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Post  Admin on Sat 04 Mar 2017, 10:41 pm

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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Post  Admin on Fri 03 Mar 2017, 5:34 pm

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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Woman of good works

1 Timothy 5:10 and having a reputation for good works: if she has brought
up children, has shown hospitality, has washed the feet of the saints, has
cared for the afflicted, and has devoted herself to every good work.

In his letter to Corinthians we read of Paul instructing the women not to
speak (preach) but to be under the guidance of their husbands, but here in
one of his later letters we see Paul giving instructions to Timothy on
women being part of the ministry. He instructs Timothy on the criteria for
widows being part of the ministry, showing it was not the gender but the
position (relation wise and culturally) of the woman that mattered. Paul
says widow need to be not less than 60 years old and should not be married
again, she would be a woman who has bought up her children and housed
strangers (shown hospitality), she should be a woman who has washed the
feet of the saints, cared for the afflicted and devoted to good works.

Paul did not give guidance for those who are in the second ring of the
ministry, those who support the ministry or do the donkey’s work in a
ministry. Paul was giving guidance for those who are in the inner ring of
the ministry, those who preached, ministered, stood as leaders.

When it came to widows being part of the ministry Paul suggested against
including young widows but only those above 60years. 60 is not a magic
number but an age where is person is usually not interested sexual
relationships and this point he clears in the next verses where he points
to problems with younger widows as not able to control their sexual
desires. Having sexual desires is not a sin but shows immaturity in terms
of spirituality. We also need to note during the times of the Apostles the
Believer community was strong and they helped each other financially and
were like one family so there was no reason for getting married for
financial or emotional support.

We find one of the criteria pointed out by Paul was ‘washing the feet of
saints’, this was not literately meant. ‘Saints’ did not mean extra holy
people but those who dedicated their lives for the Lord’s service, they
depended on the support of the people for many of their needs and Paul said
a widow who does not have much but yet reached out to the saints in
whatever way they can, could be eligible for ministry.

As Christians let us understand the purpose of marriage, let us not make it
a contract for emotional, commercial, sexual purposes or old age insurance
like the world does. We need to understand marriage with relationship of
Christ and His Church. Can He be called a Good Shepherd if He had no sheep?
Can He be called a Savior if He has no person to save? Can He be called
Teacher if He does not have any students? Marriage without family /
children is like an empty gift box, even if it is beautifully wrapped it
fulfills no purpose, it is like Church (hall) without people. The gift
within is the importance not the wrapping, similarly children are the main
purpose of a family not the couple. God put His purpose before Himself that
is why He humbled Himself and becoming man became our sacrifice.

We also as Christians need to remember good works does not literally mean
social works. In the Bible more importance is given to work of faith than
to social work. We cannot be people doing only works of faith and not doing
social work for our faith will be hollow, or doing only social work and not
doing works of faith for that will not classify us as Christians. So both
are important, but as we grow works of faith hold higher priority for us as
Christians. This same principle we see in the criteria set for widows being
taken into ministry for if not larger, equal part of the points raised are
regarding works of faith.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord, You are God and Father to all that You created. You alone are also
protector and provider of all that You created. We pray Lord we understand
everything that was, is and will be is with your consent and nothing is
without You eve the strains of hair on our head is counted by You. Lord we
pray we understand the purpose more than what we see or desire in the
natural. May we be led in the spirit more than in the flesh, may we know
our weaknesses and strengths...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

1 Timothy 5:9-17

9 Let not a widow be taken into the number under threescore years old,
having been the wife of one man,

10 Well reported of for good works; if she have brought up children, if
she have lodged strangers, if she have washed the saints’ feet, if she have
relieved the afflicted, if she have diligently followed every good work.

11 But the younger widows refuse: for when they have begun to wax wanton
against Christ, they will marry;

12 Having damnation, because they have cast off their first faith.

13 And withal they learn to be idle, wandering about from house to house;
and not only idle, but tattlers also and busybodies, speaking things which
they ought not.

14 I will therefore that the younger women marry, bear children, guide the
house, give none occasion to the adversary to speak reproachfully.

15 For some are already turned aside after Satan.

16 If any man or woman that believeth have widows, let them relieve them,
and let not the church be charged; that it may relieve them that are widows
indeed.

17 Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honour,
especially they who labour in the word and doctrine.

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The Law of God and of the flesh

Colossians 2: 20-22Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the
rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye
subject to ordinances, (Touch not; taste not; handle not; Which all are
to perish with the using;) after the commandments and doctrines of men?

Today's message is pretty deep to understand and can only be understood
well when a person understands the difference between sin and evil.

We see sin is associated with man because the Law was given to man, but
when the angels fell from the grace of God it is not written they
sinned. Sin is a subset of evil, as we come to know more of the Law of
God we are convicted of the evil we have done as sin. A person who does
not know God will never know he or she has sinned. They may be aware of
the evil they have done but unless the Law of God is revealed they are
not sinners unto themselves.

One may think Law is bad for no Law no sin. Law did not create sin but
allows the being doing evil to change and overcome it. Law comes as a
sign of hope that is why the Lord did not give His Law unto Satan and
the fallen angels but gave it unto man since He knew Satan and the
fallen angels would not repent but man will.

Paul says Law is good but he also condemns a law which is not of God but
of man. He condemns the law of man since it does not let one overcome
evil (even though it seems to show that) but indirectly tries to justify
the evil doer or gives him or her 'okay' certificate. The law of this
world seems to show it condemns evil by directing us to do things in the
natural/spiritual so as to overcome it and when we fail to do what is
recommended we land up indirectly blaming God for not helping us enough
to do what man has set as rules to overcome. The focus is moved from
overcoming evil to keeping the law.

In today's message Paul notes physical things as example but there are
also things which are not physical which we put as law these can make us
religious people and thus drive us towards evil instead of taking us
away from it. The Law of God itself does not take us away but helps
realize what we need to do and also makes us realize helpless in keeping
it, this is where the Spirit of God plays the role of helping us keep
the Law. Without the Spirit no man can keep the Law of God. It is the
Spirit of God who writes / confirms / fulfills the Law into our hearts.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord You are our Creator and all things are made by You. You gave the
Law for You knew even after sinning there was hope for man to return
unto You. This hope manifested in the flesh as the Gospel and became a
confirmation by becoming our sacrifice so as to give us your Spirit.
Lord we know without your Spirit we cannot keep the Law for keeping it
in the flesh fails the purpose of the Law. Help us Lord to hold on to
the Spirit, the spirit of Law and the Law of the Spirit; help us not to
hold on to the law of the flesh...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Romans 2:14-15

14For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things
contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves:

15Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their
conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while
accusing or else excusing one another;)

Romans 7:9-12,19-25

9For I was alive without the law once: but when the commandment came,
sin revived, and I died.

10And the commandment, which was ordained to life, I found to be unto death.

11For sin, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me, and by it
slew me.

12Wherefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good.

19For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not,
that I do.

20Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that
dwelleth in me.

21I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me.

22For I delight in the law of God after the inward man:

23But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my
mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my
members.

24O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this
death?

25I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I
myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.

Romans 8:2For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me
free from the law of sin and death.

Galatians 5:18But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.

2 Corinthians 3:15-18

15But to this day, at the reading of the law of Moses, a veil is over
their heart.

16But when it is turned to the Lord, the veil will be taken away.

17Now the Lord is the Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there
the heart is free.

