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Re: R.D SOUZA Saved by faith

Post  Admin on Wed 27 Jul 2016, 11:33 pm

Virgin birth

Luke 1:27 To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the 
house of David; and the virgin's name was Mary.

Among the undeniable facts of Christ are His birth and His resurrection. 
Even among the non-Christians many accept the fact He was born of a 
virgin which is supposed to be a fact which today can be confirmed 
medically yet in those days all accepted that Mary was a virgin and yet 
she gave birth. Today if any woman speaks of a virgin birth all will ask 
for a medical verification.

It was only when a historian gave some background of the traditions of 
the Jews that prevailed at that time concerning marriage that I came to 
know of the scrutiny that Mary went through by society before being 
accepted as being a virgin and giving birth. It was this reason that 
Joseph came under pressure to cancel the marriage but went ahead (at a 
great cost). According to the Jewish records Joseph was a builder making 
houses and not a carpenter as put in English translations (the Greek 
word in scriptures is tekton which means 'one who brings forth' or 
'makes'). He was neither poor nor rich but economically average citizen.

One question that came to my mind in my initial days of Bible study is 
why God needed to come as man through a virgin birth? Was God trying to 
demonstrate His power? If so, then is God not potent enough for greater 
things or did God run out of creativity?

If one scientifically probes virgin birth it is not an impossible thing. 
It is possible for a woman to give birth even though she does not have 
relationship with a man but the probability of such a thing happening is 
one in a billion. So was Jesus' birth a one in a billion case? No.

If one studies human chromosomes it is possible for a woman to give 
birth to a girl by herself but not to a boy. The birth of Jesus was an 
impossible thing since He was a boy and born of a virgin.

Let us look at the spiritual angle as to why did God need to do that. 
Could not a Savor be born of a normal marriage?

Was Mary without sin that she was chosen? No.

Bible says no man was found righteous that is why God had to humble 
Himself and come as man to be a sacrifice without blemish for mankind. 
Like Mary there were many pious Jewish virgin women at that time (Mary's 
cousins and sister were also pious women). Mary herself calls her child 
her Savior. If she was without sin she would not need a Savior. One of 
the reasons God chose her was because she was a clean descendant of 
David and so was her fiancee. Also it was the perfect time for the 
Savior to come.

If Mary was not without sin how could she give birth to Jesus who was 
without sin and without blemish?

Sin is not a sickness of the flesh like a contagious disease, it is a 
spiritual matter. Sin is breaking of the Law of God and this 
disobedience cannot be passed from one generation to another. Each one 
pays for their own disobedience. What is passed from one generation to 
another is the corruption; that is the nature to sin and curses. Also 
these are not passed from mother to child but from father to child since 
the (spiritual) seed is in the father and later this is bought forth in 
the flesh in the womb of the mother. The sin nature or curses as Bible 
says is passed up to 4 generations, father to child. That means if I 
steal the nature to steal is passed unto my four generations. If my four 
generations do not steal and overcome that nature then my remaining 
generations are free of that nature (blessings are passed for more than 
100 generations).

Marriage is not just a physical unification but a spiritual unification 
also. So the sin nature and curses of the woman get passed to the child 
through her husband and not the other way. So even though Mary was a 
sinner yet her nature and curses were not passed to her child Jesus due 
to it being a virgin birth. Also note she was not married during her 
birth of Jesus. In Jewish tradition like in Christian belief one becomes 
fully husband and wife when they physically come together. Marriage is 
about family and anyone not having a child in marriage is considered 
cursed. Mary's womb was not cursed nor was the fertility of Joseph, she 
along with Joseph had many children Bible records at least 3 sons and 2 
daughters.

We see Jesus did acknowledge Mary as His mother but when He directly 
spoke to her He did not call her mother but called her 'woman'. This is 
not a respectful word like Ma'am. To understand why, in today's 
scientific terminology Mary was like a spiritual surrogate mother of 
Jesus. So though she gave birth to Jesus and was His biological mother 
yet spiritually she was not His mother.

Mary was blessed and will always be called blessed because she received 
the promise, the prophecy of a virgin giving birth to the Savior of 
mankind. Being blessed had nothing to do with her spiritual purity or 
maturity. She was as weak and feeble spiritually as any other woman. She 
did support the ministry of Jesus before His death on the cross but 
later was not active and nothing of her is written for it was not found 
important. Note for her to accept to be a mother the Angel Gabriel had 
to share the testimony of her cousin Elizabeth since she was not that 
strong in faith.

Let us have unshakeable faith which is founded on the Truth. Let us not 
have a false faith based of misplaced beliefs and traditions of man.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord, You are Almighty God and true to your word. To find a way for man 
whom You removed from your presence You became one among us. To take 
away the wrath of sin on us You needed to be one of us. You became one 
of us yet You had nothing spiritually to do with man (Adam), thus were 
called the second man. You Lord became a sacrifice from the beginning of 
creation thus unfolding all that You had already set. We pray your 
people understand the things You have done and truly glorify You...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Luke 1:26-38

Exodus 20:5Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for 
I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the 
fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them 
that hate me;

Isaiah 7:14Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a 
virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.

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

John 2:4Jesus saith unto her, Woman, what have I to do with thee? mine 
hour is not yet come.

Dated 27 July 2016

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Post  Admin on Tue 26 Jul 2016, 12:20 pm

Peter Peter

Acts 10: 18And called, and asked whether Simon, which was surnamed 
Peter, were lodged there.

There is no more controversial person in the NT than the person Simon 
who was called Peter. Right from the things he did, his mission even his 
name is a controversy.

Simon the son of Jona was a fisherman and businessman to the core. He 
had an association (group of fishermen of which James and John were part 
of). Fish (business) was always on his mind after Jesus; as soon as he 
forsook Jesus after Jesus' death and resurrection (since he did not 
expect anything more to happen even the others did the same), he went 
fishing and was so lost in fishing that he did not realize he was naked.

People think Jesus called him Peter but they fail to understand Peter is 
English rendering of the Greek word Petros and Jesus and His disciples 
did not speak Greek with each other. They spoke Aramaic and Hebrew (in 
the temple). Jesus called him Cephas (Aramaic) and that is why in John 
1:42 the word is written not translated. The word means stone (small in 
size like that of a pebble). The Aramaic word for rock is Suhas and in 
Greek is Petra.

Jesus gave names to people for a reason, He called John and James the 
sons of Zebedee which means lightening for they were fast in all things, 
even in their desires (always wanting more), Thomas which means a person 
with dual personality since he was a doubtful person and at times had 
great faith. Mary the Magdalene and Salome the sister of Mary His mother 
were called Mary the name of His mother as a respect like He gave His 
mother (although nowhere it is written Jesus gave them this name). The 
name Mary means bitter and there is no reason anyone else would name 
Salome which means peace to be called bitter unless it was for respect 
as a mother (it was this reason these women [Marys] were always around 
Jesus).

Simon or Shimeon is a Hebrew word and means heard. One would seriously 
raise the question why did Jesus call Simon [heard] as Cephas [pebble] 
especially if one checks the Hebrew translation of this word. The Hebrew 
word for Cephas is Tyrus. Simon was a Jew and not of the city Tyrus. One 
will be alarmed when one realizes this name is also given to Satan in 
the book of Ezekiel, he is called king and prince of Tyrus. Jesus was 
not calling Simon a devil / Satan.

Truth or the Lord is called Tsoor / Cela in Hebrew which is translated 
as rock but actually symbolizes cliff. It means a very large rock (one 
piece) which cannot be shaken. Satan is the master of lies and a great 
deceiver that is why he does not lie fully but gives little truths 
(pebbles) like he did to deceive Eve and Adam.

Simon the son of Jona was an over anxious person and usually spoke even 
though he had little knowledge on that matter and we see this throughout 
the NT [a person we refer to now having foot in the mouth symptoms]. 
Jesus knew about this die hard habit of Simon therefore called him 
Cephas or Peter or Tyrus.

It is no coincident that the false church [Church of Rome] claims Peter 
as it founder even though Simon the son of Jona is nowhere noted in the 
Bible to have gone to Rome to preach or minister. This church has 
nothing to do with the man Simon but it is all about its foundation of 
lies [little truths].

Before the Holy Spirit was given to the Church and the New Church of 
Christ was formed Simon was indeed chosen to lead the Apostles. Later he 
was put in charge of the Jewish Christians along with John and James. It 
was this reason that he picked the cloth left on the floor in the tomb 
(a statute done in the book of Moses). It was Paul who was selected to 
lead the Gentile church. The new Church of Christ was not led by a 
single person but a group which included Simon Peter, John Zebedee, 
James Zebedee, Paul and Barnabas.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord You are eternal and perfect thus You do not change. Truth too is 
eternal and unchanging thus You and Truth are symbolized as large 
rock/cliff. Lord we pray we do not follow emotions and traditions of men 
but do all things with understanding and discerning them in spirit. Lord 
we pray those who have founded their church on deception may open their 
eyes and be rooted on the Rock...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

John 1:42And 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.

Ezekiel 26:3Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against 
thee, O Tyrus, and will cause many nations to come up against thee, as 
the sea causeth his waves to come up.

Psalms 18:46The LORD liveth; and blessed be my rock [cela]; and let the 
God of my salvation be exalted.

Psalms 18:31For who is God save the LORD? or who is a rock [tsoor] save 
our God?

Galatians 2:9And when James, Cephas, and John, who seemed to be pillars, 
perceived the grace that was given unto me, they gave to me and Barnabas 
the right hands of fellowship; that we should go unto the heathen, and 
they unto the circumcision.

Acts 9:15But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he is a chosen 
vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the 
children of Israel:

Acts 13:47For so hath the Lord commanded us, saying, I have set thee to 
be a light of the Gentiles, that thou shouldest be for salvation unto 
the ends of the earth.

Romans 16:4Who have for my life laid down their own necks: unto whom not 
only I give thanks, but also all the churches of the Gentiles.

Galatians 2:8(For he that wrought effectually in Peter to the 
apostleship of the circumcision [Jews], the same was mighty in me toward 
the Gentiles:)

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

Dated 26 July 2016

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Post  Admin on Mon 25 Jul 2016, 7:47 pm

To speak or not to speak

1 Corinthians 14:5 I would that ye all spake with tongues, but rather that
ye prophesied: for greater is he that prophesieth than he that speaketh
with tongues, except he interpret, that the church may receive edifying.

It is great now days that all denominations interact with each other and
have common programs. Gone are the days where the Pastor would restrict his
congregation from attending programs held by other so called denominations.
As a Gideon I get to speak and share the Word at various churches even
though I belong to a Church and there are only a minuscule number that
still exist in the dark era of Christianity.

Tongues is one topic among other few topics which still have a potential to
divide Churches. Yesterday I was preaching at a Church where their leader
told me he received the gift of tongues and he also said his church
(denomination) does not believe / promote tongues but he does not enforce
his understanding on any one.

Start a debate on Tongues and the first challenge thrown at you will be can
you interpret tongues? If you cannot interpret tongues then you should not
speak tongues.

