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Post  Admin on Mon 31 Jul 2017, 1:14 pm

Was Jesus a Jew?

Luke 17:11 And it came to pass, as he went to Jerusalem, that he passed 
through the midst of Samaria and Galilee.

When we ask anyone the question 'who is a Jew', they will immediately 
answer 'Israelites as Jews'. When we make a statement like that it is 
like saying all Indians are Hindus. When we say a person is a Hindu it 
refers to his or her belief and not the country he or she lives in even 
though in Hindi the country is referred to as Hindustan or Bharat. 
Hinduism is not really a religion but a collection of collection of 
local polytheistic religions. All these beliefs were local to a region 
and Hinduism came into existence only when rulers or kingdoms of other 
monotheistic religions invaded the land. It was patriotism that bought 
them together and the bond was so strong that today we have followers of 
even atheistic beliefs like Jainism and Buddhism called as Hindus. The 
religion battle in India is not about one religion against another but 
more of polytheism against monotheism.

People do not realize in the Old Testament the term Jew exist only 
twice, once in Jeremiah and once in Zechariah. It also occurs 8 times in 
the book of Esther which was not part of the OT during the times of 
Jesus and was added later. It is like an Apocrypha of the Jews.

After the rule of David, Israel was split into two, the northern part 
was called Israel which had Samaria as its capital and the lower part 
was called Judah which had Jerusalem as its capital. It was later that 
the people of Israel (northern part) were called Samaritans and the 
people of Judah were called Jews. This term was used based on the 
capital of the respective regions. The Jews hated the Samaritans for 
they had incorporated lots of pagan cultures and beliefs into the 
original Mosaic belief. Galilee was the hub for this fusion for it was 
the northern trade capital. Mary being a Galilean followed both Jewish 
beliefs as well as pagan (mostly Egyptian) beliefs (mummifying the dead 
like done with Lazarus or tried to be done with Jesus on the third day 
was an Egyptian ritual followed by Galileans).

Jesus was born in Bethlehem which is a part of southern Israel but was 
resident of Galilee. He was born there since Joseph was born and 
registered in Galilee and before marriage Mary and Joseph had visited 
Bethlehem since census of whole Israel was taken that year.

Jesus as an Israelite wore a dress as commanded in the book of Moses. 
The dress had a blue ribbon at its hem and the Jews being orthodox wore 
this kind of garments that time, so Jesus was identified as a 'Jew' 
because of His clothing. The blue ribbon was an identity of the Jews and 
so when people who required healing sought to touch the hem of Jesus' 
garments; they were touching His identity.

Jesus did not follow the Judaism of the 'Jews' like their understandings 
of things like the Sabbath or their traditions like the washing of 
hands... Jesus was never a follower of Judaism; He in fact removed 
people from Judaism and made them Christians. Even today followers of 
Judaism hate Him and consider Him a false prophet.

Paul got the understanding of this after his spiritual eyes opened. His 
name was Paul Saul. Paul was his Roman name kept from his father's side 
and Saul was his Jewish name kept from his mother's side. Before Paul 
thought only Jews were inheritors of God's Kingdom thus used his Jewish 
name Saul, but later when he realized an inheritor of God's Kingdom was 
not by race, or color, or origin but only by faith so reverted to his 
father kept name Paul.

Let us not be fooled to believe we become Christians by going to Church, 
or being part of a ministry or by doing good deed, or by taking the name 
of Jesus. It is only by our repentance and conversion in Christ that we 
become a Christian.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord You are God of all the world. There is no place in this Universe, 
in Heaven or Hell where You are not God. You are God of every living 
being for all are created by You. It is some of us who have stopped 
accepting You as Lord due to the corrupt of Truth in us. Lord we pray we 
worship You not in the flesh but in the Spirit and Truth...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
Jeremiah 34:9 That every man should let his manservant, and every man 
his maidservant, being an Hebrew or an Hebrewess, go free; that none 
should serve himself of them, to wit, of a Jew his brother.

Zechariah 8:23 Thus saith the LORD of hosts; In those days it shall 
come to pass, that ten men shall take hold out of all languages of the 
nations, even shall take hold of the skirt of him that is a Jew, saying, 
We will go with you: for we have heard that God is with you.

John 8:48 Then answered the Jews, and said unto him, Say we not well 
that thou art a Samaritan, and hast a devil?

Numbers 15:38 Speak unto the children of Israel, and bid them that they 
make them fringes in the borders of their garments throughout their 
generations, and that they put upon the fringe of the borders a ribband 
of blue:

Matthew 9:20 And, behold, a woman, which was diseased with an issue of 
blood twelve years, came behind him, and touched the hem of his garment:

Matthew 14:36 And besought him that they might only touch the hem of 
his garment: and as many as touched were made perfectly whole.

Romans 2:29 But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is 
that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is 
not of men, but of God.

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Post  Admin on Sun 30 Jul 2017, 11:54 pm

Repent and be converted

Acts 3:19 Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be 
blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence 
of the Lord;

Today's message talks of repentance and conversion so that our sins may 
be blotted out when the Lord comes to judge us.

Man has used terms and words to over exaggerate simple terms and by 
doing this justified his weakness and sluggishness for change. Man has 
coined the word 'sin' and by equating it to moral crime make it look 
like great mistake, but when we look at the biblical word it simply 
means to err or make a mistake, 'chata' in Hebrew and 'hamartia' in Greek.

Sin does not mean only when we break one of the Ten Commandments but 
means any and every mistake we make spiritually, be it small or big. All 
mistakes as mistakes and there is nothing like small mistake or big 
mistake. So if I lie or kill it means I have sinned and in the eyes of 
God both are sinners.

The mistakes we are held responsible for are classified into those which 
we do with knowledge and those which we do without knowledge but which 
our guilt convicts us soon or later. Every mistake done is evil. The 
Hebrew word for evil is 'poneros' and comes from the word 'ponos' which 
means 'pain' and this word comes from the word 'penes' which means 
'being poor', so evil people are simply spiritually poor people. 
Lucifer had all in Heaven, yet by greed he wanted to have more than 
enough and this led to his fall and today he has nothing for he is full 
of evil (poverty). Jesus showed us although He had all yet He came to 
give so as to lift us up, and by His giving He is lifted up.

By God calling His people Israel (means Princes of God) He broke the 
poverty in our spiritual lives and removed the pain and eliminated the 
evil in our lives. We as Israel are destined to inherit the abundance of 
His riches in Heaven. This promise is given to fallen man and not to 
fallen angels that is why fallen angels cannot repent and be converted 
but we can.

Like every promise in the Bible is linked with a condition so also is 
this promise. It was only when Jacob struggled with God to be blessed 
and did not give up even when his hip joint was dislocated, that is when 
God called him (and those in him) Israel.

Repentance like I stated before is not about being sorry but mean to 
walk the right path. It is more about correction. If repentance is about 
correction then what is 'being converted' about? If we look at the Greek 
word convert 'epistrepho' it is a compound word which means 'on' or 
'upon' and 'turn direction' or 'turn around'. Conversion or being 
converted is change of direction not in the horizontal plane but in the 
vertical plane. A person cannot be the same as before and say he or she 
has converted. To be converted one needs to be better than what they 
were. Without spiritual growth one cannot claim conversion.

We are called to truly repent and be converted so that our mistakes are 
not held against us during the Judgment Day when we stand before the 
Lord Jesus Christ. Before Christ (came as man on earth) it was 
impossible for man to truly repent and be converted (only a very few 
did), Christ paid the price for our mistakes and made available His 
Spirit by whom repentance and conversion is a possibility for us. It is 
only by His Spirit we can be corrected and be born from above (born 
again/ lifted spiritual up).

[Prayer Starter]
Lord You are Merciful God. Even though You are Merciful yet You are 
Righteous and Holy. Every being that is evil will be separated and will 
pay for their deeds. Lord we thank You for making a way for us be 
blessed in You and be lifted up. We thank You for calling us Israel...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
Genesis 32:24-29
24 And Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a man with him until 
the breaking of the day.
25 And when he saw that he prevailed not against him, he touched the 
hollow of his thigh; and the hollow of Jacob's thigh was out of joint, 
as he wrestled with him.
26 And he said, Let me go, for the day breaketh. And he said, I will 
not let thee go, except thou bless me.
27 And he said unto him, What is thy name? And he said, Jacob.
28 And he said, Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for 
as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed.
29 And Jacob asked him, and said, Tell me, I pray thee, thy name. And 
he said, Wherefore is it that thou dost ask after my name? And he 
blessed him there.

Jude 1:6 And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left 
their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under 
darkness unto the judgment of the great day.

Revelation 2:4 Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou 
hast left thy first love.

James 5:19-20
19 Brethren, if any of you do err from the truth, and one convert him;
20 Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of 
his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins.

Isaiah 6:9-10
9 And he said, Go, and tell this people, Hear ye indeed, but understand 
not; and see ye indeed, but perceive not.
10 Make the heart of this people fat, and make their ears heavy, and 
shut their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their 
ears, and understand with their heart, and convert, and be healed.

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Why do we attend service?

1 Corinthians 11:17 Now in this that I declare unto you I praise you 
not, that ye come together not for the better, but for the worse.

Today's scripture Paul wrote to the Church of Corinth to instruct them 
not because they were doing well, but the opposite. One of the important 
points Paul points out is their reason of coming together. Let us ask 
ourselves if Paul was there now, would he write to us like he did to the 
Church of Corinth or would he be harsher in his words?

People come to service on Sundays or whichever day they do, all for 
three reasons - I, ME and MINE. They are concern about what will happen 
to them, the things they desire; they come for they have problems and 
they need help; they come because people close to them or related to 
them have problems.

Other than coming together as one body to worship God, we are called to 
come together to edify each other. Paul puts how we should do that in 
his first letter to Thessalonica (1 Thessalonians 5:11-15).

The word translated as 'each other' is the Greek word 'allelon' which is 
the plural of the word which means 'another' so the 'each other' 
excludes us and includes all the others. We gather together not for 
ourselves but for the others who need our help and support, spiritually 
or naturally. It is because we do not do this we ourselves do not get 
our problems solved; you may wonder how?

When each one of us comes together with focus on our own problems we are 
doing what we do alone so what is the difference? If we could not attend 
to it alone at home then how will it help we coming together and doing 
the same thing?

It is only because sometimes we have someone with great faith who has 
come there not for their own problems but for the problems of others 
that we get our problems solved. If more or them do the same then the 
little faith can add up and get the same result. Think of it, if each 
one of us does not focus on our own problems but at the problems of 
others gathered there then many would be praying for us instead of we 
alone doing it. The payers of many, sums the faith of many and causes 
things to move in the spiritual kingdom. We do not need to depend on 
that one person with great faith; we can all together as one achieve the 
same or more.

