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Post  Admin on Sun 18 Oct 2015, 7:50 pm

For the sake His Kingdom be one

Romans 15:5 Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be 
likeminded one toward another according to Christ Jesus:

I like the NASB translation of this verse; it uses the more appropriate 
words 'perseverance' and 'encouragement' instead of patience and 
consolation.

Generally speaking the term patience is too broadly used, but 
technically and biblically patience is the most difficult virtue to have 
and one requires many Fruits of the Spirit to have patience. It is not a 
Fruit but more a Fruit Salad.

Today's message talks of being of one mind. People think being of one 
mind means to have the same understanding which is just impossible.

We all can have the same understanding on certain topics but in all 
topics we will surely have some of other difference. That difference 
would be small like in importance, definition or big in sense of 
theological differences, but there will always be some deviation.

If we look at the Apostles they too even though being one had difference 
(highlighted between Peter and Paul, Paul and Barnabas). Their 
difference was in the level of understanding and not in purpose. The 
oneness in them was the purpose and that purpose was the purpose of 
Jesus Christ.

We Christians fight over differences of knowledge and we belittle people 
who know less or even if they know more than us. This nature is contrary 
to the nature of Christ.

Bible says Truth came through Christ even though the Word was with man 
even before the Lord came as man Jesus. As man Jesus Christ the Lord was 
100percent man and He studied scriptures like you and me do, but since 
He had the fullness of the Spirit and was blessed optimally in all 
spiritual gifts, He had the most perfect knowledge and understanding of 
scriptures and of the Kingdom of God. Do we find Jesus mocking people 
for their lack of understanding of scriptures? Even when Jesus rebuked 
the religious Jews He did not belittle them for their understanding, He 
exposed their wrong or deceitful intentions, but not their understanding.

Let us not look of what or how much we know, for true understanding of 
the Kingdom of God does not come by our efforts but comes as a gift (a 
revelation) from God that is why Bible says we who are in Christ will 
make the wise of the world look fools. If knowledge and understanding of 
the Kingdom of God would come purely by human efforts than the wise who 
put great efforts to learn would have had it all. Understand this also 
does not mean we need to sit under some tree and meditate on God and we 
will know all. Each revelation that comes from God is like a tool which 
helps us dig better and search better and understand better. The more 
and better tools we have we can search and understand better. Here we 
need both tools and we also need to search, so efforts are required to 
know more of the Kingdom of God.

The wise man as well as the man blessed with revelation both put effort, 
the difference between the wise person and the person blessed with 
revelation is that the wise man digs with his bare hands while the 
person with revelation digs with heavenly tools. The wise man just 
barely scrapes the top and is pleased but a man blessed with revelation 
digs deep, also he knows the more the tools the more deep he can get and 
what he receives comes not by least efforts and thus does not take pride 
in himself. So a man of revelation will never boast of his efforts or 
his knowledge and understanding for he or she knows it is a gift of God 
and the efforts he or she put was nothing compared to what he or she 
holds. Jesus did not say 'you will know all things by your efforts'; He 
said His Spirit will lead us to all understanding and show us all things 
of His Kingdom.

The Church is filled with wise people and it is because these people 
know by efforts that is why they take pride in what they know. To change 
one would require surrender to the Spirit of God and one of the most 
effective surrender is praying in Tongues.

Let us be one, if not by understanding but at least by our purpose which 
should be the purpose of Jesus Christ.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord we pray the division between us be removed let your people operate 
less in the flesh and operate more in the Spirit. Lord we pray your 
Spirit take hold of your people and lead them in oneness and that your 
glory come soon on earth as in Heaven...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

1 Corinthians 1:19-21

19For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will 
bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.

20Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this 
world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?

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

Matthew 11:27All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man 
knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, 
save the Son, and to whomsoever the Son will reveal.

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

John 7:39(But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on 
him should receive: for the Holy Spirit was not yet given; because that 
Jesus was not yet glorified.)

John 20:22And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto 
them, Receive ye the Holy Spirit:

John 16:13-15

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

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

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

Romans 16:25Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my 
gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation 
of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began,

Galatians 1:12 For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught 
it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ.

Ephesians 3:3How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery; 
(as I wrote afore in few words,

Ephesians 1:17That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of 
glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the 
knowledge of him:

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Laying of hands to heal

Acts 28:8 And it came to pass, that the father of Publius lay sick of a 
fever and of a bloody flux: to whom Paul entered in, and prayed, and 
laid his hands on him, and healed him.

When one joins any Church the Church elders or the Pastor will ask you 
if you have done your foundation course.And what do they teach you in 
the foundation course - the Gospel, Salvation, grace and faith.

If you look at the Bible this is just the first part of the foundation 
course which every Christian should go through. The second part of the 
foundation course is rarely taken in Churches and they are – Baptisms 
(Water and Spirit), laying of hands, Resurrection of the dead and 
Eternal Judgment.

What I have noticed many leaders themselves are not clear of the later 
topics and that is the cause of misunderstandings and doctrine issues in 
the Church. It is lack of understanding of these foundational topics 
which have caused denominations and breaking of the Body. If the 
foundation is weak and not set can a structure stand?

Today's topic speaks of laying of hands. Laying of hands is done for 2 
reasons one for imparting of the Holy Spirit and for healing. What is 
interesting in both cases it is not necessary to physically lay hands to 
do those tasks.

First we need to understand why we need to lay hands. Man is weak in the 
flesh and relies more on his natural senses. So what he hears sees or 
feels make great impact on his faith. These can work both ways they can 
build as well and destroy. When a person hears a good report it can 
encourage the faith of that person. When a person sees the manifestation 
of the Word of God it can encourage the faith of that person. The same 
way touch also encourages the faith of the person. Like a good report 
encourages so also a bad report discourages and shakes the faith.

Jesus or His Apostles did not need to use touch with every person to 
heal them but those who were weak in faith they did. One does not need 
to touch the part of the body which needs healing for it is not the 
touch that does the healing; the touch is for encouraging the faith. 
Surely touching that part of the body may increase the faith of the 
person but matters what part of the body it is. Touching certain parts 
may cause discomfort to the person or may cause disturbance to the 
spirit of the person praying, more over important is the people around 
should not have misunderstanding of what is happening, so it is safe to 
lay hands on the head for all purposes of praying for healing.

We also lay hands for imparting of the Spirit. Again it is not necessary 
to lay hands, when Jesus imparted the Spirit of God to His Apostles He 
breath in them after His resurrection. At Pentecost what happened is the 
manifestation of the Spirit and baptism of the Holy Spirit. Paul advices 
imparting of the Spirit is not to be taken likely and one should be very 
careful before doing so since the Spirit of God can build as well 
destroy for the Spirit quickens. If the person surrenders, the Spirit 
builds, if the person resists, the Spirit will break that person. So 
first bring the person to surrender to God before imparting the Spirit 
by laying of hands or speaking the Word (prophesying).

To be perfect in healing one needs to understand sicknesses. Healing is 
a gift and also a Calling but in both cases it works through authority. 
As one grows in his or her understanding the person perfects healings. 
It is not necessary every person has to get healed even Jesus could not 
do so for the cooperation of the recipient is required. Faithlessness 
can block healing that is why we need to encourage the faith of the 
person to heal.

Worship is one great way for encouraging faith that is why most Healers 
during big events have worship before they start healing. In smaller 
groups we can use testimony for encouraging faith before doing healings. 
Faith can be in God, His Word or even the Man of God and his authority 
to get healed. Like the woman (who was not a Jew) who suffered 13 years 
with bleeding issue touched the hem of Jesus clothes to get healed. 
People think she was humble and perseverant that is why she touched the 
hem. Understand in a crowd the worse thing to do is bend; one can cause 
stampede and people to topple over one another. She did that for she had 
understanding of the Jewish dress and what the blue hem of their clothes 
symbolizes. What she touched is the authority of Jesus thus she could 
steal a healing / get healed without the knowledge of the person 
involved in doing the healing.

Putting or anointing a person with oil is also similar to laying of 
hands. In scriptures they have specified the oil to be olive oil that 
does not mean we need to now start using olive oil or since coconuts 
were not available there and olive was common thus they used Olive oil. 
In the Bible Olive tree symbolizes the people and olive oil symbolizes 
testimony. We are called more to encourage the person with testimonies 
before laying hands and healing, applying oil / laying hands is not 
necessary (while applying we touch the person so both is done). We see 
many leaders who lack knowledge of scriptures sell 'holy oil' to make 
money. Even taking personal objects of an anointed Man of God is not 
approved by God. When the people did God that with Peter, Peter not 
stopping them but encouraging them (they even considered his shadow 
holy) caused God to get angry and we see the persecution in the Church 
started after that. In the case of Paul they stole his work clothes to 
heal themselves and since it was not with Paul's approval thus nothing 
happened.

God has given us authority and it is His Word that heals so let us not 
let the process take the center importance place but be focused on what 
actually does the healing but use the process for the advantage of 
getting the work done.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord your Word says when man sinned the image of You in man got 
corrupted and sickness started to manifest, man realized death was at 
hand and he was mortal. It was then man realized the danger of being far 
from You and how life comes from You and death come when we distant 
ourselves from You. Lord we pray we realize as Jesus You gave us all who 
believe in You the authority to heal. Let us encourage people weak in 
faith by laying hands and they come to know You and glorify You...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Hebrews 6:1-2

1Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go 
on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from 
dead works, and of faith toward God,

2 Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of 
resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.

Matthew 9:20-21

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

21For she said within herself, If I may but touch his garment, I shall 
be whole.

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

James 5:14Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the 
church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name 
of the Lord:

Hebrews 1:9Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore 
God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy 
fellows.

Acts 14:9-11

9The same heard Paul speak: who stedfastly beholding him, and perceiving 
that he had faith to be healed,

10Said with a loud voice, Stand upright on thy feet. And he leaped and 
walked.

11And when the people saw what Paul had done, they lifted up their 
voices, saying in the speech of Lycaonia, The gods are come down to us 
in the likeness of men.

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Focus is on the little

Luke 16:10 He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also 
in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much.

All those who have a passion for the Kingdom of God want to do something 
big, a great event, a great revival, a grand Church and so on. Every Man 
of God dreams of great things. But when God had to give an example of 
His most righteous He did not name Abraham, nor did He name Moses, or 
David, or Jacob, or Jeremiah, or Isaiah, or even Elijah. Like any person 
when God had to give names He did not name the least or average but 
named those that shine on the top in His eyes, and we see God named 
Noah, Job and Daniel.

Understand in this world we may be most famous Men of God but in the 
eyes of God we may be average or even little. God does not look at how 
famous we are in this world for doing His work or how many people we 
bought unto Him or for being a blessing unto millions.

We are like vessels, we may be used to serve the most finest of things, 
we may be put on the top or even at the center of the banquet table but 
when God needs to value the vessel He does not look at what was served 
in that vessel or where the vessel was placed, since He is the one who 
provides what is served and it is He who places the vessels at its 
position. What God looks at is what the vessel is made of.

Understand more than what we do outwards, Lord looks at what we do 
inwards. He looks at things like perseverance, persistence, consistence, 
endurance, patience etc. for these are impossible to possess without 
having Fruits of the Spirit.

Today the Lord is saying He is a gemologist, a goldsmith, a diamond 
dealer. He looks at quality more than quantity. He does not look at what 
you do but at what you are. He looks at the little things that you do in 
your everyday life. You may not have a big following here on earth but 
God has planned greater things for you in Heaven. Do not be surprised if 
we find the most famous Men and Women of God may not be holding top 
positions in Heaven when we all meet there. They may be standing with 
the common Angels and some simple ones on earth may be stage most near 
to His glorious Throne in Heaven.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord, You are God, all-knowing and all-seeing. There is nothing that is 
hidden from You even if it is done in the darkest of places. You know 
weakness and You Lord do not look at our mistakes but look at the 
efforts we take to fight them. Lord we pray we pay attention to the 
little things in life more than doing big propaganda, that we show Who 
You Are more than what You can do. May we not be among those who asked 
You your Name...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Ezekiel 14:14Though these three men, Noah, Daniel, and Job, were in it, 
they should deliver but their own souls by their righteousness, saith 
the Lord GOD.

Ezekiel 14:20Though Noah, Daniel, and Job, were in it, as I live, saith 
the Lord GOD, they shall deliver neither son nor daughter; they shall 
but deliver their own souls by their righteousness.

Genesis 32:27-29

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

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

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

Exodus 3:13-14

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.

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The coming back of Elijah

Matthew 17:11,12And Jesus answered and said unto them, Elias truly shall 
first come, and restore all things. But I say unto you, That Elias is 
come already, and they knew him not, but have done unto him whatsoever 
they listed. Likewise shall also the Son of man suffer of them.

When I came in the Lord and having a Calling of a Teacher of the Word 
the Lord led me to write on various topics, among them was on Creation. 
As the Lord was teaching me on this He bought to my understanding the 
design and purpose of His creation. I was made to understand life and 
death and Judgment Day but there was one thing that did not fall into 
all this and that was people like Elijah and Enoch who did not die and 
were lifted up. At that time this did not logically fit into the design 
of Heaven and Earth. Later as I was meditating on this the Lord opened 
my understanding to this too by making me understand the levels of His 
Kingdom. Paul too was make to understand this and he was so lost in this 
vision at that time that he could not confirm if he really was lifted up 
or he had a vision of it. Later we see Paul was cleared of this doubt too.

When we say Heaven we by default refer of the upper 3 levels of Heaven 
which are separated or guarded and no corrupt being can enter there 
including man or fallen angel. The only being ascended up is Jesus 
Christ for no corruption (sin) was found in Him. All who die believing 
in the Lord sleep in the Lord in a level know as Grave which is below 
the level we live in. Below Grave is the level called Hell which is not 
under the control of Satan (as Catholic doctrine states) although he is 
bound there. Hell like Peter rightly states is a prison in control of 
the Angels of the Lord. There is no fire in Hell, the fire which the 
Bible talks of is inside the being imprisoned there it is their sins in 
them that burn like never ending coals of fire (that is why in the 
parable the rich man asks for water to be put on his tongue not on him).

What I could not place in all this understanding of the levels was these 
2 people from the Old Testament who were lifted up, if they could not go 
to the upper 3 levels of Heaven (since they were yet not redeemed from 
corruption), where did they go? If they have to die and be judged to 
enter Heaven then when would they return? The Jews somewhat also knew of 
the fact no man can go to Heaven unless they were redeemed and judged 
that is why they eagerly await the promised Savior (they are still 
awaiting since they have rejected Jesus Christ). It was only when I was 
made to understand the level between us and Heaven that I understood 
where these people who were lifted up went.

When the Jews raised the question of Elijah coming back as prophesied 
Jesus told them that he had already come and they had put him to death 
and that person was none other than John the Baptist. Jesus said like 
Elijah came as John the Baptist with a mission and was put to death so 
also He (Son of Man) who came with a mission would be put to death by 
them (though not in the same fashion).

To understand the penance oriented mission of John the Baptist, reason 
of him living in the desert and eating things like locus, baptizing 
people in water etc. one need to understand the spirit of Elijah. No 
other Prophet in the Bible exists of whom his spirit is referred to in 
particular other than Elijah.

Enoch and Elijah were not taken up because they were better than other 
or just like that; they were taken to return back to play an important 
role in the timeline of mankind. Elijah came as John the Baptist who 
declares the arrival of the Savior. In the timeline there are 2 other 
characters 'the two witnesses' who are very important and they show up 
just before Lucifer being released, the rapture and thereafter coming 
again of Jesus Christ and Judgment day. When I knew this the thought 
came to my mind who is that person who will come with Enoch as the two 
witnesses; is there an opening for application? But like the Bible says 
it is complete so also this part of the story is complete and then I was 
told who the second character of the two witnesses was.

The Lord wants us to understand life, death and the Heavens. It is not 
possible to do justice to this topic in this short message so each one 
should study it in depth. Let us not be deceived by Catholic doctrines 
(understanding) which are unbiblical and sadly still believed by most 
Believers leaving for their concept of Purgatory which they created to 
make money and which caused the Reformation movement.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord You are Spirit and Omnipresent, even though You are present 
everywhere including Hell, yet your Throne / Seat of glory is in the 
Uppermost Heaven where no one has access to other than the Son. After 
man sinned You exiled all corrupt living beings from the Upper 3 levels 
of Heaven. But your love for man caused You to send a Part of You to be 
humbled and become man and via your Spirit You redeem and make man whole 
so as to be able to return back to the Upper Heavens. Lord we pray your 
people understand these basic things so that they are not deceived by 
this world...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Malachi 4:5-6

5Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the 
great and dreadful day of the LORD:

6And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the 
heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth 
with a curse.

Genesis 5:24And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.

2 Kings 2:11And it came to pass, as they still went on, and talked, 
that, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire, and horses of fire, and 
parted them both asunder; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven.

2 Corinthians 12:2I knew a man in Christ above fourteen years ago, 
(whether in the body, I cannot tell; or whether out of the body, I 
cannot tell: God knoweth;) such an one caught up to the third heaven.

