By My Spirit

Victory Ministries

Walter Kambulow

August 1, 2009

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Walter Kambulow, is a man like King David, "after God's own heart." I encourage you to read his books. It will fill your souls with hearty spiritual food and give you new strength to live your faith in Jesus. He is Jesus centered and saturated with the Word of God and strong in the Spirit of the Holy Ghost. He is a great fighter for His King and an encouragerof the true Saints. Ė

He is a man of God with a sincere burden for the Body of Christ and its attack from these wolves in sheepís clothing.

He spends his time trying to warn the sheep that the Wolves are not coming into the sheep pen, they are already there and ravaging Godís people with their horrible witchcraft powers.

Dr. Pat Holiday, Jacksonville, Florida

 

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Content

Introduction

Chapter 1

'They Shall Not Enter My Rest'

Chapter 2

There Is Nothing Too Hard For God

A Season Of Abundance and Release

Chapter 3

Deception Of Saints

Chapter 4

"God Has Taken Away My Reproach."

Chapter 5

He Has Prepared His Throne For Judgment

Chapter 6

Be Strong In The Lord

Chapter 7

The Wheat And The Tares!

Chapter 8

The Kingdom Of Heaven Suffers Violence

Chapter 9

The Eternal God Is Your Refuge

Chapter 10

You Shall Be Blessed Above All Peoples

Chapter 11

The Lord Is My Provider

Chapter 12

You Must Be Born Again

Chapter 13

Destroyed For Lack Of Knowledge

Whose Report Shall You Believe

Chapter 14

"The Word Of The LORD Is With Him"

Chapter 15

But Only Speak A Word

Chapter 16

Salvation Is From The LORD

Chapter 17

Let Him Pray

Chapter 18

Do You Bless or Curse Deceivers?

Chapter 19

Perseverance And Prosperity

Chapter 20

Another Jesus

Chapter 21

Godís Will And Best For Me!

Chapter 22

He Heals The Broken Hearted

Chapter 23

Who Has Believed Our Report?

Chapter 24

And You Are All Brethren

Chapter 25

I Am The LORD, Who Makes All Things

Chapter 26

The Sower Sows The Word

Chapter 27

It Is God!

Chapter 28

Because Of Their Unbelief

Chapter 29

Fear The LORD And Depart From Evil

Chapter 30

The Apple Of His Eye

Chapter 31

Who Will Roll Away The Stone?

 

 


Introduction

So he answered and said to me: "This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: 'Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,' Says the LORD of hosts.'Who are you, O great mountain?Before Zerubbabel you shall become a plain!And he shall bring forth the capstoneWith shouts of "Grace, grace to it!" ' " Zechariah 4:6-7

"If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!"Luke 11:13

What Godís people need more in life than anything to help them move their mountains and defeat all their enemies is not more perspiration but inspiration and anointing that comes from the Holy Spirit. The stronger the anointing that they receive from God the greater are the victories and concrete results they will have from that anointing. And yes anointings are transferable for Godís word is unchanging:

Then Moses heard the people weeping throughout their families, everyone at the door of his tent; and the anger of the LORD was greatly aroused; Moses also was displeased. So Moses said to the LORD, "Why have You afflicted Your servant? And why have I not found favor in Your sight, that You have laid the burden of all these people on me?"Did I conceive all these people? Did I beget them, that You should say to me, 'Carry them in your bosom, as a guardian carries a nursing child,' to the land which You swore to their fathers? "Where am I to get meat to give to all these people? For they weep all over me, saying, 'Give us meat, that we may eat.' "I am not able to bear all these people alone, because the burden is too heavy for me."If You treat me like this, please kill me here and now-if I have found favor in Your sight-and do not let me see my wretchedness!"

So the LORD said to Moses: "Gather to Me seventy men of the elders of Israel, whom you know to be the elders of the people and officers over them; bring them to the tabernacle of meeting, that they may stand there with you. "Then I will come down and talk with you there. I will take of the Spirit that is upon you and will put the same upon them; and they shall bear the burden of the people with you, that you may not bear it yourself alone.Numbers 11:10-17

The other fact of the matter is that the anointing is not only transferable but itís Godís will that it be on all of His people. Godís word is true:

So Moses went out and told the people the words of the LORD, and he gathered the seventy men of the elders of the people and placed them around the tabernacle.Then the LORD came down in the cloud, and spoke to him, and took of the Spirit that was upon him, and placed the same upon the seventy elders; and it happened, when the Spirit rested upon them, that they prophesied, although they never did so again.

But two men had remained in the camp: the name of one was Eldad, and the name of the other Medad. And the Spirit rested upon them. Now they were among those listed, but who had not gone out to the tabernacle; yet they prophesied in the camp.And a young man ran and told Moses, and said, "Eldad and Medad are prophesying in the camp."†† So Joshua the son of Nun, Moses' assistant, one of his choice men, answered and said, "Moses my lord, forbid them!"

Then Moses said to him, "Are you zealous for my sake? Oh, that all the LORD'S people were prophets and that the LORD would put His Spirit upon them!"Numbers 11:24-29

Jesus told his disciples ďÖapart from Me you can do nothing.Ē (John 15:5) Likewise, we must have the anointing of the Holy Spirit in our lives or we can't accomplish anything with eternal value (1 Corinthians 3:13 ). Walking in the anointing means that God's supernatural power is on our lives enabling us to do what we cannot do in and of ourselves.


Chapter 1

'They Shall Not Enter My Rest'

Therefore, since a promise remains of entering His rest, let us fear lest any of you seem to have come short of it. For indeed the gospel was preached to us as well as to them; but the word which they heard did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in those who heard it.For we who have believed do enter that rest, as He has said:"So I swore in My wrath, 'They shall not enter My rest,' " although the works were finished from the foundation of the world. For He has spoken in a certain place of the seventh day in this way: "And God rested on the seventh day from all His works"; and again in this place: "They shall not enter My rest." Hebrews 4:1-5

God is trying His people like fire that purifies pure gold. God tests many of His children to see what kind of character that they have at this time of their life.  How does a person know what he is made of unless he is are tested?  Many are failing the test but at the same time many are beginning to see that there are major adjustments that need to be made in their character and makeup.Unless they are tested theydon't know what kind of faith that they have.  Is it true faith based on the character and fruit of His Son, or is it faith based on head knowledge only?  Once they begin to see where theyare lacking, they need to repent and begin to dive into Godís word even deeper to get His word really grounded in their heart so that nothing by any means can shake them.

Some fall asleep in peace like Jesus in the bough of the ship while the disciples cried out for their lives.  They didn't follow the example of their Lord and lie down in peace knowing that He was in complete control and that they would be safe.  Why would their Lord lead them out to sea knowing that a dangerous storm was out there to destroy them? Godís people must letthe Lord lead themand guide them into all truth.  And at the same time they must allow Him to crucify theirflesh so that theywould only rejoice in time of trial being content with all thattheyhave.   Each trial will bring them closer to the mark that they will need to bear.  Each trial through the fire of Godís love will purge theirheart of all that is not of God.

God is the God of Miracles and of extraordinary things. Hence His people must walk in His grace
and peace and not limit Him in any way especially by their intellect and unbelief. He is the God of the impossible and He must be released by faith do the impossible especially by dreaming big and let Him fulfill all that He has placed inside of His trusting ones. Yes, Godís people must let God be God, dream big and flow with His Spirit and not resist His Spirit. Opportunities in God are endless for He is without limit and from everlasting to everlasting for those who have been and will keep on being empowered by His Spirit.

Men judge God and others by themselves and the way they have been treated. But God is God and He is not a man. His store houses are full with all that His trusting ones need. When they ask He does not give sparingly and He doesnít count all the blessings as if they are limited.  His store houses are full and He is God who gives and all they need to do is ask. And in due season as they hold on and look only to the LORD the heavens will open and pour water and blessings upon the dry and thirsty land. And then their dry rivers will overflow and burst from their banks.

Yes, God has promised the abundant life full of prosperity and health for who dwell in Him with a pure heart and bless others. But they must commit all things into His hands.  Let go and allow His ministry flow through them to prosper, for only those things they commit to Him will dwell in safety. He will only prosper the fruit of His hands, and all else He will destroy.

Yes, God always gives the needed rains and breakthroughs in due season. So His children donít have to accept defeat and despair for God will give them life and victory and peace and joy. But they must fight for their promised land and He will be with them in the battle to support them and make them as they depend on Him. But they must wield their sword, the Word of God, in obedience to His commands to defeat the enemy of their soul and to push aside any hindrances that keep them from walking in the destiny that He has prepared for them. They must not be like first generation of the children of Israel who werenít willing to obey God to go fight for their promise, and they did not
receive it.  They chose to allow fear and disobedience to rule over them.  And all that yielded them as a result was useless wandering in the desert. They died without receiving their promise and they never walked in their destiny. 

But Joshua and Caleb trusted God because they had a different Spirit and crossed over the Jordan and to enter into the Promised Land. They fought at Godís command and instruction and He thrust them into victory after victory and gave them all that He promised them. And the LORD will do the same for all those who look to Him for their all.Nothing can prevent Godís obedient trusting ones from possessing the promises that He has made to them, for He will surely perform it on their behalf as they step forward in obedience. The best is yet to come and Godís Spirit is still to be poured out. And people everywhere will be drenched in His glory. Every dry place will become saturated. There will be no getting away from the powerful flow.   A flow that will bless some people and destroy those who have hardened their hearts against Godís once again. Those who will humble themselves and repent shall be greatly place but those who donít will be destroyed by the forces of darkness who seek to destroy them. Godís word is unchanging:

God is wise in heart and mighty in strength. Who has hardened himself against Him and prospered. Job 9:4

"Do not harden your hearts, as in the rebellion, As in the day of trial in the wilderness,When your fathers tested Me;They tried Me, though they saw My work.For forty years I was grieved with that generation,And said, 'It is a people who go astray in their hearts,And they do not know My ways.' So I swore in My wrath, 'They shall not enter My rest.'"Do not harden your hearts, as in the rebellion,As in the day of trial in the wilderness, When your fathers tested Me; They tried Me, though they saw My work.For forty years I was grieved with that generation, And said, 'It is a people who go astray in their hearts, And they do not know My ways.' So I swore in My wrath, 'They shall not enter My rest.' " Psalm 95:9-11

"And to the angel of the church in Pergamos write, 'These things says He who has the sharp two-edged sword: "I know your works, and where you dwell, where Satan's throne is. And you hold fast to My name, and did not deny My faith even in the days in which Antipas was My faithful martyr, who was killed among you, where Satan dwells. "But I have a few things against you, because you have there those who hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balak to put a stumbling block before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed to idols, and to commit sexual immorality."Thus you also have those who hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which thing I hate.'Repent, or else I will come to you quickly and will fight against them with the sword of My mouth. Revelation 2:12-16

Yes, God doesnít want to spew people out of His mouth, but if they donít repent He will. He will come to them quickly will fight against them with the sword of His mouth. But to those who come before Him and pour out a heart that longs for repentance and change, He will bless them with His presence like never before. He will take their hand and heart and change it to having a heart of love and compassion for His will and His ways. And then they will see the signs and wonders following His true word. And then they will see the multitudes come forth who seek after a word that is full of His grace and truth.He will deliver them from complacency and apathy. He will heal their land and bless them beyond their wildest dreams. They will bask in the rivers of living water, and He will fill them to overflowing.They will excel in His gifts, and they will once again see His truth and holiness reign among those who are called by His name.But they must cast down their idols of pride and mammon and just delight in having Him move in their presence.†† As they return to the simplicity of just knowing and loving Him, and He will do the rest for HE IS THEIR GOD and HE IS faithful. Godís word is unchanging:

"When I shut up heaven and there is no rain, or command the locusts to devour the land, or send pestilence among My people, "if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:13-14

"Therefore the LORD God of Israel says: 'I said indeed that your house and the house of your father would walk before Me forever.' But now the LORD says: 'Far be it from Me; for those who honor Me I will honor, and those who despise Me shall be lightly esteemed. 1 Samuel 2:30

 

 


Chapter 2

There Is Nothing Too Hard For God

'Ah, Lord GOD! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and outstretched arm. There is nothing too hard for You. Jeremiah 32:17

"Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh. Is there anything too hard for Me? Jeremiah 32:27

There is nothing too hard for the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, for the God of all power. He is in control of human destiny and nothing is able to overcome Hispurposes and intentions. He will accomplish His will in the lifeof His trusting ones and He will keep His promises to them, even when the promise is a long time in coming, just like He did for Abraham. Godís word is unchanging:

Then they said to him, "Where is Sarah your wife?" So he said, "Here, in the tent."And He said, "I will certainly return to you according to the time of life, and behold, Sarah your wife shall have a son." (Sarah was listening in the tent door which was behind him.) 1 Now Abraham and Sarah were old, well advanced in age; and Sarah had passed the age of childbearing.Therefore Sarah laughed within herself, saying, "After I have grown old, shall I have pleasure, my lord being old also?"And the LORD said to Abraham, "Why did Sarah laugh, saying, 'Shall I surely bear a child, since I am old?'"Is anything too hard for the LORD? At the appointed time I will return to you, according to the time of life, and Sarah shall have a son."But Sarah denied it, saying, "I did not laugh," for she was afraid. And He said, "No, but you did laugh!"

Then the men rose from there and looked toward Sodom, and Abraham went with them to send them on the way.And the LORD said, "Shall I hide from Abraham what I am doing,"since Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him? "For I have known him, in order that he may command his children and his household after him, that they keep the way of the LORD, to do righteousness and justice, that the LORD may bring to Abraham what He has spoken to him."

And the LORD said, "Because the outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and because their sin is very grave,"I will go down now and see whether they have done altogether according to the outcry against it that has come to Me; and if not, I will know." Genesis 18:9-21

Yes, God will bless those who keep the way of the LORD, to do righteousness and justice and He will curse those who do evil and wicked things.

God will take care of His own and He will protect them from their enemies. He is the God of Israel, who heard their cry when bondage and difficulty came upon them, and He raised up a deliverer for them.  He is the God of Moses, who performed signs and wonders and who caused the Red Sea to part that His people might pass through on dry ground. He is the One who closed the waters over the enemy that pursued them, delivering them from those who wished to destroy them.  He has not lost any of His strength or power and He will likewise deliver His trusting ones today, for He is able to do so.

Hence God trusting ones donít look at their difficulties and be overcome by them but instead they look their LORD, their mighty deliverer who is committed to take care of them. There is nothing that comes their way that is too hard for Him! There is nothing in their life or situation that He cannot handle! There is nothing that is too hard for God. He is God Almighty. He is bigger than any of their problems and He is greater than any of their foes.He is always willing to rise up on behalf of those who are called by His name, on behalf of those who obey and honor Him.Just as He had delivered Judah from the numerous soldiers who surrounded her when King Hezekiah looked to Him for help, so He will deliver them.  Godís word is unchanging:

I will love You, O LORD, my strength.The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer;My God, my strength, in whom I will trust;My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.†† I will call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised;So shall I be saved from my enemies. Psalm 18:1-3

Hence Godís trusting ones donít fix their eyes upon the problems, which only cause them anxiety and despair but instead they fix their eyes firmly upon the LORD, their help and their deliverer. He is their God who is with them and will take care of them, no matter what perils beset them. He is willing and able to take care of them, to save them, to heal them, to deliver them, to bless them and to prosper them. He will deliver them because He delights in them. He will bring them out in to a brad place. As a result they will experience abundance of life and they will experience His victory, for this is what is have called them to. Godís word is unchanging:

The LORD thundered from heaven, And the Most High uttered His voice, Hailstones and coals of fire. He sent out His arrows and scattered the foe,Lightnings in abundance, and He vanquished them. Then the channels of the sea were seen, The foundations of the world were uncoveredAt Your rebuke, O LORD,At the blast of the breath of Your nostrils.He sent from above, He took me;He drew me out of many waters.He delivered me from my strong enemy, From those who hated me,For they were too strong for me.They confronted me in the day of my calamity,But the LORD was my support.He also brought me out into a broad place; He delivered me because He delighted in me.The LORD rewarded me according to my righteousness;According to the cleanness of my handsHe has recompensed me. Psalm 18:13-20

As for God, His way is perfect; The word of the LORD is proven; He is a shield to all who trust in Him.For who is God, except the LORD? And who is a rock, except our God? It is God who arms me with strength,And makes my way perfect. He makes my feet like the feet of deer,And sets me on my high places. He teaches my hands to make war,So that my arms can bend a bow of bronze.You have also given me the shield of Your salvation; Your right hand has held me up, Your gentleness has made me great. Psalm 18:30-35

 

A Season Of Abundance and Release

By Musa Opiyo

I am breaking the strong gates of iron that have been over My people. I am bringing release says the Lord from the hand of the oppressor. No longer shall you be stolen from or overpowered, for now I am come with My strong hand to rid My people of the giants in their land. I now call you, My victorious people to rise to the occasion and walk in My freedom. Walk in the Jubilee season for what has held you back has been destroyed. You have My anointing that has broken the yoke of the enemy. No longer shall My people groan under the spirit of heaviness for I have released My Joy over you. Rejoice, even shout for joy, for I have overcome all your trials and all that has beset you and I have given you the victory. As you stand in My authority and walk in My presence, you will see the dark clouds of discouragement and despair dissipate as My Son (Sun) shines upon you. Along with My Son I am raining down My Holy Spirit afresh upon My people to give you a season of refreshing.

For many of you, you have been in the desert where you have been tried and tested by My Spirit. You have come to know that it is not by might or power but only by My Spirit that you can live, breathe and have your being. You have by experience come to know My Spirit as your Sustainer and your source of Strength. That I AM your Provision. That I AM your Everything. Yes, you have come to understand the concept of Me being the vine and you being the branches and the fact that without Me you are disconnected and without stable ground. It has not been easy but I have led you by My wisdom as you simply trusted in My ability to lead you day by day. You are now coming to a season of abundance both spiritually and physically yet My beloved the principle of complete trust in Me is still vital. The enemy wants to distract you and lead you into passivity while he plunders you, yet I call you to be alert concerning his wiles. As you remain in Me and allow Me to be your source, I will lead you to your abundance and give you the wisdom. I will open your eyes to what the enemy is doing so that you pray accordingly and take action. For indeed the year of 2005 will be a year of abundance, an expansion and an explosion of more. It is also a year that I am training My people to war in the Spirit on a higher level than they have known.

Be ready! Be strong and courageous and do not lose sight of the vision. In all your endeavors I am with you guiding you by the Holy Spirit if you will listen to My voice and take heed. Great things are coming for My people says the Lord.


Chapter 3

Deception Of Saints

But I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. 2 Corinthians 11:3

Jessie Penn-Lewisin collaboration with the famous Welsh revivalist, Evan Roberts wrote a classic titled War on the Saints. In this book she has brought out some points about deceptionthat are to be noted:

In seeking to obtain full control of the believer, the first great effort of evil spirits is directed toward getting the man to accept their suggestions, and workings, as the speaking, working, or leading of God. Their initial device is to counterfeit a "Divine Presence," under cover of which they can mislead their victim as they will. The word counterfeit meaning the substitution of the false for the true.

The condition on the part of the believer, which gives the deceiving spirits their opportunity, and the basis of this counterfeit, is the mistaken location of God; either (1) in them (consciously); (2) or around them (consciously). When they pray they think of, or pray to God in themselves, or else to God around them, in the room, or atmosphere. They use their imagination, and try to "realize" His presence, and they desire to "feel" His presence in them, or upon them.

This locating of God, in, or around the believer, usually comes about at the time of the Baptism of the Holy Ghost; for up to that time of crisis in his life, he lived more by the acceptance of facts declared in the Scriptures, as understood by his intelligence; but with the Baptism of the Spirit he becomes more conscious of the presence of God by the Spirit and in the spirit, and so begins to locate the Person of God as in, around, or upon him. Then he turns inward, and begins to pray to God as within him, which in time, really results in prayer to evil spirits, if they succeed in gaining admittance under counterfeit.

The logical sequence of prayer to God as located within, can be pressed to absurdity, i.e., if the soul prays to God in himself, why not pray to God in another elsewhere? The limitation of God as a Person within, and all the possible dangers arising from this misconception of truth are obvious.

Some believers so live inwardly in communion, worship and vision, as to become spiritually introverted, and cramped and narrowed in their outlook; with the result that their spiritual capacity and mental powers become dwarfed and powerless. Others become victims to the "inner voice," and the introverted attitude of listening to it, which is the ultimate result of the location of God as a Person within, so that eventually the mind becomes fixed in the introverted condition with no out-going action at all.

In fact, all turning inwards to a subjective location of God as indwelling, speaking, communing, and guiding, in a materialistic, or conscious sense, is open to gravest danger; for upon this thought and belief, sedulously cultivated by the powers of darkness, the most serious deceptions, and final out-workings of deceiving spirits have taken place.

Counterfeits of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, are recognizable by the manifestations being given to the senses; i.e., in the physical realm; for the true indwelling of God is in the shrine of the spirit alone; and the soul vessel, or personality of the believer, is purely a vehicle for the expression of Christ, Who is enthroned within by His Spirit; whilst the body, quickened by the same Spirit, is governed by God from the central depths of the human spirit, through the self-control of the man acting by his renewed will.

The counterfeit presence of God is given by deceiving spirits working upon the physical frame, or within the bodily frame, upon the senses. We have seen the beginning of this, and how the first ground is gained It is deepened by these sense-manifestations being repeated, so gently, that the man goes on yielding to them, thinking this is truly "communion with God"--for believers too often look upon "communion with God" as a thing of sense, and not of spirit--and here he commences praying to evil spirits under the belief that he is praying to God. The self-control is not yet lost, but as the believer responds to, or gives himself up to these "conscious" manifestations, he does not know that his will-power is being slowly undermined. At last through these subtle, delicious experiences, the faith is established that God Himself is consciously in possession of the body, quickening it with felt thrills of life, or filling it with warmth and heat, or even with "agonies" which seem like fellowship with the sufferings of Christ, and travail for souls, or the experience of death with Christ in the consciousness of nails being driven into the bodily frame, etc. From this point the lying spirits can work as they will, and there is no limit as to what they may do to a believer deceived to this extent.

Counterfeit manifestations of the Divine life in various ways now follow quickly; movements in the body, pleasant thrills, touches, a glow as of fire in different parts of the body; or sensations of cold, or shakings, and tremblings; all accepted by the believer as from God, but showing what a full entry the deceiving spirit has obtained to the bodily frame; for there is a distinction between the manifestations of evil spirits "with" and "in" the body and mind of the believer; although when they are really inside, they can also make it appear as if they were outside, both in influence and action.

When evil spirits are really outside, and desirous of entry, they work by sudden suggestion, which is not the ordinary working of the mind, but suggestions which come from without; "flashes of memory," again not the ordinary working of the memory, but coming from without; touches and twitches of the nerves; feelings of draught and sensations of wind blowing on the circumference etc.

When the evil spirits are inside, the whole frame is affected, at times with the pleasant sensations referred to, but at others with pains in the head and body which have no physical cause, or else so working with the "natural" that the supernatural cannot easily be distinguished from it; such as accelerating the heartbeat so as to appear palpitation, and in other ways working with the physical causes, so that part has natural ground, and part is from the accentuating force of evil. Depression then ensues in proportion to the previous exhilaration; exhaustion and fatigue in reaction from the demand upon the nervous system in the hours of ecstasy; or else a sense of drainage of strength without any visible cause; grief and joy, heat and cold, laughter and tears, all succeed each other in rapid changes, and varied degrees--in brief, the emotional sensibilities seem to have full play.

The "senses" are aroused, and are in full mastery of the person, apart from the man's volition; or they may be apparently under control, so that the evil spirit's presence may be hidden from the knowledge of the believer, his workings being carefully measured to suit the victim he has studied so well; for he knows he must not go a shade too far, lest he awaken suspicion of the cause of the abnormal movements of the emotions, and of the sensitive parts of the bodily frame.

It can easily be seen that in time the health of the deceived one must be affected by this play upon mind and body; hence the "breakdown" that so often follows experiences of an abnormal kind, or else a snapping of the tension, by a sudden stoppage of all conscious feelings, and the apparent withdrawal of the "conscious presence of God followed by an entire change of tactics by the deceiving spirits in the body, who may now turn upon their victim with terrible accusations; and charges of having committed the "unpardonable sin," producing as acute anguish and real suffering, as he once experienced of the bliss of heaven.

Here the evil spirits may push the man to "confessions" of all kinds, however public and painful, which he hopes may result in regaining the "experience" apparently lost; but all in vain. These confessions instigated by deceiving spirits may be recognized by their compulsory character. The man is forced to "confess" sin, and ofttimes sins which have no existence, but in the accusations of the enemy. As it does not dawn upon him that evil spirits will push a man to do what looks like the most meritorious thing, and which the Scriptures declare is the one condition for obtaining forgiveness, he yields to the drive upon him, simply to get relief. Herein lies the danger of widespread "confessions of sin" during times of Revival, when almost a "wave" of "confession" passes over a community, and the depths of sinful lives are exposed to the gaze of others; through this enabling the lying spirits to disseminate the very poison of the pit into the atmosphere, and into the minds of the listeners.

True confession of sin should come from deep conviction and not compulsion, and should, be made only to God, if the sin is one only known by God; to man personally, and in private, when the sin is against man; and to the public only when the sin is against the public. "Confession" should never be made under the impulse of any compulsory emotion, but should be the deliberate act of the volition; choosing the right, and the putting things right, according to the will of God.

That Satan's kingdom gains by public "confessions" is evident by the devices of the enemy used to push men into them. Evil spirits drive a man into sin, and then compel that man publicly to confess the sin which they forced him to commit--contrary to his true character--in order to make the sin which they forced him into, a stigma upon him for the remainder of his life.

Ofttimes the "sins" confessed have their rise in the believer, from the insertion by wicked spirits, of feelings as consciously abhorrent and loathsome, as were the former "conscious" feelings of heavenly purity and love; when the man who experienced them, declared that he knew of no "sin to confess to God," or "no rising of an evil impulse" whatever; leading him to believe in the complete elimination of all sin from his being.

The chief faculty open to the access of deceiving spirits is the mind, especially before the believer apprehends the need of a "renewed mind" (Eph. 4: 23), and realizes that his mind can be open to, and used by evil spirits, notwithstanding the Divine operation of God in the innermost shrine of his being. Also before he realizes what he has admitted as ground for evil spirits in his past life, for all the "thoughts" inserted by the god of this world blinding the mind (2 Cor. 4: 4; Ephes. 2: 2), form material for his later working; such as "thoughts" lodged there unconsciously, perhaps years before; mental conceptions admitted without examination; floating ideas which have drifted into the ground of the mind, the believer knows not whence; a sentence in a paper, a word dropped in his hearing; the flotsam and jetsam of the mental world, leaving unthought of effect upon him, colouring Scripture, and placing the mind almost at the mercy of any suggestion of evil spirits, under certain conditions, later on.

To detect the working of evil spirits upon the mind, let the believer note the way in which his "thoughts" come. If the mind is working easily, quietly, in normal action in the duty of the moment, and sudden "flashes," "suggestions," or apparent "thoughts" arise, not in sequence, or in orderly connection with the work he has in hand, then the enemy may be counterfeiting the operation of the person's own mind, and trying to insert his suggestions into it as if they were the outcome of the man's own thinking; for when he is in the process of thinking, the lying spirits seek to inject some thought, suggestion or feeling-- the first into the mind, and the last into the spirit.

The danger at this point is for the believer to be ensnared by the simultaneous working of his own mind, and the presentation to the mind of the evil spirit's "pictures" or visions, which he thinks come from his own "imagination"; or very subtly refined suggestions which have no appearance of being supernatural, or even distinct from the person at all. Many think all that is "supernatural" is of necessity strikingly marvelous, and awesome, whereas the enemy's working is very ordinary--so ordinary that he is unrecognized, and the operations of the supernatural appear so "natural," that they are not looked upon as supernatural. The Scripture statement of "the whole world lying in the evil one" is so true, that his speakings and workings are accepted and followed and yielded to, as the "ordinary" things of life, and as the ordinary operations of the mental faculties. The kingdom of darkness is near and "natural" to all the world under the rule of the prince of darkness.

It is best to be suspicious of the abnormal in every shape and form. God does not interfere with the natural operations of the faculties. A sudden stoppage of thought, or sequence in the action of the mind, in thought or memory, as well as acute loss of the use of either, may indicate the interference of evil spirits. The spirits of evil, in possession of some faculty of the mind, can either hold it, or suddenly release it for action--this holding or releasing power explaining much that is unaccountable in suddenness of action, or "change of mind" which, like much else, is left in obscurity as "unexplainable." "I can" one moment, then "I cannot" the next, generally being put down to an "erratic temperament," or other causes. The believer, however, may be unable to act, because of the interruption, or interference of the enemy, but he really has the ability for action, if the faculties were free.

Others whose lives are spent in the bondage of a "spirit of infirmity," are only conscious of a sense of inability, they are always "too tired," and have "no spirit," "no energy" for the ordinary demands of life, yet with no disease, or reasonable physical ground for their chronic inertness and feebleness. A sudden inability to listen, described as "absent-mindedness" or "preoccupation," when the person is compelled to follow some "thought" suggested, or picture presented to the mind, or to follow the words of another, are all indications of the interference of evil spirits--the compulsions especially being a mark of their workings--when the person is in a normal condition of health, and the brain is not diseased.

For instance, in spiritual meetings, when people seem hardly able to listen to a vital truth, how many recognize the work of the prince of the power of the air taking away the Word (Matt. 13: 19), by the suggestion of other things, not appropriate to the moment, and by the mind being unable to follow the speaker's words, and to grasp and apprehend? Streams of "texts," also, pouring through the mind, apart from concentration, and the volitional action of the mind, may overpower all that the speaker is saying, and "Carry away" the hearer into far away thoughts, and "day-dreams," which appear so beautiful and "divine," yet after the "meeting" is over, have no solid result in practical life. Any admittance of these sudden suggestions, or passing thoughts, means ground given to the enemy.

The Deceiver has two ways of putting thoughts into the mind: (1) By direct communication to the mind, and (2) indirect, by attacks on the spirit, causing undesirable feelings there, such as impatience through the attacks, which produce impatient thoughts in the mind, followed by impatient words. The believer has a sense of being hindered persistently by some unseen obstacle, for the evil spirit beings suggest a certain action to him, and then when he attempts it, he is hindered, causing in him a sense of irritation for which he cannot account. Nothing he does seems to "go right," and his life seems made up of "pin-prick" troubles, too much for him to bear, causing a sense of moroseness and discontent which grows upon him in spite of himself.

Feverish activity which accomplishes nothing is manifested occasionally, or else perpetual occupation which gives no moment of rest; difficulty with work in the day time; "dreams" at night, with no sense of rest or leisure at any time; suffering, confusion, difficulty of action, embarrassment, perplexity, all emanating directly, maliciously, and deliberately from evil spirits, unrecognized by the man.

Believers whose circumstances, and environment, should give them every cause for a glad and quiet mind, are harassed with terrible anxiety, and they are rarely free from troubled thoughts. The mind over-estimates everything, because the imagination and mental faculties are in bondage; ant-hills appear as mountains to them. Everything is exaggerated, so that they shrink from seeing others, as conversation is terribly difficult. They imagine they are only "thinking" in an ordinary sense, but it is not I "thinking" when a thing grips the mind, but when the mind grips the thing. Their "thinking" goes beyond the line of pure mental action.

That the enemy takes advantage of any mental feebleness, or overstrain, or disease, is, of course, to be recognized; but in persons of normal health, with no disease of the mind, inherited or induced, much of the "depression" may be attributed to the inroads of the enemy, through ground given unconsciously at some previous time. The cause of "brain-fag" too, needs to be examined in this light, lest many attribute to natural causes what may have been supernaturally brought about.

Wrong conceptions of spiritual things give ground to evil spirits, and these conceptions the adversary skillfully cultivates ready for use on later occasions. Imaginations as to how God works in Revival power, and in "Pentecostal" measure, is specially a fruitful ground for evil spirits, i.e., a conception that God moves a meeting, and sways it as the wind sways the corn; and that God moves on the physical man, rather than from the centre of man's spirit only. These imaginations prepare the believer for Satan's deceptions in these very forms.

