Monday, December 04, 2017

Who Is The World's Most Influential Person?




Thy Kingdom Come by Derek Prince - Published on YouTube on Apr 25, 2013

Bible Teaching by Derek Prince. The world's most influential person is the one who knows how to get his prayers answered. Learn the two basic conditions for accomplishing this: align with God's purpose and embrace God's will.

Sunday, December 03, 2017

The Word Becomes Flesh So That We Can Become Sons of God


The Eternal Word

1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. 4 In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. 5 And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend[a] it.

John’s Witness: The True Light

6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7 This man came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all through him might believe. 8 He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. 9 That was the true Light which gives light to every man coming into the world.[b]

10 He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. 11 He came to His own,[c] and His own[d] did not receive Him. 12 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: 13 who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

The Word Becomes Flesh

14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.



Jesus Is The Bread Of Life


35 And Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.






Thursday, November 30, 2017

Thou shall speak with New Tongues

Questions: Here is a question from one of my readers:

Q:  Can you expound on Mark:16:17 Thou shall speak with New Tongues.

A: Yes, Jesus is telling the disciples what to expect when the out pouring of the Holy Spirit comes on them. They will be immersed (drenched) in the supernatural power of the Holy Spirit and will speak in foreign languages they had never learned before. Foreigners from other countries will hear them speaking in the language of their own country.

Q: Does 'Speaking in tongues'fit into that?

A:  You are asking some really great questions. I think the answer is yes and no. I think yes because when the baptism in the Holy Spirit came upon the people they saw tongues of fire and spoke in tongues of other people’s languages for the hearers benefit.

The reason there is a no answer is because after the event on the Day of Pentecost the Bible does not mention tongues as earthly languages. After that day people were saved, baptized in water and then baptized in the Holy Ghost. They then spoke in a heavenly language that could not be understood by earthly men. This type of tongues is what I believe to be what is known as praying in the spirit. Praying in the spirit is our spirit praying and not our intellectual mind praying. When we pray in the spirit we are praying under the anointing of the Holy Spirit.  The Holy Spirit is helping us pray spiritually because we do not know to pray as we should.



25 But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.

26 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.

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

Notice when we pray as the Spirit give us utterance we are praying according to the will of God.  When we pray according to the will of God supernatural miracles will happen in the lives of those we pray for (intercession for the saints) and our own needs according to God's will.  God is our source and our provider.

By praying the spirit the Holy Spirit helps our mouth pray in this heavenly language. He flows from our inner body area known as the lower belly which is sometimes called the heart. He flows up through our body and out of our mouth rivers of living water. Jesus said, “Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks”. When you are full of the Holy Spirit He pours out of you the heavenly language. All you have to do is yield your tongue to Him and He does the praying through your tongue.  You do not need to be concerned with how you sound when you pray in the Spirit because this language is not an earthly language that people can understand.  

There is also gifts of the Spirit in another kind of tongues.  This kind of tongues is the gift of tongues that can only be said in a situation where there is one that has the gift of interpretation.  The gift of tongues is not something one can do whenever you feel like it whereas praying in the Spirit can be done at will.

We will look into the gifts of the Spirit if anyone has a question on this subject.

Does The WORD of Christ Dwell In You?


16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.






Saturday, November 25, 2017

Four Truths For Life by Derek Prince



Four Truths For Life


Four Truths For Life

Four Truths For Life, by Derek Prince - Published on YouTube Apr 16, 2013

God's standards for Christians are the same for all age groups. His conditions for success never vary.

Click Here to download a copy of the Scripture outline: Four Truths for Life - 4410


Note: I am currently reading Brother's Prince's book, God's Medicine Bottle, and loving it.  I love the way Derek teaches the Word in such a simple and easy way to understand.  Thank you Lord for the calling you had on Brother Prince's life.  
This little book is available online @ https://derekprince.org  

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And Whatever You Do or Say Do It As A Representative of the Lord Jesus

Colossians 3:17 New King James Version (NKJV)

17 And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.

Friday, November 24, 2017

The Way of the Righteous and the End of the Ungodly


The Way of the Righteous and the End of the Ungodly

1 Blessed is the man
Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly,
Nor stands in the path of sinners,
Nor sits in the seat of the scornful;
2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord,
And in His law he meditates day and night.