Tongues is not a Heavenly language like Arabic is for Islam. God does not
speak in Tongues nor do Angels since Tongues is not a language. Yet you
have various levels of Tongues like Angelic tongues. People who have not
understood it so have even added vocabularies to it. They do not realize at
Pentecost when those in the upper room prayed the people outside heard them
(collective) in their own native language. That means what they spoke in
the natural (sound) was something else, but what yet they heard them speak
in their own native language for the Spirit spoke (interpreted) to them.

In the Bible we see as people got baptized in the Holy Spirit one of the
signs that confirmed their baptism was the gift of tongues. It is not
necessary a person who does not speak in Tongues is not baptized in the
Holy Spirit, the person can be blessed with other gifts like prophecy or
healing etc. but having no gifts will question one’s baptism in the Holy
Spirit.

Paul in today’s message suggests it is better to speak a language than to
pray in tongues unless someone can interpret (man or the Spirit of God when
the glory of God is strong as it happened at Pentecost). Tongues is
excellent for personal prayer for Bible says the Spirit leads us to pray
for things we are not aware of with groaning within our spirit. In natural
language we can only pray for things we are aware of and for this we
understand.

Praying in Tongues helps a person to surrender to the Spirit and helps to
hear the voice of the Spirit speaking to us. Paul is very right in today’s
message to tell the people of Corinth who were not mature in Spirit to pray
in normal language when they come as a congregation so that others
understand what they are praying and are edified. If spiritually mature
people are praying in Tongues and someone new or immature in the Lord walks
in he or she will hear only blabbering, but when someone mature in Spirit
walks in he or she will know and feel the power and presence of God.

So let us discern how we pray when we pray as a person or as a body. Let us
be one with others in mind and spirit.

[Prayer Starter]

Father God You made each one of us different so that we know how adjust
with others. You desire we become one as You are one. We pray Lord that all
that we do edifies each other and that we come as one unto You...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Mark 16:17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name
shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;

Acts 2:2-6

2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind,
and it filled all the house where they were sitting.

3 And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat
upon each of them.

4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with
other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

5 And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every
nation under heaven.

6 Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were
confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language.

Acts 10:44-48

44 While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Spirit fell on all them
that heard the word.

45 And they of the circumcision that believed were amazed, as many as came
with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of
the Holy Spirit.

46 For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God. Then answered
Peter,

47 Can any man forbid the water, that these should not be baptized, who
have received the Holy Spirit as well as we?

48 And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then
prayed they him to tarry certain days.

1 Corinthians 12:8-11,30-31

8 For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the
word of knowledge by the same Spirit;

9 To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by
the same Spirit;

10 To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another
discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the
interpretation of tongues:

11 But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to
every man severally as he will.

30 Have all the gifts of healing? do all speak with tongues? do all
interpret?

31 But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more
excellent way.

1 Corinthians 13:1 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels,
and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.

1 Corinthians 14:5,6,18

5 I would that ye all spake with tongues, but rather that ye prophesied:
for greater is he that prophesieth than he that speaketh with tongues,
except he interpret, that the church may receive edifying.

6 Now, brethren, if I come unto you speaking with tongues, what shall I
profit you, except I shall speak to you either by revelation, or by
knowledge, or by prophesying, or by doctrine?

18 I thank my God, I speak with tongues more than ye all:

19 Yet in the church I had rather speak five words with my understanding,
that by my voice I might teach others also, than ten thousand words in an
unknown tongue.

20 Brethren, be not children in understanding: howbeit in malice be ye
children, but in understanding be men.

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Do not glorify Satan

Luke 8:31 And they besought him that he would not command them to go out 
into the deep.

In other religions people unknowingly worship Satan as a god and this 
happens because they do not know God and because they have no clear 
identification of Satan. In Christianity we have a clear identification 
of God and Satan yet we find most Christians have glorified Satan to the 
level of making him a god.

In the Bible Satan (plural) is a creation of God but fell for he (they) 
rebelled against the nature of God. God (God’s plans) is light and Satan 
by his (their) rebellion caused darkness. Bible says even though they 
were cast down from Heaven (upper Heavens) God has kept them for a 
period and their punishment is due to them at the end. Bible shows that 
Satan /devils know what is awaiting them yet in the hardness of their 
heart they are trying their best to destroy humans whom God created to 
defeat them by overcoming darkness. If we see there is no victory for 
them at any cost, they are just trying hard to prevent man’s victory.

The Catholics in their imaginations made devils as rulers over Hell and 
this they actively promoted through art and this has been so much an 
effect that even Believers who read scriptures do not let the scriptures 
speak to them but the programing that is done to them speaks to them.

Another good example of mind programing is the situation concerning the 
birth of Jesus. Ask Christians where Jesus was born or to depict the 
scene of the birth of Jesus and they will make a stable and put an 
infant in wooden box with hay and various types of animals like sheep, 
goats, cows, donkeys etc. around, along with a woman and a man (Mary and 
Joseph). Ask them where is all this given? And they will have no 
answers. In Luke it is clearly given that the inn (not inns) was full 
and while they were waiting for accommodation in that inn Mary gave 
birth to Jesus, so Joseph wrapped Him in a cloth and put Him in a 
manger. Manger is a wooden box used to feed animals. Where was this box? 
Outside the inn, since they were waiting for accommodation outside the 
inn. So what animals would be around at the time of birth? Sheep, goats, 
cows? No. mainly donkeys for that place was more like a car park outside 
a hotel.

He was as an infant put by man among donkeys and was declared King by 
man while sitting on a small of a donkey.

Hell is perfectly described by Peter as a prison. There is no fire in 
Hell; (the eternal fire) burning coals / never dying worms are the sins 
that burn / torment inside the person. In the parable given by Jesus the 
rich man asked for water not to put over him but to drink since he was 
burning inside. In Hell each will suffer as per their collection of sins 
of their earthly life. So if one simply puts Salvation in the Lord Jesus 
Christ - by believing in the Lord Jesus Christ we do not go to Hell (the 
prison) but sleep (Grave) to be Judged on Judgment Day not for our sins 
but if we kept His Will or not. Those found to have kept the Will enter 
Heaven. It is the Holy Spirit who helps us do the Will of God.

Today's scripture shows that the fallen angels too feared to go to Hell 
since they will be confined there unto Judgment Day. We as Christians 
cannot send the fallen angels to Hell for we do not have that authority 
only the Lord has that authority. The authority we have is to chase away 
/cast away fallen angels, for this authority has been given to us by the 
Lord Jesus Christ.

Satan is not called Anti-God but called Anti-Christ for he knows he does 
not have any power against God but he hates Christ (Son of Man whom the 
Lord the Son has humbled and become), since Christ leads man to defeat 
him and quicken his judgment.

Let us not glorify Satan (Lucifer) by giving him a kingdom - kingdom of 
Hell. He is a prisoner there awaiting to be set free at the end. The 
only place he rules is darkness and this is not natural darkness but 
spiritual darkness. So the only way one can give him a kingdom is by 
hardening one's heart against God.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord, You alone are God and there is none like You. Lord You are 
righteous and yet merciful. Your ways are unknown to man but they are 
everlasting and perfect. You allow things but You alone know at the end 
there is nothing better than that which You have set in place. An 
example is the universe so vast and so beautiful yet the real work You 
do on a speck of planet called earth. Lord let us understand the real 
things and not be led by our natural senses...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Luke 2:7And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in 
swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room 
for them in the inn.

Matthew 10:1And when he had called unto him his twelve disciples, he 
gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal 
all manner of sickness and all manner of disease.

Matthew 8:29And, behold, they cried out, saying, What have we to do with 
thee, Jesus, thou Son of God? art thou come hither to torment us before 
the time?

Mark 1:23-25

23And there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit; and he 
cried out,

24Saying, Let us alone; what have we to do with thee, thou Jesus of 
Nazareth? art thou come to destroy us? I know thee who thou art, the 
Holy One of God.

25And Jesus rebuked him, saying, Hold thy peace, and come out of him.

Mark 5:2-13

Luke 16:24And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and 
send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool 
my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.

1 Peter 4:17For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house 
of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that 
obey not the gospel of God?

1 Peter 3:19By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison;

2 Peter 2:4For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them 
down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved 
unto judgment;

Revelation 1:18I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am 
alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.

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Establish you till the end

1 Thessalonians 3:12, 13And the Lord make you to increase and abound in 
love one toward another, and toward all men, even as we do toward you: 
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.

Yesterday a brother asked me, why does Jesus need to come again? Someone 
had asked him and he was not very sure or wanted reconfirm and give the 
perfect answer. Not to go too much in death I gave a simple answer I 
told Him Jesus Christ is coming to sit on the Judgment Throne and to 
take us to Heaven.

Our last two messages are connected to today's message. We had received 
message of the finished works where the Lord says He is working in us 
right unto the end until He takes us unto the Father. Yesterday's 
message was about the transformation we will go through in spirit. Today 
message tell us more on how?

Today's message tells us the Lord will establish our hearts unblameable 
in holiness. If we ask a person the meaning of 'holy' and they will 
confuse it with purity. If you ask the difference between righteous and 
purity again they will be confused.

The word Hebrew word for holiness means separated. This separation is 
not meaning isolation or from sin or evil. When we walk in righteousness 
we automatically do not sin for unrighteousness is sin for a Christian. 
A Christian does not need a law for the Bible says the Law is now 
written in his or her heart. So righteousness is keeping the Will of God 
which is the Law of the Lord.

In Holiness when we talk of separation it means being separated for 
works of the Lord like the Levites were called to be separated and they 
were called priest. We in Christ are also called priest because we too 
are called to be separated.

To be holy does not mean we need to stop everything else we do and 
become missionaries, Evangelist, Teachers, Healers, Pastors etc. Paul 
was an Apostle who was separated for the works of the Lord yet he did 
his own personal business of making and selling tents. It is all 
according the grace on our lives and the mission the Lord has given us 
that we may be full time ministers or work as well minister but either 
way, we are called to minister to the lost and this ministering should 
be on the top of our agenda.

God is telling us the way of success is to overcome evil is by doing 
good. If we try to avoid evil we may have success for some time. 
Initially as are growing in the Lord we are called to flee from 
temptation but on the long run we are called to overcome. It is the 
nature (Name) of the Lord that helps us overcome and this nature comes 
when we do what He does or did.

Paul said he was a salve to sin and was set free but yet said he became 
a willful bonded servant. Paul, Peter, James and Jude, all of them said 
they were servants of Christ by whom did they serve? They served the 
people. Jesus who was Lord made Himself servant and served the people. 
He was not servant of the people but servant to the Father and He as 
servant of the Father He served the people.

We are called to be servants of the Lord, Christ and Church, and their 
purpose is the same - it is the salvation of the people.

