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Post  Admin on Mon 29 Feb 2016, 12:57 pm

The righteous shall possess all these houses

Obadiah 1:19 And they of the south shall possess the mount of Esau; and 
they of the plain the Philistines: and they shall possess the fields of 
Ephraim, and the fields of Samaria: and Benjamin shall possess Gilead.

If we go by today's scripture (verses 18-21) and its symbolic 
understanding, the scriptures talks of the righteous will possess the 
following houses.

The house of those Christians still struggling with their sin nature 
(those who are not fully baptized in the Spirit)

The house of those Christians who run after worldly prosperity and fame

The house of 'abundant grace' Christians, those who believe grace alone 
will take them to Heaven

The house of Christians who keep moving around, not only between 
Churches but even mentally between religions, who do not really know God 
and are secular Christians finding bridges between religions

The house of those Christians who run after anointing and favor of God 
but not God Himself

The house of those Christians who believe in Words of God and not Word 
of God, who hold little truths and not the Truth

The house of those worldly righteous Christians who believe in works of 
righteousness and judge others according to their righteousness

If we understand Christianity we will understand all these houses do not 
truly stand as Christians. We as Christians are called to overcome the 
sinful nature within us. It is not necessary we fully overcome but we 
are called to not give up like Jacob wrestled till the Lord was pleased 
and named him Israel. We need to pass from the deceiving nature to that 
having authority in the Lord.

We as Christians are people passing this world and this world is not our 
house. Our house is in Heaven with the Lord so praise of people or 
desires of the things of the world should be the least important for us.

We by faith in Christ are saved from the curse of Hell and are given the 
Spirit of God, all by the grace of God. But grace alone will not take us 
to Heaven; grace brings us back into the race when there was no hope for 
us. We go to Heaven not by grace alone but also by our walk in Christ, 
like Paul told the believing Christians to work their salvation (going 
to Heaven) with fear and trembling, to be prepared for Judgment Day.

We as Christian are saved from Hell by grace which we receive through 
faith but we go to Heaven by works, but these works are not works of 
righteousness but are works of faith. If do not take the burden of 
Christ (The Cross) we do not become His disciples and thus we do not 
become Christians at all. Christ came to seek and save the lost and that 
has to also be our mission as His disciples. He is the way and only when 
we follow the way will we be able to go to His Father's House.

Let us not be just namesake Christians but let us be righteous 
Christians, righteous according to the Lord and not according to man. 
Let us show not our works of the flesh but the works of the Spirit which 
we do through the power of the Holy Spirit. Let us be vessels and not 
cooks. Let Lord be the cook and use us to serve others.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord we pray we understand Christianity is not a religion but a 
restoration of relationship with the Father. Let us understand the 
mission of Christ and make this mission as our mission being His 
disciples. Let us know unless we are not born again in the spirit we 
will not go to Heaven...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name. Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Obadiah 1:18-21

18And the house of Jacob shall be a fire, and the house of Joseph a 
flame, and the house of Esau for stubble, and they shall kindle in them, 
and devour them; and there shall not be any remaining of the house of 
Esau; for the LORD hath spoken it.

19And they of the south shall possess the mount of Esau; and they of the 
plain the Philistines: and they shall possess the fields of Ephraim, and 
the fields of Samaria: and Benjamin shall possess Gilead.

20And the captivity of this host of the children of Israel shall possess 
that of the Canaanites, even unto Zarephath; and the captivity of 
Jerusalem, which is in Sepharad, shall possess the cities of the south.

21And saviours shall come up on mount Zion to judge the mount of Esau; 
and the kingdom shall be the LORD'S.

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Re: R.D SOUZA Saved by faith

Post  Admin on Sun 28 Feb 2016, 1:24 am

Halleluiah - Praise Ye Lord

Psalms 150

1Praise ye the LORD. Praise God in his sanctuary: praise him in the 
firmament of his power.

2Praise him for his mighty acts: praise him according to his excellent 

3Praise him with the sound of the trumpet: praise him with the psaltery 
and harp.

4Praise him with the timbrel and dance: praise him with stringed 
instruments and organs.

5Praise him upon the loud cymbals: praise him upon the high sounding 

6Let every thing that hath breath praise the LORD. Praise ye the LORD.

Halleluiah / Alleluia means Praise ye Lord and today message Psalms 150 
is all about praising God.

When I was just new in the Lord I had this one question which I did not 
dare to ask anyone. Is God like man to be pleased when someone praises 
Him, does God desire praise? Praise for man is harmful, for praise of 
man can destroy him and a man desiring praise is already destroyed (on 
way to complete destruction).

We who are lesser than worms in His Kingdom, praising God will not make 
a grain of difference to Him. It is another thing that God has given us 
importance and set us to be lifted high as to shine in His glory.

The word praise means to shine or boast, in one Hebrew grammatical 
rendering (Hithpoel) it also means to act madly or be crazy so when a 
person is truly praising God one cannot be in dormant state. One needs 
to be excited, electrified or in a hyper state to be truly praising God. 
When one reads this or hears this they think jumping and screaming is 
the way God is to be praised.

Frist thing we need to understand why we praise God. God does need 
praise of man and He (Son) did not humble Himself, suffer and die on the 
Cross so has to receive praise of a worm called man. We praise God not 
for God's sake but for our own sake. When we praise God we speak His 
glory, of who He is and because we speak the Truth we receive mercy and 
thus are protected or saved, like the Israelites were saved from being 
consumed because a shout of praise of their King (the Lord) was within 
their midst.

Many a times I hear the words 'God made us to praise Him' or 'I live to 
praise Him', the words should be 'we live because we praise God'. Had it 
not been for the mercy of God we would have been consumed long time before.

Praising God does not mean to talk wild things or inflated words like we 
do when we praise men. True praise means speaking the truth or actual 
things that God has done or what we experience of Him. When we 
experience 5 inches let us talk 5 inches and not 10 inches or even 6 
inches. If we say 'Lord You are an Awesome God', we need to feel His 
awesomeness in our lives or acknowledge Him as being awesome and truly 
desire His awesomeness.

If we read Psalms 150 we will understand how to truly praise God and 
just speaking words or dancing around is not true praise (keeping it 
short I will take just a few points).

1 Praise God in the Sanctuary - Paul says we are the sanctuary so we 
need to live Him.

2 Praise him in the firmament of his power - the Hebrew word for 
firmament roots from the word stamp or beat so we need to be a testimony 
or we need to testify His Power which we have experienced.

3 Praise him for his mighty acts - speak of what He is doing in this 
world or other people's lives.

4 praise him according to his excellent [abundant] greatness - praise 
Him for who He is.

It is only after we do this that the Psalms talks of shouting, singing, 
playing instruments, dancing and praising God. Let us understand true 
praise starts with living Him, experiencing God and acknowledging Him, 
not by screaming, shouting, dancing and playing of instruments. Let our 
praising God not be for those few hours that we come together as a 
congregation but let every moment of our day be praise to God.

Let us know when we praise Him we receive more and more of His mercy and 
thus are in better position to praise Him. If we do not start praising 
Him for small things then how will we be able to praise Him for greater 

[Prayer Starter]

Lord, we praise You for You alone are Lord and are Almighty God. You 
alone are the Alpha and Beta the beginning and end. You are the purpose 
and provider or life and all living beings. We are made by You and for 
You, without You we are nothing, just vanity. Lord, let our testimony be 
a testimony in You and not a testimony like because of You. Let our 
lives glorify You by lettingyour light shine in us and through us…

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

2 Chronicles 7:6And the priests waited on their offices: the Levites 
also with instruments of musick of the LORD, which David the king had 
made to praise the LORD, because his mercy endureth for ever, when David 
praised by their ministry; and the priests sounded trumpets before them, 
and all Israel stood.

Psalms 106:1Praise ye the LORD. O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is 
good: for his mercy endureth for ever.

Jeremiah 31:7For thus saith the LORD; Sing with gladness for Jacob, and 
shout among the chief of the nations: publish ye, praise ye, and say, O 
LORD, save thy people, the remnant of Israel.

Numbers 23:16-21

16And the LORD met Balaam, and put a word in his mouth, and said, Go 
again unto Balak, and say thus.

17And when he came to him, behold, he stood by his burnt offering, and 
the princes of Moab with him. And Balak said unto him, What hath the 
LORD spoken?

18And he took up his parable, and said, Rise up, Balak, and hear; 
hearken unto me, thou son of Zippor:

19God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he 
should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, 
and shall he not make it good?

20Behold, I have received commandment to bless: and he hath blessed; and 
I cannot reverse it.

21He hath not beheld iniquity in Jacob, neither hath he seen 
perverseness in Israel: the LORD his God is with him, and the shout of a 
king is among them.

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Post  Admin on Thu 25 Feb 2016, 10:31 pm

The prefect man will rejoice

Job 8:20-22 Behold, God will not cast away a perfect man, neither will he
help the evil doers: Till he fill thy mouth with laughing, and thy lips
with rejoicing. They that hate thee shall be clothed with shame; and the
dwelling place of the wicked shall come to nought.

We see many times the wrong people being successful or having victory; at
those times many question did God fail or was God asleep?

We read in today’s message God assures He will not let the perfect man be
cast away not let the evil doers have his way. God will shame the evil
doers and they that are wicked will be completely destroyed.

When one looks at the words used in the English translation they give hope
and also give despair. They give hope since the evil doers and wicked will
see their consequence but then the scriptures uses the word ‘perfect man’
will not be cast away. Now everyone knows none among us is perfect. The
only humans in flesh to be perfect were Adam, Eve (before they sinned) and
Jesus Christ (who remained perfect even unto death).

Most people think when we are baptized in Christ we become perfect, that is
a wrong belief. Let me take an example, scripture says by His wounds we are
already healed yet we see we fall ill even after being baptized and it is
only after we by faith apply / claim the sacrifice into our lives we see

When we repent and are baptized in Christ all our sins are forgiven that
means the consequence of what we did, we do and we will do is cancelled as
long as we are in Christ [pursue the nature of Christ]. But then the
sacrifice of Christ was not just one but a complete bouquet of all the
sacrifices stated in the books of Moses. Like by His hanging on the
crucifix He became our Wave sacrifice, He made peace between God and man
and He cancelled the wrath of God on man by becoming cursed Himself (bronze
serpent on the pole), by this we received His Spirit.

So baptism in Christ is a gradual process which starts with forgiveness of
sins; as we get more and more baptized in Him we get more restored. Baptism
of the Holy Spirit helps us to be completely baptized in Christ and get
fully restored. It is the Spirit who leads us to all understanding of

The word translated as ‘perfect’ actually means ‘complete’, the word
translated as ‘evildoer’ actually means ‘wicked’ and the word translated as
‘wicked’ speaks of ‘wickedness’.

One may wonder, what is the difference between an evildoer and a wicked
person? One who does wrong in the eyes of God can be classified as
evildoer. All of us can be classified as evil doers because we all break
the Law of God. We did evil because we were ignorant of God and the
consequence of sin and it is only the grace of God through faith in Him
that we are not saved. A wicked person on other hand is a person who knows
God and knows the consequence of sin and yet does it. In short it speaks of
someone who does wrong knowingly.

Today’s message tells us, we who are baptized in Christ and are in the
journey of restoration will not be cast away. God also says those who are
wicked would be shamed and wickedness will be destroyed.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord, You are Righteous God and your paths as paths of life, light and
prosperity. Anyone who goes contrary to your path is in darkness and is
walking towards death and destruction. Lord, we thank You for your mercies,
for saving us from death and destruction. We thank You for taking us on the
path of restoration. We also thank You for the destruction of wickedness.
We await the day to say, ‘death where is your sting [sin] and Hell [curse]
where is your victory?’...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Christ, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

1 Peter 2:24 Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree,
that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose
stripes ye were healed.

Galatians 3:13-14

13 Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse
for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:

14 That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus
Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.

Genesis 6:3,5-7

3 And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that
he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years.

5 And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that
every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.

6 And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it
grieved him at his heart.

7 And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face
of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of
the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them.

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:

Romans 6:16 Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to
obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of
obedience unto righteousness?

Romans 7:13 Was then that which is good made death unto me? God forbid.
But sin, that it might appear sin, working death in me by that which is
good; that sin by the commandment might become exceeding sinful.

1 Corinthians 15:55 O death, where is thy sting? O grave [Hell], where is
thy victory?

Hebrews 10:26 For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the
knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins,
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Post  Admin on Wed 24 Feb 2016, 11:28 pm

Blessed Mary

Luke 1:46-48 And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord, And my spirit 
hath rejoiced in God my Saviour. For he hath regarded the low estate of 
his handmaiden: for, behold, from henceforth all generations shall call 
me blessed.

In the Bible no one can deny Mary as being 'Blessed' be it Catholic or 
'Protestant' (what a Catholic calls a Believer). We read this in today's 
scripture as Mary was saying a pray to the Lord after she received the 
message of being the mother of her Savior and Savior to the whole world. 
We see she calls herself as being 'Blessed'. Did she give herself a 
title? When we ask a Catholic the meaning of the word blessed, they 
equate it to holiness and when we speak to a Believer on the same they 
equated it to be rich or prosperous naturally and spiritually.

I too carried the Believer understanding until I can across 1 verse from 
the book of Job. It speaks about Job's wife telling him 'curse God and 
die' [Job 2:9]. When one looks at the word translated as 'curse' it is 
the Hebrew word 'Barak' which is translated everywhere else as 
'blessed', now the translator could not digest translating the verse as 
'bless God and die'. It is not just once but totally 4 times the word 
barak in Jobs is translated as curse. Job's also has the traditional 
Hebrew word 'alah' which is the word for curse or swearing [Job 31:30]. 
It is then I started to dig into the word. The word occurs 330 times in 
the Old Testament, 302 times as blessed and other times as salute, 
curse, blaspheme, kneel and even congratulate. The Hebrew word comes 
from the root word to kneel (as in to receive blessing). As I mediated 
the Lord opened my understanding to the word.

