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Post  Admin on Tue 27 Sep 2016, 3:06 pm

Submission to authority

Hebrews 13:19But I beseech you the rather to do this, that I may be 
restored to you the sooner.

We see most Church leaders demand submission and in yesterday's message 
of relationship between husband and wife we see the same case many 
husbands demanding submission of their wife.

If one reads the context of the topic, the writer (supposedly Paul) 
speaks of spiritual leaders (leader of the soul). No one can become a 
spiritual leader; one has to be made a spiritual leader. Every Pastor 
needs to give an account to the Lord for the soul he or she is leading. 
We by default consider the Pastor of the Church to be the spiritual 
leader of the congregation. Even within husband and wife relationship 
the husband is by default the spiritual guide to his family and in the 
natural both husband and wife are equal. But in cases if the wife is 
spiritually more mature than her husband than she needs to take the 
spiritual leadership of the family.

If we go by Biblical terms as in Callings it is the Bishop who heads the 
congregation and he (or she) is the administrative head of the 
congregation. A Pastor can be any person who is a spiritual leader for 
another person. So every Bishop may not be the Pastor of the person in 
his congregation and every Pastor may not be a Bishop but may be an 
Apostle, a Prophet, a Teacher, an Evangelist or even a Healer.

What the Lord is telling us is that when we have selected a person to be 
our spiritual guide than we need to submit to that person in sense of 
listening to that person. If we start to do our own thing than, neither 
that person would be able to mold us, nor give an account of us to the Lord.

We need to also note there is nothing like an eternal Pastor in respect 
of a person other than the Holy Spirit. Take the case of Paul and 
Timothy. Paul was the spiritual guide / father to Timothy until he 
matured in spirit and once Timothy matured we see Paul refers to him as 
associate and not child or son.

Every Pastor needs to also be pastored either by another or by the Holy 
Spirit. There are cases I have seen where the guide (Pastor) due to not 
growing himself or herself lands up being pastored by the one whom he or 
she pastored. If a person is not growing spiritually than it is to be 
considered a serious alarm and something needs to be done immediately by 
the person or by others around that person.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord You are Spirit and You desire all to worship You in spirit and 
truth. When man sinned the spirit person got corrupted so You gave your 
Word to heal man. Since man could not receive the Word You made a Way 
for man to receive the Word through the sacrifice of your Son. Lord may 
your people understand the importance of spiritual growth and how we 
lead each other unto Your Spirit who is our internal guide; like Jesus 
led and surrendered His disciples to the Holy Spirit...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Hebrews 13:17-19

17Obey them that have the rule [leader] over you, and submit yourselves: 
for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they 
may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you.

18Pray for us: for we trust we have a good conscience, in all things 
willing to live honestly.

19But I beseech you the rather to do this, that I may be restored to you 
the sooner.

1 Corinthians 4:17For this cause have I sent unto you Timothy, who is my 
beloved and faithful child in the Lord, who shall put you in remembrance 
of my ways which are in Christ, even as I teach everywhere in every church.

2 Corinthians 1:1Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus through the will of 
God, and Timothy our brother, unto the church of God which is at 
Corinth, with all the saints that are in the whole of Achaia:

Romans 16:21Timothy my fellow-worker saluteth you; and Lucius and Jason 
and Sosipater, my kinsmen.

Proverbs 31:10-31 [relationship between husband and wife]

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Post  Admin on Mon 26 Sep 2016, 1:21 pm

Love between husband and wife

Ephesians 5:33 Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love 
his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence [fear] her 
husband.

Today's message is part of the scriptures which are generally read of 
weddings since it talks about the relationship between a husband and wife.

If one looks at these scriptures closely you will find it does not 
actually talk in detail about the relationship but gives a hint to the 
relationship for in verse 32 Paul says it is about the great mystery 
which he does not speak about in detail and the mystery is about Christ 
and His Church [congregation / bride].

What mystery Paul is speaking of is the mystery of the Heavenly wedding. 
This mystery is not something an ordinary Christian would be able to 
understand. It is only those who are mature in spirit and having a good 
understanding of God and the beings in Heaven that he or she would be 
able to understand.What Paul tries to do is tell us the earthly marriage 
is an imitation of the Heavenly marriage. This imitation helps us 
understand and prepare us for the Heavenly marriage. Since in Heaven we 
do not add souls in Christ for all are already added thus in Heaven this 
marriage relationship is just between a Husband (Christ/God) and wife 
(His Bride/His people) and not about family.

In today's message the Lord is telling us the husband should loves his 
wife as he loves himself, not more nor less. Christian bridegrooms / 
husbands /brides / wives are told actually the opposite that they need 
to love their husbands/wives more than anyone in the world. We see Adam 
sinned for he did just that, even though he knew the truth yet due to 
his uncontrolled love [affection] towards his wife he was blinded and he 
sinned along with her. Had Adam kept his priorities in order mankind 
would have been saved from sin even after Eve sinned.

Christ said 'love one another as I have loved you'.When we say we love 
our wives or husbands more than anyone in the world it means either we 
do not love our brethren sufficient or we love our husbands or wives 
more than Christ loved us. Many do not understand the basics of love 
that is why we have such confusion and wrong expectations which damage 
relationships.

The word in today's scripture translated as reverence, actually means 
fear. It says a wife should fear her husband but this fear is in the 
sense of authority since the husband plays the role of Christ. These 
instructions are to be followed when both husband and wife are in Christ 
for Church is a congregation of Christians. In case the husband or wife 
is not a Believer than these instructions are not valid.

Let us know marriage [husband and wife] is a relationship of 
responsibility and the congregation/children are the focus of the 
relationship, like the sheep were the focus of Christ and His disciples 
[the Church].

[Prayer Starter]

Lord when You created the world You made everything in the image of the 
things unseen. You called the union between the man and woman as 
marriage when You called woman as his wife. The relationship between any 
other set of beings is not called marriage other than the relationship 
between a man and a woman who come together to form a family. Lord we 
pray we understand marriage more and more and the Truth heals this 
relationship and helps it grow in You.

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Ephesians 5:25-33

25Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and 
gave himself for it;

26That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the 
word,

27That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having 
spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and 
without blemish.

28So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth 
his wife loveth himself.

29For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth 
it, even as the Lord the church:

30For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.

31For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be 
joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh.

32This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church.

33Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even 
as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband.

Genesis 2:23-25

23And the man said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: 
she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.

24Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall 
cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.

25And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.

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

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

John 3:29He that hath the bride is the bridegroom: but the friend 
[associate / love] of the bridegroom, that standeth and heareth him, 
rejoiceth greatly because of the bridegroom's voice: this my joy 
therefore is made full.

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Post  Admin on Sun 25 Sep 2016, 4:39 pm

Paul too struggled and was not perfect

Acts 21:39, 40But Paul said, I am a man which am a Jew of Tarsus, a city 
in Cilicia, a citizen of no mean city: and, I beseech thee, suffer me to 
speak unto the people. And when he had given him licence, Paul stood on 
the stairs, and beckoned with the hand unto the people. And when there 
was made a great silence, he spake unto them in the Hebrew tongue, saying,

When someone points to a fault of another person the person or others 
will jump immediately and question 'who are you to judge / condemn?' Is 
it wrong to find fault?

When we share a testimony we do not glorify the person (we) but glorify 
God for we share what God has done. A testimony encourages us to trust 
God and be strong in faith. When we discuss faults it should not be to 
shame a person but to highlight the mistake such that we learn from it 
and do not do it ourselves. The Bible is full of testimonies and at the 
same time exposed the faults of people. Peter says all scriptures are 
for the edification of mankind, so if they encourage, they also correct.

