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Only God is good

Luke 18:19 And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? none is
good, save one, that is, God.

Today's scripture is one scripture that preachers avoid to discuss but
favourite of those who want to prove Jesus is not God. They will say see
Jesus said He is not 'good' and that God alone is, so He is not God.

The problem lies in our theological understanding of Jesus, who He
was-is and also the term holiness. There is no question of the Christian
belief that Lord Jesus Christ is God for there are many scriptures where
He has directly and indirectly claimed to be God but also there is no
question about Him being man or Son of Man. John in his second letter
clearly states any person who does not believe the Lord Jesus Christ did
not (fully) come in the flesh (become fully man), that person is a
deceiver and has the spirit of the antichrist. The problem lies in
understanding between both the facts.

Paul tries to explain this in his letter to the church of Philippi
(Philippians 2:5-7). He says Christ Jesus was God (form of God), equal
(also translated as 'like' or 'as much as') to the Godhead (people read
it as the Father, which is wrong since in OT / NT the Son also calls the
Father as His Lord - Luke 20:42 and His God - Mark 15:34), made Himself
of no reputation (meaning 'empty' that is gave up His glory before our
creation - John 17:5), humbled Himself (it does not mean compromised His
Nature but keeping His Nature / Name / Image He became His creation) and
became man (came in the flesh). Note He humbled Himself long before He
became man. Bible says He became our sacrifice from the beginning of
creation (even before man had sinned or was created - Revelation 13:8)
and suffered for us since then (Hebrews 9:26). The crucifixion was just
a small visual manifestation of His great love.

As man Jesus was fully man that is why He grew in wisdom and Spirit
(Fruits and Gifts of the Holy Spirit - Luke 2:40). As man He called
Himself Son of Man. The term 'Son of God' means one who has the image of
God. We see this term is also used for Angles and for us when the work
of the Holy Spirit is completed in us. We see Jesus was also called God
(the Son) / Son God and when evil spirits tried to reveal His identity
He refrained them from doing so (i.e. Mark 3:11-12). In John 17 we read
in His prayer Jesus awaits the day when He regains His glory and becomes
who He was before He humbled Himself and this will happen when He
gathers us to Himself after Judgment Day (Heavenly Wedding).

Coming to the term translated here as 'good'; the Greek word for good is
'Kalos' (well, beautiful, fine, excellent etc. i.e. Matthew 5:16) or
'ischuo (strong, to have power i.e. Matthew 5:13). The word used here is
'agathos', used as opposite of evil like in Matthew 5:45 or as
perfection in Ephesians 5:9. In Ephesians 5:9 it is considered as
Holiness / Perfection a Fruit of the Holy Spirit along with
Righteousness and Truth (which we lost due to sin). These are not listed
along with the nine mentioned in Galatians since these three are given
as gifts and not earned / grown.

Only God (Godhead) is Holy and that is why in Heaven the heavenly beings
shout out to Him as 'Holy, Holy, Holy'. We as corrupt beings (sinners
who are forgiven but made incorruptible only on Judgment Day) are called
to know the truth, be righteous and be holy; that does not mean we
completely know the Truth or are totally Righteous or are fully Holy.
Like Jesus as man grew in Spirit so also we too grow in these and as
sons of man we will receive them in due time. After we receive Truth
from the Holy Spirit (by becoming and remaining Jesus' disciples by
growing the nine Fruits), we will receive Righteousness from the Son (on
Judgment Day) and then when we enter Heaven we receive Holiness from the
Father. That is why Jesus said when we become His disciples we will know
the Truth and the Truth will set us free.

In today's message Jesus spoke as man and thus He said only God is good
(holy). He did not say only the Father is Holy since the Holy Spirit
(who is God) is also good (holy). When Jesus regains His glory from His
emptiness (Father glorifies Him) and He manifest His original self then
He too will be good (holy). In Revelation we read at the end He is
seated on the throne (in glory) and all shout to Him ‘Holy, Holy, Holy’.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord God You alone are truly Holy. We pray Lord You quicken the Fruit of
Truth in us, so that when we completely know the truth we may receive
your Righteousness and Holiness as we are glorified in You...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
2 John 1:7 For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess
not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an
antichrist.

Philippians 2:5-7
5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal
with God:
7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a
servant, and was made in the likeness of men:
8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became
obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name
which is above every name:
10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in
heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;
11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to
the glory of God the Father.

Luke 20:42 And David himself saith in the book of Psalms, The LORD said
unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand,

Mark 15:34 And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying,
Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani? which is, being interpreted, My God, my
God, why hast thou forsaken me?

John 17:5 And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with
the glory which I had with thee before the world was.

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

Hebrews 9:26 For then must he often have suffered since the foundation
of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to
put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.

Luke 2:40 And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with
wisdom: and the grace of God was upon him.

Mark 3:11-12
11 And unclean spirits, when they saw him, fell down before him, and
cried, saying, Thou art the Son of God [in Greek written as Son the God].
12 And he straitly charged them that they should not make him known.

Matthew 5:45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in
heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and
sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.

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

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Acknowledging the True God

Acts 17:34 Howbeit certain men clave unto him, and believed: among the
which was Dionysius the Areopagite, and a woman named Damaris, and
others with them.

Continuing the topic of knowing God and His Christ the Lord gave us this
scripture to meditate on for today.

As Paul was in Athens, looking at all the great idols made by man and
worshiped as gods, Paul chose to enlighten them about the True God and
His Christ. Paul did not censure them at their face but wisely (led by
the Holy Spirit) confronted their thinking and made them to reason or
question their belief. This caused a few people to personally interact
with Paul and believe him among them listed are two persons. These two
persons were not ordinary persons. One was a like a high court judge
designated specially to hear criminal cases but at times made to hear
other cases. These judges were famous the world over since they did not
respect the person on trial but concentrated only on the facts
presented. They can be equated to today's modern courts in a just country.

The other person mentioned a woman was a person on trial in his court
for murdering her husband and son by poisoning them. She justified her
act in court by giving her reason.

Here we see one person who drove the human law system and the other
person accused of breaking that law, both believed Paul. What is
interesting is the fact what Paul declared. We read in verse 31 Paul
says God designated a man to judge the righteous of the whole world, the
man whom He raised from death.

Note Paul addresses to Jesus even after His death and resurrection as a
'man'. Jesus Himself says He will judge the flock on Judgment Day as a
'Son of Man' and not as God (Son).

I have heard N number of tomes even from great preachers who claim to
have seen Jesus as a man in Heaven (as depicted in Catholic Church
pictures) with a majestic crown made of worldly precious stones and
precious metal, seated on throne again described as worldly thrones, but
grander. Before I knew god and His Kingdom including the Heavens I too
would get impressed with their testimony but after knowing the truth I
only feel sad for all those who believe them.

I question people after Judgment Day will they see the man Jesus in
Heaven. If they say 'yes' then I know they do not know Him.

When we know Christ and His sacrifice we will know the day He gathers us
back in Heaven He will NO LONGER be His creation but will gain back His
glory which He had before He created our creation. He will no longer be
the man Jesus but will only be Lord. So let us not even by mistake think
we are going to meet the man Jesus in Heaven, we are going to only meet
our Lord, our Creator.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord God You are One God. Lord a part of You humbled and became man to
lift man to take that place which You have ordained for man in Heaven,
something he cannot imagine or even dream of. You lift man not only in
place but also in spirit by transforming him to a greater creature. Lord
we pray we open our eyes to your plans and the things of Heaven, to know
even though we are unworthy yet it is by your grace we are made worthy...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
John 1: 18 No man [being] hath seen God at any time; the only begotten
Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him

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

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

Colossians 3:10 And have put on the new, which is renewed in knowledge
after the image of him that created him:

John 17:20-23
20 Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall
believe on me through their word;
21 That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee,
that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou
hast sent me.
22 And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may
be one, even as we are one:
23 I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and
that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as
thou hast loved me.

Revelation 4:2-5
2 And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in
heaven, and one sat on the throne.
3 And he that sat was to look upon like a jasper and a sardine stone:
and there was a rainbow round about the throne, in sight like unto an
emerald.
4 And round about the throne were four and twenty seats: and upon the
seats I saw four and twenty elders sitting, clothed in white raiment;
and they had on their heads crowns of gold.
5 And out of the throne proceeded lightnings and thunderings and
voices: and there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne,
which are the seven Spirits of God.

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Worshiping Baal

Acts 17:23 For as I passed by, and beheld your devotions, I found an
altar with this inscription, TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Whom therefore ye
ignorantly worship, him declare I unto you.

People think Baal refers to Satan or some pagan god. In Greek the word
Baal means lord (owner, husband) and even in Hebrew it means the same.
If we look in OT the word (Baali) has been used even for the Lord to
prophesy His coming as man (Hosea 2:16). The word basically means an
unknown god.

When Moses and Jacob asked the Lord as to who He was or what is His name
He got upset and said 'I am who I am' and we see man named Him 'I AM'.
The Jews to identify they were referring to the Lord when they said 'I
am' so spoke the word 'I AM' with a different tone, as reverence so
people knew it was the Lord.

Many a times I ask people 'what was the name of Adam?' and they stare at
me. They do not realize Adam in Hebrew means 'man' and since he was the
first man he did not need a name so as to be identified from among
others, later the term 'man' became his name. When we say Adam we refer
to the first man. It was Adam who gave the first name when he called his
wife 'Eve'.

There is only one God and all the terms used to describe Him have become
His name. The word Yahweh also is not His name. The word in the Bible is
YHWH, the vowels were added later to make it pronounceable. In the
Hebrew language the alphabets are ideograms so each alphabet has a
meaning; when we put the meanings of the alphabets of YHWH we understand
what the Lord was telling us.

Y Nail - H behold - W Hand - H behold

When we put it together - Behold the Hand Behold the Nail (Christ)

Jesus also used the term 'I AM' to Himself (John 8:58). So people who
think YHWH is the Father are mistaken, it is the Son; also the one who
spoke to Abraham was Christ. Jesus said 'if you have seen me you have
seen the Father' for it is written 'no being has seen the Father other
than the Son' (John 1:18).

In Hebrew the word for name also means reputation or glory like it does
in the English language. So when we called to lift His Name up it does
not mean to shout the terms used for God in the Bible but means to
glorify Him by our living and our deeds (what He does through us).

God is God and there is none like Him. We can call Him anything but
everything we call Him should be worthy of Him. In Heaven we read the
Heavenly beings call out to Him Holy, Holy, Holy for there is none Holy
than Him. We should not use terms for Him which lower His glory.

Bible says Satan also knows who God is and trembles; he is no foolish
man to battle his creator. Bible says the evil in him wants to destroy
man thus he desires to become god over man so that he can bring us under
God's wrath. He battles God's plans in the life of man.

Let us know our God and it is by knowing Him that we can experience His
power in our lives. It is by us knowing Jesus that we know the Father.
Jesus is not only Lord but as man He is also the way to the Lord.

[Prayer Starter]
Father God there is none like You. You alone are God and You alone are
Holy. It is your love that a part of You humbled and became man so that
we could be gathered unto You. Lord we pray we understand and
acknowledge You alone as God and not bring You to wrath by bringing to
existence other gods...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
Hosea 2:16 And it shall be at that day, saith the LORD, that thou shalt
call me Ishi; and shalt call me no more Baali.

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

John 1:18 No man [being] hath seen God at any time; the only begotten
Son, which is in the bosom [creek] of the Father, he hath declared him.

Ezekiel 28:1-2
1 The word of the LORD came again unto me, saying,
2 Son of man, say unto the prince of Tyrus, Thus saith the Lord GOD;
Because thine heart is lifted up, and thou hast said, I am a God, I sit
in the seat of God, in the midst of the seas; yet thou art a man, and
not God, though thou set thine heart as the heart of God:

2 Chronicles 34:25 Because they have forsaken me, and have burned
incense unto other gods, that they might provoke me to anger with all
the works of their hands; therefore my wrath shall be poured out upon
this place, and shall not be quenched.

Mark 12:32 And the scribe said unto him, Well, Master, thou hast said
the truth: for there is one God; and there is none other but he:

James 2:19 Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the
devils also believe, and tremble.

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Being concern for the lost

Luke 16:28 For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest
they also come into this place of torment.

Yesterday in India Hindus celebrated Gokulashtami which they consider as
the birth of their god Krishna. They celebrate it by making human
pyramids to break pots which are tied at great heights. This is symbolic
to their belief that this god as a child used to steal curds kept in
pots. In this celebration many people (by the hundreds) get injured,
some very serious factors and some even die; yet they celebrate this.
Hindus believe this as a blessing that pleases their gods and they also
believe if they die they come back as another person or creature so fear
of death is absent.

We Christians know natural life and death is a onetime event and once a
person dies he or she who is not in the Lord will go to Hell and will
suffer there. This fact brings fear in us which brings about repentance
and our holding on to the hope of being saved from Hell through the
sacrifice of Jesus Christ. If we were like the Hindus ignorant of it
would we have turned to Christ?

Two day back I was talking to a Hindu about penance, sacrificing for the
wrong we have done. I made him think if we can really do enough for any
wrong and then he realized it is not possible. In God's Kingdom a wrong
is a wrong irrespective of small or big and every wrong carries punishment.

It is ignorance or lack of concern that causes us to do foolish things
which become very expensive for us later. It is not that we do not know
right from wrong, we all know, but do not bother and care to believe in
it. No man can stand before God and say I did not know.

If we hold a knife the wrong way and cut ourselves can we blame the
knife or the maker of that knife for the injury? When we sin we may not
see the consequence of it immediately but every sin is like coal inside
our soul which will burn and cause us suffering if we go to Hell. In
Hell we cannot blame God for the suffering nor blame anyone other than
ourselves.

In today's message in the parable we see the rich man realizes the
consequence of his wrongs after he suffers them. We see he gets concern
about his family members who are still alive and still have a chance to
be saved from the suffering that awaits them in Hell. Being in Hell and
not able to reach them he asks help from Lazarus the beggar who is in
the bosom of Abraham (OT says 'gathered into his fathers /people').

God is life and there is life near to God, Hell being far from God
(God's glory) the person does not get renewal of life and suffers one's
sins until this life perishes (which by the way is thousands of natural
earth time years).

Let us understand anything we do today will affect or set the foundation
of our life after we die this natural death. Even if we believe in Jesus
Christ and are saved from Hell, let us not take our dwelling in Heaven
for granted. Let us understand Heaven is not one flat place but has many
levels (mansions) where we chose to dwell in by our obedience to the
will of the Father here on earth. We do not take our earthly riches or
our earthly fame to Heaven, the only thing that we take along is the
lost souls we have saved, they are our riches.