Firstly we need to understand what it means when we say God is our 
Provider. Paul explains that all things are from God and God works for 
our good in all things. When Jesus taught how to pray the word 'give' in 
the Our Father is not asking but more declaring since the word is in 
aroist tense (past, present and future tense at the same time). We also 
see God has already written all the names of those who will enter Heaven 
to receive eternal life. Jesus said He knows us from the beginning of 
creation and we were given to Him from the foundation of the world by 
the Father since the Father knew who would love Him. We need to 
understand God when we say God is omnipresent and all knowing. He is not 
present everywhere in space but across time at the same moment. For us 
it would be thousands of years but for Him it is like a short period. So 
everything is already provided by God and it is our faith or lack of 
faith that enables us or disables us from receiving what God has already 
provided that is why Jesus said first believe to receive.

Paul also says all things are good but all things are not necessarily 
edifying for us. When we bless someone, we who are having authority in 
the Lord's Name quicken things made available. Now we need to discern 
what is good or bad for the person we bless. That is why in the Old 
Testament we see Men of God did not just say 'bless you'; they would 
speak the blessing on that person.

When I share this then people ask me do we ask God to quicken judgment 
on our enemy when Paul said bless your enemies. We need to note Paul 
clearly stated 'not to curse but bless' meaning to bless the person with 
good things and not bad things and said it would be like hot oil on 
their heads.

When Mary said her was 'Blessed' it did not mean she was holier than 
others, but simply meant what was prophesied had been fulfilled in her. 
She was referring to Isaiah 7:14 the scripture that speaks of the Sign 
of the Savior being born to a virgin. So she simply meant the world 
across generations would know that she was the recipient of the prophecy.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord we pray like Jesus, Mary, Paul and the numerous people who knew 
their place in the Bible and in the timeline of this creation, we too 
know who we are and how we are blessed in You, that we were chosen from 
the beginning and our knowing You was not a chance. Lord we pray that we 
too may one day, like Mary say 'we are blessed'...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Job 2:9 Then said his wife unto him, Dost thou still retain thine 
integrity? curse [barak] God, and die.

Job 1:11 But put forth thine hand now, and touch all that he hath, and 
he will curse [barak] thee to thy face.

Job 2:4-5

4And Satan answered the LORD, and said, Skin for skin, yea, all that a 
man hath will he give for his life.

5But put forth thine hand now, and touch his bone and his flesh, and he 
will curse [barak] thee to thy face.

Job 3:7-8

7Lo, let that night be solitary, let no joyful voice come therein.

8Let them curse it that curse [barak] the day, who are ready to raise up 
their mourning.

Job 31:29-30

29If I rejoiced at the destruction of him that hated me, or lifted up 
myself when evil found him:

30Neither have I suffered my mouth to sin by wishing a curse [barak] to 
his soul.

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

Romans 8:32He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us 
all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?

Romans 8:28And we know that all things work together for good to them 
that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

1 Corinthians 3:21-23

21Therefore let no man glory in men. For all things are yours;

22Whether Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas, or the world, or life, or death, 
or things present, or things to come; all are yours;

23And ye are Christ's; and Christ is God's.

1 Corinthians 10:23All things are lawful for me, but all things are not 
expedient: all things are lawful for me, but all things edify not.

John 6:64 But there are some of you that believe not. For Jesus knew 
from the beginning who they were that believed not, and who should 
betray him.

Acts 15:18

17That the residue of men might seek after the Lord, and all the 
Gentiles, upon whom my name is called, saith the Lord, who doeth all 
these things.

18Known unto God are all his works from the beginning of the world.

Ephesians 3:9And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the 
mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who 
created all things by Jesus Christ:

2 Thessalonians 2:13But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for 
you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning 
chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief 
of the truth:

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

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

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

Romans 12:14Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not.

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Isaiah 58:5 Is it such a fast that I have chosen? a day for a man to 
afflict his soul? is it to bow down his head as a bulrush, and to spread 
sackcloth and ashes under him? wilt thou call this a fast, and an 
acceptable day to the LORD?

There are some myths with regards fasting which the Lord likes to attend 
to today.

1 Fasting makes you a better / holier person

2 Fasting pleases God

3 Fasting brings you closer to God

4 God commanded us to fast

5 God desires us to do good deeds during fasting

6 Fasting is a weapon to attack Satan with or fight him

The first record of the word 'fasting' is in the book of Judges where 
people repented for being away from the Lord. The remaining of the Old 
Testament also has fasting as connected with repentance or grieving for 
being away from the Lord. In the book of Joel we find the Lord clearing 
directing His people to fast and if goes through the background of the 
book of Joel, it was a rebuke to His people for ignoring His main work 
and for doing other things in His name.

The first record of a person not eating nor drinking for a long period 
of time is recorded in book of Exodus and was done by Moses for forty 
days that too thrice. First time when he went up Mount Sinai to receive 
the Ten Commandments written by the Finger of God, second time when he 
came down and declared a time of repentance after he broke the tablets 
out of anger after seeing the formication of his people and third time 
when he received the second set of tablets which he wrote as God dictated.

In New Testament we read Jesus fasted for forty days, we also read Paul 
and others also fasted.

In Hebrew the word for fasting means refraining from food and water 
(optional). In Aramaic the word means twisting the body (like in 
hunger). In Greek the word means refraining (could mean from anything).

The scripture Mark 9:29 where Jesus spoke about being able to deliver 
spirits by praying and fasting is not found in the older manuscripts and 
seems to be a later add on to the NT.

Fasting is not a medium of favor between a person and God, nor a 
spiritual weapon for battle between the person and the Devil. Fasting is 
a weapon of battle between a person and his own carnal nature. Jesus 
said His people will not fast when He is with them and only when He is 
far from them will they fast. Paul fasted when he battled with his faith 
but the moment he was confident he stopped fasting.

Jesus fasted not to battle with Himself or with God. He fasted to be 
Okayed by the Jews as a Rabbi and as to be allowed to preach in the 
synagogues. He also fasted so that He would be weakened and tempted with 
the 3 temptations of Adam. He was not tempted when He fasted for during 
the fasting period He like Moses did not feel hungry at all. It only 
after He completed His fast that He was very hungry and then was tempted 
by Satan. Even when we declare a fast after praying we are under grace 
and do not feel hungry during that period, it is only after the fasting 
is over that we really feel hungry.

Fasting is not a weapon of attack like a sword, it only allows a person 
to mediate on the promises of God and change a person inside and then on 
the outside as mentioned in today's message and its subsequent verses. 
Jesus said if a person fasting does external show and not internal 
changes then that person is a hypocrite.

A person totally led in the spirit does not need to fast but only one 
struggling in the flesh needs to. One cannot state one is spiritual if 
one is struggling in the flesh, by this one in need of medicine would be 
depriving oneself of it.

Fasting should be started with a prayer asking for grace. Fasting can be 
started with depriving oneself of food and then the person should grow 
to things or pleasures that yoke the carnal person. If fasting is not 
changing us from inside then it is making us religious persons. So do 
not fasting thinking we will shake the Heavens, nor fast think God is 
going to be pleased. Fast that we can build faith, fast that we can 
silence the carnal person in us. Do not use fasting as a sword but use 
it as a shield. Do not use fasting as a whip to the flesh but use 
fasting as ear buds which deafen the voice of our carnal person. In all 
this let us concentrate on building ourselves and becoming a better 
person from inside.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord we pray your people grow in discernment and understanding. We pray 
they are not led to be religious people by their lack of understanding 
but they are led by the Spirit and in Truth...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Isaiah 58:3-7

3Wherefore have we fasted, say they, and thou seest not? wherefore have 
we afflicted our soul, and thou takest no knowledge? Behold, in the day 
of your fast ye find pleasure, and exact all your labours.

4Behold, ye fast for strife and debate, and to smite with the fist of 
wickedness: ye shall not fast as ye do this day, to make your voice to 
be heard on high.

5Is it such a fast that I have chosen? a day for a man to afflict his 
soul? is it to bow down his head as a bulrush, and to spread sackcloth 
and ashes under him? wilt thou call this a fast, and an acceptable day 
to the LORD?

6Is not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of 
wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, 
and that ye break every yoke?

7Is it not to deal thy bread to the hungry, and that thou bring the poor 
that are cast out to thy house? when thou seest the naked, that thou 
cover him; and that thou hide not thyself from thine own flesh?

Judges 20:26Then all the children of Israel, and all the people, went 
up, and came unto the house of God, and wept, and sat there before the 
LORD, and fasted that day until even, and offered burnt offerings and 
peace offerings before the LORD.

Deuteronomy 9:9-11

9When I was gone up into the mount to receive the tables of stone, even 
the tables of the covenant which the LORD made with you, then I abode in 
the mount forty days and forty nights, I neither did eat bread nor drink 

10And the LORD delivered unto me two tables of stone written with the 
finger of God; and on them was written according to all the words, which 
the LORD spake with you in the mount out of the midst of the fire in the 
day of the assembly.

11And it came to pass at the end of forty days and forty nights, that 
the LORD gave me the two tables of stone, even the tables of the covenant.

Exodus 34:27-28

27And the LORD said unto Moses, Write thou these words: for after the 
tenor of these words I have made a covenant with thee and with Israel.

28And he was there with the LORD forty days and forty nights; he did 
neither eat bread, nor drink water. And he wrote upon the tables the 
words of the covenant, the ten commandments.

Mark 9:29 And he said unto them, This kind can come forth by nothing, 
but by prayer and fasting.

1 Corinthians 7:5Defraud 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.

Matthew 6:16-18

16 Moreover when ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad 
countenance: for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto 
men to fast. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.

17But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thine head, and wash thy face;

18That thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy Father which is in 
secret: and thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly.

2 Samuel 12:23 But now he is dead, wherefore should I fast? can I bring 
him back again? I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me.

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Burying and burning

Jeremiah 34:4,5Yet hear the word of the LORD, O Zedekiah king of Judah; 
Thus saith the LORD of thee, Thou shalt not die by the sword: But thou 
shalt die in peace: and with the burnings of thy fathers, the former 
kings which were before thee, so shall they burn odours for thee; and 
they will lament thee, saying, Ah [Alias] lord! for I have pronounced 
the word, saith the LORD.

Zedekiah was the twelfth and last king of Judah; he did evil in the eyes 
of the Lord. We see the Word of the Lord came to Jeremiah with regards 
to Zedekiah that he would be defeated and Jerusalem will be captured 
(this happened in 588BC); in His Mercy the Lord told Zedekiah would not 
die in the battle field by the sword but will die a natural death.

What we read here in the message given to Zedekiah is an interesting 
pronouncement. The Lord tells him his body would be burned and not 
buried, a custom which the Jews did to the bodies of their dead. One may 
say what is the difference in both cases it is the body which needs to 
be disposed respectfully.

We need to understand the bodies of the dead are buried as a symbolic 
gesture in the hope of resurrection, meaning that they would rise on 
Judgment Day.

In the Old Testament we read those who believed in the Lord and were not 
forsaken, when they died it is written that they slept or were gathered 
to their people / fathers and this was a confirmation that that soul was 
saved from Hell. If one studies this taking the various cases one would 
know how difficult it is to be saved from the curse of Hell. Jesus broke 
this curse by His resurrection (rising from Hell) for all those who 
believe in Him. No soul can go to Hell and return which Jesus did; we by 
our faith after death sleep in the Lord (a spiritual dimension called 
Grave) and do not go to Hell. On Judgment Day we will rise and will be 
judged, judged not for our sins since the price for our sins are paid 
for by faith in Christ, we will be judged for abiding or not abiding by 
the Will / Word of the Father and then only will be able to enter Heaven.

If a body is burned it does not mean that the soul if it has believed in 
Christ will not be saved from Hell / will not rise / resurrect. We bury 
a believer as a symbolic gesture that the person sleeps in the Lord.

Here we read the Lord showed mercy to Zedekiah in this natural life, but 
mercy for the life after can only be gained by faith. We may be 'good 
people' according to this world but if we are not according to the Lord 
then we are doomed to Hell. We may be sorry like Judas was before he 
hung himself after betraying Jesus, but that sorry will not help us out 
of Hell. Repentance is not about being sorry it is about accepting the 
Truth and trying to walk in the Truth.

Let us always remember the price that Christ paid for our sins and thank 
Him for the resurrection of the dead. Let us not be like people of this 
world whose only aim is to have a peaceful death, let us aim more for 
peace after death.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord we thank You for the abundant grace we have received through our 
faith in Christ. Help us Lord to always recollect this so that we 
strengthen our walk in You...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

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

Genesis 35:29And Isaac gave up the ghost, and died, and was gathered 
unto his people, being old and full of days: and his sons Esau and Jacob 
buried him.

Genesis 49:33And when Jacob had made an end of commanding his sons, he 
gathered up his feet into the bed, and yielded up the ghost, and was 
gathered unto his people.

1 Corinthians 15:20But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the 
firstfruits of them that slept.

Matthew 27:52And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints 
which slept arose,

Acts 7:59-60

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

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

1 Corinthians 15:17-18

17And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins.

18Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished.

2 Peter 3:3-10

3 Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, 
walking after their own lusts,

4And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers 
fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the 

5For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the 
heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the 

6Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished:

7But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept 
in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition 
of ungodly men.

8 But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with 
the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.

9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count 
slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should 
perish, but that all should come to repentance.

10But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the 
which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements 
shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are 
therein shall be burned up.