Revelation 11:3-12

3And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a 
thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth.

4These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks standing before 
the God of the earth.

5And if any man will hurt them, fire proceedeth out of their mouth, and 
devoureth their enemies: and if any man will hurt them, he must in this 
manner be killed.

6These have power to shut heaven, that it rain not in the days of their 
prophecy: and have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to smite 
the earth with all plagues, as often as they will.

7And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that 
ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and 
shall overcome them, and kill them.

8And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which 
spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified.

9And they of the people and kindreds and tongues and nations shall see 
their dead bodies three days and an half, and shall not suffer their 
dead bodies to be put in graves.

10And they that dwell upon the earth shall rejoice over them, and make 
merry, and shall send gifts one to another; because these two prophets 
tormented them that dwelt on the earth.

11And after three days and an half the Spirit of life from God entered 
into them, and they stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them 
which saw them.

12And they heard a great voice from heaven saying unto them, Come up 
hither. And they ascended up to heaven in a cloud; and their enemies 
beheld them.

Luke 23:43And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day [it is 
'that day' the day when Jesus comes in glory, the topic they were 
discussing - Jesus Himself went to Hell and resurrected on the 3rd day 
and did not go to Heaven that day] shalt thou be with me in paradise.

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

Revelation 20:7And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be 
loosed out of his prison,

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

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Take care of your feet and your walk

Job 31:5,6If I have walked with vanity, or if my foot hath hasted to 
deceit; Let me be weighed in an even balance, that God may know mine 
integrity.

We see in Church during certain worship songs which have the words kneel 
or bow we see people kneel or bow as the songs suggest and when the word 
worship comes some even lie on the floor face down. When one sees it for 
the first time one feels nice but when a person does it as a routine 
then feeling is not very good, looks more like PT drill.

In today's message we read the words 'walked with vanity' and 'foot hath 
hasted to deceit'. We know feet do not have a mind of their own or have 
a mouth or have the ability for deceive or discern good and bad. The 
Bible uses a lot of symbolism and we know walk symbolizes journey of 
life and feet our living.

When we kneel it symbolizes surrender or humbling of one's self to God 
or the one we kneel before. In the Bible the Greek word worship is 
associated other than bowing to a person, to things like kneeling to a 
person or even kissing the hand of the person. Thus knelling before a 
statue means nothing but worshiping it, so also kissing the hand of a 
person in love or with respect like Catholics do to the Pope or priest 
is nothing but worship, but since they do it often and has become a 
routine they do not realize it. They say 'we say we are not worshiping, 
we are just respecting or venerating'. Are we to go by their words or by 
the Word of God? It is like saying 'I am not robbing; I am just picking 
what is not mine and pocketing it without informing'.

We see when Moses approached the burning bush Lord told him to remove 
his sandals for it is holy ground. Understand Moses was on a mountain 
and the ground is made of dirt/mud. It wasn't that near the bush there 
was marble flooring and the Lord told Moses to not step on the marble 
flooring with his sandal. Also holiness does not have a radius that 
Moses was coming into that radius therefore needed to remove his 
sandals. The same we see Israel was warned not to enter the Tabernacle 
without washing one's hands and feet. Is God a cleanliness freak to kill 
people for being dirty?

The Lord told Moses to remove his sandals symbolic to come as one is 
before Him. The Lord told the Israelites if they came before Him with 
sinful works (dirty hands) or sinful lives (dirty feet) they would die. 
It is only the righteousness of Christ that enables us to go before the 
Father and for that we need forgiveness of our sins and that we get 
through the sacrifice of our Lord Jesus Christ. Also by holding a soap 
no one becomes clean so also by just saying 'I believe in the sacrifice 
of Jesus Christ' one does not get forgiveness, one needs to apply it by 
faith to those areas of one's life.

Mohammad who took things for the Jews, the Christians and the Sabians 
made a concoction which we today called Islam. In Islam like in Judaism 
washing very important and Muslims call it Wudu. It involves a whole 
series of procedures on washing hands, feet, face including mouth and 
nostrils. In Christianity even though Torah is part of our Bible yet we 
do not follow these instructions of washing before worship not because 
they are invalid but we are called to do it in spirit and not in the 
physical. The Jews like Muslims are under bondage of their traditions 
and Jesus many a times did provoke the Jews by He and His disciple 
eating without washings. He knew it was not more for cleanliness but 
more for tradition even though they denied it. They made elaborate 
vessels for this purpose.

The Word of God is lamp unto my feet and light unto my path since it 
exposes our lives and our destination. Let the Word and the Spirit show 
us how we are living our lives, and where we are heading towards. Let 
our kneeling, bowing, lifting hands and washing of hands and feet before 
worship be not physical for they anger God more. Let us understand they 
are symbolism and the real thing is more important.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord we pray your people do not become like the people of the world 
whose spirit is spiritually dead and who do things senselessly in the 
name of religion. Lord let our action be backed our thoughts and our 
commitment. When we lift our hands lets our hearts be lifted unto You, 
when we kneel let our lives be humbled before You, when we bow to You 
let it be in surrender...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Acts 7:33Then said the Lord to him, Put off thy shoes from thy feet: for 
the place where thou standest is holy ground.

Exodus 30:20-21

20When they go into the tabernacle of the congregation, they shall wash 
with water, that they die not; or when they come near to the altar to 
minister, to burn offering made by fire unto the LORD:

21So they shall wash their hands and their feet, that they die not: and 
it shall be a statute for ever to them, even to him and to his seed 
throughout their generations.

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

Hebrew 12:11-13

11Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: 
nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness 
unto them which are exercised thereby.

12Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees;

13And make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be 
turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed.

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Jacob, Joseph and Esau will suffer

Obadiah 1:18And 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.

Like I previously said in the Bible names are very important for its 
understanding. Even after the Lord changed the name of Jacob to Israel 
we see many a time he is still referred to with his old name showing the 
scripture was not specifying the person but the character.

Today's message speaks of 3 characters of the OT:-

Jacob - one who is not totally renewed in the Lord; Israel means 'Prince 
of God', symbolizes a Son of God and the journey of Jacob to Israel is 
our journey form Adam to Christ. The wrestling of Jacob with the Lord as 
a man to become Israel is our [worldly person] wrestling with our 
inner-man [who is made in the image of God]. The Lord dislocating his 
thigh /pelvic bone in the wresting symbolizes a win by prophecy and not 
by physical perseverance [in OT they used to prophesy by placing they 
hand in this place].

Joseph - the man who refused to go to the Promise Land with his 
brothers.Since Joseph gave importance to his worldly responsibilities as 
chief of Egypt [symbolizing dual life - worldly and spiritual] he 
refused to go the Promised Land [symbolizing Heaven] but his bone 
[symbolizing his testimony] was later taken to the Promised Land. When 
he died it is not written 'he was gathered with his people' or fathers 
like written for his father and brothers, but just 'died'.

Esau [means hairy] symbolizing man who had abundant grace of God on him 
but due to his greed for pleasures of the flesh lost his blessing. Esau 
for a silly bowl of food lost his inheritance same as we losing our 
Heavenly inheritance for our craving for pleasures of the flesh like 
lust, beauty, luxury, power, fame, riches etc...

Today the Lord is not referring to these 3 characters of the OT but of 
our time. These people are not from among non-Christians but are from 
among Christians. These people will be found in Churches, in prayer 
meetings or even standing on the stage and preaching.

The Lord is telling them what they have built will not stand but will be 
destroyed.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord, as your Word says anything that is not built on the Rock will 
perish. Your Word says everything we built will be tested by fire and 
only things built with metal will survive all else will be destroyed, we 
ourselves may be saved but what we built may not. Lord we pray that the 
Jacobs become Israel and the Josephs and Esaus may give up the worldly 
and fleshly desires and seek the true riches of Heaven...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scripture]

Genesis 32:24-29

24And Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a man with him until the 
breaking of the day.

25And when he saw that he prevailed not against him, he touched the 
hollow of his thigh; and the hollow of Jacob's thigh was out of joint, 
as he wrestled with him.

26And he said, Let me go, for the day breaketh. And he said, I will not 
let thee go, except thou bless me.

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

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

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

Genesis 50:25-26

25And Joseph took an oath of the children of Israel, saying, God will 
surely visit you, and ye shall carry up my bones from hence.

26So Joseph died, being an hundred and ten years old: and they embalmed 
him, and he was put in a coffin in Egypt.

Genesis 25:28-30

28And Isaac loved Esau, because he did eat of his venison: but Rebekah 
loved Jacob.

29And Jacob sod pottage: and Esau came from the field, and he was faint:

30And Esau said to Jacob, Feed me, I pray thee, with that same red 
pottage; for I am faint: therefore was his name called Edom.

31And Jacob said, Sell me this day thy birthright.

32And Esau said, Behold, I am at the point to die: and what profit shall 
this birthright do to me?

33And Jacob said, Swear to me this day; and he sware unto him: and he 
sold his birthright unto Jacob.

34Then Jacob gave Esau bread and pottage of lentiles; and he did eat and 
drink, and rose up, and went his way: thus Esau despised his birthright.

1 Corinthians 3:13-15

13Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, 
because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's 
work of what sort it is.

14If any man's work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall 
receive a reward.

15If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he 
himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.

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Christian Apostates

Zephaniah 1:6And them that are turned back from the LORD; and those that 
have not sought the LORD, nor enquired for him.

In Islam the most hated by Allah are the Muslim apostates. In Islamic 
countries anyone found becoming an apostate not only that person is 
killed (beheaded or stoned to death) but all the close ones in the 
family are also punished. This measure of judgment according to them is 
justified since according to Islam if anyone converts or kills an 
infidel (non-Muslim)then not only that person gets to go to paradise 
(ironically this is the only confirmed way and easiest way in the Quran 
to go to paradise) but also the person's family gets to go to paradise 
(a family ticket!).

Christianity on the other hand is not a religion like no person becomes 
a Christian by conversion of religion or change of name or traditions or 
culture, in the same a person does not need to change religion to become 
an apostate.

Ask anyone what Christianity is and they will tell you Christianity is 
relationship with God, but it does not end there. Christianity starts 
will one knowing God and having a relationship with Him but it goes on 
with that person taking the journey to Fruits of Truth, Righteousness 
and Holiness, on the way the person grows the other (9) Fruits of the 
Holy Spirit. When we die we have not achieved the goal but by our being 
on the journey qualify us to enter Heaven.

In today's message the Lord tells us of 2 conditions that makes a 
Christian apostate, one is when the person abandons the Christ journey. 
This does not require the person to deny God, even if the person chooses 
to live his or her live the worldly way the person is considered 
Christian apostate.

The other condition which would surprise many is even if the person 
believes and remains a good person but yet does not seek God that person 
is considered a Christian apostate.

A Christian is a person who seeks God, seeks His knowledge and 
understanding of His Word and also seeks more and more of His Spirit, 
for He knows it is only by His Word and His Spirit one can reach Him. So 
let us not think we are Christians when we stop trying to know Him more 
and more and do not seek Him more and more in our lives. Not just in 
knowledge and understanding but also in the way we live our lives.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord Jesus You said You are the only Way to the Father. Lord we pray 
your people are not deceived into think they are still Christians when 
they turn back from your Way or stop moving on the Way. It is like the 
Israelites turning back to Egypt or stopping their journey in the 
wilderness, how would they have been called your people had they done 
that? Lord we pray every Christian be a persevering Christian, 
persevering Christ in their lives...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

John 14:6-7

6Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man 
cometh unto the Father, but by me.

7If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from 
henceforth ye know him, and have seen him.

John 16:7-15

7Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go 
away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if 
I depart, I will send him unto you.

8And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of 
righteousness, and of judgment:

9Of sin, because they believe not on me;

10Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more;

11Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged.

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

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

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

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

Matthew 7:22-24

22Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in 
thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done 
many wonderful works?

23And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, 
ye that work iniquity.

24Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I 
will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:

Ephesians 5:8-13

8For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk 
as children of light:

9(For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness [holiness] and 
righteousness and truth;)

10Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord.

11And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but 
rather reprove them.

12For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them 
in secret.

13But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for 
whatsoever doth make manifest is light.

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Have boldness to speak His Word

Acts 4:29 And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto thy
servants, that with all boldness they may speak thy word,

In Acts 4:27 we read the term ‘holy child Jesus’. It is this words which
caused Catholics to start dedication to ‘infant Jesus’. Today you find many
Catholics having pilgrimages and novenas dedicated infant Jesus where very
large crowd rattle out scripted prayers, burn candles, offer flowers, offer
various types of offerings (objects) to these statues of a child with a
ring on its head (ring on the head symbolizing holiness).

If a Catholic comes to know the word used in the scriptures as ‘child’
actually means ‘male servant’, would they stop their infant Jesus
pilgrimages? No. The reason is too much money and tradition is at stake,
and the later part is the most hard to give up it crushes their belief all
together.

The word used in today’s message as ‘servant’ actually means bond servant,
a servant bought for a price or out of debt. Unlike the word used in verse
27 where the word is voluntary this servant is out of compulsion.

We Christians are bought for a price which we can never give and thus we
have no option but to work for the Lord’s Kingdom. But we see God does not
demand such a requirement for us even though He has all the right to do
that. He on the other hand gives us the free will to serve Him or not to
serve Him.

We all know in business or even personal lives every financial year we need
to submit our accounts. Our debit and credits are tallied and at the end
the result is checked. People with simple minds think everything will be
summarized and then the total will be made.

Islam has some very funny system according to a Hadith Allah balances all
good deeds and bad deeds himself. Anyone who has intended a good deed and
has done it gets a full 10 to 700 good deeds recorded (score). If he had
intended to do a bad deed and does not do it then he gets 1 good deed
recorded, but if he intents a bad deed and does it then he gets a 1 bad
deed recorded. So we see according to Islam Allah allows to write of 10 to
700 bad deeds by doing 1 good deed done with intention (irrelevant of how
big or small this deed is). Can this be a righteous judgment?

Even in worldly accounting system we have different account heads and we
cannot move the debit or credit from one account head to another account
head. It looks like man’s accounting system more righteous than Allah’s
accounting system. I cannot write off my lust sins by donation or helping
the poor, nor a murder by paying blood money.

If we as Christians would have had to be stuck to God’s accounting system
none of us would go pass Him. So how much ever more good we do or less bad
we do it is not going to justify our entry to Heaven. Our entry is always
going to be a paid fair by the Lord and if the Lord is paying for our entry
to Heaven aren’t we obliged to be doing His work or executing His plans
here on earth? Even if the Lord does not demand of us yet we are obliged to
Him.

Let us have boldness in doing what we have to do irrespective of how people
respond to us. If they go against us yet we are not called to draw back in
our shells. Even to the last breathe of our lives we are obligated to Him
for what He has done for us, so let us ask the Lord like the Apostles did
for boldness to speak His Truth.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord, we pray your people may understand the price You paid for their
salvation and freedom from death and suffering. Today they may not realize
but one day they will know by faith in You, You have set them free for the
debt which was impossible for them to pay and from a suffering which they
cannot imagine. Lord we pray who are called by your Name may know their
responsibility and do they work and give your Truth with boldness...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Acts 4:27-28

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

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

Roman 6:19-22

19 I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh:
for as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity
unto iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness
unto holiness.

20 For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness.

21 What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? for
the end of those things is death.

22 But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have
your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.

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Kings and Rulers

Acts 4:26 The kings of the earth stood up, and the rulers were gathered 
together against the Lord, and against his Christ.

This Monday I was preaching at one of my house churches and the topic 
was on Kings and Rulers. When the Lord gave me the topic I wondered what 
I would teach that too I had just 1-2 hours to prepare, that too between 
my office work. But then as I started some new things started coming up 
and I started getting excited but as I was sharing the Word what I 
landed learning surprised me and took hours (even after the preaching) 
for me to digest. I will not be able to share it in this restricted 
message, so will share some part of it.

We normally think king and ruler is almost the same profile, one being a 
monarchy and the other an administrative person having legal rights, but 
Biblically they do not carry that meaning.

The Greek word for 'king' comes from the word 'foot' symbolizing 
foundation. A king is supposed to be the foundation law giver, governor, 
caretaker, provider etc. If the king is strong the kingdom stands and if 
the king is weak the kingdom falls. So this single individual becomes 
very important for the whole kingdom.

The Greek word for 'ruler' comes from the word 'to lead' symbolizing a 
leader. So when the Bible uses the word ruler it means a person who 
leads by example or makes people to follow the thinking or beliefs or 
lifestyle of that person.

Paul uses the words throne, dominion and power (various foundations) as 
substitution for the word king and he uses the word principality for 
ruler. There are kings and rulers of this world (carnal world) so also 
there are kings and rulers in the spiritual world. In today's message we 
see the kings and rulers of the carnal world go against the Lord and His 
Christ. We may see it as no surprise but if we examine the words 'Lord 
and His Christ' is used.

