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The Witness of Our Hope

How do we become powerful witnesses of our hope, in the Last Days? Sadly, to say, there are very few powerful witnesses in our day. In an age of the lukewarm church and increasing immorality among the world’s population, we need a powerful witness, or Christianity as we now know it, will cease to exist, except a few isolated enclaves. The Words of Holy Scripture may be fulfilled sooner than you think, that says, “And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations” (Revelation 13:7). In our study today we will take our lead from the two witnesses in the last days who stood toe to toe with the beast, whose witness was so strong that their words were like flaming fire coming out of their mouth to overcome those who would come against them. (Read Revelation 11:1-11) Dear friends, we need such a witness in our day. Although before we attempt to witness, we need to have our hope firmly planted in our hearts. We must know what we truly believe, unfortunately, many in our day don’t know what they believe.

The established Church for thousands of years have had their statements of faith, a collection of enlightened doctrine by their learned professors, they passed on to their flock or church members. Through rigorous training and memorization, they were taught to stand firm on these important church doctrines even if they must endure persecution. In time these church doctrines reached well beyond or ignored those areas that have come under direct attack by the devil. They settled primarily for doctrines that would only address worship, commitment, prayer, tithing, confession, and the finer points of theology. It’s these later points of theology that over time have lost their appeal to the masses because they didn’t seem to address their everyday difficulties in life. When the church fell silent, unable to give the masses biblical guidance, they stopped believing in the sufficiency of Scripture to answer man’s problems. As the confessional fell silent, most started looking to the world to address their many emotional and psychological problems. They started looking to the world to give them liberty for their life of promiscuity, unwanted children, and unnatural sexual urges. They stopped believing the true doctrines of our faith and the hope we have in Christ. Dear friends, it’s past time to know and understand the hope we have within us. It’s time to memorize these unchangeable truths, to hide them in our hearts, and have them on our lips ready to confront the world as a powerful witness.

Before we confront the world there is one more thing we need to do. As the two witnesses measured the Temple and those who worship there, they also measured the outer courts and those who are there. We must see and understand the lies that’s believed by the world. So, what are these lies, that need to be confronted with the truth? They say mankind can solve all his own problems through psychiatric counseling and the administering of drugs. They say that public education must be free from the restraints of religion, and specifically, Christianity, to allow the children to choose their own gender and develop their own ethical norms within the constrict of an evolving society. They say that the Ten Commandments are archaic and have no place in modern society and the rule of government. They say that the Bible is no longer relevant allowing the free reign of sexual immorality, homosexuality, and the transgender to flourish in society. They say that God did not create man but that he evolved from a lower form of life. They deny the sanctity of life by legalizing abortion and euthanasia. We must learn to spot these lies in every area of life, from the schoolroom to the family reunion; from the workplace to the marketplace; from the news media to social media; from entertainment on television we watch to the books we read, to the games we play. First, we must learn to spot the lies. I am sad to say most Christians in our day have become blind and can no longer see the lie.

Once we see and recognize the lie, we must as God’s beloved children, speak or witness the truth in power. The Bible says, “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear” (I Peter 3:15). We can no longer remain silent or speak timidly. On the other hand, we must speak with boldness, clarity, with meekness and fear of the Lord. Meekness is not weakness. It is having great strength under control and in our case, it is witnessing or speaking under control of the Lord, allowing Him to speak through us. When we do, it will be like fire coming out of our mouths to overcome those coming against us with their lies. Now imagine with me for a moment, if every believer witnessed the truth in power, it would turn the world upside down. Political parties can’t do it, other world religions can’t do it, social media can’t do it, and the lukewarm church can’t do it. Only one thing can. The powerful witness of every single child of God. Your age makes no difference, your church affiliation makes no difference, your gender makes no difference. We must all join the two witnesses and stand toe to toe with the beast.

So, what do we witness? We witness our hope:

“We trust in God alone to solve all our emotional and psychological problems, who created everything that exists. We did not evolve. As new people in Christ, we are being transformed into His likeness. Old things have passed away. Jesus Christ is the only way to heaven. All other paths lead straight to hell. We believe in the sanctity of marriage between one man and one woman. All other unions are an abomination. We believe that all life is sacred at the moment of conception. Abortion is murder. Life is sacred for both the aged and the infirm. We will monitor the teaching of our children, which should include Bible study and prayer, if they violate our beliefs, we will pull them out of public education. We believe that the wrath of God is allowing fallen humanity to reap the consequences of their many sins. Whereas, to accept His plan of salvation brings peace and great joy. We believe in the inerrancy and sufficiency of Scripture. We believe in the power of the Gospel that Jesus Christ died on the Cross, was buried for three days, and was raised from the dead.”