The Scriptural ground for obtaining deliverance is the truth concerning Christ's full victory at Calvary, through which believer CAN BE DELIVERED FROM THE POWER OF BOTH SIN AND SATAN, but in actual fact the victory won at Calvary can only be applied as there is conformity to Divine laws. As the deceptions of Satan are recognized, and the will of the person is set to reject them, he can, on the basis of the work of Christ at Calvary as set forth in Rom. 6: 6-13; Col. 2: 15; 1 John 3: 8, and other passages, claim his deliverance from these workings of the devil in deception and possession.

Just as there are various degrees of deception and possession, so there are degrees of deliverance according to the understanding of the believer, and his WILLINGNESS To FACE ALL THE TRUTH ABOUT HIMSELF, and all the ground given to the enemy.

In doing this the believer needs to have a steady grasp of his standing in Christ as identified with Him in His death on the Cross, and his union with Him in spirit in His place on the Throne (Ephes. 1: 19-23; 2: 6), and he must "hold fast" with steady faith-grip, the "Head" (Col. 2: 19) as the One who is, by His Spirit, giving him grace (Heb. 4: 16), and strength to recover the ground in mind and body which he has ignorantly yielded to the foe. For the man himself must ACT to get rid of passivity; he must revoke his CONSENT given to evil spirits to enter, and by his own volition insist that they retire from the place (Ephes. 4: 27) they have obtained by deceit. Since God will not act for him in regaining the normal condition of his outer man, nor exercise his choice for him, he must stand on the vantage ground of the Calvary victory of Christ, and claim his freedom.

Assuming, then, that the believer has discovered that he is a victim of the deceptions of deceiving spirits, what are the subjective steps in the path of freedom? Briefly, (1) acknowledgment of deception; (2) refusal of ground; (3) steadfast fight against all that possession means; (4) being on guard. against excuses; (5) the detection of all the effects of possession; and (6) a discerning of the result of these actions. For the believer must learn to read the signs of dis-possession, as well as the symptoms of possession, lest he be deceived again by the Adversary.

For deliverance from the power of sin and protection from deceiving spirits in their workings, it is important to have a clear apprehension of God's purpose in redemption. God created man, with dominion over himself. This dominion was exercised by his act of will, even as it was by his Creator. But man fell, and, in his fall, yielded his will to the rule of Satan, who from that time by the agency of his evil spirits has ruled the world, through the enslaved will of fallen man. Christ the Second Adam came, and taking the place of man, chose obedience to the Father's will, and never for one moment diverged from His perfect co-operation with that will. In the wilderness He refused to exercise the Divine power at the will of Satan, and in Gethsemane in suffering His will never wavered in the choice of the Father's will. As Man He willed the will of God right through, becoming obedient even unto death, thus regaining for regenerated man, not only reconciliation with God, but liberty from Satan's thraldom, and the restoration of man's renewed and sanctified will to its place of free action, deliberately and intelligently exercised in harmony with the will of God.

Christ wrought out for man upon Calvary's Cross salvation of spirit, soul, and body, from the dominion of sin and Satan; but that full salvation is wrought out in the believer through the central action of the will, as he deliberately chooses the will of God for each department of his tripartite nature.

The will of the man united to the will of God--and thus having the energizing power of God working with his volition--is to rule his (1) "own spirit" (see Prov. 25: 28; 1 Cor. 14: 32); (2) thoughts or mind (Col. 3: 2) inclusive of all the soul-powers; and (3) body (1 Cor. 9: 27), and when, by the appropriation of God's freeing power from slavery to sin and Satan, the believer regains free action of his will so that he gladly and spontaneously wills the will of God, and as a renewed man re-takes dominion over spirit, soul and body, he reigns in life "through . . Jesus Christ" (Rom. 5: 17).

But the natural man does not reach this stage of renewal and liberation of his will, without first knowing the regeneration of his own human spirit. God is not in fallen man until the moment of his new birth (Ephes. 2: 12; 3: 16; John 3: 5-8). He must be "begotten of God;" the very fact of such a begetting being necessary, declares the non-existence of Divine life in him previously. After such a begetting, it is also necessary to understand that the regenerated man does not, as a rule, immediately become a spiritual man, i.e., a man wholly dominated by, and walking after the spirit.

Teaching material from War on the Saints by Jessie Penn-Lewis

 

 


Chapter 4

"God Has Taken Away My Reproach."

Then God remembered Rachel, and God listened to her and opened her womb.And she conceived and bore a son, and said, "God has taken away my reproach."So she called his name Joseph, and said, "The LORD shall add to me another son." Exodus 30:22-24

Rachel who was beautiful of form and appearance was Jacobís first choice for a wife.He loved herand served Laban seven years for his younger daughter; and they seemed only a few days to him because of the love he had for her. ButLaban gave Leah, the other daughter,instead and made Jacob serve sevenadditional years for Rachel.The bible tells us:

Then Jacob also went in to Rachel, and he also loved Rachel more than Leah. And he served with Laban still another seven years.When the LORD saw that Leah was unloved, He opened her womb; but Rachel was barren.So Leah conceived and bore a son, and she called his name Reuben; for she said, "The LORD has surely looked on my affliction. Now therefore, my husband will love me." Genesis 29:30-32

Amazing! God had brought a reproach upon Rachel because Jacob loved her more than Leah. And people believe that God doesnít rule and reign in the daily affairs of men including childbirth.Mind you king Nebuchadnezzar learned the hard way that God does! However men should be very careful how they treat others especially if they are a respecter of persons and show partiality to thehigh and mighty. Who knows what God will do to them if they get Him upset because of their behavior?

King Nebuchadnezzar was at rest in his house and flourishing in his palace and had a troubling dream of a†† tree in the midst of the earth, and its height was great.The tree grew and became strong; its height reached to the heavens, and it could be seen to the ends of all the earth.Its leaves were lovely, its fruit abundant, and in it was food for all.The beasts of the field found shade under it, the birds of the heavens dwelt in its branches, and all flesh was fed from it.

"I saw in the visions of my head while on my bed, and there was a watcher, a holy one, coming down from heaven. He cried aloud and said thus:'Chop down the tree and cut off its branches,Strip off its leaves and scatter its fruit.Let the beasts get out from under it, And the birds from its branches.Nevertheless leave the stump and roots in the earth, Bound with a band of iron and bronze,In the tender grass of the field. Let it be wet with the dew of heaven, And let him graze with the beasts On the grass of the earth. Let his heart be changed from that of a man, Let him be given the heart of a beast,And let seven times pass over him. 'This decision is by the decree of the watchers,And the sentence by the word of the holy ones, In order that the living may knowThat the Most High rules in the kingdom of men, Gives it to whomever He will, And sets over it the lowest of men.' Daniel 4:2-18

Daniel in whom was the Spirit of the Holy God gave the king the interpretation including break off your sins by being righteous, and your iniquities by showing mercy to the poor. Perhaps there may be a lengthening of your prosperity." The bible records:

The tree that you saw, which grew and became strong, whose height reached to the heavens and which could be seen by all the earth,whose leaves were lovely and its fruit abundant, in which was food for all, under which the beasts of the field dwelt, and in whose branches the birds of the heaven had their home- it is you, O king, who have grown and become strong; for your greatness has grown and reaches to the heavens, and your dominion to the end of the earth.And inasmuch as the king saw a watcher, a holy one, coming down from heaven and saying, 'Chop down the tree and destroy it, but leave its stump and roots in the earth, bound with a band of iron and bronze in the tender grass of the field; let it be wet with the dew of heaven, and let him graze with the beasts of the field, till seven times pass over him';†† this is the interpretation, O king, and this is the decree of the Most High, which has come upon my lord the king: They shall drive you from men, your dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field, and they shall make you eat grass like oxen. They shall wet you with the dew of heaven, and seven times shall pass over you, till you know that the Most High rules in the kingdom of men, and gives it to whomever He chooses. And inasmuch as they gave the command to leave the stump and roots of the tree, your kingdom shall be assured to you, after you come to know that Heaven rules.

Therefore, O king, let my advice be acceptable to you; break off your sins by being righteous, and your iniquities by showing mercy to the poor. Perhaps there may be a lengthening of your prosperity."

All this came upon King Nebuchadnezzar.At the end of the twelve months he was walking about the royal palace of Babylon.The king spoke, saying, "Is not this great Babylon, that I have built for a royal dwelling by my mighty power and for the honor of my majesty?"

While the word was still in the king's mouth, a voice fell from heaven: "King Nebuchadnezzar, to you it is spoken: the kingdom has departed from you! And they shall drive you from men, and your dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field. They shall make you eat grass like oxen; and seven times shall pass over you, until you know that the Most High rules in the kingdom of men, and gives it to whomever He chooses."

That very hour the word was fulfilled concerning Nebuchadnezzar; he was driven from men and ate grass like oxen; his body was wet with the dew of heaven till his hair had grown like eagles' feathers and his nails like birds' claws. And at the end of the time I, Nebuchadnezzar, lifted my eyes to heaven, and my understanding returned to me; and I blessed the Most High and praised and honored Him who lives forever: For His dominion is an everlasting dominion,And His kingdom is from generation to generation.

All the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing;He does according to His will in the army of heavenAnd among the inhabitants of the earth.No one can restrain His hand Or say to Him, "What have You done?" Daniel 4:20-35

Whether men acknowledge it our not God is the King of heaven, all of whose works are truth, and His ways justice. He promotes and demotes whomever He wills. And those who walk in pride He is able to put down. His dominion is an everlasting dominion, and His kingdom is from generation to generation. All the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing; He does according to His will in the army of heaven and among the inhabitants of the earth.No one can restrain His hand or say to Him, "What have You done?"His word is unchanging:

The LORD showed me, and there were two baskets of figs set before the temple of the LORD, after Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon had carried away captive Jeconiah the son of Jehoiakim, king of Judah, and the princes of Judah with the craftsmen and smiths, from Jerusalem, and had brought them to Babylon.One basket had very good figs, like the figs that are first ripe; and the other basket had very bad figs which could not be eaten, they were so bad.Then the LORD said to me, "What do you see, Jeremiah?" And I said, "Figs, the good figs, very good; and the bad, very bad, which cannot be eaten, they are so bad."†† Again the word of the LORD came to me, saying,"Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel: 'Like these good figs, so will I acknowledge those who are carried away captive from Judah, whom I have sent out of this place for their own good, into the land of the Chaldeans. 'For I will set My eyes on them for good, and I will bring them back to this land; I will build them and not pull them down, and I will plant them and not pluck them up.'Then I will give them a heart to know Me, that I am the LORD; and they shall be My people, and I will be their God, for they shall return to Me with their whole heart.†† 'And as the bad figs which cannot be eaten, they are so bad'-surely thus says the LORD-'so will I give up Zedekiah the king of Judah, his princes, the residue of Jerusalem who remain in this land, and those who dwell in the land of Egypt. 'I will deliver them to trouble into all the kingdoms of the earth, for their harm, to be a reproach and a byword, a taunt and a curse, in all places where I shall drive them.'And I will send the sword, the famine, and the pestilence among them, till they are consumed from the land that I gave to them and their fathers.' Jeremiah 24:1-10

When the children of Israel sinned andtransgressed against the LORD He cursed them and gave them to be reproached by their enemies. He even destroyed His beloved Jeruasalem and made all itís inhabitants to become captives. Those who accepted their captivity for their own good God†† set His eyes on them for good, and Hebrought them them back to theirland; Hebuildtthem and didnípull them down. Iplanted them and didní pluck them up.†† He gave them a heart to know Him, that He is the LORD; and they became His people, and He was their God.

But for the others who would not go into captivity He delivered them to trouble into all the kingdoms of the earth, for their harm, to be a reproach and a byword, a taunt and a curse, in all places where He drove them.He sent the sword, the famine, and the pestilence among them, till they wereconsumed from the land that Hegave to them and their fathers.And yet foolish ones who are called by Godís name never consider the fact that if they donít abide in Christ, the same negative thing will happen to them just as Jesus promised. God will not take reproach from them and enable them to bear fruit but will put reproach upon them. Godís word is unchanging:

"And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell. Matthew 5:30

He also spoke this parable: "A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard, and he came seeking fruit on it and found none."Then he said to the keeper of his vineyard, 'Look, for three years I have come seeking fruit on this fig tree and find none. Cut it down; why does it use up the ground?' "But he answered and said to him, 'Sir, let it alone this year also, until I dig around it and fertilize it.'And if it bears fruit, well. But if not, after that you can cut it down.' " Luke 13:6-9

"I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser."Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit."You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you."Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. "I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. "If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned."If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. "By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples. John 15:1-8

 

 


Chapter 5

He Has Prepared His Throne For Judgment

You have rebuked the nations, You have destroyed the wicked; You have blotted out their name forever and ever. O enemy, destructions are finished forever! And you have destroyed cities; Even their memory has perished. But the LORD shall endure forever;He has prepared His throne for judgment. He shall judge the world in righteousness, And He shall administer judgment for the peoples in uprightness. The LORD also will be a refuge for the oppressed,A refuge in times of trouble. And those who know Your name will put their trust in You;For You, LORD, have not forsaken those who seek You.Sing praises to the LORD, who dwells in Zion!Declare His deeds among the people. When He avenges blood, He remembers them;He does not forget the cry of the humble. Psalm 9:5-12

Down through the centuries Godís judgments, as well as His blessings, have come upon us. He has rebuked the nations, He has destroyed the wicked; He has blotted out their name forever and ever. He has destroyed cities, even their memory has perished but He has not forsaken those who seek Him. When He avenges blood, He remembers them; He does not forget the cry of the humble. He gives grace to the humble but contends with the proud. And in our materialistic self centered society men donít want to consider the fact that unless they repent and seek God, His judgments, not His blessings, will come upon them! What a tragedy?People perish needlessly when they could have repented and have known the goodness of Godís. Yet Godís word is unchanging:

I will praise You, O LORD, with my whole heart;I will tell of all Your marvelous works.I will be glad and rejoice in You; I will sing praise to Your name, O Most High.When my enemies turn back,They shall fall and perish at Your presence.For You have maintained my right and my cause;You sat on the throne judging in righteousness. Psalm 91:1-4

But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work. 2 Corinthians 9:6-8

Yes, God is able to make all grace abound towards the humble ones, who sow bountifully so that they may reap bountiful, so that they always having all sufficiency in all things may have abundance for every good work. And yes, patience and faith are required. Patience undergirds and sustains faith until the result is manifested. After we have stood on the promises of God and have put them in our spirit, patience is required to hold us steady. Patience is power. It has the courage to refuse the lie of Satan that says the word of God will not be fulfilled. But God and His word never fail. Faith and patience do not†† back in fear butpress forward in the desired answer is manifested. ForGod rules in the kingdom of men, gives it to whomever He will, and sets over it the lowest of men. His word is unchanging:

These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God.Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him. 1 John 5:13-14

I returned and saw under the sun that-The race is not to the swift, Nor the battle to the strong, Nor bread to the wise, Nor riches to men of understanding, Nor favor to men of skill; But time and chance happen to them all. Ecclesiastes 9:11

'This decision is by the decree of the watchers, And the sentence by the word of the holy ones, In order that the living may know That the Most High rules in the kingdom of men, Gives it to whomever He will, And sets over it the lowest of men.' Daniel 4:17

There are those including in Christianity who promote themselvesand even call themselves apostles. But Apostle Paul told us thatFor such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into apostles of Christ. And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light. (1 Corinthians 1:13-14). He even told us, For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ:whose end is destruction, whose god is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame-who set their mind on earthly things. (Philippians 3:18-19). But Godís word is unchanging:

Therefore if there is any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and mercy,fulfill my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus,who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God,but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth,and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Phlippains 2:1-11

Itís amazing when we examine the attitudes and narcismof many TV Evangelists in America and compare them to that ofJesusor apostle Paul how different they are in their selfish ambition and conceit devoid of the lowliness of mind of esteeming others better than themselves. Most TV Evangelists I have known are primarily looking out for their own interests and not the interest of others.Case studies have shown that many TV evangelists drive expensive vehicles and SUV's, and live in wonderful gated houses paid by the church offerings of Godís people and themselves are inaccessible. They haveyes men and women that insulate them and protect them from theirflock. They even have religious wierdos that decide who gets to speak to the so called man of Godand who doesn't. They hang out only with the rich and have very little time for the poor. They spout the Malachi three step at offerings - OF OBLIGATION GIVING, CURSED with a curse if not giving, robbing God. Itís nothing but FEAR preaching even though Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law. But most of the lower level people who are in theirministries are living like almost at poverty level. Totally opposite of their leader!

The News Media reported that Evangelist Joyce Meyer says God has made her rich -Everything she has came from Him: the $10 million corporate jet, her husband's $107,000 silver-gray Mercedes sedan, her $2 million home and houses worth another $2 million for her four children -- all blessings, she says, straight from the hand of God.

But Wall Watchers tax expert Rod Pitzer says federal law requires that any compensation ó salary and perks, including housing for ministers ó must be reasonable. "Reasonable" means that the benefits to Joyce Meyer and her family roughly equal what other ministers in the St. Louis area get from their congregations, Pitzer said. For example, Pitzer said, Meyer's use of church money for five homes in South County ó for Meyer and her husband, and for each of their four children ó seems "abusive."But Meyer says there's nothing wrong with the ministry paying about $4 million to purchase, renovate and maintain the five homes. As she sees it, the ministry-owned homes are simply parsonages for her church. "Ministers either have a parsonage that their ministry pays for ó like the Pope lives in the Vatican, which is very nice ó or they can take a housing allowance and own their own house," Meyer said.

It seems that all of these family run ministries see the dumb sheep as God sent to be fleeced for their own hidden agenda and growth of their personal kingdom of which they are kings and rule supreme and are not accountable to the public but only to God. But they collect their money from people and not God? And their tax exemption comes from the people and not God? So whom are they fooling? Not God and not the people!

Is it possible that they are really crooks who use the separation of Church and State to fleece the sheep as South African Evangelist Dr. Rodney Howard-Browne had said, it was their responsibility to fleece the sheep? For in a Howard Browne winter camp meeting in the USF SunDome in Tampa Florida attended by two CNT reporters,South African Pentecostal Evangelist Dr. Rodney Howard Browne taught pastors that "sheep needed to be fleeced or they would have too much hair and could not see where they are going. It was the pastorís job to fleece the sheep."

Dr. Rodney Howard- Browne had been credited with bringing the laughter revival to America. But from what really happened in Carpenter's Home Church in 1993 and 1994 and its devastating effect on the community including the robbing, raping and murdering of the sheep, was not much of a revival.

The leadership of the Assembly of God denomination both in Lakeland and Missouri also would not accept the testimony of one of its members Roy Aldrich that he was robbed and raped by money changers and wolves in sheep's clothing in Carpenter's Home Church during the so called "revival". But the State of Florida who cared about justice, righteousness and truth accepted the words and testimony of Roy Aldrich about the Straders.

The Florida State prosecutors proved their case and convinced the jurors that Dan Strader, the son of the senior pastor Karl Strader, devised an elaborate scheme to attract cash in the real-estate and mortgage investments. He was selling the securities without a license and that the securities were unregistered. This was done in an organized method amounting to Racketeer-Influence and Corrupt Organizations, or RICO Act.

Daniel, 37, was sentenced to 45 years in prison in August 1995. He was convicted of 238 felony counts for bilking 57 mostly elderly investors, some members of the church, out of $2.3 million by selling investments in properties that didn't exist or already had liens against them. Others who were involved along with Dan Strader were not pursed by the State of Florida as they felt that the conviction of Daniel Strader was a good example for others to take notice.

Dr. Rodney Howard Browne used his influence and powers to raise money at Carpenter's Home Church to buy the senior pastor Karl Strader his much needed second Lincoln Town Car. But when Rodney was requested to use his influence and power to raise money for the unfortunate elderly victims of Dan's Strader, he refused. But when German Evangelist Reinhard Bonnkeís decided to relocate his ministry to Florida, Rodney Howard-Browne decided he would give Bonnke a house. At first he offered Bonnke his own house in Tampa, but Bonnke had to locate in Orlando to be closer to his operational base. It was then that Howard-Browne decided to build Bonnke a new $250,000 home in Orlando. Rodney then drove a brand new car to Bonnkeís driveway. How wonderful of Rodney to be a respecter of persons and to show partiality to the rich?

It is to be noted that Howard-Browne's standard biography claims he once served as an associate pastor at Rhema. But according to Rhema church officials contacted, Howard-Browne was never an associate pastor-nor did he ever hold any pastoral credentials or responsibilities. Said Kelmeyer: "Rodney was never an associate pastor here. He was an ordained minister by the state and a lecturer at our Bible school, but was not involved in any form of pastoral work."

Howard-Browne also claimed a "doctorate of ministry degree" from an obscure San Jacinto, California correspondence institution called "The School of Bible Theology." A state Department of Education employee contacted likened the tiny school, which bills itself as "The Seminary to the World" and has no faculty, to a "diploma mill."

While most doctorate degrees are earned through serious study at through hard work at a credited University, Life Christian University of Tampa, another diploma mill now related to Dr. Rodney,gives out honorary degrees to prominent Charismatic Christians based on stupidity and has stated:

"Many full-time ministers continue their education to the doctoral level through our Distance Learning program. These doctoral programs can include work in which the minister is currently involved and advanced standing is awarded for published works.Our illustrious alumni include such internationally-prominent ministers as:

Dr. Rodney Howard-Browne

Doctor of Divinity

Doctor of Theology

The measure of a man is not how much power, wealth and fame that he has but how he handles these things. Unfortunately ďpower corrupts.Ē The media, Independent (England), June 15, 2003, reported that ĎJim Bakker's backí:

The life of Jim Bakker, the world's most famous fallen tele-evangelist, has always been about numbers, and we are not just talking hymns and psalms. There was the $1.9m salary he paid himself in 1986, the last full year that he led the Praise The Lord (PTL) Ministry that he founded in 1972 with his thickly mascara'd wife, Tammy Faye. At the time, he owned six luxury mansions, 47 bank accounts and a single Rolls-Royce. He was accustomed to raising $1m from his TV-goggling disciples across America every two days. Then came 1989, when he was charged, and convicted, on 24 counts of fraud and conspiracy for stealing $3.7m from his flock to fund his fabulous lifestyle.

We could go on in this vein for ever. It was never exactly clear how many sexual partners (allegedly both women and men) he enjoyed in those crazy days before his reckoning with the law and crushing humiliation. We do know he paid $265,000 in cash to buy the silence of a church secretary he had been involved with in 1980.

The opulence of the Bakkers' lifestyle at the height of their reign could not be measured in simple figures, however. They enjoyed the American Dream, but a garishly inflated version of it. They had an air-conditioned dog kennel and gold-plated bathrooms. Theirs was the kind of money that bought everything except good taste. Tammy Faye, who used glove puppets to help explain the Word of the Lord on air, is still seen today as the gold standard for eye shadow run amok. There is even a documentary film about her simply called The Eyes of Tammy Faye Bakker. Jim had a monkey face. His apple-shiny cheeks contrived to look at once bloated and stretched.

The Bakkers flaunted their wealth and used it to raise more and more of it. They offered a model of extravagant living that viewers drank in, presumably not in a spirit of post-modern irony. At its peak, the PTL broadcasts touched 13.5 million American households every day. The Bakkers are still being pursued for $3m (£1.9m) in unpaid income tax.

Ö Bakker was defrocked by his denomination, the Assemblies of God, for "conduct unbecoming of a minister", and all of America, and his fellow television evangelists, turned against him. Jerry Falwell publicly declared Bakker a sexual deviant, an embezzler and a liar. After taking over the PTL Club, as it was known, and taking it into bankruptcy, Falwell called its founder "the greatest scab and cancer on the face of Christianity in two thousand years of church history". Few at the time disagreed.

 

 

 


Chapter 6

Be Strong In The Lord

Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Ephesians 6:10-13

Our enemies, principalities, powers, rulers of darkness of this age and spiritual hosts of wickedness, physically attack, assault, and oppress Godís peoplein their minds and their bodies with sicknesses, pain and thoughts and itís not just something they imagine.It is an actual body contact that is engineered to discourage, depress and to wear them down and to bring evil into their lives by any means. Unfortunately many of Godís people donít discern this demonic onslaught and attribute their feelings and emotions to natural causes such as indigestion or lack of sleep. However the bible encourages them ďTherefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from youĒ (James 4:7).

It is true that the Lord is good and His mercy endures forever and He changes our mourning into dancing again, for He cleanses us from all unrighteousness and sin. Yes, the riches of God's grace abound on to us and help us to forgive those who have offended us. God fills us with unconditional love so we can refuse to live in offence against other people. As a result we choose to bless and not to curse.We choose to wish good to people and not evil.When we are filled with the love of God we the ability to live in peace for the Lord has redeemed our life from destruction and set our feet on the solid Rock. And we are blessed and highly favored. But the enemy will also bring on us different spirits that will try to affect our character and behavior such as depression, fault- finding, doubtfulness, blind aggressiveness, unhealthy competitions and other seductive spirits including the spirit of unhappiness and depression, the feeling of worthlessness and spirits of forgetfulness.

But we need to commune daily with God to receive grace to put away immature behavior,to grow more in the Lord , to have our eyes are open to the deeper things of God, to increase in the knowledge of the Lord and to soar above all situations like an eagle. We need to receive form the LORD the anointing of the Holy Spirit for every endeavor we embark on. We need to wait on Him for it and not move without it. We need to take authority over every affliction and destroy the impact of sickness.Yes, we can command diseases in the bone to die. We can curse every impurity of the blood. We can take authority over every disease of the heart and receive healing, in the Name of Jesus. Cancer and other destructive diseases have no power over us, for the Lord God is our Jehovah Rapha. He remembers our tears of affliction and takes away tears from members of my household.

We are to believe for inner healing for ailments we cannot see. Every satanic virus is to be cursed to the root. Affliction is not our portion. We are to reject every problem of blood disease and receive healing for every area of our life. We have boldness to break free from bondages, to endure persecution. We are to boldly confess that we are anointed to bring healing to the masses of the people. The Lord shall deliver those in bondage through us. The ministry of healing shall flow forth through us, in the Name of Jesus for we are blessed and highly favored. We are to confess the blessings of God on our business, and everything we lay our hands on. We are to confess and expect supernatural breakthrough to follows us and experience Godís abundant increase.We are anointed to experience multiple increase. The days of our small beginnings are to turn around to the time of great abundance just as God has promised.

Yes, these are the days of the latter rain. The Spirit of grace and righteousness shall abound in the land. The spirit of materialism is broken in our land. The Lord set us free from bondage. God is removing all evil from the face of the earth. A new river is flowing. A new river for God is flowing in our heart. God is causing His purpose and counsel to stand. We can boldly declare our dominion from place to place. We have dominion over the challenges that have troubled our mind.We can rebuke sickness and disease in our body in the name of Jesus. We can exercise dominion over every spirit that tries to break the peace of God in our body, in our life and in our home. We can thank the Lord for the power to loose on earth all that has been granted by Heaven. We can boldly declare that every generational curse that hinders our flow in Christ is nullified in the name of Jesus and we can declare that every spirit contrary to the spirit of Christ is under subjection. For God gives us victory, favor and dominion. He is a covenant keeping God. His faithfulness makes guidance available in the darkness of this world.

We can boldly declare that the weapons of the enemy shall have no effect on us. We can reject the interference of the spirit of fear. The fear of the future, failure, the fear of success, and all other fears.We can break every tormenting effect which fear has had over our life, and we can declare that all news contrary to our joy shall be turned around for God is for us and with us.We have received the heart of a Godly fear to honor and magnify the Lord, and not the problems.We believe and confess that the Lord is good. He is faithful to all those who trust in Him.

We can boldly reject every form of satanic destruction and break free from them. Our life is anointed to carry out the program of God. Therefore, we reject every time wasting dream and every tendency of jealousy over other people's gifts.The grace of the Lord abounds on to us and opens us to the giftings deposited in me.We shall possess our possession and see the fulfillment of our vision. Yes, our eyes are on the breakthrough despite contrary report. We break free from ungodly habits that are holding us back.

We are to seek and believe for the anointing to operate in supernatural knowledge. We are to acknowledge the treasures of wisdom and knowledge are residing in us to deal with the difficult, for the spirit of the Lord anoints our eyes to be discerning and wise. We need the blood of Jesus to cover us against every critical spirit, against every spirit of jealousy and against every conspirator who is against us. By faith we are to confess that we are victorious and everything we touch and do will carry the mark of God's blessing.

We confess boldly that every pit that the enemy has dug for our life will become a stepping stone and the God who promoted Joseph from a prison to palace is with us. He will promote us in the midst of adversity to possess the land. The horn of our strength shall be exalted and the grace of God shall abound in our life for all eyes to see. Yes, God's plan is to prosper us and not to harm us. God's plan is to elevate us and not to demote us because, eye hath not seen, ear hath not heard nor hath it come into our understanding what God still hath in store for us.The joy of the Lord is our strength and causes favor and blessing to flow towards us. The favor of the Lord goes with us everywhere and the Lord's blessing is manifest even in adverse situations.The eye of the Lord goes with us and causes us to stand before kings and to have favor with all men.

We are to confess boldly that the kindness of the Lord upon our life extends to the Heavens. God satisfies our mouth with good things. He takes our mourning and gives us laughter. Weeping is but for a night but my joy comes forth in the morning because Godís dominion is an everlasting dominion. He causes us to break the evil dominion of the enemy over our life and to exercise the same dominion over everything around us in the name of Jesus. According to God's word, we always have dominion over situations.We can command that everything that rises against us to remain under our authority in the name of Jesus.We will reach our destined position as ordained by the Lord. The enemy will not triumph over any area of our life.We can exercise the authority and dominion, which follows the upright in Jesus name.

We confess that the Lord gives us grace to sow seed and reap a harvest for is God's divine pleasure to prosper me.Our life is open to all round prosperity, spirit, soul and body. We will prosper in all our ways.We shall be a blessing to our generation, a source of strength to the discouraged. Every seed we sow will bring forth the fruit of God's favor. The goodness of the Lord shall not cease in our assembly.

We are to praise God for His increase in our life and the blessing which He has brought. We are to rejoice because the Lord has brought to our life the blessing that makes rich. He gives us the seed of finance to minister to others, who lack. This is our day of harvest. This is our time of increasing in everything we do. The storehouse is full with God's abundance.Through God we can declare our freedom from the shackles of debt for we worship the Lord who owns the cattle upon a thousand hills.We can give Him praise for making us a partaker of the wealth of the wicked. Yes, we can be financially buoyant in Christ, enjoying His increase everyday. We can give God praise for the wondrous work He is doing in our life. We can thank Him because He is the Author and Finisher of our faith. We thank Him that every good word of the Lord in our life shall bring forth fruit. The seed of God's word has fallen on good soil in our life.We have received grace to walk with God and to understand His Word. His Word bears fruit in our life, for the success of the Lord attends all we do.

Yes, Godís faithfulness extends to the generations, for the Lord is our strength and He enables me to 'walk' in humility. No evil contamination comes into our heart, in Jesus Name.We have received the grace of God to walk in obedience and unlock His blessings. God has already blessed us with every spiritual blessing in Christ Jesus.Through God we shall not fail or fall. His mighty hand upholds us. He gives us strength to walk in the light and makes our feet like hind's feet.And since we are willing and obedient, we shall eat the best of the land for He causes me to have victory at all times. The Word of God puts us over situations and circumstances, for greater is He that is inks than He that is in the world.

By faith we take authority over satanic attacks. The name of the Lord is our refuge therefore the operation of the enemy is broken. Every satanic lie is broken, in the Name of Jesus. Poverty, sickness and disease lose its grip over our life. The Lord is good and as we trust Him He causes us to prevail against the program of the enemy. Through Christ and the use of His name can pull down strongholds for the name of the Lord is our source of constant victory. Every satanic opposition which comes against us is frustrated in the name of the Lord. Every attempt of the enemy to alter the word of God in our life is nullified in the name of Jesus. For the Lord causes me to be free from every satanic activity. The Lord gives me freedom from the stronghold of the enemy.

We can believe and confess that the strongholds of the Satan against the life of our family and friends are nullified in the name of Jesus. Every seed, every planting that is not of God is uprooted out of our marriage, out of our home in the name of Jesus.We can uproot every seed of discord which the enemy is sowing in our life, work and church. The evil seed sown by the enemy shall not grow. We can speak boldly against every seducing spirit and we can declare our victory over them. We can reject every attempt of the enemy to draw us into his lies. We cancel and nullify the spirit of worry and doubt sent to torment our mind.