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I Thank My God Concerning You


Spiritual Gifts at Corinth

4 I thank my God always concerning you for the grace of God which was given to you by Christ Jesus, 5 that you were enriched in everything by Him in all utterance and all knowledge,

Where Does Your Peace Come From?


15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful.

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God's Plan For Your Body - Derek Prince



God's Plan For Your Body by Derek Prince - Published on YouTube Dec 31, 2014

Origin and purpose of our body—God's provision and our responsibility.

Click here for Scripture Outline: God's Plan for Your Body - 4260

Do You Lift Your Hands When You Pray.

I read somewhere that the lifting of hands is not just for praise and worship.  It is also a wonderful method of prayer.  I like the idea of praying with my hand lifted high as this is the way I prayed when I ran 5-miles everyday many years ago. The open palms lifted towards heaven is symbolic of our sending up our prayers and the open hand is an expression of our receiving blessings back from heaven.  Our Heavenly Father loves for us to pray and He loves to bless us with answered prayers.

Back in the days when I was in the Full Gospel Businessmen’s Fellowship we all stood praying out loud at same time. Have you ever been in a group where everyone is praying out loud at the same time? I found it awkward at first, but when I realized I was praying to God without any concern of how my prayer sounded to other people. I could pray with my own logic or reasoning or I could pray in the Spirit,  I could care less if anyone else heard me or not.

I highly recommend praying out loud and with your hands lifted high.  I also recommend that you pray in the Spirit because I have seen miracles happen as a result of praying in this manor.

Psalm 63:4 Living Bible (TLB)

4 I will bless you as long as I live, lifting up my hands to you in prayer.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

O' Lord Your Word Is The Light I Follow That Keeps Me On The Path Of Righteousness


105 Your word is a lamp to my feet
And a light to my path.

Even Though Troubles Are All Around Me Your Words Give Me Comfort


143 Trouble and anguish have overtaken me,
Yet Your commandments are my delights.


Jesus Was Put To Death In The Flesh And Was Made Alive By The Spirit


Christ’s Suffering and Ours

18 For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us[a] to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive by the Spirit,

Do Not Love the World


Do Not Love the World

15 Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world.

All Believers Are Called To Pray For Everyone And Especially Those In Authority


Simple Faith and Plain Truth

2 1-3 The first thing I want you to do is pray. Pray every way you know how, for everyone you know. Pray especially for rulers and their governments to rule well so we can be quietly about our business of living simply, in humble contemplation. This is the way our Savior God wants us to live.

Are You Patiently Waiting and Expecting Jesus To Put Everything Right In Both Heaven And On Earth?


9 having made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He purposed in Himself, 10 that in the dispensation of the fullness of the times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both[a] which are in heaven and which are on earth—in Him.

Did You Know The Baptism In The Holy Spirit Is For All Believers?

Immersion in the Spirit is part 6 Derek Prince's Laying the Foundation series.  I feel the Holy Spirit inspired me to share this video with my readers because so many of church has not been exposed to full gospel teaching and especially the Baptism in the Holy Spirit.

Derek does a wonderful job of explaining why the Baptism in the Holy Spirit is available for every believer today just as it was for the early church.  Some doctrines teach that the gifts of the Holy Spirit died out with the apostles.  This kind of teaching is not found anywhere in the scriptures.

After you have watched the video I am certain you may have questions.  Please feel free to contact me by using the "CONTACT US" form in the left sidebar of this blog.  I do not claim to know everything, but I know Him who does.






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Derek Prince - Published on YouTube Apr 3, 2013

Immersion in the Spirit

In this comprehensive series, Derek Prince walks you step by step through this essential foundational building process.


Videos in this Series:

1. Founded on the Rock
2. Authority and Power of God's Word
3. Through Repentance to Faith
4. Faith and Works
5. Immersion in Water
6. Immersion in the Spirit
7. Transmitting God's Power
8. At the End of Time
9. Resurrection of the Body
10. Final Judgmen

Friday, November 17, 2017

Laying the Foundation, Part 10, Final Judgement

This post today is actually "Never Give Up" Part 4 of the "Never Give Up" series. The video below is by Derek Prince and is his tenth and final video of his "Laying the Foundation" series. I viewed this video for the first time last night and I feel the Lord wants me to share this teaching with you today. I pray that you will be blessed and encouraged.