18But we all, with unveiled face giving back as in a glass the glory of
the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as
from the Lord who is the Spirit.

Hebrews 8:10For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of
Israel After those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their
mind, And on their heart also will I write them: And I will be to them a
God, And they shall be to me a people:

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Supporting each other in time of difficulties

Acts 11:29Then the disciples, every man according to his ability,
determined to send relief unto the brethren which dwelt in Judaea:

When we read this scripture it seems that there was a problem in Judea
and the disciples sent help unto the disciples there. If we read the
scripture before it states a disciple named Agabus who was a prophet,
had prophesied of the problem and when it happened the disciples
contributed in whatever way they could to help the disciples that
dwelled in Judaea. It is only when we do a background study through
history we understand the problem and the seriousness of it. A clue for
that is given in ver.28.

During the rule of Claudius Caesar in his first and second year there
was a severe famine and this famine was not specific to a place but
across the world. This was not the only famine; again after a few years
there was another famine that was even worse than the previous one. This
famine affected even Rome so much so that it compelled Claudius to build
a port at Ostia, just for the food to be bought in via sea route.

When we get into the full background we understand this problem was not
a local but a global problem and the disciples sending aid, they
themselves were facing it, yet we see they still send out help unto
their brethren (Disciples of Christ) in Judaea, since those there faced
even harsher situations than them.

In today's message the Lord is telling us even during the times of
difficulty we are called to help those in Christ who are in more
difficult moments than us. We would do that for our actual / natural
family members without question; the Lord is telling us we need to do
the same unto those who are in Christ since they are members of our
Heavenly family.

Out of our abundance we are called to give unto others who are not in
Christ but when it comes to those in Christ we are called to give even
from the little we have.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord You are a Merciful God, even though it hurt You yet You sacrificed
your only beloved Son for those whom You loved and are yours. You Lord
show us how we need to love others. Lord we pray You give us the courage
to give unto our brethren especially during difficult times when we feel
we do not have sufficient...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

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Acts 11:28-30

28And there stood up one of them named Agabus, and signified by the
Spirit that there should be great dearth throughout all the world: which
came to pass in the days of Claudius Caesar.

29Then the disciples, every man according to his ability, determined to
send relief unto the brethren which dwelt in Judaea:

30Which also they did, and sent it to the elders by the hands of
Barnabas and Saul.

Acts 21:10-11

10And as we tarried there many days, there came down from Judaea a
certain prophet, named Agabus.

11And when he was come unto us, he took Paul's girdle, and bound his own
hands and feet, and said, Thus saith the Holy Ghost, So shall the Jews
at Jerusalem bind the man that owneth this girdle, and shall deliver him
into the hands of the Gentiles.

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Our biggest enemy

Colossians 1:21And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your
mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled

Ask any Christian who is the greatest enemy and they will promptly say
Satan. Most of the time we find Christians binding and rebuking Satan.
Give them an opportunity and they will start blaming Satan for
everything. Do Christians realize when they spend much time with a
person or thing, even if it is in a negative way they land up making
that person or thing a god?

If we look at the preaching of Jesus in all the Gospels we will find Him
rarely blaming Satan for anything, most of the time He blamed the people
for their deeds. He called people 'children of Satan' because of their
deeds, they way of life. When Jesus ask us to overcome, He did not say
overcome Satan but said overcome this world which is our thinking, our
understanding, our belief, our way of life, our priorities, our desires
etc. and not the trees, mountains, animals or the nature.

Satan is not a god to do anything as he wishes. When the Lord as man
Jesus went into 40 days fasting in the wilderness to be weakened and be
tested, Satan did not attack Him, he tempted / tested Jesus to willingly
allow him to destroy Jesus' propose.

Satan cannot do anything to us unless we allow him to. He tempts us so
that we willingly open the door for him to enter and do his
destructions. So who is the greater enemy him or us, who allow him. Paul
instructs us to overcome or battle with our former self which is not in
Christ. Our spiritual battle is less with demons and more with our
corrupt inner spirit-man.

Let us not spend more time with Satan or give him importance even if it
is binding or rebuking him. Let us fortify our own house and not let
that creep enter. Let us understand the greatest enemy for us is our own
self which is in this world. If we overcome the desires of the world, we
will not have Satan or anything troubling us in any way, for the glory
of God will be our fortress.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord You are a Holy God. You Lord desire us to be holy so that we can
dwell in your presence and thus experience eternal life. Satan who was
removed from your presence does not want us to be blessed in You so he
tries all he can to destroy us by causing us to willfully go against
You. Lord we pray we overcome him by first overcoming our own selves for
he has no power over us unless we allow him...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

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

Romans 12:21Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.

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

1 John 2:13I write unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is
from the beginning. I write unto you, young men, because ye have
overcome the wicked one. I write unto you, little children, because ye
have known the Father.

Ephesians 4:22-27

22That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which
is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;

23And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;

24And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in
righteousness and true holiness.

25Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his
neighbour: for we are members one of another.

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

27Neither give place to the devil.

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Know the End

1 Thessalonica 4: 16, 17For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven
with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of
God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive
and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet
the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

In the Bible it says other than the doctrine (teaching / understanding)
of salvation via grace / works we need to be very clear on the doctrine
of baptism, laying of hands, resurrection of the dead and eternal
judgment. We become sound Christians, rooted on the Rock when these
doctrines are clear within us.

You may notice I am using the word 'doctrine' instead of
'understanding'. In the Bible the word translated as 'doctrine' means
'teaching' and those who were rooted in the teachings of men were always
astonished with the teachings of the Kingdom of God. Our people have
made the word 'doctrine' as a bad word more like leprosy in the OT.

People do not realize they learn less from the Bible / God and more man.
Time and again I have caught even the most know preachers falling in
this trap of 'following man blindly'. When we follow man we start to
have doctrines and not doctrine, meaning we have multiple understandings
on one thing instead of one. This is because we accept multiple views
without cross verifying with scriptures. What many do is just look up
one scripture and satisfy themselves with even 50% application of that
scripture. They do not realize Bible works on the principle of 2 or 3
witnesses (2 or 3 scriptures).

I have heard preachers state Jesus comes at least 3 times one which He
already did, next to rule the world for 1000 years and then again at the
end. When I ask them what happens to Him after the 1000 years, is He
killed again and resurrects again or does He flee to Heaven, they are
unable to answer.

The problem with people is they do not really know what Salvation means
and what we are called to become to enter the Kingdom of God, what being
born again in spirit really means, they think it as a cleaning job. What
God has said He does not change yet He accepts us back in Heaven not by
cancelling but by making a 'New Thing'. Attend a Christian funeral and
you will see Pastors, Preaching fumbling at their preaching or talking
something totally outside the Bible like of visitations to Heaven and
Hell, for this very reason.

Today's scripture is one of the least understood scripture but yet a
very important scripture. It is very essential to the belief since it is
connected to both Judgment Day and resurrection of which doctrine is
needed to be a sound Christian rooted on the Rock.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord You are Almighty and Righteous God. You and your Word are eternal;
You do not change nor does Your Word. Even though You Lord shut out man
from Heaven yet You out of your mercy made a New Way for man to be
reconciled unto You. You have blessed him with things that none can
imagine. Your Name is what saved man and renews man to be eligible to
enter Heaven. Lord we pray You open the hearts and minds of your people
to understand the Kingdom of Heaven and the things You have set for us...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Hebrew 6:1-3

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

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

3And this will we do, if God permit.