Let us bring this change in us and let us see the Heavens shake by our 
faith and God be glorified on earth, amongst us.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord You are Almighty God. You Father and Son are One, as your Spirit 
and You are one. The Son Himself volunteered to be a sacrifice so that 
the oneness moves from glory to glory. We pray Lord we experience the 
oneness within us who call ourselves as yours. Let us reach out to the 
others amongst us more than we do to ourselves...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
1 Thessalonians 5:11-15
11 Therefore comfort each other and edify one another, just as you also 
are doing.
12 And we urge you, brethren, to recognize those who labor among you, 
and are over you in the Lord and admonish you,
13 and to esteem them very highly in love for their work's sake. Be at 
peace among yourselves.
14 Now we exhort you, brethren, warn those who are unruly, comfort the 
fainthearted, uphold the weak, be patient with all.
15 See that no one renders evil for evil to anyone, but always pursue 
what is good both for yourselves and for all.

1 Corinthians 11:17-18
17 Now in giving these instructions I do not praise you, since you come 
together not for the better but for the worse.
18 For first of all, when you come together as a church, I hear that 
there are divisions among you, and in part I believe it.

1 Corinthians 14:26-30
26 How is it then, brethren? Whenever you come together, each of you 
has a psalm, has a teaching, has a tongue, has a revelation, has an 
interpretation. Let all things be done for edification.
27 If anyone speaks in a tongue, let there be two or at the most three, 
each in turn, and let one interpret.
28 But if there is no interpreter, let him keep silent in church, and 
let him speak to himself and to God.
29 Let two or three prophets speak, and let the others judge.
30 But if anything is revealed to another who sits by, let the first 
keep silent.

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Not children of wrath

Luke 22:32 But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when 
thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.

Between Judas and Peter we see both were victims of Satan plans of 
destruction. Satan used both to hinder Jesus in His mission. When it 
came to Peter, Jesus intervened and rebuked Satan and prayed for 
restoration of Peter's faith, but when it came to Judas, Jesus told him 
to do what he desired to do quickly and we see Satan took hold of Judas 
fully, before that Satan was only influencing their minds.

Let us give a thought to what Satan was doing. Was he really trying to 
stop Jesus? Could he in any way stop Jesus from doing what was already 
written? NO

Satan is not a weak being like a human to doubt God on His Word. Satan 
knows what God has declared will surely come to past. It is because he 
knows that, he is trying all his best to destroy man. When Jesus was 
praying in the garden He did confess He could not save the one of whom 
it was already written.

Satan cannot change what is written he knows his end is destruction but 
yet he does evil so as to deprive others from receiving that which he 
lost in Heaven. What holds us to receive our inheritance is Heaven is 
our faith. So he plays with mainly two factors that are connected to 
faith, firstly he tries to distort the truth and secondly our ability to 
hold on to the truth, that is by filling us with carnal desires and 
making us spiritually lethargic.

David did not allow those who were blind and those who were lame to 
enter Zion when he became king, it was symbolic to being spiritually 
blind to the truth and spiritually lethargic to doing God's will.

Peter was played with his faith by distorting the truth but he was 
passionate of the Kingdom of God so Jesus saved him by praying to 
restore his faith. Judas did not have the truth in him, he thought the 
Kingdom of Jesus was a worldly kingdom and was also filled with carnal 
desires, thus he could not be saved.

Let us not be children of wrath, to receive God's wrath on Judgment Day. 
Let us hold on to the little truth we know of God's Kingdom as we grow 
in it, but above all let us be passionate for the Kingdom of God. Till 
we know more of the truth the only thing that can save us is our passion 
for the expansion of God's Kingdom. So let us not fill ourselves with 
desires of the world since they make us spiritually obese and kill our 
passion for the Kingdom of God. Like Paul said like us be sober in the 
flesh and high in Spirit.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord You are Spirit and the flesh binds the spirit. Lord You desire we 
overcome the flesh so that we operate in the spirit and enter your 
Kingdom. Lord we pray we control the desires of the flesh so that we do 
not die a spiritual death...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
John 13:26-28
26 Jesus answered, "It is he to whom I shall give a piece of bread when 
I have dipped it." And having dipped the bread, He gave it to Judas 
Iscariot, the son of Simon.
27 Now after the piece of bread, Satan entered him. Then Jesus said to 
him, "What you do, do quickly."
28 But no one at the table knew for what reason He said this to him.

John 17:8-9,12
8 For I have given unto them the words which thou gavest me; and they 
have received them, and have known surely that I came out from thee, and 
they have believed that thou didst send me.
9 I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou 
hast given me; for they are thine.
12 While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those 
that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son 
of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled.

2 Samuel 5:7-8
7 Nevertheless David took the stronghold of Zion (that is, the City of 
David).
8 Now David said on that day, "Whoever climbs up by way of the water 
shaft and defeats the Jebusites (the lame and the blind, who are hated 
by David's soul), he shall be chief and captain." Therefore they say, 
"The blind and the lame shall not come into the house."

1 Thessalonians 5:6-9
6 Therefore let us not sleep, as others do, but let us watch and be sober.
7 For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk are 
drunk at night.
8 But let us who are of the day be sober, putting on the breastplate of 
faith and love, and as a helmet the hope of salvation.
9 For God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through 
our Lord Jesus Christ,

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The Chosen Ones

John 13:18 I speak not of you all: I know whom I have chosen: but that 
the scripture may be fulfilled, He that eateth bread with me hath lifted 
up his heel against me.

Yesterday's message spoke to us about the difference between a Church 
and a mob. How a Church is a crowd of people who separate themselves to 
call on the Name of the Lord through whom they do all things, while a 
mob is a crowd of people who gather to do things by their will and strength.

Today's message talks of how the Word is given to many but yet the Word 
speaks to only the chosen. The Greek word translated as chosen is a 
compound word made of two words which means 'separated' and 'to say'. 
The scripture says those who are not chosen are the ones who receive the 
blessings of the Lord yet they lift their heel against the Lord.

The term 'lifting up their heel' is taken from Psalms 41:9. Some 
commentators have tried to project the psalm as David speaking his heart 
and thus referring to an individual, but when we read the whole psalm, 
it is the Lord speaking through David and that is why Jesus chose to 
quote these words. The psalm does not speak of an individual so Jesus 
too is not speaking only of Judas here.

Among the flock of Christ to whom the Word is given are Sheep and Goats. 
The sheep are the ones chosen and the goats are the ones who come to 
just receive their blessings and then lift their heel meaning give a 
hoof / kick to God's Kingdom.

How does one identify who are the sheep and who are the sheep?

Today's message tells us how to identify if one is a sheep or goat. The 
scripture says those who are chosen are the sheep and the rest are 
goats. Like the word chosen says those who separate themselves (meaning 
do not live a worldly life) and preach the Lord's salvation are the 
chosen ones. One cannot do half of it and yet call themselves chosen, 
that means all prosperity preachers fall in the goats category and not 
in the sheep category.

It is not evil to have riches, what is evil is the way we use it. If we 
use it more for our pleasure then, we are like the 'goats' who come just 
to receive from the Lord.

Jesus said only those that do the Will of the Father will enter His 
Kingdom, He said it is nearly impossible for a rich person to enter the 
Kingdom of God (unless he learns to give away his riches to bless 
others), He also said no man can serve two masters at the same time; 
that is the Lord and riches (fame and power also get counted here).

Let us see ourselves in the mirror of life and see why we have come to 
the Lord. If it is only to be blessed then we can forget about entering 
His Kingdom but if we are ones who have come to be a blessing unto 
others then we can call ourselves among the chosen ones.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord You are Mighty God. You Lord are all knowing yet You give unto 
those who are not your children. Lord we pray we understand if we call 
ourselves your children then we need to have the nature of the Father in 
us. Lord we pray we learn to live for others more than living for 
ourselves...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
Psalms 41:9 Yea, mine own familiar friend [man], in whom I trusted, 
which did eat of my bread, hath lifted up his heel against me.

Matthew 6:24 "No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the 
one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise 
the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.

Mark 10:24-27
24 And the disciples were astonished at His words. But Jesus answered 
again and said to them, "Children, how hard it is for those who trust in 
riches to enter the kingdom of God!
25 "It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for 
a rich man to enter the kingdom of God."
26 And they were greatly astonished, saying among themselves, "Who then 
can be saved?"
27 But Jesus looked at them and said, "With men it is impossible, but 
not with God; for with God all things are possible."

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Mob mentality

Acts 18:17 Then all the Greeks took Sosthenes, the chief ruler of the 
synagogue, and beat him before the judgment seat. And Gallio cared for 
none of those things.

In today's message we read of a person named Sosthenes [means strong 
savior / savior of the nation] who was the chief ruler of the synagogue 
he had dismissed the accusation of the Jews against Paul and his team. 
Sosthenes was an honest man who followed what was written so did not 
find the Paul and his team's words as blasphemy. We find the Jews later 
may have made a ruckus outside on the street such that the Greek tired 
of this took hold of Sosthenes and trashed him right outside the place 
where Gallio sat in judgment (like a high court) and Gallio turned a 
blind eye by not responding to what was happening outside in the streets 
just outside his office. We read later this same Sosthenes accepts 
Christ as his Savior and becomes a colleague of Paul working in the 
Church of Corinth.

Today in India we find the concept of mob judgment or lynching happening 
very often and the government like Gallio turning a blind eye to that 
which is happening. The mob themselves are not religious in any way but 
are driven by the religious. The religious show their hands are clean by 
getting others directly or indirectly to do their work.

In the Bible a gathering of people can be called a mob or a Church, it 
depend on the purpose of their gathering. We may think it is violence 
that makes a crowd into a mob but that is not what the Greek words 
explains to us.

The Greek word for mob is 'ochlopoieo'. It is a compound word made of 
'ochlos' which means 'a crowd of people gather together' and 'poieo' 
which means 'to do' or 'to make'. So a mob basically means a group of 
people gathered for a purpose to do an activity.

'Ekklesia' translated as Church in the Bible is also a compound word 
made of 'ek' meaning 'out of' and 'kaleo' which means 'to call'. So a 
Church is also a gathering or group of people but the difference is they 
are separated or set aside from the world with a purpose to call on the 
Lord to do a task. It is not they that who do the task but the Lord who 
does the task through them.

As a Church we can be ochlopoieo or Ekklesia, what matters is are we 
doing things in our strength or are we letting ourselves be a vessel for 
the Lord to do His work. When we do our own things with our own strength 
we behave like a mob and not a Church.

Let us be Church, let us be vessels for the Lord to do His work and not 
a mob to do our desires even if it is in the name of God.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord You are Almighty God and Loving Father. You Lord can do all things 
but You do so through man so that man learns to be like You. You Lord 
subjected yourself to the Will of the Father and desire we too subject 
ourselves to His Will. Let all our doing be not our strength or our 
wisdom but by your Spirit...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
John 5:19 Then Jesus answered and said to them, "Most assuredly, I say 
to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father 
do; for whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner.

John 15:15 "No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not 
know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends 
[associates], for all things that I heard from My Father I have made 
known to you.

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Post-Millennium and Pre-Millennium

Luke 19:12 He said therefore, A certain nobleman went into a far country 
to receive for himself a kingdom, and to return.

Yesterday a brother was speaking to me and to understand what my beliefs 
were, was asking me some questions, like do I believe in Rapture, Once 
Saved Always Saved etc. and among them was the question of 
post-millennium and pre-millennium as to which period we are in.

