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The Immortal Message of Easter

On Easter morn, we are drawn back to the message of the Cross that all-encompassing will of God. We are catapulted beyond the simple historical message of Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection to the infinite heights of God’s will for our life in Christ Jesus. If we only see the historical event steeped in tradition then we have missed the message. In the Apostle Paul’s farewell message to the Ephesian elders he declared, “For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God” (Acts 20:27). And the starting place in this wonderful journey in understanding the whole will of God is by following the admonition of Christ to pick up our cross and follow Him. The Bible says, “And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me” (Luke 9:23). To pick up the cross means death. It simply cannot mean anything else. It is a conscious decision to follow Christ in His death by dying to self. As we enter the dark night of our soul we discover that everything of the old sin nature must die. Every vestige of pride must be nailed to the cross. Every glimmer of self-will must die with Christ. Through faith in Christ our death to self becomes a reality. Step by step we are able to put off the old life.

The good news is we are no longer held in bondage to the old life. Old sins are forgiven by the precious blood of the Lamb. As Christ hung on the Cross of Calvary all our sins, past, present and future have been laid on Him removing that eternal barrier between us and a holy God. “As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us” (Psalm 103:12). Through faith in Christ all our sins are forgiven and its power broken. Satan was soundly defeated at the Cross and no longer has power over those who have put their faith and trust in Jesus Christ. Only by following Christ in His death on the Cross can this power of sin and the devil be broken forever in the life of the believer. Don’t let another Easter pass you by without making a conscious decision to pick up your cross daily and follow Him. Don’t fear death to self, because on the other side there is real life in Christ. Dying to self and putting off the old life is only the first part of the journey. We must continue to understand the full will of God.

Christians from around the world will celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ, because without it we are still trapped in our sin, in bondage to the old life, and resting under the power of Satan. On that glorious Easter morn as the rock was rolled back and Christ rose from the dead a new and living way was opened to all those who would now put their faith in Him. How magnificent is this new life in Christ is beyond our finite comprehension? For those who have journeyed deep into the new life in Christ will confirm that every day becomes more glorious. Unfortunately, many have not journeyed much further than the door and have rested contently on the milk of God’s Word. As mere infants, they delight in retelling the same old stories over and over again believing somehow that they alone will bring forth spiritual fruit and a deeper life in Christ. They pass over the commands of God as mere suggestions or only relevant for some future dispensation. They pass over the gifts of the Spirit as if they only appeared in the first century. Tragically many Christians never really experience the new life in Christ thus celebrating the resurrection as mere tradition reenacting its historical event.

He is risen! Christ has risen from the dead! In faith, we follow Christ in His resurrection putting off the old life by dying to self and putting on the new life by becoming obedient to His commands. Let’s be clear commands are not works. We have been saved by faith and all our good works will not get us one inch closer to heaven or a deeper life in Christ. On the other hand, the commands of God teach us how to live this new life in Him. Through our faith in Christ we have already been made into a new creation. The old has gone, behold all things are new. The Bible says, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new” (II Corinthians 5:17). When we put off the old life then we are empty and ready for the Master’s use. Self and tradition cannot put on the new life, but only Christ through His wonderful commands demonstrating the will of God in us. Do you want to grow spiritually from one degree of glory to another? Do you want that deeper life in Christ? Then be filled with the Holy Spirit of God and allow Him to lead you step by step to become obedient to the whole counsel of God through His holy commands written on your heart. As you celebrate the resurrection this Easter morn let me encourage you to leave the elementary teachings about Christ and go on to maturity. How marvelous to be in Christ growing into a deeper relationship with Him. Thank you Lord for your death and resurrection all praise honor and glory to your Name. Thank you Lord for our new life in you. Praise God.

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What’s Impeding Your Faith?

The Bible says, “Nevertheless, when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth (Luke 18:8b).” The answer is not a lot for most in the later days will allow many things to impede their faith. Although there will be a faithful remnant, I am sure that their faith will be mocked by the world. It will seem inconsistent with reason and against all the established norms of a pagan world. Unlike the faithless who had long given up their faith, they will continue to cry out day and night for God to vindicate them by righteously judging their oppressors. They will continue to cry out asking God to fulfill all His promises, especially the one that does not allow them to be tempted beyond what they can handle (See I Corinthians 10:13). Over the course of time they have learned well the things that impede their faith, being careful to resist them at every point. So, what are these things that impede our faith?

