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Post  Admin on Fri 05 May 2017, 10:50 am

Remember the Poor
March 8, 2017

Read: Galatians 2:6-10

Only, they asked us to remember the poor, the very thing I was eager to do.
(v. 10)

When Paul visited the apostles, they needed to make sure they were in
agreement on a core gospel principle. They discussed a heady theological
topic: did
Gentiles need to become Jews first before becoming Christian? Did they need
to follow the old ceremonial laws that had long distinguished God’s people
from all others? After much discussion they decided that no, Christ was the
new reality now, and Gentiles could become Christ’s followers without first
needing to become Jewish.

Like many church discussions, this question was likely the center of
attention for a while. Theological arguments can consume a lot of energy.
Indeed,
sometimes they can consume so much energy that the church may not have a lot
of juice left to devote to other issues, including important ministries like
caring for the poor.

That’s why the final verse about the Jerusalem conversation is so wonderful.
Yes, they all agreed theologically. But before they adjourned the meeting,
someone said “Let’s not forget the poor in all this!” Paul could not have
agreed more. It serves as a reminder to us today that no matter how certain
we
are to get all our theology straight, if in the end we are perfectly
orthodox but ignore those who need our help, then we are forgetting one of
the biggest
things Jesus ever wanted us to do in the first place. —Scott Hoezee

Prayer: Help us always, O Jesus, to remember the least of these among us.
Words of Hope

Lamp and Oil

Matthew 25:3,4 They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil
with them: But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.

To understand the parable of the 10 virgins we need to take clues of the
words Jesus spoke. Like Jesus said in verse 12 'Verily I say unto you, I
know you not', these are the same words He uses in Matthew 7:21-23 to
those who are Believers but have not done the will of the Father.

What is the will of the Father?

Jesus in Matthew 18:14 and Galatians 1:14 clearly says the will of the
Father is that His people do not perish. We as Christians are called to
do the will of the Father. That means when we receive the salvation of
the Lord Jesus Christ we are called to share that message of salvation
with others so that they too receive and extend unto others, that way
all who are His will come unto Him.

The foolish virgins had their lamps full of oil, they were the ones who
were concern only of themselves, but the wise virgins even though their
lamps were full they carried extra oil, they were those who thought more
than themselves.

Understand as Christians one cannot be selfish or self-centered. We are
called to be Christians - Christ like that means to connect to others
who have their names in the Book of Life. Since we do not know whose
names are written and whose is not, we are called to reach out to all.
It is the seed of faith in them that will confirm if they are of His flock.

Let us also remember we may be standing on stages and gathering crowd in
His name but that does not confirm we have added people to His Kingdom.
We may even be Pastors of large congregation yet it is not a
confirmation we have added a soul to His Kingdom. Adding a soul to His
Kingdom is confirmed by the change of heart of a person and the person's
surrender to the Lord. Most Preachers, Men of God make disciple for
themselves by their gifting but rarely make disciples for Christ. The
litmus test for this is when you find the same people around a Man of
God always and the Man of God does not send them out on their own to
make their own lots like Jesus did to His disciples.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord You are Father unto your people, You are their creator, protector
and provider. You care for them and desire they return to You. Lord we
pray we as Christians realize we are called to connect to each other so
that none are lost. We pray we look beyond our earthly families and set
our eyes on our Heavenly family...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
Matthew 25:1-13

Matthew 7:21-23
21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the
kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in
heaven.
22 Many 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?
23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me,
ye that work iniquity.

Matthew 18:14 Even so it is not the will of your Father which is in
heaven, that one of these little ones should perish.

Galatians 1:4 Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us
from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father:

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

Mark 1:17 And Jesus said unto them, Come ye after me, and I will make
you to become fishers of men.

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Post  Admin on Mon 17 Apr 2017, 4:42 pm

Date: April 17, 2017 at 12:37 AM
Topic: +DEV+ More Than 500 Witnesses

More Than 500 Witnesses

"...he appeared to Peter and then to the Twelve. After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep." (1 Corinthians 15:5-6)
Scripture Focus: 1 Corinthians 15:3-22

The essence of the Christian faith is rooted not merely in what happened when the Lord died, in the beautiful sacrifice He made for the sins of humanity. Certainly, the time Christ spent on earth proclaiming the Good News of His grace has affected people all throughout history. Some see Him as a great role model for love and peace, others a wise teacher unfairly executed. But the heart of the Christian faith has been the literal heart beat of what happened after His death.

It was after His lungs collapsed and heart stopped that something truly unprecedented occurred: the once-dead man became alive again and actually walked those same dusty roads not just once, but for forty days, God in human
flesh. He visited with friends in a garden, chatted with them on the road or in their apartments, even cooked breakfast for them on the beach.

Why did Jesus, the God-Man, spend 40 days after His death appearing to over 500 people? To establish His new body! And now He establishes His new kingdom in our hearts.

Insight: Paul writes that if Christ wasn't raised from the dead, our faith is useless. how can Christ's resurrection affect your faith today?

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The Just Judge is coming to take the seat

Luke 18:4 And he would not for a while: but afterward he said within
himself, Though I fear not God, nor regard man;

Today is Resurrection Day and all are celebrating the Resurrection of
the Lord Jesus Christ on the third day.

We all know He resurrected around Sunday noon but what most do not give
attention to is as to why did Jesus resurrect on the third day? Hell
does not have earthly day and night that Jesus had to wait there for 2
days to pass. Earth (our creation), Hell and Heaven are not separated by
distance that it takes time for anyone to travel between them.

After resurrection Jesus did not allow Mary Magdalene to touch Him and
the reason He gave was that He had not ascended to the Father yet. But
in the same day in the evening He appears to the Apostles and allowed
all to touch Him.

In the OT the final sacrifice was the sprinkling of blood in the Holy of
Holies and that Jesus did after He resurrected. His death and
resurrection was part of all the sacrifices He did and it was to break
curse of death (Hell) in our lives, for now anyone who believes in Him
will not go to Hell, irrespective of how much he or she has sinned. Also
before His ascended to Heaven and returned to appear to the Apostles
that evening, He took a walk into the wilderness where He had an
encounter with Cephas and his co-traveller, this walk was necessary for
by it He completed another sacrifice [after resurrection He could walk
through walls so walk was symbolic]. Right after the breaking of bread
[Last Supper] on start of the Passover week to Resurrection Day each and
every sacrifice needed for the salvation of man was completed. On the
Cross He completed the availability for all the sacrifices from His part
thus said 'it is finished'.

Coming back to the reason Jesus resurrected on the third day. All would
say it was related to the sign of Jonah but they do not realize that
Jesus said that the sign of Jonah was for the wicked generation, that
means Jonah came out of the belly of fish after 3 days was not a good
sign. Had Jesus resurrected after 3 days then His whole purpose of
coming as man, including all that He did on the Cross would have been
useless. His resurrection on the third day, before 3 days got over was a
sign and a confirmation of His coming back before man perishes. It has
to do with the spirit life span of man. So all those who hoped in Him
from the time He walked on earth, even if they die their natural death
they will not perish but live to see Him come again in His glory
(including those from the time of Noah for the covenant was started with
Noah and completed in Christ).

Let us not just rejoice today for He has resurrected, but more so
rejoice He resurrected on the third day before the day ended. Now we are
not only saved from Hell (its suffering and death) but know that He will
come again to take us to Heaven to live eternally before we perish.

Today's message talks of an unjust judge who responded to a plea not out
of a genuine mercy to the widow but out of irritation. People try this
approach also with God thus pray for long duration, hours, days, months
and even years for a pray to be answered. Jesus said even though the
Lord may answer it like the unjust judge did but then He raised a very
important question, will the Just Judge find faith when He comes? Let
our prayer be full of faith so that we do not need to pray for long for
anything.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord, You are a Righteous yet Merciful God. The price for sin had to be
paid, although man sinned yet You saved him by paying the price
yourself. Word says each one has to pay for their own sins but removing
man from the sinners list You saved him from the punishment. Lord we
thank You not only for saving us from Hell where we would have suffered
our sins but also for your resurrection on the third day to confirm
before life is lost You will come again to Judge and take us to Heaven.

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen

[Reference Scriptures]

Matthew 16:4A wicked and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and
there shall no sign be given unto it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas.
And he left them, and departed.

Luke 18:3-8

3And there was a widow in that city; and she came unto him, saying,
Avenge me of mine adversary.

4And he would not for a while: but afterward he said within himself,
Though I fear not God, nor regard man;

5Yet because this widow troubleth me, I will avenge her, lest by her
continual coming she weary me.

6And the Lord said, Hear what the unjust judge saith.

7And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto
him, though he bear long with them?

8I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son
of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?

John 20:13-17

13And they say unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? She saith unto them,
Because they have taken away my Lord, and I know not where they have
laid him.

14And when she had thus said, she turned herself back, and saw Jesus
standing, and knew not that it was Jesus.

15Jesus saith unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? whom seekest thou? She,
supposing him to be the gardener, saith unto him, Sir, if thou have
borne him hence, tell me where thou hast laid him, and I will take him away.

16Jesus saith unto her, Mary. She turned herself, and saith unto him,
Rabboni; which is to say, Master.

17Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my
Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my
Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God.

Matthew 16:28Verily I say unto you, There be some standing here, which
shall not taste of death, till they see the Son of man coming in his
kingdom.

Happy Resurrection Day to one and all!

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Enraged with Tyre and Sidon

Acts 12:20And Herod was highly displeased [enraged] with them of Tyre
and Sidon: but they came with one accord to him, and, having made
Blastus the king's chamberlain their friend, desired peace; because
their country was nourished by the king's country.

We read in today's message Herod was enraged with the two cities of Tyre
and Sidon [OT Zidon], the word used to show the feeling is noted only
here in the whole NT and literately mean 'to meditate war'.

These two cities are the most infamous cities in the OT. In Ezekiel 28
Satan (plural) [Lucifer / Serpent and the Beast] are noted as king and
prince of Tyre. Tyre means small rock and symbolizes half-truth or
incomplete truth. Satan is called the father of lies and he/they being
most shrewd do not completely lie, he/they mix lies with little truth
and that was the trick used on Eve to get Adam. Satan is the father of
doubt and destroys God's people by implanting doubt in their minds.

Sidon / Zidon means hunting for provision and was a prosperous kingdom,
a little distant from Tyre. Although this kingdom had its own king yet
it was many a times was like a tributary to the kings of Tyre. In
spiritual terms it symbolizes those who seek worldly prosperity and the
main reason they do this because they lack complete knowledge of the Truth.

Just a few days back a brother was sharing how in a Whatsapp Pastors'
group he spoke against those who seek worldly prosperity and how many of
the Pastors got upset with him and openly rebuked him saying he did not
know the Word of God. So using scriptures he shut them referring to how
Jesus told Nicodemus that he would enter the kingdom of God only after
he gave away a large part of his wealth and how Jesus told the rich man
to give away all his wealth and follow Him.

In Matthew 11 Jesus said even those in the worldly Tyre and Sidon of the
OT would have changed had they experienced His work among them.

God is telling us in today's message He is surely going to punish Satan
and his lot, and along with them He is going to punish those who use
God's Kingdom to gain worldly pleasures. In the name of blessings they
seek their carnal desires.

God does give us abundance of His Kingdom which is not of this world,
Paul also advices us to be sober in our natural being, in our worldly
desires.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord You are Spirit and You Lord desire us to walk in spirit and truth.
You commanded we overcome this world, its worldly understanding and
worldly desires. Lord we pray that many of those who know You are misled
to seek the pleasures of this world in the name of blessings. Lord may
they know the difference between needs and wants. Also we pray they
understand that the desires which You promised will meet in abundance is
those which are related to the Kingdom of God and things of the spirit
world...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Ezekiel 28

Matthew 11:20-25

20Then he went on to say hard things to the towns where most of his
works of power were done, because they had not been turned from their sins.

