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Post  Admin on Sun 06 Dec 2015, 11:38 pm

Backsliding of Men of God

Jeremiah 34:15,16 And ye were now turned, and had done right in my 
sight, in proclaiming liberty every man to his neighbour; and ye had 
made a covenant before me in the house which is called by my name: But 
ye turned and polluted my name, and caused every man his servant, and 
every man his handmaid, whom ye had set at liberty at their pleasure, to 
return, and brought them into subjection, to be unto you for servants 
and for handmaids.

Jesus said He did not come for the righteous but came for the sinners, 
He said the healthy do not need a physician but the sick do.

Paul said can anyone say he is not a sinner, if he says he is not a 
sinner and no sin is in him then he is a liar.

Such scriptures give many Christians the liberty to sin and continue in 
sin. They ignore scriptures in which it is written Christ came to free 
us from the bondages of sin and dead and where Paul says, how can we who 
have light in us live in darkness?

It is true no Christian is free of sin but that does not mean we are 
called to continue in sin. Every Christian is called to fight a battle 
not with sin but with the sin nature. None of us can fight sin but 
because we have Christ in us and the nature of Christ dwells in us we 
are expected to overcome our sin nature and thus destroy sin from its roots.

Knowing the reality that no Christian is without sin now can Men or 
Women of God be free of sin? No, they too struggle with sin like other 
Christians. But when it comes to Men or Women of God they have more 
responsibility. They hold up the Name of the Lord and if the Name of the 
Lord is let down, then that upsets God more than anything.

We know God is very possessive of His Name and scripture say He lifts 
His Name above. Lifting His Name does not mean God is proud. Firstly the 
Name of God does not refer to what we call Him but means His Nature, His 
Character, WHO HE IS that is why when Moses asked Him what His Name is 
He said with anger I AM THAT/WHO I AM. The same was His reaction when 
Jacob asked Him His Name. And the foolish Jews thought His Name is ‘I 
AM’ and they went ahead to pronounce it in a particular way to indicate 
it referred to God. Some theologians think when Jesus used the term to 
Himself, He instead of using ‘I was’ used ‘I am’ therefore the Jews 
thought it was blasphemy. The Jews would not stone for grammatical 
mistake but were very sure when Jesus used that term I AM for Himself by 
saying it the way they said it for God. Today also you will find 
religious Jews do not state the word God and would write in English as 
G-d. That also applies to the word Yahweh as a mark of reverence they do 
not pronounced it in Israel like we do so all over the world.

God honors His Word because He honors His Name and would not let His 
Name down. When Men and Women of God stand on the pulpit or in public 
area they do not stand in their name but stand in the Name of the Lord 
and if they do anything that would let the Name of the Lord down then 
God will not spare them like He says in today’s scripture.

Like other Christians, Men and Women of God too have weaknesses but they 
are expected to deal with them in private or amongst other spiritually 
mature brethren and not before children of God or strangers. Today’s 
warning is for those who let His Name down, God is telling them to 
repent soon or less He would deal with them like He dealt with the sons 
of Aaron or with Balaam.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord, You were, You are and You will always be the same for You are 
perfect and You do not compromise. What changes about You is the 
appearance of your glory which is manifested more and more. Lord we 
pray, we who are your children may understand we hold your Name and 
because we hold your Name we are called to live a life which is pleasing 
to You and worthy of your Name. Lord we pray You strengthen your people 
and specially those anointed by You for your Kingdom’s work. May they 
not let your Name down and thus experience your wrath...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
Exodus 3:13-14
13 And Moses said unto God, Behold, when I come unto the children of 
Israel, and shall say unto them, The God of your fathers hath sent me 
unto you; and they shall say to me, What is his name? what shall I say 
unto them?
14 And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou 
say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.

John 8:58-59
58 Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham 
was, I am.
59 Then took they up stones to cast at him: but Jesus hid himself, and 
went out of the temple, going through the midst of them, and so passed by.

Revelation 1:4,8
4 John to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace be unto you, and 
peace, from him which is, and which was, and which is to come; and from 
the seven Spirits which are before his throne;
8 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, 
which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.

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Post  Admin on Fri 04 Dec 2015, 10:50 pm

Confusing with regards to the birth of the Lord

Luke 2:1-5

1And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from 
Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed [enlisted].

2 (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)

3And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.

4And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into 
Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he 
was of the house and lineage of David:)

5To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.

Most English Bibles due to bad translation give the wrong picture that 
Joseph and Mary went to their native place (since both were from the 
house of David) so as to pay taxes. They consider that since Mary was 
the wife of Joseph at that time thus she had to tag along Joseph to be 
taxed in his native place.

Firstly the Greek word 'apographo' translated as taxed is wrongly 
translated since it means 'to record' or 'enlist'. The Roman Caesar 
Augustus (ruled between 29BC to 14AD after his uncle Juliet Caesar) had 
given a degree that the whole land of Judea's census is taken with 
people registering in their own native place. The month of August is 
named after Caesar Augustus, before that this month was called Sextilis, 
Augustus means honorable. One historian went on to state during the time 
of Jesus there is no war or great battle recorded in whole history and 
it was a time of peace so people engaged themselves in building and 
reorganizing themselves well that is why Augustus called for a census to 
be taken. The last known battle during that time was the battle of 
Actium fought between Augustus (his real name was Octavian) and the 
combine forces of Mark Anthony and Cleopatra (Jesus indirectly referred 
to this historic event in one of His parables).

Secondly at this particular time Joseph and Mary were not married. The 
Greek word translated as 'espoused wife' means fiancee. People do not 
realize like in Christian marriages so also in Jewish marriage (in fact 
we partly follow many things from Judaism) a marriage is not commenced 
until the couple mate / have physical relationship. We see it is clearly 
record in Matthew Joseph did not have physical relationship with Mary 
until she delivered Jesus. So they were husband and wife only after 
Jesus was born. The prophecy of virgin birth was a sign and need for the 
birth of Jesus and not in any way a glorification of Mary.

I do not know why people are foolish to pursue Mary to be a virgin even 
after birth of the Savior. Catholics think virginity symbolizes purity, 
thinking as Mohammad did that is why he gave people dreams of sex with 
virgins in heaven. Surprisingly Popes married between 300AD to 1500AD 
and yet were called Holy Father. In fact the most unholy things one can 
think of were done by many Popes during this time making this era to be 
called 'dark ages of the Church'.

God made reproduction and man made sex. If reproduction is unholy them 
marriage is an unholy union, the purpose of marriage is to have a family 
and to have a family one needs to reproduce so reproduction is not 
unholy. Paul who was not married yet called the physical union between a 
husband and wife a holy union. It becomes unholy if it is outside 
marriage and the intension is for pleasure and disrespect of the partner.

Bible says all flesh is corrupt, only Jesus as human was the only human 
whose flesh was not corrupt and this He proved by transfiguring. If 
people understand the design of man scientifically and biblically they 
would know we have sickness and problems due to corruption in our 
design. Bible shows since our flesh is corrupt we have to die a natural 
death but when the Truth is complete in us (we overcome) those who are 
alive will rapture which in other worlds means transfigure and enter the 
spiritual world without dying. Jesus overcame singularly and we overcome 
collectively. That is why Paul gives us assurance by saying one day some 
of us will be taken up in the cloud (raptured), confirming that we will 
overcome.

Sin is not in the human flesh and Jesus being born in the womb of Mary 
who was a sinner (that is why she needed a savior) could not be infected 
with her sins or curses. Curses do get transferred to the child but sins 
do not get transferred, the sin nature does and that too both from 
father to children and not mother to children even though the child is 
physically born in the womb of the mother. The mother's sin nature and 
curses get transferred only through the father when they become 
one/mate. The spirit seed is in the father before it conceives in the 
womb of the mother when the physical body comes alive. That is why we 
see always man was blessed / cursed for his generations to receive them 
and not the woman.

We need to understand Jesus was required to be born of a virgin so that 
no corruption or sin nature is found in Him. After Jesus was born it was 
senseless for Mary to be still remaining a virgin. Bible says she had 
many children from her marriage with Joseph and if she did not then she 
would have been considered cursed and not blessed.

The birth of Jesus is the most misinformed event; the evil one has 
purposely done this so that Lord is not glorified. Let us enlist 
ourselves unto Him and enlighten ourselves and other so that God is 
glorified by the Truth being revealed.

[Prayer starter]

Lord we pray that the truth is revealed about You coming as man and how 
You overcame so that man does not lose his opportunity to enter Heaven. 
Lord we pray people are set free from the bondages of deceit...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Prayer]

Exodus 34:6-7

6And the LORD passed by before him, and proclaimed, The LORD, The LORD 
God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and 
truth,

7Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and 
sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity 
of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children's children, unto 
the third and to the fourth generation.

Hebrews 7:10For he was yet in the loins of his father, when Melchisedec 
met him.

Deuteronomy 5:9Thou shalt not bow down thyself unto 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,

Matthew 1:23-25

23Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and 
they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.

24Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had 
bidden him, and took unto him his wife:

25And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he 
called his name JESUS.

Mark 6:3Is 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.

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Post  Admin on Wed 02 Dec 2015, 1:53 pm

Who is against Christ?

Acts 4:28 For to do whatsoever thy hand and thy counsel determined 
before to be done.

I like what Barnes puts in his commentary on this verse I have 
reproduced it below:-

"Ver. 28. For to do, etc. See Barnes "Ac 2:23"; See Barnes "Ac 3:18". 
The facts which are brought to view in these verses are among the most 
remarkable on record. They are briefly these:

1. That the Jewish rulers were opposed to the Messiah, and slew him.

2. That the very people to whom he came, and for whose benefit he 
laboured, joined in the opposition, so that it became the act of a 
united people.

3. That the Romans who were there, as a sort of representation of all 
pagan nations, were easily prevailed on to join in the persecution, and 
to become the executioners.

4. That thus opposite factions, and dissimilar and prejudiced people, 
became united in opposing the Messiah.

5. That the rulers of the Roman people, the emperors, and statesmen, and 
philosophers, and the rulers of other nations, united to oppose the 
gospel, and brought all the power of persecution to stay its progress.

6. That the people of the empire, the mass of men, were easily prevailed 
upon to join in the persecution, and endeavour to arrest its progress. And,

7. That the gospel has encountered similar difficulties and opposition 
wherever it has been faithfully presented to the attention of men. It 
has become a very serious question why this has been; or on what 
pretence this opposition has been vindicated; or how it can be accounted 
for. A question which it is of as much importance for the infidel as for 
the Christian to settle. We know that accusations of the corrupt lives 
of the early Christians were freely circulated, and the most gross 
accounts given of their scandalous conduct were propagated by those who 
chose to persecute them. (See Lardher's Credibility.) But such accounts 
are not now believed; and it is not certain that they were ever 
seriously believed by the rulers of the pagan people. It is certain that 
it was not on this account that the first opposition arose to Christ and 
his religion."

We see there were 2 types of people who opposed Christ. First were the 
Jews who misrepresented God and then there were the Romans who hated 
God. We also see even though both were not on the same line yet both 
united in their intentions against Christ.

Bible says the Jews delivered Jesus to death due to envy. The Greek word 
translated as envy here should not be misunderstood to be 'jealousy'. 
The root of this word comes from 'corruption'. In other words due to 
corruption (Paul uses this word for sin) the Jews delivered Jesus Christ 
unto His death.

We also see the Romans who were pagans for they worshipped all kinds of 
gods (representing those who hate God) have all their beliefs based on 
the fact, to allow them to sin. They may say sin is evil but then you 
will also find them having beliefs that justify they sin. Good and evil 
is always grey and not black and white. The same is the fact with other 
worldly religions. Thus these two due to sin oppose the Truth (Christ).

The world loves sin and they would not like to part ways for sin. If any 
one comes between them and sin, even though they are diverse in beliefs 
or anything yet they will unite against that power.

We see today many religious leaders that hate Christ talk of communal 
harmony between religions. Everyone may think this is good but look at 
it deeper. Does Christianity promote physical violence in any way? NO. 
So who is promoting violence? It is them who are doing it. So when they 
say peace it means they will not fight each other. It also means the 
difference between their gods and their beliefs they will ignore or 
compromise. Now can a Christian be part of this harmony? NO.

Firstly Christianity does not promote violence so it is already a belief 
(religion) of peace. Secondly a Christian will never compromise the 
Truth so there is no way a Christian can stand along with any other 
religion in mater of beliefs even though a Christian promotes love 
towards all mankind.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord You have said in your Word if we are your disciples the world will 
hate us for they hated You first. They hate You because they love sin 
and You hate sin. Lord we pray we will know we are Christian when we 
hate sin and due to that the people in the world will oppose us...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Mark 15:10For he knew that the chief priests had delivered him for envy.

John 15:18If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before you.

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

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Divisions in the Church

Matthew 12:25 And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every 
kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city 
or house divided against itself shall not stand:

When a Believer speaks to a Catholic, the Catholic will refer to him or 
her as 'protestant' reminding the person that the Believer Church was a 
part of the Catholic Church before 1500AD and they protested against the 
Catholic Church. They indirectly want to imply, 'you were a part of us 
but now you are not'. You will also find them frequently telling you 
that the Believer Churches has hundreds or thousands of denomination 
while they are a united lot. They often remind us the term 'Catholic' 
means 'Universal' therefore they are the mother Christian Church. Then 
there is this other lot of open minded Christians who propose that 
Catholics and Believers should come together ignoring the differences 
since both are 'Christians'. Can Muslims or Jews and Believers come 
together with one theological mind? If not then how can Catholics and 
Believers come together? You may think we have the same belief but it is 
when we have proper theological understanding and knowledge of Church 
history then only will we Believers know where we stand.

Divisions in the Christian / Believer Church started during the early 
Church itself, during the times of the Apostles that too even before 
Paul accepted Christ. The book of Acts records the first division due to 
cultural reasons. The Jewish Christians (Hebrew speaking) and the 
Grecians Christians (Greek speaking) had started differentiating 
themselves from each other primarily due to their languages and 
secondarily due to traditions or way of living, dressing, food etc. If 
you note Luke does not say either Jewish Christians or Greek Christian 
but notes them by their language as their differences.

Can a Christian be a person of language, culture or traditions? To 
understand this we need to first understand the root definitions of the 
terms. Firstly the Greek word for division comes from the root words 
which mean to cut through according to likeness in other words means 
groupism. Now with the Apostles there, who were strong in faith and 
theology thus, this groupism was not due to theological reasons but due 
to language and culture.

Language is a means of communication. People in different regions have 
different languages and knowing their language helps us to communicate 
with them. Language is for the purpose to bring people together and not 
separate them. Just because one speaks another language can we 
differentiate them, so also is the same with culture. In simple terms 
culture is the common things (in way of living) between the people 
living in a region. An example is if the people of a region choose to 
wear red color as part of their dressing for many years then wearing red 
becomes a part of their culture. Culture can also be a bowl where 
religious beliefs are unknowingly accepted and followed by people of 
other beliefs in that region. For example if the reason of choosing to 
wear red is rooted to honoring a pagan god of one religion then in the 
name of culture the people of the other religion are honoring that deity 
unknowingly. Wearing red is not wrong but Christians wearing it as a 
culture is wrong. In India many pagan Hindu beliefs are part of 
Christian way of life in the name of culture.

Christianity has no languages, no cultures, no groupism, not even 
different countries for there is only one language of faith, one culture 
of love, one group that is in Christa and one country that is the 
Kingdom of God. But yet as a Christian we respect every language, every 
culture (which is not religious in nature), every race and every country 
(especially the one we live in).