Derek Prince - Published on YouTube Apr 4, 2013

Final Judgment


In this comprehensive series, Derek Prince walks you step by step through this essential foundational building process.


Videos in this Series:

1. Founded on the Rock
2. Authority and Power of God's Word
3. Through Repentance to Faith
4. Faith and Works
5. Immersion in Water
6. Immersion in the Spirit
7. Transmitting God's Power
8. At the End of Time
9. Resurrection of the Body
10. Final Judgment

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

JESUS in The Moses Story! (END-TIME WARNING REVEALED)




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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Never Give Up - Part 3

I could be wrong, but I feel the Lord wants me to talk more about the three classes of servants mention I mentioned in Part 1. The Master gave each servant a certain amount of money according to each individual's own ability. Servants #1 and #2 were successful in their investments for the Kingdom, but servant #3 failed.

I could be wrong, but I feel the Lord is saying to majority of the believers fit in the #3 category. The majority of believers do not fit in this category because they are doomed to fail, but rather they feel they do have any personal ability to do much for the Lord. The Lord has given each of us a measure of faith in order to accomplish His will on this earth. What we do for Him on this earth will build up treasures in heaven that we will enjoy for an  eternity. Treasures on earth have little value compared to the treasures the Lord has stored up for us in heaven.

I could be wrong, but the believers that fit in category #3 lack confidence in themselves because they do not have the abilities of the #1 and #2 believers. Those that lack confidence doubt in their own abilities and are prone to feel discouraged and easily give up because of feelings of inferiority. I know because I am one of those #3 believers. I know because I sometimes feel inferior those with a college degrees. I sometimes feel inferior to those with extrovert personalities because I am an introvert.

I could be wrong, but I believe the Lord can use those of us who are considered weak people to accomplish His will for the Kingdom in spite of our weakness. Listen to what the Lord had to say through the Apostle Paul:



Glory Only in the Lord

26 For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called. 27 But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; 28 and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are,

Did you notice the kind of people God has not called?

  • not many wise according to the flesh
  • not many mighty
  • not many noble
But God has chosen:
  • the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise
  • the weak things of the world to put to shame the things that are mighty
  • the base things of the world and 
  • the things that are despised
  • and the things that are not, to bring to nothing the things that are
What do you think the Lord is saying to us #3 type believers?  I could be wrong, but I think He is saying that we are not to look at ourselves the way the world sees us.  He is saying that we should look at Him and His righteousness.  We can do nothing on our own, but in Him we can do all things He has called us to do.

What has He called you to do?  Not sure! I could be wrong, but I believe the answer is found in the following scriptures:



The Son of Man Will Judge the Nations

31 “When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy[a] angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory. 32 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. 33 And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left. 34 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: 35 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; 36 I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.’

37 “Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? 38 When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? 39 Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ 40 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.’

41 “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: 42 for I was hungry and you gave Me no food; I was thirsty and you gave Me no drink; 43 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.’

44 “Then they also will answer Him,[b] 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?’ 45 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.’ 46 And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”


Now that you have read the above scripture have you discovered what God has called you to do?  If you are still uncertain here are some clues:

  • give food to the hungry
  • give water to the thirsty
  • give housing to those that need a place to stay
  • give clothes to those that do not have any clothes
  • give of your time and visit those who are sick
  • give of your time and visit those who are in prison
Are you physically not able to do any of the above things?  Here are some things you may be able to do:
  • give money to organizations who provide food, drink and shelter to those in need
  • give your excess clothes to organizations like the Salvation Army
  • give your time to intercessory prayer for the sick
  • give money to organizations, like Derek Prince Ministries, that provide Christian materials to those in prison.
  • become a volunteer at the Salvation Army, a Rescue Mission, or Homeless Shelter
I could be wrong, but I believe if a believer can do any of the above things mentioned above  in service of others then you are one of the sheep Jesus mention in the scripture.  Why?  Because you have done it to Jesus.  You have been following His commandment to love your neighbor as much as you love yourself.