By faith, we can untie the cords of Satan that have been woven around people who come our way. We loose them in the name of Jesus. By faith, we cast out every spirit of deception that tries to work on us,†† lure us away from the purpose and plan of God. We can cast down every imagination and every lie that comes from the pit of hell. Every demonic squatter sent around our life is dispersed and destroyed in the name of Jesus. The spirit of lunacy, palsy, depression and evil is commanded to leave in the name of Jesus. We can boldly confess that the Lord is turning every blow of Satan to a blessing. God is casting down every lie the enemy is trying to sell to our mind in the name of Jesus. We can exercise our legal right as revealed in the word against every weapon of Satan. We come against the enemy in the name of Jesus and declare our total victory. We can boldly confess that no weapon of the enemy will be effective against me for the power of the spirit of God in me rises against every lie of the enemy. By faith, we can thank the Lord for the redemptive and protective power in the blood of Jesus and therefore declare that every stronghold of the enemy be dislodged because are blessed and highly favored. Godís word is unchanging:

Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place. 2 Corinthians 2:14

Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it. Colossians 2:15

 


Chapter 7

The Wheat And The Tares!

Another parable He put forth to them, saying: "The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field;"but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat and went his way. "But when the grain had sprouted and produced a crop, then the tares also appeared."So the servants of the owner came and said to him, 'Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have tares?' "He said to them, 'An enemy has done this.' The servants said to him, 'Do you want us then to go and gather them up?'"But he said, 'No, lest while you gather up the tares you also uproot the wheat with them. 'Let both grow together until the harvest, and at the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, "First gather together the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them, but gather the wheat into my barn." ' "Matthew 13:24-30

Amongst us today there is the church of the Spirit those who worships God in Spirit and in truth and then there is the church of the flesh those who are taught by the flesh lies from the pits of hell including once saved always saved. Jesus told us that the wheat and the tares would grow together and He would separate them at the end. True Christians are led and taught by the Spirit. They hear and discern the voice of Jesus on a daily basis and serve him alone. They don't deny what God has not denied including apostles, prophets, miracles, healing and gifts of the Spirit. They see and experience the supernatural power of God in the now in the current time of life. They agree with Apostle Paul who said:

And I, brethren, when I came to you, did not come with excellence of speech or of wisdom declaring to you the testimony of God. For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified. I was with you in weakness, in fear, and in much trembling.And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power,that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.However, we speak wisdom among those who are mature, yet not the wisdom of this age, nor of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God ordained before the ages for our glory,which none of the rulers of this age knew; for had they known, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. But as it is written: "Eye has not seen, nor ear heard,Nor have entered into the heart of man The things which God has prepared for those who love Him." But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God.Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God. These things we also speak, not in words which man's wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. But he who is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is rightly judged by no one. For "who has known the mind of the LORD that he may instruct Him?" But we have the mind of Christ. 1 Corinthians 2:1-16

In the church of the Spirit the faith of the believers is not in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.They preach not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power. They have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that they might know the things that have been freely given to them by God. These things we also speak, not in words which man's wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual.These spiritual ones judge all things yet they themselves are rightly judged by no one for they have the mind of Christ. Spiritual people eat the solid food of the Word of God - all of it.They by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.They understand that the kingdom of God is not in word but in power. They boast not in men but in God for all things are theirs; whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas, or the world or life or death, or things present or things to come-all are theirs. And they are Christ's, and Christ is God's. Godís word is unchanging:

Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God,To the saints who are in Ephesus, and faithful in Christ Jesus: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.†† Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ,just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love,having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will,to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He has made us accepted in the Beloved. Ephesians 1:1-6

And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work.As it is written: "He has dispersed abroad, He has given to the poor; His righteousness endures forever." Now may He who supplies seed to the sower, and bread for food, supply and multiply the seed you have sown and increase the fruits of your righteousness,while you are enriched in everything for all liberality, which causes thanksgiving through us to God. 2 Corinthians 9:8-11

Yes, we have been blessed with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, and we are now sons of God accepted in the Beloved, Yes through faith and the laws of sowing and reaping God is able to make all grace abound toward us, that we, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work. And though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ ( 2 Corinthians 10:3-6). Yes, the prayer of faith will save the sick and bring forth prosperity and exaltation for the effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. Godís word is unchanging:

Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing psalms. Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord.And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain; and it did not rain on the land for three years and six months.And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth produced its fruit. James 5:13-18

Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time,casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world. But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you.To Him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.1Peter 5:5-11

Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers. For I rejoiced greatly when brethren came and testified of the truth that is in you, just as you walk in the truth. I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth. 3 John 1:2-4

Over my life time I have been to many churches and have heard many sermons and they have been all lies. You cannot give to others what is not real to you. Preaching presumptions and half-truths that are not real to you are lies which only deceive people as you are not being real and cannot impart reality to others. You must experience and receive miracles yourself before you can talk about them and give them to others.Most pastors live in the flesh and do things in the flesh such as being pedophiles or thieves or raping the women in their churches just like the sons of Eli! They are not overcomers but are overcome!

Jesus is Christ is the door to an open heaven so that we can boldly go to the throne of grace and receive from God whatever we need including the ministering of angels and the reality of the supernatural.We live in the Laodiceans age where Christians are deaf, blind and dumb and are being led by deaf, blind and dumb pastors who don't see or hear the supernatural and cannot talk about it. They must hear the words of Jesus who told them:

"And to the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write, '††† These things says the Amen, the Faithful and True Witness, the Beginning of the creation of God: "I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. "So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth."Because you say, 'I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing'-and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked- "I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich; and white garments, that you may be clothed, that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see."As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore be zealous and repent. "Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me. "To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne. "He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches." ' " Revelations 3:14-20

Yes, Christians must heed and do the words of Jesus and open the door to Him so that He can come in to them and dine with them and them with Him.For only to him who overcomes He will grant to sit with him on His throne as He also overcame and sat down with His Father on His throne.Just because you are a pastor you cannot add or remove things from the word of God as many of them do. They ignore the word of God that clearly tells them:

My brethren, let not many of you become teachers, knowing that we shall receive a stricter judgment. For we all stumble in many things. If anyone does not stumble in word, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle the whole body.Indeed, we put bits in horses' mouths that they may obey us, and we turn their whole body. Look also at ships: although they are so large and are driven by fierce winds, they are turned by a very small rudder wherever the pilot desires.Even so the tongue is a little member and boasts great things. See how great a forest a little fire kindles! And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity. The tongue is so set among our members that it defiles the whole body, and sets on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire by hell. For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and creature of the sea, is tamed and has been tamed by mankind.But no man can tame the tongue. It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.With it we bless our God and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the similitude of God. Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so.

Does a spring send forth fresh water and bitter from the same opening? Can a fig tree, my brethren, bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Thus no spring yields both salt water and fresh.†† Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show by good conduct that his works are done in the meekness of wisdom.But if you have bitter envy and self-seeking in your hearts, do not boast and lie against the truth.This wisdom does not descend from above, but is earthly, sensual, demonic. For where envy and self-seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing are there. But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy. Now the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace. James 3:1-18

 


Chapter 8

The Kingdom Of Heaven Suffers Violence

"And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force. Matthew 11:12

And He said to them, "Which of you shall have a friend, and go to him at midnight and say to him, 'Friend, lend me three loaves; 'for a friend of mine has come to me on his journey, and I have nothing to set before him';"and he will answer from within and say, 'Do not trouble me; the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot rise and give to you'? "I say to you, though he will not rise and give to him because he is his friend, yet because of his persistence he will rise and give him as many as he needs."So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. "For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.Luke 11:5-10

One of the great malaises in the church of Jesus Christ is prayerlessness.Jesus told us that the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force. He encouraged us to it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. He gave a promise ďFor everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.So if Godís people are not healthy, wealthy, rich and prosperous, itís probably their own fault because all the riches and resources of heaven have been made available to them. All that belongs to Father belongs to Jesus and hence it now belongs to them. They can have His entire kingdom here on earth just for the asking. Whatever they have need of God has more than enough of it. Silver, gold, diamonds, power, victory, glory, honor, majesty, and wealth all are the Lordís (Exodus 19:5, 1 Chronicle 29:11).All that is in heaven and in earth is the Lordís; His is the kingdom, and His is exalted as head over all.

†††† Many Christians talk and preach about the parable of the prodigal son but they havenít got a clue what they are talking about.The prodigal son enjoyed his wealth and priveleges and when he blew it he returned back to his father who restored all things to him and even made him a party. Most Christians are like the foolish son who never went astray and didnít enjoy what they Father had given to him. Godís word is unchanging:

"Now his older son was in the field. And as he came and drew near to the house, he heard music and dancing."So he called one of the servants and asked what these things meant."And he said to him, 'Your brother has come, and because he has received him safe and sound, your father has killed the fatted calf.'"But he was angry and would not go in. Therefore his father came out and pleaded with him. "So he answered and said to his father, 'Lo, these many years I have been serving you; I never transgressed your commandment at any time; and yet you never gave me a young goat, that I might make merry with my friends.'But as soon as this son of yours came, who has devoured your livelihood with harlots, you killed the fatted calf for him.'"And he said to him, 'Son, you are always with me, and all that I have is yours. 'It was right that we should make merry and be glad, for your brother was dead and is alive again, and was lost and is found.' " Luke 15:25-32

ďBlessed is the Lord God of Israel,For He has visited and redeemed His people,And has raised up a horn of salvation for usIn the house of His servant David,As He spoke by the mouth of His holy prophets,Who have been since the world began,That we should be saved from our enemiesAnd from the hand of all who hate us,To perform the mercy promised to our fathersAnd to remember His holy covenant,†† The oath which He swore to our father Abraham:To grant us that we,Being delivered from the hand of our enemies,Might serve Him without fear,In holiness and righteousness before Him all the days of our life.Luke 1:68-75

The name of Jesus Christ is far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come. And God has put all things under His feet including sickness, defeat, poverty and lack and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, which is His body. So if it is under Jesus feet and we are His body it is therefore under our feet! And if itís under believersí feet then why do we allow negative things to raise their ugly heads in our lives? Because we really donít believe that is all under Jesus feet. We are like the prodigal son who ended up in a pigís pen even if his father was filthy rich. But then he came to his senses and realized what his father had and returned to his father and his negative circumstances changed.How many of God people suffer needless in poverty, want or lack and with sickness or disease? Too many!How long before they will look at themselves and say as the prodigal son who when he "came to himself" said, "I will arise and go to my Father!" God is waiting with opened arms to receive every penitent child! God is waiting with opened arms to touch, heal, deliver, and bless His children. They can rely on Him to do what He has promised to do! We need to understand the reality of all the victories that Jesus won on the cross of Calvary. Godís word is unchanging:

Jesus departed from there, skirted the Sea of Galilee, and went up on the mountain and sat down there. Then great multitudes came to Him, having with them the lame, blind, mute, maimed, and many others; and they laid them down at Jesus' feet, and He healed them.So the multitude marveled when they saw the mute speaking, the maimed made whole, the lame walking, and the blind seeing; and they glorified the God of Israel. Matthew 15:29-31

Yes, the Word of God tells us that Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever and we can be made whole through our faith in the finished work of Calvary where Jesus Christ wounded for our transgressions, was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed (Isaiah 53:5). Sin, sickness or any other curse doesnít have to rule and reign in our lives because Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, "Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree") that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith. (Galatians 3:13-14).

Jesus has provided for our healing, Spirit, Soul and Body in the atonement. All of the provision of the cross must impact the body of Christ. Jesus Paid the Price for our Healing - "By His Stripes"(Isaiah 53:5, 1 Peter 2:24)Hence we are anointed and sent to:Preach the Good News to the Needy,Bind up the Brokenhearted, Proclaim Freedom for the Captives, Release the Prisoners from Darkness,Proclaim the Year of the Lordís Favor, To Comfort all Who Mourn, To bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair.(Isaiah 61:1-3 and Luke 4:18)

God is alive and well and present today! Jesus is still healing people! The presence of God and the power of the Holy Spirit is a precious gift that we can experience and see many lives are being changed as desperate people come and find God's grace and mercy flowing to them bringing healing and encouragement. The anointing increases as we are press in for more of God! Then we can see God save people, heal people, deliver people, baptize in the Holy Spirit, bring encouragement and strength through the gifts of the Spirit. Many can receive from the Lord healing for their physical, emotional and spiritual needs and live lives that are whole and successful.

God is love and freely gives everything we need, both for our material and for our spiritual existence. But because the blessings of Godís spirit are so freely given, we often take them for granted. If all people had open and receptive hearts, they could see and hear Godís voice at all times and in all places. But we have lost this awareness. Through prayer, we learn to appreciate spiritual gifts, gifts that are at least as important for life as air and water, heat and light.Whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world-our faith. For when we have accepted Jesus Christ as Savior, Lord and King by the faith God gave us, the victory now resides in us and God is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask, or thing. As Godís word is unchanging:

For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named,that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man,that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love,may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height-to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen. Ephesians 3:14-21

It is a fact that according to the power that resides and works in us, God is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think and give us one hundred percent victory, one hundred percent of the time, in one hundred percent of the situations. After all He is God, not man!It is also a fact that Jesus, now as the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, is no longer poor or weak anymore as He was when He walked the earth as man. He is now once again unlimited in power, riches, strength and might.But the best news is that God wants to use all of His power, riches, and resources on our behalf and meet our needs: If we only will believe Him and trust Him to do it for us; If we will only humble ourselves and on a bent knee give Him our all and ask for His all.Then we shall know the truth of Godís word which states:

Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. Romans 8:37

ďThanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place.Ē 2 Corinthians 2:14

 

 

 


Chapter 9

The Eternal God Is Your Refuge

Your sandals shall be iron and bronze;As your days, so shall your strength be."There is no one like the God of Jeshurun, Who rides the heavens to help you,And in His excellency on the clouds. The eternal God is your refuge, And underneath are the everlasting arms;He will thrust out the enemy from before you, And will say, 'Destroy!'Then Israel shall dwell in safety, The fountain of Jacob alone, In a land of grain and new wine; His heavens shall also drop dew.Happy are you, O Israel! Who is like you, a people saved by the LORD, The shield of your help And the sword of your majesty! Your enemies shall submit to you, And you shall tread down their high places." Deuteronomy 33:25-29

You cannot have a better refuge than God. There is no one greater or mightier than He is. No one can stand before His great and mighty power, not even the devil or all the armies of the world.And through the blood name of Jesus we have the availability to us of all the riches and resources of heaven. The blood of Jesus opens the door to the supernatural and miraculous power of God. The blood of Jesus heals, restores, prospers, delivers, it gives us safety and liberty. Whatever need we have the blood of Jesus is more than enough to meet it, change it and forgive it.

Galatians 3:29 tells us if we belong to Christ then we are Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the (covenant) promise. We are powerless in our own strength but the Blood of Jesus is all powerful. It is not within man to direct his own steps, to heal himself, or to save himself.Man is weak, but thank God, He is strong. He is more than enough to meet and supply each and every need that wewill have. We can rest in Godís faithfulness. His word is unchanging:

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.I thank my God always concerning you for the grace of God which was given to you by Christ Jesus, that you were enriched in everything by Him in all utterance and all knowledge, even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you, so that you come short in no gift, eagerly waiting for the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ, who will also confirm you to the end, that you may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. 1 Corinthians 1:3-9

No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it. 1 Corinthians 10:13

The living God is the Savior for all those who believe and trust in Him no matter what their negative circumstances might be.He is the God of restoration who has promised to restore all that the different kinds locusts have eaten. His word is unchanging:

Be glad then, you children of Zion, And rejoice in the LORD your God; For He has given you the former rain faithfully, And He will cause the rain to come down for you- The former rain, And the latter rain in the first month. The threshing floors shall be full of wheat, And the vats shall overflow with new wine and oil. "So I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten,The crawling locust,The consuming locust, And the chewing locust,My great army which I sent among you. You shall eat in plenty and be satisfied, And praise the name of the LORD your God, Who has dealt wondrously with you; And My people shall never be put to shame.Joel 2:23-26

Even though we are sincere, have good intentions, have made Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, the head ofour life, have completely yielded ourselves to Him, and have accepted the gift of righteousness and all that gift including health, prosperity, peace, joy and life abundant, there are some situations and circumstancesthat do not change. And we are not just talking about puttingaside every weight and the sin that so easily besets us lookingunto Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith. While itís true that according to Godís Word, wecan now reign in this life as a king and the power of sin and death in our life has been overcome, we must still exercise the power and authority that God has given us over forces of evil, demons,principalities, powers,the rulers of the darkness of this age, spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places (Ephesians 6:12). Godís word is unchanging:

When evening had come, they brought to Him many who were demon-possessed. And He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were sick, Matthew 8:16

And when He had called His twelve disciples to Him, He gave them power over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease. Matthew 10:1

"Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give. Matthew 10:18

Most people are blind to the supernatural realm including demons or the fact that when we go to certain places we have demons to follow us or are transferred to us. And yes the media including television, movies and their internet are good places for the transfer of demons to us just like flies stick on a cow. When we sleep we have demons of the night, bad dreams, nightmares, and sex dreams trying to get into our dreams, and sometimes through the day. We have evil spirits of infirmity that will give us whatever we accept. Any sharp pain that comes on us suddenly is almost always witchcraft. We must reject it and send it back to the sender one hundred fold.

Daily we must cover ourselves in the blood of JESUS, cover all our family members in the blood of JESUS and loose giant warring angels to surround us, protect us from all harm of the enemy. We must take our authority and attack from the third Heaven, over all the power of the enemy. We must the strongman over our minds, will, emotions, and over our home, in JESUS' name.We must command them to leave this area in JESUS' name. We mustbind up every demon(s) that was sent to us, transferred to us, or followed us, andcommand them to come out of our conscious, subconscious, unconscious mind, all parts of ourbody, will, emotions, and personality, in JESUS' name.

As our war club and weapons of war, we mustbreak down, undam, and blow up all walls of protection around all witches, warlocks, wizards, Satanists, sorcerers, and the like, and break the power of all curses, hexes, vexes, spells, charms, fetishes, psychic prayers, psychic thoughts, all witchcraft, sorcery, magic, voodoo, all mind control, jinxes, potions, bewitchments, death, destruction, sickness, pain, torment, psychic power, psychic warfare, prayer chains, incense and candle burning, incantations, chanting, ungodly blessings, hoodoo, crystals, rootworks, and everything else being sent our way, or our family member's way. We must return it, and the demons to the sender, one hundredfold, and we bind it to them by the blood of Jesus.

In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, we must come against the prince-ruling spirit and all spirit guides. We must come through the blood of the lord Jesus Christ, in the name of Jesus paralyze them and silence them, forbidding them from influencing or strengthening them (the witch or witches) in the name of Jesus! We destroy their very works: the spirits of hate, bitterness and murder, spirits of envy and jealousy, spirits of wizardry, sorcery and all their co-spirits, their works, their powers, their influences are also destroyed in the name of Jesus!

We must ask God in the name of Jesus to cleanse us from all sin and unrighteousness by Jesus Blood (1 John 1:7). We must confess and repent of occult practices such as (witchcraft, fortune telling, horoscopes, astrology, water witching, etc.)We must renounce all occult practices and Satan and break all curses associated with those occult practices. According to Galatians 3:13 Christ purchased our freedom [redeeming us] from the curse [doom] of the Law [and its condemnation] by [Himself] becoming a curse for us, for it is written [in the Scriptures], Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree (is crucified); Deut. 21:23. We must confess and repent of all sins listed in Deuteronomy 27 and 28 and break the curses associated with these sins. We must confess and repent of our iniquities and our father's iniquities according to Leviticus 26:40 and break the curses associated with these iniquities.We must break and loose ourselves from all evil soul ties with my mother, father, brother, sisters, spouses, former spouses, former sex partners, pastors, churches, friends, etc.We must forgive our mother, father, brothers, sisters and anyone else who has ever hurt usincluding all whites, blacks, Indians, etc. Matthew 6:15, 18:21, 22, 35; Luke 11:4 (Lord's Prayer).

We must also break and loose ourselves and our family from all curses that have been and are being placed upon us and our family, including any demons being sent to us: curses of witchcraft, physic thoughts or prayers, ungodly intercessory prayers; all words spoken in anger, hurt, sorrow, or bitterness; all incense being burned for or against us, in JESUS' name. We must in the Name of JESUS bind all demons that cause hail, excess heat and cold, lingering domes, fire, earthquakes, tornados, lightning, damaging winds, floods, hurricanes, and bad weather of all kinds.We must bind CHANGO, OXUN, EUROCLYDON, BAAL, SEIR, LEVIATHAN, HADADRIMMON, AMURR, BASILISK, and all others demons. We must ask the Fatherto send His warring angels (Matthew 26:53) into the heavenlies to do battle with these demons, to knock them off their thrones, take their crowns from their heads, and to write on their foreheads that they have been defeated by the Lord JESUS Christ. We must ask the Father to send the warring angels to block these demons from coming into our city, state, or county. We must ask for warring angels to be placed around our property and home for protection from these demons. And we must cover our property, home, possessions and family in the Blood of JESUS.

The nine fruits of the spirit of Christ, who is in us Christ being the Vine and we a branch, bearing the fruit, we now have in the Name of Jesus Christ, power over the bearing fruit of the antichrist spirit. We know that greater is He that is in us, than he that is in the world, yes, Christ in usis greater than Satan or the Antichrist spirits. That is Christ in us the hope of glory. Hence we can just simply stand and rebuke every spiritual entity of the antichrist and cast them out of ourselves and our family and our entire area of habitation (where we live). We are trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord.

We are also kings and priests unto God our Father, made so by the Lord Jesus Christ, (Rev. 1:5,6). Authority controls power, power is only activated by a higher authority. Our authority is over all the power of the enemy. Every unrighteous thing in our area of habitation is under our authority to let it be, or to command it to cease, and be cast out of our domain. The Kingdom of God is now the soviergn ruling authority in our life and where we live. It just happens to be righteousness, peace and joy, in the Holy Ghost. Simply, every unrighteous, peace disturbing thing, comes against the joy of the Lord, which is our strength. And in His presence and authority, we cantake authority and cast the evil spirits out. Just as Jesusand His disciples did. Godís word is unchanging:

Then His fame went throughout all Syria; and they brought to Him all sick people who were afflicted with various diseases and torments, and those who were demon-possessed, epileptics, and paralytics; and He healed them. Matthew 4:24

And they cast out many demons, and anointed with oil many who were sick, and healed them. Mark 6:13

 

 


Chapter 10

You Shall Be Blessed Above All Peoples

"Then it shall come to pass, because you listen to these judgments, and keep and do them, that the LORD your God will keep with you the covenant and the mercy which He swore to your fathers. "And He will love you and bless you and multiply you; He will also bless the fruit of your womb and the fruit of your land, your grain and your new wine and your oil, the increase of your cattle and the offspring of your flock, in the land of which He swore to your fathers to give you. "You shall be blessed above all peoples; there shall not be a male or female barren among you or among your livestock. "And the LORD will take away from you all sickness, and will afflict you with none of the terrible diseases of Egypt which you have known, but will lay them on all those who hate you. Deuteronomy 7:12-15

"And you shall remember the LORD your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day. Deuteronomy 8:18

Compared to Jesus Christ and the early New Testament church Christianity has become a religion of words devoid of the miracle working power of God. Itísa religion of people who have a form of godliness and deny the power there of. Itís a religion of false prophets and teachers who say and teach things that are not confirmed by miracles signs and wonders. Itís a religion of deceivers who covet thesilver or gold or blessings of others. Godís word is true:

But there were also false prophets among the people, even as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Lord who bought them, and bring on themselves swift destruction. And many will follow their destructive ways, because of whom the way of truth will be blasphemed. By covetousness they will exploit you with deceptive words; for a long time their judgment has not been idle, and their destruction does not slumber. 2 Peter 2:1-3

But these, like natural brute beasts made to be caught and destroyed, speak evil of the things they do not understand, and will utterly perish in their own corruption, and will receive the wages of unrighteousness, as those who count it pleasure to carouse in the daytime. They are spots and blemishes, carousing in their own deceptions while they feast with you, having eyes full of adultery and that cannot cease from sin, enticing unstable souls. They have a heart trained in covetous practices, and are accursed children. They have forsaken the right way and gone astray, following the way of Balaam the son of Beor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness; but he was rebuked for his iniquity: a dumb donkey speaking with a man's voice restrained the madness of the prophet.These are wells without water, clouds carried by a tempest, for whom is reserved the blackness of darkness forever. 2 Peter 2:12-17

Yes, there are many religious leaders whohave a heart trained in covetous practices, and are accursed children. They have forsaken the right way and gone astray, following the way of Balaam the son of Beor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness. They ignore the words of God that tells them:

"Take heed to yourselves. If your brother sins against you, rebuke him; and if he repents, forgive him. Luke 17:3

"If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained." John 20:23

God's love and sense of justice permeates the bible and history from the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah to Calvary to the end time judgment in the book of Revelation. The bible records for our profit and instruction:

Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war. His eyes were like a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns. He had a name written that no one knew except Himself. He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God. And the armies in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, followed Him on white horses.Now out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should strike the nations. And He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron. He Himself treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.†† Then I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the birds that fly in the midst of heaven, "Come and gather together for the supper of the great God,"that you may eat the flesh of kings, the flesh of captains, the flesh of mighty men, the flesh of horses and of those who sit on them, and the flesh of all people, free and slave, both small and great." Revelations 19:11-18

But there are evangelicals who believe in unconditional forgiveness for anything a person does even if the person hasnít repented.So if your father hated you, beat you up, didnít feed you or disowned, tried to kill you and did a whole bunch of mean things to you, just forgive him and pray for His salvation. For this is what Jesus would have done?Wrong!Did Jesus really forgive His unrepented enemies and pray for their salvation. What did Jesus mean when He told us about evil and wicked person like this unrepented father?He told us to forgive him, move on and leave him to his own selfish and mean life by His words:

"And when you go into a household, greet it."If the household is worthy, let your peace come upon it. But if it is not worthy, let your peace return to you. "And whoever will not receive you nor hear your words, when you depart from that house or city, shake off the dust from your feet."Assuredly, I say to you, it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah in the day of judgment than for that city! "Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore be wise as serpents and harmless as doves. "But beware of men, for they will deliver you up to councils and scourge you in their synagogues."You will be brought before governors and kings for My sake, as a testimony to them and to the Gentiles."But when they deliver you up, do not worry about how or what you should speak. For it will be given to you in that hour what you should speak;"for it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father who speaks in you. " Now brother will deliver up brother to death, and a father his child; and children will rise up against parents and cause them to be put to death."And you will be hated by all for My name's sake. But he who endures to the end will be saved. Matthew 10:12-22

Jesus said for those who are not worthy we are to take our peace back and it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah in the Day of Judgment than for that city, person or persons? DID JESUS REAL MEAN WHAT HE SAID? YES!So we can stop thinking about the past and evil and wicked ones and move on and leave it all to God and He will handle it all according to Exodus 23:12 Deuteronomy 30:7,Psalm59, 109 140and, Isaiah 41:12 , 54:17, Luke 17:1-3, 18:1-8and any like Scriptures on them and make sure justice is meted out. For God loves justice and He is the Judge of all the earth who metes out fair and just justice to everybody.

ďBut I thought that God was primarily in the forgiveness business?Ē Well He isnít! If that was the case He would not have demanded Jesus death and suffering on Calvary but would have just forgiven Jesus and all of humanity and everybody would be saved, healed and delivered for ever. But that isnít the case at all?Things just donít work out that way in real life. There is a thing called ďJusticeĒ and people do reap what they have sown even if they donít wish they did. And yes God or man has the right to forgive or retain sins of others. That is why the bible states:

As it is written, "Jacob I have loved, but Esau I have hated."What shall we say then? Is there unrighteousness with God? Certainly not! For He says to Moses, "I will have mercy on whomever I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whomever I will have compassion." So then it is not of him who wills, nor of him who runs, but of God who shows mercy. Romans 9:13-16

But I want to remind you, though you once knew this, that the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed those who did not believe. Jude 1:5

"I will kill her children with death, and all the churches shall know that I am He who searches the minds and hearts. And I will give to each one of you according to your works. Revelations 2:23

How come most evangelicals donít talk about Father God being a killer and demoter of people like bitter barren Hannah did by the Spirit of the Lord did when God gave her a needed miracle?

"The LORD kills and makes alive; He brings down to the grave and brings up. The LORD makes poor and makes rich;He brings low and lifts up. He raises the poor from the dustAnd lifts the beggar from the ash heap,To set them among princesAnd make them inherit the throne of glory."For the pillars of the earth are the LORD'S,And He has set the world upon them. He will guard the feet of His saints,But the wicked shall be silent in darkness."For by strength no man shall prevail. The adversaries of the LORD shall be broken in pieces; From heaven He will thunder against them.The LORD will judge the ends of the earth."He will give strength to His king,And exalt the horn of His anointed." 1 Samuel 2:6-10

And why did God tell all men

ďSaying, "Do not touch My anointed ones, And do My prophets no harm." 1 Chronicles 16:22

And why did Peter say

"Behold, you despisers, Marvel and perish! For I work a work in your days, A work which you will by no means believe, Though one were to declare it to you.' " Acts 13:41

And how did the Peterís despisers perish?Jesus Christ warned His enemies not to touch Him for He was a prophet and son of God and they would pay for their foolishness. He told them:

"For days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment around you, surround you and close you in on every side,"and level you, and your children within you, to the ground; and they will not leave in you one stone upon another, because you did not know the time of your visitation." Luke 19:43-44

"But when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then know that its desolation is near."Then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains, let those who are in the midst of her depart, and let not those who are in the country enter her. "For these are the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled. "But woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days! For there will be great distress in the land and wrath upon this people. "And they will fall by the edge of the sword, and be led away captive into all nations. And Jerusalem will be trampled by Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled. Luke 21:20-24

The despisers of Jesus and Peter did believe that the days of vengeance would come? But they did!Jospehus wrote about what God did to those who murdered Jesus using His other ministers (Romans 13:1-4). In 70 AD Titus marched against the city with four legions of the Roman army. They laid siege to Jerusalem and using their battering rams they breached the walls of the city. Fleeing citizens of Jerusalem were caught by the Romans and were tortured and crucified. Later the whole city was destroyed and the people of Jerusalem paid the price for ignoring Jesus warning about what would happen to them. These kinds of things do happen even in the current time of life!

TITUS now promised that the Temple should be spared if the defenders would come forth and fight in any other place, but John and the Zealots refused to surrender it. For several days the outer cloisters and outer court were attacked with rams, but the immense and compact stones resisted the blows. As many soldiers were slain in seeking to storm the cloisters, Titus ordered the gates to be set on fire. Through that night and the next day the flames raged through the cloisters. Then, in order to save the Temple itself, he ordered the fire to be quenched. On the tenth of August, the same day of the year on which Nebuchadnezzar destroyed the Temple built by Solomon, the cry was heard that the Temple was on fire. The Jews, with cries of grief and rage, grasped their swords and rushed to take revenge on their enemies or perish in the ruins.

The slaughter was continued while the fire raged. Soon no part was left but a small portion of the outer cloisters, where 6,000 people had taken refuge, led by a false prophet who had there promised that God would deliver His people in His Temple. The soldiers set the building on fire and all perished. Titus next spent eighteen days in preparations for the attack on the upper city, which was then speedily captured. And now the Romans were not disposed to display any mercy, night alone putting an end to the carnage. During the whole of this siege of Jerusalem, 1,100,000 were slain, and the prisoners numbered 97,000.[i]

Most evangelicals donít have a clue about how God forgives and His love for justice and what He does to this enemies especially those who disregard his words and touch His anointed and harm his prophets. But Godís word is unchanging:

'The LORD is longsuffering and abundant in mercy, forgiving iniquity and transgression; but He by no means clears the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generation.' "Pardon the iniquity of this people, I pray, according to the greatness of Your mercy, just as You have forgiven this people, from Egypt even until now."Then the LORD said: "I have pardoned, according to your word; "but truly, as I live, all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the LORD- "because all these men who have seen My glory and the signs which I did in Egypt and in the wilderness, and have put Me to the test now these ten times, and have not heeded My voice, "they certainly shall not see the land of which I swore to their fathers, nor shall any of those who rejected Me see it."But My servant Caleb, because he has a different spirit in him and has followed Me fully, I will bring into the land where he went, and his descendants shall inherit it."Now the Amalekites and the Canaanites dwell in the valley; tomorrow turn and move out into the wilderness by the Way of the Red Sea."Numbers 14:18-25

God forgave and pardoned the children of Israel for wanting to stone Joshua and Caleb with stones. He gave them their hearts desire to die in the wilderness of their own choosing and never go into the Promised Land. He meted out fair and true justice and forgiveness!