God is telling us when we stand before the Judgment Throne we will be 
found blameless only if we live a holy life today. When the Lord said 
'be Holy for I am Holy', it was the Son. If we see in Revelations when 
He is seated on the Throne in Heaven the only name the Heavenly beings 
call Him by is Holy, Holy, Holy and this is for what He has done from 
the foundation of creation. The Son is Holy for He has got that nature 
from the Father. Jesus says I do what I saw my Father do.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord, You are Almighty and Righteous God. You Lord alone are perfectly 
Holy for from the foundation of creation You have become a sacrifice for 
us. Lord we who are yours are called to be like You. We pray we 
understand the importance of serving your people. Let us understand we 
may be serving them but by this we are doing good unto ourselves for by 
serving we become more like You and thus have power to overcome and 
stand blameless before You...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Prayer Starter]

2 Corinthians 6:17Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye 
separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will 
receive you,

Hebrews 7:26For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, 
undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens;

Romans 1:1Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, 
separated unto the gospel of God,

1 Corinthians 7:22-23

22For he that is called in the Lord, being a servant, is the Lord's 
freeman: likewise also he that is called, being free, is Christ's servant.

23Ye are bought with a price; be not ye the servants of men.

Colossians 3:22-24

22Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh; not 
with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but in singleness of heart, fearing God:

23And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;

24Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the 
inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.

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From Bondmen to Sons

Galatians 4:7 Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a 
son, then an heir of God through Christ.

Some weeks back I was in discussion with a few brothers about Angel and 
man, as we got deeper I learnt from the Lord so many things which I 
would not have dreamt of (our discussion is still on). Before that 
discussion started this scripture would have meant to me as being bought 
for a price and made family, from servant to son. But as the Lord 
revealed the hidden things it puts me in awe of the reality.

When God created man (adam - common noun) even though he was made in the 
image of God yet he was never referred to as Son of God like the Angels 
are [Matthew genealogy in Greek text is 'Adam which was of God' not 
'Adam which was son of God' in KJV the words 'the son' are written in 
Italics ].

Man (adam) is the lowest of the creatures of the Kingdom of God and not 
an heir to God's Kingdom. God through His Son and His Spirit is 
transforming man to a higher spirit being who has rights to God's 
Kingdom, a royal being who has power and authority in God [Israel].

Today's message is like telling a caterpillar who is inside a cocoon and 
going through the transformation that it has wings and will fly as a 
butterfly.

Let us understand Christ did not come to make our lives better, just to 
take away our problems and our burdens. He came to make it possible to 
transform us in the spirit so that we can inherit His Kingdom and that 
is why He said unless we are not born from above we will not enter His 
Kingdom.

Let us understand one thing, what God says or does He does not revert; 
if He has spoken He does not cancel it. He has removed adam (man) from 
His Kingdom so there is no way adam will be able to return to His 
Kingdom. But due to God's love for us He has made a way for our return 
by promoting us in spirit to be Sons of God.

Let us not lose the focus of the work. Let us not look at the battle of 
the flesh but let us understand where the work is being done. Let us not 
hinder or delay the transformation but let the Spirit of God whom we 
have received through Jesus Christ work in us. So let us surrender to 
His Spirit. Can a caterpillar transform to a butterfly if it does not 
remain in the cocoon and be still.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord, You are Almighty God and your wisdom is beyond measure. Your ways 
Lord are beyond the understanding of man unless You reveal them. We pray 
Lord we understand the real things and do not be lost with mirages. Help 
us be focused and thus quicken the work You have started in us...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Luke 3:38Which was the son of Enos, which was the son of Seth, which was 
the son of Adam, which was of God.

Genesis 3:23-24

23Therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till 
the ground from whence he was taken.

24So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of 
Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the 
way of the tree of life.

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

John 3:3-8

3Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, 
Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.

4Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he 
enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born?

5Jesus 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.

6That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the 
Spirit is spirit.

7Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again [from above].

8The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, 
but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every 
one that is born of the Spirit.

1 Peter 1:23Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of 
incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.

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

1 Corinthians 5:7Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a 
new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is 
sacrificed for us:

Galatians 6:15For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any 
thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature.

Colossians 3:10And have put on the new man, which is renewed in 
knowledge after the image of him that created him:

Revelation 21:5And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all 
things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and 
faithful.

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No prophet is accepted in his own country

Luke 4:24 And he said, Verily I say unto you, No prophet is accepted in his
own country.

Today’s scripture is a hard truth for the Church. Jesus says no prophet is
acceptable in his own country and most of the Church tries to prove Him
wrong. We find they not only prove Him wrong but make it a rule for others
to be part of the Church.

Jesus says in another scripture that the world will hate you for it hated
me first. Does that mean that a true Christian needs to be hated by people?

If we see today’s scripture we understand those close to us are impacted
the most by us and if they are not in the Lord yet are comfortable with us
then we have a problem as being Man or Woman of God.

Look at most leaders they openly ask you to compromise at places so as to
keep peace. They are people who will mostly praise and speak good things
but will rarely correct people who do wrong. Jesus did not always keep
correcting people over every single issue but He also did not support them
in those issues. He did look for favorable time for correction for those
who were victims but for the perpetrators He did not hold back. Time and
again we see Jesus rebuked the Pharisees and the Sadducees. Even on His
home front His own family members were not true believers. His brothers and
sisters (children of Mary and Joseph) did not acknowledge Him as Christ.
Some of them like Jude and James became believers only after His
crucifixion. His mother too was shaky in her faith in Him. There were times
when her saw her son as a weak human and not as Christ. Mark accounts a
time when she believed the people who said her son was possessed with an
evil spirit so she with her one of her sons went to see the wellbeing of
Jesus. This angered Jesus to the extent that He asked ‘who is my mother or
my brethren?’

We also see Mary along with the other women wanted to perform pagan
practice of embalming with spices on the body of Jesus on the third day.
This was not a Jewish practice nor given by the Lord in the OT. This was
practice of the Galilean Jews / northern Samarian Jews who were considered
gentiles by the orthodox Jews. Putting the body in the tomb along with
spices which they did in John 19:40 was a general Jewish [which was also
not commanded by the Lord] but what they came to do on the 3rd day was not
Jewish at all [this was also done to Lazarus and this made Jesus troubled
in spirit on knowing Martha and Mary had okayed this Egyptian influenced
practice, they had also called hired mourners and this more so made Him
weep].

Let us understand when God has chosen us we are called to bring change and
if people around us are comfortable with us then we are not doing an honest
job. We are called to pursue peace first with God and then will men. Those
who pursue peace with God are called Sons of God and not those who pursue
peace with men at the cost of offending God.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord we pray your people be people who bring change for many are trying to
make other comfortable in what they are. They feel to please man means to
please You. Lord we pray we do not fear man but fear You who have created
them and us also...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Matthew 13:55-57

55 Is not this the carpenter’s son? is not his mother called Mary? and his
brethren, James, and Joses, and Simon, and Judas?

56 And his sisters, are they not all with us? Whence then hath this man
all these things?

57 And they were offended in him. But Jesus said unto them, A prophet is
not without honour, save in his own country, and in his own house.

Mark 3:29-33

29 But he that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost hath never
forgiveness, but is in danger of eternal damnation:

30 Because they said, He hath an unclean spirit.

31 There came then his brethren and his mother, and, standing without,
sent unto him, calling him.

32 And the multitude sat about him, and they said unto him, Behold, thy
mother and thy brethren without seek for thee.

33 And he answered them, saying, Who is my mother, or my brethren?

Matthew 12:25-49

John 7:2-7

2 Now the Jews’ feast of tabernacles was at hand.

3 His brethren therefore said unto him, Depart hence, and go into Judaea,
that thy disciples also may see the works that thou doest.

4 For there is no man that doeth any thing in secret, and he himself
seeketh to be known openly. If thou do these things, shew thyself to the
world.

5 For neither did his brethren believe in him.

6 Then Jesus said unto them, My time is not yet come: but your time is
alway ready.

7 The world cannot hate you; but me it hateth, because I testify of it,
that the works thereof are evil.

Mark 16:1 And when the sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the
mother of James, and Salome, had bought sweet spices, that they might come
and anoint [grease] him.

John 19:40 Then took they the body of Jesus, and wound it in linen clothes
with the spices, as the manner of the Jews is to bury.

Mark 6:3-4

3 Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and
Joses, and of Juda, and Simon? and are not his sisters here with us? And
they were offended at him.

4 But Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without honour, but in his
own country, and among his own kin, and in his own house.

John 11:23-44

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Faith in Man of God

Luke 17:13 And they lifted up their voices, and said, Jesus, Master, have
mercy on us.

In the Old Testament we read of people crying to the Lord for mercy and
they were healed like we see in today’s scripture where 10 lepers cried to
Jesus for mercy and they got healed. Jesus asked them to go and show
themselves to the priest since it was the priest who declared them clean or
unclean (if they had leprosy or not). They abided to the instructions of
Jesus and as they did that they received healing. We see as they were
travelling and realized they were healed of their leprosy one of them
returns to Jesus and falls on his face to His feet and glorifies God.

This incident has always being used as an example about being grateful to
God since Jesus asked about the other nine who did not return to thank God.
Jesus was very clear in His words ‘thy faith has made you whole’ He did not
say ‘thy gratefulness has made you whole’.

One can say the others too had faith else why would they abide in going to
show themselves to the priest unless they were healed. In the OT unless a
leper is already healed he cannot go to show himself to the priest. These
lepers abided first in Jesus’ instruction to show themselves to the priest
and as they went they were healed, so they did have faith in Jesus. Bible
also does not say the leprosy of the other nine returned since they did not
thank God, but Jesus told only the tenth who returned ‘thy faith hath made
thee whole’. The catch is these 9 lepers considered Jesus as a Man of God
and they abided in His instruction but the one who returned fell at the
feet of Jesus and he praised God that too at the feet of Jesus.

The Greek word ‘sozo’ translated here as ‘be whole’ is only twice
translated as ‘be whole’ but 93 times translated as ‘saved’. Jesus told him
‘thy faith has saved you’ because he did not consider Jesus just a Man of
God or a master but more than that.

When we pray and cry out for mercy or have faith in a Man of God we may
receive our healing but when we have faith in God then we receive more than
just healing.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord You said in your Word not to be troubled for things of this world for
all that which is needed will be provided by our Heavenly Provider. You
also said not to fear the one who hurts or kills this body but fear Him who
can kill the soul and body in Hell. Lord let us realize when we have faith
in Men or Women of God we receive earthly things but when we have faith in
You we receive Heavenly things alone with earthly things. We pray our focus
be Heavenly more than earthly...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Luke 17:12-19

12 And as he entered into a certain village, there met him ten men that
were lepers, who stood afar off:

13 and they lifted up their voices, saying, Jesus, Master, have mercy on
us.

14 And when he saw them, he said unto them, Go and show yourselves unto
the priests. And it came to pass, as they went, they were cleansed.

15 And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, with a
loud voice glorifying God;

16 and he fell upon his face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a
Samaritan.