When we use the term 'Christ' it refers to the man who God (part of God) 
humbled and became and the Spirit of God on Him. We need to understand 
when God created us we were given dominion over this world. In other 
words we were made kings (princes) of this world but due to sin our 
sight /understanding corrupted and we lost the knowledge of our 
authority. Jesus showed Himself to be a man of authority and thus showed 
us what we are. Being renewed does not mean a new being as in 
substituting the one inside, it means the corruption (sin) on the 
outside being removed and the perfect person (whom God created) inside 
being revealed.

Jesus Christ as man is referred as the Chief of kings (princes) on the 
world which means He is our Head. But when we use the word 'Lord' or put 
the term before His name as in 'Lord Jesus Christ' we refer to His 
divine status as God. Thus we see in today's message these carnal powers 
are not only standing or going against the rule of God on earth but also 
in the Heavens. It is not that they are challenging God. Even the Devil 
knows who God is and trembles, what he challenges is God's rule, God's 
plans. We see in the next scripture King Herod tried to kill the infant 
Jesus. He was not just trying to destroy the life of a human (Anointed 
Son of Man) but was trying to destroy our lives for Herod was part the 
carnal kings and rulers and did not want the plans of God to save the 
lives of His people. Herod knew if he killed the Savior before He did 
His work, Herod would have destroyed not only us but also the rebuilding 
of the Heavenly Jerusalem - the Heavenly Temple.

Let us not take the things of the world likely, let us understand their 
intentions and let us know our authority over them since God has given 
us that authority.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord we pray we understand the things of the carnal world and the things 
of the spirit world. Help us Lord to discern their intentions and help 
us to know our authority over them. Help us to overcome them and destroy 
their intentions by our obedience in You...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Colossians 1:16For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, 
and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, 
or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by 
him, and for him:

Colossians 2:15And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a 
shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.

Titus 3:1Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, to 
obey magistrates, to be ready to every good work,

Acts 4:25-28

25Who by the mouth of thy servant David hast said, Why did the heathen 
rage, and the people imagine vain things?

26The kings of the earth stood up, and the rulers were gathered together 
against the Lord, and against his Christ.

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

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

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

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The struggle of the man Simon, nicknamed Peter

Mark 14:66 And as Peter was beneath in the palace, there cometh one of the
maids of the high priest:

We see in the Bible names have importance role for they all have meanings
and when the name was translated from one language to another the phonetics
was not maintained but the meaning was maintained since the identity or
character of that person was projected in the name.

When God called Abram as Abraham and we see his previous name was never
taken, but in the case of Jacob (means ‘heel holder’ or ‘supplanter’
symbolizing a cunning person or one who deceives others for one’s benefit)
even after God called him Israel (means Prince of God symbolizing Sons of
God) many a times we see he was yet referred by his old name Jacob, even by
the Lord. His children also were at times called children of Jacob, at
times children of Israel and at times Israel. There are times that in one
verse both the name children of Jacob and children of Israel are taken.

In the New Testament we see many are given nicknames and this was the trend
at that time for many had similar name so for identification sake they were
given nicknames or called along with their father’s name; even the
nicknames were given related to the character or something connected to
that person. So we see names throughout the Bible have purpose and place.

Saul (Shaul) is a Hebrew word and means ‘desire’. The Saul of the New
Testament was born to mix parents; his mother was Jew and his father a
Roman. Saul was a name from his mother’s side. When Saul was converted from
inside and had understanding of the Kingdom of God he took on his father’s
side name which was Paulus (which means ‘small’). Theologians’ state his
name was actually Paulus Saul and being hardcore Jewish fanatic (if we use
today’s terminology) thought Jews were the promised people of God thus used
the name of his mother’s side as his first name and not the one of his
father’s side. As a Jew he rejected his father kept name but after knowing
God is the God of all and for all those who are in Him there is no
partiality. Our God is merciful to all mankind but all mankind are not His
children only those who have the seed of faith are. Jesus said ‘my sheep
will hear my voice and come to me’. God loves all His children the same
irrespective of their prior race, religion, color, gender, calling, mission
or any other characteristics, once they come to Him, He transforms them and
puts the character of His Son in them so He sees His Son in them. Israelite
or Indian or American or Chinese; Jew, or Hindu, or Catholic, or Atheist,
or Voodoo worshiper, God loves us all the same when we come to Him and are
in Him. So conversion from Saul to Paul was proof of him being worthy to
minister to the Gentiles.

Like the struggling character Jacob of the Old Testament we have Simon in
the NT who is referred to as Peter in the New Testament. Firstly Jesus may
have never spoken the word ‘Peter’ to Simon since Jesus spoke mostly Hebrew
and Aramaic with His disciples, ‘Peter’ is a Greek word. In fact the
disciples also never called Jesus as ‘Jesus’ but called Him ‘Yeshua’
(Aramaic) or Joshua / Jeshua (Hebrew). It was when the Gospels and Epistles
were translated from Aramaic to Greek (under the supervision of the
Apostles) the words Jesus and Peter came up, keeping the identity /
character of the person in the name.

Jesus gave Simon (which in Hebrew means ‘heard’) the nickname Chephas
(which means ‘stone’ or ‘pebble’). In Aramaic there was no confusion with
the meaning (since rock in Aramaic is Su’ha) it was only when this name was
translated to Greek that the confusion came, since Petra means rock and
Petros (Peter) means stone / pebble, and also because Jesus told to Peter
‘on this Rock I build my Church’ people tried to identify Simon as the
rock. Jesus said ‘Simon you are a pebble (Petros / Chephas) and on this
rock (Petra/Su’ha) I build my Church’ thus not indicating Simon as the
rock.

Yes Simon Peter was indeed used to lead the Church but not the global
Christian Church. Simon along with John and James were specially trained by
Jesus so as to handle the Christian Church of people of Jewish background
that is why Peter was mostly in Jerusalem interacting with the Jews and has
no record in the NT of going to Rome. We also see Simon Peter picked the
linen garments from the tomb floor keeping to the Jewish law given in the
book of Moses for the one taking over from the Jewish High Priest. It was
in fact Paul assisted by Barnabas who was selected to lead the Church of
the gentiles like the Church of Rome. There were some moments Peter
interacted with the gentile Christians and messed it, then Paul had to
intervene. Jesus Christ alone is the Head of the global Church and no one
else, including Peter or Paul.

One may wonder why Jesus gave Simon the name Chephas. This name is not a
good name like is Jacob of the OT. Rock or Petras or Su’ha symbolizes Truth
and Pertos or Chephas or stone symbolizes little truth which in other words
means white lies or confusion. We see in OT Satan is associated with the
name Tyrus which is the Hebrew version of the name Peter (Petros / stone).
Satan is a liar but he does not say pure lies but being a master/ father of
lies he says ‘white lies’, lies with little truths. Simon was not a liar
but more a confused person and having little knowledge many a times he put
his foot in his mouth when he spoke. He was a very imbalanced person in
life who was rebuked many a times by Jesus as well as Paul.

Simon Peter like Jacob of the OT struggled a long time of his life with his
character. Even after being baptized in the Holy Spirit Simon Peter
struggled unlike Paulus Saul who took about 8 years for a transformation
from inside confirming Holy Spirit baptism is not a short incident but a
long process.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord, when we are baptized in You, we are transformed from inside. This
transformation does not happen in a day but is a time consuming process and
a battle that lasts years at time. It is not that You are capable of
changing is in a day but You Lord to not desire we be broken but desire a
free will change unto You. Lord we pray we surrender easily so that our
transformation be quicker and easier...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Mark 3:16 And Simon he surnamed Peter;

Luke 6:14 Simon, (whom he also named Peter,) and Andrew his brother, James
and John, Philip and Bartholomew,

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

Mark 14:37 And he cometh, and findeth them sleeping, and saith unto Peter,
Simon, sleepest thou? couldest not thou watch one hour?

Mark 16:7 But go your way, tell his disciples and Peter that he goeth
before you into Galilee: there shall ye see him, as he said unto you.

Luke 24:12 Then arose Peter, and ran unto the sepulchre; and stooping
down, he beheld the linen clothes laid by themselves, and departed,
wondering in himself at that which was come to pass.

Leviticus 16:23,32

23 And Aaron shall come into the tabernacle of the congregation, and shall
put off the linen garments, which he put on when he went into the holy
place, and shall leave them there:

32 And the priest, whom he shall anoint, and whom he shall consecrate to
minister in the priest’s office in his father’s stead, shall make the
atonement, and shall put on the linen clothes, even the holy garments:

Ezekiel 42:14 When the priests enter therein, then shall they not go out
of the holy place into the utter court, but there they shall lay their
garments wherein they minister; for they are holy; and shall put on other
garments, and shall approach to those things which are for the people.

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Can a Christian be a person just of words?

Acts 4:16Saying, What shall we do to these men? for that indeed a 
notable miracle hath been done by them is manifest to all them that 
dwell in Jerusalem; and we cannot deny it.

During the time of Jesus the Jewish Church had 2 major sects one the 
Sadducees and the other Pharisees.

The Sadducees were people who pursued knowledge and thus always 
questioned and reasoned. But the amusing part was their basics were not 
clear thus they were nothing but highly confused intellectual people.

The Pharisees on the other hand were people who sort after signs and 
wonders. They were prayerful people who fasted and prayed most of the 
time, and always did charity. They also never failed to show what they 
did to the people. These people had no knowledge or understanding of 
scriptures even though they did read scriptures every day and even 
memorized them but they never understood them.

If we look at today's Christian Church we see nothing different the same 
thing which God hated in the Jewish Church is happening in the Christian 
Church. We have the large part of the Church which behaves like the 
Pharisees. They are always involved in religious activities. They are 
always having prayer meetings, fasting, scripture reading, helping the 
needy, doing healings etc.. Then there is a smaller section which is 
growing of late, these are the people who are pursuing knowledge and 
understanding of scriptures. They are people who study manuscripts, read 
books of other theologians, read history, study all kinds of things 
related to the Bible. You ask them a question and they will rattle for 
hours and hours. But investigate their basics and you will find their 
foundation itself is weak. These people lose faith and backslide quicker 
than the Pharisee type for these people have not relationship with God 
on a daily basis nor do you see Christ in them. Their so called 'Bible 
knowledge' becomes a barrier for God to speak to them.

If we look at the early disciples they were people who were blessed with 
wisdom and understanding but at the same time they were not people just 
of words but people of action too. They spoke the Word, gave it 
understanding and also manifested the Word.

This Sunday a sister from our Church had been to US and was sharing her 
experience there. When she went there she was surprised to see people 
had great knowledge of the Bible but were helpless when it came to 
deliverance. They did not know who to go to if a person had a spirit 
problem. Ask anyone which country has the best Bible teachers and they 
will point to the US.

Our Church is full of infants who sit like audience and the few who are 
moving around are limping on one foot.

How far will our Church go with limping people? Let us be like the 
Apostles who were people with knowledge and understanding of the 
scriptures, they studied them and also manifested the power of God as 
given in the scriptures and this will come only when the Holy Spirit 
reveals us the things of the Kingdom of God and also works through us. 
Let us understand the importance of the Spirit of God over the Church.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord we call ourselves people of the Living God and when time comes we 
struggle over small things. The world thinks our God is like their gods 
which do nothing and are made in vanity. We pray Lord the world knows 
You through your people. We pray your people have the right foundation, 
right understanding and are vessels that manifest your power. We pray 
they are filled with a fire in their bones...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Deuteronomy 15:21And if there be any blemish therein, as if it be lame, 
or blind, or have any ill blemish, thou shalt not sacrifice it unto the 
LORD thy God.

2 Samuel 5:6-8

6And 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.

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

8And 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.

Romans 15:18-19

18For I will not dare to speak of any of those things which Christ hath 
not wrought by me, to make the Gentiles obedient, by word and deed,

19Through mighty signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God; 
so that from Jerusalem, and round about unto Illyricum, I have fully 
preached the gospel of Christ.

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Custom made for the mission

Romans 2:27 And shall not uncircumcision which is by nature, if it 
fulfil the law, judge thee, who by the letter and circumcision dost 
transgress the law?

Sometimes we wonder why we were born in certain society or religion and 
not born in a Believer family and why the Lord took time to open our 
eyes to the Truth, to bring us to know Him?

When I was a Catholic I thought everything about my spiritual life was 
ok since my eyes were focused to the people and to myself since looking 
at other people I was ok. But when I eyes started focusing upwards, 
towards God things started changing, questions started being raised in 
my mind 'is there one God or do all gods of the various religions 
existing together?', 'Is it that we all are somewhat right and are 
calling the same being via different names?'. Then came the tougher 
questions 'how could one god speak differently to different people?' 
(Sounds more like Satan) and then came the other extreme thoughts 'may 
be God does not exist at all and we are just playing 'god, god' like 
child play with toys imitating roles'.

Catholicism did not allow me to question beyond a certain limit; beyond 
that I was told to trust the priest or 'church authority'. It was only 
when God started responding and showing He truly existed that my eyes 
opened and I came to know Him. I was very happy that all my previous 
questions were answered. But then the main question was why did God take 
so much time to respond, had He responded earlier things would have been 
different?

It was only later I realized my journey in life was like the journey of 
David as a shepherd, had David not gone through those lonely and 
difficult moments he would have not been the king, the psalmist and the 
Man of God who had a great heart for the Lord. Now that I am aware of 
the mission that God has set ahead for me, and when I look back and see 
I see there was no better route God would have taken me know the me I 
was to make the me what I am today. There are lots of things I may have 
missed but what I have today is more precious to me than those I may 
have missed.

Why am I talking of all this in today's message of circumcision and law?

If we read the Epistle of Paul to the Romans, it is basically addressed 
to the Jewish raising mostly Jewish topics but yet addressed to the Romans!

Paul was both Jew and Roman; there was no one more custom made to do the 
task he was set for. His letter to the Romans was not his first letter 
yet it is not coincidentally that it is put first for it projects the 
real Paul. Paul in his letter to the Jews in Rome takes on the topic of 
what a Jew is. Even after 2000 years we still see people running after 
the words 'Israel' and 'Jew' without understand what a Biblical Jew is 
and what a Biblical Israelite is. They pick bits and pieces from the 
later and do not consider the letter in totality. They do not understand 
why the Israelites were stopped being referred as 'Israel' and were 
called 'Jews'. People are deceived to run after the wrong people just 
because the carry the name tag 'Israel' or 'Jew' and not knowing who God 
referred to as His people.

I do not blame the people for this confusion because the blame falls on 
the Pastors and Church leaders. When Jesus advised His disciple on the 
process of making a Christian, He told them to give the Gospel of the 
Lord Jesus Christ, get them baptized in Him and then in the Holy Spirit 
and after that teach them the Word. What we see people are given the 
Gospel and without proper baptism they are taught the Word. Now can any 
person without baptism of the Holy Spirit be able to understand the Word 
of God? The result is it becomes knowledge for them like it was for the 
Jews. And like the Jews these Christians are also far from God and 
worship Baal (a God they do not know) therefore when problems come their 
faith is shaken.

In science when a scientist makes something they use the term invented 
or created but when they find something that existed but was not known 
they too use the word discovered and not invented or made or created. 
Religions of the world can be studied and reasoned for they are made but 
Christianity is not a religion that can be reasoned. Christianity is 
something that needs to be discovered since it is a relationship with 
God and existed from the foundation of creation. Unless God reveals we 
will never know or understand God, His Christ, His Spirit or the Kingdom 
of God.

A true Christian can never take credit to know of the understanding of 
the Kingdom of God for had he or she tried and tried, he or she would 
have never understood, they would have been like others in this world; 
worldly people are not dumb, they are intellectual but blind. It is the 
favor of God and His purpose that He reveals things which are hidden 
from others and brings to our understanding what the wise of this world 
do not understand.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord we pray your people know that their life is a testimony in You and 
that without that testimony they would not be the messenger for your 
Kingdom that could do the mission set for them. Lord we pray we remember 
in all things You do good for us. We also remember we are unique and the 
mission set for us is unique and that there is no one else who can do 
what is set for us...

We make this prayer in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Acts 21:39But Paul said, I am a man which am a Jew of Tarsus, a city in 
Cilicia [Rome], a citizen of no mean city: and, I beseech thee, suffer 
me to speak unto the people.

Romans 1:16For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the 
power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew 
[ones who believe in signs and wonders] first, and also [even] to the 
Greek [ who seek knowledge and understanding].

Romans 2:8-9

8But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey 
unrighteousness, indignation and wrath,

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

Romans 2:16-24

16In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ 
according to my gospel.

17Behold, thou art called a Jew, and restest in the law, and makest thy 
boast of God,

18And knowest his will, and approvest the things that are more 
excellent, being instructed out of the law;

19And art confident that thou thyself art a guide of the blind, a light 
of them which are in darkness,

20An instructor of the foolish, a teacher of babes, which hast the form 
of knowledge and of the truth in the law.

21Thou therefore which teachest another, teachest thou not thyself? thou 
that preachest a man should not steal, dost thou steal?

