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Post  Admin on Sun 05 Apr 2020, 11:13 pm

Offerings made to idols

1 Corinthians 8: 10  For if any man see thee which hast knowledge sit at meat in the idol’s temple, shall not the conscience of him which is weak be emboldened to eat those things which are offered to idols;

Today at 9pm the Prime Minister of India has asked all Indians at 9pm to switch off their lights and burn candles or put on the mobile torches for 9 minutes to encourage the moral of all those who are quarantined. When one hears this immediately one feels yes this is a good initiative to stand together and show our oneness as country fellowmen. But when one gets into the details one finds something fishy in it.

First question one asks why 9 minutes, why not 5 or 10 minutes? Also then one realizes not just that date by coincident is 9th but even 5th April which is 5+4 =9.

If one has knowledge of Numerology which is strongly believed by Hindus, they consider 9 to be an auspicious number. Also things connected to it has to do with astrology. Everything connected to this request is to do with superstitious belief and when it is connected to superstitious belief, can a Christian take part in it? (One should not confuse between Numerology and Bible Numerics, they are like difference between Astrology and Astronomy respectively).

In today’s scripture given by the Lord, we see Paul questions Christians who eat food offered to idols. Food is food it does not matter when one eats it but when we know it is offered to idols and yet we eat it then we acknowledge the idols also. That means we acknowledge the gods that are made by man.

Christians should think wisely and if they truly desire to show support should either avoid the timing choosing another time slot or avoid taking part in the symbolism but actively (extra) support their neighbors and other Indians.

We Christians living in India as Indians should stand as one but when it comes to belief we need to differentiate from man-made Indian religions and not act as spiritually blind people, for we know God and He is not God of any country or nations. He is God of the whole world, all universe and every generation including those to come.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord You are Almighty God. You Lord alone are God. You are possessive of your people like a mother is possessive of her children. Lord those who worship other gods You consider them as prostitutes. Lord we pray we do not misrepresent You and lower your glory making You one amongst man made gods. We pray we do not bring You to anger...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
1 Corinthians 8:7-11
7  Howbeit [there is] not in every man that knowledge: for some with conscience of the idol unto this hour eat [it] as a thing offered unto an idol; and their conscience being weak is defiled.
8  But meat commendeth us not to God: for neither, if we eat, are we the better; neither, if we eat not, are we the worse.
9  But take heed lest by any means this liberty of yours become a stumblingblock to them that are weak.
10  For if any man see thee which hast knowledge sit at meat in the idol’s temple, shall not the conscience of him which is weak be emboldened to eat those things which are offered to idols;
11  And through thy knowledge shall the weak brother perish, for whom Christ died?

Exodus 20:5-6
5  thou shalt not bow down thyself unto them, nor serve them; for I Jehovah thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, upon the third and upon the fourth generation of them that hate me,
6  and showing lovingkindness unto thousands of them that love me and keep my commandments.

Exodus 34:14  (for thou shalt worship no other god: for Jehovah, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God);

Deuteronomy 6:14-15
14  Ye shall not go after other gods, of the gods of the peoples that are round about you;
15  for Jehovah thy God in the midst of thee is a jealous God; lest the anger of Jehovah thy God be kindled against thee, and he destroy thee from off the face of the earth.

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Post  Admin on Sat 04 Apr 2020, 9:19 pm

Enabled and Empowered

Ephesians 3:7 Whereof I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God given unto me by the effectual working of his power.

Yesterday a bother had forwarded me a post that end days are at hand and Jesus is coming soon. When I commented that there is lot of time for Jesus to come, so he called me to tell me a well-known senior Pastor had sent it to him. He got offended in the start when I told him all Church Pastors are not Bible scholars or have deep knowledge of scripture they are good at delivering the Gospel and teaching people how to apply the Gospel into their lives. The Word that Church Pastors take is basics and that is why they rarely touch, expound OT scriptures or show the links between OT and NT.

We need to understand God did not make man one round blob but made him having various parts. We have various body parts according to design and purpose and this is according to the Word of God since Word says Christ was Word made flesh and we are made in His image. But since we have been following the Jewish/Catholic Church hierarchy which the NT book Revelation calls as Nicolaitan system, we have failed to grow spiritually. Ephesians is a generic letter written by Paul to the churches during that period warning them about moving into the Nicolaitan system (which happened later) thus he takes a lot of pain explaining the points which the Lord raised in the first of the seven letters of Revelation.

God enables us by default with all the Gifts of the Spirit needed according to our Calling and the mission He has given us. We do grow in those Gifts over time as we work in His Vineyard. None of us before starting our work make a list and ask of the Lord, He gives us before we realize we need this.

Each Calling is gifted for its purpose, an Apostle will guide into discipleship, a Prophet in knowing which promise/scripture to speak and when, a Teacher on how to expound a scripture, an Evangelist on how to bring to live the seed of faith, an Administrator on how to apply the word in daily life and Healer on how to receive the Word for our healing. Even amongst these Callings we have some Callings like Teacher, Evangelist and Healer having dual categories.

The word ‘Pastor’ mean ‘shepherd’ and is a generic term to all who minister unto another. So let us know whom we approach for what, so that we do not err.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord You are Almighty God. You Lord are Lord of order and not disorder. All things You created with design and purpose. We pray Lord we understand if we do not follow the order we will err and fail. We pray your people know their place in You and their purpose in You...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
Ephesians 2:20-22
20  And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner [stone];
21  In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord:
22  In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.

Ephesians 4:11-16
11  And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;
12  For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:
13  Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:
14  That we [henceforth] be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, [and] cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;
15  But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, [even] Christ:
16  From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.

Revelation 2:1-2,6
1  Unto the angel of the church of Ephesus write; These things saith he that holdeth the seven stars in his right hand, who walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks;
2  I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars:
6  But this thou hast, that thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate.

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Post  Admin on Mon 30 Mar 2020, 12:32 am

Do we love Him?

2 Corinthians 2:9  For to this end also did I write, that I might know the proof of you, whether ye be obedient in all things.

In these times we all question people and even question God.

Let us ask ourselves did we accept Christ on the basis that some person is going to hold our hands and walk us through?

Is our salvation based on any person other than Christ?

When we question God about not doing anything in our situation, let us ask ourselves if we can stand before God and tell Him to His face that we have been honest to Him and He did truly seek Him? If we have not done that than do we have the right to question Him?

Today in the scripture Paul asks his congregation about their love for Christ when they came murmuring to him. Let us too ask ourselves, if we were part of the church of Corinth, would we be in a position to answer Paul question?

Time is not late for us to turn our hearts towards Him and genuinely seek Him. Let us not be like the Israelites who were delivered from Egypt, yet they hearts were still on the life in Egypt and thus perished in the wilderness, but their children were blessed in the Lord for their parents became a (negative) testimony for their children.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord You are Almighty God. You Lord have made us for a purpose and that purpose is to know You, for in You and through You alone is life and life abundance. Lord we pray we seek You more than anything. We pray let your people understand every material gain is like dust when life is in question...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
2 Corinthians 2:8-9
8  Wherefore I beseech you that ye would confirm [your] love toward him.
9  For to this end also did I write, that I might know the proof of you, whether ye be obedient in all things.  

Exodus 16:4  Then said the LORD unto Moses, Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you; and the people shall go out and gather a certain rate every day, that I may prove them, whether they will walk in my law, or no.

Deuteronomy 8:2  And thou shalt remember all the way which the LORD thy God led thee these forty years in the wilderness, to humble thee, [and] to prove thee, to know what [was] in thine heart, whether thou wouldest keep his commandments, or no.

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Post  Admin on Sun 29 Mar 2020, 12:29 am

Social Shaming of Prophets and Men of God

John 10:33  The Jews answered him, saying, For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God.

If one goes on social media one sees many people mocking the so called ‘Prophets’, ‘faith Healers’, ‘Men of God’ who performed many miracles… it reminds me of OT times when there problems and all so called Prophets failed. We saw God Himself was not with them for they were not hearing His voice but hearing the voice of the people.

Can any Man of God stop this and other such calamities that are to come in the immediate days? No

It pains to see some Christian leaders declaring it to be last days, or praying immediate halting of this calamity. It isn’t that God cannot do it, but what is written can anyone change?

In today’s message the Jews who thought themselves to be people of God could not recognize God (The Son) in the flesh in their presence all because they did not know His Word, they followed people more than God.

I am happy being led by the Lord I had at least two sessions on Revelations specifically the one on 7 Letters to the 7 Churches where the impact of this pandemic and the period we just stepped in was warned beforehand. That does not make me a better ‘Prophet’ than others, but as a Teacher of the Word I had interpreted the Word more accurately. It was surely with the help of the Lord, but what set me apart was I adhered to the Lord’s voice and not the voice of the masses. I did not take up topics which people’s ears itch to hear or what please their carnal nature not causing change in them.