Let us not be like the foolish rich man to repent later but let us wake
up today to the fact of life after death. Let us work to save ourselves
and save those with us today and not when it is too late.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord You are Righteous God. You hate sin for it is corruption and before
You no corruption can exist. We pray Lord we understand the consequence
of sin and the great salvation You have made possible to be saved from
Hell so that we do not pay for our sins. We pray also that we do not
take this for granted and understand Judgment Day and Heaven toady and
not when it is too late...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
Luke 16:20-31

1 Peter 3:18-20
18 For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the
unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh,
but quickened by the Spirit:
19 By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison;
20 Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God
waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few,
that is, eight souls were saved by water.

Matthew 10:28 And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able
to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul
and body in hell.

John 14:2-4
2 In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would
have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.
3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and
receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.
4 And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.

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The Man with white clothing

Acts 10:24 And the morrow after they entered into Caesarea. And
Cornelius waited for them, and had called together his kinsmen and near
friends.

Today's message records an incident where the Lord opened the Church to
the Gentile nations through the hands of Peter by getting Cornelius a
Roman centurion of the Italian band (legion) to know Him.

Cornelius was aware of Christ for he was fasting with a purpose. He may
have seen other Jews do it and so imitated them but after about 4 days 9
hours an angel/man appears to him in white (bright) clothing. Cornelius
does not see the face or features of the man other than being wrapped
white (bright) clothing that is why he sticks to describing him as a man
wrapped in white (bright) clothing. It is the presence of this man that
makes Cornelius know this man is not ordinary thus immediately obeys his
instructions.

After resurrection when Jesus appeared to His disciples we see He
appeared in the flesh as they had seen Him. But later on when He
appeared to others who had not seen Him, He appeared as Angels do, as
bright light or a man whose face is not visible but covered with white
cloth. In Revelation 1 and Daniel 10 He is symbolically described and a
man with unnatural features.

Today we find pictures being circulated as Jesus. When we study the
natural features of an Israelite Jewish person and compare with the
picture of Jesus that has been circulated around we see the features do
not match. Jesus in the picture looks more European than an Israelite.

After the age of 30 Jesus took the oath of a Nazarene leaving His family
life and dedicating Himself for the work of His Father. He being a
Nazarene did not cut his hair so looked not too descent, in one
scripture He is described as a man of sorrow not desirable of men.

Before when I was yet Catholic and I had visions of Jesus, in them He
appeared as in the picture circulated by the Catholic Church, but later
when I grew spiritually and really came to know God, I have never saw
Jesus in visions as what the pictures showed, but as a spiritual being,
a outlined man or just light, knowing it is He.

Today if you were to encounter Jesus what would you see is what you will
restrict Him into your life. Paul did not see Jesus as Peter did or
spend time with Him like other Apostles did, yet he knew Jesus better.
Jesus said 'blessed in the man who has not seen me yet believes'. So
which Jesus do you want to have an encounter with, the man in the flesh
or the Lord who rules the Heavens?

[Prayer Starter]
Lord You are God of the Heavens and of all creation. A part of You
humbled yourself and became man in the flesh. As man You were fully man
and a cornerstone to all mankind. You studied and grew in Spirit and
wisdom as man. We pray we become like You when You were man in flesh but
worship and know You as Lord of the Hosts, as Lord of the Heavens...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
Isaiah 53:2-3

Acts 10:3-7 , Acts 10:24-35, Acts 9:3-5, Acts 22:6-11, Acts 27:23

Galatians 4:14

Revelation 1:13-16, Revelation 10:1, Revelation 4:2-4, Revelation
21:5-6, Revelation 22:8-13

Daniel 10:5-6, Daniel 12:5-9

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Refreshing others

Acts 27:3 And the next day we touched at Sidon. And Julius courteously
entreated Paul, and gave him liberty to go unto his friends to refresh
himself.

We read in today's message Paul who was arrested by the Romans was given
the freedom to do his work in the Lord's Kingdom. Paul knew he was been
taken to be martyred yet he was more concern with refreshing others.

Almost all of us, if we were in Paul's place would have been in
depression and gloom. Serving others when things are favorable for us is
something we all can do but serving others when things are against us
requires the truth to be in us. It is only when we know the truth (not
complete but at least substantial) that we can do things like what Paul
did. Paul never claimed to know everything but what he knew, he knew was
right and true for he confirmed all things. It was not just because
Christ appeared to him many times that Paul had confidence in what he
knew. Although Paul had professional training in studying scriptures by
the best Jewish teacher yet he realized all what he knew had to be
relearnt. After the Lord opened his spiritual eyes Paul reinvestigated
all scriptures, he even took help of his team; they discussed scriptures
and made notes which they shared with others. Paul was also corrected by
people like Aquila and Priscilla in his understanding of scriptures.

We do not see the same fire in us for the Kingdom of God as Paul had,
all because we do not have the truth is us; we hold more falsehood than
the truth. We are filled with teachings of man than with understanding /
revelation that comes from God. We read scriptures yet fail to
understand. Like it is written a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump
so also our little human understanding destroys the little truth in us.

We behave like Muslims who read their Quran Surah 19 Maryam, Ayah 30-33
which states:-

He said: "I am indeed a servant of Allah: He hath given me revelation
and made me a prophet; "And He hath made me blessed wheresoever I be,
and hath enjoined on me Prayer and Charity as long as I live; "(He) hath
made me kind to my mother, and not overbearing or miserable; "So peace
is on me the day I was born, the day that I die, and the day that I
shall be raised up to life (again)"!

Yet they say Isa (Jesus) was not killed and did not resurrect! They do
this because some preacher or Islamic scholar amongst them claimed Jesus
was not crucified. They claim he did not die but was lifted up because
another ayah of theirs says Isa will come back before the end comes to
bring peace to all Muslims by killing the Jews and Christians. They do
not want to forsake the later verse so are in a dilemma to explain the
previous verse.

We Christian want the blessings of God more in this world than in the
world promised to us so we behave like Muslim playing with scriptures
trying to change things so that our point of view is believed by others
than by us. We mislead others to that we can be misled, making them
believe what we want to believe.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord You are God that never changes. You, Your Name (Nature), Your Word
and Truth never changes and is always the same. Lord we pray we
understand by our changing things the truth will never change, but we
will one day fall flat on our face. Let us have the courage to hold on
to the truth come what may. Give us the courage to realize this world is
temporary and we have nothing that we can take with us other than lost
souls...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
Acts 9:19-22
19 And when he had received meat, he was strengthened. Then was Saul
certain days with the disciples which were at Damascus.
20 And straightway he preached Christ in the synagogues, that he is the
Son of God.
22 But Saul increased the more in strength, and confounded the Jews
which dwelt at Damascus, proving that this is very Christ.

Acts 18:26 And he began to speak boldly in the synagogue: whom when
Aquila and Priscilla had heard, they took him unto them, and expounded
unto him the way of God more perfectly.

2 Timothy 4:11-13
11 Only Luke is with me. Take Mark, and bring him with thee: for he is
profitable to me for the ministry.
12 And Tychicus have I sent to Ephesus.
13 The cloke that I left at Troas with Carpus, when thou comest, bring
with thee, and the books, but especially the parchments.

1 Corinthians 5:6 Your glorying is not good. Know ye not that a little
leaven leaveneth the whole lump?

1 Corinthians 13:9-12
9 For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.
10 But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part
shall be done away.
11 When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I
thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.
12 For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I
know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.

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Chatting in the prayer room!

Acts 16:13 And on the sabbath we went out of the city by a river side,
where prayer was wont to be made; and we sat down, and spake unto the
women which resorted thither.

If Paul and his team were visiting a Church today and doing what they
did in today’s message, they would have had people watching them with
raised eyebrows as to why they do not respect the sanctity of a prayer
room! They come in and start to chat that too with the women!

Paul and his team were fellowshipping with the people in different
places as they traveled around. The Apostle had their priority set but
today’s churches’ follows them in the reverse order.

We read the Apostles followed the following in that respective order
(Acts 2:42)

Doctrine (teaching) by the Apostles
Fellowshipping (connecting with each other)
Breaking of bread (sharing the Word and themselves with each other /
serving)
Prayer

When we look at our Churches today, teaching of the Word is the last
thing that happens. When I am called to preach, many a times I hear
people say ‘he was teaching instead of preaching’. What people like to
hear is someone prophesying good things from the podium. One has to
shout blessings and healings and that person is praised as a great
preacher. If that person speaks correction more than two through the
word (our people can take max one or two corrections) then they will
shun that person as being insane.

Fellowshipping is not socializing. The Greek word for fellowshipping
comes from the word ‘to partake’. It is about being party to the joy and
sorrow in the lives of each other. We in churches have learnt to create
an artificial lifestyle and share that as part of fellowshipping
(socializing).

‘Breaking of Bread’ calls for applying the Word in one’s life and
sharing this Word / life with others. It is less to do with the statute
of sharing bread but more to do with sharing the Word.

It is after all these that prayer is given importance in the Church as a
community. The fact we Christians do not have an continual personal
prayer relationship with God (communicating with Him throughout the day)
that we fool ourselves by justifying short meetings as prayer meetings
where people shout long prayers, repeating the same thing N number of times.

Praying as a community is helpful to teach those who do not know to pray
or have problems in praying, but when spiritually mature people gather
regularly to pray then it is a matter of concern for it shows the lack
of faith. When mature spiritual people gather to pray the world should
feel the tremors of their crying out to the Lord.

Christ came to restore our dominance in this world by making us kings
again but we are so filled with beggar mentality that our prayers are
less filled with faith and more filled with pleadings. The reason is we
do not know our God since we do not know His Word.

It is not ‘if prayer is our lifestyle then miracles will be our
lifestyle’ but ‘if faith is our lifestyle then miracles will be our
lifestyle’. Prayer without faith is just blabbering before God. So to
build faith let us concentrate on knowing the Word of God,
fellowshipping and sharing ourselves with each other as one body.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord You are God that understands only one language, a language of
faith. Lord we pray our meetings are less prayer meetings and more
meetings of revelation of your Word, meetings of fellowshipping with You
and with others, meetings of becoming one body in mind and spirit...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
Acts 2:42 And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and
fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.

Mark 12:38-40
38 And he said unto them in his doctrine, Beware of the scribes, which
love to go in long clothing, and love salutations in the marketplaces,
39 And the chief seats in the synagogues, and the uppermost rooms at
feasts:
40 Which devour widows’ houses, and for a pretence make long prayers:
these shall receive greater damnation.

Mark 11:24 Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when
ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.

James 5:15 And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord
shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be
forgiven him.

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Why Twelve?

Matthew 26:20 Now when the even was come, he sat down with the twelve.

Even though there were many disciples who followed Jesus yet we see
Jesus concentrated on the twelve which He had handpicked. From these
twelve we find one of them betrayed Him and He was aware of that from
day one of choosing him, yet He put the same efforts on that person as
He did with the others.

Yes among the twelve there were three namely Peter, John and James who
were given special attention and we understand the reason being, later
these three administered the Jewish Christians and were part of the core
group which monitored the whole Christian Church (Paul and Barnabas
administered to the Gentile Christians). So like the three were these
twelve special?

Other than the twelve there were others who played greater role in the
initial Church building like Paul, Barnabas, Silas, Luke, Timothy etc...

It is only when we understand OT do we understand the NT better. The
twelve Apostles were a shadow of the shadow that is the twelve tribes of
Israel. Like Joseph was replaced with his sons so also Judas was
replaced by casing lots. They did this to just fulfill prophecy nothing
else; for the person who replaced Judas wasn't greater than any other
among the initial Christ followers. No doubt eleven among the twelve
were martyred but martyrdom was also the case of many others who there
around 70AD and specially those who were prominent in building the
Church across the world.

In Revelation we read in description of Heaven, it speaks of the
foundation of Heaven is based on the twelve Apostles and we read the
foundation names 12 gems which were used to identify the twelve tribes
of Israel on the breast plate of the High Priest dress.

Twelve Apostles or twelve tribes or twelve gates or twelve stars etc.
are symbolic to understand the most important things of Heaven something
the Church has ignored since years. It is this lack of knowledge which
has cause divisions, denominations and cults amongst us.

God is Spirit, His Kingdom is not of this world and the things of this
world are irrelevant in His Kingdom this is one thing that needs to be
drilled into the minds of every Christian. So like all the riches of
this world are a hurdle to our journey to Heaven so also the fame and
glory of this world hinder our journey to Heaven.

Those who think famous preachers and evangelist will have a grand entry
to Heaven are mistaken. Many of them have already received their reward
here. Most preachers and evangelist are making believers and disciples
of themselves not for Christ, such disciples will not entry Heaven and
even if that preacher himself or herself enters Heaven he or she will be
penniless there.

A true follower of Christ is the one who builds people, who makes
disciples for Christ and not disciples for oneself.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord You are Almighty God. You God are competent to do all things in a
moment yet You Lord use man to build your Kingdom. You God while
building your Kingdom build those whom You use for building your Kingdom
for they are your Kingdom. Lord let us understand the importance of
building people in You, bringing people to the knowledge of the hope in
You is just the start of our work. Let us understand a Church is place
to send people out to build more Churches...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
Acts 1:20-26
20 For it is written in the book of Psalms, Let his habitation be
desolate, and let no man dwell therein: and his bishoprick let another take.
21 Wherefore of these men which have companied with us all the time
that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us,
22 Beginning from the baptism of John, unto that same day that he was
taken up from us, must one be ordained to be a witness with us of his
resurrection.
23 And they appointed two, Joseph called Barsabas, who was surnamed
Justus, and Matthias.
24 And they prayed, and said, Thou, Lord, which knowest the hearts of
all men, shew whether of these two thou hast chosen,
25 That he may take part of this ministry and apostleship, from which
Judas by transgression fell, that he might go to his own place.
26 And they gave forth their lots; and the lot fell upon Matthias; and
he was numbered with the eleven apostles.

Psalms 69:25 Let their habitation be desolate; and let none dwell in
their tents.

Psalms 109:8 Let his days be few; and let another take his office.

Revelation 12:1 And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman
clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a
crown of twelve stars:

Revelation 21:12 And had a wall great and high, and had twelve gates,
and at the gates twelve angels, and names written thereon, which are the
names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel:

Revelation 21:14 And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and
in them the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.

Exodus 28:21 And the stones shall be with the names of the children of
Israel, twelve, according to their names, like the engravings of a
signet; every one with his name shall they be according to the twelve
tribes.

Matthew 5:3 Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom
of heaven.

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The merciless Roman Empire

Acts 16:27 And the keeper of the prison awaking out of his sleep, and
seeing the prison doors open, he drew out his sword, and would have
killed himself, supposing that the prisoners had been fled.

Ancient Roman Empire was symbolized by the symbol of an eagle or Aquila.
The eagle was beyond a mere symbol and was taken very seriously such
that each legion has a legionary known as an aquilifer, or eagle-bearer,
who carried this standard. The Roman standard was mounted on a high pole.