Dear children, memorize these unchangeable truths, hide them in your hearts, and have them on your lips ready to confront the world as a powerful witness. Once you notice the lie, then we must immediately, as God leads, witness this truth in boldness, clarity, compassion, and meekness. When you do, then you will be joining with the two witnesses in the Book of Revelation by standing toe to toe with the lies of Satan and the coming beast.

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How to Follow the Holy Spirit (Video)

Without knowledge of the Holy Spirit, it will be impossible to follow Him. So, our first task is to make sure that we know Him, not in just a casual way, but to know Him intimately. Then we can learn together how to listen to the voice of the indwelling Spirit, which will eventually open the door allowing us to follow the Holy Spirit. After watching the video on my secure website, please share with others.

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How to Follow the Holy Spirit

Without knowledge of the Holy Spirit, it will be impossible to follow Him. So, our first task is to make sure that we know Him, not in just a casual way, but to know Him intimately. When we come to Christ asking Him to save us from our sins and make us into a new creation, then He marks us with the seal of the Holy Spirit through faith and then fulfills His promise by giving us the Comforter to dwell with us as long as we are in these bodies (See John 14:26). Although the Holy Spirit or Comforter is with us from the very moment of our conversion, He has limited access until we completely die to self. This is the first step in following the Spirit. So, how do we die to self, has been an often-misinterpreted topic from the beginning. Perhaps the easiest way to see our self is to take a hard look at our desires, our wants, our way, and our will. Another way to look at our self is to compare it with the rights, wants, desires, and the will of a slave. Now you’re starting to get the picture. To die to self, freely surrenders your will, your desires, your wants, and your rights to the living God through the indwelling Spirit. Anyone can make this confession of faith, but following through on it, will take a lot more work. Let’s proceed.

Surrendering your will is like the great exchange. If we give up our will, then it’s essential that we take on the corresponding will of another and we can’t do that until we know what their will is in the first place. We know God’s will from the study of His Word in the Bible and from listening to the indwelling Spirit. A word of caution at this point is essential, “The indwelling Spirit will never contradict God’s Word in the Bible.” The Bible is very clear on this point saying we must test every spirit, “Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world” (I John 4:1). So, how do we test the spirits? The absolute best way is to compare it with the Bible, which means we need to search the Scriptures to see if those things are so (See Acts 17:11). We can also seek the advice of more mature believers in Christ to help point out Scripture that needs to be prayerfully studied. We have confidence in the indwelling Spirit because He does not contradict but confirms and amplifies the Word of God, often drawing out a deeper meaning and helping us to apply that meaning and direction to our lives, which is the will of God. So, the next step is to learn together how to listen to the voice of the indwelling Spirit.

Let me start by saying the Spirit wants to speak to you, that’s what He does. I found it useful in the beginning, especially for the novice, to begin with, a Scripture that has meant so much to you and meditate upon it in complete silence before the Lord. Quietly roll the verse over and over again in your mind asking God to reveal its deeper meaning and how to apply it to your life. If you begin with Scripture or with just meditative prayer, either way, you still need to learn how to listen. Really listen! This starts by stopping your mind from wandering from one topic to another. You must learn how to empty your mind completely. Simple, quiet praise to the Lord will help. Now comes the real hard part, in total silence and solitude wait upon the Lord. Yes, I said wait. Although this is the most difficult part it is the most rewarding because the Spirit will, in His time begin to draw you ever closer to Him, until the water wells up in your eyes and you begin to hear the still small voice of God touching every fiber of your soul. As God begins to pull you closer to Him let go and quietly go with Him. Don’t run away in fright, which many do in the beginning, but rest in the Lord allowing Him to minister to your soul.