21Unhappy are you, Chorazin! Unhappy are you, Beth-saida! For if the
works of power which were done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon,
they would have been turned from their sins in days gone by, clothing
themselves in haircloth and putting dust on their heads.

22But I say to you, It will be better for Tyre and Sidon in the day of
judging, than for you.

23And you, Capernaum, were you not to be lifted up to heaven? you will
go down into hell: for if the works of power which were done in you had
been done in Sodom, it would have been here to this day.

24But I say to you that it will be better for the land of Sodom in the
day of judging, than for you.

25At that time Jesus made answer and said, I give praise to you, O Father,

1 Thessalonians 5:5-9

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

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

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

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

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

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Now we can enter the Temple without fear

Matthew 1:8 And Asa begat Josaphat; and Josaphat begat Joram; and Joram
begat Ozias;

The world celebrates Good Friday as the day when Jesus was crucified
even though Biblically Jesus was crucified on Thursday in the evening
[He was arrested after celebrating the first day of the Passover week
[which was on a Jewish Sabbath / Saturday]. After that He was kept for 5
days going from one court to another and being punished by both the Jews
and the Romans. Thus on Thursday evening the day before the actual
Passover / High Sabbath [which was on Friday] He was killed as the
Paschal Lamb. He then resurrected on Sunday exact on the 3rd day as
foretold.

Today's message talks of a section of the genealogy of Jesus and a very
interesting recording that is of Joram begat Ozias.

Firstly Ozias was not the actual son of Joram, between them there were 3
generations / kings Ahaziah, Joash, and Amaziah. It was not uncommon in
Jewish tradition to omit generations in between i.e. in Ezr 7:3, Azariah
is called the son of Meraioth, although it is evident, from 1Ch 6:7-9,
that there were six descendants between them. Matthew took this
information from the Jewish public records which were not very accurate;
the Talmud speaks of such deficient recordings.

Secondly Ozias was Uzziah the king who dared to enter the temple to burn
incense [which symbolizes worship] and was struck with leprosy until his
death. In the OT only a Priest was allowed to enter the temple.

In today's message the Lord is telling us even though our forefathers
may have not known the Lord and were not saved yet the Lord chose us to
be saved. He is also telling us, before we were not eligible to enter
His courts because of our unrighteousness [leprosy symbolizes
unrighteousness] and would die but now Christ by His death has taken the
wrath of God on Himself made peace between God and man, by being called
His brethren we become Priests and by His righteousness we are made
eligible to enter the Holy place [Heaven].

We should also remember as Priest we need serve the Lord; how can we be
called Priest if we do not serve Him.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord, You are Holy God and nothing unholy can dwell before You. You are
a Righteous God and nothing unrighteous can dwell before You. We by our
sins were not eligible to come before You Lord, Yet You Lord choose us
from among our ancestors and make us eligible by paying the price for
our fault and also gave us your Spirit so help us serve You as Royal
Priests. We thank You Lord for making us eligible. We pray we always
remember this and not take it for granted...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Chronicles 26:16 -21

2 Chronicles 35:17And the children of Israel that were present kept the
passover at that time, and the feast of unleavened bread seven days.

Mark 14:1After two days was the feast of the passover, and of unleavened
bread: and the chief priests and the scribes sought how they might take
him by craft, and put him to death.

John 19: 31 Since it was the preparation day, the Jews did not want the
bodies to remain on the cross on the Sabbath (for that Sabbath was a
special day). They requested that Pilate have the men's legs broken and
that /their bodies/ be taken away.

Colossians 2:16For this reason let no man be your judge in any question
of food or drink or feast days or new moons or Sabbaths:

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Now we can enter the Temple without fear

Matthew 1:8 And Asa begat Josaphat; and Josaphat begat Joram; and Joram
begat Ozias;

The world celebrates Good Friday as the day when Jesus was crucified
even though Biblically Jesus was crucified on Thursday in the evening
[He was arrested after celebrating the first day of the Passover week
[which was on a Jewish Sabbath / Saturday]. After that He was kept for 5
days going from one court to another and being punished by both the Jews
and the Romans. Thus on Thursday evening the day before the actual
Passover / High Sabbath [which was on Friday] He was killed as the
Paschal Lamb. He then resurrected on Sunday exact on the 3rd day as
foretold.

Today's message talks of a section of the genealogy of Jesus and a very
interesting recording that is of Joram begat Ozias.

Firstly Ozias was not the actual son of Joram, between them there were 3
generations / kings Ahaziah, Joash, and Amaziah. It was not uncommon in
Jewish tradition to omit generations in between i.e. in Ezr 7:3, Azariah
is called the son of Meraioth, although it is evident, from 1Ch 6:7-9,
that there were six descendants between them. Matthew took this
information from the Jewish public records which were not very accurate;
the Talmud speaks of such deficient recordings.

Secondly Ozias was Uzziah the king who dared to enter the temple to burn
incense [which symbolizes worship] and was struck with leprosy until his
death. In the OT only a Priest was allowed to enter the temple.

In today's message the Lord is telling us even though our forefathers
may have not known the Lord and were not saved yet the Lord chose us to
be saved. He is also telling us, before we were not eligible to enter
His courts because of our unrighteousness [leprosy symbolizes
unrighteousness] and would die but now Christ by His death has taken the
wrath of God on Himself made peace between God and man, by being called
His brethren we become Priests and by His righteousness we are made
eligible to enter the Holy place [Heaven].

We should also remember as Priest we need serve the Lord; how can we be
called Priest if we do not serve Him.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord, You are Holy God and nothing unholy can dwell before You. You are
a Righteous God and nothing unrighteous can dwell before You. We by our
sins were not eligible to come before You Lord, Yet You Lord choose us
from among our ancestors and make us eligible by paying the price for
our fault and also gave us your Spirit so help us serve You as Royal
Priests. We thank You Lord for making us eligible. We pray we always
remember this and not take it for granted...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Chronicles 26:16 -21

2 Chronicles 35:17And the children of Israel that were present kept the
passover at that time, and the feast of unleavened bread seven days.

Mark 14:1After two days was the feast of the passover, and of unleavened
bread: and the chief priests and the scribes sought how they might take
him by craft, and put him to death.

John 19: 31 Since it was the preparation day, the Jews did not want the
bodies to remain on the cross on the Sabbath (for that Sabbath was a
special day). They requested that Pilate have the men's legs broken and
that /their bodies/ be taken away.

Colossians 2:16For this reason let no man be your judge in any question
of food or drink or feast days or new moons or Sabbaths:

Dated 14 April 2017

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Faithful to the End

“For great is your love, higher than the heavens; your faithfulness reaches to the skies. Be exalted, O God, above the heavens, and let your glory be over all the earth” (Psalm 108:4-5).

Scripture Focus: Psalm 108:1-6

Are you a child of God through faith in His Son? Then He has promised to be your ever-present help. He cannot fail, because He is God.


Celebrate God’s faithfulness

The Word of the Lord is right and true;
He is faithful in all He does.
The Lord loves righteousness and justice;
the earth is full of His unfailing love.

The Lord is faithful to all His promises
and loving toward all He has made.
Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob,
whose hope is in the Lord his God…
The Lord, who remains faithful forever.

God’s unfailing promise to you

I will maintain My love to him forever,
and My covenant with him will never fail…
I will not take My love from him,
nor will I ever betray My faithfulness.

Psalms 33:4-5; 145:13; 146:5-6; 89:28-33

Insight: We've done nothing to deserve God's faithfulness to us, but we can praise Him for every proof of His unfailing love.

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Satan is already judged

John 16:11 Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged.

One will find most Christians, not only those who are new in Christ but
even those who have since many years come into the Lord and claim to
know scriptures very well say Jesus defeated Satan on the Cross and He
won the battle. It is sad to hear this for they do not know the reason
Christ died on the Cross. It is these very people who pray prayers like
covering oneself with the blood of Jesus to claim protection from Satan.

Today's scripture was before Jesus died on the Cross and in it Jesus
says Satan is already judged.

Many including Christians have made Satan in to a god all because they
do not know him, as they do not know God, they may know Jesus but do not
know God. They have lifted Satan from a mere being created by God to
someone who is a formidable competition to God and can even defeat God
that God needs to battle him.

Christ did not come to defeat Satan. Satan (and his fellow fallen
angels) knew of their end even before man was created. The creation of
man was a confirmation of what was due for them and their hate for man
is for the reason man was to receive what they lost (and more). God made
man lower than the Angels so that with the weapon of Truth a mere man
will defeat the mighty Cherubs Lucifer, the Beast and the angels who
left their status in Heaven and whom we refer to as evil spirits [Satan
is a plural word].

Christ came to save us from God and not from Satan. Sin had caused us to
become enemies of God and thus the wrath of God was against us. Jesus
Christ by His sacrifice took the wrath of God on Himself [paid for our
sins] and thus made peace between God and man [those who believe in
Him]. By this peace we were able to receive His Spirit and be
reinitiated to the Heavenly Family [The Heavenly Body - The Temple]. The
Blood of Christ protects us from God like the blood of the Paschal Lamb did.

A very interesting fact I came across of late is that spirit beings like
Angels are not killed or their life is not terminated like we die
natural death. When spirit beings did evil God being Righteous separated
them and kept them to face judgment. God in His wisdom created mere man
to judge them but for this man had to be lifted up and Christ by
becoming man helps us in this. Christ gave us authority to bind these
fallen angels (evil spirits) and chase them away, not destroy or kill
them. Jesus Christ could send them to Hell to be bound there.

Like I said in one of my previous messages when an unbelieving man dies
he or she is already judged and thus goes to Hell where they suffer
their sins until they finish their spirit life (which is in thousands of
years). Hell is a prison like place controlled by the Angels of God.

Lucifer and his whole lot after Judgment Day would not be killed but
bound and put in a place where they will suffer until the end of their
spirit life; they will become a testimony forever. Lake of Fire /
Sulphur [symbolic to understand how dreadful it will be] is place where
Satan and his whole lot along with those humans who accepted Christ but
rejected the Will of the Father will be put after Judgment.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord, You are Righteous yet Merciful God. You hate evil and no evil can
stand before your presence but in your wisdom You make a spectacle of
the consequence of evil. Lord You made man to be a testimony for the
Angels, to defeat the works of the fallen angels and judge them. Lord we
pray we realize the things You have set for us so that we overcome this
little suffering that we go through in this world. We also pray we
concentrate of defeating the works of Satan among man and not waste our
time behind Satan...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Ezekiel 28:1-19

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

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

John 1:51And he saith unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto you,
Hereafter ye shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and
descending upon the Son of man.

Matthew 25:41Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart
from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and
his angels:

1 Timothy 5:21I charge thee before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, and
the elect angels, that thou observe these things without preferring one
before another, doing nothing by partiality.

1 Corinthians 6:3aKnow ye not that we shall judge angels?

Hebrew 2:6-8, 22-23

6But one in a certain place testified, saying, What is man, that thou
art mindful of him? or the son of man, that thou visitest him?

7Thou madest him a little lower than the angels; thou crownedst him with
glory and honour, and didst set him over the works of thy hands:

8Thou hast put all things in subjection under his feet. For in that he
put all in subjection under him, he left nothing that is not put under
him. But now we see not yet all things put under him.

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

23To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written
in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men
made perfect,

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Immortality and Everlasting Life

Romans 6: 22 But now being made free from sin, and become servants to
God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.

If we look at other religions their gods are like humans they age and
grow old. These gods are not truly immortal for they can be poisoned or
killed; they carry weapons of death which they use against each other.
Bridging their understanding with the Bible someone made God to appear
as a young kid in a movie about Moses titled Exodus - gods and kings.

In the Bible we see when God made man the word man in Hebrew is Adam
[Adam did not have a name, he was called by his race] he was full of
life for the word comes from the root word 'reddish' meaning full of
life. But when sin manifested in the generations of Adam they saw
sickness for the first time and thus saw death manifest and that is the
reason Seth called his son Enos which means 'mortal man' and man started
calling on the Lord. Enos being mortal does not means Adam was immortal
and had the ability to live forever.

