Tuesday, June 21, 2016

The Perfect Family

The Lord breathed life into His male and female earth-people creations. He created them in the image of Himself with a plan for a "Perfect Family" that is patterned after His "Perfect Family". Our Heavenly Father is the head of the family as He is the symbolizes the head of the house. The next person in the "Perfect Family" is the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is probably the most misunderstood part of the Holy Trinity (one God made up of three persons), but The Holy Spirit is a symbol of the female part of the husband a wife pattern of the family. The Holy Spirit is not a female, but represent the motherly side of the couple. I know some of you think I'm crazy as you may have never heard of this before, but please bear with me.

The third part of the Holy Trinity is the Son Jesus. Jesus symbolizes the children of the born by earthly parents, which makes up the "Perfect Earthly Family". Jesus is the Heavenly Father's first born son who came to the earth to be born a earth man through the birth canal just as all humans are born. Jesus is God and He is God's Son and is a man at the same time. The Heavenly Father, The Holy Spirit, and Jesus are all one. The Lord is made up of three parts just as man has three parts; spirit (the inner man, the spirit that lives forever), soul (mind, will, emotions), and body (man's earth suite that was designed to live on earth forever).

Most of us can understand the roll of the Heavenly Father and the Son, but the Holy Spirit's roll is very misunderstood.  Even though the Holy Spirit is a servant the Holy Spirit is not weak.  The Holy Spirit is obedient to the will of the Heavenly Father.  The Holy Spirit is the one that baptized Jesus with the power to carry out the Father's will among men. It was the Holy Spirit that gave Jesus, the man, the power to raise the dead and heal the sick. It was the Holy Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead.

Jesus told his disciples that He must go to heaven, but not to worry because He was sending the Comforter to them. The Holy Spirit is our comforter, our gentle guide, the still small voice that whispers in our hearts. The Holy Spirit is our teacher and our helper as long as we are listening to His voice. 

There is so much that the Holy Spirit does through us and for us that we are not even aware of and we take for-granted. There is a very good article about the Holy Spirit that I recommend because it explains the ministry of the Holy Spirit better than I have in this article; Seven Attributes of the Holy Spirit by Tony Abram.

When we pray it is the Holy Spirit that brings answers to our prayers. When we pray it is the Holy Spirit that sends the ministering angels with the answers to our prayers. When we lay hands on the sick and pray for them it is the Holy Spirit that heals the sick and raises the dead by His power and not ours. 

We are often afraid to pray for the sick because we are afraid they will not get well. Our job is to pray in the name of Jesus by faith and let the Holy Spirit do his miraculous work. We should always pray in Jesus’ Name expecting to receive even if we do not see the immediate evidence.

It was the Holy Spirit that impregnated the virgin Mary. Mary was not violated as her hymen was not broken as it would have been during sex. The Holy Spirit has the power to preform miraculous works in the human body. There is no limit to the healing power of the Holy Spirit. The bad news is the pulpit has been teaching doubt and unbelief in the area of healing instead of faith in the power the Holy Spirit.

The very air I breath is God's breath breathing life in my body. I am a temple of the Holy Spirit and the Holy Spirit resides in me. The Holy Spirit renews and restores my body all day long. It is the Holy Spirit in me that gives me the power to complete my calling though faith and not by my vain works.

 Jesus wants us all to be a part of His perfect family, but unfortunately only a few make it into the family.  Jesus reveals the only way to make it into the "Perfect Family".   He explains the mystery by telling about two different gates that people can choose to go through.  There is the wide gate, that most people choose, which leads to destruction or hell.  Jesus also explains the narrow gate that very few people choose, but leads to life in the "Perfect Family" in Heaven.   

How does one choose the path to the narrow gate?Jesus reveals the key is through paying attention to  His words and doing what He says: Matthew 7:21-27 and Revelation 22:14

Sunday, June 05, 2016

Beware of in MatthewFalse Prophets Part 2

"Set a watchman the in the tower . . . " Isaiah 21:5  A watchman is a person that stands guard in the tower on or the wall.  He is constantly looking out for an approaching army in order to warn the people.  He is constantly looking for an attack from the enemy.  He is what I call a "prepper" as he prepares for whatever may come.  A watchman is a prophet, a pastor, a teacher, a priest that is a "prepper" as he prepares the hearts and minds of the people through teaching God's word.  He prepares his flock by teaching them the ways of the Lord and how to overcome.