The Romans used the eagle as a symbol because it was king of the birds
of prey or king of the sky and it was believed to be a messenger of the
highest gods. Like their symbol the Romans were merciless and used fear
not only against the enemy but also against its own soldiers, at every
level or rank. Any indiscipline would call for an iron fist type
punishment which was dreaded so much that the person preferred taking
one's own life rather than the punishment. In today's message we see a
similar situation the prison keeper feared the prisoners had fled after
seeing the prison gates open so went to take his own life out of fear of
getting punished for this incident.

Take the case of Jesus; He died at the hands of the Romans even though
it was the Jews who gave Him to them to be killed. They whipped Him
unlike one can think. A historian pictured it as three strong men
surrounding Jesus tied and bent over a large stone; taking turns one
after the other with whips which had 9 to 13 strands having objects like
bones or sharp metal pieces tied to its ends. The person who killed the
guilty victim would be rewarded in silver, so they would put their most
efforts with intention to kill with their each blow. Jesus was delivered
about 100 lashes on his back and His front. What bought fear in them is
the fact He survived the punishment.

In the Bible God also uses the eagle as a symbol but uses it as a symbol
of grace not as a symbol of fear. Since the bird flies high above the
lower unsteady currents it has a smooth effortless motion. It glides
more than flapping it wings.

In today's message the Lord is telling us religion can be the most
merciless factor. It can terrify and destroy people because it is
worldly. But when God comes in the picture and we are lifted away from
the worldly thinking then our relationship with God can be one of the
most enjoyable, effortless experiences since we dwell on grace and not
on our own efforts.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord You are Almighty God. Although You God are feared yet You are most
merciful. Man who is a mere creature can still be most merciless
compared to You. Lord we pray we understand like David it is better to
be dealt by your hands than at the hands of man. We pray we learn to
turn to You even when we do wrong and not to try to hide behind man...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
1 Chronicles 21:11-18
11 So Gad came to David, and said unto him, Thus saith the LORD, Choose
thee
12 Either three years' famine; or three months to be destroyed before
thy foes, while that the sword of thine enemies overtaketh thee; or else
three days the sword of the LORD, even the pestilence, in the land, and
the angel of the LORD destroying throughout all the coasts of Israel.
Now therefore advise thyself what word I shall bring again to him that
sent me.
13 And David said unto Gad, I am in a great strait: let me fall now
into the hand of the LORD; for very great are his mercies: but let me
not fall into the hand of man.
14 So the LORD sent pestilence upon Israel: and there fell of Israel
seventy thousand men.
15 And God sent an angel unto Jerusalem to destroy it: and as he was
destroying, the LORD beheld, and he repented him of the evil, and said
to the angel that destroyed, It is enough, stay now thine hand. And the
angel of the LORD stood by the threshingfloor of Ornan the Jebusite.
16 And David lifted up his eyes, and saw the angel of the LORD stand
between the earth and the heaven, having a drawn sword in his hand
stretched out over Jerusalem. Then David and the elders of Israel, who
were clothed in sackcloth, fell upon their faces.
17 And David said unto God, Is it not I that commanded the people to be
numbered? even I it is that have sinned and done evil indeed; but as for
these sheep, what have they done? let thine hand, I pray thee, O LORD my
God, be on me, and on my father's house; but not on thy people, that
they should be plagued.
18 Then the angel of the LORD commanded Gad to say to David, that David
should go up, and set up an altar unto the LORD in the threshingfloor of
Ornan the Jebusite.

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Questioning and shaming you in public

Acts 7:28, 29 Wilt thou kill me, as thou diddest the Egyptian yesterday?
Then fled Moses at this saying, and was a stranger in the land of
Madian, where he begat two sons.

Stephen while giving an introduction to Moses speaks of him being a
beautiful child who won the heart of the Pharaoh's daughter. The
Pharaoh's daughter brings up the child as her own son but unlike what
movies show here we read Moses' roots were not hidden from him, he was
aware that he was an Israelite bought up by an Egyptian. Stephen goes on
to describe Moses as very learned in all the wisdom / skills of the
Egyptians; he was mighty in words and in deeds. It is interesting to
note even though Moses stammered yet he was well known for what he
spoke. Bible does not say he fought battles or wars as posturized in
movies but says he did great deeds for which he was well known. These
could have been civil constructions or architectural works. Everything
that the Lord desired of him later was being built in him that too at
the hands of the best in the world at that time.

It is written Moses saved one of his brethren Israelite at the hands of
an Egyptian and killed the Egyptian. Later we see when two Israelites
were fighting Moses intervened and it was one of the Israelites who
mocked him, threatened to defame and expose him in public.

It is said worldly people bite the hand that feeds them. This is what
one should expect and get even among Christians. We are filled with
people who do 'Lord, Lord' but lack wisdom and maturity. They seek fame
and social status among their brethren. The reward they seek is worldly
more than heavenly. They are spiritually immature. They are more harmful
than the enemy. We should discern those foolish, immature lots and be
cautious while dealing with them. Do not speak to them or before them
things that they do not need to know or do not understand, for they will
use them as weapons against you in public.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord You are God, You are Creator, Provider and Protector, You alone are
our Father. Even though You do so much yet man has always questioned You
and blasphemed You. Your Word says the worldly people will hate us for
they hate You first. Even among Christians are those who love the world
or things of the world. We pray Lord we discern them and be cautious
about them...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
Acts 7:20-29
20 In which time Moses was born, and was exceeding fair, and nourished
up in his father's house three months:
21 And when he was cast out, Pharaoh's daughter took him up, and
nourished him for her own son.
22 And Moses was learned in all the wisdom of the Egyptians, and was
mighty in words and in deeds.
23 And when he was full forty years old, it came into his heart to
visit his brethren the children of Israel.
24 And seeing one of them suffer wrong, he defended him, and avenged
him that was oppressed, and smote the Egyptian:
25 For he supposed his brethren would have understood how that God by
his hand would deliver them: but they understood not.
26 And the next day he shewed himself unto them as they strove, and
would have set them at one again, saying, Sirs, ye are brethren; why do
ye wrong one to another?
27 But he that did his neighbour wrong thrust him away, saying, Who
made thee a ruler and a judge over us?
28 Wilt thou kill me, as thou diddest the Egyptian yesterday?
29 Then fled Moses at this saying, and was a stranger in the land of
Madian, where he begat two sons.

Proverbs 17:25 A foolish son is a grief to his father, and bitterness
to her that bare him.

Proverbs 23:9 Speak not in the ears of a fool: for he will despise the
wisdom of thy words.

Ecclesiastes 4:13 Better is a poor and a wise child than an old and
foolish king, who will no more be admonished.

James 4:4 Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the
friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be
a friend of the world is the enemy of God.

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Reasoning with your hearts!

Luke 5:22 But when Jesus perceived their thoughts, he answering said 
unto them, What reason ye in your hearts?

When we speak of thinking we associate this activity with the brain, but 
it comes to emotions we associate this activity with the heart, even 
though it also is done by the brain.

It was in ancient civilizations that the heart was thought to be the 
central driver of one's life. In Egyptian mummification process all the 
internal organs of the body were removed except of the heart. They 
discarded everything including brains leaving for some primary organs 
which were preserved in jars; they believed these would be necessary in 
the afterlife of that person but the heart the retailed in the main body 
thinking without it the person would not see the afterlife. In the OT in 
some scriptures the word kidney along with the word reins (discernment) 
is also translated as 'heart'.

When Jesus saw they were shocked to hear Him say He forgave the sick man 
of his sins, He made the statement recorded in today's message.

Like these people we too many a times let our emotional part interfere 
with our rational part. In psychology the emotional part is projected as 
an elephant and the rational part as its rider. It is usually the 
rational part that leads the emotional part but when we are over excited 
or even in a trauma, it is like the elephant not listening to its rider 
and going its own way. In real life this would cause a panic but 
internally we do not see the seriousness of this. That is why it is 
advised that always not to make a serious decision when one is very 
happy or when one is very sad, always postpone it to a time when the 
emotions are in control.

The people in today's message saw the man needed healing but saw Jesus 
speaking of forgiving him. They did not know the relationship between 
sin and sickness, they also did not know how sins could be forgiven and 
by whom so they were emotional driven.

There are times we will not have knowledge of things and due to that we 
may get emotional and let our emotions drive our thinking, in such cases 
the results mostly lead to disaster.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord God, You are Holy God. You chose fools of this world to show those 
who think themselves to be wise, as fools. You Lord give those whom You 
have chosen your Spirit of Truth, You bless them with wisdom and 
knowledge and understanding. You Lord do not let them remain fools but 
manifest wisdom that is beyond this world. Lord we pray we let not 
emotions lead us but let the truth and your wisdom led us...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
Luke 5:18-25
18 And, behold, men brought in a bed a man which was taken with a 
palsy: and they sought means to bring him in, and to lay him before him.
19 And when they could not find by what way they might bring him in 
because of the multitude, they went upon the housetop, and let him down 
through the tiling with his couch into the midst before Jesus.
20 And when he saw their faith, he said unto him, Man, thy sins are 
forgiven thee.
21 And the scribes and the Pharisees began to reason, saying, Who is 
this which speaketh blasphemies? Who can forgive sins, but God alone?
22 But when Jesus perceived their thoughts, he answering said unto 
them, What reason ye in your hearts?
23 Whether is easier, to say, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, 
Rise up and walk?
24 But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power upon earth to 
forgive sins, (he said unto the sick of the palsy,) I say unto thee, 
Arise, and take up thy couch, and go into thine house.
25 And immediately he rose up before them, and took up that whereon he 
lay, and departed to his own house, glorifying God.

Psalms 94:8-11
8 Understand, ye brutish among the people: and ye fools, when will ye 
be wise?
9 He that planted the ear, shall he not hear? he that formed the eye, 
shall he not see?
10 He that chastiseth the heathen, shall not he correct? he that 
teacheth man knowledge, shall not he know?
11 The LORD knoweth the thoughts of man, that they are vanity.

Proverbs 3:35 The wise shall inherit glory: but shame shall be the 
promotion of fools.

Romans 1:19-22
19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God 
hath shewed it unto them.
20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are 
clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his 
eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, 
neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their 
foolish heart was darkened.
22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,

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People will sough to pull you down

John 7:11 Then the Jews sought him at the feast, and said, Where is he?

In service industry there is a saying your 99 good works is overlooked 
when you make a mistake. An impeccable service record requires 
100percent error free track record.

In today's message we read of a point where Jesus went undercover to a 
gathering knowing that people would be on a lookout for Him. Some 
supported Him but fearing the Jews (Jewish leaders) did not dare to open 
their mouths. The others called Him a deceiver even though they could 
not find a fault with Him. It was basically they could not understand 
what He said thus termed Him as deceiver, that too after the many great 
miracles He did amongst them (including multiplication of bread). Jesus 
went there hiding but on reaching there He openly taught in the 
synagogue, He even spoke from books (OT) which were normally not kept 
for public access in the synagogues and thus amazed the people there.

Jesus was blessed with wisdom and He spoke with authority. As human He 
studied and grew in knowledge and understanding. He followed not the 
teachings of man but followed that which was written, this defiance is 
what the Jewish leaders disliked.

In Church and amongst Christians this same story continues. You may do a 
hundred good deeds or have an impeccable character record but if you say 
one thing that does not agree with them then you will be branded as an 
evil person. The problem may be with their understanding yet they will 
accuse you as being wrong. Even if we take a case the person made a 
mistake; he or she will not be forgiven special if that person has 
defied the system like Jesus did. People like to hear what they already 
know, if one speaks anything that is contrary to their thinking but in 
line with the Word of God, will still be looked at as heresy.

If a preacher claims to have gone to Heaven, stayed there for 3 days and 
returned, would be swallowed by people without a hiccup but a small 
truth that shakes their false foundation will be reacted with great hue 
and cry.

Let us check all understanding not with what people have said but with 
what which is written in the Word of God. Let us be always ready for 
correction. If we can prove the person wrong let us approach the person 
in private and correct the person. If failed then let us do the same 
along with a few brothers and if that still fails then let us warn the 
Church about that person. But then if we cannot prove that person wrong 
and the teaching is hard for us to take, then it is better to put it 
aside for another day praying to the Lord to open our eyes to it. We 
should always fear to make a mistake for rejecting a right doctrine for 
we will need to answer the Lord not man for it.

Also note Jesus did not bother to justify Himself or His doctrine to the 
Jewish leaders but did so to the people. He preferred going hiding to 
bypass the Jewish leaders and reach the crowd. Some people, how much to 
you justify the truth will still not accept it for they are filled with 
worldly understanding so it is better to not waste your time behind them 
or clear yourself in their eyes, but if confronted be ready to question 
their understanding.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord, You are Righteous and Truth. You Lord could have spoken for Heaven 
with a thundering voice and all mankind would not be able to deny You, 
but You Lord chose to speak through man and reach out to those who are 
yours and worthy of You. You Lord are seeking precious gold amongst men. 
We pray Lord we have the courage to stand for the Truth and fear not 
people or their consequences...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
John 7:6-18
6 Then Jesus said unto them, My time is not yet come: but your time is 
alway ready.
7 The world cannot hate you; but me it hateth, because I testify of it, 
that the works thereof are evil.
8 Go ye up unto this feast: I go not up yet unto this feast; for my 
time is not yet full come.
9 When he had said these words unto them, he abode still in Galilee.
10 But when his brethren were gone up, then went he also up unto the 
feast, not openly, but as it were in secret.
11 Then the Jews sought him at the feast, and said, Where is he?
12 And there was much murmuring among the people concerning him: for 
some said, He is a good man: others said, Nay; but he deceiveth the people.
13 Howbeit no man spake openly of him for fear of the Jews.
14 Now about the midst of the feast Jesus went up into the temple, and 
taught.
15 And the Jews marvelled, saying, How knoweth this man letters, having 
never learned?
16 Jesus answered them, and said, My doctrine is not mine, but his that 
sent me.
17 If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether 
it be of God, or whether I speak of myself.
18 He that speaketh of himself seeketh his own glory: but he that 
seeketh his glory that sent him, the same is true, and no 
unrighteousness is in him.

Matthew 18:15-17
15 Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him 
his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast 
gained thy brother.
16 But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, 
that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.
17 And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church: but 
if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as an heathen man 
and a publican.

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Mother tongue!

Acts 22:1,2 Men, brethren, and fathers, hear ye my defence which I make 
now unto you. (And when they heard that he spake in the Hebrew tongue to 
them, they kept the more silence: and he saith,)

Language is a means of communication. We read in the Bible when mankind 
gathered together against God by building the tower of Babel (which was 
like a high temple which held all gods together some historians state a 
female deity was its head) we see God created confusion between them, 
they spoke various different languages by which they could not 
understand the other and till date man has been having various 
languages, they have held on strong to their languages thus continued 
the confusion.

