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Post  Admin on Thu 23 Dec 2010, 11:40 am

To worship the Firstborn be an Angel
Hebrew 1:6,7 - And when he again bringeth in the
firstborn into the world he saith, And let all the angels of
God worship him. And of the angels he saith, Who maketh
his angels winds, And his ministers a flame of
fire:
When Jesus was born it was the Angels who worshipped Him
and sang praise to Him. Even today to truly worship
the Firstborn one needs to be an Angel.
Jesus is called the Firstborn because He was before all and
it was through Him and by Him that the foundations of
creation were set forth.
A human being is made of body (flesh), soul and spirit. In
spirit we are identical to an Angel; what differentiates
us is that our soul is corrupt due to sin and we are trapped in
this body of flesh. The Lord humbled Himself unto an Angel
and came in the flesh as a human being Jesus. When
Jesus transfigured He demonstrated to us since He was
perfect in soul He was not trapped in the human body and
could come out of body.
As quoted by Paul from the book of Psalms 97:7 since the
world is filled with graven images and people who
worship idols, the Lord called His Angels to worship Him.
To truly worship Him we too need to be an Angel, it does
not mean we need to die and come out of this flesh
body. What we need to do is overcome the body and soul.
God does not expect us to achieve perfection for us none of
us is and therefore perfection is a gift unto us at
the end when He finds us worthy. The least He expects from
us is to overcome the graven images and idols in our lives
so that we may know Him. It is only when we know Him
that we are able to truly worship Him.
We may not be bowing to any statue, but yet each one of us
has idols or graven images in our lives to whom we
bow. Most of us have people as graven images, whom we have
made gods. What they say holds more value to us than what
the Lord says. A common idol in our lives is our
fleshy pleasures which we carry around and which we do not
want to sacrifice. Most of us are on all fours to this god who
literally runs our lives. People twist and turn scriptures
just so that they can continue worshiping this god
and king.
Overcome these graven images and idols as the Lord exposes
each one of them. When we accepted Him into our lives
He did not at once expose all our weakness or rid them all
away. He wants us to be overcomers and be mature in spirit
therefore He lets back some for us to overcome. He
wants us to build our communication with Him because
sin destroyed all the communication between Him and us and
therefore He lets back some weakness so that by making
efforts to overcome we will build our communication
with Him. By ourselves we cannot overcome but only with
Him, Who is almighty we can.
As the Lord gradually brings out those evils which are
hidden in the dark unto light, let us by Him and with
Him crush them and drive them out forever, so that we may know
the Firstborn and worship Him truly.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord, we want to truly worship You and experience your
glory. Help us Lord that we may rely more on You than
man. As You bring unto light all that is in the dark help
us rely on You and overcome them...
This prayer we make in your Mighty Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
Luke 2:13-15
13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude
of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,
14 Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace
among men in whom he is well pleased.
15 And it came to pass, when the angels went away
from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let
us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing that is
come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.
Psalms 97:7
7 Let all them be put to shame that serve graven
images, That boast themselves of idols: Worship him, all ye
gods.
Hebrew 1:6-14 (from Psalms 97:7,104:4, 45:6 & 102:26,27)
6 And when he again bringeth in the firstborn into
the world he saith, And let all the angels of God worship
him.
7 And of the angels he saith, Who maketh his angels
winds, And his ministers a flame of fire:
8 but of the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for
ever and ever; And the sceptre of uprightness is the
sceptre of thy kingdom.
9 Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity;
Therefore God, thy God, hath anointed thee With the oil of
gladness above thy fellows.
10 And, Thou, Lord, in the beginning didst lay the
foundation of the earth, And the heavens are the works of thy
hands:
11 They shall perish; but thou continuest: And they
all shall wax old as doth a garment;
12 And as a mantle shalt thou roll them up, As a
garment, and they shall be changed: But thou art the same, And
thy years shall not fail.
13 But of which of the angels hath he said at any
time, Sit thou on my right hand, Till I make thine enemies the
footstool of thy feet?
14 Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth
to do service for the sake of them that shall inherit
salvation?
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Post  Admin on Wed 22 Dec 2010, 5:34 pm

Do not make the Lord's House into a den*
*Luke 19:45, 46* - *And he entered into the temple, and began to cast out
them that sold, saying unto them, It is written, And my house shall be a
house of prayer: but ye have made it a den of robbers.*
If we are week in the flesh and keep falling, even a little effort and the
Lord will take it along way and bring us out of our weakness. He overlooks
our weaknesses and works in us to make us to what He has set as an example
in Jesus.
But there are some things which are very dear to the Lord and that is, His
Church. His Church is His Body and that Body carries His Name, and at no
cost will the Lord allow His Name to be let low.
If we fall and say we fell because of our weaknesses, the Lord understands.
But when we fall because of our weaknesses and say the Hand of the Lord was
short and He could not help, that angers the Lord.
His Word is dear to Him because anyone pointing that it is not true, points
to God as not true and throws dirt on His holiness. God alone is Holy and
there is none in all creation in the Heavens or below who is Holy.
Even thou people know that ChristMass (Christmas) has nothing to do with the
nativity of Jesus yet people will not hold back on the celebration just
because they want to celebrate; relating it to the birth of Jesus is just an
excuse.
If we did not know when Jesus was born then we would have had an excuse to
celebrate this on any other day. But when the Bible tells us that it was in
September that Jesus was born can we have an excuse? What are we doing
celebrating His birth in December and that to an the birthday of some Roman
sun god?
Even before Jesus was born the birth of Jesus was celebrated because it fell
on the Feast of Trumpets. Without the knowledge of the people the Lord had
already announced the day of His coming as man through Moses.
If you are celebrating ChristMass on the 25th of December there is no
problem provided you are okay with celebrating a Mass. But if we are
celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ on that day, we are accusing the Word
of God as not true. This Truth has been suppressed by the Church since long
just because they want to make the Lord's House into a den of pleasures of
the flesh and commerce.
If you know the Truth, do not wait for the Lord to drive you out of His
House by continuing this corruption.
The real celebration of birth of Jesus is by celebrating the Feast of
Trumpets. A trumpet symbolizes announcing a very important message. This
message is a message of His glory in the Heavens and of hope and peace on
earth.
*[Prayer Starter]*
Lord, You set all things in place from the foundation of creation when You
became a sacrifice for your people. In the time of Moses to wrote in the
shadow but through your Spirit which we received through Jesus Christ, You
bought this to light. Lord, we are weak in the flesh but let not this flesh
destroy us by bringing us into your wrath. Help us Lord to overcome this
flesh, harden not our hearts but by your grace deliver us...
This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.
*[Reference Scriptures]*
*Psalm 81:1-3*
1 Sing aloud unto God our strength: make a joyful noise unto the God of
Jacob.
2 Take a psalm, and bring hither the timbrel, the pleasant harp with the
psaltery.
3 Blow up the trumpet in the new moon [*symbolizing grace through man -
Christ*] , in the time appointed, on our solemn feast day.
*Leviticus23: 24-28*
24 Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, In the seventh month
[September], in the first day of the month, shall ye have a sabbath, a
memorial of blowing of trumpets, an holy convocation.
25 Ye shall do no servile work therein: but ye shall offer an offering made
by fire unto the LORD.
26 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
27 Also on the tenth day of this seventh month [*the night Jesus was born*]
there shall be a day of atonement: it shall be an holy convocation unto you;
and ye shall afflict your souls, and offer an offering made by fire unto the
LORD.
28 And ye shall do no work in that same day: for it is a day of atonement,
to make an atonement for you before the LORD your God.
*Exodus 23:14-17*
14 Three times thou shalt keep a feast unto me in the year.
15 Thou shalt keep the feast of unleavened bread: (thou shalt eat
unleavened bread seven days, as I commanded thee, in the time appointed of
the month Abib; for in it thou camest out from Egypt: and none shall appear
before me empty:) [*Passover - Resurrection Sunday/ Feast of Unleavened
Bread*]
16 And the feast of harvest, the firstfruits of thy labours, which thou
hast sown in the field [*Pentecost /Feast of Weeks*] : and the feast of
ingathering, which is in the end of the year, when thou hast gathered in thy
labours out of the field [*Feast of the Tabernacle - the most probable day
of His coming back*].
17 Three times in the year all thy males shall appear before the Lord GOD.
*Deuteronomy 16:16-17*
16 Three times in a year shall all thy males appear before the LORD thy God
in the place which he shall choose; in the feast of unleavened bread, and in
the feast of weeks, and in the feast of tabernacles: and they shall not
appear before the LORD empty:
17 Every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing of the
LORD thy God which he hath given thee.
*Luke 2:9-14*
9 And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord
shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.
10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good
tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is
Christ the Lord.
12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in
swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host
praising God, and saying,
14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
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Lapping even crape in the Name of Jesus Christ

Judges 18:17 - And the five men that went to spy out the
land went up, and came in thither, and took the
graven image, and the ephod, and the teraphim [a doll which
was used as family hereditary proof], and the molten
image: and the priest stood by the entrance of
the gate with the six hundred men girt with weapons of
war.

We read in today's message about how the tribe of Dan
forcefully took the idols of Micah (the name means 'one
who is like God') along with the priestly garments and the priest
of Micah.

Later we read the Jonathan the son of Gershom, the son of
Manasseb, he and his sons became priest unto the
tribe of Dan which included being priest unto these idols.

Even today we like the tribe of Dan are worshiping idols
and following pagan traditions all because the Name
of Jesus Christ was associated with it by the early Church.

I wanted to avoid writing on this matter since long but
today the Lord is leading me to expose this corruption so
that you are set free from the deceit of the beast. I am quoting
from the website Truth and tradition since it has been
beautifully written.

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le&sid=467>

Tradition teaches that Jesus was born on December 25, when
it is very cold, and sometimes snowy, in Bethlehem.
We believe the evidence supports the conclusion that Jesus
was born in September. Tradition would have us believe that there
were three wise men, and that they came to the manger. The
truth is that there were quite a number of those who
came from the East, and that they came to see Jesus when
he was between 18 and 24 months old.

In this brief article, we cannot fully set forth the many
pertinent biblical details, but we will give you the
important facts, and we encourage you to pursue this
via the avenues of study mentioned above. It is important
to note that the actual chronology of events regarding the
birth of Christ must be put together from what is
recorded in Matthew and Luke (with some overlapping in
time), as follows: Luke 1:5-25; 1:26-38; 1:39-56; 1:57-80;
Matthew 1:18-24; 1:25a; Luke 2:1-20; Matthew 1:25b;
Luke 2:21; 2:22-24; 2:25-35; 2:36-38; Matthew 2:1-12;
2:13-22; 2:23; Luke 2:39; 2:40; 2:41-50; 2:51 and 52.

Luke 1:5-25 is the record of the angel's announcement
to Zecharias that he and his wife, Elizabeth, would have a
son, whom they were to call John. Verse 5 contains a
little phrase that is one important key to
determining that Jesus was born in September, not December. It
says that Zechariah "belonged to the priestly division
[KJV: "course"] of Abijah." A study will show that
from the time of David, Jewish priests were organized into
24 "courses," named after the heads of the priestly families.
These courses of service in the Temple started on Nisan 1
(which corresponds to March or April on our calendar)
and spanned the calendar year. Because the Hebrews used a
lunar calendar and we use a solar calendar, Nisan 1 changes on
our calendar each year. The course of Abijah was the
eighth course, and, like each course, occurred twice
during the year. In 4 B.C., the year prior to
Christ's birth, the first of those two courses took place
during the last week of our month of May.