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

18 Were there none found that returned to give glory to God, save this
stranger?

19 And he said unto him, Arise, and go thy way: thy faith hath made thee
whole.

Matthew 10:28 And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to
kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and
body in hell.


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Ezekiel 19:3 And she brought up one of her whelps: it became a young 
lion, and it learned to catch the prey; it devoured men.

In today's scripture the Lord is telling Israel its mother is a lioness 
and she first bought up a young one which was not a lion but afterwards 
she made her a young lion and this young lion preyed on men. This young 
lion becomes very famous and the nations know of it. Then this young 
lion was taken to confusion of living a dual life (a worldly life but in 
God's name - Egypt means dual strait). This young lion being in 
captivity was not effective in preying on men.

Later she brings up another young one who also is initially not a lion 
but as she did with the previous she did with this young one and also 
makes it a young lion. Unlike the previous this young lion not only 
preys on men but also devours men.

One may wonder what the Lord is telling us through this scripture. This 
prophetic warning is repeated many times in the books of the Prophets 
yet we see the people are ignorant of it.

The word lion in Greek means brave but when we want to know meaning of 
NT words related to the belief we need to go to the Hebrew or Aramaic 
meaning for Jesus did not preach in Greek but in Hebrew and Aramaic. 
Like Jesus said 'eat my bread, anyone who does not eat it will not have 
life' in Hebrew the word 'bread' comes from the root word 'message', so 
what He said anyone who does not eat His message will not have life. 
Similarly the Hebrew word lion comes from the root word 'to gather' or 
'to puck'. It also defines an aggressive way not a gentle way. People 
think coming to the Lord is gentle but they are wrong, if a plant/branch 
has to be cut and grafted to another then spiritually there is a great 
violent activity.

If we see in Psalms 91 Satan is defined as young lion and serpent / 
dragon. Young lion means one who does not mature. People think Satan 
will stop us from going to Church, they are mistaken. His greater plan 
is not of stopping us from going to church but of not letting us grow in 
Spirit. Bible does not say God's children will inherit God's Kingdom but 
says only Sons will inherit God's Kingdom. Bible also says only those 
who are led by the Holy Spirit will mature into Sons of God. So the 
greatest weapon that Satan uses is neither to allow people to understand 
the Word of God nor be led by the Spirit of God because these will 
mature them in the Lord.

If we look at today's prophecy, the Lord repeats this warning through 
Ezekiel again in chapter 23 with an example of a prostitute and her two 
daughters the first is named Aholah and the younger Aholibah. The first 
name means 'her own tent' or in another words she worships her own self 
for the tabernacle was a tent, the second name means 'woman of the tent' 
point to the 'strange woman' that they worship.

In Zechariah 5 also the Lord talks of these two. When Zachariah picks 
the lid it is written he uses the word wickedness. The Hebrew word used 
here is 'rish'ah' which occurs only 15 times in the Bible and defines a 
great depth of evil like in Deuteronomy 9:5. The Lord also confirms to 
Zechariah that these women are to do with church since they wear the 
ephod [Shinar means "country of two rivers" like Egypt is land of dual 
strait]. Israel did not face challenges to go to Egypt but did when 
coming out. Satan wants to keep us in spiritual Egypt / Shinar.

Let us not think just because we are in Church we are safe. Let us be 
aware the greatest spiritual battle is fought not outside the Church but 
inside the Church for Satan is very active working inside the Church. As 
God is working in the Churches so is Satan also actively working in the 
Churches and the only way to defeat him is to mature ourselves in the 
Word and be led in the Spirit for those who do that are not called 
people of faith but are called people of authority.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord as man Jesus You were feared by the evil spirits for You had 
authority over them. Sickness and weaknesses would not stand before You 
for You had authority over them too. Lord Your coming as man and your 
Gospel did activate the seed of faith which we were given in the 
beginning but more so You came to give us authority. Lord we pray your 
people do not get devoured or fall prey to the young lion but mature 
into Sons of God...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Ezekiel 19:1-6

1Moreover take thou up a lamentation for the princes of Israel,

2And say, What is thy mother? A lioness: she lay down among lions, she 
nourished her whelps among young lions.

3And she brought up one of her whelps: it became a young lion, and it 
learned to catch the prey; it devoured men.

4The nations also heard of him; he was taken in their pit, and they 
brought him with chains unto the land of Egypt.

5Now when she saw that she had waited, and her hope was lost, then she 
took another of her whelps, and made him a young lion.

6And he went up and down among the lions, he became a young lion, and 
learned to catch the prey, and devoured men.

Psalms 91:13Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and 
the dragon shalt thou trample under feet.

Ezekiel 23:2-37

Zechariah 5

Deuteronomy 9:5Not for thy righteousness, or for the uprightness of 
thine heart, dost thou go to possess their land: but for the wickedness 
of these nations the LORD thy God doth drive them out from before thee, 
and that he may perform the word which the LORD sware unto thy fathers, 
Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

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Woe unto the one who betrays Him

Matthew 26:23,24 And he answered and said, He that dippeth his hand with
me in the dish, the same shall betray me. The Son of man goeth as it is
written of him: but woe unto that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed!
it had been good for that man if he had not been born.

Here in today’s message we read Jesus says woe unto the one who betrays Him
(Son of Man). Jesus goes on to say it was better that the person had not
been born then to have betrayed Him. We may think this was only for Judas;
it is for us too.

Today’s scripture does not talk of those who reject the Son of Man, it
speaks of those who betray Him meaning those who know the Son of Man but
yet have rejected His Will or His Word just to fulfill their desires like
Judas did.

What Christians do not realize when the Son of Man comes in His glory He
will judge between His flock for He says He will separate the goats from
the sheep. Now goats and sheep are part of the flock.

Today’s message talks of betrayal and to betray one needs to know the
person. The more closer the person is and still betrays, the more worse is
the betrayal and more worse will be the punishment.

Like Paul says let us work our salvation with fear and trembling. Yes
Christ has given us salvation for free but it is our holding on to it and
abiding in it until the end that matters. It is only those who sustain to
the end are truly saved.

Paul says we all who believe in Him will stand before the Throne of
judgment on which the Son of Man will be seated. Jesus says it pleased the
Father for Him to Judge since He is the Son of Man. Jesus also says He will
not judge but the words He has spoken to us which is the Will of the Father
those words will judge us. On that day we will not be able to justify
anything, unless today we make our minds and we start to abide in His words
and in the Will of the Father.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord You are a Merciful God but You also are Righteous and what You have
spoken You do not take back or cancel. You cursed sin to death and to save
man from death You came as man and became sin by taking our sins on
yourself, You died and went to hell but overcame hell and death since there
was no sin in You. By your overcoming hell those who believe in You are
also saved from it. Lord You gave us your Spirit so that we not only
overcome hell but also be able to go to Heaven by being born again in
spirit. It is your Spirit who enables us to abide in the Word, in your
Will. Lord we pray we surrender to your Spirit and thus be saved from the
punishment. We pray we stand among the sheep and not among the goats on
Judgment Day...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

John 5:19-30

John 12:

47 And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I
came not to judge the world, but to save the world.

48 He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth
him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.

49 For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave
me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak.

Matthew 25:31-33

31 When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels
with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory:

32 And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate
them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:

33 And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.

Matthew 12:36 But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall
speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.

Romans 14:10 But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at
nought thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of
Christ.

2 Corinthians 5:10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of
Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according
to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.

2 Peter 2:9 The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations,
and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished:

1 Corinthians 1:21 For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom
knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them
that believe.

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Post  Admin on Thu 07 Jul 2016, 7:36 pm

Key of David

Matthew 1:4And Aram [Ram] begat Aminadab; and Aminadab begat Naasson; 
and Naasson begat Salmon;

When we read the Gospel according to Matthew, he notes the genealogy 
from Abraham to Jacob the father of Joseph the husband of Mary. Luke 
records from Adam to Heli the father in law of Joseph and father of 
Mary. Now all these people are connected to the birth of Jesus.

Are all of them blessed? Yes.

The fact they were connected to the birth of our Lord and savior Jesus 
Christ makes all of them blessed.

Does that mean we need to give reverence to them? No.

If we look at the genealogy of Jesus in Matthew which lists from Abraham 
to Judas [Judah] and from Judas to David we have 9 generations in 
between. The names are also given in the book of Ruth. From Adam to 
Zorobabel we have mention of them in the Bible but from Zorobabel's son 
Abiud to Jacob who was the father of Joseph there is no mention of them 
anywhere else in the OT. If we go by Luke's genealogy which traces Mary, 
we see she comes from Zorobabel's other son Rhesa and from Rhesa to Heli 
her father there is no mention anywhere in the OT.

So the common genealogy between Mary and her husband Joseph is from Adam 
to Zorobabel who was taken to Babylon. If we look at the Old Testament 
it basically records this period and after this period there was no 
Prophet / Man of God until coming of John the Baptist came to announce 
the birth of Jesus Christ and the New Testament starts with the coming 
of John the Baptist.

When Jesus was referred to by His ancestors it was mostly David or 
Abraham or Mary and none other are mentioned. We see the Catholic Church 
puts Mary above all even though in all the genealogy David is mentioned 
more. Jesus was called the 'Son of David' more than the 'son of Mary'. 
Does that mean the statues of Mary need to be replaced by David? No.

Nor Mary, nor David, nor Abraham need to be given reverence, they were 
just milestones along the journey to Jesus Christ. The reason they are 
mentioned is because a promise were given to them. David was promised a 
King who's Kingdom will be eternal, Abraham was promised a seed in whom 
all the nations will be blessed and Mary was promised to be the virgin 
who will give birth to the Savior. Now if you look at the importance of 
promises we see the promise of David stands tall then that of Abraham or 
of Mary. If His Kingdom was forever then the nations would surely have 
to be blessed in Him and the King surely had to come for His Kingdom. So 
the others were means to fulfill the promise of David, thus the promise 
of David becomes the Key. He also is the one who decides who is in the 
Kingdom and who is not and none can change that.

The Greek word for 'to give reverence' in Bible, is also translated as 
'to hallow' or 'to sanctify'. This is what is done to God; we give 
reverence to Him and His Name. It is also what God does to us; He 
sanctifies us through His Word, Son and Spirit. Giving reverence is 
something we cannot do to each other. If we look at the term 'being 
sanctified' in Christ that is something all who are baptized in Him and 
His Spirit go through, so all who are in Christ should be reverenced not 
any specific person.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord You alone are God and there is no other than You. You alone are 
worthy of praise and glory. We pray Lord your people do not lift people. 
You are a God who does not share your glory. We pray our discernment and 
understanding increases and we walk more sturdily in your ways...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Ruth 4:18-22

18Now these are the generations of Pharez: Pharez begat Hezron,

19And Hezron begat Ram, and Ram begat Amminadab,

20And Amminadab begat Nahshon, and Nahshon begat Salmon,

21And Salmon begat Boaz, and Boaz begat Obed,

22And Obed begat Jesse, and Jesse begat David.

Matthew 1:1The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, 
the son of Abraham.