Once you begin to meet with God on a regular basis and learn how to listen to His voice through the indwelling Spirit, then you are ready for the next step, learning how to follow the Spirit or keep in step with Him. A key Scripture text to help in our understanding on how to follow the Spirit is in the letter to the Galatians and specifically 5:16-26. (Please open your Bible now.) The Apostle begins by contrasting the flesh with the Spirit. In the old dispensation, God sought to control the flesh with the law by teaching His children, “Thou shall not!” Not too unlike how we teach our little children today. When they misbehave by violating one of our rules, we quickly render the appropriate punishment. But when they get to a certain age, we stop disciplining them as children and start spending more time encouraging them to use their gifts and calling. We spend more time trying to mold their character. This is exactly how God is now treating his children by telling us that we have come of age, that we can resist the flesh by concentrating on walking in the Spirit. We no longer live under the tutelage of the law but have now been set free by the grace of God to walk in the Spirit. The Bible says, “This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh” (Galatians 5:16).

To follow the Spirit is allowing Him to go before you in loving service to others. That’s exactly what the Spirit does. He almost always leads us in service to others. This is one of His primary jobs, but first, He teaches you all things (See John 14:26), so that you can teach others, which is part of your service to others. In our service to others, we will learn how to pass on God’s Word in both words and in, deed. You might say, “I don’t know how to serve or how I should serve.” That’s not a problem. We simply step out on faith praying in the Spirit as we go and believe me the doors will begin to open. One opportunity after another will begin to avail itself. If it’s helping others with some menial task, then the Lord will give us the strength to perform well. If it’s doing something a little bit more complicated, then He will give us the wisdom beyond what we thought possible. If it’s encouraging, edifying, or admonishing someone, then believe me the Spirit will give the correct words just at the right time. Remember through each task we are listening not only to the indwelling Spirit but also listening to the needs of the person we are attempting to help. The key to service is listening and becoming pliable in the hands of God.

We can all learn how to follow the Spirit in loving service to others, thus fulfilling the will of God. So, how do we know if we are following the Holy Spirit? This is known in at least two ways. First, we will produce the fruit of the Spirit in our service and relationship with others. The Bible says, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law” (Galatians5:22-23). As you study the Bible and listen to the indwelling Spirit you are cultivating this fruit of the Spirit. Secondly, if you are following the Holy Spirit then you have discovered your own unique Spiritual gifts from your study of the Bible. The Bible says, “Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I would not have you ignorant” (I Corinthians 12:1). Furthermore, you will use your Spiritual gifts in your service or ministry to others. Make no mistake we have all been given a Spiritual gift for this purpose. These are the two proofs that you are following the Holy Spirit along with your personal testimony of hearing the voice of the indwelling Spirit. Amen

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Will Christianity be Classified as a Mental Illness? (Video)

Before we attempt to answer the question, “Will Christianity be classified as a mental illness,” it’s important to understand that not everyone who calls upon the Name of Christ is cut from the same cloth or holds to the same doctrine. As classic Christianity drifts to the left of center it looks and acts more like the world of fallen humanity every day. After watching the video on my secure website, please share with others. (Also, please use the social media buttons below to share with your friends.)

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Will Christianity be Classified as a Mental Illness?

Before we attempt to answer the question, “Will Christianity be classified as a mental illness,” it’s important to understand that not everyone who calls upon the Name of Christ is cut from the same cloth or holds to the same doctrine. As classic Christianity drifts to the left of center it looks and acts more like the world of fallen humanity every day. Most in this large group gladly accept the label placed upon them individually as suffering from some form of mental illness needing the counsel and medication supplied by the fallen world. In time, it has become so accepted by the local church that psychiatrists are asked to teach from their pulpits and even train their counselors in the proper methods of counseling. Most so-called biblical counseling is so integrated with the techniques of psychiatric counseling, it’s difficult to see the difference, other than an occasional quote from the Bible. This unholy wedding has already taken place between the psychiatric dogma established by the fallen world and the biblical doctrine of the local church to produce a new man for the modern age. This new man is no longer subject to the doctrine of his church but is now held accountable by the new teachings of the fallen humanity that will affect every area of his social-economic life.