Zechariah and Elizabeth were quite elderly, and had no
children, and the angel gave them the wonderful news
that they would have a son, to be named John. Verses 23 and
24 tell us that when Zechariah finished his service in the
Temple, he returned home (which would have been in
early June). Upon his return, Elizabeth became
pregnant. Verse 26 then says that in her sixth month of pregnancy
(December), the angel Gabriel came to Mary to tell her that
she was about to become pregnant with the Son of God.
Nine months later would have been September.

How else do we know that Jesus was not born in the Winter?
Luke 2:8 speaks about the shepherds near Bethlehem
who were in the fields, watching their flocks at
night. Shepherds in that region did not keep their sheep out at
night during the Winter because it was cold and sometimes
even snowy, but they did keep them in the fields
during the Fall, after the end-of-Summer harvest. At that
time, the sheep could eat the stalks of grain left over
after the harvest, and they would then fertilize the
ground prior to the late Fall planting.

Also, Luke 2:1 says that when Mary was just about to give
birth to Jesus, she and Joseph traveled to Bethlehem
to fulfill their obligation to be counted in a Roman
census. They did not travel in the Winter because it would
have been much too hard. Rather, people traveled in the
Fall, between the heat of Summer and the cold of
Winter. And at that time of year the grain, and also some
fruit, were ripe, and travelers were allowed to eat some of
the "gleanings" as they passed by (Lev. 23:22).

A study of the now computerized data by which we can very
accurately determine astronomical events of that time
gives us another piece of the puzzle to dating the
birth of Christ in September of 3 B.C. In particular,
the very noticeable celestial activity of Jupiter, Mars,
Mercury, Regulus (the King star), and Venus (the Queen
star), and their various combinations of conjunctions
in Leo during the nine months leading up to Christ's
birth are vital signs to determine the September birth date
of our Lord Jesus. And we believe that research shows that
he was born on September 11 (Tishri 1 on the Jewish
calendar), on which day the sun was in Virgo, as per
the prophecy in Revelation 12:1 of "a woman clothed with the sun,
with the moon beneath her feet" (Rev. 12:1).

So then how did December 25 come to be the date that most
all Christians recognize as the birth date of Christ?
We quote from Jesus Christ Our Promised Seed:

"In 274 A.D., the Romans designated December 25
as the birthday of the unconquered sun, being the time
when the sun begins noticeably to show an increase in
light, resulting in longer daylight hours. By 336
A.D., the church in Rome was adapting this
festival, spiritualizing its significance as a reference to
Jesus Christ and calling it the 'Feast of the Nativity of
the Sun of Righteousness. ' Attempting to
Christianize and incorporate the pagan traditions of
antiquity, the church in Rome adopted this midwinter
holiday celebrating the birth of the sun god as
one of its own observances, somewhat changing its
significance, but retaining many customs of the pagan
festival. As the Roman church spread its
influence religiously and militarily, this holiday of December
25 became the most popular date in Christendom to
celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. A special
mass was established for Christ, hence, the name,
'Christmass, ' abbreviated 'Christmas.' "

What about the "three wise men"? First, the Bible never
says there were three. It says that they brought
three gifts: "gold, frankincense, and myrrh." In that
time, three men with such precious treasure traveling such a
great distance, some of it through the land of their
country's enemies, would have been easy prey for
enemy soldiers or the many robbers who prowled the roads.
It is therefore almost certain that they would have
traveled in a much larger group, with adequate
protection.

Who were those men who took note of the many astronomical
phenomena heralding the birth of Christ in Judea, and
then traveled to find him, arriving when he was about
18 months old? Scripture calls them "Magi," and they were
scholarly men from Persia well versed in astronomy,
history, and religion. It is most significant that
their ancestors were those over whom King Nebuchadnezzar
had appointed Daniel in what was then called Babylon (Dan.
2:28 and 5:11 says he was appointed "master of the
magicians [Magi]").

It is very significant that there were some religious sects
in Persia, including Zoroastrianism, that looked
forward to a coming Redeemer, a prophet to be sent by
God to save mankind. And that is why they would have been most
interested in learning from Daniel about Judaism's hallmark
prophecies of a coming Messiah, especially as these
prophecies related to the celestial motions of the planets,
something they studied diligently.

In any case, the striking celestial activity told them of
the birth of that promised Redeemer, and they set out
to find him. Matthew 2:11 tells us that they came to
"the house," not a manger, and saw "the child" (the Greek
word paidion), not a "newborn baby" (the Greek word
brephos). As the NIV Study Bible says regarding that
verse: "Contrary to tradition, the Magi did not visit Jesus at
the manger on the night of his birth as did the
shepherds. They first came to Jerusalem, apparently
thinking that in the capital city of Israel they should be
able to find out where the king had been born. After King
Herod told them he had been born in Bethlehem, they
went there and found him as a 'child' in his
‘house.""

That explains why Herod, who had consulted with the Magi as
to the time when they saw the star (Matt. 2:7),
determined to kill all the Israeli boys under two years
old. He knew that Jesus was no longer an infant, and set two
years as a safe limit to how old he would have been,
which we believe was about 18 months.

We believe that the evidence shows that Jesus Christ was
born in September, 3 B.C., and that the local
shepherds were the only ones who came to see him at the
manger. It is significant that in that culture,
shepherds were generally considered extremely faithful and
trustworthy men, and certainly those particular ones were,
because they immediately acted on what the angel told
them, and after they had found the Savior, they "spread the
word" concerning what the angel had told them. You might want to
take a moment, put yourself in their place, and let the
magnitude of their experience sink into your heart.

It is safe to say that the two primary heroes in this
scintillating saga were a man and woman (probably in
her mid-to-late teens) who suddenly found themselves
thrust into starring roles on the stage of history. Think first
about Mary, a young Hebrew woman chosen by God to bear His
Son. Words fail to adequately describe what it must
have been like for her when the angel of the Lord
appeared to her and made his amazing announcement. She fearlessly
asked the angel a very good question, which did not imply
doubt, but was simply a request for more information.
And when she got the answer, she uttered one of the most
faith-filled statements ever spoken: "Behold the handmaid
of the Lord. Be it unto me according to your word." What a woman!

And think about Joseph, who discovered that his beloved
bride was pregnant. How heartrending, and what a man
of character he was, first not to make public their
situation, and then to endure the public ridicule he must
have gotten as the father of an illegitimate child.
Imagine, as Joseph wrestled with this incredibly
weighty issue, how his heart must have leapt for joy when
the angel told him that the woman he had chosen as his wife
and the mother of his children was also the woman God
had chosen to be the mother of His Son. And think of
his love for her, and his steadfast discipline not to
sexually consummate their union until after she had given
birth to Jesus (Matt. 1:25). Joseph was a man's man,
and a true hero of the faith.

So is Christmas a celebration of the Nativity of Jesus
Christ or is it a celebration of a Mass which was
used to cover the pagan worship of the Romans?

Are we carrying the idols of Micah just because our
ancestors used the Name of Jesus Christ with it? And
is this spirit of Christmas from the Lord?

This decision will hurt your fun and happiness, and may
even outcast you from society if you decide to step
out of the darkness and into light.

Save yourselves from the deceit of Satan and the beast who
use traditions as a mighty sword to hinder and
destroy the blessings of the people of God like in Babylon.

We do not need the support of bad to do good. Fellowship
and goodness can be done on just any day in the Name of
Jesus Christ and we do not need a pagan practice day to worship
Jesus?


[Prayer Starter]
Lord, we thank You for opening our eyes to the deceit of
the beast before we sleep. We pray this corruption be
exposed to all your people that they may walk in light and
according to your Word...

We make this prayer in Jesus' Name, Amen.


[Reference Scriptures]
Judges 18:14-31

Luke 1:5-25; 1:26-38; 1:39-56; 1:57-80;

Matthew 1:18-24; 1:25a;

Luke 2:1-20;

Matthew 1:25b;

Luke 2:21; 2:22-24; 2:25-35; 2:36-38;

Matthew 2:1-12; 2:13-22; 2:23;

Luke 2:39; 2:40; 2:41-50; 2:51 and 52.
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*Why Christians suffer*

*Judges 6:1* - /And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the
LORD: and the LORD delivered them into the hand of Midian seven years./

When we look around and read the atrocities done against Christians we
start to ask, 'does not God see this?'

We know we worship the One and Only God while the others worship gods
which do not exist and decoys of Satan to lead them to destruction still
these people seem to have a upper hand on the Christians.

In today's message the Lord is telling us we will see more such
atrocities being done against the people who call themselves His people,
because even though they say they are His people yet they follow
practices and do things which He has instructed strictly against.

Christians have incorporated many pagan practices and beliefs into the
so called 'Christianity' religion. Man has mastered the art of
whitewashing darkness to have darkness and light together.

We have been blindly following the foolishness of our forefathers and so
called previous Church leaders without questioning them with scriptures.
We trust man more than we trust God.

In today's message the Lord is telling us He will shake these people and
crush all that they have built against His instructions. He will set
loose the enemy (especially the Muslims) among the Christians and allow
them to harm these people who take His Name but are far from His Nature.

If we call ourselves Christians we need to have the Christ factor in us.
Without the Nature of Christ in us we are just deceiving Christians and
greatest enemies of God.

If we need to stop these atrocities which is set loose amongst us let us
like Phinehas in the book of Numbers spiritually slay the deceit that
infects the children of the True God.

*[/Prayer Starter/]*
Lord, You are God. You are Omnipresent and Omnipotent, nothing is hidden
from You and nothing can hold its head before You. In your anger You
deliver your people to their enemies but in your mercy You save them.
Lord, we pray your mercy we receive through Jesus Christ save your
children from your anger...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

*[/Reference Scriptures/] *
*Numbers 16:23-50*
23 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
24Speak unto the congregation, saying, Get you up from about the
tabernacle of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram.
25And Moses rose up and went unto Dathan and Abiram; and the elders of
Israel followed him.
26And he spake unto the congregation, saying, Depart, I pray you, from
the tents of these wicked men, and touch nothing of theirs, lest ye be
consumed in all their sins.
27So they gat up from the tabernacle of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram, on
every side: and Dathan and Abiram came out, and stood in the door of
their tents, and their wives, and their sons, and their little children.
28And Moses said, Hereby ye shall know that the LORD hath sent me to do
all these works; for I have not done them of mine own mind.
29If these men die the common death of all men, or if they be visited
after the visitation of all men; then the LORD hath not sent me.
30But if the LORD make a new thing, and the earth open her mouth, and
swallow them up, with all that appertain unto them, and they go down
quick into the pit; then ye shall understand that these men have
provoked the LORD.
31And it came to pass, as he had made an end of speaking all these
words, that the ground clave asunder that was under them:
32And the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed them up, and their
houses, and all the men that appertained unto Korah, and all their goods.
33They, and all that appertained to them, went down alive into the pit,
and the earth closed upon them: and they perished from among the
congregation.
34And all Israel that were round about them fled at the cry of them: for
they said, Lest the earth swallow us up also.
35 And there came out a fire from the LORD, and consumed the two hundred
and fifty men that offered incense.
36And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
37Speak unto Eleazar the son of Aaron the priest, that he take up the
censers out of the burning, and scatter thou the fire yonder; for they
are hallowed.
38The censers of these sinners against their own souls, let them make
them broad plates for a covering of the altar: for they offered them
before the LORD, therefore they are hallowed: and they shall be a sign
unto the children of Israel.
39And Eleazar the priest took the brasen censers, wherewith they that
were burnt had offered; and they were made broad plates for a covering
of the altar:
40To be a memorial unto the children of Israel, that no stranger, which
is not of the seed of Aaron, come near to offer incense before the LORD;
that he be not as Korah, and as his company: as the LORD said to him by
the hand of Moses.
41 But on the morrow all the congregation of the children of Israel
murmured against Moses and against Aaron, saying, Ye have killed the
people of the LORD.
42And it came to pass, when the congregation was gathered against Moses
and against Aaron, that they looked toward the tabernacle of the
congregation: and, behold, the cloud covered it, and the glory of the
LORD appeared.
43And Moses and Aaron came before the tabernacle of the congregation.
44And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
45Get you up from among this congregation, that I may consume them as in
a moment. And they fell upon their faces.
46And Moses said unto Aaron, Take a censer, and put fire therein from
off the altar, and put on incense, and go quickly unto the congregation,
and make an atonement for them: for there is wrath gone out from the
LORD; the plague is begun.
47And Aaron took as Moses commanded, and ran into the midst of the
congregation; and, behold, the plague was begun among the people: and he
put on incense, and made an atonement for the people.
48And he stood between the dead and the living; and the plague was stayed.
49Now they that died in the plague were fourteen thousand and seven
hundred, beside them that died about the matter of Korah.
50And Aaron returned unto Moses unto the door of the tabernacle of the
congregation: and the plague was stayed.