Matthew 9:27And when Jesus departed thence, two blind men followed him, 
crying, and saying, Thou Son of David, have mercy on us.

Matthew 21:9And the multitudes that went before, and that followed, 
cried, saying, Hosanna to the Son of David: Blessed is he that cometh in 
the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest.

Isaiah 22:22And the key of the house of David will I lay upon his 
shoulder; so he shall open, and none shall shut; and he shall shut, and 
none shall open.

Revelation 3:7And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; 
These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the 
key of David, he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no 
man openeth;

Exodus 20:11For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and 
all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD 
blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.

Luke 11:2And he said unto them, When ye pray, say, Our Father which art 
in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as 
in heaven, so in earth.

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God uses the little for greater

Acts 22:12 And one Ananias, a devout man according to the law, having a 
good report of all the Jews which dwelt there,

Paul is known as a mighty man of God. After Jesus he shines most in the 
NT. His knowledge and understanding of scriptures was unmatched at that 
time, even the 11 Apostles who were trained by Jesus in His 3 years 
ministry acknowledged Paul as an authority in this matter. The number of 
churches Paul started (directly or indirectly) was in hundreds, Churches 
in the whole of Europe and North Africa were the seeds of Paul. The 
Christianity we know today in the world has spread from Europe even 
though some Apostles went to different parts of the world.

We see in today's scripture to initiate this mighty Man of God, God used 
a little known person Ananias. Here we see the only description given of 
Ananias is that he was a devout righteous man who kept the Law and one 
who also had a good report with all the Jews which dwelt there.

We may not be great Preachers or Evangelist or Healers or famous Men or 
Women of God but we can surely be used like Ananias. Lord can use us to 
be the person to initiate many mighty Men and Women of God of tomorrow 
provided we hear the voice of God and abide in it like Ananias did. We 
are also called to live a life pleasing to God doing right in the little 
things for they please God more.

Everyone may not know this Ananias but God knows and Paul surely will 
never forget. Every time Paul prayed surely he must have thanked God for 
Ananias and must have blessed him. Imagine the riches Ananias holds in 
Heaven for he too had a share in the harvest of Paul.

If we are not called to be Paul let us be Ananias. Let us be those 
little ones who are used to start the mighty ones.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord we praise and thank You for using all who desire to be used for 
your Kingdom, You bless them in various ways so that they collect great 
riches in Heaven. Lord we pray if we do not become like Paul let us be 
like Ananias and be used to initiate many Pauls today. Help we live a 
life like Ananias and are attentive and obedient to your voice like 
Ananias...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Acts 22:11-16

11And when I could not see for the glory of that light, being led by the 
hand of them that were with me, I came into Damascus.

12And one Ananias, a devout man according to the law, having a good 
report of all the Jews which dwelt there,

13Came unto me, and stood, and said unto me, Brother Saul, receive thy 
sight. And the same hour I looked up upon him.

14And he said, The God of our fathers hath chosen thee, that thou 
shouldest know his will, and see that Just One, and shouldest hear the 
voice of his mouth.

15For thou shalt be his witness unto all men of what thou hast seen and 
heard.

16And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy 
sins, calling on the name of the Lord.

Acts 9:9-19

9And he was three days without sight, and neither did eat nor drink.

10And there was a certain disciple at Damascus, named Ananias; and to 
him said the Lord in a vision, Ananias. And he said, Behold, I am here, 
Lord.

11And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the street which is 
called Straight, and enquire in the house of Judas for one called Saul, 
of Tarsus: for, behold, he prayeth,

12And hath seen in a vision a man named Ananias coming in, and putting 
his hand on him, that he might receive his sight.

13Then Ananias answered, Lord, I have heard by many of this man, how 
much evil he hath done to thy saints at Jerusalem:

14And here he hath authority from the chief priests to bind all that 
call on thy name.

15But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel unto 
me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of 
Israel:

16For I will shew him how great things he must suffer for my name's sake.

17And Ananias went his way, and entered into the house; and putting his 
hands on him said, Brother Saul, the Lord, even Jesus, that appeared 
unto thee in the way as thou camest, hath sent me, that thou mightest 
receive thy sight, and be filled with the Holy Ghost.

18And immediately there fell from his eyes as it had been scales: and he 
received sight forthwith, and arose, and was baptized.

19And when he had received meat, he was strengthened. Then was Saul 
certain days with the disciples which were at Damascus.

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The ways of the enemy

Daniel 11:25And he shall stir up his power and his courage against the 
king of the south with a great army; and the king of the south shall be 
stirred up to battle with a very great and mighty army; but he shall not 
stand: for they shall forecast devices against him.

Today's scripture talks of a prophecy which was later fulfilled and is 
also documented in the books of Maccabees [Apocrypha - extra books which 
are not Canon / part of the Bible but can be read as historical or 
reference books]. The prophecy says Antiochus shall arouse himself, and 
exert his courage, and gather a large and powerful army, and set out 
with them to fight with Ptolemy Philometor, king of Egypt; this was his 
second expedition into Egypt, before that he went into Egypt more 
privately, with a few men, under a pretense of friendship; but now he 
went more openly as an enemy, with a large army.

In this event Antiochus went for the first time to Egypt as a friend. He 
went with few men and he stayed there for a short time. Later he went 
again to Egypt but not as a friend but as an enemy and that too with a 
large army. In history there is no record of any untoward incident that 
happened during his first stay, so clearly before he went there the 
first time he already had mollified intentions and was on reconnaissance 
mission to gauge the strength and weaknesses of Egypt.

Today the Lord is alerting us of the ways of the enemy. The accuser, the 
deceiver whom we call Satan does not come directly as an enemy but comes 
as a friend with innocent thoughts. He may even please us as a friend 
but when he understands our weaknesses he comes again but this time not 
as a friend but as an enemy, he will exploit our weakness to the point 
of destroying us.

Let us be alert and discern everything in our lives especially the small 
thoughts which the deceiver puts into our minds. These thoughts may seem 
innocent thoughts and may entertain us but they can come back and become 
our destruction.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord we pray we guard our hearts and minds like a kingdom at war. We 
pray we do not ignore the small things for we know the enemy will 
explore our weakness and incautiousness to make ground for his attack 
and our destruction. Lord we pray we walk in spirit and be alive in 
spirit more than in the natural...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen

[References Scriptures]

Books of Apocrypha

2 Maccabees 5:1 About the same time Antiochus prepared his second voyage 
into Egypt

1 Maccabees 1:17 Wherefore he entered into Egypt with a great multitude, 
with chariots, and elephants, and horsemen, and a great navy, 18And made 
war against Ptolemee king of Egypt: but Ptolemee was afraid of him, and 
fled; and many were wounded to death.

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The Angel who came as a man

Daniel 10:16 And, behold, one like the similitude of the sons of men 
touched my lips: then I opened my mouth, and spake, and said unto him 
that stood before me, O my lord, by the vision my sorrows are turned 
upon me, and I have retained no strength.

Across the Bible from Genesis to Revelation we have this character that 
appears many a times as a man but is referred to as Angel and also as Lord.

People may say Angels are spirit being and have power to take any form. 
Unlike other religions, if we see throughout the Bible Angels took only 
form of men and not of animals or any other creature. But there was this 
specific Angel who appears as man, commanded the other Angels and they 
abide to His command and was called Lord.

I initially started Bible study using Dake's Study Bible and when I read 
a foot note I was taken back with Dake's stating that the Lord appeared 
as an Angel. Some advised me to avoid that Bible due to this comment, 
which I did for a period but then as I studied on my own I was amazed 
with the Truth. The one scripture that really shocked me was in 
Revelation 22:13 where the characteristic of Alpha and Omega which is 
the characteristic of the Lord and of Christ is claimed by an Angel (the 
conversation starts from Revelation 22:8).

It is good that the Lord had opened my understanding before that to know 
Him else people would have accused me of being a Jehovah 's Witness who 
think Christ was an Angel and not God the Son.

As Christians we know there is one God and we also know the Son is God 
and His Spirit is God and yet they are one in the Father God. When Moses 
dared to ask the Lord to see His glory, Lord had to refuse so as to save 
his life, so God showed him his back (shadow) of His glory but not His 
face (true glory - God is not being of flesh to have front and back). 
What may be more interesting to note this was not Father God. Moses a 
man who spoke to God like man talks to another was not worthy to see His 
true glory that too not of the Father (John 1:18 says no being has seen 
the Father other than the Son). We need to understand who God is and how 
He being so Holy, before whom no sinner or corrupt being can exist still 
managed to attend to us corrupt beings and dwell among us while not 
compromising His Nature / Name.

There were so many questions initially like how and why did God create 
Satan and fallen angels even though He knew. How could a perfect and 
all-knowing God make mistakes? All these were answered when I came to 
know more of Him. What was more awesome was to know all this was just 
because of His plans for us.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord You are God and You are Holy. Before You Lord sin cannot exist but 
yet You Lord allowed sin to come into existence so that it would be 
dealt with once for all. You Lord are life and You desire all things 
have life eternal and this life can exist only in your Name, for that 
You manifested your Name so that in your Name they may live. Father we 
thank You for we who are low like worms have been lifted up for great 
things in Heaven...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Genesis 18:1-2

1And the LORD appeared unto him in the plains of Mamre: and he sat in 
the tent door in the heat of the day;

2And he lift up his eyes and looked, and, lo, three men stood by him: 
and when he saw them, he ran to meet them from the tent door, and bowed 
himself toward the ground,

Daniel 12:5-13

5Then I Daniel looked, and, behold, there stood other two, the one on 
this side of the bank of the river, and the other on that side of the 
bank of the river.

6And one 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?

7And 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.

8And I heard, but I understood not: then said I, O my Lord, what shall 
be the end of these things?

Revelation 22:8-13

8And I John saw these things, and heard them. And when I had heard and 
seen, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel which shewed 
me these things.

9Then saith he unto me, See thou do it not: for I am thy fellowservant, 
and of thy brethren the prophets, and of them which keep the sayings of 
this book: worship God.

10And he saith unto me, Seal not the sayings of the prophecy of this 
book: for the time is at hand.

11He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, 
let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous 
still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still.

12And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every 
man according as his work shall be.

13I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.

1 Thessalonians 4:16For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with 
a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and 
the dead in Christ shall rise first:

2 Thessalonians 1:7And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the 
Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels,

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Post  Admin on Sat 18 Jun 2016, 9:52 pm

Destiny or faith

John 6:65 And he said, Therefore said I unto you, that no man can come 
unto me, except it were given unto him of my Father.

In Islam we see Allah chooses whom he chooses and deceives whom he 
desires. The Qur'an openly states many times that Allah is the 'Best 
Deceiver' Qur'an 3:54, Qur'an 7:99, Qur'an 8:30, Qur'an 10:21, Qur'an 
13:42. If we go by the Bible we find the deceiving character is not 
God's nature but the nature of Satan.

