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Post  Admin on Fri 06 Oct 2017, 11:11 pm

Is the Bible Anti-Karma

Titus 3:5 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according
to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of
the Holy Spirit;

A couple of days back as part of the Gideons ministry I was at a stall put
by Gideons at a fair; the people who came and were suggested to take a copy
of the NT to read it would mostly say ‘all religions are the same’; they
all spoke of good works and how to please God by being good. I would then
point to them it is wrong, the Bible on the contrary says the good works of
man are like dirty rags before God, only God is good and man not being good
cannot produce good fruits, the Bible says God works in man and through man
to bring forth good works and good fruits.

This would cause them to take a copy of the NT so as to read it. Today’s
message speaks exactly the same.

A question we find most ask ‘is a Christian called for good works’? The
answer is ‘YES’.

Today’s message does not deny good works but speaks against works of
righteousness. When man does not have the Fruit of Righteousness since he
does not know the whole Truth thus he the works of true righteousness are
far from him. We are by faith called righteous because we pursue His
righteousness.

N number of times I hear people speak of grace but do not know the meaning
of grace. Grace is all the mercy we need to get a particular job done.
Grace is gained only through faith and grace is not blanket to all areas.
As we have faith in an area we also see the grace of God gets activated in
that area. So grace to be saved is by our faith in the Savior, grace to be
healed is by our faith in His sacrifice, grace to walk in His ways is by
our faith that He walks with us... so on... as we exercise faith we receive
grace...

Today’s message is mostly read in part, most read till the words ‘according
to His mercy He saved us’ and stop there. The scripture does talk of the
grace of God but also tells us what this grace is for. The scripture points
out to two things the grace is for, one is ‘washing of regeneration’ and
the other is ‘renewing of the Holy Spirit’.

Not getting too deep into the words, the words ‘washing of regeneration’
speaks of purification of our fruits. It speaks of how God changes the
fruits we produce into the Fruits of the Holy Spirit. It means we grow the
Fruits of the Spirit. The second point ‘renewing of the Holy Spirit’ speaks
of us maturing or growing in the Holy Spirit. These both points are
interrelated and inter dependent. That means our producing Fruits of the
Spirit depends on our growth in the Spirit. The more we grow in the Spirit
the more the Fruits of the Spirit we produce and the more the Fruits we
produce the more we grow. The spiral growth starts with a gift and that
gift is faith (also called seed of faith). This gift grows into a Fruit
when we die and come alive in Him (like a seed does). It is by our faith in
Christ we receive the promise of the Holy Spirit and it is by our surrender
to the Spirit that we receive Him and step on this spiral growth.

It is true we are saved by grace but only through faith. If we do not have
faith and retain that faith can we claim to be under grace? Also if we are
not growing in Fruits of the Spirit then we will not grow in grace and if
grace is not growing in us, can we be assured of grace forever. We need to
understand grace is until Judgment day (or till we sleep) and if we have
not exercised this grace and grown in Spirit, will be able to pass the
judgment?

[Prayer Starter]
Lord, You are eternal God, You were, are and will always be. Even though
You do not change yet your glory grows from glory to glory for You are
always doing great things. We who are called your children too need to be
growing in spirit and if we are not growing can we continue to be called
your children? Lord we pray we inspect our spiritual growth and do the
correction we need...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
Ephesians 5:26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of
water by the word,

Job 9:20 If I justify myself, mine own mouth shall condemn me: if I say, I
am perfect, it shall also prove me perverse.

Psalms 143:2 And enter not into judgment with thy servant: for in thy
sight shall no man living be justified.

Romans 11:6 And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace
is no more grace. But if it be of works, then is it no more grace:
otherwise work is no more work.

Romans 3:20,28
20 Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in
his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.
28 Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the
deeds of the law.

Ephesians 2:8 for by grace have ye been saved through faith; and that not
of yourselves, it is the gift of God;

James 2:20,22,24,26
20 But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith apart from works is barren?
22 Thou seest that faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith
made perfect;
24 Ye see that by works a man is justified, and not only by faith.
26 For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, even so faith apart from
works is dead.

Revelation 2:19 I know thy works, and thy love and faith and ministry and
patience, and that thy last works are more than the first.

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Post  Admin on Wed 04 Oct 2017, 11:08 pm

The Three Fruits which we can neither earn nor grow

Ephesians 5:9 (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and
righteousness and truth;)

There are some truths which will change the way we see the Kingdom of God
throughout the Churches. People may say did not the great Bible teachers
till date know these things, how could they make such mistakes?

The first principle of Bible study is that one cannot understand the Bible
unless the Lord reveals it. What is revealed can be shared and understood.
So as the Lord reveals to various men and women of God, the Church grows in
the knowledge and understanding of God and His Kingdom.

Paul who was considered one of the most knowledgeable in scriptures,
himself confessed what he knew was little and everyday he grew in
understanding of the scriptures. He confessed as he knew more he got a
clearer view of things, it wasn’t that he erred before, but meant he saw
little of the larger picture. Today’s message is one of the things which
Paul understood as he grew and that which we have yet not understood.

We have always spoken of nine Fruits of the Holy Spirit but no one has
given a thought to the three which Paul himself records in today’s message.
One may ask did Paul forget the three Fruits when he wrote to the Church of
Galatia. No.

If we read Galatians 2:24 it says these are the Fruits which we grow when
we crucify the flesh. These three which Paul stated in Ephesians are those
Fruits which are gifts and not by crucifying the flesh. The Fruit recorded
here as ‘all goodness’ / ‘every goodness’, it refers to heavenly holiness.
This Fruits is only with the Father which Jesus Himself said in Mark 10:18.
This Fruits is what we receive from the Heavenly Father, the Fruit of
righteousness we receive from the Son and the Fruit of Truth we receive
from the Holy Spirit (Spirit of Truth). These are received in the reverse
order. That means only when the Truth is complete in us will we receive the
Righteousness of Christ (this is not to be mistaken to the righteous which
is get by keeping the Law / Commandments of the Lord - since we know little
we abide by the little). It is only when we receive the Righteousness of
Christ (on Judgment Day) we get to go to Heaven and receive the Fruit of
Holiness from Father.