In today's message we see even a great man of faith like Paul who was 
very knowledgeable in matters pertaining to the Kingdom of God than 
anyone then, still he made a mistake in his over enthusiasm when he 
harkened unto the advice of the Jews. Paul who rebuked people like Peter 
for contaminating Christianity with Jewish traditions of circumcision 
ironically he himself got arrested when he joined four Jews to finish / 
end their ritual of self-dedication as a Nazarite. A Nazarite was a 
person who took a vow and during the vow they did not cut their hair 
among other things and when they gave up or finished their vow they 
would cut their hair at the temple doors as a part of their 
purification. When Paul joined them the Jews at the temple accused Paul 
of contaminating Judaism, thus beat him up and then got him arrested.

We need to understand Christianity is not into traditions or into doings 
of the natural. One does not become Christian by dipping in water. The 
dipping is a physical and public declaration of one's dedication in 
Christ like a couple exchange rings during marriage; it is not the rings 
that make them husband and wife but the oath and their coming together 
to form a family that does. Similarly it is repentance and belief in 
Christ as their savior that makes a person eligible to become Christian 
(Christian is one who follows Christ).

We would laugh if someone who accepted Christ by water baptism later 
said that he or she would give up Christianity by dipping again!

Fanatic Hindus in India have a program called Ghar Wapashi (Home Return) 
where they do cleansing ritual (like dipping in the Ganga River or by 
performing puja) on people who claimed have changed their religion from 
Hinduism to Christianity. Can a blind person whose eyes are opened act 
blind by performing a ritual? In the same way can any blind person claim 
spiritual sight by performing rituals?

[Prayer Started]

Lord You are an Awesome God. When You created us You knew our every 
weakness yet You chose us. You Lord do not look at what we are or the 
mistakes we had made, we make or will make; You look at the end result 
what You will make of us. You spoke to Jacob and called him Israel even 
though You saw his every weakness for You knew he would struggle to 
overcome them. Lord we pray even though we make mistakes we do not give 
up our struggle but keep battling with our weaknesses and overcome them 
like Paul did so that we reap a great reward in Heaven...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Galatians 2:11But when Cephas came to Antioch, I resisted him to the 
face, because he stood condemned.

Galatians 2:14But when I saw that they walked not uprightly according to 
the truth of the gospel, I said unto Cephas before them all, If thou, 
being a Jew, livest as do the Gentiles, and not as do the Jews, how 
compellest thou the Gentiles to live as do the Jews?

Romans 3:10as it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one;

Philippians 2:12So then, my beloved, even as ye have always obeyed, not 
as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your 
own salvation with fear and trembling;

2 Timothy 4:8henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of 
righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give to me at 
that day; and not to me only, but also to all them that have loved his 
appearing.

Acts 21:18-32

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Post  Admin on Fri 23 Sep 2016, 10:20 pm

Knowing God

Galatians 4: 9 But now, after that ye have known God, or rather are 
known of [by] God, how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements, 
whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage?

The writer of Galatians (supposedly Paul) in today's verse talks of 
people backsliding and turning away from God. If you read the Greek text 
the words 'rather are known of God' is actually 'rather are known by 
God' the Greek word 'hupo' is mistranslated as 'of' instead of 'with' or 
'by'.

Today the Lord is telling us we cannot know Him unless He knows us first 
or He desires us to know Him.

There are many who talk about God and even preach about Him but they yet 
do not know Him, the reason they know God through people /worldly 
knowledge and not directly since God knows them and their intention for 
joining 'a religion'. Bible says Truth will be revealed to us by the 
Holy Spirit. If we are getting our truth from people and not from the 
Holy Spirit then we need to wake up and think do we know God or is it 
that God knows our selfish reasons of being 'Christian'. If that is the 
case today is our day to repent and let God reveal Himself to us, it is 
only people who do not really know God are the ones who backslide.

If we know God it means God knows us and is revealing Himself to us. He 
being God and one from whom nothing is hidden then can He make a mistake 
of revealing to those who will fail?

Like water baptism (baptism in Jesus Christ) requires repentance of one 
sins, similarly baptism of the Holy Spirit also requires repentance, 
here the repentance is not of sins (since they are already forgiven when 
we are baptized in Jesus Christ) but repentance from our sinful nature. 
It is only when we set ourselves free from our sinful nature that we 
start our baptism journey in the Holy Spirit (baptism is not an incident 
but a process). A robber robs because he or she holds on to the nature 
of robbing, similar a person lies because he or she holds on to the 
nature of lying. If we declare our freedom from that nature we will find 
that nature will have no hold on us.

If we are having problem with God revealing Himself to us, let us look 
at the sin natures that are our hurdle and let us declare unceasingly 
our freedom from those natures. Let us stand in our freedom in Christ 
and overcome that nature.

Today God is saying He desires to reveal Himself to you and me if we are 
willing to not let the bondages of sin nature hold us back and if He has 
started to reveal Himself to us then can these natures have hold on us?

[Prayer Starter]

Lord You are a Merciful God and at the same time You are a Holy God. You 
Lord love the sinner but You hate sin. You hate sin for it bonds the 
spirit and destroys it. Sin is a willful thing as are the things of your 
Kingdom. Lord we pray we realize we sin for we allow the sin nature to 
hold on to us. Lord we pray we realize we who are in Christ have the 
authority set ourselves and others free from the sin natures that hold us...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Matthew 11:27All things have been delivered unto me of my Father: and no 
one knoweth the Son, save the Father; neither doth any know the Father, 
save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son willeth to reveal.

John 15:26But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from 
the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, 
he shall bear witness of me:

John 16:13Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he shall guide 
you into all the truth: for he shall not speak from himself; but what 
things soever he shall hear, these shall he speak: and he shall declare 
unto you the things that are to come.

Galatians 4:13-18

13Ye know how through infirmity of the flesh I preached the gospel unto 
you at the first.

14And my temptation which was in my flesh ye despised not, nor rejected; 
but received me as an angel of God, even as Christ Jesus.

15Where is then the blessedness ye spake of? for I bear you record, 
that, if it had been possible, ye would have plucked out your own eyes, 
and have given them to me.

16Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth?

17They zealously affect you, but not well; yea, they would exclude you, 
that ye might affect them.

18But it is good to be zealously affected always in a good thing, and 
not only when I am present with you.

Galatians 5:1For freedom did Christ set us free: stand fast therefore, 
and be not entangled again in a yoke of bondage.

Galatians 5:13For ye, brethren, were called for freedom; only use not 
your freedom for an occasion to the flesh, but through love be servants 
one to another.

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Hating correction

Luke 3:19,20But Herod the tetrarch, being reproved by him for Herodias 
his brother Philip's wife, and for all the evils which Herod had done, 
Added yet this above all, that he shut up John in prison.

Herod Antipater was called Herod the tetrarch (ruler of four regions), 
he was the son of Herod the first (who rebuild the temple of Solomon). 
Herod Antipater was well known to have put many wise people to death 
simply because they did not agree with him. Here in today's message we 
see Herod Antipater puts John (the Baptist) into prison and later 
beheads him just because he rebuked him for marrying his sister in law 
even while her husband was alive.

Herod Antipater was the king of the Jews and acted as a governor who 
reported to the Roman procurator / region in-charge / governor Pontius 
Pilate. In his position he considered himself as always being right and 
whatever he did even though it was wrong he did not like being corrected 
so would use his authority to eliminate the person.

Today the Lord is talking to us who hate correction. He is reminding us 
of the times we have behaved like Herod Antipater trying to malice the 
names of those who try to correct us.