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Dwelling on clouds

2 Chronicle 6:1 Then said Solomon, The LORD hath said that he would dwell
in the thick darkness.

In fairytales including mythological religions like Hinduism you will find
their gods sit on clouds and clouds are like platforms for them.

Even non-mythological religions like Islam think Paradise hangs suspended
in air floating on clouds high up over Mecca (their scripture says if
Paradise fell it would fall over Mecca). Catholics too are not far behind
in their fairytale beliefs of making thrones on clouds or beings standing
on clouds. The main problem lies is with the fact all think Heaven is up,
they fail to register the fact that earth is round and the up for one
person is down for the other. Some religions like Catholicism which
modernized may agree earth is round but their traditional beliefs
contradict their words.

Believers who have no proper understanding of scriptures too have some
crazy ideas with regards to Heaven or Heavenly beings. I heard a Preacher
stating Heaven as a Galaxy far away, making Heavenly beings into alien

We as humans are so caught up with material things that we look at God also
like a large human. We make His Hands like human hands only big, sometimes
big as earth and sometimes as big as a galaxy. When we get into particle
physics the difference between matter and energy is very slim and per
Einstein’s theory they are interchangeable. One way man has achieved the
other way mas has yet to and that is what the Bible states God spoke and
the Universe came into existence (matter was formed).

Today’s message talks of thick clouds. We know clouds are condensed water
vapour droplets or ice crystals. It is not a surface any human or being can
stand on yet we see contrary statements in the Bible. We read Jesus was
taken up in a cloud as if the cloud was carrying Him. In the Old Testament
we see God spoke face to face with Moses through a dark cloud, it says if
He had not then the person would not be alive in His Holy presence.

Could is symbolic in the scriptures. Even though there may have been actual
clouds in the recorded incidents yet the Lord did not need them other than
for they symbolic understanding. Clouds symbolize glory; one flying in a
plane above the clouds would experience it, so also a person who has
climbed a high mountain with its peak standing up above the clouds.

Dark clouds symbolized a controlled glory. In the Old Testament God mostly
spoke through dark clouds for people had not received His Spirit, for those
who did He spoke to them through normal clouds or they just heard His voice.

Jesus coming again on the clouds it does not mean real clouds but means He
will come in His glory. It says every soul (dead or alive) will see Him
come in His glory. It also says every knee / being / life (in Hell / in
Grave / on Earth / in Heaven) will bow to Him (as Lord) when He comes on a
cloud / in His glory.

Solomon wanted to make a house of gold and precious material but God said
He would dwell only in clouds. We can make a better place than Solomon did,
all we need to do is glorify the Lord in our lives and He will dwell in our

Let us ask ourselves do we have a house for the Lord? Is He dwelling in our
lives? If He is them there should be a cloud (His glory) on us.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord we pray we make abundant cloud for You to dwell. We pray we glorify
You in every area of our lives so that Your presence is felt strong in us.
We pray people know You are with us when they see your glory on our lives...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Genesis 9:13 I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of
a covenant between me and the earth.

Exodus 40:38 For the cloud of the LORD was upon the tabernacle by day, and
fire was on it by night, in the sight of all the house of Israel,
throughout all their journeys.

Deuteronomy 4:10-12

2 Samuel 23:2-5

Job 22:13-14

13 And thou sayest, How doth God know? can he judge through the dark cloud?

14 Thick clouds are a covering to him, that he seeth not; and he walketh
in the circuit of heaven.

Psalms 36:5 Thy mercy, O LORD, is in the heavens; and thy faithfulness
reacheth unto the clouds.

Psalms 68:34 Ascribe ye strength unto God: his excellency is over Israel,
and his strength is in the clouds.

Daniel 7:13 I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of
man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and
they brought him near before him.

Matthew 24:30 And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven:
and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the
Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.

Acts 1:9 And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was
taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight.

1 Thessalonians 4:15-17

Revelation 10:1 And I saw another mighty angel come down from heaven,
clothed with a cloud: and a rainbow was upon his head, and his face was as
it were the sun, and his feet as pillars of fire:

Revelation 1:7 Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him,
and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail
because of him. Even so, Amen.

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Mission of Jesus - a hope for the Gentiles

Romans 15:8,9 Now I say that Jesus Christ was a minister of the
circumcision for the truth of God, to confirm the promises made unto the
fathers: And that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy; as it is
written, For this cause I will confess to thee among the Gentiles, and sing
unto thy name.

When Jesus was asked why He spent time with the sinners, the tax
collectors, the people rejected by society as evil, Jesus told them the
healthy do not need a physician the sick do. We all know Jesus became a
hope for the hopeless and a way when there was no way. His coming was and
is a Gospel for the whole world [nations]. But did He come for the whole

If we read scriptures it gives a different picture to what people who
misquote or partly scriptures state as. Jesus was born a Jew and when He
was asked about His mission, He stated He came ‘for the lost sheep of
Israel’. Isaiah as well as Paul states He came for the Gentiles. Do these
statements contradict each other? Yes that is if one goes by the text and
No if one goes by the right understanding.

People assume the word ‘gentiles’ speaks of all people who were not Jews I
do not blame them for they depend on English translations. There are 2
Greek words which are translated as gentiles in English. One is Ethnos
<1484> and the other Hellen <1672>. The word Ethnos does mean gentiles and
also means nations but the word Hellen speaks of the language (Greek
language) referring to those who did not speak Hebrew or Aramaic but spoke
Greek (the common language of the world like English is today).

The word Ethnos comes from the root word Etho which means customs. If we go
into the origin of the term gentile in Hebrew it first shows up in Genesis
10:5 speaking of the generations of Noah separated according to their
customs and when we read Isaiah 9:1 it speaks of the Jews who lived in
Galilee who followed the customs of the Heathens and thus were termed as
non-Jew or heretic Jews [like Jesus’ mother a Galilean and the other women
when to embalm the body of Jesus on the third day as per the customs of the

In the Kingdom of God one is not a Jew or Gentile, Greek or Roman, male nor
female, nor differentiated by natural age, what God sees is the state of
the heart and of the spirit of the person, if the inner-man has faith and
maturity in the Kingdom of God. Those who are fully mature are called
Princes of God / Sons of God.

Israel - Isra means Prince and El refers to The Almighty. There is no
substitute theory with regards Israelites in the Bible. Jesus was a man on
a mission and His mission was to get those who were children of God but did
not know Him. He mission was to give His Spirit to the children of God who
know Him so that they can be led by His Spirit and mature to become Sons of
God / Israel. He came for the lost Israel.

Let us not get lost in the shadow but see the truth in the light. Let us
know the true purpose and walk in the purpose. We may be from different
races, or different countries or different continents but if we have the
seed of faith we surely have the hope to become inheritors of Promised
Land, the Heavenly Kingdom of our Heavenly Father.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord we pray that your people know the purpose and walk in the purpose. As
Disciples of Christ we pray they know this so that we carry His Cross unto
our inheritance in Heaven like the Israelites carried the Ark of Covenant /
Testimonies unto their Promised Land. Lord we pray your people understand
the power of the Cross as the Israelites understood the power of the Ark of

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Matthew 12:17-21

17 That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet,

18 Behold my servant, whom I have chosen; my beloved, in whom my soul is
well pleased: I will put my spirit upon him, and he shall shew judgment to
the Gentiles.

19 He shall not strive, nor cry; neither shall any man hear his voice in
the streets.

20 A bruised reed shall he not break, and smoking flax shall he not
quench, till he send forth judgment unto victory.

21 And in his name shall the Gentiles trust.

Matthew 10:5-7

5 These twelve Jesus sent forth, and commanded them, saying, Go not into
the way of the Gentiles, and into any city of the Samaritans enter ye not:

6 But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.

7 And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand.

Matthew 15:24 But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost
sheep of the house of Israel.

John 7:35 Then said the Jews among themselves, Whither will he go, that we
shall not find him? will he go unto the dispersed among the Gentiles [Greek
speaking], and teach the Gentiles [Greek speaking]?

Romans 3:9 What then? are we better than they? No, in no wise: for we have
before proved both Jews and Gentiles [Greek speaking], that they are all
under sin;

Romans 2:3-10

9 Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the
Jew first, and also of the Gentile [Greek speaking];

10 But glory, honour, and peace, to every man that worketh good, to the
Jew first, and also to the Gentile [Greek speaking]:

1 Corinthians 10:32 Give none offence, neither to the Jews, nor to the
Gentiles [Greek speaking], nor to the church of God:

1 Corinthians 12:13 For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body,
whether we be Jews or Gentiles [Greek speaking], whether we be bond or
free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.

Genesis 10:5 By these were the isles of the Gentiles divided in their
lands; every one after his tongue, after their families, in their nations.

Isaiah 9:1 [NAS] But there will be no more gloom for her who was in
anguish; in earlier times He treated the land of Zebulun and the land of
Naphtali with contempt, but later on He shall make it glorious, by the way
of the sea, on the other side of Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles.

John 7:52 They answered and said unto him, Art thou also of Galilee?
Search, and look: for out of Galilee ariseth no prophet.

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Women of God take your place as Sons

2 Chronicle 34:21,24Go, enquire of the LORD for me, and for them that 
are left in Israel and in Judah, concerning the words of the book that 
is found: for great is the wrath of the LORD that is poured out upon us, 
because our fathers have not kept the word of the LORD, to do after all 
that is written in this book. And Hilkiah, and they that the king had 
appointed, went to Huldah the prophetess, the wife of Shallum the son of 
Tikvath, the son of Hasrah, keeper of the wardrobe; (now she dwelt in 
Jerusalem in the college:) and they spake to her to that effect.

The influence of other religions on Christianity is visible from the 
fact we have gender discrimination amongst us. We may speak many things 
but see what we do? The day I was blessed with a daughter was a great 
joy and greater joy was when the Lord told me what He is going to do in 
her life and what her Calling was in Him.

People have negative views with regards to gender in the OT. We see in 
today's message even though there were Men of God in the land yet the 
King's representative went to a Woman of God - a Prophetess, for they 
were sure she spoke on behalf of the Lord.

Gender difference is there but only when people are in the flesh and are 
spiritually immature but when people are led by the Spirit of God there 
is neither male nor female, nor race nor age, like adult and child.

When I was studying the timeline of events in the Bible it was great joy 
to know in the days ahead many women would stand up and shine in the 
Kingdom of God. Satan has been misusing women since ages because man has 
been looking down at them as objects. Bible says God uses the foolish, 
the poor and the weak and shows His power and glory through them.

This message is to all my Sisters in Christ, it is time for you to take 
the bold step and step out to expand the Kingdom of God. Be not under 
the guidance of men but be under the guidance of the Spirit of God. 
Speak what the Lord whispers in your heart. Stretch your hand out and 
heal people. Speak the word and chase out evil spirit. Let your presence 
be a blessing in the life of people around you. Do not call yourself a 
daughter of God. Know who you are in Christ, you are a Son of God and 
inheritor of His Kingdom. Standup and preach as His Son, as a King, know 
Christ has given you back the authority and dominance which was lost.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord we praise and thank You for in You there is no partiality and no 
discrimination. Everyone who is in You can say I am the One whom Christ 
Loved most. Lord let your people know it is their faith and condition of 
their heart that restricts them from receiving and not You. Let them 
know once they overcome the flesh there is no limit to what You can do 
in the spirit. We pray people see the power that is restoration of your 
Image in us...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

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

Colossians 3:11Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor 
uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, 
and in all.

Romans 8:1There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in 
Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

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

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Prophets of Jerusalem like Sodom and Gomorrah

Jeremiah 23:14 I 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.

Sometimes I feel like the Lord looking on us from His abode in Heaven 
like in the Old Testament and instructing His Representative to write. I 
did not even dream of this scripture and He gave me this to write on, 
that too on this day February 14 which is celebrated as Valentine's Day.

Today we got a Valentine's Day special for the Lord Himself and what is 
coming next should be an expectation.

In the OT there are two rendering of the word Jerusalem and thus they 
have two Strong numbers <03389> and <03390> [a system to understand 
Hebrew, Greek and Aramaic words without knowing the languages]. One 
symbolizes the actual city [people] pursuing peace <03390> and the other 
the false city of peace <03389>. The word used in today's scripture does 
not speak of the actual Jerusalem but the false Jerusalem <03389>.

Today people celebrate Valentine's Day which is associated with St 
Valentine a Catholic Saint so people associate this celebration with 
Christianity. We see even Believers have got into the frenzy of this day 
and in the name of love they do romance.

There is no book better than the Bible to teach and promote true love 
but when it comes to romance the Bible stands as the worst book. Take 
the cases of people like Jacob, David, Samson or any other case in 
Bible, all failed terribly when their relationship was based on romance.

In today's message the Lord is telling us to open our eyes to the 
deceit. He is telling us the prophets of this False Church are deceiving 
us in the name of love and leading us to be like the people of Sodom and 
Gomorrah. They are leading us into gratification of the flesh and not of 
the spirit. This week we saw chocolate day, kiss day, hug day and I do 
not know what other day all to do with romance or things of the flesh.

Love has a purpose, romance has a need. Love lives forever, romance dies 
when the reason is over or met. Love is spiritual, romance is fleshy / 
carnal. Love knows, romance demands evidence.

God does not object to romance within the folds of the covenant of 
marriage but tells us to get over the romance ASAP and understand the 
purpose of marriage; this is evident by His suggestion of going for a 
honeymoon for a year with the couple doing no other work.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord we pray the deceit of the evil one be exposed and the eyes of your 
people opened. In the name of love they are led to carnal gratification 
of the flesh. Lord we pray your people are led by the Spirit and not by 
the flesh. May they grow in discernment...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scripture]

Jeremiah 23:14-15

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.

15Therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts concerning the prophets; 
Behold, I will feed them with wormwood, and make them drink the water of 
gall: for from the prophets of Jerusalem is profaneness gone forth into 
all the land.

Deuteronomy 24:5 When a man hath taken a new wife, he shall not go out 
to war, neither shall he be charged with any business: but he shall be 
free at home one year, and shall cheer up his wife which he hath taken.


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Men of God putting ash in OT

Job 29:25 I chose out their way, and sat chief, and dwelt as a king in the
army, as one that comforteth the mourners.

The book of Job is the oldest book in the Bible. He wrote about the Lord
and His Kingdom even before the Lord gave details through His Prophet
Moses. It was the wisdom of Job that made him to understand the invisible
Kingdom of God by understanding the visible creation which God has made
(Image study / Symbolism) Paul too conforms this in his letter to Romans.

Job was aware of the benefits of having wisdom and he states them in
today's verse and a few verses before. Job state he was a guide to the
people not only in their personal lives but also in government issues. He
also says when they were in grieve they would come to him for consolation.
Their confidence in Job was unquestionable and that can be seen in the
verses prior to today's verse. It says they were patient to hear him and
kept silence when he spoke. It also says after he spoke they would not say
a word, for they knew it was the best advice for them. Job's counsel was
like rain to a dry land. Even when Job rebuked them they accepted it
without hesitation.

When we look as scriptures with regards to putting ash we read of only two
Men of God who did that, Job was the first and second being Daniel. Like
Job, Daniel too was a man of great wisdom and understanding so if they were
men of wisdom how did they not know about ash and curse?

If we read about Job, Job put ash on this body when he was afflicted with
skin disease. Job describes the skin problem as being so terrible that he
could hardly bear it. His wife too saw this and made a comment 'curse God
and die'. Job knew the importance of life so to overcome the pain of the
skin problem he would sit in a pile of hot ash and apply it all over his
skin as a remedy. So the wise Man of God Job did not put ash as penance or
repentance or any such thing but only as medicine.

Now about Daniel putting sack clothes [traveling clothes] and ash, and
sitting in prayer and fasting before the Lord. To understand it we need to
read the verse before. It talks of Daniel meditating on the book of
Jeremiah and by it he understood about the disasters that were to come on
the people including the desolation of Jerusalem. Now after discovering
this disastrous warning, scripture states Daniel sat before the Lord to
seek Go’s purpose with prayer and supplication, with fasting. It also says
with sack clothes and ash meaning he put on sack clothes and had ash. It
does not say he put ash on his head or on his face. If one studies Jewish
tradition they would put ash on the clothes and this was a symbol of
hopelessness, of being cursed, of being doomed.

Daniel had just discovered the disaster that was set ahead and he felt
hopeless so he sat before the Lord in this attire of hopelessness asking
the Lord for enlightenment. Daniel did not ask the Lord to change things
for he knew what was written had to come to pass and the max someone can do
is quicken it or delay it, but one cannot cancel what is written / said.

If we read the book of Ezekiel which is written after Daniel we see the
Lord telling Ezekiel the people He looked at as righteous namely Noah, Job
and Daniel prayed or even they interceded for Israel yet they would only
save themselves but would not change the things set to happen.

Jesus instructs us when we pray and fast we should wash our face (not
disfigure it) and put oil on our head (meaning be normal and not in grief).
God is our Father who has paid a great price to bring us before Him, then
why do we act like outcast? Imagine the Prodigal Son on his return after
being put on a ring on finger and the best of the robes on him he removes
them and disfigures his face with dirt. Would that not offend the father?

Now when Catholics and other Christians put ash on their foreheads are they
putting it because they are having a headache or are they putting it
because they have just discovered a great unavoidable disaster is about to
come and they need enlightenment?

The disaster set for mankind on Judgment Day cannot be changed by anyone
including God, for He has spoken it. But God in His mercy made a way
through Jesus Christ for His own to be saved. If we who call ourselves
Christians and Jesus Christ our Savor can we behave as if we are doomed by
putting sack clothes and ash. Unless we have rejected Christ, our putting
of sack clothes and ash is like mocking the salvation in Jesus Christ and
the price He paid for us.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord we pray for wisdom for your people. Lord we pray that the iron chains
of human traditions be broken and they set free from them. We pray Lord
that they worship You in Spirit and Truth and they not only receive
salvation of eternal life but greatly inherit the abundance You have set
for them in Heaven...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Job 29:21-24

21 Unto me men gave ear, and waited, and kept silence at my counsel.

22 After my words they spake not again; and my speech dropped upon them.

23 And they waited for me as for the rain; and they opened their mouth
wide as for the latter rain.

24 If I laughed on them, they believed [offended by] it not; and the light
of my countenance they cast not down.

Job 2:8 And he took him a potsherd to scrape himself therewith; and he sat
among the ashes.

Lamentations 3:16 He hath also broken my teeth with gravel stones; he hath
covered me with ashes.

Daniel 9:2-3

2 in the first year of his reign I, Daniel, understood by the books the
number of the years whereof the word of Jehovah came to Jeremiah the
prophet, for the accomplishing of the desolations of Jerusalem, even
seventy years.

3 And I set my face unto the Lord God, to seek by prayer and
supplications, with fasting, and sackcloth, and ashes:

Matthew 6:16-18

16 Moreover when ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance:
for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast.
Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.

17 But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thine head, and wash thy face;

18 That thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy Father which is in
secret: and thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly.

Romans 1:20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world
are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his
eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:

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Wearing sack clothes

Psalms 35:13 But as for me, when they were sick, my clothing was sackcloth:
I humbled my soul with fasting; and my prayer returned into mine own bosom.

Yesterday we had Catholics and even some Believers starting 40days ‘Lent’
period with the celebration of ‘Ash Wednesday’ where ash is applied to
their foreheads. Catholics are told that these 40 days are days of
refection and of penance. They acknowledge their sinful lives, fast and do
penance by avoiding luxury or any addiction like alcohol or cigarettes etc.
I know of Catholics men who do not shave for these forty days like Hindus
do during their similar feast. Most Catholics do not eat meat, drink
alcohol or smoke cigarettes for these forty days nor speak bad or abusive
words. But once these forty days are over they make up for the loss during
the forty days. So Catholics are pleasing God for the forty days and then
pleasing Satan for the rest of the year.

Muslims too fast during their forty days of Ramadan, they say this was the
period when the Quran was revealed without knowing Ramadan was a pagan
festival which Muhammad continued since it was very popular (like he took
their chief deity and called it Allah meaning ‘the god’). Most Muslims do
similar ‘fasting and feasting’ during Ramadan; they fast in the day and eat
at least 1.5 times their average after sunset (prices of food is high and
availability low during this period).

Lent is like Ramadan having pagan origins. In case of Islam it was
originated long before Islam, but in case of Christianity there is no trace
of Lent for the first 1000 years of Christianity. In the Bible the first
person to put ash on the head was Tamar the daughter of David after she was
raped by Amnon her step brother. The earliest trace of the practice of
putting ash on the forehead roots to Nordic pagan religion which spread to
Europe during Viking conquest. This may be true or not but one thing is for
fact that Lent is not Christian in any way also at the end of it they
celebrate Easter which is the birth of goddess Ashtoreth and falls on the
same day of Resurrection Sunday (Easter eggs, bunnies etc. are symbolic to
the deity Ashtoreth).

Jesus fasted for the forty days not because He was a sinner and was doing
repentance. Jesus went through the wilderness so that He could be weakened
after that and be tempted by Satan. Scriptures show after the forty days He
felt hungry and was tested. We all know during our fasts when we pray and
ask for grace, during the fast we do not feel hungry for we are given
grace. Jesus was under abundant grace.

The second reason Jesus fasted was to be acknowledged as an official Rabbi
in line with Moses so that He could preach in synagogues. That is why after
the 40 days of fast He first went to a synagogue and preached and no Jew
stopped Him.

The Catholic priest put ash on the head on Ash Wednesday and says
“Remember, O man, that you are dust, and unto dust you shall return”
quoting Genesis 3:19. Interestingly the word translated as dust is mud and
not ash, also this was a curse on mankind for disobeying God’s instruction
saying man would perish and die (in spirit). Jesus by His death and
resurrection broke this curse in the lives of those who are His.

Another interesting fact I found today was the word ‘sack clothes’. In
English by this word we assume the clothes to be a gunny bag kind clothes
which are dull, heavy and uncomfortable. If we look at scriptures the word
sack cloth in Hebrew and Greek have different meaning to what we have
rendered in English. In both the languages it speaks of clothes worn in
hurry for a journey like the Israelites did when leaving Egypt. Greek goes
a step ahead to say clothes that help carry things for the journey. In
modern times a cargo pant would be the idea ‘sack clothes’ than what the
Jesuit priests wear.

In name of traditions we do foolish things and mock the holy things of God.
Penance is not a word in a Christian’s dictionary since Christ has paid the
price for his or her sins. Fasting should be for faith building alone and
not for anything else. Repentance is something that happens inside us and
no external things or activity what-so-ever we do can equate to repentance.
The Greek word is a composite word meaning ‘after’ + ‘understanding’. True
repentance is just not about knowing we were walking in the wrong path but
means to seek and pursue to walk in the right path.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord we pray the religious spirit of self-righteousness which engulfs these
religious people be exposed. We pray those who are your people among them
be set free from this religious spirit and they may follow You in Spirit
and Truth...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
Genesis 3:17-19
17 And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy
wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou
shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt
thou eat of it all the days of thy life;
18 Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt
eat the herb of the field;
19 In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the
ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust
shalt thou return.

Mark 2:18-21
18 And John’s disciples and the Pharisees were fasting: and they come and
say unto him, Why do John’s disciples and the disciples of the Pharisees
fast, but thy disciples fast not?
19 And Jesus said unto them, Can the sons of the bridechamber fast, while
the bridegroom is with them? as long as they have the bridegroom with them,
they cannot fast.
20 But the days will come, when the bridegroom shall be taken away from
them, and then will they fast in that day.
21 No man seweth a piece of undressed cloth on an old garment: else that
which should fill it up taketh from it, the new from the old, and a worse
rent is made.

2 Samuel 13:19 And Tamar put ashes on her head, and rent her garment of
divers colours that was on her, and laid her hand on her head, and went on

Luke 4:1-3
1 And Jesus being full of the Holy Spirit returned from Jordan, and was led
by the Spirit into the wilderness,
2 Being forty days tempted of the devil. And in those days he did eat
nothing: and when they were ended, he afterward hungered.
3 And the devil said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, command this
stone that it be made bread.


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Is Christianity sexist?

1 Timothy 2: 12, 13, 14 But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp
authority over the man, but to be in silence. For Adam was first formed,
then Eve. And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in
the transgression.

In Indian papers we read about cases being filed by Hindu and Muslim women
fighting to be allowed entry into a temple (certain sect of Hindu) and a
Masjid (certain Masjid), but we read none of such news in Christianity. All
know Christianity socially do not differentiate between sexes. But when we
look at religious orders in Catholics we find women are not allowed as
Priests. Also among Believers very few women operate as Pastors. They may
many as Evangelist or Prophetess or even Apostles or Healers but as main
Pastors or Bishops of Churches it is very rare.

In my early days of being a Believer I was very happy when I attended a
Church service led by a lady Pastor. But if we look at some of the
statements of Paul in his letter it seems he advises against women becoming
Pastors or Preachers.

In Hinduism and Islam although they talk of encouraging the female gender
like Hindus have many female goddesses and Muslims give a lot of importance
to women ‘modesty’ yet both these religions bluntly oppress women and
belittle them in their traditions and beliefs. Does Christianity also stand
with these religions with regards to women? It may sound so when we read
Paul’s statements. If we take a look at today’s message and a few lines
before and compare this with say OT scriptures like Proverbs we find it
looks like Paul is taking us back to dark ages of sexual discrimination.

If we look closely Paul is giving a reality test of things. He points out
generally women give more importance to their looks, their appearance while
men have no such inhibition, they can stand anywhere and lift their hands
and pray.

Paul also takes up the case of Adam and Eve staking that Eve was the first
to be tempted and not Adam. Was it Eve’s fault that Satan chose her first
and not Adam? We know Satan chose her because she was weaker spiritually
than Adam. Adam had firsthand instructions from the Lord so if Satan had
tried to tempt him first Satan would have probably failed. But Satan knew
Adam was blinded by his love for Eve so if she was tempted than Adam too
would fall through her.

You and I did not choose our gender when we are born so it would be unfair
that we are deprived of harvesting in the Kingdom of God just because of
gender. God is not a sexist; He created gender in the natural to understand
things which are hidden [marriage and reproduction is one of main reasons
of genders]. If we read Genesis 1:26,27 when god created mankind He created
male and female in His image and the word ‘them’ in verse 27 is male plural
implying that in spirit both male and female were of the same gender. It
was only when they were created in the flesh did the gender difference come.

Like we have a natural gender we have a spirit gender. Our natural gender
is what we are born with but our spirit gender is what we chose to be.
Verses state when we mature in spirit we are called Sons of God. It is only
when we study Bible symbolism we understand spirit gender. We see pagan
religions including Catholics talk of ‘Mother of God’ or ‘Queen of Heaven’
not to lift up women kind but to mock the image of God. God is called
Father but in spirit He is both Father and Mother to us. God calls Himself
by the name ‘Jealous’, is actually Zealous and the Hebrew word meaning
implies the possessiveness of a mother to her children.

In short I can say if we walk in the flesh then yes women are called to
abide to the advice which Paul states in today’s message, but if we walk in
the spirit then there is no differentiating between men or women for a
mature woman is also a becoming Son of God and an immature man is a
daughter of God.