The Twelve Fruits of the Holy Spirit are very essential for the
understanding of the Kingdom of God since the Tree of Life which gives
eternal life (ability to live eternally as long as we have access to it)
has these 12 Fruits. Even the twelve stones which Heaven is made of, alike
to the twelve stones by which the tribes of Israel were segregated by and
bases of the Twelve Apostles are all related to the Twelve Fruits of the
Holy Spirit.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord, in Heaven You are proclaimed endlessly as Holy, Holy, Holy. You alone
are Holy and none is Holy. Lord You await to give us this Fruit of Holiness
when we received the Righteousness of your Son, and the Truth of the
Spirit. Truly your Word say the Truth does set us free when we seek Christ
and are led by His Spirit...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
Galatians 5:22-24
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering,
gentleness, goodness, faith,
23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
24 And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections
and lusts.

Ephesians 3:5 Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men,
as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit;

Colossians 1:26 Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from
generations, but now is made manifest to his saints:

1 Corinthians 13:11-12
11 When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I
thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.
12 For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I
know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.

Mark 10:18 And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? none is good
save one, even God.

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Who establishes our hearts unblameable in holiness?

1 Thessalonians 3:13 To the end he may stablish your hearts unblameable in
holiness before God, even our Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus
Christ with all his saints.

In our last message the Lord spoke to us that He knows each and everyone’s
heart, as to what will be the finished product and He has chosen us accord
to our hearts. Today’s message tells us that it is the Lord who establishes
our hearts blameless in holiness before God.

For a Christian he or she needs to know one cannot become a good human
being by one’s own efforts. We are unlike other religions which believe in
penance or punishing one’s self to change, become better (our fasting and
prayer is not to change our character or penance but to increase our
faith).

Any Christian who punishes oneself or another for doing wrong is not truly
a Christian. Correction may be done but not punishment. We need to
understand change happens from above that is why Bible says only those who
are born from above will enter the Kingdom of God.

What is interesting in today’s message is to understand as to who does the
change in us?

The verse says ‘HE’ ‘establishes our hearts unblameable in holiness before
God even the Father’, so it is not God the Heavenly Father who does the
change in us, also the verse goes on to say ‘at the coming of our Lord
Jesus Christ’. So it says that the ‘HE’ is also not Jesus Christ.

After resurrection Jesus left us to go to Heaven so that He could send us
His Spirit. Our receiving His Spirit was so critical that Jesus Himself
stepped aside. If one really understands sin and how we are forgiven and
saved will understand the prime importance of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ
was to make a way for us to receive His Spirit. Jesus became the Way to
Heaven and His Spirit is the one who takes us along the Way.

It is only when Christians wake up and build their relationship with the
Holy Spirit will they become true Christians. If Jesus Christ gave
importance to the Holy Spirit and stepped aside, then why are we not
focused on building our relationship with the Holy Spirit? Bible clearly
says only those who are led by the Holy Spirit will become Sons of God and
will get to enter the Kingdom of God.

If you and I want to go to Heaven we need to allow the Holy Spirit to work
in us and through us so as to change us. Our doing the work of the Kingdom
of God as led by His Spirit is more to change us as it is to change others.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord, You are Holy God and You desire a pure heart. Lord let us realize we
cannot change ourselves; it is only You who can change through your Spirit.
You made a way for us to receive your Spirit by taking your wrath due on us
on your own self. You made peace between man and You, thus we received the
promise of the Holy Spirit. Lord we pray we hold on to your Spirit and walk
in His way so that we are transfigured into Sons of God...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
John 3:5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be
born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.

John 16:7 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.

John 15:26-27
26 But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the
Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he
shall testify of me:
27 And ye also shall bear witness, because ye have been with me from the
beginning.

Galatians 5:18 But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.

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

Romans 8:19 For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the
manifestation of the sons of God.

Matthew 12:24-25
24 And Jesus answering said unto them, Do ye not therefore err, because ye
know not the scriptures, neither the power of God?
25 For when they shall rise from the dead, they neither marry, nor are
given in marriage; but are as the angels which are in heaven.

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Putting God away

Acts 17: 24 God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he
is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands;

We see man associates evil spirits / demons to darkness so when it is night
they start think demons come out and when the light is on / it is day they
think they are safe.

One needs to give it a thought do demons fear natural light? If that was
the case then we could have just flashed flashlights on people to deliver
them from evil spirits. It is our fear that demons play upon and we
foolishly apply the same logic to God, when the lights go off or it is dark
we think God is not there that is why fear enters us and thus demons get a
free hand.

Man making temples is another foolishness of man. David asked God if he
could make one but then when God enlightened him, he refrained from doing
the same, but Solomon who is considered the most wise man did this
foolishness like he did by worshipping pagan goddesses in the later part of
his life.

It is ironic people make monuments as temples and call them ‘churches’ /
‘house of God’ even though the word is referred to people and not to
structures. Today’s scriptures states God does not dwell in monuments and
structure but in people. God is Spirit (Life), God is Love; can structures
have life, do they love? It is when we have the life of God in us (seek His
way of life) we can say the Spirit of God dwells in us. It is when we truly
love that we can say God dwells in us. Similarly when the Fruits of the
Holy Spirit exist in us we can say God is in us.

People make temples so that they can put God away. They claim God dwells in
these structures so that when they leave those structures they assume God
is left behind. Let us not point fingers as non-Christians in regards to
this, for we Christians also do this. Sunday to Sunday we state we are
going to the ‘House of God’ and when we leave it we think God is no longer
with us and thus is not seeing what we do. It is this reason we have
Sundays ‘holy’ Christians and other days ‘worldly’ Christians.

We cannot fool God or put Him away for He is omnipresent and there is no
place He is not there. Like David realized even if he went to Hell, he will
not be able to flee from God. Jonah did not flee from God when he took the
ship to Tarshish, he was fleeing from the task God gave him all because he
hated the people of Nineveh.