To me there are only two kinds of people; one kind has taken to Lord serious and has prepared for His coming, and then there is the other kind that has not taken the Lord serious and has put off being prepared for His coming as mentioned previously in The Parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins.

Jesus warns us to Beware of False Prophets in Matthew 7:15-16 .   Jesus teaches us the way to tell false teachers from teachers of the truth is by their fruits.  Fruits here refers to more than their deeds as it includes their doctrine.

The Bible tells us that we should work out our own salvation in Philippians 2:11-13.  I think what this means is for us to not waste our time being confused by the sermons we hear, but rather seek the answers in the word and the Lord reveal to you what you need to know and trust in Him for all things, even those things you do not know or understand.

Saturday, June 04, 2016

Beware of The False Prophets

What is a prophet?  The biblical term for prophet is a person regarded as an inspired teacher or proclaimer of the will of God.   The prophet is also a watchman on the wall or tower.  A watchman's job is to warn the people by declaring what he sees coming or what the Lord has told him is coming.  

What if the watchman does not warn the people?  Ezekiel gives a strong warning to what will happen to the watchman that refuses to sound the warning.  If you have been called by the Lord to be a prophet, teacher, pastor, or Priest and you refuse to warn people of the consequences of sin then you are in danger of serious consequences when you stand before the Lord.   Why?  Because you will have deceived people into believing everything is fine and life will always be happy and prosperous like they think it is to them now.  You have deceived people into believing they are prepared for the Lord's coming when they are not.  Jesus gives us an example of those who are prepared and those who are not prepared in the Parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins.

You may be thinking that I'm going a bit overboard today and I must admit I am because of things I come to realize after the study of the Old Testament, which I had told you about previously.  The things that caught my attention is there is a thread that runs through the Scriptures that parallel ancient Israel and the United States.

Although the USA is not mentioned in the Scriptures by name USA has been a symbol of the gentile church to the rest of the world.  Ancient Israel is God's chosen people, but Israel turned their backs on God through the worship of idols and all manor of evil.  God sent prophets to warn the people.  He gave the people every opportunity to repent and turn back to Him, but only a small remnant honored Him.  The rest brought judgement on themselves.

The USA was founded on Godly principles and has done more to spread the gospel of Jesus around the world than any other country. I am not talking about replacement theology and I do not accept the ideal that the church has replaced Israel.  I believe the church and Israel are both called of God to be His voice to the rest of the world.  I believe we should stand by Israel and support Israel as here enemies have surrounded her with hatred and evil.

In the next lesson I will try to explain why I am so burdened regarding the false prophets that stand in our pulpits today.  This is not a very easy thing for me to talk about because I've discovered some things that are very upsetting to me.

Thursday, June 02, 2016

Is There A Difference Between A Believer And A Disciple of Christ?

Is there a difference between a believer in Jesus and a disciple of Jesus?  Well, there are believers and then there are what I call true believers.  In my opinion a true believer is a disciple of Jesus.

In John 13:34-35, Jesus gives us a new commandment to love one another just as He has loved us.  By obeying this new commandment everyone will be able to tell whether we are His disciple.

Jesus did not come to do away with the Ten Commandments, but to fulfill the commandments.  He did this by wrapping all Ten Commandments into this one new commandment.  When we obey this one commandment of loving one another we are living all the commandments as He did and does today.

Recently I was watching Perry Stone on Mana-Fest as he preached on what he titled Satan's Strategy To Turn America Against The Covenant. Perry brings out some very interesting points regarding the difference in being a believer in God and a disciple in Christ:

  • A believer accepts Christ as savior
  • A disciple makes Christ Lord

  • A believer says, "I want to avoid hell!"
  • A disciples says, "I want God to have all of me and to follow His will!"

  • A believer wants fire insurance so that if they die they will go to heaven instead of hell.
  • A disciple wants a reward when they get to heaven.  A disciple says, "I'm working here to get something later because He promised it to me."

  • A believer serves God only on their terms and times.
  • A disciple serves God on the Lord's terms and times

  • A believer only sees a church
  • A disciple only sees the kingdom

  • A believer separates churches by races
  • A disciple sees the family of God

  • A believer sees church membership
  • A disciple sees a brotherhood of blood

  • A believer wants a message that will make them feel good and be entertained
  • A disciple wants a relationship with the Lord and anticipates a move of God today

  • A believer fights the enemy with sermons (what he heard a preacher say last Sunday)
  • A disciple fights the enemy with the word of God just as Jesus fought Satan by saying, "It is written . . ." Matthew 4 and Luke 4.