In the Bible the Lord says man has many desires and plans but the 
instructions of the Lord should stand above it. Bible also says when a 
person is not sure if the Lord is speaking unto them then they should 
take counsel from multiple counselors. It does not say any person but 
from counselors. We have a habit of going for advice to people who agree 
with us because we do not like be corrected. When we are sick would we 
like to go to a doctor who gives us medicines we like or would we go to 
a doctor who gives us medicines which heals us?

Let us understand correction is necessary and let us thank God for 
honest counselors around us who guide us in the way of the Lord even 
when they do not agree with us or see things our way.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord You are a merciful God, even when we sinned against You we were not 
destroyed but given a chance to correct ourselves and return to You. 
Lord we pray we understand correction is a must for correction is life. 
Help us Lord to submit to correction and to behave like Herod Antipater 
eliminating people from our lives just because they do not agree with us...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Proverbs 19:21There are many devices in a man's heart; But the counsel 
of Jehovah, that shall stand.

Proverbs 15:22Where there is no counsel, purposes are disappointed; But 
in the multitude of counsellors they are established.

Psalms 94:10He that chastiseth the nations, shall not he correct, Even 
he that teacheth man knowledge?

Hebrews 12:8But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are 
partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.

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Are riches of this world evil?

Luke 19:8,9 And Zacchaeus stood, and said unto the Lord; Behold, Lord, 
the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have taken any thing 
from any man by false accusation, I restore him fourfold. And Jesus said 
unto him, This day is salvation come to this house, forsomuch as he also 
is a son of Abraham.

You may have heard the phrase which says 'If money is evil then why do 
they ask for it in Churches?'.

In today's message we see when Zacchaeus the chief tax collector (like 
today's Income Tax Commissioner) was touched by Jesus he immediately 
declared to give away half of his wealth and additional to that he said 
if he had unjustly taken more for anyone he would return back four folds.

If we analyze Zacchaeus' statement we will see he was not a cheat or 
evil person or greedy person. If he was a cheat he would have in no way 
been able to return 4 times, secondly he was clear in his conscience 
that is why the first thing he did was to declare to give away half of 
his wealth and then he said if (by any chance) he had unjustly taken 
more, then he would compensate four folds and that too from the half 
which he had.

We need to ask the question why Zacchaeus felt he had to give away half 
his wealth even though he had truthfully earned it.

After being touched by Jesus Zacchaeus knew money was to meet one's 
needs and having more than required would amount to greed, so he valuing 
Christ and the Kingdom of God more than the earthly wealth thus he 
declared to give away half his wealth. Even though Zacchaeus gave away 
only half his wealth yet Jesus said salvation had come to his household 
(since all in his family had to sacrifice the wealth). But when we 
compare this with the incident of the young rich man mentioned in Luke 
18 we see another picture. Jesus did not ask the young man to give half 
his wealth but asked him to give away all and follow Him. What is more 
interesting is the young rich man was a good, God fearing man for he did 
his best to keep the law and he also had not cheated any person.

Was Jesus unfair to the young rich man to ask all of him while being 
satisfied with half in case of Zacchaeus?

We see both were rich and good people but the love for their riches 
between the two was different. Zacchaeus willing fully gave while the 
young man even on being asked did not.

Bible does not say riches of this world is evil but says love for riches 
of this world is evil. We need to understand the moment we live beyond 
our needs we start to step in the territory called greed. And when this 
greed gets on to us then the very nature of us changes. We may be God 
fearing and good people but yet we will have little chances to enter the 
Kingdom of God. Yes when greed gets on to us we will find various routes 
and means to justify evil covered in the veil of goodness. We will give 
tithes and even give extra to various missions and think we have given 
lots, projecting ourselves as generous people but we fool only worldly 
people including ourselves.

Tithing is a statute and is just the start of becoming a Christian and 
is for those who are not baptized in the Holy Spirit that is why it is 
in the OT but not in NT. In the NT we see the disciples kept what was 
necessary and gave all that was extra, but those who dedicated their 
lives to missionary work gave all they had.

People get taken back when I say a Good Christian is a middle class 
Christian, for a poor Christian does not know his God and the rich 
Christian has learnt how to hoodwink God and harness greed.

Let us remember the anointed Cherub (who is mightier than thousands of 
Angels) who fell and was called Satan fell all because of greed. It was 
greed that started his downfall and that too greed not for evil things 
but for good things of Heaven. It was greed that led to pride and then 
on to all the other evils.

Today our Churches and Ministries are infected with greed like wood 
fully infected with termites. We see they stand but a little incident 
causes its down fall or breaking into many pieces.

Let us overcome greed more than anything, greed not just for money and 
wealth but even of other things like power, position, social status, 
social attention, human affection etc. We may not take any of these to 
Heaven but the greed for these can surely stop us from entering it.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord, You are a Holy God. All that You do is selfless and for the good 
of all things. They may look extreme at times but You alone know what is 
eternal and what is not. We pray Lord we do not hoard things which cause 
us to burden our spiritual lives and be reasons that stop us from 
entering the Kingdom of God...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

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Luke 19:2And behold, a man called by name Zacchaeus; and he was a chief 
publican, and he was rich.

Luke 18:18-24

18And a certain ruler asked him, saying, Good Teacher, what shall I do 
to inherit eternal life?

19And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? none is good, save 
one, even God.

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

21And he said, All these things have I observed from my youth up.

22And when Jesus heard it, he said unto him, One thing thou lackest yet: 
sell all that thou hast, and distribute unto the poor, and thou shalt 
have treasure in heaven: and come, follow me.

23But when he heard these things, he became exceeding sorrowful; for he 
was very rich.

24And Jesus seeing him said, How hardly shall they that have riches 
enter into the kingdom of God!

Matthew 19:23-24

23 And Jesus said unto his disciples, Verily I say unto you, It is hard 
for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of heaven.

24And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through a 
needle's eye, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.

Acts 4:34-35

34For neither was there among them any that lacked: for as many as were 
possessors of lands or houses sold them, and brought the prices of the 
things that were sold,

35and laid them at the apostles' feet: and distribution was made unto 
each, according as any one had need.

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Soul drawing back unto perdition

Hebrew 10:38,39 Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw 
back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him. But we are not of them who 
draw back unto perdition [destruction]; but of them that believe to the 
saving of the soul.

Long back something that shook me was when a close bro in Christ who was 
not born Christian, who spend almost 10 years in Bible college and well 
know speaker on theology one day due to personal incident declared he 
was giving up on Christ and either going back or becoming an atheist. 
This bro was betrayed by his spiritual guide whom he considered as a 
father figure. Praise God, this brother has now renewed and become 
stronger in the Lord.

No doubt what happened with him was wrong but that wrong gave no 
justification to choose or even think of self-destruction. Any genuine 
Christian will tell you Christianity is not an option it is the only way 
to life so leaving or giving up on Christ is nothing but destruction. 
Rejecting Christ does not mean death for one goes to hell and continues 
to live for the rest of one’s spirit life. What most people are unaware 
of is that spirit life is not a few years or not some hundreds of years, 
but is some thousands of years. Now any person who does not believe in 
the Lord Jesus Christ or rejects Him will have to spend the rest of his 
or her spirit live in Hell, there the person suffers the sins that he or 
she committed on earth. These sins are like never dying coals of fire 
that burn within that person. In Hell they are not beings of flesh like 
on earth but are spirit beings. Just imagine how painful a toothache is 
in the flesh, in hell for the spirit a sin even as small as a bad 
thought or wrong words will be multiple times worse than a severe tooth 
ache and this will burn within, till the rest of their spirit life.

The writer of Hebrew (supposedly Paul) knows what rejecting Christ is, 
therefore says his soul has no pleasure in such a person who draws back 
into perdition / destruction.