Is There Witchcraft in Your Church



Derek Prince - Is There Witchcraft in Your Church



Salt Light - Published this video on YouTube Feb 16, 2013

Derek Prince was an international Bible teacher whose daily radio programme Derek Prince Legacy Radio broadcasts to half the population of the world in various languages. He was probably most noted for his teachings about deliverance from demonic oppression and about Israel. He was best known in Pentecostal and Charismatic circles although his teaching is distinctly non-denominational, a fact that has long been emphasised by his worldwide ministry.

Derek Prince was born in India of British parents and was educated at Eton College and Kings College, Cambridge. He was a scholar of Greek and Latin, although at Cambridge he took Philosophy, specialising in logic and studying under Ludwig Wittgenstein. His MA dissertation was titled The Evolution of Plato's Method of Definition, and won him a fellowship at the age of just 24.

Prince joined the Royal Army Medical Corps and was posted to Scarborough for training, and while in the Army Barracks he started reading the Bible (as a philosophical self-assignment). As a consequence in July 1941 Derek had what he described as a supernatural experience', a meeting with Jesus. "Out of this encounter" he later wrote, " I formed two conclusions: first, that Jesus Christ is alive; second, that the Bible is a true, relevant, up-to-date book. These conclusions altered the whole course of my life".

He was the author of over 50 books, 600 audio and 100 video teachings, many of which have been translated and published in more than 100 languages." Some of the subjects that are covered in his teachings are prayer and fasting, foundations of the Christian faith, spiritual warfare, God's love and marriage and family to name a few.

Monday, November 13, 2017

For This Is the Will of God, That By Doing Good You May Put To Silence The Ignorance Of Foolish Men

1 Peter 2:15-16 New King James Version (NKJV)

15 For this is the will of God, that by doing good you may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men— 16 as free, yet not using liberty as a cloak for vice, but as bondservants of God.

For those of you that are a subscriber you may have noticed that I have a burden for senior church goers because they say stupid things among other church goers.  These senior adults should know better, but they unknowingly say words of fear, doubt and unbelief.  These seniors are still baby Christians and have not grown spiritually enough to know and understand the deeper things the Holy Spirit saying to them.

Am I judging all seniors?  No, but I must admit that even though I have noticed other seniors faults I must confess that I too have said foolish things and I have not always lived what I have preached.  Some would perhaps consider me a hypocrite because I have at times been just a guilty as my fellow seniors.  

What is the answer?  Each of us must search our own hearts and ask the Lord to reveal any evil in our hearts, our thoughts and our words.  Ask the Lord to set us free from being judgmental and critical of others.  Lord help us to do as today's scripture says, "For this is the will of God, that by doing good we may silence the ignorance of foolish men."

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Never Give Up - Part 2

2 Corinthians 4:16 Living Bible (TLB)

16 That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our inner strength in the Lord is growing every day.

In "Never Give Up" - Part 1 I explained in some detail as the why I think servant #3 refused to obey the Master. I think this part of the Parable of the Talents is a warning to the Church.  In my humble opinion this is a warning because Jesus does not want us to become overwhelmed by the cares of this world.  He does not want us to be discouraged, disappointed or afraid because of our circumstances.  He expects us to trust in Him no matter how bad things seem.

Years ago I heard that a friend of mine had skin cancer on his are in it spread to other parts of his body.  I heard that as this man lay dying on his hospital bed shook his hand toward heaven and cursed God because he blamed God for his suffering.  When I heard this it broke my heart to think this friend did this.

To me Jesus is tell us to "Never Give Up" no matter how bad things look because Jesus expects us to overcome the temptation to give up.  Check these the following links:
It doesn't matter whether your calling in Christ Jesus is to be servant #1, 2, or 3 you are still have a freewill and therefore are subject to the ultimate failure and this is to give up.  

Jesus has a message for you today,  "NEVER GIVE UP"!  "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." Revelation 3:21

I Pray That You May Prosper In All Things And Be In Health, Just As Your Heart (Mind) Prospers.


2 Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.