There are people who due to lack of this understand state Christ comes 
more than twice, once to rein for 1000 years and then again on Judgment 
day. To these people I ask the first time came He left (ascended) after 
He was killed on the crucifix and resurrected, so the second time will 
He again be killed after 1000years to go and come again on Judgment Day? 
Bible only talks of His second coming (come again) and not third or 
fourth. Bible says His sacrifice was once for all, for all eternity. In 
today's message we read about Jesus narrating a parable because the 
people expected the Kingdom of God to suddenly appear.

To understand the prophecy of 1000 years of rein of Christ we need to 
understand the term kingdom. The Hebrew word for kingdom is 'mamlakah' 
and comes from the word 'malak' which means reign. So when we say 
Kingdom of God it means the reign of God or when the Law of God is 
abided in. God is not man to rule land but only rules the hearts of 
people, so if the people start to abide in the Word of God then the 
Kingdom of God has already arrived. But that does not mean it has fully 
come. It is only when Christ comes again and all knees bow to Him that 
the Kingdom of God will come in its glory.

To understand the 1000years we need to understand Revelation 19:11-16. 
In these verses it speaks of the rider on the white horse (horse 
symbolizes quick progress). It says the rider's name as 'Word of God' 
and no one knows Him accept Himself. His clothes are dipped in sacrifice 
yet His garments are white and clean linen (symbolizes righteousness). 
He is followed by armies (gradually) who also ride on white horses 
(spiritual progress). His weapon is the Word which is like a sword.

Revelation also has another set of verses (Revelation 12:4-6) which 
speaks of Satan trying to devour the new Church of Christ (Child of the 
Abrahamic Church) but this child fled in the wilderness for 1260years 
(days).

If we see the history of the Church we will see after the coming of the 
Catholic Church in 300AD (approximately) Christianity was almost 
non-existing and something else was followed in its name. Bible also 
says Satan ruled and still rules the Catholic Church (Mother of All 
Fornication/Babylon the Great) and this church tried her best to destroy 
Christianity but failed. More Christians were martyred by her than by 
any religion or kingdom.

IN 1560 (approximately) exactly after 1260 years we see came the 
Reformation movement started, where people wanted to follow the Word of 
God and not human traditions. It is from this time that the Rider on the 
White Horse started moving and armies of people have joined Him over the 
period. This army will keep moving ahead and will keep gathering more to 
join it until the 1000years. Nothing and nobody will be able to stop it 
however much they try, that means right until 2500AD (approximately).

If we read the book of Daniel, we read of a vision where Daniel asks the 
Lord about when all that which is written in the book will be fulfilled, 
then an Angel on the command of the Lord reveals as 'TIME, TIME AND A 
HALF' if interpreted is millennium, millennium and a half (2500 years).

This same clue is also revealed in many other scriptures right from 
books of Moses to Revelation. If we go by prophecy timing or time of 
Christ on earth then the second coming is anywhere between 2300AD to 
2500AD exact year is not mentioned in scriptures, season is known but 
not the hour). So when the Bible says 1000 years it speaks of the start 
and fulfillment of this army over the 1000years of which we are a part 
of and not post-millennium or pre- millennium.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord You are Mighty God yet your work is unseen to worldly man. You 
Lord, do great things and these are visible by only those who abide in 
your Kingdom. We pray Lord your people realize and see the moving of the 
great Army of the Word of God moving ahead by awesome power and might. 
We pray your people be fearless and join its ranks for none can hinder 
its progress until it comes in glory...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
Revelation 19:11-16
11 And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat 
upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth 
judge and make war.
12 His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; 
and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.
13 And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is 
called The Word of God.
14 And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, 
clothed in fine linen, white and clean.
15 And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should 
smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he 
treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.
16 And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF 
KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.

Revelation 12:4-6
4 His tail drew a third of the stars of heaven and threw them to the 
earth. And the dragon stood before the woman who was ready to give 
birth, to devour her Child as soon as it was born.
5 She bore a male Child who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron. 
And her Child was caught up to God and His throne.
6 Then the woman fled into the wilderness, where she has a place 
prepared by God, that they should feed her there one thousand two 
hundred and sixty days.

Daniel 12:6-7
6 And said to the man clothed in linen, which was upon the waters of 
the river, How long shall it be to the end of these wonders?
7 And I heard the man clothed in linen, which was upon the waters of 
the river, when he held up his right hand and his left hand unto heaven, 
and sware by him that liveth for ever that it shall be for a time, 
times, and an half; and when he shall have accomplished to scatter the 
power of the holy people, all these things shall be finished.

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How did they know?

Matthew 17:4 Then answered Peter, and said unto Jesus, Lord, it is good 
for us to be here: if thou wilt, let us make here three tabernacles; one 
for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias.

Critical analysis is an important part of Bible study. We as believers 
do not question the value of the Word of God but to understand the 
scripture we need to question every scripture in every angle. People 
read this scripture a thousand times but none question the basics of it.

When Jesus took John, James and Peter to a high mountain (hill) there 
Jesus transfigured and spoke to Moses and Elijah. We read that when the 
three saw this they immediately knew the two men were Moses and Elijah. 
One needs to ask, how they knew it was Moses and Elijah. There was no 
photograph or illustration or special dress style that Moses or Elijah 
wore to be identified, yet john, James and Peter knew it was them. 
Another question we need to ask is 'did Moses and Elijah descend from 
Heaven'? Bible says no man has ascended or descended from Heaven accept 
for Jesus Christ.

In a similar incident when Samuel was 'bought up' the women who 
communicated with familiar spirit on the request of Saul (in disguise) 
without knowing bought up Samuel. But when Samuel appeared she 
immediately knew it was Samuel and was afraid. How did she know it was 
Samuel?

Before I answer this we see Jesus' face was radiant like the sun and his 
clothes were white as light and in the Bible we read of Angels having 
similar description.

Angels are spirit beings and man in the natural is a spirit being living 
in the flesh. After death his flesh decays and become dust while the 
spirit man continues to live. Jesus said in resurrection man will be as 
Angels meaning spirit being. That means when Samuel, Moses and Elijah 
appeared they were not in the flesh but were spirit beings. Sin bounded 
the human spirit in the flesh that is why after sin Adam and Eve sensed 
nakedness. As natural beings we speak through our mouths but as spirit 
beings we are not restricted to vocal communication. People will know us 
without ever having seen us.

Jesus transfigured for two reasons, one is without transfiguration He 
would have sinned by communicating with the dead (human spirit) since 
God forbid man from doing so. He by transfiguring kept the law and still 
communicated. The communication was not necessary or urgent for nothing 
that transpired between them is noted or disclosed anywhere in the 
Bible. Everything God does that is necessary is noted. Also Jesus did 
not need their counsel. What was necessary was Jesus transfiguring and 
that was for us to be confirmed that Jesus had overcome. When He told us 
'do not fear for I have overcome' it meant that we too on our 
resurrection will transfigure or become what John, James and Peter saw 
Jesus as Son of Man become. Jesus told them not to tell anyone until His 
resurrection for one would have understood.

Jesus is the only one who resurrected in the flesh for He is the only 
one whose flesh did not decay since He never sinned. Before death as 
well as after death flesh did not have hold on Him or bound Him. We are 
renewed and forgiven in the spirit, so even though our flesh is corrupt 
we are live and become incorruptible on Judgment Day. Though all our 
sins are recorded in the Book (even our vain words) yet on Judgment Day 
those found in the Will of the Father will see not of them held against 
them. But those who back slide will have all their sins held against 
them. We need to understand this in line with our earth annual 
accounting in which we have our debits and credits columns. Those who 
have faith and are in the Will of the Father will have all their debits 
cancelled or paid for by Christ.

In Heaven we will not see each other as we see here on earth for none 
will in flesh; flesh and bones do not dwell in Heaven which is a spirit 
place. We will not have any age difference so even Abraham and we will 
be the same since all will be ageless. There will be no male, female in 
Heaven since Angels do not have genders. They are called Sons of God 
because of the perfect image of God in them and not because of gender. 
So our ancestors both males and females in Heaven will be Sons of God.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord You are God, You are Spirit. Lord your Word says in Heaven Son of 
Man will become one with You and together will become the Heavenly 
Temple in which the Father descends and dwells. Even though after death 
we overcome the flesh yet today we pray we may overcome our fleshy 
thinking which is bound in this materialistic world, so that we 
understand your Word in spirit and truth...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
Matthew 17:1-9

John 3:13 And no one hath ascended into heaven, but he that descended 
out of heaven, even the Son of man, who is in heaven.

Acts 2:34 For David ascended not into the heavens: but he saith 
himself, The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand,

Ephesians 4:10 He that descended is the same also that ascended far 
above all the heavens, that he might fill all things.)

Revelation 10:1 And I saw another strong angel coming down out of 
heaven, arrayed with a cloud; and the rainbow was upon his head, and his 
face was as the sun, and his feet as pillars of fire;

1 Samuel 28:8-15

Mark 12:24-25
24 Jesus said unto them, Is it not for this cause that ye err, that ye 
know not the scriptures, nor the power of God?
25 For when they shall rise from the dead, they neither marry, nor are 
given in marriage; but are as angels in heaven.

1 Corinthians 15:50-55
50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the 
kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.
51 Behold, I tell you a mystery: We all shall not sleep, but we shall 
all be changed,
52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the 
trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we 
shall be changed.
53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must 
put on immortality.
54 But when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this 
mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying 
that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.
55 O death, where is thy victory? O death, where is thy sting?

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Digging deeper into scriptures

Jeremiah 10:13 When he uttereth his voice, there is a multitude of 
waters in the heavens, and he causeth the vapours to ascend from the 
ends of the earth; he maketh lightnings with rain, and bringeth forth 
the wind out of his treasures.

When we read today's message it makes us feel like there is water in 
Heaven and a climate where there it rains and lightnings.

It is very important to understand how to study scriptures. Most 
Christians are not introduced to Hebrew and Greek (including Aramaic) 
word study and to Bible symbolism (Image Study); these are advanced 
levels of Bible Study. Sadly these are not taught even in Bible colleges.

One does not necessarily need to know Hebrew and Greek to do word study. 
Thanks to God we have Strong who documented every word, its variation 
and numbered them, now by the Strong number we can find the word and 
actual meaning. This is necessary because many translators mistranslate 
words or do not do justice with the English words they use. Take for 
example the word translated as vapours actually means 'princes'. The 
translator saw water and thus used the word vapour. We also have people 
who think Agape means 'God kind of love' and Agapo means 'human kind of 
love' not knowing agape simply means love/charity and agapo is a 
conjugation of the verb and means 'I love'.

Bible symbolism is very important part of Bible study. The books of 
Daniel and Revelation are a good example of how God made known 
(revealed) scriptures which Daniel and John were meditating on. So both 
are not books of prophecies but have explanations of prophecies given 
before.

One will find a consistency in the images or objects throughout the 
Bible which the Lord uses to present an understanding. Interpretation of 
dreams is the ability to understand symbolism and is a step to 
understanding Bible symbolism / Image study. Joel 2:28 says the young 
see visions (dreams /symbolism) and the mature will see dreams (clear 
messages).

In today's message still waters symbolizes sin, lightning symbolizes 
judgment, rains symbolize mercy and wind (the word here is actually 
'spirit') symbolize life.