*Numbers 25:1-8*
1 And Israel abode in Shittim, and the people began to commit whoredom
with the daughters of Moab.
2And they called the people unto the sacrifices of their gods: and the
people did eat, and bowed down to their gods.
3And Israel joined himself unto Baalpeor: and the anger of the LORD was
kindled against Israel.
4And the LORD said unto Moses, Take all the heads of the people, and
hang them up before the LORD against the sun, that the fierce anger of
the LORD may be turned away from Israel.
5And Moses said unto the judges of Israel, Slay ye every one his men
that were joined unto Baalpeor.
6 And, behold, one of the children of Israel came and brought unto his
brethren a Midianitish woman in the sight of Moses, and in the sight of
all the congregation of the children of Israel, who were weeping before
the door of the tabernacle of the congregation.
7And when Phinehas, the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the priest, saw
it, he rose up from among the congregation, and took a javelin in his hand;
8And he went after the man of Israel into the tent, and thrust both of
them through, the man of Israel, and the woman through her belly. So the
plague was stayed from the children of Israel.


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Anointing with oil
James 5:14 - Is any among you sick? Let him call for the
elders of the church; and let them pray over him,
anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord:
There was a sister who used to lay hands and heal the sick
but when she got connected to a priest she started
using oil, rubbing it on the head of the sick. Soon people
stopped calling her and just asked for the oil so that they
could rub it on their heads and hope for healing!
If people really understand scriptures they will laugh at
all the foolish things that man does. The Greek word
that James used for oil refers to Olive. Does that mean we
need to use only olive oil for anointing? I can imagine the
business the Mediterranean countries will get if this
happens!
The word 'oil' comes from the olive tree. The olive tree has been
special to the Greek and continued through the ages. Every part
of this tree is of great value, so much so that its
leaves were used to crown rulers. The tree has records of
surviving even 2000years (like in Portugal, Algarve / Montenegro)
and the tree of Gethsemane where Jesus prayed has records
to have survived at least 1600years.
It is the first plant named in the Bible and is connected to
Noah's floods. It was the leaf of the olive that the dove
bought which confirmed to Noah that the floods have
stopped. One can understand olive or oil from this
incident.
If one reads the scriptures, when Noah sent the dove it was not
the only bird which was on the job. Even before the dove was
sent there was a raven that was on the same job. The
raven continued going out and coming back, yet we see
Noah sent the dove. People who know birds may find this a
foolish move by Noah. A raven is known to be a better flyer
than a dove and far smarter than a dove. Ravens survive
even in deserts and travel far greater distances.
Noah did this because he understood the images in which the
animals were created by God. God created every being
in images with understanding so that we can by them know
more of His Kingdom.
The raven symbolized worldly cleverness / communication,
while a dove symbolizes spiritual. The sound of the
dove is like the babbling of spiritual tongues and for this
reason the Holy Spirit manifested as a dove over Jesus and
as a tongue of fire over the Apostles. Fire
symbolized for purification and was need for the Apostles
but not in the case of Jesus, who was without blemish.
The manifestation of tongue over Jesus and over the
Apostles was the same but only varied by the
purification need. It was more spiritual in the case of Jesus.
People foolishly thing a dove symbolizes peace, but instead
symbolizes spiritual communication. Some describe the
Holy Spirit coming Jesus symbolized the gracefulness of a
dove. They need to see a dove fly and there is not gracefulness
in its flying, a raven or crow is more graceful.
Noah did his earthly communication but did not rely for
answer from it; his eyes were wholly set on his
spiritual communication. We may say prayers with powerful words
and even shout at top of our voices but the answer comes
for that soft payer which we make from our hearts in
spirit. Leave a thousand ravens but it is the dove which
brings the message.
It is not that we stop the ravens. Ravens are necessary
like in the case of Elijah during the drought the
Lord provided for him through the ravens. So while we are
spiritually low and have problems communicating
spiritually, please do let the raven do its job,
meaning keep praying in the natural way.
The olive or oil symbolized the anointing by spiritual
communications. It is the grace which keeps us and
takes us out of problems and furthers in our efforts. Like oil
lubricates a machine and also takes care of the rust.
So anointing with oil means praying over the person in
spiritual tongues, and we all have seen great
healings when we do this over the sick.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord, You made us in the flesh but we live in spirit. We
live in this world but are alien to it. Your ways and
unknown to man and hidden from the wise of this world, You
reveal them to the babes. Lord, help us walk in spirit and
through your Spirit free us from the bondages of this
flesh...
We make this prayer in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
Genesis 8:6-11
6 And it came to pass at the end of forty days, that
Noah opened the window of the ark which he had made:
7 and he sent forth a raven, and it went forth to
and fro, until the waters were dried up from off the earth.
8 And he sent forth a dove from him, to see if the
waters were abated from off the face of the ground;
9 but the dove found no rest for the sole of her
foot, and she returned unto him to the ark; for the waters
were on the face of the whole earth: and he put forth his
hand, and took her, and brought her in unto him into
the ark.
10 And he stayed yet other seven days; and again he
sent forth the dove out of the ark;
11 and the dove came in to him at eventide; and, lo,
in her mouth an olive-leaf plucked off: so Noah knew that the
waters were abated from off the earth.
Palms 55:5-7
5 Fearfulness and trembling are come upon me, And
horror hath overwhelmed me.
6 And I said, Oh that I had wings like a dove! Then
would I fly away, and be at rest.
7 Lo, then would I wander far off, I would lodge in
the wilderness. [Selah]
Songs of Solomon 2:14
14 O my dove, that art in the clefts of the rock, In
the covert of the steep place, Let me see thy countenance, Let
me hear thy voice; For sweet is thy voice, and thy
countenance is comely.
Songs of Solomon 6:9
9 My dove, my undefiled, is but one; She is the only
one of her mother; She is the choice one of her that bare
her. The daughters saw her, and called her blessed; Yea,
the queens and the concubines, and they praised her.
Isaiah 38:14
14 Like a swallow or a crane, so did I chatter; I
did moan as a dove; mine eyes fail with looking upward: O Lord,
I am oppressed, be thou my surety.
Matthew 3:16-17
16 And Jesus when he was baptized, went up
straightway from the water: and lo, the heavens were opened unto
him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending as a dove, and
coming upon him;
17 and lo, a voice out of the heavens, saying, This
is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.
Luke 3:21-22
21 Now it came to pass, when all the people were
baptized, that, Jesus also having been baptized, and praying, the
heaven was opened,
22 and the Holy Spirit descended in a bodily form,
as a dove, upon him, and a voice came out of heaven, Thou
art my beloved Son; in thee I am well pleased.
Acts 2:1-4
1 And when the day of Pentecost was now come, they
were all together in one place.
2 And suddenly there came from heaven a sound as of
the rushing of a mighty wind, and it filled all the house
where they were sitting.
3 And there appeared unto them tongues parting
asunder, like as of fire; and it sat upon each one of them.
4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and
began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them
utterance.
Mark 16:16-17
16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved;
but he that disbelieveth shall be condemned.
17 And these signs shall accompany them that
believe: in my name shall they cast out demons; they shall speak
with new tongues;
1 Kings 17:1-6
1 And Elijah the Tishbite, who was of the
inhabitants of Gilead, said unto Ahab, As the LORD God of Israel
liveth, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor
rain these years, but according to my word.
2 And the word of the LORD came unto him, saying,
3 Get thee hence, and turn thee eastward, and hide
thyself by the brook Cherith, that is before Jordan.
4 And it shall be, that thou shalt drink of the
brook; and I have commanded the ravens to feed thee there.
5 So he went and did according unto the word of the
LORD: for he went and dwelt by the brook Cherith, that is
before Jordan.
6 And the ravens brought him bread and flesh in the
morning, and bread and flesh in the evening; and he drank of
the brook. --
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Conversion
Acts 26:27,28 - King Agrippa, believest thou the
prophets? I know that thou believest. And Agrippa said unto
Paul, With but little persuasion thou wouldest fain make
me a Christian.
Last Sunday in Mumbai almost all churches came together to
celebrate the birth of Jesus on a beach. Everything
was beautiful, the place, the setup, the singers and most
of all the Word which was shared by the evangelist. We had
an evangelist named Ram Babu, who was a Hindu before
he became a Christian. He is a fearless orator and has been
instrument to bring thousands and thousands of people even from
remote areas of India into the Lord. He is also lovingly
called ‘Rambo’ of the spiritual world
because of the way he operates. The Lord has been taking him
international of late.
He was given just 10 minutes to preach and even in those 10
minutes he did an excellent job and touched the
hearts of many people as on why they need Jesus in their lives.
One of his statements were 'my name is Ram Babu and I was
born Ram Babu, Jesus came into my life and change me
and not my name, He wants to come into your life, He does
not want to change your name but wants to change you from
inside, He wants to help you and take care of you'.
There are many people in this world who know what we
Christians speak is true and many among them have
even experience the power of our words. They know that
everything in the Bible is true but yet they do not want to
openly accept it. They are worried of the consequence
of accepting the Truth.
I have people in my own organization who have experienced
the glory of God and when they have problems they do
not go to their gods but come to our God. For they know
what they do is traditions but there is no truth in it.
People of various religions have many traditions. They
traditions are very important to these religions
because it is these traditions which bind these people together
and keep them in their folds. A person who wants to change
cannot because these traditions have become his
clothing, his covering and without them he feels naked.
People do not think about what will the consequence after
death if they do not accept Jesus Christ but are more
concern about how their body will be handled after they
die!
People becoming Believers think when my child is born will
he or she be baptized or will there be a ceremony? To
please them Believer Churches have started 'Dedication of
the Child', as if they made their mind after the child was
born. Can't we just rejoice on the birth of the child
and for the addition into the Church of God, rather
than making ceremonies and giving names to it?
No one can convert a person into becoming a Christian. The
only person who can is your own self.
Unless you do not accept the Truth, treasure it and be
fearless to face the world at all cost to protect it,
you cannot become a Christian. To become a Christian you
need to change and this change starts from inside and
spreads outward.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord, when You send us to reach out to the world to give
the Gospel, You did not say convert people into
Christians but to save them. Unless they do not accept You
they can be saved. If they want You, they need to be ready
to reject the world, because You and the world do not
go along. What the world tells us obstructs the Light and
caused darkness within us. When You come your Light overcomes
darkness.
Lord we pray that You give courage to all those weak in
heart that they be ready to lose the world and
traditions of the world and accept You, so that they live and
have life...
This prayer we make in your Mighty Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
Acts 6:8-15
8 And Stephen, full of grace and power, wrought
great wonders and signs among the people.
9 But there arose certain of them that were of the
synagogue called the synagogue of the Libertines, and of the
Cyrenians, and of the Alexandrians, and of them of Cilicia
and Asia, disputing with Stephen.
10 And they were not able to withstand the wisdom
and the Spirit by which he spake.
11 Then they suborned men, who said, We have heard
him speak blasphemous words against Moses, and against God.
12 And they stirred up the people, and the elders,
and the scribes, and came upon him, and seized him, and
brought him into the council,
13 and set up false witnesses, who said, This man
ceaseth not to speak words against this holy place, and the
law:
14 for we have heard him say, that this Jesus of
Nazareth shall destroy this place, and shall change the customs
[traditions] which Moses delivered unto us.
15 And all that sat in the council, fastening their
eyes on him, saw his face as it had been the face of an
angel.
Acts 7:57-60
57 But they cried out with a loud voice, and stopped
their ears, and rushed upon him with one accord;
58 and they cast him out of the city, and stoned
him: and the witnesses laid down their garments at the feet of a
young man named Saul.
59 And they stoned Stephen, calling upon the Lord,
and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.
60 And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice,
Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. And when he had
said this, he fell asleep.
Luke 6:22-23
22 Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when
they shall separate you from their company, and reproach you,
and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man's sake.
23 Rejoice in that day, and leap for joy: for
behold, your reward is great in heaven; for in the same manner
did their fathers unto the prophets.
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Incubation period
Luke 22: 32 - But I have prayed for thee, that thy
faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen
thy brethren.
All of us who have some years in the Lord have all
experienced a low time in our lives wherein our faith
was shaken. This is the incubation period after which we
break out of the shell.
In today's scripture we see Jesus talking to Peter about
his period. It is very interesting to know the words
Jesus used in this conversation. This helps us understand
the incubation period and thus can quicken it.
We will go backwards with the 4 important words Jesus used
strengthen, converted, fail and prayed.
The Greek word 'sterizo' translated as 'strengthen' does
not mean to make stronger but means to stabilize. We
normally think that faith is a vitamin which
strengthens us, but we see here that it is not to do with
strengthening us but to make firm our foundation, our
understanding and keep us from shaking. Our lack of
faith causes our mind to think a thousand things and thus
we become victims to vanity. Faith saves us from becoming
victims to vanity by keeping us rooted in the Truth.
The second word converted is translated from the Greek word
'epistrepho' which is a combination of 'epi' which
means on and 'strepho' which means return or turning
back. Lack of faith causes us like the prodigal son
to break relationship with God and a victim to the foolishness
of this world. It is only when we realize and repent and
come back that we rebuild our relationship with God.
Faith gives us authority just like the father gave his
son a ring of authority.
The word translated as fail is the Greek word 'ekleipo'
also comes from two words 'ek' which means out and
'leipo' which means lack. Thus 'ekleipo' means that
one does not lose faith but that one lacks it. If one
understands faith is simply means 'trusting the Truth',
God's Word alone is true and does not change. This
can happen only when we have an understanding of it. And
Jesus tells us that to know the truth we need to not only study
the Word but also walk in it. It is when we become His
disciples (follow Him like He abided by every Word),
then only will we know the Truth and the Truth build our
faith and shall set us free from the lacking.
The last of the 4 words is a word that Jesus used as a
process which He did is 'prayed'. The Greek word
'deomai' gives the real meaning of what Jesus did. When we
use the English word 'prayed' it means more of making
supplication or a request to God. What Jesus did is unlike
what prayed means. The word 'deomai' comes from the
word 'deo' which means 'to bind'. Grammatically it is
in a middle voice. Our mind or inner-man or soul being the
middle brings us to the understanding of what Jesus did.
Which give us the two processes: one that Jesus in
His mind bound the elements that caused the shaking of
Peter from the Truth and the other is that Jesus bound the
mind of Peter from wandering. This caused Peter to
realize the Truth and return.
In short we see that it is the lack of understanding of the
Truth that causes us to lose faith and become vanity
and victim to the powers this world and its rulers. When we
meditate and abide by the Word, we come into the
understanding of the Truth and return to a better
relation with God. By today's message Jesus also showed us
what to do when we see others lacking faith, we should take
authority and bind their minds from wandering, open
the window of grace into their lives and cause them to
return.