The Hebrew word for mortal is 'enowsh' and comes from the word 'anash'
which means weak. When we say immortal we think it is about having life
without and end, but Biblical it is not. The immortal understanding of
the Bible means fullness of life or life without blemish. Only God has
the ability to have life eternally within Himself and this He has given
this to His Son only.

Adam / man when created was immortal before he sinned, he also had the
resource to live forever all because he had access to Paradise / Eden /
Heaven. In Genesis and Revelation we read in both Paradise / Eden /
Heaven has the Tree of Life with its twelve Fruits [Fruits of the Holy
Spirit] and it is this Tree [not a real tree but earthly trees give us
an understanding of it] that gives the ability to live eternally [like
recharge]. When man sinned and corrupted he was driven out or denied
access to Eden/Paradise / Heaven thus the corruption made him not only
to lose his immortality but also bought the end of life [death] into
existence. Hell which was never for man was now a place where man was
going to be imprisoned after his natural death to await his spiritual
death, it is for this reason Hell is associated to death. In Hell the
corruption / sin in him would burn in / suffer him like never dying
burning coal / flesh eating worms [both symbolic] until his spiritual
death [which is in thousands of years].

We can study and know the spiritual life span of man from the many facts
given in the Bible; this will also help us understand approximately when
Jesus will come again and why He resurrected on the third day in spite
of fact that neither Heaven nor Hell has day or night cycle [His
resurrection on the third day is symbolic and a confirmation of His
coming again].

Paul confirms that in the end corrupt man will be made uncorrupt /
complete on Judgment Day [after being judged]. Interestingly this
corruption is to do with fruits. The fruit of sin makes us loose / kills
the Fruits of the Holy Spirit within us. When Adam sinned / by him
eating of the tree of Good and Bad [doubt] he lost the Fruit of Truth
and his disobedience lost him the Fruit of Righteousness, that is why he
came to know evil and nakedness [before that he was innocent to both
even though both existed].

Jesus paid the price for our sins so that we received the Spirit of
Truth who gives us the Fruit of Truth so that on Judgment Day we receive
the Fruit of Righteousness and are made complete to enter Heaven again
where we have access to the Tree of Life and thus able to live
eternally. It is Truth that sets us free from death.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord You are a Merciful God. Man looks at You come as man and die on the
crucifix for us but does not realize the reason of your mercy. They
mourn at your suffering but do not relish the fruit of your suffering.
They accept You as man Jesus but deny You as Spirit. Lord we pray they
understand the prime cause of your sacrifice is not just to be forgiven
of our sins but that we receive your Spirit so that we are made complete
and that Fruit of Truth in us will bring us to receive the Fruit of
Righteousness and thus access to eternal life...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Genesis 2:9And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree
that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also
in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.

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

Revelation 22:14Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may
have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into
the city.

Genesis 4:26And to Seth, to him also there was born a son; and he called
his name Enos: then began men to call upon the name of the LORD.

Genesis 2:25And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not
ashamed.

Genesis 3:7And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that
they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves
aprons.

John 5:26For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the
Son to have life in himself;

Ephesians 5:9(For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness [holiness]
and righteousness and truth;)

1 Corinthians 15:54So when this corruptible shall have put on
incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall
be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in
victory.

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He died outside the city

Acts 21:29 (For they had seen before with him in the city Trophimus an
Ephesian, whom they supposed that Paul had brought into the temple.)

If one goes to a Sikh Gurudwara one has to cover their head else the
person is not allowed, the same is the case with entering a Muslim
Mosque. But there are places like a Zoroastrian Fire Temple where if a
person is not a Parsi (Zoroastrian) he or she would not be allowed in,
even those who is a Parsi but has married an outsider is not allowed in.

In the case with Jewish Synagogue there are many rules to enter in, like
washing before entering, covering the head with a kippah (small cap), no
carry policy (any object in the hand especially on the Sabbath), Jews
wear a tefillin which is a leather strap used to bind the arm when
praying (on week days)... these are just a few of the traditions of the
Jews, they say it is Biblical but like the Catholic beliefs are
misplaced understanding of scriptures. In short it is very easy to
identify a person in a Synagogue as a Jew or a non-Jew.

Jesus was born a Jew but was rejected by the Jewish people; scripture
says He died outside the city and not inside the city so that the
gentile may receive salvation which was primarily for the Jews. Had the
Jews not rejected Christ then possibly we would not have inherited the
Kingdom of God but today we thank God that Jesus died outside the city
for us.

A Christian is a person who believes and follows Christ so one cannot be
a Jew and be a Christian it would be like a person being a Hindu or
Muslim and still claiming to be a follower of Christ (Christian). A Jew
is a follower of Jewish traditions which goes against the Kingdom of God
thus both cannot fit in same box. A Jew need to reject Judaism to be a
Christian and cannot be identified by both.

It is sad Christians still run after Jews mistaking them for the
Israelites of the Bible. Paul in his letter to Romans takes lots of pain
to explain a Biblical Jew is not the Jew of this world, he gives
examples like a Biblical Jew is one who is circumcised in the heart and
not in the flesh, one who has faith in Christ and not one who is a
natural descendent of Abraham etc...

Let us not merge the Kingdom of God with the kingdom of this world which
is of darkness, we can bring the Kingdom of God on this world by abiding
in the rule / Law of the Lord and for that we need to reject the
understanding of this world for both oppose each other. Let us take
people to God and not God to the people; God does not change, change people.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord You are Spirit and You desire man to worship You in Spirit and
Truth. Lord we pray we overcome the flesh as commanded by You so that we
walk in spirit and thus have access to your Kingdom. We pray Lord we
discern this world and its worldly understanding from your Kingdom...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Mark 15:19-20

19And they smote him on the head with a reed, and did spit upon him, and
bowing their knees worshipped him.

20And when they had mocked him, they took off the purple from him, and
put his own clothes on him, and led him out to crucify him.

John 19: 20This title then read many of the Jews: for the place where
Jesus was crucified was nigh [near] to the city: and it was written in
Hebrew, and Greek, and Latin.

Matthew 15:22-27

22And, behold, a woman of Canaan came out of the same coasts, and cried
unto him, saying, Have mercy on me, O Lord, thou Son of David; my
daughter is grievously vexed with a devil.

23But he answered her not a word. And his disciples came and besought
him, saying, Send her away; for she crieth after us.

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

25Then came she and worshipped him, saying, Lord, help me.

26But he answered and said, It is not meet to take the children's bread,
and to cast it to dogs.

27And she said, Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall
from their masters' table.

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

John 8:39-45

39They answered and said unto him, Abraham is our father. Jesus saith
unto them, If ye were Abraham's children, ye would do the works of Abraham.

40But now ye seek to kill me, a man that hath told you the truth, which
I have heard of God: this did not Abraham.

41Ye do the deeds of your father. Then said they to him, We be not born
of fornication; we have one Father, even God.

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

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

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

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

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Strange doctrines

Acts 17:19, 20And they took him, and brought him unto Areopagus, saying,
May we know what this new doctrine, whereof thou speakest, is? For thou
bringest certain strange things to our ears: we would know therefore
what these things mean.

We see today's message talks of Paul preaching to the people in Athens
the chief city of Attica, Greece. When Paul saw the whole of the city
was caught into idolatry his heart was stirred so he started to preach,
as he was preaching the people came to him and said 'what is this
strange doctrine you speak about?'

This was Paul in a city full of idolaters who did not know God or hear
of Jesus. This happened to me yesterday not in an unbeliever surrounding
but between Believer, surrounded with people who are passionate for
Jesus Christ but lacked understanding of scriptures. Paul spoke to them
of simple things from scriptures which were ancient in source and not
new, but its understanding was new to them. In my case I was speaking
about the Paschal festival which is also celebrated by the Jews as the
Passover and by the Catholics as Holy Week (Easter).

I shared this before how in the Bible in the book of Moses the feast was
of 2 weeks the Passover week (6 days) followed by the feast of
Unleavened Bread. The Israelites were required to take a Paschal lamb
and keep it in the house for 5 days and in the evening of the 5th day
they had to kill it and on roast it on fire and consume it. After the
Passover came the feast of Unleavened Bread during which they ate bread
without yeast for a whole week. When the Israelites were in exile in
Babylon they merged these 2 weeks together and thus it is recorded in
Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke as being celebrated together. The Law
required them to eat unleavened bread for 14 days for both the Passover
week and the week of the feast of Unleavened Bread.

If we look at the timeline Jesus' feet were anointed a week before the
Passover week and after the supper He left Bethany and went to
Jerusalem. He celebrated the start of the feast of Passover / Unleavened
Bread which started on a Sabbath (Saturday) and was arrested after He
finished and went to the Garden of Gethsemane and was arrested. He
fulfilled the 5 days as per the Law of Lord given through Moses. So on
Thursday evening the day before the Passover [High Sabbath which was on
Friday] He was crucified and His body was removed and placed in a tomb
[like done to great Prophets]. On Sunday noon when the woman went to the
tomb they found the tomb empty and He had risen.

Palm Sunday as celebrated [by Catholics] of Jesus entering Jerusalem had
happened a week before the merged Passover / Unleavened Bread week. They
also eliminated the fact that Jesus came sitting on a young donkey which
was never saddled [since it was just 1 year old] with the mother of it
tagging along and that is why they realized He fulfilled prophecy
[Zachariah 9:9] and shouted Hosanna.

The Catholics merged the two weeks of Jesus entering Jerusalem from
Bethany and the Passover /Unleavened week and modified facts thus
showing Jesus did not fulfill the Law of the Lord as given through
Moses. The Catholics went further to bury the Lord's sacrifice by making
it known by a pagan feast of Easter which fell in the same time as the
Paschal Sunday / Resurrection Day. Easter is to do with celebrating the
birth of goddess Ashtoreth [Easter eggs and bunnies].

Today just because Easter is famous we Christian (Believers) have
bridged God with the world, truth with lies. They do not realize those
who believe the Catholic version may be in the danger of not receiving
all what which was achieved by the Lord's sacrifice, since by faith we
receive and faith cannot be based on falsehood. We do not need to keep
the accurate calendar date [since the OT time was based on lunar and we
do not follow it now] but the understanding cannot be compromised. We
cannot take half the truth and say it is good enough and merge the rest
with falsehood.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord You are a Holy God and You Lord asked us your children to be holy.
Lord help us to separate ourselves from that which is not from You. Help
us to discern truth form falsehood. Help us to realize any falsehood
however good it may seem will not bless us and will only lead to
destruction...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Exodus 12:3-7

3Speak ye unto all the congregation of Israel, saying, In the tenth day
of this month they shall take to them every man a lamb, according to the
house of their fathers, a lamb for an house:

4And if the household be too little for the lamb, let him and his
neighbour next unto his house take it according to the number of the
souls; every man according to his eating shall make your count for the lamb.

5Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year: ye shall
take it out from the sheep, or from the goats:

6And ye shall keep it up until the fourteenth day of the same month: and
the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it in the
evening.

7And they shall take of the blood, and strike it on the two side posts
and on the upper door post of the houses, wherein they shall eat it.

Exodus 12:15-20

15Seven days shall ye eat unleavened bread; even the first day ye shall
put away leaven out of your houses: for whosoever eateth leavened bread
from the first day until the seventh day, that soul shall be cut off
from Israel.

16And in the first day there shall be an holy convocation, and in the
seventh day there shall be an holy convocation to you; no manner of work
shall be done in them, save that which every man must eat, that only may
be done of you.

17And ye shall observe the feast of unleavened bread; for in this
selfsame day have I brought your armies out of the land of Egypt:
therefore shall ye observe this day in your generations by an ordinance
for ever.

18In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month at even, ye
shall eat unleavened bread, until the one and twentieth day of the month
at even.

19Seven days shall there be no leaven found in your houses: for
whosoever eateth that which is leavened, even that soul shall be cut off
from the congregation of Israel, whether he be a stranger, or born in
the land.