Let us understand the consequence of giving up on Christ so let us hold 
on to Him / faith with all our strength. Let us also not be the reason 
for others growing in spirit to give up on Christ by our behavior for on 
Judgment Day we will be questioned for every soul that backslides due to 
our actions or words.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord You are a Holy God and You also are a Merciful God. When Man sinned 
out of your mercy You separated man and out of your love for Him You 
Lord made a way for him to be restored and return to You. Lord let your 
people understand the second death that is the death of the spirit is 
not like natural death which is in an instant. We pray each and every 
one holds on to the faith that is in You until they close their eyes to 
sleep in You...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Luke 16:22-24

22And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the 
angels into Abraham’s bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried;

23And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham 
afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.

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.

Genesis 25:8Then Abraham gave up the ghost, and died in a good old age, 
an old man, and full of years; and was gathered to his people.

1 Samuel 28:12-19

Romans 14:10But 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.

Revelation 20:11-15

11And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose 
face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place 
for them.

12And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books 
were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and 
the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the 
books, according to their works.

13And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell 
delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man 
according to their works.

14And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second 
death.

15And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into 
the lake of fire.

Matthew 18:6But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which 
believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about 
his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.

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Being led by the Spirit in our labor

Acts 16:9, 10And a vision appeared to Paul in the night; There stood a 
man of Macedonia, and prayed him, saying, Come over into Macedonia, and 
help us. And after he had seen the vision, immediately we endeavoured to 
go into Macedonia, assuredly gathering that the Lord had called us for 
to preach the gospel unto them.

We see many concordances give confused explanation for this scripture, 
this is because in the vision Paul sees in Macedonia a man standing and 
calling out to Paul to come but the later recordings of his reaching 
there, there is not record of any man who was requesting for the 
presence of Paul from that place. So did Paul get a wrong vision?

We see in the same chapter after Paul got the vision, Paul and Silas 
left to Macedonia and on reaching there they stay at the house of a 
woman named Lydia, who traded in purple (expensive) garments whom they 
baptized along with her household. While moving around a young woman 
with a spirit of divination [fortune / future telling] who started 
proclaiming that Paul and Silas were Men of God. Now we as Men of God 
would have been happy to have a well-known physic, soothsayer, 
telepathist, fortune teller declaring us as Men of the Living God.We 
would have thought that the person was accepting our God and us as His 
representatives, but Paul discerned the spirit that was doing this and 
later rebuked it to leave that young woman. This caused the woman to 
lose her powers to tell the future and this resulted in them being put 
in jail.

It is in jail that supernaturally Paul and Silas are freed and this 
causes the jailer to almost kill himself but Paul and Silas stop him. 
This incident leads to the jailer accepting Christ and his family also 
to accepting Christ. The authorities on knowing that Paul was a Roman 
releases them and then Paul and Silas return to the house of Lydia and 
thereafter leave Macedonia. Now in all this the only man in Macedonia 
who was really blessed was the jailer but the jailer was not calling to 
Paul as he saw in his vision.

There are times we can misrelate vision / dream and this has happened 
even with me a few times. Although they were from the Lord and the 
dream/vision was perfectly right but interpreting them did not go 
perfectly.

In Greek we see the words dream and vision is used but when we cross 
check Acts 2:17 which in turn relates to Joel 2:28 (in WTT it is 3:1) 
the Hebrew words used in Joel 2:17 as dream and vision is same what 
differs between them is the tense and quantity. It says the young will 
see dreams but the mature will dream dreams. So having visions / dreams 
increases with spiritual maturity but one needs to discern those which 
are from the Lord and those which are from other sources (like over 
eating causes dreams; both natural or spiritual - like worrying too much).

Like the Bible has a set way of how the Lord spoke to His people through 
symbols so also in dreams we see the Lord used similar symbols. If one 
studies Biblical symbols one can have the ability to interpret dreams. 
In the start it was only through repetition of the dream and seeing its 
consequences I starting relating the patterns, later with Bible study it 
became easy to interpret them. Then I saw the Lord started answering my 
questions through dreams (though not instantly every time). Dreams are 
not simple to interpret. In the start I would jump to tell people but 
later as I made some mistakes in interpreting them I started taking caution.

Paul did see a man from Macedonia calling out to him and this was indeed 
the jailer but the jailer himself was not aware. Had it not been for the 
chain of events that Paul and Silas went through, they would not have 
been able to bring the jailer and his family into Christ.

We are called to preach the Gospel to all but the Lord knows who are of 
His flock and who among the flock, are His sheep. Jesus spoke of there 
being many widows in Israel but Elijah being sent to a specific widow's 
house and there being many lepers at the time of Elisha but only one was 
healed and that too from Syria and this got the Jews very angry. They 
knew that Jesus was telling them there were no true people of God 
(sheep) leaving for these.

We preach Christ to people and many may accept Christ but from them who 
are goats and who are sheep we will not know. In Heaven we will get 
rewarded only for the sheep not for the goats for only sheep will enter 
the Kingdom of God.

Today the Lord is telling us when we are led by His Spirit then we may 
labor less in His Kingdom but this labor will be fruitful labor. Paul 
did do very fruitful work but we do not see Paul worked day and night, 
daily. He did at times but not daily. He did get time for himself and 
for building himself in the Lord. He did only 3 long tours to various 
places in those 30 to 35 years of his ministry.

In today's date we see many who labor very hard in the Lord and do not 
get time for personal growth. They need to ask themselves are they 
reaching out to goats more or to sheep. If they are gathering only goats 
then they will not reap much reward in the Kingdom of God. Jesus did not 
say just preach the Gospel to the ends of the world, He also said make 
disciples and it is only the sheep who become disciples. It is better to 
add one sheep then a thousand goats.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord You are Spirit and You desire worship in Spirit and Truth. We pray 
Lord we who are called by You do not labor much in the flesh but let our 
labor be fruitful being led by your Spirit. Lord we pray we reach out to 
more sheep than goats. We pray we add people who enter the Kingdom of 
God and not those who accept You but reject your Will, those who seek 
You only for their personal gains...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Acts 16:9-40

Acts 2:17And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will 
pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters 
shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men 
shall dream dreams:

Luke 4:26-28

26But unto none of them was Elias sent, save unto Sarepta, a city of 
Sidon, unto a woman that was a widow.

27And many lepers were in Israel in the time of Eliseus the prophet; and 
none of them was cleansed, saving Naaman the Syrian.

28And all they in the synagogue, when they heard these things, were 
filled with wrath,

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Eye for an eye, evil for evil

1 Peter 3:9Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but 
contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye 
should inherit a blessing.

Yesterday a brother asked me to send him some points on forgiveness 
which I said I would. In the night it went off my mind, but as I sat for 
today's message the Lord gave me this message which is a perfect 
scripture on forgiveness.

We know the Lord is just and He does not change so also does His Word. 
That means like the Lord, His Law also does not change.

When it comes to judgment people see 2 great contradicting views one 
which people call as Law of Moses (Exodus 21, Leviticus 24:10-23) and on 
the other hand is Law of Jesus (Matthew 5:38-48).

The Law of Moses was not the doing of Moses but was what the Lord gave 
to Moses so it was the Law of the Lord. Bible says Jesus kept /fulfilled 
the Law of the Lord given through Moses and the Prophets and thus was 
without blemish (without sin or corruption). So if Jesus fulfilled the 
Law then how do we see a contradiction between the two on justice and 
forgiveness?

If we look at the so called Law of Moses the chapter Exodus 21 is with 
regards to servants. These Laws were to the children of Israel who had 
male and female servants who were bought for a price. In the whole Bible 
(OT) there is no concept like slave (permanently owned person), the 
Bible talks of bonded labor meaning a person committed to a task or 
period of time (max 7 years). The servants had right, especially female 
servants who were treated not less than wives / daughters.