22Thou that sayest a man should not commit adultery, dost thou commit 
adultery? thou that abhorrest idols, dost thou commit sacrilege?

23Thou that makest thy boast of the law, through breaking the law 
dishonourest thou God?

24For the name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles through you, as 
it is written.

Romans 2:28-29

28For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that 
circumcision, which is outward in the flesh:

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 3:1-3

1What advantage then hath the Jew? or what profit is there of circumcision?

2Much every way: chiefly, because that unto them were committed the 
oracles of God.

3For what if some did not believe? shall their unbelief make the faith 
of God without effect?

Romans 10:12-13

12For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same 
Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.

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

Matthew 28:19Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in 
the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:

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Worshiping the Image of the Beast

Revelation 13:15 And he had power to give life unto the image of the 
beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as 
many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.

Those who have seen TV soaps the stories may look shocking, with all 
kind of twists and dramatic exposures, but these stand no place compared 
to the great soap running in this world run by Satan.

Firstly when people read the word Satan they think of an individual and 
are unaware this word is plural and not singular. Throughout the Bible 
from Moses to Genesis, the Lord has been talking of the evil army of 
fallen Angels led by 2 characters and yet the world is deceived or 
blinded to not see two but see only one. Because of this they are unable 
to place Lucifer being put in the pit for thousand years (it is not 
written as one but many - plural) and being released at the end.

If we see Moses talks of the serpent (adder) and the young lion (as a 
lion) [Psalms 91], Revelation talks of the dragon [devil/serpent] and 
the beast, Ezekiel speaks of the king of Tyrus and the prince of Tyrus. 
Revelation also in 2 verses writes of the character 'who was, is not and 
shall ascend out of the bottomless pit'. Ezekiel 28 has a great detail 
of the 2 characters with a brief of them.

Jesus never gave much importance to fighting Satan but concentrated on 
fighting his works in us. Jesus knew when and how the battle will be and 
how the Devil and his army will be overcome (even Devil and his army 
know their end).

Today's message talks of the image of the beast which is brought to 
life. This image is not something which shows up at the end, in fact 
from the start this image has been there and has been changing identity 
and names. This image was the deity in the tower of Babel which unified 
all people of the world at that time and was the reason God bought the 
tower down and caused confusion between all the people by the way of 
languages. In the end also it will be this same image but with a 
Christian identity which will again cause the world to be untied for it 
will manifest itself to be alive and anyone who does not worship it will 
be put to death.

If one looks at all non-atheist religions one would see this image or 
character lurking in the shadows. In one religion this character is very 
prominent and takes the front seat. In Revelation 17 we see this 
religion's fall is spoken of. The image coming to life happens a long 
period later to the fall of this religion when the false prophet revives 
it. This religion is equated to Babylon because there are a lot of 
common things between that kingdom and this religion, one can study 
through the book of Daniel.

Today people are worried about radical Islam and other radical religions 
for they go by sight but if one goes by Word one would know the religion 
which today looks very peaceful and silent will someday be worse than 
any radical religion existent now. We have seen a preview of the true 
face of this religion between 300AD and 1500AD but that was just a 
preview. Christianity has not suffered much by any other religion 
including Islam more than by this religion.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord we pray the eyes of the people be open to the great deceit. You 
have warned us time and again that the deceiver will come as an angel of 
light. Lord people today worship this image of the beast thinking that 
this image leads them to You but they are ignorant to the fact this 
image is the works of the beast and its master the dragon who has no 
other aim but to destroy them. We pray their eyes open and they be saved...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Revelation 20:2-3,7

2 And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, 
and Satan, and bound him thousand years [thousands is plural],

3And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal 
upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand 
years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season.

7And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of 
his prison,

Revelation 20:6 Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first 
resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be 
priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him [the - BGT] 
thousand years.

Revelation 17:8-9

8The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the 
bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth 
shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the 
foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is 
not, and yet is.

9And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven 
mountains, on which the woman sitteth.

Revelation 17:11And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the 
eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition.

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

Ezekiel 28:2,12

2Son of man, say unto the prince of Tyrus, Thus saith the Lord GOD; 
Because thine heart is lifted up, and thou hast said, I am a God, I sit 
in the seat of God, in the midst of the seas; yet thou art a man, and 
not God, though thou set thine heart as the heart of God:

12Son 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.

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Christian - What is your intent?

Philippians 2:2 Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded [himself], 
having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind [thought / intent].

We see Paul in today's message is saying to have joy like he had we need 
4 things.

1) Be ourselves - that means we need to know we are unique and God has 
set us for a unique mission to reach a harvest which no one else can 
reach. He set us through a journey of life and knowledge so as to build 
us that we can understand and be in a position to save those whom He has 
set us for. Paul was told about his harvest (children of Israel, kings / 
rulers and gentiles) if we do not know our harvest we may take time to know.

2) Have the same love - the word love is least understood. People 
normally associate emotion, concern, affection to this word. The closest 
English word for the Greek word 'agape' is charity. Love requires 2 way 
communication but charity can be a one way communication. When we did 
not love God or even know Him yet He loved us. Thus to really understand 
love is very difficult and a lengthy process.

3) Be of one mind - Christians can be of one mind only when they have 
the right understanding of the Bible. Since 300AD worldly corruption has 
been systematically induced into the minds of Christians so much so 
Christianity hardly existed between 300AD to 1500AD. For 1260years 
Christianity was almost in exile. It is only after Reformation movement 
that Christianity started coming back. Now imagine the task at hand, 
dealing not only of finding the Truth but also discerning all the 
falsehood that has infected the minds and beliefs of Christians since 
1260years. So this too is a lengthy process.

4) Be of one intent - every Christian is a person on mission. If a 
Christian is not a missionary then he or she is hardly a Christian. It 
is not required of him or her to travel across the world to minister or 
bring souls to Christ, he or she can do to those around him or her. We 
as Christians are called to carry the voice (which means His Gospel) of 
the Master to His lost sheep. It is not necessary all whom we preach 
will accept Him but those who are His sheep will surely hear His voice 
and respond.

Now if we look at the four points the first, second and third points are 
not something which we can solve in a day or short period but the fourth 
point is something which we can immediately start on.

Is it difficult for us who know Christ to speak about Him unto others? 
If we who have experienced the love, joy and glory of the Lord, is it 
difficult to share them with those who are ignorant of Him? We who are 
in the light can't we reach out to those still in darkness?

If God had only one purpose of saving you then the day you came to know 
Him and were baptized in Him, would have been your last day on earth. If 
He has kept you alive then He is doing so with a reason so that you may 
reach out to others like He sent someone to reach out to you.

Now think every day you get up and thank God for the day and do not put 
that day for His purpose then can He say 'son/daughter thank you for 
using my gift of this day fruitfully'?

Every day is a gift of God so let us put this gift of God to good use, 
let not a day go by without reaching out to someone so in the night when 
we go off to sleep the Lord should say 'this is my son/daughter in whom 
I am well pleased' like He said to Jesus.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord, You alone are God and there is nothing that is not possible for 
You yet You did not try to manifest your glory to man and show man who 
You so as to bring people to You. You only desire people of faith, who 
will believe your Word and come to You, not those who come by 
manifestation of sign and wonders but by faith. Lord we pray like You 
sent someone to reach out to us with your Word, we too may reach out to 
others who are far from You...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Matthew 28-19-20

19Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of 
the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit:

20Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: 
and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

Mark 16:15-18

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 
recover.

Revelation 12:5-6

5And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a 
rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne.

6And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared 
of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and 
threescore days.

Hebrews 12:1-2

1Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of 
witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so 
easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set 
before us,

2Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the 
joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and 
is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Matthew 3:17And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, 
in whom I am well pleased.

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Our earthly bodies and our heavenly bodies

1 Corinthians 15:40 There are also celestial [heavenly] bodies, and 
bodies terrestrial [earthly]: but the glory of the celestial is one, and 
the glory of the terrestrial is another.

Some time back I went to a funeral (funerals are the best place to hear 
and see all the wrong things being done) and at the funeral a very 
senior pastor was preaching. He shared a story of a boy who nearly died 
and went to heaven and then returned back and then his family asked him 
if he could recognize some of their ancestors / relatives in Heaven so 
they showed him pictures of their relatives especially one of their 
uncles. They showed him a picture of his uncle at the time of death (old 
with beard and glasses) and then he denied seeing such a person there. 
Later when he saw a picture of his uncle in his thirties he immediately 
said he saw such a person there. Imagine men being in their twenties / 
thirties and women, I think they would opt for the teens in Heaven!

I have heard many such stories (testimonies) and if one has to believe 
them then one needs to throw the Bible away. Not only among Christians, 
even unbelievers have stories of 'out of life' experiences so do we 
believe them too? Like Hindus going to swarg /narg (heaven / hell) and 
meeting their gods.

If I go into details of how these so called out of life experiences are 
contrary to the real Kingdom of God one would be amazed, I will just 
stick to the bodies, our earthly and heavenly bodies.

The Greek word used for heavenly is 'epouranios' and is a compound word 
meaning 'upon heaven'. The Greek word for heaven is 'ouranos' which 
means 'on height' coming from the word mountain and has the root meaning 
'all visible'.

Heaven is not a physical place but a spiritual place that is much higher 
than the dimension we live in. It is more real than this universe in 
which we live. Our universe can be compared to thick smoke which is very 
visible for a period but over time disintegrates into the air.

There was a German restaurant which played a hoax on people by claiming 
to be willing to sell gourmet made of human flesh. Later it was known 
they were advertising their tender beef and they did this since human 
flesh tastes like beef. If one analyses animal flesh and human flesh it 
is not very easy to differentiate them physically unless one has prior 
knowledge of texture and composition.

In the verse before we see Paul talks of flesh of man being different 
than flesh of animal and flesh of birds or fishes. Paul was not talking 
of natural flesh, but when one renders this word in Hebrew than one 
would know this word comes from the root word meaning 'message'. When 
Jesus said unless we eat His 'flesh' we will not have anything to do 
with Him, He was not talking of natural / earthly flesh but His message. 
And we know all those so called miracles of the Catholic Church of 
communion becoming human flesh, if they are not demonic then what are they?

In Heaven we will not be people in bodies of flesh but spiritual being 
and Jesus describes us to Angels. If one have ever encountered an Angel 
they are like Paul saw visible as being made of light. They may seem to 
have an almost human kind outline figure but then one cannot outline the 
exterior borders of their being. That is why sometimes they appeared at 
human sizes and at times gigantic.

Angels do not have gender like we have of the flesh so there are no men, 
no women in Heaven all are referred to as Sons or male because they have 
the image of the Father.So when we go to Heaven we will be neither 
earthly male nor female but all will be spiritual males (Sons and that 
includes Mary the mother of Jesus). Like our earthly body has a form so 
also our heavenly body has a form and this is projected in our earthly 
body and Paul equates their compassion to the Sun and to the moon. We 
know what is the size of the Sun to the Earth then imagine the Sun to 
the Moon. From Earth both may look of the same size but one is 400 times 
further than the other. Also Moon is just a dead rock / a satellite 
while the Sun is a star, alive and active.

God took lots of pain to show us what we will be after we leave this 
earthly body but you will not find this in a scripture or verse but when 
one goes deeper and sees the patterns of things in scriptures, you will. 
So this is not for those of simple minds but only for those who truly 
thirst the hidden things of the Kingdom of God.

Let our lack of knowledge of the Kingdom of God not mislead us to 
believe vain things. Let us see all things through the Word of God and 
not just one scripture or two but put all scriptures together, not 
ignoring even one.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord You are not man but Spirit and You are not only Omnipotent but also 
Omnipresent. Heavens is your dwelling place and when we are reconciled 
to You we too will dwell in Heaven and You will be with us and we in 
You. Lord we pray more and more may be able to see the things You have 
set for us in Heaven which no eyes have seen or minds have visualized...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

1 Corinthians 15:39-41

39All flesh is not the same flesh: but there is one kind of flesh of 
men, another flesh of beasts, another of fishes, and another of birds.

40There are also celestial bodies, and bodies terrestrial: but the glory 
of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another.

41There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and 
another glory of the stars: for one star differeth from another star in 
glory.

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

Revelation 19:10And I fell at his feet to worship him [Angel]. 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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Being in the presence of God

Acts 22:11 And when I could not see for the glory of that light, being 
led by the hand of them that were with me, I came into Damascus.

In today's scripture Saul/Paul narrates the series of events that 
changed his life. The Lord appeared to Saul not as a human but as a 
light form like an Angel and we see later also Paul has another 
experience of the presence of the Lord as an Angel in Acts 27:23.

If we look at the Old Testament people feared the Lord and thought if 
they came before the Lord they would die and they were not wrong in 
their belief for they knew the Lord was Holy and they were unholy. We 
see even those things which were symbolic and considered holy and if 
they did not keep the sanctity of the things God warned with death, God 
had given them these statutes so they understand Him and understand 
Holiness.

Moses actually did not see the Lord even though the Lord spoke to him 
like a man spoke to another man, face to face; the Lord always appeared 
unto him in a thick cloud, the Lord did this so that Moses would not get 
consumed and die in His presence.

When Adam and Eve sinned they realized their nakedness thus covered 
their nakedness and hid themselves. It is written they hid themselves 
not because they were ashamed of their nakedness but because they were 
afraid. A person does not be afraid when naked but is ashamed to show 
their nakedness, but we see here it is written they were afraid and not 
ashamed, for they knew the Lord and knew what holiness is.

The Son and Spirit of God are preparing us to come before the Father and 
it is only through the Son we can receive the Spirit and it is only 
through the working of the Spirit can we come before the Father.

We see the Son humbled Himself and became man and thus we could be in 
His presence since He humbled Himself, even with the Spirit we see the 
Spirit of God who is one is yet symbolized by candlestick with seven 
candles / Seven Spirits. We see light refracts into basic 7 colors 
(rainbow) when it enters another medium like water. God made a Covenant 
of the Rainbow with Noah (and his generation) promising He would not 
consume mankind till the Rainbow was in the sky / His Spirit was with 
(working with) man.

Standing before a Heavenly being even an Angel can be too heavy for us 
and in such situations like light exposes all unclean things so also the 
presence of a Heavenly being exposes our unclean selves to us. Imagine 
what will happen to us when we come before the Father who is truly Holy, 
would we unclean beings be able to stand before Him? It is only via the 
Son and Spirit that we are able to be in a position to come before Him 
and dwell with Him.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord it is only because You humbled yourself and can unto man that we 
have a hope to be restored back unto You. Lord we pray we know what 
holiness means and we always remember that You are Holy and we who are 
your children are called to be holy. Lord You are everywhere, we pray we 
always experience your presence and may your presence work in us and 
help us cleanse ourselves of our infirmities...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Acts 27:23For there stood by me this night the angel of God, whose I am, 
and whom I serve,

Revelation 22:8-13

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

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

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

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

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

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

Exodus 30:20When they go into the tabernacle of the congregation, they 
shall wash with water, that they die not; or when they come near to the 
altar to minister, to burn offering made by fire unto the LORD:

Leviticus 16:13And he shall put the incense upon the fire before the 
LORD, that the cloud of the incense may cover the mercy seat that is 
upon the testimony, that he die not:

Numbers 17:12-13

12And the children of Israel spake unto Moses, saying, Behold, we die, 
we perish, we all perish.

13Whosoever cometh any thing near unto the tabernacle of the LORD shall 
die: shall we be consumed with dying?

Leviticus 16:2And the LORD said unto Moses, Speak unto Aaron thy 
brother, that he come not at all times into the holy place within the 
vail before the mercy seat, which is upon the ark; that he die not: for 
I will appear in the cloud upon the mercy seat.

Genesis 3:6-11

6And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was 
pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she 
took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband 
with her; and he did eat.

7And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were 
naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.

8And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the 
cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence 
of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden.

9And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou?

10And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, 
because I was naked; and I hid myself.

11And he said, Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of 
the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat?

Genesis 9:13-15

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

14And it shall come to pass, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that 
the bow shall be seen in the cloud:

15And I will remember my covenant, which is between me and you and every 
living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall no more become a 
flood to destroy all flesh.

Revelation 21:17 And he measured the wall thereof, an hundred and forty 
and four cubits, according to the measure of a man, that is, of the angel.

Revelation 21:1-4

1And I saw a new heaven and a new earth [nation]: for the first heaven 
and the first earth [nation]were passed away; and there was no more sea.

2And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem [spiritual Jerusalem], 
coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her 
husband.

3And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle 
of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his 
people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.

4And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be 
no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any 
more pain: for the former things are passed away.

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

6And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning 
and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the 
water of life freely.

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Is the Bible self-contained?

John 21:25 And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the 
which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the 
world itself could not contain the books that should be written. Amen.

When you speak to Catholics regarding the Bible many will point to this 
scripture to justify the contrary beliefs which they claim to be 
traditions of the Church fathers. They say since everything is not 
written in the Bible then we need to rely on other sources too.