20Ye shall eat nothing leavened; in all your habitations shall ye eat
unleavened bread.

John 12:1-2

1Then Jesus six days before the Passover [week] came to Bethany, where
Lazarus was which had been dead, whom he raised from the dead.

2There they made him a supper; and Martha served: but Lazarus was one of
them that sat at the table with him.

Mark 14:1After two days was the feast of the passover, and of unleavened
bread: and the chief priests and the scribes sought how they might take
him by craft, and put him to death.

John 12:15Fear not, daughter of Sion: behold, thy King cometh, sitting
on an ass's colt.

Zechariah 9:9Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of
Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having
salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an
ass.

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Ask, Seek, Knock

Luke 11: 9And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and
ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.

We always have referred to this scripture or used this scripture very
often but then how many times have we given real thought to it. The
verse says ask and we shall receive, if we can receive by just asking
then why seek and why change our position to go to a door and knock on it?

We need to understand, how can we ask for something if we do not know
what we need to ask. So seek is for something that we are not clear of,
thinks like knowledge, understanding of God or His Kingdom are things
which we need to seek. We cannot say Lord give me knowledge, give me
understanding and then accept Lord to give it unto us, we need to seek it.

To knock on a door we need change our current position and to go to the
door, we cannot expect a house to come to us, we need to go to the door
of that house and knock on it; the Lord assures us that the door will be
opened unto us. So things which do not change like Kingdom of God, the
Lord, the Word of God, salvation, Lord's favor are some things we need
to enter into, so we need change our position and to go unto it and
knock on it and it will be opened unto us i.e. taking water baptism is
like taking the step of change, going unto the door of salvation and
knocking on the door, we know God will surely open the door, do we doubt
that after taking water baptism God will not accept us and save us from
Hell? Opening the Bible and reading diligently is also like knocking and
God gives us more of His Spirit of Truth.

Today's scripture tells us things that can come to us we can ask / pray
for like healing, grace, wisdom etc.., things that we do not know fully
but know it exist we seek and things like which we need to go to or walk
into we need change ourselves, knock on its door and that door will be
opened unto us. So let us not ask for things we do not know or we need
to change for, we need to seek them or go unto its door and knock.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord You are God and You alone are God for there is none other than You.
Lord we ask for You and seek You thus do not know You. Lord the work
does not know You and your Word says when we seek You, You reveal
yourself unto us. You, Lord desire change thus by our being born again
we take the step of change and knock on your door Kingdom and You open
Heaven unto us. Lord we pray we know what to ask, what to seek and what
we need change and knock on unto...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

James 1:5But if any man among you is without wisdom, let him make his
request to God, who gives freely to all without an unkind word, and it
will be given to him.

Deuteronomy 4:29But if from thence thou shalt seek the LORD thy God [the
knowledge - to know Him], thou shalt find him, if thou seek him with all
thy heart and with all thy soul.

2 Chronicles 7:14If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble
themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways;
then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal
their land.

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The Great Divide

Luke 16:26 And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf
fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither
can they pass to us, that would come from thence.

It is sad when I hear great preachers and so called theologians have
very little knowledge of Heavenly things. They have something like a
fairytale understanding of Heaven, Hell and Creation as a whole. When I
hear about visitations to Heaven and Hell, I do not know to get angry or
cry out of pity to their ignorance. At every funeral it saddens me more
to hear the preaching than the passing away of the person. People have
never given importance to Biblical study of the Heavens.

When we use the term Heavens people think of a place up above where God
is sitting on a human throne like a human in a large palace and Angels
in form of humans but having wings surround Him. They then imagine the
palace to be made of gold with precious gems all over the place.

When the term Heavens (plural) is used it speaks of the various levels
of Creation (Heavenly and our). The glory of God is experienced in the
Upper 3 levels of Heaven which Paul in his vision called as third /
three Heavens. We exist in the 5th level and below us are 2 levels
(Grave & Hell), Hell being the last level (it is a prison and not a
place controlled by Satan). When it is said 'UP' does not mean
physically up but means a higher level and these levels as separated
according to righteousness. The Bible also uses the term east /left
(lower) and west /right (higher).

In Genesis 2, 3 scripture talks of two gardens one where Adam was made
and exiled to when he sinned and this garden was to the eastward of
Eden. When Adam had not sinned he had access to the garden of Eden. To
prevent him from entering the Lord puts a fiery sword and Cherub to the
east of Eden yet says 'everyway'.

Jesus in today's parable stated when Lazarus the poor man died and went
to the bosom of Abraham and the rich man went to Hell. People think
bosom of Abraham is Heaven / bosom of God.

When Samuel the great Man of God died and his spirit was called by woman
practicing divination, we read Samuel stating he was in a place of rest
and not Heaven for he questions the woman as to why she bought him UP.
If we read all the Patriarchs like Abraham, Moses, David etc. when they
died it is written they were gathered unto their fathers / slept. In
Acts Peter confirms that David has yet not ascended to Heaven.

Even in the NT when a mighty Man of God like Stephen was martyred it is
written although he said 'Lord receive my spirit' yet the last word says
'he slept'. In the book of Romans Paul too talks of us (Believers) as
being raised on the Judgment day and all (together) standing before the
Lord to give an account to Him. In the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus says we
His flock will all be raised on Judgment Day to be judged and will be
separated as sheep and goats, with the sheep on the right hand and goats
on the left. The sheep will enter Heaven but the goats will see eternal
punishment. Again the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus again says on Judgment
Day many will say unto Him Lord, Lord and will claim of all the wonders
they have done, but Jesus will deny them entry to Heaven for they did
not do the basic Will of the Father. In the Gospel of John when the
thief who was crucified with Jesus says to remember him when He comes in
glory, Jesus says surely on THAT DAY (not 'today' as translated in
English translations) he will surely be in Paradise. Revelation too
talks of all standing before the Judgment Throne.

Today's scripture talks of the separation between the certain levels of
Heavens and one cannot move from one level to another. It is only via
righteousness that we can claim hold to a level of Heaven. Christians do
not realize it is not all about going to Heaven but also about where in
Heaven we are going to dwell eternally. If we want to dwell on the
highest level, where the glory of God is most concentrated (near to the
Throne) than we need work harder today for after we die there is nothing
we or anyone can do.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord You are Holy God and scripture says when we enter Heaven You will
dwell with us as one. Lord we pray man understands the things that are
set for him so that he prepares his life here while he still can...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Genesis 2:8, 15, 24

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

15And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to
dress it and to keep it.

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

Genesis 3:23Therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of
Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken.

Luke 16:22-23

2 Corinthians 12:2-4

Acts 2:34For David is not ascended into the heavens: but he saith
himself, The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand,

Luke 23:42-43

42And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy
kingdom.

43And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day [THAT DAY]
shalt thou be with me in paradise.

John 20:17Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended
to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my
Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God.

1 Samuel 28:7-15

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

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

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

Judges 2:8-10

Deuteronomy 32:48-51

Acts 7:59-60

Matthew 25:31-33

Matthew 7:20-22

John 5:26-29

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Island of Lame

Acts 27:16 [NAS] And running under the shelter of a small island called
Clauda, we were scarcely able to get the ship's boat under control.

Today's scripture in NAS is translated as 'running under the shelter'
and in many other translations as 'running under the lee', it also talks
of great difficulty they faced in anchoring a small boat.

The port at the Island called Clauda during summer was a very
confortable port but during winter it was a challenge to anchor here.
The ship carrying Paul had to anchor far from the Island and they had to
use small boats to get to the Island to protect themselves from a great
storm.

The name Clauda means lame. If we read scriptures like the case when
king David took over Jerusalem he called it Zion meaning walled city
even though there were no walls around it. What is interesting is he did
not allow the blind or lame to enter the city, he smiteth / killed them.
We may think it to be inhuman but it symbolized spiritually blind [those
who ignore the importance of the knowledge and understanding of God's
Kingdom] and spiritually lames [people unwilling to do the Lord work,
what He commissioned us to do] will not enter the Kingdom of God /
Heavenly Jerusalem [city of praise].

In the Bible day symbols grace so children of light / day are children
under grace. Scriptures like 'do not let the sun set on your anger'
means get over any anger one has before the grace runs out [when one
does wrong one uses up grace like a vehicle uses fuel].

Today's scripture may seem very simple, as recording an activity but it
tells us something very profound. It says when the grace runs out or is
low then those who are not spiritually active, not doing the Lord's work
will face great destruction in times of challenges. The other is also
true meaning those who do the Lord's work will always be provided; they
will enjoy the goodness and protection of His Kingdom.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord You are a Righteous and Holy God. You are Merciful and full of Love
but yet You do not compromise in your principle because of your
Righteousness and Holiness. You Lord work in us and change us so that we
may enter your Kingdom and dwell in your presence. Lord we pray we
understand the importance of studying and having the right understanding
of your Kingdom. Lord we also pray that each of us understands doing the
work of your Kingdom is not helping You but for our good, for it enables
us to know the Truth and also receive the abundance of your Kingdom...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Acts 27:14-19

14But after no long time there beat down from it a tempestuous wind,
which is called Euraquilo:

15and when the ship was caught, and could not face the wind, we gave way
to it, and were driven.

16And running under the lee of a small island called Cauda, we were
able, with difficulty, to secure the boat:

17and when they had hoisted it up, they used helps, under-girding the
ship; and, fearing lest they should be cast upon the Syrtis, they
lowered the gear, and so were driven.

18And as we labored exceedingly with the storm, the next day they began
to throw the the freight overboard;

19and the third day they cast out with their own hands the tackling of
the ship.

2 Samuel 5:7-8

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.

Ephesians 4:26Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on
your anger.

1 Thessalonians 5:5For you are all children of light, children of the
day. We are not of the night or of the darkness.

Deuteronomy 15:21But if it has any blemish, if it is lame or blind or
has any serious blemish whatever, you shall not sacrifice it to the LORD
your God.

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Died on the Crucifix for the sake of the Cross

1 Corinthians 1: 18For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish
foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.

Whenever the word Cross is taken people think of the crucifix. They
think of the wooden object on which Jesus was crucified. They think of
the suffering of Jesus as He died on it. They think of the people
mourning around it.

Paul in today's scripture talks of his sole purpose of preaching the
Cross and how when he preaches it, the wise of the world consider it
foolish and how this foolishness according to them saves us.

In yesterday's scripture we saw the importance of the role of the Holy
Spirit in our salvation but how does that relate it to the Cross which
saves us?

When Jesus said if we are His disciples and need to go where He is
taking us then we need to take up [hold up/elevate/lift] our Cross and
come after Him. The condition He gave is first to deny one's self. We do
not see any Apostle carrying any crucifix; secondly we do not read any
Apostle preaching much on the suffering of Jesus on His death. They all
preached the resurrected Jesus Christ and how He is working in them
through the Holy Spirit. Unbelievers also usually point out to the fact
that Jesus did not carry His own crucifix so why are we called to carry one.

If we go into historical records during the time of Jesus crucifixion it
was a normal practice by the Romans to deliver the death sentence. They
had permanent crucifixes [not made of wood] on which they hung people
unto their death, it was an annual event. On that day all the permanent
crucifixes [there were more than 2] were occupied so Jesus had to be
crucified on a make shift crucifix. That is why we read only of Jesus'
crucifix being carried. It was not part of the punishment therefore they
got someone else [Simon of Cyrene] to carry it.

When I tell people 'Jesus died on the crucifix for the sake of the
Cross' they get taken aback. They do not realize the term Cross has
deeper meaning physically it does mean the crucifix but the Greek word
comes from root word which means 'cause' or 'stand'. So the crucifix was
part of the Cross of Jesus but is not part of our Cross. The mission
given to us by Jesus is part of our Cross.

We see people think suffering is the Cross which we are called to carry.
Foolishly Catholic Priests and even Popes who suffered terrible sickness
bore then thinking it was the Cross which Jesus Christ called us to carry.