It is time to pray you have a true Man of God where you live, your city or even your country so that wrath of God affects you the least. It is only during such times you will know who are the real Men or Women of God.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord You are God and You alone are God. Your Hand is not short that You cannot solve a problem but You hear a prayer that is according to your Will. Lord we pray the so called leaders who guide other may they themselves abide in You more and more. That they know the importance to study your Word more and more and not just concentrate on giving the Gospel...

[Reference Scriptures]
Matthew 28:18-20
18  And Jesus came to them and spake unto them, saying, All authority hath been given unto me in heaven and on earth.
19  Go ye therefore, and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them into the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit:
20  teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I commanded you: and lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.

Matthew 24:5-13
5  For many shall come in my name, saying, I am the Christ; and shall lead many astray.
6  And ye shall hear of wars and rumors of wars; see that ye be not troubled: for [these things] must needs come to pass; but the end is not yet.
7  For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; and there shall be famines and earthquakes in divers places.
8  But all these things are the beginning of travail.
9  Then shall they deliver you up unto tribulation, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all the nations for my name’s sake.
10  And then shall many stumble, and shall deliver up one another, and shall hate one another.
11  And many false prophets shall arise, and shall lead many astray.
12  And because iniquity shall be multiplied, the love of the many shall wax cold.
13  But he that endureth to the end, the same shall be saved.

Dated 27 March 2020
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Remember the Poor

Galatians 2:10 Only [they would] that we should remember the poor; the same which I also was forward to do.

In these time of calamity we should look out as much as possible for those who cannot financially support for themselves. This is not about being Christian but about basic humanity, of being human. It is about being social, anyone not doing this is not human and in no way can be a Christian. But then just doing this does not make one a Christian.

Since Christianity is less earthly and more spiritual, thus today’s message of Paul is not focused on social aspect of serving people. If we look at the life of Paul recorded in Acts and his communication with the Churches, his focus was primarily on spiritual building of people. When Paul said ‘poor’ most of the time he referred to the poor in spirit and not financially poor. If we look at the verb remember in today’s scripture the grammatical (TVM) tense is present, voice is active and mood subjective.  

Bible uses the term pray for Jerusalem and those who do will be blessed in all areas. People foolishly think God is asking to pray for Israel and pray for those who follow Judaism and do not know God.

Like Israel means Prince of God or Prince having authority in God and symbolizes Sons of God, even the term Zion meaning fortified city referred to Sons of God, similarly Jerusalem means teaching of peace and citizens of Jerusalem means those accepted Christ and growing in Him, it symbolizes children of God and not Sons of God.

Let us be aware of the greater danger that exist where many are going to be spiritual dead more than naturally dead. We may think many will come to God in these difficult situations but in fact many are losing faith in God as the situation becomes grimmer and grimmer. Let us pray like Daniel did (Daniel 9:16-19) for them that they do not lose faith, that they find the peace of God. Even though there is a dark cloud around them, that they be focused on to Christ and keep holding on to Him till this dark cloud passes.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord You are Almighty God. You Lord have your eyes on your people. Lord today You have called us not to pray for ourselves but pray for those who are weak in faith, that they do not lose faith and die spiritually before dying naturally. Lord we pray for bound of faith stronger than iron or any natural metal. We pray they be rooted strong till this storm passes for it will pass and we pray for the quickening of its passing…

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
Psalms 122:6  Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: They shall prosper that love thee.

Psalms 51:18  Do good in thy good pleasure unto Zion: Build thou the walls of Jerusalem.

Jeremiah 51:50  Ye that have escaped the sword, go ye, stand not still; remember Jehovah from afar, and let Jerusalem come into your mind.

Daniel 9:16-19
16  O Lord, according to all thy righteousness, let thine anger and thy wrath, I pray thee, be turned away from thy city Jerusalem, thy holy mountain; because for our sins, and for the iniquities of our fathers, Jerusalem and thy people are become a reproach to all that are round about us.
17  Now therefore, O our God, hearken unto the prayer of thy servant, and to his supplications, and cause thy face to shine upon thy sanctuary that is desolate, for the Lord’s sake.
18  O my God, incline thine ear, and hear; open thine eyes, and behold our desolations, and the city which is called by thy name: for we do not present our supplications before thee for our righteousness, but for thy great mercies’ sake.
19  O Lord, hear; O Lord, forgive; O Lord, hearken and do; defer not, for thine own sake, O my God, because thy city and thy people are called by thy name.

Dated 28 March 2020
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Post  Admin on Sun 29 Mar 2020, 12:03 am

Social Shaming of Prophets and Men of God

John 10:33  The Jews answered him, saying, For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God.

If one goes on social media one sees many people mocking the so called ‘Prophets’, ‘faith Healers’, ‘Men of God’ who performed many miracles… it reminds me of OT times when there problems and all so called Prophets failed. We saw God Himself was not with them for they were not hearing His voice but hearing the voice of the people.

Can any Man of God stop this and other such calamities that are to come in the immediate days? No

It pains to see some Christian leaders declaring it to be last days, or praying immediate halting of this calamity. It isn’t that God cannot do it, but what is written can anyone change?

In today’s message the Jews who thought themselves to be people of God could not recognize God (The Son) in the flesh in their presence all because they did not know His Word, they followed people more than God.

I am happy being led by the Lord I had at least two sessions on Revelations specifically the one on 7 Letters to the 7 Churches where the impact of this pandemic and the period we just stepped in was warned beforehand. That does not make me a better ‘Prophet’ than others, but as a Teacher of the Word I had interpreted the Word more accurately. It was surely with the help of the Lord, but what set me apart was I adhered to the Lord’s voice and not the voice of the masses. I did not take up topics which people’s ears itch to hear or what please their carnal nature not causing change in them.

It is time to pray you have a true Man of God where you live, your city or even your country so that wrath of God affects you the least. It is only during such times you will know who are the real Men or Women of God.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord You are God and You alone are God. Your Hand is not short that You cannot solve a problem but You hear a prayer that is according to your Will. Lord we pray the so called leaders who guide other may they themselves abide in You more and more. That they know the importance to study your Word more and more and not just concentrate on giving the Gospel...

[Reference Scriptures]
Matthew 28:18-20
18  And Jesus came to them and spake unto them, saying, All authority hath been given unto me in heaven and on earth.
19  Go ye therefore, and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them into the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit:
20  teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I commanded you: and lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.

Matthew 24:5-13
5  For many shall come in my name, saying, I am the Christ; and shall lead many astray.
6  And ye shall hear of wars and rumors of wars; see that ye be not troubled: for [these things] must needs come to pass; but the end is not yet.
7  For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; and there shall be famines and earthquakes in divers places.
8  But all these things are the beginning of travail.
9  Then shall they deliver you up unto tribulation, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all the nations for my name’s sake.
10  And then shall many stumble, and shall deliver up one another, and shall hate one another.
11  And many false prophets shall arise, and shall lead many astray.
12  And because iniquity shall be multiplied, the love of the many shall wax cold.
13  But he that endureth to the end, the same shall be saved.

Dated 27 March 2020
Bro Rollwyn

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Remember the Poor

Galatians 2:10 Only [they would] that we should remember the poor; the same which I also was forward to do.

In these time of calamity we should look out as much as possible for those who cannot financially support for themselves. This is not about being Christian but about basic humanity, of being human. It is about being social, anyone not doing this is not human and in no way can be a Christian. But then just doing this does not make one a Christian.

Since Christianity is less earthly and more spiritual, thus today’s message of Paul is not focused on social aspect of serving people. If we look at the life of Paul recorded in Acts and his communication with the Churches, his focus was primarily on spiritual building of people. When Paul said ‘poor’ most of the time he referred to the poor in spirit and not financially poor. If we look at the verb remember in today’s scripture the grammatical (TVM) tense is present, voice is active and mood subjective.  

Bible uses the term pray for Jerusalem and those who do will be blessed in all areas. People foolishly think God is asking to pray for Israel and pray for those who follow Judaism and do not know God.

Like Israel means Prince of God or Prince having authority in God and symbolizes Sons of God, even the term Zion meaning fortified city referred to Sons of God, similarly Jerusalem means teaching of peace and citizens of Jerusalem means those accepted Christ and growing in Him, it symbolizes children of God and not Sons of God.

Let us be aware of the greater danger that exist where many are going to be spiritual dead more than naturally dead. We may think many will come to God in these difficult situations but in fact many are losing faith in God as the situation becomes grimmer and grimmer. Let us pray like Daniel did (Daniel 9:16-19) for them that they do not lose faith, that they find the peace of God. Even though there is a dark cloud around them, that they be focused on to Christ and keep holding on to Him till this dark cloud passes.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord You are Almighty God. You Lord have your eyes on your people. Lord today You have called us not to pray for ourselves but pray for those who are weak in faith, that they do not lose faith and die spiritually before dying naturally. Lord we pray for bound of faith stronger than iron or any natural metal. We pray they be rooted strong till this storm passes for it will pass and we pray for the quickening of its passing…

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
Psalms 122:6  Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: They shall prosper that love thee.

