it may not be laid to their charge.
17 Notwithstanding the Lord stood with me, and strengthened me; that by me
the preaching might be fully known, and [that] all the Gentiles might hear:
and I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion.
18 And the Lord shall deliver me from every evil work, and will preserve
[me] unto his heavenly kingdom: to whom [be] glory for ever and ever. Amen.

1 Timothy 5:15 For some are already turned aside after Satan.

Revelation 2:9 I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou
art rich) and [I know] the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and
are not, but [are] the synagogue of Satan.

Revelation 3:9 Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which
say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to
come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee.

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

1 Corinthians 6:7-11
7 Now therefore there is utterly a fault among you, because ye go to law
one with another. Why do ye not rather take wrong? why do ye not rather
[suffer yourselves to] be defrauded?
8 Nay, ye do wrong, and defraud, and that [your] brethren.
9 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God?
Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor
effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,
10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor
extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.
11 And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified,
but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of
our God.

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

Revelation 21:7 He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be
his God, and he shall be my son.

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Be careful of those who praise you

Acts 24:2 And when he was called forth, Tertullus began to accuse [him],
saying, Seeing that by thee we enjoy great quietness, and that very worthy
deeds are done unto this nation by thy providence,

In today’s message we read about the person whose name is Tertullus who is
set to accuse Paul before Felix the Roman governor. This Tertullus is
described as an orator bought by the High Priest Ananias to put forward the
case against Paul on behave of the Jewish religious people. What is
interesting is that Tertullus is a Roman fighting the case on behalf of the
Jews and furthermore his name means ‘triple hardened’. We also see
Tertullus being a master is his profession as orator starts with praises.

The religious Jews knew the best person to be used is someone from the
community. They also chose the perfectly right person who was hardened in
the heart. If we see even in spiritual warfare the same approach is taken.

Bible says we have the ‘old man’ (carnal part of us whom we are called to
crucify) and the ‘renewed man’ (part of us which is making efforts to
follow Christ), our spirit is strong and in command but our soul is weak
since these two fight against each other. It is our spirit which follows
one of the two and if it follows the ‘old man’ then we are deemed to vanity
(makes us goats) but if we follow the renewed man we mature into becoming
Sons of God and inheritors of God’s Kingdom.

Satan knows to destroy man or the Church the best candidate is one amongst
the Christians also one who is most hardened. Such people will be mostly
sweet talkers and man pleasers. They will praise for every silly thing and
reason showing themselves to be totally dependent on you but when the core
issues comes they will be your biggest foe not leaving a stone unturned to
attack you.

When people question or correct us let us not consider them to be our
enemies (finding faults and correcting is not the same). Let us remember
the most dangerous person to us is the one who is a “YES MASTER”. Most
Churches fail over a period because the leaders make people disciples for
themselves and not for Christ. They love the “YES MASTER” and these very
same break their Church instead of building it, they become the wolves in
sheep clothing devouring the flock.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord You are Almighty and Holy God. You alone are perfect and nothing in
all creation is. Lord we pray we do not fall prey to praises of man. Let
not our heart seek the things of the world. We pray for boldness to stand
for the truth and boldness to make corrections to ourselves. We prey we do
not follow our old man but the new man renewed in Christ...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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

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..

2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if any man [be] in Christ, [he is] a new
creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

Ephesians 4:22 That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old
man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;

Colossians 3:9 Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old
man with his deeds;

Jeremiah 9:23-25
23 Thus saith the LORD, Let not the wise [man] glory in his wisdom,
neither let the mighty [man] glory in his might, let not the rich [man]
glory in his riches:
24 But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and
knoweth me, that I [am] the LORD which exercise lovingkindness, judgment,
and righteousness, in the earth: for in these [things] I delight, saith the
LORD.
25 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will punish all [them
which are] circumcised with the uncircumcised;

Proverbs 3:11 My son, despise not the chastening of the LORD; neither be
weary of his correction:

Proverbs 15:10 Correction [is] grievous unto him that forsaketh the way:
[and] he that hateth reproof shall die.

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Report: Trump can build the wall without congressional approval
December 28, 2018 by Jerry McCormick
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As the clock ticks nearer to a new year and a Democrat takeover of the House, Dems just got some bad news out of Washington.

According to two USA Today columnists, President Donald Trump does not need Congress’ stamp of approval to get his border wall built.

Democrat Obstructionists
Democrats have been fighting Donald Trump and the Americans who voted for him over the border wall since the day Trump took office.

Even though legislation has been on the books for decades, Democrats have refused to give in.

And even though Democrats like Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, and even Barack Obama are on record demanding a border wall, they now act like they never said it.

The man leading the current block of border wall financing, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), used to stand on the dais regularly demanding more border security.