As Christians sickness is not something that is to be part of us. It is
our lack of faith or the Lord working in us that causes sickness in us.
We have authority to drive away sicknesses, weaknesses along with evil
spirits, so as our faith grows no sickness how so ever serious can stay.

Persecution is something that is part of our Christian life until the
Lord comes in glory. The world hates us and tries its best to fail us in
our mission so persecutes us, but we being affected by this persecution
is not necessary. As we grow in the Lord we will be less affected by it
for the Lord says He will set a banquet for us before our enemies and
even make our enemies to bless us.

When Jesus told Simon Peter you are a pebble but on the Rock I will
build my Church and nothing will stand against it. Jesus told Simon you
are incompetent yet you will be used to be part of a formidable,
indestructible Church.

We as seen by the world may be unworthy beings full of defects or
weaknesses but the Lord using us to bless the nations is what baffles
the minds of people and that is the Power of God which is the working of
the Holy Spirit.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord You are Almighty God. If You wanted You Lord would manifest your
glory and open the eyes of all the people to the Truth. But You Lord
desire a circumcised heart therefore You use us to read the Truth unto
the people, You make us the vessel to bring salvation unto your people.
We pray we carry this Cross and grow spiritual so that the Holy Spirit
makes it light as a feather for us to bear...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Matthew 16:24Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come
after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.

Matthew 27:31-32

31And after that they had mocked him, they took the robe off from him,
and put his own raiment on him, and led him away to crucify him.

32And as they came out, they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name: him
they compelled to bear his cross.

Matthew 11:28-30

28Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give
you rest.

29Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in
heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.

30For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

1 Thessalonians 1:5For our gospel came not unto you in word only, but
also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance; as ye know
what manner of men we were among you for your sake.

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Only through His Spirit

Ephesians 2:22In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of
God through the Spirit.

To test people if they are truly Christians and have a sound basic
understanding of the Word of God, I ask them the question 'why did Jesus
die on the crucifix and become our sacrifice?'

The prompt answer would be 'for the forgiveness of our sins', some may
add also 'that we may be set free from sicknesses and curses' but all
will say one thing that is to 'save us'. How? They do not know. For
Bible clearly says one cannot suffer another's sins, even son cannot do
that of his father or vice versa. Secondly I tell them even after
accepting Christ and our baptism in Him we are not free of sin for we
yet sin. How can we as sinners enter Heaven? Is not Heaven a Holy place?

If we read 1 Corinthians 15:3 it says Christ died for our sins and then
when we read 1 John 2:2 it includes the sins of the whole world, but we
know all are not saved. We know only those who believe in Him are saved.

We can understand this from the books of Moses. When the Israelites
sinned and the wrath of God was so much that He was going to consume
them, Moses stood between the Lord and the people. Had Moses not stood
in between then that would have been the end of Israel. But we also see
God did punish them later and they all died in the wilderness leaving
for two Joshua and Caleb, men of faith. In the same way Jesus stood
between God and the whole world and here too all do not enter the
Promised Land except those of faith. Another condition like in the OT it
was only because they were led by the pillar of cloud and fire that they
could enter the Promised Land so also only those who are led by the Holy
Spirit will enter the Kingdom of God, the true Promised Land.

Jesus is our High Priest, our sacrifice and also our payment. In the OT
payment [like in the form of life of an animal] was one of the modes of
reconciliation. In the OT although a sacrifice was done after a person
was forgiven, Jesus by faith became our sacrifice in advance. He also as
a High Priest performed the sacrifice.

We are forgiven of our sins not that Jesus suffered each and every sin
of ours but by Him fulfilling the Law of penalty He removed us out of
the list of debtors /guilty thus we do not go to the prison Hell where a
person suffers ones sins and perishes after their spirit life term, but
then it does not mean we go to Heaven. Like in the OT we need to be led
by the Holy Spirit to enter the Promised Land.

It is the Holy Spirit who transforms us from within making us a new
spirit being (born again) and thus makes us qualified to enter the
Kingdom of God. What is interesting is that we individually are not made
perfect but collectively are make perfect.

If we read the last verse in Hebrew 11 (our prior message - how much
suffering is enough) we read even those who were martyred before Christ
await us for their perfection. We all are going to enter the Promised
Land as one when the Lord Jesus Christ comes again as Son of Man.
Although He became The Way it is His Spirit who becomes the Helper who
takes is along the Way. It is only through His Spirit as mentioned in
today's scripture we are made qualified and perfected to enter the
Promised Land.

Jesus as Son of Man never lifted Himself up other than as our sacrifice.
He always lifted the Father and the Name of the Father [given unto Him].
No human is worthy of being lifted up but even though Jesus was worthy
He did not lift Himself up. We all will be lifted up along with the Son
of Man Jesus Christ that is when we enter the Kingdom of God as the
Bride of the Lord to be one with the Lord.

The most important aspect of Jesus' sacrifice is that He made peace
between us and the Father so that we receive His Spirit and by His
Spirit we enter the Kingdom of God. So let us not ignore the importance
of the Holy Spirit and the importance of surrendering to Him.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord You are a Holy and Righteous God. Holiness, Righteousness and Truth
are the foundations of your Kingdom.

John 3:14And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so
must the Son of man be lifted up:

John 12:32-33

32And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.

33This he said, signifying what death he should die.

John 8:28Then said Jesus unto them, When ye have lifted up the Son of
man, then shall ye know that I am he, and that I do nothing of myself;
but as my Father hath taught me, I speak these things.

Hebrew 2:17-18

17Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his
brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things
pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.

18For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to
succour them that are tempted.

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

Leviticus 16:27And the bullock for the sin offering, and the goat for
the sin offering, whose blood was brought in to make atonement in the
holy place, shall one carry forth without the camp; and they shall burn
in the fire their skins, and their flesh, and their dung.

1 Corinthians 15:3For I delivered unto you first of all that which I
also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the
scriptures;

1 John 2:2And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours
only, but also for the sins of the whole world.

Hebrew 11:39-40

39And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received
not the promise:

40God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us
should not be made perfect.

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The Love of God

Titus 3:4 But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward
man appeared,

In the last message we received, the Lord asked us to remember His
resurrection more than His Passion of the Cross that is His suffering
and death. But when we come near to Resurrection Sunday all we see
people do is talk of His crucifixion and His death. We also see many
have 40 days lent, penances, fasting, grieving and other things like
which the pagans did before Easter (birth of pagan goddess Ashtoreth).
They actually belittle God and make His sacrifice to nothing in their lives.

When we talk of the love of Jesus Christ again the first think they
would talk of is His suffering, His pain, His crucifixion. Like I
pointed out before due to the distortion of dates and events we are
aware of only a fraction of the actual suffering He went through, yet
these things did not make me cry as much as the other factors like why
Jesus wept in the Garden of Gethsemane, or the fact He loved us even
before we loved Him or the fact He became our sacrifice before the
foundation of creation.

If God wanted He could have had a detailed record given of His suffering
as our Paschal Lamb but He did not for that is not love. Many people
come to Christ by the fact that He suffered on the Cross and died for us
but few of these turn into true Christians (disciples), most remain as
just Believers. He was physically and brutally tortured for 5 days
unlike 1 day that people think. Yet do we think if those 5 days would
have been 10 days then would we have accepted Him more? How much more
suffering could have been sufficient for the eyes of all mankind to
acknowledge Him as Lord?

Worldly man sees love only when it is emotionally / physically displayed
that is why we have things romance or sex considered as love.

Today's scripture talks of the love of God which existed from the
beginning, but this love appeared later to mankind. His crucifixion was
a public display of His love but was not even a minute fraction of His
love. It is only when we truly know who God is, Christ, why God created
us and what awaits us then only we would know His love for us.

God is love does not mean love rules over every other aspects of God. In
Heaven the Heavenly beings do not proclaim the Lord as Love, Love, Love,
but proclaim Him as Holy, Holy, Holy.

Let us understand love not as romance, affection, lust or compassion but
let us know it as the Lord put is in the Bible. It is true when Paul
said it is more difficult to know the love of God than to know the
knowledge or other things (accessible to man) of His Kingdom; not that
love is greater, but the only reason being all these things only when
put together lets us to truly understand His love. The first commandment
itself asks us to love God with all our soul, all our strength (not
physical) and all our understanding. So unless all do not come together
love is incomplete.

The Jews were called to only celebrate the Passover for they did not
know Christ. We Christians are called to remember the Passover but are
called to celebrate Resurrection Sunday. We are children of the living,
so as children of the light so let us celebrate light.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord God You are our Creator. People who do not know You think You
existed in darkness before You said 'let there be light'. Lord we pray
your people know You and know what love truly is. We pray let they do
not be led by emotions or natural desires but by truth and understanding
which leads us to truly understand your love. Let them not sit in light
and look at darkness but let them look at greater light...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Matthew 5:46For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do
not even the publicans the same?

Luke 10:27And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with
all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and
with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself.

John 10:17Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life,
that I might take it again.

John 14:23Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will
keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him,
and make our abode with him.

Romans 5:5And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed
abroad in our hearts by the Holy Spirit which is given unto us.

1 Corinthians 8:3But if any man love God, the same is known of him.

Revelation 4:8And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him;
and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night,
saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is
to come.

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The Resurrected Christ

Colossians 4:10 Aristarchus my fellowprisoner saluteth you, and Marcus,
sister's son to Barnabas, (touching whom ye received commandments: if he
come unto you, receive him;)

In today's message we read about Paul giving instructions to the
Colossian Church to receive Mark (Marcus - the writer of the Gospel
according to Mark) who was the nephew of Barnabas.

To understand the background of this instruction one needs to read Acts
15:37-41. There was a sharp dispute between Paul and Barnabas. Both were
Men of God having great passion for the Lord's work but yet we see a
dispute landed between them. This dispute was so serious that it caused
a split between these two very close associates. Neither prison nor
persecution nor threats nor problems could separate them but this mater
did.

What was the dispute?

We see the background of the dispute was Mark the nephew of Barnabas.
Barnabas wanted to take Mark with them but Paul objected. Paul had no
personal agenda against Mark but a righteous one.

If we look Mark did something which was unforgivable according to Paul
and this caused Paul to break his connections with Mark. Paul was so
adamant that Mark correct his mistake but Mark had no interest to do it.
Barnabas instead of correcting Mark let personal relationship get in
between. For Paul neither family relationship nor personal relations
should interfere in the Lord's work. Paul kept it above all things.

What was the mistake of Mark?

We see Mark was commissioned by the Apostles to write the Gospel and he
did not complete it. He ended the Gospel with the crucifixion and death
of Jesus Christ, with people finding the tomb empty and the stone that
covered the tomb being rolled away. The Gospel of Mark ended at Mark
16:8. It was someone (probably appointed by Paul) who wrote verses 9-20.
Paul was so upset with this that not only he disconnected his
relationship with Mark but also those who supported him. He went to the
extent of telling the Churches to keep away from Mark. In today's
message we see a reconciliation and Paul reaccepting Mark into the fold
and telling the Churches to welcome him.

We see today all talk of the death and suffering of Christ. They talk of
His death on the crucifix. We need to understand things like Paul did,
the death of Christ on the crucifix is of zero value and even all that
suffering added also is of zero value UNLESS we talk of His resurrection
and the witnessing of His resurrection.

Sadly Christianity today is identified by the crucified Christ. We see
all wear crucifixes as a symbol of Christianity, we become like Mark and
not like Paul.

The Lord is telling us to be like Paul, we may preach the crucified
Jesus but let not the crucified Jesus Christ be our symbol, we need to
make the resurrected Jesus Christ our symbol. Let us not look at Good
Friday or Good Thursday but let us look at Resurrection Sunday. The Lord
has done the work, why are we redoing it? Let us preach the finished
works of Christ.