Psalms 51:18  Do good in thy good pleasure unto Zion: Build thou the walls of Jerusalem.

Jeremiah 51:50  Ye that have escaped the sword, go ye, stand not still; remember Jehovah from afar, and let Jerusalem come into your mind.

Daniel 9:16-19
16  O Lord, according to all thy righteousness, let thine anger and thy wrath, I pray thee, be turned away from thy city Jerusalem, thy holy mountain; because for our sins, and for the iniquities of our fathers, Jerusalem and thy people are become a reproach to all that are round about us.
17  Now therefore, O our God, hearken unto the prayer of thy servant, and to his supplications, and cause thy face to shine upon thy sanctuary that is desolate, for the Lord’s sake.
18  O my God, incline thine ear, and hear; open thine eyes, and behold our desolations, and the city which is called by thy name: for we do not present our supplications before thee for our righteousness, but for thy great mercies’ sake.
19  O Lord, hear; O Lord, forgive; O Lord, hearken and do; defer not, for thine own sake, O my God, because thy city and thy people are called by thy name.

Dated 28 March 2020
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Post  Admin on Thu 26 Mar 2020, 11:50 pm

How and What to Pray for Now?

Romans 8:27  And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what [is] the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to [the will of] God.

There is always a confusion during overwhelming times like what we are facing currently, as to what to pray and how to pray. We know such things or nothing happens without the knowledge of God so what God set we cannot cancel but then we cannot just stand back, do nothing and watch people dying.

Today God is saying stop using your wisdom and your words when you pray. He is saying those who are baptized in Spirit should let the Spirit lead them in pray. Let us understand we cannot cancel that which is of God but we can lessen or delay by our prayer to God.

So let each and every one who is of God lift up your hands to God, pray in spirit and the Spirit of God will lead us to pray as per His Will, and that is how we will get control of this situation. So let each of us set aside an hour to pray in Tongues and we will surely see results.

I remember some 3 weeks back, before things started to hit India the Lord caused me to pray for its people. Since I prayed in spirit I do not know if I prayed for the whole country, my state or just my city but I do see the effects of my prayer since I was led by God to pray. I did not pray for long hours but for a short period.

I also know in spirit since yesterday the Lord cleared that this plague is not for 5 months (as I previously thought) and today the Lord is asking us to pray in Spirit for this calamity thus it can stop even tomorrow or very soon. I believe something great is going to happen soon and situation is going to immediately change.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord You are Almighty God and nothing is impossible to You. What You have set nothing can change but You are a Merciful God. You have withdrawn your anger when your people stood in the gap. Lord let us not be led by what we see, what we hear and what we feel but we pray we be led by your Spirit so that our spirit cries out to You. We know You never say no to us every prayer is answered with a YES when we are in Christ...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
2 Kings 20:1-11
1  In those days was Hezekiah sick unto death. And the prophet Isaiah the son of Amoz came to him, and said unto him, Thus saith the LORD, Set thine house in order; for thou shalt die, and not live.
2  Then he turned his face to the wall, and prayed unto the LORD, saying,
3  I beseech thee, O LORD, remember now how I have walked before thee in truth and with a perfect heart, and have done [that which is] good in thy sight. And Hezekiah wept sore.
4  And it came to pass, afore Isaiah was gone out into the middle court, that the word of the LORD came to him, saying,
5  Turn again, and tell Hezekiah the captain of my people, Thus saith the LORD, the God of David thy father, I have heard thy prayer, I have seen thy tears: behold, I will heal thee: on the third day thou shalt go up unto the house of the LORD.
6  And I will add unto thy days fifteen years; and I will deliver thee and this city out of the hand of the king of Assyria; and I will defend this city for mine own sake, and for my servant David’s sake.
7  And Isaiah said, Take a lump of figs. And they took and laid [it] on the boil, and he recovered.
8  And Hezekiah said unto Isaiah, What [shall be] the sign that the LORD will heal me, and that I shall go up into the house of the LORD the third day?
9  And Isaiah said, This sign shalt thou have of the LORD, that the LORD will do the thing that he hath spoken: shall the shadow go forward ten degrees, or go back ten degrees?
10  And Hezekiah answered, It is a light thing for the shadow to go down ten degrees: nay, but let the shadow return backward ten degrees.
11  And Isaiah the prophet cried unto the LORD: and he brought the shadow ten degrees backward, by which it had gone down in the dial of Ahaz.

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Day of the Lord – Doomsday

2 Peter 3: 10  But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.

With the pandemic hitting the world people have started reading the Bible more with purpose to find if it is really doomsday – end of mankind!

One of the most viral scriptures that has been doing the rounds is Revelation 9:1-11. Incidentally it has some very overwhelming similarities.

7  And the shapes of the locusts [were] like unto horses prepared unto battle; and ON THEIR HEADS [WERE] AS IT WERE CROWNS LIKE GOLD, AND THEIR FACES [WERE] AS THE FACES OF MEN.

4  And IT WAS COMMANDED THEM THAT THEY SHOULD NOT HURT THE GRASS OF THE EARTH, NEITHER ANY GREEN THING, NEITHER ANY TREE; BUT ONLY THOSE MEN WHICH HAVE NOT THE SEAL OF GOD IN THEIR FOREHEADS.

5  AND TO THEM IT WAS GIVEN THAT THEY SHOULD NOT KILL THEM, BUT THAT THEY SHOULD BE TORMENTED FIVE MONTHS: AND THEIR TORMENT [WAS] AS THE TORMENT OF A SCORPION, WHEN HE STRIKETH A MAN.

The virus has multiple tentacles having crown like structures on it and this virus affect only humans not any other mammals.. Since the outbreak we have seen the earth healing itself, pollutions has reduced drastically and nature flourishing. Even though we see many death yet the percentage is very, very low and less than 3percent compared to the number of those infected. Also these infected people are quarantined for a long period that they cannot live a normal life. What is more interesting is the virus is directly not hurting mankind so much as the economic disaster that it leaves behind, which will hurt mankind very hard like the poison of the scorpion is in its tail sting not in its claws/bite. Also the term locust is also used which is instrument of famine.

With so many similarities yet we cannot say this scriptures speak of this pandemic because Word of God needs to be perfect with every aspect and not partly. So this pandemic is not for 5 months as people think nor is it dooms day – end of the world like today’s message says on Judgment Day every natural element (the whole universe) will melt away and thus every being will see Him come with His Angels.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord You are Almighty God. You Lord have given us your Word as lamp to our feet and light to our path. It not only tells us about our personal spiritual life but also about things that we will face in our natural life. Lord we pray people do not take bit and pieces and try to fit to their situation and when it fails they blame the Word as being untrue. We pray You open their minds to understand it is true and perfect...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
Revelation 9:1-11

Matthew 5:18  For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.

1 Thessalonians 2:13  For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received [it] not [as] the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe.

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Not abiding to warnings

Acts 20:31  Therefore watch, and remember, that by the space of three years I ceased not to warn every one night and day with tears.

In today’s message the Lord is telling us during the time of Paul, he was warning of calamities at hand at that time, and these were written later by Paul in his letter to Ephesians with solutions to avoid them but then too people did not listen.

The letter of Ephesians is misunderstood to be a letter to the Church in Ephesus but was actually a generic letter to the whole Church and inline to the warning as given in first letter among the 7 letters to the 7 churches in Revelation.

In yesterday’s message the Lord spoke to us how He protected His people through destruction that He bought on the enemies of His people and this did not come as a surprise to them since they were told about it beforehand. We see this throughout the Bible God warning His people with specific details before He sets any calamity on the world or even a large region.

The calamity we are facing would not have come as a surprise had we studied the Word of God well and understood it according to what God wants to tell us and not according to man’s level of understanding. Let us not be like the people during the time of Paul who did not listen to Paul’s warning so faced the wrath of God and many perished not just with a natural death but also in spirit.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord You are Almighty God. You Lord are Righteous and no being can accuse You of being unjust. Lord You are slow to anger and not forgetful. You warn, warn and warn before You reprimand your people. Since we are your children You chastise us. We pray we learn to take your Word more seriously and follow it in spirit and truth...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
Hebrew 12:6-13
6  For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.
7  If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?
8  But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.
9  Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected [us], and we gave [them] reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live?
10  For they verily for a few days chastened [us] after their own pleasure; but he for [our] profit, that [we] might be partakers of his holiness.
11  Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.
12  Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees;
13  And make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed.