Coming to Leviticus 24:10-23 which speaks of justice between Israelites, 
we see Jesus did not change that for in Matthew 7:2 Jesus confirms we 
will receive from the Lord as we have imparted like eye for an eye.

Bible says through Jesus came grace and truth that means the ability to 
understand the Word of God we get through Jesus (on receiving His 
Spirit) and the grace of forgiveness of our sins and grace to keep the 
Law. If we have received grace we are called to show grace unto others. 
If we have received forgiveness we are called to give forgiveness unto 
others. Likewise if we want to receive more forgiveness or grace we are 
called to do the same unto others as given in today's message. If we 
follow eye for an eye law we will not be wrong but we will not receive 
forgiveness for our own mistakes.

But one main point people miss is, can we forgive someone who does not 
desire forgiveness. NO. We ourselves are not forgiven by the Lord unless 
we repent and ask the Lord for forgiveness. So can we do more than the Lord?

Unless one puts a petition in the court of law one cannot get an 
injection in one's favor. So to forgive we need to cause repentance in 
the heart of the person. One way of getting a person to repent for doing 
wrong against us is to enlighten that person on what the person did, 
either personally or along with elders (mature persons); the other way 
is by doing good to the person as given in today's message. When a 
person does evil towards us and we do good; it causes the person to 
repent and seek forgiveness and thus receive it.

If a person has hurt us we are called to make the person understand his 
or her mistake by talking or by blessing that person by natural 
expressions or by praying and blessing that person with good (this is 
advised when that person is unreasonable or violent or spiteful and 
uncontrollable).

Forgiveness is not forgetfulness. Not holding a grudge / bitterness has 
nothing to do with forgiving a person; it is about not getting hurt by 
the wrong doing of that person. Hate, grudge, bitterness are the fruits 
of un-forgiveness and grow in the person who holds back forgiveness. 
They harm the person in whom these fruits grow. If the opposite person 
repents and seeks forgiveness and we do not forgive, note the other 
person will get his or her forgiveness from the Lord but it is us who 
will suffer both from the fruits of un-forgiveness that grow in us and 
also we too will be dealt in the same way by the Lord. If the other does 
not repent and we have tried our best by reason or love, we are called 
to carry on leaving that person to the Lord to judge.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord You are a Merciful God. It is only by your mercy we who have sinned 
are still alive. You God are righteous so You give chances time and 
again for us to change and repent from our ways. You Lord opened our 
eyes to sin by the sacrifice of your Son for our sins. Lord we are 
children, as your children we are called to project You. We pray Lord we 
understand the importance to forgive both for the person who has harmed 
us and also for our own sake...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Exodus 21

Leviticus 24:10-23

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

Matthew 5:38-48

Matthew 7:2For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with 
what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.

Matthew 18:23-35

Luke 17:3-4

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

4And if he trespass against thee seven times in a day, and seven times 
in a day turn again to thee, saying, I repent; thou shalt forgive him.

Matthew 18:15-17

15Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him 
his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast 
gained thy brother.

16But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, 
that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.

17And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church: but if 
he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as an heathen man 
[unbeliever] and a publican [unjust person].

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Fasting or feeding

1 Corinthians 7:5,6Defraud ye not one the other, except it be with 
consent for a time, that ye may give yourselves to fasting and prayer; 
and come together again, that Satan tempt you not for your incontinency. 
But I speak this by permission, and not of commandment.

In most religions which are manmade you will find people give lots of 
emphasis on fasting and praying / meditation. Even in atheist religion 
like Jainism penance is glorified. In a few days the largest sect will 
celebrateParyushan (Ten Virtues). It is a festival but is opposite of a 
celebration. In this festival they fast, pray and seek forgiveness. They 
do this by doing meditation and vratas (self-control). It is in this 
self-control that they do fasting and things like not to get angry or 
upset with any person. This happens for 9 days.

If we look at the Catholics they too have the Lent period which starts 
with 'Ash Wednesday' and ends with 'Good Friday'. These fourty days they 
fast and give up on some or other pleasures and avoid alcohol or even meat.

Islam too has 40 days fasting period called Ramadan. They believe Allah 
disclosed the first verse of the Quran during this period so this 
fasting and praying is more like purification of one's self.

Hindus have their month of Shravan which is a 'holy' time of refrain 
like from non-veg.

These things may seem very good; it is only when one gets into the 
details or questions the foundation belief that one realizes the 
foolishness of manmade religions.

If you take Islam for instance the last 10 days of Ramadan is called the 
'Days of Power' which apparently is believed to be the time of 
revelation. During this time believers of Islam are called to Jihad 
(make believers or do cleansing that means kill those who do not accept 
or who have deviated from the faith). It is because of this Ramadan is 
the period of maximum killings.

In Catholicism we see the Lent starts after Carnivals (Carnal-festivals) 
season. This is not officially promoted by the Catholic Church but 
something they actively promote. You will not find any official rebuke 
in fact you will find them initiating the carnivals with rituals. These 
carnivals are all about fulfilling ones carnal desires. These few days 
they will drown themselves in alcohol and fleshy desires and then 
religiously do Lent and after Lent (Easter) it is the same story.

Even in Jainism during Paryushan they are called to do things (except 
for fasting) during the nine days which are standard virtues of any 
spiritual person. Does that mean after nine days they stop to being 
spiritual people? The fasting that they do is more to balance the food 
cycle of nature.

This is similar to what Hindus do in their period of Shravan Maas which 
has to do with balancing drawing of nature. They belief that the ocean 
produces lots of valuables such as gemstones, Goddesses riches, cows, 
bows, the Moon, conch etc. which were taken up by gods and demons (Devas 
and Asuras). When the Ocean produced the deadliest poison called 
Halahala, all of the Devas and Asuras cringed back as it was too 
dangerous to destroy the universes. It was Shiva (a chief deity of the 
Hindus) who decided to drink it to save the world. His devout wife saw 
him taking Halahala, she at once held His throat so that the poison 
wouldn't go down. As a result His throat turned blue and He was called 
Neelkantha.

As Christians there is no temporary goodness or even period of freedom 
to enjoy carnal desires. We are called to be Christians 24x7 and 365 
days a year. We are called to battle our carnal desire not by fighting 
against it in the flesh but by doing the Will of God. Our battle is not 
in the flesh but in the spirit, since all things are manifested from the 
spirit world to the natural world.

We see traditionally fasting is also very tightly associated with 
Christianity but when we see scriptures we do not find scriptures where 
God is commanding man to fast. It is not that God is against fasting for 
we find scriptures that indirectly recommend or guide man to proper fasting.

We see scriptures like Matthew 17:21 were added later into manuscripts 
and were not initially there. In today's scripture too we see Paul does 
not command fasting but recommends as a personal advice.

Fasting or abstaining from food or pleasures do not please God but helps 
one to concentrate better so they help build faith. That is if we are 
meditating or believing on a promise of God during the fasting period. 
But once we get an assurance to it we are not called to fast.

Jesus fasted 40days in the wilderness not to build His faith but to 
qualify as a Jewish Rabbi to be able to teach in the Jewish Synagogues. 
He could follow either Samuel's school of studying under another Rabbi 
like Paul Saul did or follow Moses' school of fasting in wilderness for 
40 days. He also fasted so as to be made weak so that He could be 
tempted like us and thus overcome it (the 3 temptation which Adam and 
Eve went through). Jesus Himself never advised His disciples to fast, in 
fact people objected why His disciple never fasted. He told them when 
the Bridegroom is with them the children of the bride-chamber do not 
fast or mourn.