Matthew 7:28And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings, the
people were astonished at his doctrine:

1 Thessalonians 5:1-9

1 But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I
write unto you.

2For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a
thief in the night.

3For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction
cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not
escape.

4But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake
you as a thief.

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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The Lord will protect you

Acts 23:18So he took him, and brought him to the chief captain, and
said, Paul the prisoner called me unto him, and prayed me to bring this
young man unto thee, who hath something to say unto thee.

In the Bible if we walk in the ways of the Lord, the Lord says we will
experience many afflictions. Jesus said the world will hate us for it
hated Him first. Due to Jesus' name sake even family members will turn
against us.

If a person is a Christian and not facing problems because of following
Christ then the person needs to look into the mirror and will see a
lukewarm Christian who compromises Christ for the sake of the world. So
persecution as a Christian is by default.

One may ask does God like His people face persecution. We understand
world hates God like darkness hates light but then is God unable to
protect His people? Does not the Father love His children and want to
give them the best. Christianity is not Jainism where suffering is core
to its belief. Salvation is not connected to suffering.

Can food be cooked without fire or heating? The primary purpose of God
is to save us from eternal death and to bless us with the precious
things that are of His Kingdom. For that He needs to work in us and work
through us. If He is working in us, we will surely encounter problems
and difficulties. Can a diamond be bought into it finished beautiful
shape without being polished? Does that mean we are doomed in this world?

When Jesus died He suffered tremendously so much so His flesh was
hanging and bones exposed, Bible says He failed to look as a human
being, but then in all this God still protected His bones and none were
allowed to be broken. Did we ever ask if God allowed Him to suffer then
why only His bones were protected?

Bones in the Bible symbolize character and Jesus as man carried the
Character of God or the Name of the Lord. We know the Father because we
know Jesus Christ. We also know God will never let His Name down.

When we walk in the ways of the Lord we put on the character of God /
Name of the Lord / Jesus, so even though we suffer persecution yet the
Lord will protect us from them all and through all these persecutions
none of our bones will be harmed meaning our character will be protected.

In today's message we see Paul was allowed to be arrested and taken to
Rome where he was going to be martyred yet God did protect his life from
the hands of the Jews. The Lord got a fearless young man to overhear the
conversation of the Jews plotting to kill Paul and got this young man to
witness the same to the Roman soldiers who then protected Paul.

The word Martyr comes from the Greek word 'Martus'. This word occurs 54
times in the Bible and only 3 times it is translated as 'martyr', the
remaining times it is translated as 'witness' or 'testimony' (to
testify, bear record).

We as Christians have a mission to witness Christ in other words we are
called to be martyrs for His name sake. If we love our worldly lives
then we are not Christian for Christ said unless we do not forsake our
worldly lives we will not receive eternal life. That does not mean we
have to be physically killed but means we will face death like situation
by others and even by our own selves when we overcome our fleshy
desires. As we grow in Him we will face lesser problems / persecutions
but problems / persecutions will always be there until His Kingdom
comes, until darkness is defeated, but till then we do not loos heart
for there will also be the Lord's protection over us.

Today the Lord is talking to all those who are facing persecution for
Christ's namesake, the Lord is saying even though they will suffer yet
the Lord will not let down His Name in us. He will protect them and
deliver them through it all.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord You are Holy God and your Name is lifted up not only in the Heavens
but even on earth and everywhere. The world may try to bring down your
Name but then You work through your people who walk in your way and lift
up your Name. It is your Name that protects us and keeps us. Lord we
pray we understand what it means to being in your Name and living it. We
know Lord the world hates us and wants to destroy us but then every hair
of our head is protected by You and none will even fall if You do not
allow it to. We know Lord You keep our bones and in all the persecution
You will lift us up...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Psalms 34:19-22

19Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him
out of them all.

20He keepeth all his bones: not one of them is broken.

21Evil shall slay the wicked: and they that hate the righteous shall be
desolate.

22The LORD redeemeth the soul of his servants: and none of them that
trust in him shall be desolate.

John 12:25He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his
life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal.

Matthew 10:22And ye shall be hated of all for my name's sake: but he
that endureth to the end shall be saved.

Matthew 19:29And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or
sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my
name's sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting
life.

Matthew 13:20-23

20But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that
heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it;

21Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when
tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is
offended.

22He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the
word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke
the word, and he becometh unfruitful.

23But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the
word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth
forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.

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Sexual discrimination!

1 Corinthians 14: 34 Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it
is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under
obedience, as also saith the law.

In most 'moral' religions one will see there is a layer of sexual
discrimination between men and women. If you look at the lives of
Christians or even ask them one would see equality like none other, but
as you get to the religious people you will find confusion on this
matter. Some denominations do not allow women to lead a congregation or
take official posts, but then there are others who do. The root problem
is these instructions given by Paul to the Church of Corinth.

I have seen Apologist debating with Muslim Dawahs and wrongly justifying
these scriptures by saying these instructions were only to the Church of
Corinth and not to all. If that is the case then how can they take the
other instructions of Paul are not being specific?

Not going too deep into scriptures, in the Bible there is no gender
discrimination for male and female and they are treated alike. Yes there
are differences in some areas like when it comes to inheritance or in
marriage but that is not due to gender but has a spiritual understanding
around it. Christian marriage is not a contract as the world sees it but
is a role play to understand the relationship and purpose of the Lord
and His bride, similarly inheritance is related to the image of the
Father in us. Bible says when the body dies the spirit has not man or
woman gender and the resurrected man are like the Angels who neither
marry or given in marriage.

If we read today's message Paul is mentioning the women to keep silence
as according to the law and if we look up scriptures there is no law
with regards to women not speaking in a synagogue or in a gathering.
What Paul was referring to were the Jews traditions (oral traditions)
which were recorded in the Mishnah (in 200CE) and later expounded on in
the Talmuds.

Paul was in his letter telling the Jewish women to not come as a
cultural shock by changing traditions overnight. He observed this was
causing more problems than good for these women were speaking out aloud
without having understanding of the matter, so these instructions we not
specific to just to the Church of Corinth but to all Jews who accepted
Christianity.

We as Christians are called for change internally more than externally.
Yes the external change will come but that change should happen
gradually after the internal change. Changing the name or the way of
dressing or the way of social life or cultural life is not that which
makes a person Christian. Let us understand the change should be from
within and that change should attract people to know Christ. By external
change we may impress some immediately or even shun them but either way
they will not come to know Christ.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord You are Almighty God. You Lord created all things in image of
things of your Kingdom and image of things of their kingdom. Even though
You Lord created them in different images yet You said they all are
good. You made them so that by our understanding them we may understand
that which is not visible. You made both man and woman in your image but
when You created them in that natural You made man out of dust and woman
out of the bone of man. Lord we pray we understand your creation, so as
to understand your plans for it more better...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

1 Peter 3:5-9

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Acts 18:2-26, Romans 16:3-4, 2 Timothy 4:19 (Aquila and Priscilla)

Example of a married couple who were in Christ and had not gender
difference between themselves, they worked together and ministered
together and at times Priscilla did better so received more credit).