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Manifestation of Christ

Colossians 4:3, 4 Withal praying also for us, that God would open unto us a door of utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in bonds: That I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak.

If one is on social media one will find many posts of people mocking religious leaders and thus showing a disregard to all religious beliefs. As Christians in spite of the fact we know who God is and everything is possible to Him, yet we do not find any Christian standing up and showing the world that God can crush this virus infection worldwide in a second.

In today’s scripture we find Paul stating that people pray for him and his team that they may be able to share the mysteries of Christ so that Christ may be manifested. Thus unless we do not know Christ then how is Christ to manifest.

When God set His wrath via the various plagues over the Egyptians He made sure to make provisions to protect His people. Even when the Angel of death passed over Egypt the Lord asked His people to post the blood of the Passover Lamb on the outside of their door post so that whosoever are in the house are safe.

Let us understand what God has set cannot be cancelled, so those who are praying for freedom from this plague from this world really do not know why it exist. People are focused on the virus but they do not understand in its tail is the real sting, the sting is the economical paralysis / global recession that this pandemic is bringing as given in the Bible. There has been 6 other pandemics that came before and they killed hundred times more people than this pandemic is killing, yet the sting of this pandemic would be worse.

We as Christians if we know who God is then shadow of death will pass us and its sting will not hurt us for that is what God has declared, provided we declare / manifest who Christ is in our lives.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord You are Almighty God. Nothing is impossible to You and there is no worthy opponent against You. In your Word You set things like disasters into motion in its time for purposes given in your Word. Everything You do is for the good of your people. Lord we pray we understand your purpose and abide in your instructions so that we do not become victims of your wrath...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
Exodus 9:13-35

Exodus 10:1-29

Exodus 11:1-10

Exodus 12:21-32

Revelation 9:1-11

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Fullness of the Gentiles

Romans 11:25  For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.

In my previous messages I pointed out the Covenant with Abraham was make not only with the children of Jacob (Israelites) for the Lord told Abraham I would make you ‘father of many nations’.

In today’s scripture Paul speaks of the mystery of the Gentiles.

Looking at the many dangers the world is facing right now people are assuming the end is at hand. Let me tell you there are many such disasters on hand and in the coming for things are put in higher gear, God has turned on the heat so that the fence sitters will take decision; also those who do not know Him will seek Him since their gods will fail them.

Today is the time to know if we are fence sitters that is if we have our solutions to our problems if God does not answer us, or if we think God sleeps or is hard of hearing, or if God is an object we use and later put back on the shelf.

It is only when we know God through His Word we will understand Him better and be more firmly rooted in Him. Let us be assured the end will not come till all the lost sheep are gathered like the floods did not come till all that were to be gathered entered the ark.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord You are Almighty God. You are God of the whole world. Even though You created all things yet only those who seek your image, your nature will be gathered unto You. In You alone is life eternal and life abundance. Lord we pray sanity remains in us and we do not fall prey to foolishness...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
Romans 11:25-28
25  For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.
26  And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob:
27  For this [is] my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins.
28  As concerning the gospel, [they are] enemies for your sakes: but as touching the election, [they are] beloved for the fathers’ sakes.

Romans 4:18  Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations, according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be.

Luke 17:26-27
26  And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man.
27  They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all.

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Sustaining unto the end

Hebrews 6:11  And we desire that every one of you do shew the same diligence to the full assurance of hope unto the end:

In sports what is considered important is being in it, the result is secondary. People will tell you every game will build you and make you better so concentrate of improving oneself and not on the result, for one day one will have victory.

Can we apply this same analogy to a life of a Christian?

If we change the situation and put as there being only one match that we get to play, then would we look for experience or for result? Will we not put every ounce of ourselves to win?

Life of a Christian is like a marathon where everyone who finishes the race unto the end is rewarded. Basic reward of salvation does not matter on who comes first or second but on finishing the race, it is all about crossing the finish line as a participant (spiritually) alive not dead. Surely those who finish the race faster or run better will receive great rewards other than just the reward of salvation, but anyone giving up in between or even towards the end will lose everything; that is why finishing is of prime importance. We may pause or rest in between due to hurts, stumbling over objects (like people or desires) but yet we need to continue and finish the race.

We receive salvation by grace, this grace is received if we have faith in the Lord Jesus Christ (mainly in His Word which is life); so the race is about sustaining one’s faith. Now faith is not an object which we can simply hold on to, it is like a plant (the seed of which we received as a gift) so it needs to be nurtured and looked after, if it does not grow means it is dead. Faith should not be mistaken with emotions, we can be very emotional about God but if we lack the knowledge and understanding of who God is then faith does not exist. Even if we know little of Him and hold on to it strongly without doubting then we have faith. But we should understand the more we know (not just knowledge) of God then we can have stronger, unshakable faith (authority).

Let us look at our faith and see its condition, is it alive and growing or is it dead. Plants are very prone to destruction but trees can sustain much. Understand a tree that is dead many a times comes to life even if a very small part of it is alive but if it is a plant then chances are less. Thus let us build our faith strong, so that if testing comes, we will sustain it.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord You are Almighty God. In your Word You are equated to a cliff that is strong and does not shake. You are truth and truth does not shake or change. Lord we pray we understand unless we know the truth we cannot have strong faith rooted to the cliff. We pray we do not mistake stones to cliff and be victims of vanity when testing comes...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
1 Corinthians 9:24-27
24  Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain.
25  And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they [do it] to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible.
26  I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air:
27  But I keep under my body, and bring [it] into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.

Hebrews 11:5-6
5  By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.
6  But without faith [it is] impossible to please [him]: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and [that] he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

Ephesians 2:8  For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: [it is] the gift of God:

1 Thessalonians 3:13  To the end he may stablish your hearts unblameable in holiness before God, even our Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all his saints.

1 Peter 1:13  Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;

Revelation 2:26  And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations:

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Spiritual connection

Romans 5: 17  For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.)

As an apologist when we discuss with Muslims especially, the one thing they keep asking and are unable to understand is how can one man’s sacrifice impact the lives of others; how can we be saved by the suffering of one man. I do not blame them for asking this, for even most Christians have not understood it well and when asked they simply rattle away verses from NT.

Bible says Abraham was blessed and we who are in him (by faith) are blessed too with the same blessing.

We know that children and grandchildren (all generations) are in the father until they come alive (become a living/moldable soul) in the womb of their mothers. It is like a seed can hold a forest and other seeds, while they themselves can hold forests within. But only when the seed becomes alive as a plant/tree can it do it. So even though we were all created in the beginning we were like seeds in the loins of our fathers until we came alive in the wombs of our mothers.

When man sinned God called all the generation of Adam (male and female) as Adam (Genesis 5:2), it did not mean God gave them a name but said his generations with inherit the nature of Adam. Later having mercy on man God stated the corrupt nature (not sins) of the father will be inherited for 4 generations (mother’s nature gets transferred via the father).

In science we know children inherit the DNA and other genetic properties of their parents and this can impact a number of generations. Genetically we all came through one source yet some genetic properties hold prominence than others that is why we have races having similar features. One does not see an Asia couple giving birth to a European looking child or a European couple giving birth to an African looking kid, even though basic human DNA structure is similar. It matters where we branched out from.

Our spiritual connection is stronger than our natural connection that is why the father has greater importance in the family than the mother (even though individually both are equal before God). It is for this reason Jesus was born of a virgin (surrogate birth) so that He does not inherit the corruption of Adam and Mary being a sinner could give birth to a child without sin (nature).

Even though we may not be naturally/biologically linked to Noah or Abraham or Isaac or Jacob or David or Moses or Jesus, in today’s scripture Paul speaks of spiritual linkage. I took these names because they were instruments the Covenant/Promise between God and man at various stages. It is for this reason even Muslims and Jews partly inherit the blessing of the Covenant. Muslims up to Abraham (they consider themselves children of Ismail) and Jews up to Moses (they are spiritual children of Moses, worshipping him like a god, like Catholics do to Mary). We as Christians receive the blessings of the whole Covenant only when we spiritually connect to Jesus the finisher of the Covenant. It is for this reason Jesus said unless we break ourselves from the branch of Adam and prune ourselves to the Branch Jesus we will not receive all that He brings to us.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord You are Almighty God. You Lord made us all in spirit and bring us into this world as per your plan. We thank You for bringing us in this time where we get to connect to Jesus Christ the perfector and finisher of our faith. Help us to remain in Him so that we do not loose our inheritance in Him...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
Genesis 5:1-2
1  This [is] the book of the generations of Adam. In the day that God created man, in the likeness of God made he him;
2  Male and female created he them; and blessed them, and called their name Adam, in the day when they were created.

Luke 1:55  As he spake to our fathers, to Abraham, and to his seed for ever.