[Prayer Starters]
Lord we thank You for the Truth which holds us in relation
with You. You are the Truth and your Word is Truth.
When we are in You we come into the knowledge of the Truth
and are firmly rooted. Lord we pray we this understanding
which You have given us today remains alive in us and
comes fresh to our minds especially when our faith is
shaken...
This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
Matthew 16:6-12
6 And Jesus said unto them, Take heed and beware of
the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees.
7 And they reasoned among themselves, saying, We
took no bread.
8 And Jesus perceiving it said, O ye of little
faith, why reason ye among yourselves, because ye have no bread?
9 Do ye not yet perceive, neither remember the five
loaves of the five thousand, and how many baskets ye took up?
10 Neither the seven loaves of the four thousand,
and how many baskets ye took up?
11 How is it that ye do not perceive that I spake
not to you concerning bread? But beware of the leaven of the
Pharisees and Sadducees.
12 Then understood they that he bade them not beware
of the leaven of bread, but of the teaching of the
Pharisees and Sadducees.
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The Child will come (again)
Zephaniah 1:14 - The great day of the LORD is near, it is
near, and hasteth greatly, even the voice of the day of
the LORD: the mighty man shall cry there bitterly.
Many of the preachers are preaching end times are at hand
and this is helping get people to wake up and audit
their life and life doings. But the sad thing is it is not
true that the end times at our door.
It is like a woman who is pregnant, the doctor does give an
approximate date of delivery and knows that the child
will come a few days front of back but it is only in case
of serious problem one would have a premature delivery.
The woman in labor will have discomfort feelings from the
seventh month that does not mean she will go into
delivery. This is the best time of the pregnancy for a
mother, for this is when she feels the movements of the child
strongly and builds a very strong bond with the child. God is in
charge of this delivery so just forget about any premature
delivery.
The Bible talks about the Great Day of the Lord and the
calamities that shadow this day. People mistake that
the problems are going to be faced by the people of God.
The scriptures clearly say like in today's message
Zephaniah 1:14-18 the disasters are faced by the
mighty people of this world and those who go against
the people of God. There is no doubt that there is going to be
some discomfort which will be experienced by the people of
God but they will actually see the glory of God.
This Day is also called the Day of the Lord’s
Revenge and Jesus calls it the Days of Affliction when the
Lord takes account of the atrocities done towards His people.
This is the time He punishes all those who are
against His people and those who blasphemy His Name.
It is time we take God seriously and get into the fortified
city and hang in the suburbs. This part-time-God
business is soon going to stop and one will have to acknowledge
God in everything and every part of their lives. This
part-time-Christian business will have to stop soon
or we will be party to face what is at the door step.
Zephaniah 1:17 gives an idea of what is due 'their blood
will be poured out like dust and their flesh like
dung'.
When the wrath of God was on Jerusalem those who took the
warning of Jesus and abided by His Word and fled to
the mountains escaped the disasters that fell on the city.
This is our time to follow the Lord's instructions to be
saved.
One should not mistake these days for those which come when all
the elect of the Lord have passed through and Satan is given
a free hand.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord, You love your people and You are not blind nor is
your hand short when your people are abused, tortured
and killed by the people of this world. You are patient and
merciful and give sufficient time to repent. Lord, we pray your
abundant grace on your people that they come into your
fortified city by coming into acknowledge of the
authority You have given them. That they be saved from
your wrath...
This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scripture]
Zephaniah 1:14-18
14 The great day of the LORD is near, it is near,
and hasteth greatly, even the voice of the day of the LORD: the
mighty man shall cry there bitterly.
15 That day is a day of wrath, a day of trouble and
distress, a day of wasteness and desolation, a day of darkness
and gloominess, a day of clouds and thick darkness,
16 A day of the trumpet and alarm against the fenced
cities, and against the high towers.
17 And I will bring distress upon men, that they
shall walk like blind men, because they have sinned against the
LORD: and their blood shall be poured out as dust, and
their flesh as the dung.
18 Neither their silver nor their gold shall be able
to deliver them in the day of the LORD'S wrath; but the whole
land shall be devoured by the fire of his jealousy: for he
shall make even a speedy riddance of all them that
dwell in the land.
Mark 13:14-24
14 But when ye see the abomination of desolation
standing where he ought not (let him that readeth understand),
then let them that are in Judaea flee unto the mountains:
15 and let him that is on the housetop not go down,
nor enter in, to take anything out of his house:
16 and let him that is in the field not return back
to take his cloak.
17 But woe unto them that are with child and to them
that give suck in those days!
18 And pray ye that it be not in the winter.
19 For those days shall be tribulation, such as
there hath not been the like from the beginning of the creation
which God created until now, and never shall be.
20 And except the Lord had shortened the days, no
flesh would have been saved; but for the elect's sake, whom he
chose, he shortened the days.
21 And then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here
is the Christ; or, Lo, there; believe it not:
22 for there shall arise false Christs and false
prophets, and shall show signs and wonders, that they may lead
astray, if possible, the elect.
23 But take ye heed: behold, I have told you all
things beforehand.
24 But in those days, after that tribulation, the
sun shall be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light,
25 and the stars shall be falling from heaven, and
the powers that are in the heavens shall be shaken.
26 And then shall they see the Son of man coming in
clouds with great power and glory.
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brethren, and kinsfolk, and friends; and some of you shall
they cause to be put to death.
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sake.
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Tithing into the next level, Righteous Giving
Acts 5:1,2 - But a certain man named Ananias, with
Sapphira his wife, sold a possession, and kept back part
of the price, his wife also being privy to it, and
brought a certain part, and laid it at the
apostles' feet.
Tithing is a very sensitive issue both for the people and
especially for the Church leaders; ironically both
suffer because of greed. The people do not tithe exactly to God's
instruction and the Church does not prosper because they
lack.
People cry to give even the 10percent (Tithe means
10percent) and search for all kind of excuses not to give.
On the other hand if one goes to any Church and preaches on
giving anything other than 10 percent that person can
really get into bad books of that Church Pastor/ leader.
Tithing started with Abraham when he gave 10percent to
Melchizedek who symbolized Christ (Anointed One - God and
man), for his name meant King of Peace (Holy Spirit for
Jesus was the Prince of Peace) and he bought bread
and wine (symbolizing the Son of God - Jesus). When Abraham
tithed (10percent) unto Melchizedek, he was not under any law. It
was out of righteousness that Abraham gave.
Tithing (10 percent) became a law during the time of Moses
when God instructed the people that it needs to be
done.
People do not realize that even under the Law of Moses
there were different levels of tithes (righteous giving).
The 10 percent was the regular tithe (righteous giving) but
during the 7th year all that was extra (to what was
needed by the person) was given away as tithe (righteous
giving). The number 7 represents Christ and in Christ one needs
to keep only that which is necessary and give away
everything else and people do not realize even
Abraham did the same. Paul wrote of the 10percent Abraham
gave to Melchizedek but not the remaining leaving for what
his people ate and that which was necessary.
When a person is not in Christ (baptized in the Holy
Spirit) he or she needs to give 10percent but when the
person is in Christ, he or she enters into the next level from
tithe unto Righteous Giving. We see this in our today's
message.
In today's message in the book of Acts the Apostles did not
tell the people how much to give for they knew how
much. The people kept what was necessary and gave the remainder
unto the Apostles and those who were dedicated unto the
Lord gave everything. Also see this was as per the
instructions from the Holy Spirit from the testimony of
Ananias and his wife Sapphira.
When Ananias and his wife Sapphira disobeyed and died
instantly it was not Peter and the other Apostles who
judged them but their lying unto the Holy Spirit that
judged them. This is also the reason that in the New
Testament there is hardly any scripture on Tithing
excepting for the past references (i.e. Gospels and Hebrews).
One needs to get this into their system, not only into
their head but also into every organ and every cell; coming
into the Lord is going to hurt your flesh (carnal self). If
you think blessings of Abraham means one will be blessed
with wealth and have a luxurious life, you are in the
wrong place.
The Lord made us and allowed sin to come into us so that we
may overcome and be perfected in Him. He has great plans (Light)
for us which can be received only when we overcome.
Non-believer Christians find it hard to give 10percent and
compromise with 2 and 4 percent. The Believer Christians
with great difficulty manage to just about give their 10percent.
When I wrote on how the 10 percent needed to be given in my
teaching on Tithe (according to the Bible), this
disturbed many a Pastors. Today if I tell the people that if they
are in the Lord, baptized in the Holy Spirit they need to
keep only that which is necessary and give the
remaining, I am sure I will be on the most wanted /
hated list.
Hate me or love me but that will not change the Truth.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord, when we are born again in You, we are no longer our
old person but a new creation. We are no longer operating
in the flesh but are led by your Spirit. Help us Lord as this
process begins in us that it comes to completion and we are
fully led by your Spirit. As we come to know the
Truth help us to live the Truth...
This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
Genesis 14:14-24
14 And when Abram heard that his brother was taken
captive, he led forth his trained men, born in his
house, three hundred and eighteen, and pursued as far
as Dan.
15 And he divided himself against them by night, he and
his servants, and smote them, and pursued them unto
Hobah, which is on the left hand of Damascus.
16 And he brought back all the goods, and also brought
back his brother Lot, and his goods, and the women
also, and the people.
17 And the king of Sodom went out to meet him, after
his return from the slaughter of Chedorlaomer and the kings
that were with him, at the vale of Shaveh (the same is the
King's Vale).
18 And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and
wine: and he was priest of God Most High.
19 And he blessed him, and said, Blessed be Abram of God
Most High, possessor of heaven and earth:
20 and blessed be God Most High, who hath delivered thine
enemies into thy hand. And he gave him a tenth of all.
21 And the king of Sodom said unto Abram, Give me
the persons, and take the goods to thyself.
22 And Abram said to the king of Sodom, I have lifted up
my hand unto Jehovah, God Most High, possessor of
heaven and earth,
23 that I will not take a thread nor a shoe-latchet nor
aught that is thine, lest thou shouldest say, I have
made Abram rich:
24 save only that which the young men have eaten, and the
portion of the men that went with me, Aner, Eshcol, and
Mamre; let them take their portion.
Hebrew 7:1-3
1 For this Melchizedek, king of Salem, priest of God Most
High, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the
kings and blessed him,
2 to whom also Abraham divided a tenth part of all (being
first, by interpretation, King of righteousness, and then
also King of Salem, which is King of peace;
3 without father, without mother, without genealogy,
having neither beginning of days nor end of life, but
made like unto the Son of God), abideth a priest
continually.
Exodus 21:2
2 If thou buy a Hebrew servant, six years he shall serve:
and in the seventh he shall go out free for nothing.
Exodus 23:10-11
10 And six years thou shalt sow thy land, and shalt
gather in the increase thereof:
11 but the seventh year thou shalt let it rest and lie
fallow, that the poor of thy people may eat: and what
they leave the beast of the field shall eat. In like
manner thou shalt deal with thy vineyard, and with thy
oliveyard.
Leviticus 25:3-7
3 Six years thou shalt sow thy field, and six years thou
shalt prune thy vineyard, and gather in the fruits thereof;
4 but in the seventh year shall be a sabbath of solemn
rest for the land, a sabbath unto Jehovah: thou shalt
neither sow thy field, nor prune thy vineyard.
5 That which groweth of itself of thy harvest thou shalt
not reap, and the grapes of thy undressed vine thou
shalt not gather: it shall be a year of solemn rest
for the land.
6 And the sabbath of the land shall be for food for you;
for thee, and for thy servant and for thy maid, and
for thy hired servant and for thy stranger, who
sojourn with thee.
7 And for thy cattle, and for the beasts that are in thy
land, shall all the increase thereof be for food.
Matthew 19:23
23 And Jesus said unto his disciples, Verily I say