For The Earth Shall Be Filled With The Knowledge of the Glory of the Lord


14 For the earth will be filled
With the knowledge of the glory of the Lord,
As the waters cover the sea.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Never Give Up - Part 2

In the last post I talked to you about "How To Invest In The Kingdom".  Jesus gave us an example known as the Parable of the Talents.  In this parable the Master gave a different amount of money to three different men.  He gave to them an amount that was fitting to their ability to invest and earn an positive return on the Master's money.

Now I don't if I'm right or not, but I feel the Lord has impressed some things He wants me to share with you.  The first two men were successful in their investments and pleased the Master, but the third man was a failure.


Today I want to focus on the third man and why he failed.  Let's look at the verses that take about the third man:




24 “Then he who had received the one talent came and said, ‘Lord, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you have not sown, and gathering where you have not scattered seed. 25 And I was afraid, and went and hid your talent in the ground. Look, there you have what is yours.’

26 “But his lord answered and said to him, ‘You wicked and lazy servant, you knew that I reap where I have not sown, and gather where I have not scattered seed. 27 So you ought to have deposited my money with the bankers, and at my coming I would have received back my own with interest. 28 Therefore take the talent from him, and give it to him who has ten talents.


29 ‘For to everyone who has, more will be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away.


There are several things I find interest about this man's words:
  1. I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you have not sown, and gathering where you have not scattered seed.  To me this man had utter contempt for his Master because he felt the Master was not just and fair.  
  2. And I was afraid, and went and hid your talent in the ground. Look, there you have what is yours.’  To me this does not make logical sense because if he were truly afraid of the Master he would have done what the Master told him to do.  I believe the man acted more in rebellion against the Master instead of fear of the consequences.  In my opinion it was more a matter of dishonor and disrespect for the Master than it was fear because he was not afraid of the consequences of his decision.
  3. Look, there you have what is yours.’  In my opinion his words have an overtone of bitterness and resentment towards the Master.
Because of the third man's rebellion Jesus called him, a ‘You wicked and lazy servant.  In verse 30 Jesus calls him an unprofitable servant.  The Greek word is achreios which means; useless, good for nothing.

As I stated earlier I do know if I am right or not, but I feel the Lord is saying to me that this parable was given to show there are three different types of people.
  1. Servant #1 - Those that God has called for exceptional and widely known ministry.
  2. Servant #2 - Those that God has called for a modest ministry that is not commonly  known.
  3. Servant #3 - Those that God has called for a very small ministry that goes unknown.
All three servants are called by God, but each one has a free will to do what they were called to do or to reject their particular calling.  Servant #3, in the parable above, was just an example of a unprofitable, useless, good for nothing servant.  How do I know this?  Jesus gave us another example of a person that appeared to be doing great works for the Lord, but was rejected by Jesus.  Let's take a look in Matthew 7:


I Never Knew You


21 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. 22 Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ 23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’


In my opinion Servant #3 represents the majority of people today.  I think I personally fit in the #3 Servant category of people that is under educated and perhaps not as smart as others.    What can servant #3 types, like me, do to be obedient to the Master?  Even though us #3's weren't given as much abilities as other people we can still be obedient to the Master call in the ability He has given us.  Here are just a few examples:
  • We may not be able to preach a sermon, but we can be a witness by telling others our story about Jesus and what He has done in our lives.
  • We may not be able to teach a class or lead a small group, but we can pray for others without them knowing we are praying for them.  We don't pray for our glory we pray so that the Father will get the glory.  I like to walk the streets of my neighborhood and pray for my neighbors.  I also like to pray for everyone I see while I'm eating out.  I know this seems small and insignificant, but I believe the Lord expects us to pray for one another.  See the video link below.
  • We may not be affluent as far as the world's standards, but we can share what we do have with others.
  • We may not have a college degree, but we share the wisdom that comes from the Lord
There is little glory, if any, for the #3 servant on this earth, but our glory is waiting for us in heaven.  Why, because what we do for the Lord is building up treasures in heaven for us.  Our glory come when we hear Jesus say to us, "Well Done my good and faithful servant . . . "

Truthfully it does not matter whether you are Servant #1, #2 or #3 type because the only servants that will enter into the joy of the Lord are those that heard His voice and obeyed His words through trusting in Him.  Notice that attitude of Jesus toward the righteous in verse 37 below:



The Son of Man Will Judge the Nations

31 “When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy[a] angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory. 32 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. 33 And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left. 34 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: 35 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; 36 I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.’