Today's message is an expanded illustration of Genesis 1:1-3. When God 
saw darkness in the Heavens God spoke and caused light to come forth 
from within the darkness.

Firstly darkness was not there in the beginning when God created the 
Heavens. God was in the beginning and God is light. Here light and 
darkness does not literately mean light and darkness but means goodness 
and evil. It speaks of when God created the Angels there was no evil, 
but later when Lucifer fell, he also caused the fall of many angels and 
darkness to come into existence. Lucifer actually is not his name but a 
term used for the Cherubs, it means 'bearer of light' since each leads 
an army of Angels. Bible uses the term like a serpent (cursed one), 
dragon (deceiving one), king of Tyrus (father of lies) and accuser 
(accuses us / causes us to be made guilty before God) for him. He 
directly does not have power to destroy, but becomes instrument to get 
people destroyed by God by keeping them in evil / darkness.

The light which Genesis 1:3 speaks of is the Princes of God / Sons of 
God which the Lord brings forth from the darkness. This is where God 
creates our creation and causes us to be that light coming forth out of 
that darkness so as to overcome the darkness so and receive eternal light.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord You are God and your wisdom can not be comprehended, it goes beyond 
the sight of man. Lord we pray we understand why You created us in this 
darkness and why You desire we overcome this darkness. You are just and 
everything You do has a purpose. You God created us to overcome darkness 
and only those who overcome enter into eternal life. We pray we become 
overcomers...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
Joel 2:28 And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my 
Spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, 
your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions:

Jeremiah 10:11-13
11 Thus shall ye say unto them, The gods that have not made the heavens 
and the earth, even they shall perish from the earth, and from under 
these heavens.
12 He hath made the earth by his power, he hath established the world 
by his wisdom, and hath stretched out the heavens by his discretion.
13 When he uttereth his voice, there is a multitude of waters in the 
heavens, and he causeth the vapours to ascend from the ends of the 
earth; he maketh lightnings with rain, and bringeth forth the wind out 
of his treasures.

Genesis 1:1-3
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.

Romans 1:20 For the invisible things of him since the creation of the 
world are clearly seen, being perceived through the things that are 
made, even his everlasting power and divinity; that they may be without 
excuse:

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Building Good Habits

Matthew 7:18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a 
corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.

In the Church where my family fellowships we regularly have a series of 
Sunday services wherein a topic is taken up and continued over a few 
weeks by various people and later studied in the cell groups. A month 
back we finished the book of Nehemiah on the topic 'Building Strong', 
where at every service a chapter was covered. In between we also had a 
session of book reading where a book of CS Lewis was briefly covered. 
Just yesterday we have started a new 6 week session on 'Good Habits'.

Yesterday as I was hearing a young dynamic brother take up the 
introduction of the topic, the Lord was opening so much to me. One very 
good illustration the brother gave during his preaching was of an 
elephant, its rider and the path it is led. The elephant is the 
emotional part of us, the rider is the rational part of us and path is 
long twisted journey these take to reach its goal. The emotional part of 
us is big and difficult to control. It is the rational part if addressed 
properly starts to direct our emotional part and the long path need to 
be broken to shorter goals so that time to time we are happy to have 
reached a milestone.

Biblically our inner-man or nature is physically symbolized as our 
bones. It is our bones that give our natural being a shape. None of 
Jesus bones were allowed to be broken for His character was perfect and 
unquestionable. Jeremiah wrote of 'fire in his bones' since his nature 
was on fire for the Lord.

If we read Hebrews the writer speaks of the Word of God as a double edge 
sword which pierces the joint of our bones dividing bone joint from our 
marrow. Our bones are our nature, our marrow is our spirit (live is in 
the blood and marrow makes blood, our natural life comes from our spirit 
life) and our joints are our habits (they give movement to the bones/our 
nature).

One will think what has habits to do with today's message and why does 
God concentrate to develop good habits in us by separating us from our 
bad / old habits?

We may have spoken before about faith, which is a Fruit (also a gift). 
If we claim to have faith and do not demonstrate it in the natural then 
can we make such a claim? Similarly if we have love in us then this love 
needs to visible in the natural, we need to have a habit to love. So if 
have good habits it means we have good Fruits in us.

The word habit comes from the cloak that was worn in the medieval 
period. It showed the type of person one was (social status). Our habits 
speak of the person we are. So let us look at us in the mirror (the eyes 
of others) to see if we are exhibiting more the habits of Adam or the 
habits of Christ, if we are exhibiting more the habits of Christ then we 
truly shining His light in this world.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord, You are God and You have lifted your Name which is your Nature, 
about all. Your Name was, is and will always be lifted up. Lord we pray 
that we who call ourselves your children may hold your Name in our 
lives. It is in your Name there is power. We pray we overcome our habits 
and develop your habits in us...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is living, and active, and sharper 
than any two-edged sword, and piercing even to the dividing of soul and 
spirit, of both joints and marrow, and quick to discern the thoughts and 
intents of the heart.

John 19:36 For these things came to pass, that the scripture might be 
fulfilled, A bone of him shall not be broken.

Deuteronomy 12:23 Only be sure that thou eat not the blood: for the 
blood is the life; and thou shalt not eat the life with the flesh.

Proverbs 3:8 It will be health to thy navel, And marrow to thy bones.

Jeremiah 20:9 And if I say, I will not make mention of him, nor speak 
any more in his name, then there is in my heart as it were a burning 
fire shut up in my bones, and I am weary with forbearing, and I cannot 
contain.

Romans 13:14 But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not 
provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.

Galatians 3:27 For as many of you as were baptized into Christ did put 
on Christ.

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The Lost Sheep, stop behaving like Sheep

Luke 15:4-6 What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of 
them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after 
that which is lost, until he find it? And when he hath found it, he 
layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing. And when he cometh home, he 
calleth together his friends and neighbours, saying unto them, Rejoice 
with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost.

In the parable of the lost sheep Jesus tells the listeners who have a 
back ground of sheep rearing when they have one of their sheep lost do 
they not leave the remaining sheep and go after the one lost?

When we who do not have the knowledge and experience of sheep rearing 
read this, would think is the person is crazy to leave the remaining 
sheep and go after the one lost? We all know of the proverb a bird in 
hand is better than two in the bush. It is only those who know the 
nature of sheep would dare to do this not the ones who do not know their 
sheep.

Sheep are gregarious creatures, they always remain in groups. They know 
danger is for those who are on the outlier so they try to remain within 
the group. They also have the tendency to follow the leader, so to lead 
a whole flock one just leads the first sheep and the rest tend to 
follow. This works also if one needs to take all the sheep to slaughter 
one needs to just lead the first sheep and the rest also follow to 
slaughter.

Sheep are prey animals so flee at the sight of danger. They will never 
walk in a straight light when gazing in the fields. They will always 
watch their backs in one eye and then the other, time to time, thus do 
not walk in a straight line. Sheep also have an amazing ability to 
tolerate pain; they do this as to not show themselves as the weak one so 
that predators do not target them first. As children of God we are so 
alike to sheep. But God does not desire us to remain as sheep.

Jesus is called the Paschal Lamb but that is just symbolism of the 
sacrificial Lamb. In Revelations the Greek word translated as lamb is 
not the same work mentioned in John 1:29,36, Acts 8:32, 1 Peter 1:19. 
The word use in John 1:29 is 'amnos' while the word used in Revelations 
is 'arnion' which comes from 'aron' meaning a male or husband or man. 
Translators have tried to take it as male sheep but the word for a male 
sheep /ram is 'kriophoros' and not 'arnion'. Arnion can simply be 
translated as male or husband and when we read the reference to the 
scriptures it speaks of Son of Man / Son of God.

When we came into the Lord we may have been lambs and sheep but we now 
need to change and stop behaving like sheep. We are called to have the 
nature of Christ in us and become Sons of God. Let us not have the prey 
behavior. Let us stop fleeing from situations at the slightest sign of 
danger. Let us have faith in our Protector (Father) and also stop 
looking back with one eye. Let is discern whom we follow. Paul said 
follow me for I follow Christ. So if we find the person whom we are 
following is not following Christ then it is time to stop following that 
person and follow someone who dos until we mature to directly follow Christ.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord, You alone are our Father for You alone are our Creator, Protector 
and Provider. Our earthly fathers were vessels through whose loins You 
bought us into this world but they did not create us, nor do they 
protect or provide for us without your help. Lord we pray we stop 
behaving like sheep and start behaving like Sons of God having authority 
in the Name of the Most High God...

This Prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
John 1:29 The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, 
Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.

Revelation 5:12 Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was 
slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and 
honour, and glory, and blessing.

Revelation 7:10 And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our 
God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb.

Revelation 17:14 These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall 
overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that 
are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.

Revelation 22:3 And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God 
and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him:

1 Corinthians 11:1 Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.

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Post  Admin on Fri 07 Jul 2017, 8:24 pm

Church Entertainment

Luke 7: 32 They are like unto children sitting in the marketplace, and 
calling one to another, and saying, We have piped unto you, and ye have 
not danced; we have mourned to you, and ye have not wept.

In today's scripture we see Jesus speaks of people who entertain each 
other to get praises from each other. This entertainment may be joyful 
entertainment or educational entertainment or even sorrowful entertainment.

This is what happens in every Church today. There is no Church void of 
this entertainment. There are Churches who are not rooted in the Word 
who do joyful entertainment; they concentrate on worship and nothing 
else. Then there are those who love entertaining spirits so all the time 
you will find members in the congregation falling or manifesting as if 
they are possessed. The funny part is some of these regular performers 
are appointed Church leaders. Then there are Churches where people's 
traditions and rituals (imported from other beliefs) are done with 
Biblical makeup. Lastly there are the so called 'Word rooted' Churches 
who follow the word of so called 'Christian writers' more than the Word 
of God. These people will have N number of training programs for every 
reason under the sun.

The main problem with Churches is that the Holy Spirit is not 
functioning in the Church. If the Holy Spirit is working in even one 
Church, one will find total transformation of its people and the even a 
city will not be able to hold it and not get changed by it.

The Spirit of God reveals the Word of God and when the Spirit of God 
works, like it did with the 120 at Pentecost He changed almost every 
person present there so also He will change every person who steps in 
its congregation or in the city where the Church is present.

The Greek word 'ekklesia' translated as Church means a gathering with a 
spiritual purpose. If it is not the Spirit of God that works in the 
gathering then what spirit is working amongst it?

Let us stop playing Church - Church and start being a Church which is 
rooted in the Spirit and Word of God.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord, You are God and You are Spirit. Lord your Word says You desire 
your people to worship You in Spirit and Truth. You Lord paid the price 
and gave us the Spirit of Truth who reveals the Truth to us. Lord we 
pray we concentrate on being connected to your Spirit and not to earthy 
or unclean spirits...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
Zechariah 4:6 Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This is the 
word of the LORD unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, 
but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts.

Luke 4:18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed 
me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the 
brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of 
sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,

1 Corinthians 6:11 And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye 
are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and 
by the Spirit of our God.

John 4:23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers 
shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh 
such to worship him.

John 14:17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, 
because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he 
dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.