unto you, It is hard for a rich man to enter into the kingdom
of heaven.
Acts 5:1-10
1 But a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife,
sold a possession,
2 and kept back part of the price, his wife also being privy
to it, and brought a certain part, and laid it at the
apostles’ feet.
3 But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thy heart
to lie to the Holy Spirit, and to keep back part of the
price of the land?
4 While it remained, did it not remain thine own? and after
it was sold, was it not in thy power? How is it that thou
hast conceived this thing in thy heart? thou has not lied
unto men, but unto God.
5 And Ananias hearing these words fell down and gave up the
ghost: and great fear came upon all that heard it.
6 And the young men arose and wrapped him round, and they
carried him out and buried him.
7 And it was about the space of three hours after, when his
wife, not knowing what was done, came in.
8 And Peter answered unto her, Tell me whether ye sold the
land for so much. And she said, Yea, for so much.
9 But Peter said unto her, How is it that ye have agreed
together to try the Spirit of the Lord? behold, the feet
of them that have buried thy husband are at the door, and they
shall carry thee out.
10 And she fell down immediately at his feet, and gave up
the ghost: and the young men came in and found her dead,
and they carried her out and buried her by her husband.
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*The Truth does not change to please people*
2 *Chronicles 18:7,8* - *And the king of Israel said unto Jehoshaphat, There
is yet one man by whom we may inquire of Jehovah: but I hate him; for he
never prophesieth good concerning me, but always evil: the same is Micaiah
the son of Imla. And Jehoshaphat said, Let not the king say so. Then the
king of Israel called an officer, and said, Fetch quickly Micaiah the son of
Imla.*
Ahab the king of Israel knew for sure that Micaiah was not a man pleaser
like his other 'so called prophets'. Ahab feared Micaiah because he knew
deep in his heart that Micaiah had power to his words and spoke the truth.
It was on the persuasion of King Jehoshaphat that Ahab called for Micaiah
and as expected Micaiah prophesied doom for Ahab.
Was it that Micaiah had bitterness for Ahab?
Micaiah was a true Man of God and spoke the Truth even though everyone else
spoke otherwise. He did not fear being different nor feared the consequence
of being different.
Ahab accused Micaiah of being evil but the Word of God exposes Ahab as the
evil person all because he blindly followed the ways of his mother. Ahab did
worship Jehovah but in the same temple he also kept idols of other gods.
Some people really get upset with me when I speak against the RC Church.
They want me to be like the prophets of Ahab prophesying peace and
prosperity even when the church goes against the Word of God and make people
to do evil in the sight of God, like Ahab made Israel do. They follow
blindly what their ancestors did without understanding or questioning it
with the Word of God. They trust man’s word more than God’s Word.
Walk into a RC Church and you will see their gods put up all around the
place like Ahab had idols in the Temple of God. Catholics worship (pun)
these statues while they also keep the Word of God in the same place. When
the Lord says in the second Commandment not to make an image of anything
below the earth (meaning any person or being dead), anything on the earth
(meaning any person or being alive) and also anything in Heaven (including
any image of God, Angel or any other including the Son of God) and bow
before it. To bow does not mean bend.
The Catholics will say 'we do not worship them we just venerate or give
reverence to them for what they did'. But they should realize in the days of
Moses when they worshiped they would go down on all fours. When the Lord
said not to bow it meant that even if you do not worship these idols, you
are not even allowed putting flowers, or candles, or even bending before
them.
The Lord was upset the Israelites during the time of Samuel for they wanted
a man King even when the Lord was King over them. Today we have the Lord Who
came as man Jesus and is King, yet they want a person in white robes, whom
they can touch to rule over them. They will not check what this person is
saying is contradicting God’s Word or not. The Pope states the book of
Genesis should not be taken literally, that is like telling people that God
does bull at times like any human.
God is not human and every word of His Word is true. Science as yet not
progressed to a level to understand His Word. In His Word the Lord wrote
about car, roads, satellites, stem cells in medicine, money being
transferred wirelessly controlled by human brainwaves and even the next
material to be used in electronics (ether based instead of silica based)
about 2,500 - 3,000 years back!
Let us change our minds and understand that we cannot go against God’s Word
and expect to be blessed. We might prosper for some time but soon or later
the Truth will come out, for the Lord Liveth and His Light overcomes
darkness.
*[Prayer Starter]*
Lord, You are merciful God and do not want your children to perish. Lord,
harden not the hearts of your children. Let your grace be abundant on these
people who are lost and by your Spirit open their eyes...
We make this prayer in Jesus' Name, Amen.
*[Reference Scriptures]*
2 Chronicles 18:10-17
10 And Zedekiah the son of Chenaanah made him horns of iron, and said, Thus
saith Jehovah, With these shalt thou push the Syrians, until they be
consumed.
11 And all the prophets prophesied so, saying, Go up to Ramoth-gilead, and
prosper; for Jehovah will deliver it into the hand of the king.
12 And the messenger that went to call Micaiah spake to him, saying,
Behold, the words of the prophets declare good to the king with one mouth:
let thy word therefore, I pray thee, be like one of theirs, and speak thou
good.
13 And Micaiah said, As Jehovah liveth, what my God saith, that will I
speak.
14 And when he was come to the king, the king said unto him, Micaiah, shall
we go to Ramoth-gilead to battle, or shall I forbear? And he said, Go ye up,
and prosper; and they shall be delivered into your hand.
15 And the king said to him, How many times shall I adjure thee that thou
speak unto me nothing but the truth in the name of Jehovah?
16 And he said, I saw all Israel scattered upon the mountains, as sheep
that have no shepherd: and Jehovah said, These have no master; let them
return every man to his house in peace.
17 And the king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, Did I not tell thee that he
would not prophesy good concerning me, but evil?
*Exodus 20:2-6*
2 I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt,
out of the house of bondage.
3 Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
4 Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any
thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is
in the water under the earth:
5 Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD
thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the
children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;
6 And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my
commandments.
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#Judging and discerning
John 8:7 - But when they continued asking him, he lifted
up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin
among you, let him first cast a stone at her.
In today's scripture we see Jesus saves the adulterous
woman (some state this was Mary of Magdalene) for
death at the hands of the scribes and Pharisees. This incident
and in other incidents Jesus did state that He did not come
to judge but to save. Paul too writes about those who
judge will be judged.
But interestingly we see Paul does at many place judges
others like the case where he surrenders two persons
unto Satan so that by the suffering in their flesh they
will change. He did this because he was not able to change
their wicked ways. Jesus too condemned the Pharisees
and Sadducees at many places.
So did Paul and Jesus judge even though they said not to?
What Jesus and Paul did was not judge but discern right
from wrong or good from bad.
God has given man 5 senses to discern things in the natural
rem. A believer receives the Spirit of discernment,
Who helps him discern things in the spiritual rem. It is only by
the Spirit and the Word of God that a believer can discern
the hidden things and save himself from the evil of
this world.
We should always discern everything in life but judging
them is not something that we should do unless God
has already done so. For example the case of Satan we know
by the Word of God that he is set for doom and there is no
hope for him all because it is written. Also take the
case of Judas; Jesus knew from the start that he
would betray and perish. Jesus did not say let me pray from him
nor did Jesus rebuke the spirit behind Judas like He did
with Peter.
What is written cannot be changed. If the scriptures states
XYZ person or XYZ institute will face the wrath of
God it is not our judgment but we are just narrating that
which is written and cannot change. If the institute is
condemned it does not mean that all the people of
that institute are. Like Jerusalem was condemned in the
year 70AD and Jesus did warn them before hand and gave them
an opportunity to escape and be saved. Similarly the
Bible has given ample warnings and even in simple
words written ‘come forth, my people, out of her, that ye
have no fellowship with her sins, and that ye receive
not of her plagues’ for the people in this
institute which is so called the Babylon of the modern age.
If you are a true child of God, in your spirit you will
hear a voice telling you to get out of this institute
in case you are still a part of her. I was before a part of
her and I did not have anyone telling me to get out, it was
the Lord and His Word that did.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord, we thank You for your Spirit. Holy Spirit your people
suffer because they lack discernment. Lord, give your
people the Spirit of discernment so they see and save
themselves from perishing...
We make this prayer in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
John 3:17-18
17 For God sent not the Son into the world to judge
the world; but that the world should be saved through him.
18 He that believeth on him is not judged: he that
believeth not hath been judged already, because he hath not
believed on the name of the only begotten Son of God.
Luke 6:36-37
36 Be ye merciful, even as your Father is merciful.
37 And judge not, and ye shall not be judged: and
condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: release, and ye shall
be released:
1 Corinthians 5:1-5
1 It is actually reported that there is fornication
among you, and such fornication as is not even among the
Gentiles, that one of you hath his father's wife.
2 And ye are puffed up, and did not rather mourn,
that he that had done this deed might be taken away from
among you.
3 For I verily, being absent in body but present in
spirit, have already as though I were present judged him
that hath so wrought this thing,
4 in the name of our Lord Jesus, ye being gathered
together, and my spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus,
5 to deliver such a one unto Satan for the
destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day
of the Lord Jesus.
1 Corinthians 5:11-13
11 But now I have written unto you not to keep
company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or
covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an
extortioner; with such an one no not to eat.
12 For what have I to do to judge them also that are
without? do not ye judge them that are within?
13 But them that are without God judgeth [separate].
Therefore put away from among yourselves that wicked person.
Revelation 17:15- 18:10
15 And he saith unto me, The waters which thou
sawest, where the harlot sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes,
and nations, and tongues.
16 And the ten horns which thou sawest, and the
beast, these shall hate the harlot, and shall make her desolate
and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and shall burn her
utterly with fire.
17 For God did put in their hearts to do his mind,
and to come to one mind, and to give their kingdom unto the
beast, until the words of God should be accomplished.
18 And the woman whom thou sawest is the great city,
which reigneth over the kings of the earth.
1 After these things I saw another angel coming down
out of heaven, having great authority; and the earth was
lightened with his glory.
2 And he cried with a mighty voice, saying, Fallen,
fallen is Babylon the great, and is become a habitation of
demons, and a hold of every unclean spirit, and a hold of
every unclean and hateful bird.
3 For by the wine of the wrath of her fornication
all the nations are fallen; and the kings of the earth
committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the
earth waxed rich by the power of her wantonness.
4 And I heard another voice from heaven, saying,
Come forth, my people, out of her, that ye have no
fellowship with her sins, and that ye receive not of her
plagues:
5 for her sins have reached even unto heaven, and
God hath remembered her iniquities.
6 Render unto her even as she rendered, and double
unto her the double according to her works: in the cup
which she mingled, mingle unto her double.
7 How much soever she glorified herself, and waxed
wanton, so much give her of torment and mourning: for she
saith in her heart, I sit a queen, and am no widow, and
shall in no wise see mourning.
8 Therefore in one day shall her plagues come,
death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be utterly burned
with fire; for strong is the Lord God who judged her.
9 And the kings of the earth, who committed
fornication and lived wantonly with her, shall weep and wail over
her, when they look upon the smoke of her burning,
10 standing afar off for the fear of her torment,
saying, Woe, woe, the great city, Babylon, the strong city!
for in one hour is thy judgment come.
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Prophets of Galilee, Light from the shadow of death