And how about Korah and his friends with some of the children of Israel, two hundred and fifty leaders of the congregation, representatives of the congregation, men of renown.They gathered together against Moses and Aaron, and said to them, "You take too much upon yourselves, for all the congregation is holy, every one of them, and the LORD is among them. Why then do you exalt yourselves above the assembly of the LORD?" The bible records:

Then Moses was very angry, and said to the LORD, "Do not respect their offering. I have not taken one donkey from them, nor have I hurt one of them." Numbers 16:15

Now it came to pass, as he finished speaking all these words, that the ground split apart under them, and the earth opened its mouth and swallowed them up, with their households and all the men with Korah, with all their goods. So they and all those with them went down alive into the pit; the earth closed over them, and they perished from among the assembly.Then all Israel who were around them fled at their cry, for they said, "Lest the earth swallow us up also!" And a fire came out from the LORD and consumed the two hundred and fifty men who were offering incense. Numbers 16:15-35

So in spite of who you are or who you think you are if you say the wrong words about somebodyand that somebody retains that sin you will be in deep deep trouble with God. You can die prematurely with God who loves justice just like the murderers of Jesus did and the antagonistis of Moses, Joshua and Caleb did. And arenít we all anointed ones and didn't God say:

"Behold, all those who were incensed against you Shall be ashamed and disgraced; They shall be as nothing, And those who strive with you shall perish. You shall seek them and not find them- Those who contended with you.Those who war against you Shall be as nothing,As a nonexistent thing. For I, the LORD your God, will hold your right hand,Saying to you, 'Fear not, I will help you.'Isaiah 41:11-13

So how come people always talk about God's love and not His justice? Because they they don't to face His justice. But they will!Jesus alsosaid that a man's enemies will be those of his own household. Andsome peoplechose never to repent of being evil and wicked. And the fact of life is that Jesus said:

"Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. "Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it. Matthew 7:13-14

"Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword. "For I have come to 'set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law';"and 'a man's enemies will be those of his own household.' Matthew 10:34-36

 


Chapter 11

The Lord Is My Provider

The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul;He leads me in the paths of righteousness For His name's sake. Psalm 23:1-3

Bless the LORD, O my soul; And all that is within me, bless His holy name!Bless the LORD, O my soul, And forget not all His benefits:Who forgives all your iniquities,Who heals all your diseases,Who redeems your life from destruction,Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies, Who satisfies your mouth with good things, So that your youth is renewed like the eagle's. Psalm 103:1-5

For those who trust in the LORD He is the all sufficient One, including their provider and healer.In Psalm 23 we find the seven names of God:

1.JEHOVAH-RA

2.JEHOVAH-JIREH

3.JEHOVAH-SHALOM

4.JEHOVAH- TSIDKNELL

5.JEHOVAH-NISSI

6.JEHOVAH-RAPHEGA

7.JEHOVAH-SHAMMAH

In verse we haveThe Lord is My Shepherd- "SHEPHERD"-JEHOVAH-RA (Jehovah the Shepherd). If the Lord is our shepherd, then we own this Psalm 23 as ours.And as our LORD He forgives all our iniquities,heals all our diseases,redeems our life from destruction,crowns us with lovingkindness and tender mercies,and satisfies our mouth with good things, so that our youth is renewed like the eagle's. When the Lord is our Shepherd, we don't lack in anything. HE isour Provider - JEHOVAH-JIREH. Godís word is true:

Then they came to the place of which God had told him. And Abraham built an altar there and placed the wood in order; and he bound Isaac his son and laid him on the altar, upon the wood.And Abraham stretched out his hand and took the knife to slay his son. But the Angel of the LORD called to him from heaven and said, "Abraham, Abraham!" So he said, "Here I am."And He said, "Do not lay your hand on the lad, or do anything to him; for now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from Me." Then Abraham lifted his eyes and looked, and there behind him was a ram caught in a thicket by its horns. So Abraham went and took the ram, and offered it up for a burnt offering instead of his son. And Abraham called the name of the place, The-LORD-Will-Provide; as it is said to this day, "In the Mount of The LORD it shall be provided." Genesis 22:9-14

Whatever we need God will provide. He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? We shall not wantÖ JEHOVAH-JIREH (JEHOVAH is our Provider). When we know the Lord as our 'Shepherd'He will be our provider, all sufficient-one. Therefore, we shall not lack or want anything because nothing is impossible with God

And because JEHOVAH- SHALOM, The-LORD-Is-Peace,He makes us to lie down in green pastures; He leads us beside the still waters. The sheep are very happy. Lying down in Green pastures and still waters (not turbulent waters) all speak of peaceful conditions. Godís word tells us that Isreal was in turbulent condition. The Midianites surrounded them. At that time, they cried. God gave a deliverer called 'GIDEON'. The Word of God records:

Then the LORD said to him, "Peace be with you; do not fear, you shall not die."So Gideon built an altar there to the LORD, and called it The-LORD-Is-Peace. To this day it is still in Ophrah of the Abiezrites. Judges 6:23-24

'Behold, the days are coming,' says the LORD, 'that I will perform that good thing which I have promised to the house of Israel and to the house of Judah: 'In those days and at that time I will cause to grow up to David A Branch of righteousness; He shall execute judgment and righteousness in the earth. In those days Judah will be saved, And Jerusalem will dwell safely.And this is the name by which she will be called: THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.' Jeremiah 33:14-16

The American Heritage Dictionary defines the word ďsavedĒ as:

Save v. saved, sav∑ing, saves. --tr. 1.a. To rescue from harm, danger, or loss. b. To set free from the consequences of sin; redeem. 2. To keep in a safe condition; safeguard. 3. To prevent the waste or loss of; conserve.

The word Salvation-soteria is defined in the bible as being established in "protection, preservation, prosperity, promotions, provisions, soundness, healing, deliverance and the ministry of angels." But salvation is a personal thing. It comes as we put our trust in the name of the person who is called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace, our Lord, and receive the new birth and the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. As we receive not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God we become a spiritual being where we now have the mind of Christ.Through the Holy Spirit, the other Helper, the Guide, the Counselor, we receive and begin to know the things that have been freely given to us by God. We are now led and guided in all things - trusting the Holy Spirit just like Jesus did.

Yes, Jesus Christ is our Salvation and He rescues us from harm, danger or loss, He keeps us in a safte condition and prevents the waste or loss of things for us as we abide under the shadow of the Almighty. Godís word is true:

He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.I will say of the LORD, "He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust." Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowlerAnd from the perilous pestilence. He shall cover you with His feathers, And under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be your shield and buckler. Psalm 91:1-4

No evil shall befall you, Nor shall any plague come near your dwelling; For He shall give His angels charge over you,To keep you in all your ways. In their hands they shall bear you up, Lest you dash your foot against a stone. You shall tread upon the lion and the cobra, The young lion and the serpent you shall trample underfoot. "Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him on high, because he has known My name. He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him. With long life I will satisfy him, And show him My salvation." Psalm 91:10-16

THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESSÖJEHOVAH-TSIDKENILL. Hence He restores my soul;He leads us in the paths of righteousness for His name's sake. He delivers us and honor us and satisfies us with long life and shows us His salvation.

And then we have JEHOVAH- NISSI Ė The-LORD-Is-My-Banneror God My Standard of Victory.

Now Amalek came and fought with Israel in Rephidim.And Moses said to Joshua, "Choose us some men and go out, fight with Amalek. Tomorrow I will stand on the top of the hill with the rod of God in my hand."So Joshua did as Moses said to him, and fought with Amalek. And Moses, Aaron, and Hur went up to the top of the hill. And so it was, when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed; and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed.But Moses' hands became heavy; so they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat on it. And Aaron and Hur supported his hands, one on one side, and the other on the other side; and his hands were steady until the going down of the sun.So Joshua defeated Amalek and his people with the edge of the sword.Then the LORD said to Moses, "Write this for a memorial in the book and recount it in the hearing of Joshua, that I will utterly blot out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven."And Moses built an altar and called its name, The-LORD-Is-My-Banner; Exodus 17:8-15

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil;For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. Psalm 23:4

The Amalekites came against the Israelites after they crossed the Red sea. But when Moses went up the Mountain Aaron and Hur stayed up his handsJoshua defeated the Amalekite with the edge of the sword. As we pray in the Spirit and stand on the word of God, Our Lord who suffered on the cross and His hands were lifted up with two nails, we will defeat Satan through our Heavenly Joshua, even through our Lord the HOLY SPIRIT for the LORD Is Our Banner our Victory. His word is unchanging:

But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 15:57

For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world-our faith. 1 John 5:4

And because of His anointing we shall know JEHOVAH- RAPHEGA - The Lord the healer. He turns the bitterness of life into sweetness. Godís word is true:

Now when they came to Marah, they could not drink the waters of Marah, for they were bitter. Therefore the name of it was called Marah.And the people complained against Moses, saying, "What shall we drink?"So he cried out to the LORD, and the LORD showed him a tree. When he cast it into the waters, the waters were made sweet. There He made a statute and an ordinance for them. And there He tested them, and said, "If you diligently heed the voice of the LORD your God and do what is right in His sight, give ear to His commandments and keep all His statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you which I have brought on the Egyptians. For I am the LORD who heals you." Exodus 15:26

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;You anoint my head with oil;My cup runs over. Psalm 23:5

Yes the Lord is our healer of all things that the enemies of life bring upon us be it physical sickness, broken hearts, inner hurts or disappointments. Godís word is true:

When evening had come, they brought to Him many who were demon-possessed. And He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were sick, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying:"He Himself took our infirmitiesAnd bore our sicknesses." Matthew 8:16-17

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me All the days of my life; And I will dwell in the house of the LORD Forever. Psalm 23: 5

"All the way around shall be eighteen thousand cubits; and the name of the city from that day shall be: THE LORD Is THERE." Ezekiel 48:35

The Lord will be with us forever. He is a very present help in time of trouble. Therefore we will not fear, even though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; Though its waters roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with its swelling. For there is a river whose streams shall make glad the city of God,The holy place of the tabernacle of the Most High. God is in the midst of her, she shall not be moved;God shall help her, just at the break of dawn (Psalm 46:1-5). His word is unchanging:

"The LORD bless you and keep you; The LORD make His face shine upon you, And be gracious to you;The LORD lift up His countenance upon you,And give you peace." Number 6:24-26

"And He will love you and bless you and multiply you; He will also bless the fruit of your womb and the fruit of your land, your grain and your new wine and your oil, the increase of your cattle and the offspring of your flock, in the land of which He swore to your fathers to give you. "You shall be blessed above all peoples; there shall not be a male or female barren among you or among your livestock. "And the LORD will take away from you all sickness, and will afflict you with none of the terrible diseases of Egypt which you have known, but will lay them on all those who hate you. Deuteronomy 7:13-15

 

 

 


Chapter 12

You Must Be Born Again

There was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews.This man came to Jesus by night and said to Him, "Rabbi, we know that You are a teacher come from God; for no one can do these signs that You do unless God is with him."Jesus answered and said to him, "Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God."Nicodemus said to Him, "How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother's womb and be born?"Jesus answered, "Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God."That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. "Do not marvel that I said to you, 'You must be born again.'"The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit." John 3:1-8

Jesus didn't tell us that to see the kingdom of God we must be part of a religious institution but to be born again! Unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. And hence the disciples of Jesus were running around the country preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ telling them to "Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, "and that He may send Jesus Christ, who was preached to you before, "whom heaven must receive until the times of restoration of all things, which God has spoken by the mouth of all His holy prophets since the world began (Acts 3:19-21). They were not told to join a religious institution or form one? They were told believe with all their heart that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and be water Baptized.

We see all this demonstrated in the life of a searching Ethopian enuch. The bible records for our profit and instruction:

Now an angel of the Lord spoke to Philip, saying, "Arise and go toward the south along the road which goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza." This is desert. So he arose and went. And behold, a man of Ethiopia, a eunuch of great authority under Candace the queen of the Ethiopians, who had charge of all her treasury, and had come to Jerusalem to worship, was returning. And sitting in his chariot, he was reading Isaiah the prophet.Then the Spirit said to Philip, "Go near and overtake this chariot." So Philip ran to him, and heard him reading the prophet Isaiah, and said, "Do you understand what you are reading?"And he said, "How can I, unless someone guides me?" And he asked Philip to come up and sit with him.The place in the Scripture which he read was this:"He was led as a sheep to the slaughter;And as a lamb before its shearer is silent,So He opened not His mouth. In His humiliation His justice was taken away,And who will declare His generation?For His life is taken from the earth." So the eunuch answered Philip and said, "I ask you, of whom does the prophet say this, of himself or of some other man?" Acts 8:26-34

We also see from scriptures that being born again is a supernatural experience which involves supernatural people including the Holy Spirit and angels. So we can make a doctrine that unless there is supernatural involement including the Holy Spirit, angels, miracles, signs and wonders, the born again experience is not a valid one?

In this case the Ethopian enuch was reading the Scriptures, the Word of God, the Old Testament and was blind to its truths. It took a person filled with the Spirit of God like Philip to reveal truth to a dead carnal person. But even then unless the Spirit opens dead manís eyes and understanding he will not understand the truth..

It's also a fact that you don't need any religious institution including the Roman Catholic Church or a great knowledge of the bible to become "born again" and be a Christian. Philip was not Roman Catholic nor was this Ethiopian eunuch? But the enuch believed that Jesus Christ was the Son of God and was water baptized and was saved or born again. The bible records:

Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning at this Scripture, preached Jesus to him. Now as they went down the road, they came to some water. And the eunuch said, "See, here is water. What hinders me from being baptized?"Then Philip said, "If you believe with all your heart, you may." And he answered and said, "I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God." So he commanded the chariot to stand still. And both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water, and he baptized him. Acts 8:35-38

YES WE SEE FROM SCRIPTURE to be saved or born again you don't need any religious institution but to believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and then be baptized in water as a proof of your believing. You are now saved even if you don't speak in tongues or understand the theology of what happened because salvation comes by faith not intellect or understanding or any religious institution. And the new birth is not known solely by knowledge but solely by experience. Then those who are born again can appreciate that by Jesus stripes they were healed and He Himself took our infirmities and bore our sicknesses. They can fellowship with God the Father and God the Holy Spirit. They can know and experience the love of the Father and the comfort of the Holy Spirit. Their faith is not composed solely on knowledge of the written Word of God or some religious institution but in the power of God. God's word is true:

And I, brethren, when I came to you, did not come with excellence of speech or of wisdom declaring to you the testimony of God. For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified. I was with you in weakness, in fear, and in much trembling. And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power,that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God. 1 Corinthains 2:1-5

Through the avenue of faith, true Christians believed on Jesus, called on His name and were saved and He gave them an experience call the new birth or being born again. Now they can go on to being baptized by Jesus Christ, the Baptizer in the Holy Spirit with fire and tongues of fire and know the power of God which is an emotional experience which doesnít make sense to their carnal mind. (Yes. being born again is an emotional in body experience and so is the Baptism of the Spirit and operating in the gifts of the Spirit and is not based solely on intellect or being Catholic or Baptist or anything else but a Christian!)

It has been said that if we have the word of God without the Spirit we will dry up. If we have the Spirit without the Word of God we will blow up. But if we have the Spirit and the Word of God we will grow up.

Itís to be noted that the Coptic church claims itís inception from this Ethopian Enuch. And the Roman Catholic Church which makes up some 3/5ths of the Christian world came later. But 4/5 ths of the Christians world doesnít worship God in Spirit and truth like Jesus told them. So being a member of a religious institution means nothing if you donít do what Jesus told you to do. Godís word is unchanging:

The woman said to Him, "Sir, I perceive that You are a prophet. "Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, and you Jews say that in Jerusalem is the place where one ought to worship." Jesus said to her, "Woman, believe Me, the hour is coming when you will neither on this mountain, nor in Jerusalem, worship the Father. "You worship what you do not know; we know what we worship, for salvation is of the Jews. "But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him."God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth." John 4:19-24

Then He who sat on the throne said, "Behold, I make all things new." And He said to me, "Write, for these words are true and faithful." And He said to me, "It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. I will give of the fountain of the water of life freely to him who thirsts."He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son."But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death." Revelations 21:5-8

Chapter 13

Destroyed For Lack Of Knowledge

My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I also will reject you from being priest for Me; Because you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children. Hosea 4:6

Not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood He entered the Most Holy Place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption. Hebrews 9:12

When Jesus hung on the cross, great things began to happen in the realm of the spirit. He took the place of man in sin, sickness, poverty, death, and every evil thing in the world. He was Godís sacrificial lamb for manís redemption from the hands of the chief slave master, the devil. Jesus did not only carry our sins on Himself, He also carried the whole worldís diseases and sicknesses, He carried all pains and afflictions. Every evil thing in this world was laid on Him (Isaiah 53:4-5).

When Jesus said "It is finished" in John 19:30, He finished our battles against sin, difficulties and every evil.And when Jesus went to hell it was in therethat Hecemented our victory and sealed the devilís doom of defeat. He took the keys to hell and death and rose victoriously! (Revelation 1:18). There He spoilt, defeated and stripped principalities and powers of all their power. Before this time, the devil had the power (key) of death. But when Jesus entered hell, He fixed the devil for good and destroyed all his powers! (Hebrews 2:14). "And having spoiled principalities and powers, He made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it." (Colossians 2:15).

Jesus finished everything as is written of Him and rose triumphantly. This is the springboard for our victory over Satan. Jesus fixed Satan! He took us out of the house of bondage and brought us into life (John 10:10b). He restored us as Godís man on the earth. Jesus restored everything that man lost in the garden of Eden. He has put all things into our hand. The victory is total - spirit, soul and body. It was a perfect job (Hebrews 10:12,14). Jesus now has the key of David that opens and no man can shut, and shuts and no man can open (Revelation 3:8). Having thus lost every bit of power to our Lord Jesus Christ through the drama at Calvary, Satan is now left with nothing! No power is left for the devil. As a result we are more than conquerors through Jesus Christ is we will believe and accept it.

But because the Church is not hearing God's Word on divine healing, many in in the Church are anatural victim of disease. The church is full of prayer requests and always praying for sick people, asking and thanking God for the lessons He had taught them through sickness. (Since they couldn't learn it when they were well, perhaps they'd know it better in sickness? What a joke?) Because the Church is not hearing teachings on prosperity, many in Church arewallowing in poverty.Many are "As poor as church mouse!"Because the light of God's Word has notdawned on the people, they cannot began to walk their way out of poverty into plenty! But perfect health, great wealth and long life aretheir covenant right. All they need is an understanding of its terms. When that happens, then they are set to enjoy all its benefits for God is not a man that He should lie (Num. 23:19). His word is unchanging:

Because you have made the LORD, who is my refuge, Even the Most High, your dwelling place, No evil shall befall you, Nor shall any plague come near your dwelling;For He shall give His angels charge over you, To keep you in all your ways.In their hands they shall bear you up, Lest you dash your foot against a stone. You shall tread upon the lion and the cobra,The young lion and the serpent you shall trample underfoot. "Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him;I will set him on high, because he has known My name. He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him;I will be with him in trouble;I will deliver him and honor him. With long life I will satisfy him,And show him My salvation." Psalm 91:9-16

Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, "If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed."And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." John 8:31-32

Power, authority, healing, deliverance, blessings, prosperity and long life are the benefits for all those who have made the Lord their refuge and savior. The truth of Godís word sets Godís people free and enables them to truly live life and have it more abundantly with perfect health, great wealth and lots of power and not in sickness, penuary and destitution! Godís word is unchanging:

And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:10

And God is able to make all grace (every favor and earthly blessing) come to you in abundance, so that you may always {and} under all circumstances {and} whatever the need be self-sufficient [possessing enough to require no aid or support and furnished in abundance for every good work and charitable donation].2 Corinthians 9:8-11 Amplified Bible

Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers. For I rejoiced greatly when brethren came and testified of the truth that is in you, just as you walk in the truth. 3 John 1:2-3

Itís only what you believe God for can you receive. As a result unbelief is not only dangerous but devastating because it robs Godís people of their Abrahamic Covenant blessings and birth right for being of the seed of Abraham, Jesus Christ, who owns all things and has overcome all things including the devil! Godís word is unchanging:

"So ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan has bound-think of it-for eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the Sabbath?" Luke 13:16

Therefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints,do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers:that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him,the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty powerwhich He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come. And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church,which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all. Ephesians 1:15-23

Every manner of affliction is one kind of imprisonment or the other. Disease, infirmity, poverty, sin, etc. fall into this category. Most of Godís people are blind to the fact that is the devil holding such victims hostages just like he bound the daughter of Abraham for eighteen years.Many of Godís people donít have a a spirit of wisdom and revelation of insight into mysteries and secrets in the deep and intimate knowledge of God and and how rich is His glorious inheritance in the saints, His set-apart ones. They donít know and and understand what is the immeasurable and unlimited and surpassing greatness of His power in and for those who believe, as demonstrated in the working of His mighty strength, which He exerted in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His own right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion and every name that is named above every title that can be conferred, not only in this age {and} in this world, but also in the age and the world which are to come (Amplified bible). Whatever is under Jesus feet who is supreme Head of the church is also underneath the feet of His bride, blood bought and blood washed believers of the church of Jesus Christ. Yes, Jesus Christ came to set men free from anything and everything that keeps them in bondage or oppressess them including sickness, disease, poverty, lack and demons. Godís word is unchanging:

THE SPIRIT of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed {and} qualified me to preach the Gospel {of} good tidings to the meek, the poor, {and} afflicted; He has sent me to bind up {and} heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the [physical and spiritual] captives and the opening of the prison {and} of the eyes to those who are bound,To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord [the year of His favor] and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn,To grant [consolation and joy] to those who mourn in Zion--to give them an ornament (a garland or diadem) of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, the garment [expressive] of praise instead of a heavy, burdened, {and} failing spirit--that they may be called oaks of righteousness [lofty, strong, and magnificent, distinguished for uprightness, justice, and right standing with God], the planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified. And they shall rebuild the ancient ruins; they shall raise up the former desolations and renew the ruined cities, the devastations of many generations.Aliens shall stand [ready] and feed your flocks, and foreigners shall be your plowmen and your vinedressers. But you shall be called the priests of the Lord; people will speak of you as the ministers of our God. You shall eat the wealth of the nations, and the glory [once that of your captors] shall be yours.Instead of your [former] shame you shall have a twofold recompense; instead of dishonor {and} reproach [your people] shall rejoice in their portion. Therefore in their land they shall possess double [what they had forfeited]; everlasting joy shall be theirs. Isaiah 61:1-7 Amplified Bible

Jesus came through the anointing of the Spirit of the Lord God and the preaching of the gospel so that defeat can become victory, crooked be made straight, injustice can become justice, wrong can become right, poverty can become plenty, lack can become abundance, negative things can become positive things, sickness can become health, weakness can become strength, curses can become blessings, sadness can become joy, despair can become hope, depression can become praise, unbelief can become faith,loss canbecome restoration, bondage can become redemption, wealth and riches can become a reality and mountains can be moved into the sea and be no more for those who believe the good news!' Godís word is true:

Who has believed our report? And to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed? Isaiah 53:1

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.He was in the beginning with God.All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. John 1:1-5

He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him. But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. John 1:11-13

Satan is defeated and Jesus is the victor. Godís people are no longer in the kingdom of darkness but in the kingdom of light where they rule and reign with Jesus. As a result they donít have to remain sick, frustrated, in reproach or shame. They have been called unto glory and virtue.Their name is glory. Their name is virtue. Not shame, reproach or pity. Sickness, barrenness, failure and poverty shouldno longer be identified with them. Everyone that sees them shouldknow theyare the seed which the Lord has blessed. No mark of the enemy is to remain in their life anymore! Thereís nothing too difficult for God (Jeremiah 32:27). Their mountains shall be levelled, their valleys shall be filled, the plagues in their life shall be destroyed, all curses in their lives shall be destroyed, all sickness shall be healed and they shall be set free indeed as they open the door to their covenant blessings.

Some people are even deceived into believing that God is the cause of their problems and misfortunes! The reason people have so many problems is because they are not conscious of the indwelling power of God in them. So the enemy takes advantage of this, and everyone keeps begging and binding Satan. God is not their enemy. If they are born again, God is theirFather, and His thoughts for them are thoughts of good, never of evil (Jeremiah 29:11). God is always programming good and success for themThe devil is the enemy. He perpetuates his evils through his agents whom the Bible calls "principalities and powers, rulers of the darkness of this world and spiritual wickedness in high places" (Ephesians 6:13). He keeps accusing them before God. He has sworn that nothing will go well with them. He does not want to see them progress. He wants to ruin theirbusiness. He is always mounting pressures on them, just to keep you away from God. He is not interested in anything good coming theirway. His thoughts towards them are completely and continually evil!

Satan is the unseen hand behind every evil thing. Any time weíre attacked by sickness, he has come to steal our health, joy, peace, comfort, money and even our life. He is desperate about this. His ultimate aim being to destroy us. He is the enemy, not people, things or lack! But Jesus defeated our enemy and we share in His victory. Godí s word is unchanging:

And I will put enmity Between you and the woman, And between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, And you shall bruise His heel." Genesis 3:15

And the God of peace will crush Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen. Romans 16:20

But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 15:57

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. 2 Corinthians 5:17

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

By this you have become accepted in the beloved - the Family of the Father God. God declares you righteous. He becomes your real Father, and you become His real son (John 1:12). He comes into you with all His strength, glory and majesty, and makes you strong in Him.

We are Godís offspring. We are His loved chidlren. We occupy a special place in His heart. We have His nature, His life, His Spirit, His faith, His love (Ezekiel 36:26). Everything God is and has, is now made available to us (Ephesians 2:4-6). We have become one with Christ. We are joined with Him. What we lost in Adam in the beginning, we have regained in Christ. We are now restored to our former place of authority and dominion. Wecan now hold sway over every situation in life, by virtue of our new class of being. Weare as invincible, as indestructible as God. No devil can defeat us as we stand in our proper position in God. The nature of God is now ours personally. We have been declared more than a conqueror.

God took us out of the powers and kingdom of the devil, and translated us into the kingdom of the Son of His love. This is a mystery. But it is the truth and is real. We are no longer that person whom it was so easy for the devil to cheat, oppress and afflict. Now we can boldly say to him, "Satan, get lost!" Godís word is unchanging:

But He gives more grace. Therefore He says:"God resists the proud,But gives grace to the humble."†† Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. James 4:6-7

For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world-our faith. 1 John 5:4

 

 

Whose Report Shall You Believe

(Becky Fender)

Whose report will you believe?

We shall believe the report of the Lord

(repeat 3 times)

 

His report says I am healed

His report says I am filled

His report says I am free

His report says victory

 

Leader: Are you healed?

All: Yes!

Leader: Are you filled?

All: Yes!

Leader: Are you free?

††††††††††† All: Yes!

††††††††††† Leader: Do you have the victory?

††††††††††† All: Yes!

 


Chapter 14

"The Word Of The LORD Is With Him"

But Jehoshaphat said, "Is there no prophet of the LORD here, that we may inquire of the LORD by him?" So one of the servants of the king of Israel answered and said, "Elisha the son of Shaphat is here, who poured water on the hands of Elijah."And Jehoshaphat said, "The word of the LORD is with him." So the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat and the king of Edom went down to him.†† Then Elisha said to the king of Israel, "What have I to do with you? Go to the prophets of your father and the prophets of your mother." But the king of Israel said to him, "No, for the LORD has called these three kings together to deliver them into the hand of Moab."And Elisha said, "As the LORD of hosts lives, before whom I stand, surely were it not that I regard the presence of Jehoshaphat king of Judah, I would not look at you, nor see you."But now bring me a musician." Then it happened, when the musician played, that the hand of the LORD came upon him. And he said, "Thus says the LORD: 'Make this valley full of ditches.'"For thus says the LORD: 'You shall not see wind, nor shall you see rain; yet that valley shall be filled with water, so that you, your cattle, and your animals may drink.'"And this is a simple matter in the sight of the LORD; He will also deliver the Moabites into your hand."Also you shall attack every fortified city and every choice city, and shall cut down every good tree, and stop up every spring of water, and ruin every good piece of land with stones." 2 Kings 3:11-19

Victory comes by hearing and acting the voice of God for any given situation, not by perspiration (Deuteronomy 28:1-14). And the voice of God becomes a reality when we pray and sing to Him in spirit and in truth (1 Corinthians 14:15). Praise brings God right into our situation. God has to do directly with praise while angels run the errand of prayers. Praise gets us right into Godís presence. Godís word is unchanging:

Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name. For the LORD is good; His mercy is everlasting,And His truth endures to all generations. Psalm 100:4-5

I will bless the LORD who has given me counsel; My heart also instructs me in the night seasons. ÖYou will show me the path of life;In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore. Psalm 16:7- 11

Let the peoples praise You, O God; Let all the peoples praise You. Then the earth shall yield her increase; God, our own God, shall bless us.God shall bless us,And all the ends of the earth shall fear Him. Psalm 67:5-7

"But on Mount Zion there shall be deliverance, And there shall be holiness; The house of Jacob shall possess their possessions. Obidiah 1:17

In Godís presence there is counsel, fulness of joy and on his right hand are pleasures forevermore. When Godís people praise the Lord the earth yields her increase and Godblesses them. Praise gets them across to Mount Zion where, "there shall be deliverance and holiness and the house of Jacob shall possess their possessions."Mount Zion is a mount of miracles. Praise gets us there. Praise gets us directly to where God lives. And in His presence there is fulness of joy and pleasures forevermore and victory and miracles for God is a God of victory and a God of miracles.

The bible puts no limit to what God will do to give us the victory. We cannot number how many people, nations and kingdoms God killed to bring victory to the physical Israel. As the seed of Abraham and Jesus Christ and Godís bride, He is committed to our success. It does not matter what the situation is. Whatever God did anything for the nation of Israel or any King of Israel or Judah, He will do much more for us. We are His very seed.We are His partner in the covenant. We are the apple of His eyes. HenceGod is against anybody that is against us. He is against anything that is against us. We can overcome always. The greater one is in us. He is at work in us now. He is greater than all our life battles, so we can win them all. He is working His good pleasure in us.We are a born winners. And if we believe it, act on it, it will be demonstrated in our lives and circumstances. We will triumph in the works of Godís hands for victory comes from God. Godís word is unchanging:

Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify Me."Psalm 50:15

"Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him on high, because he has known My name. He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him. With long life I will satisfy him, And show him My salvation." Psalm 91:14-16

It is good to give thanks to the LORD, And to sing praises to Your name, O Most High; To declare Your lovingkindness in the morning,And Your faithfulness every night,On an instrument of ten strings, On the lute, And on the harp, With harmonious sound. For You, LORD, have made me glad through Your work; I will triumph in the works of Your hands. Psalm 92:1-4

It is a fact that praise gets the devil out of the scene and brings God there. No devil can stand the force of genuine praise and worship. Such place is exclusively reserved for God. God has the monopoly of praise centres.If we are a praise-filled believer we will keep the devil constantly at a distance from our environment. The year of jubilee is the year of restoration is because when there is jubilation, praise and worship, God is ever set to perform wonders (Leviticus 25). When we bring out praise from our heart we will get God to go full- length in performing for you. Clouds get lifted up at praise. Hence Elisha the Prophet said, "But now bring me a musician." Then it happened, when the musician played, that the hand of the LORD came upon him." The hand of God will be upon us and give us the wisdom to get victory just like He gave Elisha the word of knowledge. Praise brings God on the scene and where God is there is victory, peace, joy, blessing and His Goodness!