Coming to Catholics, people are not aware they too have many 
denominations or divisions between them. There are 24 denominations (23 
+ the Roman Catholic Church) which acknowledge the Bishop of Rome (Pope) 
as the head, and then there are many others Catholic denominations who 
do not. They may not be part of the Roman Catholic group but yet are 
Catholic for they follow the same theological belief and consider 
themselves the mother Church differentiating mainly in who leads them.

The primarily theological difference between a Catholic is they believe 
in another Jesus and another God. Their Jesus as a Savior is not 
competent enough to save them therefore they need Mary to intervene. 
They have replaced the Holy Spirit with Mary as the Comforter and 
Intercessor.

Jesus is the Way and the Holy Spirit the one who leads us on the Way and 
they have made Mary as the one who needs them on the Way not the Holy 
Spirit. Jesus paid the price and became a sacrifice so that we receive 
His Spirit and thus become Sons of God again. This spirit which comes as 
Mary speaks contrary to the Word and tries to nullify the sacrifice of 
Jesus. Can this spirit be from God or anyone associated to God. In 
simple words Catholics are led by this ungodly spirit thus are not 
Christians. Catholics stand along with Muslims or Jews who do not 
believe in Jesus Christ or believe in another Jesus Christ.

Every Christian irrespective of the denomination who believes in God the 
Father, His Word, His Son Jesus Christ as Lord, Savior and Way to God 
and believes the Holy Spirit as the one who needs us on the Way, is a 
Christian and should consider himself or herself as part of the one 
family in Christ. We may have difference in theological understandings 
but that difference should not hinder our oneness; but we should pursue 
to remove that difference but healthy discussion and prayer. At last we 
should remember it is the Spirit of God that reveals all things and He 
alone through the Word is the one who leads us to our inheritance in Heaven.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord we pray your people be one and You are one. Lord we pray they may 
like the Son surrendered to the Father putting the Father above Him and 
the Father lifting Him, so also they surrender to the one family in 
Christa and the family work to lift each one. We pray the Spirit take 
more and more hold of your people...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Romans 8:26-27

26Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what 
we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh 
intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.

27And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the 
Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the 
will of God.

Romans 8:34Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ [Jesus the man and 
the Spirit on Him] that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is 
even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession [word is on 
the 3rd person] for us.

John 16:16A little while, and ye shall not see me: and again, a little 
while, and ye shall see me, because I go to the Father.

John 20:21-22

21Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath 
sent me, even so send I you.

22And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, 
Receive ye the Holy Spirit:

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

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Teaching and healing

Matthew 19:2 And great multitudes followed him; and he healed them there.

We read many a times Jesus did not just heal some people but He healed 
all the people who approached Him. In today's message we read a similar 
kind of situation which says the multitude followed Him and He healed 
them. This same event is recorded in Mark 10:1 and here Mark does not 
talk about Jesus healing them but talks about Jesus teaching them.

Bible is the Word of God and the Word of God is Living Word which gives 
life. If we are giving the Living Word then that Word should heal; heal 
not only the body but also the soul and spirit, working from inside out. 
In many places we find Jesus did not just heal them but when He saw 
faith in them He said 'be whole' implying the person is restored.

In Churches we also see they teach the Word of God but yet we see people 
do not change for years and they keep struggling in the same areas. If 
we are teaching the Living Word then why is this Word not healing (not 
just physically) or changing them? The question is are we giving them 
Living Water or just knowledge?

We see Jesus said when we drink the water of this world we will thirst 
again but the water He gives will cause a water spring inside that 
person that will result into everlasting life. In another scripture we 
see this water spring is related to the Holy Spirit for Jesus said it is 
His Spirit what will open our minds and bring us to all understanding.

When we give knowledge of the Word but understanding of man, using the 
wisdom of man then people may be please but this understanding will not 
change people or renew them, it may help them for a period bit will not 
cause eternal effect in them. When we give revelations that is knowledge 
of the Word but understanding that comes from God using the wisdom of 
God then it is not just 'understanding' but understanding that comes 
from the Spirit and this understanding is what changes people. Jesus 
said only when we believe in Him this will happen. The problem is we 
choose not to believe Him fully, we pick and choose what we like and 
leave what we do not.

Let us surrender to the Lord (Holy Spirit for He is the author of the 
Word) fully, believing every word and not picking and choosing what we 
like. It is only when we do that we will find streams of Living Waters 
(understanding) flowing through us.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord we want streams of Living Water to flow from our bellies. Lord we 
pray You help us to totally surrender to You and your Word. Let not our 
flesh hold us back. Help us to make ourselves and others whole through 
your Word and your Spirit...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Matthew 19:1-2

1And it came to pass, that when Jesus had finished these sayings, he 
departed from Galilee, and came into the coasts of Judaea beyond Jordan;

2And great multitudes followed him; and he healed them there.

Mark 10:1 And he arose from thence, and cometh into the coasts of Judaea 
by the farther side of Jordan: and the people resort unto him again; 
and, as he was wont, he taught them again.

Matthew 9:22But Jesus turned him about, and when he saw her, he said, 
Daughter, be of good comfort; thy faith hath made thee whole. And the 
woman was made whole from that hour.

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

Matthew 15:28Then Jesus answered and said unto her, O woman, great is 
thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt. And her daughter was made 
whole from that very hour.

John 4:13-14

13Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water 
shall thirst again:

14But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never 
thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of 
water springing up into everlasting life.

John 7:37-39

37In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, 
saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.

38He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly 
shall flow rivers of living water.

39(But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him 
should receive: for the Holy Spirit was not yet given; because that 
Jesus was not yet glorified.)

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

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Teaching and healing

Matthew 19:2 And great multitudes followed him; and he healed them there.

We read many a times Jesus did not just heal some people but He healed 
all the people who approached Him. In today's message we read a similar 
kind of situation which says the multitude followed Him and He healed 
them. This same event is recorded in Mark 10:1 and here Mark does not 
talk about Jesus healing them but talks about Jesus teaching them.

Bible is the Word of God and the Word of God is Living Word which gives 
life. If we are giving the Living Word then that Word should heal; heal 
not only the body but also the soul and spirit, working from inside out. 
In many places we find Jesus did not just heal them but when He saw 
faith in them He said 'be whole' implying the person is restored.

In Churches we also see they teach the Word of God but yet we see people 
do not change for years and they keep struggling in the same areas. If 
we are teaching the Living Word then why is this Word not healing (not 
just physically) or changing them? The question is are we giving them 
Living Water or just knowledge?

We see Jesus said when we drink the water of this world we will thirst 
again but the water He gives will cause a water spring inside that 
person that will result into everlasting life. In another scripture we 
see this water spring is related to the Holy Spirit for Jesus said it is 
His Spirit what will open our minds and bring us to all understanding.

When we give knowledge of the Word but understanding of man, using the 
wisdom of man then people may be please but this understanding will not 
change people or renew them, it may help them for a period bit will not 
cause eternal effect in them. When we give revelations that is knowledge 
of the Word but understanding that comes from God using the wisdom of 
God then it is not just 'understanding' but understanding that comes 
from the Spirit and this understanding is what changes people. Jesus 
said only when we believe in Him this will happen. The problem is we 
choose not to believe Him fully, we pick and choose what we like and 
leave what we do not.

Let us surrender to the Lord (Holy Spirit for He is the author of the 
Word) fully, believing every word and not picking and choosing what we 
like. It is only when we do that we will find streams of Living Waters 
(understanding) flowing through us.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord we want streams of Living Water to flow from our bellies. Lord we 
pray You help us to totally surrender to You and your Word. Let not our 
flesh hold us back. Help us to make ourselves and others whole through 
your Word and your Spirit...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Matthew 19:1-2

1And it came to pass, that when Jesus had finished these sayings, he 
departed from Galilee, and came into the coasts of Judaea beyond Jordan;

2And great multitudes followed him; and he healed them there.

Mark 10:1 And he arose from thence, and cometh into the coasts of Judaea 
by the farther side of Jordan: and the people resort unto him again; 
and, as he was wont, he taught them again.

Matthew 9:22But Jesus turned him about, and when he saw her, he said, 
Daughter, be of good comfort; thy faith hath made thee whole. And the 
woman was made whole from that hour.

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

Matthew 15:28Then Jesus answered and said unto her, O woman, great is 
thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt. And her daughter was made 
whole from that very hour.

John 4:13-14

13Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water 
shall thirst again:

14But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never 
thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of 
water springing up into everlasting life.

John 7:37-39

37In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, 
saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.

38He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly 
shall flow rivers of living water.

39(But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him 
should receive: for the Holy Spirit was not yet given; because that 
Jesus was not yet glorified.)

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

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Forsaken by God

Isaiah 54:7,8 For a small moment have I forsaken thee; but with great 
mercies will I gather thee. In a little wrath I hid my face from thee 
for a moment; but with everlasting kindness will I have mercy on thee, 
saith the LORD thy Redeemer.

There was a Muslim person debating with Christians and he told them if 
your God could forsake His only Son then what is the guarantee that He 
will not forsake you?

In today's message the Lord is talking of forsaking us in His anger. If 
we see, both in Hebrew and in Greek the word 'forsake' does not mean to 
reject. In both Hebrew and Greek this word actually means to leave. In 
scriptures it does not mean a total separation but increase in distance.

Let us visualize a mother walking a child and in between the child 
leaves the hand of the mother and get left behind. Soon the mother 
reverts back and collects the child to hold more closely (our God is not 
a forgetful God like a forgetful mother).

Anger effects love. In humans anger breaks the bonds of love but Godly 
anger does not break the bonds of love, it only causes disconnect for a 
short period, but afterwards causes a greater bond of love to be build.

In today's message we see God say 'for a small moment I forsook you' and 
that is because of our disobedience towards Him, but then He says with 
'greater mercies will I gather thee'. He does not say with mercies as 
usual but says with greater mercies.

Jesus was aware of the suffering He was going to go through at the hands 
of the Jews and more at the hands of the Romans for these are written in 
the scriptures. He never feared the suffering but when the time came for 
Him to be separated from the Father He feared that. His love and oneness 
with the Father is not explainable and to break that even for a moment 
was unthinkable for Him. That is why He was grieving and sweating like 
blood drops. He even desired to reject this separation by telling the 
Father top take away the cup. But then for the greater love that comes 
after He accepted it.

Today the Lord is telling those who find themselves distant from God; do 
not be sad for soon they will experience greater joy and love from Him.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord You showed us the true meaning of love and for the sake of love You 
at times forsake us so that correction may be bought in and greater love 
may be experienced. Lord we know if You have chosen us You will never 
reject us. You are God and You know the beginning from the end. Lord we 
pray during the times of distance we do not lose hope and thus elongate 
the period of separation...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Mark 14:35-36

35And he went forward a little, and fell on the ground, and prayed that, 
if it were possible, the hour might pass from him.

36And he said, Abba, Father, all things are possible unto thee; take 
away this cup from me: nevertheless not what I will, but what thou wilt.

Hebrews 13:5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be 
content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never 
leave [to give up on] thee, forsake thee.

Isaiah 49:15-16

15Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have 
compassion on the son of her womb? yea, they may forget, yet will I not 
forget thee.

16Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands; thy walls are 
continually before me.

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Do not lower the Heavens

John 7:33,34Then said Jesus unto them, Yet a little while am I with you, 
and then I go unto him that sent me. Ye shall seek me, and shall not 
find me: and where I am, thither ye cannot come.

Islam has made Paradise (Jannat) a pleasure garden where any person who 
dies or kills an infidel in the name of Allah is served in Jannat by 72 
virgins in a garden (like the one before the Taj Mahal which is made to 
design) and given fresh wine to drink all day (Paradise having DAY and 
NIGHT!).

You may feel sick and think what kind of pervert mind would associate 
God to lust and intoxication, but Christians as not far behind in 
lowering the Holy abode of God by their lack of understanding. We see 
many people (including famous Preachers) who claim to have visited 
Heaven and returned (Paul himself was not sure if it was visitation or 
vision). Christians think when a Believer dies they immediately go to 
Heaven. Ask them about Judgment Day and they say it is only for those 
who are alive then. They fail to read what Paul writes in Romans 'WE 
ALL' will stand before the Judgment Throne this is also confirmed again 
in 1 Corinthians.

People also think in Heaven we will stand in a large crowd all the time 
and sign and worship God. There was an Islamist preacher who said the 
Christians would go to their boring Heaven to sing and worship all day 
and they will have sex with virgins daily (sorry cannot put his actual 
words).

Islam has made Heaven into a cheap sex garden and 'Chirstians' have made 
Heaven into a large resort having walls around it, with many mansions 
all made of gold, including the streets, with previous gem all over the 
place like a luxurious retreat center.

To tell you personally I would not like to go to such a Jannat or such a 
Heaven; how long can one enjoy such pleasures of the flesh or eyes? 
Solomon was an art collector. He loved beauty so much that he married a 
hundred beautiful women and these landed getting him to go against God. 
But thank God the real Heaven is nothing like these and is beyond the 
imagination of man. When man does not understand the basic element 
'spirit' what will man understand the spirit world?

Today's message we read Jesus say where He is going we cannot come. 
People do not know the reason why? If you ask them they say because we 
are sinners. They do not know the meaning of sin and why sin cannot 
exist in Heaven. People do not know the difference between sin and evil. 
All sin is evil but is all evil sin? Bible says the Law bought sin into 
existence, for without breaking the Law one cannot sin. So before the 
Law Satan was there so evil was there. Bible says after man sinned God 
said now man has come to know good and evil and has become like one of 
us. Is God evil or can evil exist in God? What it means by we being made 
incorruptible or the corruption in us being removed so as to enable us 
to enter Heaven.

Let us not lower the Heavens or make Kingdom of God cheap like fairy 
tales. Let us renew our minds and understand the Word of God and the 
Kingdom of God in its Truth.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord we ask for forgiveness that we have made Heaven a cheap place by 
our carnal minds. Lord we pray You open the minds of your people, fill 
them with knowledge and understanding by giving them wisdom that comes 
from You...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Genesis 3:22 And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of 
us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take 
also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever:

1 Peter 1:18Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with 
corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation 
received by tradition from your fathers;

1 Peter 3:3Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of 
plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel;

Revelation 3:18I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that 
thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and 
that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes 
with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.

John 3:6That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born 
of the Spirit is spirit.

Acts 2:31He seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ, that 
his soul was not left in hell, neither his flesh did see corruption.

1 Corinthians 15:50Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot 
inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.

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.

2 Corinthians 5:10For 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.

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Love or delusion

Philippians 2:1 If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any 
comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies,

A day back I was having discussion with a few brothers on the works of a 
Catholic 'saint'. She is well known for her social work among the 
destitute and sick who are forsaken by society. We were discussing if 
she was projected Christ in her through her works?

When I was very young (was a Catholic then) I had the privilege twice to 
personally meet her and felt very humble in her presence. She held me 
and spoke to me about serving the unfortunate and being part of her 
ministry. I was touched by her words and every year during my birthday I 
would visit her center and make my contribution towards her ministry.

As I came into the Lord and grew in the Word, its understanding make me 
raise questions as to what she was doing is it what God has called us to 
do as Christian? There are two things which opened my eyes to the truth 
one is the understanding of love and other of works.

Let us take an example of a mother who loves her child very much, so 
much that she does not let her child down at all for she fears the child 
will hurt himself. This happens years after years and this child grows 
up but because of the 'love' of the mother the child is not going to 
school or to play for he can neither stand nor walk. Would anyone call 
this love? This so called 'love' is foolishness and this mother has 
become the worst enemy of her child.

Bible says God is love not because the most important characteristic of 
God is love. If you see in Heaven the Heavenly beings do not praise God 
saying Love, Love, Love but praise Him by saying Holy, Holy, Holy. God 
is called love because man did not know love until God came as man and 
showed us true love. God showed us love is something that is selfless, 
it build and prospers not according to the understanding of man but 
according to the understanding of God. In some translations the Greek 
word 'Agape' is rightly translated as 'charity' and not 'love', for what 
man understands as 'love' is not what God means.