We see in scriptures what disturbed other people was not the death of
Jesus Christ but the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord You are a Living God, God of the living not of the dead. You Lord
gave us life, near You is life and far from You is death. Lord we pray
we let life be our symbol and not death. We know You became man and died
for us but we must more over remember You conquered death in our lives
by your resurrection. Today we are set free from the curse of Hell by
our faith in your death and resurrection. Lord we pray we let freedom be
our symbol not our bondage...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Acts 15:37-41

37And Barnabas determined to take with them John, whose surname was Mark.

38But Paul thought not good to take him with them, who departed from
them from Pamphylia, and went not with them to the work.

39And the contention was so sharp between them, that they departed
asunder one from the other: and so Barnabas took Mark, and sailed unto
Cyprus;

40And Paul chose Silas, and departed, being recommended by the brethren
unto the grace of God.

41And he went through Syria and Cilicia, confirming the churches.

Mark 16

Acts 1:22Beginning from the baptism of John, unto that same day that he
was taken up from us, must one be ordained to be a witness with us of
his resurrection.

Acts 4:2Being grieved that they taught the people, and preached through
Jesus the resurrection from the dead.

Acts 17:32And when they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some
mocked: and others said, We will hear thee again of this matter.

Romans 1:3-4

3Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of
David according to the flesh;

4And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit
of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead:

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The Spiritual Staircase

2 Thessalonians 2:16, 17 Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God our
Father who loved us and gave us eternal comfort and good hope through
grace, comfort your hearts and establish them in every good word and
work. [ASV]

Due to restrictions in the English language we have lots of
misunderstanding in translations i.e. ancient Greek had 7 tenses
compared to English language which has 3 basic tenses (further
segregated into 12). Let us take one tense in Greek the tense Aorist
which in ancient Greek was a combination of past, present and future
tenses together. In modern Greek it is known as perfect present or even
narrow band present tense.

When we read verbs in aorist tenses we may think eternity since it is
past, present and future together. Like when we read the word eternal we
think it is without start or without end but when we read eternal life
in the Bible we like to read it as without end and coolly omit the
without start concept since we know only God and the Son have life
without start.

In today message the word 'eternal' is used and the Greek word is
Aionios and it comes from the root word 'Aion' which means 'without
break'. If we look at the meaning it would mean a continuous long period
without break. In the whole NT the word eternal in its true rendering
[Greek word Aidios having the root 'aei' meaning 'always'] is used only
once in Romans 1:20 with regards to the Godhead. In the OT the word
'eternal' in English occurs twice of the 439 times in the Hebrew text,
the other times it is translated as ancient, ever, long duration,
perpetual, times, more etc.

Today's message talks of eternal comfort and hope which means a comfort
and hope which is not wavy or having breaks. This comfort and hope is
until end of our natural lives since hope is needed till the result day
(after results day no one needs hope of a good result). The word 'good
hope' also means new faith because when we hold on strongly to the pure
/ good hope it becomes faith.

The Lord is telling us the continuous comfort and good hope (faith) is
given to us through grace and we know grace comes through faith. So if
we have faith, we will have grace and if we have grace we will also have
the comfort and with it will come new faith. This is not a circle but
more a spiral for the new faith is over our faith and thus an increase.
This increased faith takes us to greater height and thus to greater
grace and greater comforts. Note as we grow we will face lesser problems
since our comfort also grows.

The Lord is also telling us this spiritual growth is established on good
word and good work (works of faith and not works of righteousness). So
as we grow in our knowledge of the Word and also grow in our doings of
the Lord's work [our Great Commission], our faith will increase and we
climb this spiral spiritual staircase which will leads us into becoming
Sons of God (mature in the Lord).

[Prayer Starter]

Lord You are Awesome God and there is none majestic as You. You are
perfect and yet You have concern for man who is corrupt. Lord You gave
your Word which is Word of Life for man to know the path to You and
shine in your glory. You also came as man and became an example for us.
Lord we pray we imitate You and live not a selfish life but a selfless
life...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

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

Deuteronomy 33:27 The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the
everlasting arms: and he shall thrust out the enemy from before thee;
and shall say, Destroy them.

Isaiah 60:15 Whereas thou hast been forsaken and hated, so that no man
went through thee, I will make thee an eternal excellency, a joy of many
generations.

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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Living on Milk

1 Corinthians 3:2 I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for
hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able.

We know milk is one of the most wonderful foods and has all the
nutrients for a baby to grow but as the baby starts to grow, it needs
more than milk. Imagine an infant that lives only on milk, we know its
body will not develop and the child will not survive any sickness or
medical problems it faces. It will not walk, run or do much physical
activities.

WHO recommends a child to be breast fed for 6-8 months and then up to
9-11 months of age it be given finely chopped or mashed food that is
easy to digest.When the child is of 1 year of age it can be given family
food, starting with it being mashed or finely chopped. We see food
changes as per the age of the child and the development of its teeth and
bones.

In the natural the child grows (unless has medical problems) even if it
is fed little unlike spiritually a person's development is solely
dependent on what it eats and how it exercises itself.

The Lord gave us the Great Commission not because He needs our help, but
one of the main reasons of doing it is that we start to develop our
spiritual bodies. We need to understand when we go out and minister unto
others one of the main persons we minister to is our own selves.

I remember a day I made excuses and did not go to one of the Bible
classes I conduct regularly and the Lord gave me a message that He did
not need me and I was not doing Him a favor, I was doing myself a favor
by doing the Work of His Kingdom (I had got this message before and
though it was for the class but later, after I cancelled I read it
properly).

Doing work in the Kingdom of God is like working in a gym. We minister
to others but the main person being ministered is ourselves. We do not
change people God does, He make us an instrument to receive and the
persons mainly receiving is our own selves. Our growing from milk
consuming babies to mature sons is totally lacking because we do not do
the Great Commission. We think the work is a burden we carry for others
and not a spiritual gym. As we workout spiritually we will grow in
discernment our spiritual teeth, so we start to eat solid food.

I see people so much talk of the Epistles or the Gospels as having solid
food and I feel so sad for them. In the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke
and the Epistles neither Jesus, Paul, John, James, Jude or anyone else,
spoke or wrote anything that is solid. They fed only milk or mashed
food. If one needs solid food one needs to study the OT or the Gospel of
John (which is both milk as well true solid food, the book of Revelation
is somewhat solid for it is already mashed quite a bit, therefore called
revelation).

Our churches are filled with spiritual infants, many who are still
connected to the Pastor or the one who ministers to them with umbilical
cords (Prayer cords). Anything asked, any problem, the solution is
prayer not exercising faith or authority. Sometimes we need to let go of
the ones we minister for long like we leave the hands of our infants who
try to walk. We need to trust God to handle them and not trying to be
gods unto them.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord You are Almighty God. You call us children but Heaven is no place
for children for only Sons inherit the Kingdom. You Lord gave us your
Spirit so that we grow spiritually and transform into spiritual Sons. We
pray we understand doing the work of your Kingdom is not doing You a
favor but is about doing ourselves a favor. Let us look at the people
You give us as spiritual dumbbells and not as burdens. We pray we grow
teeth of discernment so that we consume solid food...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

1 Corinthians 3:1-3

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

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

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

Matthew 13:10-11

10And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them
in parables?

11He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know
the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.

Hebrews 5:11-14

11Of whom we have many things to say, and hard to be uttered, seeing ye
are dull of hearing.

12For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one
teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and
are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat.

13For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of
righteousness: for he is a babe.

14But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who
by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.

John 16:12I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear
them now.

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The Great Lie

2 Thessalonians 1:9 Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction
from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power;

Many Christians are deceived by the fact that by just believing in Jesus
Christ they will go to Heaven. It is true without believing in Jesus
Christ one cannot go to Heaven but that is just a part of the
requirement to go to Heaven; it is like having a passport. But with just
a passport one cannot enter a country, one needs a VISA.

Jesus said one needs to be 'born from above' (translated as born-again)
to enter the Kingdom of God, that is the reason He paid the price so
that we receive His Spirit. It is His Spirit who transforms our
spirit-man into a new being. It is only by our baptism in Christ (not
just dipping in water but truly believing) and our baptism in the Holy
Spirit (being led by the Holy Spirit) that enables us to go to Heaven.
It is Jesus who lets us know the Will of the Father and it is the Holy
Spirit who enables us to fulfill / obey the Will.

Today's message talks of two categories of people who see everlasting
(very, very long, of thousands of years) punishment, one is those who do
not know God and those who know the Gospel / accepted the Gospel but
have not obeyed it.

We all have heard the Great Commission and that great commission is not
for a few but to all those who are disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ.
People who do not do the Great Commission live a Great Lie, a lie that
they will go to Heaven. We may reach out to a few or to great masses but
dong the commission is very important. We may be one of the many who
work on those souls and may not be the sole person or the one who does
the finishing task, but we are called to do our part. We are called to
be answerable for the souls which the Lord has given us.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord You are Almighty God. You Lord do not need man for the task of
saving souls yet You ask man to be party to this work. You do it so that
man would be transformed by understanding the Truth and may overcome the
darkness. We pray Lord we do not look at the work of your Kingdom as an
option but a necessity like we breathe, drink water or eat food to live.
It is the understanding of the Truth that sets us free...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

2 Thessalonians 1:8-10

8In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that
obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ:

9Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of
the Lord, and from the glory of his power;

10When he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in
all them that believe (because our testimony among you was believed) in
that day.

John 3:3,5

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

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.

1 Peter 1:22-25

22Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the
Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another
with a pure heart fervently:

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

24For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of
grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away:

25But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which
by the gospel is preached unto you.

Matthew 7:21-23

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

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.

John 8:32And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

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Relationship with others

1 Timothy 5:1,2 Rebuke not an elder, but intreat him as a father; and the
younger men as brethren; The elder women as mothers; the younger as
sisters, with all purity.

In India one thing I like is the way in normal situations people give
respect to elders especially in their communication. They will address them
as a relative calling the 'Uncles' and 'Aunts'. They even use the plural
noun as mark of respect for an elder. The Hindus go to the extreme to adore
them as gods by touching their feet for blessings. They will not only touch
the feet of their elders but also the feet of youngsters who have taken the
religious path. One may think this as absurd, but when one studies Hindu
theology then one will understand this. It has to do with them believing
Hindus (especially the high caste) are already divine, so they do not need
salvation; it is their karma (works) that lifts them or takes them
spiritually to higher positions. Elders are by default given the benefit of
having more experience hence more karma, thus are higher gods.

Today's scripture on relationship starts with the word 'rebuke', 'rebuke
not an elder' does not mean just not to shout or speak harshly, it also
means not to strike or attack physically an elder. Today's scripture goes
on to say treat elder man 'as a father'. It does not mean make them or
substitute them as our natural fathers but treat them as we treat their
father, the same love and respect. With an elder woman it says to treat
them as our mother. Same applies here, not to make them our mothers but to
treat them as our mothers.

Catholics treat Mary as their mother because Jesus said it, by this
scripture every elder woman becomes their mother since Paul has asked them
to do so. So they should be addressing every elder woman and 'Mother' and
man as their 'Father' even after they are death, unless they think Paul was
a heretic and should not be followed. This is the absurdness of their
understanding.

In today's message it also asks us to treat the younger ones as our
brothers and sisters. It goes on to emphasize all these relationships
should be done with 'all purity'.

We need to understand every person who has the good (uncorrupt) seeds of
the (9) Fruits of the Holy Spirit is a 'Child of God' and those who have
heard the Gospel, believed in it, that means watered the seed of faith and
have bought forth the Fruit of Faith are called 'Believers'; and those who
have walked in way of Christ, which means brought forth the other seeds
also into Fruits of the Holy Spirit are called 'Christians'. When all the
seeds within us are bought forth into Fruits of the Holy Spirit we are
called 'Sons of God'.

As Christians we are one family on earth we may not be directly related but
in Heaven will we will indeed be just one. In Heaven we will be neither
fathers nor mothers nor sisters, or any type of earthly relationship, we
will be just one like the Angels who address each other as Brethren.