Through praise and the blood Jesus we can enter bodly to the throne of grace and find mercy and grace to help in time of need.We can present our case before God and He will surely justify us. There is no way He can deny Himself. He is keeping watch over His word to perform it. We have an account in heaven for us overflowing with the riches of God in Christ Jesus. The riches are inexhaustible, and the variety unlimited. They are made available upon request to sons and daughters of the King which we are. We can make a demand on this account in the name of Jesus with a firm assurance that whatever we ask, we receive of Him. Godís word is unchanging:

"Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. "For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. "Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? "Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent? "If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him! Matthew 7:7-11

Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence toward God. And whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and do those things that are pleasing in His sight. And this is His commandment: that we should believe on the name of His Son Jesus Christ and love one another, as He gave us commandment. 1 John 3:21-23

 


Chapter 15

But Only Speak A Word

Now when Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to Him, pleading with Him,saying, "Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, dreadfully tormented." And Jesus said to him, "I will come and heal him."The centurion answered and said, "Lord, I am not worthy that You should come under my roof. But only speak a word, and my servant will be healed. "For I also am a man under authority, having soldiers under me. And I say to this one, 'Go,' and he goes; and to another, 'Come,' and he comes; and to my servant, 'Do this,' and he does it."

When Jesus heard it, He marveled, and said to those who followed, "Assuredly, I say to you, I have not found such great faith, not even in Israel!"And I say to you that many will come from east and west, and sit down with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven."But the sons of the kingdom will be cast out into outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth."Then Jesus said to the centurion, "Go your way; and as you have believed, so let it be done for you." And his servant was healed that same hour. Matthew 8:5-13

God has not only given us His children His greatest gift of His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, His counselor, the Holy Spirit and all that He is and has (Genesis 15:1) but He has given us themost valuable thing this earth Ė His authority.God, who created heaven and earth by the spoken word, has given us the authority to speak His word over all things. Because of what Jesus Christ did on Calvary, mountains in the lives of the anointed ones can become a plain by the Spirit and the spoken word.This is something that the roman centurion who was an outsider to the kingdom understood.The cenutrionísservant was lying at home paralyzed, dreadfully tormented and Jesus was more than willing to heal him. He said to the centurionďI will come and heal him.Ē But the centurion knew the authority that was in the spoken word.Hence he said to Jesus, only speak a word, and my servant will be healed. And Jesus Christ Himself told us about the power of spoken words:

Ö I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you. Matthew 17:20

Jesus demonstrated Godís willingness to heal people who are parlalyzed, dreadfully tormented by evil spirits in their bodies, lives, needs or circumstances including in the lives of His people. He has given to His church, His body, the power to change all things but the authority of their faith in God and their spoken words.Faith the size of a mustards seed spoken by a believer will cause any mountain to be moved into the sea. Nothing is impossible for a believer. His word is unchanging:

"And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven." Matthew 16:19

So Jesus answered and said to them, "Assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what was done to the fig tree, but also if you say to this mountain, 'Be removed and be cast into the sea,' it will be done. "And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive." Matthew 21:21-22

There are many of Godís people whose finances need to be healed as well as their bodies.  Their servants of money, resources and provision have been terribly paralyzed and tormented.  Theirfunds, and resources have been unable to ďmoveĒ.  They have been paralyzed by the enemy.  Theirfinances have been severely tormented and under attack by the enemy. But as Godís children they only need to speak the words God has put in their mouths and in their heartsover their bank books, their bank accounts, their wallets, their homes, their vehicles, their resources, their businessí, their ministries, and He will heal them.  In stead of complaining and speaking unbelief they can bind and loose good things to come to their finances and their lives. They can call forth health, wealth, abundance, restoration and prosperity and by grace their mountains shall be moved into the sea. His word is unchanging:

He who scatters has come up before your face. Man the fort! Watch the road!Strengthen your flanks! Fortify your power mightily.For the LORD will restore the excellence of Jacob Like the excellence of Israel, For the emptiers have emptied them out And ruined their vine branches. Nahum 2:1-2

Now when they drew near Jerusalem, and came to Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples,saying to them, "Go into the village opposite you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her. Loose them and bring them to Me. "And if anyone says anything to you, you shall say, 'The Lord has need of them,' and immediately he will send them." Matthew 21:1-3

God has have given them all authority and power over all the power and authority of the Enemy as well on things on earth. Everything on this earth is to be theirservant, for whatever they have need of, to see the kingdom of God established on earth. So when they will speak health and healing over all their resources andthe enemy who caused their finances to be paralyzed, God will move with great power on their behalf to bless and increase them. And God has not put any limits on His children as to what they cannot do or accomplish and have in His name.

Everything we need has been made available to us through Jesus who is our all sufficient one (Romans 5:1; Romans 6:23; Romans 11:36; Ephesians 2:7).We have power (authority) over the power (ability) of demonic forces (Luke 10:19).Although we cannot stand against the Enemy in our own power (Ephesians 6:10) but our authority is through Jesus.Hence we can command the devil to cease all His attacks against us through our authority that is in the name of Jesus. We can demand the Devil submit to the Word, to loose his hold and to stop his operations against us and our loved ones. The Enemy doesnít want us to use our right of the New Covenant of Faith to demand, forbid and permit but Godís word is unchanging:

"Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father."And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. "If you ask anything in My name, I will do it. John 14:12-14

Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Ephesians 6:11-13

Yes we donít have to tolerate sickness, diseases, poverty, lack, oppression or depression but we can take authority over it. We can do what Godís word commands us to do;

And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, "All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,"teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age." Amen. Matthew 28:18-20

And He said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature."He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned."And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues;"they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover."

So then, after the Lord had spoken to them, He was received up into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God.And they went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word through the accompanying signs. Amen. Mark 16:15-20


Chapter 16

Salvation Is From The LORD

Now I know that the LORD saves His anointed; He will answer him from His holy heaven With the saving strength of His right hand. Some trust in chariots, and some in horses;But we will remember the name of the LORD our God. Psalm 20:6-7

But the salvation of the righteous is from the LORD; He is their strength in the time of trouble. And the LORD shall help them and deliver them; He shall deliver them from the wicked,And save them,Because they trust in Him. Psalm 37:39-40

The LORD will cause your enemies who rise against you to be defeated before your face; they shall come out against you one way and flee before you seven ways."The LORD will command the blessing on you in your storehouses and in all to which you set your hand, and He will bless you in the land which the LORD your God is giving you. "The LORD will establish you as a holy people to Himself, just as He has sworn to you, if you keep the commandments of the LORD your God and walk in His ways. "Then all peoples of the earth shall see that you are called by the name of the LORD, and they shall be afraid of you. "And the LORD will grant you plenty of goods, in the fruit of your body, in the increase of your livestock, and in the produce of your ground, in the land of which the LORD swore to your fathers to give you. "The LORD will open to you His good treasure, the heavens, to give the rain to your land in its season, and to bless all the work of your hand. You shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow. "And the LORD will make you the head and not the tail; you shall be above only, and not be beneath, if you heed the commandments of the LORD your God, which I command you today, and are careful to observe them. Deuteronomy 28:7-12

The things of God are quite simple. God made man in divine love. He came down to walk and talk with man in the cool of the day.His desire was for man to never be sick, never have a heartache or trouble.Unfortunately, man took himself out of God's divine care when he sinned against his God.So it would take Calvary to bring man back into fellowship with God. God loved us enough to send Jesus who redeemed man and restored to man all that He lost. But it requires faith to take God at His word and receive this restoration. Yes, God has provided, by faith in His Word, good things for those who believe in Him. He has promised health, wealth, increase, prosperity, peace and deliverance.All of these things are promised in His Word for those who seek Him in faith. Godís word is true:

But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. Hebrews 11:6

There is no limit to what God will do to give His trusting ones the victory.We cannot number how many people, nations and kingdoms God killed to bring victory to the physical Israel. How much more shall He do for those sons of men who have become sons of God?Yes, God is committed to their success. It does not matter what the situation is. If God did anything for the nation of Israel, He will do much more for them.They are His very seed. They are His partner in the covenant.They are the apple of His eyes. They are His sons and daughters. As a result God is against anybody that is against them. They can overcome always for the greater one is in them. He is at work in them now. He is greater than all their life battles, so they can win them all. He is working His good pleasure in them. They are born winners.

But how much they receive from God depends on how much they believe Him for. Personal faith is the answer.Jesus said often, "According to your (own) faith be it unto you" (Matthew 9:29). So what they believe God for is what they will receive!Godís word is unchanging:

"Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you. Luke 10:19

And He said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature."He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned."And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; "they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover."So then, after the Lord had spoken to them, He was received up into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God. And they went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word through the accompanying signs. Amen. Mark 16:15-20

Yes, Jesus came to earth and gave Himself as a sacrifice for sin in order to buy back for us everything that Adam lost. He came to destroy all the works of the devil...sickness and disease included. Once we have received Him as Lord of our life, all the rights and privileges God originally intended us to have (the right to things like fellowship with God, health and prosperity) are restored.But we are the one who has to exercise those rights!

The devil is an outlaw and even though Jesus has taken away his authority in the earth, even though he has no legal right to kill or steal from the children of God, he'll do it anyway...as long as we will let him get away with it.We must enforce his defeat by speaking the Word of God in faith. We must act on His Word. We must demand that sickness and disease leave us in the Name of Jesus. Then we must refuse to back off that demand. We must resist the devil with all we have. He might fight us for a while, but sooner or later, he will have to flee from us!

Jesus gave authority to the seventy disciples He sent out. Jesus also gave this same authority to everyone who believes in Him. When Jesus gave this authority to all who believe, He was giving the authority to the church. Christians are the church.When we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior, our spirit within us becomes ďborn again.Ē We become a part of the church. When the Bible talks about the church, if we are a believer in Jesus, itís talking about us. And, as a Christian, we are an heir to the authority Jesus gave. So when Jesus said ďI give you authority ...over all the power of the enemy,Ē Heís talking to us. As a believer we have been given authority over the demonic forces of this world. They are subject to us.

But authority that is not exercised has no value? So the devil doesnít care if we have authority over him as long as we donít exercise it. As long as we stand idly by and let him destroy our home, finances, and body, he could care less how much authority we have. All that concerns him is whether or not we use it. We have to wake up to the fact that we have been given authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy. And we should walk daily in our authority. We should keep things under control. When we allow things to get to the limit, we usually act out of desperation rather than authority. Godís word is unchanging:

Praise the LORD! Blessed is the man who fears the LORD, Who delights greatly in His commandments. His descendants will be mighty on earth; The generation of the upright will be blessed. Wealth and riches will be in his house, And his righteousness endures forever. Psalm 112:1-3

"And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven." Matthew 16:19

And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all. Ephesians 1:22-23

The word of God tells us that we are the body and Jesus is the head. God has put all things, principalities, powers, might and dominion and everything that has a name under the feet of Jesus. The feet are a part of the body. As the body of Christ, as believers, the enemy is under our feet.Satan has been defeated, but he hasnít been destroyed. We must take authority over him daily. And we can. Jesus gave us that authority. And we can use that authority to bind and loose things.We can bind the devil from operating in our lives, homes, business and finances.And based on Godís word we can loose breakthrough and prosperity in our business and finances and our total healing. Yes, wealth and riches will be in our house, and our righteousness endures forever. (Psalm 112:3). Godís word is unchanging:

Surely He has borne our griefs And carried our sorrows; Yet we esteemed Him stricken, Smitten by God, and afflicted. But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed. Isaiah 53:4-5

For the eyes of the LORD are on the righteous, And His ears are open to their prayers; But the face of the LORD is against those who do evil.", 1 Peter 3:12.

"Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh. Is there anything too hard for Me? Jeremiah 32:27.

So Jesus answered and said to them, "Have faith in God. "For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, 'Be removed and be cast into the sea,' and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. "Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them. Mark 11:22-24


Chapter 17

Let Him Pray

What is the conclusion then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will also pray with the understanding. I will sing with the spirit, and I will also sing with the understanding. 1 Corinthians 14:15

Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing psalms. Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. James 5:13-16

Years ago the devil started a rumor. He told a few Christians that as long as they lived in the world, they had to suffer as the world did. He told them they had to share the diseases and the defeat, the poverty and the failure of those around them. Health, prosperity and victorious living aren't concepts some comfort-hungry believer selfishly dreamed up. They are God's ideas.Even Jesus said, "In the world you have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration." "But be of good cheer-- take courage, be confident, certain, undaunted--for I have overcome the world.-- I have deprived it of power to harm, have conquered it [for you]" (John 16:33, The Amplified Bible).And prayer releases the power and victories of God into our lives.

Prayer doesnít solve some problems but all problems for prayer is access to a God who is unlimted in riches, resources and power and is always for and not against Him people. And the strongest weapons we have a praying in the Spirit and singing in the Spirit. We are told to crucify the flesh. Our spirit man must dominate our body. Praying in the Spirit by the Holy Spirit applies spirit to flesh. It causesour spirit to rise up and take charge. Just like using weights to strengthen our arms, praying in other tongues strengthens our spirit. Godís word is unchanging:

But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.Therefore, brethren, we are debtors-not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh.For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. Romans 8:11-14

But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all: for to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healings by the same Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another discerning of spirits, to another different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues.But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills. 1 Corinthians 12:8-11

Now you are the body of Christ, and members individually.And God has appointed these in the church: first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, administrations, varieties of tongues. 1 Corinthians 12:27-28

Our spirit is more powerful than our flesh, and as we give it outflow, the flesh will simply have to yield to it. Andpraying in the Spirit releases the outflow of the Spirit and it also allows the gifts of the Spirit to operate through us. All the gifts of the Spirit reside in Jesus Christ who now lives in us. And as we release the Spirit through praying in the Spirit we have for the profit of all the manifestation of the gifts of the Spirit including the word of wisdom, the word of knowledge, faith, gifts of healings, the working of miracles, prophecy, discerning of spirits, different kinds of tongues and the interpretation of tongues. We alone by our spirit determine if we will allow the gifts of the Spirit which are resident in us to operate or not. We control the tap the closes or opens the rivers of the Spirit to flow from us. Godís word is unchanging:

On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, "If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. "He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water."But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified. John 7:36-39

"But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth." Acts 1:8

The power is in us because God is in us but we must go into the Spirit to let it manifest. And there are many methods of going into the Spirit including praying in the Spirit, singing in the Spirit, mediating on the word of God, or soaking in the presence of God. Yes, ignorance and blindness has kept many of Godís people in the dark from living and walking in the Spirit which is activated by praying in tongues and acting on Godís word.Godís word is unchanging:

Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need. Hebrew 4:14-16

We can come boldly to the throne of grace to obtain mercy to cover our transgressions that are past, and find grace to help, so we donít go back to the same trouble and suffer the same affliction. If we donít deal with past transgression our prayers for "bread and butter"will not being answeredbecause the transgression that brought you the affliction of lack of bread and butter is still in place. Hence Godís word admonishes usthat if anyone among youis afflicted, ill-treated, suffering evil, He should pray. .The earnest (heartfelt, continued) prayer of a righteous man makes tremendous power available (dynamic in its working) (James 5:13-16 Amplified).

We have power to loose ourselves from all things. We can loose ourselves from that continuous sickness, pains and aches, misfortunes of life, oppressions of the devil, and every form of disobedience!Wehave been charged to loose ourselves, to awake from our sleep and not let the devil take advantage of us anymore! Prayer can and does change all things. Jesus prayed and He was transfigured. We canwreck those forces that are wrecking us with our heartfelt prayer We can pray and be transfiguredand see all the sicknesses and diseases plaguing us disappear when itís right inside our heart. When that is wiped off, then our body will become whole. If the inner man is okay, the outerman will follow suit. God;s word is unchanging:

Have mercy upon me, O God, According to Your lovingkindness; According to the multitude of Your tender mercies, Blot out my transgressions.Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, And cleanse me from my sin. Psalm 51:1-2

This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us. 1 John 1:5-10

Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers. For I rejoiced greatly when brethren came and testified of the truth that is in you, just as you walk in the truth. I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth. 3 John 1:2-4

 


Chapter 18

Do You Bless or Curse Deceivers?

"But cursed be the deceiver Who has in his flock a male, And takes a vow, But sacrifices to the Lord what is blemished-For I am a great King," Says the LORD of hosts, "And My name is to be feared among the nations. Malachi 1:14

But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed. Galatians 1:8-9

The Lord of hosts has stated ďcursed be the deceiver!Ē But some Christians believe that God blesses everyone for He sends the rain on the just and unjust. HoweverJesus Christ, God incarnate, the epitome of love,didnít go around blessing all people with words. He didnít bless the religious and political leaders of His day but cursed them. ĎWoe to youí doesnít mean something good is going to happen to you, especially when spoken to you by the Son of God?

Jesus called deceiversall kinds of name including hypocrites, murderers, serpents, brood of vipers, liars, blind guides, sons of hell, etc. He told them they would not escape the condemnation of hell (Matthew 23:15, 33, Luke 11:24-25, 23:38-31) and they didnít! Because Jesus told the truth about deceivers who were His enemies and not His friends, they sought to kill Him. The bible records for our profit and instruction:

"But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you shut up the kingdom of heaven against men; for you neither go in yourselves, nor do you allow those who are entering to go in."Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you devour widows' houses, and for a pretense make long prayers. Therefore you will receive greater condemnation."Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you travel land and sea to win one proselyte, and when he is won, you make him twice as much a son of hell as yourselves. Matthew 23:13-15

After these things Jesus walked in Galilee; for He did not want to walk in Judea, because the Jews sought to kill Him.Now the Jews' Feast of Tabernacles was at hand.His brothers therefore said to Him, "Depart from here and go into Judea, that Your disciples also may see the works that You are doing. "For no one does anything in secret while he himself seeks to be known openly. If You do these things, show Yourself to the world." For even His brothers did not believe in Him. Then Jesus said to them, "My time has not yet come, but your time is always ready."The world cannot hate you, but it hates Me because I testify of it that its works are evil."You go up to this feast. I am not yet going up to this feast, for My time has not yet fully come." When He had said these things to them, He remained in Galilee.John 7:1-9

"You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it. John 8:44

Jesus Christ didnít have a problem to tell deceivers and liars that their father was the devil and they desires of their father they do. The devil was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. And Apostle Paul didnít have a problem cursing decievers. He clearly stated, If anyone does not love the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be accursed. O Lord, come! (1 Corinthians 16:22). And God never blessed deceivers but cursed them and warned Godís people about them:

"Take heed to yourselves, lest your heart be deceived, and you turn aside and serve other gods and worship them, Deuteronomy 11:16

For thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel: Do not let your prophets and your diviners who are in your midst deceive you, nor listen to your dreams which you cause to be dreamed. Jeremiah 29:8

Now I urge you, brethren, note those who cause divisions and offenses, contrary to the doctrine which you learned, and avoid them. For those who are such do not serve our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly, and by smooth words and flattering speech deceive the hearts of the simple. Romans 16:17-18

The word of God is clear that the wrath and cursing of God comes upon deceivers, the sons of disobedience, not the blessings and goodness of God. And unfortunately that are many in our midst in Christendom who ae sons of hell, sons of disobedience, deceivers, evil men and imposters deceiving and being deceived.Godís word is true:

Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. Ephesians 5:6

Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, 1 Timothy 4:1

Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.But evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived. 2 Timothy 3:12-13

Itís amazing that deceivers call tell are their lies without impunity when Godís true anointed ones tell the truth about them they say, to speak evil of no one, to be peaceable, gentle, showing all humility to all men (1 Timothy 3:2). What a joke and what a twist of the truth?A half truth is a lie and there is much half truths coming out of the house of God like suffering and poverty is the will of God. Yes, poverty and suffering is the will of God for children of disobedience but never for children of obedience.And Apostle John instructs us not to have fellowship with deceivers or receive them:

This is love, that we walk according to His commandments. This is the commandment, that as you have heard from the beginning, you should walk in it.For many deceivers have gone out into the world who do not confess Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist. Look to yourselves, that we do not lose those things we worked for, but that we may receive a full reward.Whoever transgresses and does not abide in the doctrine of Christ does not have God. He who abides in the doctrine of Christ has both the Father and the Son.If anyone comes to you and does not bring this doctrine, do not receive him into your house nor greet him;for he who greets him shares in his evil deeds. 1 John 1:6-11

And Jesus instructed us to retain the sins of some people especially deceivers and not to forgive them. Godís word is unchanging:

"Moreover if your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault between you and him alone. If he hears you, you have gained your brother. "But if he will not hear, take with you one or two more, that 'by the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.' "And if he refuses to hear them, tell it to the church. But if he refuses even to hear the church, let him be to you like a heathen and a tax collector."Assuredly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. Matthew 18:16-18

So Jesus said to them again, "Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you."And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, "Receive the Holy Spirit."If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained." John 20:21-23

 

 


Chapter 19

Perseverance And Prosperity

Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance;and perseverance, character; and character, hope.Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us. Romans 5:1-5

The word of God teaches us that in order to have true prosperity we must have perseverance. You could not have one without the other.As a matter of fact Jesus taught in the parable of the sower that perseverance and prosperity were related. The bible records for our instruction:

"Therefore hear the parable of the sower: "When anyone hears the word of the kingdom, and does not understand it, then the wicked one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is he who received seed by the wayside.

"But he who received the seed on stony places, this is he who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy;"yet he has no root in himself, but endures only for a while. For when tribulation or persecution arises because of the word, immediately he stumbles.

"Now he who received seed among the thorns is he who hears the word, and the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and he becomes unfruitful.

"But he who received seed on the good ground is he who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and produces: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty." Matthew 13:18-23

The heart of man is like the soil of the earth. Each soil is different and has different characteristics. Poor soil allows the devil to come and steal the word of God that is sown in the heart. Stony soil doesnít have a heart that is persevering when tribulation or persecution arises because of the word.Soil with thorns allows the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches to choke the word, and he becomes unfruitful.But good soil with patience bears fruit and produces: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.

Faith, virtue, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness, and brotherly love are also interrelated and are part of prosperity. For Godís word is unchanging:

Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord,as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue,by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge,to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness,to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love. For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Peter1:1-8

While men look at riches, wealth and power as signs of prosperity, God considers faith, virtue, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness, and brotherly love as the true elements of prosperity. For Godís word is unchanging:

A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, Loving favor rather than silver and gold. Proverbs 22:1

"I have shown you in every way, by laboring like this, that you must support the weak. And remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He said, 'It is more blessed to give than to receive.' " Acts 20:35

We give no offense in anything, that our ministry may not be blamed. But in all things we commend ourselves as ministers of God: in much patience, in tribulations, in needs, in distresses,in stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labors, in sleeplessness, in fastings;by purity, by knowledge, by longsuffering, by kindness, by the Holy Spirit, by sincere love, by the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armor of righteousness on the right hand and on the left,by honor and dishonor, by evil report and good report; as deceivers, and yet true; as unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and behold we live; as chastened, and yet not killed;as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things. 2 Corinthians 6:3-10

In the kingdom of God things are not like they are in the kingdom of men.Itís the givers who are truly blessed, itís the humble who are great, a good name is to be chosen rather than great riches and Godís loving favor is to be sought above silver and gold. For Godís word is unchanging:

And King Ahasuerus imposed tribute on the land and on the islands of the sea.Now all the acts of his power and his might, and the account of the greatness of Mordecai, to which the king advanced him, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Media and Persia?For Mordecai the Jew was second to King Ahasuerus, and was great among the Jews and well received by the multitude of his brethren, seeking the good of his people and speaking peace to all his countrymen. Esther 10:1-3

"Therefore, brethren, seek out from among you seven men of good reputation, full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business;"but we will give ourselves continually to prayer and to the ministry of the word."

And the saying pleased the whole multitude. And they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and the Holy Spirit, and Philip, Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolas, a proselyte from Antioch, whom they set before the apostles; and when they had prayed, they laid hands on them.

Then the word of God spread, and the number of the disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests were obedient to the faith. And Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders and signs among the people. Acts 6:3-8

"The word which God sent to the children of Israel, preaching peace through Jesus Christ-He is Lord of all-"that word you know, which was proclaimed throughout all Judea, and began from Galilee after the baptism which John preached:"how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him. Acts 10:36-38

The greatness and prosperity of a man is not measured by what a man possesses but by being like Jesus whom God anointed with the Holy Spirit and with power, and who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him. It is measured by being like Stephen, a man full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom and faith, who did great wonders and signs among the people. It is measured by like Philip the Apostle about whom the word of God states:

Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria and preached Christ to them. And the multitudes with one accord heeded the things spoken by Philip, hearing and seeing the miracles which he did.For unclean spirits, crying with a loud voice, came out of many who were possessed; and many who were paralyzed and lame were healed. And there was great joy in that city. Acts 8:5-8

Now after John was put in prison, Jesus came to Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, and saying, "The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel." And as He walked by the Sea of Galilee, He saw Simon and Andrew his brother casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. Then Jesus said to them, "Follow Me, and I will make you become fishers of men."They immediately left their nets and followed Him. Mark 1:14-18

There is no sickness, disease, poverty, lack, defeat, failure or unmet need in the kingdom of God. For those who live and walk in the kingdom of God demons and circumstances donít determine their success and prosperity and well being but God Himself through the presence of the Holy Spirit, which brings both the manifestation of the kingdom of God and the nature of the God who is a good God, a creative God, a miracle working God and a God of restoration. When Godís comes on the scene through thepresence and personality of who the Holy Spirit is miracles come forth, miracles are manifested and Godís creative power is unleashed to change things in and around the live of the believer.

Most Christians are waiting for the kingdom of heaven to happen when they dieóďabsent from the body and present with the LordĒ (2 Cor. 5:8). But Jesus said, ďÖ the kingdom of heaven is at hand.Ē And from the beginning of the time that Jesus first began to walk on this earth in His earthly ministry and He released the dynamic and the presence of the Holy Spirit, He ushered in the kingdom of heaven. AND ITíS STILL HERE! We donít have to wait until we die or for another time to experience the kingdom of heaven! We can come into the realm of the kingdom of heaven now by experiencing what Jesus meant when He said: ďYour kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heavenĒ (Matt. 6:10). The kingdom of heaven is the manifestation of the kingdom of God on the earth, as it is in heaven. The reality is this: as it is in heaven means that there is no sorrow, or pain, or sickness because such conditions do not exist in heaven. So we can pray that as it is in heaven so let it be done in the earth.We can bring Ďas it is in heavení to the earth not only in the area of miracles, glory and angelic activity but into our hearts and lives. As a result we will have no more sorrow, no more pain, no more sickness, into the earth and know and experience the comfort of God in all our tribulation. Godís word is unchanging:

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also abounds through Christ. 2 Corinthians 1:3-5

But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us.We are hard pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed- always carrying about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body. For we who live are always delivered to death for Jesus' sake, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh. So then death is working in us, but life in you. And since we have the same spirit of faith, according to what is written, "I believed and therefore I spoke," we also believe and therefore speak, knowing that He who raised up the Lord Jesus will also raise us up with Jesus, and will present us with you. For all things are for your sakes, that grace, having spread through the many, may cause thanksgiving to abound to the glory of God.

Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory,while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:7-18

Yes, we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power that isGod and not of us. We look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal! We need to focus on whatís eternal because whatís eternal is going to last forever and itís in the Spirit realm. We bring heaven on earth into our lives. The eternal is the unseen substance of whatís in heaven. In fact, the eternal overrules the material or physical realm, the physical symptoms of the sickness that are in our body, and the physical circumstances of our life. And we do this by sayingďCome Holy Spirit; so as it is in heaven, it will begin to be on earth.Ē

As we invite the kingdom of God and as we say, ďHoly Spirit come,Ē He brings the realm of God, He brings the activity of God. When the Holy Spirit shows up, a superior order shows up, and it breaks the law of science, it breaks every doctorís report and what every person has said about you concerning what you can and cannot do. It breaks the law of physics and the realm of the impossible. It begins to open up the impossible! It begins to open up the eternal! It begins to open up the supernatural! People get healed! Sickness, diseases, poverty and lack leave our bodies and leave our lives to the dismay of the unbelievers asGodís kingdom is manifested in our lives. As it is in Heaven so is not now on earth in our hearts and lives.

Through being born from above meansthat we not onlyexperience life on the earth with our natural senses but weexperience the heavenly realm with our spiritual senses. We can now live in that heavenly realm and to walk in the spirit is to live and believe as it is in heaven so it is to be done on earth (Matt. 6:10). Just like Jesus demonstrated andmanifested the kingdom of God bringing the creative power out of the heavens to override the natural and the impossible in the earth and to release the supernatural of God we can do the same. We can walk in a greatmeasure of miracles, signs and wonders like Jesus did for we now live by another set of rules. We live by a superior order. We are in the realm of God where miracles are the natural order of things throughthe power and anointing of the Holy Ghost. Godís word is unchanging:

"Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father. "And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son."If you ask anything in My name, I will do it. John 14:12-14

But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.Therefore, brethren, we are debtors-not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. Romans 8:11-14

And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God. 1 Corinthians 2:4-5

For the kingdom of God is not in word but in power. 1 Corinthians 4:20

The LORD is my strength and song, And He has become my salvation. The voice of rejoicing and salvation Is in the tents of the righteous;The right hand of the LORD does valiantly.The right hand of the LORD is exalted;The right hand of the LORD does valiantly. Psalm 118:14-16

When the LORD brought back the captivity of Zion, We were like those who dream. Then our mouth was filled with laughter, And our tongue with singing.Then they said among the nations, "The LORD has done great things for them." The LORD has done great things for us, And we are glad. Bring back our captivity, O LORD, As the streams in the South.Those who sow in tears Shall reap in joy.He who continually goes forth weeping, Bearing seed for sowing, Shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, Bringing his sheaves with him. Psalm 126:1-6

 

 


Chapter 20

Another Jesus

But I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.For if he who comes preaches another Jesus whom we have not preached, or if you receive a different spirit which you have not received, or a different gospel which you have not accepted-you may well put up with it! 2 Corinthians 11:3-4

For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into apostles of Christ.And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light.Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also transform themselves into ministers of righteousness, whose end will be according to their works. 2 Corinthians 11:13-15

Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.Now I myself am confident concerning you, my brethren, that you also are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge, able also to admonish one another.Nevertheless, brethren, I have written more boldly to you on some points, as reminding you, because of the grace given to me by God, that I might be a minister of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles, ministering the gospel of God, that the offering of the Gentiles might be acceptable, sanctified by the Holy Spirit.Therefore I have reason to glory in Christ Jesus in the things which pertain to God.For I will not dare to speak of any of those things which Christ has not accomplished through me, in word and deed, to make the Gentiles obedient-in mighty signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God, so that from Jerusalem and round about to Illyricum I have fully preached the gospel of Christ.Romans 15:13-19

We donít throw out the baby with the bath water?So in spite of what the false ones like Canadian Revivalist Todd Bentley have said and done and preach another Jesus, another gospel,the word of God is clear that the God of hope fills us with all joy and peace in believing, that we may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit, and not by the power of flesh or any human wisdom that come from preachers of the flesh!And because God is no respecter of person and loves each one of His children equally they can expect Him to accomplish through them, in word and deed, in mighty signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God, great and wondrous things! And itís only their faith that limits God because Godís word is true:

"But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly. Matthew 6:6

"If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him! Matthew 7:11

Then He touched their eyes, saying, "According to your faith let it be to you." Matthew 9:29

"But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you. John 14:26

"However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come."He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you."All things that the Father has are Mine. Therefore I said that He will take of Mine and declare it to you. John 16:13-15

For the information of all, Todd Bentley is the tattooed former criminal who in July 2008 stepped down from his controversial revival in Florida over an affair with a woman. Bentley, raised in Gibsons, B.C., was known to be a heavy drinker. During his ecstatic services he would often punch or kick sick people in the name of healing them. It wasn't his outrageous claims of raising the dead that finally landed Todd Bentley in trouble. Not the contradictory sermons, or even his criminal past. Not the face piercings, the neck-to-knee tattoos, the biker-dude lifestyle. His followers could live with all that; it was part of the act. Bentley, a 32-year-old former drug addict from the west coast, was the hottest thing going on the global televangelist circuit. A hog-riding faith healer with a devil-may-care attitude.Then he failed his flock, the old fashioned way: cheating on his wife.