It is evil within us that cause us to make temple in the name of God. Let
us put aside this evil and be the temple of God. Let the true light of God
shine in us, a light which no darkness can consume.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord, You are Spirit and all life comes from You for You alone are the
giver of life. Lord You are omnipresent yet You choose to call man your
temple all because You created man in your image and You desire your glory
be manifested on man. We pray Lord we seek and gain back the image You
created us in. We pray we seek restoration, true repentance so that we be
you temple and your glory is manifested on us...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
Psalms 139:8 If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed
in hell, behold, thou art there.

Matthew 12:6 But I say unto you, That in this place is one greater than
the temple.

Matthew 23:16 Woe unto you, ye blind guides, which say, Whosoever shall
swear by the temple, it is nothing; but whosoever shall swear by the gold
of the temple, he is a debtor!

1 Corinthians 3:16 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the
Spirit of God dwelleth in you?

1 Corinthians 6:19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the
Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?

Matthew 18:20 For where two or three are gathered together in my name,
there am I in the midst of them.

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We against ourselves

2 Corinthians 10:12 For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or
compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring
themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are
not wise.

One thing most Christians miss is, against whom they are battling or whom
they are overcoming. True there are scriptures like Ephesians 6:12 in which
Paul states that we battle not against flesh and blood but against
spiritual powers on high, but they choose to ignore scriptures like Romans
6:6 wherein Paul states we put our sinful man to death through faith in
Christ so that we do not serve the power of sin.

Many Christians do foolishness by chasing or battling Satan (plural) and
its goons (evil spirits). Jesus and Paul spoke of overcoming Satan but did
not go about chasing Satan. Both concentrated on overcoming the powers of
Satan in us.

We need to get it within us that, nor we or angels can kill a spirit, even
God does not do it. Spiritual death means isolation from God until ones
spirit life ends. Isolation or being far from God means suffering and slow
destruction. Hell came into existence when sin did. Peter accurately
describes Hell as a prison where a soul (soul is part of a spirit) is
confined into total isolation (endless pit) and where it suffers it sins
(fire burn within the being). It is for this reason evil spirits fear Hell.

Satan wants to destroy us all because it does not want us to receive that
which God has set for us in Heaven. Even though they know in a period of
time they is due their punishment yet they try their best to make us fail
our reward. Satan has already succeeded in inducing sin in us and thus
corrupting the nature of God in us. So even though the battle is about
fight Satan (its nature) yet the battle is within us and is all about
overcoming the corruption of sin. It is not just about stopping sin from
doing more damage, it is more about restoring the damage already done. The
quicker the later process takes place it will stop the prior process from
happening. That means the quicker we restore the nature of God (Christ) in
us the more sin nature will not have hold on us and then sin will die.

We, Christians as a one family, one body do not just fight our battle
within but are also called to guide and support others in their battle.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord You are a Merciful God. In your mercy and wisdom You separated sinful
man so that we may get another opportunity to be restored and receive that
which Satan does not want us to receive. We know Lord through You and in
You our victory is already written. Lord we pray we hold on to your Name in
us. That we live our lives more like You and less like our sinful nature
leads us to. We pray we understand the battle better and fight it better...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
Ephesians 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against
principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this
world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

Romans 6:6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the
body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.

Romans 12:21 Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.

1 John 4:4 Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because
greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.

Revelation 2:7 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith
unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of
life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.

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Forsake worldly nets and take up spiritual nets

Mark 1:18 And straightway they forsook their nets, and followed him.

In today’s scripture we read about Simon the son of Jona whom Jesus called
Cephas (translated as Peter in Greek) and his brother Andrew, while they
were fishing Jesus asked them to give up their business, their livelihood,
and become His disciple to which they readily and immediately abide. In the
very next scripture we find they went a little ahead they find John and
James, sons of Zebedee who also do the same at Jesus’ request.

If we go into the background this moment was not the first interaction of
Simon and Andrew with Jesus. This followed the events mentioned in the
Gospel of John where they met Jesus while they were disciples of John the
Baptist. More interesting fact was even thought John and James were closely
related to Jesus yet He chose to reach out to Simon Peter and his brother
(John and James were sons of Salome sister of His mother and wife of
Zebedee, whom out of love and respect Jesus called by His mother’s name).

Simon was a hardcore business addict and we see after Jesus’ death and
before Simon Peter’s encounter with resurrected Jesus, Peter had gone back
to his fishing business. We read he was so lost in his work that he did not
give attention to his state of clothing (they had fallen off). We also read
Jesus rebuked Simon Peter for asking Him to pay worldly religious dues,
Jesus instructed him to catch a fish using a fishing rod instead of a net.
For Simon Peter nothing was more humiliating than that, since it was like
sending a college student back to primary school.

Today’s message asks us if we are ready to leave the most important desires
or our livelihood to work for the Kingdom of God, or are we going to be
like the young rich man who tried to be good but loved the world more than
he loved God.

If we want God then let us be willing to leave everything of this world for
God. If we do not do this, but hold on to things, people, desires,
positions, fame etc. then we will neither have them nor have God. But if we
surrender our lives to God then we will have God and also have the things
we desire (as far as they are in the Will of God and not harmful unto us),
for it is the Lord who provides everything.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord You are our God and our Creator. You made us and everything that
exist. You made things according to your image and according to ‘their’
image so that we discern things and chose You over others. Lord, help us
discern and understand the purpose of life and not lose the purpose in aim
of enjoying a worldly life of carnal pleasures...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
John 1:40 One of the two which heard John speak, and followed him, was
Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother.

Mark 1:16-20
16 Now as he walked by the sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrew his
brother casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers.
17 And Jesus said unto them, Come ye after me, and I will make you to
become fishers of men.
18 And straightway they forsook their nets, and followed him.
19 And when he had gone a little further thence, he saw James the son of
Zebedee, and John his brother, who also were in the ship mending their nets.
20 And straightway he called them: and they left their father Zebedee in
the ship with the hired servants, and went after him.

John 21:7 Therefore that disciple whom Jesus loved saith unto Peter, It is
the Lord. Now when Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he girt his
fisher’s coat unto him, (for he was naked,) and did cast himself into the
sea.