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Post  Admin on Fri 30 Jun 2017, 3:05 pm

You will give birth

John 10:21-23a A woman when she is in travail hath sorrow, because her 
hour is come: but as soon as she is delivered of the child, she 
remembereth no more the anguish, for joy that a man is born into the 
world. And ye now therefore have sorrow: but I will see you again, and 
your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man taketh from you. And in 
that day ye shall ask me nothing.

Today's message is not only for sisters in Christ but even for brothers 
in Christ. In today's message the Lord tells us each and every one of us 
who are in Christ will give birth and will go through the process which 
a woman goes through while becoming a mother.

When we think of birth we think of very severe labor pain. People have a 
misunderstanding when God created woman God had set a mother to go 
through labor pain while giving birth.

Before man sinned a woman was to experience pain but this pain was very 
mild so much so that she would hardly experience it. It was sin that 
caused a woman to be cursed with her pain being multiplied. What a woman 
experiences as severe labor pain is due to the curse. And when she by 
her faith understands and accepts that Christ has broken all our curses 
including the multiplication of labor pain then she will give birth 
without knowing.

We see in Luke 2:6-7 while Mary was waiting with her fiancé Joseph (they 
were considered married after the birth of Jesus when they had 
relationship) for a room in an inn she give birth since she had 
completed her nine months. She did not realize she was about to give 
birth so was not ready for it since did not fell immense pain during or 
just before her contractions. It happened so suddenly that Joseph became 
her male midwife; he performed the necessary procedure, wrapped the 
child Jesus in a cloth and placed Him in a manger kept outside the inn 
to feed the donkeys (they were not in any stable).

In today's message the word translated as 'sorrow' does not mean pain 
but means heaviness. It talks of spiritual and mental heaviness and not 
physical pain. So as we go through the process of birthing we will have 
heaviness but that heaviness will change into joy when we give birth. 
The question is whom do we birth, and the answer is ourselves as a new 
being and this happens when Christ comes again. Baptism is a process of 
labor pain and our baptism in Christ ends with us giving birth unto the 
new ourselves when Christ comes. The changes we go through during 
baptism are nothing to what we become when Christ comes. Paul and Peter 
state it as corrupt becoming incorruptible.

Today's message does not only tell us about what happens at the end but 
also tells us what we need to do today. Like an expecting mother we are 
called to slow down our natural selves, which mean our worldly desires. 
We are called to monitor what we spiritually eat and make sure we eat 
well. We also need to do our regular walk and exercise in Christ. The 
small kicks and pains we feel during our carrying should not be taken as 
pain but as a joy as a mother does; the more we feel means our healthy 
deliver is assured.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord You are God and You alone are God. Your Word says man did not know 
You until You manifested in the flesh and revealed your Name. Lord we 
pray we understand your Word once spoken cannot be changed so although 
You exiled Adam from Heaven You have made a way for us to return as a 
new man Ishi. Your Word says only those born from above / again in 
spirit will enter your Kingdom. Lord, help us through our birthing...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
Genesis 3:16 Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow 
and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy 
desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.

Luke 2:6-7
6 And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were 
accomplished that she should be delivered.
7 And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling 
clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in 
the inn.

Hosea 2:16 And it shall be at that day, saith the LORD, that thou shalt 
call me Ishi; and shalt call me no more Baali.

1 Corinthians 15:52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the 
last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised 
incorruptible, and we shall be changed.

1 Peter 1:4 To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that 
fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you,

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Post  Admin on Tue 27 Jun 2017, 1:19 pm

God does not condemn, we do to ourselves

John 3:17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; 
but that the world through him might be saved.

Almost every Christian is well versed with the scripture John 3:16 which 
states 'for God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that 
whosever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life'.

When people read it they do not read what the scripture tells them but 
read what people have stated about this scripture (this is common for 
many scriptures).

Facts to note
1) God loves the world very much
2) So much so that He sent /gave His only Son into this world
3) So that whosever (not everyone)
4) Believed in Him (that means only those who believe)
5) Should not perish, but have eternal/everlasting life (means even 
among those who believe there can be those who perish, for it does not 
say 'will not' perish but says 'should not' perish).

If we talk to Once Saved Always Saved believers they would say those who 
believed and perish were not true believers in the first place! Is the 
Bible wrong in calling them believers and then saying they were not?

The problem with all this understanding is that fact, how can God who is 
full of love and full of mercy, punishes people by putting them in Hell 
where devils torture people.

Let it be clear first that Hell is not ruled by devils (fallen 
angels/evil spirits) but ruled by God's Angels, it is a prison. Devils 
themselves fear Hell. Secondly God does not punish anyone but they 
punish themselves (the sins/evil within them burn in Hell). God is no 
one's enemy, people and fallen angels are their own enemies. God is 
saving us from ourselves for foolishness and vanity is driving us unto 
self-destruction. Satan and evil have no hold on us unless we allow them 
to take hold of us.

God being Holy, Righteous and True has set parameters and divisions in 
His world (various levels of Heavens), those who abide in Him will dwell 
nearer to Him and those who do not will dwell further for Him. So nearer 
to Him is light and life (eternal - renewal of life), and further from 
Him is darkness, death (no renewal of life), John 3:18 confirms this.

Jesus became the way to God when there was no way. He became a doorway / 
stairway to Heaven when it was locked. But by standing on the way one 
does not reach ones destination, by standing at the door one does not 
enter the house. Jesus gave us His Spirit as our Helper to lead us 
through the way so as to take us to the destination. OSAS believers deny 
the Holy Spirit, as to His purpose in our salvation.

Jesus became our way and His Spirit became our Helper to lead us to 
become like Jesus by transforming us from inside; in other words 
renewing us spiritually to become Sons of God. Only Sons of God (both 
males and females - in Heaven there is no gender) can enter Heaven.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord, You are Holy, Righteous and True. You do not change for perfection 
cannot improve. What changes is your glory for it increases time to 
time, from glory to glory. We pray Lord we understand we are our worse 
enemy when the truth is not in us. Lord we pray your people remove this 
darkness from within them so that they do not dwell in darkness after 
they die their natural life...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
John 3:16-21
16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that 
whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but 
that the world through him might be saved.
18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not 
is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the 
only begotten Son of God.
19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and 
men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to 
the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.
21 But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be 
made manifest, that they are wrought in God.

Luke 8:30-31
30 And Jesus asked him, saying, What is thy name? And he said, Legion: 
because many devils were entered into him.
31 And they besought him that he would not command them to go out into 
the deep.

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Is incarnation Biblical?

John 1:21 And they asked him, What then? Art thou Elias? And he saith, I 
am not. Art thou that prophet? And he answered, No.

We read when John the Baptist was asked if he was Elijah / Elias who was 
to come he answered no, he was also asked if he was Christ or the 
promised Prophet (greater than Moses) and he said no. But when Jesus was 
asked if John was Elijah then Jesus confirmed indeed he was. So we see 
John did not know that he indeed was Elijah who was taken up.

Was the coming of Elijah as John an incarnation; also was God the Son 
coming as Jesus an incarnation? We need to ask if incarnation is a 
Biblical term before using it with Christianity.

Yoga cannot be considered Christian because the term speaks of spiritual 
bonding to a universe spirit, which we Christians do not believe in. 
Meditation in Yoga also does not mean concentration or focusing one's 
mind but means the opposite. Hinduism believes mind is an obstruction 
between human spirit and its attaining a higher level so Yoga focuses on 
disconnecting the mind from the being. Hinduism does not believe in 
salvation for it believe every soul is divine and just needs to work 
through its karmas (works) to attain freedom from life chakra (life 
cycle) to be one with the universe force, in other word it seeks freedom 
from existence of life (death). Christianity on the other hand seeks 
eternal life, even though we become one with God in Heaven yet we still 
exist as an individual. So Yoga is not about bonding with God but 
bonding with evil spirits and deceit.

We need to understand a term before we use it with Christianity. The 
word 'incarnate' comes from the Catholic Church. It is a Latin word 
which means a spirit becoming flesh.

This term may seem fit to be used for Elijah coming as John the Baptist 
but then we all exist before we were born in our mother's womb like John 
was. Bible says God knows us from the foundation of the world so do we 
all become incarnated? Some may say we existed by design but then Bible 
says God knows us by name and also when God blessed the father (i.e. 
Abraham) He blessed the seed in his loins. Jesus was called seed of 
David or seed of Abraham; He did not exist by design but truly existed.

Elijah did not die but was taken up to a higher demission of God's 
creation and came back in the womb of Elizabeth as John. Elijah coming 
as John cannot be considered as incarnation for Elijah had not died. In 
spirit world flesh or any matter is not a matter of consideration like 
for us in this natural world. Paul speaks of a great mystery on Judgment 
Day that the Believers who exist then will be transformed without death.

Coming to God the Son coming as man Jesus, Bible says He humbled Himself 
from the foundation of creation, so what was He when He humbled Himself, 
before He became man then only would we will be able to understand. Also 
the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of the God the Son [there is no scripture 
stating the Holy Spirit as Spirit of the Father but there are scriptures 
stating Holy Spirit as Spirit of the Son], so how would one explain 
incarnation in that aspect.

Let us be careful in importing pagan terms into Christianity for we can 
mislead others into believing the wrong understandings. Let us state it 
as the Bible says and not change it according to the world.

[Prayer Starter]
Father God You are Holy God and Bible says no being has seen You leaving 
for the Son. Lord we pray we understand the Righteousness of the Son for 
what He has done for us from the foundation of creation. We were made by 
Him, through and for Him; it is His Spirit that leads us and transforms 
us into Sons of God...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
Genesis 1:27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God 
created he him; male and female created he them.

Luke 1:55 As he spake to our fathers, to Abraham, and to his seed for ever.

Matthew 25:34 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, 
Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from 
the foundation of the world:

John 17:24 Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be 
with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given 
me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world.

Ephesians 1:4 According as he hath chosen us in him before the 
foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before 
him in love:

Hebrews 9:26 For then must he often have suffered since the foundation 
of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to 
put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.

Revelation 13:8 And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, 
whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from 
the foundation of the world.

Mark 9:13 But I say unto you, That Elias is indeed come, and they have 
done unto him whatsoever they listed, as it is written of him.

Matthew 17:12-13
12 But I say unto you, That Elias is come already, and they knew him 
not, but have done unto him whatsoever they listed. Likewise shall also 
the Son of man suffer of them.
13 Then the disciples understood that he spake unto them of John the 
Baptist.

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Where does Jesus dwell?

John 1: 38, 39 Then Jesus turned, and saw them following, and saith unto 
them, What seek ye? They said unto him, Rabbi, (which is to say, being 
interpreted, Master,) where dwellest thou? He saith unto them, Come and 
see. They came and saw where he dwelt, and abode with him that day: for 
it was about the tenth hour.

We read in today's message two persons of which one was Andrew the 
brother of Simon Peter who were witnesses to John the Baptist exalting 
Jesus as the Lamb of God so followed Jesus to find where He lived and 
this happened at about 4pm so they stayed with Him for the rest of that 
day. During that time the Roman's day started at 12:00 mid night and the 
Jewish day started at sunrise that is about 6:00am. The Romans used the 
term hour and the Jewish originally used the term watch (change of guard 
after duration of 3 hours, so day had 4 watches), here we see John in 
his Gospel used a concoction of both. Jesus was returning home since 
people would normally return to their houses before sunset or day break 
which was about 6pm.