Coming to works, works is important but works without faith is useless 
works, so also faith without works is useless faith. For a Christian 
faith and works need to go hand in hand, with faith leading works and 
not works leading faith. We were called first and chosen to good works 
not called because of our good works.

All Christians are called to do good works but what kind of work is very 
important to understand. When Jesus spoke about the Son of Man on 
judgment day separating the sheep from the goats on basis of serving the 
hungry, naked, thirsty and homeless He did not mean natural / social 
service. Note if He would have really meant social service then He would 
have used terms like sick, weak, orphan, widows etc. as used like in the 
OT. Look at the lives of Jesus and His disciples who stand as examples 
for us. They did reach out to the poor, weak, hungry, widows etc. but 
they did not focus on it. They healed the sick but did not sit looking 
after them in their sickness. The Apostles did not find it right to 
dedicate their precious time for these natural services but they 
concentrated on spiritual services. For natural services they chose the 
spiritual young, those growing in the Lord.

In worldly terms we can compare natural service and spiritual services 
to physical development and mental development of a child. Both are 
necessary and have to go hand in hand; one without the other can cause 
damage to the person. Also mental development is always given greater 
importance than physical development since we humans are intellectual 
beings. This is as per our worldly prospective.

As Christians we are spiritual being living in a physical body. On death 
our physical body perishes and goes to dust but our spiritual being 
continues to live. We are called to give service to the spiritual being 
more compared to the physical being while not ignoring it.

We as Christians are people on mission to save souls for Christ. On 
Judgment Day God will not ask us about our natural services but about 
our spiritual services if we have served those who hunger for Him, those 
who thirst for Him, those who are far from Him (homeless) and those who 
do not know Him (naked).

As Christians we are led by the Word of God and the Spirit of God to 
good works. As Christians we do not do good works but walk in them, 
works which are already set for us even before we were born. In OT the 
Spirit of God was not given to all mankind so they concentrated only on 
works of the flesh but we are blessed with the Holy Spirit who leads us 
to works of the Spirit.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord your Word is lamp to our feet and light to our path. Lord we pray 
as Christians who can see things ahead may concentrate on things ahead 
while not ignoring the immediate needs. Let us understand it is not our 
works that will please You but our fulfilling the mission we are called 
for which will please You. We are called to be like You Lord. To be 
merciful and patient but above all be full of love. Love not according 
to man's understanding but according to You...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Matthew 25:31-46

Acts 6:2Then the twelve called the multitude of the disciples unto them, 
and said, It is not reason that we should leave the word of God, and 
serve tables.

Romans 9:11(For the children being not yet born, neither having done any 
good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, 
not of works, but of him that calleth;)

Ephesians 2:8-10

8For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it 
is the gift of God:

9Not of works, lest any man should boast.

10For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, 
which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

2 Timothy 3:16-17

16All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for 
doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

17That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good 
works.

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The fall of the False Bride

Ezekiel 27:34 In the time when thou shalt be broken by the seas in the 
depths of the waters thy merchandise and all thy company in the midst of 
thee shall fall.

When I started understanding Callings the Bible became easier to 
understand. In my earlier day people used to frighten me about reading 
the book of Revelation. As a Catholic when I had not read the Bible 
people used to tell me if I read the book of Revelation I would not 
sleep, it is like a horror film. Even today Believers are advised to 
read the book of Revelation at the last. People do not understand the 
name of the book is 'Revelation' which means the Lord was revelation 
something to the written given here as John things which was already 
written or documented. This book is similar to Daniel, who was 
meditating on the Word given through the other Prophets and the Lord was 
making him them understand by dreams and visions.

In the OT Callings were not revealed clearly since Christ (the Head of 
the Body) was not revealed fully so all were called Nabi which means Man 
of God and mistakenly translated as Prophet. Daniel by Calling was not a 
Prophet but was a Teacher. The same was with Joseph son of Jacob and 
John who wrote the book of Revelation. People are told it was John the 
Apostle who wrote Revelation but when I checked up half of the 
theologians contest it. If one goes but book dates too it shows that the 
John who wrote Revelation was not John the Apostle. Also by other facts 
stated in scriptures it can be proved in multiple ways that this John (a 
Teacher) who wrote Revelation was not John the Apostle and today's 
message is also a proof of this.

We read in Revelation 17 and 18 about the fall of Babylon the Great 
which is the False Bride. If you read this revelation came from this 
chapter of Ezekiel and from prophecies given other Prophets. What God 
advised for us was also valid for Himself. When He said Truth should be 
established by the mouth of two or more, even He made sure every 
prophesy important for the salvation of mankind was spoken by 2 or more 
Prophets. So every understanding should have at least 2 or more 
supporting scriptures and none against it.

As I stated before, the Church is moving from one stage (5th stage) to 
another (6th stage) which will be a glorious stage. Many people are 
shouting hoarse that the end is at hand (7th stage), they are missing to 
see what the Lord is doing. The shaking we see is not against us but for 
us. It is time for us to move ahead, a time of the great harvest. Like 
today's message it speaks of the fall of the Catholic Church (the 
younger daughter of the false bride, the elder daughter being the Jewish 
Church) which is deceiving people, instead of leading them to God in the 
name of God she is destroying the lives of them that trust in her.

Soon we will see the financial resources of the Catholic Church getting 
into problem and this business empire that it has built will soon tumble 
down. So instead of hiding or sitting and praying the whole day we 
Christians are called to move out and reach out to the lost souls 
especially the Catholics and Muslims (with whom the Lord has started His 
work since 5 years).

Now is the time and like Joshua battled let us get into the spiritual 
battle. Joshua knew the Lord was with him and the Lord seeing that faith 
made still the Sun and Moon for him and caused rocks to fall from the 
sky on the enemy. Joshua not only killed the whole army of the enemy but 
pursued the 5 kings who were hiding in the caves and killed them. We are 
called not only to save the lost souls but to also expose the hidden 
lies and deceit of the enemy.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord we pray your people do not hide out of fear but understand now is 
the time of the great battle, the time for the great harvest. We pray 
they have boldness in them. We bind the spirit of fear and deceit and 
break the hold of these spirits on your people. We speak courage, 
wisdom, understanding and passion for the lost into your people...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Revelation 17 & 18

Ezekiel 16:44-47

44Behold, every one that useth proverbs shall use this proverb against 
thee, saying, As is the mother, so is her daughter.

45Thou art thy mother's daughter, that lotheth her husband and her 
children; and thou art the sister of thy sisters, which lothed their 
husbands and their children: your mother was an Hittite, and your father 
an Amorite.

46And thine elder sister is Samaria, she and her daughters that dwell at 
thy left hand: and thy younger sister, that dwelleth at thy right hand, 
is Sodom and her daughters.

47Yet hast thou not walked after their ways, nor done after their 
abominations: but, as if that were a very little thing, thou wast 
corrupted more than they in all thy ways.

Ezekiel 23:1-4

1The word of the LORD came again unto me, saying,

2Son of man, there were two women, the daughters of one mother:

3And they committed whoredoms in Egypt; they committed whoredoms in 
their youth: there were their breasts pressed, and there they bruised 
the teats of their virginity.

4And the names of them were Aholah the elder, and Aholibah her sister: 
and they were mine, and they bare sons and daughters. Thus were their 
names; Samaria is Aholah, and Jerusalem Aholibah.

Zechariah 5:6-11

6And I said, What is it? And he said, This is an ephah that goeth forth. 
He said moreover, This is their resemblance through all the earth.

7And, behold, there was lifted up a talent of lead: and this is a woman 
that sitteth in the midst of the ephah.

8And he said, This is wickedness. And he cast it into the midst of the 
ephah; and he cast the weight of lead upon the mouth thereof.

9Then lifted I up mine eyes, and looked, and, behold, there came out two 
women, and the wind was in their wings; for they had wings like the 
wings of a stork: and they lifted up the ephah between the earth and the 
heaven.

10Then said I to the angel that talked with me, Whither do these bear 
the ephah?

11And he said unto me, To build it an house in the land of Shinar [means 
country of 2 rivers - Egypt means dual strait]: and it shall be 
established, and set there upon her own base.

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John the Baptist prepared the way

Luke 3:1 Now in the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, Pontius
Pilate being governor of Judaea, and Herod being tetrarch of Galilee, and
his brother Philip tetrarch of Ituraea and of the region of Trachonitis,
and Lysanias the tetrarch of Abilene,

When a King arrives in court we find an announcer giving a shout so all can
be at attention. Bible says John the Baptist was Elijah who did not die but
came back with the purpose to announce / prepare the way for the arrival of
the King and Savior our Lord Jesus Christ.

Soon in a few days almost all Christians will be involved in an unchristian
activity of celebrating a pagan god’s feast as the birthday of Jesus
Christ. If you question them, they would say the date is not written so any
day can be celebrate in His remembrance. If you go by what they say you
will find their argument justified.

In most Islamic countries Christians use the term Allah for God since they
are told Allah means God. They do not know the word Allah means ‘the god’
and points to the chief deity among the 360 deities that existed in the
Kaaba during the time of Mohammad. Thus Allah is not God but a pagan god
chosen by Mohammad as the only god after he destroyed all the other 359
gods. It is the ignorance of the Christians that causes them to call the
Lord by the name of a pagan god. The same is the case with celebrating the
birthday of our Savior.

The Bible takes pain to give multiple historic references with regards to
John the Baptist’s birth and as stated here about his ministry. This
information is very important with regards to tracking the birthdate of
Jesus Christ since the difference between the two is six months. After the
Angel told Mary about she being six months pregnant, she went to meet her
cousin Elizabeth and Bible says the child in Elizabeth’s womb leapt with
joy. Mary then lived with her for 3 months and it is after this that
Elisabeth delivered.

If one studies the feasts as declared by the Lord in the OT, they are all
shadows of the events concerning the Lord Jesus Christ (and His Spirit /
the Holy Spirit). If one tracks the dates of the birth of Jesus Christ
through the dates of John the Baptist we find the birth of Jesus Christ
falls on the Feast of Tents / Feast of the Tabernacle / Feast of
Ingathering.

If one understands the Feast of Tents / Feast of the Tabernacle one will
understand the birth of Jesus Christ. It is called Feast of Tabernacle
because He is our Tabernacle and He came to make us part of the Tabernacle
so that day set the foundation of the eternal Tabernacle. It is also called
Feast of Tents because He was God who left His glorious abode, humbling
Himself He became man, thus by this God dwelt in a body of flesh as man by
becoming 100percent man (Bible states He became lower than the Angels). He
came to free us from the bondage of this flesh (carnal) so as to again
become the glorious being we were created as in the beginning.

You can gauge the foolishness of most Christians from the simple fact they
think Jesus was born in a stable surrounded by cows, sheep, goats and
donkeys. It shows how lies of Catholic traditions have blinded people’s
eyes that they read and they do not understand, they look and they do not
see, they hear and they do not realize.

Look at the scripture it says while they were waiting for a room in an inn
Mary gave birth to the child, warped the child in a swaddling cloth and
placed Him in a manger. People do not realize firstly it happened while
they were waiting for a room in the inn. Secondly after birth they put the
child into a manger which is a wooden box kept (outside the inn) so as to
feed the donkeys tied there. If we need to put the birth of Jesus in
today’s modern date His birth would be in a parking area of a hotel since
the donkeys were the mode of transport during that time like cars are of
today.

Let us not be blinded by the beliefs of the Catholic Church into
celebrating Christ Mass which was a high Mass celebrated to keep the pagan
Romans from celebrating the birth of their Sun god.

The birth of Jesus Christ (Feast of Tabernacle / Tents) is a very important
feast for us and is commanded by the Lord to be celebrated till the end of
time as a statute, same as with Resurrection Sunday (Passover) and with
Pentecost (Feast of the Harvest).

[Prayer Starter]

Lord we thank You for being a sacrifice for us and making is possible for
us to return back to You. We were doomed to death and You came to give us
eternal life. Lord we need to understand the importance of your birth. Lord
since most Christians celebrate a pagan feast they do not realize the
importance of your becoming man. We pray they start to celebrate the Feast
of Tents/Tabernacle/Ingathering and know why You commanded we spend time
together in fellowship as one family by leaving our houses...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Luke 1:36 And, behold, thy cousin Elisabeth, she hath also conceived a son
in her old age: and this is the sixth month with her, who was called barren.

Luke 1:5-11

5 There was in the days of Herod, the king of Judaea, a certain priest
named Zacharias, of the course of Abia: and his wife was of the daughters
of Aaron, and her name was Elisabeth.

6 And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments
and ordinances of the Lord blameless.

7 And they had no child, because that Elisabeth was barren, and they both
were now well stricken in years.

8 And it came to pass, that while he executed the priest’s office before
God in the order of his course,

9 According to the custom of the priest’s office, his lot was to burn
incense when he went into the temple of the Lord.

10 And the whole multitude of the people were praying without at the time
of incense.

11 And there appeared unto him an angel of the Lord standing on the right
side of the altar of incense.

Luke 2:4-11

4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into
Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was
of the house and lineage of David:)

5 To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.

6 And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished
that she should be delivered.

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

Exodus 23:14-17

14 Three times thou shalt keep a feast unto me in the year.

15 The feast of unleavened bread shalt thou keep: seven days thou shalt
eat unleavened bread, as I commanded thee, at the time appointed in the
month Abib (for in it thou camest out from Egypt); and none shall appear
before me empty:

16 and the feast of harvest, the first-fruits of thy labors, which thou
sowest in the field: and the feast of ingathering, at the end of the year,
when thou gatherest in thy labors out of the field.

17 Three times in the year all thy males shall appear before the Lord
Jehovah.

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Making disciples for themselves

Matthew 23:15 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye 
compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make 
him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves.

In today's message we see Jesus rebukes the scribes and Pharisees for 
destroying other people by making them not only like them but worse than 
themselves.

Confront a Catholic priest with regards to the wrong which the Catholics 
congregation is doing like idol worship or reciting prayers or other 
things and he will agree he knows it is wrong but he will still not open 
his mouth and stop them. Ask him as to why and he will say because he 
fears those above. He is not talking of God here or the Angels but his 
superiors. The same with a Jewish Rabbi he too knows what the scriptures 
say and what they do is in contrast yet he will not let go of these vain 
tradition just because he fears those above him. This is not restricted 
to these 2 sects of worshippers of God for we see this happening even 
among Believers (Christians).

Look at main stream churches, their main aim is to keep people in the 
Church and for that they have rules and regulations. If someone new 
comes into the Church thirsting for the Word of God they will first give 
them their doctrines and tell them to study them. If the person 
questions their doctrines then that person is rebuked and even outcaste. 
They have a system that the senior most Pastors are unquestionable, same 
like the Catholics consider the Pope as infallible or Jews of their 
Chief Rabbi.

Look at Christian Evangelist and Preachers today they are drawing people 
to themselves and not to God. How do you discern a person making 
disciples for themselves or for the Lord? Look at the people around that 
person. If you see the same lot of people, and in the same place, 
learning from that person for many years then you can be assured that 
the person is making disciples for himself.

There is a Catholic evangelist I know from the time I was in the 
Catholic Church that is more than 12 years back, and even today he 
teaches the same things which he taught then with not even 20percent change.

Have you heard of the fable keep live crabs in a bowl overnight that too 
with the lid uncovered and you can be rest assured none will come out. 
This happens because if anyone is climbing out the one below pulls his 
down.

While teaching on Satan one brother said 'who needs Satan when we have 
Believer brothers in Church'.

Jesus is a model of perfection and He Himself did not try to keep His 
disciples to Himself. He taught them, enabled them and then handed them 
over to the Holy Spirit whom He knew was the perfect Teacher. Jesus knew 
that as man He could not do what the Spirit of God could do.