Just few days back a Catholic was discussing with me on the Apocrypha 
(the additional books to the 66 books of the Bible). He was told the 
Church fathers added the 6 books to the Bible.

Bible so truly says people suffer due to lack of understanding. 
Understanding comes when one gains the right knowledge and works on the 
right knowledge with the right wisdom to gain the right understanding. 
There are Catholics who are blessed with wisdom but due to the wrong 
knowledge they lack the right understanding.

Firstly the book Gospel of John unlike the other Gospels (which are just 
pure teachings and recordings of life of Jesus), this book is more a 
personal autobiography of Jesus. Jesus was close to (spend more personal 
time with) John not because He loved John more (God loves every one of 
His the same) but only because John had a task / mission to do. The same 
was the case with Peter, James and John compared to the other disciples, 
because they were to run the Church later (not just Peter).

Now every incident written in the Gospels have a purpose and only those 
necessary have been recorded. These incidents were selected so as to 
give us a guideline concerning our Christian belief and life. There are 
many, many things which Jesus did are not recorded simply because what 
is recorded is sufficient. For example every person Jesus healed is not 
recorded. There were times thousands came to Him and He healed all with 
none going back without being healed. Imagine recording each ones 
testimony! Similarly even the personal things that Jesus did as human 
are also not recorded since those are not important concerning out 
belief or Christian life.

With regards to the additions to the Old and New Testament from so 
called 'reliable sources'.

Firstly we need to understand other sources like early Church Fathers do 
not need to be ignored for they gave a clearer background of the life 
and belief of the early Christians. But if any so called early Church 
father contradicted what Jesus or the Apostles have written in the NT, 
are you going to believe Jesus and His Apostles or the 'Church father'?

Understand as times passes corruption or distortion crept in. The 
Christian understanding from the time of Jesus right until second 
century showed no distortion that is why all historical documents found 
in that period were included as Canon, but after the second century 
especially in the third and fourth century we see lots of heretic 
writings came into existence, we find 'Gospels' written in the name of 
the Apostles being written in 300AD and 400AD!

The Catholic Church stands on 3 pillars one is Scriptures, second Church 
Traditions and third Church Authority. This may sound good but when a 
person understands the relation between them one will get shocked, 
according to the Catholic Church Traditions rule over Scriptures and 
Church Authority over traditions. So for a Catholic who is doing some 
ritual and has been doing it since long than that ritual over writes 
scriptures. Now the Head of their Church that is the Pope alone has 
authority to change or modify that tradition (even though most of them 
have changed themselves slowly over long periods, they are ignored). So 
the Pope can tell you what of the Bible a Catholic should believe and 
which they should not. He also has right to change traditions of the 
Catholic Church since for them he is Christ in the flesh. Pope Francis 
may be famous with the people but to the Catholic Church heads he has 
been giving sleepless night since he has be changing lots of traditions 
and they cannot question him (though at times he landed putting his foot 
in the mouth, they saved him).

Normal Catholics do not know the Roman Catholic Bible has 6 Apocrypha 
books added to the Old Testament (which came from the Jews) and not New 
Testament, while other Catholic denominations have more books as 
Apocrypha. So can they argue between themselves as to how many books 
would they like to add?

Many of these books were used as references by early Church fathers but 
never referred as Canon. It was only in 1400 AD when the Catholic Church 
was questioned about its traditions and beliefs and could not find any 
reference to them in the Bible they started looking for them in the 
Apocrypha. On finding something possibly to be used as justification 
among these books, they tried to make these books Canon in 1500AD.

Let us understand the Bible does not hold every bit of information of 
the people listed in them or events listed in them, but all the required 
information of those people and events with regards to our belief and 
faith understanding is in them. The Bible is a collection of Prophetic 
books, Chronicles and Teachings. The book(s) within itself explains all 
things concerning our faith. So anything needed with regards to faith is 
there and anything addition can be referred to for chronicle reasons or 
for teaching but if it goes against the Bible then that book needs to be 
put in the dustbin where it belongs.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord, You are God and for You time is not a factor like for man. You 
live and see all things visible and invisible and across time at the 
same time. Lord You knew how people would try to distort your Word and 
that is why You auctioned us before hand in your Word. Lord we pray your 
people understand the importance of your Word and why even the Angels 
refer to it as Instructions to Life. We pray the distortion be removed 
and the deceived may open their eyes...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

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

Acts 17:11These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they 
received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the 
scriptures [OT] daily, whether those things were so.

2 Timothy 3:16All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is 
profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in 
righteousness:

2 Peter 3:16As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these 
things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that 
are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, 
unto their own destruction.

Revelation 22:19And if any man shall take away from the words of the 
book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of 
life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in 
this book.

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Same Baptism, same food and same Rock

1 Corinthians 10: 2-4 And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and 
in the sea; And did all eat the same spiritual meat; And did all drink 
the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that 
followed them: and that Rock was Christ.

Jesus spoke of 2 baptisms which are essential that is of water and 
spirit. We see here Paul speaks about the Israelites who also had 2 
baptisms that are of Sea and Cloud and Paul compares their baptism to 
our baptism. What is interesting is Paul says they ate the same 
spiritual meat and drank the same spiritual milk and the Rock that 
followed them was Christ.

In simple words Paul is equating the following

The Israelites crossing of the Red Sea, to our baptism in Jesus Christ 
(water).

The Israelites being led by the Pillar of Cloud / Fire, to our baptism 
in the Holy Spirit.

The food (teachings) received from Moses, to the teaching we received 
from Jesus Christ (spiritual meat and spiritual drink).

The Rock that followed them (there were 2 mentioned) to Jesus and the 
Holy Spirit (the word Christ means the One with the Spirit of God).

By this equation Paul makes things easy for us to understand.

When we understand the situation of the Israelites near the Red Sea we 
will understand water baptism.

When we understand the leading of the Israelites through the desert by 
the Pillar of Cloud in the day and Pillar of Fire at night, we will 
understand what it means being led by the Holy Spirit.

The Gospel of Matthew, Mark and Luke are pure teachings of Jesus Christ 
and there is no prophetic Word (concerning Salvation of Mankind) in any 
of them leaving for the Gospel of John. Both Jesus (in these 3 Gospels) 
and Paul preached from the Old Testament yet we find what both preached 
may sound complete different yet was the same. The Jews never understood 
what the Lord had spoken through Moses it was only through the Spirit of 
Truth (whom we received through Jesus Christ) did the right 
understanding of scriptures started being revealed.

Moses was allowed to strike the first Rock which symbolized Jesus (the 
Son) but was not allowed to strike the second Rock (the Holy Spirit) 
that is why when he struck the second Rock he was punished and not 
allowed to enter the Promised Land symbolizing to us those who grieve 
the Holy Spirit will not enter Heaven.

When we compare the beliefs of the Jews and the Christians there is a 
great difference between them and us, like between the sky and land. The 
Jews had everything which we have yet they were far from God and His 
Kingdom. They were so far that they did not recognize God the Son; they 
hated Him and thus killed Him.

You may say God may have been unjust with them for not revealing to them 
His Son, since scriptures say unless the Father brings them to the Son 
no one can come to know the Son and the Son being the only way to the 
Father thus no one can go to the Father without the Son. So why did God 
reject them?

If you read the next set of scriptures (verses 5-12) we see God was not 
pleased with the Israelites for the evil in them therefore they perished 
in the wilderness.

We need to understand by we becoming Christians God does not assure us a 
green ticket to Heaven. Being baptized in Jesus Christ and the Holy 
Spirit does not mean a onetime event but means a continual process. By 
grace we come to Christ but grace alone does not take us to Heaven. God 
did not say 'by My grace' but said 'by My Spirit'.

Being born again or being renewed does not means putting something new, 
it means removing the old and bringing back that being within which God 
created before sin corrupted it. It is about cleansing and shedding off 
the wrong that covers us.

We see many Christians do what most people do to their walls, if they 
find the wall dirty they put a new paint over it and thus make the wall 
looks new externally, God is not into this. In the Kingdom of God we 
need to scrub that dirt away by the help and guidance of the Holy Spirit 
and become a wall on which even if dirt is thrown, dirt will not stick.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord may your people understand what it means to be born again. May they 
not be stiff-necked like the Jews and thus perish in the hardness of 
their hearts. Lord help us work from the inside with the help that come 
from above...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

John 6:44No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me 
draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.

Matthew 11:27All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man 
knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, 
save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him

1 Corinthians 10:5-12

5But with many of them God was not well pleased: for they were 
overthrown in the wilderness.

6Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust 
after evil things, as they also lusted.

7Neither be ye idolaters, as were some of them; as it is written, The 
people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play.

8Neither let us commit fornication, as some of them committed, and fell 
in one day three and twenty thousand.

9Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were 
destroyed of serpents.

10Neither murmur ye, as some of them also murmured, and were destroyed 
of the destroyer.

11Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are 
written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.

12Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.

John 3:3-8

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

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

5Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born 
of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.

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

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

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

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

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

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Plundering the strong man's house

Mark 4:27 No man can enter into a strong man's house, and spoil his 
goods, except he will first bind the strong man; and then he will spoil 
his house.

Just before today's scripture Jesus was talking of the unity in the 
house of Satan. Jesus was not praising Satan but was showing us our 
weakness. There are times we need also look at the strong points of our 
enemy and the weak points in our own house.

Did you ever see demons having a joint meeting time again and again or 
even once? Do they ever meet to discuss how they are going to overtake a 
person or destroy a Church (congregation)? Do demons leave a possessed 
person for a short time to go for a demon meeting?

Demons or fallen angels do not need to meet and discuss for they know 
their intention and purpose. They are united in their intention and in 
their purpose. Since they are united in the purpose they do not step 
over each other's foot or come against each other.

But see us meeting after meetings, discussions and discussions yet we 
are so divided. Look at Christianity we are so divided that to study our 
division would require a book many times bigger than the book that 
guides us to God. It is not that there is a problem with the Word of God 
or the ability required to understand the Word, but the problem is our 
flesh, our carnal nature, a part of us that loves corruption. Our flesh 
is like shades that we wear that covers or distorts the Word and 
prevents us from understanding it.

We read time and again the Lord / the Spirit of the Lord opens their 
eyes and they understand, we also read places where the Lord 'revealed' 
the understanding. The Word was there from the beginning so also was the 
understanding, nothing new was made, only God worked on the spiritual 
sight and allowed the person to see that which was not visible to due to 
the spiritual shades the person wore.

Saul became Paul and this transformation required an operation of his 
sight, of his spiritual sight. Saul was very educated and knew all 
things but never understood them that's why an operation of his sight 
was needed; this the Lord showed us by the symbolic cataract operation 
He performed on Saul to make him Paul. We read after Saul had his first 
encounter with the Lord he was blinded and later when he was prayed 
over, scales fell off his eyes and he could not only see but he was 
transformed from inside, in his understanding.

If we want to be united we need to remove the scales of our eyes, we 
need an operation of our spiritual sight. It is only when we have a 
clear understanding of the Word, will we be united.

People talk of love, they talk of brotherhood and many things; if they 
do not understand the basics of the Bible how will they understand love 
or brotherhood? If one goes by our unity we as Christians are a doomed 
lot, but then there is hope for us. In today's message Jesus says no one 
can plunder a house until the strong man of the house is overcome. We 
Christians have hope because we have Christ as the strongman of our 
house and we know Christ told us not to fear for He has overcome. If He 
has overcome then the result of the battle is already written it is only 
a matter of bring the result to completion.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord, we ask You to perform an operation of our sight like You did on 
Saul and made him Paul. We pray an internal transformation so that we 
become one in our understanding. We pray Lord we overcome quickly like 
You overcame and thus bring your Kingdom's reign over all things...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Mark 4:26 And if Satan rise up against himself, and be divided, he 
cannot stand, but hath an end.

Acts 9:1-18

1 And Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the 
disciples of the Lord, went unto the high priest,

2And desired of him letters to Damascus to the synagogues, that if he 
found any of this way, whether they were men or women, he might bring 
them bound unto Jerusalem.

3And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined 
round about him a light from heaven:

8And Saul arose from the earth; and when his eyes were opened, he saw no 
man: but they led him by the hand, and brought him into Damascus.

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

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

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

John 17:11And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, 
and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom 
thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are.

John 17:22And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that 
they may be one, even as we are one:

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

1 John 2:13-14

13I write unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is from the 
beginning. I write unto you, young men, because ye have overcome the 
wicked one. I write unto you, little children, because ye have known the 
Father.

14I have written unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is 
from the beginning. I have written unto you, young men, because ye are 
strong, and the word of God abideth in you, and ye have overcome the 
wicked one.

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Are we walking, running Christians or are we hopping Christians?

Acts 4:32,33 And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart 
and of one soul (mind): neither said any of them that ought of the 
things which he possessed was his own; but they had all things 
common.And with great power gave the apostles witness of the 
resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all.

We talk about Christ and we give great 'knowledge' about the Bible and 
of Christianity but I have yet to meet a true Christian (including 
myself). We people are far from calling ourselves Christians. It is true 
you will not find greater hypocrites anywhere than among 'Christians'. I 
am not saying Christians are worst, the others are ignorant of the Truth 
but we who know yet behave like them than can we point a finger at them.

When I started my Christian journey I though with the grace of God I 
will manage through but as my understanding grew I saw this was an 
impossible task for there is nothing of me that I can take on this 
journey. Unless I give up all of me and shed off all my desires it will 
be like passing through the eye of a needle (a gate to the city where 
only the animal could pass sans all its goods). It is only by the Spirit 
of God working in us that makes being Christian possible.

Today's scripture talks of two important aspects that need change in us 
one is our heart and other our understanding. Heart does not mean just 
feeling but means our character, our priorities / will, our knowledge, 
our discernment and our desires. The change in our hearts will improve 
our understanding of the Word, for less of the obstacles or distortion 
will help us get a better picture of the Kingdom of God and thus a 
better understanding.

Our heart condition and our understanding help each other to grow. 
Understanding of the who we are and who God is causes us to change our 
hearts and this makes us receptive to know God more and this knowledge 
humbles us further and brings us to know God more. That is why you can 
see the heart / character of a person and discern if that really person 
knows God or does not know God.

Love for this world, things of this world or holding on to the old man 
and not letting change happening inside one's self will always restrict 
the person from really knowing God. We need to bring ourselves to zero 
to really know God and His Kingdom.

I see a lot of Christians hopping on one foot that is why they do not 
grow and thus get into spiritual mess or confusion. They will half 
heartily change and then try to understand God; since they cannot 
interact with God directly they try to know Him through the knowledge of 
men.

The Jews were and are very knowledgeable people there is no race which 
stands out like them but still they are far from God and far from 
knowing Him all because their hearts are not right. God has time and 
again called them stiff-neck people (both OT and NT).

We can use reason to understand man and manmade things but things of the 
Kingdom of God are hidden and unless they are revealed we will never 
know them. Can anyone reason the crucifixion of the Lord Jesus Christ as 
a victory? It is the revelation of the promises of God that makes us to 
understand the crucifixion as a victory and not by our reasoning. Same 
with the Kingdom of God which cannot see, touch, or feel, or taste, or 
hear thus which cannot be left by our senses, can they be reasoned? Note 
the understanding and revelation of God and His Kingdom is symbolized as 
precious diamond / gems and these are not made but discovered. Since 
these are spiritual gems it is only by the Spirit we find them.

We see Jesus as man was an example of perfection, He taught His 
disciples for many years yet they did not know Him, it was only when the 
Holy Spirit started working on them did they came to know who the Lord 
Jesus Christ is and this understanding made them bold.

Understand if we know God we will see change in us and if there is 
change in us will we know God more, these are the 2 spiritual legs which 
help us go further in our spiritual walk.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord no man can come to You without repentance and repentance comes only 
when there is a change in heart. Lord we pray we do not hold unto our 
sinful nature and be willing to surrender all our worldly desires. Lord 
may You grow in us and we grow in You. May we not be like the Jews who 
experienced your favor and glory yet rejected You. Lord we pray we 
change and grow in You...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Romans 2:17-24

17Behold, thou art called a Jew, and restest in the law, and makest thy 
boast of God,

18And knowest his will, and approvest the things that are more 
excellent, being instructed out of the law;

19And art confident that thou thyself art a guide of the blind, a light 
of them which are in darkness,

20An instructor of the foolish, a teacher of babes, which hast the form 
of knowledge and of the truth in the law.

21Thou therefore which teachest another, teachest thou not thyself? thou 
that preachest a man should not steal, dost thou steal?

22Thou that sayest a man should not commit adultery, dost thou commit 
adultery? thou that abhorrest idols, dost thou commit sacrilege?

23Thou that makest thy boast of the law, through breaking the law 
dishonourest thou God?

24For the name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles through you, as 
it is written.

Romans 10:2-3

2For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according 
to knowledge.

3For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about to 
establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto 
the righteousness of God.

Romans 11:33-36

33O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how 
unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!

34For who hath known the mind of the Lord? or who hath been his counsellor?

35Or who hath first given to him, and it shall be recompensed unto him 
again?