In the next post I will talk about false prophets of ancient times and of today.

Wednesday, June 01, 2016

Are You A True Believer?

What does it mean to be a believer or a Christian?  

The Biblical definition of believe comes from the Hebrew word 'aman (Genesis 15:6; Exodus 4:31; 2 Chronicles 20:20; Psalm 116:10).  The Hebrew word translated believe is from a root meaning "establish" or "confirm."  The English word amen, which is used to express approval, comes from the same root word (Nehemiah 5:13; Psalm 41:13).  Belief is one of the most important ideal in all the Bible, because a person must believe God in order to be saved from sin.  For this ver reason, the New Testament makes much of the fact that Abraham believed God (Hebrews 11:8-12).  Whenever the Scriptures, whether the Old Testament or New Testament, state that a person "believed in the Lord," it signals that the person has made a decision to treat God's word as certain and has made a commitment to do what God wants (Genesis 15:6, John 1:12). (The above definition is from The NKJV Study Bible, copyright 1997, 2007 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.  Used by permission.)

This word "believe" is mentioned many times in the Scriptures and Jesus used the word to describe our need to believe in Him.  The word can mean to agree or accept something as true.  It can mean to hold on to an opinion, a thought, an idea, an assumption, or presumption.  

Is it enough to "believe" with mental agreement.  Can one believe and not be saved?  An example of those that believe and are demons, which not saved, is found in James 2:19.

I think Jesus gives us the true definition of a True Believer in  John 8:31 “ . . . If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed."  To abide means to comply with, obey, to follow as a disciple.  The True Believer is a disciple of Jesus Christ that is committed to following Him and obeying His word and trusting one's life totally to Him.

In the next post I will talk more about the difference between a believer and a disciple.

Who Are You Trusting?

The following was shared on FaceBook by Dave Broome 05/31/2016.  This article reveals the key for you to know if you are a True Believer.  (Trust and Obey)

This is what the Lord says:

"Cursed is the man who trusts in mankind,
who makes [human] flesh his strength
and turns his heart from the Lord."—Jeremiah 17:5

The Israelites of Jeremiah's day believed they could trust in their army, the diplomacy of their king, and their foreign alliances to protect them from the powerful Babylonian empire. They gave lip service to their trust in God, but their actions showed where their faith really was: in their military and financial might. God spoke through Jeremiah to warn them that He would not bless those who trusted in anyone or anything instead of Him.

Placing your ultimate trust in anything other than God is idolatry. How can you know if your faith is not truly in God? Ask yourself these questions: Where do I turn when I experience a crisis? When I am hurting or afraid, to whom do I go? When I have a financial problem, whom do I want to tell first? Where do I seek comfort when I am under stress or discouraged?

Could it be that you are saying you trust in God but your actions indicate otherwise? God often uses other people as His method of providing for you. Be careful lest you inadvertently misdirect your faith toward His provision instead of toward the Provider. God may meet your need through your friends, but ultimately your trust must be in God.

The Israelites were so stubbornly committed to trusting in human strength instead of God that, even as the Babylonian army approached Jerusalem, they continued to desperately seek for a person, or a nation, or an army that could rescue them. They realized too late that they had neglected to trust in the only One who could deliver them.

Don't make the same mistake as the Israelites. Go straight to the Lord when you have a need. He is the only One who can provide for you.

Experiencing God Day by Day: A Devotional and Journal.

Monday, May 30, 2016

And As It Was In The Days Of Noah

In Luke 17 Jesus gives us some clues as to what life will be like when He comes again. He likened it to the days of Noah and the days of Lot. What was life like during the days of Noah and Lot? Jesus tells us what it was like in Luke 17:26-29:

"26 And as it was in the days of Noah, so it will be also in the days of the Son of Man: 27 They ate, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all. 28 Likewise as it was also in the days of Lot: They ate, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they built; 29 but on the day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven and destroyed them all. 30 Even so will it be in the day when the Son of Man is revealed."