Proverbs 31:10-31(wife did everything what husband did and more,
including buying property and business)

Ephesians 5:22-32 (comparison of the relation to Christ and His Church)

Genesis 1:26-27

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

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

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

Mathew 22:29-30

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

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

1 Corinthians 14:34-36

34Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted
unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience, as
also saith the law.

35And if they will learn any thing, let them ask their husbands at home:
for it is a shame for women to speak in the church.

36What? came the word of God out from you? or came it unto you only?

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Our battle with Satan

1 Thessalonians 2:18 Wherefore we would have come unto you, even I Paul,
once and again; but Satan hindered us.

We read in today's message Paul stating that he had desires to visit
Thessalonica but then Satan hindered him.

Yesterday we learnt the battle was between man and Satan so did Satan
appear before Paul to stop him? Bible does not say anything like that
happened. In the Bible Satan did not appear to anyone other than Jesus.
So how did Satan hinder Paul?

We need to first understand the term Satan is not a singular term but a
plural term. It refers to the team of the cherubs (Dragon and the Beast
/ king and prince of Tyrus / serpent and the young lion) and the fallen
angels whom we call evil spirits. The word Satan means 'adversary' (one
who opposes another in purpose or act). So what are they opposing?

We know when there was darkness God created man to be the light in the
darkness. The whole lot of the fallen, the two cherubs and the angels
were cast off the upper Heaven with their leader bond in Hell to await
their destruction, so even if man is there or not there, overcomes or
does not overcome, yet the fallen will meet their end. God created man
(an inferior being to the Angels) to overcome the fallen angels and the
cherubs so as to make a spectacle of them forever moreover God created
man to be blessed and take that which was lost by those fallen, in other
words the Heavenly Temple / Body / Jerusalem is restored.

We also know the fallen angels' and the Beast's powers are taken away
(marked) so they which are with us can not directly destroy us unless we
allow them (that is why they tempt us so to open doors of attack). Even
if they were able to kill us all, it would not help them; their aim is
to deprive us from receiving that which the Lord has set for us. Thus
they do all that they can to keep us in sin and make us failures that is
why they are called our adversaries.

We humans even though are lower than the Angels yet in spirit we are not
less than them. The problem is that we dwell in the flesh (not just
physical flesh) unlike them and it is only when we overcome the flesh we
will be like them and are in a position to finish the job we are created
for. The fallen know the day we overcome their judgment is due.

Let us understand Satan will hinder us if we are in the flesh. They may
not directly hinder us (when we are spiritually strong) but may do so
through people around us who have worldly desires, they can become
instruments of hindrance in the hand of the adversary.

Let us always remember we need to not only build ourselves spiritually
but also built those with us so that we do not face hindrance in our
work in the Lord. Salvation is personal but also a team, as one body.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord You are Almighty and All knowing. Your Wisdom can not be
comprehended. Lord we pray we understand the things You have set us for
and that we may receive it. The adversaries will try their best to
deprive us but we know with You / Christ with us the victory is already
ours. We pray we be counted among those who stand to receive...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Genesis 1:1-3

1In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

2And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the
face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.

3And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.

John 3:20-21

20For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the
light, lest his deeds should be reproved.

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

Matthew 8:29And, behold, they cried out, saying, What have we to do with
thee, Jesus, thou Son of God? art thou come hither to torment us before
the time?

Jude 1:6And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their
own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness
unto the judgment of the great day.

Colossians 1:12Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to
be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:

1 Timothy 6:14-16

14That thou keep this commandment without spot, unrebukeable, until the
appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ:

15Which in his times he shall shew, who is the blessed and only
Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords;

16Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can
approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honour and
power everlasting. Amen.

Revelation 12:3-4, 7-9

3And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red
dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads.

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.

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

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

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

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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Do not shrink God Almighty

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

When I was a Catholic I was trained to respect the monuments called
'church' and every time I entered or even passed the monuments as per
Catholic tradition I would make the sign of the cross which meant
touching the forehead, chest and the two shoulders. At times it was done
so fast that it looked like martial arts! We were told God dwelled in
those monuments therefore the place was a sanctified place and thus we
were told to always observe silence within its walls and even if we
spoke, it was very softly more like whispers. The bigger and more
beautiful the monument the more the sanctified was the place.

The Catholic mentality is not isolated it is inherited from Judaism
where objects and symbols were considered holy, not its understanding.
Catholicism is based on Nicolaitan belief which was a Jewish heretic
belief.

Believers too have problems in the area of comprehending God; they too
shrink God to the level of a Cherub who is created by Him. They bring
God to the level of Satan (a cherub) by making Satan a formidable force
for Him. The battle is not between God and Satan but between light and
darkness, and God has made the light to shine through man. So the battle
is actually between man and Satan with man crushing the head of evil.
The only thing is God [the Son] indirectly intervenes in this battle by
leading the fight as not God but as a man.

Another problem with Believers is that they have taken some of the
Nicolaitian beliefs via Catholicism since it has come out of it. Like
many believe Satan rules Hell and he with his fallen angels punish
people who go there. Bible on the other hand says Hell is a prison and
in control of the Angels of God. In there too neither God nor His Angels
punish people but people punish themselves for the never ending coals of
fire that burn within them are nothing but the sins that they have
committed in their natural life.

Let us understand God is indeed God, do not make Him a super power which
is limited, He is an infinite power not super power. He is beyond time
and space and nothing exist that is not created by Him. God is
omnipotent so Hell also a place where He dwells but not a place where
one would see His glory; His glory is concentrated in the highest Heaven
thus called His Throne. Throne of God is not a seat for He is not man,
He is Spirit.

People shrink God so that they can limit God and thus restrict Him from
the areas they do not want Him. Let us not shrink God and instead of
trying foolishly to size Him let us just worship Him and glorify Him and
know nothing can be hidden from Him.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord You alone are God and when Jacob and Moses asked your name You
rebuked them and said I AM WHO I AM. You Lord alone exist and there is
none like You. Lord we pray we understand like the Psalmist David that
there no place in time nor space where we can hide from You...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Revelation 2:12-15

12And to the angel of the church in Pergamos write; These things saith
he which hath the sharp sword with two edges;

13I know thy works, and where thou dwellest, even where Satan's seat is:
and thou holdest fast my name, and hast not denied my faith, even in
those days wherein Antipas was my faithful martyr, who was slain among
you, where Satan dwelleth.

14But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them
that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac to cast a
stumblingblock before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed
unto idols, and to commit fornication.

15So hast thou also them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans,
which thing I hate.

Psalms 139:8If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed
in hell, behold, thou art there.

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

Genesis 32:28-29

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

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

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At the end it is HIM - His Name

1 Corinthians 15: 24,25 Then cometh the end, when he shall have
delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put
down all rule and all authority and power. For he must reign, till he
hath put all enemies under his feet.

When you ask someone what will apocalypse / the end of the world be like
and they will come out with something gore, with people being physically
killed, blood all over the place, darkness everywhere, with loud shrieks
and cries being heard as demons running around the place killing people.

The problem with people is they are so much in the flesh that they cause
not only demons but also God to be a being in the flesh (old man). True
God is described as 'ancient' in the Bible but that does not mean He is
an old man. There was an English movie on Moses (Exodus: Gods and Kings)
where God was shown as a young boy. True God is younger than any of us
and yet older than anything that ever exist because God is beyond time;
time was created by Him. Can we age anyone who is eternal / timeless?