When I was a Catholic taking 'Frist Holy Communion' I was told that, 
that day Jesus could enter my heart and stay there. It was a great 
feeling to have Jesus in me, but then later I started questioning what 
it truly meant; was Christ in that wafer I ate? What we eat exits our 
body so how could Christ in that wafer dwell in me. If their words were 
true then where was Christ, in my stomach, how could He travel to my heart?

Believers today when asked will say Jesus is in my heart. The fact when 
they say 'heart' many point to the organ which pumps blood to the 
various parts of the body.

In the Bible the world translated as heart mostly refers to the inner 
man not organ. The OT spoke of God in our heart / inner-man, but in NT 
many scriptures correctly point towards 'putting on Christ' when they 
say 'Christ in us' and not as Christ dwelling in some part in our body.

Let us understand if we claim Christ is in us, we need to put on the 
Nature / Name of Christ that means our behavior, our thinking, our 
outlook should be Christ like. If we claim to have the Holy Spirit in us 
then there should be some holiness in us, can I continue living an 
unholy life while claiming to have the Holy Spirit?

[Prayer Starter]
Lord You are Holy God. You Lord command your children to be holy for You 
are Holy. Lord we pray we understand if we are one in You then we need 
to be like You for You do not change. Lord we pray we understand change 
is required in us to be your children...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
Matthew 14:25 And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto 
them, walking on the sea.

Luke 12:38 And if he shall come in the second watch, or come in the 
third watch, and find them so, blessed are those servants.

Galatians 3:27 For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ 
have put on Christ.

Ephesians 4:22-27
22 That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, 
which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;
23 And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;
24 And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in 
righteousness and true holiness.
25 Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his 
neighbour: for we are members one of another.
26 Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath:
27 Neither give place to the devil.

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Seeking approval of man

Luke 17:17 And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? but 
where are the nine?

We had this message a few days back where we saw the faith factor. Today 
the Lord wants us to look at the fact that although the all ten were 
already healed before they went to show themselves to the priest, yet 
they went to show themselves to the priest to seek his approval of their 
healing.

We need to understand a system is made so that the least will be guided 
within it. Being in the IT service industry we have processes, SOPs, 
knowledgebase etc. so that the not so skilled will perform like a 
skilled person. So system is to protect like law protects us.

Today the Lord is telling us we as Christians we are not called to 
blindly follow the law without understanding its purpose. The purpose of 
the law is greater than the text of the law. A person who keeps the 
purpose but does not follow the text does not break the law. We see 
those who follow the text fulfill the law in the flesh but not 
necessarily the spirit of the law.

Today's message the ten lepers were healed and were told to see the 
priest so as to fulfill the law, but one of them knew he was already 
healed so did not feel the need to get an approval of any man to confirm 
it, he alone was the only one who returned to thank Jesus.

Understand some laws we can abide in the text but most of them are 
impossible to abide by in the flesh. What is important is keeping the 
law in the spirit. We need to understand the purpose of the law and it 
is by this understanding Jesus simplified the Ten Commandment which were 
principle to the Jews, into just Two Commandments.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord You are Almighty God. It would not take You a minute to change man 
and save all mankind but You Lord desire a willing heart. You gave your 
Word to be a fence unto us, to lead us and protect us. Lord we pray we 
keep your Word in the Spirit and not in the flesh like the Jews, for 
your Word says only those born anew in the Spirit will enter the Kingdom 
of God...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
Luke 17:12-24

Mark 12:29-31
29 And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, 
O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord:
30 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with 
all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is 
the first commandment.
31 And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour 
as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.

Romans 2:29 But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is 
that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is 
not of men, but of God.

Romans 7:6 But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead 
wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not 
in the oldness of the letter.

2 Corinthians 3:6 Who also hath made us able ministers of the new 
testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, 
but the spirit giveth life.

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The Holy Spirit reproves us

John 16:8-11 And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and 
of righteousness, and of judgment: Of sin, because they believe not on 
me; Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more; 
Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged.

When we read John 16:7-15 we see Jesus gave great importance to the Holy 
Spirit, to the extend He stepped out of the way so that the Holy Spirit 
can take over.

Jesus as our Paschal Lamb became our ransom and took away the 
consequence of sin. Today if we believe in Jesus Christ we do not go to 
Hell due to our sins [Hell is a prison created for sinners where man who 
has sinned suffers his or her sins]. But then by just believing in Jesus 
the damage caused by sin in man is not taken care of.

Problem with us is we think in the worldly way and the world tells us 
sin is a stain that is why they just seek being washed of the stain. Sin 
is not just a stain but more like corrosion, Paul calls it corruption 
and this requires internal restoration. The sin nature (corruption) 
within us causes us to sin so unless the corruption is taken care of, we 
will not be able to enter Heaven as no corrupt being can dwell there.

Today's message tells us the Holy Spirit convicts or reproves us of 3 
things sin [sin nature], righteousness and judgment (holiness since it 
speaks of separation).

Any person baptized in the Holy Spirit may sin but will never be 
comfortable with sin since the Holy Spirit reproves the person of his or 
her sins. Even though we are not accounted for our sins yet we are not 
allowed to continue in sin and this happens only when we are baptized in 
the Holy Spirit for He will make us to fight the nature that causes us 
to sin.

Other areas that the Holy Spirit reproves us, or cause us fight to 
achieve is righteousness and holiness. Those baptized in Him will find 
uneasiness when they live an unrighteous or unholy life and this is 
because the Holy Spirit of God [Son]. The Holy Spirit [Spirit of Truth] 
does this through His Word, it is He who reveals the Word [truth] unto 
us and thus causes us to hold on to the truth and overcome the 
corruption thus making us Sons of God.

It is when we understand this we understand why the Bible warned us all 
sins are forgiven but anyone who grieves [overcomes] the Holy Spirit 
will have no hope for they will not enter the Kingdom of God.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord You are Spirit and You are Holy thus You desire a pure spirit. You 
God removed man from Eden because he corrupted himself with evil, but 
You did not forsake him. You made a way for man to be restored to You by 
the Help of the your Spirit and for this You humbled yourself and became 
man to pay the price for man to receive your Spirit. Lord we pray we 
understand the importance of the Holy Spirit and without the Holy Spirit 
there is no restoration and no entering Heaven. Holy Spirit speak unto 
us and reprove us of sin, unrighteousness and unholiness, we pray we do 
not drown your voice with our carnal desires...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
John 16:7,12-15
7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go 
away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if 
I depart, I will send him unto you.
12 I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now.
13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you 
into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he 
shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.
14 He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it 
unto you.
15 All things that the Father hath are mine: therefore said I, that he 
shall take of mine, and shall shew it unto you.

Galatians 4:6 And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit 
of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.

Romans 8:14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the 
sons of God.

Ephesians 4:30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are 
sealed unto the day of redemption.

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Realization

Luke 17:17 And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? but 
where are the nine?

Whenever people have preached about this incident they have spoken of 
the tenth man being thankful. If we look at the incident closely it is 
not just about being thankful.

We read when the all ten lepers cried out for mercy, Jesus told them to 
go and show themselves to the priest and they followed instructions. 
Jesus did this because according to the Jewish law (Law given by Moses) 
the leper on being healed needed to show himself to the priest to 
confirm his or her healing. Once the priest inspected the pores of the 
skin of the leper he would then confirm the healing and declare the 
person clean.

If we look at the incident the nine lepers followed instructions and 
went to show themselves to the priest to confirm their healing but the 
tenth returned back for he was sure he did not need to show himself to 
the priest to confirm his healing and thus came to thank Jesus. The 
tenth came back because he had faith; it was his faith that caused Jesus 
to tell him he was made whole. The tenth being made whole did not mean 
that the others lost their healing or would again become lepers, being 
made whole meant more than just healing.

We find when Jesus found great faith in a person He not only healed them 
but blessed them to be made whole. Jesus telling them be made whole was 
same as Jesus telling the thief crucified with Him, who had faith in Him 
that he would on the day of His coming in glory be with Him in Paradise 
(Eden).

Being made whole means to be removed of corruption, it means being 
restored. When Jesus told them they were made whole that meant they 
would be saved and would enter Paradise.

Paul says on the Day of Judgment we who are corrupt will be made 
incorruptible. It is the restoration of the inner man which will make 
enable man to enter Heaven. What Adam and Eve lost in the Garden of Eden 
which got them to be exiled will be restored unto us and we will gain 
entry to Paradise / Eden.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord You are Merciful God. You are Holy and Righteous yet your mercy 
gives us another chance to be restored unto You. Lord we pray we 
understand the importance of being with You for with You is life and far 
from You is death. Lord, help us to be whole so that we will be with You 
in Heaven...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
Luke 17:12-19

Mark 10:52 And Jesus said unto him, Go thy way; thy faith hath made 
thee whole. And immediately he received his sight, and followed Jesus in 
the way.

Luke 8:47-50

Acts 2:27 Because thou wilt not leave my soul in hell, neither wilt 
thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.

Romans 8:21 Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from 
the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.

1 Corinthians 15:42 So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown 
in corruption; it is raised in incorruption:

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Did His Disciples Know Him

Luke 24:21 But we trusted that it had been he which should have redeemed 
Israel: and beside all this, to day is the third day since these things 
were done.

If we minutely look at every scripture we will find before Pentecost 
there was just one person who came to know who Jesus was and that was 
Thomas and that too after Jesus breathe into them His Spirit, just 
before He was to leave them after His resurrection. Before that moment 
none of His disciples, including His own mother knew who Jesus was [John 
the Baptist and the Prophet Simone did know].

We need to understand who they saw He was and that we can know by whom 
the Jews were waiting for. According to scripture they were waiting for 
2 persons as Messiah / Savior, one who was the one who fulfills the 
promise given to David that is a Savior of Israel, who will sit on the 
throne of David and rule Israel. That is why they called Him 'Son of 
David' thinking He was him.

Secondly they were excepting the coming of a Prophet greater than Moses 
as promised by the Lord. When Jesus fasted for 40 days in the wilderness 
and did miracles they accepted Him as the promised Prophet.

Every time unclean spirits / evil spirits / fallen angels tried to 
reveal who He was, Jesus commanded them to be silent. The translations 
err in those verses by writing as 'Son of God' but when we read the 
Greek text it says 'the Son the God'. It was only after His resurrection 
and after He breathe in them His Spirit that Thomas recognized Jesus as 
God (Son) and as for the others it was after the baptism of the 
disciples in the Holy Spirit at Pentecost that it was revealed to them 
who Jesus was.

Today also the story has not changed much. We have many who follow Jesus 
and even know He is Son of God but fail to know how He is God even 
though God the Father is God while knowing there is only one God. They 
do not check scriptures to understand who God the Holy Spirit is. God 
the Father and God the Son being Spirit yet we read of the Holy Spirit, 
not that the Holy Spirit is holier than the Father or Son to be called 
Holy Spirit.

These questions took me years and years to pursue with the Lord and 
understand them. Let me tell you unless we put aside the teachings of 
man and let the scriptures talk to us we will never understand. The 
problem is we let the teachings of man be blinders by which see the 
scriptures.