Todd Bentley was EXPOSED as a LIAR and a THIEF!!! During the Lakeland revival Todd also said that s God told him to get 1,000 people to give $1,000 dollars. When people confronted Todd, Todd admitted that God did not say that. We had positive prove that Todd Bentley along with the leaders of the Revival Alliance was spiritually abusing everyone.

Chť Ahn Bill Johnson and John Arnott, all three of them were close to Todd and they led the newly-formed Revival Alliance.So on Monday, June 23, 2008in the commissioning service at Lakelandthat was televised John Arnott, an alliance member and founding pastor of the Toronto Airport Christian Fellowship (Toronto Airport Church of the Flesh) stated:

"We bless you today, Todd Bentley. You're a friend. You're a man of God. You're a man of prayer. You're a man of the spirit. You love the anointing. And I would say that it's not just the Lakeland revival, but the whole world that goes into revival. And you're leading an amazing charge. And, multitudes are getting in behind you and saying, ĎCome on. I'm gonna go with you.í And so we bless all of that. Thank you, Holy Spirit, for raising up this young man, to lead such a mighty charge around the world, and to partner with God TV in all that has happened here in the last, uh, several months now, three months almost. We bless it in the name of Jesus, and we stand with you, and we encourage you, and we honor you." http://newswithviews.com/West/marsha73.htm

LatterJohn Arnott, head pastor of the Toronto Airport Christian Fellowship where the ďToronto BlessingĒ originated, who was kicked out of the Vineyard Association for being too heretical, and is a Promoter of ďCatch the Fire Soaking Prayer CentersĒ, said he was also surprised when he got word Bentleyís separation. ďI had hoped that the previous troubles had been resolved and worked through,Ē he told Charisma, referring to marital problems he said the Bentleys had two years ago.

On TACFís Website John Arnott stated:

Todd has chosen to do something that is wrong according to Scripture, and his timing to announce it was equally inappropriate. Everyone is asking, "What happened?" "Why didn't anyone see this coming?"  We are making the answers to those questions a matter of prayer, and are as shocked and saddened by what has just happened as you are. Furthermore, it has now come out that there has been some inappropriate behavior, both with excessive drinking and also with a female member of his staff. Please don't jump to conclusions or assume the worst, but this behavior is wrong before the Lord.

 I wanted to be available to Todd if he needed advice. I had no agenda other than to see what was happening in Lakeland continue and to see Todd nurture this revival successfully.  I wish I had known that he was struggling in his marriage, but unfortunately, I did not.

 I am working now with Bill Johnson and Che Ahn to listen to each person who is close to the situation in order to give godly counsel and confront the presenting issues in Godís love.  We are all receiving many phone calls and reading much correspondence about all these matters at the moment. Some of it is quite hopeful and some of it is not. However, I believe that God can break through. http://www.tacf.org/tacforghome/Visitors/LakelandToddBentleyUpdate/tabid/761/Default.aspx

Todd was not struggling in his marriage he was being an adulterer having sex outside his marriage as well as being a drunkard contrary to Godís word which he doesnít read or practice. Yes Todd was not a doer of the word but a hypocrite, a liar, a scoundrel and a thief to say the least!

Pat Holliday of Miracle Outreach Ministries Jacksonville, Florida wrote

Todd Bentley preached many false doctrines and did many bizarre things in Lakeland. Many were blinded to his insane ministry. WE NOW KNOW FOR 100% CERTAIN that Todd was living with another woman, drunk most nights, and any sincere Bible knowledge should have deeply concerned people about his heretical doctrines. However, when he confessed his affair with another woman and applied for divorce, he was rejected by all those who endorsed him and he became exposed as a liar. Church leadership rejected his ministry and called him to repentance. Some his peers say that they are ministering to him now and claim that he has repented but we have not heard a word from his lips. Mostly the entire churches AROUND THE world have rejected Bentley because of his sinful lifestyle of womanizing and drinking and rightly so.

# 107 Sharon [ii] on Oct 20th, 2009 at 12:39 pm wrote a testimony about Todd:

Well after reading through some of what people have written on here I would like to add my 10 cents worth

I worked for Todd for over 5 years and travelled with him.

Do I agree with what he has done? No. His wife and children are suffering beyond belief. Having to sell their house because a single mom canít afford a mortgage and Shonnah was a stay at home mom. She has endured much heartache and yet has been gracious through it all. We all can learn from her

As for his remarriage, I have sat back and watched this all unfold. Him having vacations ( prior to marriage) with his girlfriend, in Hawaii and getting drunk and who knows what else went on, does not constitute repentance.

Repentance is when you ďturn from your wicked waysĒ but he continued to do what he wanted till he was married and then came back for ďhealingĒ. I cannot see what is in his heart but his actions speak volumes. There is much more that I can say on this subject.

Does God forgive? Yes and we should too but I do not think he should ever be placed in a position of leadership. How can you when the example you are giving doesnít line up with the word of God?

My husband left me for another woman after 16 yrs of being together and he is now married. The after math of what I am going through has been far reaching. Whether financially, emotionally, whatever, it doesnít go away over night.

And even Todd's own old friends and former supporters turn on him:

We, the leaders of the charismatic church, have built on hype, sensation, innovation, programs, personality and charisma. This has produced: shallowness; false movements; novice leadersó gifted but immature and untested; a deficient understanding of Godís word; the building of man-centered rather than kingdom- centered churches and ministries; competition rather than cooperation; humanistic, self-centered Christians who donít understand sacrifice and commitment; Christians without discernment; superstar leaders; a perverted and powerless gospel; prayerless and anemic Christians; a replacement of the fear of the Lord with the fear of man; and a young generation that is cynical of it all Ė Dutch Sheets

Todd Bentley now carries the label of a liar and a deceiver. I'm sorry to mention it, but I felt personally deceived in the same way when Ted Haggard's sin was exposed and he was immediately removed from ministry...

Suffice it to say that there is more than I am going to mention. First of all, Todd has been removed from public ministry until further notice. He has resigned from the ministry he founded, Fresh Fire, so he is no longer a part of that board. It has become clear that he indulged in periodic drunkenness. He has no intention at the moment of reconciling with Shonna, nor does she with him. Their marriage has been torn for years by his emotional attachment with at least one other female whose physical contact went beyond hugging and kissing and holding hands. Enough said-maybe more details will be revealed later-but it was clearly immoral. All of this was skillfully concealed by lying and by swearing close associates who had observed his behavior to secrecy - Peter Wagner

 


Chapter 21

Godís Will And Best For Me!

But Saul and the people spared Agag and the best of the sheep, the oxen, the fatlings, the lambs, and all that was good, and were unwilling to utterly destroy them. But everything despised and worthless, that they utterly destroyed. 1 Samuel 15:9

"For My people have committed two evils: They have forsaken Me, the fountain of living waters, And hewn themselves cisterns-broken cisterns that can hold no water. Jeremiah 2:13

We have many people running around looking for Godís will and best for their lives especially to churches where there are miracles, signs and wonders as though God is going to do a miraculous thing and show them His will for the lives? Hogwash!Godís word is His will for everybody and His word clearly states:

But as for you, speak the things which are proper for sound doctrine:that the older men be sober, reverent, temperate, sound in faith, in love, in patience; the older women likewise, that they be reverent in behavior, not slanderers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things-that they admonish the young women to love their husbands, to love their children,to be discreet, chaste, homemakers, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be blasphemed.

Likewise exhort the young men to be sober-minded, in all things showing yourself to be a pattern of good works; in doctrine showing integrity, reverence, incorruptibility,sound speech that cannot be condemned, that one who is an opponent may be ashamed, having nothing evil to say of you. Exhort bondservants to be obedient to their own masters, to be well pleasing in all things, not answering back,not pilfering, but showing all good fidelity, that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Savior in all things.

For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age,looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ,who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works.Speak these things, exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no one despise you. Titus 2:1-15

The word of God clearly spells out the ABCís of what Godís will is for every believer including

1)   Denying ungodliness and worldly lusts,

2)   Living soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age,

3)   Looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ,who gave Himself for us,

4)   Being redeemedfrom every lawless deed and purified for Him who made usHis own special people,

5)   Being zealous for good works

Whenever in the deceptive Third Wave churches you have a married woman who wants to be a prophetess, a missionary, a preacher, etc., she is deceived because God called her first to love her husband, love her children, to be discreet, chase, homemaker, good and obedient to her own husband.

And itís a fact that many women have has become like Saul who chose to do only the will of God about king Agag that he liked. Saul and the people spared Agag and the best of the sheep, the oxen, the fatlings, the lambs, and all that was good, and were unwilling to utterly destroy them. But everything despised and worthless, that they utterly destroyed. As a result the bible states Saul lost his kingdom and life:

Then Samuel said: "Has the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, As in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, And to heed than the fat of rams.For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, And stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the LORD, He also has rejected you from being king." 1 Samuel 15:22-23

Itís a fact that many go to the Third Wave churches for the wrong reasons including lust, prominence, fortune and fame but definitely not for obeying the first and second commandment of God:

Then one of the scribes came, and having heard them reasoning together, perceiving that He had answered them well, asked Him, "Which is the first commandment of all?"Jesus answered him, "The first of all the commandments is: 'Hear, O Israel, the LORD our God, the LORD is one.'And you shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind,and with all your strength.' This is the first commandment. 1 "And the second, like it, is this: 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' There is no other commandment greater than these."So the scribe said to Him, "Well said, Teacher. You have spoken the truth, for there is one God, and there is no other but He."And to love Him with all the heart, with all the understanding, with all the soul, and with all the strength, and to love one's neighbor as oneself, is more than all the whole burnt offerings and sacrifices."4 Now when Jesus saw that he answered wisely, He said to him, "You are not far from the kingdom of God." But after that no one dared question Him. Matthew 12:28-34

Therefore lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror;for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was.But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.If anyone among you thinks he is religious, and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this one's religion is useless.Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world. James 1:21-27

And that is why you have in Third Wave Churches false prophets and fools like Todd Bentley who are not doers of the word and have no qualms about lying, stealing, fornicating, being an adulterer and a drunkard, divorcing and doing the regular things that the rest of the world does because the first and second commands of God are not important to them.

ďThe Fatherís heartĒ is yet another term arising out of the ďThird WaveĒ which is nowhere to be found in the bible, and which has evolved into a false doctrine. John Arnottof Toronto Airport Christian Fellowship and his deceiverspreach on this themeGod is love, yes, but many forget that He is also a consuming fire, that His love is a jealous love, and that love also severely disciplines when necessary.

Jesus warned us that there are those who perform miracles, prophecy and cast out demons, etc, in His name, but who are out of His will in doing so, and the day is coming when He will tell them ďAway from me, I never knew you.Ē Our Heavenly Father will be casting many into the lake of fire who think they are Christians and who mistakenly think He is some kind of cuddly teddy bear, because they have departed from the word of God. And that is why Jesus said about them:

"Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you travel land and sea to win one proselyte, and when he is won, you make him twice as much a son of hell as yourselves. Matthew 23:15

Many of Godís people are crying out to God to bless them and donít find an open heaven but trials and tribulations, many of which are caused by their own foolishness. Itís a fact that Apostle Paul suffered greatly when he became a Christian because he reaped what he had sown in murdering Christians especially Stephen. God is not to be mocked whatsoever a man sows so shall he reap applies to everyone. And Apostle Peter told us:

Honor all people. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the king. Servants, be submissive to your masters with all fear, not only to the good and gentle, but also to the harsh.For this is commendable, if because of conscience toward God one endures grief, suffering wrongfully. For what credit is it if, when you are beaten for your faults, you take it patiently? But when you do good and suffer, if you take it patiently, this is commendable before God.For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps:"Who committed no sin,Nor was deceit found in His mouth";who, when He was reviled, did not revile in return; when He suffered, He did not threaten, but committed Himself to Him who judges righteously;who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness-by whose stripes you were healed. 1 Peter 2:17-24

And who is he who will harm you if you become followers of what is good?But even if you should suffer for righteousness' sake, you are blessed. "And do not be afraid of their threats, nor be troubled."But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear;having a good conscience, that when they defame you as evildoers, those who revile your good conduct in Christ may be ashamed.For it is better, if it is the will of God, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil. 1 Peter 3:13-17

If you are reproached for the name of Christ, blessed are you, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you. On their part He is blasphemed, but on your part He is glorified.But let none of you suffer as a murderer, a thief, an evildoer, or as a busybody in other people's matters.Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in this matter.For the time has come for judgment to begin at the house of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the end of those who do not obey the gospel of God?Now"If the righteous one is scarcely saved, Where will the ungodly and the sinner appear?" Therefore let those who suffer according to the will of God commit their souls to Him in doing good, as to a faithful Creator. 1 Peter 4:14-19

There is no credit if you are beaten for your faults?If you should suffer for righteousness' sake, you are blessed but if you suffer for being a murderer, a thief, an evildoer, or as a busybody in other people's matters there is no glory in this?It is better, if it is the will of God, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil? We better wake up to the fact that God is not the cause of all of manís suffering even though He works it all for good to them that love God and are called according to His purposes. Many sufferings are needless because Godís people donít use their faith to be healed and delivered of them. Godís word is unchanging:

Oh, that men would give thanks to the LORD for His goodness, And for His wonderful works to the children of men! For He has broken the gates of bronze,And cut the bars of iron in two. Fools, because of their transgression,And because of their iniquities, were afflicted.Their soul abhorred all manner of food,And they drew near to the gates of death.Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble, And He saved them out of their distresses. He sent His word and healed them,And delivered them from their destructions. Psalm 107:15-20

Why did God call these children of men fools? Because they were afflicted because of their transgression and their iniquities just like Jesus warned men about:

"For I say to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven."You have heard that it was said to those of old, 'You shall not murder, and whoever murders will be in danger of the judgment.'"But I say to you that whoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment. And whoever says to his brother, 'Raca!' shall be in danger of the council. But whoever says, 'You fool!' shall be in danger of hell fire. "Therefore if you bring your gift to the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you,"leave your gift there before the altar, and go your way. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift. "Agree with your adversary quickly, while you are on the way with him, lest your adversary deliver you to the judge, the judge hand you over to the officer, and you be thrown into prison. Matthew 5:20-25

"And whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted. Matthew 23:12

He has put down the mighty from their thrones, And exalted the lowly. Luke 1:52

Proud and arrogant ones donít consider the possibility of the reality of the judgments of God upon them in the current time of life because they are after all Christians, the apple of Godís eyes and once saved always saved? They forget that that judgment begins in the house of God (1 Peter 4:7) and But above all, my brethren, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or with any other oath. But let your "Yes," be "Yes," and your "No,""No," lest you fall into judgment (James 5;12). Yes we get into great trouble and tribulation by saying the wrong words in life.And that is why wise King Solomon wrote and stated:

You are snared by the words of your mouth; You are taken by the words of your mouth. Proverbs 6:2

The fear of the LORD is to hate evil; Pride and arrogance and the evil way And the perverse mouth I hate. Proverbs 8:13

Blessings are on the head of the righteous, But violence covers the mouth of the wicked. Proverbs 10:6

Wise people store up knowledge, But the mouth of the foolish is near destruction. Proverbs 10:14

He who guards his mouth preserves his life, But he who opens wide his lips shall have destruction. Proverbs 13:3

 


Chapter 22

He Heals The Broken Hearted

The LORD builds up Jerusalem; He gathers together the outcasts of Israel.He heals the brokenhearted And binds up their wounds.He counts the number of the stars; He calls them all by name. Great is our Lord, and mighty in power;His understanding is infinite. The LORD lifts up the humble; He casts the wicked down to the ground. Psalm 142:2-6

"The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon Me, Because the LORD has anointed Me To preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives, And the opening of the prison to those who are bound; To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, And the day of vengeance of our God; To comfort all who mourn, To console those who mourn in Zion, To give them beauty for ashes, The oil of joy for mourning, The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness;That they may be called trees of righteousness, The planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified."And they shall rebuild the old ruins, They shall raise up the former desolations,And they shall repair the ruined cities,The desolations of many generations. Strangers shall stand and feed your flocks, And the sons of the foreigner Shall be your plowmen and your vinedressers.But you shall be named the priests of the LORD, They shall call you the servants of our God. You shall eat the riches of the Gentiles, And in their glory you shall boast. Isaiah 61:1-6

Great is our Lord and mighty in power and He can do and will do what no other can do including healing the broken hearted. Men even preachers for all their high sounding empty words cannot do what God can do comfort all who mourn, giving them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning and the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness. Mind you men must admit they are sick and need a physician. They must admit they need the Savior, Healer and deliverer!

And the good news is that Jesus told us ďin the world you will have tribulation: but be of good cheer, I have overcome the worldĒ (John 16:33).Every one of us has and shall have troubles in this world as long as we live. But the LORD Jesus who is the same yesterday, today and forever is able to send His power and deliver every one ofwho is broken hearted including those who troubled from many years with physical problems, weakness, troubles in the family, troubles at work and financial troubles.

Yes the good knows is that the Lord knows all things. There is no nothing hidden from His sight, but all the things are naked and open to His eyes. (Hebrews 4:13) He hears the groaning of the prisoner. (Psalm 102:19) He will send His power to descend on those who seek Him and who are groaning and will change their pathetic situation into blessing. He is after all a miracle worker who fed over five thousand people with five loaves and two fish.Godís word is true:

When Jesus heard it, He departed from there by boat to a deserted place by Himself. But when the multitudes heard it, they followed Him on foot from the cities.And when Jesus went out He saw a great multitude; and He was moved with compassion for them, and healed their sick.When it was evening, His disciples came to Him, saying, "This is a deserted place, and the hour is already late. Send the multitudes away, that they may go into the villages and buy themselves food."But Jesus said to them, "They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat."And they said to Him, "We have here only five loaves and two fish." He said, "Bring them here to Me."Then He commanded the multitudes to sit down on the grass. And He took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, He blessed and broke and gave the loaves to the disciples; and the disciples gave to the multitudes.So they all ate and were filled, and they took up twelve baskets full of the fragments that remained.Now those who had eaten were about five thousand men, besides women and children. Matthew 14:13-21

Jesus Christ, Who is God, doesnít have a problem doing any kind of miracle! He can solve any problems and heal any sickness.He went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease among the people (Matthew 4:23). He knows all our sufferings because He Himself has gone through all such sufferings. He went through the agony of Cross just to know the sufferings we face in life. The, bible says that it was the Lordís will to crush Him and cause Him to suffer. (Isaiah 53: 7, 10) He took all these sufferings happily on His body just to deliver His children who are going through such agony in life and to give them His peace. So He very well knows all the troubles, tribulations and the crushing that people go through in this world and has the power to heal their broken heart and certainly deliver them from all their sufferings and bless them richly.

And God has no problem TO bring about any deliverance for those who are in dire distress and negative circumstances just like He did for King Nebuchadnezzar and Job. In my opinion some arrogant and proud religious leaders still need to learn what King Nebuchadnezzar learnt the hard way:

The king spoke, saying, "Is not this great Babylon, that I have built for a royal dwelling by my mighty power and for the honor of my majesty?"†† While the word was still in the king's mouth, a voice fell from heaven: "King Nebuchadnezzar, to you it is spoken: the kingdom has departed from you! And they shall drive you from men, and your dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field. They shall make you eat grass like oxen; and seven times shall pass over you, until you know that the Most High rules in the kingdom of men, and gives it to whomever He chooses."That very hour the word was fulfilled concerning Nebuchadnezzar; he was driven from men and ate grass like oxen; his body was wet with the dew of heaven till his hair had grown like eagles' feathers and his nails like birds' claws.†† And at the end of the time I, Nebuchadnezzar, lifted my eyes to heaven, and my understanding returned to me; and I blessed the Most High and praised and honored Him who lives forever:For His dominion is an everlasting dominion,And His kingdom is from generation to generation. All the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing;He does according to His will in the army of heavenAnd among the inhabitants of the earth.No one can restrain His hand Or say to Him, "What have You done?"†† At the same time my reason returned to me, and for the glory of my kingdom, my honor and splendor returned to me. My counselors and nobles resorted to me, I was restored to my kingdom, and excellent majesty was added to me.Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise and extol and honor the King of heaven, all of whose works are truth, and His ways justice. And those who walk in pride He is able to put down. Daniel 4:30-37

We know from the book of Job that not all sickness and disease is caused by our sins. In the case of Job, he was allowed by God to be "afflicted by the Devil" for a period of time to prove to himself and all those around him "what he was made of!" Yes, sometimes, the Lord will allow "bad things to happen to (God's) people" and we have to endure hardship until the victory comes. But our God who is a good God will not leave them there if they trust Him like Job did. He will accomplish the work that He wants to work within them and He will heal them and restore to them what He allowed the Devil to take from them. Godís word is unchanging:

Indeed we count them blessed who endure. You have heard of the perseverance of Job and seen the end intended by the Lord-that the Lord is very compassionate and merciful. James 5:11

So Eliphaz the Temanite and Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the Naamathite went and did as the LORD commanded them; for the LORD had accepted Job.And the LORD restored Job's losses when he prayed for his friends. Indeed the LORD gave Job twice as much as he had before.

Then all his brothers, all his sisters, and all those who had been his acquaintances before, came to him and ate food with him in his house; and they consoled him and comforted him for all the adversity that the LORD had brought upon him. Each one gave him a piece of silver and each a ring of gold.

Now the LORD blessed the latter days of Job more than his beginning; for he had fourteen thousand sheep, six thousand camels, one thousand yoke of oxen, and one thousand female donkeys.He also had seven sons and three daughters. Job 42:9-13

God delights to restore all things in abundance and to make the latter days of His true ones better than their beginning. But the choice is up to each man as to whether he shall have profit or loss, promotion or demotion, restoration or destruction.

Prayer: Our precious Heavenly father,Lord Jesus, I believe that You are the only refuge in times of my trouble. My heart overflows with gratitude when I think of Your unconditional love that You gave Yourself for me on the cross and the suffering You went through for me. Have mercy on me and redeem me from all trials and tribulations. Let there be peace in my mind. Lord, I shall not fear or worry about my future because my future is in Your hands and You delight in giving Your best to those who trust in You. Lord, do miracles in my life and fill my mouth with thanksgiving and praises. I give You all glory, honor and praise. in Jesus matchless name I pray.†† Amen.

 

 


Chapter 23

Who Has Believed Our Report?

Who has believed our report? And to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed? Isaiah 53:1

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.He was in the beginning with God.All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. John 1:1-5

He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him. But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. John 1:11-13

Jesus told us, "Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it (Matthew 7:13).Ē Thank God Jesus Christ is the Word (John 1:1) He is life to us, understanding, wisdom, healing, deliverance, safety, liberty and prosperity, all we will ever need. Praise God that there are those who believe our report and receive Jesus Christ as their LORD and Savior and Baptizer in the Holy Spirit, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God (Mark 16:15-20). Heaven is still going to have true sons and daughters in it even though many will be destroyed by their own foolishness and wrong choices!

Jesus said about men and women that we are all brethren "But you, do not be called 'Rabbi'; for One is your Teacher, the Christ, and you are all brethren. (Matthew 23:8).He also told us "A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another (John 13:34). And Apostle John told us we are to love the Brethren, We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love the brethren. He who does not love his brother abides in death. Whoever hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him. By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us. And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren (1 John 3:14-16).

But it is a fact that many t Christians Fundamentalists, traditional, Evangelical and even Pentecostal hate the brethren and throw them out of their churches and do not lay down their lives for the brethren but character assassinate them and say they are demon possessed and do things not by the power of God but by the power of Satan! They are also saying that women are not brethren!

Many fundamentalist Christians have said Jesus words and teachings don't apply to us but only to the Jews. Apostle Paul's words and teachings apply to the Gentiles that is us. In other words they are saying that Apostle Paul is now our teacher not Christ. Now if this is not replacing Jesus Christ with Apostle Paul then we better get not only our eyes checked but our brains as well.

Fundamentalist believe that the bible is the Word of God and true Christians believe that Jesus Christ is the Word of God. And there is a major difference because the former makes all the words of Apostle Paul to be equivalent to the Words of Jesus which is garbage as it nullifies anything what Jesus said or taught by what Paul said or taught. And Jesus never taught that a woman is saved by child birth or that she should be silent in the presence of men or in the church? Rather the bible tells us that Jesus talked a Samaritan women when Jews didn't talk to foreigners never mind woman. If you believe that Jesus words and deeds are greater than Apostle Paul you are not a true Christian.

And concerning Paulís erroneous teaching that women must be silent in the church itís contrary to scripture which states:

'And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God, That I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, Your young men shall see visions, Your old men shall dream dreams. And on My menservants and on My maidservants I will pour out My Spirit in those days; And they shall prophesy. Acts 2:17-18

The church met and was born on the day of Pentecost when men and women received the baptism of the spirit that Jesus promised and spoke in tongues in the church. They were not told to be silent then and should not be silent now. God's word is unchanging:

When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting.Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. Acts 2:1-4

So how can women be silent in the church when Apostle Paul told them to speak in tongues and prophesy or unless Paul doesn't consider women to be brethren or Christians or equal to men? Godís word is true:

How is it then, brethren? Whenever you come together, each of you has a psalm, has a teaching, has a tongue, has a revelation, has an interpretation. Let all things be done for edification.If anyone speaks in a tongue, let there be two or at the most three, each in turn, and let one interpret.But if there is no interpreter, let him keep silent in church, and let him speak to himself and to God. Let two or three prophets speak, and let the others judge.But if anything is revealed to another who sits by, let the first keep silent. For you can all prophesy one by one, that all may learn and all may be encouraged. And the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets.For God is not the author of confusion but of peace, as in all the churches of the saints. Let your women keep silent in the churches, for they are not permitted to speak; but they are to be submissive, as the law also says.And if they want to learn something, let them ask their own husbands at home; for it is shameful for women to speak in church.Or did the Word of God come originally from you? Or was it you only that it reached?If anyone thinks himself to be a prophet or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things which I write to you are the commandments of the Lord.But if anyone is ignorant, let him be ignorant.Therefore, brethren, desire earnestly to prophesy, and do not forbid to speak with tongues.Let all things be done decently and in order. 1 Corinthians 14:26-40

Either women are brethren who can be prophets and operate in their spiritual gifting or they are not brethren and must be silent? Something is wrong with the fundamentalist Christian teachings! Yet Godís word is unchanging:

Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. John 11:5

There were also women looking on from afar, among whom were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James the Less and of Joses, and Salome,who also followed Him and ministered to Him when He was in Galilee, and many other women who came up with Him to Jerusalem. Mark 15:40-41

The bible tells us of Jesus, ďFor even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many" (Mark 10:45).And Jesus told us, "The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them, and those who exercise authority over them are called 'benefactors.'"But not so among you; on the contrary, he who is greatest among you let him be as the younger, and he who governs as he who serves."For who is greater, he who sits at the table, or he who serves? Is it not he who sits at the table? Yet I am among you as the One who serves (Luke 22:25-27). Yes, New Testament leadership, as modeled by Jesus, portrays the spiritual leader as a servant and it doesnít exclude women including Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James the Less and of Joses, and Salome, who also followed Jesus and ministered to Him when He was in Galilee.

It is to be noted that Jesus told us that regardless of gender the people of the world would be classified into sheep or goats depending on how they minister to Him, Him being the hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or prisoners. And as a result of this criteria that goats would go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous sheep into eternal life? Godís word is unchanging:

"When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory. "All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats."And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left.

"Then the King will say to those on His right hand, 'Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:'for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in;'I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.'"Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, 'Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink?'When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You?'Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?'"And the King will answer and say to them, 'Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.'

"Then He will also say to those on the left hand, 'Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels:'for I was hungry and you gave Me no food; I was thirsty and you gave Me no drink;'I was a stranger and you did not take Me in, naked and you did not clothe Me, sick and in prison and you did not visit Me.'"Then they also will answer Him, saying, 'Lord, when did we see You hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to You?'"Then He will answer them, saying, 'Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.'"And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life." Matthew 25:31-46

Jesus put no distinction on gender classification as to if women cannot minister or be in leadership role?But He did point out "But he who is greatest among you shall be your servant (Matthew 23:11). Each leader is basically a servant to others and a bond slave of Jesus Christ. And those who abuse their leadership roles will be dealt harshly by God especially if they hurt or offend others depending on what role they played in the matter:

And the Lord said, "Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom his master will make ruler over his household, to give them their portion of food in due season?

"Blessed is that servant whom his master will find so doing when he comes."Truly, I say to you that he will make him ruler over all that he has."But if that servant says in his heart, 'My master is delaying his coming,' and begins to beat the male and female servants, and to eat and drink and be drunk,"the master of that servant will come on a day when he is not looking for him, and at an hour when he is not aware, and will cut him in two and appoint him his portion with the unbelievers."And that servant who knew his master's will, and did not prepare himself or do according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes."But he who did not know, yet committed things deserving of stripes, shall be beaten with few. For everyone to whom much is given, from him much will be required; and to whom much has been committed, of him they will ask the more. Luke 12:42-48

Yes, the servant, male or female, who beats other servants, will be cut in two and his portion appointed with the unbelievers.And that servant who knew his master's will, and did not prepare himself or do according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes.But he who did not know, yet committed things deserving of stripes, shall be beaten with few.In the ministry gender is not important but rather their attitude, character and deeds that will result in being demoted or promoted or their portion being appointed with unbelievers. But the bible does give us quite a few examples of women who were in the ministry:[iii]

Old Testament history includes accounts of strong female leadership. Miriam was a prophet, one of the triumvirate of leaders God sent to Israel during the Exodus period (Exodus 15:20). Deborah, as prophet and judge, led the army of the Lord into successful combat (Judges 4 to 5). Huldah, also a prophet, authenticated the scroll of the Law found in the temple and helped spark the great religious reform in the days of Josiah (2 Kings 22; 2 Chronicles 34).

The New Testament also records ministering women in the Church Age. Tabitha (Dorcas) is called a disciple and had a ministry of helps (Acts 9:36). Philip had four virgin daughters who prophesied (Act s 21:8, 9). Euodia and Syntyche were Paul's coworkers who shared in his struggle to spread the gospel (Philippians 4:2, 3). Priscilla was another of Paul's exemplary "fellow workers in Christ Jesus" (Romans 16:3, 4, NIV). In Romans 16, Paul greets a multitude of ministering persons, a large number of them women.

Phoebe, a leader in the church at Cenchrea, was highly commended to the church at Rome by Paul (Romans 16:1, 2). Unfortunately, biases of modern English translators have sometimes obscured Phoebe's position of leadership, calling her a "servant" or "helper", etc. Yet Phoebe was diakonos of the church at Cenchrea. Paul often used this term for a minister or leader of a congregation and applied it specifically to Jesus Christ, Tychicus, Epaphras, Timothy, and to his own ministry. Junia was identified by Paul as an apostle (Romans 16:7). But many translators and scholars, unwilling to admit there could have been a female apostle have since the 13th century masculinized her name to Junias.The bible states:

Greet Andronicus and Junia, my countrymen and my fellow prisoners, who are of note among the apostles, who also were in Christ before me. Romans 16:7

No one questions that the list of greetings in Romans 16 is authentically Paul's.The Greek original assigns to the women mentioned positions of major leadership in the churches.Translators have tried hard to obscure this fact.That they have rejected the plain meaning of the text up until quite recent times, shows how far males, even Christian males, will go to oppose Paul's own views the role of women in the church.

Support for a female named Julia is evidenced by P46, a papyrus manuscript, dating from around a.d. 200. This papyrus represents the earliest known and most reliable testimony in support of Julia. The 3rd century Coptic, 4th century Vulgate, and fifth century Latin versions provide additional early support for this female name. These early manuscripts clearly support a female named "Julia." Junia, the other variant reading, is supported by the earliest known manuscripts available. Sinaiticus dates from the fourth century and is earliest surviving complete copy of the Greek New Testament.16 Codexes A, B, C, D date from the 4th to 5th century and represent a broad spectrum of "text types."