We see Paul himself had no reservation against women as his colleagues and
coworkers with him in the Kingdom of God. He also spoke praises of women
heading / holding Churches. Paul himself was ministered by a couple
[husband and wife] during his early days of spiritual growth.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord we pray your people overcome the flesh, they dwell less in the flesh
and more in the spirit. We pray that men be not men and women be not women
but they walk as Sons of God having power and authority. May they know why
You are called Father...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

1 Timothy 2:8-12

8 I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands,
without wrath and doubting.

9 In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with
shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or
costly array;

10 But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works.

11 Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection.

12 But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man,
but to be in silence.

Proverbs 18:22 Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing, And obtaineth
favor of Jehovah.

Proverbs 31:10-31

10 Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.

11 The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall
have no need of spoil.

12 She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life.

13 She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands.

14 She is like the merchants’ ships; she bringeth her food from afar.

15 She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her
household, and a portion to her maidens.

16 She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she
planteth a vineyard.

17 She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms.

18 She perceiveth that her merchandise is good: her candle goeth not out
by night.

19 She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff.

20 She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her
hands to the needy.

21 She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household
are clothed with scarlet.

22 She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and

23 Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of
the land.

24 She maketh fine linen, and selleth it; and delivereth girdles unto the

25 Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to

26 She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of

27 She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread
of idleness.

28 Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he
praiseth her.

29 Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all.

30 Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the
LORD, she shall be praised.

31 Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in
the gates.

Genesis 1:26-27

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

27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he
him; male and female created he them [male gender plural].

Exodus 34:14 (for thou shalt worship no other god: for Jehovah, whose name
is Jealous, is a jealous God);

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Heavenly Jerusalem

Hebrew 12: 22 But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the
living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels,

Before I got into apologetics or understood what it was, I had my first
debate with a ‘Christian’ heretic group called World Mission Society Church
of God which in India is known as Church of Mount Zion - Mother of God.
This cult is of the rank of Catholicism where humans are worshipped as
deities. Unlike Catholicism the people worshipped here are non-historic
(dead), not from the Bible and also they are bluntly worshipped in the open
(unlike Catholics do and yet deny). The WMSCG is a global Church having
presence in many countries but primarily is from South Korean and from a
village which boasts of many founders of such Christian Cults which have
spread all over the world. The amusing part is the graveyard of the village
has monuments near each other of people who called themselves Christ, Holy
Spirit, Elijah, Mother God etc...

This Indian Church believes their main Zion Church in south India is a holy
place and in the end days the people there would not see death. It
encouraged its congregation to sell all they hold and settle there in that
place (after donating their money of the Church).

We may call them heretic but main stream Christian Churches too hold some
crazy ideas with regards to end days and Heavenly Jerusalem a city / Temple
as described in Revelation. Today’s message compares Heavenly Jerusalem to
Zion. If one looks up scriptures it was the city of Jerusalem which was
called Zion by David. The Hebrew word Zion (Greek Sion) means fortified
city and it is interesting to note at that time there were no walls
protecting that city yet David called it Zion. It was Solomon who built
walls around city not knowing his father did not talk of natural walls.

Our Heavenly Jerusalem is not a natural city having houses (Jesus did not
talk of natural mansions in Heaven). But like David did not allow the lame
and the blind to enter Zion so also in Heavenly Jerusalem the spiritual
lame and spiritual blind will not get to enter.

If we plan to go to Heaven let us strengthen our spiritual walk and open
out spiritual eyes. If we show no desire to know the Will of the Father and
a lethargic approach to do His Will then we are surely not going to get to
enter the Heavenly Jerusalem.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord your Word says You have set things for our inheritance in Heaven which
no man has seen, no ears have heard or no heart has ever conceived. We pray
Father that we make firm our spiritual walk in You and we increase our
thirst to know more and more of the hidden things of the Kingdom of God so
that we have open eyes and strong feet and enter the Heavenly Jerusalem...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

2 Samuel 5:5-10

5 In Hebron he reigned over Judah seven years and six months: and in
Jerusalem he reigned thirty and three years over all Israel and Judah.

6 And the king and his men went to Jerusalem unto the Jebusites, the
inhabitants of the land: which spake unto David, saying, Except thou take
away the blind and the lame, thou shalt not come in hither: thinking, David
cannot come in hither.

7 Nevertheless David took the strong hold of Zion: the same is the city of

8 And David said on that day, Whosoever getteth up to the gutter, and
smiteth the Jebusites, and the lame and the blind, that are hated of
David’s soul, he shall be chief and captain. Wherefore they said, The blind
and the lame shall not come into the house.

9 So David dwelt in the fort, and called it the city of David. And David
built round about from Millo and inward.

10 And David went on, and grew great, and the LORD God of hosts was with

Psalms 53:6 Oh that the salvation of Israel were come out of Zion! When
God bringeth back the captivity of his people, Jacob shall rejoice, and
Israel shall be glad.

Revelation 21:10-12,22-27

10 And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and
shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven
from God,

11 Having the glory of God: and her light was like unto a stone most
precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal;

12 And had a wall great and high, and had twelve gates, and at the gates
twelve angels, and names written thereon, which are the names of the twelve
tribes of the children of Israel:

22 And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are
the temple of it.

23 And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in
it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof.

24 And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it:
and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it.

25 And the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day: for there shall be
no night there.

26 And they shall bring the glory and honour of the nations into it.

27 And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth,
neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are
written in the Lamb’s book of life.


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Psalms 119: 115 Depart from me, ye evildoers: for I will keep the
commandments of my God.

The world looks at people who do not do evil as good or okay people. In the
world we state anyone who breaks the law is a criminal. In the Kingdom of
God the system is not the same the reason being in the Kingdom of God it is
black or white and yes or no, there is nothing like in between. Those who
try to be in between get the worst punishment. Also in the Kingdom of God,
God does not gauge people doing evil as evil doers, He gauges people who do
not do good as evil doers.

Jesus said either you are with me or against me. Bible says unless we
follow Jesus and be His disciple we are not considered as being with Jesus.

In today’s message the Lord is telling us there is nothing like moderate
Christians, we are either radical Christians meaning those who live our
lives for Christ and like Christ doing the Will of God or we get counted
along with evildoers.

Jesus said those who do the Will of my Father will enter the House of My
Father. He did not say those who do evil will not enter the House of My

[Prayer Starter]
Lord, we pray we do not remain in deceit as being good Christians and not
showing Christ in us. Lord we pray every Christian lives their lives like
Christ and takes the burden of Christ to save souls. Jesus said take my
burden for it is light and cast your burden on me. Lord we pray no ‘
Christian’ be carrying his own burden but only carry the burden of Christ...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
Psalms 119:115-119
115 Depart from me, ye evildoers: for I will keep the commandments of my
116 Uphold me according unto thy word, that I may live: and let me not be
ashamed of my hope.
117 Hold thou me up, and I shall be safe: and I will have respect unto thy
statutes continually.
118 Thou hast trodden down all them that err from thy statutes: for their
deceit is falsehood.
119 Thou puttest away all the wicked of the earth like dross: therefore I
love thy testimonies.

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No shame and no haughtiness

Zephaniah 3:11 In that day shalt thou not be ashamed for all thy doings, 
wherein thou hast transgressed against me: for then I will take away out 
of the midst of thee them that rejoice in thy pride, and thou shalt no 
more be haughty because of my holy mountain.

We see many preachers preach about being proud as Christians. They say 
'you are kings / princes', 'your God is a rich God', 'you are 
ambassadors so do not act poor and needy', 'look up for you are 
righteous / you are holy' etc... We on the other hand have some who 
condemn us for the sins that we do. They tell us always be in 
repentance, approach God in unworthy manner for the sins we do daily. I 
have seen Christians who call themselves Born-again / Believers during 
prayer services saying 'Lord, I am a sinner', 'Lord, I am unworthy of 
You', 'let us come to the foot of the crucifix', 'I fall at the feet of 
the Lord who is hung on the crucifix' etc...

In today's message the Lord says there will be a day when we will have 
neither shame nor haughtiness. He specifies we will not have shame for 
our doings, our sins and at the same time we will not rejoice for being 
part of the Kingdom of God or in His holy presence.

With regards to not having shame some may find it contradicting or hard 
to digest, but when one understands forgiveness or how we are forgiven 
when we come to the Lord then we will understand why we are not called 
to be ashamed for the sins. That does not mean we are given a green 
ticket to continue sinning.

We as Christians do not fight sin but fight the sin nature. We are 
called to overcome the old man or Adam in us. If we sin we do not stop 
being Christians but we stop being Christians when we stop fighting the 
sin nature in us. The word forgive in the prayer Our Father is in 
Auroist tense (unlike English Greek has about 7 tenses), this tense is 
past, present and future put together. It means when we come in Christ 
our past, our present and all the sins that we will do are already 
forgiven, that does not mean we can sin now without guilt. Peter says if 
we have overcome Christ (Christ nature in us) then do we have any hope, 
our future will then be worse than our past. So as Christians we may sin 
but we are people who are battling the sin nature and attacking the 
roots of the tree of sin, this may take time but we do not give up.

Coming to the fact of we called not to be haughty.

Last Sunday my daughter asked me 'Dada we say Lord of lords; when there 
is no other gods then why do we say our God is over other gods?'

We say a thing is better when we compare it to another, but when there 
is nothing to compare to then can we say it is better? Bible says we 
create gods which do not exist; these gods we create could be idols or 
desires. When we have broken all the idols in our life and overcome all 
the desires of this world in our personal lives, would we have anyone or 
anything to compare God to?

We need to understand why God got upset when He was asked His name.

So let us come to a stage of overcoming our sin nature and saying unto 
the Lord, You alone are God.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord we pray, Father help us understand the Truth. Open our eyes to the 
purpose more than the means. Help us know the Kingdom and dwell in the 

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

2 Peter 2:20For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world 
through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are 
again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them 
than the beginning.

1 Corinthians 8:

4As concerning therefore the eating of those things that are offered in 
sacrifice unto idols, we know that an idol is nothing in the world, and 
that there is none other God but one.

5For though there be that are called gods, whether in heaven or in 
earth, (as there be gods many, and lords many,)

6But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and 
we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him.

7Howbeit there is not in every man that knowledge: for some with 
conscience of the idol unto this hour eat it as a thing offered unto an 
idol; and their conscience being weak is defiled.

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 32:29 And Jacob asked him, and said, Tell me, I pray thee, thy 
name. And he said, Wherefore is it that thou dost ask after my name? And 
he blessed him there.

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Bride from Lebanon

Songs of Solomon 4:8 Come with me from Lebanon, my spouse, with me from 
Lebanon: look from the top of Amana, from the top of Shenir and Hermon, 
from the lions' dens, from the mountains of the leopards.

To understand the book Songs of Solomon one needs to have knowledge of 
Bible word study and symbolism / image study. In Bible colleges they 
teach the Bible like they teach worldly subjects in school, they use the 
same approach. That is why we see in Catholic seminaries even though 
they spend 4 years of religious study they land up teaching hardly 10% 
on the Bible and 90% on who said what about it and did what in the name 
of God. The books they refer mostly written by people who hardly knew 
the Bible as a Living Word manifesting the Power of God. Even Believer 
Bible colleges have not changed much of the curriculum from the Catholic 
seminaries. Bible colleges are churning out secular Christians instead 
of radical Christians that is why not even 5% of the people finishing 
Bible colleges actually land doing ministry or mission work (theses also 
not rooted on a strong foundation).

When we use the word radical with a belief it puts people in caution. 
They are used to seeing radical followers of other religions who are 
accused of being violent and unreasonable people. But when we use the 
word radical with true Christian we will see people having Christ like 
behavior. They will be people of non-violence, processing the power of 
God doing healings, deliverances and miracles. A radical Christian is a 
person full of wisdom and understanding working for peace not only 
between man and God and but also within mankind itself.

I have yet to see someone teaching the Bible the way God advised in the 
Bible itself (some do it in bits and pieces). People need to realize 
here we are dealing with a Book which no one can say they know it fully 
so instead of just teaching what we know of the Book we need to also 
teach people how to study the Book. In studying the Bible one ends up 
studying almost all subjects like history, science, geography, biology, 
mathematics, astronomy, molecular physics etc...

In the Bible God advices 4 stages of Bible study and they go as



Word study (this requires language study - mainly Hebrew, Greek and Aramaic)

Bible Symbolism, Bible Numeric and other forms of as given in scriptures

The Song of Solomon is excellent example of the 3rd and 4th stages of 
Bible study. If one does not have that understanding they land up 
thinking it to be love letter between a man and his wife.

After many years I have been given an opportunity starting this week to 
give a course on Bible study for a year and half to a small group of 
Pastors and leaders of churches, teaching them on how to study the Bible.

In today's message God is telling us He desires the Bride from Lebanon, 
He is not referring to the place but stating a Bride dressed in 
holiness. Lebanon in Hebrew means whiteness. Similarly the words Amana, 
Shenir and Hermon have nothing to do with the places nor the animal lion 
and leopard to do with the actual animals but are symbolic.

The Lord is telling us through today's message He desires a Bride 
dressed in holiness who is protected by Him, shining with His glory, 
sanctified, showing His righteousness and purity.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord we pray that doors of knowledge, wisdom and understanding of Heaven 
be opened for the Church. We pray they know You not like they knew You 
but as You desire them to. Let them understand the power of the Living 
Word. Lord we pray prepare your Bride to be sanctified and beautified by 
your Spirit and your Word holding your Testimony in her heart...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Isaiah 28:9-11

9 Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand 
doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts.

10For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon 
line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:

11For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people.

Revelation 12:11And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by 
the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.