If we read today's message one may ask is God like Allah, one who 
decides who will be saved? Since one cannot be saved unless one knows 
the Lord Jesus Christ and the scripture says unless the Father allows 
one to know the Son none can come to Him.

Christianity is a free will belief that means one has to choose to 
become a Christian and if one does not choose to become a Christian one 
cannot become one, leaving for the few elect whom God has chosen even 
before they are born. That means unless one realises they are a sinner 
and knows the consequence of their sins one cannot repent and come to 
God through Christ to become a Christian. One does not become a 
Christian by doing this but this is just the start of the journey of 
change which the Spirit of God does on that person, Christ is just the 
door to Christianity and the Holy Spirit is the potter who make one 
Christian (Christ like). Many stand at the door and think they are 
already Christians.

Destiny means the end result is decided and the recipient has no control 
over it. It is like a fast flowing river and the person is sitting in 
the raft without any paddles, thus has no option but to go with the flow.

Faith on the other hand means believing in the Truth. It is a choice 
which one takes to believe or not to believe, and what or how much to 
believe. So faith is relative, even though all Christians believe in the 
same yet how much of the 'same' they believe varies from person to person.

Christianity (life) is based on faith and not destiny; it gives choice 
and is based on free will. Scriptures like today's message and others 
like one which state the Book of Life already has the names of those who 
will enter Heaven so anyone whose name is not in the Book of Life is not 
one who will enter Heaven, these are still faith based and not destiny 
based. The twist here is of knowing God the author of the Bible. God is 
omnipresent which means present across space (everywhere), across 
dimension (across Heavens) and across time (in our past, our present and 
our future at the same time). So for God everything is before His eyes 
(figurative) and nothing is hidden from Him. So when God allows or does 
not allow it means He have seen the result. He is not like Allah who 
deceives or influences the down fall, but He does influence the rise, 
which means when we go the right path He encourages. There are rare 
times when an individual causes great harm to His people (those going 
the right path) where God does quicken that person's down fall by 
hardening further that person's heart.

Let us as Christians not think we become Christians just by believing in 
Christ. Christ is the door and by our faith in Christ we have opened the 
door to become Christians. It is the walk of faith with the help of the 
Holy Spirit that we become Christians. God knows how our walk will be 
and thus has written the report already. God desires we have good result 
but it is our desire which matters most. So if we have come to know 
Christ it means we have great chances of having good result provided we 
hold on to the faith and walk the path of change with the Holy Spirit.

[Prayer Starter]

Father God we thank You for finding us worthy to know your Son Jesus 
Christ. Father we know we have hope for good results. We pray our faith 
increases and we do not let go of the Truth for the desires of the 
carnal self, we become overcomers and part victors in Christ who has 
already overcome...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

John 3:3-7

3Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, 
Except a man be born again [from above], he cannot see the kingdom of God.

4Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he 
enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born?

5Jesus 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.

6That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the 
Spirit is spirit.

7Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again [from above].

John 1:11-13

11He came unto his own, and his own received him not.

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

13Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of 
the will of man, but of God.

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

Revelation 21:7He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will 
be his God, and he shall be my son

John 16:33These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have 
peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I 
have overcome the world.

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Do not be red

Amos 1:11, 12Thus saith the LORD; For three transgressions of Edom, and 
for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof; because he did 
pursue his brother with the sword, and did cast off all pity, and his 
anger did tear perpetually, and he kept his wrath for ever: But I will 
send a fire upon Teman, which shall devour the palaces of Bozrah.

To understand today's scripture one need to have knowledge of Bible 
numeric and Bible symbolism.

Here the scripture (even other scriptures in this chapter) talks of 'for 
three transgressions' and 'for four'. Four symbolizes earthly or natural 
while first three are spirit oriented.

Edom means red / ruddy. Adam is a similar Hebrew word and means red but 
accurately means 'to be red'. Adam as a noun means man and as adjective 
means to be full of life. Edom on the other had means to be full of anger.

Today's message is for us and the Lord is telling us in today's message 
when we keep anger against a brother in mind / spirit, God does not take 
action against us but when we manifest this anger in the natural by 
speaking against the brother or by our actions then the Lord will punish 
us for that.

Today's message the Lord talks of punishment in 2 areas one is Teman 
which means south and symbolizes the person's righteousness. It also was 
the place the sons of Edom dwelled so the Lord does not pull up only our 
righteousness but also the righteousness of our children. Second area is 
Bozrah which means sheepfold, the hedge that protects them. In other 
words the Lord says when we keep anger and manifest this anger in the 
natural against our brother than the Lord will attack our righteousness 
and our hedge of protection.

There are cases where people had kept anger and let it manifest into 
hatred over many year. The person forgot the main incident but the 
bitterness remained inside and the bitterness manifested into serious 
sickness. The moment the person was make aware of the area of 
un-forgiveness and the person forgave, the person got healed.

To be angry is not sin but keeping anger is dangerous for we risk the 
chance of that anger to overtake our sanity and we start to manifest 
this anger in the natural; when we manifest this anger against a brother 
(including sister mature in the Lord) than we risk the Lord's punishment 
on our own righteousness and on our hedge of protection.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord You are a merciful God and slow to anger. You Lord have at times 
given man hundreds of years to repent before You punished man. In your 
Word You Lord have advised not to let the sun (symbolizing grace) go 
down on our anger. It is only by grace that we can overcome anger and we 
need to learn to be full of grace as You Lord are with us. Help us Lord 
to overcome anger and never to be Edom, let anger overtake us...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen

[Reference Scriptures]

Colossians 3:8But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, 
blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth.

Ephesians 4:26Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon 
your wrath:

Numbers 25:4And the LORD said unto Moses, Take all the heads of the 
people, and hang them up before the LORD against the sun, that the 
fierce anger of the LORD may be turned away from Israel.

Matthew 18:21-22

21Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin 
against me, and I forgive him? till seven times?

22Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, 
Until seventy times seven.

Luke 17:3Take heed to yourselves: If thy brother trespass against thee, 
rebuke him; and if he repent, forgive him.

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Post  Admin on Mon 13 Jun 2016, 6:48 pm

This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled

Matthew 24:33,34So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know 
that it is near, even at the doors. Verily I say unto you, This 
generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.

Jesus started the conversation of today's message with word 'See to that 
no one misleads you'; the words just before today's message Jesus speaks 
of the fig tree. Just after today's message Jesus says 'Heaven and earth 
shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away'. Between these 
sentences Jesus points to many milestones including His glorious return.

To understand today's message one needs to have understanding of spirit 
life. We live because our spirit lives, even when we die naturally our 
spirit still lives. Note in today's message Jesus says 'this 
generation', He does not say Christian generation but talks of all in 
the generation that exited then.

Be it a person who believes or does not believe in the Lord Jesus Christ 
both live after they die their natural death, the only thing that varies 
is the state of their spirit. The spirit of the person who does not 
believe in the Lord Jesus Christ goes to Hell and suffers his or her 
sins (the fire is within). The spirit of the person who believes rests 
in a place called Grave. The Hebrew word Sheowl translated as grave / 
hell comes from the root word which means to borrow / ask. The actual 
Hebrew word for Hell is Geenna and occurs only 12 times in the 
scriptures; it roots from the word valley and pride.

Most Christians do not have clear understanding of the term 'eternity'. 
They know those who are saved in the Lord Jesus Christ and go to Heaven 
are given the gift to live for eternity. What they do not know is how.

Life to live eternally within oneself is only in God the Father and this 
ability He has given to His Son for the Son is part of Him. No being in 
Heaven or on earth or even in Hell has the ability to live eternally. 
All created beings have a finite spirit life and its property varies 
accord the complexity of the being. Humans are simple spirit beings like 
the Angels but are lower than the Angels. Humans like Angels have one 
spirit being, Cherubs on other hand are complex spirit beings having 
multiple spirit beings (in thousands) yet is one being therefore are 
high on hierarchy and lead the Angels. They are also called Beasts, 
Morning Star or Light Bearers (Lucifer / Satan was one among these).

We as humans can live eternally only if we enter Heaven and have access 
to the Tree of Life with its twelve Fruits. We eat of this Tree only 
when we come towards the end of spirit life that is why Adam who had 
access to the Tree yet did not eat of it, God removed his access by 
restricting him and Eve from entering Eden (Garden of Eden/Paradise is 
in Upper Heaven which they had access to before they sinned, to 
understand for this we need to study transfiguration). Jesus as man 
confirmed He overcame by His transfiguration. In Paul's letters to 
Romans and Corinth, Paul confirms we too will transfigure / be 
transformed from corrupt beings to incorruptible beings. This happens 
when the Truth is whole in us for Truth sets us free from corruption (sin).

Let us understand life and let us not think there is an exit from life, 
even if we die naturally we still continue to live. Euthanasia or 
suicide is foolishness for this life is thousand times better than the 
life behind the curtain for those who do not believe in the Lord Jesus 
Christ. It is like jumping from the pan into the fire. Also if a person 
believes in Lord Jesus Christ than would they kill themselves? If they 
do than can they say they believe?

A few days back someone was discussing with me about a person suffering 
from terminal illness. The person felt sad seeing the suffering which 
the person was going through, so commented it is better to for them to 
die than to suffer like this. I ask the person 'do you know the 
suffering that waits after death if the person does not believe in the 
Lord Jesus Christ'. So let us do our best and show mercy and keep them 
alive as much as we can.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord, all living beings are created by You for You alone are Creator. 
The Son is part of You and therefore He alone has ability to live 
eternally like You. Lord You have made facility for us to live eternally 
in Heaven when we get access to the Tree of Life and eat of its twelve 
Fruits. Lord we pray we understand spirit life and thus not be misled by 
anyone...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Matthew 24:4And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man 
deceive you.

Matthew 24:35 Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not 
pass away.

Matthew 24:29-30

29Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be 
darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall 
fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:

30And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then 
shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of 
man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.

Matthew 17:2And was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as 
the sun, and his raiment was white as the light.

John 16:33These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have 
peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I 
have overcome the world.

Romans 12:2And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by 
the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and 
acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

1 Corinthians 15:52In 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.

Revelation 22:2In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of 
the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of 
fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree 
were for the healing of the nations.

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How we do it is as important

Romans 12:8 Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let 
him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that 
sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness.

If we go to a 5 star hotel and we get bad service what will be our 
reaction? Will be satisfied with what is given? Will we ignore the way 
it is given? But if we go to a street side counter and get that same 
kind of service will we complain?

Our expectation increases with the respect and esteem we hold of the 
place. Now we need to ask ourselves what is the respect or esteem we 
have for the Kingdom of God?

We as Christians dwell in the Kingdom of God and if we are of the 
Kingdom of God and someone comes to His Kingdom, how are we the citizens 
of His Kingdom to deal or serve such a person. Are we to serve like a 
street corner setup or greater than a 5 star facility? What we give is 
as important to how we give it. We need to serve the good things of His 
Kingdom and we need to do with the best of our ability and our goodness.