This natural world was created because something that happened in the
spirit world that needed to be corrected, thus the result also will be
more spiritual than natural. With the coming again of Christ and He
declaring His Name (Who He is) will cause all that is natural to cease
existing.

Bible says He will come not as God but as Son of Man (Man) and will come
with His Angels. In other verses like the verse before today's message
says First Fruits. It is after this that every being (even the Angels in
Heaven) surrenders or bows to Him. When Bible says 'surrender to Him' it
does not mean physically surrendering to the man Jesus but surrendering
to His Name. Name also does not mean the word Jesus, Iesus, Yeshua or
Joshua; it means the Name / Nature / Image of God that was in Him and at
the end is restored in mankind (Sons of God).

The whole battle of creation is all about restoration of the Image of
God which got corrupted due to sin. God created man so that His light
may shine in man and through man the darkness that existed before this
creation was be overcome. God the Son as Son of Man and His Spirit leads
us to overcome this darkness so that the Heavenly Temple / Heavenly Body
/ Heavenly Jerusalem is restored.

Can liquid battle against solid or against gas. It is only when they are
in the same state that they can overcome each other.

Let us get it into us that this battle is spiritual and not natural and
the victory is also spiritual. So let us arm ourselves with all
spiritual weapons and also put on all the spiritual battle gear that
protects us.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord You are God and You are Spirit. Lord your Word says unless we are
not born from above we will not enter the Kingdom of God, those who are
led in the Spirit are Sons of God. Lord we pray we understand the battle
is spiritual and this battle is first with in us. We pray Lord we
understand the importance to overcome our own selves so that we
collectively with Jesus Christ may overcome the darkness that was before
this creation and your Name be lifted up...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

1 Corinthians 15:22-28

22For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.

23But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they
that are Christ's at his coming.

24Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to
God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all
authority and power.

25For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet.

26The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.

27For he hath put all things under his feet. But when he saith all
things are put under him, it is manifest that he is excepted, which did
put all things under him.

28And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also
himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may
be all in all.

Matthew 13:41The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall
gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do
iniquity;

Matthew 16:27For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father
with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works.

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

2 Thessalonians 1:7-10

7And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be
revealed from heaven with his mighty angels,

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.

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:

Ephesians 6:12For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against
principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of
this world, against spiritual wickedness in high.

1 Corinthians 15:44,46

44It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a
natural body, and there is a spiritual body.

46Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is
natural; and afterward that which is spiritual.

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Post  Admin on Mon 23 Jan 2017, 11:26 pm

Vain babblings is dangerous

2 Timothy 2:16,17 But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will
increase unto more ungodliness. And their word will eat as doth a
canker: of whom is Hymenaeus and Philetus;

It is said if a lie which is big or unbelievable is repeated again and
again over a long period of time, people start to believe it. Islam and
many mythological religions are a testimony to this fact.

Most Christians believe by repeating something, be it saying or hearing
affects a person. They are quick to point to Romans 10:17 which they
assume says 'faith comes by hearing and hearing the Word of God'. I do
not blame them for this misunderstanding; the problem is with the
translators. If one has studied Greek and checked the text the first
word 'hearing' is in passive tense and the second word is in active
tense that is why many new translations put it as 'hearing by the Word'.
In English the proper word would be 'listening' which means to
understand and accept it.So faith comes not by hearing and hearing the
Word but comes by hearing and listening to the Word.

Even Proverbs 18:21 is misunderstood as by speaking things happen, if
that was true then all could fly by just saying it. Jesus said things
happen only by believing. Yes we could fly if we believe, but we need an
unshakable truth to believe in that is if we find a verse in the Word of
God that tells us this then it will truly happen. Proverbs 18:21 uses
the word 'fruit'. Our words are like flowers and our thoughts do the
work of pollinating the flowers. If we say anything mindlessly without
thought, or we reject words spoken then they make no effect on us. But
if we give thought to the words irrespective of little or more, we
pollinate those flowers and they start to bear fruit in our lives.

Today's message tells us not to babble vain things, we may know they are
nonsense but then by repeating them, soon our thoughts may pollinate
them and those vain words may become believable words.

Today's verses mentions two people Hymenaeus and Philetus who stated
that resurrection was a thing of the past. People knew it was
nonsensical but yet they kept repeating it and thus got into dangerous
area of landing up believing it.

Let us discern what we speak and avoid joking specially on things
concerning the faith. Also Christians studying other beliefs
(Apologetics) need to be careful that their faith is first strong so
that they do not land up believing vain beliefs and giving up the real
Truth.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord You alone are God and there is none other than You that is why You
said I AM WHO I AM. Lord we pray we understand the power of the words
that we speak or communicate, that they can destroy others and our own
selves. We pray we give thought to what we speak, write or communicate
electronically. May our communication be to edify and not harm...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Romans 10:17So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

Proverbs 18:21Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they
that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.

2 Timothy 2:15-19

15Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to
be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

16But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more
ungodliness.

17And their word will eat as doth a canker: of whom is Hymenaeus and
Philetus;

18Who concerning the truth have erred, saying that the resurrection is
past already; and overthrow the faith of some.

19Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal,
The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the
name of Christ depart from iniquity.

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Post  Admin on Sat 21 Jan 2017, 10:35 pm

Mercy vs Righteousness

Titus 3:5,6Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but
according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and
renewing of the Holy Spirit; Which he shed on us abundantly through
Jesus Christ our Saviour;

Every Christian knows that works does not save anyone even if it is
works of righteousness, what saves them is grace. But in today's message
in Paul's letter to Titus we read Paul speaks of being saved by mercy
and renewal via the Holy Spirit. Did Paul change his stand? We also see
James speaks about the importance of works and says if works do not
exist then faith does not exist. Jesus said by faith we are saved so
what is the relation with faith and grace?

Paul did not change his stand nor did James contradict Paul or both
contradict Jesus. Most Christians do not understand the difference
between mercy and grace, the relationship between faith and grace and
they also do not understand between what kind of works is need for
salvation and why.

Mercy and grace in nature are same but the only difference between mercy
and grace is the quantity. Even though the quantity of mercy in grace
varies yet it speaks of all the mercy that is required to offset the
person across i.e. to qualify a person. It is true that by God's mercy
we are saved but this mercy depended on the will of God, if He desired
His mercy fell on a person and if He did desire no mercy was available
(Romans 9:15). In the OT people struggled for mercy and grace was given
only to a few (i.e. Noah, Abraham - men of faith). One cannot work to
gain mercy but yet mercy can be easily accessed by its Siamese twin that
is truth (Psalms 85:10). Faith means believing in the truth, so by faith
one can receive grace (the mercy required). There are many types of
graces here we are referring to grace that brings salvation.

With the coming of Jesus truth was declared openly so people who believe
in the truth (have faith) receive grace and thus are saved (John 1:17).
Before the coming of Jesus the truth was known only to a few and those
who believed it received grace.

Now coming to works, there are two types of works one is works of faith
and other works of righteousness. We are called to do works of faith not
works of righteousness. If we say we have faith and this does not
manifest into works then it is like a person saying I had a bath but
without getting wet! No Christian is a Christian if they do not do works
of faith and without works of faith no one can enter the Kingdom of God
/ Heaven. Jesus said only those who do the Will of My Father will enter
My Father's House.