36For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be 
glory for ever. Amen.

1 Corinthians 12:7-8

7But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.

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

2 Corinthians 4:6For God, who commanded the light to shine out of 
darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge 
of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

Ephesians 3:19And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, 
that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.

Luke 24:30-31

30And it came to pass, as he sat at meat with them, he took bread, and 
blessed it, and brake, and gave to them.

31And their eyes were opened, and they knew him; and he vanished out of 
their sight.

Hebrew 4:12-13

12For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any 
twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and 
spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts 
and intents of the heart.

13Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but 
all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have 
to do.

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Acts of God in the OT and NT

Acts 5:5 And Ananias hearing these words fell down, and gave up the 
ghost: and great fear came on all them that heard these things.

We see in the Old Testament there were so many incidents where people 
did mistakes and God took immediate action on them. But in the New 
Testament we see very few incidents of such kind happening. When you ask 
Christians why? They would say the word GRACE.

Christians believe they live in the time of grace while the people of 
the Old Testament did not, this is a misunderstanding. Like the Old 
Testament even the New Testament records incidents where God has 
immediately punished or responded in harsh manner, today's message talks 
of one of those situations, and there are other such situations recorded 
in the Bible where God directly or indirectly shows to have taken off 
His kid gloves.

Our God is an eternal God, He was, He is and He will be. What He was, He 
is and what He is He will be and like His Word He too does not change. 
His grace was there from the beginning and that is why He prepared a 
sacrifice even before He created mankind.

Grace is received by faith, when we have faith we have grace i.e. we 
were set for destruction due to sin but when we believe in the Lord 
Jesus Christ as our Savior we receive the grace to be saved from eternal 
death. Similarly as we believe the Word of God in any area of our lives 
we receive the grace to overcome in that area. Grace is not a blanket 
cover over every area or every purpose of our life, grace is given for a 
specific purpose or area as per our faith.

If grace existed from before then why do we see mostly in the Old 
Testament and rarely the New Testament the judgment of God being quick 
or harsh?

We need to understand when the glory of God increases His judgment also 
quickens. When we were ignorant God was patient but as we experience His 
glory (in that area) His expectations also with us increases. Therefore 
what we could do before when we were ignorant we cannot expect to 
continue to do the same and expect God to be silent as before.

When the Lord came as man Jesus He manifested the Truth thus faith 
(believing in the Truth) increased in leaps and bounds that is why grace 
also increased in leaps and bounds. New Testament scriptures do talk of 
abundant grace in Jesus Christ but this grace is still only by faith. 
Can we expect to have the grace of being saved if we stop believing in 
the Lord Jesus Christ as our savior?

[Prayer Starter]

Lord You have always been a merciful God and a loving Father always 
ready to forgive and bless. Lord in the OT people saw your abundant 
glory yet they failed to believe and walk your way for their hearts were 
hard. Lord we thank You for making us in this times of the manifestation 
of the Truth in your Son our Lord Jesus Christ. Lord You know our hearts 
and we thank You that You have not hardened further our hearts and 
helped us believe and receive your grace.

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

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

1 Timothy 1:14 And the grace of our Lord was exceeding abundant with 
faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.

Genesis 6:8 But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.

Genesis 19:18-19

18And Lot said unto them, Oh, not so, my Lord:

19Behold now, thy servant hath found grace in thy sight, and thou hast 
magnified thy mercy, which thou hast shewed unto me in saving my life; 
and I cannot escape to the mountain, lest some evil take me, and I die:

Exodus 33:12-13

12 And Moses said unto the LORD, See, thou sayest unto me, Bring up this 
people: and thou hast not let me know whom thou wilt send with me. Yet 
thou hast said, I know thee by name, and thou hast also found grace in 
my sight.

13Now therefore, I pray thee, if I have found grace in thy sight, shew 
me now thy way, that I may know thee, that I may find grace in thy 
sight: and consider that this nation is thy people.

John 13:27-29

27And after the sop Satan entered into him. Then said Jesus unto him, 
That thou doest, do quickly.

28Now no man at the table knew for what intent he spake this unto him.

29For some of them thought, because Judas had the bag, that Jesus had 
said unto him, Buy those things that we have need of against the feast; 
or, that he should give something to the poor.

Acts 19:13-20

1 Corinthians 5:1-5

1 It is reported commonly that there is fornication among you, and such 
fornication as is not so much as named among the Gentiles, that one 
should have his father's wife.

2And ye are puffed up, and have not rather mourned, that he that hath 
done this deed might be taken away from among you.

3For I verily, as absent in body, but present in spirit, have judged 
already, as though I were present, concerning him that hath so done this 
deed,

4In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, when ye are gathered together, 
and my spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ,

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

2 Corinthians 12:6-9

6For though I would desire to glory, I shall not be a fool; for I will 
say the truth: but now I forbear, lest any man should think of me above 
that which he seeth me to be, or that he heareth of me.

7And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the 
revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger 
of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure.

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

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

Zechariah 12:9-14

Psalms 84:11 For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give 
grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk 
uprightly.

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Beheading

Matthew 14:3,4 For Herod had laid hold on John, and bound him, and put 
him in prison for Herodias' sake, his brother Philip's wife. For John 
said unto him, It is not lawful for thee to have her.

We see in the Bible according to the Law the Jews / Israelite never 
crucified or beheaded any human the gravest act of death punishment for 
them was to stone a person to death which according to the Law of the 
Lord given through Moses was symbolic and thus when some Jews bought a 
adulteress (elderly) woman (who is believed to be Mary Magdalene) before 
Jesus to be stoned to death Jesus refrains from doing it and also did 
not allow others to do it, thus saved the woman from death. Jesus did 
not break the Law for that would have made Him a sinner but gave the 
right understanding of what the Lord spoke to Moses.

The act of crucifying was done by the Romans who learned from Greeks who 
in turn learned from the Phoenicians. The Phoenicians were a barbaric 
race and the Phoenician language belonged to Semitic languages which 
include Arabic and Aramaic (which was Babylonian). All these races tried 
to terrorize others therefore used the most gruesome means of punishment.

We all know John the Baptist who was the son of Mary's cousin was 
beheaded and today's message states the reason why. John did not approve 
the relationship of Herod with his sister in law (his brother Philip's 
wife).

If one studies the Greek word used for beheading, it is a compound word 
meaning to separate and to take siege. Beheading is not normal killing 
it has significance. If a person wants to kill he or she does not need 
go to the extend performing this gruesome act which requires skill. The 
act of beheading has significance since it is performed not just to kill 
but to prevent the person from speaking. The people who do it do more to 
suppress the opponent from speaking against them.

In today's time we see those who follow Muhammad are once again like him 
using means to suppress the voice of others (especially Christians) by 
beheading them. These who are led by Satan may think by beheading they 
can suppress Christians from speaking, they are mistaken. They do not 
know our voice becomes louder every time they behead a Christian.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord we pray your people understand that this natural death is not the 
end of life it is only an exit from this world. Lord You have made us 
and sent us in this world to do a mission and if we fail this mission 
then the purpose of our life fails. Lord we pray we do our mission 
faithfully and do not fear any one even at the cost of death by any 
means. We know the enemy of Truth does not want us to speak the Truth. 
They use all kinds of means to stop us but we know Lord they will not 
succeed and what is written will come to pass for You are Jehovah (God 
who keeps His Word)...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Matthew 14:3-12

3For Herod had laid hold on John, and bound him, and put him in prison 
for Herodias' sake, his brother Philip's wife.

4For John said unto him, It is not lawful for thee to have her.

5And when he would have put him to death, he feared the multitude, 
because they counted him as a prophet.

6But when Herod's birthday was kept, the daughter of Herodias danced 
before them, and pleased Herod.

7Whereupon he promised with an oath to give her whatsoever she would ask.

8And she, being before instructed of her mother, said, Give me here John 
Baptist's head in a charger.

9And the king was sorry: nevertheless for the oath's sake, and them 
which sat with him at meat, he commanded it to be given her.

10And he sent, and beheaded John in the prison.

11And his head was brought in a charger, and given to the damsel: and 
she brought it to her mother.

12And his disciples came, and took up the body, and buried it, and went 
and told Jesus.

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What is your talent made of and how much?

Matthew 25:16Then he that had received the five talents went and traded 
with the same, and made them other five talents.

The Jewish currency was made of gerah, bekah, shekel, maneh and talent. 
People liken it to the American currency of dollars and cents which 
previously also had pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters or the Indian 
currency which has Rupees and paisa.

Our modern currency is more of mint / mark based and value is given to 
the mark, not to the material or size of that currency. But unlike our 
currency the Jewish currency was made of metals like silver and gold and 
these terms gerah, bekah, shekel, maneh and talent were measures and not 
just a product of as mint. No doubt the coins of Jewish / Roman currency 
did have some marks but they were more for identification of which 
Kingdom/rule. Some years back someone did a calculation of converting of 
these ancient Biblical currencies into dollars and found a talent of 
silver was approximate 1,650 dollars and a talent of gold was 
approximate 26,500 dollars (I stated here so as to make you understand 
the difference not the actual value). So even though the measure was 
same the material it was made of changed the value.

Today when we use the term talent we speak of the skill a person has 
also what is interesting is we use the term ‘my talent’ or ‘your 
talent’. Let me ask you can a plane say ‘I have the talent to fly’ or a 
car say ‘I have the talent to race on a road’ or a ship say that ‘I have 
the talent to sail on the seas’? Understand God has designed us with the 
ability and the skill is not ours but that what the Lord is made us of. 
What is ours is the measure which we can increase or reduce. Have we 
increased, or reduced, or not at all changed the measure which the Lord 
has given us, this is what we need to introspect and ask. It is when we 
put to good use we can increase our measure.

In the Bible natural riches were symbolized with the metal silver and 
spiritual riches symbolized with the metal gold. The Tabernacle 
contained both silver vessels as well as gold vessels, along with the 
vessels of other metals and all were precious for the Lord. But when we 
see in Heaven there is no other metal but only gold.

We are made of many abilities including natural abilities and spiritual 
abilities we can choose which ability we want to increase more. All can 
serve the Lord but the spiritual riches are the ones we carry ahead when 
we leave this world.

The Lord is telling us today unlike the currency of that time which was 
made of one type of material (Jesus does not mention the kind of talent) 
we have many and it is up to us which talent material we need to 
increase and thus increase our value in the Kingdom of God.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord, we know we are nothing of ourselves what we are, is what You have 
made us. Lord forgive us for the times we try take credit for what You 
have us by saying my or our talent. We pray Lord we do not insult the 
ability You have given us by not putting it to use or by misusing it. We 
pray we give glory to You alone for what we are and what we become. Give 
us the sense to value and use the ability You have given us so we are 
blessed more in You...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Revelation 16:21And there fell upon men a great hail out of heaven, 
every stone about the weight of a talent: and men blasphemed God because 
of the plague of the hail; for the plague thereof was exceeding great.

1 Peter 4:11If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if 
any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that 
God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be 
praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

Joshua 6:19But all the silver, and gold, and vessels of brass and iron, 
are consecrated unto the LORD: they shall come into the treasury of the 
LORD.

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Do not take the love or grace of God for granted

Luke 20:13 Then said the lord of the vineyard, What shall I do? I will 
send my beloved son: it may be they will reverence him when they see him.

We find many 'grace preachers' today and Christian TV channels are full 
of them. Yes it is true only by God's grace that we are saved, it is 
only by God's grace that we who hated Him once and made Him an enemy, 
yet He reached out to us to make us His Sons. But then since this grace 
is misunderstood it is abused, in today's message we see the Lord 
telling us about this.

In Greek the word translated as grace is 'charis' which comes from the 
word 'to be glad' or 'to rejoice'. But when you read this word in Hebrew 
we find the word grace is 'chen' and comes from the word 'chanan' which 
means 'mercy'.

Jesus rarely spoke to His people in Greek. He spoke mostly in Aramaic 
and Hebrew. We also see He used mostly Hebrew terminology when He tried 
to explain the meaning of anything. Like 'eat my flesh' in Hebrew the 
word flesh comes from the root word 'message'. So grace is related to 
mercy and is short a collective noun / term. It speaks of the mercy 
required to get the job done, so when we receive mercy, it does not mean 
all that we require will be met, but when we receive grace it assures us 
of the need being met.

In today's message in the parable we see Jesus refers to Himself as the 
son of the vineyard owner who was sent and whom the former worker 
killed. Then the scripture says later the vineyard owner takes account 
of them who killed his son and thus gives the vineyard to others.

The people initially referred to laborers of the vineyard are the Jews 
and the people referred to as others are the gentiles. The promised was 
first to the Jews but when they rejected Him the promise went to the 
gentiles. The people of Israel had received the grace of God and thus 
God tolerated them time and again but when they rejected His Son they 
lost the promise and the promise went unto those who believe for grace 
is received by faith.

Today everyone who believes in the Lord Jesus Christ or has faith (means 
believing in the Truth which is God and His Word) receives grace. Since 
this grace came through faith it is therefore connected to faith. That 
means if faith exist grace exist and if faith is lost then grace is 
lost. We read John 3:16 and 17 but do not read John 3:18 or 36.

No one must think 'I once believe in the Lord Jesus Christ then all will 
be well forever since I am under grace'. Grace is not a free ticket 
since it is connected to faith, that person must keep the faith to be 
always under grace. One cannot just say verbally 'I believe' and receive 
grace. To receive grace one indeed needs to believe and this has to be 
more than words. Unless we do not put our faith in action it is not 
considered faith. We may fail time and again like Abraham took 25years 
to believe God for a son but then he did succeed and perfect his faith.

Let us not take grace for granted, if we want to be under grace let us 
work on our faith.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord we thank You that we who were not recipients of the promise have 
now receive the promise by grace through faith. Lord we pray that the 
Jews who were holders of the promise may accept You and by faith receive 
the promise again. We pray we keep our faith and always remain under 
grace...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Luke 20:9-16

9Then began he to speak to the people this parable; A certain man 
planted a vineyard, and let it forth to husbandmen, and went into a far 
country for a long time.

10And at the season he sent a servant to the husbandmen, that they 
should give him of the fruit of the vineyard: but the husbandmen beat 
him, and sent him away empty.

11And again he sent another servant: and they beat him also, and 
entreated him shamefully, and sent him away empty.

12And again he sent a third: and they wounded him also, and cast him out.

13Then said the lord of the vineyard, What shall I do? I will send my 
beloved son: it may be they will reverence him when they see him.

14But when the husbandmen saw him, they reasoned among themselves, 
saying, This is the heir: come, let us kill him, that the inheritance 
may be ours.

15So they cast him out of the vineyard, and killed him. What therefore 
shall the lord of the vineyard do unto them?

16He shall come and destroy these husbandmen, and shall give the 
vineyard to others. And when they heard it, they said, God forbid.

John 3:16-18,36

16For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that 
whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

17For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that 
the world through him might be saved.

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

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

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

Romans 3:29Is he the God of the Jews only? is he not also of the 
Gentiles? Yes, of the Gentiles also:

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

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.

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

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Worship not the Sun and Moon but understand them

Habakkuk 3:11The sun and moon stood still in their habitation: at the 
light of thine arrows they went, and at the shining of thy glittering spear.

We see in the Old Testament the moon was given great importance for 
instance the calendar was moon based - like month and year (12 months) 
was calculated on basis of the moon cycles. No doubt the day was based 
on the Sun but further than the day they had to depend on the moon since 
they could see further than that.

When we go into secular history and biblical history we see long before 
even the year was Sun based that is why we have the 360 degrees, the 
problem came after the Noah flood when the great earthquake caused the 
axis of the earth to tilt by 5 degrees. After the tilt complications 
came and we started having 365.25 days in a year. Today we do not follow 
the Moon for our calendar we follow the Sun completely but we still have 
months of approximately 30 days, which reflect the lunar cycle ( 29.5days).

Biblical symbolism is a very important part of Bible study and they give 
great insight into understanding the Kingdom of God. One has to have his 
or her foundation strong since these symbols cannot be taken literately 
for they at time have multiple representations. Let us take the Sun for 
example in today's scripture the Sun represents Christ [Lord] and the 
Moon represents the Men of God. We also see the Sun at times have other 
symbolism like in Ephesians 4:26 it represents grace. The scripture 
tries to tell us it is only by the grace of God we can forgive so till 
we have the grace of God on us we can forgive, the moment we reject the 
grace our hearts will harden and we will not be able to forgive and we 
will be in greater problem than the person who hurt us or has sinned 
against us.

Let me take today's scripture and expound on it before getting to 
today's message.

Habakkuk 3:11 [removing the italics] The sun, moon stood still in their 
habitation: at the light of thine arrows they went, at the shining of 
thy glittering spear.

Habakkuk 3:11 [expounded] The Sun, Moon set in their dwelling: at the 
light of their division they went, at the brightness of thy lighting 
authority and mercy

[The word arrows comes from the root word division]

[A spear has 2 parts the staff which symbolizes authority and the spear 
head 'chaniyth' which comes from the word 'chanan' meaning mercy or favor].