Evidence for Female: Church Leaders and Writings

In commenting on Romans 16:7, John Chrysostom (347-407) states:

"Greet Andronicus and Junia ... who are outstanding among the apostles: To be an apostle is something great! But to be outstanding among the apostles - just think what a wonderful song of praise that is! They were outstanding on the basis of their works and virtuous actions. Indeed, how great the wisdom of this woman must have been that she was even deemed worthy of the title of apostle."17

Chrysostom was not alone in confirming the gender of Junia as female. Earlier commentator Origen of Alexander (185-253) understood the name to be feminine.18 Others included Jerome (340-419) who wrote that Junia was a female. (Liver Interpretationis Hebraicorum Nominum 72,15.), Hatto of Vercelli (924-961), Theophylack (1050-110 , and Peter Abelar (1079-1142).19

External evidence from writings of early church leaders testify that Junias was a woman apostle. Current scholars provide additional insight. Commenting on the gender of Junia, Leonard Swidler states, "To the best of my knowledge, no commentator on the Text until Aegidus of Rome (1245-1316) took the name to be masculine."20 Douglas Moo agrees that commentators before that 13th century were unanimous in favor of a female rendering.21 Stanley Grenz maintains that "the gender of Junia was not an issue in the patristic era ... Origen assumed that Paul's friend was a women .... Chrysostom, who was no supporter of women bishops, expressed high regard for Junia."22 Ray R. Schulz states the Church Fathers agreed that Junia was a female apostle. [iv]

The biblical record shows that Paul was a strong advocate of women's ministry. The instances of women filling leadership roles in the Bible should be taken as a divinely approved pattern, not as exceptions to divine decrees. Even a limited 34-4191 of women with scripturally commended leadership roles should affirm that God does indeed call women to spiritual leadership.

There are passages purporting to be written by Paul that directly oppose women's leadership.Some are found in the Pastoral Epistles, that is, I and II Timothy and Titus.Most scholars today recognize that these were written by church leaders in the next generation, when males were pushing females out of leadership positions in the church.These leaders claimed Paul's authority, but, on this topic, they did not reflect Paul's own views.

In the unquestionably authentic letters of Paul, the most disturbing passage is I Cor. 14:34-36.Here women are told to be silent in church in a context that states that this is the practice in all the churches.Obviously, that is a direct attack on women's leadership.But in other parts of the Corinthians correspondence Paul assumes that women are speaking in church.These verses express a different view in a different style. The text reads smoothly, indeed, more smoothly when these verses are excised.Many scholars now regard them as an interpolation by a Christian of the later generation reflected in the Pastoral Epistles, when women wee being subordinated and silenced.Some Christian leader recognized that Paul's writings, as they stood, did not support the silencing of women.He could not rewrite the letters as a whole, but he could interpolate a passage directly affirming the later patriarchal take-over. For these reasons, in the New Revised Standard Version it has been placed in parentheses.(It is not a good guide to Paul's own views of the role of women.)

Paul's letters are addressed to all the believers in the churches (to which he writes, clearly including women along with men.He did not emphasize this; he just took it for granted.)Many churches, no doubt, included both slaves and their masters, but Paul ignored those distinctions also.)For him, within the church, the(se) distinctions of male and female, slave and master, were not important.

Paul's failure by contemporary feminist standards lies in the fact that he did not try to reform the larger society.He did not encourage marriage, but if Christians participated in this social institution, he assumed they would accept its hierarchical form.(That form was hierarchical.)Women were subordinate to the men who were heads of households.Paul (did not challenge that deeply established social convention.He) admonished wives to obey their husbands.

(At the same time, it is important to recognize that) But Paul spent more time telling the husbands to love their wives and treat them as their own bodies.His language goes as far as one could go toward balance and mutuality without directly rejecting the role and meaning of marriage in the world of that day.(Marriage was a patriarchal institution.The husband was responsible to society for his family. To exercise that responsibility he had to have authority.Paul did not challenge that.But)And he did not carry the patriarchy of the external world into his understanding of the church as the body of Christ.The church was a foretaste of a world that was free from all the hierarchies of the Roman Empire. [v]

While foolish ones state ĎWomen Can Not Preach in the Churchí God's word states:

ďFor you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus.For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.And if you are Christ's, then you are Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promiseĒ Galatians 3:26-29.

Yes, God doesn't see gender or color in His house today. Yes, Jesus led by example and not by rule of force. While foolish ones state, ĎPeople are to submit to Preachersí while God's word states

"If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another's feet."For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you John 13: 14-15.


Chapter 24

And You Are All Brethren

Then Jesus spoke to the multitudes and to His disciples,saying: "The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses' seat."Therefore whatever they tell you to observe, that observe and do, but do not do according to their works; for they say, and do not do. "For they bind heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay them on men's shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers."But all their works they do to be seen by men. They make their phylacteries broad and enlarge the borders of their garments."They love the best places at feasts, the best seats in the synagogues, "greetings in the marketplaces, and to be called by men, 'Rabbi, Rabbi.' "But you, do not be called 'Rabbi'; for One is your Teacher, the Christ, and you are all brethren. "Do not call anyone on earth your father; for One is your Father, He who is in heaven. 23:10 "And do not be called teachers; for One is your Teacher, the Christ. Matthew 23:1-10

The word of God is very clear that not only are we all brethren but we have only one Teacher, the Christ.We are to be daily led and taught by the Holy Spirit and no other. The present day idea of a pastor, a benevolent dictator, sole leader, is not only against the teachings and words of Jesus but itís a just a clone of the concept of a priest in the Catholic institution.

For the record, in the gospels where Jesus Christ, our role model and our life, in His ministryHe didn't submit to any authority but rather cursed them with "Woe to you!" Woe to you doesn't mean something good is going to happen to you?

And the twelve apostles of Jesus didn't submit to anyone but Peter and the other apostles said: "We ought to obey God rather than men."†† Submission to men in leadership rather than God is nonexistent in the New Testament but is established in many religious institutions through the first major Christian institution the Catholic Church. See the article The Pastor: Where Did He Come From?by Frank Viola

Many pastors and evangelists in America live and behave like kings of their own kingdoms, rather than like servants of the living God, as they should be. Humility and submission are words they must reintroduce into their own vocabulary and lives before they teach others. Contrary to many pastorsí and evangelistsí point of view, we as Christians donít exist primarily to serve them or to give them money but to serve the King of kings and Lord or lords. In our Heavenly Fatherís eyes, we are all equally important. He has no favorites and is definitely not a respecter of persons and shows partiality to no one-although, some pastors and evangelists would like us to believe otherwise.

How many times have believers been subjected to mishandled scripture with an implicit or explicit "touch not God's anointed" if any dared to question? This is in contrast to the Biblical admonition to "try the spirits", (1 John 4:1). Fear is not of God and teaching which incorporates psychological intimidation is corrupt and deceptive. One of the easiest ways to determine what "spirit" motivates a person "in authority" is to question them. A godly man or woman will never be offended or become indignant if someone dares to question them and compare what is said with the Word of God. However, if one is motivated by an "authoritarian" spirit of conceit or arrogance, the questioner will soon know it. Peter warned the elders (pastors and spiritual guides of the church) not to be domineering [arrogant, dictatorial, overbearing] over the flock of God, but to be patterns and models of Christian living (I Pet. 5:3, AMPL.)

Many prominent pastors and evangelists today make the claim that because "souls" are being saved and "healings" take place in their meetings, that this somehow validates their ministry. While these things may be well and good, they are no indication of "divine" sanction. A.A. Allen was a drunkard, Jimmy Swaggart a whoremonger, Jim Bakker a thief, Larry Lea a prevaricator, and Robert Tilton a charlatan - yet ALL of these saw thousands saved and miracles take place in their meetings. Because one is blessed with "prosperity" and has a "following" of thousands, doesn't mean a darn thing when it comes to integrity and godly sanction, for "he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust," (Matt. 5:45).

Frank Viola wrote aboutthe Lord Jesus Christ and Authority http://www.ptmin.org/authority.htm :

Jesus Christ came into the earth at a time when the Romans were in power. Now the Romans had a certain kind of leadership that marked their society. They got this leadership model from the Babylonians and the Egyptians. But the Romans brought it to perfection. It was the hierarchical leadership structure. In my country, our military is patterned after this structure. The Romans were great warriors, so it worked well for them.

Do you understand hierarchy? You have someone at the top, then you have someone under them, then you have someone at the very bottom. The one at the top has more authority than the one below him. The person lower has less authority than the one above, and on it goes. It is a descending order of authority. Itís top-down authority. It is a command-style relationship.

The Romans perfected this structure. It was part of their culture. With that in mind, listen to the words of Jesus Christ. Matthew 20:25: "You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them and their great men exercise authority over them."

According to Jesus, the Gentiles exercise authority from the top-down. They are lording it over the people. They are dominating the people. They are controlling the people. This always happens with hierarchical structures of descending authority. It creates a culture of control and oppression.

But our Lord says, "It shall not be so among you!" Jesus Christ, when He came into this earth, was the most liberated Person to walk the planet. His main job was to set people free. He is the Great Liberator. In His day, He set women free. The women followed Him wherever He was. And when He died on the cross, it was the women who were there, staying with Him. When He rose again from the dead, it was the women who came to Him first. Jesus Christ had a very exalted view of His followers. He had a very exalted view of women in a day when they were oppressed and suppressed. He was a liberator. This is very important, brothers. There is something in your Lord that is liberating, that comes to set people free.

Jesus says, "Whoever wishes to be great among you of my disciples, he shall be your servant." Iím going to make a very important statement at this point that we will come back to. The mark of a servant of God is that he comes to set people free. Not to lord over them. Not to control them. But to set them free. One of the major things that I do in planting a church is to set people free. And that is the ministry of Jesus Christ.

Now let us go to Matthew 28.

Jesus Christ is getting ready to ascend. These are some of His last words. You are familiar with them. Matthew 28:18: "All authority is given to me in heaven and on earth. All authority is mine."

Now, brothers, there is no authority except the authority of Jesus Christ! Only He has authority. There is no authority except His authority. This is important.

And the bible tells us:

"But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.John 14:26

But the anointing which you have received from Him abides in you, and you do not need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you will abide in Him. 1 John 2:27

And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ;that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting,but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head-Christ-from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love. Ephesians 4:11-16

Yes, the New Testament clearly tells us that we are all brethren and kings and priests and have only one King Jesus Christ. Yes, apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers exist for the edifying of the body of Christ, till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ and for no other reason. Apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers donít exist to built their own kingdom but to build up the sheep and as a result the kingdom of God.

Each joint is dependent on the whole body and no part of the body is superior to another part including any leadership be it pastors. If we have come tothe unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ we will be like Jesus Christ who was led by the Spirit and led everybody and Himself was led by no one.

Have you ever seen an apostle or prophet submit to anyone? There is no such thing for Apostles and prophets pull rank over evangelists, pastors and teachers. The problem with the idea of pastors is that is not biblical nor is there any such animal in the bible. It's based on mainly the kingship idea, including King Saul ruling over people, which God originally didn't want to happen. We have no king over us but Jesus Christ who made us kings and priests.

Amazing the stupid idea of pastors is pushed by pastors who don't believe themselves in submission to apostles and prophets who have not ceased because the bible clearly tells us that in the church today:

 And God has appointed these in the church: first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, administrations, varieties of tongues. 1 Corinthians12:28

 How is it then, brethren? Whenever you come together, each of you has a psalm, has a teaching, has a tongue, has a revelation, has an interpretation. Let all things be done for edification. 1 Corinthians 14:26

 Equality, love and individuality among the Brethren is what the bible teaches and propounds, not kingship by individual fools like king Saul which is strictly an Old Testament idea! Hence the whole idea of one man kingship or leadership in our churches which has caused many problems to the sheep is shear bunk!

But many people cannot accept the notion of having someone who is invisible to be their leader so they give their spiritual leadership to a man they can see and call him a pastor just like the children of Israel did when they asked for a king to judge them like all nations. The bible records:

Then all the elders of Israel gathered together and came to Samuel at Ramah,and said to him, "Look, you are old, and your sons do not walk in your ways. Now make us a king to judge us like all the nations."But the thing displeased Samuel when they said, "Give us a king to judge us." So Samuel prayed to the LORD. And the LORD said to Samuel, "Heed the voice of the people in all that they say to you; for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected Me, that I should not reign over them. 1 Samuel8-7

But He gives more grace. Therefore He says: "God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble." James 4:6

Likewise you younger people, submit yourselves to your elders. Yes, all of you be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility, for "God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble." 1 Peter 5:5

Equality amongst the brethren, love, humility, and servant hood is the principle of the New Testament and not Lordship by self appointed arrogant and proud ones who have made themselves rulers over Godís people.For the record the New Testament teaches and talks about elders, shepherds and overseer and not about kings and benevolent dictators or Lords or pastors. That is why the bible clearly states about fellow elders and brethren and not superior kings or priests or pastors:

The elders who are among you I exhort, I who am a fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that will be revealed:Shepherd the flock of God which is among you, serving as overseers, not by compulsion but willingly, not for dishonest gain but eagerly; nor as being lords over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock; and when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that does not fade away. 1 Peter 5:1-4

I wrote to the church, but Diotrephes, who loves to have the preeminence among them, does not receive us. Therefore, if I come, I will call to mind his deeds which he does, prating against us with malicious words. And not content with that, he himself does not receive the brethren, and forbids those who wish to, putting them out of the church. Beloved, do not imitate what is evil, but what is good. He who does good is of God, but he who does evil has not seen God. 3 John 1:9-11

Jesus Christ made us all into kings and priests and as a equal king and priest no one can Lord anything over usexcept Jesus Christ and the wonderful Holy Spirit. That is why He said "But you, do not be called 'Rabbi'; for One is your Teacher, the Christ, and you are all brethren(Matthew 23:8).Apostle John, Jesus favorite friend and Apostle, warned us of those who love to have the preeminence among men and donít receive the brethren and put them out of the church like many pastors.

Pastors should get off their high horse and self appointed positions and become like Jesus and demonstrate the miracles, signs and wonders that Jesus did. Godís word is unchanging:

"Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father. John 14:12

The truest measure of a personís success is their level of intimacy with God and his love for justice, truth and righteousness and not with their pastor. There is a prophetic plea for pastors to abandon authoritarian abuse and oppressive leadership structures. Itís time to set many Christians free from the tyranny of dictatorial leaders who overlord Godís flock. IfChristianswould open their eyes and read the bible for what it says it says in Christ dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily; and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power and not in others especially foolish sick blind and dumb pastors who ignore the word of God that clearly tells them:

And the word of the LORD came to me, saying, "Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel, prophesy and say to them, 'Thus says the Lord GOD to the shepherds: "Woe to the shepherds of Israel who feed themselves! Should not the shepherds feed the flocks?"You eat the fat and clothe yourselves with the wool; you slaughter the fatlings, but you do not feed the flock."The weak you have not strengthened, nor have you healed those who were sick, nor bound up the broken, nor brought back what was driven away, nor sought what was lost; but with force and cruelty you have ruled them. "So they were scattered because there was no shepherd; and they became food for all the beasts of the field when they were scattered. "My sheep wandered through all the mountains, and on every high hill; yes, My flock was scattered over the whole face of the earth, and no one was seeking or searching for them."   'Therefore, you shepherds, hear the word of the LORD:"as I live," says the Lord GOD, "surely because My flock became a prey, and My flock became food for every beast of the field, because there was no shepherd, nor did My shepherds search for My flock, but the shepherds fed themselves and did not feed My flock"-'therefore, O shepherds, hear the word of the LORD!†† 'Thus says the Lord GOD: "Behold, I am against the shepherds, and I will require My flock at their hand; I will cause them to cease feeding the sheep, and the shepherds shall feed themselves no more; for I will deliver My flock from their mouths, that they may no longer be food for them."  'For thus says the Lord GOD: "Indeed I Myself will search for My sheep and seek them out."As a shepherd seeks out his flock on the day he is among his scattered sheep, so will I seek out My sheep and deliver them from all the places where they were scattered on a cloudy and dark day."And I will bring them out from the peoples and gather them from the countries, and will bring them to their own land; I will feed them on the mountains of Israel, in the valleys and in all the inhabited places of the country.†† "I will feed them in good pasture, and their fold shall be on the high mountains of Israel. There they shall lie down in a good fold and feed in rich pasture on the mountains of Israel.†† "I will feed My flock, and I will make them lie down," says the Lord GOD."I will seek what was lost and bring back what was driven away, bind up the broken and strengthen what was sick; but I will destroy the fat and the strong, and feed them in judgment."Ezekiel 34:1-16

ďThus says the Lord: Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, let not the mighty man glory in his might, nor let the rich man glory in his riches; but let him who glories glory in this, that he knows and understands me, that I am the Lord, exercising lovingkindness, judgment and righteousness in the earth. For in these I delight, says the Lord.Ē Jeremiah 9:23-24

 

 


Chapter 25

I Am The LORD, Who Makes All Things

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Genesis 1:1

Thus says the LORD, your Redeemer, And He who formed you from the womb: "I am the LORD, who makes all things, Who stretches out the heavens all alone,Who spreads abroad the earth by Myself;Who frustrates the signs of the babblers,And drives diviners mad;Who turns wise men backward,And makes their knowledge foolishness;Who confirms the word of His servant,And performs the counsel of His messengers; Who says to Jerusalem, 'You shall be inhabited,'To the cities of Judah, 'You shall be built,'And I will raise up her waste places; Isaiah 44:24-26

Itís a simple truth but God in Christ Jesus is more than enough to handle any problem, to meet and supply any need and to defeat any foe! But the problem is how to get the God of all grace to move on our behalf? And Godís word gives us the clear answer:

But He gives more grace. Therefore He says: "God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble." James 4:6

Likewise you younger people, submit yourselves to your elders. Yes, all of you be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility, for "God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble."Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time,casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world.But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you. 1 Peter 5:5-10

For the humble there is Victory in the name of Jesus. There is Power in the name of Jesus. There is salvation in the name of Jesus. There is love in the name of Jesus. There is peace in the name of Jesus. There is healing in the name of Jesus. There is strength in the name of Jesus. There is a deliverance in the name of Jesus. There is grace in the name of Jesus. The bible says that the Name of the Lord Jesus is a strong tower (Proverbs 18:10). When fear or doubtgrips our hearts, we speak the name of Jesus, because when we run into this strong tower called Jesus Christ we're safe. No evil power can stand before this Name, because the bible says that "even the demons submit to the name of Jesus Christ" (Luke 10:17).

God doesnít change just becausethe pressure is on or there are many problems in life. He is Faithful to be and do whatever His people needs including their Savior, Healer, Deliverer, Friend, Redeemer, Provider, Avenger, Defender, Rock, High Tower and shield whether in the midst of desperate financial situations or in the face of a terminal disease.

However w hen tough times keep dragging on and the situations around us seem to refuse to get in line with the promises of God, we don't reevaluate God! He's not missing it, and He's not failing.We reevaluate ourselvesand look and see where wemay have failed. Weknow, the problem's not with God, and we aremoved by HisWord and not by circumstances. So we must ensure that our lives are aligned with Godís word which is unchanging:

For if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins,†† but a certain fearful expectation of judgment, and fiery indignation which will devour the adversaries. Anyone who has rejected Moses' law dies without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses.Of how much worse punishment, do you suppose, will he be thought worthy who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, counted the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified a common thing, and insulted the Spirit of grace?For we know Him who said, "Vengeance is Mine, I will repay," says the Lord. And again, "The LORD will judge His people."It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. Hebrews 10:26-31

Marriage is honorable among all, and the bed undefiled; but fornicators and adulterers God will judge. Hebrews 13:4

For years my wife and I weresupporters of Robert Tilton who was an exciting teacher, a man of faith who operated in the gifts of the Spirit, spoke in tongues and talked about prosperity and giving and built a large church in Dallas. But then he divorced his wife and the next thing his ministry went to hell and so did Robert Tilton and his life

However Robert Tilton never preached on morality, on character, on love. He preached faith, prosperity , Jesus and the good life! But there is no good life without character and literally being righteous . The bible says very clearly

A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, Loving favor rather than silver and gold. Proverbs 22:1

The Spirit of the LORD shall rest upon Him, The Spirit of wisdom and understanding,The Spirit of counsel and might, The Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD.His delight is in the fear of the LORD,And He shall not judge by the sight of His eyes,Nor decide by the hearing of His ears;But with righteousness He shall judge the poor, And decide with equity for the meek of the earth; He shall strike the earth with the rod of His mouth, And with the breath of His lips He shall slay the wicked.Righteousness shall be the belt of His loins, And faithfulness the belt of His waist. Isaiah 11:2-5

This is a faithful saying: If a man desires the position of a bishop, he desires a good work.A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, temperate, sober-minded, of good behavior, hospitable, able to teach;not given to wine, not violent, not greedy for money, but gentle, not quarrelsome, not covetous;one who rules his own house well, having his children in submission with all reverence(for if a man does not know how to rule his own house, how will he take care of the church of God?);not a novice, lest being puffed up with pride he fall into the same condemnation as the devil. Moreover he must have a good testimony among those who are outside, lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil. 1 Timothy 3:1-7

Well it appears that for all his smiles, preachingand showmanship Robert Tilton hadno character because he didnít understand the serious of the sin of divorce and adultery. It's not just adultery but that you have left God to be your total source of life for everything and are doing your own thing just like Saul did when he didn't obey the Lord completely and do as He was instructed to do:

Samuel also said to Saul, "The LORD sent me to anoint you king over His people, over Israel. Now therefore, heed the voice of the words of the LORD."Thus says the LORD of hosts: 'I will punish Amalek for what he did to Israel, how he ambushed him on the way when he came up from Egypt.'Now go and attack Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and do not spare them. But kill both man and woman, infant and nursing child, ox and sheep, camel and donkey.' " 1 Samuel 15:1-3

Contrary to what many Evangelicals teach, the word of God is very clear that some sins God will not forgive but ratherwill judge the people for them. And that is why it's so foolish to take some sins lightly because it will destroy you and your life and your kingdom just like it destroyed King Saul

"If you fear the LORD and serve Him and obey His voice, and do not rebel against the commandment of the LORD, then both you and the king who reigns over you will continue following the LORD your God.†† "However, if you do not obey the voice of the LORD, but rebel against the commandment of the LORD, then the hand of the LORD will be against you, as it was against your fathers. 1 Samuel 12:14-15

Then Samuel said:"Has the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices,As in obeying the voice of the LORD?Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice,And to heed than the fat of rams.For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft,And stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry.Because you have rejected the word of the LORD, He also has rejected you from being king." 1 Samuel 15:22-23

And that is why the doctrine of demons of ďonce saved always savedĒ is very dangerous because it's a total lie. It says you are saved for ever even if you live like the devil and that is a lie We are saved if you continue in the faith and obey the voice of the lord in all things as well as his commandments including love one another, I desire you all spoke in tongues, continue in the faith etc.

strengthening the souls of the disciples, exhorting them to continue in the faith, and saying, "We must through many tribulations enter the kingdom of God." Acts 14:22

And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciledin the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy, and blameless, and above reproach in His sight-if indeed you continue in the faith, grounded and steadfast, and are not moved away from the hope of the gospel which you heard, which was preached to every creature under heaven, of which I, Paul, became a minister. Colossians 1:21-22

It's my opinion that some people have left the faith and become sick and die prematurelyand are deceived because of the doctrine of demons of once saved always saved. Otherwise god would save and heal them no matter what the problem or sickness or their age!

 


Chapter 26

The Sower Sows The Word

"The sower sows the word. "And these are the ones by the wayside where the word is sown. When they hear, Satan comes immediately and takes away the word that was sown in their hearts."These likewise are the ones sown on stony ground who, when they hear the word, immediately receive it with gladness;"and they have no root in themselves, and so endure only for a time. Afterward, when tribulation or persecution arises for the word's sake, immediately they stumble."Now these are the ones sown among thorns; they are the ones who hear the word,"and the cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires for other things entering in choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful. "But these are the ones sown on good ground, those who hear the word, accept it, and bear fruit: some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some a hundred." Mark 4:10-20

You donít have to be a rocket scientist to figure out that the same word of God sown in the hearts of men doesnít produce the same result! Each person is different in many ways including character, experiences, hurts, disappointments, expectations, and desires. As a result he handles the same word of God differently.For some easy come easy go. They are like Esau who for temporal things gave away quite readily eternal things. While others are just a puff of hot air? They are excited at the possibility of the Word of God and what it can do. But the cost is too great and they do not have the persistence and endurance which is required to see the Word of God give fruit in due season? While others are very sincere and presumptive but unfortunately they get side tracked by the cares s of this world, the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires for other things. All things which choke the word which was sown in them and they become unfruitful.

Then there are those who understand the growth process and it takes time for the Word of God to develop it in Godís darkroom. Development in the trials and testing of life when many times nothing makes sense.The wise ones understand the word ďpatienceĒ because Godís promises are inherited through faith and patience. As a result they go from Step A, B, C, Dconsecutively and prosper, instead of going from Step A to Step D asothers do and crash. God's word is true:

"But the ones that fell on the good ground are those who, having heard the word with a noble and good heart, keep it and bear fruit with patience. Luke 8:14

Jesus also said something about the seed of the word of God that men tend to ignore even though He came from the author and finisher of faith. God's word records:

"Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain."He who loves his life will lose it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life."If anyone serves Me, let him follow Me; and where I am, there My servant will be also. If anyone serves Me, him My Father will honor. John 12:24-36

There is a process of where the seed has to be put into the ground and die. Unfortunately there are those who do not let the seed die while others do not give the seed a chance to do its thing. For God's word tells us there is a process which is not necessarily understandable:

Then He said to them, "Take heed what you hear. With the same measure you use, it will be measured to you; and to you who hear, more will be given."For whoever has, to him more will be given; but whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him."††

And He said, "The kingdom of God is as if a man should scatter seed on the ground,"and should sleep by night and rise by day, and the seed should sprout and grow, he himself does not know how."For the earth yields crops by itself: first the blade, then the head, after that the full grain in the head. "But when the grain ripens, immediately he puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come." Mark 4:24-29

So the hearer must take head of the measure he uses to hear. As"For whoever has, to him more will be given; but whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him."Then the seed must sprout and grow and there must be the full grain in the head. Then when the grain ripens it is time to harvest what was sown.†† Seed which is not sown will never be harvested? It is hard for those who trust in riches to enter the kingdom of heaven because they do not want to give away their riches. They want instead to horde them only for themselves whatever riches they posses selfishly and greedily.So with men is it impossible to be saved but not with God. For with God all things are possible.

Another important truth about the seed of the word of God is that the promises of God only profit those who when they hear the word they mix it with faith. It doesnít profit those who donít use their faith or have given up their faith.This is something that Jesus brought out to His unbelieving disciples who saw and expererienced the many miracles that He did. The bible records for our profit and instruction.

Now when they had left the multitude, they took Him along in the boat as He was. And other little boats were also with Him. And a great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that it was already filling.But He was in the stern, asleep on a pillow. And they awoke Him and said to Him, "Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?"Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, "Peace, be still!" And the wind ceased and there was a great calm.But He said to them, "Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?"And they feared exceedingly, and said to one another, "Who can this be, that even the wind and the sea obey Him!" Mark 4:36-41

Yes, in life we experience real sudden storms like sickness, disease, distress, financial losses, that threaten to sink our little earthen vessel. And in the middle of these storms we are not to panic but to have faith in God and speak to the storms just like Jesus did and rebuke them and say to them"Peace, be still.Itís to be noted that the Hebrew word for peace is shalom (both adjective and substantive), meaning, primarily, "soundness," "health," "prosperity," well-being in general, all good in relation to both man and God. God wants peace and prosperity to be within our walls and palaces. He wants His people and His church to be sound, healthy, wealthy, and prosperous and have favor with God and with men. Hence we can rebuke anything that takes away our peace and root it out, pull it down, destroy it, and throw it down. Godís word is unchanging:

Then the LORD put forth His hand and touched my mouth, and the LORD said to me: "Behold, I have put My words in your mouth.See, I have this day set you over the nations and over the kingdoms, To root out and to pull down, To destroy and to throw down, To build and to plant."Moreover the word of the LORD came to me, saying, "Jeremiah, what do you see?" And I said, "I see a branch of an almond tree." Then the LORD said to me, "You have seen well, for I am ready to perform My word." Jeremiah 1:9-12

With the anointing that God has put on us and the words in our mouth we can also root out and pull down, destroy and throw down, build and plant things, including nations and kingdoms and principalities. And the good news is that God, who watches over His Word, wants performance out of what He as put into our mouth.He has promised that His words that go forth out of His mouth shall not return unto Him void but shall accomplish that which He pleases and it shall prosper in the thing He has sent it. His word is true:

"For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven,And do not return there,But water the earth,And make it bring forth and bud,That it may give seed to the sower And bread to the eater, So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth;It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please,And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it."For you shall go out with joy,And be led out with peace;The mountains and the hills Shall break forth into singing before you,And all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.Instead of the thorn shall come up the cypress tree,And instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle tree;And it shall be to the LORD for a name,For an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off." Isaiah 55:10-13

The Word of God comes like snow and rain. The snow and the rain bring seed and bread - seed to the sower and bread to the eater. So shall the Word of God be - it will cause nice trees to grow where there once were thorns. Where there were briers and thistles, there will now be myrtle trees. We know thorns and thistles came into the Garden of Eden because of sin - because of mankind that listened to the words and temptation of Satan and fell for sin. There instead of the beautiful trees, came thorns and thistles.God says that His word that comes forth from His mouth, the word that comes like the rain that brings forth seed and bread (seed for the sower, bread for the eater - so is the word that comes from God, it will not return unto Him void) will cause thorns and thistles to disappear and again there shall be beautiful trees. Instead of thorns and thistles, there will be trees.

When will there be beautiful fir trees and myrtle trees? When we accept the word that goes forth from the mouth of God. What is this word? Jesus said that man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God. God said it. This Word is the Word that became flesh, which is the bread of life. If we partake of that, if we fellowship with that, we will be totally free and we will have seed and bread.

Yes, if God has a Word and He gives it to us, He is going to watch over it to perform it and every Word that proceeds forth out of His mouth, shall not return empty. He will see to it that His Word will accomplish what it was sent to do for God is not a man that He should lie; neither the son of man that He should repent. Has He not said and shall He not do it? Has He not spoken and shall it not come to pass? (Numbers 23:19). Yes, if God said something, He shall accomplish it. Hence if we are not healthy, wealthy and successful the problem is not with God. It's probably that we didnít receive the Word of God into our life which is Jesus or we didnít mix the Word of God with faith. But Godís word is unchanging:

Even to them I will give in My houseAnd within My walls a place and a name Better than that of sons and daughters; I will give them an everlasting name That shall not be cut off. Isaiah 56:5

He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him. But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name:John 1:11-12

Therefore, since a promise remains of entering His rest, let us fear lest any of you seem to have come short of it. For indeed the gospel was preached to us as well as to them; but the word which they heard did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in those who heard it. Hebrews 4:1-2

 


Chapter 27

It Is God!

But as God is faithful, our word to you was not Yes and No.For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by us-by me, Silvanus, and Timothy-was not Yes and No, but in Him was Yes.For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us.Now He who establishes us with you in Christ and has anointed us is God,who also has sealed us and given us the Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee. 2 Corinthians 1:18-21

The way some religious people talk you would think that it was Apostle Paul or their favorite church leader who saved and delivered them! But it wasnít a man who did it but it was God who established them in Christ and had anointed them,†† who also had sealed them and given them the Spirit in their hearts as a guarantee. Itís God who is theirSavior, Healer, Deliverer, Provider, Rock and Refuge and no one and nothing else but God!It is God who they serve first. Godís word is unchanging:

Then one of the scribes came, and having heard them reasoning together, perceiving that He had answered them well, asked Him, "Which is the first commandment of all?" Jesus answered him, "The first of all the commandments is: 'Hear, O Israel, the LORD our God, the LORD is one.'And you shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.' This is the first commandment."And the second, like it, is this: 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' There is no other commandment greater than these." Mark 12:28-31

Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. 1 Corinthians 10:31

And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ. But he who does wrong will be repaid for what he has done, and there is no partiality. Colossians 3:23-25

Yes, we serve only the Lord Jesus Christ in whom we are all equally and one, including male and female. Yes,as the elect of God, holy and beloved, we put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering;bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave us so we also do. And above all these things we put on love, which is the bond of perfection. And we also let the peace of God rule in our hearts, to which also we were called in one body; and are thankful. We let the word of Christ dwell in usrichly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in our hearts to the Lord (Colossians 3:12-16).