While we are on earth and we are in the process of spiritual growth we are
called to address and respect each other as family. We are not called to
make them our natural fathers or mothers or sisters or brothers but called
to give them the same level of respect and love.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord You alone are our Heavenly Father and there is none other than You.
You also are our Spiritual Mother for You alone gave us life and one of
your names in the 'Jealous' which means a possessive and protective mother.
On earth You bought us into this world through humans so as to understand
this relationship which we will have with You. Lord we pray we have wisdom
and understanding to know why You created us as a family and why You only
created Adam from dust. We pray this understanding enriches us, our
relationship with You and with the people of this world, especially those
who are yours...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

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

1 Peter 1:22-25

22 Seeing ye have purified your souls in your obedience to the truth unto
unfeigned love of the brethren, love one another from the heart fervently:

23 having been begotten again, not of corruptible seed, but of
incorruptible, through the word of God, which liveth and abideth.

24 For, All flesh is as grass, And all the glory thereof as the flower of
grass. The grass withereth, and the flower falleth:

25 But the word of the Lord abideth for ever. And this is the word of good
tidings which was preached unto you.

1 John 3:9 Whosoever is begotten of God doeth no sin, because his seed
abideth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is begotten of God.

Romans 8:23 And not only so, but ourselves also, who have the first-fruits
[faith] of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting
for our adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.

2 Corinthians 9:10 And he that supplieth seed to the sower and bread for
food, shall supply and multiply your seed for sowing, and increase the
fruits of your righteousness:

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The Lord is with thee

Acts 18:14,15And when Paul was now about to open his mouth, Gallio said
unto the Jews, If it were a matter of wrong or wicked lewdness, O ye
Jews, reason would that I should bear with you: But if it be a question
of words and names, and of your law, look ye to it; for I will be no
judge of such matters.

Today's message talks about the interesting story of Paul in Corinth.
Paul always struggled with the people of Corinth. He initially started
preaching Christ to the Jews and had a breakthrough there when a
prominent Jewish religious leader and his family accepted Christ, he
managed the synagogue. Even after this Paul continued to face resistance.

Corinth was a cosmopolitan city so there were various types of people
living there and Jews were not the majority. The Jews that hated Paul
grouped together and took Paul to the Roman government representative
Gallio who ran the public court. They wanted him to be tried under the
Roman law of preaching another god. Gallio being smart knew their
intention and avoided to get caught in their trap. What happened after
that is more interesting is the person who was leading this Jewish mob
himself got beaten by the Greeks right before Gallio in the public court
and Gallio does not try to stop them, in other words giving his consent
to what was happening. The plans the Jews had set for Paul not only
failed but back fired and they were at its receiving end.

The courage and confidence which Paul showed is all because the Lord
appeared unto him and assured Paul that He was with him and that he
should not fear but continue speaking boldly.

Today the Lord is speaking to some of us who are in difficult
situations, where life is a challenge, where we are facing resistance
and tribulation. The Lord is telling us 'do not worry I am with you,
continue holding on to me and you will see my glory, the grave hole the
enemy had dug for you will see the enemy in it'.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord You are Almighty and Omnipotent God. You Lord are all seeing and
none of the plans of the enemy are hidden from You. When your eyes are
upon your people none can touch them and the trap the enemy sets for
your people sees the enemy in it. Lord we pray we be doers of your Will
so that your eyes always are upon us and none of the plans of the enemy
are successful against us...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Acts 18:5-17

5And when Silas and Timotheus were come from Macedonia, Paul was pressed
in the spirit, and testified to the Jews that Jesus was Christ.

6And when they opposed themselves, and blasphemed, he shook his raiment,
and said unto them, Your blood be upon your own heads; I am clean: from
henceforth I will go unto the Gentiles.

7And he departed thence, and entered into a certain man's house, named
Justus, one that worshipped God, whose house joined hard to the synagogue.

8And Crispus, the chief ruler of the synagogue, believed on the Lord
with all his house; and many of the Corinthians hearing believed, and
were baptized.

9Then spake the Lord to Paul in the night by a vision, Be not afraid,
but speak, and hold not thy peace:

10For I am with thee, and no man shall set on thee to hurt thee: for I
have much people in this city.

11And he continued there a year and six months, teaching the word of God
among them.

12And when Gallio was the deputy of Achaia, the Jews made insurrection
with one accord against Paul, and brought him to the judgment seat,

13Saying, This fellow persuadeth men to worship God contrary to the law.

14And when Paul was now about to open his mouth, Gallio said unto the
Jews, If it were a matter of wrong or wicked lewdness, O ye Jews, reason
would that I should bear with you:

15But if it be a question of words and names, and of your law, look ye
to it; for I will be no judge of such matters.

16And he drave them from the judgment seat.

17Then all the Greeks took Sosthenes, the chief ruler of the synagogue,
and beat him before the judgment seat. And Gallio cared for none of
those things.

Psalms 23:5Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine
enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

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The Great Assembly in Heaven

Revelation 5:14And the four beasts said, Amen. And the four and twenty
elders fell down and worshipped him that liveth for ever and ever.

My most beautiful moments of Bible study with the Lord, was when the
Lord started revealing the hidden things of Heavenly places. One of the
most interesting parts is in understanding the Hosts of Heaven that is
the Angels, Elders and Cherubims (mentioned as Beasts in NT) and the
relationship between them.

Revelations talks of the remaining 4 Beats (Cherubims) while Lucifer
(the dragon) and the other Beast (the young lion/comes as a lion) who
fell from grace are mentioned in the OT especially in the book of
Ezekiel chapter 28 as the 'king' and 'prince' of Tyrus. The relationship
between the Cherubims and the Angels was important for me to understand
the mystery of how even though Lucifer being bound in Hell and he will
be released in the end, yet he manages to work amongst us.

In our last message the Lord spoke to us about the 'Great Salvation'
that awaits us at the end and how it is connected to the Angels in
Heaven. If we do not understand the Heavenly Body which is the Assembly
of the Angels / Elders / Cherubims we will not understand the purpose of
the Great Salvation or why God created this creation to be light in the
darkness. Nor understand the role Sons of Man and the Arch Angel plays
as part of completion of the Heavenly Assembly / the Heavenly Temple /
Heavenly Jerusalem.

Heaven is not a flat place where all will come at the same level. Bible
speaks of Heavenly Mountains, these are just symbolic for there are no
literal mountains in Heaven or a city like we have on earth made of gold
and precious gems. Heaven is Spirit place and when we understand what
the term 'spirit' means we will understand Heaven and God better. Paul
tells us of high crowns that await those who are diligent; he also talks
of 3 levels in Heaven which he saw in his vision and about some amongst
us who will command over Angels even though we currently are lower than
Angels. God does not humiliate the Angels by putting man over them but
transforms some amongst us to that position.

It is time we start to study through the Word the unimaginable things
that God has set for us in Heaven (and not through human tales or human
claims). It is only when we know this that our hearts will hold on to
the race that we run.

Let our goal not be just to go to Heaven but to go to the high places in
Heaven which is closest to the Throne of God / the place where His glory
is concentrated the most.

[Prayer Starter]

Father God You are an Awesome God and the plans You have for man are
beyond the understanding of anyone unless your Spirit reveals them. Lord
we pray more and more seek to understand the things of the Heavenly
places so that they know what awaits them, so that they diligently run
this race to overcome this world...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Revelation 19:4And the four and twenty elders and the four beasts fell
down and worshipped God that sat on the throne, saying, Amen; Alleluia.

Revelation 4:10-11

10The four and twenty elders fall down before him that sat on the
throne, and worship him that liveth for ever and ever, and cast their
crowns before the throne, saying,

11Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for
thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were
created.

Revelation 17:8The 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.

Revelation 12:4And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven,
and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman
which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it
was born.

Zechariah 13:9And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will
refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried:
they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my
people: and they shall say, The LORD is my God.

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The locusts that hurt mankind

Revelation 9:7And the shapes of the locusts were like unto horses
prepared unto battle; and on their heads were as it were crowns like
gold, and their faces were as the faces of men.

Yesterday we spoke of the importance of Bible study the way God has
defined it in the Bible itself that is the 4 stages - Commentaries,
Cross Reference, Word study (going into the Hebrew and Greek words and
its grammar) and lastly things like Image study (design of things),
Bible Numerics, Bible codes etc... Many may not agree on the last stage
either because they have not done the previous 3 stages well or have not
been blessed with wisdom to understand designs (starts will
interpretation of dream i.e. books of Daniel / Revelation).

All the 4 stages of Bible study are Biblical and based on Isaiah
28:9-11. When I wanted to study the Bible I wanted to join a Bible
college but some brothers warned me about the dangers. When I prayed the
Lord too asked me to study with Him and not to join any Bible college.
It was only later I understood why.

In most Bible colleges they do the first and the second stages of Bible
study very rarely the third stage. They may just brush it but do not go
deep into it. Find how many Bible colleges make you learn Hebrew and
Greek as part of Bible study, absolutely miniscule. Coming to the fourth
stage I know of very, very few not even a handful whom I can discuss
this level of understanding of scriptures. That is why I do not read
books of most so called 'famous' Bible teachers for they hover over
level 1 and 2 of Bible study. I do read books of Bible historians,
topics connected to the Bible and stick to core scripture study.

I am happy the Lord gave us this scripture today for Revelation 9:7-10
since it is a perfect example of the forth level of Bible study. Most
Preachers / Bible teachers will speak of literate vicious mutilated locusts.

In the Bible to study hurts and un-forgiveness one needs to study
locusts. It is the friendly grasshopper which at the time of
difficulties or calamities or lack of resource due to over population
that turns into the destructive locust. The grasshopper starts to rub
its hind legs vigorously, changes color and starts to move in swarms
devouring all that comes in its path. The eggs it lays deep within the
soil can stay dormant for long periods and can also withstand great
variations in climate or temperature like in droughts.

The Bible in the days ahead (from the book of Revelation) talks of
religious wars /violence due to hurts and that too with a face of
humanity. They will talk of justice and will have the favour of man.
They will look mighty and indestructible. They will swiftly spread
across the world on the basis of humanity and prosperity / progress but
the trail they leave is death. The period given is 5 months or 5 moon
cycles and can mean 5 man periods or even 5 generations (moon symbolizes
man of God/god).

If we study religions we see in history Islam had 3 periods and
currently running its 4th period / phase of aggression of deaths which
we today call as Islamic terrorism. Catholicism too had in between a
phase of death and aggression. The Catholic Church has killed more
Christians than even the Romans or Islam did. These two religions
together harmed mankind like no ruler or kingdom or war ever did.
Secondly as per prophesy they fulfil the description and they both have
sown seeds of hurts which time and again have shown its ugly faces. One
thing we can be happy of is this phase which we are going through is the
last religious violence mankind will ever see.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord You are Almighty God and your wonders do not seem to fascinate man.
You Lord do things which at times man does not notice until it has come
to past. When You came as man Jesus it was only a handful who awaited or
were aware. It was only after You died, resurrected and ascended that
they started to realize who You are. Lord we pray we be like Simeon who
knew and cherished the moment...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Revelation 9:7-10

7And the shapes of the locusts were like unto horses prepared unto
battle; and on their heads were as it were crowns like gold, and their
faces were as the faces of men.

8And they had hair as the hair of women, and their teeth were as the
teeth of lions.

9And they had breastplates, as it were breastplates of iron; and the
sound of their wings was as the sound of chariots of many horses running
to battle.

10And they had tails like unto scorpions, and there were stings in their
tails: and their power was to hurt men five months.

Isaiah 28:9-11

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

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

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

Luke 2:25-30

25And, behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon; and
the same man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel:
and the Holy Ghost was upon him.