Perhaps the biggest thing to impede our faith is listening to, believing in, and appropriating the world’s wisdom into our life. Clearly, God has given us everything we need for life and godliness. So, to chase after the knowledge in the world puts you on a very slippery slope. Of course, we are not talking about all knowledge, but the knowledge that pertains to life, such as, godly communication, instructions concerning our interpersonal relationships, and specific instructions concerning our spousal relationship. It gives knowledge to parents on how to raise their children in the Lord and their financial responsibility to one’s family. It gives lessons on spiritual growth and the use of our spiritual gifts. It gives directives concerning our relationship to both the church and the government. It also gives timeless knowledge on how to care for our own body by learning how to deal with emotional and psychological problems, along with good eating habits, exercise, and sleep. There is endless knowledge from God’s Holy Word that gives us everything we need for living a godly life. However, if we refuse to follow God’s direction then we are inclined to follow a mixed bag of knowledge from the world and from our self.

This assimilated information moves us further away from God’s divine plan for our life, thus impeding our faith, and putting us on the downward path toward death and destruction. Our faith in God will cause us to seek out His knowledge alone, on how to live out life pleasing to Him. A life full of spiritual energy to become all that God wants us to be in this life. A life full of indescribable joy that has learned the power of forgiveness, of turning the other cheek, and going the extra mile with others. A healthy life both mentally and physically that has learned from God how to deal immediately with grief, loneness, guilt, depression, anxiety, and many other problems, not by using psychiatric drugs or receiving the world’s counsel, but by following the Wonderful Counselor and His methods that have worked for thousands of years before psychology had ever arrived on the scene. The more we follow the Knowledge of God by putting it into our lives the stronger our faith grows and the more we grow spiritually from one degree of glory to another. Friends, please don’t follow your self-knowledge and the world’s knowledge, especially when it disagrees with God’s knowledge, which is His divine plan for your life.

The second thing that will impede our faith is giving up, which is demonstrated by our lack of prayer and the reading of God’s Word – the Bible. It is so sad that so many just go through the motions of being a faithful Christian. They may pray, but not from the heart believing that God is actually listening. They don’t pray believing if it’s God’s will then the prayer will be answered. They may even read the Bible, but they get nothing out of it or what they do get comes from their own self-consciousness and not from God or His Holy Spirit. They simply give up trying to become all that God wants them to be in this life. So, many of them chase after the world’s entertainment, sports, hobbies, and other social activities to fill up the void in their life caused by not following God as they should. The faithful Christian prays all the time believing in his heart that God is not only listening, but also giving him direction through the indwelling Holy Spirit. We must not give up. To give up impedes our faith, stops our spiritual growth, and separates us from all the joy of being a new creation in Christ.

The third thing that impedes our faith is not believing that God will deliver us from our oppressors. These I call the silent Christians. They go around walking on egg shells being careful to never rock the boat. They go out of their way to act like others in the world so they can be accepted and not mocked or ridiculed. Refusing to step out on faith weakens our faith, which in time will impede our faith. Although it is clear from Scripture that God will vindicate us, many have taken the low path and decided not to trust God to deliver them from those who may cause them harm. This vindication from God could come at the end of our life. We may not even get to see it, but it will come. It may not be soon, but it will come quickly often times when we least expect it. The Bible says, “And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them? I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth” (Luke 18:7-8)? The dividing line has already been drawn between the liberal and the conservative. It has already been drawn between the Christian who decides to follow all of God’s knowledge in the Bible alone and for those who have decided to assimilate it with the world’s knowledge. The later proudly proclaims that God simply did not give us all the information needed for the 21st Century and it’s up to humanity to fill in the blanks. Yet, they are mistaken, because the knowledge is there. It just needs to be re-discovered and put into the life of the believer. Christians who do not want to impede their faith must step out on faith by proclaiming the truth to everyone who spouts the world’s knowledge and spurns the knowledge of God. To do so will restore our faith.

The fourth thing that impedes our faith is listening to the lies of the enemy. He will tell you that you are just wasting your time in prayer. Better just go so see a Doctor or a Psychiatrist. Clearly, there is a time to see a Doctor to address our physical concerns, but even that does not limit our need for prayer. For I have seen many miracles where even the Doctors admitted to observing a real miracle in their patients. The enemy also lies about your worth before God. As a new person in Christ you are worth everything to Him, but the enemy will whisper in your ear that you are worthless by reminding you of the things you did in your past. The enemy will tell you, “How could God forgive someone like you?” He may even go so far as to say that you are not even saved. To listen to the lies of the enemy will impede your faith. To listen to God alone will increase your faith allowing you to stand firm against the enemy in all of his malicious attacks.

Will Christ find faith upon the earth when He returns in glory? The good news is that Christ will find a very strong faith among the faithful remnant, but He will find none among many who claim to be Christian. Let me encourage you dear friends to rediscover all the treasures in the Bible and see for yourself that God has indeed given us everything we need for life and godliness. In fact, the Bible says so, “According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue” (II Peter 1:3). Amen. The Bible never mixes words. If it says all things that pertain to life and godliness, then that is exactly what it means. So, please dear friend get out your Bibles, some of you may need to dust them off, and start to read day and night if necessary until you come to a deeper understanding of this knowledge that will strengthen your faith and prepare you for the days ahead.