Let us build people not to follow us but to follow the Spirit of God. 
Once they start to follow the Spirit of God then they cease to be our 
students or disciples but become our colleagues and coworkers.

Paul called Timothy his spiritual son. Paul was an Apostle and Timothy 
an Evangelist. But the time Timothy settled down, was independent and 
strong, Paul started to call him his coworker and not his spiritual son. 
In the Kingdom of God no man is anyone's student forever, but they are 
students of the Holy Spirit forever for there is not true Teacher other 
than the Holy Spirit.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord we pray that people stop making disciples for themselves and thus 
harden the hearts of those under them even more then themselves. Lord we 
pray the Church moves ahead in the Kingdom of God and not just grows in 
size, for even if the whole world becomes Christian but none enter 
Heaven then the Word will be void and the sacrifice of Christ become 
void. It is better few enter than none. Let your Church know it is You 
who adds people for You are the Lord of the Harvest...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Matthew 3:7But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to 
his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned 
you to flee from the wrath to come?

Matthew 12:34O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good 
things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.

Matthew 23:33Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the 
damnation of hell?

Matthew 10:24A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a servant above 
his lord.

Matthew 23:8But be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your teacher, and all 
ye are brethren.

John 14:26But the Comforter, even the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will 
send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring to your 
remembrance all that I said unto you.

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Prophecies concerning Judah and Jerusalem

Isaiah 2:1 The word that Isaiah the son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and 
Jerusalem.

Just a few minutes back I saw a clip of an Islamic scholar / preacher 
quoting their scriptures about the house in the seventh heaven. He said 
the Quran states if that house would fall it would fall right on the 
Kaaba. He quoted this to prove that the earth is still and the Sun 
revolves around it as the Quran states. He said if the earth was 
revolving than the heavenly house would fall in the sea or in some 
barren land.

He also took another 'logical case' case of traveling from Saudi Arabia 
to China. He said if the earth was revolving then the plane would have 
to just stop in sky and China would come to the plane. Also if the earth 
was revolving the other way then how is it that the plane manages to 
catch up with China; that should have not been possible.

We may not know to laugh or grieve at the intelligence of these 
spiritual leaders who are blinded by what they read and these very 
characters are leading people by the millions. When we look at them and 
at Christianity, the story with Christian leaders is not far behind.

It is truly sad when one understands with wisdom as to what Christian 
Churches and Bible Colleges are preaching. Let take for example today's 
scripture which talks of Judah and Jerusalem. It speaks of them as two 
different identities. The region given to Judah was known as Judea and 
Jerusalem is a chief city (capital) of the region of Judea. It would be 
like saying the leaders of Delhi and the leaders of India.

Let us take the next two verses which speaks of the Lord's house on 
mountains and it speak of another place Zion. Is Lord a man to stay in a 
house on top of mountains? Also are people aware Zion is another name 
for Jerusalem. The term Zion means fortified city. It was used to 
Jerusalem when David ruled it, but interestingly this city had no walls 
around it at that time it was later that Solomon build walls around it.

Solomon was a wise man but not a Man of God like David was. When David 
said Zion he did not talk of natural walls. Same is the case with 
prophecies regarding the House of Jacob, or House of Israel, or 
prophecies with regards to Judah, or Jerusalem, or Zion.

Let us not behave like the foolish Islamic preacher, our God is full of 
wisdom and Bible says if we pray and ask for wisdom He happily gives us.

[Prayer Starter]

Father God we pray You bless your people with wisdom. You people are far 
from knowledge and understanding of the Kingdom of God, leave alone to 
knowing the mysteries of your Kingdom. They believe Heaven is made of 
physical gold and gems and is like a resort floating in the air having 
walls and gates made of pearl. Lord people are so bounded in the flesh 
they have made the Kingdom of God as a kingdom of the world. We pray a 
revival of Truth amongst your people...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Isaiah 2:2-3

2And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the 
LORD'S house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall 
be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it.

3And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the 
mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will 
teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion 
shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.

2 Timothy 3:7Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of 
the truth.

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Who are the children of Satan?

John 15:6 If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is 
withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are 
burned.

Religious Christians normally call those who do not know God as children 
of Satan and those who know Him as children of God. You may be in for a 
surprise.

Read as to whom did Jesus call as children of Satan? Was it the pagans 
or was it the rebellious, religious Jews? People who knew God or the 
ones who did not know God? People who do not know God or are not 
interested in Him are not called children of Satan but are called 
children of vanity. Bible puts them as grass which grows its life time 
and withers and later is put in fire. The goodness of worldly man is 
like flowers of the grass which last a season / period and perish. These 
people however good they may look they do not have real spiritual fruits.

Now you may ask me bro then who are called 'children of Satan', the real 
'haters of God'?

Satan in the OT is symbolized as a goat. We see devil worshippers since 
ancient times make a man with a head of a goat. Does God hate goats or 
are goats evil? No.

When we say flock it includes both sheep and goats. When Judgment Day 
comes Jesus said He would separate the sheep from the goats. The sheep 
would be on the right hand and the goats on the left. Those on the right 
would enter the Kingdom of God and those on the left would be punished. 
They are not punished for not doing social work. The Apostles themselves 
did not do social work although they supported it. Understand the 
feeding, clothing, sheltering and giving water to the thirsty is more 
spiritual than natural. It is about feeding Living Bread (knowledge of 
the Word) to those who are spiritually hungry, clothing in Righteousness 
those who are spiritually naked, sheltering those who are spiritual 
orphan and giving Living Water (right understanding of the Word) to 
those who thirst for life. In other words those who do not do that or do 
things contrary to that may not stand with the sheep and may find 
themselves as standing with the goats. So even if you are a Preacher or 
Pastor and doing things contrary to the above then beware you may be 
counted among the goats.

Satan is a Cherub, one who was close to God and knows God better than 
the Angels but he refused to walk in the ways of the Lord and resisted 
the light thus caused darkness. Satan is a deceiver and children of 
Satan are those who are like Him deceiving. They are not people ignorant 
of God but people who know God and yet do not follow Him thus 
misrepresent Him. They are people who know the ways of the Lord and yet 
resist His ways. So where would you find the children of Satan, out on 
the pubs or in illegal social places? Maybe, but more of them will be in 
churches and at prayer meetings rather than in those places.

The Lord said either you be warm or be cold but if you are lukewarm I 
will spit you out of my mouth. God loves them who love His ways of 
righteousness and truth. He has mercy on those who do not and history 
will confirm He allows them to exist and perish but those who 
misrepresent Him, He is known to show His anger on them.

If you call yourself a child of God, then you are expected to live your 
life in His ways. One needs to BE A Christian and not just call oneself 
a Christians or do rituals like going to Church, giving alms, praying 
etc. these things do not make you a Christian.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord, people think Satan who is evil would be ugly and thus they think 
his child would be spiritually ugly. But they fail to realize Satan is a 
deceiver thus his child would also be deceivers. They would misled 
people in Your name and lead them to destruction. They are people who 
keep people busy in fruitless things, people who resist Truth and do not 
allow the Truth to be spoken. Lord give us discernment to discern you 
people from those who are of Satan...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

John 8:42-47

42Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I 
proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me.

43Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word.

44Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will 
do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, 
because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of 
his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.

45And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not.

46Which of you convinceth me of sin? And if I say the truth, why do ye 
not believe me?

47He that is of God heareth God's words: ye therefore hear them not, 
because ye are not of God.

Matthew 25:31-46

Psalms 103:15-16

15As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he 
flourisheth.

16For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof 
shall know it no more.

Isaiah 40:6-8

6The voice said, Cry. And he said, What shall I cry? All flesh is grass, 
and all the goodliness thereof is as the flower of the field:

7The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: because the spirit of the LORD 
bloweth upon it: surely the people is grass.

8The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall 
stand for ever.

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Can we venerate Mary?

Matthew 6:9 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in 
heaven, Hallowed be thy name.

When one asks a Catholic 'why do they worship Mary', they would say 'we 
do not worship Mary, we venerate her'. Now ask them what is the meaning 
of venerate and then these people would show their confusion. They would 
say 'respect', does that mean they do not respect other men and women of 
God in the Bible and why do they do not do to them what they do to her? 
They would then say she is special for she is chosen. So it comes back 
to the question what 'special veneration' are they doing to her?

To understand the term 'venerate' one needs to go to the Bible. The word 
exists in the prayer 'Our Father' and is translated as 'Hallowed', it 
also exist about 26 times in the New Testament and is translated as 
'Sanctify' or 'Be Holy'. If one reads the scriptures where this word is 
used one would understand the underline un-holiness of the Catholic 
Church i.e.

Jesus says in John17:17 sanctify [venerate] them through the Truth; they 
word is Truth'

Hebrew 13:12 the writer (Paul) says Jesus sanctifies [venerates] us by 
His blood (sacrifice).

Now tell me what exactly are Catholics doing sanctifying or declaring 
Holy or hallowing Mary or the name of the Mary and by what means or 
method? By worshipping or serving her idols and images? The very things 
God forbid!

Catholics should realize when they are venerating Mary, they are not 
actually venerating her but they are un-venerating themselves. They are 
making themselves unholy by doing things contrary to the Word. It is 
another thing that they do not realize the Mary they 'venerate' is not 
actually the mother of Jesus but another spirit that comes in her name 
and it was this very spirit which also caused the destruction of the 
Israelites at the Hand of God. They should also realize it did not 
happen immediately, even for them God waited for many years to change 
and then took them to task.

They should stop trying to fool God or His people by using terms they do 
not understand themselves. Are they replacing the Word of God with their 
'Mary' or are they replacing the Savior with her? If you observe 
minutely you will see they are actually doing that. To go to Jesus they 
say go through Mary thus putting her above Jesus and making her their 
chief Savior, whatever this spirit says they believe blindly and 
overrule the Word of God which this spirit contradicts.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord Your Word say You are a Zealous God and You would not share your 
glory with anyone else. Lord it is only your Word and your Sacrifice 
that sanctifies us; it is the Truth that we receive by our faith in your 
salvation which sets us free from sin. Lord we pray our brothers and 
sister who are still in the Catholic Church may be set free from the 
deceit that blinds them. We speak their eyes be opened. We speak light 
into their darkness and we pray for abundant grace over their lives...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

John 17:17Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.

John 17:19And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be 
sanctified through the truth.

Hebrews 13:12Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people 
with his own blood, suffered without the gate.

1 Thessalonians 5:23And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I 
pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto 
the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Revelation 22:11He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which 
is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be 
righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still.

Jeremiah 7:18The children gather wood, and the fathers kindle the fire, 
and the women knead their dough, to make cakes to the queen of heaven, 
and to pour out drink offerings unto other gods, that they may provoke 
me to anger.

Jeremiah 44:17-23

17But we will certainly do whatsoever thing goeth forth out of our own 
mouth, to burn incense unto the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink 
offerings unto her, as we have done, we, and our fathers, our kings, and 
our princes, in the cities of Judah, and in the streets of Jerusalem: 
for then had we plenty of victuals, and were well, and saw no evil.

18But since we left off to burn incense to the queen of heaven, and to 
pour out drink offerings unto her, we have wanted all things, and have 
been consumed by the sword and by the famine.

19And when we burned incense to the queen of heaven, and poured out 
drink offerings unto her, did we make her cakes to worship her, and pour 
out drink offerings unto her, without our men?

20Then Jeremiah said unto all the people, to the men, and to the women, 
and to all the people which had given him that answer, saying,

21The incense that ye burned in the cities of Judah, and in the streets 
of Jerusalem, ye, and your fathers, your kings, and your princes, and 
the people of the land, did not the LORD remember them, and came it not 
into his mind?

22So that the LORD could no longer bear, because of the evil of your 
doings, and because of the abominations which ye have committed; 
therefore is your land a desolation, and an astonishment, and a curse, 
without an inhabitant, as at this day.

23Because ye have burned incense, and because ye have sinned against the 
LORD, and have not obeyed the voice of the LORD, nor walked in his law, 
nor in his statutes, nor in his testimonies; therefore this evil is 
happened unto you, as at this day.

1 Kings 11:5For Solomon went after Ashtoreth the goddess of the 
Zidonians, and after Milcom the abomination of the Ammonites.

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Even death has no power over you

Luke 2:26And it was revealed unto him by the Holy Spirit, that he should 
not see death, before he had seen the Lord's Christ.

Simeon is not introduced as a Prophet or an Apostle or one having any 
post or Calling (like Anna is introduced as a Prophetess here). He is 
described here simply as a man to whom the Holy Spirit spoke.

Simeon was a very elderly man who desired to see the promised Savior as 
promised in the scriptures. So indirectly Bible states Simeon did 
meditate on the Word of God so knew that the arrival of the Savior was 
at hand and he believed God would fulfill his desire to see the Savior. 
When Simeon saw and held the Savior he declared the favor of God on his 
life and also prophesied like a Prophet (even greater than the 
Prophetess Anna) even though the Bible did not introduce him as a Prophet.

Simeon spoke of how the Savior (Jesus) would be a Rock which will not 
allow the Israelites to continue their way of life in the name of God as 
God's people. The Savior Jesus Christ would cause them to either accept 
God or reject God.

Simeon also told Mary what Mary would not imagine and something that 
would happen after 500years. Simeon told her that after her death (soul) 
people who claim to love her would hurt her most ('a sword shall pierce 
through thy own soul also'). He said God would allow this so as to 
expose the hate they have for Him ('that the thoughts of many hearts may 
be revealed'). In other words all those 'Christians' who claim to love 
Mary and worship her are actually hurting her the most and more 
important is God is allowing this to expose their false love for Him. 
Since they hate God that is why they disobey Him and worship her 
(exactly what Israelites also did by worshipping the Queen of Heaven). 
What these people have done in their hate is replaced the importance of 
the Holy Spirit with her so as to shut the Holy Spirit from taking to them.

One thing the Lord wants us to know today is if we are baptized in the 
Lord and His Spirit then the promise of God in our lives has more power 
over us than even death.

Everyone has to die a natural death but this natural death will not 
touch us until what God has promised in our lives is fulfilled. Also the 
second death which is death of the spirit is completely destroyed 
because the promise of eternal life is in us.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord your promise is light and light is more powerful that darkness. 
Your promise O Lord is more powerful that death. Lord we pray we mediate 
on your promise and believe in it like Simeon did and we pray Lord we 
learn to hear your Spirit like Simeon did. Let death not be a fear for 
us but just an event in our lives which takes us from one stage to 
another after we complete and receive that we have to in this stage...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Luke 2:25-38

25And behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon; and 
this man was righteous and devout, looking for the consolation of 
Israel: and the Holy Spirit was upon him.

26And it had been revealed unto him by the Holy Spirit, that he should 
not see death, before he had seen the Lord's Christ.

27And he came in the Spirit into the temple: and when the parents 
brought in the child Jesus, that they might do concerning him after the 
custom of the law,

28then he received him into his arms, and blessed God, and said,

29Now lettest thou thy servant depart, Lord, According to thy word, in 
peace;

30For mine eyes have seen thy salvation,

31Which thou hast prepared before the face of all peoples;

32A light for revelation to the Gentiles, And the glory of thy people 
Israel.

33And his father and his mother were marvelling at the things which were 
spoken concerning him;

34and Simeon blessed them, and said unto Mary his mother, Behold, this 
child is set for the falling and the rising of many in Israel; and for a 
sign which is spoken against;

35yea and a sword shall pierce through thine own soul; that thoughts out 
of many hearts may be revealed.

36And there was one Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the 
tribe of Asher (she was of a great age, having lived with a husband 
seven years from her virginity,

37and she had been a widow even unto fourscore and four years), who 
departed not from the temple, worshipping with fastings and 
supplications night and day.