Works of righteousness are also an important part of Christian life but
these are not what we do but what the Spirit of God does through us.
When the truth starts to get established in us via the Spirit of Truth,
we start to manifest works of righteousness; that is why Paul says in
today's message the 'renewing via the Holy Spirit', implying not what we
do but what the Holy Spirit does it through us.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord You are Righteous and Holy God. The only language You understand is
the language of faith. Without the truth one cannot have faith. You God
are Truth and your Word is Truth and with knowing either we cannot have
faith. It is only when You manifested in flesh man started to know You
and thus faith and salvation was available to all. Lord we pray we
understand the importance of knowing your Word and letting the Holy
Spirit work in us. Lord we pray let our faith be proven by our works of
faith and let the working of the Spirit be manifested by works of
righteousness...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

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

Romans 9:15For he saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have
mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.

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

Psalms 85:10Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace
have kissed each other.

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

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Post  Admin on Sat 21 Jan 2017, 12:02 am

Lord is Longsuffering

2 Peter 3:9The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men
count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any
should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

When we take the word 'longsuffering' people think it has to do with
suffering and tolerating problems and persecution. We have Catholics who
believe sickness as coming for God so that people get the fruit of
longsuffering since it is counted among the Fruits of the Holy Spirit.
Can God give a snake when we ask for fish or stone if asked for bread?
Jesus says our earthly fathers do not do that so how can we expect God
to do that.

Longsuffering is not about tolerating suffering but about tolerating the
deficiency of others or of a situation while waiting for change. This
tolerating is not endless since it is not called eternalsuffering but
called longsuffering; that means there has to be an end, a change even
if it takes time.

Our God is longsuffering towards us, that's why He bears our deficiency,
our weakness, our stubbornness etc. so that we change soon or later and
turn to Him. If the Lord was not longsuffering then He would have judged
us the moment we sinned and finished everything there and then. His
Longsuffering also helps to prove to ourselves our evilness. This world
exists because our God is longsuffering.

Today the Lord is asking us like we are called to be holy for He is Holy
so also we are called to be longsuffering towards others for He is
Longsuffering. We are called to bear each other while continuously
pursuing change in them. Change may not do it in a day, a month, a year,
it may take years but we need to change them and bear them till they
change. We need to do that for our God has done and is doing the same
with us.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord You are Longsuffering. When You created man You knew he would fall
and reject You. You knew he would turn against You and be filled with
evil, yet You Lord created him and called him good. You Lord know at the
end You will succeed in changing man and bringing him back unto You. You
rejoice with the end and thus bear the present. Help us Lord to do the
same with those whom You have given unto us in our lives, our ministry,
our families...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Luke 11:11-13

11If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give
him a stone? or if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent?

12Or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion?

13If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your
children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit
to them that ask him?

Galatians 5:22-23

22But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering,
gentleness, goodness, faith,

23Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

Ephesians 4:2With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering,
forbearing one another in love;

1 Timothy 1:16Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first
Jesus Christ might shew forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them
which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting.

Romans 9:22What if God, willing to shew his wrath, and to make his power
known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath fitted to
destruction:

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Post  Admin on Sun 15 Jan 2017, 11:40 pm

Eternal hope

John 21:14 This is now the third time that Jesus shewed himself to his
disciples, after that he was risen from the dead.

In today's message the Lord is continuing to teach us about
resurrection. In the message there are two things which are of
importance that Jesus showed Himself three times to His disciples after
His resurrection, if this three times was not important than it would
not have been mentioned. Secondly the rendering of the words 'risen from
the dead'.

We need to understand when the word 'shall' is used it includes the one
who is speaking. Grammatically we cannot say 'I shall' or 'you shall' it
has to be 'I will' or 'you will', we can say 'we shall'. Shall is used
with we not I or you yet we see many places the commandments of God are
written as 'you shall' and this is because the Law is abiding on the
Lord Himself. Even when He promises or requests us to do something and
uses the word 'shall' that means He too is part of it and will help us
in getting it fulfilled.

We see in the Bible the Lord as a statute says at the mouth of two or
three witnesses an incident / truth will be established. That means if
two or three people confirm a matter then that matter needs to be given
importance. God gave us this statute not for us to use it for our law of
the land for witnessing of worldly man cannot be trusted but people of
God can be. This statue helps us study and confirm an understanding from
the Bible. So if we have an understanding we need to produce 2 or 3
scriptures to back it [that is why all important things are repeated in
one or the other book]. But if we find even one scripture that speaks
against it we need to drop that understanding since our interpretation
has a problem. Jesus followed this statute therefore made sure He was
seen of them at least three times.

Since Islam is a concoction of Judaism, Christianity and Sabian beliefs
we find the witnessing of two or three from the Bible is taken very
literately into Islam, so much so if a woman is raped she needs to
produce three witnesses to confirm her claim, else she is labeled as the
instigator of the evil. If she is married then she can be even stoned to
death for adultery, although she is the victim.

Yesterday we learnt about resurrection as rising from one level to
another as in from Hell or Grave to the level we dwell in. In today's
message we see the word 'risen' is not mentioned in the past, present or
future tense but written in the Aorist tense. In English we have
basically 3 tenses past, present and future, these in turn are sub dived
into simple (perfect) and continuous. In Greek we have seven tenses.
Aorist tense means past, present and future together.

Here the rising of Jesus from the death is rendered in the aorist tense.
If we know who Jesus and know about His sacrifice then we will
understand why this tense is used here. Bible says He became a sacrifice
from the foundation of creation even though He was crucified only about
2000 years back. It is only through this understanding we know why He is
called the eternal sacrifice not only in the future tense for those who
came after His crucifixion but even those before, like from the time of
Noah, Abraham, Isaac etc...

The Lord is telling us like the sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ is
eternal so also His resurrection is, thus our hope in Him is also eternal.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord You are Almighty God. Your Word says You humbled Yourself and
became our sacrifice from the foundation of creation. You Lord knew the
fall of man even before You created him so You made a provision for his
rise. Lord we pray we understand or resurrection is confirmed by your
eternal resurrection...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Deuteronomy 19:15One witness shall not rise up against a man for any
iniquity, or for any sin, in any sin that he sinneth: at the mouth of
two witnesses, or at the mouth of three witnesses, shall the matter be
established.

Matthew 13:35That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet,
saying, I will open my mouth in parables; I will utter things which have
been kept secret from the foundation of the world.

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

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

Ephesians 1:4According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation
of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:

Hebrews 4:3For we which have believed do enter into rest, as he said, As
I have sworn in my wrath, if they shall enter into my rest: although the
works were finished from the foundation of the world.

1 Peter 1:20Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the
world, but was manifest in these last times for you,

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

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Post  Admin on Thu 12 Jan 2017, 11:31 pm

False Godliness

Matthew 21:30 And he came to the second, and said likewise. And he
answered and said, I go, sir: and went not.

Today's message is about a parable in which Jesus spoke about a father
asking his two sons to work in his vineyard. The first initially denies
but then repents and goes to do the work. The second says yes but then
does not go. Jesus then asks the people as to who obeyed the father?

It was obvious that the first did the will of the father but that is
because we know the whole thing. Had we been simply present when the
father asked and not known what they really did then we would have
thought the second son was an obedient and faithful son.

We may think this as a one off case. Sorry, this is a usual case not a
one off. Jesus said many are called but few are chosen and the gate to
Heaven is narrow. If you look around deeply into people's hearts there
is spread of false godliness that has flooded the hearts of the people.
They live a life before people and another life within themselves.