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Four Most Horrifying Words

What a glorious day that will be at the Second Coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but for some it will not be so glorious. The unbelieving world will cower in their caves crying out to the rocks to fall upon them and hide them from the coming Lord and His wrath. (See Revelation 6:16-17). On the other hand, all those who claimed to believe in Christ will be awakened at an hour they did not expect and will rush out to meet the Lord with glad tidings in their heart thinking all is well. They all without exception had become drowsy and fell asleep, because the promise of His coming had been for a very long time. To this date its been nearly two thousand years since the promise was first given to His disciples. Perhaps the great missionary efforts had ceased and revivals had become a relic of the past replaced with conferences geared to a favorite doctrine. Even one on one evangelism was frowned upon my most for being too exclusive. It appears that the entire church drifted off to sleep and was only now awakened at the news of Christ’s return, which no doubt caused much panic among all to let their light shine in a very dark world as they all rushed to meet the bridegroom.

Let’s be clear that these were all virgins who came out to meet the Lord. (See the Parable of the Ten Virgins in Matthew 25:1-13). They all at one point in their life repented of their sins and promised to follow Jesus Christ as their Savior. On the surface, they all pretty much looked and acted the same and considered themselves believers and looked forward to spending eternity in heaven. Yet, when Jesus Christ observed them at His coming He saw to kinds of virgins, foolish and wise. The foolish virgins thought they had everything going for them, no doubt believers who had repented log ago of their immorality, learned all the doctrines, faithfully attended their respective churches, and probably even did their share of good works. However, one thing was tragically missing, they mostly relied on their own light and rarely sought the greater light of the Holy Spirit, and when they did, they didn’t really use it, but was looking to cover all the bases. They had forgotten even how to secure the greater light when the hour had grown late and it was needful to be full of the Spirit at the coming of our Lord. All they could muster at the time was their religious light expressing all the correct words of love and sound doctrine, but empty of the indwelling Spirit. How tragic to be told I never knew you. The four most horrifying words! To be told we had no intimate relationship. Can you hear Christ say, “You never allowed me to direct your path; you often stopped your ears or ignored my instructions; you were not obedient to all my commands, but obedient only to those you chose to follow.”

Whereas, the wise virgins always depended on Me to direct their path and worked very hard at discerning my voice as opposed to the voice of their old nature or the voice of the enemy. Right in the beginning we started building an intimate relationship becoming a true host of the Holy Spirit, not to take over, but to work with them to build a new life in Christ. It was not long before the barnacles of the old sin nature began to fall off. They eventually became free of all their self-imposed bondages where in time the old life was not even recognized by their closest friends. They grew ever more dependent upon the inner light of the indwelling Spirit and they rarely sought to let their own light shine, but always giving credit to the greater light, all to the glory of God. On the other hand, the foolish virgins always steeped in pride easily took credit for their own religious accomplishments. They even went so far as proclaiming that their works of casting out evil or witnessing healing was done by the Holy Spirit for whom they had no intimate relationship. Jesus said, I never knew you. The foolish virgins grieved the Holy Spirit many times and attempted to put out the Holy Spirit’s fire. Instead of recognizing the unique work of the Holy Spirit they attributed it to some other explanation. They also rebuked the working of the Holy Spirit by denying its powerful working in our day and grieved the Holy Spirit by refusing to follow His leading.

On the other hand, the wise virgins fanned the flames of the Holy Spirit by allowing Him to bring forth great miracles of healing or casting out the enemy when they were positive it was He who was doing the work. They never grieved the indwelling Spirit, but always listened to His voice and leading. At the Second Coming of Jesus Christ guess who was ready and allowed the greater light to shine forth to illuminate the darkness of the hour. Although they both slept, it was the wise virgins who awoke to let their inner light of the indwelling Spirit to shine brightly. They were ready at His coming and rejoiced in meeting the Bridegroom. Let me tell you the foolish virgins were very shocked to hear the words of our returning Lord. Words they never expected to hear. How could Jesus Christ say, “I never knew you!” How about all the work in the Kingdom, it meant nothing. How about all the Bible studies and times of worship, it meant nothing. Yes, they never really knew the Holy Spirit and Christ said, “I never knew you.” To know the Holy Spirit is to be known by Christ.