Revelation 19:10And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto 
me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren that 
have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is 
the spirit of prophecy.

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Doing the Will of God

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

Just a few moments back on FB I saw photos showing as memories of an 
event of which I was a part of. This event was like an upper room 
gathering of a few senior persons of various Churches to reach out to 
the lost sheep among Muslims. We had the most competent people for this 
purpose at the meeting, we had the material which could cause a great 
shaking of the belief among the Muslims committee. This matter was 
collected after years of research with help of the best resources and 
authorities on the topic across the world.

Here the purpose was according to the Will of God - to reach the lost souls.

The intention of all gathered there was one - expansion of the Kingdom 
of God.

Church heads and leaders came and made commitments as a Church and also 
in personal capacity.

Yet this whole exercise failed just because one person put his own will 
above the Will of God.

This person had personally done great personal sacrifice to do research 
and collect the matter which was the foundation of this mission. He did 
have love for God and for the lost sheep among Muslims. But his desire 
to be rewarded here on earth for his efforts was put above all this.

All those working in the Kingdom of God do have a desire to do the Will 
of God else they would not be part of the various activities they do to 
reach out to others, to build others, to support others in the Kingdom 
of God, but what matters is the priority at which the Will of God is 
placed in their lives.

We have many who put their families above the Will of God. There are 
those who put success and fame above the Will of God. At times we need 
to sacrifice success and draw back for the purpose is above the means or 
the glory of the mission, like Jesus at times drew away from the crowd 
or cities.

One of main reasons of the lethargic growth of Christianity is that 
Church heads want people in Church more than sending them out of the 
Church. Mega Churches have large attendance of Christians but look at 
how many among them are active Christians, very, very few and at time 
you may not find any. I been active among Churches in Mumbai and can 
hardly name Mega Churches where the head of the Church encourages his 
congregation to evangelize and do missions even at the cost of not 
attending services. For them attendance at Church service is even above 
the Kingdom of God. They think the Will of God is to fill Church halls.

Let us understand even though we pursue the Will of God what is 
important is where and at what priority do we place the Will of God. 
Like here Peter and the other disciples placed the Will even above their 
lives and cost of persecution and suffering so also we need to do that. 
We need to place the Will of God above our lives, above our families, 
above our friends, above our businesses, above our personal desires, 
above our so called ministries or Churches. It is only when we do that 
will we see the Will of God being fulfilled in our lives and this will 
prove we are in Christ and Christ is in us.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord Jesus as man You said You did do your will as ordinary man but the 
Will of the Father. Your Will was the Will of the Father because You 
were one with the Father. Lord we pray we be one with You so that our 
will be not our will but your Will and your Will alone. We pray we 
purpose your Will above all...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Acts 4:28-33

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

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 [slave] 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.

33And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of 
the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all.

Matthew 7:21Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter 
into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father 
which is in heaven.

Matthew 12:50For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in 
heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother.

Luke 22:42Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: 
nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.

John 5:30I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my 
judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the 
Father which hath sent me.

Matthew 15:24But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost 
sheep of the house of Israel.

Mark 16:15-20

15And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel 
to every creature.

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

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

18They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it 
shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall 

19So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into 
heaven, and sat on the right hand of God.

20And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with 
them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.

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Grace and judgment

Acts 5:3,4But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to 
lie to the Holy Spirit, and to keep back part of the price of the land? 
Whiles it remained, was it not thine own? and after it was sold, was it 
not in thine own power? why hast thou conceived this thing in thine 
heart? thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God.

Acts 5 records the incident of Ananias and his wife Sapphira, how 
instant and harsh judgment fell on them. Normally people would relate 
such harsh judgment to the Old Testament and not to the New Testament 
because they would state we are under grace.

Questions one should ask.
Was not Ananias and Sapphira believers? Yes they were.

Were they not under grace? Yes they were, because grace is received by 
all who have faith in Christ.

If they were under grace then why such a harsh judgment was passed on 
them, man did not kill them it was God who took away their lives? To 
understand this we need to understand what actually happened and its 
back ground.

We see all were Giving (next stage of Tithing) unto the Lord (Church) 
and no man told them as to who much or what percent they had to give and 
how much to hold. We see when Peter confronted them he accused them of 
lying not to man but to the Spirit of God. So it was not a man who told 
them how much of the land to keep and how much they should sell and give 
to the Church. What was taken was shared with those who did not have 
much, this caused all to have sufficient and none to be lacking.

We need to understand as Christians we are not called to live in luxury 
but live with what is necessary. The moment we take extra or use extra, 
we invite the spirit of greed unto us and soon we will have pride and 
deceit etc. and fall like how Lucifer the anointed Cherubim fell. Paul 
says we need to live a sober life so as to avoid temptation. When Paul 
advised Timothy on choosing a Bishop one of the main points he 
highlighted was as one who does not have love for money. Even for 
ordinary Christians, Paul advices to live with basics.

Tithing is just a step towards Giving unto the Lord. Those who are not 
baptized in the Holy Spirit and are not led by the Spirit Tithe for they 
do not hear the Spirit speaking to them and they do not have the help of 
the Spirit to overcome the desires of the flesh. The OT talks more of 
Tithe while the NT talks of Giving because the Spirit was given to the 
Church by Christ at Pentecost. Giving does not mean to give as one wish, 
but means giving all that which is extra, it refers of the overflow and 
it is the Sprit who leads us to draw the line of overflow. The problem 
with Christians is they do not let the overflow to happen because they 
are more in the flesh they keep expanding the desires of their heart 
more and more so as to receive more and more;thus to justify their greed 
they Tithe and do not Give.

When small children make mistakes we mostly forgive them even when it is 
done many times, we may warn but will not take harsh steps against them. 
But if a mature child makes the same mistake we would not do the same, 
we may warn once or twice and then will correct with chastising.

As we grow in the Lord and mature in His Spirit we cannot hide behind 
the banner of grace. We are accountable to God since we have received 
the most valuable gift of His Spirit for which He paid with His life as 
a man.

Let us understand we cannot take grace for granted and although all who 
believe in Christ receive grace yet all will be judged. So let us 
strengthen our feeble legs and not expect to be carried like infants all 
our lives.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord we pray your people do not take your grace for granted and 
understand the importance of receiving your Spirit. Greed is one of the 
strongest spirits holding on the Church. We pray they start to 
strengthen their feeble legs and learn to stand, walk as Christians and 
give as Christians. Let them understand inheritance of Heaven is not for 
children but only for Sons and as your Word says only those led by the 
Spirit are Sons. So Lord we pray the Church grows in the Spirit and 
walks in the Spirit of God...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scripture]

1 Timothy 3:2-3

2The Bishop, then, is to be a man of good name, the husband of one wife, 
self-controlled, serious-minded, having respect for order, opening his 
house freely to guests, a ready teacher;

3Not quickly moved to wrath or blows, but gentle; no fighter, no lover 
of money;

1 Timothy 6:7-11

7For we came into the world with nothing, and we are not able to take 
anything out;

8But if we have food and a roof over us, let that be enough.

9But those who have a desire for wealth are falling into danger, and are 
taken as in a net by a number of foolish and damaging desires, through 
which men are overtaken by death and destruction.

10For the love of money is a root of all evil: and some whose hearts 
were fixed on it have been turned away from the faith, and been wounded 
with unnumbered sorrows.

11But you, O man of God, keep yourself from these things, and go after 
righteousness, religion, faith, love, a quiet mind, gentle behaviour.

Hebrews 13:5Be free from the love of money and pleased with the things 
which you have; for he himself has said, I will be with you at all times.

Matthew 19:23-24

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

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

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Post  Admin on Sat 30 Jan 2016, 11:22 pm

Law of the flesh and Law of the Spirit

Acts 21:20,21 And when they heard it, they glorified the Lord, and said 
unto him, Thou seest, brother, how many thousands of Jews there are 
which believe; and they are all zealous of the law:And they are informed 
of thee, that thou teachest all the Jews which are among the Gentiles to 
forsake Moses, saying that they ought not to circumcise their children, 
neither to walk after the customs.

There is always this debate on the Law, the Law of the Old Testament and 
Law of the New Testament. Most Christians believe all that is said in 
the Old Testament is not for them to follow. When you ask them about the 
Ten Commandment they will not deny it and say they need to follow it 
since Jesus spoke about it in the New Testament. So they pick and choose 
from the Old Testament. They do not realize Jesus Himself said He did 
not come to change anything of the Old Testaments (Prophets and of Moses).

So we see there is always this great dilemma of the Old Testament like a 
large morsel in the mouth which is precious to waste and difficult to 
swallow. The place where we all get off track is when we read what the 
Israelites did in the Old Testament.

Firstly we need to note the Israelites rarely followed what the Lord 
told them to do since they never understood the Lord and His 
instructions fully. So there were times God had to take some extra 
actions for them since they were hard of heart like the question on the 
Law for divorce which Jesus raised, likewise was the Law of Sabbath 
which God hardened and hardened as they refused to follow simple 
instructions of trusting Him (with regards to Manna collection).

God knew the Israelites (Jews refers to Israelites who dwelled in Judea 
/ southern Israel) would not understand His Law since they did not 
receive His Spirit therefore gave them statutes which they did in the 
flesh. It was these statutes which the Jews made as Law since they 
followed the letter (text) and not the spirit of the letter 
(understanding of the text). You will see in NT two different terms like 
'Law of Moses' and 'Law of the Lord' used.

Yesterday the Lord spoke to us about the value of Truth and today the 
Lord is telling us to know the Truth is impossible for man by himself. 
The wisdom of man will never understand His Word and if we try we will 
become like the Jews who call themselves God's people but are far from 
God. Jesus used the term Satan's children to people who were leaders of 
the Jews and Jews themselves.

One does not become a child of God by converting to Christianity or 
change of name or being born in a Christian family. One becomes 
Christian by surrendering one's life to Christ, following His Word and 
His Spirit. When one surrenders to Christ that person gets removed from 
the vine of Adam and gets grafted to the vine Jesus Christ, the person 
also gets credited with 'sins paid for' in his or her life records and 
on death is not questioned for his or her sins. What the person gets 
questioned for is, if the person has kept the Word of God and followed 
the Spirit of God. That does not mean everything written in the Word of 
God but all that the Spirit of God has revealed to that person. We also 
cannot say we will not study more so we will be judged less, for by 
doing this we are rejecting the Word and that as good as not abiding in it.

As we thirst more of the Word the Spirit of God reveals more of the Word 
unto us and with this we also receive more grace to walk in the Word. If 
we know more we need to abide by that more since more grace also is 
given unto us. So by knowing more it actually becomes easier and not 
difficult. It only becomes very difficult when we try to dwell in the 
flesh or operate in the flesh as we grow in the Spirit. In the starting 
we may have success in standing in both the boats but as we grow and 
boats repel each other more than it becomes impossible to stand in both 
the boats and we may not be in either one of them but in the water.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord we pray your people know by circumcising the natural flesh no one 
can become a Christian or your Child. It is only by circumcision or 
cutting of pleasures of the carnal flesh can one come to You and receive 
your Spirit. It is by following your Spirit and your Word that we become 
your Sons and inherit the Promised Land - Heaven. Lord we pray your 
people grow more and more in the Sprit and be led by your Spirit...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Luke 5:14And he charged him to tell no man: but go, and shew thyself to 
the priest, and offer for thy cleansing, according as Moses commanded, 
for a testimony unto them.

Matthew 19:7-11

7They say unto him, Why did Moses then command to give a writing of 
divorcement, and to put her away?

8He saith unto them, Moses because of the hardness of your hearts 
suffered you to put away your wives: but from the beginning it was not so.

9And I say unto you, Whosoever shall put away his wife, except it be for 
fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery: and whoso 
marrieth her which is put away doth commit adultery.

10His disciples say unto him, If the case of the man be so with his 
wife, it is not good to marry.

11But he said unto them, All men cannot receive this saying, save they 
to whom it is given.

Luke 24:27And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto 
them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.

Luke 24:44And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto 
you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which 
were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the 
psalms, concerning me.

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

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

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

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

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To boast or not to boast?

2 Corinthians 10:13 But we will not boast of things without our measure,
but according to the measure of the rule which God hath distributed to us,
a measure to reach even unto you.

People are told pride is the greatest evil and it was pride which brought
Lucifer down, this is not fully true. Before pride came into Lucifer came
greed. Lucifer (Light bearer / Morning Star/King of Tyrus/Dragon / Serpent)
was an anointed Cherubim and was one among other Cherub (Revelation records
them as Beasts) they would be the first to worship the Lord since they are
closest to the Glorious Center (Throne) of the Lord (God is Spirit and is

Ezekiel 28 records the stages of the fall of King of Tyrus (Lucifer). In
Heaven everything is good and free but taken as and when required, here we
see Lucifer took more and having more he started having pride. It is like a
wedding banquet where one person takes more than he can eat and then starts
to tease others that he or she has more than others we may see this as
foolishness but when these things are more precious than diamonds and gems
of this world than it does make an impact. It can also be compared to an
army person who goes to the army store room and picks all the variety of
weapons more than required for his mission, and then starts feeling proud
of himself for having more and then looks down on others.

The Kingdom of God and the plans of the Kingdom of God is Light so anything
that goes against the plans or principles of the Kingdom of God is
darkness. Darkness came into existence with the foolishness of this Cherub
who was full of wisdom but greed did not let his wisdom to prevail. After
greed came pride in him and pride caused his tongue to speak evil and
deceive others and thus caused the fall of a third of the Angels of Heaven.