John 8:37  I know that ye are Abraham’s seed; but ye seek to kill me, because my word hath no place in you.

Romans 9:7-11
7  Neither, because they are the seed of Abraham, [are they] all children: but, In Isaac shall thy seed be called.
8  That is, They which are the children of the flesh, these [are] not the children of God: but the children of the promise are counted for the seed.
9  For this [is] the word of promise, At this time will I come, and Sara shall have a son.
10  And not only [this]; but when Rebecca also had conceived by one, [even] by our father Isaac;
11  (For [the children] being not yet born, neither having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works, but of him that calleth;)

Exodus 20:5  Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God [am] a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth [generation] of them that hate me;

Galatians 3:7  Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham.

Hebrews 12:2  Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of [our] faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

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Precaution against Gainsayers

Titus 1:9  Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers.

With the Covid19 pandemic going around almost all know now the importance of regularly sanitizing one’s hands and most important not to touch one’s face in public places. Just think of it if we had done this spiritually could there had ever been any pandemic at all. Corona is a respiratory sickness and breath symbolizes spirit.

Hands spiritually symbolizes ones works. Jesus washed the feet (symbolizing walk of life) of His disciples but did not wash their hands. Washing of hands is a task we have to do ourselves.

Face represents our identity. People do not realize slapping a person on the face is not to physical hurt a person (such as punishment) but to spiritually hurt the identity or self-respect of the person. Touching the face in public spiritually symbolizes taking up one’s identity while humility requires us to put others before ourselves and not ourselves (that does not mean we consider ourselves worthless).

I have mentioned before the Greek word for heretic does not mean to deliver an erred teaching. We need to understand we all do not have a perfect understanding of scriptures or Kingdom of God, so we all err; some less, some much. Having a good understanding of scriptures I have yet to meet a person having perfect understanding of scriptures, that does not mean I correct everyone or call them a heretic. The Greek word for heretic comes from the root word ‘to choose’. It means a person who knowingly distorts teachings for personal gains. In today’s message the term heretic is not used but the term gainsayer is used, both mean the same but if we actually check the Greek text the word used in today’s scripture is adversary or one who speaks against. Paul is referring to those who speak against the truth or the Gospel.

Today’s scripture tells us only when we cling on to the Word and it’s true understanding, then alone we will be able to convict the gainsayers or people out to destroy the Gospel for their own greed and lust.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord You are Almighty God. You alone are Holy for You alone are perfect in every sense. Even though the Heavenly beings are made in your image yet they are not perfect thus some of them fell. Lord we human who are least of all beings created in your image are more corrupt then all of them. We pray we understand the importance of your Word and your Spirit for it is your Word and Spirit that transforms us brings us to be accepted by You for holiness....

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
Titus 3:10-11
10  A man that is an heretick after the first and second admonition reject;
11  Knowing that he that is such is subverted, and sinneth, being condemned of himself.

1 Corinthians 11:19  For there must be also heresies among you, that they which are approved may be made manifest among you.

2 Peter 2:1  But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.

2 Timothy 3:1-7
1  This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
2  For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
3  Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,
4  Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;
5  Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
6  For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts,
7  Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.

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Son is subjected to Him

1 Corinthians 15:28  And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all.

One finds on FB, Whatsapp and other social media Christians posting about the difference between KJV and NIV (and also some other translations). Their main contention against these translations is to do with missing or partly missing scriptures. Some of the comments that people put is that NIV (and others) are trying to deny Christ.

When one studies the Bible beyond just reading, especially when one studies biblical manuscripts (textual criticism) one can see there are about 23 verses where modifications were made in the newer manuscripts. Newer translations of NIV/NASB/ASV etc. are referring to the older manuscripts. It was due to intentions to whitewash human traditions or human thinking (beliefs like the confusion of relationship between the Father, Son and Spirit) that people between 200AD onwards tried to edit the Bible.

Today’s scripture is one such scripture which goes out to hit against the so called understanding of ‘Trinity’ which the Church carries. Today’s scripture causes the confusing though they are equal yet the Son is subject to the Father. It is only when we study Greek and Hebrew text we get a better understanding of their relationship, English language does not carry grammatical richness that exist in Greek.

Jesus said He and the Father are one, if we see Him we have seen the Father and people try to explain it in sense of character or nature. If one understands Greek grammar TVM then these explanations can be easily refuted. It is our lack of understanding life / spirit that we have this confusion. Paul goes on to say there is only one God (the Father).

We think in simplex understanding of one life / one spirit one being (like man or Angel), we are unaware of beings having multitude of lives/spirits within one being like the Cherubim. These are created beings and even though have the option of eternal life in Heaven via the Tree / River of Life yet are unlike God who have endless eternal life within Himself.

If one understands salvation one will know it does not end with us just going to Heaven but that which is set for us and the Angels, is beyond imagination. We are not called ‘fellow servants/associates’ of Angels just casually. What we are doing affects them too, that is why they are always eager to help us.

Let us not be ignorant of who God is and who we are in the Lord. Let us understand that which is get for us in Heaven, so that we do not lose focus and fall prey to vanity.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord You are Almighty God. You Lord are perfect yet You grow from glory to glory. Lord we pray your people understand You better. We pray they know who You are and the reason You created them. Let them not lose the unimaginable eternal things set for us by You in Heaven for things that are vain and temporary...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
John 10:30  I and my Father are one.

John 17:21  That they all may be one; as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that you have sent me.

1 Corinthians 8:6  But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him.

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

Revelation 19:10  And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said to me, See you do it not: I am your fellow servant, and of your brothers that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.
Revelation 22:9  Then said he to me, See you do it not: for I am your fellow servant, and of your brothers the prophets, and of them which keep the sayings of this book: worship God.

2 Kings 6:17  And Elisha prayed, and said, LORD, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see. And the LORD opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain [was] full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha.

Psalms 91:11  For he shall give his angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways.

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Be not ignorant of Satan

2 Corinthians 2: 11  Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.

In today’s scripture we see Paul states he and his team are well aware of Satan and his/their ways thus more immune to him/them.

Have we ever heard of any Preacher of Teacher taking a whole session on Satan?

Even though Preachers do not preach about Satan directly yet they glorify him/them regularly (like in their prayers) making him/them a competition to God. We see this same understanding is shared by other religions and also by secular movies/books and they are doing a great job on this, for they blind even the Christians from seeing that which is written in the Bible.

Of late I saw a movie on cable TV named ‘Constantine’ featuring Keanu Reeves and one sees the weirdest of concoction churned out to corrupt human discernment. God is powerful but then Satan (a human like person) too has power and God respects his authority. God has an actual human son in Heaven and so does Satan in Hell! The Angels / demons are like super power humans. We pray ‘Lord let your Kingdom come on earth’ meaning your rule be abided on this earth and these guys went beyond it they made Heaven into another earth!

In my 15years of teaching ministry only once did the Lord tell me to expose the ins and outs of who Satan are, what power does their goons have and as to how they attack or destroy us.

Christians do not have the basic knowledge that the Hebrew/Greek words for Satan are not singular but plural. They do not refer to the fallen angels or evil spirits but to the cherubim that control / lead these evil spirits. Moses used the terms snake and young lion (Psalms 91), Ezekiel uses the terms king of Tyrus and prince of Tyrus, Job uses the terms ape and crocodile, John of Patmos uses dragon and beast, so also in other scriptures we find them mentioned in different ways. Not being aware of the plurality people are confused as to how this character is with us yet bond in Hell and released just before Judgment Day.

People fail to understand it was God the Son who created the Heavens and the earthly creation including the Cherubim (plural - including Satan the 2 fallen cherubim) and the Angels (including the fallen angels) and it is He as man and transformed man leads us to defeat the fallen.

People should stop glorifying Satan and their goons for they have no power over us unless we allow them (the one who has power is bond in Hell). It is our carnal nature that gives them place in our lives and opportunity to control or use us. Their ultimate aim is our destruction not that they gain from it but because they are losing they want us too to lose since we are to gain what they lost and more.

Let us wake up to the fact we have control to allow / disallow Satan to destroy us and we also have the power to destroy Satan’s plans in the lives of others. Paul today points to forgiveness as one of those powers. Forgiveness is not forgetting but means to heal the hurts received by both the recipient and perpetrator of the crime.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord You are God and there is none like You. You are Creator of all that exist. You by the word of your mouth created all things and can destroy it too in the same way but since You knowing all created it for a purpose, thus your purpose is lifted up. Lord we humans that are comparative to mere worms are put on the center stage of your plans and You are making us worthy to become of it. We pray we understand who we are in You and be aware of who our adversaries are so that we do not become victims to their deceit...  