Sounds like life was going on as normal until disasters hit.   The people were partying and having a good time.  Why did the disasters come?  Because the hearts of the people were evil.  Genesis 6:5-8 says that the Lord saw the wickedness of man and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was evil continually.  This wickedness grieved the Lord's heart causing the Lord to bring judgement on a wicked world.

Why was Noah and his family spared.  Noah found grace or favor in the eyes of Lord because Noah was a just man and he walked with the Lord.  God told Noah build the ark in order for the pure blood line of Noah and his family be spared from the judgement that was coming on all the evil people.

Why were none of the other people saved.  They were a race of people with an impure blood line that was caused by Satan's attempt to prevent the coming of Jesus.  We will go into more detail about the impure blood line at a later time but you can read about this in Genesis 6.

Noah is a symbol of the True Church

God was determined to save Noah and his family from His coming judgement and establish His covenant with them.  Noah and his family survive the judgement, but they did go through a time of testing just as I believe every so called "Believer" will go through a time of testing in the last days.  I will talk about that more at a later time.

Although Noah was surrounded by violence and all kinds of evil (as a time of testing), Noah walked with God by seeking to obey Him in all his ways.  The parallel to life today is that people are living everyday normal life of eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, buying and selling, planting, and building big houses.  

Today we are surrounded by violence and all kinds of evil, but yet people are living life just as if this has become the normal.  How many of us, that are living in these last days, are like Noah?  Only the True Church is like Noah that walks with God, that listens and obeys the Lord.  Only the True Church will rise above the judgement coming on the earth.  Why?  Because the True Church people are overcame during their time of testing.

Your denominational church is not the True Church, as some believe.  The True Church is a body of believers of all over the world that seek the Lord and obey His commands just as Noah did.  The True Church is made up of  the overcomer's.  Who are the overcomer's?  "He who overcomes"

Saturday, May 28, 2016

A Time of Testing of the Church is Coming Soon

In the last post I mentioned that our Heavenly Father is upset because people have not taken Him serious.  Even the churches and so called "True Believers" have not taken Him serious.

The Lord is looking for a people that will walk with Him, hear His voice and obey Him.  Read Revelation 3 below and see what I mean:

To Sardis

"1Write this to Sardis, to the Angel of the church. The One holding the Seven Spirits of God in one hand, a firm grip on the Seven Stars with the other, speaks:

“I see right through your work. You have a reputation for vigor and zest, but you’re dead, stone-dead.

2-3“Up on your feet! Take a deep breath! Maybe there’s life in you yet. But I wouldn’t know it by looking at your busywork; nothing of God’s work has been completed. Your condition is desperate. Think of the gift you once had in your hands, the Message you heard with your ears—grasp it again and turn back to God.

“If you pull the covers back over your head and sleep on, oblivious to God, I’ll return when you least expect it, break into your life like a thief in the night.

4“You still have a few followers of Jesus in Sardis who haven’t ruined themselves wallowing in the muck of the world’s ways. They’ll walk with me on parade! They’ve proved their worth!

5“Conquerors will march in the victory parade, their names indelible in the Book of Life. I’ll lead them up and present them by name to my Father and his Angels.

6“Are your ears awake? Listen. Listen to the Wind Words, the Spirit blowing through the churches.”

To Philadelphia

7Write this to Philadelphia, to the Angel of the church. The Holy, the True—David’s key in his hand, opening doors no one can lock, locking doors no one can open—speaks:

8“I see what you’ve done. Now see what I’ve done. I’ve opened a door before you that no one can slam shut. You don’t have much strength, I know that; you used what you had to keep my Word. You didn’t deny me when times were rough.

9“And watch as I take those who call themselves true believers but are nothing of the kind, pretenders whose true membership is in the club of Satan—watch as I strip off their pretensions and they’re forced to acknowledge it’s you that I’ve loved.

10“Because you kept my Word in passionate patience, I’ll keep you safe in the time of testing that will be here soon, and all over the earth, every man, woman, and child put to the test.

11“I’m on my way; I’ll be there soon. Keep a tight grip on what you have so no one distracts you and steals your crown.

12“I’ll make each conqueror a pillar in the sanctuary of my God, a permanent position of honor. Then I’ll write names on you, the pillars: the Name of my God, the Name of God’s City—the new Jerusalem coming down out of Heaven—and my new Name.

13“Are your ears awake? Listen. Listen to the Wind Words, the Spirit blowing through the churches.”