Like greed so also pride is evil but we see in today’s message Paul talks
of justifying his boasting. Pride can be a delicate factor like greed to
understand and for that we need always wisdom to prevail above all. To have
needs is not called greed but to have desires above your needs then it is
called greed. If the desires are self-centric without purpose then it is
greed. If these desires are for spiritual things to do a job then it is
justified but if the desires go beyond a requirement for the job then it
becomes spiritual greed which is worst then worldly greed.

In today’s message we see Paul talks of pride of a measure and the measure
set by God.

We can have endless pride in our God like David did before Goliath. Our God
and His Kingdom are beyond measure so we can be endlessly proud of His
Kingdom and of Him but when it comes to us even if it is spiritual we
should know the purpose and the measure and not go beyond the measure.

It is always when wisdom fails that greed, pride and other evils take root.
If wisdom and understanding holds on then we will never have pride, greed
or any other evil. One may say Adam and Eve (Adam in particular) were made
full of wisdom for they had the image of God in them but then yet they
sinned. Satan being wise (but not wise enough to discern good and evil)
enticed Eve and not Adam first. He attacked the weakest one and knew the
love of Adam for Eve would blind him and cause him too to fall. He used the
weapon of doubt to entice man to sin.

The greatest evil of wisdom is doubt and the only way to overcome doubt is
by Truth and Faith. Bible says when we become Disciples of Christ (be
faithful to Him) we will know the Truth and the Truth will set us free.

I have seen many people growing in the Lord who once called themselves as
Pastors (Bishops), then Preachers / Evangelist and then called themselves
Prophets and now call themselves Apostles. They lack understanding of
Callings and its purpose. Paul says although we can do all things in Christ
yet we have a Calling which is set to us for life. It is like a plane which
flies and can also drive on the runway but does not compare itself to a
race car. The plane does not choose to fly therefore flies but flies
because its maker designed it to fly. If the plane does not fly but just
drives around like a car, it would cause its maker to be sad.

Let our focus be on the Kingdom of God and the plans of the Kingdom of God.
Let us never focus on ourselves beyond a measure of the purpose God has
made us. When Jesus said we would do greater things than Him, He did not
mean we would be more powerful than Him. He was perfect as man and had the
fullness (Image) of God in Him yet He said this because He did not do
things beyond the requirement so that in all what He did He glorified the
Father and not Himself. In our times the requirement has increased so we
are called to do greater things. If we are in line with Christ, being true
disciples of Him then we will surely do greater things than Him.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord we pray we increase in wisdom and understanding of the Truth. We pray
we our faithfulness to Christ be strong and thus we increase in the Truth.
We pray at the times of testing our wisdom prevails and we do not fall. Let
our focus be You and not us...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Ezekiel 28:12-19

12 Son of man, take up a lamentation upon the king of Tyrus, and say unto
him, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and
perfect in beauty.

13 Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy
covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the
jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the
workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day
that thou wast created.

14 Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so:
thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in
the midst of the stones of fire.

15 Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till
iniquity was found in thee.

16 By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee
with violence, and thou hast sinned: therefore I will cast thee as profane
out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub,
from the midst of the stones of fire.

17 Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted
thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground, I
will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee.

18 Thou hast defiled thy sanctuaries by the multitude of thine iniquities,
by the iniquity of thy traffick; therefore will I bring forth a fire from
the midst of thee, it shall devour thee, and I will bring thee to ashes
upon the earth in the sight of all them that behold thee.

19 All they that know thee among the people shall be astonished at thee:
thou shalt be a terror, and never shalt thou be any more.

Romans 11:29 For the gifts and the calling of God are not repented of.

1 Corinthians 7:20 Let each man abide in that calling wherein he was

2 Timothy 1:9 who saved us, and called us with a holy calling, not
according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which
was given us in Christ Jesus before times eternal,

2 Peter 1:10 Wherefore, brethren, give the more diligence to make your
calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never

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You and your Household will be saved

Acts 16:31,32 And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou 
shalt be saved, and thy house. And they spake unto him the word of the 
Lord, and to all that were in his house.

When unbelievers come into the Lord their hearts are set that their 
family members also be saved and they are always given this scripture 
from Acts 16:32. This scripture gives a lot of hope to them and sets 
them to keep pursuing and keep patient. But many a times I have seen 
things do not work for these people and at times even that person's 
faith gets shaken and that Believer tends to lose faith.

If we look at scriptures and take for instance Jesus' own family. We 
have Mary His mother who was close to Him through thick and thin before 
His death and resurrection. Her faith was strong but there were times 
her faith was shaken like when people accused of Jesus having an evil 
spirit, she with her son rushed to see if Jesus was okay. Jesus did get 
angry and did not come out of the crowed meeting immediately, instead 
questioned as to who were His mother and brethren.

We also see among Jesus's brethren (children of Mary and Joseph) none of 
His brothers or sisters were with Him in His 3 years of ministry. Gospel 
of John clearly records the unbelief of His brethren even after He did 
the great miracle of multiplication of 5 loaves and 2 fish to feed 5 
thousand. We see only after His crucifixion and resurrection James and 
Jude become disciples. Jesus' other brother Jose is not listed anywhere 
in the Bible nor are any of His sisters.

To understand today's message we need to see this with Noah's floods. 
Noah believed in the Lord and built the Ark. His family was saved 
because they stepped in the Ark with Noah, had they not stepped in the 
Ark with Noah could they have been saved? No.

We see in today's message the jailer believed in the Lord and he was 
given the assurance that his family would be saved. Previously I thought 
this to be a prophecy but then I realized this was not a prophecy but an 
assurance, a promise. We see the jailer after believing took the 
Apostles to his house and the Apostles shared the Word with his family 
members. His family members accepted the Word and thus they were saved.

When we believe in the Lord we cannot just sit, prayer and hope that 
since we are saved our family too will be saved. We need to take the 
Lord into our family, which means they need to see Lord in us. We also 
need to share the Word with them. Things may not be easy if we are not 
the head of the family like the jailer, yet we are called to take the 
Word in different ways even if drop by drop as and when possible. There 
are times even if we bring the dead to life yet they will not believe, 
even at that time this scripture is not void. We need to understand 
family is not build by blood relationship but by spirit relationship.

Today India celebrates Republic Day and a person may legally become an 
Indian by his or her birth in the land, but if that person goes against 
the interest of the nation then that person is called an enemy of the 
nation and that person is not looked at as an Indian.

Bible says unless we are not ready to leave our earthly family (family 
by blood relationship) we will not be blessed with a Heavenly Family 
(family by spirit relationship). The Father and Mother of our Heavenly 
Family is the Lord, and the chief brethren of the family is Jesus 
Christ. Bible says if we lose a brother or sister, father or mother for 
the Lord's sake we will be blessed a hundred fold. But that does not 
mean we should just forsake the earthly family the Lord has put us in. 
We need to do our best to show them the Lord and give them the Word, 
rest we need to leave up to them since the only way a person is saved by 
is by their own faith and not by the faith of another.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord we pray for all the unsaved members of our family. We pray that 
their hearts do not harden. We pray for guidance to bring them to see 
You in us and wisdom to deliver the Gospel and Word unto them. We pray 
that every member of our temporary earthly family be part of the 
permanent Heavenly family and none be lost...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Mark 3:30-35

30Because they said, He hath an unclean spirit.

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

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

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

34And he looked round about on them which sat about him, and said, 
Behold my mother and my brethren!

35For whosoever shall do the will of God, the same is my brother, and my 
sister, and mother.

Mark 10:29-30

29And Jesus answered and said, Verily I say unto you, There is no man 
that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or 
wife, or children, or lands, for my sake, and the gospel's,

30But he shall receive an hundredfold now in this time, houses, and 
brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with 
persecutions; and in the world to come eternal life.

John 7:1-5

1After these things Jesus walked in Galilee: for he would not walk in 
Jewry, because the Jews sought to kill him.

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

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

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

5For neither did his brethren believe in him.

Ephesians 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of 
yourselves: it is the gift of God:

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.

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Chosen men

Acts 15:22 Then pleased it the apostles and elders, with the whole 
church, to send chosen men of their own company to Antioch with Paul and 
Barnabas; namely, Judas surnamed Barsabas, and Silas, chief men among 
the brethren:

We see in today's scripture the Church commissions a team to Antioch. 
The Antioch which they were going to was a prosperous metropolis city in 
Syria on the banks of the river Orontes (there was another city named 
Antioch of Pisidia). The team consisted of 2 lots of persons one lot was 
of Paul and Barnabas and the other lot was Barsabas and Silas. We see 
the main people chosen for the mission were Paul and Barnabas to fulfill 
the purpose which the Church had in Antioch. But yet they found it good 
to send Barsabas and Silas along. Bible records them as influential 
people (chief men) may be having influence in the Church or may be with 
general public.

Today's message is telling us we Christians should not be politically 
isolated people. It may be municipal, state or even in social circles, 
we need to be connected to people.

There is the extreme thinking that God is capable to do all things so 
why do we need to please people. True God is capable to do all things 
and He is also capable to raise the dead to life so do we wait for a 
person to die and then pray for that person?

Let us understand God is capable of all things and the problem is not 
with God. The problem is with us and our faith. It is our little faith 
that hinders us from receiving all that the Lord has set for us. It is 
our little faith which allows the enemy to attack us and cause damages 
and losses. So while we are growing in the Lord we need to understand we 
need to be wise also according to the world and be connected to it. But 
this is supposed to be little and not too much. We see many Christians 
are more political or socially connected than God connected. They 
organize Christian events and are at the forefront of managing funds, 
permissions or people but when it comes to God they show no glory of God 
in their lives or the things they do.

Understand yeast / leaven was not allowed in any of the sacrifices 
leaving for only one sacrifice which was the wave sacrifice (peace 
sacrifice). As we make peace with God we also need to make peace with 
mankind and Bible says as much as it is possible stay in peace with all 
mankind. It says 'if it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live 
peaceably with all men' and not a blanket order because we are told not 
to compromise with our relationship with God for the sake of man. We are 
called not to compromise our principles and our beliefs towards God for 
the sake of man.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord we pray your people become wise and understand the need to network 
with other people. We pray they do not isolate themselves for candle 
stand is not kept under a table but upon the table for others to receive 
the light. We also pray that they trust in You more than trust in man. 
We pray they do not compromise being a Christian and the values of being 
a disciple of Christ...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Leviticus 23:17Ye shall bring out of your habitations two wave loaves of 
two tenth deals: they shall be of fine flour; they shall be baken with 
leaven; they are the firstfruits unto the LORD.

2 Corinthians 13:11Finally, brethren, farewell. Be perfect, be of good 
comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace 
shall be with you.

Romans 12:18If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably 
with all men.

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Quieting the Spirit

Zechariah 6:6-10

6The black horses which are therein go forth into the north country; and 
the white go forth after them; and the grisled go forth toward the south 

7And the bay went forth, and sought to go that they might walk to and 
fro through the earth: and he said, Get you hence, walk to and fro 
through the earth. So they walked to and fro through the earth.

8Then cried he upon me, and spake unto me, saying, Behold, these that go 
toward the north country have quieted my spirit in the north country.

9And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,

10Take of them of the captivity, even of Heldai, of Tobijah, and of 
Jedaiah, which are come from Babylon, and come thou the same day, and go 
into the house of Josiah the son of Zephaniah;

Some theologians try to link the horses to historical events that have 
passed before Jesus came as man but these horses are also mentioned in 
Revelation 6 as events yet to take place thus showing them as prophecies 
after the early Church. In Zechariah and Revelation there are 4 horses 
white, red, black and pale/spotted.

Horses in the Bible symbolize progression or change, their description 
gives idea of the kind of change. Some places horse / chariots also 
symbolize speed or quickening [Hebrew word means swift]. In Revelation 
the order and detail of horses when compared to history give us an idea 
of where we are in the timeline and what we can expect next. If you see 
the horses go forth but do not return which means the stages may 
continue and overlap with the unfolding of the next stage. Without going 
into details we are somewhere between the black and pale horse. This 
means we are yet to see death and destruction unfold like never before 
and we are soon to see the fall of the false Church which martyred many 
Christians in the early years.

In today's message the Lord is telling us that people have silenced His 
Spirit. The interesting and surprising part is in knowing who these 
people are which have silenced His Spirit. The Lord lists them as 5 
types of people [by names of the places] who have silenced His Spirit 
and mind you all these are 'Christians' whom we are talking of here.

1) Worldly Christians

2) Prosperity Christians

3) Highly knowledge filled intelligent Christians

4) Confused Christians

5) Bodily / healing centered Christians

The first includes Christians who are focused on the materialistic 
things of the world or things offered by the world like power, status, 
fame etc. their greed slowly silences the Spirit of God and overcome Him.

The second speaks of Christians who come to God purely for blessings and 
not for God Himself these are characterized as Prosperity Christians. 
These love the things of God which may not necessary be good job, good 
lifestyle, it may even be ministry which makes them famous and well 
known and respected among Christians. These prosperity seekers also 
silence the Spirit of God and overcome Him.

The third include Christians who pursue knowledge and understanding of 
the Kingdom of God from man in ways that are worldly. They study who 
said and why but not what God said and why. These people believe men 
more than God. Their arguments will be power packed but their faith nil. 
These people need just a small problem or hurdle in their lives and they 
will give up on God. Unless one does not have a revelation of God, one 
is on shaky grounds.

The fourth lots of Christians are the majority. They are the confused 
Christians. They are the ones that divide the Word of God into words of 
God. They are the Peters of today who have spiritual foot in the mouth 
sickness that is why they avoid Bible discussion and deep Bible study 
totally. They say Gospel is simple and sufficient so 'do not complicate 
the Word of God'. The Spirit of God is the Spirit of Truth who reveals 
the Word and these people do not allow Him to do so.