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
2 Corinthians 2:4-11
4  For out of much affliction and anguish of heart I wrote unto you with many tears; not that ye should be grieved, but that ye might know the love which I have more abundantly unto you.
5  But if any have caused grief, he hath not grieved me, but in part: that I may not overcharge you all.
6  Sufficient to such a man [is] this punishment, which [was inflicted] of many.
7  So that contrariwise ye [ought] rather to forgive [him], and comfort [him], lest perhaps such a one should be swallowed up with overmuch sorrow.
8  Wherefore I beseech you that ye would confirm [your] love toward him.
9  For to this end also did I write, that I might know the proof of you, whether ye be obedient in all things.
10  To whom ye forgive any thing, I [forgive] also: for if I forgave any thing, to whom I forgave [it], for your sakes [forgave I it] in the person of Christ;
11  Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.

Revelation 17:8  The beast that you saw was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is.

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Diversity among Christians

Romans 16:9 Salute Urbane, our helper in Christ, and Stachys my beloved.

Many a times I have come across people of other beliefs who after coming to the knowledge of the truth in Jesus Christ and accepted Him as their Lord and Savior make the grave mistake of changing their names to what they believe as ‘Christian’ names. Most of them think they need to change their names because Paul did and also because the Lord did to Simon, Abraham and Jacob.

As a Catholic I was given an additional baptism name as an infant, which I avoid using today not because I wanted to change my name but because in the civil system one is identified by one’s name, father’s name and family (sur) name. In the Bible people were identified by their name and if it was a common name then by the place or their father’s name, also many a times they were given nick names just for identification from others holding the same name. The nick names were mostly description of their personality, like Simon the son of Jona was called Peter/Cephas (small stone) by Jesus because he had half knowledge of things yet thought he knew everything.

Abram was called Abraham meaning father of the nations because God made a covenant with him and his (spiritual) seeds stating that many nations (not just Israelites) would be blessed in him.

Coming to Paul and Jacob. Paul did not change his name, his name was Paul (Roman name) Saul (Jewish name) since his father was a Roman and his mother a Jew. He initially hated his Roman origin and was passionate of his Jewish background, but later after coming to know the Lord he realized both were far from God and did not know Him. So he changed back to his original name Paul (which means small – Romans gave weird names, at times after objects gifted or bought the day of birth) as per civil system.

Israel was not a name change of Jacob but a promise to Jacob that is why many a times both the names were mentioned. This promise was fulfilled in Jesus Christ for the word Israel means Prince having power/authority in God, symbolizing Son of God and Jesus as human was the first to manifest the image of God as a Son of God. We who are in Christ led by the Holy Spirit will also be transformed from within to become Sons of God / Israel.

In today’s message we see the team of Paul had many women other than men co-workers and also we notice there were Romans as well as Greek who as Christians did not change their names, they became a living testimony to people of how God changed their lives.

I have a brother in Christ whose name is after a Hindu goddess and today is doing great work amongst the youth in India with the same name, his Hindu name becomes a reason to witness the testimony of Christ in him like Paul with a Roman name went about preaching Christ.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord You are Almighty God. You Lord desire a change in the heart, You desire not a sacrifice of animals but a living sacrifice of a repenting heart. Lord we pray we realize changing names will not testify You but a changed heart will. May we show what You have done in us and not what people using your name have done to us...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
John 1:42  And he brought him to Jesus. And when Jesus beheld him, he said, Thou art Simon the son of Jona: thou shalt be called Cephas {Peter}, which is by interpretation, A stone.

John 13:9  Simon Peter saith unto him, Lord, not my feet only, but also [my] hands and [my] head.

Genesis 35:10  And God said unto him, Thy name [is] Jacob: thy name shall not be called any more Jacob, but Israel shall be thy name: and he called his name Israel.

Genesis 46:2  And God spake unto Israel in the visions of the night, and said, Jacob, Jacob. And he said, Here [am] I.

Genesis 17:5  Neither shall thy name any more be called Abram, but thy name shall be Abraham; for a father of many nations have I made thee.

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

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What are we witnessing?

2 Timothy 2:2 And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.

Christians always think they are called to witness the death and resurrection of Christ and that is why they immediately talk about how we were sinners, how Christ died for us and today how we get to inherit eternal life.

In today’s message the scripture we see Paul an Apostle by Calling is instructing Timothy an Evangelist by Calling about witnessing Christ but here he is speaking verbal witnessing or teaching technicalities of scriptures but about how their lives were transformed through Christ. He speaks not of worldly abundance but of spiritual abundance, of how in difficult times God has carried them through and about the visibility of His Hand in their lives.

It is very natural for man to trust anything that has shown good results for others. People would get attracted to Christ if we project the change that Christ has done in our lives. As Gideons when we make presentations, testimonies pay a very important role to attract people to Christ. The amount of technical validations of scriptures is very less compared to the testimonies shared.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord You are Almighty God. You Lord do wonders in our lives every day when we take refuge in You. Lord we pray we become a storehouse of testimonies which we can share with others of how great You are. Let our lives be an example of your abundance...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
2 Timothy 2:
1  Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.
2  And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.
3  Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.

John 1:15  John bare witness of him, and cried, saying, This was he of whom I spake, He that cometh after me is preferred before me: for he was before me.

John 10:25  Jesus answered them, [I told you, and ye believed not: the works that I do in my Father’s name, they bear witness of me.

Romans 8:16  The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:

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Faith and Love

1 Corinthians 13:1 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become [as] sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.

Some days back a Catholic was debating with me stating that a person is not saved by faith alone, if a person who loves others can also be saved, and he was quoting 1 Corinthians 13 verses to back his claim!

Catholics are not aware that the Catechism of the Catholic Church believes that Muslims and Jews also will go to Heaven since they use the term ‘God’ to the one they worship, provided they live a ‘good’ life. They negate the sacrifice of Christ and His sacrifice and that man can achieve righteousness by good works irrespective of the sins he has committed. They also use a spirit who comes as ‘Mary’ to be a mediator between them and their salvation, since they claim going directly through Jesus is very difficult! It is like saying Christ did not humble Himself enough!

Bible clearly says we are saved by grace and this grace is received by our faith in Christ. Faith is simply defined as believing in the truth and grace as all the mercy required.

Coming to love which is also a Fruit of the Spirit like faith is. Any person who does not know the truth has no love in them and anyone who does not have love does not have the truth in them. We may have varying proportions of love and truth but one without the other cannot exist.

Bible says ‘God is love’ and it also says ‘man can come to know God only through the Son’ this is because He manifested love and also because truth and grace is received through Him alone. Jesus said it is only when we follow Him will we come to know the truth and truth will set is free. Can we be followers of Christ without love?

All spiritual gifts like gift of Tongues or even Prophecy without Fruits of the Spirit are just loud senseless noise which benefit no one, not the recipients nor the processor of the gifts.

Gifts of the Spirit are good but without Fruits of the Spirit they will only cause us to get into worse situation like Balaam who was a mighty prophet and is mentioned even in NT but for all the wrong reasons.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord You are Almighty God. You alone are God and there is no other God other than You. Your Word is one and never changing like You are one and also never changing. Lord we pray we are not deceived with teachings which are contrary to your Word. We pray we understand the importance of being like You to be in You and with You...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
Ephesians 4:14-15
14  That we [henceforth] be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, [and] cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;
15  But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, [even] Christ:

John 8:31-32
31  Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, [then] are ye my disciples indeed;
32  And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

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

Ephesians 2:8  For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: [it is] the gift of God:

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Putting own agenda aside

Philippians 3:7 But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ.

People who are baptized in the Holy Spirit will understand how they had to give up all the desires they held in their worldly lifetime.

Most people come to God to seek help for they have desires which they feel is good for them. They want to pursue higher education, better jobs, improve financial conditions, relationships with a person of the opposite sex, relocate abroad etc... But when they are baptized in the Holy Spirit the Lord sets them on a mission which is totally contrary to their plans and desires.

Let us understand we may possess worldly skills and may be thinking they being given by God has purpose for our increase in this world, but when we actually know God’s purpose in our lives worldly achievements do not matter. People say pray for the poor but do people realize it is easier to save the poor but very difficult to save the rich. The poor having nothing much can easily adapt to God’s plans but the rich has to get rid of all the great possession and desires to adapt to God’s plans.

If you find preachers who preaches about God and His Kingdom but has got great increase in his or her possessions ever since he or she started preaching then please be cautious about his or her teachings.