We are to remember that poverty is not the will of God for any believer. Despite this truth, some people have taken a "vow of poverty." Some Christians believe that poverty is part of being holy and righteous. This is far from the truth. Poverty has nothing to do with godliness. To be poor or impoverished means, "to be without; in lack; deprived." We don't serve a God of lack and insufficiency. He's the God of the exceeding and abundant who wants to lavish us with His goodness (Ephesians 3:20).

From Genesis to Revelation, the Bible proves that poverty goes against everything God desires for believers. Poverty is a spirit designed to keep believers in financial bondage. The devil uses this spirit to hinder Christians from prospering and ultimately fulfilling their destiny of being a blessing to the entire world (Genesis 12:2-3). God favors prosperity. According to Psalm 35:27 and 3 John 2, He is pleased when we prosper in our spirit, soul and body. His desire is that we prosper economically, socially, emotionally, mentally and physically

Unfortunately for them, many believers accept debt, financial hardship, substandard living, sickness and troubled relationships as a part of life. They settle for less than God's best, unaware of their covenant rights with Him.As Christians and as Kingís kids we have the right to prosper or succeed in every area of life-financially, emotionally, socially, mentally and physically. We have the right to total life prosperity!†† We can increase our knowledge base of what our covenant rights are by studying what the Bible has to say concerning God's people. From finances to owning a successful corporation, we can learn how to lay hold of our inheritance of a life of prosperity now! We can use our angels and release them to make real our blessings:

And we are not to forget what Jesus told the devil

But He answered and said, "It is written, 'Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.'" Matthew 4:4

When doubt fear, lack or the devil come knocking at our door we are say to them itís written:

"And you shall remember the LORD your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day. Deuteronomy 8:18

Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble, And He saved them out of their distresses.He sent His word and healed them,And delivered them from their destructions. Oh, that men would give thanks to the LORD for His goodness,And for His wonderful works to the children of men! Psalm 107:19-21

For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich. 2 Corinthians 8:9

Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers. For I rejoiced greatly when brethren came and testified of the truth that is in you, just as you walk in the truth.I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth. 3 John 1:2-4

 


 

Chapter 28

Because Of Their Unbelief

"But My servant Caleb, because he has a different spirit in him and has followed Me fully, I will bring into the land where he went, and his descendants shall inherit it. Numbers 14:24

And He marveled because of their unbelief. Then He went about the villages in a circuit, teaching. Mark 6:6

Out of the millions of people that God brought out of Egypt from their bondage and captivity and miraculously parted the Red Sea and destroyed their enemies in it, only Joshua and Caleb went into the Promised Land.How sad what unbelief will do to people! And what has changed today with God's people? It appears nothing! They are no different than the children of Israel who loved to murmur and complain and even rebel like Korah and his friends did in Numbers 16. And what happened to Korah and his friends? They became a nonexistent thing!

Dorothy ValcŠrcel of TransformationGarden.com writes

My Uncle Mel is an expert pilot. For many years, he and his wife Tish would fly once a week to a small hospital in Northeastern Arizona to perform orthopedic surgery on patients who couldnít get to his office in metropolitan Phoenix. One time, I was talking with Uncle Mel about the things he had learned as a pilot. One of the most important lessons he said he had learned was to follow what the instruments said. He told me that when flying, especially in bad weather, what you think you see and what you feel, may be totally wrong. You can feel you are flying right side up when in fact youíre upside down. So you must trust what the instruments say, rather than what your senses tell you.

We humans are sometimes a lot like planes flying in bad weather Ė we feel everything in our lives is all wrong, when in fact, if we went to the King of navigators, weíd find out He has a well-laid-out plan if only we would follow Him.

In Numbers 14, right on the border of Canaan, God told the children of Israel they were going to the ďland of milk and honey.Ē God showed this to His children. He promised His children and in fact, He promised He would lead them. But in the darkness of negativity caused by giants and walled cities, the people began to doubt what God said. Soon the doubting turned into unbelief. When God heard His children had rejected His guidance into Canaan, He gave the children of Israel what they asked for Ė a life in the desert. But when God granted these unbelievers their request, not only did they doubt His love but they also doubted His ability to lead them at all. As Frances Ridley Havergal so aptly noted, ďDoubt indulged soon becomes doubt realized.Ē This is exactly what happened to Godís children. Doubting God as their leader led directly to the rejection of God as their leader. Before they knew it, they decided they didnít need God at all. They could lead themselves without Godís help. And even though Moses warned them and instructed them not to ďgo up, for the Lord is not among you,Ē they ignored Moses and tried taking on the powerful Amalekites and Canaanites all by themselves. Iím certain you can guess the result! They fell flat on their faces. Instead of the surrounding nations being put on the run, the Israelites sustained a whipping. The Bible says Godís children were ďdiscomfitedĒ or as the Hebrew states, ďcrushed, destroyed and broken in pieces.Ē What a sad result when what God wanted for His children was victory! He wanted them to vanquish their enemies Ė and He promised they would with His help. But the ugly face of doubt showed up at the front door and Godís children let ďdoubtĒ come in.

The great English playwright, William Shakespeare, who wrote about the heights and depths of human failure and success, had this to say about the ability of doubt, when entertained, to overcome the best of us: ďOur doubts are traitors and make us lose the good we oft might win.Ē

Perhaps right now you are like a pilot flying in bad weather. You feel God isnít with you. You feel let down. You feel lost and alone. I encourage you to look to the instrument panel Ė Godís word and Godís guiding hand. As Raymond Edman so beautifully reminds us, ďNever doubt in the dark what God told you in the light.Ē Our God has promised, ďMy compassions fail not, they are new every morningĒ (Lamentations 3: 22, 23, P.J.V. Paraphrase).

Now the other sad part is the unbelief of Godís people today even though ďJesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8). God Himself incarnated in human form walk the face of the earth who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, and yet many sick, hurting, and oppressed people didnít get their miracle because of their unbelief!The bible tells us:

Now it came to pass, when Jesus had finished these parables, that He departed from there.And when He had come to His own country, He taught them in their synagogue, so that they were astonished and said, "Where did this Man get this wisdom and these mighty works?"Is this not the carpenter's son? Is not His mother called Mary? And His brothers James, Joses, Simon, and Judas?"And His sisters, are they not all with us? Where then did this Man get all these things?"So they were offended at Him. But Jesus said to them, "A prophet is not without honor except in his own country and in his own house." Now He did not do many mighty works there because of their unbelief. Matthew 13:53-58

The bible also tells us that when the children of Israel came out of Egypt they lost faith in God and grumbled about all they had to endure in the wilderness and it displeased the LORD for they spoke against God and against Moses: "Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? For there is no food and no water, and our soul loathes this worthless bread" The LORD sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and many of the people of Israel died. Then the people were sorry for their grumbling, and they asked Moses to pray to God for relief from the snakes. Moses prayed and was directed in a vision to make a snake of bronze and set it high on a pole. Anyone who was bitten had only to look upon the bronze snake, and the poison of the snakebite was made harmless. The bible records:

Then the LORD said to Moses, "Make a fiery serpent, and set it on a pole; and it shall be that everyone who is bitten, when he looks at it, shall live."So Moses made a bronze serpent, and put it on a pole; and so it was, if a serpent had bitten anyone, when he looked at the bronze serpent, he lived. Numbers 21:8-9

Now, there were some who still grumbled and murmured, ďIf Moses would provide an antidote or some medicine against the poison, that we could believe, but what effect can a bronze snake have on real snakebites?Ē So in their unbelief, they refused to turn to the bronze snake, and they died. In the same way, God in Christ provides release from the deliverance from all kinds of things including sin, sickness, poverty and defeat for whoever turns to him in faith. Those who refuse to believe because they cannot understand the work of the Master with their minds will perish. They will perish from the poison of their own unbelief. The brazen serpent is type of Jesus Christ crucified. Just like the brazen serpent was to be lifted up so was Christ to be lifted up. What was to be done by the people who were bittenóthey were to look at the serpent? And so sinners and sick and poor people must look up and believe in Christ to receive their salvation, healing, deliverance and whatever they need. Godís word is unchanging:

This poor man cried out, and the LORD heard him, And saved him out of all his troubles. The angel of the LORD encamps all around those who fear Him,And delivers them. Psalm 34:6-7

He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? Romans 8:32

And God said to Moses, "I AM WHO I AM." And He said, "Thus you shall say to the children of Israel, 'I AM has sent me to you.' "Moreover God said to Moses, "Thus you shall say to the children of Israel: 'The LORD God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you. This is My name forever, and this is My memorial to all generations.' Exodus 3:14-15

For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder.And His name will be called. Of the increase of His government and peaceThere will be no end, Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom,To order it and establish it with judgment and justiceFrom that time forward, even forever. Isaiah 9:6-7

 


Chapter 29

Fear The LORD And Depart From Evil

Trust in the LORD with all your heart,And lean not on your own understanding;†† In all your ways acknowledge Him,And He shall direct your paths.†† Do not be wise in your own eyes;Fear the LORD and depart from evil.It will be health to your flesh,And strength to your bones.

Honor the LORD with your possessions,And with the firstfruits of all your increase;So your barns will be filled with plenty,And your vats will overflow with new wine. Proverbs 3:5-10††††

Men say, ďGod is in the mood for change,Ē but this is not true. It is man who is in the ďmoodĒ for change. He knows he needs it. He knows he canít make it without it. He knows there has to be something more than the dull, uneventful life he is leading. He knows deep in his knower that without Godís re-vitalizing Presence he is an empty brass symbol, clanging away without any real purpose.

True men desire true wisdom, true love and true purpose. They donít just want to have what they can never get, they want what they ďknowĒ is their birthrightópeace from above and the wisdom to know the difference. Let every man desire the ďsincere meat of the Word.Ē Let him come and hunger after the things of God and desire to hear directly from Him. For in so doing they become as Apostle Paul, entering the Syrian wilderness for three and a half years until he began his ministry to the Gentiles.

Let no man say he is above the truth for then he is the liar. He has deceived himself into believing he is above the spiritual laws of the universe. He thinks he can escape with clever calculations and cunning tricks to escape the consequences of his behavior and sinful ways. However, eventually they get him in the end. He falls victim to his own well laid plans because they were the plans of men and not God.

Let every man be a liar and God be true. There is no escaping God. He will find you wherever you run or hide upon the entire earth. There is no escaping Him and his truths. They are all about us and never changing and always present everywhere at all times. Jonah found this out to be true when he lay in the belly of a real live whale for three days. He could not escape the truth for the truth is the Lord and He is present everywhere always.

Men may think they have won. Men may think they have overcome but it is God who determines the outcome. His truths determine the result. If men follow the line of thinking of the truth they will find peace, joy, well-being and happiness because these things are only found in the Lord. However, if men think they are above such things they will pay the consequence for their ignorance of the universal spiritual truths that exist all around them everyday of their lives.

Godís truths are eternal. Like a coolly burning blue white flame, they burn out the imperfections in our lives. They destroy the darkness in our souls and they heal the whole personóbody, spirit, soul and mind. God is not to be mocked what a man sows he reaps, but nor is a man whipped when he is already down. God forgives and uplifts the truly humble heart. Therefore, our humility is more important than anything else for without it we can never enter the Holy of Holies to find mercy and grace in time of trouble.

Microbes are very minute yet they can cause much damage. Likewise is the spiritual realm.It is invisible yet it can carry much that is damaging to your life and health. There is a defense against this invisible world it is the Holy Spirit. Through Him you can learn how to deal with the wiles of the enemy and defeat his every attack and innuendo.

Peace is possible through the Prince of Peace if the mind is stayed upon Him. Minds that wander and question too much end in destruction because the door has been opened to too much that is negative. Paul wrote, ďWhatsoever is pure, lovely and of good report, think on these things!Ē

Yet, too few really take this passage seriously. They allow themselves to stray in their minds and then wonder why they have arrived where they have. It is because they believed the wrongful reports in their own minds. In a way the mind is your enemy. It can be tamed but it is your enemy in its natural state. It must be ďtransformedĒ by renewing it and washing it in the Word of God, daily and sometimes hourly, to cleanse it and purify it from all unhealthy attitudes and desires.

There is a healthy mind and unhealthy mind. The healthy one is full of the things of God. His ways and opinions and desires are the same as thought by a healthy mind. This mind is in tune with the Spirit of God and his spirit lines up with Godís spirit. In like manner, his body is in proper control both abstaining from evil behavior and doing nothing to violate its purity and health.

The mind is connected to the body through the spirit. If all are in proper unison, the body remains vigorous, healthy and content for all of its natural life, but if the mind is full of unhappiness, anger, unforgiveness, lawlessness, unbelief and so on, then the body becomes sick and old quickly.

This is the consequence of sin. Sin is death in oneís thoughts and results in death in the body. The spirit promotes the growth of health in the mind and therefore in the body. Each part is dependent upon the others for health and wholeness.

The three parts of a man mirror images the three parts of the Heavenly HostóFather, Son and Holy Ghost. Each has their function and purpose within the Godhead just as each part of man cannot function on itís own without the other parts. In the Godhead each person within it, appears not to function independently of the other personalities.

The Father, has the function of establishing order in the universe and creating all things. The Son, became the mediator between the Father and His creationóus. The Holy Spirit, became the pervasive spiritual presence of God in each believerís life, quickening manís spirit with His own.

The truth makes a full circle returning to us by uniting our inner spirit with Godís Spirit, making us ďOne with God.Ē With the completion of the circle we have all become OneóGod the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Ghost and us in our triune partsóspirit, mind or soul and body.

His life is our life. His health is our health. His ways are our ways. His desires are our desires. His truth is our truth. We agree with the Will of God because He is the collective Will for all of us. In this unity of spirit is the ďFullnessĒ we seek all of our lives.

Why are we satisfied when we help someone else? Why are we happy to obey our parents? Why do we care for others? We do we need God? We do we feel fulfilled when we love each other? Because when we do these things, we fulfill Godís true sovereign Will. When we line up with His Will we become satisfied and content.

Then He adds all these things unto usópeace, joy, wisdom, love, strength, courage, right desires, good Christian spouses, happy playful children, good crops and so on.

He is the adder of all good things to our lives as we rest upon His bosom. We have literally become One with the God of Heaven what more can you possibly ask. Except, that at the end of our lives He will say, ďWell done, My good and faithful servant!Ē For this is the sovereign will of God, that all men become one with Him in willingness to surrender their independent wills to the collective Will of Heaven and abide in total spiritual harmony. This is attainable if our ďreceiving apparatusĒ remains clear of all personal opinions, manís traditions and independent desires.

As we surrender, we can hear clearly what He is saying to us and then we can do His will for our lives and those around us, rather than our own desires outside His truth. His Will brings us life. Our will brings us death. Our surrendered will brings us life in Him. A surrendered person is a trusting person. They trust that God knows better than they do and can communicate the intricacies of His will to them each day of their lives.

God doesnít mind honest mistakes as long as they donít become repetitive willful sinning such as sexual immorality. He wants to see true repentance or turning from bad habits that keep you from Him. He wants obedience to the essence of His commandments and statues to keep you safe from harmís way. He knows the pitfalls and He has already written them into the Bible to protect us. It is up to us learn the truth and recognize it when we hear it.

There is no excuse for not knowing the will of God. It is in the manufactureís handbookóthe Bible and we must learn its contents, by the power of the Holy Spirit, to sustain us through lifeís many challenges. Life need not overwhelm us but become an exciting adventure in Jesus Christ as we walk in total surrender and submission to His sovereign will.††††††††††††††

 

 


Chapter 30

The Apple Of His Eye

For thus says the LORD of hosts: "He sent Me after glory, to the nations which plunder you; for he who touches you touches the apple of His eye. "For surely I will shake My hand against them, and they shall become spoil for their servants. Then you will know that the LORD of hosts has sent Me."Sing and rejoice, O daughter of Zion! For behold, I am coming and I will dwell in your midst," says the LORD. Zechariah 2:8-10

The devil would lie to us and tell us that we are nobodies and not important to God, but the truth is that we are priceless and very important for we cost the life of Godís only son to redeem us with His precious blood. We are very valuable to God and there is nothing that He will no do for us especially fill us full of faith and power so that we can do great wonders and signs among the people just like Stephen full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom did. And those who disputed with him were not able to resist the wisdom and the Spirit by which he spoke (Acts 6:9-10). Yes, in Christ Jesus we have a great inheritance including God Himself. We are forgiven, made clean and reconciled to God.We are saved by the gospel, born again.We are an incorruptible seed, a new creation in Christ and complete in Christ Jesus.We are now free from the control of men and from the law of sin and death. Yes, Christ has set us free from the curse of the law and we are free indeed.

Peace, liberty and Godís glory are our inheritance now. We are Godís property and the temple of the Lord in whom the Holy Spirit lives. We are a branch connected to the vine and His life flows through us. We are now good soil in which the Word of God abides in us and bears much fruit. We are an epistle, a letter of Christ, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God.We are servants of the living God demonstrating the power of God in us and through us.We are also fellow citizens with all the saints in the kingdom of God.We are strangers to this world, pilgrims just passing through. We are part of a chosen generation, a royal priesthood. We are citizens of a holy nation and one of Godís own special people.

We are also heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ Jesus. We are Abrahamís seed and heirs according to all the promises made to Abraham. Yes, we are members of the household of God with rights and responsibilities. We are led by Godís Spirit and are called to proclaim the praises of Him who called us out of darkness into His marvelous light.Because of Christís light in us, we are the light of the world.As a result our life brings divine flavor wherever we go for we are the salt of the earth. God has called us priests and kings and has put on us a kingly anointing, that enables us to enforce Godís will on earth.†† We are also seated in heavenly places in Christ Jesus from which we can make heavenly decrees.

We are blessed in the city and in the country. Our children are blessed too. We are blessed in all that we put our hands to. We are blessed when we come in and when we go out. We are above and not beneath, the head and not the tail. God has called us to be a lender and not a borrower for He has freely given us all things through Christ. In Him we are rich as everything that belongs to Jesus belongs to us. The Lord is our shield and exceeding great reward. He covers and protects us. We are filled with His joy, peace, patience and love and freely love others. We freely give to others what we have freely received. His kindness and goodness work powerfully through us and enables us to have gentleness and self-control and display the fruit of the Spirit. Because of the Baptism of the Spirit we speaking in tongues and as believers in Jesus Christ, we cast out demons in His name. We have power over serpents and every work of the enemy; and as Godís ambassador, we lay hands on the sick and they recover.

Because of what Jesus suffered before His death, we are healed from every infirmity and immune from every sickness and disease. We are also endued with power from on high and are strong in the Lord and the power of His might. We overcome the wicked one and the world by the blood of Jesus and the words of our testimony. Godís word is unchanging:

For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, "The just shall live by faith."Romans 1:17

But that no one is justified by the law in the sight of God is evident, for "the just shall live by faith." Galatians 3:11

Therefore do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward.For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise:"For yet a little while, And He who is coming will come and will not tarry.Now the just shall live by faith;But if anyone draws back,My soul has no pleasure in him." But we are not of those who draw back to perdition, but of those who believe to the saving of the soul. Hebrews 10:36-39

Yes, we are born again by faith. We live by faith. We fulfill the will of God in our lives by faith.When weíre sick, we receive healing by faith. When we are broke, we get financial increase by faith. When we have trouble, we get help from God by faith. We receive anything and everything that we need from GodÖby faith - not by works or perspiration but by faith!Faith is simply believing what God says in His Word is true. Faith is trusting what God says more than we trust our natural senses or what other people say. Faith is believing God enough to talk and act as if His Word is true, even when circumstances around us would seem to indicate that itís not.

By faith we resist the devil, who is out to steal our health, our wealth and our blessings by any means. We donít give to him what Jesus gave to us, including divine health and divine prosperity.When devil pressures us with symptoms, circumstances and discouraging lies, we continue to believe God and His word. We keep our eyes upon God and confess His word no matter what. When symptoms of sickness come, we resist those symptoms and speak faith. We tell the devil to go away and we donít accepting the sickness that he wants to put on us because Jesus healed us two thousand years ago. He paid the price for us to be well and the devil can take his symptoms and go to hell where he belongs.

Yes, Jesus heals sick bodies today! How much better, and more scriptural, it is to wait until Jesus of Nazareth passes by and speaks the word of faith to the needy heart, than to mistake our belief in healing forthe faith which He alone can give.It is our privilege to take our troubles and our cares to Him in prayer. Within our heritage is the right to draw apart from the world to the sacred place of communion, where ďHeaven comes down, our souls to greet, and glory crowns the Mercy. By faith we hold fast to the Word of God and absolutely, positively, refusing to give up until we see Godís promises manifested in our lives.We donít cast away our confidence, which hath great reward. We have patience, that, after we have done the will of God, we will receive the promise for the just shall live by faith and he doesnít draw back to perdition but believe to see our salvation.

We receive what God has promised usówhether that is healing or any other scriptural blessingóbecause we believe it not just with our head but with our heart. When we hear lies to the contrary, we donít buy them. We are fully persuaded of what God says that we act as if itís true even when natural circumstances look like itís not. We donít quit when the going gets tough. But we stand until we see our desired results of what God has promised us. Faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen. (Hebrews 11:1) Hence we tell the devil we are healed and delivered and blessed and prospered and our end is better than our beginning. We confidently put the devil under our feet where he belongs and step boldly into a future full of the promises and provisions of God! Godís word is unchanging:

"For indeed I am for you, and I will turn to you, and you shall be tilled and sown."I will multiply men upon you, all the house of Israel, all of it; and the cities shall be inhabited and the ruins rebuilt."I will multiply upon you man and beast; and they shall increase and bear young; I will make you inhabited as in former times, and do better for you than at your beginnings. Then you shall know that I am the LORD. Ezekiel 36:9-11

Now while I was speaking, praying, and confessing my sin and the sin of my people Israel, and presenting my supplication before the LORD my God for the holy mountain of my God,yes, while I was speaking in prayer, the man Gabriel, whom I had seen in the vision at the beginning, being caused to fly swiftly, reached me about the time of the evening offering. And he informed me, and talked with me, and said, "O Daniel, I have now come forth to give you skill to understand. "At the beginning of your supplications the command went out, and I have come to tell you, for you are greatly beloved; therefore consider the matter, and understand the vision: Daniel 9:20-23

 


Chapter 31

Who Will Roll Away The Stone?

Now when the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, that they might come and anoint Him.Very early in the morning, on the first day of the week, they came to the tomb when the sun had risen.And they said among themselves, "Who will roll away the stone from the door of the tomb for us?"But when they looked up, they saw that the stone had been rolled away-for it was very large. And entering the tomb, they saw a young man clothed in a long white robe sitting on the right side; and they were alarmed. But he said to them, "Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He is risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid Him. "But go, tell His disciples-and Peter-that He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him, as He said to you." So they went out quickly and fled from the tomb, for they trembled and were amazed. And they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.Mark 16:1-8

The women who had been with Jesus during His miraculous three year of ministry and heard all his teaching, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome, didnít remember or believe that Jesus told them, ďthe Son of Man will be betrayed to the chief priests and to the scribes; and they will condemn Him to death, "and deliver Him to the Gentiles to mock and to scourge and to crucify. And the third day He will rise again" (Matthew 20:18-19). They brought spirces that they might anoint Jesus and were worried about "Who will roll away the stone from the door of the tomb for us? And to their amazement when they looked up, they saw that the stone had been rolled away-for it was very large. And entering the tomb, they saw a young man clothed in a long white robe sitting on the right side; and they were alarmed. But he said to them, "Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He is risen! He is not here.Ē And just like typical humanity the womenwent out quickly and fled from the tomb, for they trembled and were amazed. And they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid. But the fact remained that Jesus Christ had risen and He was the Victor!He is now seated at Godís right hand in the heavenly places,far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come.And all things are under His feet. Godís word is unchanging:

Therefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers:that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him,the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints,and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty powerwhich He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places,far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come.And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church,which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all. Ephesians 1:20-23

Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Philippians 2:9-11

As a result of what Jesus did on the Cross-, by faith everything is ours now.Jesus Christ has substituted all things on the cross for us and exchanged it there for us. Our death, defeat and poverty and curses have been nailed to the Christ. On the Cross Jesus Christ not only won real victory and redemption over sin and death and the world, but also over the wicked arch enemy Satan and all his angels who had made the Cross necessary by what he did to Adam and Eve.

The enemy had deceived and entrapped Adam and Eve to sin against God and live a life that was cursed and full of toil and trouble.But on the Cross Jesus Christ did the great exchange.He exchanged His sinlessness for our sins, His righteousness for our unrighteousness, His strength for our weakness, His boundless supply for our needs, His stripes for our healing, His riches for our poverty, His victories for our defeats, His triumphs for our disappointments, His glory for our shame, His Honor for our nothingness, His prosperity for our lacks, His joy for our sadness, and His fullness for our emptiness. But all of this is also something that must be revealed to us by the Holy Spirit before we can understand and partake of it fully. Yet it is all our birthright and the blessing of the fullness of the gospel of Christ.

The message of the cross and the Gospel is not only that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures. He was buried and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures. He is now is seated at the right hand of the Father with all power given unto Him in heaven and earth waiting for His enemies to be made His footstool.But the message of the cross and the Gospel is also that as a result of the victories Jesus won on the cross, He has now given and shared all that He has with us (John 16:14) and He is also with and for us continually (Matthew 28:18-20). God in Christ Jesus has literally become our inheritance and great reward; as well as everything else which we need, including our healer and deliverer. As result of the Cross, God said about Jesus and of us who have become strong and overcomers:

Therefore I will divide Him a portion with the great, And He shall divide the spoil with the strong, Because He poured out His soul unto death, And He was numbered with the transgressors, And He bore the sin of many, And made intercession for the transgressors. Isaiah 53:12

As a result of the cross, in Christ Jesus, we are rich, victorious and have a new life in Christ Jesus, as we walk in the Spirit and not in the flesh.The empty Cross now also stands as a reminder and says to the world and to all the demons of Hell ďYou did your worst, but God gave His best.Now things are no longer the same, because Jesus is sitting at the right hand of the Father waiting for His enemies to be submitted to Him. He has also now given us the power to subdue all His and our enemies through the use of His name and Word and dependence of the Spirit. Hence the Cross is also a real testimony of what Godís power can do no matter what the Hell or injustice that the world or the devil will throw at us.For Jesusí resurrection after a cruel and awful death signifies the real possibility of total and complete victory in our lives, hearts and circumstances as well in the current time of life as we trust in God just like Jesus did.

The empty Cross of Christ at Calvary now says to you and I, that for every defeat there is victory in its place, for every failure there is success, for every weakness there is grace, for every sickness there is healing, for every hatred there is love, for every injustice there is justice and for every poverty there is riches. All of this and much, much more belongs to each child of God because of what Jesus did and won on the Cross. Hence we can by the Holy Spirit understand what the Lord said to Apostle Paul:

ďMy grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.Ē Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christís sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.Ē (2 Corinthians 12:9-10)

Our strength and victory comes from God Himself and all the victories He had won for us on the Cross of Calvary. Although in the annuals of time and history, our Creator God died on the Cross-on Calvary, but He didnít stay there. He arose triumphant and victorious over everything, over the worst that the devil or others could throw at or do to Him and to us.†† Because of the cross of Christ, God has reconciled all things to Himself whether things on earth or things in heaven for Jesus having wiped out all the enemies of His people and especially the requirements that were against them, He has taken it out of the way having nailed to the cross.

The King of Kings and Lord of Lords with His unlimited and unimaginable power and riches was never poor or debased. But He chose, because of us, to leave behind his infinite power and riches become a man and identify and relate to humanity in all its sufferings and ways. God in Christ Jesus stripped Himself of His royalty and Kingship. He then became an ordinary man and walked with men doing by faith and dependence on the Holy Spirit the impossible such as healing the sick, raising the dead and cast out demons. He did it all to show that we can do it also. Then the innocent Son of man and Son of God went to a Cross-on a hill called Calvary where He bled and died for all of humanity. But the Cross-was not the end of Jesus Christ or life, it was the beginning of something new, a New Covenant or New Testament. It was the beginning of a new life and a new man and a new Spirit for those who would accept what Jesus had done for them. It was the beginning of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on all flesh. As a result Godís word was now true:

Fear not, O land; Be glad and rejoice, For the LORD has done marvelous things!Do not be afraid, you beasts of the field; For the open pastures are springing up,And the tree bears its fruit;The fig tree and the vine yield their strength. Be glad then, you children of Zion,And rejoice in the LORD your God; For He has given you the former rain faithfully, And He will cause the rain to come down for you-The former rain, And the latter rain in the first month. The threshing floors shall be full of wheat, And the vats shall overflow with new wine and oil. "So I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten,The crawling locust,The consuming locust,And the chewing locust,My great army which I sent among you. You shall eat in plenty and be satisfied,And praise the name of the LORD your God, Who has dealt wondrously with you;And My people shall never be put to shame.Joel 2:21-26

We look to Jesus to restore to us years that the locust hath eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpillar, and the palmerwormÖ Yes God has promised that He will restore everything that has been stolen from us. It does not matter how many years we u spent going through what we've been through. If we enter into His restoration day, He will give back to wewhat was stolen plus what would have been ours should we have been living in a good land. Everything that has been stolen through the years He will restore to us. God's restoration is not only giving us what we had, but also giving to us what we would have had should all the bad years we went through be counted as prosperous years. Jesus said, "The thief cometh not for to steal, kill and destroy. I have come that you may have life more abundantly." Jesus could just as well have said, "I've come to bring restoration". Restored means everything that is out of the store will be put back. And not just that, it will overflow. There will be a surplus.

We look to Jesus to fill us with His goodness and to deal wonderously with us and to see the fullness of His Salvation. Yes God wants to bless us and for us to be head not tail, above not beneath His word is unchanging:

"The LORD will cause your enemies who rise against you to be defeated before your face; they shall come out against you one way and flee before you seven ways."The LORD will command the blessing on you in your storehouses and in all to which you set your hand, and He will bless you in the land which the LORD your God is giving you. "The LORD will establish you as a holy people to Himself, just as He has sworn to you, if you keep the commandments of the LORD your God and walk in His ways. "Then all peoples of the earth shall see that you are called by the name of the LORD, and they shall be afraid of you. "And the LORD will grant you plenty of goods, in the fruit of your body, in the increase of your livestock, and in the produce of your ground, in the land of which the LORD swore to your fathers to give you. "The LORD will open to you His good treasure, the heavens, to give the rain to your land in its season, and to bless all the work of your hand. You shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow. Deuteronomy 28:8-11

Yes, God has promised that all our enemies who rise against us will be defeated. They shall come out against you one way and flee before us seven ways.He has promised to command His blessing on us in our storehouses and in all that we set our hand. The storehouse being referred to do not only refer to money. It speaks of our body, our possessions and things and ground as well. He says that He will give us a surplus of prosperity in our body and in all our property, which means we will be healthy and we'll have more things than we can ever use or be in need of!

It is time to get the word of God in our mouths. Speak it and God will honor His word. God watches over His word - not your word, His word. So many people let their circumstances dictate to them, but what about saying what God says about your circumstance? If we start speaking God's word and place His word above our situations, our situations will definitely change. The word of God states that He watches over His word. Hence we are to confess not our fears or unbelief but the word of God. We are to state:

"The word of God is sharp, strong, powerful, it reaches right into my life, bringing division between the spirit and soul and bone and marrow. God watches over this word to perform it. I declare that the Lord is my Shepherd and I shall not be in want, my head shall be anointed with oil, my cup shall run over, goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life. I will not be in bondage or slavery, because Christ has set me free and therefore I am free indeed. I declare that because of the word of God, I am more than a conqueror and I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. I am above and not beneath, I am the head and not the tail. By the stripes of Jesus I am healed. I am prosperous in all my ways. God is for me and nothing can be against me. The word of God is alive and speaks to me right now in Jesus' Name."

 

 


 



[i] http://www.publicbookshelf.com/public_html/Outline_of_Great_Books_Volume_I/templejer_cg.html

[ii] http://www.benedictionblogson.com/2009/03/09/todd-bentley-remarries-apologizes/

[iii] The Role of Women in Ministry, Assembly of God position paper- 1990

[iv]JUNIA, A FEMALE APOSTLE, Dennis J. Preato, http://www.godswordtowomen.org/junia-preato.htm

[v] Was Paul a Feminist? November 1, 2004, Dr. John Cobb, Professor Emeritus, Claremont School of Theology, Claremont