Mark 17:24-27
24 And when they were come to Capernaum, they that received tribute money
came to Peter, and said, Doth not your master pay tribute?
25 He saith, Yes. And when he was come into the house, Jesus prevented
him, saying, What thinkest thou, Simon? of whom do the kings of the earth
take custom or tribute? of their own children, or of strangers?
26 Peter saith unto him, Of strangers. Jesus saith unto him, Then are the
children free.
27 Notwithstanding, lest we should offend them, go thou to the sea, and
cast an hook, and take up the fish that first cometh up; and when thou hast
opened his mouth, thou shalt find a piece of money: that take, and give
unto them for me and thee.

Matthew 10:37 He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy
of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.

Matthew 19:23 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, Verily I say unto you,
That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven.

Luke 16:13 No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the
one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the
other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.

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Boarding Adramyttium

Acts 27:2 And entering into a ship of Adramyttium, we launched, meaning to
sail by the coasts of Asia; one Aristarchus, a Macedonian of Thessalonica,
being with us.

When asked those who have succeeded, most will tell us that the secret of
their success is that they overcame the fear of failure. When we fear
failure we create a hurdle for our success and most of the time we become
the cause of our failure.

As worldly people we may have limitation to our success but as Christians
we can do all things when we are in Christ. Being ‘in Christ’ does not mean
just believing in Christ but means living a life as per the teachings of
Jesus’ Christ, as Paul says ‘put on Christ’. When we put on Christ we are
taught by His Spirit and it is the Truth that helps us overcome and takes
us to victory even in the worse situations.

In today’s message Paul was boarding a ship which he knew was going to take
him to Rome and where he would be martyred. Ironically the name of the ship
was Adramyttium which in Greek means "I shall abide in death". Paul
overcame the fear of death for he knew life and that natural death was not
an end to life.

Natural death for us Christian should be like removing the milk tooth of a
child. We know when the milk tooth falls then the new permanent tooth comes
in its place, but then we do not remove the tooth any time, we need to let
it grow it timespan and only when its end comes we rejoice its fall even in
the pain.

The overcoming of fear of death by Paul took Paul to his greatest span of
his ministry which is to minister to the Romans in Rome. It was this event
that helped take Christianity to the whole world.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord, You are Almighty God. You made us in spirit and put us in this body
of flesh which is made of dust, so that we overcome this dust to be lifted
in spirit to greater level. Unless we are born again in spirit we have no
right to inherit the Kingdom You have set for us in You. Lord, help us
overcome the fear of death, so that we willingly die every day to ourselves
and also happily accept our natural death as it comes. Help us concentrate
on living a fruitful life more than fearing its end...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

John 5:24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and
believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come
into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.

Romans 6:4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that
like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even
so we also should walk in newness of life.

Romans 8:2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me
free from the law of sin and death.

2 Corinthians 4:11-14
11 For we which live are alway delivered unto death for Jesus’ sake, that
the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh.
12 So then death worketh in us, but life in you.
13 We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I
believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak;
14 Knowing that he which raised up the Lord Jesus shall raise up us also
by Jesus, and shall present us with you.

Philippians 3:8 Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the
excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have
suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win
Christ,

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The Strong Survive

Luke 11:22 But when a stronger than he shall come upon him, and overcome
him, he taketh from him all his armour wherein he trusted, and divideth his
spoils.

We have heard the jungle rule ‘only the strong survive’; incidentally this
is also the case in the spiritual world.

One may say we are saved by grace so then this rule contradicts grace.

We forget the fact that grace comes through faith so one needs have faith,
keep it and build faith. Building faith needs exercising our spiritual body
like a man doing body building needs to daily work out in the spiritual
gym, so also we need to go out and minister unto others. Thus faith
requires daily exercising to become strong. There are different types of
graces, grace according to the area it is needed and faith in that area
gets us grace in that area. It is this reason we hold on to promises in
that area to receive grace there. Thus we can conclude the spiritually
strong keep grace and grow in grace.

Today’s scripture reminds us not to take grace for granted and without
daily spiritual workout we may experience shaking in areas of our lives. So
let us be spiritually strong to be spiritually satisfied and at spiritual
peace.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord You are God and You are Holy. Yet Lord You allowed darkness to come to
existence so that your light may shine brighter through man by man
overcoming darkness. Help us Lord to understand we stand in a battle field
so that we may be prepared and be strong at every moment. Help us to work
our spiritual being and not just care for our natural being...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
Romans 5:2 By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we
stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

Ephesians 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against
principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this
world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

Galatians 6:1 Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are
spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering
thyself, lest thou also be tempted.

Colossians 1:9 For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not
cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the
knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;

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Judging people

Psalms 35:24 Judge me, O LORD my God, according to thy righteousness; and
let them not rejoice over me.

Before coming to today’s message I like to clear one misconception that God
punishes us for our sins. God does punish but not for our sins but only
when we lift our head against Him, like bringing His Name down, touching
His glory etc...

If I go to afire and put my hand in the fire, can I blame the fire or the
person who created the fire for burning my hand?

Time and again God warned man on the consequences of sin but yet man sins.
It is the sin within us that causes the suffering. They firstly prevent the
blessings of God when we are alive and then become never dying sources of
pain and suffering for us if we go to Hell.

It is the mercy of God that keeps us from the suffering we are due. But God
being righteous cannot let this mercy nullify His righteousness so only
those who receive grace (all the mercy needed) are protected. Since this
grace is receive only by faith thus till we have faith we will receive
grace (mercy). If our faith is forever so will the mercy be. In short
though God’s mercy is forever but we need to avail of it.

Now coming to today’s message we read David asking God to judge him
according to the Lord’s righteousness and not let his enemies mock him.
David was not asking God to punish them but was asking God to hold back His
mercy so that their lives are shaken and they acknowledge God. Paul too did
this (NT records two incidents) when he said he surrendered some people
unto Satan. It was not that Paul had a deal or relationship with Satan, but
by disconnecting God’s protection / mercy on them, they would become open
for the tormenting by Satan so as to come to their senses.