Jesus said you will know the tree from its fruit that means the output 
will define what the source is. What we hold gifts which are from God 
then can we serve in any unworthy manner?

[Prayer Starter]

Lord You are Almighty and merciful God. You radiate the goodness that is 
in You. Lord we pray if we as your children state You are in us then let 
us too radiate You and your goodness as You do and which was manifested 
in the flesh in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen...

[Reference Scriptures]

Matthew 7:17-18

17Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree 
bringeth forth evil fruit.

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

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Post  Admin on Fri 10 Jun 2016, 10:57 pm

Does Jesus desire us to touching Him?

Mark 3:10 For he had healed many; insomuch that they pressed upon him 
for to touch him, as many as had plagues.

Just today as I logged on to the net I read about an incident that 
happened in India where people saw water was dripping from a statue of 
Jesus crucified, they people thought it was a miracle. Later when a 
person investigated they found it was toilet water.

Between the time of people think it was a miracle to the time of 
investigation we do not know how many people filled bottles and shared 
with others especially the sick which may have drank it or even applied 
it to their bodies. They may have done it in faith but is that faith?

All miracles are not godly for we see when the Lord told Moses to throw 
his rod on the floor before the Pharaoh, Moses' rod turned into a 
serpent and when Pharaoh called his sorcerers they too threw their rods 
and their rods too turned into serpents.

In today's scripture we see that when Jesus was with the people, the 
people pressed on to touch Him and as many touched Him, they were healed 
and delivered of evil spirits, yet we see Jesus preferred to distant 
Himself and climbed into a boat so as to prevent them for touching Him.

Now ask the question why did Jesus do that? Is this not the same Jesus 
who read in Luke 4:18 that He was sent to let the blind to see, set the 
captives free, to heal the broken hearted. We also see in the chapter 
before when Jesus entered Capernaum and was preaching in a house, many 
people gathered. It is written so many people gathered that there was no 
place in the house. We do not read Jesus tried to escape from there. 
It's by understanding the priorities of Jesus we understand why Jesus 
went on to the boat to avoid the crowd in today's message.

Note when people were hearing Him Jesus did not try to flee the crowd 
but when people were only interested in healings and not in hearing Him, 
He fled the crowd.

If we want Jesus we need to give priority to hearing and abiding to Him 
Word. If we only are only going to run after miracles and blessings that 
come from Him then we may receive some of them but soon Jesus Christ 
will flee from us and be in a place where we will not be able to reach Him.

He came (was sent) primarily set the spiritually blind to see, the 
deliver those who are spiritually captive free, heal those who are 
spiritually broken and set liberty to those who are spiritually bruised.

Even the woman with an issue of blood touched Jesus we need to study the 
background to understand how she stole a healing from Him. She touched 
His hem that too in a crowd where to bend down that to a sick woman 
would be foolishness for one can be stampeded to death. She did that for 
she was not a Jew and she knew why Jews put a blue hem to their robe and 
she wanted to touch the blue hem Jesus' robe.

Let us not first seek earthly thing from the King of the Kingdom of God 
but seek first spiritual things for it is said if we seek His Kingdom 
first all our earthly needs will be added unto us.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord You are Spirit and your Kingdom is forever. Even though the earth 
and the whole universe belongs to You yet these are temporary. As your 
children You desire we seek You and your Kingdom first so that we have 
life eternal. You are Father and it does not please You to see your 
children lacking anything even if it is earthly and thus You fulfill 
even earthly needs, but those who seek first earthly things, can they be 
called your children? Father may we be first your children...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Exodus 7:10-12

10And Moses and Aaron went in unto Pharaoh, and they did so as the LORD 
had commanded: and Aaron cast down his rod before Pharaoh, and before 
his servants, and it became a serpent.

11Then Pharaoh also called the wise men and the sorcerers: now the 
magicians of Egypt, they also did in like manner with their enchantments.

12For they cast down every man his rod, and they became serpents: but 
Aaron's rod swallowed up their rods.

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

Mark 2:1-4

1And again he entered into Capernaum after some days; and it was noised 
that he was in the house.

2And straightway many were gathered together, insomuch that there was no 
room to receive them, no, not so much as about the door: and he preached 
the word unto them.

3And they come unto him, bringing one sick of the palsy, which was borne 
of four.

4And when they could not come nigh unto him for the press, they 
uncovered the roof where he was: and when they had broken it up, they 
let down the bed wherein the sick of the palsy lay.

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

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

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You are children of light

Romans 15:4 For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written 
for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures 
might have hope.

Today's scripture tells us the Bible (it is OT that is referred to by 
Paul) has prophecies so that we have patience and hold on to our faith, 
for this Paul says we need to learn and understand the prophecies.

Today we see many people are impatient and shaken in faith looking at 
what is happening, all because they are not aware what is due next. They 
know the start and the end (that too some are confused of the end) but 
the milestones that come along the path are not known to them.

When the Lord started teaching me and leading me to write on various 
topics, even before I wrote on things like patience, heart etc. the Lord 
first got me to write on creation and about (some of) its major milestones.

It is sad that very few Churches give importance to the OT. They do not 
realize it is not possible to understand the NT without understanding 
the OT. The NT is a curtain opener to the OT and it is OT that is 
finisher of the NT. So to understand the Bible we start with reading and 
studying the NT, then go to the OT and come back to the NT to understand 
it fully.

Leaving for 2 books of the NT all books are totally dependent on the OT, 
the 2 books are partly dependent (one is prophetic while other is 
chronology). Even the book Revelation is total dependent on the OT, it 
is like an expounded summary of events from the books of Prophets put in 
a jumbled order.

One of the first traps set for Christians was the splitting of the Bible 
into OT and NT and the other was giving people the symbol of the 
crucifix so as to replace the understanding of the cross of Christ.

Let us be children of light and not children of darkness, God desires we 
know what is next so that we are not shaken in faith and are not 
impatient. He has written it in His Book and He desires we study and 
understand it.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord You are Almighty and Omnipresent God, nothing is hidden from You. 
As your children You want us also to be aware of things so You wrote 
then in your Book so that who has wisdom and desire to know may know and 
be strong. Lord we pray your people not fall prey to deceit and to 
vanity. We pray your people be children of light and not prey to darkness...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

John 12:36While ye have light, believe in the light, that ye may be the 
children of light. These things spake Jesus, and departed, and did hide 
himself from them.

1 Thessalonians 5:4-11

4But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake 
you as a thief.

5Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are 
not of the night, nor of darkness.

6 Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.

7For they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are 
drunken in the night.

8But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of 
faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation.

9For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our 
Lord Jesus Christ,

10Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live 
together with him.

11Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as 
also ye do.

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Dependency on the congregation

2 Corinthians 11:9 And when I was present with you, and wanted, I was 
chargeable to no man: for that which was lacking to me the brethren 
which came from Macedonia supplied: and in all things I have kept myself 
from being burdensome unto you, and so will I keep myself.

If Jesus dwelled in our time wonder what vehicle He would drive. 
According to what I know of Him other than using public transport even 
if He had a vehicle He would use a scooter which gave good millage and 
quick to move around in the city. And even if someone gave Him a 4 wheel 
drive He would give to one of His greedy disciples like Judas to use and 
take only when He really needed it.

Last Saturday I was at an opening of a Church and the preacher sharing 
the Word truly said in the start the Pastor of the Church is very humble 
and growth of the Pastor is propositional to the growth of the size of 
the congregation.

If we read Malachi 3:10 it clearly says 'bring you all the tithes into 
the storehouse that there may be meat in the house'. It does not say 
meat for the Pastor, his family, the leaders etc. Tithes are supposed to 
be used for the spiritual building of the congregation. Yes the Pastor 
is allowed to take a share of the tithe and Paul says he has right to 
take a share but did not since he did not want to get paid for his 
service in earthly riches.

There are some main stream Churches in Mumbai which pay corporate like 
salaries to its Pastors. One Evangelist boasted from the podium a 6 
digit salary he paid his Pastors and his preaching was more about giving.

Today's message we see Paul who was a business man making and selling 
tents and taking care of not only his own expenses but also the expenses 
of his colleagues, he was experiencing a bad time and was in need. Even 
though he was in need he did not ask the congregation he set up in 
Corinth which was a rich metropolis city. Paul confirms the Lord met his 
needs by a brother from Macedonia.

Pastors today speak of trusting God but their eyes are on the pockets of 
their congregation. The people who give more are given more importance 
in the Church. If these people do spiritual blunders you will find the 
Pastor would rarely dare to correct the person unless the whole 
congregation stands up against the Pastor.

There are famous Preachers who first take a share of the collection of 
the any event and then leave the people who organized the event to pay 
the bills with what remains. Many a times the organizers have had to 
sell their belongings even their house to pay the bills. The organizers 
think God will be pleased with what they did but God sees it as foolishness.

Let us be wise and let us work according to the way the Lord has set to 
run His house. It is His sheep not our sheep so let His will be done.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord, You are the Good shepherd who gave His life for His sheep. Lord we 
pray as shepherds we too learn to give more than to take or ask a value 
for what we give. Lord we pray your house runs like You have set it to 
run. We pray your shepherds overcome the worm Greed which destroys Fruits...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Malachi 3:10Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may 
be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of 
hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a 
blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.

1 Corinthians 9:3-15

3My defence to them that examine me is this.

4Have we no right to eat and to drink?

5Have we no right to lead about a wife that is a believer, even as the 
rest of the apostles, and the brethren of the Lord, and Cephas?

6Or I only and Barnabas, have we not a right to forbear working?

7What soldier ever serveth at his own charges? who planteth a vineyard, 
and eateth not the fruit thereof? Or who feedeth a flock, and eateth not 
of the milk of the flock?

8Do I speak these things after the manner of men? or saith not the law 
also the same?

9For it is written in the law of Moses, Thou shalt not muzzle the ox 
when he treadeth out the corn. Is it for the oxen that God careth,

10or saith he it assuredly for our sake? Yea, for our sake it was 
written: because he that ploweth ought to plow in hope, and he that 
thresheth, to thresh in hope of partaking.

11If we sowed unto you spiritual things, is it a great matter if we 
shall reap your carnal things?

12If others partake of this right over you, do not we yet more? 
Nevertheless we did not use this right; but we bear all things, that we 
may cause no hindrance to the gospel of Christ.

13Know ye not that they that minister about sacred things eat of the 
things of the temple, and they that wait upon the altar have their 
portion with the altar?

14Even so did the Lord ordain that they that proclaim the gospel should 
live of the gospel.

15 But I have used none of these things: and I write not these things 
that it may be so done in my case; for it were good for me rather to 
die, than that any man should make my glorifying void.

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Post  Admin on Tue 07 Jun 2016, 5:13 pm

Why is God hiding Himself?

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

Bible says not only the Angels know God but even the fallen angels (evil 
spirits) know God and tremble, man on the other hand is told again and 
again ‘know your Lord your God’.