Let us understand as Christians we are called to live a sober life in 
the natural but joyful life in the spirit. We are called not to get 
pulled into the pleasures of the five senses. We are called to live by 
natural needs and not natural desires. We are called to be poor in the 
flesh but rich in spirit.

We may fast as and when we need to so as to be strong in faith but if we 
have faith then is fasting necessary? We may have mark of persecution by 
the world but let not fasting or any kind of penance become our stigmata 
of suffering since the Lord suffered for us. Are we rejecting His 
sacrifice by trying to suffer ourselves?

[Prayer Starter]

Lord You alone are God and your love for your children is bondless. You 
came as man and suffered for us so that we can have life. You are Holy 
so have asked us your children to be holy. Lord we pray we understand we 
are called to overcome the flesh in spirit and not overcome the spirit 
by the flesh. We pray your people understand the evil in becoming 
religious...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Matthew 17:21Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.

Matthew 9:14-15

14 Then came to him the disciples of John, saying, Why do we and the 
Pharisees fast oft, but thy disciples fast not?

15And Jesus said unto them, Can the children of the bridechamber mourn, 
as long as the bridegroom is with them? but the days will come, when the 
bridegroom shall be taken from them, and then shall they fast.

Galatians 6:17From henceforth let no man trouble me: for I bear in my 
body the marks of the Lord Jesus.

2Co 11:23 Are they servants of Christ? (I speak as if insane) I more so; 
in far more labors, in far more imprisonments, beaten times without 
number, often in danger of death.

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Law is good for whoremongers and menstealers

1 Timothy 1:10 For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with 
mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there 
be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine;

When one checks the BGT (manuscripts) the translation in NIV / ASV gives 
a clearer version.

1 Timothy 1:10 for the sexually immoral, for those practicing 
homosexuality, for slave traders and liars and perjurers--and for 
whatever else is contrary to the sound doctrine (1Ti 1:10 NIV)

KJV translation joins the words fornicators and homosexuals to make 
whoremongers, which apparently gives another meaning of one doing 
business of sex. It is these small mistakes in translations that give 
people to justify things like homosexuality. We know the Bible is very 
clear in its principles which were in the OT and are in the NT. The Law 
of the Lord does not change and will not change the only thing is in NT 
with the coming of Christ we see Grace and the ability to understand the 
Law has been added. The grace is not for disobeying the Law but gives us 
the chance to try to keep the Law even though we make mistakes of 
breaking it.

Let us not think that because we have grace we do not have to obey the 
Law. The Law was, is and will always be until it returns to the Father 
when we also do. So let us not think because I believe in Christ I can 
break the Law.

We as Christians are called not just to know Christ. In Acts 19:15 we 
see even evil spirits acknowledge that they knew Jesus Christ and that 
did not make them Christians. A Christians is one who follows Christ. He 
or she may not be perfect but the grace helps the person to try and be 
perfect. The grace is not forever since dead is always there and after 
death we cannot do anything to our soul and make it like Christ.

God knows just grace will not be sufficient therefore He also gave us 
His Spirit who not only makes us understands the Law but also helps us 
keep it. That means if we are baptized in His Spirit (that means 
surrender to His Spirit) then we do not need anything more than just 
grace. That is why when Paul was struggling with his 'thorn' the Lord 
told him, His grace is sufficient for him.

Let us work towards overcoming our weaknesses and thus abide in the Law 
while grace is upon us. Let us quicken this by surrendering ourselves to 
the Holy Spirit for He is God and nothing is impossible for Him.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord You are Almighty God, You are a Righteous and Holy God yet You are 
Merciful. Lord in your mercy You gave us the abundant grace through your 
Son. We know Lord this grace is not to abuse the Law but to keep the Law 
by overcoming our shortfalls. We thank You Lord for your Spirit who 
helps us overcome and truly abide in this grace...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

1 Timothy 1:8-11 [ASV]

8But we know that the law is good, if a man use it lawfully,

9as knowing this, that law is not made for a righteous man, but for the 
lawless and unruly, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and 
profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers,

10for fornicators, for abusers of themselves with men, for menstealers, 
for liars, for false swearers, and if there be any other thing contrary 
to the sound doctrine;

11according to the gospel of the glory of the blessed God, which was 
committed to my trust.

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

Acts 19:15And the evil spirit answered and said, Jesus I know, and Paul 
I know; but who are ye?

2 Corinthians 12:8,9

8For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me.

9And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength 
is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory 
in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

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Making compromises

Romans 14:19 Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace,
and things wherewith one may edify another.

We as Christians are called to be champions of peace but that does not mean
we compromise on everything. We may compromise in our lifestyle, desire,
comforts etc. but when it comes to belief can we compromise.

In today’s message if we take the verse out of context then we send the
wrong message to people. We need to see the context where Paul is giving an
example of people’s belief towards food (vegetarians and non-vegetarians).
Here note Paul is addressing to a problem between believers and not
non-believers.

We see there are believers who go by their emotions and feel bad about
killing animals so prefer to avoid eating meat. What surprises people when
I say as Christians we are called to be non-vegetarians. You may ask,
brother where is it written we as Christians are called to be
non-vegetarians?

In the start when God created man (Genesis chapter 2), man was supposed to
be pure vegetarian for God instructed man to eat of the trees and herbs.
But then we see in chapter 4 man is a non-vegetarian; God had not given any
new instructions so where did the transition happen and from whom did man
learn to kill and eat.

Bible says when man sinned and realized his nakedness he tried to cloth
himself with leafs but then God had mercy on man thus clothed man with skin
of animal. It was this event that made man understand the meaning of
sacrifice for they saw God kill an animal and not only cloth them with its
skin but also made them to accept it as food. It was this understanding
that was passed by Adam and Eve to their children. Able remembered this and
thus when God asked for a offering he offered the best of his herd which
pleased God.

Is God merciless to drive man to kill a living being for food?

We should realize all this is about sacrifice if we do not eat meat we will
never understand the sacrifice of Christ and we receiving His Word to be
part of us. We as Christian are called to be non-vegetarians as a statute
so as to understand sacrifice and to pass this understanding unto our
children.

Say if we as mature Men/Women of God give up on meat we do not lose
anything but then those who see us would get the wrong message. Eating meat
is not a must but if we stop then how will our children be non-vegetarians
and accept the sacrifice of Christ the Paschal Lamb, they will not only
naturally reject the sacrifice but also spiritually reject it.

The whole Bible especially OT is full of gore killing of animals as
sacrifices but in the NT we see it only talks of Christ being the Paschal
Lamb and all other sacrifices fulfilled in Him. It does not mean the New
replaces the Old so we need to stop the Old; but means the Old leads us to
the New so as we (collectively) are on the journey to be full/overcomers
like Christ thus we continue the journey.

Like I told you in the last message Hebrew names/words have meaning which
tells the purpose of that object. The Hebrew word for ‘Flesh’ has the
meaning ‘Message’, even bread (shrew bread) symbolized Christ in the
Tabernacle. So when Jesus on the Feast of the unleavened bread taking bread
said if you do not have my flesh you will have no life (He did not speak
Geek but spoke Hebrew or Aramaic which is like Hebrew). He as a statues
spoke of eating the Paschal Lamb which symbolized Him but in reality He
meant of eating His message. So if we do not eat the message of Christ we
will not have anything to do with Him even if we may break as many bread
and eat; they will be worthless.

People who are weak in faith and have no understanding of sacrifice may not
eat meat, but that does not give us the right to bulldoze them or force
them. We are called to first build them in faith, in the spiritual and not
force them in the natural. It is the spiritual building that will
automatically change them naturally.