In a country like India where we have 23 constitutionally recognized 
languages and more than 1650 spoken language, one can see the people are 
so passionate to one's own language that it is referred to as their 
'mother tongue'. The reason the term 'mother' is used since in Hinduism 
the mother is worshiped like a goddess. Although they say the father is 
also honored yet among their deities it is ultimately the female deity 
who is feared and claims victory over all. The naturally suppressed 
Indian woman is projected in reverse spiritually as the most powerful 
being. Even in most other pagan religions (ancient and current) across 
the world female deities hold top positions (directly or indirectly) 
opposite to Christianity calling God Father.

The native language or the language of the place of their birth is 
supposed to be their 'mother tongue', but we see even if the person is 
born in another place and so also their children yet they call the 
native language of their great grandparents as their native language or 
'mother tongue'. Not only the language but the culture of that region is 
carried on in another region.

In the Bible, languages study is very important for it allows us to 
understand the depth of what God wants to communicate to us. God did not 
stick to a language but inspired His people to use better and 
appropriate languages as time evolved so that the communication is 
passed on accurately and widely. The holding on to languages and 
traditions / culture was the cause of first infighting in the Church in 
Acts. This reason still continues even after 2000 years.

In OT the people of God spoke Hebrew. The word Hebrew means 'from 
beyond' or another word 'alien'. Let us as Christians mature beyond 
earthly means of communications and understand we are spiritual beings 
passing through this natural world. Let us not be like worldly people 
who are obsessed with earthly things. Let us know their purpose and use 
them for that purpose, not making them our mothers or fathers.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord, You are God and the Heavens are your abode. Your Kingdom is not of 
this world and those who are of your Kingdom are also not of this world. 
Lord we are just passing through this world, so we pray we do not be 
possessive of things of this world other than souls which we take with 
us into your Kingdom...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
Genesis 11:6-9
6 And the LORD said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one 
language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained 
from them, which they have imagined to do.
7 Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they 
may not understand one another's speech.
8 So the LORD scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all 
the earth: and they left off to build the city.
9 Therefore is the name of it called Babel; because the LORD did there 
confound the language of all the earth: and from thence did the LORD 
scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth.

Acts 6:1 And in those days, when the number of the disciples was 
multiplied, there arose a murmuring of the Grecians against the Hebrews, 
because their widows were neglected in the daily ministration.

Colossians 3:10-11
10 And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the 
image of him that created him:
11 Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor 
uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, 
and in all.

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No Fear of God

Romans 3:10-18

When we confront a Catholic about Mary being born without sin we are 
quick to quote Romans 3:10 which states 'there is none righteous, no not 
one'. Paul was quoting Psalms 14:1-5 in verses Romans 3:10-18 and when 
we read both Psalms 14:1-5 and Romans 3:10-18 they give a great detail 
as to why there is none righteous.

In verse 11 of Romans Paul says the reason of being unrighteous is due 
to the lack of understanding and lack of seeking God. If man does not 
know the truth there is no way for him to be righteous for righteousness 
means to walk in the right path, the path of truth. Truth and 
Righteousness are Fruits of the Holy Spirit mentioned in Ephesians 5:9 
(along with Holiness) which are given to us as gifts thus are not 
mentioned with the other nine Fruits mentioned in Galatians 5:22-23 
which have to be grown (among them faith is both a gift of the Holy 
Spirit as well as a Fruit).

We receive the Fruit of truth from the Holy Spirit (Spirit of Truth). We 
may study the Word and do all the efforts but yet revelation of the Word 
comes from the Holy Spirit. It is this revelation that we share with 
others and thus build each other. Human knowledge does not build people 
but pleases and misleads them but revelation that comes from the Spirit 
alone is the rock that keeps us strong.

As we grow in the knowing the truth we start to walk the path of 
righteousness. When the truth is complete in us then only will we be 
truly be called righteous. As the Fruit of Truth is received from the 
Holy Spirit similarly we receive the Fruit of Righteousness from the Son 
and the Fruit of Holiness from the Father.

In today's message we read Paul tells us people are not righteous 
because they do not have understanding of the Word and because they do 
not truly seek God. It is because of this that they are unprofitable 
(they struggle spiritually) and do not do good, their speeches are like 
tombs that lead people to death, the words they speak discourages people 
spiritual. This is what David said during his time, Paul said during his 
time and is valid even today in our times. We all fall in this category 
some way or other. Paul at the end states the prime reason of all this 
is because we do not have the fear of God in us.

I was speaking to a brother yesterday on how each and every one of us is 
struggling spiritually in our lives. We behave like dogs that turn to 
its vomit. Even if we had one of us who breaks through and spiritually 
matures to some extent, we would see a complete change, not only 
throughout a city but even throughout a country.

It is time we open our blind eyes and make our lame feet strong.
It is time we put ourselves behind and put God and His Kingdom ahead.
It is time we overcome ourselves by being crucified to the world and the 
world be crucified onto us.
It is time we carry this crucifix of saving the lost daily.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord, You are Holy, Righteous and Truth. You were, are and will always 
be. When man sinned he lost truth and righteousness thus became corrupt 
and naked. You Lord paid the price for ours sins so that we receive the 
Holy Spirit through whom we know the Truth and thus are restored by your 
Righteousness to again enter Heaven. Your Word says when we enter Heaven 
the Father will dwell amongst us for we will receive His Holiness. Lord 
we pray we seek the Truth which sets us free and set our lame feet 
strong so that we continue to run the race of knowing the Truth...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
Romans 3:10-18
10 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:
11 There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God.
12 They are all gone out of the way, they are together become 
unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.
13 Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used 
deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips:
14 Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness:
15 Their feet are swift to shed blood:
16 Destruction and misery are in their ways:
17 And the way of peace have they not known:
18 There is no fear of God before their eyes.

Psalms 14:1-5
1 The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, 
they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.
2 The LORD looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if 
there were any that did understand, and seek God.
3 They are all gone aside, they are all together become filthy: there 
is none that doeth good, no, not one.
4 Have all the workers of iniquity no knowledge? who eat up my people 
as they eat bread, and call not upon the LORD.
5 There were they in great fear: for God is in the generation of the 
righteous.

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

Galatians 5:22-23
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, 
gentleness, goodness, faith,
23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

Galatians 6:14 But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of 
our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I 
unto the world.

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Light that separates darkness

John 3:19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the 
world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds 
were evil.

In today's message the word translated as 'condemnation' is the Greek 
word 'Krisis', which out of the 48 times it occurs in the Bible 41 times 
it has been translated as 'judgment'. The word does not emphasize so 
much on the punishment but more on selection or separation. It speaks of 
separating the good from the bad, right from the wrong.

People wrongly think God punishes people by getting devils to torture 
them in Hell. They make it out that God and Satan have an agreement.

Bible shows even evil spirit/ fallen angels fear Hell for they know they 
too suffer there. In Hell God does not punish people, Hell is a prison 
where people suffer their sins. Their sins burn like never ending coals 
of fire. So on earth whenever a person sins, he or she gathers these 
never ending coals which they will suffer in Hell if they are not saved.

On Judgment Day when Son of Man (Jesus Christ as man, for God does not 
judge us, He became a worthy man to judge) will sit on the Judgment Seat 
and all He does is separate the flock - the sheep from the goats.

Jesus at times called people 'children of Satan' because they were 
children of darkness. Can we change the children of darkness? NO. Bibles 
says Jesus came for the lost and not for the children of darkness. The 
lost are children of light who are in darkness, they are children who 
have seed of faith and that seed needs to bring forth life and fruit.

Today's message says those who are of darkness hate the light for it 
tells them of the separation that they will face and the suffering they 
will cause themselves. These fools try to hide this reality by exerting 
their angers against those who are of light.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord You are Light and You exist from the beginning. Darkness came when 
some of the hosts of Heaven revolted against light. You God made a 
little creature called man to be the light in this darkness and to 
overcome it. We pray Lord those who are yours may quicken their coming 
unto You, that You may be glorified on earth soon...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
Matthew 5:21 Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou 
shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the 
judgment:

Matthew 7:2 For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and 
with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.

John 8:44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father 
ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the 
truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he 
speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.

Matthew 8:29 And, 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?

Luke 8:30-31
30 And Jesus asked him, saying, What is thy name? And he said, Legion: 
because many devils were entered into him.
31 And they besought him that he would not command them to go out into 
the deep.

John 5:22 For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all 
judgment unto the Son:

John 5:27 And hath given him authority to execute judgment also, 
because he is the Son of man.

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Importance highlighted

Galatians 6:11 Ye see how large a letter I have written unto you with 
mine own hand.

Most people when they read this verse think Paul is referring to the 
length of the letter he has written with his own hands and thus conclude 
that the other letters which are lengthier were narrated by Paul and 
written by someone else.

If we look at the Greek text the word ‘gramma’ translated as letter is 
not singular but in plural. So it is not letter but letters and thus 
does not speak of the length but at the size of the alphabets.

In Greek the concept of bold, italics or underline does not exist like 
it does in the English text and this is the same with the Hebrew text. 
In Hebrew the writers used the word ‘Selah’ at the end of the sentence 
to state the importance of it.

Paul to show the importance of the subject he was writing on used large 
letters to do the same. We see the topic was about ‘doing good deeds’, 
and doing good deeds not in the flesh but in the spirit.

Yesterday I was ministering to an unbeliever who was in problems and was 
very depressed and troubled financially. He spoke to me hoping I would 
help him financially but as the Lord led me I ministered to him. He was 
not at the stage that I needed to intervene in the natural. I have had 
Believers asking financial help to pay fees for their children who study 
in international schools while I myself put my own daughter in a lesser 
costlier school. Some ask for help pay for insurances, some to buy new 
electronic gadgets, etc...

Let us understand as Christian Ministers we should help the needy in the 
natural but also understand our limitation in doing so. Let us remember 
our purpose is not social but spiritual. Even if all Christians gather 
together and fund the poor we will not be able to eradicate poverty from 
the face of the earth forever. Many are poor not because they do not 
have but because they have other problems and prime among them are lazy, 
lacking endurance or direction.

We as Christian missionaries should concentrate of upliftment of people, 
more spiritually than naturally. We should enable them to be 
self-sufficient and not hungry mouths forever. We can feed them for a 
few days but then if we do not teach them on how to feed themselves, 
then we are harming them more than helping them.

In Acts we read the Apostles did help on a daily basis but specifically 
to widows since society considered them cursed and were not allowed to 
earn their income. This also the Apostles did not do for themselves but 
had those growing spiritually to do so; they knew their priority was in 
spiritual works more than natural works. Jesus also did not feed the 
hungry daily but did so only when He felt is a need. At times He did not 
use money to feed but used the power of God to do so.

Many growing in the Lord also look at tithing as feeding the hungry. 
They think the Church or Pastor has enough so why to give? They do not 
understand the purpose they give is spiritual more than natural and it 
is more for themselves and not for the Pastor or for the Ministry.

Let us not sow in the flesh but sow in the spirit. Let the people see 
the Hand of God in our work and not see our hands, but when the need 
arrives let us not hesitate to give what we have.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord You are God Almighty, there is nothing impossible for You yet You 
Lord do not intervene directly to solve all problems but get us to be 
vessels to do the job. You allow things for a period so that we learn to 
know our priorities and purpose of life. We pray Lord we be filled with 
wisdom and be instruments for your glory more than to glorify ourselves...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
Galatians 6:7-11
7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that 
shall he also reap.
8 For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; 
but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.
9 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall 
reap, if we faint not.
10 As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, 
especially unto them who are of the household of faith.
11 Ye see how large a letter I have written unto you with mine own hand.

Acts 6:1-3
1 Now in those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplying, 
there arose a complaint against the Hebrews by the Hellenists, because 
their widows were neglected in the daily distribution.
2 Then the twelve summoned the multitude of the disciples and said, "It 
is not desirable that we should leave the word of God and serve tables.
3 "Therefore, brethren, seek out from among you seven men of good 
reputation, full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom, whom we may appoint over 
this business;

Mark 6:36-38
36 "Send them away, that they may go into the surrounding country and 
villages and buy themselves bread; for they have nothing to eat."
37 But He answered and said to them, "You give them something to eat." 
And they said to Him, "Shall we go and buy two hundred denarii worth of 
bread and give them something to eat?"
38 But He said to them, "How many loaves do you have? Go and see." And 
when they found out they said, "Five, and two fish."

Luke 22:35 And He said to them, "When I sent you without money bag, 
knapsack, and sandals, did you lack anything?" So they said, "Nothing."

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Joy of gaining the lost

Luke 15:6 And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and 
neighbours, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep 
which was lost.

We read in today's message the joy of the one who brings in a lost back 
into the flock. The next verse (Luke 15:7) gives a comparison of this 
joy and states it is greater than the joy of 99 righteous who are in the 
flock.

As I was scrutinizing the Greek text of verse 7 I found the word 
translated as 'need' is the word Greek word 'echo'. This word is 613 
times translated as 'have' but in this verse surprisingly is translated 
as 'need'. The Greek word for need is 'chreia' which occurs 25 times and 
example of its use is Matthew 6:32. So the verse speaks of a lost who 
repents and comes back to the Body of Christ (Church) is better than the 
99 'righteous' ones in the Church who have no repentance in their hearts.

It is repentance that keeps a person in the body of Christ. Repentance 
is not an initial criterion to enter the Kingdom of God, in fact 
repentance along with faith, are both required to keep a person in 
Christ. If we lose faith we can no longer claim salvation in Christ so 
also if we do not have repentance in us, we can stake claim as being 
part of the inheritors of His Kingdom.

Repentance is not being sorry but means redirecting ourselves to do the 
right. It is about correction more than acknowledging the wrong. We as 
babies in Christ keep growing in Christ, and as we grow in knowing the 
truth we also know the wrongs in our lives and areas that need 
correction. So growing in Christ is not only of receiving of His Kingdom 
but also is about tuning ourselves more and more to be like Him. It is 
about losing the old nature and gaining His nature in us. So any one not 
in the state of repentance is declaring they are better than or as good 
as God thus do not need change.

Let us be always in the state of repentance and not be like the 
righteous ones the flock who do not count much. They are the goats who 
on Judgment Day will be separated from the sheep and will be punished 
for rejecting the Will of the Father (Word of God).

[Prayer Starter]
Lord You are Righteous and Holy God, You alone are perfect in every 
sense and there is none like You. We pray God we understand seeking You 
means seeking your Nature, lifting your Name means lifting your Nature. 
You God dwell in us when we seek You (your Nature) in us. God let us be 
always seeking You and thus always we are at a state of correction, of 
repentance...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
Luke 15:7 I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one 
sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, 
which need no repentance.

Matthew 6:32 "For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your 
heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.

Mathew 3:1,2
1 In those days John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judea,
2 and saying, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!"

Matthew 4:17 From that time Jesus began to preach and to say, "Repent, 
for the kingdom of heaven is at hand."

Mark 1:15 and saying, "The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is 
at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel."