Working in the Lord's vineyard is not about preaching or social service.
Working in the Lord's vineyard is about truth and against falsehood. It
is about love, mercy, compassion, sacrifice, overcoming the worldly
person and living the spiritual person.

Look at preachers, as his crowd increases the preacher starts to change.
It starts with his clothes, his cars, his lifestyle, his priorities, his
family and then his teachings. How does one identify such preachers or
leaders, is when you see they are not making disciples for the Lord but
making disciples for themselves. He will never tell his disciple go out
and make disciples, he will tell them stay and keep adding people unto me.

There is also a false godliness among the ordinary believers who attend
prayer meetings and pray for lost souls but never go out and minister to
lost souls. They believe Christianity is a religion, religion is a
personal choice and all have a right to choose.

Let us always remember God is not a man whom we can fool. Let us always
remember He knows our tomorrow even though we have not stepped into it.
So let our hearts be true and let it bear fruit unto His Kingdom.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord You are Almighty and All Knowing God. Lord You know everything yet
You ask of us, You do so to expose the true nature with in us, so that
we cannot have any excuse when we stand before You. Lord we pray You
make our spiritual limbs strong that we may not lack desire and open our
eyes to the Truth that we may not go stray...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

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

Matthew 21:28-32

28But what think ye? A certain man had two sons; and he came to the
first, and said, Son, go work to day in my vineyard.

29He answered and said, I will not: but afterward he repented, and went.

30And he came to the second, and said likewise. And he answered and
said, I go, sir: and went not.

31Whether of them twain did the will of his father? They say unto him,
The first. Jesus saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That the
publicans and the harlots go into the kingdom of God before you.

32For John came unto you in the way of righteousness, and ye believed
him not: but the publicans and the harlots believed him: and ye, when ye
had seen it, repented not afterward, that ye might believe him.

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Growth of Christianity

Acts 27:1And when it was determined that we should sail into Italy, they
delivered Paul and certain other prisoners unto one named Julius, a
centurion of Augustus' band.

In the Bible, the book of Acts records Paul as the one who laid the
grounds for Christianity in Rome and has no records of Peter ever
visiting Rome. We also see God had directed Paul (along with Barnabas)
to reach out to the Gentile nations and Peter (along with John and
James) to minister to the Jewish Christians, yet we find the Catholic
Church believes Peter to be founder of the Church in Rome and thus
ordained him as the first Bishop of Rome (Pope).

Peter was indeed selected to lead the other apostles before Paul and
Barnabas came into the picture and it was not just Peter, it was John
and James also who were selected along with Peter. That is why Jesus
spent quality time with them compared with others. Paul acknowledges
this five men team in his letter to the Galatians, he stated this five
members team were the core group; with Peter, John and James working
with the Jews and Paul and Barnabas working with the Gentiles.

So unless the Catholics do not consider themselves as Jewish Christians
they cannot ordain Peter as their first Pope.

We see in today's message the Romans had set Julius a centurion to
escort Paul to Italy and also guard him from the radical Jews who were
out to kill him. If we were in Paul's place we would have considered
Julius to be counted along the enemies, as ones who hated Christians and
had Paul in chains, under restrained freedom, but we see with the events
that took place on the journey the mindset of Julius changed and caused
him to have great respect for Paul. Not only did he respect Paul but was
instrument to letting Paul minister for 2 years in Rome that too
protected by Roman soldiers (under house arrest).

Paul experienced problems during his journey, during that period his
faith was shaken at times to low points, but at the end he came out
stronger. During this working of the Lord on him, the Lord also worked
on the so called enemies of Paul and changed them to be an unimaginable
blessing for Paul and his mission.

If you and I are going through rough waters and having people around us
who resist our ministry or our faith walk, like Paul experienced in his
journey, let us acknowledge the Lord working on us and also on those who
are around us.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord You are Almighty God and a Jealous (Zealous) God who is very
possessive of His children, yet Lord at times You allow storms to come
and shipwreck our plans. You allow us to come to moments of
hopelessness. But then You Lord show your glory and cause greater,
unimaginable things to manifest. At the end You Lord will have your say
in all things. We pray we learn to trust in You and remember You cause
all things to come to good...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Galatians 2:7-9

7But contrariwise, when they saw that the gospel of the uncircumcision
was committed unto me, as the gospel of the circumcision was unto Peter;

8(For he that wrought effectually in Peter to the apostleship of the
circumcision, the same was mighty in me toward the Gentiles:)

9And when James, Cephas, and John, who seemed to be pillars, perceived
the grace that was given unto me, they gave to me and Barnabas the right
hands of fellowship; that we should go unto the heathen, and they unto
the circumcision.

Acts 22:21And he said unto me, Depart: for I will send thee far hence
unto the Gentiles.

Acts 28:30-31

30And Paul dwelt two whole years in his own hired house, and received
all that came in unto him,

31Preaching the kingdom of God, and teaching those things which concern
the Lord Jesus Christ, with all confidence, no man forbidding him.

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

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The Rich Disciples of Jesus

John 19:38-40

38And after this Joseph of Arimathaea, being a disciple of Jesus, but
secretly for fear of the Jews, besought Pilate that he might take away
the body of Jesus: and Pilate gave him leave. He came therefore, and
took the body of Jesus.

39And there came also Nicodemus, which at the first came to Jesus by
night, and brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about an hundred pound
weight.

40Then took they the body of Jesus, and wound it in linen clothes with
the spices, as the manner of the Jews is to bury.

Jesus had disciples across all sections of society for the poorest to
those who had abundance. We see Jesus confronted those who craved for
riches or depended on them a lot like the young rich man whom Jesus
asked to give away all he had and follow Him. But there were those like
Nicodemus who were rich but did not set their heart on their riches thus
Jesus did not compel them to give up their riches.

But there was a difference between those who were rich and those who
were not. Those who were rich could not spend more time with Him thus
were not rooted to the His teachings but those who did were better off.

In today’s message we see God did have a plan for those unstable rich
disciples of Jesus. In today’s message we see two rich disciple of Jesus
Joseph of Arimathaea and Nicodemus. One was used to provide the tomb in
which the body of Jesus was kept and where He resurrected from; the
other to provide the linen cloth in which his body was wrapped alone
with spices. This cloth fulfilled the prophecy of Peter being the person
chosen to lead the Jewish Christian. Both these disciple fulfilled
Jewish traditions but in a way fulfilled prophesy.

When a person died his or her body was to be buried, but the Jews
(Israelites) would keep the body of important people in caves. The first
such incident started with Abraham who bought land to have himself
buried on his death, but after he died they kept his body in a cave that
existed in that land. In the case of Moses God knew what this would lead
to so God hid his body such that the Jews do not find it at all.

With regards to the tradition of embalming the body with spices was done
after the Jews (Israelites) exile in Egypt. What Nicodemus did was
embalming the body with spices and was done by all Jews to bodies of
important people which were not buried. Catholics follow both
traditions, thus put the body in coffin (symbolizing a cave), embalm it
and also bury it.

But what the women of Galilee (including Jesus’ mother and others) were
going to do on the third day was something which only the Jews of
Galilee / northern Israel who were also called Samarians did. They would
follow the mummification process of body as per Egyptian traditions and
thus required large amounts of spices. This was exactly what was done to
Lazarus’ body and why his raising from the death shook the whole of
Judea that they sort to kill not only Jesus but even Lazarus.