But today, he says it is immoral and refuses to work with President Trump to provide the funding needed for the border wall.

But as it turns out, there is plenty of money in our government to pay for the wall.

Better yet, President Trump does not need the cooperation of Democrat obstructionists to make it happen.

Shifting Money
When it became clear that the Democrats were not going to work with President Trump, the White House started to investigate pockets of funds available in various departments of the government.

Congress has already allocated a budget for border security of $1.6 billion.

But that does not include funding for the border wall.

In addition to that money, Trump still needs an additional $5 billion in funding.

If the president wants to use executive privilege, about 50 times that amount is available throughout the government, according to the columnists.

For example, the Department of Agriculture has several hundred billion out in loans.

Trump could authorize the sale of some of those loans to the private sector, then use that money for the border wall.

Because these loans are a source of steady income, it may not be the most popular decision with our elected representatives, but who really cares?

Would You Like to See Trump Build the Wall?
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Elected representatives on both sides of the aisle have proven regularly they simply do not care what We The People want — but President Trump clearly does.

Build the wall, Mr. President, and give the American people that voted for you what they asked you for when they put you into the Oval Office.
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Choosing the World over the Promised Land

Acts 7:12,13 But when Jacob heard that there was corn in Egypt, he sent
out our fathers first. And at the second [time] Joseph was made known to
his brethren; and Joseph’s kindred was made known unto Pharaoh.

Yesterday I was debating in a Whatsapp group with some Calvinist who call
themselves Reformed Church, they believed in ‘Predertermined Salvation’.
They believe God beforehand had made His mind whom He would give the gift
of grace so as to save them. They also believe God orchestrates salvation
and even if the person sins God takes the person through and those who
backslide they believe were not genuinely chosen in the first place. These
teaching are today known as ‘Once Saved Always Saved and an excuse to allow
gratification of the flesh / sinning after becoming a ‘Christian’.

Coming to what Bible says:
God chose us from amongst the world to believe in Him (receive His Gospel).
He chose us for we had the seed of faith in us and He knew we would not let
it waste away (we are His flock). Those who repented and are found worthy
(sheep) will enter Heaven and enjoy eternal life but those not found worthy
(goats) who do not keep His Word / His Will, will not enter Heaven but will
be punished; they will not be punished for their sins but for rejecting His
Word / His Will. God is not a puppeteer but He is a potter a vineyard
husband, the clay needs to surrender in His hands and the vine needs to
bear fruit.

Amongst the twelve Apostles we find one failed. Amongst the twelve sons of
Jacob we see one did not go with him to seek the Promised Land and that was
Joseph. God did work wonders through Joseph and even made him a vessel to
save them when they experienced starvation due to a global famine. But we
see Joseph chose not to accompany his family to fulfil the Will of God that
Jacob and his son dwell in the Promised Land. We read Joseph died in Egypt
but his bones were carried to the Promised Land.

Today we who are travelers to the Promised Land (Heaven) speak the
testimony of Joseph (carry his bones), of how God worked in him. We talk
about the great things God did through him but ironically this Joseph chose
worldly fame over the Will of God. He did not want to sacrifice his fame
and worldly position for the Promised Land (Kingdom of God).

Let us understand even if God is doing great miracles through us it does
not mean we will enter the Kingdom of God. Jesus said in Matthew 7:21-23
many will take His name and even do great miracles in His name but since
they do not keep His (Father’s) Will He will refuse them entry to Heaven.

Let us get it into us, Christianity is not an easy journey and without the
help of the Holy Spirit (Helper) it is impossible for us to travel this
journey (thus both baptisms are necessary). We may have chosen Jesus as our
Savior who is The Way but if we do not travel that Way can we really say He
is our Savior?

Jesus said we will not be worthy of Him if we do not forsake this world and
do not lose our lives (worldly lives not necessarily our natural lives).

[Prayer Starter]
Lord You are Almighty and All-knowing God. Even though You know everything
and nothing is impossible yet You gave given us the choice to choose You
over vanity, You make salvation and choice and gave a Helper to those who
decide to choose You. Lord help us to forsake this world and the pleasures
of this world so that we are found worthy to enter your Kingdom...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
Exodus 13:19 And Moses took the bones of Joseph with him: for he had
straitly sworn the children of Israel, saying, God will surely visit you;
and ye shall carry up my bones away hence with you.

Hebrews 11:22 By faith Joseph, when he died, made mention of the departing
of the children of Israel; and gave commandment concerning his bones.

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

Deuteronomy 6:3 Hear therefore, O Israel, and observe to do [it]; that it
may be well with thee, and that ye may increase mightily, as the LORD God
of thy fathers hath promised thee, in the land that floweth with milk and
honey.

John 12:25 He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his
life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal.

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