38And coming up at that very hour she gave thanks unto God, and spake of 
him to all them that were looking for the redemption of Jerusalem.

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God is again at work

Jeremiah 23:14I have seen also in the prophets of Jerusalem an horrible 
thing: they commit adultery, and walk in lies: they strengthen also the 
hands of evildoers, that none doth return from his wickedness: they are 
all of them unto me as Sodom, and the inhabitants thereof as Gomorrah.

Before coming to the message I like to attend to the two words Sodom and 
Gomorrah. They were the two twin cities during the time of Abraham that 
were destroyed by God.

There are very few places where God Himself intervened and took action 
and He did for the benefit of His people. Sodom symbolizes lust 
(burning) and Gomorrah means 'submerge' but comes from the root word 
'merchandize'. If you take a world view of countries of the lust 
industry they are in Europe, if you look at countries which are making 
peak business in the name of Christianity (merchandize which submerges 
the Truth), they too are in Europe. So today's Sodom and Gomorrah both 
exist in Europe.

Let us take for instance another event where God took things in His 
hands - the Tower of Babel. The tower was a temple which He destroyed 
since all the people unified under one deity, a goddess (the chief deity 
of the tower was a female goddess). They lifted this woman above God. 
God not only bought the tower down but cause confusion / 
misunderstanding among the people of the world which is prevailing even 
today.

If you look at religions of the world we find Europe leading in World 
Religion where all religions are unified with one purpose to deny the 
Truth. Since God and Truth cannot be separated thus denying Truth is as 
good as denying God.

Long time back before Arab Spring took place we were getting messages 
about it. Today if you look at our previous messages and today's 
messages we are at another turn in world history which is about to 
unfold in Europe.

We always refer to Europe as Christian countries and I do not understand 
why? Europe has more Catholics and they do not constitute as Christians. 
More than Catholics we see Atheism taking hold of Europe and now Islam 
is taking grip of the European nations. The woman deity that rules in 
name of Christianity and promotes idolatry among Christians is also 
rooted in Europe thus the Tower of Babel of today is in Europe since the 
disciple of this goddess are promoting oneness again.

A few weeks back I was reading prophecies regarding Europe and am today 
seeing them unfold. It is sad what has just happened in France at the 
hands of ISIS. Now the European nations are coming together to fight 
ISIS. A question I ask is 'Can they?'.

The largest part of the top position holders of ISIS come from Europe. 
They are Europeans holding European passports. Almost fourty to fifty 
percent of Muslims in European countries are active radical Muslims, 
unlike in India where we are still under the ten to fifteen percent 
mark. Fighting ISIS is like fighting Islam because the ideology of ISIS 
is Islamic. We do find some Arab nations supporting the fight against 
ISIS but they are those who hold Kingdoms and are doing only to protect 
their personal interest since they know true Islam is communist in 
nature. It neither believes in democracy nor monarchy.

Their prophet became famous in Medina when he bought equality among the 
rich and poor, among strong and weak, among races and tribes. This is 
not about human equality here, but deeper (note men still oppress women 
and white skin is give upper hand over black, since black people are 
compared to Satan so also are black dogs); see their dressing is like 
uniform, even their other traditions and rituals, compare them with the 
communist ideology like that prevailing in China. Communists have the 
Red Book and Islam the Quran, the matter within is not understood well 
but yet the book is more valuable than life itself. Questioning it is 
unthinkable and will result in death punishment.

Fighting ISIS in Europe is like fighting with its own people and with 
the invasion of refugees into Europe by the thousands they have let the 
enemy into the fortress and strengthened them.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord You have set all things with regards to the salvation of your 
people in your Word and what is written will come to pass. Lord we know 
we are at the turn of history and we are shaken by what is happening. 
But we know Lord You will protect them that trust in You and do all 
things for the benefit of your people. We pray for your people in Europe 
and ask You to strengthen them today and in the days to come...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

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Isaiah 21

1The burden of the desert of the sea. As whirlwinds in the south pass 
through; so it cometh from the desert, from a terrible land.

2A grievous vision is declared unto me; the treacherous dealer dealeth 
treacherously, and the spoiler spoileth. Go up, O Elam: besiege, O 
Media; all the sighing thereof have I made to cease.

3Therefore are my loins filled with pain: pangs have taken hold upon me, 
as the pangs of a woman that travaileth: I was bowed down at the hearing 
of it; I was dismayed at the seeing of it.

4My heart panted, fearfulness affrighted me: the night of my pleasure 
hath he turned into fear unto me.

5Prepare the table, watch in the watchtower, eat, drink: arise, ye 
princes, and anoint the shield.

6For thus hath the Lord said unto me, Go, set a watchman, let him 
declare what he seeth.

7And he saw a chariot with a couple of horsemen, a chariot of asses, and 
a chariot of camels; and he hearkened diligently with much heed:

8And he cried, A lion: My lord, I stand continually upon the watchtower 
in the daytime, and I am set in my ward whole nights:

9And, behold, here cometh a chariot of men, with a couple of horsemen. 
And he answered and said, Babylon is fallen, is fallen; and all the 
graven images of her gods he hath broken unto the ground.

10O my threshing, and the corn of my floor: that which I have heard of 
the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, have I declared unto you.

11The burden of Dumah. He calleth to me out of Seir, Watchman, what of 
the night? Watchman, what of the night?

12The watchman said, The morning cometh, and also the night: if ye will 
enquire, enquire ye: return, come.

13The burden upon Arabia. In the forest in Arabia shall ye lodge, O ye 
travelling companies of Dedanim.

14The inhabitants of the land of Tema brought water to him that was 
thirsty, they prevented with their bread him that fled.

15For they fled from the swords, from the drawn sword, and from the bent 
bow, and from the grievousness of war.

16For thus hath the Lord said unto me, Within a year, according to the 
years of an hireling, and all the glory of Kedar shall fail:

17And the residue of the number of archers, the mighty men of the 
children of Kedar, shall be diminished: for the LORD God of Israel hath 
spoken it

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The Lord takes His revenge

Zephaniah 3: 5,6The just LORD is in the midst thereof; he will not do 
iniquity: every morning doth he bring his judgment to light, he faileth 
not; but the unjust knoweth no shame. I have cut off the nations: their 
towers are desolate; I made their streets waste, that none passeth by: 
their cities are destroyed, so that there is no man, that there is none 
inhabitant.

We always highlight the nature of God being merciful but people do not 
highlight the nature of God being slow to anger. Slow to anger does not 
mean God does not respond at all. Our God is not dead or dumb or 
impotent or forgetful. God is also not a man to blink so nothing is 
hidden from Him even for a millisecond.

Slow to anger means God gives time to change and within that time if the 
person does not change, then there will come a time that God will 
respond hard.

Today’s message tells us, God allows a time for evil (night) but then 
God sets a limit to this evil and then He takes the evil doers to task. 
Anger is not evil and all Christians are called to hate evil, but we 
should know the source of evil and deal with the source not with the 
victims of evil. Sometime victims of evil become perpetrators of evil or 
vessels in hands of evil doers and we should try to rescue them from the 
hold of evil on them. We need to give time for change, but then we 
should not wait forever. Like God awaits so also we too need to attend 
to that evil.

You may think is God man to not know that He waits?

Go knows the result but being righteous He does not give a chance to man 
to point a finger to His Name / Character. Like He knows who will accept 
Him and walk in His ways (those whose names are written in the Book of 
Life), so also He know who will be part of the army of darkness / those 
who will revolt against Light / Truth , but yet He lets them be born and 
do their work. At the end God does have His way for the victory is 
already written and victory is His.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord we give glory unto You Lord and we thank You Lord for making us in 
this time where we will see your glory grow. We thank You Lord for bring 
down the strong holds of evil doers and bringing to void their plans and 
making them an exhibit of foolishness and vanity...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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Throne to all generations

Psalms 89:3,4I have made a covenant with my chosen, I have sworn unto 
David my servant, Thy seed will I establish for ever, and build up thy 
throne to all generations. Selah.

In the whole Bible the word 'Selah' occurs 71 times in the book of 
Psalms and 3 times in the book of Habakkuk. Habakkuk means strong 
embrace and he was a man who embraced the wisdom of God very strongly. 
He was one among three Prophets (Haggai and Zechariah) to use the tile 
'The Prophet' to his name. Some believe like a prophet he did not say 
'thus says the Lord' but may have said it in psalms (poems or songs) 
since 'Selah' was a musical note something like a long pause. It was a 
sign to notify the high importance of the sentence. In English text it 
would equate to underlining of the sentence.

If one speaks to the learned Jews (most Jews like Muslims memorize the 
text but do not pursue deeper understanding of the text) about today's 
message they would say this was one of the two most important promises 
of God which they await. Many Jews would say they await a Messiah but 
only the learned ones would say they await two Messiahs according to the 
two promises, one a Prophet greater than Moses and second a King as 
promised in today's message (the Sadducees did not value the books of 
the Prophets so ignored this promise).

If you ask a Christian what today's scripture means and they would say 
Jesus will come to establish His Throne forever.

Religion is mental programing and is like blindfolds to wisdom or 
spiritual eyes of a person. Today's scripture is proof of our last 
message. People go not by what they read or what the text says but go by 
what they have been told or programed. Typical case of misunderstood 
people teaching others, that is why in scriptures always we see God 
blamed the fathers of the Jews for their misunderstanding, but blamed 
the hearts of the Jews for their character.

The scripture does not talk of Lord establishing His Throne but 
establishing the throne of man, 'thy throne' here making David as a 
representative of mankind.

Understand Jesus / God did not humble Himself and become man to 
establish His Throne. His Kingdom was, is and will be forever, and no 
being can and will threaten His Kingdom for He is indeed God. God came 
as man to save His creation and reestablish the kingdom of mankind.

When God created man God had given dominion to man over this creation 
(this dimension of God's Kingdom). Man due to sin had lost his rule over 
this creation and caused creation to become his enemy (revolt against 
him). Jesus by restoring the image of God in us helps us restore our rue 
over this creation and thus the throne (rule) of mankind is restored. 
Jesus as man is called Prince of Peace (not King of Peace) and is also 
called Chief Prince (head of all Princes of God / Israel).

Let us understand the battle is ours and Jesus through His Spirit is 
leading us in our battle. We are fighting for what we lost and the 
battle is inwards not outwards. Satan did not rob us but caused us to 
lose. He attacked our image and thus caused us to lose our kingship. The 
stronger we are inside the greater hold we will have on the outside. So 
let us not be distracted with what is happening outside, instead let us 
focus on the inside and bring back the image of God in us (become Sons 
of God), and we will see every being in this creation will bend its knee 
to the Lord.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord You created us to rule and due to sin we became slaves. Lord we 
pray by being slaves not to sin but to your plans we work to gain our 
kingship again. Lord let all your people understand when they work for 
your Kingdom they realize they are working for their kingship and their 
kingship is part of your Kingdom and that You are helping them to regain 
their Kingship...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

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Habakkuk 3:3God came from Teman, and the Holy One from mount Paran. 
Selah. His glory covered the heavens, and the earth was full of his praise.

Habakkuk 3:9Thy bow was made quite naked, according to the oaths of the 
tribes, even thy word. Selah. Thou didst cleave the earth with rivers.

Habakkuk 3:13Thou wentest forth for the salvation of thy people, even 
for salvation with thine anointed; thou woundedst the head out of the 
house of the wicked, by discovering the foundation unto the neck. Selah.

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

Matthew 2:6And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least 
among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that 
shall rule my people Israel.

1 Peter 2:6Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I 
lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth 
on him shall not be confounded.

1 Peter 5:4And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a 
crown of glory that fadeth not away.

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

Acts 3:15And killed the Prince of life, whom God hath raised from the 
dead; whereof we are witnesses.

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

Romans 8:18-23

18For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy 
to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.

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

20For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by 
reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope,

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

22For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain 
together until now.

23And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of 
the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the 
adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.

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The mighty will cry bitterly

Zephaniah 1:14The great day of the LORD is near, it is near, and hasteth 
greatly, even the voice of the day of the LORD: the mighty [strong] man 
shall cry there bitterly.

I have mentioned this before, there are 2 days (not literal 24hour day 
but a period of time) written as 'Day of the Lord'; one is 'Day of the 
Lord's wrath' and the other 'Day of the Lord's Judgment'. Today's 
message speaks about the Day of the Lord's wrath. One can read the 
Prophet Joel chapter 2 about the days just before the Judgment Day (when 
Christ comes again to judge mankind). Between these two days are the 
glory days of the Church and then a false peace, just before the false 
prophet and Satan being released.

If one studies the seven letters to the seven Churches (Rev 2 and 3) it 
gives details of the seven stages of the Church (after death and 
resurrection of Christ). The Day of Wrath is just before the 6th stage 
and after the 5th stage. Apparently we currently are in the 5th stage 
going to the 6th where the Church sees the unification of all Christian 
denominations and the glory of God will be visible amongst His people. 
For the change to come the Lord needs to revive the Church and its 
people. The people who will see the wrath will be more the inside people 
than the outside people.

One scripture says the Lord (His Angel) will go through His people 
(Temple) starting from the inner court. Let us not think we can fool the 
Lord with our external religious practices.

The people to see the max wrath are the leaders of the Church who are 
misleading the people or putting them in bondages of 'Church authority' 
which is manmade (rooted in Nicolaitan system which the Catholic Church 
follows).

Let us revive ourselves before we come to a stage that God has to.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord, You Word has set the timeline of mankind and what You have spoken 
You will bring to pass. You are patient and slow to anger but when the 
time comes for fulfillment of your Word You actively pursue and shake 
people from their core. Lord we pray your Church wakes up and understand 
we live in a time of prophesies, a time of shaking...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Zephaniah 1:14-18

14The great day of the LORD is near, it is near, and hasteth greatly, 
even the voice of the day of the LORD: the mighty man shall cry there 
bitterly.

15That day is a day of wrath, a day of trouble and distress, a day of 
wasteness and desolation, a day of darkness and gloominess, a day of 
clouds and thick darkness,

16A day of the trumpet and alarm against the fenced cities, and against 
the high towers.

17And I will bring distress upon men, that they shall walk like blind 
men, because they have sinned against the LORD: and their blood shall be 
poured out as dust, and their flesh as the dung.

18Neither their silver nor their gold shall be able to deliver them in 
the day of the LORD'S wrath; but the whole land shall be devoured by the 
fire of his jealousy: for he shall make even a speedy riddance of all 
them that dwell in the land.

Joel 2:1-3

1Blow ye the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain: 
let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: for the day of the LORD 
cometh, for it is nigh at hand;

2A day of darkness and of gloominess, a day of clouds and of thick 
darkness, as the morning spread upon the mountains: a great people and a 
strong; there hath not been ever the like, neither shall be any more 
after it, even to the years of many generations.

3A fire devoureth before them; and behind them a flame burneth: the land 
is as the garden of Eden before them, and behind them a desolate 
wilderness; yea, and nothing shall escape them.

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From sin to religion

Jeremiah 34:15, 16 And ye were now turned, and had done right in my sight,
in proclaiming liberty every man to his neighbour; and ye had made a
covenant before me in the house which is called by my name: But ye turned
and polluted my name, and caused every man his servant, and every man his
handmaid, whom ye had set at liberty at their pleasure, to return, and
brought them into subjection, to be unto you for servants and for handmaids.

Today again the Lord wants to discuss on bondage and liberty, continuing
the topic we received yesterday.

Before we are baptized in the Lord we were salves to sin and death but
after our repentance and belief in the salvation in the Lord Jesus Christ
we are free from the hold of sin on us. It does not mean we are free from
sin, it just means we do not continue to live a life of sin. It means we
battle sin and try to overcome sin by building faith and increasing the
grace of God in our lives.