In today's message the Lord is telling us as Men of god we should know 
where we stand and where Christ stands. When we dwell in our place we 
will do well and the Body of Christ (Church) will shine and will grow 
for His mercy / grace will increase.

We see when the opposite happens like written in Ecclesiastes 5:13-15. 
Men of God who do not dwelling place and gather riches for the efforts 
they do, then not only these riches do not stay in their hands or the 
hands of the children but these riches cause diseases unto them.

Let us remember the Moon has no light of its own for it is like a dead 
rock; but when it stands in the right place it comes alive with the 
light of the Sun.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord we were dead in sin and set for destruction, it is only by your 
grace we are dead to sin and alive in You. Lord we pray we always 
remember we are nothing without You and it is only by grace and your 
plans in our lives we live and bloom. We thank You Lord for your mercies 
and for finding us worthy for the great riches of Heaven...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Psalms 72:17His name shall endure for ever: his name shall be continued 
as long as the sun: and men shall be blessed in him: all nations shall 
call him blessed.

Psalms 84:11For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give 
grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk 
uprightly.

Ecclesiastes 5:13-15

13There is a sore evil [which] I have seen under the sun, [namely], 
riches kept for the owners thereof to their hurt.

14But those riches perish by evil travail: and he begetteth a son, and 
[there is] nothing in his hand.

15As he came forth of his mother's womb, naked shall he return to go as 
he came, and shall take nothing of his labour, which he may carry away 
in his hand.

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

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Who seeks glory, who judges?

John 8:50 And I seek not mine own glory: there is one that seeketh and
judgeth.

In the Gospels we see Jesus never did anything to glorify Himself. As man
He knew it was not right for Him to seek glory. He always glorified the
Father and never Himself. He knew He will be glorified in the Father.

There is only one incident where Jesus did something and people glorified
Him and that was at the wedding at Canna. At this wedding He was obliged or
more of forced by His mother to do the miracle of turning water to wine. He
Himself would not have done the miracle but understood the desperation of
His mother therefore obliged her, that to with a reproof so that it gets
noted.

People think it was faith of Mary but if one understands whose wedding it
was then they would know it was not faith but desperation of Mary that
forced Jesus to turn the water to wine.

Understand the following situation

1) Mary was already at the marriage 3 days before Jesus and His disciples
arrived at the wedding. If she was guest what was she doing 3 days before?

2) Knowing the timid nature of Mary she would not have the person to order
people around at someone else’s marriage and also why would the laborers
listen to a guest.

3) How come Mary knew the viability of the huge jars which were necessary
for washing of the guest’s hands and feet as they enter the wedding, unless
she knew all who had to come had arrived.

4) The Bridegroom was not present at the table but was called for by the
governor of the feast.

5) Though many translations state both Jesus and His disciples were invited
to the wedding, but when we see the verb translated as ‘invited’ is
actually ‘called’ and is written in the 3rd person singular.

If one does an interlinear translation of each word then we see the
following

John 2:2 called but also the Jesus and the disciples himself into the
wedding.

So the literate meaning would mean Jesus was called to the wedding and He
took His disciples along which an invited guest does not do.

If ones studies Jewish culture with regards to wedding then one would know
it is the bride’s family which goes to the groom’s house and helps in
organizing the wedding banquet. In other words this was a marriage of one
of Mary’s daughters (she had more than one).

In today’s message we see Lord does not seek glory for Jesus says He does
not seek glory and He does what He sees His Father do.

Glory belongs to the Father and no one else. It is only those who are in
the Father will be glorified. The one who seeks glory is the one who is not
in the Father and it is that one who seeks division of the Kingdom of God
(judges).

Let us not be the ones who seek glory for ourselves, if we do then we are
not in the Father but in the one who is against the Kingdom of God. We
should always remember we will indeed be glorified but not on this earth
but in a much higher place that is in Heaven when we are in the Father by
our marriage in the Son.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord, You alone are worthy of glory and all glory belongs to You. We pray
we do not seek worldly glory but remember when we return to You we will
indeed be glorified in You and that glory is way beyond the glory on this
world. We pray Lord we always work to give all glory unto You...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

[KJV] John 2:1-11

1 And the third day there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee; and the
mother of Jesus was there:

2 And both Jesus was called, and his disciples, to the marriage.

3 And when they wanted wine, the mother of Jesus saith unto him, They have
no wine.

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

5 His mother saith unto the servants, Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it.

6 And there were set there six waterpots of stone, after the manner of the
purifying of the Jews, containing two or three firkins apiece.

7 Jesus saith unto them, Fill the waterpots with water. And they filled
them up to the brim.

8 And he saith unto them, Draw out now, and bear unto the governor of the
feast. And they bare it.

9 When the ruler of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and
knew not whence it was: (but the servants which drew the water knew;) the
governor of the feast called the bridegroom,

10 And saith unto him, Every man at the beginning doth set forth good
wine; and when men have well drunk, then that which is worse: but thou hast
kept the good wine until now.

11 This beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galilee, and manifested
forth his glory; and his disciples believed on him.

*[NAB] John 2:2* Jesus and his disciples were also invited to the wedding.

John 8:49-51

49 Jesus answered, I have not a devil; but I honour my Father, and ye do
dishonour me.

50 And I seek not mine own glory: there is one that seeketh and judgeth.

51 Verily, verily, I say unto you, If a man keep my saying, he shall never
see death.

John 17:4-5

4 I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou
gavest me to do.

5 And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory
which I had with thee before the world was.

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Who enabled Moses to be ruler and judge?


Acts 7:35,36 This Moses whom they refused, saying, Who made thee a ruler
and a judge? the same did God send to be a ruler and a deliverer by the
hand of the angel which appeared to him in the bush. He brought them out,
after that he had shewed wonders and signs in the land of Egypt, and in the
Red sea, and in the wilderness forty years.


We see the people whom Moses led in the wilderness questioned his authority
of being a ruler (in some translations written ‘king’) and judge. What is
interesting is what Stephen says next:-


“the same did God send to be a ruler and a deliverer by the hand of the
Angel which appeared to him in the bush”.


We see God gave authority to Moses to be king and judge through the Angel
who had appeared to him in the burning bush and who led them. We see this
Angel and the Pillar of cloud/fire were very critical in the journey of the
people through the wilderness until this Angel and the Pillar was not
leading Moses refused to move and would settle where he was. The Pillar was
visible to them but this Angel was only known to Moses and not to the
others since leaving Moses others were ignorant of Him and they did not
mention Him at all.


We see the scripture starts with the Angel appearing in the bush and then
continues with the Angel speaking as Lord in the first person. We see this
it is the voice from this Angel who says “I AM WHO I AM”. Again later the
Lord is upset with His people whom He calls stiffnecked, Moses requests the
Lord not to forsake His people and if He does not go with them, they will
not go ahead but would choose to die where they are. Moses also reminds the
Lord since they came in His Name it would not look nice that His people get
consumed on the way. It is then that the Lord says His presence will go
before them (not with them) and we see it is this Angel that goes before
them but not in the midst of them least they are consumed.


We all know the Pillar of cloud and fire symbolized the Holy Spirit since
their leading by this cloud is referred to by Paul in 1 Corinthians 10:2 as
baptism in the cloud.


Jesus Himself speaks of the burning bush when He speak about humans (those
in the Lord) being Angels after death and about His relationship with
David. As human Jesus was 100 percent human but He was God who humbled
Himself and became man, so what was He after He humbled and before He
became man?


Even in the Tabernacle the candle stand with 7 candle sticks symbolized the
Holy Spirit (7 Spirits of the Lord) and the Shewbread symbolized the Lord
Jesus Christ (Bread of Life). So this partnership of the Son and Spirit was
hand in hand from beginning.


If we understand this we will know how the victory over Satan and death is
the victory of mankind led by a man. He looked defeated on the cross but He
leads man to victory not as God but as man so as to fulfill the prophecy in
Ezekiel 28 and Genesis 3 in which He states man will crush the plans (head)
of Satan.


[Prayer Starter]


Lord, You are God and it was nothing for You to destroy evil but You being
full of wisdom and righteousness You let evil exist and flourish for a
period and after that period You cause a mere man who is lower than the
Angels to bring the mighty fallen Cherubs down and destroy evil once for
all. You cause this to be a testimony forever. We thank You Lord to find us
worthy and make us worthy to be blessed in You...


This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.


[Reference Scriptures]


Exodus 3:2-8,13-16


Acts 7:30 - 32


30 And when forty years were expired, there appeared to him in the
wilderness of mount Sina an angel of the Lord in a flame of fire in a bush.


31 When Moses saw it, he wondered at the sight: and as he drew near to
behold it, the voice of the Lord came unto him,


32 Saying, I am the God of thy fathers, the God of Abraham, and the God of
Isaac, and the God of Jacob. Then Moses trembled, and durst not behold.


Exodus 32:31-34


31 And Moses returned unto the LORD, and said, Oh, this people have sinned
a great sin, and have made them gods of gold.


32 Yet now, if thou wilt forgive their sin — ; and if not, blot me, I pray
thee, out of thy book which thou hast written.


33 And the LORD said unto Moses, Whosoever hath sinned against me, him
will I blot out of my book.


34 Therefore now go, lead the people unto the place of which I have spoken
unto thee: behold, mine Angel shall go before thee: nevertheless in the day
when I visit I will visit their sin upon them.


Exodus 33:1-3,12-17


1 Corinthians 10:2 And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in
the sea;


Mark 12:26 And as touching the dead, that they rise: have ye not read in
the book of Moses, how in the bush God spake unto him, saying, I am the God
of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob?


Luke 20:35-44


Ezekiel 28:6-10, 14-19


6 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Because thou hast set thine heart as
the heart of God;


7 Behold, therefore I will bring strangers upon thee, the terrible of the
nations: and they shall draw their swords against the beauty of thy wisdom,
and they shall defile thy brightness.


8 They shall bring thee down to the pit, and thou shalt die the deaths of
them that are slain in the midst of the seas.


9 Wilt thou yet say before him that slayeth thee, I am God? but thou shalt
be a man, and no God, in the hand of him that slayeth thee.


10 Thou shalt die the deaths of the uncircumcised by the hand of
strangers: for I have spoken it, saith the Lord GOD.


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.


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God manifests the heart


Mark 14:48 - 50 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Are ye come out, 
as against a thief, with swords and with staves to take me? I was daily 
with you in the temple teaching, and ye took me not: but the scriptures 
must be fulfilled. And they all forsook him, and fled.


The Bible is the Will of God. Every prophecy will come to pass for God 
has set it and what He has set He will come to pass for He is Jehovah 
(means 'One who brings to past').


In today's message we see the Jewish leaders hated Jesus for He made 
their religious life uncomfortable but yet because the favor of the 
Father was on Him they did not touch Him when He preached in their 
synagogues. We see when the time came their hearts hardened and they 
arrested Jesus as they arrest a criminal and they fulfilled scriptures.


We also see not only the Jewish religious leaders but even the disciples 
of Jesus fulfilled scriptures. Fear came upon them when Jesus was 
arrested and all of them fled. Even though they spoke great words of 
courage when the moment came they fled in fear.


If we use reasoning here, then one may think if God has written then God 
may be causing them to happen so can we blame the people who did it? We 
have one of the heretic gospels composed around 300-400AD called the 
Gospel of Judas which uses this kind of reasoning and thus says Judas 
was innocent and Jesus caused him to do what he did so that Jesus be 
glorified.


We need to understand when it is written God hardened the heart of a 
person to do anything it does mean God caused that person to do it, but 
it means the person's heart was hard in the beginning and God hardened 
it further and what was in the heart God bought it to manifestation.


The Jews hated Jesus from beginning but at the right moment God 
manifested this hatred outwards. The disciple of Jesus had fear inside 
and that's why Jesus kept telling them time and again 'do not fear' but 
when time came this fear was manifested outwards and they fled.


Let us ask ourselves 'What do we have within us?'. If we have faith when 
the time comes God will manifest this faith. If we have fear when the 
time comes God will manifest this fear. If we have love when the time 
comes God will manifest this love. God knows what we have and He will 
fulfill His plan with us being the heroes or the villains. He does not 
cause a hero to be a villain or a villain to be a hero, what we are 
inside He knows at the moment of time He brings it out.


So let us guard our hearts and fill it with good things of the Kingdom 
of God and be ready for the moment when God will manifest the good 
things of our heart and cause us to be blessed greatly in His Kingdom. 
Let us not keep any malice, lust, fear, doubt, deceit etc. in our heart 
but clean our hearts of all such as this for our moment of manifestation 
may come any time.


[Prayer Starter]


Lord, You know everything that is hidden in the hearts of man and at the 
right time You Lord bring these hidden things to light. Lord we pray 
that we clean our hearts of evil things and fill our hearts of good 
things so that at the time of fulfillment these good things get 
manifested...


This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.


[Reference Scriptures]


Exodus 4:21And the LORD said unto Moses, When thou goest to return into 
Egypt, see that thou do all those wonders before Pharaoh, which I have 
put in thine hand: but I will harden his heart, that he shall not let 
the people go.


Exodus 7:3And I will harden Pharaoh's heart, and multiply my signs and 
my wonders in the land of Egypt.


Joshua 11:20For it was of the LORD to harden their hearts, that they 
should come against Israel in battle, that he might destroy them 
utterly, and that they might have no favour, but that he might destroy 
them, as the LORD commanded Moses.


Psalms 95:8Harden not your heart, as in the provocation, and as in the 
day of temptation in the wilderness:


Hebrews 3:15While it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden 
not your hearts, as in the provocation.


Romans 9:17For the scripture saith unto Pharaoh, Even for this same 
purpose have I raised thee up, that I might shew my power in thee, and 
that my name might be declared throughout all the earth.


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Post  Admin on Sat 05 Sep 2015, 3:45 pm

Who spoke to Paul?

Acts 22:8,9 And I answered, Who art thou, Lord? And he said unto me, I am
Jesus of Nazareth, whom thou persecutest. And they that were with me saw
indeed the light, and were afraid; but they heard not the voice of him that
spake to me.

(Please bear this long mail for I had to give a lot of necessary references
since they are very important)

We see Jesus appeared as a bright light and not as a human unto Paul when
he was yet Saul. Even today we have Christ appearing to people especially
Muslims, and He has always been coming as a spirit being as in a bright
light with an outline of a human.

We also see Paul had not just one encounter with the Lord Jesus Christ even
in one of his other encounters where the Lord appears to him we see Paul
says an Angel of God appeared and yet says ‘whose I am, and whom I serve’ -
implying the Lord Jesus Christ.

Again in the book of Revelation we see there are 3 places (in 1 chapter
noted twice) where the term Alpha and Omega (Beginning and End) is used.

In chapter 1 it shows the man Jesus Christ (hands pierced) as being the one
who states He is the Alpha and Omega. Here He states it twice.

In chapter 21 we see a Being seated on the Throne says He is the Alpha and
Omega and He also says He will be their God and they who overcome will be
His sons, thus indication God as Alpha and Omega.

Later in chapter 22 we see John was conversing with an Angel and was going
to bow to Him but this Angel forbids him and later it is this same Angel
who states He is the Alpha and Omega.

When I was reading the Dake’s Bible study reference book I read a comment
where Dake gave of the Lord Jesus Christ as being referred to an Angel,
when I read this sentence at first I thought this man was a heretic and I
almost stopped reading that Bible. I know of Jehovah Witnesses also
thinking in that direction. Later as I was doing my study I too saw that
the Lord Jesus Christ referred man, as Angel and also as God. This
tri-character of Him stands right from Genesis to Revelation thus caused me
to think, then came many questions but later the Lord answered all my
queries (over 2 years).

We need to keep certain fact on the Lord Jesus Christ:- He is God, He was
Son (yet unlike the Angels who were also called Sons of God), He was man,
He was not created, He existed from the beginning (like the Father), He has
life in Himself (eternal life exist in Himself while we get from Him), He
is Alpha and Omega, He humbled Himself and became our sacrifice, He was our
sacrifice from the beginning of the foundation of creation, He awaits when
He will return to the Father and when He will be again glorified in the
Father, He will come again for us and we will be in Him.

When we take all these factors we can start to understand the Lord Jesus
Christ.

The Lord Jesus Christ was not created like other life beings for He came
from the Father and thus being God yet He called the Father God. He is from
the beginning as the Father is, since He has all the characteristics of the
Father (since He came from the Father). He humbled Himself and became man.
In His second coming He will return as He went (as man) and will take us to
the Father. We will be in Him (Heavenly marriage) and He in the Father
(return to His glorified self before He humbled Himself).

My next question was when did He humble Himself and when did He become man?
We all know when He became man. But yet there were questions when did He
humbled Himself and what did be become when He humbled Himself and had not
yet come as man in the flesh? Then I came across the scripture ‘the lamb
slain from the foundation of the world (creation)’ pointing to His humbling
and becoming a willing sacrifice even before man was created or sinned.