Today God is telling us He has a plan for everyone in His Kingdom some
to fulfill His Word and some to expose the foolishness of mankind. What
matters is how much time we spend with Him which will define where we
are used. If we are rich and pursuing riches we will not get time for
Him, to learn of His Kingdom. We may think we are following Him but may
be following the traditions of men like Joseph and Nicodemus did.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord You are Almighty God and You alone are God. Lord in You alone is
the Truth for You are Truth and your Word is True. Lord we pray we
follow Your Word and become disciples not of the Son of Man Jesus Christ
but become disciples to the Words that the Son of Man Jesus Christ
spoke. May we follow His Word and His Spirit and thus know the Truth and
be set free from corruption and sin...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

John 12:9-13

9Much people of the Jews therefore knew that he was there: and they came
not for Jesus’ sake only, but that they might see Lazarus also, whom he
had raised from the dead.

10But the chief priests consulted that they might put Lazarus also to death;

11Because that by reason of him many of the Jews went away, and believed
on Jesus.

12 On the next day much people that were come to the feast, when they
heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem,

13Took branches of palm trees, and went forth to meet him, and cried,
Hosanna: Blessed is the King of Israel that cometh in the name of the Lord.

Luke 23:55-56

55And the women also, which came with him from Galilee, followed after,
and beheld the sepulchre, and how his body was laid.

56And they returned, and prepared spices and ointments; and rested the
sabbath day according to the commandment.

Luke 18:22-24

22Now when Jesus heard these things, he said unto him, Yet lackest thou
one thing: sell all that thou hast, and distribute unto the poor, and
thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, follow me.

23And when he heard this, he was very sorrowful: for he was very rich.

24And when Jesus saw that he was very sorrowful, he said, How hardly
shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God!

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Reasons they preach another Christ

Philippians 1:16-18

15Some indeed preach Christ even of envy and strife; and some also of
good will:

16The one preach Christ of contention, not sincerely, supposing to add
affliction to my bonds:

17But the other of love, knowing that I am set for the defence of the
gospel.

In today’s message we read Paul speaks of facing two types of people who
preached Christ, those who supported him and those who rebelled against
him. This was not something that Paul along faced, this even Jesus faced
for at His time there were people who preached the Kingdom of God but
were not with Him. This happened because people did not know Jesus nor
knew Paul.

Today also we have people who preach Christ but do not know Him. For
them name is all that matters so any ‘christ’ is Christ for them. So if
a ‘christ’ preaches or is preached that is against the principles of the
Kingdom of God, is still Christ for them; since all kinds of love is the
same, all kinds of peace is the same. They try to bridge the Kingdom of
God to the kingdom of this world since they want to dwell in and enjoy
the things of this world but also enjoy the blessing of the Kingdom of God.

It is very sad especially during this season to see the way people
deceive each other and the world not knowing they are trying to deceive
God all in the name of ‘Christ’.

People think the Gospel is all about God sending His Son as a hope when
there was no hope. They do not realize this is just part of the Gospel,
the other part demands that only those who believe in Him and are
baptized in Him will be saved.

When Jesus’ disciples went to stop the man who was preaching (casting
demons) in the name of Christ but was not with Him, Jesus restricted
them from doing so. Yes God does allow and use all those who preach
Christ or ‘christ’ but then what they gather makes difference. It is
better to have even 1 sheep than to have plenty of goats in the flock.

Gospel is a hope when we do not know Christ but when we know Christ it
becomes an assurance. Hope will not guaranty our entry to Heaven but an
assurance will. Unless we do not die to ourselves and let Christ live in
us we do not have the assurance of the Gospel. In us either the old man
of this world or the new man in Christ can dwell. We cannot fool God by
trying to have both living in us.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord You are a Righteous and Holy God. You God have called us to live a
holy Life. When we were in sin and were doomed You made a way for us and
did not stop there, You also gave us a Helper to take us along that way.
Lord we pray we stop trying to deceive You as a man deceives another
man. We pray we remember You know our thoughts and their reasons,
nothing is hidden from You. We pray we do not merge Christ your Holy one
to the ‘christs’ of this world...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Acts 26:6And now I stand and am judged for the hope of the promise made
of God unto our fathers:

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.

Hebrews 6:11And we desire that every one of you do shew the same
diligence to the full assurance of hope unto the end:

Hebrews 10:22Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of
faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our
bodies washed with pure water.

Matthew 24:24For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets,
and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were
possible, they shall deceive the very elect.

Luke 9:49-50

49And John answered and said, Master, we saw one casting out devils in
thy name; and we forbad him, because he followeth not with us.

50And Jesus said unto him, Forbid him not: for he that is not against us
is for us.

Matthew 12:30He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth
not with me scattereth abroad.

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Unrighteous Greed

Acts 24:25-27

25And as he reasoned of righteousness, temperance, and judgment to come,
Felix trembled, and answered, Go thy way for this time; when I have a
convenient season, I will call for thee.

26He hoped also that money should have been given him of Paul, that he
might loose him: wherefore he sent for him the oftener, and communed
with him.

27But after two years Porcius Festus came into Felix' room: and Felix,
willing to shew the Jews a pleasure, left Paul bound.

The name Porcius in Latin means hog (large pig). Among Romans it was
common practice to take names from brute creatures like pig, goats
etc... We see when Porcius heard Paul speak with holy zeal he said into
Paul that he was not in control of himself and that all the knowledge he
had, had caused him to go mad. True to his name, Porcius did not know
the value of knowledge.

Porcius Festus had replaced Felix as governor of Judaea by his constant
complains of him to Nero. Felix as governor was very greedy but wanted
to show himself as a just ruler. He was expecting Paul to bribe him for
his release but since Paul did not, Felix kept him bonded in prison for
2 years to win the favor of the Jews.

Today the Lord is asking us if our righteousness is like Felix and
Porcius? It is because of greed do we blend the truth and show ourselves
as good Christians or it is due to our ignorance (unwillingness to know
the truth) that we do the things that we do?

December is the season where one wonders what Christianity is doing, and
that includes God Himself. Christians behave like Felix just to enjoy
worldly pleasures they try to show Christ in what they do. They also
behave like Porcius Festus stating they do not know the real thing thus
justify what everyone does.

We can give justifications for everything but at the end Truth is in
black and white, not in shades of grey. We can fool ourselves and the
world but we cannot fool God.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord You are Holy God and in your Word You ask of us to be holy for You
are Holy. You also said in your Word that traditions of man only lead to
vanity and sin. Lord we pray we have courage to follow the Truth and not
traditions of man. Help us that we do not justify lies for the sake of
enjoying pleasures of the world. Help us to stand for the Truth even if
it means to sacrifice...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Acts 26:24 And as he thus spake for himself, Festus said with a loud
voice, Paul, thou art beside thyself; much learning doth make thee mad.

Galatians 1:13-14

13For ye have heard of my conversation in time past in the Jews'
religion, how that beyond measure I persecuted the church of God, and
wasted it:

14And profited in the Jews' religion above many my equals in mine own
nation, being more exceedingly zealous of the traditions of my fathers.

Matthew 15:1-3

1Then came to Jesus scribes and Pharisees, which were of Jerusalem, saying,

2Why do thy disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? for they
wash not their hands when they eat bread.

3But he answered and said unto them, Why do ye also transgress the
commandment of God by your tradition?

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