Let us not be the disciples before Pentecost but be the disciples after 
Pentecost. We might spend years and years studying scriptures and 
believing the Lord Jesus Christ and even doing miracles like His 
disciples did before but yet we will not know Him, unless we let the 
Holy Spirit reveal Him to us.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord You alone are God and there is no one other than You. When Moses 
and Jacob asked your Name You said 'I AM Who I AM'. Father God we pray 
your people know You and know what it means You are in the Son and the 
Son is in You. Father we pray we know the Holy Spirit - the Spirit of 
the Son that is given to us. You scripture clearly say no flesh and 
bones can reveal the Truth, and it is only by your Spirit that we know 
the Truth. Holy Spirit reveal to your people more and more so that they 
be filled with boldness and glory of the Kingdom...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
Mark 3:11,12
11 And unclean spirits, when they saw him, fell down before him, and 
cried, saying, Thou art the Son of God [the Son the God].
12 And he straitly charged them that they should not make him known.

Luke 1:35 And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost 
shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow 
thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall 
be called the Son of God.

Mark 3:30-33
30 Because they said, He hath an unclean spirit.
31 There came then his brethren and his mother, and, standing without, 
sent unto him, calling him.
32 And the multitude sat about him, and they said unto him, Behold, thy 
mother and thy brethren without seek for thee.
33 And he answered them, saying, Who is my mother, or my brethren?

John 20:22, 27-29
22 And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, 
Receive ye the Holy Spirit:
27 Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my 
hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not 
faithless, but believing.
28 And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God.
29 Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast 
believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.

John 17:21-23
21 That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, 
that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou 
hast sent me.
22 And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may 
be one, even as we are one:
23 I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and 
that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as 
thou hast loved me.

Galatians 4:6 And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit 
of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.

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Did His Disciples Know Him

Luke 24:21 But we trusted that it had been he which should have redeemed 
Israel: and beside all this, to day is the third day since these things 
were done.

If we minutely look at every scripture we will find before Pentecost 
there was just one person who came to know who Jesus was and that was 
Thomas and that too after Jesus breathe into them His Spirit, just 
before He was to leave them after His resurrection. Before that moment 
none of His disciples, including His own mother knew who Jesus was [John 
the Baptist and the Prophet Simone did know].

We need to understand who they saw He was and that we can know by whom 
the Jews were waiting for. According to scripture they were waiting for 
2 persons as Messiah / Savior, one who was the one who fulfills the 
promise given to David that is a Savior of Israel, who will sit on the 
throne of David and rule Israel. That is why they called Him 'Son of 
David' thinking He was him.

Secondly they were excepting the coming of a Prophet greater than Moses 
as promised by the Lord. When Jesus fasted for 40 days in the wilderness 
and did miracles they accepted Him as the promised Prophet.

Every time unclean spirits / evil spirits / fallen angels tried to 
reveal who He was, Jesus commanded them to be silent. The translations 
err in those verses by writing as 'Son of God' but when we read the 
Greek text it says 'the Son the God'. It was only after His resurrection 
and after He breathe in them His Spirit that Thomas recognized Jesus as 
God (Son) and as for the others it was after the baptism of the 
disciples in the Holy Spirit at Pentecost that it was revealed to them 
who Jesus was.

Today also the story has not changed much. We have many who follow Jesus 
and even know He is Son of God but fail to know how He is God even 
though God the Father is God while knowing there is only one God. They 
do not check scriptures to understand who God the Holy Spirit is. God 
the Father and God the Son being Spirit yet we read of the Holy Spirit, 
not that the Holy Spirit is holier than the Father or Son to be called 
Holy Spirit.

These questions took me years and years to pursue with the Lord and 
understand them. Let me tell you unless we put aside the teachings of 
man and let the scriptures talk to us we will never understand. The 
problem is we let the teachings of man be blinders by which see the 
scriptures.

Let us not be the disciples before Pentecost but be the disciples after 
Pentecost. We might spend years and years studying scriptures and 
believing the Lord Jesus Christ and even doing miracles like His 
disciples did before but yet we will not know Him, unless we let the 
Holy Spirit reveal Him to us.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord You alone are God and there is no one other than You. When Moses 
and Jacob asked your Name You said 'I AM Who I AM'. Father God we pray 
your people know You and know what it means You are in the Son and the 
Son is in You. Father we pray we know the Holy Spirit - the Spirit of 
the Son that is given to us. You scripture clearly say no flesh and 
bones can reveal the Truth, and it is only by your Spirit that we know 
the Truth. Holy Spirit reveal to your people more and more so that they 
be filled with boldness and glory of the Kingdom...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
Mark 3:11,12
11 And unclean spirits, when they saw him, fell down before him, and 
cried, saying, Thou art the Son of God [the Son the God].
12 And he straitly charged them that they should not make him known.

Luke 1:35 And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost 
shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow 
thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall 
be called the Son of God.

Mark 3:30-33
30 Because they said, He hath an unclean spirit.
31 There came then his brethren and his mother, and, standing without, 
sent unto him, calling him.
32 And the multitude sat about him, and they said unto him, Behold, thy 
mother and thy brethren without seek for thee.
33 And he answered them, saying, Who is my mother, or my brethren?

John 20:22, 27-29
22 And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, 
Receive ye the Holy Spirit:
27 Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my 
hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not 
faithless, but believing.
28 And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God.
29 Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast 
believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.

John 17:21-23
21 That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, 
that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou 
hast sent me.
22 And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may 
be one, even as we are one:
23 I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and 
that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as 
thou hast loved me.

Galatians 4:6 And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit 
of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.

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Sitting next to the Throne of Jesus

Matthew 20:21 And he said unto her, What wilt thou? She saith unto him, 
Grant that these my two sons may sit, the one on thy right hand, and the 
other on the left, in thy kingdom.

Salome was the wife of Cleophas, also known as Zebedee (during those 
days people having common names were given nicknames or called along 
with their native place or their father's name). John 19:25 hints at 
Salome being the sister of Mary. Salome too was called Mary by Jesus 
like Mary the Magdalene was, since these women were respected and loved 
by Jesus the same as He did to His mother.

One should realize Salome means 'peace' and Mary means 'rebellion', so 
calling someone rebellion when the person is name peace needs reason. 
Probably because she was an aunt He treated her like His own mother and 
Mary the Magdalene because of her great love for Jesus (she loved Him 
more than any other) and her age (she had a long history) was also loved 
like a mother. This love was one of the reasons these women gave up 
their own family lives and served the ministry of Jesus Christ sticking 
with Him through thick and thin. Even when the Apostles deserted Jesus 
these women did not. Think of it, the sons (John and James) ran away but 
their mother Salome stood strong with Jesus during His crucifixion such 
was their love.

With this background when Salome requested Jesus that her sons be seated 
next to His throne He could not blankly say no. All the Marys including 
His own mother thought of Jesus as the Messiah / Savior of Israel, they 
though Jesus was the anointed one who would defeat the Romans and bring 
back Israel together as a glorious kingdom like David did, that is why 
most also called Him the Son of David /Promised Seed of David (they did 
not know the Lord had promised an eternal kingdom to the Seed of David). 
With this understanding Salome requested her sons be seated on either 
side of Jesus' throne.

Jesus never came to rule this earthly world, He always said 'My Kingdom 
is not of this world' yet the people stuck to their desire.

We as Christians should learn to forsake this world and the desires of 
the world then only will we understand the Kingdom of God and have a 
place in it. If we try to have a place in this world and also a place in 
the Kingdom of God then we will suffer in this world and yet not have an 
assurance of a high place in the Kingdom of God even if we do go there. 
We need to remember those who love this world and things of this world 
will find it impossible to enter the Kingdom of God.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord You are God and You are Spirit. Your Kingdom is permanent while 
this world is not. On your coming this world will perish, all that is of 
this world will be no more at your shout. You Lord will declare who You 
are and every knee will bow before You. We pray Lord we desire not this 
world but your Kingdom and may our focus be clear...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
Matthew 27:56 Among which was Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of 
James and Joses, and the mother of Zebedee's children.

Mark 15:40 There were also women looking on afar off: among whom was 
Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James the less and of Joses, and 
Salome;

John 19:25 Now there stood by the cross of Jesus his mother, and his 
mother's sister, Mary the wife of Cleophas, and Mary Magdalene.

Matthew 4:21 And going on from thence, he saw other two brethren, James 
the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in a ship with Zebedee their 
father, mending their nets; and he called them.

Mark 3:17 And James the son of Zebedee, and John the brother of James; 
and he surnamed them Boanerges, which is, The sons of thunder:

Matthew 1:20 But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of 
the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of 
David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is 
conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit.

Matthew 20:30 And, behold, two blind men sitting by the way side, when 
they heard that Jesus passed by, cried out, saying, Have mercy on us, O 
Lord, thou Son of David.

John 18:36 Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my 
kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should 
not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence.

James 2:5 Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of 
this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath 
promised to them that love him?

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Do we really know His Will?

Ephesians 1:9 Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, 
according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself:

Like I pointed out long back a senior Pastor of a mainstream Church told 
me there are 3 Gospels in the New Testament one of Jesus, one of Paul 
and one of David, similarly when we speak to people about the Will of 
God we will find people pointing to various scriptures where the word 
'Will' is mentioned and thus state these are the wills of God.

We need to understand the scripture says 'Will of God' and not 'wills of 
God' it speaks of only one and not many. God created mankind for one 
purpose and that purpose is the Will of God. If we read the chapter of 
today's scripture Paul address somewhat to that purpose (it is just a 
glimpse).

It is because we do not know the Will of God that we have complicated 
the Bible with our nonsense. We have tried to fit our understanding into 
scriptures and have come up with definitions like Trinity to understand 
the simple relationship with the Father and Son, and His Spirit, even 
though we know God is Spirit and He is One God.

When I communicate with many 'extra learned' theologians or so called 
'Biblical experts', I feel sad for them since they choose to not 
concentrate on what the scripture says but prefer to concentrate on what 
people have said about the scripture. They will quote XYZ person but 
will not take the trouble to expound the verse, link similar scriptures 
and piece them together to get the proper understanding.

Like Jesus, Paul, John who said even though they knew a lot of things 
they preferred to not share all of that they knew. It is easy to teach a 
person who does not know but difficult to teach someone who knows 
something else.

The Word of God says He will fill infants (babes) with wisdom and 
understanding which will shame the wise of this world, it is because an 
infant comes with an empty mind to learn while the wise of the world 
thinks he or she knows. When we read the Bible let us not try to enforce 
our understanding into the scripture but let us understand what the 
scripture is trying to tell us.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord You are Almighty God. You God could easily manifest the Truth to 
all in a moment but You refrain from doing so. You desire to give to 
those who treasure the Truth and do not throw pearls before pigs. Lord 
we pray we do not behave like pigs who do not discern what they consume. 
Let us discern every understanding that comes from man while being open 
to that what your Word says...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
Ephesians 1:3-14
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath 
blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:
4 According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the 
world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:
5 Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ 
to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,
6 To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us 
accepted in the beloved.
7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of 
sins, according to the riches of his grace;
8 Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence;
9 Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his 
good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself:
10 That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather 
together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and 
which are on earth; even in him:
11 In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated 
according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel 
of his own will:
12 That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in 
Christ.
13 In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the 
gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were 
sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,
14 Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the 
purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.