For some time now we were required to pass a series of psychological tests and in some cases fit into a certain profile to be hired. Furthermore, it was also required to advance in our careers, to enter public office, or to serve in the military. Many companies these days also require your attendance at seminars and training sessions steeped in psychological methods to improve your productivity and to develop your workplace behavior. No longer is the church or its teachings on behavioral issues required or even wanted. Working hand in hand with law enforcement and the courts, psychiatry has for some time now filled the void left by the church’s failure to hold their membership accountable to Christian moral behavior. Now families are broken up as courts intervene, requiring extensive psychological counseling, assigning them a permanent label for their newly prescribed mental illness, and in most cases psychiatric drugs in an attempt to cure their new behavioral problems. The real tragedy is that the local church, if they are willing, are no longer allowed to address their behavioral problems even if no law has really been broken or if charges have not been pressed against them. The church is no longer allowed to be the same church that Christ established two thousand years ago.

When will the church start being the church? When will we truly come out from among them and help our brothers and sisters to grow up in Christ? (See II Corinthians 6:17) When will we help them to be transformed in Christ? Those are some hard questions for a hard and difficult age. I believe the best we can hope for is to start with small groups of sincere believers that want desperately to follow the Christian Way no matter what the consequences may be. I can tell you the fallen world will not go quietly into the night. They will fight back. They will fight back with the same arsenal that they have been stockpiling for the past two hundred years. They will fight back with their accepted belief system that mankind’s answers to all his problems fall in the archives of their psychiatric techniques and its approved drugs. They have already won over the largest part of the Christian Church and most other world religions. What’s left to conquer is what they have classified as fringe groups either in other world religions or in groups that claim to be following the Christian Way and specifically the rejection of psychiatry and its psychotropic drugs to control the behavior of its members.

As new people in Christ, we are convinced that only Christ and the indwelling Spirit has the power to cause people to change through faith. Only Christ can take a very immoral person that has done great harm to society and completely change his heart. The Bible says, “And I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within you; and I will take the stony heart out of their flesh, and will give them an heart of flesh: That they may walk in my statutes, and keep mine ordinances, and do them: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God” (Ezekiel 11:19-20). What a tremendously beautiful and powerful prophecy fulfilled by the Messiah, Jesus Christ our Lord. The very cornerstone of who we are, as God’s beloved children, His true Church, is that God alone has the power to change our hearts through faith. We as believers in Christ cannot and must not allow the State, in league with the devil, to take this away from us. If we do, then we are no longer the true Church. We must come out from among them and stand firm on our belief in the infallibility of God’s Word, the sufficiency of Scripture, and the exclusiveness of Christianity, which are the hallmarks of who we are in Christ Jesus.

Make no mistake the world of fallen humanity will fight back by proclaiming that all fringe religious groups, including those who claim to be Christian, are mentally ill. They will design a simple fail or pass test to determine if we are mentally ill and in need of counseling, drugs, and in certain cases incarceration. Everyone who fails this test will also have all their weapons forcefully removed once a label has been placed upon them for being mentally ill. So, what is the content of this simple, pass or fail, test? We don’t know at this point but can only speculate. Perhaps some of the questions would be: (1) do you believe that your God can completely change your behavior without the help of psychiatric counseling and prescribed drugs, (2) do you believe that God has made you into a new creation where old things have passed away and you no longer need our help in dealing with your past and its problems; (3) do you really believe that your God can transform your life in Christ where you no longer need the help of the State and its resources of psychiatry? Of course, to answer any of the questions with a positive affirmation of God’s abilities will give you the mark of a Christian fringe group and clearly classified as having a mental illness. God help your beloved children to come out from among them and stand firm.

When we come out, we will need to make certain that we have preachers and teachers that know how to use God’s Word alone to give godly counsel to all its members. We can’t say that we believe in the sufficiency of Scripture and then not known how to give godly instructions from the Bible to solve every emotional and psychological problem known to man. Indeed, the Bible is true, when it says, “… and there is no new thing under the sun” (Ecclesiastes 1:9). If we really believe God’s Word that says, “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), then we would search the Scriptures, through the direction of the indwelling Spirit, until we find the truth needed to give proper counsel. We would do this without the help of fallen humanity. We would trust God to bring forth healing to our brothers and sisters’ heart. We would learn how to encourage one another, to edify, to admonish, and to counsel one another in the power of God to bring forth change in their hearts. We would learn how to respectfully hold them accountable in the Spirit of love and affection. Let’s come out from among them and be the true Church. Amen

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