People like non-Christians, who do not know Jesus and the Bible and talk of
vegetarian being a holy way of living. I tell them the God who has created
us and given us canine teeth did not make a mistake, nor was He confused.
If they points out to herbivorous animals having canine teeth I enlighten
them we are not herbivorous animals that have canine teeth to use it for
defense. I ask them if God has given any useless body parts. Everything He
created has purpose.

All animals are edible but since we eat meat as a statute, we are primarily
called to eat those which are considered sacrificial animals (cattle like
sheep, goats, bullocks/cows & birds).

[Prayer Starter]

Lord You are Almighty God and everything You do has purpose. Lord You
created us and You knew of our fall so in advance You made us to sustain
that fall. You Lord know the end and You have set great things for us once
we overcome. Lord we pray we do all things with understanding and remember
the understanding is more important than the doing. Lord we pray we do not
become stumbling blocks in the life of others by forcing them in the
natural without building them in the spiritual...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Sciptures]

Genesis 2:16 And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of
the garden thou mayest freely eat:

Genesis 3:21 Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of
skins, and clothed them.

Genesis 4:2-5

2 And she again bare his brother Abel. And Abel was a keeper of sheep, but
Cain was a tiller of the ground.

3 And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit
of the ground an offering unto the LORD.

4 And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat
thereof. And the LORD had respect unto Abel and to his offering:

5 But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very
wroth, and his countenance fell.

John 6:51 I am the living bread which came down out of heaven: if any man
eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: yea and the bread which I will
give is my flesh, for the life of the world.

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Calling on the Name of the Lord

Romans 10:13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be 
saved.

This scripture is one of the most misunderstood scripture, we see some 
Preachers, or those ministering try to get people to speak the name of 
Jesus as Lord, and think that now the person is saved.

There are 2 things in this scripture one need to understand first.

First it does not say 'call the name of the Lord' but says 'call upon'. 
The Greek word also means 'put upon the name'. It refers more to the 
surname / nickname given to a person to identify the person depending on 
the identifying nature or characteristic of the person. Jesus gave 
surnames to some people and the surname described them or spoke of 
something unique about them.

Secondly what is the Name of the Lord? Now there are times I put name 
and sometimes I put Name. The small n name specifies the earthly 
identification word and the capital N Name speak of the identity of the 
person. Like I told you in Hebrew every name has a meaning not only of 
people but also of objects and it describes the object or person. Bible 
says our Names are written in Book of Life it does not mean our earthly 
names like mine is 'Rollwyn'. Even though very few people on earth have 
my name yet the name which is written in the Book of Life is different. 
It is the identity of my spirit-man or inner-man which is unique in all 
creation.

God knows our end result, what we will become and we are called 
accordingly. What is written is not what we are but what we will become 
at the end.

One should understand in the Bible Adam had no name for the word Adam 
means human and since he was the only human, he became the identity of 
the race. Similarly God is unique and there is no other God thus He has 
no name. All the so called names of Lord in the Bible are 
characteristics of Him. When Moses and Jacob (who experienced Him) asked 
the Lord His name, He got upset and told Moses 'I am that I am'. The 
Jews called Him 'I AM' in a way of reverence not stating as His name but 
as 'the one who exist forever'. So when we call God as the Great I AM, 
it is not as a name but stating He alone is God who exists forever.

There are scriptures that state there is power in the Name of Jesus. It 
does not mean power in the word but in knowing who He is. It is like 
exercising authority in His Name. Thus we need to live that Name more 
and more to exercise more and more authority in that Name.

So let us understand salvation comes only when we accept Jesus Christ as 
our Lord and the Way to God, meaning we need to become like Him to go to 
Heaven. That means we need to give up our way of living and put on His 
way of living.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord when there was no way to Heaven, You came as man to show us the 
Way. You became an example a corner stone tow which we all need to align 
so as to go to Heaven. Lord we pray people use wisdom and not think by 
saying Jesus, Iesus, Yeshovah, Yeshu, Jehovah, Elohim, I AM or any of 
the other descriptions of You that they will go to Heaven. It is only 
when we change inside will we go to Heaven. Like Jesus said He protected 
us by Your Name which was/is in Him same way Lord help us to have your 
Name in us so that we too can be like Jesus who was like You manifested 
in the flesh...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Genesis 32:27-29

27And he said unto him, What is thy name? And he said, Jacob.

28And he said, Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for 
as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed.

29And Jacob asked him, and said, Tell me, I pray thee, thy name. And he 
said, Wherefore is it that thou dost ask after my name? And he blessed 
him there.

Exodus 3:14And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus 
shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.

John 17:12 While I was with them, I kept them in thy name which thou 
hast given me: and I guarded them, and not one of them perished, but the 
son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled.

Acts 16:31And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou 
shalt be saved, and thy house.

Romans 10:14How then shall they call on him in whom they have not 
believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? 
and how shall they hear without a preacher?

2 Timothy 2:22Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, 
charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.

Acts 19:14-16

14And there were seven sons of one Sceva, a Jew, and chief of the 
priests, which did so.

15And the evil spirit answered and said, Jesus I know, and Paul I know; 
but who are ye?

16And the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them, and overcame 
them, and prevailed against them, so that they fled out of that house 
naked and wounded.

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Is Christianity inhuman, merciless?

John 3:36 He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that
believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on
him.

We have one Indian Muslim preacher who preaches those who are not Muslims
will be punished in hell and that Islam is the only true religion. The
Indian government is now on his tail because he has influenced many
youngsters to become jihadis / terrorist.

Speak to a Christian preacher an the same points and you may get a similar
answer that Christianity is the only true religion and only Christians will
go to Heaven and others to Hell. So only those who believe in the Lord
Jesus Christ will go to Heaven others to Hell.

Catholics are the only democratic religion which states irrespective of
one’s belief if one is a good being that person will go to Heaven, be it
Jew, Muslim or Christian (Catholics only); but Protestants will go to the
worse Hell even if he or she is a good being since the person left the
‘church’.

If one really understands the Truth all the above positions are wrong.

Bible says all those who do not believe in the Lord Jesus Christ go to Hell
which is a prison because they are already judged. There people are not
tortured by any person or evil spirit or Angels. There the soul does suffer
but suffers the sins which it has committed here on earth. It is these sins
which are like never dying coals of fire or worms. These souls cannot blame
God or anyone else for their suffering other than themselves.

God is everywhere so even in Hell one cannot flee from the presence of God.
The only difference is Hell is far from the glory of God thus mercy, love
and other characteristics of God are not experienced. It is like darkness;
even in darkness there is light but it is so minute that it is not
experienced.

The people who are judged by the Lord are those who are of His flock that
is His sheep and goats. So it is not those who do not know Him that are
judged but only those who do know Him that are judged. These are not judged
on their death (they sleep in Christ since the curse of Hell is broken by
their faith in Him) but judged on Judgment Day. Bible says all those who
are asleep in Him will rise and stand before Him on Judgment Day. Those who
have abided in His Word will go to Heaven and those who have not will be
put in the Lake of Fire/ Sulphur (these adjectives are symbolic to
understand how bad the suffering in that place is). It is in this place
where the souls will not suffer its sins like in Hell since they are
forgiven by their faith. Here the souls will suffer punishment for
rejecting the Lord’s Will that is His Word even after knowing Him.

So to be a Believer in the Lord Jesus Christ is a great privilege for we
get a free ticket to go to Heaven with all sins forgiven. But that does not
mean we will sure be there. For us to be there we need to get on the
journey and that is abide in His Word with the help of His Spirit. It is
because of this that baptism in Christ and His Spirit, both are essential.