The last lot is those who seek the Kingdom of God on earth. They are the 
lot who think this earth will continue forever so they seek bodily 
benefits like healing and beauty and health. They are like the sons of 
Joseph who fought the battles but did not cross the river Jordan unto 
the Promised Land. They are the miracle makers, people who manifest the 
gifts of the Holy Spirit yet are far from the Spirit of God.

In today's message the Lord is talking of these five categories and He 
is going to bring them down. He may change them or eliminate them and 
see they do not exist in His Church.

Church Callings are based on the 7 Spirits of the Holy Spirit, the 
Church operates on the Gifts of the Spirit and what they build are the 
Fruits of the Spirit, so His Church is centered on God's Spirit, the 
foundation being the Spirit of Truth.

Let us understand Jesus is the cornerstone, He is the Way, His Spirit is 
the one who leads us on the Way and aligns us to be like Him. Christ 
means the Man with the Spirit of God and we cannot break the two and 
still be Christians. We need to follow the Man Jesus (His Words) with 
the Help of the Holy Spirit, so if we do not surrender and be led by His 
Spirit then we fail as Christians.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord, we pray your people understand You came as man and paid the price 
so that we may receive your Spirit. Lord we pray without abiding unto 
your Spirit there is no way we will enter Heaven. Your Word says those 
who are led by your Spirit are Sons of God and Heaven and heritance is 
not for children but only for those who mature into Sons. We pray your 
people listen to what your Spirit is speaking unto them...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen

[Reference Scriptures]

Revelation 6

John 1:10-13

10He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew 
him not.

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

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

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

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

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Laws of the flesh

Acts 15:23-29

Yesterday I was having a discussion with some brothers in the Lord who
though Satan was an actual serpent and not symbolic. Due to this we have
Churches who play with serpents to show they do not fear Satan and Satan
has no power over them. Now in scriptures Satan is also pictured as dragon
(Chinese mythical creature), goat, hippopotamus/crocodile, young lion and
beast etc. So in Ezekiel when the King of Tyrus (Satan) decorated himself
with jewels was it the snake who wore it or was it the goat, or the
hippopotamus / crocodile, or the young lion (I can imagine how they would
look) and yet Bible says Satan looked very beautiful. If the snake did
speak I can imagine the language it spoke. Was it Hebrew (like Muslims
think all will speak Arabic in their Paradise) or another language more
perfect (since God must have designed it) which is now lost.

There are people who did research to find if the Tree of Good and Bad was
an apple tree or fig tree. There are also people who are searching for the
Garden of Eden based on the layout of the rivers. There was an archeologist
writer (Dr. E K Victor Pearce) who wrote in his book about a place which
matched the location and the soil was rich, they also found a ground water
table in that place which confirmed that before sin when Adam was farming
he did not need to water or do much efforts, the ground table water would
be sufficient so Adam just sowed and reaped, but they did not find any
garden there.

We see man when he is told to imagine God he draws an strong old man with a
white beard since he reads words like ‘Father’, ‘ancient’ and ‘wisdom’
associated with God. There is a movie on Moses named Gods and Kings where
the makers went overboard and showed God as a young boy of 10 to 12 years
old (every young adolescent God).

When it comes to Heaven, people have the weirdest of imagination. They draw
castles made of gold studded with diamonds and gems floating on clouds.
Such a place would be good to look or as a monument but to stay in such
place is unthinkable; walking on gold streets siting and sleeping on
uncomfortable gold furniture. Many people imagine the first thing they will
do once they land in Heaven is eat at the largest dinner table imaginable,
with lots and lots of variety of food. I can imagine after the dinner what.
Are they planning to keep eating endlessly like Muslims think of having
wine and sex endlessly in their Paradise.

People have lowered the Kingdom of God and the Heavens because the flesh is
very strong and the flesh limits the spirit in all ways. When the Lord
started teaching me and opening my mind to the spiritual things in the
start it was just unimaginable to digest things. For example the Fruits of
the Spirit we think them as attributes but in spirit world they are more
real than our flesh and blood or matter of our world.

People used worldly wisdom o understand things of the Spirit. Paul was a
wise man yet he said things of the Spirit are revealed by the Spirit.

In today’s message we see the people of the flesh tried to please God by
Laws of the flesh. The Apostles on seeing this said there were just basic
things required of the flesh; otherwise the things of the flesh would not
please God for God and world do not go hand in hand.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord we pray man overcomes the flesh and the bondage of the corrupt flesh
on man. We pray man be led by Spirit for your Word says those who are led
by the Spirit are Sons of God...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Acts 15:23-29

23 And they wrote letters by them after this manner; The apostles and
elders and brethren send greeting unto the brethren which are of the
Gentiles in Antioch and Syria and Cilicia:

24 Forasmuch as we have heard, that certain which went out from us have
troubled you with words, subverting your souls, saying, Ye must be
circumcised, and keep the law: to whom we gave no such commandment:

25 It seemed good unto us, being assembled with one accord, to send chosen
men unto you with our beloved Barnabas and Paul,

26 Men that have hazarded their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus

27 We have sent therefore Judas and Silas, who shall also tell you the
same things by mouth.

28 For it seemed good to the Holy Ghost, 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,
ye shall do well. Fare ye well.

1 Corinthians 3:1-3

1 And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto
carnal, even as unto babes in Christ.

2 I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not
able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able.

3 For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and
strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men?

1 Corinthians 2:6-14

6 We speak wisdom, however, among them that are fullgrown: yet a wisdom
not of this world, nor of the rulers of this world, who are coming to

7 but we speak God’s wisdom in a mystery, even the wisdom that hath been
hidden, which God foreordained before the worlds unto our glory:

8 which none of the rulers of this world hath known: for had they known
it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory:

9 but as it is written, Things which eye saw not, and ear heard not, And
which entered not into the heart of man, Whatsoever things God prepared for
them that love him.

10 But unto us God revealed them through the Spirit: for the Spirit
searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.

11 For who among men knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of the
man, which is in him? even so the things of God none knoweth, save the
Spirit of God.

12 But we received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is
from God; that we might know the things that were freely given to us of God.

13 Which things also we speak, not in words which man’s wisdom teacheth,
but which the Spirit teacheth; combining spiritual things with spiritual

14 Now the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for
they are foolishness unto him; and he cannot know them, because they are
spiritually judged.

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God of the Living

John 5:28 Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that
are in the graves shall hear his voice,

For Catholics graves and worship are a very important part of traditional
belief. They pray to the dead, pray for the dead and serve the remains of
the dead.

As a Catholic when my father expired, my love was measured by the
arrangements of funeral service (and its subsequent monthly service), the
grave monument made to bury his mortal remains and me visiting it every
year to put flowers and candles to it on a day marked for the dead.

Many Believers are not far behind they too do have unbiblical believes with
regards to the dead. Believers know when dead are buried the flesh perishes
yet they believe when the dead rises they will have flesh same was what
existed before (looks). Paul says flesh and blood will not inherit or enter
the Kingdom of God / Heaven (1 Corinthians 15:50). Heaven is a
Holy/incorruptible place and our corrupt flesh bodies cannot enter Heaven.
Jesus as man was the only human in the flesh on earth who did not sin, He
alone was one who did not see corruption therefore He alone was resurrected
in the flesh. If you note after resurrection He was as human in flesh as us
so much so that His disciples would touch Him but yet He would pass through
walls (John 20: 19), appear suddenly or defy gravity which no human can do
(ascend). Some of these abilities were not manifested in His body even
before His death and Resurrection. Note in scriptures He transfigured /
took a form of light which was like a spirit body as that of an Angel. To
understand this we need to understand the design of man and how our bodies
are made and how man got corrupted when man sinned (in fact sin means

We need to distinguish Grave stated here from earthly graves. The Grave
mentioned here is the spiritual level / dimension where human’s souls /
spirits of those that believe in the Lord rest. By faith in Christ we are
saved from Hell, so those who believe in Christ sleep in the Lord, in other
words they rest in this place called Grave.

There are some questions people put forward about dying and going to Heaven.

People ask if we are saved from Hell by our faith in Christ then what about
those who existed before Jesus was born 2000 years (approx.)?

If one reads the Old Testament in all the books you will find all those who
were in the Lord when they died, it is recorded that they were ‘gathered
with their fathers’ / ‘gathered with their people’, but those who did not
believe or rejected the Lord it is simply written that they died.

There is another favorite one which speaks about Jesus telling the robber
who was crucified with Him ‘today you will be with me in Paradise’. Firstly
Jesus did not go to Heaven that day and this He Himself tells Mary
Magdalene after His resurrection on the 3rd day. The Greek word translated
as ‘today’ also means ‘that day’. If you read the discussion between Jesus
and the robber, it was about Jesus coming back in His glory on Judgment Day
and Jesus tells him on that day he would be with Him in Paradise. Paul too
says we all will stand before the Judgment Throne on Judgment Day.

Our thinking is so programed by the Catholic Church and pagan
understandings even though we have rejected Purgatory we have indirectly
accepted other of their beliefs when it comes to death and life.

In today’s message God says we do not die when we die naturally for we will
hear His voice and rise. He is telling us He is God of the living and not
God of the dead.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord, we pray we do not fear death for You are our God and You are not God
of the dead but of the living. When we sleep we know we will hear your
voice and rise to see You come in your glory. We Lord await that Day when
You come in your glory...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Luke 24:39 Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me,
and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have.

Acts 2:29-32

29 Men and brethren, let me freely speak unto you of the patriarch David,
that he is both dead and buried, and his sepulchre is with us unto this day.

30 Therefore being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath
to him, that of the fruit of his loins, according to the flesh, he would
raise up Christ to sit on his throne;

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

32 This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses.

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

Matthew 25:31-33

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

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

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

John 5:24-29

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

25 Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour is coming, and now is, when
the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall

26 For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to
have life in himself;

27 And hath given him authority to execute judgment also, because he is
the Son of man.

28 Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are
in the graves shall hear his voice,

29 And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection
of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.

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

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

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

2 Peter 3:7 But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word
are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and
perdition of ungodly men.

John 20: 19 Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week,
when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the
Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto

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

3 And, behold, there appeared unto them Moses and Elias talking with him.

Acts 7:59-60

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

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

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

Genesis 35:29 And Isaac gave up the ghost, and died, and was gathered unto
his people, old and full of days: and Esau and Jacob his sons buried him.

Luke 23:40-43

40 But the other answered, and rebuking him said, Dost thou not even fear
God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation?

41 And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but
this man hath done nothing amiss.

42 And he said, Jesus, remember me when thou comest in thy kingdom.

43 And he said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To-day shalt thou be with
me in Paradise.

Matthew 22:32 I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God
of Jacob? God is not the God of the dead, but of the living.

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Acts 4:29, 30 And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto 
thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak thy word, By 
stretching forth thine hand to heal; and that signs and wonders may be 
done by the name of thy holy child [slave] Jesus.

When someone or a group of people comes against us Christians or against 
the Church we find people start praying for deliverance and release. It 
is like shouting help. But we see here in Acts when Peter and John were 
threatened they did not shout help instead asked to Lord for more 
boldness and for signs and wonders.

Jesus says pray for them who persecute you, He did not say pray for 
yourself when they persecute you. Paul says in Romans bless them that 
persecute you. He goes on saying if thy enemy is hungry feed him and if 
thirst, give him a drink and by doing this you spiritually heap burning 
coals on his head. Paul says our battle is a spiritual battle not a 
natural battle so what we do in the natural should not have counter 
effect of our intention in the spiritual. Our victory in the spiritual 
is more important than our victory in the natural.

So what should be our intention? Should it be freedom from persecution 
or freedom from suffering during persecution?

It is none of these.

The word 'bless' in Hebrew is Barak and in the book of Job 2:9 is also 
translated as 'curse'. People think bless means to give something good. 
Understand we are dealing with God here. A God who knows everything and 
who, as scripture says has given everything we need even before we were 
born, it is our faith condition which allows us or deprives us from 
receiving things which God has already made available for us in the 
spirit. In scriptures we see when men of God blessed they spoke the 
blessing and did not simply say God bless you.

Blessing simply means quickening and by speaking the blessing we are 
quickening those particular things set in the spirit to manifest in the 
natural (prophesy). In other words by saying 'God bless you' we are 
simply saying God deal with you quickly. Now if the heart of that person 
is good (a child of God) then we land quickening the good things and if 
the heart is hardened then we land up asking God to harden the heart 
further and manifest His glory, by this we simply say 'let God judge you 
quickly'. It is not wrong to say 'God bless you' if we in our hearts 
have good things for that person but if we are upset we should not judge 
that person instead leave it to God to judge that person.

Today's message clearly addresses the intentions we should have when we 
are persecuted. Peter prays for more boldness and for signs and wonders. 
But doing this we are actually confronting the spirit which is coming 
against us. Our intention is and should always be salvation of God's 
lost people (Gentiles) and the glory of God. For those who come against 
us, if they are God's people (have the seed of faith in them) then we 
should aim to let their eyes be opened and they turn towards God.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord You are God and You alone are Almighty. We pray your people do not 
fear people who harm the flesh for we dwell in this flesh temporary. We 
pray Lord that we put your purpose above all like You put the Ark in the 
Holy of Holiest place while the Shewbread and Candlestick was placed in 
the Holy place. Lord we pray we understand before we came to know You we 
too were rebels who did things that hurt You. We pray the way You saved 
us we too may be vessels to save others...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Matthew 5:44But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse 
you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully 
use you, and persecute you;

Romans 12:14Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not.

Romans 12:20Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, 
give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head.

Romans 14:13Let us not therefore judge one another any more: but judge 
this rather, that no man put a stumblingblock or an occasion to fall in 
his brother's way.

Job 2:9Then said his wife unto him, Dost thou still retain thine 
integrity? curse God, and die.

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