Jonah, Prophet from Galilee

Contrary to the claim of the Pharisees that no Prophet (Man
of God) can arise from Galilee, Jesus was called
Prophet of Galilee or of Nazareth which was a small town of
southern Galilee. Along with Jesus there was another
Prophet who came from Galilee and that was Jonah.

The Pharisees knew and had accepted Jonah as a Prophet but
yet they we see that they were stubborn on their
belief that no Prophet or good can come out of Galilee even
specifying Nazareth. Jonah was from Gath-Hepher which was 2
miles from Nazareth.

Why was Jesus a stumbling block for the Pharisees?

Like I told you contrary to people thinking that the word
Gentile means unbelievers, it was a word coined for
the Jews who lived in the northern part of Galilee also
called as 'Galilee of the Nations' in Isaiah. Galilee
(meaning 'circuit' in Hebrew) was a very important
passage connecting the Sea ports to the main land; this was
a busy place with all kinds of people of various countries
and believes. The southern Galilee Jews were strong
rooted to Jewish traditions unlike the northern
Galilee Jews who were exposed more to the world, therefore
accepted and incorporated traditions and believes of the
Heathens (people of other believe) in their own.
These northern Galilee Jews were given the nick name
'Gentiles'; later it hardened to be used for an outcast Jew
or an unbeliever. This Gentile infection during the
time of Jesus had spread throughout Galilee and thus
caused the attitude of the Pharisees that nothing good could come
out of Galilee, including Nazareth.

Like I told you Jesus did not come for the Heathens but
only for His people - Israel, including those who
know Him and those who are His and are lost or confused. Still
people think that the people who follow Judaism are the
chosen people of God and due to this they do not
understand scriptures and loose great. It was very heart
breaking to hear that thousands of Muslims who come into
the light of Christ and become Christians suffer
tremendously and are even killed all because of those
follow Judaism. The Camp David agreement (started by Jimmy
Carter) mainly signed between USA (included its
allies - Europe), Egypt and leaders of Palestine had a term
that USA will not interfere into internal matters of some of the
Islamic countries in the Middle East.

To save these people who follow Judaism and are unbelievers
(because they do not accept Christ) we are
sacrificing thousands of true Christians. Imagine the blood on
the hands of the leaders on these countries? I hope to soon
post testimonies of Dr. Ron Charles who works
extensively in this area helping these Christians.

Jesus was born in Bethlehem (in Hebrew means 'House of
Bread') for He is the 'Shewbread' which was
continually kept in the Holy Place along with the Candle Stand
which represented the Holy Spirit. Jesus resided in
Nazareth in Galilee and was called the Prophet of
Galilee or Nazareth to fulfill the prophecy that He would
be the Light which shine out of shadow of death which overcometh
darkness.

We too live in Galilee of Gentiles where confused
Christians follow Heathen traditions and do things
which anger God, or are we going to be like Jesus a Light which
shines from this shadow of vanity and death?

Do not be a Gentile but an Israelite and shine for your
Father and God.


[Prayer Starter]
Lord, You showed us the way that although You dwelt as man
among the confused people yet You did not let the
confusion and vanity of the world effect You. You set
yourself according to the Word and were alone truly
righteous. Lord, we call ourselves your disciples,
show us and help us by opening our minds and strengthening
our weak hearts that we too become a Light like You to the
lost sheep and bring them unto You...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.


[Reference Scriptures]
John 1:45-49
45 Philip findeth Nathanael, and saith unto him, We
have found him, of whom Moses in the law, and the prophets, did
write, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.
46 And Nathanael said unto him, Can there any good
thing come out of Nazareth? Philip saith unto him, Come and
see.
47 Jesus saw Nathanael coming to him, and saith of
him, Behold an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile!
48 Nathanael saith unto him, Whence knowest thou me?
Jesus answered and said unto him, Before that Philip called
thee, when thou wast under the fig tree, I saw thee.
49 Nathanael answered and saith unto him, Rabbi,
thou art the Son of God; thou art the King of Israel.

Isaiah 9:1-2
1 Nevertheless the dimness shall not be such as was
in her vexation, when at the first he lightly afflicted the
land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, and afterward did
more grievously afflict her by the way of the sea,
beyond Jordan, in Galilee of the nations.
2 The people that walked in darkness have seen a
great light: they that dwelt in the land of the shadow of death,
upon them hath the light shined.

Matthew 4:12-17
12 Now when he heard that John was delivered up, he
withdrew into Galilee;
13 and leaving Nazareth, he came and dwelt in
Capernaum, which is by the sea, in the borders of Zebulun and
Naphtali:
14 that it might be fulfilled which was spoken
through Isaiah the prophet, saying,
15 The land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali,
Toward the sea, beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles,
16 the people that sat in darkness saw a great
light, and to them that sat in the region and shadow of death, to
them did light spring up.
17 From that time began Jesus to preach, and to say,
Repent ye; for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

Matthew 2:19-23
19 But when Herod was dead, behold, an angel of the
Lord appeareth in a dream to Joseph in Egypt,
20 Saying, Arise, and take the young child and his
mother, and go into the land of Israel: for they are dead
which sought the young child’s life.
21 And he arose, and took the young child and his
mother, and came into the land of Israel.
22 But when he heard that Archelaus did reign in
Judaea in the room of his father Herod, he was afraid to go
thither: notwithstanding, being warned of God in a dream,
he turned aside into the parts of Galilee:
23 And he came and dwelt in a city called Nazareth:
that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the
prophets, He shall be called a Nazarene.

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Post  Admin on Fri 03 Dec 2010, 4:21 pm

Bring the Prince of Peace into your cities and towns this
Christmas
Mark 11:9,10 - And they that went before, and they that
followed, cried, Hosanna; Blessed is he that cometh in
the name of the Lord: Blessed is the kingdom that cometh,
the kingdom of our father David: Hosanna in the
highest.
Every Christmas a great part of the world celebrates
Christmas with great fun and fair but most part of
the celebration has nothing to do with Christ, all the more
things they do angers God. I have noticed that great
accidents and natural calamities also occur during
this season.
People who start studying the Bible have realized that
Jesus was not born on 25th Dec. but on some other day
and this changes was done by the RC Church in the 8th
century for all the wrong reasons. We can use this day to
speak to others of Jesus and I do this by putting
Biblical messages on sweet / cake boxes while giving our
family friends.
I am very happy this Christmas 26th Dec. our team has
organized a procession (The Truth Rally) of taking
Jesus on the streets of Mumbai. We have managed to get
Churches of different denominations all over Mumbai to come
together for this event. The procession will be taken
on trucks, buses, people will walk and those who have
vehicles will join with them. A live band will lead this
procession playing worship songs and between songs we
will have free praise, thus bringing peace and anointing
to this city. I am very excited and just cannot wait to see the
Christians shouting praises for Jesus Christ in between the
crowded streets of Mumbai. WOW!!!
When Jesus was born, man did not know Him so God had the
Angels to sing praise Him and declare peace on earth.
I am sure along with you there are many in your city or
town who know Jesus, so are you going to want God to send
Angels to worship and bring peace into your city or
are you going to be an Angel for others and praise and
worship God and bring peace into your city?
Get your Church and other nearby Churches together and
change all nonsense which man has been doing in the
Name of Christ into that which is according to the Heart of
God.
The people who knew Jesus boldly welcomed Jesus and sang
praise to God throwing their coats on the floor and
laying down palm leaves before Jesus.
Are we going to be afraid to proclaim Jesus Christ in the
streets of your city? Are we going to keep our
inhibition or are you going to lay it down for the Prince of
Peace? If you want peace in your city, act today.