Since Christ paid a price for our freedom from Hell by His victory over
Hell, we become slaves / servants unto Him. But the day we are baptized in
His Spirit we are considered free for we have received His Spirit who
enables us to become Sons of God; for scriptures says those who are led by
Spirit are Sons of God. Since baptism is not a ritual but a long process so
also our becoming Sons of God is a long process and continues through
generations until the Truth is complete in us and we overcome like Jesus
and become like Him.

The Lord has been giving us this message yesterday and today because we in
Church are freeing people from the bondage of sin and putting them in
another bondage; a bondage more worse than sin.

If one learns the Hebrew words ‘evil’ it symbolically means depriving or
holding back the prosperity (spiritual) which exist in the Kingdom of God,
‘sin’ on the other hand means missing life that is eternal in Him. So
anything that we do which holds us back from growing in the Lord is evil
and anything we do which deprives us from eternal life in Him is sin.

When we take people who are forgiven due to their faith in the Lord and
deprive them from growing in the Lord by putting them in bondages of
religion or religious practices then we are counted in the category of evil
doers or promoters of evil.

Many Pastors feel it more important to keep believers in Church than to
empower them and send them out to build Churches in whole.

As Christians our battle is inside and our mission is outside. It is the
outside mission that helps us fight the inside battle better. We should
make sure all members of the Church are involved in some or other activity
of evangelizing or service. We need to teach them like Jesus taught His
twelve; we need to put them through mission like Jesus send the seventy in
pairs.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord we pray the Church leaders concentrate more on sending people out of
Churches than bringing them in Churches. We pray they realize unless
Christians do not go out unbelievers will not come in. We pray Lord they
understand the importance of building disciples for You and not disciples
for themselves. We pray your people be led by your Spirit and not be led by
the rules and guild lines of some ministry...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Romans 5:12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death
by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:

Luke 10:1-21

1 After these things the Lord appointed other seventy also, and sent them
two and two before his face into every city and place, whither he himself
would come.

2 Therefore said he unto them, The harvest truly is great, but the
labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would
send forth labourers into his harvest.

3 Go your ways: behold, I send you forth as lambs among wolves.

4 Carry neither purse, nor scrip, nor shoes: and salute no man by the way.

5 And into whatsoever house ye enter, first say, Peace be to this house.

6 And if the son of peace be there, your peace shall rest upon it: if not,
it shall turn to you again.

7 And in the same house remain, eating and drinking such things as they
give: for the labourer is worthy of his hire. Go not from house to house.

8 And into whatsoever city ye enter, and they receive you, eat such things
as are set before you:

9 And heal the sick that are therein, and say unto them, The kingdom of
God is come nigh unto you.

10 But into whatsoever city ye enter, and they receive you not, go your
ways out into the streets of the same, and say,

11 Even the very dust of your city, which cleaveth on us, we do wipe off
against you: notwithstanding be ye sure of this, that the kingdom of God is
come nigh unto you.

12 But I say unto you, that it shall be more tolerable in that day for
Sodom, than for that city.

13 Woe unto thee, Chorazin! woe unto thee, Bethsaida! for if the mighty
works had been done in Tyre and Sidon, which have been done in you, they
had a great while ago repented, sitting in sackcloth and ashes.

14 But it shall be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the judgment, than
for you.

15 And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted to heaven, shalt be thrust down
to hell.

16 He that heareth you heareth me; and he that despiseth you despiseth me;
and he that despiseth me despiseth him that sent me.

17 And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils
are subject unto us through thy name.

18 And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven.

19 Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and
over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.

20 Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto
you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.

21 In that hour Jesus rejoiced in spirit, and said, I thank thee, O
Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hid these things from the
wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes: even so, Father; for
so it seemed good in thy sight.

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Setting free on the Sabbath year


Jeremiah 34:14 At the end of seven years let ye go every man his brother
an Hebrew, which hath been sold unto thee; and when he hath served thee six
years, thou shalt let him go free from thee: but your fathers hearkened not
unto me, neither inclined their ear.


There are many who argue on the Sabbath day, the seventh day (Saturday) of
the week as the day of rest. People love to quote scriptures pro or against
it. One should also look at other factors like which seventh day from when,
if they truly consider the seventh day as Sabbath. Are people aware that
many times in history days have been added or removed from the calendar/s?
They say seventh day of the week as the Sabbath, but if I reset the week
suddenly will they ok with the seventh day from the time of resetting of
the week or seventh day from the previous seventh day? If it is 7 days from
the previous Sabbath then would they be ok with another day of the week
being a Sabbath. If they stick to the week’s seventh day as being the
Sabbath then are they keeping the instructions of 6 days rest and seventh
day as rest?


Are people aware the naming of the weeks are according to heavenly
(astronomical) bodies Sun, Moon, Mars, Mercury, Jupiter, Venus and Saturn.
And more amazing is the fact this naming system roots in Babylonian
astrology (around 500BC done according to pagan gods) which was innovated
by the Romans according to Hellenistic astrology in 1 AD and made popular
worldwide in 4 AD. In between 4AD and now, certain Christians used to call
Sunday as Day of the Lord and Saturday as Sabbath. It was the Catholic
Church which had a big hand in making the Babylonian / Roman pagan gods
based week naming system a world standard.


I have never seen people debate on the Sabbath year, or Jubilee year (which
came after 7 Sabbath years). Were they not instructed from the Lord?


In the New Testament we see 55 times the word ‘Sabbath’ occurs and 45 times
in just the Gospels. In the Gospels they are mostly used as reference to
the time of day or in arguments which Jesus had with the Jews. Of the
remaining 10 times 9 times it occurs in the book of Acts alone and only
once does Paul or other disciples refer to the Sabbath and that too it is
referred to along with New Moon day and pagan holidays.


Neither Jesus nor Paul denied the Sabbath, or said we should not keep the
Sabbath but they had a good understanding of it. For them it was not a
tradition or ritual. When Jesus said Son of Man was the lord of the Sabbath
most think He was referring to Himself as the ‘Son of Man’ as the lord here.


Today’s message shows God was serious even of the Sabbath year not just the
Sabbath day. Our God is not into traditions and time of the day or week or
year is not a factor for Him or for His people who are led by His Spirit.
It is by the understanding of the Sabbath year that Paul could state he was
a slave bought for a price by the Lord and was free, yet now he considered
himself as a voluntary bond slave having rights to inheritance as a son
does.


I was just watching today a video on Youtube about what Israelis thought
about Jesus. What you see in the video is that all Jews disown Jesus as
Messiah. Many stated to a extend He left Judaism to start another religion.
But one thing all Jews were proud of was Moses, the Torah and the
traditions of the Jews. Their traditions are more important than the
purpose of their traditions.


Let us who are baptized in the Holy Spirit not be bonded in rituals and
worship God in the flesh, nor let us burden others who are baptized in the
Holy Spirit into traditions. Let us not come to a state that the Lord asks
us the same question which He did to the Israelites in today’s message ‘why
did you not let your brethren free on the Sabbath year?’.


[Prayer Starter]


Lord your Word says there will come a time when your people worship You in
Spirit and Truth. We pray that your people know You are not into rituals
and everything You stated or recorded in your Word has purpose and
understanding and that purpose and understanding is more important than the
letter...


This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.


[Reference Scriptures]


Matthew 12:1-5


1 At that time Jesus went on the sabbath day through the corn; and his
disciples were an hungred, and began to pluck the ears of corn, and to eat.


2 But when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto him, Behold, thy disciples
do that which is not lawful to do upon the sabbath day.


3 But he said unto them, Have ye not read what David did, when he was an
hungred, and they that were with him;


4 How he entered into the house of God, and did eat the shewbread, which
was not lawful for him to eat, neither for them which were with him, but
only for the priests?


5 Or have ye not read in the law, how that on the sabbath days the priests
in the temple profane the sabbath, and are blameless?


Matthew 12:8 For the Son of man is Lord even of the sabbath day.


1 Corinthians 7:22 For 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.


Acts 15:28-29


28 For it seemed good to the Holy Spirit, and to us, to lay upon you no
greater burden than these necessary things;


29 That ye abstain from meats offered to idols, and from blood, and from
things strangled, and from fornication: from which if ye keep yourselves,
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Enforcing His plans by force

Luke 1:63, 64And he asked for a writing table, and wrote, saying, His 
name is John. And they marvelled all. And his mouth was opened 
immediately, and his tongue loosed, and he spake, and praised God.

We always talk of the free will that God has given us. We as humans have 
a choice to choose life or death. If we choose life by believing and 
surrendering to the Giver of Life then all our wrong doings are forgiven 
and we get to go to Heaven to live there eternally else after our 
natural death we suffer in a prison our every wrong doing until our 
spiritual death (which is in thousands of years but is not eternal). The 
punishment of those who choose death may sound terrible but even more 
terrible is the suffering of those who believe in the Giver of Life but 
do not accept His life giving Word. The punishment of those who believe 
in Him yet reject His Word is beyond imagination and Bible says it was 
intended not for man but for the fallen angels.

In today's message we see another aspect of God which may question free 
will. Zacharias and his wife Elizabeth had a special role to play in the 
coming of our Savior. They were to be vessels for the messenger who 
makes way for the coming of the Savior. This was prophesied by the Lord 
and had to be fulfilled at that time itself. Understand the time for the 
coming was precise for many reasons and could not be delayed or advanced 
by even a day. We see Zacharias was a godly man who had great love for 
God and did his best to walk in righteousness (His ways), but his faith 
was not very strong and God knew his weakness. God knew Zacharias had 
the ability to speak loose words of disbelief and thus hamper the coming 
of the one who makes way for the coming of the Savior, so God shuts the 
mouth of Zacharias (ability to speak) and when the prophesy was 
fulfilled God opened His mouth. So we see even though we have choice at 
times God uses force.

Did God take away the free will of Zacharias by shutting him for nine 
months of his wife Elizabeth conceiving till until she gave birth? 
Actually NO.

God knew Zacharias would have been the happiest person to be the vessel 
in the great plan of God for the salvation of mankind. But due to his 
lack of knowledge and a shaky inner man he would have delayed the plan 
of God.

For Abram to be known as Abraham God gave him many years, but for Jacob 
to be known as Israel God had to take things by force, thus wrestled him 
as a man.

Understand when it comes to personal choice or personal salvation God 
has lots of patience, so gives us ample time. But if our decision can 
affect the life of others especially mankind in whole then God does not 
allow delay. We see here in the birth of John the Baptist God took 
things by force, God knew the willingness of Zacharias but the margin of 
delay due to the unsteady faith of Zacharias was a factor God could not 
afford so God took it by force.

Today God is talking to all those who feel their life has been drastic 
of stirred violently, if you feel that way then you could be an 
important person in the plan of God for the salvation of others or 
mankind in whole. You may not know it today but when the story gets over 
you will see the great Hand of God in your life.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord You dwell beyond time and time is not a factor for You. You Lord 
can see all things across time and thus You know all. You know our 
hearts Lord what it is now and what it will become thus You call us by 
our name for You alone know our names. Lord we pray we understand your 
ways and overcome our weakness so as to not come to a stage that You 
need to take things by force in our lives for what You declared in your 
Word You will surely bring to past...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

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Post  Admin on Sat 07 Nov 2015, 7:32 pm

Overcoming temptation

Mark 14: 37,38 And he cometh, and findeth them sleeping, and saith unto
Peter, Simon, sleepest thou? couldest not thou watch one hour? Watch ye and
pray, lest ye enter into temptation. The spirit truly is ready, but the
flesh is weak.

It is very interesting when a person understands the design and functional
working of a spiritual human with regards to spiritual matters. For today’s
message I could preach like all, talking of how important prayer is and how
it helps overcome temptation. But when understand the design of man it is a
logical step and thus without doubt a necessity, by this we not only come
to know the importance but also know what prayer is or how to pray.

Without going through details and scriptural proofs, like our body is make
of head, hands, legs, torso etc. our inner man composes of 5 parts:-

Discernment

Throne

Mind

Nature

Conscience

Our physical body connects to our spirit man through our 5 senses that is
our sight, our hearing, our taste, our touch and our smell. The senses feed
our inner man and cause our inner man to react. The 5 sense connect to the
inner man through discernment. I call this part a pump like our natural
heart. Like our natural heart cleans our blood (which is life) bringing in
the bad blood and sending out the rich purified blood (although it does not
do the actual cleaning, it is very important in the process). If our
discernment is good even if we see or touch or taste or hear or smell
things which way harm us spiritually but our spirit man will yet be strong.
That is why what goes in does not necessary defile us but what comes out
shows how defiled we are.

The throne is our will. Anyone or anything that is seated on the throne
rules our being. If Lord or His Kingdom is seated on our throne we dwell in
the Kingdom of the Lord, if the world is seated than we are in the world,
if evil is seated on this throne then we in the kingdom of Satan. Also we
need to note when the world is seated on our throne then Satan gets an
indirect control over us.

Mind is where all our knowledge, wisdom and understanding is, it is also
the table on which our inner man works.

Nature is our Character. Like the throne (will) has a say over our being so
also our nature has a very important say. Our nature is like the skeleton
and beauty of our spirit man. Unlike the shape of our physical skeleton is
fixed and only grows in size our spiritual skeleton can change drastically
in shape and size. It is our nature that limits the growth our spirit man
like our natural legs limits the travelling of our physical body. When we
say a person is on fire for God that means the nature of that person seeks
the Nature of God.

Our spirit man connects to our spirit through our conscience which we
usually call our sixth sense. It is through our conscience the spirit world
communicates to us or takes control of us. That means the Lord / Kingdom of
God communicates through our conscience and so also evil spirits do through
this very part. If we have a strong (right) conscience and always control
our conscience well then we are called strong spiritually and thus let our
spirit have a greater say over us, thus led by the spirit. We receive
strength or are weakened spiritually through our conscience.

Why I explained the inner man in today’s message so that you understand
prayer. Although we use our natural body and our senses to pray, our actual
communication happens through our conscience to the spirit world. If we are
not communicating through our conscience rightly during prayer then we are
either become mechanical in prayer or toys in the hands of evil spirits (we
though we pray). We can be in prayer even if we are not using or physical
body but only or inner man communicating to God through our conscience. The
more we use our conscience the more strong we become. It is more important
how strongly we use our conscience not how much time we use it for. So a
short period of strong praying is better than long hours of weak praying.
It is not important how long we pray but how strong we pray. Like in a gym
we need to tune our exercise according to the results we aim for so also
our prayers or way of praying should be tuned.

The Greek word used for temptation here also means testing. Temptation is
wrong inputs or infection getting into our inner man to cause corruption.
Testing on the other hand are inputs which shakes or test the parts of our
inner man. Testing that comes from God does not pass our sustaining limit.
We should realize the importance of prayer since praying strengthen us and
helps us overcome temptation / testing.

Today’s message we see Jesus says ‘watch and pray that lest ye enter into
temptation / testing, the spirit truly is ready, but the flesh is weak’. He
is not talking of physical flesh as being weak but about our discernment
which connects and feds our inner man. To strengthen our inner man through
discernment it is very hard and it also takes time, but to strengthen our
inner man through our conscience it is easier. So during temptation or
testing we should always fall unto communicating with God (payer).

[Prayer Starter]

Lord we pray that we understand the power of prayer. We understand that the
spirit is real and the flesh temporary. We understand all things are first
existent in spirit and then manifested in the natural. We pray that we live
a prayerful life, not just praying more but praying more effective. Help us
live our lives in such a fashion that our prayer in more powerful to
overcome all temptation and testing...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

1 Corinthians 7:5-6

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

6 But I speak this by permission [experience], and not of commandment.

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

1 Thessalonians 3:5 For this cause, when I could no longer forbear, I sent
to know your faith, lest by some means the tempter have tempted you, and
our labour be in vain.