This is not something we are called to do unless it is beyond our capacity.
So we need to do our best efforts to change people through the Fruits and
Gifts of the Holy Spirit. It is only when all fail, way beyond our capacity
that we ask God to judge them.

We should discern (judge) people mainly believers not with intention to
condemn them but to save them. With regards to unbelievers we are told they
are already judged and there is nothing that we (any human) can do to
change their destiny. Moses could not save the 1st generation Israelites
whom he bought out of Egypt, nor could Jesus save Judas.

Let God (Holy Spirit) reveal to us who has the seed of faith (has
incorruptible seed) and who does not (has corrupted seed). If we misjudge
we are told we will be answerable to God for the life of that person.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord You are Holy and Righteous God. Nothing unholy can dwell in your
presence. It is by your mercy that You removed sinner man from your
presence so that he does not perish but gets a chance to change and return
unto You. Lord we thank You for your mercies and pray we do not take them
for granted and we do not deprive others of your mercy. We pray we
understand the value of our lives and lives of others and be led by your
Spirit in ministering unto them...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
Psalms 35:24-28
24 Judge me, O LORD my God, according to thy righteousness; and let them
not rejoice over me.
25 Let them not say in their hearts, Ah, so would we have it: let them not
say, We have swallowed him up.
26 Let them be ashamed and brought to confusion together that rejoice at
mine hurt: let them be clothed with shame and dishonour that magnify
themselves against me.
27 Let them shout for joy, and be glad, that favour my righteous cause:
yea, let them say continually, Let the LORD be magnified, which hath
pleasure in the prosperity of his servant.
28 And my tongue shall speak of thy righteousness and of thy praise all
the day long.

1 Corinthians 5:1-5
5 To deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that
the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.

1 Timothy 1:20 Of whom is Hymenaeus and Alexander; whom I have delivered
unto Satan, that they may learn not to blaspheme.

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Dying everyday

Romans 8:36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long;
we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.

When I tell people that Satan is after your life and wants to kill you,
they are not surprised, but when I tell them Satan wants you to enjoy life
or God is after your life and wants you to die, they get taken aback.

Satan wants us to enjoy this earthly life without any inhibition. He wants
us to surpass all carnal limits and boundaries so that we die our spiritual
death. It is only when we battle him that he turns aggressor. God on the
other hand wants us to kill our carnal desires and overcome them, so that
we are transformed and get to enter Heaven to live life eternally with
abundance.

We as Christians are called not only to die to ourselves every day to
overcome our worldly desires and our carnal nature but also die to
ourselves for the sake of others. In today’s message Paul recounts the
sacrifice he and his team did for the sake of the congregation.

The Lord is asking us, are we prepared to make sacrifice for others? It is
not about giving from the extra that we have, but about giving from the
little we have. God is telling us at the cost of our pleasure many give but
at the cost of our needs few give. Are we among those? This giving need not
be just finance, but things like service, time, personal desires etc...

[Prayer Starter]
Lord You are Merciful God. Even though it pained You yet for the sake of
your love for man You have sacrificed your glory and became man to suffer
for us. The suffering on the crucifix was just a small manifestation of
your love. The fact You loved us even before mankind knew You and became
our sacrifice even before we were made, speaks volumes of your love which
cannot be written or comprehended. Lord, show us to love like You...

This pray we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
1 Corinthians 7:5 Defraud ye not one the other, except it be with consent
for a time, that ye may give yourselves to fasting and prayer; and come
together again, that Satan tempt you not for your incontinency.

2 Corinthians 2:11,14
11 Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of
his devices.
14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.

Romans 8:13 For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye
through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.

Revelation 14:13 And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write,
Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the
Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow
them.

Luke 20:36 Neither can they die any more: for they are equal unto the
angels; and are the children of God, being the children of the resurrection.

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Christian Woman

1 Corinthians 7:40 But she is happier if she so abide, after my judgment:
and I think also that I have the Spirit of God.

In Islam Alisha the favorite wife of Mohammed their prophet, whom they
consider as mother of all Muslims said it was a curse to be a Muslim woman.
She did this because of the way women are treated in Islam. They are
considered evil and source of evil so much that their prophet declared that
hell was filled with women. He also considered women showing any part of
their body as cause of evil in men so made them to cover thus came the
Burka (this was after his followers who visited his house stared at his
wives for long time). Mohammed also thought women had half the brain of a
man thus two women equaled one man (in intelligence or convection).

In Hinduism we see women goddess given high priority so much so the
greatest evil in the heavenly realm (among devas) is conquered by a woman
deities (Durga / Kali). Yet we see women are treated as second class
citizens, a lower class and a lower caste. They are not allowed to perform
all spiritual rituals as men and not allowed in certain areas of the
temples like men are.

In Christian which is not man made we see certain discrepancy between the
treatment of men and women. In the OT we have many scriptures that are
misunderstood; the problem is not with those verses but with verses in the
NT especially those preceding today’s message where Paul puts men in-charge
over women like Christ is head of the Church. They fail to understand
Christ came not to be boss of the Church (people) but to serve as a servant.

People selectively and conveniently ignore verses like Proverbs 31:10
onwards which depict woman as competent as man, working and even doing the
task of selecting, buying and managing property. I like to ask these
Christian men who speak of men authority over women as been biblical, if
they allow their wives to select and buy property without their
intervention. They also conveniently forget the same Paul later wrote God
does not differentiate between gender or race or class.

In today’s message Paul end his disclosure of the role between a husband
and wife with not authoritative words but doubtful words. He puts it like
his opinion and not as thoughts directed by the Holy Spirit. He ends with
the words ‘I think I also have the Holy Spirit’ not declaring he doubted he
did not have the Holy Spirit or was not a man led by the Holy Spirit but
stating he was not sure he wrote on the above topic led by the Holy Spirit.

Paul was right he was not led by the Holy Spirit for it is not absolute
truth but it is also a fact Paul was not wrong since he wrote only to the
Church of Corinthians (a Church very poor in spiritual matters). These
facts are true for growing Christian for they are statutes which led to
understand the things hidden. But when women are spiritually mature (in
Christ) then there is no differentiation between a man and woman (other
than in their natural aspects).