[Praise God]
Lord God, when the Israelites sang praise to You even Balam
could not curse them. Praise and worship brings
peace. Lord, give your people courage to go on to the streets and
to proclaim your Name and give glory to You...
We make this prayer in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
Mark 11:1-11
1 And when they draw nigh unto Jerusalem, unto
Bethphage and Bethany, at the mount of Olives, he sendeth two of
his disciples,
2 and saith unto them, Go your way into the village
that is over against you: and straightway as ye enter into
it, ye shall find a colt tied, whereon no man ever yet sat;
loose him, and bring him.
3 And if any one say unto you, Why do ye this? say
ye, The Lord hath need of him; and straightway he will send
him back hither.
4 And they went away, and found a colt tied at the
door without in the open street; and they loose him.
5 And certain of them that stood there said unto
them, What do ye, loosing the colt?
6 And they said unto them even as Jesus had said:
and they let them go.
7 And they bring the colt unto Jesus, and cast on
him their garments; and he sat upon him.
8 And many spread their garments upon the way; and
others branches, which they had cut from the fields.
9 And they that went before, and they that followed,
cried, Hosanna; Blessed is he that cometh in the name of
the Lord:
10 Blessed is the kingdom that cometh, the kingdom
of our father David: Hosanna in the highest.
11 And he entered into Jerusalem, into the temple;
and when he had looked round about upon all things, it
being now eventide, he went out unto Bethany with the
twelve.
Numbers 23:8-21
8 How shall I curse, whom God hath not cursed? or
how shall I defy, whom the LORD hath not defied?
9 For from the top of the rocks I see him, and from
the hills I behold him: lo, the people shall dwell alone, and
shall not be reckoned among the nations.
10 Who can count the dust of Jacob, and the number
of the fourth part of Israel? Let me die the death of the
righteous, and let my last end be like his!
11 And Balak said unto Balaam, What hast thou done
unto me? I took thee to curse mine enemies, and, behold, thou
hast blessed them altogether.
12 And he answered and said, Must I not take heed to
speak that which the LORD hath put in my mouth?
13 And Balak said unto him, Come, I pray thee, with
me unto another place, from whence thou mayest see them: thou
shalt see but the utmost part of them, and shalt not see
them all: and curse me them from thence.
14 And he brought him into the field of Zophim, to
the top of Pisgah, and built seven altars, and offered a
bullock and a ram on every altar.
15 And he said unto Balak, Stand here by thy burnt
offering, while I meet the LORD yonder.
16 And the LORD met Balaam, and put a word in his
mouth, and said, Go again unto Balak, and say thus.
17 And when he came to him, behold, he stood by his
burnt offering, and the princes of Moab with him. And Balak
said unto him, What hath the LORD spoken?
18 And he took up his parable, and said, Rise up,
Balak, and hear; hearken unto me, thou son of Zippor:
19 God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the
son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he
not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it
good?
20 Behold, I have received commandment to bless: and
he hath blessed; and I cannot reverse it.
21 He hath not beheld iniquity in Jacob, neither
hath he seen perverseness in Israel: the LORD his God is with
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The Lord coverest Himself with light

Psalm 104:2 - Who coverest thyself with light as with a
garment: who stretchest out the heavens like a curtain:

People usually take the scripture Genesis 1:3 very
literally without understanding. Yes it is true that,
the creation in which we live in and of which details are
given as to how it came into existence in Genesis was
formed from light. This is also proven in science
that all matter came into form from light partials like
quarks, neutrons, protons etc. (the Big Bang theory and NASA
space probe pictures). The other parts of the process
of creation also are now proven by many scientists
and archeologists as according to the Bible. The theory of
Evolution has been proven wrong and the originator of the
theory Charles Darwin himself regretted this in his
old age after the gospel was given to him by one Lady Hope,
when he was unwell. He became a Christian before his death.
A summer house in Darwin’s garden used to
house evangelistic meetings as per reports even after 70 years
of his death.

Not going too much into this debatable topic, what I am
surprised that (like today I heard from a Pastor at
the Sunday service) that Jesus Christ, Who is also called
The Light came into existence by the Spoken Word!

What I want to ask, if Light came into existence only when
God spoke the words, then what was God dwelling in
before that? Was God in darkness since ancient? If God
Himself is light then how can there be darkness around Him.

Light as we know or darkness as we know is like time,
existence only in our creation. Like solar time cease
to exist outside the solar system so also light or time
cease to exist outside our creation. The light which is
associated with Heaven is the plans of God. Like life
on earth exists due to light and is dependent on light, so
also Heavens exist due to God’s plans and everything
works according to God’s plans. The plans of
God are just not ordinary plans but are so awesome and
mysterious plans that even the Angels who are such superior
beings have their eyes ever focused to see how God
manages to fulfill them. God's wisdom is beyond the
understanding of any being but knowing the Lord we know that His
plans are all good. This He also confirms to us in His
Word.

The Heavens are like a curtain to man, but when we
understand the Heavens the cease to totally block the
view and give us a peep into Who God is and also get to see
His glory.


[Prayer Starter]
Lord God, You made us mere beings in the flesh. Although we
were made in your image sin made us lower than the
worms, but Lord, your plan for us did not change. You
allowed us to fall so that by the testimony of Christ in us
even the Angels are lifted up unto your glorious New
Body the New Temple. Lord, even how hard things may be
for us or our situation may seem, we trust in You and fear not,
for we know You are covered with great plans for our good
and everything that You plan You fulfil...

We declare this into our lives in Jesus' Name, Amen.


[Reference Scriptures]
Genesis 1:1-4
1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the
earth.
2 And the earth was without form, and void; and
darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God
moved upon the face of the waters.
3 And God said, Let there be light: and there was
light.
4 And God saw the light, that it was good: and God
divided the light from the darkness.

John 1:18
18 No man hath seen God at any time; the only
begotten Son, who is in the bosom [creek] of the Father, he hath
declared him

John 1:1-5
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was
with God, and the Word was God.
2 The same was in the beginning with God.
3 All things were made through him; and without him
was not anything made that hath been made.
4 In him was life; and the life was the light of
men.
5 And the light shineth in the darkness; and the
darkness apprehended it not.

Psalms 102:25
25 Of old didst thou lay the foundation of the
earth; And the heavens are the work of thy hands.

Isaiah 48:12-13
12 Hearken unto me, O Jacob, and Israel my called: I
am he; I am the first, I also am the last.
13 Yea, my hand hath laid the foundation of the
earth, and my right hand hath spread out the heavens: when I call
unto them, they stand up together.
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Post  Admin on Wed 24 Nov 2010, 3:36 pm

Men of Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem hear the
Lord

Jeremiah 35:13 - Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of
Israel; Go and tell the men of Judah and the inhabitants
of Jerusalem, Will ye not receive instruction to hearken
to my words? saith the LORD.

Imagine someone stating 'people of San Francisco and
men of California' or 'people of Mumbai and men of
Maharashtra' .

One needs to know Jerusalem is a city in the territory Judea
(territory occupied by the tribe of Judah). Why is the Lord
talking of these two places as two different places when
one is a subset of the other? Why does the Lord use the term
'men' for Judah and 'people' for Jerusalem?

Every word in scriptures, even its grammar is of great importance
to get the proper and full understanding of the instructions
the Lord wants to give us according to season.

During the time of Jeremiah and even later, Judea / Judah
was a large territory and Jerusalem a small city but
in the spiritual world they are opposite, Judah is small
and Jerusalem is big.

Every name of place or person (especially the important
characters) in scriptures has meaning and purpose.
The word Jerusalem means 'teaching of peace' and the name
Judah means 'praise'. The two names although were names of
places, but in spiritual sense were referring to the
maturity stages of Christian (people of God) growth.

The basic levels are as follow:-
Egypt - people of God who are lost and living like people
of the world.
Jerusalem - people just come to know God and are pursuing
peace with God.
Judah - people coming into relationship with God.
Zion - people matured in the Lord having authority in Him.

There are also sub-levels in between Jerusalem, Judah and
Zion, like Assyria (prosperity gospel seekers) and
Samaria (having half truths which they consider as Truth).
The basic levels are also further divided into sons
and daughters. They are not physical gender basis but
according to spiritual gender which is to do with their
control of the inner man.

In today's message the Lord is asking those who are just
believers and those who are having relationship with
Him, to not get drunk in the pleasures of this world and not
to worship other gods. Paul instructs us to be sober at all
time. It did not mean to be quiet or to be an
introvert. It meant to take control of our five senses and
of our thoughts and not to let it be set loose especially
when it comes to bodily or carnal pleasures. We also
must pursue deeper understanding of scriptures by the
help of the Spirit of God and brethren, so that we do not
follow another god or another Jesus Christ.


[Prayer Starter]
Lord Jesus, You came as man and showed is an example of a
fully finished Christian in You. You made way for us
take this path by bring us out of Egypt and by your Word
and your Spirit put us on the way to Zion, making us sons
of God. Lord, we pray for the people of Jerusalem and
of Judah that they be strengthened and your grace be
abundant on them...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.


[Reference Scriptures]
Jeremiah 35:12-15
12 Then came the word of the LORD unto Jeremiah,
saying,
13 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel;
Go and tell the men of Judah and the inhabitants of
Jerusalem, Will ye not receive instruction to hearken to my
words? saith the LORD.
14 The words of Jonadab the son of Rechab, that he
commanded his sons not to drink wine, are performed; for unto
this day they drink none, but obey their father’s
commandment: notwithstanding I have spoken unto you,
rising early and speaking; but ye hearkened not unto me.
15 I have sent also unto you all my servants the
prophets, rising up early and sending them, saying, Return ye now
every man from his evil way, and amend your doings, and go
not after other gods to serve them, and ye shall
dwell in the land which I have given to you and to your
fathers: but ye have not inclined your ear, nor hearkened
unto me.

Jeremiah 34:19-20
19 The princes of Judah, and the princes of
Jerusalem, the eunuchs, and the priests, and all the people of
the land[nation - Kingdom of God], which passed
between the parts of the calf [symbolizes worldly
fertility];
20 I will even give them into the hand of their
enemies, and into the hand of them that seek their life: and
their dead bodies shall be for meat unto the fowls of
the heaven, and to the beasts of the earth.

1 Thessalonians 5:5-10
5 Ye are all the children of light, and the children
of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.
6 Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let
us watch and be sober.
7 For they that sleep sleep in the night; and they
that be drunken are drunken in the night.
8 But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting
on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet,
the hope of salvation.
9 For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to
obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,
10 Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep,
we should live together with him.
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The Lord makes his ministers a flaming fire

Psalms 104:4 - Who maketh his angels [messengers] spirits [wind]; his ministers a flaming fire:

We have many who preach / evangelize and work in the vineyard of the Lord, some become famous and others do not. Some will directly reach out to a large harvest and some indirectly from a small harvest will reach a large harvest. Our harvest in one - the whole Church and we are all are part workers to the harvest.

In today's message the Lord is telling us it is He who makes effective the works of his servants, it is He who enables his servants to reach out to his people and also enable them to sanctify his people.

A person may do whatsoever he can to enlarge his congregation or ministry but at the end it is the Lord who does the adding of people. The people which are added without relying on the Lord will not stay for long or if staying will become a burden to the leader.

We as ministers not only give the Gospel and make believers for Jesus but by the Spirit of God in us we do the sanctification like fire sanctifies. Sanctification means being set apart for holy purpose. When Jesus used the word 'ekklesia' (used only 3 times in the Gospels - all in Matthew) which is translated as Church, Jesus meant a gathering of people set apart. The word 'ekklesia' [assembly] is in Acts 19 also used 3 times refers to a confused assembly which worshiped goddess Diana.

Are we a holy assembly set apart that worship God alone or are we like the confused assembly in Acts 19 which worships goddesses or men as gods or kings? Putting your spiritual leader also at a level of Jesus Christ is like making him king in your life or worshiping a goddess.

When we are just new or immature in the spirit, the Lord tolerates us. But as we grow in spirit, the Lord expects us to walk in light; a true minister of the Lord becomes an instrument to bring the sheep to the real Shepherd. We are not supposed to lead the sheep but lead them to the Lord [Holy Spirit] who will lead them.