To Laodicea

14Write to Laodicea, to the Angel of the church. God’s Yes, the Faithful and Accurate Witness, the First of God’s creation, says:

15-17“I know you inside and out, and find little to my liking. You’re not cold, you’re not hot—far better to be either cold or hot! You’re stale. You’re stagnant. You make me want to vomit. You brag, ‘I’m rich, I’ve got it made, I need nothing from anyone,’ oblivious that in fact you’re a pitiful, blind beggar, threadbare and homeless.

18“Here’s what I want you to do: Buy your gold from me, gold that’s been through the refiner’s fire. Then you’ll be rich. Buy your clothes from me, clothes designed in Heaven. You’ve gone around half-naked long enough. And buy medicine for your eyes from me so you can see, really see.

19“The people I love, I call to account—prod and correct and guide so that they’ll live at their best. Up on your feet, then! About face! Run after God!

20-21“Look at me. I stand at the door. I knock. If you hear me call and open the door, I’ll come right in and sit down to supper with you. Conquerors will sit alongside me at the head table, just as I, having conquered, took the place of honor at the side of my Father. That’s my gift to the conquerors!

22“Are your ears awake? Listen. Listen to the Wind Words, the Spirit blowing through the churches.”

Walk With Me

During my year of Old Testament study certain key words and phrases seem to jump off the page to me.  I felt impressed that the Lord was speaking to me as He has a message for me hidden within the text.  

The main theme I discovered is that the Lord searches the hearts of every individual.  He is searching for those that are seeking Him that desire a personal relationship with Him.  He is searching for hearts that will trust Him and obey His commands.  He is looking for a people that follow Him and  "Live by Faith".  The just shall live by faith.

Every morning is an exciting adventure as I read His words.  It was as if He is saying, "Walk with Me".  It is as if I am walking beside the Lord as He reveals His heart to me.  It was like a father and son walking down a path together as a dad would teach his son things about life and the things he needed to know.

This past year has been a wonderful and joyful experience as the Lord has revealed things I never knew or understood before.   The enemy attacked me in an attempt to stop me from my quest to know my Heavenly Father.  The enemy's attacks of sickness, hurts, and disappointments only made me stronger in the Lord.

After finishing the Old Testament I started reading Matthew again and I was amazed at how exciting it is to read the words of Jesus as He teaching me things I didn't understand before. It is as if He, like the Father, is saying, "Walk with Me."  

The Lord impressed upon me that most people have not taken Him seriously.  He is saying to me that too many people do not care to know Him the way He wants them to. 

Jesus is calling you too to come to Him, "Walk with Me".

Monday, May 23, 2016

Getting To Know Him

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If you are a follower or subscriber of this BLOG you may have noticed that I have not posted very much over the past year.  A little over one year ago I had finished reading and studying the New Testament from beginning to end. I sensed that the Lord desired for me to get to know Him in a more intimate way. I felt impressed that He wanted me to read and study the Old Testament. 

It has taken me a year for me to study the Old Testament and I have to say this was an incredible journey. I have been studying the Bible for over forty years and I thought I knew God, but now I know that I didn't know His heart. He spoken to my heart as I read and taught me many things that has changed me for my good. He is such an awesome Heavenly Father and I am so glad to know just how much He loves me.

There is so much that I have to share with you, but at the same time I am so overwhelmed with all He's taught me I almost don't know where to begin.  This morning I found a scripture the will be a good starting place as the following scripture pretty describes how the Lord was able to wake me up from my lack of knowledge of Him.

"Awake [[a]from your drunken stupor and return] to sober sense and your right minds, and sin no more. For some of you have not the knowledge of God [you are utterly and willfully and disgracefully ignorant, and continue to be so, lacking the sense of God’s presence and all true knowledge of Him]. I say this to your shame."  1 Corinthians 15:34 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC)

The Living Bible says it this way: "Get some sense and quit your sinning. For to your shame I say it; some of you are not even Christians at all and have never really known God."

The Lord has changed my heart is ways that I didn't realize I needed change.  I am ashamed to admit that I had been willfully and disgracefully ignorant before.  Now I have a burden for the lost and for those that don't know they are lost.  I'm not sure what the Lord has planned for me from here I just know that He has a plan or a calling for each and every one of us.  

Listen to your heart because He's calling you and drawing you to hear Him speak to you.  He has a calling a ministry to serve Him in these Last Days.