Matthew 11:20 Then He began to rebuke the cities in which most of His 
mighty works had been done, because they did not repent:

Revelation 3:3 "Remember therefore how you have received and heard; 
hold fast and repent. Therefore if you will not watch, I will come upon 
you as a thief, and you will not know what hour I will come upon you.

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Hearing the Voice of God

Acts 22:14 And he said, The God of our fathers hath chosen thee, that 
thou shouldest know his will, and see that Just One, and shouldest hear 
the voice of his mouth.

During the time of Jesus people heard the voice of Jesus but today can 
we hear Him.

Just a couple of days back a brother was asking me 'does God talk 
vocally?' His question was not much towards if God is able to talk 
vocally to us but as to when He does, in what tone or voice do we hear Him?

Those who have heard the Lord talk to them vocally (person to person) 
will tell that the earth did not rattle nor did the voice pierce the 
eardrums such as to hurt the person to whom the Lord spoke. At times the 
person did not know the Lord was speaking for it was like another human 
speaking, like in the case of Samuel; he thought it was his mentor Eli 
who was calling out to him when the Lord called out to him.

Humans have different voice individually; their voice is considered a 
signature of that person. If one studies Acoustic analysis (modulation 
spectrum analysis) or neuro-acoustics or any other scientific approach 
to study voice one will find ultimately each voice has values and when 
someone tries to match those values it is simply mimicry. A good 
mimicry artist is the one who modulates his or her voice and comes 
closest to the values of the voice he or she is trying to imitate.

People think God has a signature human kind voice like we do; God is not 
man and does not need vocal, audio communication to communicate with us. 
He can speak to us directly where we hear but the people around us do 
not or others may hear someone speaking to us but do not hear exactly 
what the voice is speaking to us (like it happened to Paul) or hear 
exactly what we hear (like it happened when Jesus was baptized).

God can talk to us in a crowd as He can do in private. He can peak in 
the day or in the night. He may even speak to us in a familiar voice of 
a person we know. He can speak to us in many ways.

The question comes how do we know it is God speaking to us?

We can only know it is the voice is of the Lord by the words not by the 
nature of the voice or its effects. Only when we know the Lord or know 
His Word we recognize it is the Lord speaking to us and not that of any 
other power.

When I heard the Lord speak to me it was while I was hearing music on an 
mp3 player (those days mobiles were not what they are today). In between 
I heard some words which struck me and which I had never heard before. 
When I copied the contents of the mp3 player to a computer and went 
through it again and again I did not find those words. Later (after a 
few months) when I was going through the Bible I read those words which 
were spoken to me across 2 scriptures (John 15:16, 19).

The Lord can speak to us any time and in various ways, the fact is are 
we alert and tuned to hear Him.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord You are Almighty God, You are Spirit. Flesh and bone is not 
permanent as spirit is. Flesh turns to dust but spirit remains spirit. 
Lord we pray we overcome the bonds of the flesh. Let not our thinking be 
limited by the flesh but be abundant as the spirit is...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
1 Samuel 3:4-11
4 that the LORD called Samuel. And he answered, "Here I am!"
5 So he ran to Eli and said, "Here I am, for you called me." And he 
said, "I did not call; lie down again." And he went and lay down.
6 Then the LORD called yet again, "Samuel!" So Samuel arose and went to 
Eli, and said, "Here I am, for you called me." He answered, "I did not 
call, my son; lie down again."
7 (Now Samuel did not yet know the LORD, nor was the word of the LORD 
yet revealed to him.)
8 And the LORD called Samuel again the third time. Then he arose and 
went to Eli, and said, "Here I am, for you did call me." Then Eli 
perceived that the LORD had called the boy.
9 Therefore Eli said to Samuel, "Go, lie down; and it shall be, if He 
calls you, that you must say, 'Speak, LORD, for Your servant hears.'" So 
Samuel went and lay down in his place.
10 Now the LORD came and stood and called as at other times, "Samuel! 
Samuel!" And Samuel answered, "Speak, for Your servant hears."
11 Then the LORD said to Samuel: "Behold, I will do something in Israel 
at which both ears of everyone who hears it will tingle.

Acts 9:4-7
4 Then he fell to the ground, and heard a voice saying to him, "Saul, 
Saul, why are you persecuting Me?"
5 And he said, "Who are You, Lord?" Then the Lord said, "I am Jesus, 
whom you are persecuting. It is hard for you to kick against the goads."
6 So he, trembling and astonished, said, "Lord, what do You want me to 
do?" Then the Lord said to him, "Arise and go into the city, and you 
will be told what you must do."
7 And the men who journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing a voice 
but seeing no one.

Matthew 3:17 And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, "This is My 
beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased."

John 15:16 "You did not choose Me, but I chose you”

John 15:19 "I chose you out of the world”.

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Post  Admin on Sun 23 Jul 2017, 12:03 am

Helping at the cost of pay a high price

Luke 18:40 And Jesus stood, and commanded him to be brought unto him: 
and when he was come near, he asked him,

We all who are humane do reach out and help people in need whenever it 
is possible and convenient for us. But there are few who go out of the 
way to help someone even at the risk of losing something sometimes as 
precious as their own lives.

You may wonder why I am talking of this and what relation it has with 
regards to today's scriptures.

The person whom Jesus healed named 'Bartimaeus' was no ordinary person. 
He was not a Jew but a Roman. The name states him to be Son of Timeus. 
According to what a historian put this person Timeus was a very senior 
official in the Roman army in Jericho. His son was a revolutionary and 
had revolted against the Roman Empire. The Romans were known to be 
merciless, but in this case Bartimaeus being a son of a high ranking 
person, his life was spared but only after he was made blind and made to 
beg for his living within the two city walls of Jericho (the city was a 
like a fortress, 2/3 protected by mountains and on one side had two 
walls within which famous temples for various gods existed; God had 
destroyed them when He bought the walls down, later they were rebuild).

Jesus was hated by the Jewish religious leaders for He questioned and 
challenged their authority. He was loved and respected by the Romans for 
it suited the Romans to keep the Jewish leaders in check. The Jews could 
not lay their hands on Jesus' life for fear of the Romans.

Jesus knew by healing Bartimaeus He would be challenging the authority 
of the Romans and lose their favor yet we see Jesus went ahead and 
healed him. One may say Jesus triggered the events leading to His 
crucifixion by doing this.

Like Bartimaeus' relation with the Romans was the man with a withered 
hand's relationship with the Jews. That man was also punished but by the 
Jewish high authorities and Jesus by healing him challenged them and 
triggered the call for His crucifixion. Healing Bartimaeus was the 
second step which Jesus did and did not fear to take. The last step was 
the bringing to life a dead embalmed Lazarus, a miracle so great not 
really understood even today (not just because he was four days dead but 
because of the rituals done on him). This miracle was unlike any dead 
bought to life by Jesus; this caused all the Jews in Jerusalem to become 
like a mob against both the Jewish and Roman authorities.

Let us ask ourselves if we know that by helping someone we will get 
ourselves in great trouble if not physically harmed or killed, would we 
still take the step to help that person?

To be like Jesus requires us to be people strongly rooted in the Kingdom 
of God. It is only when the Truth is full in us we will be able to have 
courage like Jesus.

[Prayer Starter]
Father God You alone are God and there is none other than You. Lord, You 
are Truth and those who abide in the Truth abide in You. Lord we pray we 
be more and more rooted in the Truth so that we are unshaken by dangers 
of this world. We understand that You are Alive and nothing is without 
You. In all things You will be glorified...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
Matthew 12:8-14 (man with the withered hand)

John 11:43-48, 53 (effect of Lazarus' miracle)
53 Then, from that day on, they plotted to put Him to death.

John 12:9-10, 17-18
9 Now a great many of the Jews knew that He was there; and they came, 
not for Jesus' sake only, but that they might also see Lazarus, whom He 
had raised from the dead.
10 But the chief priests plotted to put Lazarus to death also,
17 Therefore the people, who were with Him when He called Lazarus out 
of his tomb and raised him from the dead, bore witness.
18 For this reason the people also met Him, because they heard that He 
had done this sign.
19 The Pharisees therefore said among themselves, "You see that you are 
accomplishing nothing. Look, the world has gone after Him!"

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Making a public statement

Acts 16:37 But Paul said unto them, They have beaten us openly uncondemned,
being Romans, and have cast us into prison; and now do they thrust us out
privily? nay verily; but let them come themselves and fetch us out.

In today’s message when the magistrate came to know that Paul had a Roman
citizenship he was very afraid and wanted to quietly set off Paul and his
colleagues whom he had got arrested without due process and cause.

Here we read of Paul initially wanted to get the magistrate to publically
acknowledge his mistake thus refused to leave the prison but later on his
plea, he and his team left.

Today the word terrorism is very common. People think the word means
violence but that is not the case. Terrorizing can be done without actual
acts of violence but by just intimidation of threat of violence, threat of
social excommunication, threat of depriving a person of livelihood etc...
Any act by a human that induces fear of any kind is called terrorism.

Jesus said do not fear time and again. We read in the Bible the words ‘Do
not fear’ is spoken mostly by the Lord or a Man of God on behalf of the
Lord and it is more towards not fearing an event, or power, or person.

The Hebrew word yir’ah for fear is also translated as terror and it comes
from the root word yare’ which means ‘to revere’ / ‘give reverence’.

People do not understand when they fear a person or power they are actually
making that person or power a god, a king or master over them. Even when a
person hate someone so much as to keep on meditating on that person they
land up making a person a god or king or master over us.

We can make any object, person or power a god or king or master when we
serve them. Fear and deep hatred are some of the factors that drive us to
serve them. We are called to fear God and Him alone; we can give respect or
be cautious of things or persons or powers in this world but are not called
to fear them.

In Greek the word fear is also regarded as fleeing. Paul says flee from
fornication, from idolatry and from pursuing worldly prosperity for these
have caused many to err, face the wrath of God.

Directly or indirectly we are called to fear God and the consequences of
God but otherwise let us be cautious of the things or powers of the world.
Let not worldly terrorism or intimidations affect us, let us face them with
boldness knowing our God is Lord of lords and Kings of kings and every knee
will bow before Him.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord You are God Almighty and Lord over all. There is not power or being
that stand against You. You Lord allow man and powers that work in man to
blasphemy You so that on time appointed they are made to pay their price
and made an example for eternity. Lord we pray we overcome fear of this
world and the powers of this world and only fear You...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
Isaiah 51:7 "Listen to Me, you who know righteousness, You people in whose
heart is My law: Do not fear the reproach of men, Nor be afraid of their
insults.

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

1 Corinthians 6:18 Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without
the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body.

1 Corinthians 10:14 Wherefore, my dearly beloved, flee from idolatry.

1 Timothy 6:9-10
9 But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into
many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and
perdition.
10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted
after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with
many sorrows [errered].

Hebrews 13:6 So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will
not fear what man shall do unto me.

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Post  Admin on Mon 17 Jul 2017, 1:52 pm

Where is our zeal?

John 2:13-17
13 And the Jews' passover was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem,
14 And found in the temple those that sold oxen and sheep and doves, 
and the changers of money sitting:
15 And when he had made a scourge of small cords, he drove them all out 
of the temple, and the sheep, and the oxen; and poured out the changers' 
money, and overthrew the tables;
16 And said unto them that sold doves, Take these things hence; make 
not my Father's house an house of merchandise.
17 And his disciples remembered that it was written, The zeal of thine 
house hath eaten me up.

When we read about the incident of Jesus driving away the traders from 
the Synagogue in Jerusalem we think it happened just once. But when we 
read the chain of events leading to this incident, one will realize it 
was not once that Jesus drove the traders away from the temple but 
twice. Also people think Jesus was violent, no. If we read the 
scriptures, Jesus turned their tables and set their animals free but did 
not harm or hurt the persons doing it.

Today's message from the Gospel of John records the first time Jesus 
drove the traders away from the temple. And Mathew recorded the second 
time Jesus drove the traders away, that is after He received a grand 
welcome into Jerusalem (even the incident of driving away a legion of 
spirits happened not once but twice, that is why in one Gospel it is 
written from one person and in another as two).

In today's message, it is written the disciples remembered the verse of 
Psalms 69 which speaks of the zeal of Christ. If we look at the whole 
Psalm it is all about Christ, including the way they would treat Him 
before His death but all this His disciples did not relate to Him. This 
incident by the way happened after His water baptism and after His forty 
days of fasting in the wilderness (getting qualified as a Rabbi 
according to Moses). So both times He drove the traders out of the 
temple was when His popularity was high and people's support was behind Him.

Jesus was not so concern of the place for He never gave importance to 
the temple structure. He went there only to reach out to the people who 
were gathered there. If He wanted to communicate / prayer He went to a 
place He was comfortable like a garden or top of a hill/mountain. He was 
driving the traders not from the structure but from amongst the people 
gathered there for a purpose.

On Sundays we gather together amongst people for a purpose and that 
purpose should solely be to reach out to God as a body. That means our 
relationship with each other is very important than our attending a 
service. It is only when we are one in heart, mind and understanding 
that we will see the glory of God amongst us. We should not misuse this 
moment to entertain ourselves in worldly ways, or for commercial 
purposes, or for self-promotion. Our purpose should solely be to edify 
each other, to grow together and be more united so as to let the glory 
of the Lord magnify amongst us. For when this purpose is clear in us 
then we too will have the zeal that Christ showed.

[Prayer Started]
Lord You are Holy God. You separate yourself from all that is not right. 
Even though You are Holy yet You made a way to reach out to us who are 
unholy so as the change us. Lord we thank You for your mercies and your 
love. Help us to understand our purpose to become one body. Help us to 
bring forth your Kingdom here on earth as it is in Heaven so that your 
glory that is in Heaven may be experience here on earth. Fill us with 
your zeal...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
Psalms 69:9 For the zeal of thine house hath eaten me up; and the 
reproaches of them that reproached thee are fallen upon me.

Psalms 69:21 They gave me also gall for my meat; and in my thirst they 
gave me vinegar to drink.

Matthew 21:9-13

Matthew 24:1-2
1 Then Jesus went out and departed from the temple, and His disciples 
came up to show Him the buildings of the temple.
2 And Jesus said to them, "Do you not see all these things? Assuredly, 
I say to you, not one stone shall be left here upon another, that shall 
not be thrown down."

Matthew 26:55 In that hour Jesus said to the multitudes, "Have you come 
out, as against a robber, with swords and clubs to take Me? I sat daily 
with you, teaching in the temple, and you did not seize Me.

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Godly Jealously!

2 Corinthians 11:2 For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I 
have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste 
virgin to Christ.

In the Bible there are terms which are largely misunderstood. To 
understand them one needs to go to the Hebrew words and its root 
meanings. For example Paul four times speaks of 'holy kiss' and we see 
people kissing each other on the cheek. Some Men of God have fallen by 
this kiss.

