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 False 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.

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