The term sinner was first used for man even though the fallen angels 
were evil, they were not called sinners, it was only after the floods of 
Noah that the fallen angels were called devils (demons, goats), Satan 
(plural and means adversaries). We see Angels are called Sons of God and 
even fallen angels were referred by that term just before the floods.

Fallen angels / evil spirits know more of God than man does and we see 
Jesus forbid the unclean / evil spirits to make Him known. When they saw 
Him it is written they fell down and cried saying ‘Thou are Son of God’. 
If one reads the Greek text the text uses the Greek word ‘tov’ which 
means ‘the’ and usual the Greek ‘ho’ is not there. The term Sons of God 
for man is used only once in Romans 8:14 and that too it unlike ‘Son The 
God’ used for Jesus, here it is written ‘Sons god’ without ‘tov’ / 
‘the’. Yes in Greek grammar one can put the word ‘of’ due to the 
rendering of the words in the sentence. Everywhere leaving for Romans 
8:14 scriptures related to man it is the words ‘children of God’ that is 
translated as ‘Sons of God’ in many English Translations i.e. John 1:12. 
What I want to highlight is the difference in the term ‘Son of God’ used 
for Jesus and for man or Angels. It is only by the understanding of this 
we will understand why Jesus as man never glorified Himself, He said 
only in the end when He returns to the Father will He be glorified.

Till date people are trying to understand God and the relationship 
between the Father, Son and Spirit and they have partly managed to know 
Him. The orthodox theological definition of Trinity is not wrong but 
also it does not fully comprehend the understanding of God, it does not 
touch even 25% of who God is.

It is only in the end when the Truth is whole in us and man has 
overcome, will man know God fully. There are so many questions about God 
which are unanswered even today and the main reason is man has not 
understood the simple term ‘Spirit’ which means ‘life’. So to be Son of 
God like said in Romans 8:14, we need to have the Life of God in us, 
that does not means life that comes from God, for all living things 
including fallen angels also got their life from God, it means a life 
that manifests God.

Lord humbled Himself and become man Jesus to show us what we need to 
become. It is only when we become like Jesus will we know God and know 
who Lord Jesus Christ really is and for this Jesus gave us His Spirit. 
It is the Spirit of God / Spirit of Truth who will lead us to all Truth 
and let us know the Lord Jesus Christ since the Lord has forbidden the 
Angels or fallen angels to make Him be known.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord You alone are God and the Bible says there is only One God. Father 
Lord You are Holy and as John 1:18 says no being has seen You leaving 
for the Son. Lord we pray we overcome this corruption and know You 
through your Word and by your Spirit and not through the wisdom of man. 
Lord we pray for more and more revelation of You to your people. We pray 
for windows of Heaven be opened via your Spirit and man may see and know 
You more...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

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

Mark 1:1 The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God; 
(Mar 1:1 KJV)

1 John 3:8 He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth 
from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that 
he might destroy the works of the devil. (1Jo 3:8 KJV)

Romans 1:4 And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to 
the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead: (Rom 1:4 KJV)

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: (KJV)

John 1:12 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to 
become children of God, even to those who believe in His name, (NAS)

John 1:12 Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his 
name, he gave the right to become children of God (NIV)

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Post  Admin on Sun 05 Jun 2016, 9:40 pm

Being saved by the Gospel

1 Corinthians 15:1, 2 Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel 
which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye 
stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached 
unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.

People think if they believe in the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ they 
are forever saved.

It is true that a person is saved when that person believes in the 
Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ, but it is not so simple that today I 
believe and forever I am saved. If I die after some years it is not 
necessary I will be saved. Paul uses the words 'stand in it' that means 
at the time of death I still need to believe in the Gospel of the Lord 
Jesus Christ. Paul says in his last words 'unless ye have believed in 
vain' which means we can and have the option of rejecting the Gospel and 
thus rejecting being saved.

So one does not become a Christian due to faith exercised a day of their 
life. To be a Christ one need to keep exercising ones' faith in the 
salvation through the Lord Jesus Christ. One needs to be an everyday 
Christian to be a Christian until one sleeps in the Lord.

One thing that the Lord suggested in the Bible is to keep the first 
Manna which means the day we were saved in the Lord that day should 
always be fresh in our minds. We should always remember what we were and 
how the Lord saved us by revealing Himself to us.

The Lord is telling us not to take our faith very likely, unless we keep 
exercising our faith it will not be strong and not sustain through our 
journey in this life time. So let us make sure we daily spend time 
building our faith, feeding it with testimonies and the Word. People who 
have preached the Gospel to lost souls should also keep track of them 
and follow up to make sure the harvest is kept safe in Him.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord we pray we do not take our salvation for granted. We pray that your 
people realize they need to build their faith regularly so that they do 
not fall and reject the Gospel. We pray they realize that a person does 
not become a Christian due to one day but starts becoming a Christian 
one day and need to remain Christian from that day until the day they 
sleep in You...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Mark 16:16He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that 
believeth not shall be damned.

Matthew 24:13But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.

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Baptism of Repentance

Luke 3:3 And he came into all the country about Jordan, preaching the 
baptism of repentance for the remission of sins;

When the word 'repentance' is spoken the first thing that comes to mind 
of most is to be sorry. People think repentance is all about grieving, 
being sad, being sorrowful, but what the Bible says as repentance is 
beyond that. One can repent without shedding a tear.

The Greek language is very rich and it holds the true meaning in its 
rendering of the word. The word translated as repentance is metanoia / 
metanoeo (I repent). This word is a compound word and is made of 2 words 
'meta' which means after or with, the other word is 'noieo' which means 
understanding. So the word translated as repentance actually means 
'after understanding'.

Man sinned [erred] because of lack of understanding due to which man 
lost the Fruit of Truth. Jesus said we will be set free (from sin) only 
when we follow Him and will know the truth. When we follow Jesus (that 
means live our lives as He asks us to) we start to understand and know 
the truth and it is then we will be set free from the bonds of sin.

Paul renders the word sin in a very perfect way in his epistles to the 
Romans and Corinthians, he uses the word corruption. Sin does nothing 
other than corrupt and deforms our spirit. Nothing corrupt can exist 
before God and all life comes from God, therefore sin does not allow us 
dwell in the presence of God and thus sin leads us to death (second 
death that is of the spirit).

Jesus did not come to fight sin. He did pay the penalty of our sins by 
which He made peace between man and God so that man receives the Spirit 
of Truth and by receiving the Spirit of Truth we may have the right 
understanding and know the Truth again (receive the Fruit of Truth which 
we lost when Adam and Eve sinned). It is only when truth exists in us 
(in whole) that sin and death has no hold, effect, consequence on us.

True repentance is not about being sorry but is about correcting oneself 
and coming on the right path or doing what is right. We can cry and sob 
all day but we will only fool ourselves not God. God does not desire we 
cry but desires we stop existing in darkness. He desires we dwell in 
light, the light of truth. He desires we be whole. We can cry for 
hurting God and for being far from Him, but only correction would call 
it repentance.

If one truly understands baptism of repentance, one would know it 
requires us to be baptized in Christ and be baptized in the Holy Spirit.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord You are Righteous and Holy God. You are Light and no darkness can 
dwell before You. Lord nothing corrupt can exist before You, You did not 
throw us out of Heaven for You hated us but did so to give us another 
chance to overcome corruption. You paid the price for our sins so as to 
make peace between You and us and by this we receive your Spirit. It is 
your Spirit that leads us to become whole. Lord we pray your people 
repent and be whole...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

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

1 Corinthians 15:42-44, 50-55

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

43It is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory: it is sown in 
weakness; it is raised in power:

44It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a 
natural body, and there is a spiritual body.

50Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the 
kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.

51Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all 
be changed,

52In 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.

53For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must 
put on immortality.

54So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this 
mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the 
saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.

55O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?

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God hates the intellectual

Matthew 23:13 But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for 
ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in 
yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in.

If you read the 7 woes in Matthew 23 or even those in the other Gospels, 
Jesus names first the scribes and then names the Pharisees. More than 
the religious people, God hates the intellectual people.

God is a Being full of wisdom, His wisdom is immeasurable, it is 
incomprehensible. You may wonder if God is full of wisdom then how He 
can hate the intellectual. Per say God does not hate intelligence. He 
gives us, those who believe in His Son His Spirit of Truth Who leads us 
to all understanding, so not true Christian would be a person lacking 
wisdom. But the Lord does not give His Spirit to those who think they 
know (all who are baptize in Jesus Christ receive the promise of the 
Holy Spirit and as they surrender to the Holy Spirit then starts their 
journey of baptism in the Holy Spirit).

When I came into the Lord I was an intellectual person so the Lord 
needed to deal with my intelligence first. I would try to scientifically 
explain miracles, the existence of God and creation even though I was a 
Christian (was a Catholic then, to be specific). Then one day as I was 
praying for a very old person (70years above) suffering of cancer of the 
backbone, that too in his last stage where doctors gave up on him and 
even stopped his medicine (he was on painkillers and was taking morphine 
which made him a drug addict; they had already replaced some segments of 
his spinal column with those made of steel). This man was a Muslim, whom 
I had not met, it was the love and tears of his daughter and 
daughter-in-law that touched my heart and caused me to pray for him. He 
was about 1500kms from where I was praying. No one told him I was 
praying for him and as I was praying for him, this man instantly gets 
healed and starts doing all his personal work. The next day this bed 
ridden man goes to the bank and to the market. The first time I met him 
/saw him was a few days later to his healing as he was getting off a 
boat, coming from a picnic, that too from a place which had lots of 
steps to climb. God challenged me to explain this scientifically.

Today we see many intellectual people bringing people to Churches but 
not letting them know God. They themselves do not know God so do not 
allow others to know God. In the name of God they become a hurdle for 
those who seek God. The reason is their wisdom is wisdom of the world 
and not of God and since it is not of God it does not built people in 
the Lord but makes them feel they know God.

The Word of God is not just words and anyone who claims to know God 
should be a man who also manifests His Word. If Jesus just spoke and did 
not do what He did then would people follow Him?

As one is baptized more and more in the Holy Spirit one receives more of 
His gifts. True knowledge comes only from the Holy Spirit and so if 
knowledge and gifts do not show together then we need to question this 
knowledge. The proportion may vary but absence of either one should be a 
warning for us. That also means a person doing healing, deliverance, 
praying in tongues, prophesying etc. but having no understanding or does 
not grow in understanding of the Word of God is also dangerous.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord the Church is filled with people who have learned from others and 
very few are there who learn from You. Lord Jesus You said the one I 
send (Holy Spirit - the Spirit of Truth) will lead us to all 
understanding bring us to know You and all what You spoke (Your Word). 
We pray Lord that your people are not filled with yeast; that they do 
not depend more on the knowledge that comes from man but on the 
knowledge that comes from God...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

John 4:25-26

25The woman saith unto him, I know that Messias cometh, which is called 
Christ: when he is come, he will tell us all things.

26Jesus saith unto her, I that speak unto thee am he.

John 14:26But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father 
will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all 
things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.

John 16:13Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide 
you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he 
shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.

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