37 “Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? 38 When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? 39 Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ 40 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.’

41 “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: 42 for I was hungry and you gave Me no food; I was thirsty and you gave Me no drink; 43 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.’

44 “Then they also will answer Him,[b] 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?’ 45 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.’ 46 And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”

In my opinion, servant #3 had given up in the Parable of the Talents.  He had become discouraged and had blamed all his problems on His master.  The moral of today's lesson is "Never Give Up".  If you cannot do anything else you can pray.  Your prayers makes a difference.


Wednesday, November 08, 2017

How Does Jesus Expect Us To Invest In The Kingdom

As you may know I am a student of teachings of Derek Prince.  Derek is one the best teachers of the scriptures that I have ever studied under.  Derek has helped me understand the scriptures as never before.  Through Derek’s teaching the Lord has been able change me by showing me things about myself that needed to be changed.  I repented of my attitudes and He has delivered me.  I am a work in progress because almost daily He is showing me things that happened my past that I had forgotten about.  He has shown me that I need to forgive these perceived wrongs and then forget them as if they never happened.

This week I watched a YouTube Video at John Hagee’s church by Derek titled Orphans, Widows, the Poor and Oppressed.  https://youtu.be/vXa0O3KMnPs James calls it "pure and undefiled religion," but care for the needy is identified as one of God's highest priorities throughout the entire Bible. As Derek Prince shares, take a fresh look at an issue that goes much deeper than simply social concern.

The Lord has placed a burden on my heart that He expects us, His servants, to invest His tithes in the Kingdom of God. Okay, isn’t paying our tithes to the local church we attend investing in the Kingdom?  In what way does Jesus expect us to invest in the Kingdom? He expects us to invest in areas where He will earn a positive return on His investment because after all the income we have received in our lifetime is His money. And, He expects us, as stewards, to manage His money with His best interest in mind.  It is true the tithes and offerings are for the support of the church ministry, but in my opinion He expects His money also be used for helping the Orphans, Widows, the Poor and Oppressed?

In a moment I will do my best to explain where I believe Jesus expects us invest time, talents and income the Lord has provided. But first I want to take a break here to give you an example of what I believe Jesus wants us to understand. The following is a parable the Lord reminded me of - It's about the Master giving three men different amounts money to invest. He gave each man according to their individual ability to manage. Only two of those men invested the Master's money in such as to earn a positive return on His investments.

Matthew 25:14-29New King James Version (NKJV)

The Parable of the Talents

14 “For the kingdom of heaven is like a man traveling to a far country, who called his own servants and delivered his goods to them. 15 And to one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one, to each according to his own ability; and immediately he went on a journey. 16 Then he who had received the five talents went and traded with them, and made another five talents. 17 And likewise he who had received two gained two more also. 18 But he who had received one went and dug in the ground, and hid his lord’s money. 19 After a long time the lord of those servants came and settled accounts with them.
20 “So he who had received five talents came and brought five other talents, saying, ‘Lord, you delivered to me five talents; look, I have gained five more talents besides them.’ 21 His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’ 22 He also who had received two talents came and said, ‘Lord, you delivered to me two talents; look, I have gained two more talents besides them.’ 23 His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’
24 “Then he who had received the one talent came and said, ‘Lord, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you have not sown, and gathering where you have not scattered seed. 25 And I was afraid, and went and hid your talent in the ground. Look, there you have what is yours.’
26 “But his lord answered and said to him, ‘You wicked and lazy servant, you knew that I reap where I have not sown, and gather where I have not scattered seed.27 So you ought to have deposited my money with the bankers, and at my coming I would have received back my own with interest. 28 Therefore take the talent from him, and give it to him who has ten talents.
29 ‘For to everyone who has, more will be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away."