James 1:13-14

13 Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot
be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:

14 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and
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The simple minded fools

Romans 16:25 - Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to 
my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the 
revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began, 
But now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, 
according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all 
nations for the obedience of faith:

Just 2 days back I was visiting a Believer church to meet an old friend 
whom I met after many years. He had and has a great heart for God. I 
knew him when I was in the Catholic Church and part of a ministry where 
we together used to reach out to the lost. I was happy to see him join a 
'Prophetic school' which has a 3 months long course on 'prophetic 
evangelizing'.

My friend introduced me to another student who was a Pastor from south 
India. When I was encouraging the Pastor about deeper study of the Word, 
the Pastor surprisingly told me 'not to get too deep into all this, one 
should be simple and concentrate on the Gospel'. 'The Gospel is very 
important just stick to it'. He went on emphasizing and quoting verses 
from the book of Romans.

Later I came to know I friend was still in the Catholic Church, yet he 
called himself to be a 'Word rooted person'. When I asked him how could 
he stand, sit or walk with the ungodly as Psalms 1 states, he was 
justified in another way. He knew the traditions and the teachings of 
the Catholic Church are contrary to the Word of God, He stated if he 
needed to save those from this Church he needed to be in it. I did not 
understand his terminology of saving and saving from what by keeping 
them in the wrong? He too spoke to me quoting from Romans.

What really upset me was the Believer bro who was part of the Catholic 
ministry we were in way back but came out along with me and was yet 
justifying our friend. He was saying it is only the grace of God that 
saves people and we should wait for the right time, for the right grace. 
He too was quoting verses from the book of Romans.

The letter to the Romans was not the first letter of Paul yet leads all 
his other letters since it is the signature letter of Paul. To know Paul 
and his doctrine (understanding) one needs to learn this letter. Sadly 
it is the most misunderstood and abused letter in the NT. Christians 
misquote verses from it to justify their unchristian beliefs and deeds, 
or their lethargic spiritual life. It is believed Paul wrote this letter 
in 55AD and wrote it on his 3month trip to Corinth. This letter was 
written by Paul giving great thought on the various topics. John 
Chrysostom the Arch bishop of Constantinople 349 – 407 was so impacted 
with this letter that he had it read to him twice every week.

For example let us take the topic grace in Romans.

We qualify for grace by our belief in the redemption that is in the 
Savior (Lord Jesus Christ).

Romans 3:24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption 
that is in Christ Jesus:

Grace comes through faith. That means if I do not have faith in God then 
I do not have the grace of God. It also means the amount of faith I have 
also defines the amount of grace I can operate in. So I must increase 
faith so that my grace increases.

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

Romans 4:16Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the 
end the promise might be sure to all the seed; not to that only which is 
of the law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham; who is 
the father of us all,

Justification can be done by grace or by works. If I choose works to be 
justified by God then I reject grace. Israel (people) did receive the 
grace of God (Jeremiah 31:2) but when they chose to be justified by 
works (law) then they lost the grace of God. So grace can be rejected or 
lost.

Romans 4:2-4

2For if Abraham were justified by works, he hath whereof to glory; but 
not before God.

3For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted 
unto him for righteousness. 4 Now to him that worketh is the reward not 
reckoned of grace, but of debt.

Romans 11:5-7

5Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to 
the election of grace.

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

7What then? Israel hath not obtained that which he seeketh for; but the 
election hath obtained it, and the rest were blinded.

God increases grace on us when sin (temptation) around us increases, but 
this grace does not give us a green card to sin. If I sin more because 
grace is more, than I land rejecting grace and thus loose grace totally.

Romans 5:20-21

20Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin 
abounded, grace did much more abound:

21That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through 
righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.

Romans 6:1,14,15

1What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?

14For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the 
law, but under grace.

15What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under 
grace? God forbid.

Paul also states grace is not equal to all. Grace increases according to 
faith, according to our situation (increase of sin) and also according 
to our calling / mission. He also states grace is given in a specific 
area and not general to cover all areas i.e. I may have lots of grace to 
overcome a particular weakness very easily but in another weakness I may 
little grace and may need to battle in that area. But God says even that 
little grace is sufficient. It is here where it is written the strong 
take by force. So we cannot say we will wait for the right time or wait 
till grace increases. God says if we are under grace we have sufficient 
grace and we need to overcome by force (spiritually) like increasing 
faith/believing and walking in the promise.

Romans 12:3,6

3For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among 
you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to 
think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of 
faith.

6 Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to 
us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith;

If we look at just one topic 'grace' in Romans we see it crushes many 
false belief on grace that exists in many Christians (I do not want to 
list them here).

In today's message we see Paul specifies Gospel, preaching / teaching of 
Jesus Christ and the mysteries of the Kingdom of God as separate items. 
Jesus did speak on mysteries of the Kingdom of God but He touched only 
the basics and He said the Helper He sends will reveal more of His 
Kingdom (all that He holds).

So let us understand the Gospel (the good news of hope of salvation in 
Jesus Christ) is the basic step and it allows us to stand before the 
Kingdom of God and knock on its door. It is by our baptism in Christ and 
His Spirit that we walk in through the door and enter the Kingdom of 
God. Thus let us not be simple minds and be victims of vanity think by 
standing at the door we are in the Kingdom.

[Prayer starter]

Lord, people think the Bible is simple and thus Christianity is simple. 
They do not realize even though You were full of wisdom and of Spirit as 
man Jesus yet You studied the Word and grew through in understanding 
from a small child to an adult. We on the other hand who are not perfect 
like You have been spending years and yet know very little of your Word. 
Help us understand our limitation and not be victims of simplicity and 
vanity...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Jeremiah 31:2Thus saith the LORD, The people which were left of the 
sword found grace in the wilderness; even Israel, when I went to cause 
him to rest.**

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Psalms 1

1Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor 
standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.

2But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he 
meditate day and night.

3And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that 
bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; 
and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.

4The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away.

5Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in 
the congregation of the righteous.

6For the LORD knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the 
ungodly shall perish.

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What is your name?

Luke 1:60,61 And his mother answered and said, Not so; but he shall be 
called John. And they said unto her, There is none of thy kindred that 
is called by this name.

There are many people whom I know who hate their names. If they had a 
chance and it was not complicated or lengthy they would change their 
names immediately. I too was one among them for my name was made to 
rhyme someone else's name in the family. It took me time to accept my 
name. Here in today's message the comment of a relative of Elizabeth 
shows by tradition that names were given after another relative or 
ancestor.

In the Bible we see all important individuals had names which had 
meaning and this meaning was important to understand the individual or 
the mission of the individual.

To understand the level of Christian misunderstanding is to understand 
their understanding of names, for i.e. the very first name in the Bible 
is not understood by them. It was good I am in Information Technology 
that to understand names it became easy for me. When I teach on name the 
first question I ask people which takes them aback is 'what is the name 
of Adam?'

If one uses Strong Hebrew Lexicon will find 2 records for the word Adam 
one 0120 and one 0121. 0120 is recorded as 'man' and 01021 is recorded 
as 'red' / 'reddish'. Coming back to my question 'what is the name of 
Adam',this may sound foolish but if one realizes this word occurs 561 
times in the Bible and only 27 times it is used as a name all the other 
times it is translated as man or as an adjective meaning reddish 
(symbolizing full of life).

Did Adam have a name no and yes. When God created the first human He did 
not give him a name and referred to as 'man' since he was the only one 
of his species and being the only one he did not have a name for the 
name of his species was his name.

Understand when we have only one object of its kind at home like a TV we 
refer to it by just saying 'TV' but if we have 2 or more then we need to 
add something to identify which TV. We may say 'bedroom TV', 'drawing 
room TV' etc. thus letting the person know which TV we are referring to.

Names are given to identify a person or object from among others. In the 
NT we see people who had common names were given nick names or called 
along with their father's name so as to identify them from among others 
in society. In case of John the son of Elizabeth whose name was common 
we see he was referred to (nick named) as John the Baptist identifying 
him by what he did.

The first person to have a name was not Adam but was Eve, which Adam 
gave to Eve. Later in Genesis 5 we see the term Adam became a name since 
it was also adjective when God called all the generations of Adam as 
Adam. This also was a curse since the nature of Adam was passed down all 
his generation that is why we need to disconnect from the nature of Adam 
and connect to the nature of Christ to be saved. Man became corrupted by 
default not because the sin of Adam is passed down unto us but because 
the sin nature is passed down.

This terminology of name I understood because of my name which if it is 
unique (on the internet) and if one googles will direct them to me 
alone. But then with others all have someone or the other with that 
name, that too just in this life time, just think across ages how many 
people will exist with the same name. I too now have people (young 
relatives) having my name (but they are not live on the internet yet), 
so I asked the Lord what 'name' is written in the 'Book of Life'. Then I 
understood the name by which the Lord knows us is not our natural name 
but by our spiritual name and what amazed me is learning about our 
spiritual names. The spiritual name we are known by is not what we are 
but what we will be (finished product); so all of us live towards our 
spiritual names.

Just think of it our God calls us by what we will become not by what we 
are, and we worry about what we will become.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord God You alone are God and there is none other than You. When Moses 
and Jacob asked your name You were not pleased. Lord we pray we 
understand the name You call us by and do not fear or have anxiety of 
what will happen to us. We pray we be focused on our mission knowing it 
will be done in You...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scripture]

Genesis 2:7-8,19

7And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed 
into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.

8And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put 
the man whom he had formed.

19 And out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field, 
and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam [man] to see what 
he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, 
that was the name thereof.

Genesis 5:1-2

1 This is the book of the generations of Adam. In the day that God 
created man, in the likeness of God made he him;

2Male and female created he them; and blessed them, and called their 
name Adam, in the day when they were created.

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

Exodus 3:13-14

13And Moses said unto God, Behold, when I come unto the children of 
Israel, and shall say unto them, The God of your fathers hath sent me 
unto you; and they shall say to me, What is his name? what shall I say 
unto them?

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.

Genesis 32:29And 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.

Ezekiel 20:44And ye shall know that I am the LORD, when I have wrought 
with you for my name's sake, not according to your wicked ways, nor 
according to your corrupt doings, O ye house of Israel, saith the Lord GOD.

Isaiah 65:15And ye shall leave your name for a curse unto my chosen: for 
the Lord GOD shall slay thee, and call his servants by another name:

Isaiah 66:22For as the new heavens and the new earth, which I will make, 
shall remain before me, saith the LORD, so shall your seed and your name 
remain.

Luke 6:22Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall 
separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out 
your name as evil, for the Son of man's sake.

Revelation 3:5He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white 
raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I 
will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.

Revelation 20:12And 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.

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Infant Jesus!

Acts 4:30 By stretching forth thine hand to heal; and that signs and 
wonders may be done by the name of thy holy child Jesus.

One thing that amazed me even when I was a Catholic is the people 
worshiping 'infant Jesus'. They make statues of a baby and pay homage to 
it, burning candles, putting flowers etc... My question was why a baby 
to be adored when we (as Catholic) were doing it to a grown up Jesus? It 
was the grown up Jesus who saved us not the infant Jesus.

The Catholics have 3 types of Jesus, one an infant, one of 12years and 
one of 30plus, all these because the Bible records them - assumingly. I 
used the word assumingly because if one checks today's scripture the 
Greek word translated as child is the word 'pais' which means servant. 
The few times it is translated as child or son it refers to a servant 
child or young male servant, thus this word is not about the age but 
about the status of being a servant.

I was studying about slaves for I am preaching on this topic this Sunday 
at a Church. I was surprised to know the word occurs only twice in the 
whole Bible, once in Jeremiah and once in Revelation. In Jeremiah it is 
added to the text for readability so in the whole Bible the word slave 
is only once that is in Revelation and it is connected to man becoming a 
slave to the false Church. One may say the Bible is full of slavery 
specially the OT is full of slavery (most Muslim point to this), I too 
thought so until yesterday. It is only yesterday when I studied the 
words slave and servant (the different types) did I understand. Then I 
became more proud of the Bible - our God hates slavery.

The Greek word for slave is rendered with 2 meanings one which means a 
dead body and the other shadow. A slave means a person who has no life 
of his or her own and no independence or identity for one self. A slave 
is a person owned or possessed forever like an object bought.

The word which is mostly mistranslated as slave is the word which refers 
to bonded servant. A bonded servant means a person who is possessed for 
a period of time, for reasons like not being able to pay a loan or even 
a hired person for a job is called bonded servant.

We all work or have worked in offices as employees; can we call 
ourselves slaves of the company? We are hired for a job and are paid for 
a period of the day to do a specific job. Since we have given a period 
of our time we are under a bond for that period so we are bonded 
servants or employees of our company. We see the Roman commander used 
the same word bonded servant to his soldiers. What is more interesting 
is even those won over by the Israelites by war were considered bonded 
servants not slaves. They were free to go after a period of 7 years 
(Sabbath year). If they wished not to leave then they were considered as 
an extended part of the family having rights in that family.

The Lord's choosing 7 years as a period of release is not because the 
Lord loves the number 7 or the Lord is in numerology. Numbers in the 
Bible are symbolic and is studied in a field called Bible Numeric. The 
number 7 (called cardinal number) is to do with the Holy Spirit (the 7 
Spirits of God that is why symbolizes wholeness).

We too are called bonded servants of Christ when are baptized in Christ 
for our lives is bought for a price. The day we are baptized in the Holy 
Spirit (symbolizing 7 years) we are no longer bonded servants but we are 
set free and now become family having rights.

When we lay hands to heal it is by the authority of Lord Jesus Christ of 
who He is. He being Part of God and God Himself had humbled Himself and 
became man to serve man. So when we call Him a servant, He became not a 
servant of God but a servant of man, He served and serves man. The day 
He finishes His job of bringing man back to Heaven He will un-humble 
Himself and return to His glory which He had before the world was 
created (the time He humbled Himself). Paul and Peter used the term 
bonded servant to themselves even after their baptism in the Holy Spirit 
because they were bounded to the job of Christ. Being Christians, we who 
were bought for a price and are free and are yet bonded, bonded to the 
job of Christ bringing people to the light of the Truth and doing it 
with signs and wonders.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord we pray your people be blessed with wisdom and understanding to be 
free from the vanity and deceit they are in. We pray they understand the 
price You paid for them and they understand the freedom they have in 
You. We pray they understand You hate slavery and love Sonship and have 
called us to be Sons in You...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Jeremiah 2:14Is Israel a servant? is he a homeborn [slave]? why is he 
spoiled?

Revelation 18:10-13

10Standing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying, Alas, alas, 
that great city Babylon, that mighty city! for in one hour is thy 
judgment come.

11And the merchants of the earth shall weep and mourn over her; for no 
man buyeth their merchandise any more:

13And cinnamon, and odours, and ointments, and frankincense, and wine, 
and oil, and fine flour, and wheat, and beasts, and sheep, and horses, 
and chariots, and slaves, and souls of men.

Acts 4:27-32

27For of a truth against thy holy child [servant] Jesus, whom thou hast 
anointed, both Herod, and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles, and the 
people of Israel, were gathered together,

28For to do whatsoever thy hand and thy counsel determined before to be 
done.

29And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto thy servants, 
that with all boldness they may speak thy word,

30By stretching forth thine hand to heal; and that signs and wonders may 
be done by the name of thy holy child[servant] Jesus.

31And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were 
assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and 
they spake the word of God with boldness.

32And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one 
soul: neither said any of them that ought of the things which he 
possessed was his own; but they had all things common.

1 Corinthians 9:17-18

17For if I do this thing willingly, I have a reward: but if against my 
will, a dispensation of the gospel is committed unto me.