John 16:12 I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear 
them now.

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Marrying after divorce

Matthew 19:9 And I say to you: whoever divorces his wife, except for 
sexual immorality, and marries another, commits adultery.”

We see to some areas Christians prefer to be blind, either they do not 
see what the Bible says or choose not to see what the Bible says.

We all know marriage is between humans and animals do not get married, 
even though some species commit themselves to each other unto death yet 
they are not considered as married or husband and wife.

Marriage is actually a Christian affair and technically others have 
contracts (as per their belief) but that relationship is not 'marriage', 
reason marriage is earthly imitating of the relationship between God and 
man, so those who do not acknowledge God cannot be married. The purpose 
of marriage is solely family (children) and to understand the relationship.

I heard n number of times people say marriage is about love. They fail 
to see Jesus said 'love one another as I love you'. Either they claim to 
love their spouse more than Jesus or have failed to love their brethren 
as Jesus loved and chose to show this love to only their spouse.

In the beginning when God created Adam and Eve, their relationship was 
an incest relationship for Eve was made out of Adam. Even their children 
married each other and that is how mankind grew (the daughters of Adam 
and Eve are not mentioned or of all their sons). During the time of 
Moses when mankind had already spread sufficient God commanded anyone 
having any incest relationship would be put to death. So what He allowed 
He stopped. We also see until the time of Jesus men were allowed to 
multiple wives so polygamy was allowed but in the New Testament we read 
a change, marriage is defined as relationship between one husband and 
one wife only. When we understand the purpose of marriage, we will 
understand marriage.

Today's message talks of divorce and remarrying. As per New Testament a 
person cannot put away one's spouse for any reason other than sexual 
immorality. Anyone divorcing for any reason other than this cannot marry 
again.

Let us not mock God's relationship with man by mocking the sacred 
covenant of marriage. If God sacrificed His only begotten Son for 
mankind, think how much importance He gives to the covenant of marriage.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord You are love and You love all the same. Your Word says there is no 
partiality when we are in Christ. Love is the foundation of all 
relationships including marriage, but marriage is more than just loving 
one's spouse. Lord we pray your people understand marriage better and 
honor this sacred covenant...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
Genesis 2:21-25
21 And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he 
slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof;
22 And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, 
and brought her unto the man.
23 And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: 
she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.
24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall 
cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.
25 And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.

Genesis 3:20 And Adam called his wife's name Eve; because she was the 
mother of all living.

Leviticus 18:9 The nakedness of thy sister, the daughter of thy father, 
or daughter of thy mother, whether she be born at home, or born abroad, 
even their nakedness thou shalt not uncover.

1 Corinthians 7:2 Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man 
have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband.

Matthew 5:31-32

Luke 20:27-36

John 13:34 A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; 
as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.

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Seriousness of adultery

Luke 18:20 Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not 
kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Honour thy father and thy 
mother.

In some parts of India where law and order is in a mess, we find if a 
young unmarried girl who is raped reports to a police station, the 
police instead of enacting on the law and arresting the criminal, they 
will bring the criminal, the victim and their families together and try 
to get them married. Before the victim had to bear the initial shame and 
violation to her body and now has the bear all her life with the person 
who did it, let him violate it every day.

Yesterday we read of divorce and marriage. Today the Lord is telling us 
marriage is not a certificate of approval for that which is wrong. In 
the commandments we have some things which we are told not to do and it 
is not that one is greater than the other. Breaking any of them is a 
crime and has the same punishment. So if we look at it in the Kingdom of 
God adultery is serious as killing, so also stealing, lying (gossiping) 
about people and also not taking care or respecting ones parents.

In the Kingdom of God a sinner is a sinner, there is no greater sinner 
or lesser sinner. Yes the one who does more sins suffers more, not 
because he or she is punished more. In Hell a person suffers one's sins, 
as the Bible says the sins are like never dying burning coals / never 
dying flesh eating worms within a person.

It is true we have the hope of redemption in the Lord Jesus Christ but 
then this hope comes only after repentance, for without repentance there 
is no forgiveness of sins. Like I stated before, repentance is less to 
do with being sorry, but more to do with bringing correction into one's 
life.

Law made by man has loopholes for wisdom of man is limited, that is why 
we have lawyers who look for these loopholes to save their guilty 
clients. The Law of God is perfect and errorless and has no loopholes by 
which we can justify ourselves. So let us stop fooling ourselves trying 
to deceive God. As long as we are alive we can declare our crime / our 
guilt, correct ourselves and receive forgiveness; but if we die in our 
sins then nothing can be done later.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord You are a Holy God. You Lord have separated yourself from all that 
is unholy. You sent your humbled Son to bring correction and to be a 
hope for those in darkness so that the truth becomes a light that 
overcomes darkness. We pray Lord we hold to the Truth and let not by our 
carnal desires try to justify the wrong...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
John 8:15-21
15 Ye judge after the flesh; I judge no man.
16 And yet if I judge, my judgment is true: for I am not alone, but I 
and the Father that sent me.
17 It is also written in your law, that the testimony of two men is true.
18 I am one that bear witness of myself, and the Father that sent me 
beareth witness of me.
19 Then said they unto him, Where is thy Father? Jesus answered, Ye 
neither know me, nor my Father: if ye had known me, ye should have known 
my Father also.
20 These words spake Jesus in the treasury, as he taught in the temple: 
and no man laid hands on him; for his hour was not yet come.
21 Then said Jesus again unto them, I go my way, and ye shall seek me, 
and shall die in your sins: whither I go, ye cannot come.

Ephesians 5:6 Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of 
these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.

Romans 2:14-16
14 For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the 
things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto 
themselves:
15 Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their 
conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while 
accusing or else excusing one another;)
16 In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ 
according to my gospel [preaching].

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Importance of studying the languages in the Bible

Acts 21:40 And when he had given him licence, Paul stood on the stairs, 
and beckoned with the hand unto the people. And when there was made a 
great silence, he spake unto them in the Hebrew tongue, saying,

To study the Bible one needs to understand the languages in which the 
Bible was written. One need not be a language expert to start with, for 
there are ways a person who does not know abc of those languages can 
still piece things together and start understanding.

One may wonder why I need to study the languages when we have so many 
good translations in existence. Let me tell you till date I have not 
come across a perfect translation for all translators erred in some or 
other scripture. I would not blame everything on the translators' 
ability (they were language experts as well as skilled at methods of 
translating but many lacked spiritual understanding), like we saw in our 
previous messages the English language 'you' singular and 'you' plural 
are the same and it is not easy to know which is what. Also there are 
other numerous restrictions which cause misunderstanding in the right 
interpretation of scriptures. Another fact was the translators had 
access to few manuscripts and today we have much more with some being 
older than those which the translators referred to.

Yesterday itself a brother was asking me on this matter, he recollected 
me bringing a large bag full of fat books to one of my Bible classes to 
show them essential books required for serious Bible study. And today 
the Lord gave me this scripture where Paul instead of speaking the 
Aramaic language which was the common people's language or Greek which 
was the language of the officials (spoken in most parts of the world 
where the Romans ruled), he chose to speak in Hebrew which was the 
language of the Jews.

The word Hebrew means 'from the land beyond'. The Hebrew speaking people 
were nomadic people and symbolize us Christians. We are not people of 
this world but of the world beyond. The language is one of the oldest 
languages; it is unique in structure (read right to left). What is 
amazing of it is that every word has a meaning and understanding. Like 
if we call a cat as 'cat' in the English language and have no reason why 
the word 'cat' is associated with the animal but in Hebrew the name 
would tell us why.

When the Israelites where exiled to Babylon they learned the Aramaic 
language and used it for public communication, but when it came to 
temple related communication, they stuck to Hebrew. We find very little 
part of the Old Testament in Aramaic like half of Daniel and few verses 
here and there in the other books (some books like Nehemiah and Ezra are 
said to be originally in Aramaic). Initially the Gospels were written in 
Aramaic but later were translated because the Apostles realized most 
people outside of Judea and far parts of the world did not understand 
Aramaic so they translated them into Greek during their time.

The Greek language is one of the besting things that happened to us 
Christians; if it did not exist we would not have been able to deliver 
the Gospel, message of salvation in the Lord Jesus Christ. It is not 
that the language is better than Hebrew or Aramaic but it has some 
unique properties because of its rich grammar for instance the meaning 
of the sentence is retained even if the words are jumbled. Also by 
studying the TVM (Tone Voice Mood) of the words and having basic 
spiritual understanding one can write letters like Paul for the words 
hold the whole message within it.

Thanks to James Strong who documented various words of the Bible and 
gave them a unique number, for by the number we can get some basic idea 
of the biblical words. This helps those who do not know the language to 
still explore beyond the translations.

Let us Christians who thirst for the truth go beyond translations. Let 
us stop being milk drinking children, let us start using 
cross-references to understand relations between verses and word study 
(Strong's, Interlinear etc.) to get the right interpretation of the verses.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord You are an Awesome God. You Lord in your wisdom set things so that 
in due time your Word would be understood by your people. You knew Lord 
whose' hearts were not ready so You spoke to them few things. They read, 
they heard, they saw yet did not understand. You Lord give as much a 
heart can take. We thank You Lord for thinking of us to be more worthy 
to receive more of your Truth...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
1 Corinthians 13:9-12

Matthew 13:13-17

Romans 11:8 (According as it is written, God hath given them the spirit 
of slumber, eyes that they should not see, and ears that they should not 
hear;) unto this day.

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Be a city on a hill

Matthew 5: 14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an 
hill cannot be hid.

Day before yesterday we had received a message how a Church that resists 
any association with darkness (things that are not of the Lord) then the 
people too will be full of light.

Today’s message also is on the same lines. Most people, when they read 
today’s message they think the Lord is talking to us as an individual 
that is not the case. Here too the word ‘you’ is plural and not 
singular, so the Lord is talking to us collectively as a body. We see He 
also uses the word city. In Revelation we in Heaven Eden [which means 
luxury] where we dwell in together is a city [there is no actual city in 
Heaven]. The Lord is telling the Church if we shine His light then the 
world will have a view of Heaven here on earth. They will experience the 
glory of God.

We as a Church may think we are doing lots as a Church but when if we 
look at what we are doing and compare it to the Word of God we will find 
many of them have no relationship with the Kingdom of God. Anything that 
is not according the Kingdom of God is not light but darkness; even if 
they look good, or worldly justifiable yet they are darkness.

When we say the word kingdom it means rule of the king, thus the Lord’s 
Kingdom means His rule [Word] being exercised. Let us as a Church 
[congregation] relook at what we are doing in the name of the Lord and 
also let us take efforts to do more for His Kingdom’s sake while making 
sure everything that we do is in line with His Word.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord You are Almighty God, yet You Lord desire free will for nothing 
that has darkness can dwell in the light. Light rebels darkness. Lord we 
pray we as a body may overcome the darkness within us so that your light 
shines in us and the world sees your glory...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
Genesis 1:3-4
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.

Matthew 5:14-16
14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot 
be hid.
15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a 
candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.
16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good 
works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

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