On the day you stand before Jesus to give an account for your life what do you think Jesus will say to you? Is it your hearts desire to hear the Lord Jesus say to you, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’?  I’m crying as I write this as this my heart’s desire.  I cannot wait for that day to come.

Okay, now back to where does Jesus expect us to invest His money?  Where can we earn the largest return on our investment for Him?  The Lord reminded me of another scripture concerning a return on investment: It’s called The Parable of the Sower click here and read the full chapter - https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+13&version=NKJV.  The key to this parable sowing seed is Jesus’ way of explaining how He expects us to invest.  Notice the last verse uses the words, “ . . . produces: some a hundredfold, some, sixty, some thirty.”  This parable is all about our investing the word in people’s hearts and the word producing a return on the investment of one hunderfold, sometimes sixty and sometime thirty.  I believe these three numbers are percents of return on the investment and I also see a parallel with The Parable of the Talents and the three men that were given money by the Master to invest.  The Master gave each man according each man’s own ability - The first man had the ability to gain a return of a hundredfold, the second man had the ability to gain a return of sixty, and the third man had the ability to gain a return of thirty.  The first two men were obedient to the Master, but the third man was a lazy and unprofitable servant.  What happens to the lazy and unprofitable servants of Jesus?  Verse 30 answers the question: 30 And cast the unprofitable servant into the outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’   The unprofitable servant will be cast into hell.

Did you think that sowing the word is just the church and pastor’s job and not yours?  It is true the church and the pastors are to minister the word to the church, but it is also the job of each individual believer to sow the word and do the works that Jesus called each of us individually to do.  Who ever told you that it is the church’s job to do all the work and the rest of us don’t have to do anything except pay our tithes?  The devil, that’s who.  The devil wants church goers to be lazy and unprofitable servants for the Kingdom.  Why?  He hates you and wants you to go to hell with him. 

What is another way the believer can invest in the kingdom?  The answer is found in the next section of the same chapter 25 of Matthew’s Gospel:

The Son of Man Will Judge the Nations

31 “When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy[c] angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory. 32 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. 33 And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left. 34 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:35 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; 36 was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.’
37 “Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? 38 When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? 39 Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ 40 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.’
41 “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: 42 for I was hungry and you gave Me no food; I was thirsty and you gave Me no drink; 43 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.’
44 “Then they also will answer Him,[d] 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?’45 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.’ 46 And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”

What do you think Jesus is saying in this passage?  To me He is saying He will judge each of us according to how we have treated one another.  He will judge if we have loved our neighbor or if we have ignored those in need.

What do I believe the Holy Spirit is saying to us, the body of Christ, in this message?  I believe He's desire for us if to invest in the Kingdom the way Jesus did?  What was Jesus’ method of investing?  He feed people’s hearts by sowing the word in people’s hearts everywhere He went.  He delivered those that possessed and oppressed by demons.  He healed the sick.  He healed the lepers.  He opened blind eyes.  He feed thousands of people at a time.  He cast out demons and He even raised the dead.

How can we do these things?  On our own we cannot do these things, but Jesus gave us tools to work with.  Jesus gave us the authority to use Jesus’ name and He gave us the Holy Spirit to help us.  In our earthly body we do not have the supernatural power to do the above things.  Our job is to speak out loud, in faith, the promises of God as Jesus told us to do.   And then trust in the power of the Holy Spirit to do the supernatural manifestations according to the promises.

Investing in the Kingdom is not just about investing money.  It is investing your time and your talents as well.  I feel the Lord called me for the expressed purpose of writing this blog.  My hearts desire is to train and educate my readers in such a way that they grow in spiritual maturity.  I know this blog is not a great ministry, but I believe it is the ministry called me to do.  No matter how small or insignificant it may be I do it for His sake and not mine.  I pray that He gets all the glory and that you are blessed and encouraged.  In Jesus Name Amen.

One final thought - whatever Jesus has called you do everything you have done in services of others is building up treasures in your account in heaven.  We do not serve the Lord for what we can get on this earth, but the Lord has established heavenly rewards for those of us who trust Him and do the work He has called us to do no matter how large or small.  The good news is this; when He comes to get us He will be bringing His rewards with Him.


Jesus Testifies to the Churches

12 “And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work. 13 I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last.”[b]