Battle of a Christian is against the flesh (worldly desires) and (false) teachings of this world. It does not mean he or she needs to live a life in poverty. I always say a poor Christian does not know God and a rich Christian has misunderstood God, true Christians are found mostly amongst the middle class.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord You are God. You alone are Father for You created us, You protect us and You provide for us. Lord we pray we understand You provided meat for Elijah in the brook through ravens to teach him how You operate in this world. Lord we pray we understand the purpose of the skills You blessed us with and know You can bless us with every skill needed by just asking for it. Help us put your purpose before our own...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
Matthew 19:16-25
16  And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?
17  And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? [there is] none good but one, [that is], God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.
18  He saith unto him, Which? Jesus said, Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness,
19  Honour thy father and [thy] mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
20  The young man saith unto him, All these things have I kept from my youth up: what lack I yet?
21  Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go [and] sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come [and] follow me.
22  But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions.
23  Then said Jesus unto his disciples, Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven.
24  And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.
25  When his disciples heard [it], they were exceedingly amazed, saying, Who then can be saved?

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 Kings 17:1-3
1  And Elijah the Tishbite, [who was] of the inhabitants of Gilead, said unto Ahab, [As] the LORD God of Israel liveth, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, but according to my word.
2  And the word of the LORD came unto him, saying,
3  Get thee hence, and turn thee eastward, and hide thyself by the brook Cherith, that [is] before Jordan.
4  And it shall be, [that] thou shalt drink of the brook; and I have commanded the ravens to feed thee there.

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Deceived for hearing man more than the Word

1 Thessalonians 5:3 For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.

We Christians read the Bible and say we are people of the Book/ Word but in reality we give more importance to what people claim to say of the Bible say than what the Bible does.

Speak to any person who claims to have read the Bible and them ask about when the end comes, the first thing they say is there will be destruction and disasters everywhere, people will be killing and die in masses, earthquakes will happen, the sky will be darken and suddenly Christ will be visible in the sky coming with His army of Angels.

True the Bible speaks of disasters, destructions etc. but they miss the part which says that when we see such things happen not to fear the end is not at hand. End comes when nothing of these are happening. It is when there is utmost ‘peace’ and nothing bad is happening that suddenly the end comes. In Matthew Jesus says when people are making merry that the end comes.

Some few days back I wrote on we having entering the 6th seal (6th Church – Philadelphia) and that there is about 200 to 300 years before we enter the last stage (7th Church - Laodicea) or the time of Judgment. People responded “brother how is it possible we are near ‘end days’, Christ is coming any time now”.

We all know the story of the naughty shepherd boy who shouted false alarms of ‘wolf, wolf’ and caused the whole village to gather many a times but when the wolf really came and he shouted for help no one showed up. People are playing the part of that shepherd boy as already given in biblical prophecy. These people are causing others to spiritual sleep and to disbelieve in Judgment Day being at hand.

We can play the role of either Moses or Pharaoh, both were used for the glory of God, we can go by what the Lord says like Moses did and be benefactors of His glory or not listen like Pharaoh did and become the calamities of His glory. We have the choice as to where we stand and that depends on our understanding of the Word, we putting the Word of God above the word of man or we putting the word of man above the Word of God.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord You are Almighty God and You are said to dwell in the highest Heavens even though You are omnipresent and there is no place we can hide from You. It is your glory that is enthroned in the high Heavens thus called your dwelling place. Lord we pray we understand You created all things with a purpose and when the purpose is fulfilled the existence of these things cease. We pray we focus on the purpose more than the time of existence like Noah did when he was told the floods would come...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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

Matthew 24:29-30, 37-39
29  Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:
30  And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.
37  But as the days of Noe [were], so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
38  For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark,
39  And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

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Is Christianity against Psychology  

2 Corinthians 10:12  For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.

In Psychology they study human nature (inner-man), how environment (surrounding habitat), people and genealogy has impact on the nature. Psychology is not wrong for it looks through the natural even though the study is about mental. It sees the strong bond of natural with the inner-man. But when it comes to Christianity we do not give more importance to the natural as much as we give to the spirit. It is true the spirit of man is weak but when ‘God’ factor comes in, the spirit is strengthened then the equation changes.

Coming to today’s scripture, psychology will tell us to look at the mental and worldly aspect that is compare ourselves to ourselves or to others, Paul says it is ‘not wise’. Paul is not wrong since we give more importance to the spirit part of us, we know changes can happen through that area so we compare accordingly.

It is very important that we audit our spiritual growth every year and when we do that even though we look at ourselves as to how much we have grown let us not look at what we have done for ourselves but look at how we allowed or did not allow the Lord to work in us or through us.

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Lord You are Almighty God. You Lord are Spirit and everything comes from You alone. You created us spirit in the beginning thus You know us from the beginning. In this world we are assigned to our fathers and come in the flesh through the womb of our mothers. Lord we pray we understand ourselves better through your Word so that we act wise...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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

Isaiah 41:4  Who hath wrought and done [it], calling the generations from the beginning? I the LORD, the first, and with the last; I [am] he.

2 Thessalonians 2:13  But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth:

Galatians 1:15  But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother’s womb, and called [me] by his grace,

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Simple yet the most complex

Ephesians 3:3, 4 How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote afore in few words, Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ)

We all use passwords and for anyone to guess our password is nearly impossible, if the person knows us closely then there are some, very remote chances of them guess but that too is one in a thousand if not a million. Now think if we all have to at least guess part of the password right and we all have only one try, you can then imagine the success rate, not even 1 in a trillion will get it right; understanding the Word is something like that and thus we all need divine help to get successful.

The Israelites are the most admired the world over for their knowledge and success in many fields. Being a very small population yet they have most number of noble prize winners. Yet when it comes to the Word of God they are like Solomon who was the wisest person in the whole world yet did the most foolish mistakes. Many a time I wonder these people speak the Biblical language and Bible history is their local history yet they lack clear understanding of the basics of the Bible.

Study of the Word of God is just impossible unless the Lord starts to reveal it to you. And mind you once the Lord starts revealing it, you just stand in awe of how simple the whole thing is and as to why did I not see it!

When the Lord started revealing the book of Revelation it was bits and pieces here and there. Later it became like knowing most pieces of a jigsaw puzzle but unable to put most of them together. Of late as I was led to study on the 7 letters to the 7 Churches I started to slowly get many of the jigsaw pieces into place and broadly understand the whole timeline.

By myself understanding the book of Revelation would have been like 1 in a trillion chance, but with divine help from the Lord it is very easy and simple.

Let us not take the Word of God likely even though it may look simple, understand we see not even the top of the iceberg and almost most of it is hidden deep within. Understanding the truth is what hold us away from God and the day we understand the truth completely (not just mentally know it but have it in us) then the end will come and we are set free from this natural creation so that we enter our Heavenly abode.

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Lord You are Awesome God. The world does not know You for they lack true wisdom. Lord we pray we grow in wisdom and understanding as we seek more and more of your Word. We pray this Word comes alive in us and we together become complete in You so that we enter our eternal home in You...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
Ephesians 1:17  That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him:

1 Corinthians 2:9-10
9  But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.
10  But God hath revealed [them] unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.

Galatians 1:12,16
12  For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught [it], but by the revelation of Jesus Christ.
16  To reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him among the heathen; immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood:

Ephesians 3:9  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:

Ephesians 1:9-11
9  Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself:
10  That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; [even] in him:
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:

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Date: February 18, 2020 at 3:15 AM

Topic: +DEV+  Unexpected Encounter

Unexpected Encounter

"Joseph said to his brothers, 'I am Joseph! Is my father still living?' But his brothers were not able to answer him, because they were terrified at his presence."  Genesis 45:3

Scripture Focus: Genesis 45

When they had sold him into slavery, Joseph's brothers never expected to see him again. Years later, as they bowed before the Egyptian leader, they couldn't imagine him to be their brother. As a boy, Joseph had seen this day in a dream, but his brothers didn't remember the dream, nor had they ever taken it seriously. So when Joseph revealed himself, they were terrified. 

A reunion that should have brought joy brought horror. Unexpectedly coming face to face with a broken relationship is difficult. Whether it was the result of a misunderstanding or a wrongdoing, when someone from the past suddenly appears, it can be unsettling. If you've known what that is like, now put yourself in the place of Joseph's brothers! God loves us too much to allow brokenness to fester. He heals our relationships. In the case of Joseph, through repentance and forgiveness, they became a family again, even recognizing God's hand in it for their good (vs. 7). 

God desires reconciliation. After all, He gave His only Son to purchase it for you.

Insight: "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose." (Romans 8:28)

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Israel is Zion and Zion is Israel

Romans 9:33  As it is written, Behold, I lay in Sion (Zion) a stumblingstone and rock of offence: and whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.

Jesus stated he was the stone which the builder rejected (forsake) and which became the cornerstone. He also claimed to be the rock on which people will fall and be broken or on whom it will fall and grind them to powder.. So either way He causes change into the lives to people who come to know Him irrespective of them receiving or rejecting Him.

Christians and especially Men/Women of God do not realize the simple presence of them in the lives of others causes changes. Either they change die in the flesh and be transformed in Christ or their hearts will be hardened and they will see greater destruction.