When we set out to do an event for the youth in Daund (near Pune, which is near Mumbai) on Nov 10 to 12, we were led to this very scripture as the root scripture for this event. Since the time we have started organizing for the event we have already started to see great wonders.


[Prayer Starter]
Lord Jesus Christ, You are Good Shepherd who leads us to good pastures. You love your sheep and have set some of us to bring your sheep unto You by imitate You as a shepherd. Lord we pray for the ministers You are preparing to lead your sheep. We pray that they do not lose any of your sheep but be guided by your Spirit and reap plentiful...

We make this prayer in Jesus' Name, Amen.


[Reference Scriptures]
Matthew 16:18
18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter [Petros - stone], and [likewise] upon this rock [Petra - rock] I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

Matthew 18:15-17
15 Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother.
16 But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.
17 And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church: but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as an heathen man and a publican [unbeliever].

Acts 19:30-41
30 And when Paul would have entered in unto the people, the disciples suffered him not.
31 And certain of the chief of Asia, which were his friends, sent unto him, desiring him that he would not adventure himself into the theatre.
32 Some therefore cried one thing, and some another: for the assembly was confused; and the more part knew not wherefore they were come together.
33 And they drew Alexander out of the multitude, the Jews putting him forward. And Alexander beckoned with the hand, and would have made his defence unto the people.
34 But when they knew that he was a Jew, all with one voice about the space of two hours cried out, Great is Diana of the Ephesians.
35 And when the townclerk had appeased the people, he said, Ye men of Ephesus, what man is there that knoweth not how that the city of the Ephesians is a worshipper of the great goddess Diana, and of the image which fell down from Jupiter?
36 Seeing then that these things cannot be spoken against, ye ought to be quiet, and to do nothing rashly.
37 For ye have brought hither these men, which are neither robbers of churches, nor yet blasphemers of your goddess.
38 Wherefore if Demetrius, and the craftsmen which are with him, have a matter against any man, the law is open, and there are deputies: let them implead one another.
39 But if ye enquire any thing concerning other matters, it shall be determined in a lawful assembly.
40 For we are in danger to be called in question for this day’s uproar, there being no cause whereby we may give an account of this concourse.
41 And when he had thus spoken, he dismissed the assembly.
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Polluting the Name of the Lord
Jeremiah 34:16 - But ye turned and polluted my name, and caused
every man his servant, and every man his handmaid, whom ye had
set at liberty at their pleasure, to return, and brought them
into subjection, to be unto you for servants and for handmaids.
I always believe a firm foundation of understanding on a matter
will help a person really grow in knowledge and understanding on
that matter. Therefore I always test the foundation of what I
know when I study on that topic.
Of late the Lord has been teaching me on authority and as we all
know authority come by the holy and precious Name of the Lord. In
John 17:12 Jesus declares that in His Name is the Name of the
Lord. In the Old Testament the Lord as many Names so the question
comes which is his Name?
People put Yahweh as the Name and the others as references to the
Lord. The word Yahweh is man created because the original work
has 4 constants YHWH, the vowels were put for pronunciation.
Jehovah (Yahovah) / Jah (Yahh) / Yahovih are the variations of
YHWH.
In the New Testament the only place the Hebrew [references] to
God is used by Jesus to Himself.
My question to the Lord was what is your Name? To this He
answered - what is your name? So then came my questions as to
what is my name?
In this world we have a name XYZ and we all know there are many
XYZ existing in our time. What about those before and yet to
come? If our name is written in the Book of Life then which XYZ
will it refer to? If God says I am unique and my name is written
on the palm of His Hand then what is this unique name?
Interestingly if you live in India you get to learn a lot from
the ways of man. In India the south Indians identify themselves
by their name, their father's name, the name of the place they
were born and the clang they belong. In other places they use
their name, the name of their father and their family name to
identify themselves. The Catholics have a maternal name, a
baptismal name, their father's name and the name of their family.
Summarizing all this, when God says He knows our name it means
the unique who we are. In all creation God has not created
another you or me. There may be another person looking
identically like us, even speaking like us and also with the same
name but yet we will not be identical inside.
Our earthly name is connected to our earthly life but each one of
us has a heavenly name which is unique to us and which the Lord
knows.
The Lord's Name defines who He is and His uniqueness. When we
stand in His Name we are to show who He is. If we misrepresent
Him by showing another character of Him we are polluting His Holy
Name. For God is Holy, His ways are Holy and His Name is Holy.
The Church since ages has been misrepresenting God and in the
Name of the Lord feeding its own carnal desires thus polluting
His Name.
We all are not perfect and all do mistakes but when knowing we
are wrong still continue to do so is of concern and not
acceptable. God calls them stiff neck people and His wrath is on
them. If you are part of just a congregation which is polluting
things which are holy unto the Lord, it is your duty to correct
that congregation. And if you are unable to do so better move out
of that congregation and move in to another wherein you will grow
and not face the wrath of God.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord God, You are Holy, Holy is your Name and there is none like
You. Lord, forgive us for the times we polluted your Name by
misrepresenting You unto others. Help is Lord that when we take
your Name we also stand by your holiness. Help us to take courage
and stand by your Word and not fear man...
This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
Exodus 6:3
3 And I appeared unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, by
the name of God Almighty, but by my name JEHOVAH was I not known
to them.
Exodus 34:4-7
4 And he hewed two tables of stone like unto the first; and
Moses rose up early in the morning, and went up unto mount Sinai,
as the LORD had commanded him, and took in his hand the two
tables of stone.
5 And the LORD descended in the cloud, and stood with him there,
and proclaimed the name of the LORD.
6 And the LORD passed by before him, and proclaimed, The LORD,
The LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant
in goodness and truth,
7 Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and
transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the
guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children,
and upon the children's children, unto the third and to the
fourth generation.
John 8:58-59
58 Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before
Abraham was, I am [Existing One].
59 Then took they up stones to cast at him: but Jesus hid
himself, and went out of the temple, going through the midst of
them, and so passed by.
Exodus 3:13-14
13 And Moses said unto God, Behold, when I come unto the
children of Israel, and shall say unto them, The God of your
fathers hath sent me unto you; and they shall say to me, What is
his name? what shall I say unto them?
14 And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus
shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me
unto you.
John 17:12
12 While I was with them, I kept them in thy name which thou
hast given me: and I guarded them, and not one of them perished,
but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled.
Jeremiah 16:21
21 Therefore, behold, I will this once cause them to know, I
will cause them to know mine hand and my might; and they shall
know that my name is The LORD [YHWH - Existing One].
Revelation 21:27
27 And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that
defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a
lie: but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of
life.
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Your children are watching and learning from you

1 Kings 15:2,3 - Three years reigned he in Jerusalem. And his mother's name was Maachah, the daughter of Abishalom. And he walked in all the sins of his father, which he had done before him: and his heart was not perfect with the LORD his God, as the heart of David his father.

How many a times have I come across parents who keep complaining about their children being mischievous, not studying, not paying attention for more than 5 minutes etc... Most of the time I keep the child out and instead of speaking or praying over the child start counseling the parents.

Children are like fresh clay on a potter's wheel. Like our Father is our potter, we too are potters to our children. It is how we handle them and what we teach them that determines what they become.

Children by nature go less by what we talk and more by what they see us we do. Visual training is considered the fastest and best way of teaching. Most people have a photographic memory and instantly recollect what they saw, especially children. Children will give you details which you did not even notice. Any event that disturbs them gets etched onto their minds. Undoing them is most difficult and therefore it is best to avoid doing it in the first place; prevention is better than cure.

In today's scripture we read Abijam who was weak in heart saw the sinful ways of his father Nebat and followed him. We also read the name of his mother given as Maachah which means 'oppression'. So much so was the effect of his mother on him that she had an incestuous relationship with him and gave birth to a child Asa who later became king. But we see Asa was strong in heart for cut himself from his parents not following them but followed David as an example and was blessed.

When a child weak in heart and has a father who openly sins before him and a mother who oppresses the child, then what can one expect of the child. Lord too understood this and therefore it is written he slept with his fathers.

This same message goes to spiritual leaders or spiritual fathers. The Lord instructed Israel not to make steps to climb to the altar and but slopes, so that the children of Israel do not see the nakedness of the spiritual leaders.

We are the altar of the Lord made of earth (Adam was made of earth and life was put into him) and stones (which symbolizes understanding - the Holy Spirit is called the Rock because He is perfect Truth and understanding). God never really gave importance to any structure made by man nor did his glory dwell there long. God always needs a perfect structure to dwell in for He is perfect and that perfect structure is man made in his image.

Steps symbolize high increase of great desire to progress. God gives us the increase and it is He who lifts us or glorifies us. When we try to work towards our increase or try to glorify us we are climbing steps. God instructs spiritual leaders not to expose this nakedness of theirs to their congregations or spiritual children. If they do they will be inviting the wrath of God.

Even oppressing the people of God for personal glory like not letting a person go to another congregation where they person has more comfort for better fellowship or not letting so as to not lose the tithe income also invites the wrath of God on the leader.

God is more interested in his harvest, if the worker of the vineyard does not work in the interest of the harvest he or she becomes an enemy of the Lord and thus is judged first.

Be careful of what you show of yourself to your natural as well as your spiritual children, they are very dear to the Lord.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord God, we thank You for giving us such lovely children. We ask your forgiveness if we have shown our nakedness to them. Help us Lord to control our desires and our weaknesses especially when we are before our children. Protect our children even from us so that they give glory to You and lift your holy Name...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.


[Reference Scripture]
Exodus 20:23-26
23 Ye shall not make other gods with me; gods of silver, or gods of gold, ye shall not make unto you.
24 An altar of earth thou shalt make unto me, and shalt sacrifice thereon thy burnt-offerings, and thy peace-offerings, thy sheep, and thine oxen: in every place where I record my name I will come unto thee and I will bless thee.
25 And if thou make me an altar of stone, thou shalt not build it of hewn stones; for if thou lift up thy tool upon it, thou hast polluted it.
26 Neither shalt thou go up by steps unto mine altar, that thy nakedness be not uncovered thereon.

1 Kings 15:1-14
1 Now in the eighteenth year of king Jeroboam the son of Nebat reigned Abijam over Judah.
2 Three years reigned he in Jerusalem. And his mother's name was Maachah, the daughter of Abishalom.
3 And he walked in all the sins of his father, which he had done before him: and his heart was not perfect with the LORD his God, as the heart of David his father.
4 Nevertheless for David's sake did the LORD his God give him a lamp in Jerusalem, to set up his son after him, and to establish Jerusalem:
5 Because David did that which was right in the eyes of the LORD, and turned not aside from any thing that he commanded him all the days of his life, save only in the matter of Uriah the Hittite.
6 And there was war between Rehoboam and Jeroboam all the days of his life.
7 Now the rest of the acts of Abijam, and all that he did, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Judah? And there was war between Abijam and Jeroboam.
8 And Abijam slept with his fathers; and they buried him in the city of David: and Asa his son reigned in his stead.
9 And in the twentieth year of Jeroboam king of Israel reigned Asa over Judah.
10 And forty and one years reigned he in Jerusalem. And his mother's name was Maachah, the daughter of Abishalom.
11 And Asa did that which was right in the eyes of the LORD, as did David his father.
12 And he took away the sodomites out of the land, and removed all the idols that his fathers had made.
13 And also Maachah his mother, even her he removed from being queen, because she had made an idol in a grove; and Asa destroyed her idol, and burnt it by the brook Kidron.
14 But the high places were not removed: nevertheless Asa's heart was perfect with the LORD all his days.
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