People preach from Genesis 2 stating when God saw man was lonely and needed
a helper God created woman. They fail to see between the points God finding
man lonely, and making woman He created cattle. It is by learning this that
we will understand why cattle are the preferred sacrificial animal.

In Genesis 1 when God created men and women it is written He created them.
The word ‘them’ is in male gender / plural. Also in Romans 8 all men and
women led by the Spirit of God are called ‘Sons of God’ and it is this
reason Jesus says in resurrection we will not marry or be given in marriage.

It is the lack of this fact that we have Catholics thinking they will see
Mary the mother of Jesus as a woman in Heaven.

Man or woman, we are playing a role in the natural to understand the
spiritual things of Heaven. I would in fact say women will have greater
blessing in Heaven for those made lower (given a lower role) will be lifted
higher (proved they do the task assigned unto them by the Lord).

Let us not differentiate between a spiritual woman and a spiritual man. God
is God of all and loves all alike. He is not a pleaser of man or of worldly
values. He is spirit and ultimately values the spiritual aspect of us.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord You are God of all. You created all things with purpose and design so
that we know of the things of the hidden things of Heaven. Lord we pray we
be not like worldly people differentiating according to the natural but
only by things of the spirit. Discerning the good from the bad and clean
from the unclean, thus keeping ourselves holy before You...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
Proverbs 31:10-31

Genesis 2:18-22
18 And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I
will make him an help meet for him.
19 And out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field, and
every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call
them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name
thereof.
20 And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to
every beast of the field; but for Adam there was not found an help meet for
him.
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.

Genesis 1:26-27
26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let
them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air,
and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing
that creepeth upon the earth.
27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he
him; male and female created he them.

Galatians 3:28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor
free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.

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

Matthew 22:30 For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in
marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven.

1 Corinthians 11:7 For a man indeed ought not to cover his head, forasmuch
as he is the image and glory of God: but the woman is the glory of the man.

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Founded on the Rock

Luke 6:48 He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid
the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat
vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon
a rock.

To understand today’s message we need to have a clear understanding of some
of the terms used.

The term Rock used here refers to Truth. Christ (means Son of Man on whom
the Spirit dwells) is also called as the Rock (truth) since truth and grace
came through Jesus Christ. The Rock followed the Israelites in the
wilderness but was never with them for they did not know the truth.

Jesus told Peter (Petros in Greek / Cephas in Aramaic meaning small rock /
stone / pebble - symbolizing one who knows little) ‘upon this rock (Petra
in Greek / Su’has in Aramaic - truth revealed to Peter) I will build my
church’. In other words Jesus told him that even though man knows little
yet the truth which is revealed by the Holy Spirit (Spirit of Truth whom
Jesus as man also called Father) is that on which the Church will be built,
which will be unshakable.

Truth is something we need to seek, that means we need to study, research,
know from each other and what we get is petros (little rock), but the
revelation we get from the Holy Spirit will be petra. Jesus told you are
petros and upon petra I will build my Church which will withstand all
persecution so unless we do not have that petros we will not get petra.
Those who acknowledge and believe Jesus is Lord are those who receive the
promise of the Holy Spirit so we need to seek to receive, even though we
know it not by our efforts but a gift, yet if no efforts no gift.

Now coming to the other important part, what Jesus meant by ‘being
founded’, ‘the Rock being our foundation’.

When a building is build, the builder does not built a foundation and then
create the building on top of it, meaning they being two entities. He
constructs the building as an extension to the foundation, connected to the
foundation, they being one, un-separable.

By us knowing the Truth is not going to save us from problems, persecutions
etc. Unless we live the Truth and become one with the Truth we will not be
‘founded on it’.

Let us not just know God but know what it means He being our ‘God’. If we
declare Him God then why should be shaken in faith? If we call Jesus Christ
as our Lord, our Savior and our Brother then what holds us back in walking
as ambassadors, inheritors and extensions of God’s Kingdom?

The problem lies on the fact we may know (somewhat) the truth but are not
founded on it.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord You alone are God and there is none other than You. Lord we pray we
understand what it means when we declare You as Lord, Master and God. We
pray we be founded on our belief and not just know it. We pray what we
declare we believe, by living it and making it a part of us…

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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

John 1:42 And he brought him to Jesus. And when Jesus beheld him, he said,
Thou art Simon the son of Jona: thou shalt be called Cephas, which is by
interpretation, A stone.

Deuteronomy 32:4 He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are
judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he.

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 [indicative] with you, and shall be in you.

John 16:13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come [Aorist tense],
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.

John 1:17 For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by
Jesus Christ.

1 Corinthians 10:4 And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they
drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ.

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Jesus the Prince, the true Israel

Acts 5:31 Him hath God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a
Saviour, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins.

Understanding the deity of the Lord Jesus Christ and His entity in the
Godhead is not simple at all. We read in today's scripture Jesus the man
is referred as Prince, He is also referred to as Chief of Princes /
Kings, but we see Christ and Word of God is referred to as King of Kings
and Lord of Lords.

We are so worldly in our mindset that they have become blinkers even for
our spiritual thinking. We lower the Kingdom of God to the level of this
corrupt, insane world.

Yesterday my daughter was asking me about spirits of animals, about what
happens to them after the animal dies and when I shared the truth to
her, she could not just digest it since from childhood children are
programed with mythical tales, fairytales, fantasy tales that they start
to believe somewhat.

We even today have not understood the simple word 'spirit' [in Hebrew
even translated as 'breathe'] and still call ourselves spiritual people.
People do not realize even Satan is a spirit being, so we need to be
clear what kind of spiritual connections we are having. It is only the
pure understanding of the Word void of worldly doctrines that leads us
to the right spiritual beings we need to be.

The word Israel means 'Prince having power in the Lord' Jesus the Son of
Man as Son of God (having the perfect image of God by His maturity in
Spirit) became the fulfillment of the promise to Jacob (his seeds).
Jesus Christ by His Spirit leads us too, to become Sons of God and thus
receive the promises of Israel.