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

27And he came by the Spirit into the temple: and when the parents
brought in the child Jesus, to do for him after the custom of the law,

28Then took he him up in his arms, and blessed God, and said,

29Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word:

30For mine eyes have seen thy salvation,

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Importance of spiritual fellowship

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

During the time of Jesus there were no wars in the land thus people got
involved in many things. One of the common things that people got
involved with was starting a religion or getting people to follow a
belief. Some of them did quite well having great following such that
historians made note of a few, but what happened once the leader died
they all dispersed and went back to what they came from. This was the
same that happened with the disciples of Jesus. Once Jesus was crucified
we saw the Apostles went back to what they did before, had it not been
for the Lord's resurrection and He appearing again to His disciples
there would have been no Christianity. Even after Jesus ascended He gave
us His Spirit; had it not been for fellowship with His Spirit,
Christianity would not exist. We see the existence of Christianity is in
follow-up on fellowship.

In today's message we read about a concern that came up on the faith of
the Church in Thessalonica which was shaken because of the lack of
presence of the Apostles and other spiritual leaders.

Fellowship is very critical factor in the life of a Christian. If we
read in the book of Acts 2:41-47 in the early Church people were added
by the Lord daily for they did what pleased the Lord and the priority
they gave to what they did.

1) Continued steadfast in the Apostle's doctrines

2) Fellowshipped

3) Broke Bread

4) Prayed

If we see in today's Churches they do things the other way around, all
the time they pray, very rarely the brake Bread (that too without
understanding) and fellowship is restricted. The Pastor or Church
leaders will control who goes to which cell / house Church and the
fellowship is like a school class room without bonding. The only
fellowship the people have is the social fellowship which happened after
Church service or during social activities organized by the Church.
Spiritual fellowship is very rare.

Coming to doctrines the topic is a taboo which only the head Pastor has
the right to discuss and that doctrine is not based on the Apostolic
doctrine but on the founder of denomination of that congregation. It is
this reason that we struggle to increase for it is man adding people to
the Church and not the Lord adding people to the Church.

Let us break the strong holds of 'doctrines' that has caused division
among us. Let us know, what is the basic, fundamental, foundational
understanding of faith that is needed and other understanding let it not
be a cause of division amongst us. Let us understand spiritual
fellowship is the second most important aspect in a Church after sound
fundamental doctrine. If we ignore spiritual fellowshipping we will see
a shaking of faith among the people and an open door for the tempter to
do his work.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord You are Almighty and Omnipotent God. Even though You are everywhere
and there is no place one can hide from You, yet You Lord manifest Your
presence just to encourage us who are weak in faith that we do not lose
faith and let the tempter devour us. We pray Lord your Church
understands the term 'one body', 'one mind', 'one understanding'...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

1 Thessalonians 3

2 Corinthians 13:14The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of
God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

Acts 2: 41-47

41Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same
day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.

42And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and
fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.

43And fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done by
the apostles.

44And all that believed were together, and had all things common;

45And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as
every man had need.

46And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking
bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and
singleness of heart,

47Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord
added to the church daily such as should be saved.

Acts 11:23-24

23When he came and saw the grace of God, he was glad, and he exhorted
them all to remain faithful to the Lord with steadfast purpose,

24for he was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and of faith. And a
great many people were added to the Lord.

1 John 1:7But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have
fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us
from all sin.

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Witnessing our Fellowship

1 John 1:3 That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that
ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with
the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.

John the Apostle had very close relationship with Jesus not because
Jesus loved him more than others. Jesus manifested the image of the
Father and the Lord loves everyone the same for there is no partiality
in the Kingdom of God. Yes some are given more and some less only
because the mission given to all is not the same, so according to the
mission the Lord gives.

John, Simon (Cephas/Peter) & James the bro of John were to lead the
Church (joined by Paul and Barnabas) so were given more attention; over
and above that John was to write the autobiography of Jesus (Gospel of
John) so was given the most personal attention.

Our fellowship with the Lord depends on the purpose / plans the Lord has
in our lives which is our mission. Now that does not mean that some will
have more and some less fellowship, the more we surrender to His plans
in our lives the more will be our fellowship with Him.

We notice John says fellowship with the Father and His Son but does not
mention the Holy Spirit. So did John deny the Holy Spirit or did not
have fellowship with the Holy Spirit?

Jesus said He had to leave us and ascend to the Father else we will not
receive the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of the Son so
also Jesus is ascended to Heaven He still is with us since His Spirit
dwells amongst us.

Jesus said 'he that has seen Me, has seen the Father', 'if ye had known
me, ye should have known my Father also', thus fellowship with the Holy
Spirit is fellowship not only with the Son but also the Father. Jesus
also said the Father is with Him since He did the will of the Father. As
John called himself the one whom Christ loved so can we all call
ourselves as the one whom Christ loves, that is if we too know Christ
like John did and we dedicate our lives to the Lord's work like John did.

When we do the Father's will which Jesus did, that is of reaching to the
lost sheep then our fellowship with the Father and the Son will grow. As
our fellowship grows we will see great things for where the presence of
the Father is more His glory is also manifested more, thus we get to
witness more of Him.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord You are a Loving Father. We are your children and You called us to
be sons to grow in You and become more like You. Lord unless we do not
have fellowship with You we will not know You nor become more like You.
Lord we pray we surrender more and more to your Spirit and your will so
that grow in You, witness You more and become Sons...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Romans 2:11For there is no respect of persons with God.

James 3:17But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then
peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good
fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.

John 8:19Then said they unto him, Where is thy Father? Jesus answered,
Ye neither know me, nor my Father: if ye had known me, ye should have
known my Father also.

John 14:9Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and
yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the
Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father?

John 8:29And he that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me
alone; for I do always those things that please him.

John 10:38But if I do, though ye believe not me, believe the works: that
ye may know, and believe, that the Father is in me, and I in him.

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.

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

Galatians 4:6And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his
Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!”

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Followers of men

Philippians 3:17 Brethren, be followers together of me, and mark them
which walk so as ye have us for an ensample.

Bible is very clear 'be not followers of man for man's heart is
deceiving' yet we find Paul saying 'follow me' and in another
translation it is written as 'imitate me'. So the question arises can we
imitate man or be followers of Men of God?

We can learn in Paul's letters to the various Churches and knowing their
level of faith Paul keeps changes his claim of asking the people to
follow him.

The Church of Corinth was the weakest among the Churches Paul ministered
therefore he struggled with them the most. They did not know Christ and
since they did not know Christ nor were they Word rooted so it was not
possible for them to follow Christ that is why Paul asked them to follow
him for he followed Christ, so Paul became a beacon to them.

The Church of Philippi had moderate faith and some understanding of the
Word but they too were not that mature to know Christ. We see here Paul
uses terms like 'join me in imitating Christ' for them, he brings them a
step forward to the Church at Corinth.

The Church of Thessalonica was among the most mature Churches to whom
Paul wrote. To them Paul changes his tone further, he tell them 'you
became imitators of us and of the Lord' showing that they did know the
Lord somewhat. So we see Paul brings the Thessalonians one step further
to the Philippians and the Corinthians.

With regards to the Church at Berea we find Paul did not need to write
letters to them for they were a mature lot. They discerned all things by
verifying ever claim with scriptures. They did not spare even a person
like Paul when he preached to them. They did this not because they
doubted Paul but because they wanted a clear confirmation. Scriptures
had become the beacon for them and thus they did not need to follow any
man.

A good example of studying relationship between a spiritual leader and a
disciple is studying the relationship between Paul and Timothy. Timothy
grew from spiritual son to being a spiritual associate of Paul.

When I hear people state anything I am not aware of I immediately
confirm the same with scriptures. I will not rest until I have verified
their claim and discerned if they have given correct claim, a wrong
claim or an exaggerated claim. For this reason I do not follow any man,
Preacher or Man of God, I follow only Christ.

Jesus asked people to follow Him but later He Himself handed them over
to the Holy Spirit who became their beacon. All that Jesus had taught
them was made clear by the Holy Spirit.

We are called to imitate Christ whom we know through scriptures so we
are called to set scriptures as the beacon of our spiritual life. But as
we are learning and growing in scriptures we need to have a hand to hold
on to and that hand can be the person who ministers to us. But that does
not mean we blindly follow him or her. We are asked to verify everything
they state with the Word. As we slowly grow and have the Word within us
we will walk along with that person as a companion not follower, and
then later we walk having only the Word as our beacon and not any man.
We need to grow from Corinth to Philippians to Thessalonians to Berea.

The ultimate beacon for us is the Holy Spirit for the Word says those
who are led by the Spirit become Sons of God meaning like Jesus (the
man). The problem comes that we get fooled into following our
conscience, our desires, our carnal mind thinking it is the Holy Spirit
and it is the Word that helps us discern our thoughts. As we start
surrendering to the Holy Spirit, He opens the Word unto us and thus we
know more and have better relationship with the Spirit of God, thus the
Word of God and the Spirit of God become our spiritual feet.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord You are God and You are Spirit. We thank You Lord for those whom
You have put into our lives to led us to You through your Word. We pray
Lord we make your Word and your Spirit our ultimate spiritual beacon and
move from following man to following You...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

1 Corinthians 4:15-16

15For though ye have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet have ye not
many fathers: for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel.

16Wherefore I beseech you, be ye followers of me.

1 Corinthians 11:1 Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ.

Philippians 3:17Brothers, join in imitating me, and keep your eyes on
those who walk according to the example you have in us.

Philippians 4:9What you have learned and received and heard and seen in
me - practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.

1 Thessalonians 1:6 And you became imitators of us and of the Lord, for
you received the word in much affliction, with the joy of the Holy Spirit,

2 Thessalonians 3:14If anyone does not obey what we say in this letter,
take note of that person, and have nothing to do with him, that he may
be ashamed.

Acts 17:10-11

10And the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night unto
Berea: who when they were come thither went into the synagogue of the Jews.

11Now these were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they
received the word with all readiness of the mind, examining the
Scriptures daily, whether these things were so.

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Heavenly Citizenship

Philippians 3:20For our citizenship is in heaven; whence also we wait
for Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ:

The day we realize this world, this natural life is all temporary and we
are just passing through it, that day onwards our way at seeing life
itself will change, our love for worldly things will be need based, the
purpose why we are passing through will become more important than our
enjoying this natural life.

Many a times we wonder why God is allowing us to suffer or go through
things in this world. Yes we do have good times too in this world but
then does it please God to see us go through these ups and downs in this
life?

Some months back I was discussing with some Apologist brothers on the
sacrifice of our Lord Jesus Christ from the foundation of creation and
as I was answering their queries I realized the plans He had for us, why
He kept saying we need to be renewed in spirit, be born from above (born
again), become a new being etc.

The very next verse to today’s message tells of a change we will go
through, most people think it to be a minor upgrade or more like a
cleansing program. God would not have allowed man to sin had it been
just a cleansing program. If we notice in Genesis in Heaven it talks of
two trees, the Tree of Life and the Tree of Good and Bad, in the end in
Revelation Bible speaks of only the Tree(s) of Life and we do not read
of the Tree of Good and Bad.

God is not a child playing with living things to entertain Himself. He
is a builder who wants to create a better thing and that thing may
prosper more and more like parents do to their children.

What we suffer in this world is nothing to the reward that awaits us at
the end when our Saviour the Lord Jesus Christ comes again to take us.
The transformation is not a minor upgrade but a total reformation having
no resemblance to what we are, more like a worm becoming a beautiful
butterfly.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord You are Awesome God. Your ways are not like the ways of man. You
are a selfless and merciful God even though man mocks at You and your
creation yet You forgive him and bless him with thing beyond his
imagination. You Father are more than any earthly parent can be. We
thank You God for the wonderful things that await us when we enter
Heaven with the coming again of the Lord Jesus Christ.

[Reference Scriptures]

Philippians 3:21By whom this poor body of ours will be changed into the
image of the body of his glory, in the measure of the working by which
he is able to put all things under himself.

2 Corinthians 5:17Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new
creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
Romans 12:2And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by
the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and
acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

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

1 Corinthians 15:52-54

52In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the
trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we
shall be changed.

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

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

Genesis 2:9And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree
that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also
in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.

Revelation 2:7He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith
unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree
of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.

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

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