18What is my reward then? Verily that, when I preach the gospel, I may 
make the gospel of Christ without charge, that I abuse not my power in 
the gospel.

19For though I be free from all men, yet have I made myself servant unto 
all, that I might gain the more.

Matthew 23:11

11But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant [diakonos].

Matthew 8:9For I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me: and 
I say to this man, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he 
cometh; and to my servant [doulos], Do this, and he doeth it.

1 Corinthians 6:20For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God 
in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.

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 Jesus coming to our Churches

Mark 14:49 I was daily with you in the temple teaching, and ye took me 
not: but the scriptures must be fulfilled.

Jesus was born in a Jewish family, He fulfilled prophesy given to 
Abraham and David. But we see Jesus was like Martin Luther of the Jews, 
He caused Jews to be reformed into Christians. He taught them 
understanding which was contrary to the Jewish understanding and thus He 
was considered a heretic and false prophet by the Jews. They hated Him 
and still do that their books write as He died and was sent to Hell and 
is burning in pots of boiling oil.

In today's message we see Jesus went to the Jewish synagogue (temple) 
daily. Let us ask the question did Jesus go to the synagogue as a 
Jew?The answer is NO.

A Jew goes to the synagogue to pray for he or she thinks the presence of 
God is in the temple. But we see with Jesus when He wanted to pray He 
went to a garden or to mountain tops or in the wilderness to be alone 
with His Father.

Jewish synagogues do not have any statues of people like say a Catholic 
Church has, yet Jews are strong idol worshipers if not as much as the 
Catholics. If one goes to a Jewish synagogue it is full of symbolism and 
these people worship the symbols without understanding.

Does a Jew know the Star of David symbolizes Jesus Christ; that the Key 
of David refers to authority in Christ; the 7 stick Candle stand 
symbolizes the Holy Spirit? Everything in the Jewish Synagogue is 
symbolic and almost all fulfilled in Jesus Christ so the existence of 
these symbols now become idolatry, it is like a Christian still killing 
a lamb on Pascal Feast.

Symbols are for understanding and they themselves are not holy but what 
they symbolize may be holy. Like a crucifix is not holy but the 
sacrifice of Jesus Christ on it is holy. Can we kiss the sacrifice of 
Jesus Christ? Thus kissing a crucifix or even wearing it as a holy 
religious symbol terms into idolatry. Jesus said the world will know us 
as His disciples not by what we wear but with what we are, the way we 
live our lives.

We Believers may say we do not have any idols or symbols in our place of 
worship but you may be surprise even today if Jesus Christ were alive as 
human amongst us He may not worshipped His Father in our gatherings, He 
would still go to a remote or excusive place to worship.

Our Churches may not have physical idols or physical symbols but yet are 
full of idols in form of traditions. Many of Believer denominations 
follow traditions or rituals rooted from the Catholics Church. Some of 
them have made new ones which may surprise a spiritually mature person. 
Like there is a 'Word rooted Church' were a preacher is asked to share 
the message which the Lord has put in his heart. After he shares the 
message the Pastor adds his input to the message confirming the message 
as authentic and then comes the senior Pastor who also has to say a word 
for at least 5mins on that what the other Pastor said. So he certifies 
the authenticity of the Pastor's message which legitimized the message 
given by the Lord to the preacher. One would say this is ok if it 
happens once a while but when it happens at every service it come as an 
amusement.

Yesterday we received a message on worshiping the Lord in spirit. Today 
the Lord is telling us to ask ourselves if He was alive as man amongst 
us would He come to our Churches and worship amongst us. Or would He do 
like He did to the Jewish synagogues come only to preach in our Churches 
but worship elsewhere.

[Prayer Starter]

Father God your Word says our spirit is willing but our flesh is weak. 
We desire You but our carnal nature is so bonded in traditions and 
natural things that we fail to worship You in Spirit. We pray Lord we 
see what we are doing and change our ways. We pray we are led by your 
spirit and not by the understanding of man...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Matthew 14:23And after he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into 
the mountain apart to pray: and when even was come, he was there alone.

Matthew 26:36Then cometh Jesus with them unto a place called Gethsemane, 
and saith unto his disciples, Sit ye here, while I go yonder and pray.

Luke 6:12And it came to pass in these days, that he went out into the 
mountain to pray; and he continued all night in prayer to God.

Numbers 21:9And Moses made a serpent of brass, and set it upon the 
standard: and it came to pass, that if a serpent had bitten any man, 
when he looked unto the serpent of brass, he lived.

1 Samuel 6:5Wherefore ye shall make images of your emerods, and images 
of your mice that mar the land; and ye shall give glory unto the God of 
Israel: peradventure he will lighten his hand from off you, and from off 
your gods, and from off your land.

2 Kings 18:4He removed the high places, and brake the images, and cut 
down the groves, and brake in pieces the brasen serpent that Moses had 
made: for unto those days the children of Israel did burn incense to it: 
and he called it Nehushtan.

Acts 7:42-43

42But God turned, and gave them up to serve the host of heaven; as it is 
written in the book of the prophets, Did ye offer unto me slain beasts 
and sacrifices Forty years in the wilderness, O house of Israel?

43And ye took up the tabernacle of Moloch, And the star of the god 
Rephan, The figures which ye made to worship them: And I will carry you 
away beyond Babylon.

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Praying always in spirit

Ephesians 6:18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the 
Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication 
for all saints;

Like some questioned me initially I too had that question. If we were to 
pray in spirit then why do we need to speak? God is not man that He 
needs to hear our words, since He can read our thoughts even if we think 
He will answer.

Yes it is true we do not need to speak words when we pray, BUT that is 
when our spirit is in tune with the Spirit of Lord. Bible says the 
desires of the righteous are answered by the Lord, even before they 
speak out He will answer them.

One needs to be a person who worships the Lord not just in words but 
also the way you live your life. Righteousness (what is right in the 
eyes of God) is wrongly understood. We cannot by any way measure or 
touch the righteousness of the Lord. The righteousness the Lord expects 
from is according to our little understanding of His Kingdom, not our 
misunderstanding but our right understanding. So according to God, it is 
not just what we don't do but what we do also has more value. That means 
we cannot call ourselves righteous just because we do not rob, do not 
tell lie, do not hurt others etc., we are called people pursuing 
righteous when we bless others, love others, help others, guide others 
etc... By doing the Will of God we automatically stop doing things that 
displease God. The Greek word translated as supplication is the word 
'deesis' which means more 'seek', 'indigence'. Paul says we need to seek 
in spirit.

We pray vocally, more for ourselves to know what we are praying and for 
others to hear, for us and them to be encouraged because our spirits are 
weak. Even when we speak words but our hearts speak otherwise, God will 
hear more the words of our hearts than the words of our mouth.

We may impress people by praying in many words or by screaming and 
shouting but God does not get impressed with all this. What God hears 
and answers is the words that come from our heart, seeing from what 
depth they come from and how true they are.

I always tell people the most powerful prayer that Jesus said was the 
prayer 'thank You' and the prayer Our Father is just the ABCD of prayer. 
We are not called to narrate the prayer 'Our Father' but to prayer like 
that, which means use it as a template and prayer. Also to say the 
prayer 'thank You' requires very strong faith.

As Catholics we would narrate standard prescribed prayers. The first 
time they would make you feel good but then they came out like nursery 
rhymes. The prayers were so automated that even if the person was half 
asleep yet the 'praying' would continue. Later when I came in the Lord 
and I learnt about prayer I realized they angered God more than pleased 
God. Firstly the way they were said and secondly what was said since 
almost all Catholic prayers speak contrary to the Word of God. They are 
like accusing God of lies or mocking God by mocking His Word. It was one 
of these so called prayers which is so dedicatedly said by all Catholics 
that is the 'Rosary', which opened my eyes to the truth of Catholicism.

Let our prayer be our personal communication to God. We may communicate 
as an individual or as a group. As a group let us all know what we seek 
and let us all agree in spirit with the person if there is someone 
leading others in prayer.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord your Word says we do not receive because we do not ask. Your people 
Lord also do not know how to ask that is why they do not receive. Lord 
we pray You teach your people to pray and that they may live a prayerful 
life not by continual praying but a life that makes prayer more effective...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Psalms 37:4-6

4Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of 
thine heart.

5Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it 
to pass.

6And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy 
judgment as the noonday.

Isaiah 1:15And when ye spread forth your hands, I will hide mine eyes 
from you; yea, when ye make many prayers, I will not hear: your hands 
are full of blood.

Matthew 6:9 After this manner therefore pray ye. Our Father who art in 
heaven, Hallowed be thy name.

James 4:3Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may 
spend it in your pleasures.

Mark 11:24Therefore I say unto you, All things whatsoever ye pray and 
ask for, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.

1 John 3:22and whatsoever we ask we receive of him, because we keep his 
commandments and do the things that are pleasing in his sight.

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You Egyptian fishermen will mourn

Isaiah 19:8 The fishers also shall mourn, and all they that cast angle 
into the brooks shall lament, and they that spread nets upon the waters 
shall languish.

We learned in one of our recent messages the Lord spoke to us about what 
he meant by the term He used for Simon Peter 'fisher of men'. Previously 
due to lack of understanding of the term I used to use the term 
'fishing' to 'evangelizing', but then I was uneasy using this.

Christians who nurture or lead others growing in Lord are called 
Shepherds or Pastors, but we cannot use the term fishermen to them.

The scripture the 'Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want' has nothing to 
do with worldly needs or wants. It speaks of spiritual needs or 
guidance. The green pastures symbolize spiritual nourishment.

Just to refresh when the Lord told Simon Peter He would make him a 
fisher of men, He did so because Peter was a very business minded person 
(he used to do fishing business along with John and James). To get Simon 
Peter to acknowledge Him, Jesus had to show him a sign and the best sign 
for a business man is a big sudden unimaginable boom in his business.

Today the Lord is going to do the antithesis of what He did to Peter. 
Today's scriptures speaks to all those who are business minded. It 
speaks of Egyptians which in Hebrew means 'dual strait' and symbolizes 
people of God living a worldly life.

The Lord is our provider and He provides us all our needs. But those who 
replace the needs by wants and put them ahead of the position the hold 
for the Lord and expect God to meet them will be in for a great 
disappointment.

In Church there is a person who comes from a business community and has 
accepted the Lord. But the purpose he has done this is because the Lord 
saved him from financial disasters. He looks up to the Lord only for his 
financial problems since he does not have time or importance to give to 
other things. He comes to Church and stands many a times to testify how 
the Lord has blessed him in business and the other times he sleeps. Of 
late has become more honest, he leaves before the preaching starts.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord You love your people and there are times when out of love You need 
to disappoint them or chastise your own. Lord we pray that your people 
overcome this materialistic world. Let them know the difference between 
need and wants. Let them understand the difference between desire and 
greed...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Isaiah 19: 4-10

4And the Egyptians will I give over into the hand of a cruel lord; and a 
fierce king shall rule over them, saith the Lord, the LORD of hosts.

5And the waters shall fail from the sea, and the river shall be wasted 
and dried up.

6And they shall turn the rivers far away; and the brooks of defence 
shall be emptied and dried up: the reeds and flags shall wither.

7The paper reeds by the brooks, by the mouth of the brooks, and every 
thing sown by the brooks, shall wither, be driven away, and be no more.

8 The fishers also shall mourn, and all they that cast angle into the 
brooks shall lament, and they that spread nets upon the waters shall 
languish.

9Moreover they that work in fine flax, and they that weave networks, 
shall be confounded.

10And they shall be broken in the purposes thereof, all that make 
sluices and ponds for fish.

Psalms 23:1 Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

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The appearance of things

Luke 24:11 And their words appeared to them as nonsense, and they 
believed them not.

We see in today's message when the women returned from the tomb and 
reported about the resurrection of Jesus Christ the scripture says the 
eleven did not believe. The scripture uses very appropriate words while 
recording this, it does not say that they just did not believe, it says 
'it appeared to them nonsense' so they did not believe.

The ability to know something requires the person to have the basic 
foundation very firm. If I do not know the ABC of a thing than the DEF 
would be foolishness to me. When anyone does not understand something 
the person is not to be blamed for the misunderstanding, we need to 
realize that the basic understanding is lacking thus the person fails.

The eleven disciples of Jesus were taught by Jesus and one cannot argue 
about the wisdom and capability of Jesus as a teacher, yet we see the 
disciples had problems in understanding what Jesus taught them. The 
problem was not with Jesus but the problem was their pass knowledge of 
the Judaism religion was too strong to allow the truth to settle in. 
Jesus as man was 100percent man thus when they heard another man teach 
them they had many difficulties to accept it fully. Doubts and previous 
misunderstand became their hurdle to accept the Truth.

The only one who could deal with them was the Holy Spirit and it was 
through the Holy Spirit they understood all what Jesus taught them. 
Jesus knew of this problem therefore told them that the one whom He 
sends would clear everything for them.

When I was a Catholic my understanding came from the Catholic Church, so 
based on that understanding I would see all things and thus all other 
things seem nonsense. But when the Holy Spirit exposed the true face of 
this Institute, the face of deception and one which is under the power 
of the great deceiver, it was after that I made my mind not to believe 
even the smallest thing of this Church. It was only when I erased every 
understanding that I had received from this Church that I started 
quickly understanding the Truth.

We see Catholics are so prone to deception due to their false 
understanding of the Truth that they believe the spirit (woman) that 
appears as Mary is actually Mary the mother of Jesus. Because they 
believe this woman is Mary the mother of Jesus they shut their ears to 
every word spoken against her or things this spirit protects or professes.

Yesterday I managed to get a brother out of this Church because he knew 
about Islam and when he saw the Pope acknowledge Islam and its books as 
holy he got shaken. He questioned his priest and they failed to justify 
him with an answer. Ultimately they spilled out the truth that they knew 
it was wrong yet they have to keep quiet because they feared their 
master the Pope. The brother told them he feared Christ for Christ is 
his master.

Deception is not restricted only to the Catholic Church for even the 
Believer Church which has separated itself from this Church has not 
separated itself fully from the understandings of this Church. Even 
today Believers unknowingly follow the traditions and false beliefs of 
this Church.

It is only boldness and thirst to know the truth that can break barriers 
of falsehood and deceptions.

Bible says the Spirit of God gives us boldness and also the initial 
Spirit of God we receive by faith in the sacrifice of Jesus Christ is 
the Spirit of Truth which is one of the seven Spirits of God (we receive 
the promise, after that we need to claim Him).

If we believe in the sacrifice if Jesus Christ and have yet not received 
and baptized in the Holy Spirit let us claim the Spirit of God. Let us 
ask Him to come into our lives, and let us surrender to Him. When He 
comes into our lives He fills us with boldness and opens our minds to 
understanding of the Kingdom of God.

[Prayer Starter]

Father God You sent your Son to become man and pay the price for our 
sins so that we can receive your Spirit. It is only by the working of 
your Spirit we receive back the image of You that was lost by sin of 
Adam and Eve. Lord we pray your people receive your Spirit and they 
surrender to your Spirit. That your Spirit of Truth works in them and 
sets them free...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Matthew 23:8-10

8But be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your teacher, and all ye are 
brethren.

9And call no man your father on the earth: for one is your Father, even 
he who is in heaven.

10Neither be ye called masters: for one is your master, even the Christ.

John 14:26But the Comforter, even the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will 
send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring to your 
remembrance all that I said unto you.

John 16:12-15

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

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.

14He shall glorify me: for he shall take of mine, and shall declare it 
unto you.

15All things whatsoever the Father hath are mine: therefore said I, that 
he taketh of mine, and shall declare it unto you.

Acts 4:31And when they had prayed, the place was shaken wherein they 
were gathered together; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, 
and they spake the word of God with boldness.

Romans 8:15For ye received not the spirit of bondage again unto fear; 
but ye received the spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.

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