We were made Princes of this world for the dominion over this world was
given unto us. Sin corrupted us thus this world and its powers became
our enemies. As we grow in Spirit we start to bring the world powers
(not worldly man) under our authority. Bible says at the end (just
before rapture) mankind furnishes two witnesses who demonstrate this
power. Two corrupt beings led man to be exiled from Heaven and after
thousands of years and the great sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ, man
ends up furnishing two, who truly overcome and this satisfies the Lord
leading Him to gather His people and bring down the curtains on this
creation so called world. It is only when we understand this we will
understand the importance of our mission in Christ and the importance of
building each other in Spirit.

The Lord Jesus Christ did not come to save or lift up the worldly man
(of flesh) but save and lift up the spirit man. So He did not glorify
the man entity of Himself but diverted the glory to His Spirit (Holy
Spirit), whom man also calls Father. It is only through the efforts of
this Son of Man Jesus that we return to Heaven and are gathered unto the
Heavenly Father.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord, You are One God and all life comes from You, for You alone are
Creator. Lord we pray we seek deeper understanding of your Kingdom and
also understand your plans in our life. As in your Word Paul says no
eyes have seen or no man has dreamt of things You have set for man since
Paul had a glimpse of this. We too want to know, to know more than Paul
did so that we grow stronger in spirit...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
Genesis 1:26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our
likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over
the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and
over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

Psalms 8:4-6
4 What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that
thou visitest him?
5 For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast
crowned him with glory and honour.
6 Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou
hast put all things under his feet:

John 1:12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become
the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:

Romans 8:14, 19-22
14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
19 For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the
manifestation of the sons of God.
20 For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by
reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope,
21 Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage
of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.
22 For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain
together until now.

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

1 John 3:1-3
1 Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we
should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not,
because it knew him not.
2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what
we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like
him; for we shall see him as he is.
3 And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as
he is pure.

Revelation 1:5 And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and
the first begotten of the dead, and the prince [chief] of the kings of
the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his
own blood,

1 Timothy 6:14-15
14 That thou keep this commandment without spot, unrebukeable, until
the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ:
15 Which in his times he shall shew, who is the blessed and only
Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords;

Revelation 19:16 And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name
written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.

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Can Christian resort to violence?

Acts 22:49 When they which were about him saw what would follow, they
said unto him, Lord, shall we smite with the sword?

This is one area which most people are confused with, can a Christian
take up arms. When it comes to attacking someone almost all will say
'no' but then the question becomes complicated when it comes to the area
of defense.

In the NT we have scriptures where Jesus said, love your enemy, if
someone slaps you on one cheek, show them the other and we also have
scripture where Jesus advices His disciples to use all the money they
have and buy swords. So what should be the stand of a Christian, to take
arms, to use arms strictly for defense or plainly become a victim of
violence?

The question gets more complex when see it in the light of the OT. There
are Christians who think OT is just for reference more like history
book, but do not understand Jesus, Paul and others taught from the OT,
quoted the OT and we find the OT full of violence. So does God justify
or promote violence?

All these can be clearly understood from understanding the following
facts:-

For God there is only one stand that revenge is His, He will protect His
people for all violence not letting even a hair be harmed without His
consent.

God does not promote violence in the natural but does promote violence
in the spiritual. No person can call oneself a Christian if that person
is not fighting a spiritual battle. But when it comes to battling in the
natural, one is allowed to defend oneself depending on one's spiritual
growth.

When Jesus was leaving His disciples (He was to go to hell after His
death) He advised His disciples to possess swords to protect themselves.
But when we have Christ with us, we are under the Lord's protection and
without His permission not a stone can hurt our feet. That also means no
sickness, no problems. Persecution will come since the world hates Him
but then it will not affect us, for the peace and joy of the Lord with
strengthen us. If we not fully mature in the Lord, depending on our
spiritual growth we may face problems (not related to persecution) but
through them we will grow and become stronger in the Lord.

We as Christians who have the Holy Spirit are not called to behave like
the Jews who know God but lack His grace, Spirit and truth. We may have
to flee from situations of violence or persecution but when we are
mature we experience testimonies like King Jehoshaphat saw (2 Chronicles
20:17-25).

We Christians are spiritual beings living in the flesh and this flesh is
a temporary dwelling. Dead is not a fear factor for us. We are called to
overcome the flesh and walk in the Spirit. Our battle is the Lord's and
revenge is the Lord's. Our purpose is salvation for His people,
including our enemies. We have the power like Elijah but we walk in the
ways of Christ. Everything we do is to glorify God the Father in Heaven
and lift His Name which we see manifested in the flesh in Jesus Christ.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord God You alone are our God and our Protector. We pray Lord that your
people today, see the manifestation of your power like the Israelites
saw during the times of Moses. Even though not all Israel received your
Spirit, yet You did great things that left the enemy in awe and fear.
Lord we pray we do not pursue the spirit of Elijah that seeks revenge
but be like Christ not fearing death but abiding in your Will, always
and seek salvation even of our enemies...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
Matthew 5:39 But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever
shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.

Luke 22:36-38
36 Then said he unto them, But now, he that hath a purse, let him take
it, and likewise his scrip: and he that hath no sword, let him sell his
garment, and buy one.
37 For I say unto you, that this that is written must yet be
accomplished in me, And he was reckoned among the transgressors: for the
things concerning me have an end.
38 And they said, Lord, behold, here are two swords. And he said unto
them, It is enough.

Psalms 91:12 They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy
foot against a stone.

Luke 21:17-19
17 And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake.
18 But there shall not an hair of your head perish.
19 In your patience possess ye your souls.

Ephesians 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against
principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of
this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

2 Chronicles 20:17-25

Luke 9:54-56
54 And when his disciples James and John saw this, they said, Lord,
wilt thou that we command fire to come down from heaven, and consume
them, even as Elias did?
55 But he turned, and rebuked them, and said, Ye know not what manner
of spirit ye are of.
56 For the Son of man is not come to destroy men's lives, but to save
them. And they went to another village.