Now those who are not Christians cannot blame God for not going to Heaven
since they have rejected the offer. They also cannot blame God for their
suffering there in Hell since it is their own doing here on earth that they
suffer.

So we see God is not unjust, He being merciful has extended His Hand what
is through His Son (the only Way) and His Spirit (one who takes us along
the Way). If we reject His Hand then can we blame Him? So religions which
are man-made are just excuses. Christianity is about holding the Hand of
God extended to mankind.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord You are a Merciful God. When man sinned You still gave a chance for
man to change. You extended your hand in way of your Son and Spirit so that
we can be reconciled unto You. Lord we pray people open their eyes and see
that without You there is no eternal life and the life they live here on
earth will determine how much they will suffer for the rest on their spirit
life in Hell. Lord we also pray all those who believe in You or know You
may understand if they do not abide in your Word there is worse punishment
set for them and that the only way to Heaven is via your Word and your
Spirit...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

John 3:5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except one be
born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God!

John 3:18-21

18 He that believeth on him is not judged: he that believeth not hath been
judged already, because he hath not believed on the name of the only
begotten Son of God.

19 And this is the judgment, that the light is come into the world, and
men loved the darkness rather than the light; for their works were evil.

20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, and cometh not to the
light, lest his works should be reproved.

21 But he that doeth the truth cometh to the light, that his works may be
made manifest, that they have been wrought in God.

Acts 7:59-60

59 And they stoned Stephen, calling upon the Lord, and saying, Lord Jesus,
receive my spirit.

60 And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this
sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep.

Genesis 25:8 And Abraham gave up the ghost, and died in a good old age, an
old man, and full of years, and was gathered to his people.

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

Revelation 22:17 And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And he that
heareth, let him say, Come. And he that is athirst, let him come: he that
will, let him take the water of life freely.

Revelation 20:11-15

11 And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat upon it, from whose
face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for
them.

12 And I saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the
throne; and books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the
book of life: and the dead were judged out of the things which were written
in the books, according to their works.

13 And the sea gave up the dead that were in it; and death and Hades gave
up the dead that were in them: and they were judged every man according to
their works.

14 And death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second
death, even the lake of fire.

15 And if any was not found written in the book of life, he was cast into
the lake of fire.

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As the Father hath loved me!

John 15:9 As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye 
in my love.

When you tell something to a child you will find they are very alert to 
every word especially when they have to receive something promised. They 
do this for their heart is in receiving that which they want.

How many times have we read today's scripture but have we noticed the 
translation shows a Jesus saying that 'as the Father had loved Him, so 
has He loved us', putting the love of the Father in past tense. Does 
that mean the Father does not love Him now, or has the Father's love 
changed for Him?

If one studies Greek language one will understand why no English 
translation is perfect and accurate, this is not to do with the ability 
of the translators but to do with the limitation in the English 
language. Take today's message itself the verb 'love' is not in the past 
tense as put here, nor is it in present or future tense. It is in a 
tense known as Aorist which does not exist in the English language. This 
tense is past, present and future, all at the same time. That means the 
verb is, was and will be all together.

I have seen so many Christians debating over which translation is 
accurate and which is not, this only exposes their lack of knowledge of 
manuscripts and of the Biblical languages. It is high time Christians 
take Bible study more serious and listen less to so called worldly 
theologians and Preachers, but spend more time to listen to what the 
scripture says. When we investigate any verse from the Bible the 
understanding explodes and every time you read it again you will find 
more and more to discover (word study is done after one has read the 
Bible completely and also read commentaries).

Once a brother asked me why some get so much understanding of 
scriptures, while others do not.

Jesus described the Kingdom of God as a treasure buried deep within the 
land which a person gives away all he owns to buy the land and seeks 
this buried treasure with joy.

Some points one needs to note to what Jesus said:-

1) It is a treasure meaning very valuable

2) It is buried deep within the land meaning it is not kept out in the 
open. Those who think Word of God is simple confuse between the Gospel 
and the Word. The Gospel is simple but the Word needs wisdom and 
persistent desire to receive more and more. If treasure would have been 
lying everywhere out in the open then people will not consider it as 
treasure.

3) It is buried in the land which made of invaluable mud / dirty. 
Languages, science, history, geography etc. are like mud which we dig in 
to helps us understand the Word of God.

4) The man gave all he had to receive meaning only those who put 
receiving the true understanding right on the top of all their 
priorities in life are the ones who will receive.

So let us not think just by reading a Bible we will understand it, 
secondly we should pursue beyond translations and study Biblical 
languages i.e Hebrew, Greek and Aramaic; we should also study history, 
geography, science and related studies to understand scriptures better.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord your Word says where the priority of the person is that's where the 
person dwells, if our heart is in worldly things we will be worldly and 
so perish with it, if our heart is in the Word of God which is eternal, 
so will we have eternal life in the eternal Kingdom of God. Lord, 
increase the desire of your people to learn and grow in your Word...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Matthew 6:21For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

Matthew 13:44Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a 
field; the which when a man hath found, he hideth, and for joy thereof 
goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field.

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Touching Jesus' garments

Mark 6:56 And whithersoever he entered, into villages, or cities, or 
country, they laid the sick in the streets, and besought him that they 
might touch if it were but the border of his garment: and as many as 
touched him were made whole.

At times scripture specify minute details and those details are very 
important. Christians mostly think all were healed when they touched the 
clothes of Jesus. This understanding caused Catholics to touch statues 
depicting Jesus. Believers do not touch statues for they do not do idol 
worship but when they pray they seek to just touch His clothes.

Today's scripture says how-so-many touched the hem/border of His 
garments were healed. When the woman with the issue of the blood tried 
to touch Jesus to be healed she did not try to touch His clothes but 
tried to touch the hem of His clothes. People do not understand this was 
not about humility like 'I get to at least touch His hem I would be 
healed'; it was more of 'if I touch the hem of His garment I will be 
healed'. Understand in a large crowd the worse thing a person can do is 
bend down, especially a woman and that too a weak woman. Such person 
will get trampled and may even die. People were targeting to touch the 
hem of Jesus' clothes because of the dress He wore.

Jesus was an Israelite and abided by what the Lord had commanded through 
Moses. As an Israelite they were asked to wear robes with a blue 
ribband/cord at the hem, it was this blue hem which they were trying to 
touch.

The Hebrew word for blue is tekeleth and the root word is similar to the 
word shecheleth and shachal. Shecheleth means onycha which was an 
ingredient used in the holy incense and shachal which means lion which 
symbolizes righteousness. The Hebrew words for fringe border also means 
shinning edge.

God had command every Israelite to make fringes in the borders of their 
garments with blue ribband / cord. This symbolized a call of life of 
holiness and righteous of an Israelite.

When the people touched the hem of His garments they acknowledged His 
holiness and His righteousness. Today we do not need to physically touch 
the hem of His garments but if we acknowledge His holiness and 
righteousness we will see the same results that those people who did.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord your Word says blessed are those who have not seen me but yet 
believe. Lord it not by ours senses that our faith be built on but on 
the Truth and understanding of your Word. Lord, help us to understand 
and acknowledge who You are so that by acknowledging your Holiness and 
Righteousness we will be healed...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Numbers 15:38-40

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

39And it shall be unto you for a fringe, that ye may look upon it, and 
remember all the commandments of the LORD, and do them; and that ye seek 
not after your own heart and your own eyes, after which ye use to go a 
whoring:

40That ye may remember, and do all my commandments, and be holy unto 
your God.

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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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.

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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.

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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.

Dated 11 July 2016

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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.

Dated 08 July 2016

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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.

Dated 07 July 2016

Bro Rollwyn

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