In Hebrew the word 'nashaq' for kiss comes from the word 'nasaq' which 
means kindle, burn. This action speaks of sharing warmth between two 
people. This could be done by a gentle hung or even by a touch, for the 
word also means contact. Kissing with the mouth was specifically done to 
objects and was an expression of giving reverence. The Hebrew word for 
worship itself is literately translated as bowing or kissing the hand. 
In Greek the word translated as kiss is 'phileo' which comes from the 
word 'philos' which means friend / friendly so the word refers to 
friendly greeting a person and does not specifically speak of the lips 
touching the cheeks of the other person which may have and may not have 
happened, but as per OT it requires simply a contact to happen.

One of the ways the Israelites greeted each other (as commanded by the 
Lord) was to salute each other with a blessing. They would say 'Shalom 
ALiechem' / 'ALiechem Shalom' meaning 'Peace of the Lord be upon you' 
which was later shortened to just 'Shalom'.

In today's message the word jealously is also another term very 
misunderstood. In English we could correctly translate as zealous and 
not jealous. As Jewish tradition goes the Hebrew word speaks of the 
possessiveness of a mother to her child. When God said I am a Jealous 
God and His name is Jealous, it meant He is a very possessive of His 
children and He is our Father as well as our Mother.

In today's message Paul as a spiritual father to the Believers of the 
Church of Corinth speaks of his possessiveness in a godly way meaning a 
building and edifying possessiveness that keeps them from being defiled 
by other gods or vices.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord You are our Father and our Mother and our Lord. In Heaven there is 
none over us than You, for all are brethren and You over all. We pray 
your people are not misled with carnal affections or worldly sentiments 
that they fall and be victims of vanity...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
Romans 16:16 Salute one another with an holy kiss. The churches of 
Christ salute you.

1 Corinthians 16:20 All the brethren greet you. Greet ye one another 
with an holy kiss.

2 Corinthians 13:12 Greet one another with an holy kiss.

1 Thessalonians 5:26 Greet all the brethren with an holy kiss.

Song of Solomon 1:2 THE SHULAMITE Let him kiss me with the kisses of 
his mouth—For your love is better than wine.

1 Kings 19:18 "Yet I have reserved seven thousand in Israel, all whose 
knees have not bowed to Baal, and every mouth that has not kissed him."

Job 31:27 So that my heart has been secretly enticed, And my mouth has 
kissed my hand;

Exodus 34:14 '(for you shall worship no other god, for the LORD, whose 
name is Jealous, is a jealous God),

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Post  Admin on Fri 14 Jul 2017, 9:41 pm

Spiritual Zombies

Matthew 17:17 Then Jesus answered and said, O faithless and perverse 
generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? 
bring him hither to me.

We all have heard of zombies in movies as humans who are dead but yet 
animate. They are projected as creatures whose senses are directed only 
to consume another live and make others like themselves. In one movie 
named 'World War Z' they attacked only humans who were healthy.

In today's message we read of Jesus detesting people who are faithless 
(unbelieving) and perverse (distorting) people. He questions as to how 
long He should be with them and hold them up. Do you think Jesus was 
talking to only those who were there before Him? Or was He talking of 
the few years He was in the flesh as man?

Bible says He humbled Himself before the world was created and became 
our sacrifice from its foundation. It also says He awaits the time He 
will be united with the Father after finishing the task He has taken.

The Gospel of John is not exaggerating when it states all wood in this 
world if converted to paper will not hold all the things that the Lord 
Jesus Christ has done. This statement is not only referring to that time 
but valid even today. In fact today we can state it as all the computer 
hard-disks, memory drives and tape drives in the world cannot hold all 
that the Lord Jesus Christ has done.

It is only when we really know the Lord Jesus Christ that we understand 
this statement.

People without faith and not following the truth are like spiritual 
zombie. They are dead inside yet exist and animate. They have one agenda 
that is to consume others by make them like themselves. Let us not be 
spiritual zombie seeking just to satisfy our desire for carnal pleasures.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord You are awesome God. Even though You knew of the evil in creation 
yet You let it come into existence for You knew your goodness will 
overcome it. When we look at the Crucifix we cry at your suffering 
without knowing all that You suffered for us since the foundation of 
this world. Lord we pray we quicken the coming of your Kingdom and we 
also pray we do not suffer You more...

This prayer we make in your Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
John 17: 5 And now, Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with 
the glory which I had with thee before the world was.

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

Matthew 13:35 that it might be fulfilled which was spoken through the 
prophet, saying, I will open my mouth in parables; I will utter things 
hidden from the foundation of the world.

Matthew 25:34 Then 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 17:24 Father, I desire 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.

Hebrews 4:3 For we who have believed do enter into that rest; even as 
he hath said, As I sware in my wrath, They shall not enter into my rest: 
although the works were finished from the foundation of the world.

Revelation 13:8 And all that dwell on the earth shall worship him, 
every one whose name hath not been written from the foundation of the 
world in the book of life of the Lamb that hath been slain.

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Cephas and the napkin

John 20:7 And the napkin, that was about his head, not lying with the 
linen clothes, but wrapped together in a place by itself.

Not only Catholics even some Believers are made to believer Catholic 
Church originally existed and then the Believer Church protested and 
come out of it. Yesterday I was visiting a Believer family and one of 
its members was deceived to believe this. All know the Church in Rome 
only come into existence after 300AD, after the Roman Emperor 
Constantine accepted Christianity. One of their key reasons to believe 
the continuity of the Catholic Church from the times of Apostles was 
that Peter was the first Pope (a term used for the Bishop of Rome).

Let us get some facts of Peter down:-
Peter was never called 'Peter' by Jesus. Peter is a Greek word. Jesus 
spoke in Hebrew and Aramaic in the temple and to the public 
respectively. Jesus nicknamed him Cephas which means little stone (John 
1:42). The word for rock in Aramaic is Su'as. It is in the Greek 
language that the confusion between stone (Petros) and rock (Petra) 
exist, since they are near sounding.

The nickname Cephas / Peter was not a good name but pointed to the 
irresponsible behavior of Simon to speak out even though he did not have 
knowledge on the matter. That is why we read Jesus used it only when He 
wanted to rebuke Simon the son of Jonas. The term little stone /little 
rock means little truths, the same is also used for Satan in the Old 
testament which in Hebrew is Tyrus. Satan is called the king of Tyrus 
(Ezekiel 28) for he does not speak the complete truth nor fully lies; he 
is the father of lies.

Among the Apostles there was another Simon who was nicknamed Zelotes 
because of his zeal. This Simon was not as foolish or irresponsible as 
Simon Cephas / Peter.

Simon son of Jonas was selected along with John and James to lead the 
Jewish Christian section of the Church. The Lord had later bought Paul 
and Barnabas to lead the Gentile section of the Church. Simon Peter was 
the leader of the Jewish Christian section and we see in today's message 
he had the privilege to pick up the napkin which was lying on the floor 
in the tomb. This was an fulfillment of a custom as per the Law of Moses 
where the person taking over from the High Priest would enter the 
Holiest Place and pick up the garments which the High Priest leaves behind.

Simon the son of Jonas was not evil nor was Mary but God knew that Peter 
along with Mary would be misused by people whose hearts were not for God 
but yet they will say Lord, Lord. It is to expose these people that the 
Lord allowed these characters to be misunderstood.

In the Bible Simon Peter in never recorded to visit Rome so how could he 
be the Bishop of Rome /Pope. Secondly the belief of the Catholic Church 
(Catholicism) is contrary to the Christian faith as recorded in the 
Bible. Some of the points I note below:-

Bible says Jesus is the only way to Heaven and there is no other way 
except Him. But Catholic Church - Catholicism section 839-841 states 
other than those who accept the Gospel even Jews, and Muslims would 
enter Heaven by their good works. If they do not accept Christ who is 
the Way then how is it that they get to enter Heaven? So either the 
Jesus in the Bible is deceiving us or the Catholic Church is.

Bible states by good works (works of righteousness) no man is justified 
to enter Heaven since the righteousness of man is like rags before God. 
Bible says it is by grace received through faith alone we get qualified 
to enter Heaven and it is the works of faith which the Spirit of God 
works through us that confirms our entry to Heaven.

Bible states Jesus as man did not remain to lead His disciples even 
after His resurrection. He knew His limitation as man so He left as to 
give us His Spirit and it is His Spirit that does the actual work of 
building us in Him to make us Sons of God and able to enter Heaven. 
Jesus is the Way and His Spirit leads us and helps us along the Way. 
What the Catholic Church has done is replaced the Holy Spirit's role 
with this woman they call 'Virgin Mary', 'Mother Mary', 'Mother of God', 
'Queen of Heaven'. This spirit that comes as her has nothing to do with 
the Mary of the Bible. Every word that is spoken by her apparitions is 
contrary to the Word of God. This spirit did the same to the Jews before 
God punished them by the hands of the Babylonians (Jeremiah 7, 44).

It is better to believe the Word of God than to belief words of man even 
if they claim to be of God.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord You are True and your Word is true so nor You or your Word changes. 
Lord we pray those who have the seed of faith but are deceived by the 
Catholic Church may open their eyes and see the truth. Give them the 
courage to come out of her and not receive the punishment set for her...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

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

Galatians 2:9 And 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.

1 Corinthians 9:5 Have we not power to lead about a sister, a wife, as 
well as other apostles, and as the brethren of the Lord, and Cephas?

Matthew 16:18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter [Petros / 
Cephas], and upon this rock [Petras/Su'as - referring to the truth that 
Peter spoke] I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not 
prevail against it.

Matthew 16:23 But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, 
Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things 
that be of God, but those that be of men.

Galatians 2:11 But when Peter was come to Antioch, I withstood him to 
the face, because he was to be blamed.

Leviticus 16:23,32
23 And Aaron shall come into the tabernacle of the congregation, and 
shall put off the linen garments, which he put on when he went into the 
holy place, and shall leave them there:
32 And the priest, whom he shall anoint, and whom he shall consecrate 
to minister in the priest's office in his father's stead, shall make the 
atonement, and shall put on the linen clothes, even the holy garments:

Revelation 18:4 And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out 
of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye 
receive not of her plagues.

Luke 2:34-35
34 And Simeon blessed them, and said unto Mary his mother, Behold, this 
child is set for the fall and rising again of many in Israel; and for a 
sign which shall be spoken against;
35 (Yea, a sword shall pierce through thy own soul also,) that the 
thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.

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Exalting oneself before God

Luke 18:14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather 
than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and 
he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.

When we read the parable connected with today’s message we will detest 
the Pharisee who not only put down the publican but also boasted about 
himself before the Lord. Do we realize we too do this often today?

There used to be a time when I would fast weekly without fail. It was 
not a token fast by skipping a meal or having just tea/juice/soaps etc. 
but would not even have water. This I would do without fail every week 
without much people knowing of it. In the start I saw great benefits but 
as I matured more and more in spirit I started to question the benefit 
of this fasting.

We as Christians do not believe in penance for we live in times of 
grace. The Jews did follow penance, as so do other religions but not 
Christians. So fasting does not please God in any way. It has just two 
reasons, one is to build faith and other is to control the carnal 
nature. So if I have faith issues then fasting for me is good since 
while fasting I need to meditate on the promises of God. The other 
reason is if I have problems with obesity or controlling my eating 
desires then fasting (restraining from food) is also good for me. But if 
I am a person strong in faith and do not have problem with food then 
fasting (refraining from food) becomes a religious activity more than a 
spiritual one.

I am not recommending one should stop fasting if one is strong in faith. 
Fasting is not just refraining from food. There are different types of 
fasting that one can do like refraining from things that one is addicted 
too this may be simple things like talking too much, socializing too 
much, concern a lot of ones’ beauty all the time, television or music 
issues, etc. such a fast is referred as a Daniel’s fast since Daniel ate 
and yet fasted and shook the Heavens. Daniel was chief among all 
ministers in the palace of the emperor of Babylon. Babylon was the 
greatest kingdom in the world at that time. This kingdom influenced a 
great part of the world and every meal was more than a wedding banquet 
today since many kings who lost and surrendered were guest along with 
their families and best subjects in the palace. So just think the length 
and breadth of the tables, and the varieties of food that was prepared 
at every meal. Daniel and his people realized this rich food was not 
good for their spiritual wellbeing so started eating just simple bread. 
It was this fast that took them to great levels spiritually.

When we fast we may not put others down openly but when we talk of it 
before people often, then we do. By fasting in areas that are not our 
problem areas, then we are just fooling ourselves and fooling God. We 
become like the Pharisee in the parable boasting about ourselves before God.

Let us stop doing the Pharisee fast and do a fast which builds us and 
helps us grow spiritually. Let us remember fasting does not please God 
but helps us grow and our growing pleases God. So whatever we do should 
help us grow.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord, You are God who sees all things and knows all things. We pray Lord 
that we do not try to deceive You and ourselves with our hollow fasts. 
Lord we pray we understand the purpose of a fast. May we not be like the 
Pharisee who boasted about his fast before You...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
Luke 18:10-14

Matthew 6:16-19

Daniel 1:8 But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile 
himself with the portion of the king’s meat, nor with the wine which he 
drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might 
not defile himself.

Daniel 10:2-5
2 In those days I, Daniel, was mourning three whole weeks.
3 I ate no pleasant bread, neither came flesh nor wine into my mouth, 
neither did I anoint myself at all, till three whole weeks were fulfilled.
4 And in the four and twentieth day of the first month, as I was by the 
side of the great river, which is Hiddekel,
5 I lifted up mine eyes, and looked, and, behold, a man clothed in 
linen, whose loins were girded with pure gold of Uphaz:

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As per one's convenience

Luke 22:66 And as soon as it was day, the elders of the people and the 
chief priests and the scribes came together, and led him into their 
council, saying,

In today's message we find when the Jewish priest got Jesus arrested on 
charges of blasphemy they organized 'their council' the next day. They 
made sure it was only their supporting people who were in the council 
and the others they made sure were not there. So we see as per their 
convenience they did for they wanted for the results they desired.

Most Christians fall into the trap of the Catholic Church of 
misinterpreting scriptures to their convenience. They say since the 
scriptures record Jesus being arrested and of the Jewish priests taking 
Him to a council the next day, hence He was crucified the next day. 
Since it says next day was a (high) Sabbath so He was crucified on a 
Friday. They reverse engineer the events without putting all facts into 
place.

If we take their logic then in Luke 2:7 it is written while Mary and 
Joseph were waiting for a room in an inn, she gave birth to the child 
Jesus, whom Joseph warped in a cloth and put in a manger kept outside 
the inn to feed the donkeys tied outside the inn. Here they moved the 
manger into a stable and add other animals to the situation. They first 
designed a crib and then put the crib into the scriptures. So now even 
though people read scriptures yet they understand what they are 
programed by the Catholic Church.