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Jesus Prayed

Mark 1:35 And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he
went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed.

Jesus as man grew in Spirit, wisdom and grace. He was called a man of
authority for His faith had matured. He knew the Will of the Father and
abided in it so we see all the great miracles He did His prayers were
done by simply thanking the Father before performing it. We do not find
Him struggling and storming the Heavens to do a miracle like we see most
Men of God do today.

If Jesus was a man with perfect faith then why did He need to pray?

When we look at Jesus, leaving for His prayer at the Garden of
Gethsemane where He struggled in His prayer (for He was shaken since for
a time He was going to be separated from the Father) else everywhere
else He just thanked God and performed miracles. So what was the need
Jesus had that He prayed, like written in today's message.

Prayer is misunderstood to be a petition window where one asks worldly
things of God. Our focus is always worldly so we use our prayer to God
to gain the things we desire. We are always praying for things, people
near and dear to us, opportunities to gain power and fame in this world
etc...

Jesus being a man (part of God and God Himself who humbled Himself and
became man) He needed guidance. All the knowledge He had He gained
through study of scriptures therefore He did not know that which was not
written in the scriptures. Even Angels do not know things in the future
unless it is revealed in scriptures. But Angels have a greater view of
things than men do, for example man on the ground floor has a low
horizon view compared to a man standing a greater height. That is why in
Matthew 24:36 we read Jesus said 'no man knows the hour' (exact time)
the end of the world will come, not even the Angels but only the Father,
since lots of clues are given of the end and even their order is
revealed (in fact the Feast of Trumpets is to do with His second coming)
yet we do not know the exact year (yes we do have an approximate era).

In today's message we see Jesus prayed for guidance in doing His
ministry. Jesus even though being a perfect man, having clear
communication with the Holy Spirit did not just go out and do things
banking in hearing the voice of God / Holy Spirit. He spent time in
isolation so as to be ministered by Angels or by the Holy Spirit to do
His ministry. Think if Jesus needed to pray then how much do we need to!

Let our prayer not be just petition windows seeking natural things from
God for ourselves and for others but let our prayers also be means to
receive spiritual things that glorify God through the works of our hands.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord, You are a Merciful God. When we lift our hand up in prayer You do
listen. But You too Lord dislike when we keep asking for natural things
and do not seek spiritual things. There are very few times that we pray
for wisdom, understanding, guidance, Gifts of the Holy Spirit etc. to
glorify You on earth so that your Kingdom grows on earth and the earth
be fill with your glory. We pray Lord we change the way and the purpose
we pray. We pray our faith grows so much that we do not ever need to
pray for any sick but heal them by faith. We pray our prayer be for
greater things...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
Matthew 24:36 But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the
angels of heaven, but my Father only.

Mark 11:24 Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when
ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.

John 6:11 And Jesus took the loaves; and when he had given thanks, he
distributed to the disciples, and the disciples to them that were set
down; and likewise of the fishes as much as they would.

John 11:41-43
41 Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead was
laid. And Jesus lifted up his eyes, and said, Father, I thank thee that
thou hast heard me.
42 And I knew that thou hearest me always: but because of the people
which stand by I said it, that they may believe that thou hast sent me.
43 And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus,
come forth.

Matthew 4:11 Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and
ministered unto him [before He started His full time ministry as a
Nazarene].

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Post  Admin on Mon 21 Aug 2017, 9:38 pm

Hands and legs

Acts 4:3 And they laid hands on them, and put them in hold unto the next
day: for it was now eventide.

In the Bible the Greek word cheir used for hands actually refers to help
received from a person. It focuses on receiving with our hands. When
applied to God it refers strength since it roots from the word which
means mighty storm or winter or rain. The Greek word for legs is skelos'
and means to parch. It refers to the whole leg right from the hip to the
toes. In Greek the word for foot is pous and being a primary root word
it does not have any meaning.

When we look at Hebrew language (the language Jesus communicated in,
other than Aramaic) the word yad used for hands means strength, the word
z'rowa' used for arm / forearm also has the same meaning strength or
power and the word kaph is used for palm (the NT does not have the word
palm, it has the word striking with the palm) means hollow and comes
from the root to bow down or bend; so the hand in OT is divided into two
parts. Coming to the legs, here too we see there is no one word for the
whole leg in the OT for the word kara' refers to the portion from the
knee down and also means to kneel or to bend. The thigh portion includes
the hip portion and is called yarka', it emphasizes on the power to
procreate; it roots from the word that means fleshiness, softness or
abundance. It was this reason the Israelites in earlier days used to
prophesy a blessing by placing the hand on the thigh of the person. When
the Lord dislocated the hip bone of Jacob and blessed him with the
blessing of Israel it symbolized the blessing was not for those of his
flesh and bones but of faith .

What we see in Hebrew (the language of the temple) both the hand (palm)
and the leg (knee down) had one purpose that was to surrender to God and
submit to Him. So if we see our hands and our legs may be part of our
body but actually are owned by the Lord, thus are for His purpose and
His glory. Thus it is very important we take into consideration what we
do with our hands and our legs, as to the work we do and the places we
go, if they are for the glory of God or for our edification.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord You are our Creator and You created man for a purpose. You want man
to be blessed in You and this is only possible if we do your Will. Lord
we pray we be aware of what we do with our hands and our legs, when we
lift it up to You or knee down before You we remember we surrender them
unto You and for your glory. We pray we use them for your Kingdom more
than any other purpose...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
Genesis 9:2 And the fear of you and the dread of you shall be upon
every beast of the earth, and upon every fowl of the air, upon all that
moveth upon the earth, and upon all the fishes of the sea; into your
hand are they delivered.

Exodus 6:6 Wherefore say unto the children of Israel, I am the LORD,
and I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, and I
will rid you out of their bondage, and I will redeem you with a
stretched out arm, and with great judgments:

Romans 4:13 For the promise, that he should be the heir of the world,
was not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the law, but through the
righteousness of faith.

Hebrews 12:12-14
12 Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees;
13 And make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be
turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed.
14 Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall
see the Lord:

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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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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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