Friends, it not too late to start building a personal, intimate relationship with the indwelling Holy Spirit following His lead and listening to His voice alone. It is the Spirits primary job to convict the believer to turn immediately from their sin and follow the path of righteousness. If you are not convicted by the Holy Spirit when you are openly sinning against God, then don’t try to convince me that you have the indwelling Holy Spirit. Because He will convict you and it will be the most horrible feeling that you are openly being held accountable to the highest court in heaven, for your sin against a Holy God. You will feel tremendously uncomfortable continuing in the sin. Secondly, we are admonished by Scripture to keep in the step with the indwelling Spirit. So how do we keep in step with the Spirit. We keep in step by doing what we see the Spirit doing. Don’t be resistant or sluggish, but step out quickly, keep in step. It’s essential that we learn to recognize the voice of the indwelling Spirit and to recognize His moving within so that we can quickly step out and keep in step with Him. If it’s just a flash of inspiration, a light coming on, or a still small voice we need to immediately confirm that it comes from the Spirit, obey and follow His guidance. Dear Christian don’t run ahead of Him trying to magnify our own little light, but learn to wait upon the greater light that leads us step by step. Clearly, we may not know the whole plan or even the outcome, so it will be necessary to trust His leading.

To be filled with the Spirit is allowing Him to have full access to everything we think, say, or do. This is essential for every true believer, because it confirms that we are following one of the fundamentals of our faith as discussed last week. If the enemy brings bad thoughts or images to your mind immediately seek the Spirits help in casting them out and focusing on the beautiful things of Christ. The Bible says, “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things” (Philippians 4:8, NIV). It is the Holy Spirit’s job to help you keep your mind pure, free from all evil thoughts and images. Please, dear children, Allow the indwelling Spirit to do His job.

Dear children once we have built and maintained a personal relationship with the Holy Spirit then we can say that we are ready for the Second Coming of Christ and will be eager to go out to meet the Bridegroom. It will be glorious day indeed. However, let’s not miss the incredible joy that we experience now and every day having the indwelling Spirit bring so many good things into our life. Remember, it is He who helps us put off the old life and put on the new. It is He who writes God’s commands upon our heart so that we do not sin against Him and so that we learn how to love God and one another. Remember it is He who produces every manner of Spiritual fruit in the life of the believer. This is not just wishful thinking for if we allow the Spirit to do His job then He will produce fruit of the Spirit which is “love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and, temperance.” Yes, it is His job to make us into a new creation. Remember it is He who gives us the needed tools (Spiritual Gifts) for building up the Kingdom of God. Where would we be without the Apostles, prophets, and teachers to guide and instruct God’s children. Where would we be without the other gifts working in the life of the Church – the gift of service, helps, giving, exhortation, administration, or encouragement. And I can insure you these are not all the gifts for there are many and various gifts given to build up the Kingdom here on earth. To deny these gifts is clearly to put out the Spirit’s fire causing you to align with the foolish virgin.

So, do you really want to be ready for the Second Coming of Jesus Christ? Then start building a relationship with the indwelling Spirit. Some of you may need to repent first and turn from your sins asking the Spirit to take full control of your life. I pray that you will, for the time is short.

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Trump’s Peace Plan for Israel

Trump’s Peace Plan for Israel

As the new President Elect Donald Trump is inaugurated in a few days will he eventually win the hearts and minds of all the people? Will he be the standard bearer for all the Western countries? And more importantly will he be able to bring peace to the nation of Israel? Yes, I believe he can and will if he succeeds in following through on his rhetoric of building the strongest and most feared military in the world along with nuclear superiority unmatched by any. He will not be dragged down by every little war on the planet as was the case with ancient Rome and previous administrations. Nor will he be bothered by meaningless Intelligence briefings in areas of little concern for his overall policy. On the other hand, he will give full latitude to such countries like Russia and Turkey to settle their own regional disputes over territory or religious differences in the Middle East. For too long now America has played and paid the part of the world policeman, at times pulling out when things got totally out of control thus gaining the disdain or hatred from the people we promised to help. I can assure you Mr. Trump will change this failed policy allowing him to keep the resources for the building up of this nation both militarily and economically. Furthermore, if his rhetoric holds true concerning rebuilding a nation teetering on excessive debt, crumbling infrastructure, mass (real) unemployment, and seriously lacking in industry then he will have all the resources he needs to exert his power upon the global stage, which is very important if he wants to bring peace to the nation of Israel. Continue reading Trump’s Peace Plan for Israel

The Prophetic Note – The Mark

Taking the mark or (receiving an implant) will make perfect sense to the masses. This will be billed as the ultimate security measure for our protection. As we shall see it will protect us more than building the wall on our Southern border and more than rebuilding our military. It will begin with a simple two-step process to curb the immigration problem. It will become unanimous that one common sense way to solve the immigration problem is through extreme vetting for all those already living here and for those wanting to come to America and already being discussed by many in power. Continue reading The Prophetic Note – The Mark