If Jesus did not fulfil the statutes needed to be the Paschal Lamb then 
His sacrifice fails to do what it was set to do. One of the requirements 
of being the Paschal Lamb was to be kept under observation for 5 days. 
So Jesus after celebrating the Feast of Unleavened Bread which started 
on a Sabbath (Saturday) was arrested on that evening. Taking 5 days into 
consideration where He was taken from place to place and tortured by 
both Jews and Romans (Jews could not do much harm since they were under 
the rule of the Romans), Jesus was crucified on Thursday evening and 
resurrected on the third day which was Sunday noon. Friday was the 
Paschal Feast and a special holiday so is written as High Sabbath in the 
Gospel of John.

We find theologian blindly accept the Catholic understanding and 
consider Jesus was arrested on Thursday and crucified on Friday and then 
to place the 3 days to Sunday they play with words. They state the Jews 
celebrated the Sabbath from the evening of previous day (Friday) unto 
the evening of the Sabbath day (Saturday), thus their day started from 
evening to evening and they try to quote Genesis 1:5 to support this.

Firstly the Jews never understood scriptures; if they did they would 
have known God and known His Christ. The scripture in Genesis says 
'evening to morning was the next day' and not evening to evening. They 
try to accommodate the scripture and their misunderstanding into one.

Genesis 1:5 if properly understood the 'day' quoted there has nothing to 
do with earthly days (earth was not formed then). Secondly the Jewish 
day started with sunrise to sunset (approximate 6am to 6pm) and was 
divided into watches of 3 hours each. Their days were of 12 hours and 
not 24 hours as we take today. It was the Romans who first considered a 
24 hour day. For the Jews day was day and night was night, nights 
separated days. So 'third day' means third day and not after two nights 
and one day. As per scripture says the deceit of the Beast is so great 
that hardly there are people saved from it and this is visible for all 
celebrate 'Good Friday'.

Like the evil Jewish Priests who played with Jesus as per their 
convenience, let us not play with scriptures as per our convenience. Let 
us not add nor subtract. The scriptures fulfil all conditions as per 
stated by it, for it is God's Word and not human words.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord You are Righteous God. You and your Word do not change. Lord we 
pray we understand your Word as it is given unto us. We pray we do not 
add or subtract from it so that we do not lose of our reward in Heaven.

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
Luke 2:7 And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in 
swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room 
for them in the inn.

Exodus 16:23 And he said unto them, This is that which the LORD hath 
said, To morrow is the rest of the holy sabbath unto the LORD: bake that 
which ye will bake to day, and seethe that ye will seethe; and that 
which remaineth over lay up for you to be kept until the morning.

Genesis 1:5 And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called 
Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.

Exodus 14:24 And it came to pass, that in the morning watch the LORD 
looked unto the host of the Egyptians through the pillar of fire and of 
the cloud, and troubled the host of the Egyptians,

Matthew 14:25 And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto 
them, walking on the sea.

Exodus 12:3-6
3 Speak ye unto all the congregation of Israel, saying, In the tenth 
day of this month they shall take to them every man a lamb, according to 
the house of their fathers, a lamb for an house
4 And if the household be too little for the lamb, let him and his 
neighbour next unto his house take it according to the number of the 
souls; every man according to his eating shall make your count for the lamb.
5 Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year: ye 
shall take it out from the sheep, or from the goats
6 And ye shall keep it up until the fourteenth day of the same month: 
and the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it in 
the evening.

John 19:31 The Jews therefore, because it was the preparation, that the 
bodies should not remain upon the cross on the sabbath day, (for that 
sabbath day was an high day,) besought Pilate that their legs might be 
broken, and that they might be taken away.

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Deal with your own problems first!

Luke 4:23 And he said unto them, Ye will surely say unto me this 
proverb, Physician, heal thyself: whatsoever we have heard done in 
Capernaum, do also here in thy country.

When interacting with Christian leaders they will first try to find out 
how is the situation in your family before giving you a platform in the 
Church. Leaders want things to be very good in your household. If you 
have brothers or sisters or parents living with you who are unbelievers 
then they will take a step back from you, worse is if you have accepted 
Christ after your marriage yet they would expect your spouse also to be 
a Believer and if they find there is a problem in that area they will 
flee from you irrespective of how anointed you are or how great God has 
bless you to edify His Body.

In today's message we read of the people at the meeting coming to know 
Jesus as son of Joseph. The English translation state as carpenter but 
that is a creation of the Catholic Church. Scriptures plainly state his 
profession as builder. He was into making houses as per Jewish Talmud. 
He had many children by his marriage with Mary, 4 sons (may be more) and 
at least 2 daughters. In Jewish tradition a couple are considered 
married only when they have physical relationship that is why Mary and 
Joseph were considered engaged until Jesus was born and marriage after 
His birth when they had relationship.

Jesus' brothers and sisters did not believe in Jesus even though He did 
great miracle. It was only after His death and resurrection we read His 
2 brothers (James and Jude) became His followers. His other brothers of 
which two are mentioned in scriptures (Joses and Simon) did not follow 
Him or were not active in the Church. If Jesus was present today 
probably many Pastors would have not allowed Him to preach in their 
Churches. They would have told Him the same thing which was going in the 
minds of the woman in today's scripture.

One can hold a Man / Woman of God responsible for his or her children 
but not for wife/husband or siblings or parents. I have seen some give 
up on Christ by compromising the truth just to convince their wives. 
Adam fell because he loved his wife more than the Lord, even though he 
knew the truth yet he listened to her.

Salvation is a personal matter, as parents we are responsible for 
molding our children's spiritual lives. Husbands and wives are coworkers 
or companions in the walk of life but cannot be held responsible for the 
faith of the other. Surely they being one body they cannot settle at 
letting a part of themselves being in darkness so need to do their best 
to bring the other to light. Therefore Paul advised not to get married 
to an unbeliever for that can destroy a person in Christ. Do not do the 
foolishness of believing 'after marriage I will change him or her' it is 
a trap of Satan. Medical or any other issue can be taken care of later 
but not matters concerning faith. People think there are chances of a 
person backsliding in one's faith after marriage so who can guarantee? 
Let me tell you anyone who is baptized in Christ and in the Holy Spirit 
will die but not backslide in one's faith [this is very, very, very 
rare]. It is only those who believed in Christ and even baptized in Him 
but not baptized in His Holy Spirit are the one who will backslide.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord, You are Almighty and Holy God. You are All Knowing God. Before 
darkness appeared You separated yourself but You did not let the 
darkness continue forever. You put things into action and gave time for 
light to come forth and overcome that darkness. Lord we pray people 
understand the time that is taken for things to happen as per your plan. 
We pray Lord they judge not by sight or by worldly understanding but 
discern all things in Spirit...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
Matthew 13:55-56
55 Is not this the carpenter's son? is not his mother called Mary? and 
his brethren, James, and Joses, and Simon, and Judas?
56 And his sisters, are they not all with us? Whence then hath this man 
all these things?

Matthew 1:24-25
24 Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had 
bidden him, and took unto him his wife:
25 And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and 
he called his name JESUS.

Mark 6:3-6

Mark 3:32 And the multitude sat about him, and they said unto him, 
Behold, thy mother and thy brethren without seek for thee.

John 2:12 After this he went down to Capernaum, he, and his mother, and 
his brethren, and his disciples: and they continued there not many days.

John 7:2-5
2 Now the Jews' feast of tabernacles was at hand.
3 His brethren therefore said unto him, Depart hence, and go into 
Judaea, that thy disciples also may see the works that thou doest.
4 For there is no man that doeth any thing in secret, and he himself 
seeketh to be known openly. If thou do these things, shew thyself to the 
world.
5 For neither did [none of] his brethren believe in him.

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Change your mindset and not the Kingdom of God

Galatians 4:9 But now, after that ye have known God, or rather are known 
of God, how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto 
ye desire again to be in bondage?

Yesterday’s message we saw people trying to understand God by a 
concoction of pagan beliefs, human limitation and a pinch of Biblical 
understanding. They make God to be like a man and limit Him even though 
they declare Him Omnipotent, Almighty and Omnipresent.

I have heard people declare God as Omnipresent but still say there are 
places where God is not there. When scripture says even in Hell one 
cannot flee God yet they will say when man goes to Hell they think of 
God in that way He is there! They say He is Omnipotent but then state, 
there are things He cannot do. He is Almighty but then there are times 
He needs help. They will say He is Holy yet will say He does not 
separate Himself from evil. They say He is Light yet sat darkness exists 
before Him. So many times I hear people say ‘God is Spirit and His 
Spirit are two different beings’. I tell them to repeat and understand 
what they are saying yet they will not realize.

The problem with man is that they lift man above God and man’s word 
above God’s Word. What a famous preacher or writer says overwrites 
everything in their minds and become like blinders to their sight. They 
will read scriptures yet they will understand that which man has told them.

I am grateful in one way that God did not bring me up in a Believer 
family upbringing but bought me out of a Catholic upbringing. The Lord 
opened my eyes and showed me the level of deceit that is played on us so 
much so that now I do not trust any man even if he brings dead people to 
life or has a billion followers. I will discern every word that comes 
out of his mouth with the Word of God.

Today’s message talks to us just about that. The people of the Church of 
Galatia after coming to know the little of God were trying to fit God 
into their prior pagan thinking and pagan understandings.

Let us get our basics in place and understand the Kingdom of God is not 
of this world, it is not natural but purely spiritual, also when it 
comes in glory all that exist will cease to exist. So let us not hold on 
to our worldly thinking and worldly ways but let us be totally renewed.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord, You are Almighty, Omnipotent and Omnipresent God. You are and You 
alone are God. Lord we pray we understand what this world hold will keep 
us away from You and your Kingdom. We pray we part from the things of 
this world and depart from the thinking of this world. Help us to be 
renewed in every way and every thought...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
John 4:24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him 
in spirit and in truth.

Romans 11:8 (According as it is written, God hath given them the spirit 
of slumber, eyes that they should not see, and ears that they should not 
hear;) unto this day.

1 Corinthians 2:10-11
10 But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit 
searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.
11 For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man 
which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the 
Spirit of God.

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Drowning in knowledge but lacking wisdom, mighty works but no fruits

Luke 7:30 But the Pharisees and lawyers rejected the counsel of God 
against themselves, being not baptized of him.

Being Sola Scriptura I have always being harping on studying the Word of 
God and going into the depths of it, but since some years ever since I 
started interacting with the so called learned or anointed lot of 
Christians I have realized a greater evil of too much knowledge but no 
wisdom is amongst us.

The Pharisees were the righteous lot. They were people of traditions and 
works. The lawyers mentioned here were not lawyers of the civil law but 
lawyers or authorities of the religious law meaning they were scriptural 
experts.

Today's message says when John the Baptist preached repentance and 
baptism the people including the tax collectors who were considered the 
worst among sinners, also repented and were baptized but the religious 
and the scripture experts did not. Jesus likened them to immature 
children entertaining themselves and each other in a market place 
(amongst people).

We have two lots of people, one lot that stand on stages before 
thousands of people and the other lot behind thousands of books, these 
are like the Pharisees and lawyers doing great works and having great 
knowledge, but sadly both are far from having Christ like nature and wisdom.

One basic principle we need to get into ourselves. We are called not to 
make just believers or just led people or just to be a blessing to the 
people, we are called to make disciples for Christ. We may have hundreds 
or thousands of followers that follow us daily or every event, and we 
may be very happy thinking we have achieved. We may think when we enter 
Heaven, God will be pleased and we will receive a great welcome. But let 
me tell you such thing may not happen at all or the opposite may happen. 
What God will see is how many amongst those we have collected are 
following Him and not us.

Let us concentrate on the fruits, let us look at how many amongst those 
we are leading are following the Lord, not us. Let us remember more 
important than the works and the knowledge of God is the heart and 
wisdom of God.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord, You are All Seeing and All Knowing God. You Lord know the hearts 
and minds of people. You see the thoughts and attitude more than the 
works and the words. Lord we pray we focus on the purpose and on You 
more than focus on us and our achievement. We pray we be fruitful...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
Luke 7:30-34
30 But the Pharisees and lawyers rejected the counsel of God against 
themselves, being not baptized of him.
31 And the Lord said, Whereunto then shall I liken the men of this 
generation? and to what are they like?
32 They are like unto children sitting in the marketplace, and calling 
one to another, and saying, We have piped unto you, and ye have not 
danced; we have mourned to you, and ye have not wept.
33 For John the Baptist came neither eating bread nor drinking wine; 
and ye say, He hath a devil.
34 The Son of man is come eating and drinking; and ye say, Behold a 
gluttonous man, and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners!

Matthew 13:24-30
24 Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of 
heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field:
25 But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, 
and went his way.
26 But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then 
appeared the tares also.
27 So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, 
didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares?
28 He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto 
him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up?
29 But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also 
the wheat with them.
30 Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest 
I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind 
them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.

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Did Paul deny the Holy Spirit?

2 Thessalonians 1:2 Grace unto you, and peace, from God our Father and 
the Lord Jesus Christ.

Each and every letter of Paul starts with a greeting but surprisingly he 
greets then only in the name of the Father and the Son. We do not find 
even one greeting of Paul which mentions the Holy Spirit. That does not 
mean Paul does not acknowledge the Holy Spirit. In his letters 26 times 
he mentions directly the ‘Holy Spirit’ / ‘Spirit of God’ and indirectly 
even more times. This greeting issue is not only with Paul even other 
epistle writers have done the same.

If we look at the New Testament we find 5 scriptures which directly 
mention the Holy Spirit as the Spirit of Christ / Jesus / Son. There are 
many scriptures that mention Spirit of the Lord but none as ‘Spirit of 
the Father’. Yes there are 2 scripture which mentions Spirit but in the 
third reference. Only in Matthew 12:18 we find one scripture which 
directly says ‘I will put my spirit upon him [Jesus]’, and it is only in 
Matthew we find all three Father, Son and Holy Spirit mentioned (1 John 
5:7 is questionable scripture since older manuscripts do not have it).

Paul, John and others did not denying the existence of the Father, Son 
and Spirit, nor were giving preference to two over the third. What they 
understood was the relationship between them. The relationship of the 
Godhead is not as simple as people have put in their definition of 
‘Trinity’. Like some of the well-known theologians who promoted 
‘Trinity’ themselves stated their knowledge on this is very limited.

People, who think the Bible is known and the understanding of God is 
known, let me tell you, we have hardly started. The knowledge and 
understanding of the Kingdom of God and God Himself is like an ocean and 
what we know is just a river.