My further questions got answered easily when I understood man and what man
is - a spirit being having a soul and living in a body of flesh. Jesus said
when we die we are (as) like the Angels. We also see in Revelation man and
Angels are equated as same. Angels as called Sons of God and we await the
moment when we become Sons of God (it is a process wherein the image of God
is perfected in us).

When we understand this we will understand why Angels call themselves our
brethren or fellow servants. We also understand as human how the Lord was
truly human and when He said He overcame as human, He meant it.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord we cannot comprehend the things that You have done for us. It is so
true when John wrote that if all that You did is written there would not be
sufficient writing material in the whole world to hold it. Your love O Lord
is manifested on the cross but what we see on the cross is not even a
portion of your love. We pray Lord You open the eyes of your people and let
them know You and have power in You...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Revelation 19:10 And 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.

Revelation 13:8 And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose
names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the
foundation of the world.

Revelation 21:17 And he measured the wall thereof, an hundred and forty
and four cubits, according to the measure of a man, that is, of the angel.

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

Revelation 1:7-8,10-18

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.

8 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord,
which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.

10 I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and heard behind me a great
voice, as of a trumpet,

11 Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and, What thou
seest, write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches which are in
Asia; unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, and unto Thyatira,
and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea.

12 And I turned to see the voice that spake with me. And being turned, I
saw seven golden candlesticks;

13 And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of
man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with
a golden girdle.

14 His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his
eyes were as a flame of fire;

15 And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and
his voice as the sound of many waters.

16 And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a
sharp twoedged sword: and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his
strength.

17 And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right
hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last:

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

Revelation 21:5-7

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

6 And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and
the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water
of life freely.

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

Revelation 22:8-13

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

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

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

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

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

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

Exodus 14:19 And the angel of God, which went before the camp of Israel,
removed and went behind them; and the pillar of the cloud went from before
their face, and stood behind them:

Acts 7:30 And when forty years were expired, there appeared to him in the
wilderness of mount Sina an angel of the Lord in a flame of fire in a bush.

Daniel 12:5-9

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

6 And one said to the man clothed in linen, which was upon the waters of
the river, How long shall it be to the end of these wonders?

7 And I heard the man clothed in linen, which was upon the waters of the
river, when he held up his right hand and his left hand unto heaven, and
sware by him that liveth for ever that it shall be for a time, times, and
an half; and when he shall have accomplished to scatter the power of the
holy people, all these things shall be finished.

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

9 And he said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed
till the time of the end.

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

Daniel 12:1-4

1 And at that time shall Michael [means ‘one who is like God’] stand up,
the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there
shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even
to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every
one that shall be found written in the book.

2 And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some
to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.

3 And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament;
and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.

4 But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the
time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be
increased.

Revelation 20:7-15

7 And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of
his prison,

8 And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters
of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number
of whom is as the sand of the sea.

9 And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of
the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of
heaven, and devoured them.

10 And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and
brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be
tormented day and night for ever and ever.

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

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

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

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

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

Revelation 12:7-9

7 And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the
dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,

8 And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven.

9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil,
and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth,
and his angels were cast out with him.

Revelation 17:14 These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall
overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that
are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.

Acts 10:3-4

3 He saw in a vision evidently about the ninth hour of the day an angel of
God coming in to him, and saying unto him, Cornelius.

4 And when he looked on him, he was afraid, and said, What is it, Lord?
And he said unto him, Thy prayers and thine alms are come up for a memorial
before God.

Acts 27:23-24

23 For there stood by me this night the angel of God, whose I am, and whom
I serve,

24 Saying, Fear not, Paul; thou must be brought before Caesar: and, lo,
God hath given thee all them that sail with thee.

Revelation 10:1-3

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:

2 And he had in his hand a little book open: and he set his right foot
upon the sea, and his left foot on the earth,

3 And cried with a loud voice, as when a lion roareth: and when he had
cried, seven thunders uttered their voices.

Revelation 4:2-5

2 And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in
heaven, and one sat on the throne.

3 And he that sat was to look upon like a jasper and a sardine stone: and
there was a rainbow round about the throne, in sight like unto an emerald.

4 And round about the throne were four and twenty seats: and upon the
seats I saw four and twenty elders sitting, clothed in white raiment; and
they had on their heads crowns of gold.

5 And out of the throne proceeded lightnings and thunderings and voices:
and there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the
seven Spirits of God.

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O Theophilus

[KJV] Acts 1:1The former treatise have I made, O Theophilus, of all that 
Jesus began both to do and teach,

In different translations we see this scripture written differently. 
What I stated above is the KJV AV version.

[NASB] Acts 1:1The first accounts have I composed, O Theophilus, about 
all that Jesus began to do and teach,

[ESV] Acts 1:1In the first book, O Theophilus, I have dealt with all 
that Jesus began to do and teach,

[ASV] Acts 1:1The former treatise I made, O Theophilus, concerning all 
that Jesus began both to do and to teach,

What we see in all the versions even though they translate the sentence 
different yet the Greek word 'Theophilus' they do not translate thus 
projecting it as a title or status. This word is a compound word made of 
2 words 'Theo' and 'Philo'. Theo means God or accurately Deity (Greeks 
had many gods so their term is likewise) and 'Philo'. This word 'Philo' 
/ 'Phileo' (together occur in the NT 54 times not counting the compound 
usage of these words) has been translated in many ways in the Bible 
sometimes as friend (29 times), to love (22 times) and to kiss (3 
times). But this word has another meaning which is not projected that is 
associate. In Greek friend or mate is written 'hetairos' and is used in 
4 scriptures.

To understand what meaning is to be used friend or love or kiss we need 
to understand the terms. Here we see 3 terms friend, love or kiss [they 
project the same emotion] and associate [which is not used]. The problem 
in scriptures is between usage of the term friend and associate for 
there are some scriptures where in instead of using associate they have 
used the term friend. The only way out is to take the meaning of the 
word from where they come from.

When the Lord made me understand friendship I was surprised. Friend is a 
social relationship between two people who are not related. It talks of 
the coordinal or good relationship between 2 people. There are some 
problems with this relationship. This relationship is not forever and 
till the two are on the same grounds or mindset the relationship exist. 
The moment one of the parties thinks likewise this relationship shakes 
and may even break. It is unlike being a brother or sister or brethren 
which is not something that can be broken unless the person leaves that 
family.

If you see in James 2:23 we see it is translated as Abraham is called 
friend of God. Now this scripture is referring to Isaiah 41:8 and 2 
Chronicles 20:7 which uses the Hebrew word 'ahab' which means lover or 
love. So we see in all these 3 scriptures Abraham is not called 'friend 
of God' but 'lover of God'. We are called His Bride because or spiritual 
father is also called His lover.

Now coming to John 15 where the word 'friend' is used. If you look at 
the context of the topic Jesus is talking about growing fruits and His 
Fathers business (growing fruits). Now business is not something you 
discuss or involve friends in. We may consult them only if they have the 
required experience, wisdom or knowledge or understanding but not every 
friend is discussed on business matters. If a friend is part of our 
business he becomes our business partner or associate but not business 
friend.

When we understand the meaning of an associate in business we will 
understand our relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. In an associate 
company the company is headed by an individual under whose name the 
company is primarily registered under. He provides all the main 
resources to that organization. The associate partners work under his 
name. Even though they work under his name yet they are themselves 
owners of that company and the profits of that company are divided 
between the main owner and the associates as per the business the 
associate brings in.

In the Bible we are called Israel which means Princes of God and we see 
Jesus is also referred as Chief Prince ('archegos' [occurs 3 times] but 
translated as 'prince' which is actually 'archon') . As man He was the 
corner stone and chief or head of us.

Under God's Kingdom is serious business and good harvest [fruits] is our 
business aim. We work under the Name of Lord Jesus Christ and yet we all 
are co-owners of this business. When time comes in Heaven we will all 
receive the riches of the business we do here on earth.

So if we translate today's scripture it stands as

Acts 1:1The true words have I recorded, O Associate of God, of all that 
Jesus began both to do and teach,

In today's message we see Luke uses the term Theophilus meaning 
Associate of God. He does use this term for himself but states the book 
of Acts is for those who are associates of God, so as to know of the 
business of the Kingdom of God. Luke, Paul and the other disciples 
listed in Acts did a good job as associates, can we call ourselves 
Theophilus?And if we do let us look at what mission we are assigned in 
the business of the Kingdom of God, and are we doing well in the business?

[Prayer Starter]

Lord You made us beautiful and in your image. Even though we are like 
minute worms compared to You yet called us to be Sons and Partners of 
the Kingdom of God. Lord we pray we know what it means to be your Son, 
Lover, Bride and Partner...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

2 Chronicles 20:7Art not thou our God, who didst drive out the 
inhabitants of this land before thy people Israel, and gavest it to the 
seed of Abraham thy friend for ever?

Isaiah 41:8But thou, Israel, art my servant, Jacob whom I have chosen, 
the seed of Abraham my friend.

James 2:23And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed 
God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called 
the Friend of God.

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

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

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

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Matthew 23:27,28Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye 
are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, 
but are within full of dead men's bones, and of all uncleanness. Even so 
ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of 
hypocrisy and iniquity.

There was one lot of people whom Jesus could not stand and that were the 
religious people, He reached out to the sinners, robbers, murders etc. 
but religious people just got to His nerves so He would always answer 
them with questions. Jesus in this scripture compares the religious 
leaders as white wash tombs.

Visit a cemetery and you will see graves dressed with beautiful looking 
statutes and gardens. When I was not in the Lord and my father had 
expired I designed his grave on computer using CAD software and did it 
more of a modern design (since I did not have the money to buy huge 
statues to decorate it). It was so good that the person doing it himself 
took extra interest to make it and show everyone (many copied it); even 
after it was done he would visit and update me if any issue every time I 
would visit there. Everyone though it was my great love for my father, I 
too thought so but later I knew it was my ignorance and lack of 
knowledge. Once I understood life and death, and things of the kingdom 
of God I realized no one is any one's once a person dies and what 
remains with us is just the life story of that person. All our earthly 
relations perish with our bodies and only what exist is our relationship 
in Christ if we are in Christ.

When I came to understand the truth I stopped visiting the grave. Some 
thought because I was no longer Catholic I had become hard and was 
ungrateful to my father. But had I continued to do what I did then what 
would have been buried there would not be my father's remains but the 
truth and that would have hardened me from inside and soon I would have 
been the greater grave and not those stones.

All ignorant people who practice religion are not religious people but 
those who are aware of the truth and due to worldly reason continue 
doing the traditions of man which are contrary to the truth are 
religious people. The Sadducees and Pharisees did not know God but were 
people who had some knowledge of the truth but for worldly reasons 
became like graves, outside clean and beautiful and inside spiritually 
dead. To start with they were not like that, they may have had a genuine 
thirst for the Lord but some religious person caught them and over a 
period of time made them like them or worse than them. You may say they 
would be innocent; sure they will be till the time they realize they are 
wrong and yet choose to continue.

Take for example yesterday's mail I had people (some Catholics) respond 
to it with justification or attacking me even though they read it and it 
convicted them yet they replied to suppress their gilt. If they continue 
doing what they are doing even after knowing the truth do they have a 
justification towards God? Can they say to God they were innocent and 
did not know? Would not God be justified to call them 'God haters'?

Today the Lord is telling us it is not just those who wear white robes 
and show they are doing God's work but in reality are inside spiritually 
dead like graves, but also those who follow them and do not inquire with 
the Lord get counted as dead graves.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord, we pray that people have a living conscience and that they do not 
kill this conscience doing religious activity. We pray the fear of God 
in their lives. We pray they seek You in Spirit and truth and not in 
traditions or praises of men...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Matthew 22:29-30

29Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the 
scriptures, nor the power of God.

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

Revelation 21:17And he measured the wall thereof, an hundred and forty 
and four cubits, according to the measure of a man, that is, of the angel.

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

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Why cover our nakedness?

Mark 14:51, 52And there followed him a certain young man, having a linen 
cloth cast about his naked body; and the young men laid hold on him: And 
he left the linen cloth, and fled from them naked.

There are people who promote showing skin as not bad since God created 
us beautiful being. There is this worldly saying 'if you have it flaunt 
it'. In some countries Christians have gone overboard that they hold 
service in the name of worshiping God where the congregation attends in 
the buff, wearing nothing.

There is also the larger question of how much skin to show? What is 
decency and what is indecency?Where does man draw the line and say 
enough? These questions cannot be answered by moral rules or laws but 
only by the Word of God for nakedness came into existence due to the 
existence of the Law of God (you may wonder how?).

When God created man and woman there was no sin in them and they did not 
wear clothes and never felt naked basically because flesh had no hold on 
them. But when sin came in them they realized they were trapped in the 
body of flesh and because flesh had a hold of them they tried to cover 
certain parts of their body, it is then the term nakedness came into 
existence (every part /organ of the human anatomy is made according to 
design understanding it will reveal spiritual things). Jesus showed He 
overcame sin by transfiguring and this was also the reason He was 
crucified on the cross without clothes. We cannot use the word 'naked' 
for Him on the cross even though there was no clothes on Him since no 
sin was / is in Him.

We see in the book of Moses the Lord tells the priests not to make steps 
to the tabernacle but make a sloping ramp so that their nakedness was 
not seen. God was not man to peek from below to see their nakedness. 
There are 2 dimensions to this verse, one natural and one spiritual.

In the natural at that time the men wore a gown same like the women but 
the gown of the men were slight shorter to the women. God said this so 
that the people do not see the nakedness of His representatives as they 
climbed the height. In reality we hide our nakedness from each other and 
not from God because God can see through anything and through time.

In the spiritual dimension steps symbolize prosperity and God knew 
worldly prosperity brings out the carnal nakedness of man. That is why 
God set a long duration of time for man to gradually grow and come to 
Him for if He had shorten this man would have spiritual nakedness. When 
man knows something a little quickly, he thinks he knows all and then 
shows his spiritual nakedness.

When we dress are we fully covered or party covered is not the question 
we should ask but we should ask is our nakedness visible to others? Let 
us also remember other than our natural nakedness let us cover our 
spiritual nakedness more. The Lord says on Judgment Day those who show 
their spiritual nakedness to their brethren will be cut off (will not 
enter Heaven).

[Prayer Starter]

Lord people do not understand nakedness since they do not know the 
meaning of righteousness. We pray Lord that they do not go the norms of 
modesty but spiritually open their eyes and see even if they are fully 
covered they could be showing their nakedness. We also pray they more 
cover their spiritual nakedness and have fear of Hell fire...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

1 Corinthians 4:10-13

10We are fools for Christ's sake, but ye are wise in Christ; we are 
weak, but ye are strong; ye are honourable, but we are despised.

11Even unto this present hour we both hunger, and thirst, and are naked, 
and are buffeted, and have no certain dwellingplace;

12And labour, working with our own hands: being reviled, we bless; being 
persecuted, we suffer it:

13Being defamed, we intreat: we are made as the filth of the world, and 
are the offscouring of all things unto this day.

2 Corinthians 5:2-3

2For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our 
house which is from heaven:

3If so be that being clothed we shall not be found naked.

Exodus 20:26Neither shalt thou go up by steps unto mine altar, that thy 
nakedness be not discovered thereon.

Exodus 28:42And thou shalt make them linen breeches to cover their 
nakedness; from the loins even unto the thighs they shall reach:

Leviticus 18:6-18,29

6 None of you shall approach to any that is near of kin to him, to 
uncover their nakedness: I am the LORD.

7The nakedness of thy father, or the nakedness of thy mother, shalt thou 
not uncover: she is thy mother; thou shalt not uncover her nakedness.

8The nakedness of thy father's wife shalt thou not uncover: it is thy 
father's nakedness.

9The nakedness of thy sister, the daughter of thy father, or daughter of 
thy mother, whether she be born at home, or born abroad, even their 
nakedness thou shalt not uncover.

10The nakedness of thy son's daughter, or of thy daughter's daughter, 
even their nakedness thou shalt not uncover: for theirs is thine own 
nakedness.

11The nakedness of thy father's wife's daughter, begotten of thy father, 
she is thy sister, thou shalt not uncover her nakedness.

12Thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of thy father's sister: she is 
thy father's near kinswoman.

13Thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of thy mother's sister: for she 
is thy mother's near kinswoman.

14Thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of thy father's brother, thou 
shalt not approach to his wife: she is thine aunt.

15Thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of thy daughter in law: she is 
thy son's wife; thou shalt not uncover her nakedness.

16Thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of thy brother's wife: it is thy 
brother's nakedness.

17Thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of a woman and her daughter, 
neither shalt thou take her son's daughter, or her daughter's daughter, 
to uncover her nakedness; for they are her near kinswomen: it is wickedness.

18Neither shalt thou take a wife to her sister, to vex her, to uncover 
her nakedness, beside the other in her life time.

29For whosoever shall commit any of these abominations, even the souls 
that commit them shall be cut off from among their people.

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