The term Zion means fortified city and is a term used for the New Jerusalem. David in faith called his Jerusalem as Zion even though there were no walls around it. Solomon his ‘wise’ son saw no walls so built them. Today Jews who are also considered very ‘wise’ pray at whatever is left of this wall.

In southern India there is a Christian heretic cult which has named a place Zion and built a large complex /’Church’ claiming only those who live there will go to Heaven when ‘Rapture’ happens!

Isaiah uses the term Israel and Jesus translates it as Zion. Spiritual walk starts with Egypt (dual strait – children of God living worldly lives) and ends with Zion / Israel. It is about spiritual growth and nothing to do with place or title.

Only when we do Bible word study (language study) we understand the stages of spiritual growth and about spiritual gender then we will realize the term ‘Sons of God’ and how Jesus was the first ‘Israel’ a promise given to Jacob.

Let us seek to be Israel, to be Zion and the more we become Zion/Israel we will see the lives of people around us being transformed. It does not mean they all will be saved but means either will break or they will be crushed. Things will surely not be the same.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord You are Almighty God. Even though You are Omnipotent yet You do not force your Law in to the lives of people whom You yourself have created. You give each the right of choice to choose eternal life in You or enjoy this life and experience great damnation after natural death. Lord we pray we be ready to suffer and die in this life but not lose our eternal life in You...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
Luke 20:17-19
17  And he beheld them, and said, What is this then that is written, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner?
18  Whosoever shall fall upon that stone shall be broken; but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder.
19  And the chief priests and the scribes the same hour sought to lay hands on him; and they feared the people: for they perceived that he had spoken this parable against them.

Isaiah 8:14-15
14  And he shall be for a sanctuary; but for a stone of stumbling and for a rock of offence to both the houses of Israel, for a gin and for a snare to the inhabitants of Jerusalem.
15  And many among them shall stumble, and fall, and be broken, and be snared, and be taken.

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Walk in love and truth

2 John 1:4-6 I rejoiced greatly that I found of thy children walking in truth, as we have received a commandment from the Father. And now I beseech thee, lady, not as though I wrote a new commandment unto thee, but that which we had from the beginning, that we love one another. And this is love, that we walk after his commandments. This is the commandment, That, as ye have heard from the beginning, ye should walk in it.

Today’s scripture is taken from an epistle written by John to a woman who headed a church. Here we read about John as an Apostle and being one of the five who overlooked the operations of the churches in whole, exercising his authority in a humble way. John, James and Peter were a team that overlooked Christians with Jewish background thus this church would be people who were from a Jewish background although it existed in Alexandra, and this woman is assumed to be a high social status for John uses the term lady (kyría) and not woman (gynaíka) or sister (adelphe) in Christ. Some theologians also state since John was aged (letter is dated about 85AD) and the woman young thus John addressed her with respect.

Here we see John finds something good and something bad that existed in this church, the good part is that some of the people were walking in truth but the bad part was the church on the whole did not walk in love.

Love and truth was like 2 legs and one without the other makes the person lame. If we have love and do not walk in truth then we cannot stay in love for long and also if we say we know the truth but do not walk in love then that truth will not stay in us for long. If we have the truth then love will be a part of us and if we have true love then we will be knowing the truth else that love will be worldly and not true love. Bible says those who are spiritually lame or blind will not enter the Kingdom of God.

Those Christians who think they should only love people and ignore the truth (study scriptures) are fools and also those who think they can lock themselves in a room and study scriptures to know the truth are also fools. Jesus said when we follow Him we will know the Truth and the Truth will set us free. We all know Jesus was personification of love and He Himself studied scriptures from an early age.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord You are Almighty God. You Lord are not just an icon of love but also of truth. Lord we pray we understand without truth there is no love in us and if there is no love in us there is no truth in us. We pray Lord let true love and truth co-exist in your people so that the world sees You in us....

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
John 8:31-32
31  Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, [then] are ye my disciples indeed;
32  And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

1 John 3:18  My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.

Ephesians 4:15  But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, [even] Christ:

2 Thessalonians 2:10  And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.

1 Peter 1:22  Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, [see that ye] love one another with a pure heart fervently:

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Castor and Pollux

Acts 28:11  And after three months we departed in a ship of Alexandria, which had wintered in the isle, whose sign was Castor and Pollux.

The ship that took Paul is noted as having the Greek gods Castor and Pollux the sons of Jupiter as image heads. The mythology goes as Jupiter (king god) had two sons by Leda the queen and wife of Tyndarus, king of Sparta. After their death they were translated to heaven and received divine honors as constellation of Gemini (Twins). They are considered as protectors to especially sailors.

Humans cannot digest the fact that a divine omnipresent invisible God protects them. They was an image or human face to God and thus put humans before God as their protectors. In Hinduism and in Catholicism we find different characters (gods / saints) specialized protectors for various things from travelling, to losing objects, to vehicles, to pets, to studies etc... In Islam - Sunni type use various symbols as auspicious for different things while the Shia type are more like the Catholics of Islam.

The Israelites fell out with the Lord when they asked for a human king to rule over them. It is for this reason Jesus does not Judge over mankind us as Lord God the Son but as Son of Man. But in the case of David we see when David was given a choice of being punished at the hands of God (Angels) or man, he chose being punished at the hands of the Lord and not at the hands of man, he trusted the mercy of God more than man.

Believers trust their Pastors, church leaders and prayer leaders more than they trust God. It is not wrong to seek help from people when one is spiritually down but if it is always the same story then there is a grave problem that exist in that person.

Let us always remember there is no protector than God Himself. So let our eyes be focused on Him and Him alone.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord You are Almighty God. You alone are God and there is none who is like You. You alone are Omnipotent and Omnipresent. You alone are Father – Protector, Creator and Provider. Lord we pray we keep our eyes always on You and on You alone...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
Genesis 28:20-21
20  And Jacob vowed a vow, saying, If God will be with me, and will keep me in this way that I go, and will give me bread to eat, and raiment to put on,
21  So that I come again to my father’s house in peace; then shall the LORD be my God:

Psalms 91:2-7
2  I will say of the LORD, [He is] my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.
3  Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, [and] from the noisome pestilence.
4  He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth [shall be thy] shield and buckler.
5  Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; [nor] for the arrow [that] flieth by day;
6  [Nor] for the pestilence [that] walketh in darkness; [nor] for the destruction [that] wasteth at noonday.
7  A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; [but] it shall not come nigh thee.

Matthew 23:9  And call no [man] your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven.

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Heavenly crown

Philippians 4:1 Therefore, my brethren dearly beloved and longed for, my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord, [my] dearly beloved.

In today’s message we know Paul spoke of a heavenly crown and not an earthly crown. Salvation is not about just being saved and going to Heaven but also about receiving a high position in Heaven.

Bible in many places says we will rule a new earth and also says we will judge Angels. Many people especially Catholics do not realize they are denying resurrection when they believe in a natural earth after Judgment Day. They believe life will be as it is now only there will be no sorry, people will marry have children grow old.

People who humanize God who is eternal, I ask them why do they project Him as an old man, if He is ageless then how did He get old? One Hollywood movie beats the heights of stupidity by showing the Lord as a young boy talking to Moses.

Unless we really do not understand salvation and the purpose of Creation we will not understand the things beyond our world. Let us not be blind people but people of light who know the truth and have clear understanding of plans of God in our life and the things hidden.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord You are Almighty God. You are Spirit and You alone are eternal having life in yourself. You give us the ability to enjoy eternal life through the Tree / River of Life which is in Heaven. Lord we pray your people have a clear understanding of scriptures and know You and your plans for us. We pray in our foolishness we do not deny You and your Will in our lives but seek a high crown in Heaven...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
Isaiah 65:16-18
16  That he who blesseth himself in the earth shall bless himself in the God of truth; and he that sweareth in the earth shall swear by the God of truth; because the former troubles are forgotten, and because they are hid from mine eyes.
17  For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind.
18  But be ye glad and rejoice for ever [in that] which I create: for, behold, I create Jerusalem a rejoicing, and her people a joy.

Isaiah 66:22-24
22  For as the new heavens and the new earth, which I will make, shall remain before me, saith the LORD, so shall your seed and your name remain.
23  And it shall come to pass, [that] from one new moon to another, and from one sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before me, saith the LORD.
24  And they shall go forth, and look upon the carcases of the men that have transgressed against me: for their worm shall not die, neither shall their fire be quenched; and they shall be an abhorring unto all flesh.

Peter 3:12-13
12  Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?
13  Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.

Revelation 21:1-2
1  And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.
2  And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.

Mark 12:25  For when they shall rise from the dead, they neither marry, nor are given in marriage; but are as the angels which are in heaven.

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

1 John 3:2  Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.

Revelation 19:10  And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See [thou do it] not: I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.

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