Bible says it is not our knowledge and efforts to study His Word that 
will reveal its understanding; it says God’s Spirit will reveal the Word 
unto us like He did to the Apostles. They started to understand His Word 
only after their baptism in the Holy Spirit. Jesus as man / Son of Man 
knew His limitation thus handed over His disciples to His Spirit to lead 
them and built them in Him.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord You are One God and yet we know You as Father, Son and Spirit. Lord 
we pray we understand You better and thus know your purpose of being 
three yet one. We pray Lord for a better relationship with your Spirit 
for it is only by your Spirit we have share in your victory...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
[Greetings]
Romans 1:7 , 1 Corinthians 1:3 , 2 Corinthians 1:2 , Ephesians 1:2 , 
Ephesians 6:23 , Philippians 1:2 , Colossians 1:2 , 1 Thessalonians 1:1 
, 2 Thessalonians 1:1-2 , 1 Timothy 1:2 , 2 Timothy 1:2 , Titus 1:4 , 
Philemon 1:3 , 2 John 1:3 , Jude 1:1

[Spirit of Christ/Son]
Romans 8:9 , Romans 8:2 , Galatians 4:6 , Philippians 1:19

[Father and Son]
Luke 10:22 , John 14:10 , John 14:11 , John 14:20 , John 14:21 , John 
14:31 , John 16:28 , Colossians 2:2 , 1 Thessalonians 3:11 , 1 John 1:3 
, 1 John 2:22

Romans 8:11 But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead 
dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken 
your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.

Matthew 12:18 Behold my servant, whom I have chosen; my beloved, in 
whom my soul is well pleased: I will put my spirit upon him, and he 
shall shew judgment to the Gentiles.

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

1 John 5:7 For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, 
the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.

2 John 1:9 Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of 
Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath 
both the Father and the Son.

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The marriage that birth Catholicism

John 2:1 And the third day there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee; and 
the mother of Jesus was there:

When we talk to Catholics why they ask Mary to intercede in their 
prayers the first thing they will state is that, since Jesus obeys His 
mother's request so it is a failsafe option to go via Mary. If we accept 
this argument then it pictures Jesus as not being merciful for requests 
to Him directly may be rejected, but if the same put via Mary it will 
get heard. This also puts Mary at a higher authority over Jesus.

To understand the mind-set of a Catholic I am reproducing a statement 
from Caphucin Francisans website:- "According to a pious legend, one day 
St. Francis of Assisi had a vision in which he saw his friars trying to 
reach Christ by a ladder that was red and very steep. After climbing a 
few rungs, they would suddenly fall back. Our Lord then showed St. 
Francis another ladder, white and much less steep, at whose summit 
appeared the Blessed Virgin, and He said to Francis: “Advise your sons 
to go by the ladder of My Mother."

In the so called 'legend' the red ladder symbolized penance while the 
white ladder symbolizes grace. In other words they state that grace came 
through Mary and not through Jesus as stated in John 1:17. Also note 
'penance' is not a Christian term but a pagan one. No person is 
justified by penance; even Job's suffering was not penance. So the 
called vision was unbiblical and this person needed spiritual 
counselling. Repentance means correction while penance means paying the 
price (may be full of less).

The ladder to Jesus is repentance and not penance. This repentance leads 
to baptism which is also helped by the Spirit of The Son. So by putting 
Mary in picture Catholics deny the Holy Spirit as the Helper.

If we truly look at the marriage of Cana it changes the whole picture 
and puts Mary in not a good light. Mary and Jesus were not guests to the 
marriage but party to it for the marriage was of a daughter of Mary. The 
marriage was held at the grooms place so they were invited. As stated in 
today's message Mary was there 3 days before the marriage so as to help 
organize it. It was this reason she knew who were to come, thus she took 
the authority to remove the large vases / waterpots of stone kept at the 
entrance to wash the hands of the guests as per Jewish tradition. This 
tradition of washing was taken very seriously and we see later the Jews 
did not spare even Jesus for not following it. Keeping this in mind only 
a person knowing all the invited guest had already arrived could take 
the call of using them. Also Mary being a devote Jew could not go about 
ordering the helpers at someone else's marriage unless it was a family 
affair. It was also this reason that Jesus took along His disciples to 
the marriage.

People fail to see that Jesus did not want to do the miracle of wine and 
protested at first for He did not want to glorify Himself, but then 
seeing the situation and how desperate Mary was so even after rebuking 
her He still gave in. This situation can be correlated to the parable of 
the widow and the judge, of how the persistence of the widow finally 
caused the judge to give in her favour, but scripture later says when 
the Son of Man (Jesus) comes again would He find faith?

Mary getting Jesus to do the miracle of Cana was a miracle that was not 
to happen yet we see not only Catholics but 'n' number of Believer 
Preachers preaching on this without understanding it.

It is distortion of the truth that gives rise to religions and 
denominations. Let us not read into the Word but read and understand 
that which the Word is telling us.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord You are God and You alone are worthy of glory. You Lord as a man 
did not seek glory for no man even perfect is not worthy of glory of 
man. You said the glory that You as man seek is that which comes from 
the Father in Heaven, when He lifts You up before all mankind. Lord may 
we learn from You and be like You. We pray that those among the 
Catholics who have the seed of faith to believe your Word more than the 
words of man may open their eyes to the Truth and follow You instead of 
following a manmade religion...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

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

John 2:1-11
1 And the third day there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee; and the 
mother of Jesus was there:
2 And both Jesus was called, and his disciples, to the marriage.
3 And when they wanted wine, the mother of Jesus saith unto him, They 
have no wine.
4 Jesus saith unto her, Woman, what have I to do with thee? mine hour 
is not yet come.
5 His mother saith unto the servants, Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it.
6 And there were set there six waterpots of stone, after the manner of 
the purifying of the Jews, containing two or three firkins apiece.
11 This beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galilee, and 
manifested forth his glory; and his disciples believed on him.

Luke 18:1-5,8
1 And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always 
to pray, and not to faint;
2 Saying, There was in a city a judge, which feared not God, neither 
regarded man:
3 And there was a widow in that city; and she came unto him, saying, 
Avenge me of mine adversary.
4 And he would not for a while: but afterward he said within himself, 
Though I fear not God, nor regard man;
5 Yet because this widow troubleth me, I will avenge her, lest by her 
continual coming she weary me.
8 I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the 
Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?

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Can Eunuchs be Baptized?

Acts 8:36 And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water: 
and the eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized?

We read in today's message Phillip ministered and later baptized the 
Ethiopian eunuch. This was done after the Lord (Holy Spirit) got Phillip 
to encounter the eunuch who sought the Lord through scriptures.

Most people do not have a clear understanding of eunuchs. They confuse 
eunuchs with transgender or transvestite. Transgender means a person who 
wishes change / changes one's gender to the opposite gender. 
Transvestite means a person of a gender who dresses or behaves like the 
opposite gender. A eunuch on the other hand is a male who has undergone 
castration for a purpose.

In the Bible the concept of eunuch started with those men who served in 
the queen's chamber, so it was a professional necessity. In history we 
see later the temples started engaging eunuchs for the activities of the 
temple. They were homosexual male prostitutes who attracted men to the 
temple. Transgender in India are mostly people of the later type but 
have now moved out of the temples and have changed they purpose, seeking 
livelihood by blessing (in the name of their gods) at ceremonies. Many 
of these have clans that resort to begging on streets and also prostitution.

The question is, are eunuchs, transgender and transvestite 3rd gender? NO

There is no 3rd gender, what is confused as 3rd gender is gender 
dysphoria. Gender dysphoria is a medical situation which is caused 
psychiatrically or genetically. The psychiatric condition happens due to 
misunderstanding of ones 'self or due to spiritual problems. The genetic 
condition happens due to things like hormonal changes / imbalance or 
exposure to estrogenic drugs.

Hormone imbalance is not rare but rarely visible externally. It is only 
when the imbalance is great that we see small things like woman getting 
moustaches, beards, or men having breasts or even extreme cases like 
have genetic organs of the other gender. This can happen also in between 
one's life time, such as in puberty, menopause and perimenopause. 
Hormone imbalance may also be caused by exposure to toxins or an 
unbalanced lifestyle.

It is mainly due lack of understanding to the psychiatric or spiritual 
part why the world accepts a 3rd gender (and now multi gender).

A eunuch, transgender or transvestite can come to the knowledge of 
Christ and be baptized in Him but for this they need to accept the truth 
that God has not created them as a 3rd gender, they are not a mistake. 
They should accept the fact they need spiritual and physical healing. 
The healing may happen before or later to their baptism, but the 
acceptance is necessary before. No person can repent and be baptized 
thinking God has made a mistake.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord You are Omnipotent God, You were, You are and will always be, for 
You are eternal and never changing. Lord we pray we understand problems 
come due to sin and spiritual corruption in man. We pray those who are 
lost and deceived seek restoration spiritually through your Word and 
your Spirit...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
Isaiah 56:3-5
3 Neither let the son of the stranger, that hath joined himself to the 
LORD, speak, saying, The LORD hath utterly separated me from his people: 
neither let the eunuch say, Behold, I am a dry tree.
4 For thus saith the LORD unto the eunuchs that keep my sabbaths, and 
choose the things that please me, and take hold of my covenant;
5 Even unto them will I give in mine house and within my walls a place 
and a name better than of sons and of daughters: I will give them an 
everlasting name, that shall not be cut off.

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Corruption and sickness

Luke 5: 19,20 And when they could not find by what way they might bring 
him in because of the multitude, they went upon the housetop, and let 
him down through the tiling with his couch into the midst before Jesus. 
And when he saw their faith, he said unto him, Man, thy sins are 
forgiven thee.

Today's message talks of how the faith of a few did not hinder the 
situation, that they could not enter the crowded house through the door, 
so they went in through the roof. Jesus seeing their faith healed the 
person by forgiving his sins.

It is only when we understand sin that we understand the relation of 
sickness with sin. It is only when we understand the design or image in 
which we are made we can understand how the different types of 
sicknesses are related to our spiritual being.

Sin is breaking of the Law but even before the Law was given evil 
existed (i.e. Satan/fallen angels). Sin by itself is easy to define but 
there is a thin line between evil and good. Law was given to protect us 
from evil and breaking of the law caused the existence of sin. Sin by 
itself is not the problem the problem is evil. The consequence of sin is 
death for evil cannot coexist with Truth, Righteousness and Holiness. 
The day Adam and Eve sinned they lost truth and righteousness which we 
had and thus they (tried to) hide from the Lord and covered themselves 
since they experienced nakedness.

Evil is compared to darkness because evil is about going against the 
plans or principles of God. Evil means corruption or eating away the 
good that exists (thus even projected as doubt).

If we understand the image of God in us we will understand our physical 
design and as well as our biological design since it tells us about the 
things of God. When evil exists in us it can manifest as corruption in 
the design and thus is seen as sickness. The sin of Adam and Eve took 
time to manifest physical and when it did they named their grandson 
'mortal' / 'Enos'. Bible says it was then they started realizing the 
value of God therefore called on His Name.

Mostly all sicknesses have roots into our spiritual being but that 
cannot be taken as a thumb rule since at times things happen for the 
glorification of God or for the understanding of His Kingdom (i.e. the 
young blind man in John 9:1-3)

When Jesus forgave the sins of the person in today's message (cancelled 
the consequence of his wrongs) He healed the root of his sickness and 
that is how He restored his health.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord, You are a Holy God and nothing unholy can dwell before You. Lord 
You being Righteous and Light You will not let darkness dwell but in 
your wisdom You set a period before You take action against the 
perpetrators of darkness. You took action not only against the doers of 
evil but also the evil itself. You created man to overcome that darkness 
by being a light. It is your Light that shines in us and we overcome 
darkness (evil) first within us and then without. We pray Lord we 
understand against whom or what our battle is and not lose focus...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

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

John 9:1-3
1 And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth.
2 And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, 
or his parents, that he was born blind?
3 Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but 
that the works of God should be made manifest in him.

John 12:46 I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth 
on me should not abide in darkness.

Acts 26:18 To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, 
and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness 
of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that 
is in me.

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

1 Corinthians 15:52 In 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.

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Multiply your talents

Matthew 25:20 And so he that had received five talents came and brought 
other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: 
behold, I have gained beside them five talents more.

In today's message the word talent does not mean the talent we 
understand today. The word used in the message means a scale of measure.

In fact the word talent used today is unchristian as the word luck is. 
We do not believe in luck because we believe in a God who is alive and 
who is in control of all things. Similarly the term talent is a skill we 
evolve, so it is something we take credit for unlike the Bible says the 
Lord gives us the skill and we just unwrap it. So a plane that flies 
cannot say it has the talent to fly for it was designed to do so. But if 
a plane behaves like a car and does not take to the air will disappoint 
its creator. The only credit the plane can take is if it flying more, so 
perseverance is what it can take credit for.

All who believe in the Lord Jesus Christ are like the servants to whom a 
measure is given and of which we need to be responsible for on Judgment 
Day. So the question is that what is that which today's message consider 
is measured which will even deny our entry into Heaven?

If we understand the Bible everything is about fruits - Fruits of the 
Holy Spirit. We all who are children of God have the seeds of the Fruits 
in us and these we develop as we grow in the Lord. It all starts with 
the seed of faith and then goes on to the other seeds. The most 
important is the Fruit of Truth which is not given by default when we 
are born but comes to us when we germinate the seed of faith. The 
germination of the seed of Truth is done by our baptism in the Holy 
Spirit [Spirit of Truth] that is why it is not mentioned in Galatians 
but mentioned in Ephesians along with the other 2 Fruits Righteousness 
and Holiness. Truth comes from the Holy Spirit, Righteousness from the 
Son and Holiness from the Father; these Fruits are all gifted to us.

Jesus said when we follow Him and become His disciples we will know the 
Truth and the Truth will set us free; free from the holds of sin and 
death by us gaining access to Heaven.

Giving shelter to the homeless, feeding the hungry and clothing the 
naked has nothing much to do with natural social work but has a 
spiritual dimension to it. If we do all these in the natural but do not 
do the spiritual that is win souls for the Lord then all these 'works' 
will be like rags before the Lord.

We are justified by grace and confirmed by our faith which manifests 
into works of faith. If we do not have works of faith then we do not 
have true faith and if we do not have faith then grace is out of the 
question since we receive grace only by our faith.

The Father's business is into Fruits and we are called to be associates 
of the Lord Jesus Christ who is the vine. We work under His Name, and if 
we do not increase our Fruits even after being pruned then we will not 
have a right to our inheritance in Heaven, but those who do well will be 
rewards likewise.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord, You are God of increase. You Lord have blessed us with the seeds 
which have potential for great harvest. Unless we like a seed do not die 
to ourselves we will not be Fruitful spiritually. Lord we pray we be 
Fruitful spiritual so that we receive the abundance of that which You 
have set for us in Heaven...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
Matthew 25:14-46

Matthew 7:17-23
17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt 
tree bringeth forth evil fruit.
18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt 
tree bring forth good fruit.
19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast 
into the fire.
20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.
21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the 
kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in 
heaven.
22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied 
in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done 
many wonderful works?
23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, 
ye that work iniquity.

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

John 8:31-32
31 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue 
in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;
32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

John 15:1-15 [The Greek word Philo means friends and also associates. It 
is only when we translated as associates we understand these scriptures 
rightly]
12 This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.
13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for 
his associates.
14 Ye are my associates, if ye do whatsoever I command you.
15 Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what 
his lord doeth: but I have called you associates; for all things that I 
have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.

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